Month of May Training Recap

I can’t believe May is *almost* over!!  I didn’t do my weekly training logs, this month was relatively low in the training aspect, I focused on recovering from the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 6th before getting back into HC workouts.

So, I decided to give a month long recap instead…

Total Road KMs :  100.5

Total Trail KMs : 35 approx

Hours running : 15.5  hrs approx

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Boxing class, at home XFit) : 10 hrs approx

# of Grinds : 1 (2 if I brave the rain & go tonight!)

How’s my month been? 

Hmm…it’s been interesting.  I read an article recently about how a runner’s life is filled with little injuries/pains, and you go from one to the next, and none are serious enough to stop you from running, but something will always hurt.  That’s basically how I’ve felt during May.

Post marathon, I had lots of pains, and in particular a pain in the back of my right leg, apparently in the Adductor Magnus (according to my RMT).  Until I was able to run again without pain, just a week after the marathon, Cathy & I started our Tough Mudder training with what I thought was a fairly easy at home Xfit workout :

Warm-up

  • 1 km jog
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 sit-ups
  • 10 squats
  • 10 burpees

repeat exercises, excluding jog, twice

Workout :

  • 40 walking lunges (20 forwards each leg & then 20 backwards each leg)

And then :

  • 5 Pushups
  • 10 Situps
  • 15 Squats
  • Max Rounds in 10 minutes

And then :

We walked over to the nearby playground and worked on our pull-ups, and quickly realized that we are brutal, and needed to purchase some XFit resistance bands to help us learn.

The next day, next 3 days, I was so sore!  I’d been running lots, but my XFit type strength workouts had definitely fallen on the back burner.  I gave myself a couple days to recover and started back a little easier, doing 20-40 sit-ups, & push-ups a night the rest of the week.

Luckily I was able to run without any pain 12 days after the marathon, which I felt good about.  I busted out a solid 6 km lunchtime run that felt great!  Just the next day, Cath, Mark & I headed out to take advantage of the brilliant weekend weather & hike Diez Vistas, a 16 km trail run/hike at Buntzen Lake in Port Moody (you can read my review of this trail & see pictures here)

This brings us to the end of May Long weekend in Canada, May 18-21.  I tried again for another XFit at home workout :

60 mins Spin bike intervals

  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 sit-ups
  • 10 lunges each leg
  • Repeat twice
  • 21 Pushups
  • 42 Squats
  • 15 Pushups
  • 30 Squats
  • 9 Pushups
  • 18 Squats
  • 1 Round for Time (4:14)

50 sit-ups

  • 21 Pushups
  • 42 Squats
  • 15 Pushups
  • 30 Squats
  • 9 Pushups
  • 18 Squats
  • 1 Round for Time (4:23)

Thankfully, my body wasn’t too mad at me this time, and I wasn’t too sore the next day.  In fact, it was feeling so good that I pulled out my first double day workout in what feels like forever!  Did 8 km of intervals with mom at lunchtime, and then 30 min spin/20 min XFit in the eve.

My first real run after the marathon, and doing Diez Vistas the day after was the real turning point in feeling like I was recovered and ready to tackle the next training and races.  So, I signed up for Tender Knee on May 27th, and loved it!  You can read the race recap here.  And, I’ve been doing at least 20 mins of XFit 5 times a week.  I ordered the resistance bands for pull-ups and picked them up yesterday, so going to have to go to the playground when it stops raining to test them out.
I added one new thing this week, which was a boxing class.  A friend suggested that I try his boxing class to see if it would improve my running.  Personally, I feel like the only thing that will really improve my running is losing the last 20 lbs that I’m still fighting with.  But, I’m game to try anything! On Tuesday, I went to the 5:30pm class for PowerCore Boxing & Fitness held at Maximum Core Studio Gym on Hastings (1 block East from PNE/Empire Stadium).

I was scared as heck to try this out.  I’ve never done ANY boxing, except for a kick-boxing fitness class, or Tae-Bo DVDs back in the day.  What ever happened to Billy Blanks??  I loved doing this DVD “double time, double time” hahah

Anyways, I was nervous, and it didn’t help that I walked into a studio basically filled with a bunch of big buff guys, who knew what they were doing.  I didn’t even think about it, but I had dressed in a pink sports bra, pink tank, and pink socks – could I look like any more of a girlie girl?!  But, all of the guys were super nice and welcoming, especially the 2 instructors who were engaging and filled me in on what to expect.

Luckily, just before class started, another girl joined us, and I felt a bit better.  As we got into the class, I felt better and better, and really enjoyed myself.  We did some cardio; push-ups, planks, jumping jacks, and a ton of burpees (which I can always work on), and we incorporated some punching into this.  We did some punching combos with a partner holding up punching pads (maybe the wrong lingo).  I was SO glad to have my new friend, the other girl, to partner with, as I would not want to have been receiving one of those big guy’s punches, or having to make a guy hold back.  I’m not terribly co-ordinated to begin with, but we repeated the combo’s enough time to get used to them, but not enough to get bored.  The crappiest part of the class was in-between switching partners we had to do push-ups with the gloves/pads on, and punching 10 times with 1 hand, and 10 times after the next switch with the other hand.  Holy eff were these hard with the gloves on.

Overall, it was a class I really enjoyed, and am looking forward to going back to again.  It was 1 hour long, and I wasn’t looking at the clock wishing it would finish already, and I left feeling like I got a good workout in.  I’m told that every class is very different, so I’m excited to see what’s different for next class.  Oh and I was super pleased that we didn’t do a ton of skipping, and intermediate skipping combos, that I thought were a huge part of boxing classes, and I am terrible at.

The day after I was quite sore in my arms, and in my back – right between my shoulder blades.  I don’t think I’ve ever been sore there, so that was new, but the instructor informed me that this is where I want to hurt, so I’ll listen to the expert!  I actually feel sorer today, which is 2 days after the class, but it’s all a “had a tough workout, worked out different muscles so I’m sore” soreness.  Not an injury or anything like that.  Just a trying something new pain.

Which brings me back to what I was saying, since the marathon I haven’t been “injured” but I’ve had many different pains that I’ve had to work through, or around, or just plain rest.  But, since I’m doing a lot of different things, and using different, less used in my regular running life muscles, it’s to be expected.

Overall, it’s been a good solid month, I’ve been able to dodge around these little injuries, these random pains, and I’ve been able to get some great workouts in.  I’ve switched over to more trail running than road running, switched into doing the Grind, (check out my Grouse Grind tips here & here) and I also began to do some more Tough Mudder specific work-outs in my 5 day a week at home XFits.

I love summer training, as the focus has shifted from the long road hours, to hours spent playing in the mud, dodging rocks, roots, and basically being a kid out in the woods.

Hopefully I’ll get out to grind tonight, and finish off this month with 135.5 kms run and 2 grinds!  Gotta get those grinds in, as I have the Seek the Peak race coming up on June 17, which encompasses uphill road running, trail running, the grind, and some very difficult extreme downhill running!  Can you say excited??!!

Sorry for the super long post, I think I’ll stick with weekly re-caps in June!

xoxo

-S

Oh, I’ll leave you with this beauty I saw this morning that made me laugh out loud.

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