I spent 17 weeks training for a marathon that I did not run. A week ago I would have cried after typing that sentence. Today, I’m feeling better with my decision.
Ten days before the race I started having pain under my big toe. The pain then moved to under the ball of my foot. From there, up my inner shin. Two days before the race my ankle was so swollen I could not see the ankle bone and it hurt to walk. Forget running.
I’m happy to report that the swelling has since gone down and most of the pain is gone. Of course, I haven’t run in almost two weeks. I have a doctor’s appointment this week and I’m hoping to get some answers then. In the meantime, I’m moving forward with my post marathon training plan… which is lifting. Lucky enough, the plan I decided to jump into requires no cardio for the first 4 weeks. It’s like it was meant to be…
Earlier this week I joked on Facebook that my body likes weight lifting and macros, but my soul likes running and cupcakes. It’s kind of the truth, but I’m finding that I’m really enjoying lifting this time around. I’ve done several different lifting plans over the last few years that I enjoyed and decided for this cycle to return to Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer. It’s where I got my best results and I love the challenge that comes in Phase 2.
From my Instagram: Summer 2016
LiveFit Trainer is broken up into three phases, each consisting of four weeks. Weeks 1 and 2 will be the same exercises. Weeks 3 and 4 will be the same exercises. Et cetera. Et cetera. In Phase One, we focus on building muscle, making smarter food choices, and avoiding cardio. Initially my plan was just to lift and not worry about the eating. This was Thanksgiving week. Who has time for macros? But I found that my body wanted better foods after my workouts and I was unconsciously making smarter food choices, so I’ll start adding in macro days moving forward. We’ll see how this goes with cookie season now upon us.
And with that… here’s the Weekly Workout Wrap Up for November 20 – 26:
Monday, November 20, 2017 LiveFit Trainer Day 1: Chest and Triceps. I forgot how much I hated push-ups. I also need to work on getting off of my knees for my push-ups. I think that’s a good goal for the next 12 weeks. On a positive note, I remember how much anxiety I had when I first started this program in 2016. The thought of doing push-ups in a gym where people could watch me was anxiety inducing. I’m happy to say there is no anxiety anymore and I am quite happy in the weight room with all the other big kids.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 LiveFit Trainer Day 2: Back and Biceps. I have definitely lost a lot of my upper body strength over the last few months and found that I had to drop down some pounds with my dumbbells, but all in all, a great workout. Plus, I’m reppin’ my Run856 shirt.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Livefit Trainer Day 3: Legs. So… what I lost in upper body strength I made up for in the lower body. I’m happy to report that I am able to still press, lift, and extend the same weights from June. My squatting form still sucks though, so I’ll be working with the lighter bar before going back into the squat rack. Oh! I also added in some hip thrusts for good measure because I love them.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
LiveFit Trainer Day 4: Rest Day and Thanksgiving! Here’s my husband as a dancing turkey. You’re welcome.
Friday, November 24, 2017 LiveFit Trainer Day 5: Shoulders and Abs. Is there anything more humbling than Shoulder Day? I’m in the weight room, surrounded by huge dudes lifting huge weights making huge grunting noises after eating huge Thanksgiving dinners the night before… and I’m over here doing seated bent over rear delt raises with my 5 pound weights. But for real. Those rear delt raises are no joke.
Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26, 2017
LiveFit Trainer Days 6 and 7: Rest!
And that’s it! The workouts will all repeat this upcoming week, but I’m also hoping to add in some yoga. I just need to figure out when. 🙂 I’m also hoping to get some answers with my foot pain so I can get back to running. After all, that marathon ain’t gonna run itself!
As always, thanks for reading…