The Chicago Spring Half Marathon is Sunday! I’m ready. I just hope the weather is nice, and by nice I mean in the 60s and not raining. Is that asking too much? It IS Chicago. …
I battled some anxiety as well as physical pain this week. My shoulder has been sore for about five days, so I’m looking forward to a few more days of rest and recovery before the race. The anxiety stems from unexpected financial obstacles we’re facing that are really the last thing I need right now on top of moving and big changes on the way for us. I can’t take much more of this stress this year. But that’s a story for another post.
Here’s how the last week of training went:
Monday: Rest day.
Tuesday: 1,7 miles at Orangetheory.
- Deadlifts to rows
- Lunges to single-leg squats with straps
- Planks to knee tucks
- Tricep extensions on bench
- Single-arm swings from squat position
- Bicycle situps with weights
- Bench jumps
Thursday: 2.5 miles of inclines at Orangetheory. One block was at 2 percent incline, one was at 3 percent and the last one was at 4 percent. We also did two 300-meter rows.
- Incline chest press
- High rows on TRX strap
- Reverse crunches
- Knee tucks
- A bunch of other chest and shoulder workouts
Saturday: Rest day.
Sunday: 5.31 miles.
Week’s mileage: 9.51
Yoga minutes: 20 minutes
I did not intend to have four rest days this week, but I crumbled amid my stress this week. You would think it would motivate me to burn off the tension, but it had the opposite effect: I wanted to curl into a ball and not move. The weather didn’t help matters; it felt like 35 on Saturday morning. I put off my planned run until Sunday.
Resting my shoulder and yoga are my plans these next few days before the race. I need to take my own advice about my yoga practice: Breathe and remember you can’t control anything but your reaction. Wish me luck, please!
What are your fitness goals? Let me know in the comments!
Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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