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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

5 Takin' It Easy To Get Stronger


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I only ran twice last week, but this week am planning on returning to my usual schedule (of 3 runs per week). As I mentioned several times before, my knee had been acting up (i.e., swelling a bit after my runs), & I'd been popping Ibuprofen like it was candy. Now if only it tasted as good as candy. ;-)

Have to say that I'm happy to have a little bit of a break, if only for a few days. My knees & I definitely needed it!

Now I can return to running with a renewed vigor. And hopefully the knees will be the better for it too.

Tomorrow is the second run of (the first week of) the BTHR program, in which I'll be running 40 minutes at a moderate pace.

I'm also going to squeak in a little bit of strength-training, probably on Thursday.

I'm doing some last minute travel, so it's going to make working out a bit more challenging this week. I hope to get back into town while it's still light outside on Thursday, so I can run around the lake. We'll see how things go.

I've only packed 1 workout outfit, (which is for tomorrow), so on a purely practical level, I'll have sufficient motivation to get back early on Thursday for my second workout. Otherwise, I'll have to workout on Friday & Sunday for my remaining 2 workouts. ;-)

5 comments:

Abimars said...

I am so with you on taking it easy. It was a battle between myself and my left knee last week but I WON!!! Will also take a brief break after my last run to come back stronger

Ophelia Rising said...

Hi Corey, I found your blog from the woman bloggers group on Blog Catalog. I just wanted to let you know that a good friend of mine also has a blog on running, which I thought you might be interested in. Hers is:

http://www.themarathonmama.blogspot.com/

Thanks - you have a great blog!

cymrusteve said...

Hope the knee does better on your next run and hope you get back early enough tomorrow to enjoy the daylight and the lake scenery.

This week has been better for me. An hour run on Sunday, indoor bike ride on Monday and 30 minutes on the treadmill tonight. A slow return, but I need to take it steady.

Keep up the good work. Sounds like you're still highly motivated :)

--Steve

benhurjun said...

I heard that constant running wears the knee joints. I was advised to do biking in between. It works out almost the same muscle group but less impact on the knee joints. I started core-training exercises too. It's very low impact and builds strength absolutely.

cyberpenguin said...

Thanks everybody, for your comments! Wow, where do I begin?!

Abi, good for you! I agree with what you & so many other bloggers have recently commented upon here: It IS so important for us to listen to our bodies when we exercise, as we all want to be fit & healthy for many years to come! BTW, just wanted to add that you are making great progress overall & should feel extremely proud of your accomplishments. Bravo for getting to the final week of the Couch-to-5K program!

Ophelia - So glad to hear that you enjoy reading my blog. Will definitely check out your blog & your friend's blog too! Thanks so much & hope you'll become a regular commenter & visitor here! 8-)

Thanks, Steve! Good to hear you're having a good/better week! Looking forward to hearing more about your biathlon training. Might follow your & Benhurjun's lead with the indoor biking idea to rest the knees for a while.

Benhurjun - Thanks for your comments & for visiting my blog! Cross-training is always an excellent way to keep the running fresh & to avoid injury (of the knees & other parts!). Core-training is also something that I'm a big believer in as well. Great to hear about your workout regimen & suggestions. Thanks so much!

Happy New Year Everyone!

-C

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