As Kristen has noticed, my plank workouts have now been increased up to 6 minutes. Yup 6 minutes :) The addition is as much Up and Down planks as I can do. Usually I end up doing 8 of them within that 1 minute period. They are HARD to do but it is getting easier. By the end I'm done, I just flop on the floor and lie there for a minute or two.
The other cool thing I've noticed was this developing bump a bit above my hip bone. Oh hello oblique muscles! I guess those side planks are working their magic.
Also, remember how I talked about developing a system of eating 4 times per day. Well I've played around with it a bit and I think that it's something that works for me much better then 3 meals per day and always snacking in between. What I'm thinking is something along the lines of 3 meals per day + 1-2 substantial snacks as required by my tummy. So instead of having a handful of something here and there (not always healthy things) have larger healthy snacks. For example one of my favorite snacks- cut up apple with a tbsp of peanut butter and quark. Some other cool "substantial" snacks could be chia seed pudding or a green monster smoothie with fruits.
Now the bad news… my Achilles Tendon (AT) :( I really need to cut down on how much I use it while I allow to heal up. That means no taking the stairs!!! No ifs or buts I need to take the elevator for the next little bit. Another thing is cutting down on jumping. This one is a tough but I'll need to control myself!
In terms of what caused my AT, I've been pondering about it for a while. Something tells me that it was more due to hot yoga then barefoot running. I've noticed the pain when I went running on Friday but I haven't ran like 5 days before that. It's strange that it would appear then… The other thing is I've done hot yoga 4 times within a week. You would think that yoga would be all nice and good for your tendons but I was talking with this one lady on Tuesday. She's been doing hot yoga for 2 years now so my friend and I were curious about how she has gotten really good at it. What she told us was that she had quiet a few injuries in the process that were necessary for improvement. Ouchies… I have some of the postures that I think are the culprits.
Awkward Pose- Kind of like doing a squat on your tippie toes. I'm sure that could do something to your AT.
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose- My ankles hurt everytime I do this posture.
Toe Stand- This one is pretty tough on the Achilles too.
I'm not exactly happy about my situation but I need to get back to my training ASAP. The better I rest up, the sooner I'll recover ;)
Have you guys ever done Up and Down planks? Any suggestions on "substantial" snacks? Do you think these yoga poses could have had something to do with my AT?