I’m going into my 4th week of dealing with this super annoying IT band injury, but I’ve definitely seen some progress in the past 10 days or so. I managed 6 miles of running this week (on 5 different days) and a lot of cross training.
My daily workouts pretty much are going like this…. 15-20 minutes on the stair stepper or elliptical, then a test run on the treadmill. These runs have usually lasted around 1-1.5 miles. I stop as soon as I feel pain in my knee. It comes on really suddenly and leaves just as quickly as soon as I stop running. Afterwards I either get back on the elliptical/stair stepper or switch over to strength training: abs, arms, squats/lunges, clamshells and bridges.
I’m kind of over being frustrated. There is no good that will come out of pouting, so I just run as much as I can and it gets better a little bit each day. I have 11 weeks until the Richmond marathon that I’ve already registered for. If I can’t jump back into real training soon I’m going to start losing hope. This was such a huge goal for me and I was so excited to train for it, but now it’s become a source of stress and frustration in my life, which is never what I imagined would happen.
BUT… let me just tell you that there is not an OUNCE of sadness/bad energy coming from this girl this week, because I’M GETTING MARRIED ON SUNDAY. I just started to cry when I wrote that (happy tears of course). I can’t even believe how lucky I am that I get to marry this man. He’s by far the best thing that has ever happened to me and I know everyone says they get to marry their best friend, and maybe they really mean that, but REALLY, he’s my best friend.
We spent the weekend finishing up some last minute things for the wedding. My parents helped us out with our last minute crafts and then they took us out to dinner since it was my last weekend as a “Fager.” We went to one of our favorite restaurants, Smitty’s in Kernersville. Unfortunately Smitty’s does not have the best lighting, but they do have the best beer, onion rings, and ranch.
Afterwards I mentioned that I wanted froyo (by mentioned I mean I told everyone we were going to froyo) and they all politely told me they didn’t want anything, but that they would take me. Well, four bowls of froyo later everyone was happy and full. You can’t GO to froyo and just not get anything. Not possible.
We went to bed super early on Saturday because we are old (I’ll be 26 on the 10th, ahhhh) and had lots of energy for the gym on Sunday. Dixie wanted to sleep in.. She was exhausted from playing with Greta the day before.
I stayed off the treadmill completely and did an interval workout on the elliptical instead. 10 min warm up, 3 min hard/3 min rest on 8 resistance, 3 min hard/3 min rest on 7 resistance, 3 min hard/3 min rest on 8 resistance, 15 min cool down.
Sunday night we both had a fantasy football draft to attend to. I have a fantasy league with my cousins and this was the first year an “outsider” was let in by marriage, even though we aren’t officially married yet. Thomas was pretty excited, but we have to stay in different rooms and not speak to each other during the draft because we both take it pretty seriously. It ended peacefully and we are both pretty happy with our teams. The first true test of marriage will be when we play each other week 2 (the weekend we get back from our honeymoon). Should be interesting!
Well, now it’s time to take on this week and hopefully it will FLY by and then come to a screeching halt on Friday afternoon so it can slow down and we can enjoy the most amazing weekend of our lives!!
What is your favorite cross training cardio?
Anyone else play fantasy football? Do you and your significant other fight about sports? (we don’t like any of the same teams)