Chronicles of Cross Training: March 13-19

This was a weird week. At the beginning of the week, I found myself debating if I should test out my ankle and go for a short run. I won’t run (or do any exercise) in pain. In Myrtle Beach, I even told my training partners that I’d give myself at least three days after stopping pain medicine before I attempted to run.

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On Monday, I cross trained as usual that morning, thinking I could try a test run that afternoon. It rained that afternoon so I easily talked myself out of it.

I cross trained Tuesday morning and planned to test my ankle out on a run that afternoon. Bored at work, I googled “How do you know when you’re ready to run again?” or something like that, and an article suggested hopping on the injured foot. I hopped on my left foot and my right foot, and it felt different on the left foot. I talked myself out of it again.

At this point, I wasn’t sure if I was physically injured or dealing with the psychosomatic fearful effects of reinjury and returning to running. I’ve dealt with anxiety since I was a child, but the anxiety from “testing it out” has been much worse than say, pre-race anxiety.

You know you’re an anxious, injured runner when you have borderline high blood pressure but your resting heart rate is in the 40s.

I went to Blue Sky Endurance to buy something and made the staff feel like armchair sports psychologists because I spilled my guts. With their advice, I booked an appointment at at Premier Physical Therapy. I went to physical therapy on Friday for an evaluation, and the staff spent almost an hour and a half talking to me and evaluating my ankle. I left with a long list of stretching exercises that I’ve completed this weekend. We’ll see how this goes.

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Monday 60 min. Arc Trainer + ankle/heel exercises
Tuesday 60 min. Elliptical + ankle/heel exercises
Wednesday 60 min. Arc Trainer + Volunteering at Catch the Leprechaun
Thursday 60 min. Elliptical + 60 min. BodyPump
Friday 60 min. Arc Trainer + PT stretches + 1 mile run at PT
Saturday 60 min. BodyPump + PT stretches
Sunday 90 min. Elliptical + 60 min. yoga + PT stretches

In real girl life, my stress level was high this week. Clay left for Albuquerque Wednesday morning and returned late Sunday night. We have busy schedules and he worked 3rd shift while going to college the first year of our marriage, so we’re used to not seeing each other at times- but I missed him a LOT! No weekend date and no hearing his SUV pull into the garage at 7:30 in the evenings when he gets home made for a lonely few days.

To bring some happiness to this post, here’s a picture of us from five years ago when Clay was always tired from nightshift.

Aside from that, we’ve had some pretty crazy changes at work. I’m getting my products ready for release and also learning a new project. I’ve been a technical writer at my company for 8.5 years and think I’ve written for every product we sell. It seems like yesterday when I graduated college, but May 2017 will be 10 years in the field of technical writing. Crazy, huh?

Since Clay was gone this weekend, I went to the Charleston Beer Runners Bridge and Brunch run on Saturday. Each month CBR does a group run over the bridge and tries a different restaurant near Shem Creek. I ended up doing “BodyPump and Brunch”, which isn’t the same but at least I got some exercise in.

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We went to Vickery’s, where the food was good and the view was gorgeous. The service was outstanding and the staff kept us well taken care of, even though we had such a big party. I had the blackened mahi sandwich and black beans and rice on the side. It was a bit pricier than what I’m used to for lunch, but the food was good and I can’t complain about a lunch with friends. 

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The Charleston Beer Runners brunch brightened my day. I don’t think of myself as a runner right now, but I’m thankful for good friends, beautiful views, cold drinks, and tasty brunches.

Cheers to recovery!

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Check it out here. I’m also linking up with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC. You can check those posts out here.

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Chronicles of Cross Training: March 6-12

Another week on the injured list, better known as #TeamJanky. Sadly, some of my friends are now injured, which means Team Janky has grown. With a plethora of injuries represented, Dr. Frankenstein could piece together a healthy runner from all of our non-injured parts if he ever meets Team Janky.

Since I’m not running due to peroneal tendonitis, I’m basically a gymgoer on autopilot. Every day I go to Planet Fitness at the same time of day and see the same characters. I use the same machines- even the same elliptical and arc trainer unless someone is using them. On other days, I attend group fitness classes and cringe when there’s 30 seconds left in a BodyPump track and the instructor yells out “Finish line!”.

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I haven’t seen a race start or finish line in awhile. I don’t feel like a runner anymore.

Thursday was the highlight of my week. On Monday night, I participated in Salty Running’s Twitter chat, Salty Chat. Salty Chat is held every Monday night at 8 PM and always a great chance to talk about running and fitness issues. This week’s chat was sponsored by Hammer Nutrition, who held a giveaway at the end of the chat. I won the giveaway and expected some samples to arrive in the mail in four to six weeks.

Imagine my surprise when I returned from 60 minutes of ellipticalling on Thursday and found a box packed with full-size Hammer Nutrition products. Unpacking the box and reading about the different products brightened my day. I can’t wait to try out Recoverite and show everyone “How I Hammer” once my peroneal tendonitis clears up and I can return to training.

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Besides that, I took Friday off work and volunteered at packet pick up for Peyton’s Wild and Wacky 5K/50K/Relay. I spent four hours on my feet handing out packets and talking to runners about the event. I was glad to see some friends and help out a race for a good cause. I try to only run races where some of the proceeds benefit a charity, and since I couldn’t run, at least I could do volunteer to help the Moore family and remember Peyton.

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As for my own healing, my ankle pain has gone from sharp and severe to more of a dull ache. I’m hoping I’ll be running again soon, but I’m not pushing my luck until I’m 100% comfortable starting back. I’ll just be glad to hit the pavement and the track with friends.

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Monday 60 min. Arc Trainer + ITBS Rehab Routine + ankle/heel PT
Tuesday 60 min. Elliptical
Wednesday 60 min. Arc Trainer + ITBS Rehab Routine + ankle/heel PT
Thursday 60 min. Elliptical + 60 min. BodyPump
Friday 45 min. Arc Trainer + Volunteering at Peyton’s Run
Saturday 60 min. BodyPump
Sunday 90 min. Elliptical + 60 min. Yoga

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Check it out here. I’m also linking up with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC. You can check those posts out here.

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