I have a week to go until I hit the 6 week mark of no running…and then I can run again! It actually works out well because when I am able to return back to running there were be 16 weeks to go until the Napa to Sonoma 13.1 half marathon. I am going to start from Day 1 with a training program and go from there. This ensures that I won’t be running too long in the beginning to make sure that I am healed and don’t get injured again. Honestly, I feel fine and now I am just waiting it out. I know that I will come back and be stronger.
I have taken to the hot yoga classes and I really enjoy them. I try to practice 3-4 times a week and it has made a huge difference. I am feeling more flexible and I can tell that I can hold poses longer and that I can also get into them easier. I can also bend a little further which is great. I am hoping that I can keep the discipline I have now and continue to go to yoga even after I am cleared to run. That would mean workouts in the morning and in the afternoons though. Not everyday, I am thinking just 3 days a week. I think I can make it happen. It is funny when you are not training for something huge getting up at 430am to workout doesn’t really matter. I like working out in the evening. However, running and yoga back to back at night would take up far too much time so I do need to do them apart.
I have also started doing some weights and I am enjoying it. It has only been a week but I do feel strong. I know this is something I need to work into my routine as well if I want to get results. It is really hard because there seems to be 5-6 things I want to do to workout, but if I do them all I won’t be great at one I will just be okay at all of them. I want to strive to improve my fitness, not keep it stagnant. Believe it or not yoga has a lot of strength training benefits. Holding poses and working your core are all important when it comes to the classes so I know that I am getting a benefit. It is also a hot yoga class! I wore my heart rate monitor and I burn around 400 calories in an hour long class. Not too bad at all!
So with a week to go I continue to do yoga and stretch and I am looking at running plans to get back into it and come back strong for Napa to Sonoma which I hope I can do. Evan will be going for a PR again and I hate being the slow poke so hopefully I can also pick up my pace and be proud of my running!