Since this blog is supposed to be about my journey from BackatSquareZero to healthy living I guess it is time I give you an update on my fitness/workouts, since those make up part of any healthy lifestyle. I haven’t really talked much about working out in the three weeks following the New Orleans marathon because I have been easing back in very slowly. With my number one goal this year being – Get Healthy: Run Injury Free – I am listening to my coach’s advice and taking it really easy.
The first week after New Orleans my knee was still in a lot of pain so I did nothing, but rest, rest, and rest some more.
By week 2, I was feeling a bit better and was able to do both elliptical and spinning workouts. Nothing with impact yet, and also only about 30 minutes a day.
Last week, week 3, I was able to continue with the elliptical and spinning, plus add in some strength training and walking. For strength I did my first Body Pump class and it was ROUGH! Ladies twice my age were killing it while I was struggling through, and I had way less weight on the bar. On top of it all, I was sore for 3 days after. I guess that is proof everyone is right – I need to work on my strength training for sure. I also enjoyed the fact that it was 70 outside a few days last week, so a walk outdoors seemed way more appealing than the elliptical.
This week, week 4 post marathon, I am going to continue with spinning, strength training, and walking, but am hoping to slowly phase the elliptical out and running back in. I am still working my way back very slowly, really easing in, and will only be running about 6-10 miles a week for a bit. Also, this week I am only working out 30-45 minutes at a time (instead of before when I usually worked out at least a hour if not more) to let my body recover and heal.
How do you ease in after time off?
How do you stay in shape when injury forces you to slow down?