As planned, I have done a whole lot of nothing this week in the way of exercise. On the Monday after the JFK 50 Mile race, I felt worse than on Sunday. I woke up feeling woozie and nauseous. I was rather stiff and kind of sore all over. I drank a ton of water and by mid-afternoon, I was feeling much better. The only thing that was bothering me on Tuesday were my calves and muscles around my ankles, obviously from the AT trail. I drove back to Ohio on Tuesday night and had an hour massage scheduled for Wednesday with a massage therapist who is also a hard-core runner. I really find I get the best massages from runners. They get it. She is also has a pilates studio and before my massage put me on a pilates cadillac machine to really open my hips. It felt soooo good. By Thursday morning, I was feeling no discomfort whatsoever from my race. I was just tired. So, I have been sleeping a lot and eating a lot of good food.
Although I have been enjoying some well-deserved lazy time, I am anxious to get back into some type of routine. A routine that does not include running on land though. *Sigh* This is brand new territory for me - not running - so, I am going to take advantage of these next 2 weeks to try some different activities and figure out some things. This coming week, I will:
- Go to the pool and learn how to pool run. I know this seems silly. How hard could it be, right? I have not been to a pool to exercise for years and years and years. I want to learn from someone who knows what they are doing. Cris, from CAR, makes pool running a regular part of her fitness regimen. She has graciously accepted my request and will give me a crash course in pool running on Monday morning. To be honest, I am more concerned about getting yelled at by other swimmers than actually pool running correctly.
- Attend a yoga class.
- Attend a pilates class.
- Eliminate refined/simple sugars from my diet. I don't want, nor do I need to do a "sugar detox" type of thing because I am not going to stop eating fruit or "good" sugars. I just want to make better choices when it comes to quick snacks. This will just require better meal and snack planning on my part.
- Figure out what I want to do with this blog. I started blogging as a way to document my 50 Mile race training for family and friends. Now that is over, I need to figure out if I want to continue and what the focus of the blog should be if I continue. To be honest, I really enjoy blogging a couple times per week. I love the community I have discovered and everyone is so motivating. I have a lot of time to think now....ha.