The No Exercise Blues + Cross Training Plan

Hello, my name is Sarah and I haven’t exercised in almost two weeks (minus the half marathon). These past two weeks I’ve allowed myself to indulge in delicious Mexican food, alcohol, hamburgers, and cupcakes. I haven’t felt my heart rate rise above 150 beats per minute in close to three weeks. Instead, I’ve casually strolled to the candy jar taking a mini-size Hershey bar and scarfing it down like I’ll never have another piece of chocolate again in my life. But who are we kidding, three hours later, I return to enjoy another. When I finally start to feel myself crash around 3pm, I’ll have a diet soda to try to keep me awake. I look at my running shoes and wince a little knowing that I can’t stop won’t stop until my feet are healed and the damage I’ll be working off may hurt more than the blisters.

Needless to say, I’ve kind of been eating my feelings.

I am MISERABLE without exercise. I miss the sweat in my eyes that speed work brings. I miss waving to the other runners and smiling at dogs. I miss adjusting my running belt. I miss miss miss running. And I miss sweating. And I miss Chris telling me that I am a “stinky baby” when he comes to pick me up from wherever I am. I miss working out with friends and laughing at ourselves in classes.


The good news is that this little pity party can end on Monday.

Monday I start cross training for the next two (or more) weeks. Only cross training. As part of my way to train smarter with ITBS, I need to incorporate more of this into my life instead of just going outside and running every chance I could for marathon training. Cross training has been my weakest part of training thus far because as soon I started to realize I was getting better at running I wanted to be THE BEST (for me!) at running. So now, I have to take a step back and focus on all of the exercises I liked to do before I decided to sign up for a marathon.

The plan?

Monday: Elliptical and Mat Pilates
Tuesday: Spin and Body Pump
Wednesday: Elliptical
Thursday: Body Pump and Yoga
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Long walk
Sunday: Rest

Each of those is also included a before and after series of ITB stretches. Then, depending on how my knee feels, I will incorporate running again. I don’t expect to be back up to 12 miles, but I don’t expect to be back at barely being able to run one mile.

Baby steps. I need my knee to recover properly or this is only going to become a larger issue. Though I am anxious to get back to running I am trying to remain realistic about the stress of this injury. Even when I do start running again, I have to take more walking breaks. It’s imperative if I want to continue pushing for distance.

Tell me about your workouts this week. Did you workout with a friend or go solo? What is your favorite method of cross training? Let’s discuss!


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