I have to admit that I’m extremely bummed out. I’ve been sick with an annoying cold/sore throat/headache/dry cough/sneezing thing since the middle of last week. So it really put a damper on any goals I had to work out last week.
On top of that we’re having the coldest winter ever in Philly. Just when I think the Polar Vortex is over, oh wait, here’s another 2 feet of snow, and let’s keep the temperature in the teens and single digits. It particularly sucks due to having a job that requires spending an extended amount of time outside. The highways were in really bad shape on Tuesday afternoon as everyone was heading home…I’m grateful I made it back safe. This cold weather has no end in sight!
This isn’t even all of the snow we got!
I’m not trying to rant of course…I try to have no regrets and make the most of tough situations, but I hope I’ll be well enough to do something active soon!
I’m feeling EXTRA sore today after some intense circuits in Boot Camp that left my abs in tears (4 sets of 1 minute planks??!). But I plan to do my 30 minute “run” of 3 minute walk, 3 minute jogging on Saturday morning out in the elements, with my favorite dynamic warm up moves! Outside of the gait analysis I had, I haven’t run outside since September!
Here are a couple of pics of the workouts I did on Monday in the gym. They’re part of a package that was given to me by my Physical Therapist. A whole lot going on!
Dynamic warmup exercises
Various hip strengthening, core and balance exercises
Since I’ve moved on from PT, I have started to come up with my new running goals. These should carry me into 2014 smoothly, and hopefully take me to the biggest goal of all: completing a marathon!
My Goals Moving Forward
Continue strength training and injury-prevention exercises, no less than 3 days a week.
Slowly increase my mileage and transition back into bona fide running, 3 days a week.
Hire a running coach and focus on improving form.
Complete a 5K in the Spring.
Run a half marathon by the end of 2014.
Notice how there’s no mention of pace in these goals? In the past, I have been so obsessed with my speed (LACK thereof). With all that I have gone through (Runner’s Knee, foot stress fracture, plantar fasciitis), I’m just happy that I can still pursue running. I can’t worry about being slower than the next guy. I have to be MY best.
I think my goals are very realistic and force me to practice the patience I so desperately need. Hopefully, I’ll be crossing things off over the next several months and staying injury-free! Fingers crossed!