From L.A. to Paris: Week Two

Week two is training to recover from a sprained knee, and from the Pasadena Half Marathon. All of this will be in preparation to continue to train in week three, and also to prepare for the Run to Remember Los Angeles Half Marathon in February.

Monday, January 23rd: 

Today is a rest day, stretch and foam roll at home. I also did light squats to help with my sprained knee, and I followed R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). I was still freezing cold from yesterday’s Pasadena Half Marathon, so I was staying out of the cold and the rain as much as possible.

Tuesday, January 24th: 

My hamstring in my left leg, specifically behind my knee, was so tight I can feel it pulling on the back of my quad. Today was extra special rest after work, along with more R.I.C.E. and foam roll to help massage the pain and loosen the muscles. A couple of friends of mine, one who’s in the medical field, and another who is a personal trainer, both said that the cold might have a lot to do with the pain from my injury. I am still feeling a tad bit cold from the Pasadena Half Marathon, being out in the cold and the rain was no joke. It was the coldest weather I’d ever run in. So, today is nothing but extra special T.L.C. on my body.

While I was giving my body the extra recovery and T.L.C. that it needed, I decided to work on my blog. I also set up and started my fundraising page for one of my favorite charities; Students Run LA. I’m very honored to be part of Team SRLA, I’m also honored to be part of the SRLA family, and to be helping them by fundraising for a second year in a row. This is a wonderful organization that I proudly stand behind. I have created a temporary link on my homepage which talks about Students Run LA, and on that page is a link to my fundraising page.

Wednesday, January 25th:

Today I did nothing but stretch from the comfort of my living room. I also did some light squats to help, no deep squats, the knee can’t handle it yet. Stretching and foam roll today. Tomorrow is back to the gym.

Thursday, January 26th:

I stopped by Nutrishop in Riverside to say hello to a very good friend of mine. I also had to pick up Glutemaine while I was there. I need it badly especially for my knee injury, and for rebuilding my strength. Back in the gym today for leg day. I focused on just about every single part of my leg, I didn’t get a chance to hit my calfs, the machine and free weight machine were always in use. I substituted and put squats in its place, I figured I’ll hit my calfs tomorrow. Here’s what I did in the gym today:

  • Glutes @ 93 lbs.
  • Leg Curls @ 50 lbs.
  • Squats @ 95 lbs
  • Inner Thigh @ 139 lbs.
  • Outer Thigh @ 116 lbs.
  • Leg Press: both legs @ 185 lbs, and individual legs @ 116 lbs.
  • Stretch
  • Foam Roll

Friday, January 27th:

Today was a light day at the gym; I had just got off work, and had nothing to eat during the day. It was a busy day today. Before hitting the gym I stopped by Nutrishop in Riverside to pick up some protein and to, of course, talk to my friend. Ok, here we go with the workout:

  • Lower Back @ 140 lbs
  • Standing Calf Raises @ 180 lbs.
  • Abs
  • 22 push-ups
  • Stretch

Saturday, January 28th:

Stretch, stretch, and more stretching today. Stretching the legs to help my knee.

Sunday, January 29th:

Today was a light day in the gym, but I am feeling it. I lost quite a bit of strength when I had to recover from two surgeries last year, but all that matters now is that I’m back to it. Todays workout:

  • Shoulder Press @ 71 lbs
  • Seated Dip @ 95 lbs
  • Bicep Curls @ 68 lbs
  • Pec Fly @ 40 lbs (I struggled with this)
  • 22 push-ups on medicine ball
  • Foam Roll
  • Stretch

No matter how many times you fall down, you pick yourself back up and start again. All that matters is that you don’t give up.

 

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