Training: Pretending Everything is Normal

The high point of my run: 9:22/mile.

It’s just like old times: kickboxing, running and the gym. Except… yeah, it’s a lot harder than I remember it.

The Plan

  • Monday: Gym
  • Tuesday: Kickboxing
  • Wednesday: Pilates
  • Thursday: Kickboxing
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: Run
  • Sunday: Rest

My triumphant return to kickboxing wasn’t horrible; in fact, I was pleasantly surprised that I could keep up for the full hour, however awkwardly. But the fallout came on Wednesday when I woke up and every single part of my body hurt. Have you ever been so sore that your hair follicles hurt? Neither had I until this week.

Fortunately for me, Mercy undid the damage that I’d done the day before, and I left her Pilates studio feeling like a whole new person. And then I went back to kickboxing on Thursday. I made it through 45 minutes of class before my aching foot and quivering legs got the best of me.

I ran on Saturday morning in the 50-degree fog. I’m still a long way from a 5K, but my goal for now is to just get out there and get more comfortable with my stride, with no pressure for run/walk ratios or pace. Eventually I’ll get to where I need to be.

This coming week is a travel week, so I’ll likely be trying to cram a week’s worth of workouts into three days before departing for the east coast on Thursday, Blizzard Fairy permitting.

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