Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bruised and sore

Where did this weekend go? Let me see...

A friend and ex-colleague invited me to a "power workout". She assured me that her workout, though only 15 minutes long, would make every muscle cringe. I am always looking for new and better ways to strength-train and I was intrigued by the idea of this super workout. I met Mars early Friday morning before work. We worked our shoulders, biceps, triceps, hips, quads, hamstrings, obliques and muscles I never knew existed...all in 15 minutes. And it didn't feel like we were working out because we were chatting and having fun the whole time. She warned me a couple of times not to overdo it. I laughed it off, thinking, "Piece of cake...I can handle this".

By evening, my quads were starting to ache...and by Saturday morning, I could barely crawl out of bed to meet the group at the towpath. Once I started running, the pain didn't bother me. I was able to keep pace with Sandy, who had already completed gazillion miles and was just finishing up her last 6 miles, still looking great and running strong.

Saturday was a beautiful day for skiing. DH and I spent 4 hours night-skiing on the wonderfully-lit slopes of Blue Mountain. Of course, I fell on the slopes...a night of skiing would not be complete without the ceremonious fall.

This morning, Sandy and I went trail running. We ran 6.52 miles on the winding 6-mile run trail in Somerset. The trail was strewn with leaves and in several places, there were little tree stumps that were hardly noticeable. Sandy stumbled at one point and I turned around to see if she was alright...and as I did so, I tripped on a stump myself and came crashing to the ground, my head hitting a tree branch as I went down. Luckily, I wore a thick cap which absorbed some of the shock, and apart from a few dazed moments and bruised knees, I was none the worse for wear and was able to complete the run.

After a hot shower and a nap, I took stock: Still very sore arms, shoulders, quads, hamstrings and hips, 2 stinging, swollen, colorfully bruised knees, a few nagging muscles in mysterious places and an imaginary headache...quite an eventful weekend, don't you think?

Total miles for the week: 32.1 miles
Monday: spinning
Tuesday: 13.1 miles - 2:03:27
Thursday: 6 miles - 57:46
Friday: power workout (ouch!)
Saturday: 6.5 miles - 59:52, skiing
Sunday: 6.52 miles - 1:20:21

20 comments:

Mica said...

Woo, skiing and trail running. You are living dangerously! I'm glad that you didn't hit your head really hard.

lindsay said...

isn't it crazy how sore you can get from 'little' workouts like that?! heck, raking leaves makes my arms/back sore... :) it hurts, but i kind of like that pain (i'm probably weird for that). hope the soreness wears off quickly! (just in time for another power workout friday?)

Heather said...

That's impressive for a 15 minute workout! A good kinds of sore . . .

Ali said...

That's what I want a 15 minute workout .. post the dets.

D10 said...

Sounds like you had lots of fun this week. Night skiing is awesome and the trail running too.

Irene said...

Sounds like an intense workout!

Beth said...

That was an impressive week! The power workout sounds very interesting. I'm glad you didn't bonk your head too hard!

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Jill said...

That sounded like a great workout! You've got some great miles there, way to go! Busy busy busy! Happy weekend to you, hope you get in some great runs!!!

Laura Lohr : My Beautiful Life said...

I want a 15 minute work out!

My brother does Crossfit and keeps promising a hard core workout in 15 minutes. I want in on the secret!

Sounds like an exciting weekend, in spite of the bruises!

Emily said...

Hope you feel better soon! I hate muscle soreness, but at least you know you're challenging your body. Sorry about the fall, though. Sounds scary, but I'm glad you're ok.

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Erica said...

WOW! What a healthy weekend- you rock :) The 15 minute workout sounds pretty awesome to me. And your mileage for the week is amazing! I just finished 6.12 miles on the treadmill. Running outside is just soooooooooo much better! Unfortunately for me, I'm on work travel and the hotel gym is my only safe options blah!

Juggler said...

Great running blog! I just went through a marathon reading of the archives :-) Will definitely be back for more.

-Your namesake from DailyMile

Scheri said...

I'm with everyone else and would love details about the 15min workout. I've been trying to do those P90X Beach Body workouts, but they take an hour and I can't seem to find the time. Fifteen minutes would be super!

X-Country2 said...

That power workout sounds pretty intense. And you're right, it's always the next couple of days that get ya.

Roisin said...

32+ miles is so bad ass...I'm SUPER jealous. Be careful out on those trails! I'm always worried that something like that will happen to me when I'm all alone!

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