Tuesday morning was a mud run on the trails.
Defiantly true with trail shoes.
Wednesday morning I went to the gym for sculpt class. It was my first time taking this class and I loved it.
I think I will be adding this one to my routine. We did a lot of upper body work today along with some squats and lunges and some exercises with the band that kick my butt, literally my hips and butt were burning. One of the things I have been trying to add to my routine is a lot of hip and glute exercises since those are some of my weak areas which have lead to my over-pronation problems in the past. Another big one during this training season on the trails will be ankle strengthening. I had issues with my ankle last time I trained for my 50k and I am really hoping to prevent that this time as it slowed me down during my race when eventually I had to have it wrapped at an aid station. About 3 months later as I was marathon training I went to my regular kickboxing class where I ended up spraining it and ended up in a boot and a lot of time recovering. All that time off really messed up my year last year and this time I will train smarter.
After class I did about an hour of cross training on my own with kettle bells, weights, BOSU ball and 1500m rowing. Then I headed over to the stair stepper to death machine. That machine always kicks my butt. I lasted 20 min because food was calling my name!
My friend introduced me to these salad mixes last week when I ate lunch at her house. I picked up this one and one more and they are yummy. This one contains 5 superfoods!
The only thing I wish was that there were more cranberries and roasted pumpkin seeds for the size of the bag because I ended up putting them all on my one serving, I'm like that's it?!?!.
The afternoon ended up being such nice weather I took the kids to the park to get some energy out.
Dinner: Crockpot Quinoa Enchilada casserole. So good and so easy. I LOVE my crockpot. It makes time for doing things we want to do, like playing at the park in the afternoon instead of having to rush home to prep dinner before I leave for my evening run.
Somebody loved their crockpot enough to make a cake to look like one. That's funny!
Did you know you can use your crockpot for just about everything from making tender meats, dips, cakes, breads, soups, casseroles, and even as a foot bath...
...no seriously, I hope this lady used a spare one...
All this crockpot love, you don't have one?!?! Don't worry you can always make your own....
So dinner was delicious. I gobbled up a big bowl of enchilada casserole and then had to run out the door to go to NRC for our group run.
Eating that large of a meal right before running was not ideal.....I got a terrible side cramp during my run. If it had been a slow long run it right have been ok, but speed work, not so awesome. My run suffered.
This mornings workout consisted of 1 hour kickboxing class, 30 min BOSU class, and a 3 mile run on the treadmill. Treadmill was 3 miles easy pace with pickups every .25 mile.
3 miles @ 8:36 pace.
It had been over a year since I have been to kickboxing class. The last time I was there is was kind of traumatic. That was the day I tore the tendon in my ankle while doing a side kick. Everything was going as usual, then I jump up to kick and next thing I know I am lying on the floor crying like a baby. I tore the tendon and added on top of that I had bone marrow edema to the ankle. The doctor said it was deep bruising and swelling which was basically like hitting my bone with a hammer, it was so close to shattering. For the longest time I said I would never go back to that class. But deep down I missed kickboxing.
What I came to realize was I'm sure it wasn't just that class that caused the problem. I had come off my 50k in Oct with a little bit of soreness in my ankle but it started to get better. My chiropractor had thought I had pulled my ankle out of place and had done multiple adjustments to it along with my taking a break from running. I thought it was gone as I was cleared to run and started my marathon training after about a month off. Marathon training for the next few weeks was going great. I had did my 18 mile long run on a Monday and went to kickboxing on the Tuesday. I always liked to kick and punch the bag all out, something about being able to hit something as hard as you could felt great. But all the impact the day after my long runs probably wasn't the best idea. I talked to an instructor when I attended the fitness crawl classes a few weeks ago and shes a runner also. In her class shes teaches less impact and more focus on the form and movements. So like today when everyone else would jump to kick the bag for a side kick I would not jump and just focused on getting my leg up high and leaning weight into my opposite leg. You still get the work into the hip and glute and core as you twist without putting as much impact on the joints. The other thing the instructor suggested was using more of a wrap glove instead of a fully padded glove, this way you can hit faster and focus on engaging your core and form but feel the impact so you don't hit too hard like you would with more padded glove. While it won't be my 3 times weekly workout like it used to be I will probably add it in once a week and be more careful this time. You can sprain your ankle anywhere, it just takes the right hit at the right moment so I can let my fear control my workouts I just have to go into it smarter this time.
Post workout strawberry blonde smoothie.
After I picked up the kids from school we started a big project.
Cleaning their bedroom.
It was a scary thing.
I got so caught up on trying to finish it that I lost track of time and missed my evening trail run. It was a bummer. But I am glad the kids room is done. Before picture was after we had already thrown out a bag of trash and junk toys. Yeah it needed it bad.