Weekly Recap: Baby Steps

Another week of running, another week of feeling like a beginner all over again.

It’s a vicious cycle these days. Life happens, or I get injured, and I feel like I’m back at square one after a week off. The good news is, I got in workouts this week. The bad news is, they were hard, and I had a hard time staying motivated to get them in as planned. Some days I did really well; others, not so much.

Here is how it played out:

Monday: 2.3 miles – I did the first 1.75 (with a 1 minute walk break after the first mile) and felt okay, but then I crapped out. I thought about walking enough to get me to 3 miles, but I decided I had pushed enough for the day, so I headed back to my car. I also did 3 sets of 15 decline squats with just my body weight.

Tuesday: 30 minutes on stationary bike – My knee hurt at times during the ride, but I kept my pace easy (about 85 rpms), and my resistance at my “flat road” to avoid putting any undue strain on my knee. As soon as I stopped, the slight twinges in my knee faded.

Wednesday: 3 miles – I ran 1 mile, took a 1 minute walk break, then ran another mile. After that, I was exhausted so I walked the rest. I also made sure I did my decline squats again, same as Monday.

Thursday: Originally intended to hit the bike again, but we ended up going to look at houses, so no workout.

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: 4.5 miles – Guess that is what qualifies as my long run these days. The air was super thick, and I could feel my chest tighten just when I walked outside to get something from my car. I took a puff of my inhaler about 30 minutes before my run and was able to do 5:1 run/walk intervals for almost 3 miles. I tried running my next interval, but my body wasn’t having it. I walked for about a mile, then ran as much as I could of the last half mile.

Sunday: Best-laid intentions…I grocery shopped and was planning to hit the gym when they opened at 1, but by then, I was spent, so I skipped it.

I have been really tired this week. I didn’t sleep well the second half of the week, so I’m sure that had an impact on my motivation to work out. Such is life, right? At least I can officially say I am now back on the bandwagon and continuing to move forward.

For the week ahead, I’m going to plan to “run” at least 3 miles twice and do a long run mileage that gets my up in the 6 mile range. I’ll hit the bike again, and I finally found some squat and lunge alternatives I’m going to give a try.

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