So far my month of doing whatever I want consists of taking a break from running. I did the 5 mile race on Sunday and the shin splints came back. I never used to get them before, but I think my out of shape sprinting self makes that happen. Other than that, my body felt good from that race. I took the Recovery e21 after the race and forgot on Monday but did yesterday also. I am going to do a 30-ish day trial and report back to you. Has anyone else tried it?
Monday I swam with the faster people. My shoulders and back were sore! Then yesterday I lifted for the first time in ages. I feel like it had been so long. My quads, arms, shoulders and back are now all sore. Today I swam for 20 minutes and then got out to do a yoga class. I didn't really want to stop swimming but my flexibility is so bad right now. I can't touch my toes. I was glad that I went. Sometimes -depending on the class - it can be such a waste. I think this one helped me though. I like doing the triangle pose and basically anything that I can really feel my muscles stretching. What are your favorite yoga poses? I don't know half of the names. We did a twist and then elongate and put one arm up and one down - it started with one elbow up and one towards the ground. That one felt really good! After lifting yesterday, I ran and decided that I could run faster than I have been going so I amped up on the speed on the treadmill and had a nice run. I had to break it up because I had to get home, but it was a good short running day. Tomorrow I may lift and run, bike or just run. I figure if I do one speed day a week that I can keep my speed going at least a little bit going into the new year. All I can say is that I'm sore today. Love that feeling though!
December - I love December. Everytime I look at the Christmas tree, it makes me feel warm and cozy. I just did a post on gifts for runners on examiner. If you feel like it, check it out and let me know if you'd add anything.
What are your goals for 2011?