Happy Sunday! Did everyone have a good weekend? As usual, I feel like I blinked and the weekend was over. But that’s okay because I have a short work week coming up since I’m leaving for Chicago on Friday! I really can’t wait to get there, meet up with a ton of bloggers, run the races and eat all the food!!
As the title of this post suggests, I’m back to running! Well, more of a run/walk, but you know what I mean 🙂 It was a pretty busy week at work but getting to run was definitely the highlight of my week. Here’s how my week went:
Monday, July 9 and Tuesday, July 10
No workouts but I focused on doing a lot of walking, stretching and some strength training with light hand weights.
Wednesday, July 11
1 mile run/walk.
This was the day I’ve been looking forward to every since I had the surgery. After 2.5 weeks I felt ready to attempt to run. I’ll admit that I was scared to start running again, but knew I just had to suck it up and try. The run was pretty bad/painful, probably because I was still stiff and haven’t run in a few weeks. I’ll admit that I threw myself a short lived pity party after the run.
Thursday, July 12
2 mile run/walk.
Thank goodness this run was SO much better! My back didn’t feel as sore/tight and I was able to still keep the 2 mins walking/3 mins running intervals.
Friday, July 13
3 mile run/walk.
Felt pretty good on this one. I kept the intervals to 2 mins walking/4-5 mins running.
Saturday, July 14
4 mile run/walk.
The beginning of this run was great but I started experiencing some pain during the last half mile. I think that I may have tried to do too much too soon, especially considering I just started back to running on Wednesday. I finally (I’ve had this watch for years) used the interval feature on my watch for this run. I set it to 2 mins walking/5 mins running. It was nice to be alerted to when I should be walking/running but the only issue was that I couldn’t see my total distance. Anyone know how to fix that (I have a Garmin)?
Sunday, July 15
Spinning (60 minutes).
I haven’t been to the gym for a spin class since June 24th – yikes! Don’t get me wrong, I love the Peloton spin classes, but there’s just something about taking a live classes with others, listening to the loud music, etc. Although I was still mainly in the saddle for the most part, it was an awesome workout!
Total Weekly Mileage: 10
Weekly Weight Loss: -2.2 lb
Grade This Week – A
Hooray for getting back to running! It’s still probably going to be another few weeks until I’m back to 100% but I really like the run/walk intervals. I’ll probably stick with interval running for a while. The walk breaks really help take some of the pressure off of my back. After this week, I have confidence that I’ll be able to get through the RnRChicago 5k/10k next weekend. Sure, it will probably be my slowest race times ever for those distances, but it’s all about fun and enjoying the experience. I also purchased a magnesium oil spray that I’ve been using about twice a day. I think it’s helping with the soreness so I’ll continue using it next week as well.
I have a quick update on my hand. They think that I might have some internal bruising and that is causing the dull ache that I’ve been feeling. By placing the IV drip in my hand, this could have bruised my vein since any small movement can cause a vein to bruise. Also this was the IV they put in my hand during the surgery, so if it felt uncomfortable, I wouldn’t have been able to tell them since I was under anesthesia. I’m still not sure why they needed to put in an additional IV since I had one put in my left hand before the surgery. I’ve been using a warm compress on my right hand this week but it hasn’t made too much of a difference so I might try to go get an X-ray if things don’t improve at all.
Let’s end this post on a positive note! One fun thing I participated in this week was Instagram’s “Ask me a question” feature via Instastories. I think it’s a pretty cool feature and I’ve had fun asking other people questions. Here are some of the questions that I received yesterday from a few of my followers:
That’s it for this week – thanks for reading my weekly wrap recap!
Did you have a good week? Do you run with intervals? If so, what do you think are the benefits?
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