Hey guys! I hope you had an amazing week and weekend! My right foot is still sore, so I am still not running. It is pretty amazing how when I can’t run, I am quickly reminded that I totally use it as a coping mechanism for other things going on in my life.
This week in particular, I would have REALLY liked that coping mechanism. But that is the way it goes sometimes! You find other workouts, other ways to deal, and it will all be ok. It has also been POURING this past week, so I am grateful that I’m not missing out on beautiful sunny miles.
I am doing a lot of swimming and cycling to keep my endurance up while I rest from running. This way I should have an easier time going back to running once my foot it ready.
Here is what my week looked like:
Monday: I did a 3000 meter swim in an outdoor pool while it was raining really hard. The pool was heated, but going from the gym’s locker room to the pool in the down pour, and not having a place to set a dry towel down was mentally tough haha! That is when you remind yourself you are a marathoner and you can do hard things. It was a lot like running in the rain – at first it was hard, but then I settled in and it felt good. Coincidentally – or maybe not – I swam much faster on this day as well 😉 I had a packet of watermelon Gu chews beforehand because I knew I would get hungry quick doing the workout.
Tuesday: Quick 30 minute bike and then focused on legs and glutes. On leg day, I do a lot of reps and get my heart rate up, so I don’t worry about adding endurance work too much on this day. I finished out with core work.
Wednesday: 1500 meter swim followed by chest and shoulders. Doing chest and shoulders after a swim is BRUTAL. I was also so so hungry the whole day haha. I woke up hungry, so I decided to have a banana beforehand.
Thursday: I did a 20 mile bike and followed with back and abs afterward. I was feeling really run down mentally this day. So it was a win to get through the workout and put in a solid effort. Not every workout is going to be like “BAM!” I feel awesome let’s go!! It is important to recognize when you are feeling off and respect that. Sometimes that might mean a rest day if you are physically off. For me, I was just mentally off this day, so I pushed through.
P.S. – If you ever want a killer workout, involve a sand bag. It is INTENSE.
Friday: This was my “long run” day. I did a 3000 meter swim and followed with a 20 mile bike. After this – I felt like a wet noodle and didn’t want to stretch AT ALL. I was glad I did though, because my whole body was sore the next day.
Friday night my mom came to visit. She is working with my active release doc! We had pizza and wine and watched Trainwreck. Perfect girls night in.
Saturday: I took a rest day. It was nice to sleep in a be lazy. Saturday night, my mom and I went to the Citizen Cope concert at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. We went early to get some food before the show and ended up seeing Citizen Cope himself at the bar beforehand! He was really nice and was kind enough to take a photo with me.
The show was really good, as was the music. It was a packed house, but we still had a great view!
Sunday: I had planned to do the bike today, but since my foot was feeling so much better, I decided to try out the step mill instead. The good thing about the step mill for my foot is that I can step my foot flat onto each step. It is always HARD, which I like. After I did 60 minutes of that, I did biceps, triceps and core work.
My foot is feeling much than it was at the beginning of the week. I did get an x-ray, which didn’t show a stress fracture. That said – a stress fracture is not always going to show up in an x-ray. I’m not quite ready to do an MRI yet. It is pretty costly – even with health insurance. I saw one physician’s assistant who thought the pain could be coming from the very early stages of a bunion. My podiatrist (who is famous for working with runners in the Bay Area) did not diagnose that, so I am getting another opinion on Tuesday. Until then….just practicing my patience! HA!
This same time last year I was sidelined with runner’s knee. I had thought I was now taking all the necessary steps to avoid injuries, but I guess not. What do you know – I have more to learn 🙂
I hope you all had a great weekend!