This week, I decided to include my daily steps in the weekly recaps to show that I'm not a liar about actually getting 10,000 steps in a day and to keep me accountable.
Monday: 1.5 miles and 75 crunches, five pushups, 30 seconds of plank. I really want to do more mileage, but again this groin/hip pain bothered me. Steps: 10,969.
Living in Yellow's #1800MinuteChallenge, which I am joining to keep me motivated. Plus, I wouldn't mind winning some cash for working out. Steps: 10,469.
Wednesday: 3-mile run plus leg lifts, bicycle crunches, forearm plank (bringing my leg to my elbow on each side several times), and downward-facing dog to plank to pushup to downward-facing dog (five times). The run was one of the sweatiest of my life — thanks, humidity! Steps: 12,854.
Thursday: 30 minutes of yoga at home. I just did whatever I felt I needed.
I started with reclined twists to each side. Then I rocked forward and back, grabbing the back of my thighs. I moved into a seat and then inhaled arms front and back as if in a cat/cow motion. I inhaled my hands forward for a fold. Then I moved into a tabletop and stretched my opposing arm/leg. I exhaled to crunch the knee to the opposite elbow on each side a few times. Then puppy pose, bear pose and downward-facing dog. From here I did a downdog twist and then walked forward into a forward fold. I let my arms sway side to side and shook my head yes and no. Then I ragdolled up tadasana and did a few rounds of sun salutations. From downward-facing dog, I stepped my foot forward for anjanesayana, then a half split, then chaturanga dandasana, upward-facing dog and downward-facing dog. I repeated on the other leg. My main sequence was a high lunge to warrior C to a half moon to a full moon to dancer pose to a round of vinyasa. I repeated on the other side. My next sequence was warrior A to a back bend with hands interlaced behind me. I repeated on the other side. Next I did some forearm balance practice, a wide-legged fold in headstand, handstand practice against a wall, and side crow on each side. I added boat pose and some bicycle crunches as always. I also lifted my legs, flexed my feet and interlaced my fingers except my pointer fingers. I lifted my torso, pointing the fingers to the right, center and left. I did this about 10 times. I added other poses here and there, including happy baby, pigeon on each side, and side plank. Steps: 6.020. I didn't make my step goal because I didn't run and I hardly left the apartment on a busy day.
Friday: 2.4-mile run. I worked on speed intervals at a neighborhood track. It wasn't that exciting, except the weather was a bit cooler. Steps: 14,294.
Saturday: 60 minutes of rooftop yoga at the Godfrey Hotel. My first rooftop yoga class in Chicago was an all-levels flow taught by an instructor named Mandy. I felt like it was enough of a workout for a busy Saturday. Steps: 14,660.
Sunday: I pushed my long run back to Monday because a whirlwind holiday weekend exhausted me. Steps: 10,073.