Saturday, May 14, 2011

A little off the course of Asylum....

 It's been a struggle for me this week and I'm used to being a "fit" athlete. I feel so out of shape with Asylum!

My schedule this week had some unexpected changes. On Wednesday (5/11), I completely skipped my Back to Core workout and focused on teaching my kickboxing class instead. I had woken up feeling too run down, so again, I listened to my body.

A little background on me. I'm not trying to be a super-sensitive "wuss" when I cut back. I had a severe bout of anemia last year that ended in the hospital, so I have to be very alert when I feel wiped out.

Thursday was supposed to be Vertical Plyo. I ran a hilly 6 miles (first run of the week) and planned on doing VP after work. In the evening, I popped in the dvd and my legs were heavy, sluggish, and burning for the warm-up. It was too much, so I stopped and started the Back to Core instead (I missed it on Wed).

Back to Core: I LOVED IT!!! I appreciated the slower pace and how it really focuses on your back, without the use of the pull-up bar. I had a shoulder impingement toward the end of Insanity in March. It was due to weakness in my left sub scap muscles, so my shoulder blade was rotating up too much during all the planks and push-ups. Back to Core hones in on the muscles that are weak in my back and I can really see how it will help in shoulder stabilization. I'm so excited and happy Shaun T added this to the mix!!

Friday was supposed to be Rest. I still had not conquered VP.....and was dreading it. I went for an 8 mile run instead, with hills and the dog. After the run, I decided my house needed cleaning. Can you say total procrastination for VP, or self-sabatage? I did not do VP on Friday.

Saturday(5/14): As I type this, I'm not sure of what I should do today. It's important that I increase my mileage this week. I do have Vertical Plyo, Speed & Agility and Strength on the schedule before the week is done. I'm a little torn.


  1. First, you have A LOT going on - do not get down on yourself!!!! You know what your body can handle and what it needs. Please know deep down inside that you are doing the right thing for you. Don't get freaked out by "what is on the schedule" There are no rules that say you have to do the specific sessions on specific days and in a specific order.

    The last thing you want to do is hurt yourself all for the sake of getting the sessions in. Look at your schedule, look at your goals and then decide when and IF you can double up your workouts (running, Asylum, the classes you teach). After that decision is made be happy and at peace with it!! There is no right and wrong here.

    I don't want to go crazy with this comment - give me a shout if you need/want to.


  2. As Tony Horton would say, "Do your best and forget the rest." Take it a move at a time and do what you can. I know what you mean about feeling sluggish. Being a runner and teacher on top of adding this is a lot. You are strong and you are very smart to listen to your body.