Sometimes as runners/athletes we make choices based on what we want to do and not what we should do – at least I know I’m like that. This week was one of those times – I just tried to do what I wanted as far as working out. It didn’t really work but…..
Sunday 11/2 – 45 machine gun kicks.
These go quickly – the challenge is supporting yourself on the standing leg and staying balanced while moving your leg back and forth!! And, both sides have to be worked equally –
This move is actually one I learned from TaeBo!!!
After a week almost completely off and a couple other minimal weeks, I decided to try and run. It wasn’t great but I pushed through and did a slow 5 miles. (sometimes I’m not very smart!!!)
Monday 11/3 – 45 star crunches – right hand to left foot, down, left hand to right foot = 1 rep.
Return to extended position then switch sides –
And, since I was already working my core I decided to do TaeBo Insane Abs. This workout always makes me sore for a few days!!!
Tuesday 11/4 – 45 standing crunches (hold each crunch about 3 seconds).
I really like standing crunches like this even though it looks a little odd!!!
I wanted to run again but it only took about 3 steps to realize that wasn’t going to happen. So I walked 6.35 miles at a 10% incline.
Wednesday 11/5 – 45 elbow plank with knee tap to a leg lift – alternate sides (right – left = 1 rep).
Return to plank then do left side –
This ended up being a LONG time to hold plank by the time I did all 45 reps!!!
I pulled out another older DVD – Denise Austin: Personal Training System. Many years ago this was my go-to workout when I had a stress fracture in my foot and we were traveling – 20 minutes of cardio, 10 minutes upper body, 10 minutes lower body, 10 minutes abs and 10 minutes stretching.
Thursday 11/6 – 45 fly to pull-over. (8 pounds because 45 is a lot!!)
Keeping this movement slow and controlled is the key (especially on the down part!!). My chest is still sore from this one!!!
I’ve mentioned before that I love the 10 Minute Solution DVDs. I chose Sculpt, Tone & Reshape with the Figure 8 for the workout. The figure 8 is a resistance band.
I like the combination of moves in the workout using the band!!
Holding plank while lifting and lowering your hips is a challenge – holding the plank on the BOSU makes it an even better challenge!!!
And, I tried and failed at running again!! So I just walked 4.25 miles at a 10% incline.
Saturday 11/8 – 45 standing pilates leg circles.
If you look closely you can see that my foot is barely off the ground. Even to close the circle (half circle actually) you keep it just above the ground.
I did all 45 on one leg before switching sides.
I like this move even though it is small – after several reps you will start to feel it in your thighs, core and butt!!
I’m not thrilled that I can’t run still but I guess I will just keep doing things that don’t make my leg hurt worse until I get some answers from the DR(s)!!!