Big goose egg ZERO MILES this week.
I decided to take this week off running to recover from the Kiawah Island Half Marathon (and the past 8 months of training since my last injury). Plus, I had the bright idea that a week of not running might help my hamstring/glute issues. I want to start 2018 on the right foot- the HEALTHY foot- and not on #TeamJanky, if I can help it.
Despite not running, I had a busy week filled with cross training, holiday parties, work, and volunteering. I never fully take a break, and that’s how I like it- productively busy.
|Monday||60 min. Arc Trainer + PT exercises|
|Tuesday||60 min. Arc Trainer + PT exercises|
|Thursday||60 min. Elliptical + PT exercises|
|Friday||60 min. Elliptical + 30 min. yin yoga|
|Saturday||60 min. slow flow yoga|
|Sunday||60 min. Elliptical + PT exercises|
On Monday and Tuesday, I hit Planet Fitness to Arc Trainer. The Arc Trainer machine is one of my favorites and helps big time with strengthening the back of the body (hamstrings/glutes/calves).
Even though I didn’t run on Tuesday, I headed to Bay Street Biergarden for the Charleston Running Club group run. This is a “travelling group run”, so you get to run in a new area of Charleston and dine at a new spot each month. Everyone else ran the bridge and ate appetizers while I just ate appetizers. The happy hour was fun- the company was great and the food was delicious. I missed running the bridge because it’s my favorite place in town to run but glad I could hang out.
Wednesday was super busy, with a 5:15 AM wakeup call to drive to work at the office. For those who don’t know, I work as a technical writer for a software company, and we had our R&D Christmas party on Wednesday, so I wanted to be in the office for that. I live two hours from my office and work from home except for a few times a year when I drive in.
After work, I had another holiday party- the Yelp Elites are Gifted at Striped Pig event. It was a lot of fun, and everyone who attended got a Christmas present. I walked away with a tea kettle and a $10 gift card to Fill Piano Bar in Mt. Pleasant.
On Saturday, I volunteered at the Cocoa Cup 5K. I helped out with the finish line water area, which was a lot of fun. I love volunteering at road races and think more runners should give it a shot. For the record, you don’t have to be injured to volunteer. I often volunteer when I’m healthy as well because it’s great to give back to the sport.
The Cocoa Cup 5K one of the most fun races of the year. The race sold out with over 2,000 entries and 1700+ people showed up (this is actually a GREAT thing because the no show percentage for holiday races is often higher). Runners got an awesome hoodie and everyone got delicious hot chocolate.
I’ve run the race for the past three years, and from both the runner and volunteer standpoint, it’s extremely well organized and a great value. Even though I didn’t run this year, I was glad to be involved.
Besides volunteering, I went to my friend Ryan’s birthday party. It was a Star Wars birthday party, and we had pizza and a delicious Snickers chocolate cake that Vy made. That cake was better than most restaurants and I don’t think I’ll be able to eat chocolate cake now without being sad that it’s not this particular chocolate cake.
Sunday was the only day this week I really missed running. I love my Sunday run group and #ChurchOfTheSundayLongRun. “Going to the gym” just isn’t the same, but I did and then went to brunch with Clay and some friends. Brunch and hanging out with everyone definitely cheered me up.
As for next week, here’s to hoping my body cooperates so I can get back to the grind sooner rather than later. I’m not registered for any races until February, so I’d rather take the down time to heal now instead of getting seriously hurt later.
Have a great week and holiday season!