For the last few weeks–perhaps even a month–my knees had been feeling achy on runs and long walks. I pulled back on intensity and distance, which helped some, but not enough, and then it finally occurred to me: I haven’t bought new running shoes since April. Those shoes maxed out their mileage some time ago. Sunday night I bought a new pair, and it’s made a huge difference in my workouts this week!
The Brooks Ravenna 4
Here’s what last week looked like in terms of workouts (spoiler alert: I kind of dominated :-D) :
Sunday: Biking- 11 miles (with Andrew… it’s possible that we stopped for ice cream/Italian ice somewhere in the last few miles, but if we did, I assure you it was 100% Andrew’s decision, and I only went along with it for moral support.)
Monday: Running- 30 minutes (debut run for the new shoes!)
Tuesday: Lifting- 30 minutes; Ultimate Frisbee- 90 minutes
Wednesday: Running- 30 minutes
Thursday: Lifting- 30 minutes; Elliptical- 20 minutes (intervals);
Friday: Running- 60 minutes (trails)
I have been a devoted living room weight-lifter for years, but while we were in Jamaica I discovered the beauty of lifting at the gym. The allure is about 15% accountability–I won’t skimp on reps if someone is standing next to me–and 85% vanity–mirrors on multiple walls so I can see my muscles working from different angles? Heck, yes! Pure vanity, but very motivating. I had two great lifting sessions this week as a result, and I’m pretty sure I’m stronger already.
In retrospect I should have taken a day off because we are leaving today to hike and camp for the long weekend! I think today will mostly be driving and setting up camp, with most of the hiking being tomorrow, so hopefully it will give my muscles a chance to rest. I can’t wait to be in the mountains!
Have a great Labor Day weekend!
What was your best workout this week?
Weight lifting: living room or gym?
Any big plans for the long weekend?