Monday, January 16, 2012

Weekly RUNdown

This was definitely a different week for me.  After hearing the official news from my Physical Therapist on Monday, I decided that there was no way I was just going to sit around and wish I were running.  I kept busy doing a lot of things that I hardly ever never do.  (But most definitely should be doing!)  So, even though I didn't log any miles in my running shoes, it was a good week.

Monday:  IT Band/Shin Splint rehab exercises
Tuesday AM:  IT Band/Shin Splint rehab exercises
Tuesday PM:  30 minutes elliptical- Resistance program 1
Thursday:  45 minutes of stretching.  (I foam roll and stretch nearly every day, but it usually only takes about 15 minutes.  Today I did a lot more focused stretching than usual.  I'm going to try to spend one night doing this every week for 45- 1 hour).
Friday:  30 min. elliptical- Resistance program 3, walk 1 mile on 4.0 on the treadmill
Saturday AM:  Nike Training Club App- Arm definer, 15 minutes.  Holy crap.  Kicked my butt.  My arms have been SO SORE.
Saturday PM:  30 minutes elliptical- Resistance program 4, and walk 2 miles at 4.2 on the treadmill

After a week of rest I no longer feel pain in my shins while I'm resting or walking around.  That is good news!

Highlight:  I've been doing the elliptical/treadmill walks with my friend Audra.  She took last year off because she had the cutest baby girl EVER, but she is starting training again and will be running the Wasatch Back with me this year.  I. LOVE. HER.  She was my original therapist training partner when I first started running nearly two years ago (on the 19th of January!) and it has been so much fun to train with her again.

Last week's goal:  Follow my PT's advice.  No running.  Check!

This week's goal:  Go to bed before 11PM every night.  I'm a night owl and mornings have been killing me.  I know that in order to stay in tip top shape I need to get adequate rest.  That means I need to knock it off and get my butt in bed earlier.

Do you spend any time stretching every week?  Do you have a special place in your heart for your training partners?


Christina @ The Athletarian said...

Your week sounds a lot like what the last three months have been like for me!! Way to get all that stretching in! I am really bad at listening to my PT. I should follow your amazing example!

jclay said...

Sounds like a great rehab week... and basically the same sort of week that I'm in the middle of. I don't usually stretch, but I sure am making time for it right now! And the elliptical has been my bf lately. :)

Good luck with your last week of rehab. I'm sure you'll be all ready to go by next Monday!

Amy @ Run Mom Run said...

I'm not much of a stretcher, but I'm making more of an effort to roll my legs out after workouts etc.

I have sentimental feelings for all my running buddies. My biking buddy April was actually my first running buddy, but I got faster than her so we're not good running buddies anymore. However, we are perfect cycling buddies so I still get to hang with her.

I've had a lot of running buddies over the years and they all hold a special place in my heart and I'd drop pretty much anything to run with them!

Coy Martinez said...

I've never had trouble with shins but I do have trouble with IT Band. I roll a lot. I've found that when I run too many PR's and my speed picks up that my IT Band gives. I find that happens to a lot of people that way. I hope you get better soon :) It's tough not running!

Ali Mc said...

I stretch out after ALL exercise for at least 20 mins...I'm really flexible now b/c of it! YAY!

Jamie said...

I definitely stretch after doing most forms of exercise but I really should stretch at other times more frequently. I have "the stick" though and I use that when needed.

Suz and Allan said...

I know I need to spend more time stretching and at some point I'm sure it's going to catch up to me if I don't start spending more time on that.