Training: So, About that Race…

Feeling about as toned as a jellyfish.

Less than two weeks until the 5K. I’m roughly two months from being ready. This should go well.

The Plan:

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

On Wednesday, at Pilates, Mercy said the words that I dread: “let’s stretch out your hamstrings.” While I was in absolute agony during the intense stretch, I felt much better the next day.

Unfortunately (I don’t think coincidentally), I woke on Thursday morning with an aching foot. I decided that kickboxing was going to be too intense, and instead opted for a relatively low-key session on the elliptical at the gym.

I was feeling better by Friday night and went to kickboxing, the class taught by the owner. It was a small group, so we focused on mechanics and the “why” behind the various moves that I do in choreographed sets during the week. There were several “a-ha!” moments and changes to my form. But of course, changes to form mean using new muscles, and new muscles mean new aches; by Sunday afternoon, I was really feeling it in places I didn’t know I had.

This week, I have a lot to cram into an abbreviated schedule. No kickboxing on Tuesday because of an all-day visit to San Francisco for work, although I’ll be doing enough city walking to probably qualify as a workout unto itself.

Of course, I also need to get out there and do a few proper runs this week. I can’t very well head into a 5K not even knowing if I can cover that distance at any speed. Should be an interesting week as I work to pick up the pace.

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2 Responses

  1. heya: are you using a foam roller? I have tight hammies, too (mmm, Hungarian bacon), and the foam roller has helped tremendously. If you get one, we can Skype and I can give you a set of exercises I like. Dy

  2. Alisa says:

    I do have a roller, and while I use it regularly it never seems to be quite enough. The foam is just no match for muscles that have been tight since childhood.

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