Chronicles of Cross Training: Dec 11-17

Big goose egg ZERO MILES this week.

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I decided to take this week off running to recover from the Kiawah Island Half Marathon (and the past 8 months of training since my last injury). Plus, I had the bright idea that a week of not running might help my hamstring/glute issues. I want to start 2018 on the right foot- the HEALTHY foot- and not on #TeamJanky, if I can help it.

Despite not running, I had a busy week filled with cross training, holiday parties, work, and volunteering. I never fully take a break, and that’s how I like it- productively busy.

TWW

Monday 60 min. Arc Trainer + PT exercises
Tuesday 60 min. Arc Trainer + PT exercises
Wednesday PT exercises
Thursday 60 min. Elliptical + PT exercises
Friday 60 min. Elliptical + 30 min. yin yoga
Saturday 60 min. slow flow yoga
Sunday 60 min. Elliptical + PT exercises

On Monday and Tuesday, I hit Planet Fitness to Arc Trainer. The Arc Trainer machine is one of my favorites and helps big time with strengthening the back of the body (hamstrings/glutes/calves).

Even though I didn’t run on Tuesday, I headed to Bay Street Biergarden for the Charleston Running Club group run. This is a “travelling group run”, so you get to run in a new area of Charleston and dine at a new spot each month. Everyone else ran the bridge and ate appetizers while I just ate appetizers. The happy hour was fun- the company was great and the food was delicious. I missed running the bridge because it’s my favorite place in town to run but glad I could hang out.

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Wednesday was super busy, with a 5:15 AM wakeup call to drive to work at the office. For those who don’t know, I work as a technical writer for a software company, and we had our R&D Christmas party on Wednesday, so I wanted to be in the office for that. I live two hours from my office and work from home except for a few times a year when I drive in.

After work, I had another holiday party- the Yelp Elites are Gifted at Striped Pig event. It was a lot of fun, and everyone who attended got a Christmas present. I walked away with a tea kettle and a $10 gift card to Fill Piano Bar in Mt. Pleasant.

On Saturday, I volunteered at the Cocoa Cup 5K. I helped out with the finish line water area, which was a lot of fun. I love volunteering at road races and think more runners should give it a shot. For the record, you don’t have to be injured to volunteer. I often volunteer when I’m healthy as well because it’s great to give back to the sport.

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The Cocoa Cup 5K one of the most fun races of the year. The race sold out with over 2,000 entries and 1700+ people showed up (this is actually a GREAT thing because the no show percentage for holiday races is often higher). Runners got an awesome hoodie and everyone got delicious hot chocolate.

I’ve run the race for the past three years, and from both the runner and volunteer standpoint, it’s extremely well organized and a great value. Even though I didn’t run this year, I was glad to be involved.

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Besides volunteering, I went to my friend Ryan’s birthday party. It was a Star Wars birthday party, and we had pizza and a delicious Snickers chocolate cake that Vy made. That cake was better than most restaurants and I don’t think I’ll be able to eat chocolate cake now without being sad that it’s not this particular chocolate cake.

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Sunday was the only day this week I really missed running. I love my Sunday run group and #ChurchOfTheSundayLongRun. “Going to the gym” just isn’t the same, but I did and then went to brunch with Clay and some friends. Brunch and hanging out with everyone definitely cheered me up.

As for next week, here’s to hoping my body cooperates so I can get back to the grind sooner rather than later. I’m not registered for any races until February, so I’d rather take the down time to heal now instead of getting seriously hurt later.

Have a great week and holiday season!

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Come join the fun!

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Weekly Rundown: Dec. 4-10

Welcome to another week on #TeamJanky- the support crew for those of us who experience injuries, illnesses, and setbacks but refuse to give up. Sometimes you ride the PR train. Sometimes (more often) you drive the struggle bus.

With running (and life) whether you’re on top or on the bottom, you’re never there forever.

TWW

Monday 60 min. Arc Trainer + PT exercises
Tuesday 8.2 miles + 60 min. yoga
Wednesday 7.3 miles + PT exercises
Thursday 6.2 miles + PT exercises
Friday PT exercises
Saturday 13.2 miles including Kiawah Island Half Marathon (1:46:57)
Sunday 5.2 miles + PT exercises
Total 40.1 miles

I went back to PT on Monday, where she treated my wonky high hamstring/glute. It’s a little better than it was, but healing takes time. When you’re injured or sick often, you learn that the body heals. It heals on its own terms, not according to a training plan or race schedule- but it heals. 

My running is still disappointing, but my social game was on point this week. On Wednesday, I attended the Fleet Feet Summerville group run. The theme was Catch the Gingerbread Man and Beat the Fox. Everyone who finished in front of the fox got a $15 gift card or a pair of Balega socks, and we had hot chocolate, snacks, and giveaways afterward. This is one of my favorite runs of the year, and it had a great turnout.

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My phone died on Friday, making for a stressful day and weekend. You never realize how much you depend on your phone until you don’t have a phone for several days and have to rely on an alarm clock, a GPS, and a digital camera. Plus, I’m paranoid driving long distances without a phone in case of emergencies- so I stayed close to home.

On Saturday, I ran the Kiawah Island Half Marathon. Three injuries, 363 days, $40, and a shot of Bailey’s ago, I thought signing up for a half marathon during early registration was a good idea. Thankfully, I was healthy enough to complete the race and earn a new medal for my Christmas tree. A lot of my friends and training partners did really well, setting new PRs, placing, or running their first marathons. It was fun to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments. Sometimes that accomplishment is not meeting any paramedics or spending the afternoon in urgent care.

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The good thing about races is that they’re held every single year, and once again, during the early registration period, I signed up for 2018’s Kiawah Island Half Marathon. Since I’m two stomach flus from racing weight and trying not to drink, I skipped the shot of Bailey’s. Kiawah was one of the most well organized races I’ve ever run, and I’ll recap it later this week.

Saturday night, we ALL celebrated at the Summerville Tri Club holiday party. We had food, dessert, drinks, and a ton of fun. Summerville Tri Club trains hard and parties hard, and this is the biggest party of the year. Everyone gets together to celebrate our accomplishments, plan for next year, and give out some awards and superlatives. Did I mention we party?

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As for me, I’m not signed up for any races in the immediate future and will probably keep it that way and focus on PT exercises and recovery. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2018 and working hard to make our dreams come true!

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Come join the fun!

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