Wow, that was fast! The first week of February has come and gone. Are you still on track with your fitness and non fitness related New Year’s Resolutions? If you’ve fallen off the wagon don’t beat yourself up too much. Sometimes a short break can help re energize and re ignite the fire you need to keep going again.
Since increasing my mileage in January I’ve been pretty consistent with my training and working out in the gym. I was also training six days a week with only one FULL day of rest. This is probably the reason I got shin splints to begin with which later made me cut back on mileage for my upcoming half marathon in April. Although painful (while running) I didn’t let it stop me from training. I did however cut back on the mileage and didn’t run any more than 30 minutes on my running days. The foam roller was also my best friend after each run. Taking a cycling class on cross training days was also helpfull and I made sure not to push myself too hard to prevent further injury. I steered clear from doing any hard impact exercises (jump rope, jump squats..etc anything with the word “jump” I stayed away from it).
I decided to take the full weekend off from training and visited my sister and her family. It felt great just eating freely (vegan) of course and just having a great time. My brother in-law made an amazing “vegan feast” breakfast that included scrambled tofu, vegan sausages and hash browns. We went to the farmers market after breakfast and walked around and enjoyed some samples and treats from local bakeries. Here are just few of the goodies I tried out.
When I returned home late Sunday afternoon I felt well rested and actually rejuvenated. I watch the Super Bowl with my husband as I folded laundry then went to bed right after the game.
This morning on my way to the gym I was ready and energized for my Redzone class (a HR monitored group training class). After class I still had the energy to do a 2 mile recovery run. Sometimes we get so focused on training and reaching for a goal that we forget that in order to progress we have to recover. Not only do we have to recover physically from one work out to the next, but also mentally. So go ahead and work hard this week take the weekend off!