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Gettin' it back

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Week 2 now of re-incorporating strength training into my weekly routine. I'd basically backed off of a LOT of my exercise while I was trying to heal, and I should have paid more attention to the ACTIVE part of Active Recovery. I definitely paid for, what with having to build back up my mileage and overall strength.

I'm running now 3 times a week, and am starting from the beginning to build back up my mileage, planning for my first 1/2 marathon in March.

Last week I added back in my strength training, starting off "easy" with the 30 minute, intermediate level Nike Training Club workouts. Last week, they completely kicked my butt!

Today, it actually felt ok. The pushups still completely sucked, but I didn't feel like I wanted to die at the end, I finished strong. Good to know that my muscles DO remember how they're supposed to work and how strong they *can* be when I'm not slacking!

I've also been incorporating a LOT of extra stretching, including some time with the foam roller. Looks like slow and steady is going to be the trick. I'm considering stepping up the ST next week to either add an extra 15 mins to the workout OR go back up to the advanced level, keeping it at 30 minutes. That's also going to be for just 1 of my 2 weekly workouts... no overdoing it this time.. even though I've got about 7 holiday pounds to get rid of!

So, this week's big lessons:
*Active Recovery means active, not sit on your ass
*If you're in recovery mode, maybe don't keep eating like you're still training for a marathon!
*Stretching is goooooood
*Ease back into things, only add 1 new thing each week
*You CAN get it back. In fact, it seems to be coming back a little faster than I expected, which is a really pleasant surprise!

Anyone else easing back into it? How's your post-holiday or post-injury training / eating going?
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    Your blog gives me hope that when I start running again, maybe it won't be so bad. I'm still exercising, but not as much as I used to. Working on getting that back. And I've still been eating like a runner so no wonder I've gained 5 pounds! Time to get things back on track. I'm still hoping to be able to do a half-marathon in April. Good luck with the training and yours in March.
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