This week started as last week ended, no running, lots of pain/stiffness and masses of frustration. Thankfully it did pick up towards the end of the week, and there is finally some running to report!
Mon: Rest Day
Tues: TFBR Upper Body Weights/Core + 4 mile Walk
Weds: Rest Day: Hip Opening Yoga + 3.6 mile Walk
Thurs: 4 mile Run (Yay) + TFBR Lower Body Weights/Core + 3.6 mile Walk
Fri: TFBR Metabolic Blaster (Upper Body weights + Hiit cardio) + 5 mile Walk
Sat: 10 mile Long Run (Yay)
Sun: TFBR Body Blast Circuits
I got back into The Fat Burn Revolution this week after taking a week off weights, I definitely felt a bit more rejuvenated and excited for the workouts this week. I did all the weight workouts, and a very sweaty body blast circuit workout, but no furnace workouts this week as I didn’t want to push my leg. I did the upper body workouts earlier in the week when my leg was playing up, and once it was a bit better later in the week managed to get the leg workout in as well.
I have one more week of Phase 2, and then it’s onto phase 3 for the first time ever- excited to see what is in store!
After the disaster of so many failed runs last week, I didn’t even want to test my leg out early in the week. I was so frustrated, and didn’t want to put myself mentally/physically through another failed effort, so on Wednesday I laced my trainers up, decided I wasn’t quite ready and didn’t want to risk it so took another rest day. I also stupidly burnt my leg with an ice pack, it was so painful, and looks pretty hideous right now!
I tentatively headed out on Thursday and thankfully there was a big improvement, it wasn’t pain/niggle free, but I was actually able to run, unlike last week where the pressure was so great in my calf that I couldn’t physically run.
Right now I’m not risking running 2 days in a row, my body seems to be taking an age to recover between runs, and I don’t want to rush back into it. If this means I can only run 3/4 times a week, then so be it, I’d rather be able to run 3 times a week than not at all!
I headed out for a long run on Saturday, I’m so concious of the injury that I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew I would stop if there was any pain or pressure, but other than that I just wanted to see how far I could go and how the body felt. I had in my mind to aim for around 10 miles, other than the 2 half marathons in the last few weeks that is my longest training run to date, so I thought it would be a good tester. I’ve actually missed going for long training runs, as much as I love racing and running with others, sometimes I just want to shut off and be by myself!
I felt good during the run, the only real twinges were when going up/downhill, my calf felt OK and it was only my left knee that was niggling. I headed out really early on Saturday but it was still so hot/humid, it was tough going. I feel like I’ve lost a lot of fitness over the last few weeks with the injury, so I was flagging a bit towards the middle and end, but I just pushed on and was happy to be out there enjoying running again. I also had one of these 33 Shake chia gels for the first time, they are amazing. Like a portable chia pudding. I loved the flavour, they were easy to use and no digestive issues at all. The ingredients are awesome too!
I’m still going to see my physio today, as I don’t want this issue to continue flaring up whenever I push things harder. I’m continuing to take running steady, checking in with myself and how the body feels each morning before committing to a run, and of course stretching/yoga-ing as much as possible!
We’ve had a super busy week as all our stuff has been taken into storage for the move, packing the house up this week (in the 30 degrees temp), and sorting out the hideous overgrown garden has been grim, and actually a workout in itself. This is gross but I’ve never sweated as much in my life as I did on Sat when packing. Hard work! Thankfully everything has gone now, and we’ve got professional cleaners coming in to deep clean the house today, saving us another sweaty job! We will be moving out on Weds and I’m hoping to get in one or two more Angel canal runs before we leave! We are staying in Stokey with my brother for a bit, so not too far away anyway.
As all our stuff has been taken, it’s been very simple and easy food for the last week. I’ve actually been eating fully raw for the last 6 days as I can’t face cooking and have no ingredients/utensils/cookware. I kept the Vitamix unpacked so I’ve been living off smoothies, salads, raw soups and loads of watermelon! I’m feeling really good, it just seems so right to eat this way while the temperatures are this hot! Hope to continue on with it while we are moving around in between moves over the next few weeks!