Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Back At It!

After two weeks of being sick and completely inactive, I am finally better! Hallelujah!  I cannot tell you how cranky I was getting about not being able to workout and run.  It was horrible.
 
On Thursday I still had a lingering cough but I couldn't take it anymore so I attended a HIIT the Barre class at the Carmel Barre studio.  The instructor, Gracie, killed me with burpees, push-ups, planks, crunches, various squats and lunges, etc.  I loved every torturous second of it!
 
On Saturday I woke up with full-on soreness from the HIIT class but I still decided to attend the #BODYPUMP100 launch at our local gym.  My friend was co-teaching it and I had never tried a BodyPump class before so I was really excited (but scared) to give it a try.  It was awesome!  I readily admit that I don't lift weights and I have absolutely no upper body strength so it was really challenging for me. It was a good challenge though and I'm looking forward to incorporating it into my cross training schedule.
 
On Monday my friend Sarah invited me to join her for a run on the trails in Fort Ord.  You guys, I was so deliriously happy to be able to run again!  Yes, my pace was much slower than it normally is and yes, my lungs were still compromised.  But I ran!  I was literally on a runner's high for the rest of the day.
 

So happy!

Look at those smiling faces
 
I am so relieved to finally be feeling normal again and can't wait to continue hitting my runs and workouts hard.  This girl's got some goals to smash this year!
 
What did you do over the weekend?  Did you do anything fun for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

Monday, January 9, 2017

January 2017 Update

Oh 2017, I still love you but man you've given my new year a rough start.  I came back from Vegas and immediately came down with the gnarly cold that's going around.  Me being the typical stubborn runner that I am, I insisted on still toeing the start line at the 2017 Rio Resolution Run because I refused to let some cold keep me from starting the year off doing what I love.
 
Smiling but miserable
 
I finished the race but holy cow it was one of the most miserable experiences I've ever had, with non-stop coughing and difficulty breathing.  In fact, I made an mid-race decision to downgrade to the 5k instead of the 10k I was registered for because I was struggling so much.  At one point I swore I was going to throw-up because I was coughing so hard.  Not cool!
 
Needless to say, I probably added several days to my recovery and have been homebound since.  No running, no working out, no doing anything.  At all.  To say I'm in dire need of some kind of physical activity is an understatement.  Talk about cranky!
 
I have my fingers crossed that I'll be back to normal soon.  I'm feeling better but I still have a residual cough that's driving me nuts and some congestion.  I need to do something before I go crazy from inactivity.  Literally.
 
How has your 2017 been so far?  Have you managed to avoid getting sick?