I love cheese! (totally random blog)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
OK, I haven't blogged for a while. Have been too busy remembering how much fun all the other non-running exercise can be once you get back into it. I was not allowed to run for 6 weeks. Well, I did not run. Not at all, until one day before my doctor's appointment. Because I wanted to tell him what it felt like if he asked me.
So, I swam. Luckily for me, as a former swimmer/swim coach/swim instructor, a mile is and always will be my base. I can always do a mile in a pool. I had a couple isses with swimming though. When it's not summer, it's hard to find goggles, caps, etc. I have goggles. They leak. I need a cap - my hair goes down to the middle of my back. So I didn't swim as much as I should have. But when I get the opportunity to get new goggles and a decent cap, I am going to get back into the pool.
I also mounted my road bike and rode for 45 minutes or so per day whenever I didn't swim. I did that last year, and it really helped me with my strength in the injured leg without impact. It was fun, because I can read while I do it - can't really hear the TV because my bike is loud (the bike stand is not the high-end super quiet model). But that's OK.
And about 4 weeks in, I added the elliptical trainer to the mix. I don't really like it, but I did it anyway. Around this same time, I added 3 mile walks in the morning.
I took my calcium, 1000 mg a day, and added a multivitamin. Apparently I can be healthy but not really.,... One of the major contributors to stress fracture is poor nutrition!
And, I strength trained. Regularly for 6 weeks. Well, not too much legs - couldn't do that. But I did abs/core and upper body.
So I remained in shape. However, I don't feel like I'm in great shape right now. I have not done as much cardio as I was doing while marathon training. I don't know - just don't feel like it. I even lost a little weight while not running, but I don't feel in very good shape.
So, now here's what's up. I'm planning on keeping my runs short 3-4 miles in distance and only 3 times a week. My plan is to work on pace - trying to remember what it feels like to run 10's or 10:30's. Hopefully by limiting the number of runs and the mileage, I will be able to do this without getting hurt - yet again. I'm also going to get my workout DVD's out and use them more often, along with the other cardio I'm doing.
Anyway, I did run a 5K on the 14th (mainly because my running group was paying my entry, and I got a shirt and beer tickets). And I did the 3.16 K in 33:33 which was about 10:27 pace! It was not even close to my fastest 5K (26:30), but I did a race paced in the 10's! That's all I really care about. I guess I feel like my body has forgotten what it feels like to be fast, and I need to teach it, slowly but surely.
I am sorry I haven't been the best SparkFriend to everyone out there - I have taken a little hiatus from Spark, but am trying to get on here more often, like I used to. I do miss everyone, and I miss the little "email messages" that told me that my SparkFriends were replying to my posts. I will try harder. I spend lots of time on Facebook, so if anyone wants to friend me, my name is Molly Good....