Back in the Saddle (Among Other Things)

As I wrote last week, life has been a bit hectic as of late. For those of you who know me, you know that I’m typically in the gym six days a week, either teaching a class, running, lifting or doing something that’s going to make me sweat. Last week? In a span of six days (Sunday-Friday), I only made it into the gym twice. I felt it. So did my scale.

Needless to say, it’s been nice to get back into my regular routine this week. I finally started to feel like myself again after hitting the weights for the first time in almost a week on Saturday, then getting back to my class on Sunday (I missed them while I was in Virginia Beach last weekend … but, as I told them, I was definitely still in bed during the span of both my classes. But sometimes it just feels kinda good to laze in bed … especially when you have someone to cuddle up t0).

Last night, I did 30 minutes on the stepmill (half of them double-steps), and my first solid leg workout in a while. I woke up this morning wondering why I really wasn’t sore … and as the day wore on, I found the tightness start gradually in my backside, and continue to work its way down my thighs (yay!) … making walking increasingly difficult, too. So what did I do about it tonight? Ran. 5 miles, followed by five quarter-mile speed pops and 25 minutes of walking hills. It felt good!

It’s amazing to me how much of a difference it makes just getting back into my regular routine. Something about it just makes me feel like me – which is probably why I absolutely hate taking any real amount of time off (exclusive of the one day a week I’ve had trainers tell me I have to take for the sake of recovery … remembering, after all, that true gains aren’t made in the exercise itself, but in the rebuilding process in which our muscles recover). And with vacation a mere six weeks away – and the fact that circumstances only lets me see a certain someone every other week (when I’m lucky), I definitely have good reason to want to stick with the norm!

Here’s to getting back in the saddle … among other things 🙂