Sunday Sweats 2
Let me just preface this week by saying: It stops here. Also, I'm kind of dumb sometimes.
Monday: 0 miles + medium free flow practice
After Sunday's run, I wasn't sure whether I would or would not run Monday. Early in the week I feel like I can leave my running schedule up to how I feel, thinking I have the rest of the week to make it up. It's not always true. I declined a Monday run because my calves were a bit sore and we had some nasty wind, gusts 20-40 MPH. No.
I did manage to wake up with a relaxing, stretch-focused free flow Monday morning. I focused about 20 minutes on standing and sitting forward folds, cat/cows, twists and other gentle stretches to get my body ready for the first week back at work.
Tuesday: 0 miles + long free flow & arm balance practice
So this is where my Monday logic comes back to bite me on the ass. We got snow Tuesday, and by the time I left work, it was very very very well below freezing. Roads were not yet plowed, sidewalks weren't shoveled or salted, and running on these streets in the dark alone is basically a death wish.
I "made up for" the lack of a run with a nice long, high-energy flow on the yoga mat, plus did some arm balance practice. Seriously, it's called a practice for a reason because y'all, this takes WORK.
Wednesday: 0 miles + short yoga practice
Guess how icy it was Wednesday after an entire 24-hours of temperatures below 20? It's not the cold that's the problem; it's the running on ice in the dark thing that I'm not down with. It's how my old running buddy sprained his ankle last year. That's not a risk I'm cool with making two months before Rock 'n Roll.
I worked my low back and hips with this morning practice though, and spent the evening getting cracked and twisted around by my beloved chiropractor. So that's something.
Thursday: 0 miles + medium free flow yoga practice
Guess who is a really smart person? Not me. So on Thursday I had to run a quick errand on my lunch break, and as I was pulling back into my work parking lot it finally occurred to me: Though I don't belong to a gym because I won't use it, I have friends and a brother who do. And they have free guest passes. And there are treadmills in there. Which are not an ideal (or even enjoyable) method of getting my miles in, but make it possible to run in the icy conditions we've had this week. But I didn't figure this out until after I got back to work without any running gear and wouldn't have been able to get home from the gym until 7/7:30 at least, which would just not give me enough time to do all I had to do to prepare for the next day's special delivery. But now I've resigned myself to it: I'll treadmill if I have to because it's better than nothing. (It really never occurred to me before this day to join a friend at the gym on occasion just for the treadmill. Doy.)
I squeezed in a free flow to open up my back, since I've been feeling tight and angry there, and that was Thursday.
Friday: 0 miles + short yoga practice
I knew this would be a no-run day, because I had important plans post-work. I started the morning with this nice sun salutation flow, raced through work, and headed to the train station right after... Because Tracy's here visiting this weekend! *all the happy emojis*
Today was a total rest day, as Tracy and I had places to go and things to do. More on that later in the week.
Sunday: 4 miles + no yoga practice
My first run in a week... ack. Never again am I letting that happen. It wasn't a great pace for either one of us, but it was so fun to finally run with Tracy to my left! We took a flat-ish course through my town and avoided toppling over on the ice. Calling it a win... for now.
No formal yoga practice today, though we did play around with some arm balances over coffee.
Running: 1 workout; 4.09 miles
Yoga: 5 practices
I'm embarrassed at how long it took me to come up with the guest pass solution. But now that I have literally NO excuses (not that not wanting to die on an icy road is really an "excuse"), I have to be better.