And here we go! I got back to the gym this week and conquered my fears of losing all of the fitness I gained last year. Truth is, it wasn’t all that bad. I had a little pain in my knee, but it was from running in the snow with the dog the other day…So I wasn’t too concerned. No IT Band issues, no major hip issues (it felt a bit twingy, but nothing some stretching can’t help). The last time that I ran was November 17th. The date of my last race. It’s been a while.
Saturday- Wanted to go, but didn’t because I’ve been exhausted lately, and after working 2 10 hr days in a row, I came home from my work shift and crashed.
Sunday- Again, wanted to, but a late start to run errands (that I had been putting off all week because of blizzards, record low temps, and work) didn’t help with fitting it into my schedule.
Monday- SUCCESS! Got up early, stretched, and took off toward the gym. I wanted to start slowly on purpose to make sure that I didn’t strain anything off the bat. My goal was 2 miles. I use my Nike+ app while I run in the gym, but unless I carry it in my hand, it doesn’t calculate the mileage correctly. It’s pretty annoying.
Run Summary- ” More like 2.3 miles…but back at it!”
Tuesday- Rest day
Wednesday- Managed to get up and out again. Decided I wanted to try to run a 5k. Absolutely no issues and for some reason, the time seemed to tick by quickly! I was in luck!
Run Summary- “This app is awful with treadmills! 3.2 miles! Phew!”
Thursday- Rest day
Friday- Set my alarm with the hopes that after another snow storm, the roads would be clear enough for me to come and go quickly to the gym. They were not. I compromised a little by doing stretches, IT Band exercises, and foam rolling. I meant to get my crunches and leg exercises started again…but it didn’t happen.
This is when I start getting frustrated with the whole treadmill thing. They are a 10 minute drive away…which doesn’t sound bad, but I have to compete with early morning traffic. Not only do I live down the street from a High School, the main road that PF is on is packed with rush hour drivers. Then factor all the snow we’ve been having into that (and the fact that our city barely keeps the roads clear)! On a clear day, I have to give myself a half hour to get home…most of the time spent sitting at a single light multiple times. It does get really annoying. I’m going to make a point at getting myself out of the house faster so that I can maximize my actual gym time. I am not a morning person.
Have I mentioned that I hate Winter? I do.