Hi everyone! The bad news: it’s Monday. The good news: It’s a three day work week! I’m so excited that it’s Thanksgiving week and we get one day full of eating and another day full of shopping! But before I get ahead of myself, I’d like to take a look back at my last week because I’ve got some pretty good news to share!
Monday: Spin class after work
Tuesday: Restorative yoga
Wednesday: Spin after work again
Thursday: PT and restorative yoga
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: We got a bunch of snow on Friday night (FINALLY!), so we spent the day breaking in my snowshoes in Kincaid Park
Sunday: Morning spin class
Snowshoeing was definitely my favorite workout of the week! It’s so hard but so much fun!
If you’re thinking that my week looks pretty repetitive, that’s because it is! My PT has lots of restrictions on what I can do while I’m working on hip strength, and this is basically it. To mix things up, I tried out the new spin studio at one of the branches of my gym and it was amazing! The bikes are brand new and have these special computer systems that calculate the intensity level you’re working at (which are based on your stats that you type in before your workout) and glow different colors based on those levels. Knowing that everyone can see if I’m slacking forces me to work hard, and I love being able to see how hard I’m pushing myself based on the color. Spin class is definitely hard and not as much fun as running, but I’m starting to enjoy it!
Now it’s time for the good news! All throughout the week I made sure to keep up with my hip strengthening exercises every day, and I was really interested in seeing if my PT would notice. And he did! He immediately told me that my hips were stronger and gave me some tougher exercises to add into my rotation. Now my bridges are done on a stability ball, and my clamshells are done with 3 to 5 pounds of weights on my leg. I’m also doing squats with a resistance band on my knees. But the best part was that he wanted to see my running form, so he had me hop on the treadmill so he could record me running. I was only on there for one minute, but I didn’t have any pain at all! I’m not cleared to run yet, but he said it’s a good sign that I didn’t have the same instantaneous pain that I was having before. And he noticed right away that I overpronate like crazy and that my hips drop from side to side as I run. He wasn’t really that surprised by it and said that it’s a really good thing that we’re working on strength because it will help my form. So my appointment was filled with positive news, and I’m looking forward to my next one on Wednesday!
What was the most exciting part of your week? Are you a fan of spin class or do you just stick to running for cardio? And have you ever tried snowshoeing?