As you know and are probably tired of hearing. I haven’t been running. Trust me, it’s strange having a running blog where I don’t talk about running fitness. But my next race isn’t scheduled until November, so if i’m taking time off to fully heal, this is it.
Yesterday was the first day i had no pain near the knee, and only experienced hip tightness toward the end of the walk/run. I was doing about 4 minutes walking then 1.5 minutes running (at a very easy & slow pace). Running without pain might be one of the best feelings in the world. I’m feeling optimistic that time off is definitely helping, alongside the skill work & glute/hip strengthening exercises. These will finally be up on the blog this week!
I have been walking on the weekend with a good friend who also is coming back from an injury. And as much as it pains us to see runners along the path, we both are happy to get out and get some miles in! Time soars with lots of girl talk, venting, bonding, animal spotting, nature..all that good for you crap!
It’s great to have a friend in the area who can go for miles and miles & enjoy it. Plus we do breakfast afterward and we hit up one of my favorite places.
Capital City Cheesecake, Takoma Park, MD.
We got lattes & bacon, egg, cheese sandwiches on multi-grain ciabatta. The small cup was a sample of their plain fro-yo with espresso, carmel & chocolate. It doesn’t look like it, but it was HEAVEN.
And then I took a few mini cheesecakes home.
Weekly Workout Recap!
Tuesday: 20 min StairMill (1 min lateral, 1 min forward for duration), 15 min hips, 10 core
Wednesday: 4000m row, 50 bosu single leg burpee w/pushup, 50 bosu situps
Thursday: 20 min lateral elliptical, 35 min running skill work & sprints! (no pain!)
Sunday: 6m walk/running (4-5 walk, 1.5m run), 1.7m walk with LE
Total Miles: 7.7 walking
Does anyone use walking as a form of cross-training?
06/01/2015 at 10:31 AM
I think walking is totally underrated. I never take time to go on a walk, but when I do (usually with my dog) I remember how much I love it! Such a great, peaceful way to explore : ) Favorite dessert is seven layer red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. Very specific. Very delicious! Hope you have a great Monday!
06/02/2015 at 9:16 AM
I’m so happy i have a dog now to enjoy walking, plus when I get to marathon training again this will help add healthy miles 🙂 Also– i need to hear more about this seven layer red velvet dessert!
06/01/2015 at 10:39 AM
I get so antsy when I walk…but it is a great form of cross training! And it allows you to take lots of cool pics:) Glad that you are starting to feel better!
06/02/2015 at 9:17 AM
Thanks! And yes, antsy is a good word, we’re so used to moving fast
06/01/2015 at 1:07 PM
I think you are doing the right thing – taking time off to heal. It sucks trying to run through an injury and makes everything worse so great job for listening to your body. Your pictures are awesome, and you are doing a great job cross training. I love walking and think it really helps for cross training! My favorite dessert is creme brûlée 🙂
06/02/2015 at 9:18 AM
Its hard doing the right thing.. especially when it’s time off from my favorite thing. Thanks for the support.. and creme brulee is one of my favorites as well !
06/01/2015 at 3:07 PM
First things first … Favorite dessert? YES!
Also, great pictures – sad about all the carving on that beautiful tree, though! There are bullfrogs along where I normally run, but I can never see them as it is still dark and they are pretty obscured anyway – I just hear the ‘splash’. But at work we have a massive crowd of geese including a couple of dozen babies now! Love watching them all together (all the poop in the parking lot less so!)
And we walk all the time – since Lisa will never be able to run, and has to be careful with excessive biking due to significant joint issues and arthritis … we walk in the evenings at least a few times a week from spring through fall. It is awesome – and makes you feel great rather than plopping in front of the TV or computer 🙂
06/02/2015 at 9:20 AM
i know! I hate the carvings, It’s sad that the only different tree on the path is all marked up. Glad you and lisa walk though. I have a few clients with osteoarthritis & RA, so i can definitely understand the joint pain, so it’s good she’s getting out when she can 🙂
06/02/2015 at 6:02 PM
I know what you mean – when I can’t run but gulp at others who get to, it’s pretty rough! Also, I didn’t consider walking as a way to cross-train, but after reading your blog decided to try it (I’m coming back from a hip injury) and I realized that I actually prefer it over the elliptical.
06/02/2015 at 8:38 PM
i agree, i feel much better walking. the elliptical is my least favorite workout of all.
06/03/2015 at 10:35 AM
I do crosstrain with walking sometimes and I love it! I always notice so many new things that I would otherwise miss on a run. Those baby chicks are so adorable!