This week has been a little odd for me, training-wise. It’s been a week since I ran the Houston Marathon so that means I am officially in recovery mode and without a training plan. All throughout the marathon training cycle, I always look forward to the post-marathon recovery time when I am not bound by a specific plan or mileage goal and can do whatever workout I want. But then reality hits and I am reminded that I actually like the structure of a training plan! I feel lost without one. My training plan is essentially my calendar of workouts and, although it’s somewhat flexible, it’s still a firm plan. Being without a training plan makes me feel lost! So what do you do when you don’t have an official written training plan? That’s right! You put it on a sticky note! That’s not entirely true for this week since I started P90X3 as well and that has a specific training plan. But my runs were scheduled and planned on a sticky note.
Here’s how the week worked out:
I’ve been eager to get back to the gym for Body Pump. I really, really missed it. Immediately following Body Pump was a new Zumba Step class. I am really uncoordinated on the step and have absolutely no rhythm so why not try Zumba Step? After having been away from Body Pump so long, I could definitely tell I had lost some of the progress I had made previously. But I’ll keep after it and get back to heavier weights! And I actually really enjoyed the Zumba Step class. For me, it was a good combination of “traditional” exercise and “fun” exercise. I won’t say I did it well but I did enjoy it and will be doing it again! Later that evening, I ran 4 miles on the treadmill. Now that I realized my legs are fine, I am eager to get running again. It was a slower pace but felt good to get running again.
I decided I would get back to the ab challenge app that I have on my phone and do it regularly again. I love that I can set the workouts for the time I want to do and set reminders so I don’t “forget” to do them again. Followed that with another 4 miles on the treadmill and another episode of Parenthood. I was really behind this season so I’ve got to find the time somewhere, right?
I got my P90X3 today! Yay! I have been so excited to start this program after hearing all the great things about it. Since I’ve got to run at least a mile to keep my running streak going, I ran a mile and then did day 1 of P90X3. I really, really, really liked it! Thirty minutes was just the right amount of time. The workout was challenging but didn’t kill me. But maybe that’s just because it was day 1….
Today was abs again (see how well my app keeps me on schedule?) so I did that in the morning. After work was an easy 4 miles on the treadmill and another episode of Parenthood. Day 2 of P90X was the agility workout. I really liked this one too. It was hard but I never felt like I was going to die. I think the agility drills will really help with my running and developing strength and speed.
Today’s P90X3 was yoga. I like yoga ok but I’d rather do something else but know I need the benefits that yoga provides. Again, 30 minutes was just the right amount of time for a workout. The poses were great and the time passed quickly. I won’t mind doing this workout regularly and incorporating more yoga into my routine. I was able to get in a 6 mile run on the treadmill too!
Third time for the ab workout this week! Yay for electronic reminders! I was super tired from the week so just got my mile done and decided to skip P90X3 for today.
I have been so ready to get my running mileage up again but I’m trying to be smart about it and not do too much too quickly. Based on the other runs earlier this week, I felt like I was ready to increase my distance. I didn’t have a time goal in mind and wasn’t really even committed to a specific distance, although I hoped to run 10 miles. The run felt great, the conversation was good, and the miles flew by. I ended up with 10 miles at a 10 minute average pace. Not too bad for 13 days post-marathon! Later that evening, I did day 4 of P90X. As much as I loved the previous 3 days, I hated this workout. It was alternating chin ups and pushups. I don’t have a chin up bar so I had to modify that and I’m not a fan of pushups so there wasn’t much for me to love. But I did the best I could and see lots of room for improvement!
How was your week? What are your training goals for the upcoming week?