I was thrilled that I exercised 5 days in a row last week. Typically if I'm going to do a long run, it's on Saturday. I was tentatively planning to do a 6-mile run on Saturday, but since I'd exercised so much during the week I knew I probably shouldn't push myself if I was feeling too tired or sore.
When I'm sore, I think about The Biggest Loser and how they must be sore 24/7 while on the show and tell myself being sore is ok and I shouldn't be intimidated by it. But then I remember that working out is ALL they are doing. They don't have kids or family there. They have trainers and get iced and stretched and probably sleep 10 hours a night.
So if I need a rest day, I need to take it.
As Friday progressed, I got more and more sore. Especially my hammies and glutes. That Level 2 of 6 Week 6 Pack Abs did a doozy on my legs, not just my abs. I love being sore though. It means my body is changing. By the evening I realized that a rest day would probably be most beneficial to me.
Hence, Saturday was a rest day, although we were active. Cleaning, projects, kids, baseball and softball games. I was sore all day! The hardest part of the day was keeping my calories reigned in since I wouldn't be burning any extra. But I was fairly successful in that, which was a good victory.
I didn't mind having a long run scheduled for today since we were going to a friend's house to celebrate a birthday. Sundays are hard days to run because of my early schedule and long morning, but I was mentally worked up for a run, so it wasn't too hard to get out the door. We had my 4 nieces and nephews over for the afternoon and my awesome husband STILL encouraged me to get out the door and run--leaving him with 7 children! What a man, huh?!
I ran 6 miles in 62 minutes. It took a mile or so to work out the soreness, but once everything loosened up I felt great. The weather was perfect (shorts & tshirt) and the sun was shining.
However, I was supposed to do this run in 66-67 minutes, according to my 10k training schedule. I have a HARD time slowing down when I'm running anything 8 miles and under. My route was a funky one that also messes with my time because miles 2 & 3 have a lot of hills, but then 4 & 5 are mostly downhill and I'm so exhilarated from running downhill that I fly on the straightaway of my last mile.
The lovely ladies on the Run Like A Mother facebook page say it's pretty important to run slower, so I need to work on that. I probably shouldn't do longer runs with that big downhill...it's just the easiest out and back route from my house.
I ended this week with 17 miles and 4 runs--makes me sooo happy!
I am not happy however with the scale. I'm trying to focus on non-scale victories, which 6 days of exercise and logging all my food certainly are. I'm using the myFitnessPal app to track my food and it sets a calorie goal based on my information and how fast I want to lose weight. I stuck with it religiously this week. And the scale showed no loss and maybe even a slight gain.
I am trusting that it's just my body adjusting. That maybe my body felt like it needed to hang on to resources since I was working it so hard this week. I try to not weigh myself too often because I don't want to be obsessed with the numbers, but I do want to make sure I'm making progress, so perhaps I need to track my weight a little more closely. I did take measurements on Friday to track my progress in another way too.
Any thoughts on this?
It's great to start the new week with something to motivate or that captures and aspect of running. I saw this on Facebook this week and it was just too perfect for mother runners!
How absolutely true this is!!
I hope you are off to a great start to your week of exercise & health!