Good morning! I’m sitting outside while typing this because it’s nice and sunny and not too hot (yet), and I need the vitamin D. An Animal Control van just drove by…hmm. I’m heading to work in a little while but figured I should probably type up a weekly training recap (on time for once!) before I go.
Week of 7/30-8/5:
- Monday: AM: active warm-up, 60 min XT (30 elliptical, 20 bike, 10 elliptical) + 5 min core + Airex pad stability. Legs and brain felt awful. PM: circuits.
- Tuesday: AM: 60 min swim (3500 yards). PM: glute activation, 30 min bike, lift. Felt much better today.
- Wednesday: 60 min elliptical
- Thursday: AM: 60 min pool (35 swim, 25 aqua jog). PM: 30 min elliptical + core.
- Friday: 30 min bike, 40 min lift, 30 min bike with some progressive/pick-ups
- Saturday: 60 min swim + 75 min vinyasa flow yoga
- Sunday: off
Overall, physically this week went pretty well. I was able to do 60-90 minutes of cross training every day, along with solid lifts, circuits, and yoga. I didn’t sleep quite as well as I wanted to, but I never got less than 7 hours of sleep per night. I got in some quality efforts even though I didn’t feel like doing full-on “workouts”. The workout efforts consisted of some pick-ups whenever I felt like doing them 😉
Mentally, it’s a bit of a different story. I’ve been struggling with body image this week in particular- not sure why it’s been worse than before, but I was extremely harsh towards myself. Keeping it real!
On Tuesday, I didn’t really want to go to the pool, but I got there and saw my swim buddy! (She’s in high school.) This motivated me a lot more, and we were able to swim together for about 25 minutes. Turns out she was having a (relatively) awful swim, so it was beneficial for both of us that we fought through our lack of motivation and got our butts in the water.
Friday was a really weird day because I had to get up at the crack of dawn to go to work but was home by 6:45 and after eating breakfast, I intermittently slept until like 11 am. I was exhausted and discombobulated. In the early afternoon, I had like 3 breakdowns and ended up going on a walk and talking to my friend for an hour. She was great, and I felt a lot better, and later in the afternoon I went to the gym and had a great bike and lift. I incorporated split squats, weighted RDLs, and weighted back squats for the first time in forever, and my foot felt good! However, it was just a weird, concerning day in general– and these days are becoming more frequent than before.
On Saturday, I woke up early to go to the pool before heading to a 75-minute vinyasa flow yoga class. After swimming for an hour, my arms were DEAD during yoga! But it was still really great. After working all afternoon, my foot started hurting, but it’s a different kind of pain. I think I tweaked the bunion during all that vinyasa flow. Chaturanga! Upward dog! Downward dog! Repeat! AHH! (Hopefully it’ll feel better asap.)
Also, my arms have never been this ripped. Perks of injury!
I didn’t really take any interesting pictures this week, so here is a photo of Eat and Run (which I am re-reading) taken in portrait mode because I was messing around with my new, actually functional phone 😉
On Thursday, I doubled on the elliptical in my basement and watched the Breaking2 documentary on YouTube to pass the time. Eliud Kipchoge really struck a chord with me when he said “100% of me is nothing compared to 1% of the whole team. That’s teamwork.” Throughout these many months of cross training, it’s important to keep in mind that I’m doing this for myself, yes, but more importantly for my amazing team!
Other than cross training, I just worked a lot and watched Scandal. Almost all my friends are out of town, so I didn’t really have much social interaction this week (may have contributed to my solitary self-criticism, oops). I didn’t “go out” this week because I think I’ve needed a break from all of that. Alcohol makes me feel shittyyyyy.
I’m getting closer and closer to being able to run again. Just gotta tough it out for another week! I know that being able to run won’t “solve” all the things I’ve been feeling, and I need to hash it out with myself, but it will hopefully improve my quality of life. I realized the other day while walking that I haven’t been on any of the trails, bike paths, etc. that I used to frequent every single day. I’ve also been cross training inside all summer! Ahh! No wonder I’m going insane 😉
My intentions for the next week:
- Continue lower leg strength and stability (single-leg squats, you will be the death of me!)
- Stay off Instagram. It’s not good for my mental health, and I waste way too much time on there.
- Speak more Spanish- listen to podcasts, music, and watch documentaries.
- Bike outside! And go for walks outside! Soak up the sun 🙂
- Compliment someone every day.
- Play the piano.
- Read two new books! I’m currently reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.
A little over a week until the training trips begin, and then it’s back to school for the start of senior year!