Last night I used my last pass at Stroga for a yin practice. I’ve been experiencing a lot of tightness in my lower back and glut muscles lately, and I needed a good stretch. My back actually feels the best when I’m able to walk or run, but sitting and standing are really tough on it. And that’s not really a good thing when I’m pretty much forced to avoid weight-bearing exercise for my knee. Anyway, I really enjoyed my last class, and wish I had more money to be able to go now that I don’t have my passes. But at $18 a class, that’s definitely not happening anytime soon!
I also spent the night doing PT exercises during the football game, and took breaks during the commercials. I think we can all agree that the baby Clydesdale commercial was not only the most tear-inducing commercial but one of the best of the entire night! (I just rewatched this ad and started crying AGAIN!)
CUCB Training Week 1 Recap
Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed Matt’s guest post last night on getting over the fear of track workouts! (Maybe it kept you entertained during the 35 min power outage during the game??)
Last week my workout schedule ended up looking like this:
Tuesday: 30 min pool running
Wednesday: 30 min biking
Saturday: 45 min biking with intervals
Sunday: 50 min biking
Because there’s only one upright bike in our building, I’m having to move my workouts around a bit based upon when I can actually get on the bike. I was at least able to get some good rides in last week, so that’s a good thing.
After last week’s PT appointment, I feel like I’m making progress, although not quite as quickly as I would obviously like. Some of my exercises I was still really struggling with, despite making big improvements, but given that I’m retraining muscles, it’s to be expected. For now pool running one day a week is still allowed, and I was told to work on biking intervals. Depending on how that goes over the next couple of days, I might be allowed to start bike commuting to work this week (although since the ride home is all uphill, my PT is nervous about letting me ride round trip since the hills could put strain on my knee). The biggest thing is I’m not allowed to come out of the saddle on hills. At least not yet. Also, since a lot of my new exercises are a doozy on the abs, I only did the core exercises once…figuring that enough of the exercises overlap anyway. And if they don’t, the harder versions of what I’m working on are on the list, so I’ll get there soon.
With that in mind, I’m pretty pleased with how the first week of training went. I was able to get in some pretty good miles…even DailyMile agrees:
Working off of the intermediate training plan, here’s what I have on tap for this week:
Tuesday: 30 min bike with intensity intervals
Wednesday: 30 min easy bike
Thursday: 30 min pool running
Saturday: bike, done to mimic the track workout
Sunday: 60 min easy bike
I’m also adding in PT every day this week at night, with the hopes that my PT will keep me advancing along at Thursday’s appointment. I’m really missing running (and so is my rapidly expanding gut from the lack of high intensity cardio…biking is just not the same) and am doing all I can to get back out there ASAP.
But in the meantime, I’m using the cardio workouts available to me to keep my endurance level up as best as possible! I am doing my best to stay optimistic (negativity, after all, just creates more stress and stress do not help with the healing process) and am using all of your blog posts/tweets/facebook updates about training to keep me motivated. So thank you, because it isn’t always easy to convince myself to get on that bike!
I have two exciting updates for all of you for the Cherry Blossom race! First, bib transfer is now open! If you registered for the race and can no longer run, or if you are still trying to get a bib, the transfer process is open until February 28! You can find out more information about bib transfers here.
The other announcement is for anyone participating in the PR Training program. Tomorrow night at the Cleveland Park =PR= location, there is going to be a fun run for all registered members of the training program at 6:30 pm. Following the run (around 7:30-7:45), the New Balance swagfest will take place, where you’ll receive your awesome swag for participating in the training program! And make sure to bring the $10 gift card you received on the first day of training so you can invest in some additional training essentials! (Note: I know that this is the meeting location for the DC training group. Other locations may be meeting at different stores. If you’re in a different training group, you will probably be receiving information about where to pick up your swag from your coaches.)
Your Turn: How’s your CUCB training coming? What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial? What was your favorite workout last week?