Fresh Start – Day Two!

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Day 2 – Tuesday!

Tuesday was a cycling day, which notionally should be an easy one.

However, I want to do strength exercises on my non-running days this week and even though I am hardly setting the bar high with my goal here, I still find them torturous. I’ll find almost any excuse I can not to do this work, but as this is a week of fresh starts, it just has to be done.

Now everyone knows that you should work on your core:

  • 2 x 1 minute plank
  • 2 x 10 x press ups (on knees)

I am so far from being able to do even a single press up, it’s unreal.

My main focus however is my glutes and hamstrings. As such I did:

  • 50 squats
  • 20 side-lying leg lifts on each side
  • 20 single-leg glute bridges on each side

My hips still hurts, which is annoying. I am pretty sure it’s an IT band issue, so I have been spending some excruciating time with the foam roller and stretching out my hamstrings and hip flexors. I don’t think I need to stop running because of the hip pain, and the stretching/rolling is definitely helping which is good.

Food-wise, I had Belvita Biscuits for breakfast, chicken, butternut squash, corn on the cob and green beans for lunch, and then saag paneer and cauliflower rice for dinner. I decided that rather than have extra carbs for dinner, I would have breakfast at home before running on Wednesday. We’ll see how that goes! I may need to distract myself from the mid-morning hunger with an extra-large coffee….

 

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