Weekly Wrap – A little of this and that

Work and family schedules continued to be chaotic this week, (I hope this isn’t a trend!) but I was able to get a decent mix of workouts in.

Monday – Some much needed yoga.

Tuesday – Determined to not have a repeat of last week, I jammed a quick 2.8 miles in between work and school pick-up!

Wednesday – Strength day: legs and core.

Thursday – 3 miles. I finished with a sore knee and would be lying if I didn’t say a tinge of panic set in. That evening, I went to my son’s high school preview/open house, and after a tour of the campus with a constant stream of staircases, my knee was not pleased.

Friday – Strength day: legs and core. Lots of foam rolling.

Arc Trainer

Love this machine!

Saturday – An icy rainy mix, meant a trip to the gym. Playing it safe, I opted for time on the Arc Trainer vs. the ‘mill. Lots of foam rolling followed. I also iced my knee while I watched the Patriots beat the Chiefs 🙂

I’m happy to say when I headed to my son’s hockey game this morning, my knee was feeling pretty good!

All-in-all, not a bad week – a good mix of this and that. The big lesson for me this week is that I’d probably do better to write out a strength plan. Up to now I’ve been kind of winging it when I hit the gym, but I think I’ll get more out of these workouts with a plan. So this week I’ll be digging out the workouts from my time working with the trainer and sketch out a more structured plan.

Do you follow a strength plan or do you wing it?

rp_WeeklyWrap-1-300x300.jpgI’m linking up again with Holly at HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the #WeeklyWrap.  Be sure to check out the hosts (both just completed their first marathons!), along with the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!




  1. Oh, I’m glad your knee quieted down! I have been winging it with my strength routine, but there are certain moves I usually include from various PT programs.
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  2. I feel your knee pain Michelle. I tried to run a few miles today for the first time, but my IT band said otherwise. I guess it needs more rest. I think one thing that intimidates me about strength training is I have no clue what to do. Maybe if someone could just write a weekly plan, I’d be more motivated. Hmm…I guess that’s called a trainer. You had a great variety of workouts this week! I hope your knee settles down. Thanks for linking up with us!
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  3. I had knee pain during my marathon last weekend and it turned out to be my IT band. Hopefully you are feeling much better soon. At least there are alternative training options and right now I am focusing on strengthening all areas of my body to make the transition back to running a little more smooth.

  4. I hope your knee behaves! The Arc trainer doesn’t bother it? Strength is something I definitely fall into a rut with. But strength is the Caveman’s passion so if I hit the gym once a week with him he’ll give me a workout that totally shakes things up. I am very sore after yesterday! Hurts so good though.
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    • Surprisingly the Arc doesn’t bother it at all. When I was working with a trainer she had suggested it for those days when my legs wouldn’t tolerate the mill – maybe because of the gliding motion?

  5. Take it easy on your knee-you don’t want to be sidelined now! I got back to hot yoga this week and I always feel so good afterwards.
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  6. Ugh to the knee pain! I won’t lie, I had that same twinge of panic when I ran and my foot started to act up again. No injuries!
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  7. I think there is a common denomator with your post, mine, and several commenters and that is knee pain and ITBS! Gosh it is straight from the devil! I hope yours is better with a little rest. I am happy to report after all my problems in the marathon, I ran 3 easy miles this morning with no problems, praise the Lord! I too was so intimidated by the gym. I have a friend who is also a personal trainer and I go to her to gossip (nah I wouldn’t do that!!!) to train with weights and the machines. She mixes it up quite a bit. Since marathon training we laid low on the leg workouts with weights but now that it is behind me will add weight. I think I read strengthing legs will help with ITBS, I hope I’m right.
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    • It’s great that you did an easy run without any issues! I think you’re right about the common theme – that ITB is just evil! Strength work will make a difference.

  8. Hope you knee feels better soon! I don’t follow a strength training schedule. Although, I should. I don’t strength train or cross train near as often as I should.
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  9. Sorry to hear about your knee. Hope it’s ok! I have a hard time with strength training and can’t wing it so I found a few strength training for runners workouts on PInterest. However, I just got Hammer and Chisel a new strength dvd series of workouts and plan on implementing them into my training schedule.
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  10. Ahhhhh, running injuries… ’tis the season? Doesn’t seem like it but I know so many injured runners right now! Hope all continues to be well with your knee. <3
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  11. i’m so bad about winging it with strength training I need a plan! Now i”m working with a personal trainer but when I haven’t, I’d try to hit some classes like Body Pump. Hope your knee continues to feel well!
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  12. Amanda @ TestoZilla.com says:

    Hope you knee feels better soon! Be careful with knees, they are really hard to recover..
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