I wrapped up my recap for Week 3 with a promise to take it easier this week. I pushed it hard for 3 weeks straight and I could tell my body needed some R&R. I’m happy to report that I did take it easy, listened to my body when necessary and I came out of the week feeling good. Although my total volume was still relatively high, intensity was way down. In case you’re catching up, I’m finishing week 4 (of 13) of P90X3, 6 weeks out from Rock n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon (still time to sign up and save $10 with discount code FITFATALESD) and 10 weeks from the San Diego International Triathlon (Olympic distance – code SDITNIC5 gets you $5 off).
Full rest day. This was my first complete rest day in almost 4 weeks (oops). I slept in and made plans with a friend for dinner. After dinner I took a walk with mike but that was the extent of my exercise!
AM: In the morning we had our very first P90X3 “Transition Week” workout. It was called Isometrix and I absolutely loved this workout! It basically alternated some sort of planking with some sort of yoga balance posture or isometric lower body move. Each move was 45 seconds per side. For example, plank with right hand and left leg in air followed by 45 seconds of holding Warrior 3. This workout would definitely be a good one to help you get better at both yoga and achieve the 5 minute plank!
PM: After work I got in 45 minutes of easy spinning on the trainer while watching Grey’s Anatomy. I’m sad that I finished Season 9 which is the last season available on Netflix. I’m debating buying Season 10 or waiting for it to come out on NetFlix – likely not until after the summer! Decisions, decisions. Or pay for Hulu Plus and suffer through commericals.
AM: Because both Allison and I had Friday off of work, we met up for our weekly run on Wednesday morning. Both of our legs were heavy and we ran 6 slow miles. It was fun to chat with her and I was glad to have someone to run with.
AM: P90X3 Accelerator & Pilates X . These were both new workouts for us in Transition Week. Accelerator was a full body cardio workout which included plenty of push-ups. Pilates was mat Pilates and many of the moves I was familiar with due to my love of reformer Pilates. Tony didn’t take it easy on us for recovery week – the Pilates moves he picked were the hard ones! Mike kept saying that it was basically a 30 minute Ab Ripper workout. Pilates is all about the core!
PM: I came home tired and had decided I’d run 5 miles. On my ride home I drove by the coast and saw the runners and for some reason had NO desire to run. I got home and delayed the run as long as possible and then decided to run to the Kook and back (4.2 miles). Once I started running I thought I’d feel better but my legs were like LEAD. Soooo heavy. I haven’t felt this lack of energy on a run in a long time. I ended up only running 3 miles which I literally never do. I almost just turned right around at the 1 mile marker and made it 2. I knew then that rest, stretching and foam rolling was needed. Since I didn’t do the P90X3 Dynamix workout (which is the optional workout assigned to the only rest day in P90X3, similar to the option X Stretch), I decided to spend 30 solid minutes stretching and foam rolling. I discovered that my hips were extremely tight and that my left IT band was sensitive. After 30 minutes of stretching and rolling, I felt WAY better.
AM: P90X3 Yoga. I really realized during this workout how much stronger I’ve gotten over the last 4 weeks. The moves came much easier and I was able to hold them all without breaks.
AM:1.5 mile warm-up before the FCA 5K Race (race report soon). My training plan called for a time trial this week so I used this in place of it. More on that later.
PM: With one last P90X3 workout and a long run to get in before the end of the weekend, Mike and I opted to do P90X3 CVX (cardio/plyo type moves with a weight) on Saturday afternoon. I actually had quite a bit of energy for this one and didn’t have to modify a lot of the moves ilke last week when I was did this one after another hard workout.
Easy 10 mile run with Mike along the coast. I was worried my legs would be sure tired like they were on Wednesday for this one but they weren’t! It took a few miles to warm up but I felt pretty good. Effort was easy and pace was slow and we chatted the entire way. In the past Mike and I didn’t run together much and I’ve really been enjoying his company as he has joined me on several long runs lately! After the run I made us a healthy breakfast (sweet potato hash is my new jam!) and we headed to my Grandma’s house for the annual Easter egg hunt and Easter dinner.
Nutrition wasn’t good this week. I kind of threw in the towel and let my PMS hormones (sorry but it’s the truth) take over and excuse myself from digging in to the candy jar at work and eating sweets after dinner. Plus with a vacation day on Friday there was more beer than desired over the weekend. It’s nothing to get upset about but Mike and I certainly aren’t following the P90X3 nutrition plan even close to as strictly as we did when we completed P90X. Overall I did cook quite a bit and it was all vegan and healthy so I’m sure it’ll all shook out just fine but it’s not going to get me the results I got during the first phase. I keep going back and forth between wanting to follow it strictly and really see what will happen and telling myself “YOLO” and saying screw it.
Overall, I feel stronger and better than I did 4 weeks ago. I also want to write a review of P90X3 Phase 1 so I’ll go into more details there. But – I do have to say, training for a TRIATHLON and a half marathon while doing P90X3 is clearly not easy. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I am not swimming and my biking is not my top priority so it always falls to the wayside. I really want to get in 2 bikes a week and after the half marathon I’m going to bump it to 3-4 a week but for now…whatever I can do will have to work!
- Miles Run ~23.5
- Hours Biked: 45 minutes (fail)
- Strength/Stretch: 3 hours
- Total Time: 7.5 ish hours
Do you add recovery weeks into your training?