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Two strange weeks of running and Zumba...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sparkfriends, my schedule has been STRANGE the last couple of weeks!

Last week, Zumba was cancelled because of Halloween, so I did some dancing on my own but didn't get to go to class. Which always makes the next week back soooo hard, and usually means I won't lose weight that week (EXACTLY what happened!)

I ran on Thursday, and made it 1.85 miles before the sun started to set. Finished that run in 18 minutes -- and set a new record for myself!!

Saturday I was supposed to run the Trick or Treat virtual race, but I slipped on some wet leaves less than half a mile in and twisted my ankle. Went home, and spent most of Saturday and Sunday with my ankle elevated and iced...and it was feeling A LOT better by Monday morning!

Hit Zumba with a vengeance this week....did one 60-min class Monday and two 60-min classes on Wednesday. GREAT workouts!!

Thursday I set a new record for myself when I ran 4.5 miles in just under 50 minutes. Not only because it was the first time I broke the 11-min/mile barrier for runs over 4 miles (first time EVER that I averaged less than 11:45/mile!) but also because it was the first time EVER that I ran the whole thing. I was soooo proud of myself the first time that I ran most of that route, but I still walked up the two steepest hills and the ramp to the pedestrian bridge. But Thursday, I ran it all!!!!

Towards the end of the run, my ankle started hurting again, so I slowed down a little, but I didn't stop. I stretched really well but didn't think to ice it...and Friday morning, it was swollen and sore again. After 120 min of Zumba and a rigorous run, I think it was just telling me it needed a break! So I took yesterday off.

But today was TOOO BEAUTIFUL to stay inside! We won't have many more days like this, and I didn't want to miss out. But I also didn't want to push myself too hard and possibly lengthen my recovery.

So I hit the trails again today...but with the plan to walk every part that wasn't paved...every hill, steep or not, and to take my time. It was a great day for it, I ran on the Wabash Heritage Trail and the river and trees (even with most of the leaves already gone) were sooo lovely. It was really nice to slow down, take a few breaks and walk instead of pushing myself. It was EXACTLY what I needed!!

I made it 7.5 miles, divided into segments. Two .75 miles segments, entirely unpaved, where I finished in 11 min and 12 minutes....three segments that were about 1.75 miles, which I jogged in 19, 20, and 21 minutes. And then four segments of about 1/3 mile each...getting on and across the pedestrian bridge, and on and off the trail...altogether, those segments took 15 minutes (ramps up to the bridge took the longest, obviously).

So, I didn't set any new personal records. I didn't run as fast as I could have run, or as long as I could have run. But I had soooo much fun, and so far the ankle feels great! I'm icing it now, just to be on the safe side!

This week was A LOT more active than last week...can't wait to see my weigh-in next week! As long as I keep up with the cardio, I should have some weight loss to celebrate a week from today!!
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