The last week feels like a really long blur but I’m happy to report that my hamstring is much better!
It turned out to be a full week without running for me, which is really fine – I’m grateful that I gave my hamstring a chance to heal from whatever was bothering it, and that it didn’t take too long because I stopped running immediately the week before when I noticed it didn’t feel “right”. I did try to run on Wednesday, but when I felt my hamstring in the first two steps, I quickly decided to give it more time.
By Saturday’s run attempt, I felt fine!
I will say though, I did the elliptical for the first time in easily a year, and that was a nice change! The range of motion felt perfect for my hamstring and provided me with a nice warm-up option before barre and pilates.
Last Week’s Workouts
I love that I have so many workout options that I barely realize how many days I go without running.
- 2 Walking Classes
- 2 PIlates Classes
- 1 Barre Class
- 1 Barefoot Sculpt Class
- 1 Yoga Class
- 1 Spin Class
Monday – 15 Min Elliptical + 45 Min Barre (ball, strap, 2 lb weights)
I hadn’t used an elliptical machine in a year, and I never tried one at Equinox until now! My hamstring felt well enough to try it out and when I didn’t feel anything while pedaling, I kept going as an easy warm-up before barre class.
Tuesday – 10 Min Elliptical + 60 Min Pilates Fusion (ring + 2 lb weights)
My hamstring feels better today! I still warmed up on the elliptical because that feels really nice right now. Also, this pilates class was so challenging in such a great way.
Wednesday – 30 Min Elliptical
I went outside to run but within two steps I “felt” my hamstring so I didn’t push it – I went home, changed my clothes, and headed to Equinox. The elliptical felt nice and then I did a few rounds of free weights before stretching.
Thursday – 45 Min Precision Walk Elevate + 60 Min Vinyasa Yoga
I did okay with today’s treadmill walk class! While I kept my speed a little slower than normal and only went up to a 12% incline when the rest of the class was at 15%, my hamstring felt much better.
Friday – 20 Min Elliptical + 60 Min Barefoot Sculpt (2 lb weights + ball)
Saturday – 20 Min Run + 45 Min Spin (Beats & Bands)
I was able to run today! I started with a one minute run/one minute walk to see how my hamstring held up during the intervals. Once I noticed I was fine, I stayed with an easy pace (6.3 -6.5 speed on treadmill) and an incline between 1.0-2.0%.
Sunday – 45 Min Precision Walk Elevate + 45 Min Pilates