Ever since we got our memberships to Planet Fitness last week we have been regular visitors to the gym. I went 4 days this week! We are also taking advantage of the membership and visiting the Black Card Spa, aka the massage chairs, hydro massage beds and even the Total Body Enhancement equipment. Nothing beats the hydro massage beds though. A true spa experience for sure! I had a sudden flare up of super angry hamstrings and glutes. It was several days of uncomfortable pain, but luckily (knock on wood!) the pain is gone now. I ran 13.5 miles this week, including a 5K. Been a long time since I was in a 5K race!
Sun – 12th annual Willford Turkey Trot, 1.12 miles walking. I had to keep the tradition going, so even though no one was interested in going for a run (it was raining, and two of us were sick!) we still managed a walk around the neighborhood. Even though it looked a little different this year, and was 3 days late, the Thanksgiving streak continues!
Since my husband was sick he avoided making any food for our Thanksgiving, so my son got to carve the turkey. We did a decent job, but we missed my husband’s skills!
Mon – 1.75 miles, walking. Still not up for a run due to my cold I did want to get some fresh air before the sun went down, so I took a walk. SUPER odd thing happened… all of sudden I noticed a very tight pull in my upper right hamstring. I questioned it, but since I wasn’t doing anything strenuous I continued my walk. By bedtime my leg was so sore I was walking weird! At night I could feel it as I turned over in bed. What the heck??? The problem was very worrisome and uncomfortable!
Tues – Hamstring still feeling sore although the pain was moving around to be pretty much the entire back of my legs (hammies) and more “soreness” than “stabbing pain”. The only thing I can figure out is that it’s DOMS from my Saturday visit to Planet Fitness. Ugh. I did make another trip to the gym and used the 30 min circuit. I give it an “ok” rating. I would perhaps skip the cardio portion of the circuit next time, which is supposed to be between each weight machine, and just do the machine part of the circuit twice to get the best workout.
Weds – 3 miles, running on treadmill. Hamstrings still a bit sore (can’t touch my toes without a lot of discomfort!) but I think the best way to attack the problem is to do some PT exercises and run. So I did! My cold was quite a bit better today and I ran before work.
Thurs – 3.5 miles running, strength training (gym visit). I’m part of the Joy To The Run group from Another Mother Runner, which has been my annual “training plan” for December. A fun group for motivation, structure, and some contests. Today’s run was “song intervals”, in a ladder format. One song slow, one a little fast, and one faster (and then go back down the ladder). Seems like forever since I’ve done any intervals so this was refreshing to pick up the pace. The feeling of accomplishment!
You may remember that I hurt my hand on Oct 23rd when I was mountain biking. Basically I landed on my hand and pulled my thumb backwards (yep, it’s as painful as it sounds!). I went to the doctor today for a recheck after having my thumb immobilized for a month. The good news is that he thinks it will heal without surgery. The bad news is that I have limited range of movement with it right now. Hopefully with exercise and maybe PT in the future it will have full range again. It is still a bit sore depending on how I move it. This is how far I can move it…
I bet you just moved your own thumb, didn’t you? haha! I also got a referral for PT for my hammie just in case. They were sore/uncomfortable again this morning. ugh.
On my visit to Planet Fitness today I tried out the Total Body Enhancer. This thing has a vibrating floor plate and red light therapy. It was a 12 minute program, which left me a bit discombobulated after all of that vibration!! I’m not sure it would really tighten up my skin and do all that it promises, but I’m willing to give it another try. I’d certainly pick the hydromassage chairs over this unit though!
Fri – Arc trainer (35 mins) & 3.5 mile run. Tested out my race pants with a run around the neighborhood. Found out although they are thin, they are super hot when layered over fleece tights. Good to know!
We also enjoyed the Black Card spa again – this time with hydromassage bed and massage chairs. Ahhh. Going to gym is fun 🙂
Sat – Arc trainer (30 mins) & a 5K! The Christmas Village 5K. This is a new race for our nearby town. I volunteered as an Ask Me person. I’ve never done this task but it was as simple as pointing people to the packet pickup, start line, restrooms, etc. It was a windy chilly day so I was pretty much freezing my butt off outside from 3pm until race start at 4:30pm. I’ll write up a recap of the race later, but the key points are that I had frozen feet until mile 2 (thought I was going to trip!) and I did better than I expected. 26:46 Yay! And, those pesky hamstring pains were no where to be found. Woohoo!
After the race my son performed in a brass ensemble for the Christmas tree lighting. I think we got home at 6:45pm and it seemed like midnight! sigh, the winter nights.
Sun – Rest! We will be going to see a performance of the Nutcracker ballet tonight. It’s my holiday favorite!
Q: Are you attending any holiday events this year?
The Trans Siberian Orchestra just played in our town. Several friends went. I’m not sure I’d enjoy that concert – it seems sooooo intense!
Q: Any WordPress gurus out there? Any idea why my gallery pictures aren’t stacked anymore? They look fine in my editor. Ugh.