February Fitness Highs & Lows

I haven’t written a workout recap kind of post in … A LONG TIME! 🙂

Today I just wanted to jot down some of my achievements from February since it was the first month in about a year that I had followed a training schedule and worked out five days a week. The best part of the month was definitely getting back to running on February 7th!

Running 

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I’ll admit I was excited but also nervous to start running again. I worried that the surgery had not worked, I wondered if I would find joy in it again, I thought I might hate it. Luckily within the first 30 seconds of running on February 7th, my first day back, I knew I had no reason to be nervous!

– I completed a total of 9.52 miles using run/walk
– Average pace of 14:32
– Fastest mile in 13:56
– Longest run was 1.52 miles
– Fastest pace hit was 9:43 min/mile

My run today is going to be my first going up to two miles. I’m very excited about it :). March is going to be all about preparing for my 5K on the 25th!

The biggest running low of the month was how sometimes my legs often wanted to outrun my heart. It’s frustrating to think I could run faster because my legs are strong enough for it, but my cardio fitness just isn’t there yet. I know it will come back… I just need patience. Overall not a bad low!

Strength Training 

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Just like I was worried about getting back to running, I also worried a little about what it would do to my lifting schedule. When I started running back in 2012 I quickly abandoned heavy lifting because it left me too sore to run.

I guess my legs (and mind) are a bit stronger these days because I’ve found I can easily juggle the two; in fact I love having both to keep my days exciting.

– New squat max of 200lbs @ 4 reps
– New deadlift max of 200lbs @ 3 reps
– New bench max of 75lbs @ 7 reps
– Plank @ 1:30 (okay it’s been a long time since I’ve planked! WOW, tough stuff!)

Adam said to enter a local weightlifting competition I would probably need to squat 300lbs so there’s my new goal, hahaha!

My biggest lifting low of the month was last Sunday when I was only able to squat 3 reps @ 180lbs. IDK why but I was just feeling so weak that day and didn’t have anything else in me. Again, not a really bad low, just frustrating.

Stretching 

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I had forgotten how running makes my hips super tight. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to go through my hip opening routine every night but I’m back to that again.

I don’t mind it because I just stretch on the floor while we’re watching TV at night. Usually during commercial breaks. I just tell myself “okay hold this post for 2 -3 commercials” and that works for me! 🙂

Of course I’m also making sure to stretch my calves to keep them feeling in tip top shape. Sometimes the right one feels extra tight; not as bad as before the surgery but not exactly in a comfortable way either. That worries me a little and would be my biggest low, but I think it’s just a “getting back to running” thing and not a compartment syndrome thing.

Overall I feel like February was a great month from a fitness perspective, and I’m looking forward to what March has to bring!

What were your February highs and lows?

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  1. March 1, 2018 / 8:11 am

    You definitely have more highs than lows. 🙂 My hips sometimes get sore running, but they never feel *tight* you know? My calves were tight after the trail race. My high was prob just ENJOYING running a lot. Low is my bum shoulder from sleeping, and now the side of my foot hurts. It has hurt before and I went to the podiatrist and he told me there is literally nothing there that should hurt so… hmmm… It doesn’t hurt when I run walk or stand. It hurts when I bend over and then supinate my foot.

  2. March 2, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    That is so great that you are back to running! I’ve had a lot of highs and lows, and that seems like every other day lately! I think my highs have been meeting up with my friends during February. Lows have been my struggles with my long runs!