Wow, the week flew by with far too few workouts. I took it easy because of travel, rehearsals and plain just not feeling the urge to exercise. However, by last night, my body was sore and I knew it was because I hadn’t done anything active in three days. Since I returned home on Wednesday morning, I’ve been paying close attention to how my body reacts to things and what it needs, particularly in the areas of food, sleep and exercise. The non-stop travel since December has taken more of a toll on me than usual and I’m feeling the need to hibernate and cleanse. I looked into a few different types of cleanses and decided that, with this being the beginning of race training season, my body needs energy for exercise, so I’ve settled on a plan that will allow me to both feel healthier and maximize my workouts.
I had the pleasure of working out with both sisters in the past week. We did a beautiful but foggy run on Land’s End over the weekend (shortly after BA put her name in the NYC marathon lottery!), and two of us did an early morning elliptical run on Tuesday at the Springhill Suites in Irvine. They have a nice gym and serve by far the best breakfast I’ve ever eaten at a hotel!
Once home, I gave myself two days (actually gave myself one day of rest then never got around to working out yesterday!) and hit the gym today. My YMCA now has NIA classes. I used to love attending these in NYC and was thrilled to see it at my gym. This grounding movement class was just what I needed today to reconnect with my body and as I followed the class with a run on the treadmill, I attempted to maintain the elasticity and fluidity I’d found in my muscles and joints. The run still felt difficult at times but I was still loose and centered by the end. I finished my gym time with several core exercises and a good roll-out.
25 min treadmill run, random hills, 10:30 mm pace, ave HR 151 but up to 90%