This week’s theme: Cross train till you go insane.
This knee injury/IT Band drastically altered my winter racing plans. Clay suggested I just take a week off running, so I spent this week cross training in hopes of salvaging *some* winter race down the line. Hopefully I won’t have to wear all black to disguise the ill effects of not running 50 miles per week but still eating like I do.
Can I even call this a “Weekly Rundown” if no running took place?
|Monday||60 min. bike + 30 min. Core Cuts + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Tuesday||40 min. arc trainer + 20 min. bike + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Wednesday||60 min. arc trainer|
|Thursday||35 min. bike + 20 min. strength (machines/body weight)|
|Friday||Chiro Adjustment/KT Taping + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Saturday||40 min. spin, 15 min. row, 30 min. Core Cuts + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Sunday||75 min. Mindful Flow yoga + ITB Rehab Routine|
Monday started out with 60 minutes on the bike, and that afternoon, I did a class called Core Cuts at the gym. The class was kind of fun. My resistance bands came in the mail, so I was able to do my complete ITB Rehab Routine after the class.
On Tuesday, Tami and I went out for a birthday/girl’s lunch at Zen Asian Fusion. It’s my favorite Asian restaurant in Charleston and I was thrilled to introduce it to Tami. We had a ton to chat about- like running, injuries, Ironman North Carolina, traveling, races, and other stuff.
If you’re in Charleston and like sushi/Asian food but haven’t checked out Zen, you’re missing out. The Shrimp Pad Thai was delicious and the lunch specials are a steal.
On Thursday, I broke down in tears on my way home from Planet Fitness. The stress of the election, news, work, holidays, and family really got to me. I know that others out there have it much worse with life situations and even injuries, but the mental side effects of an injury can be worse than the physical pain.
Running isn’t a drug. Exercise isn’t therapy, an antidepressant, or a substitute for mental health care- even if memes and t-shirts claim it is. Those sayings discount anyone who has been through mental health concerns. However, running releases endorphins and causes changes in the brain- especially when you go from running 50+ miles a week in marathon training to running none.
Cross training is lonely, and I *crave* social interaction- my favorite thing about running is sharing it with others. Missing the human interaction, I did classes at the gym on Saturday. I do modify a few things in Core Cuts but get a great workout. Maybe I will have the guts (literally) to race in a sports bra in my comeback race?
Saturday was also my first race DNS (Did Not Start) due to injury since 2014. I have no regrets over losing that entry fee. There’s always another race when I’m healthy.
Sunday was a great day. I did a 75 minute yoga class at Community Yoga, using a free pass a friend gave me. I really loved the class, and it was great for the body and the soul. After class, I hit Target to shop for the Charleston Beer Runners toy drive and ATT Lowcountry toy drive. They had a good sale on kids games, so I stocked up.
That afternoon, I met up with Vy for shrimp and chili at R Kitchen West and met Emily at the West Ashley Farmer’s Market before coming home and calling it a week. I should’ve taken more pictures with everyone, but I was busy socializing and enjoying the market.
Next week, I will give running a shot with a test run at some point, then think about other treatment options. Oh, and I’ll eat a lot of tasty sides and desserts at my inlaws (I don’t eat turkey). I hope everyone has a wonderful week and Thanksgiving!