I ache today. It is a good ache. That pushed myself to the limit and then kept going ache. It was a good weekend though. I finished up another tough week of training for my marathon schedule, and now I get to relax with a light week of training.
Saturday morning was spent shopping. We had a ton of errands to do. Mainly Christmas gift cards to spend. The first stop was a stop for me at Lowe’s to spend a gift card. I got a new drill. I am so sick of my cordless drill getting a dead battery whenever I needed it that I went with a corded one this time. Next was a stop for Jennie. Kohls. Or as @jharpold so eloquently referred to it, “Satan’s Den”.
Thankfully, after that and a quick trip to the mall, we followed that up with a stop to the local running shop, Gazelle Sports.
They were having a big shoe sale, and they actually had my shoes in stock. That never happens. So I got a new pair of Brooks Dyads for 25% off. Yay! I still had money left on my gift card, so I sprung for an 18 inch foam roller.
This is part of my attempt to do more “non-exercise” exercises. By “non-exercise” I mean stretching, foam rolling, and strength workouts. I know that they will help me improve flexibility and overall fitness, but I just never feel as good after doing them as I do after a good run, which makes them hard to do.
After all the errands, I had to get some exercise in. So, I did a circuit workout on the trainer. I biked for 15 minutes to warm up. Then I did a set of pushups and situps: 20 pushups, 20 situps, 15 pushups, 15 situps ,10 pushups, 10 situps. After that, I jumped back on the bike and did 1 minute high RPM and one minute recovery for the next 15 minutes. Then it was another set of the pushups and situps followed by 15 more minutes on the bike. After that I was pooped. Doing the situps and pushups was very humbling. It just reinforces how much I need to do more core training.
I started Sunday with a swim workout up at the high school. It was an absolute zoo up there. I am glad I got there right at 12:30 so that I got a lane. It was mainly high school kids and younger that seemed to all be in a big group and know each other. So, thankfully they all shared lanes and put 5 or 6 people in lane. It is by far the most people I have seen up there for an open swim.
After my situps and pushups, my arms were a bit sore. Nevertheless, I picked a tough workout that I got from Krista’s blog:
500 meter warm-up
10 x 100′s on 2 minutes
10 x 50′s on 1 minute
5 x 100 pulling (focus on technique)
Total: 2600 meters
I managed to keep all my 100’s under 1:40 with a couple right at 1:30/1:31. I was really feeling it in my arms during the 50’s though. After pushing hard through the first set of 100’s and then the 50’s, the 100’s pulling were a breeze. It was almost like a cool down with those. I slowed down a bit and averaged between 1:40 and 1:45 for those while I focused on technique.
After the swim, I took a loooonnnnggg nap. It was very much needed. However, afterwards, the last thing I wanted to do was go for a run. I had 6 miles on the schedule though. So I bundled up and out I went. It was very windy, which brought the feels like temperature down to 8F. It was slow going, but the running actually loosened me up a bit.
After the run was my first experience with the foam roller. I felt very awkward doing some of the exercises. I probably looked ridiculous too. I really didn’t know what exercises to do, so I headed to YouTube and found the Top 5 Foam Roller Exercises. They seemed to do the trick. If anyone has any foam roller tips, I’d appreciate the advice!
And finally, I leave you with this. During our grocery shopping trip on Saturday, I found this label on the back of a jar of peanut butter. I was happy to see that the only ingredient is peanuts, but is the allergy warning “Contains Peanuts” really necessary?