Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sports Therapy, Running, & the Gym...oh my!

Not much happened this week, exercise wise.  I had another appointment Thursday morning with the RunLab sports therapist.  We did LOTS of fun (yes, I’m weird and think PT exercises are fun) exercises that I’m looking forward to doing on my own because he assigned them as homework and each week that I come back to see him, he’ll be adding more exercises for me to do.  A few of the exercises he wants me to do on an incline or a slight hill.  I was trying and trying to think of where to find a hill or incline as around where I live is pretty flat.  I mean, there’s a part of the park trail that goes under the road so there’s a bit of a hill there and I can drive there and park and there’s also a decomposed granite “paved” circle around a soccer field so I can do like some track work after I do my exercises…or just run mindlessly in circles.  Ha!  Or I can run the 3 mile loop once or twice after them. 

After my RunLab appointment, I drove to my gym, parked and then ran down the street for 2 miles and then back for a total of 4 miles.  The route was just a straight shot down the road, but it was chock full of rolling hills.  YEA!  Since I have the Austin Marathon coming up in February, I really need to focus on training on hilly routes and doing speed work on top of my long runs.  I just had an idea…what if I run the hilly routes and ALSO do speed work…I can do fartleks up the hills and then run really slow for recovery on the flats and downhills.  I like this idea! 
After my 4 mile run, I went inside the gym and did some core work.  I used the glute master (it’s a kickback action), then I did the 3-way ab crunch machine, then the back extension machine and finished up with the rotary torso machine.  I really wanted to get on the Jacob’s Ladder machine, but as I was walking over to it, a guy was strapping himself to it and starting to use it.  Wah wah.  After that, I went home and finished up my core workout on my TRX straps by doing some pikes.  It was recommended to me by a friend that I add a push up after each pike rep.  So next time that’s just what I’m going to do!  And, in case you’re wondering what a pike is, you can check out the video of me doing them on my Instagram (@sararunsthisweigh) or on my Facebook page

Today, I ran with a free running group called Al’s Ship of Fools.  It was supposed to be a 13 mile route, but the pacer I chose forgot her map of the route and I couldn’t find the map on their website on my phone, so we just ended up taking a couple wrong turns and I finished at 12.4 miles.  I’m not worried about it, though.  They had a fantastic breakfast spread for us after the run and I had half of a cinnamon roll, some sausage/egg/cheese casserole and a chocolate donut with chocolate filling.  So yummy.  I hope to run with them again in the future!  When I got home, I showered and took a nap.  This afternoon, I was going to go to the gym, but discovered that they either closed early or were closed all day today.  So, I still wanted to do some strength training, so I did a few exercises on my TRX straps that I have in my apartment.  I did row, tricep extension, bicep curl and supermans.  As basic as those exercises are and I only did 3 sets of 8 reps of each, I will probably still be sore tomorrow just because of my complete lack of strength training over the past 3.5 months. 

I still weigh myself daily, so long as I have access to a scale.  However, at this time I’m not going to be posting that information.  I will start January 1st with all of that.  Full disclosure, I promise.  I have regained some weight, so I do have some work to be done in that department.  I think I’m just going to do weight and measurement and progress photo posts once a month, on the 1st of every month.  I’ll wear the same swim suit for all progress photos…most likely my flag bikini because, well, it’s the most revealing one I have, no extra flair that can distort or distract how the photos are viewed (aka: no fringe or whatnot).  So, I’m looking forward to that!

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