I'd love to tell you I was SOOOOO incredibly productive last week, but that just isn't the case. I'd call it 'marathon recovery' but in reality I think its a recovery period from this year. It's been a crazy busy (and amazing) year, thinking about it all just makes me tired! Mentally and physically the next few weeks of 'down time' are incredibly important for me.
So this past week, there aren't many workouts (*cough*ONE*) so I'll try and drag it out a bit. Okay fine I won't drag it out, I worked out ONCE this week by riding my bike on the trainer for an hour while watching the pilot of Breaking Bad. Well, maybe you could say I worked out 1.5 times because I would like to think the shoveling a foot of snow out of driveway counts for something.
I have a few 'personal rules' for recovery and I am trying to be good about sticking to them right now. I don't live and die by these, but I have found them to be helpful in previous 'recovery periods'
1: Don't run unless I want to. ( I almost broke this yesterday by forcing myself to get on treadmill for a bit, but in the end I didn't. I AM running a 5k this coming weekend, and at the rate I am going it could possibly be my first run after CIM). Surefire way to burn yourself out after a big race is to force yourself immediately back into things. If you want to run, then great go for it- but if you don't, it isn't the end of the world.
2: Sleep, a LOT. Sleep is incredibly important (I have talked about this before), especially after a big race. I struggled a little this week with sleep (jet lag) but caught up a decent amount this weekend. An added rule for this one: Don't feel guilty for sleeping more, your body needs it!
3: Don't log food during this time. I don't log 100% of the time anyways, but especially not in recovery mode. It's not that I all the sudden start eating cake 3 times a day, but if I did..I wouldn't have to log it anywhere (Eating cake 3x a day is just silly, now cookies or ice cream....I'd consider it). In reality I don't think I eat much different nutrient wise- I just tend to ride the roller coaster of hunger for a week or two. Some days I want everything in sight, and others I don't eat more than a few snacks.
So basically I worked, ate and slept this week. Okay, did some other things too. Sat in bed doing Christmas shopping(something rewarding about being overly productive...in your sweatpants). We went to a family holiday party in Buffalo Saturday, and Sunday went to see The Grinch musical. Nothing super exciting, and obviously nothing overly Fit-productive.
But I will be a good girl and still set goals for myself this week-
1. 3 workouts this week (any kind!)- I'd like to do more than this, but start small! Don't want to dive back into things too quickly. Next week I will get back into more specific types of workout goals.
2. Finish Christmas Shopping (So I don't have to do ANY next week!)- This will seriously help my stress level stay in check.
3. 10 Sun Salutations each night before bed. I know I am a broken record on this one- but it really helps. I wasn't as good about it last week as I should have been, so time to get back on track!
Reward: Holiday MASSAGE (hell to the yes.)
Anyone have any 'personal rules' (running or non-running related)?
Did you do your Christmas Shopping online (if so, how much?)