Optional titles: My week in lack of workouts or I’ve come to a fork in the road.
There’s not a whole lot to report for my week in workouts. A tendon in my left foot has decided it wants to be angry with me so I pulled the plug on running after Wednesday. It’s improving so I’m hopeful that I got it before it was a full blown injury. I’m hoping my chiropractor can squeeze me in this week and give a pull to my feet/ankles to set me up for some relief.
In addition to my cranky tendon, my allergies have exploded. Some years I have no symptoms but this year is out of control. My eyes are perpetually itchy and red, my ears itch and I feel like I can’t get in any quality air. The humidity this week was high so that didn’t help me much either.
Here’s the rundown of my lack of workouts:
Easy flow yoga
All I wanted to do post work was take my contacts out and scratch my eyes. I did that but also meandered around town with the family before dinner. Post dinner I squeezed in an easy yoga session to stretch out my calves which were feeling a little tighter than usual even though I’ve been keeping up with my favorite calf stretches post run.
3 mile trail run/walk
Full body strength training
I really wasn’t feeling this run even before I started. Once again, my allergies were making me feel like crap. But…I thought I’d give it a go. I made it two miles before I switched to run/walk intervals and then eventually to all walking. This was also the day that my foot/ankle started to bug me. When you don’t feel like running, it’s easier to listen to your body.
Once I got home, I pulled out the weights and the kids and I did a circuit training workout. Side note: Lukas and I both have a goal of getting at least one pull up before the end of the summer. Why do they have to be so hard?
3 mile run
Easy flow yoga
I was on my feet all day at work and my foot felt perfectly fine. I thought I’d try a run with the kids on their bikes. At the beginning of the run, it felt ok, but there were those not-feeling-right-twinges every so often. It was also another super humid afternoon. It was better than Tuesday but I still wasn’t feeling good. I decided that I was going to take some time off from running to let things settle. I know when I don’t feel like running, it’s time to take a break.
Full body strength training
I had hoped on jumping on my bike before work but Max saw me getting ready and was going to wake up the whole house if I didn’t take him with me. So a long walk took it’s place. The early morning is my favorite this time of year. It’s so peaceful with the sun coming up and the birds singing.
After our walk, I did a quick full body strength session that left me sore for days. I’m not even sure what exercise it was but my glutes were feeling it until Saturday.
17.4 mile bike ride
How do you know a runner is injured? They get on their bike. My Strava friends caught onto that right away. It was nice to have a breeze on the bike but I was still a sweaty, dusty mess which was all good. It was also good to get down to the Bay…I haven’t been down there since on foot or bike since last summer.
Lots of walks!
By the time I got out of work on Saturday, it looked like thunderstorms were going to roll in. And then it was supposed to rain on Sunday morning. I ditched my bike ride idea and instead took a lot of walks with the fam. I still don’t have the itch to run even though my foot is feeling better. I know when I get that itch, that it’s time to return. Until then, I’ll keep doing other things to keep my body moving.
In other news, I’ve come to a fork in the road.
With my kids done with Remote Learning for the year, I’m decided to take a break from regularly blogging for the summer. Summer camps are not happening so it’s the first time in 6 years that I’m going to have to put on Mom Camp for at least a couple of days during the week. I want my kids to have an adventure filled summer that they usually get. I don’t want to be tied to spending hours on the computer. We’ve done enough of that over the past three months. Plus, who knows when I’m going to have an opportunity like this again?
Truthfully, I have been wanting to take a step away from blogging for quite some time. I’ve been doing this for almost 9 years and it’s kind of getting old. I don’t have the same passion for it that I once did. I’m hoping taking some time away will help me make the decision to keep it up or stop. I took the past week off from posting regularly to Instagram (other than posting info/stories/Black runners to follow on anti-racism in my Insta stories) and I gotta admit that it was really nice. Social media is wonderful but it also can be a major time suck among other things.
How was your week in workouts?
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