I’ve been doing a lot of ‘taking it easy’ since the marathon. I’ve been sleeping in, staying up late, eating cupcakes and drinking whatever I want to drink without worrying about how much it will hydrate me.
But nonetheless, I’m getting restless. And there’s that issue where I recently split my pants. I took this as a direct sign from God that my ‘taking it easy’ time is over, and I need to start sweating stat.
But, of course, I need to ease in, and not push my IT band too much, or I’ll digress in my progress. By progress, I mean that I was able to go both up and down the stairs like a normal person at work today. Except for that little hop skip at the end where I decided that bending my leg was no fun. I’m going to miss my pirate peg leg.
Yesterday around noon I jumped on my stationary cycle and rode for 40 minutes. I chose to do a ‘random’ workout, which changes the level of intensity on me every couple of minutes. I almost punched the bike in the face a couple of times, coincidently when it went up to level 9.
I was able to ignore how much time I would be on the bad intervals or see that I had a bad interval coming up because my screen was blocked:
That little buddy is my Nook. I finally finished up Bringing Up Bebe (Good: I learned a lot, but sometimes that doesn’t equate to being a page turner), and moved on to Gregor the Overlander (now this is a page turner). Around this time the rain started to fall hard around me and I couldn’t help but think I would rather be curled up on the couch reading this book. And then a level 9 interval kicked in, and I cursed. I like the Nook because it rests easily on my reading ledge and even though it has a touch screen, I can also opt to press the page over buttons to the side of the screen. This comes in handy when you’re as sweaty as I was yesterday.
And just like that, I was done:
I headed into the kitchen, had a light lunch, waited for it to digest, then headed back out to the Florida room for workout #2: yoga. I picked this 73-minute class because it focused on the hamstrings. I think it worked because I was sore this morning!
This morning I woke up early and did a 30-minute random interval ride. Things were a bit rougher because I was a little (ahem) saddle sore. I had to keep readjusting to redistribute the pain.
After I jumped off the bike I could tell that my IT band was a little agitated. So I did a quick core workout then spent about 20 minutes stretching every part of my legs.
It felt good to sweat.
Here’s the rest of my work-out for the week (sadly there’s no running included):
- WED: Strength (hips/glutes) followed by a good long stretch and some brutal rolling of the legs
- THU: Ride for 30 minutes on the ol’ stationary bike followed by strength (arms)
- FRI: Easy yoga or rest (depending on how Happy Hour goes Thursday night)
- SAT/SUN: Get one good yoga sesh in
With my training schedule I didn’t really plan many workouts because I am always so wiped from all of the running. This will be a nice change to have to plan ahead. Let’s see how well I do at sticking to the plan!
Do you plan your workouts out in advance? How well do you stick to the plan?