I am EMBRACING the new diagnosis that gives me knees that are perfectly fine. Part of doing that means gradually easing myself back into my old fitness routine which includes many things I have not done in awhile... like HIIT, jumping, speed work, hills, and lifting lower body.
It also means I must participate in these activities CONFIDENTLY. This doesn't mean the pain and weakness in my knee is just going to disappear. (The lunges I did yesterday reminded me of that.) What it does mean is that for now I just have to deal with it and do what I can. I am still researching pain and trying to wrap my head around how there can be nothing wrong with my knee yet I still feel pain and weakness. But that is another post for another day!
Today, I want to share with you my new workout plan I want to try to stick to. (Ha, I sound really committed, don't I?) In the summer, I love to fly by the seat of my pants and do whatever I feel like. But I know I need a routine, especially if I am incorporating things I haven't done in awhile. I need a PLAN and a SCHEDULE!
Luckily, I am a teacher and I LOVE PLANS AND SCHEDULES!!!!!
This is what I came up with. Yes, I know "weeks" don't have 8 days but mine does!
Speed work or hills
A few things...
- "Long Run" is in quotations because right now my long runs are not going to be long! My first long run I plan to do will be 6 miles. I would like to work up to 10 mile long runs within the next six weeks or so. Babyyyy steps!
- I don't have a complete rest day scheduled. When I need one I will just slip it in when I want to and then continue with whatever comes next. So the rest day won't take the place of a workout, it will just push it off until the next day.
- Even though I do want to stick with this schedule for now, that doesn't mean I won't be flexible with it. I mean, if a friend calls me up and invites me on a trail run on chest day, well I am just going to have to switch something around because I want to enjoy LIFE!
Do you ever make your weeks longer than seven days?
What do you think I should do for my first speed workout?