After taking 9, count 'em NINE days off after the marathon, I resumed my workouts earlier this week: Tuesday 45-minutes on the elliptical. I seriously hate the elliptical almost as much as the treadmill. I would have died of boredom, except I was so happy just to break a sweat again.
Wednesday Feeling energized and refreshed, I decided that I was up for a 2-a-day and revisited the Nike Training Center app on my iPhone for my AM workout. I've had this app for ages but have only used it once or twice. (Page wrote a great review of this app here.) I decided to do the "Magnum" workout. By the time I got to the 4th set, I was dripping in sweat...and very happy! :)
That evening I set out for my first run since the race. It felt great to be running outside again! I kept things easy but had to push through the high winds and finished 4 miles in 40 min.
Thursday I woke up on Thursday barely able to move. I felt every bit of the Magnum workout; every muscle in my body ached. Badly. Apparently doing medicine ball push-ups and sumo squats with overhead presses the second day back from hiatus isn't exactly the best idea. I honestly felt worse than I did after the marathon.
The Spinning class I went to really helped to loosen me up, and by the end of the day I felt a lot better.
Friday Because I have short-term memory, I woke up at 6 am and did another NTC workout --"Power Pump." This one didn't leave me sore at all. I guess I need to do these more often.
After work I headed to the gym for a swim. Having not swum for a few weeks, I felt a little rusty, but was able to get 2000 meters done in just under an hour.
Saturday I was tempted to run a few short miles this morning but decided to keep today as rest day before tomorrow's race - the 100th annual Bay to Breakers 12K. I consider this a once-in-a-lifetime experience because this is the first and last time I'm running this. It's a logistically challenging race to plan for, and I am not looking forward to the swarming sea of humanity (100,000+ people are expected)...
But I do want the centennial medal, so I'll have to brave the insanity!