The biggest news of this past year has probably been the closing of the CrossFit/Krav Maga gym I was attending regularly. It hit me pretty hard. I like to joke that it was worse than a break-up, but that’s actually not too far from the truth. The instructor still holds the occasional Krav Maga in the park, but I can’t always make those. I was down emotionally for several weeks before picking up a couple of substitute activities: capoeira and boxing (fitness classes).
During the past several months, I was regular but inconsistent. Had a hard time finding the same motivation. I still work out day to day, but I seem to be testing my body. Capoeira is done on a hardwood floor that I’m starting to be convinced isn’t really good for my joints. I kept getting runner’s knee. In fact, I’m inclined to withdraw my participation (or wear shoes) because I traveled for the first half of the month and really did the bare minimum as far as workouts went, and those knee issues went away. Boxing is fine. The heavy bag classes have actually been very challenging, but I miss kicking things.
The injuries I mentioned the last time I wrote about my training progress in August have also seemed to have resolved themselves now–but only recently, which is good, because I decided to return to running this year with a half-marathon or two in May. I’m not wearing a heavy-duty ankle brace (and frankly, I think the doctor was silly to recommend it). Instead, I think if I feel like I need more support, I’ve purchased a few pairs of MMA cloth braces that seemed to work well for preventing ankle twists.
For my half-marathons, I’m actually following a training plan. This is good for me. I feel like I’ve been in fitness limbo and need to have a plan to get back into it. The last time I ran a half-marathon, it was the end of sort of a series. I had run a half marathon every 4-5 months and a 15k sometimes in between. At that time, I had joined with CrossFit, decreased my weekly mileage, and ended up setting a PR. And then I stopped because I was more interested in pursuing Krav Maga. That was at the beginning of 2013.
Three years later, I think I need to do a little more running that I did, but I still like the idea of having more strength and HIIT training more than a traditional half-marathon running plan. I’ve drafted out a 6-week plan (the first week being done retroactively) that has me running only about 15-20 miles a week. About 2-3 days of running and boxing class or weight training on the off days, with 1-2 days of rest per week.
I’ll report back how it all works out.