Weekly Rundown: January 15-21

Happy Monday everyone! January is ticking away, and I’m easing back into running.

My runs didn’t feel amazing, but they usually don’t after a layoff. I have NO plans to run races or do any sort of speed workouts for awhile- just running for the fun of it. I won’t run races until I’m done treating the injury. Injuries are even more expensive than races (and the expenses like gas, hotel, meals, that come with them) and its taking my spending money right now. I can’t pin on a race number and not push myself. Sure, I can tempo a race or use it as a workout, but that’s risky if you’re not 100% healthy.

The worst part of injuries is missing out on the group runs, pictures, and post-run brunches, so I was so glad I got to do those things this week!

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Monday 60 min Arc Trainer + 45. min BodyPump
Tuesday 5.2 miles + Active Release Therapy
Wednesday 60 min. Elliptical + 3.1 miles
Thursday 4 miles + 60 min. BodyPump
Friday Sports Massage
Saturday 5.1 miles
Sunday 8 miles
Total 25.4 miles

Monday was the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and I found this awesome graphic that applies to life and injury recovery. Since I ran on Sunday, I took Monday off to cross train instead. Planet Fitness was packed, but I got 60 minutes of Arc Trainer in, then went to a BodyPump Express class at The Zoo that afternoon.

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On Tuesday, I ran a few miles, then headed to my appointment with Dr. Jimerson. He gave me some new exercises to do and encouraged me to keep up everything I’m already doing (because my hip/glute seem to be healing).

On Wednesday, I ellipticalled a bit that morning, and hopefully that turnover/cadence translates to running once I can start training again. That evening, I decided to try a few miles at the Fleet Feet Summerville Pub Run. It was chilly out and I debated skipping the run, but Melissa convinced me to come. I ran an easy 3.1 miles with the group, where I warmed up quickly but kept it easy since it was dark outside and I didn’t know the route.

For me, the worst part of injuries isn’t the lack of training, it’s not seeing my friends and training partners. Even if I’m running easy, it feels great to be running SOME and back in the post-run and pre-run pictures. Fleet Feet Summerville did a great job of hosting the pub run, and we had a good crowd.

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Thursday was easy miles, and on Friday I saw a different sports massage therapist, who happens to also be an RN and a triathlete. She had a lot of good insight in my hip/glute injury, why I got injured, more exercises, and other ideas. I’ll definitely be going back because you can’t beat a massage from someone with a medical and athletic background.

On Saturday, I did the Charleston Beer Runners Bridge and Brunch. I didn’t feel up to running over the whole bridge with them, so I just started at our brunch destination and ran an out and back course.

We had brunch at Coleman Public House in Mt. Pleasant, one of my favorite places. They have $15 bottomless mimosas at brunch, and two of my friends found the bottom of the mimosa because apparently they cut you off at 4 PM. I had the veggie burger with goat cheese, spinach, caramelized onions, and tomatoes, along with fries. It was delicious!

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Sunday, I finally felt up to going to the Hampton Park OnShore Recreation Group Run. We had a big crowd, and I ran with Howie, Tom, and Brent.

Seeing friends really perked me up, and I’ve decided I won’t let my injuries define me. Even if I can’t run fast or long, I want to be my friends and training partners. I can always cross train or run a shorter route, then brunch with everyone.

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After the run, lots of people headed to brunch, and I came home to have brunch with Clay and do some things around the house, plus watch football. I can’t believe NFL is almost over and we only have a few weeks until the Super Bowl. Hope everyone has a great week!

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for their weekly wrap link. Come join the fun!

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Chronicles of Cross Training: January 8-14

Happy Monday! The snow is gone, and I logged a few miles this week.

Aside from spending too much money on this injury and too many hours in the gym instead of running, it wasn’t a bad week. I stayed busy with work, traveling to the office on Thursday for meetings and lunch with coworkers.

I had an Active Release Therapy (ART) appointment on Thursday and a sports massage on Friday, where my massage therapist told me I had a knot like a speed bump in my ass. He’s pretty much right, because it’s slowed me down like speed bumps always do.

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Monday 30 min. elliptical + 4.1 miles
Tuesday 45 min. spin + 30 min. stair climber + Active Release Therapy
Wednesday 30 min. stair climber + 4.2 miles
Thursday 30 min. stair climber
Friday 5.1 miles + sports massage
Saturday 60 min. elliptical
Sunday 6.3 miles
Total 19.7 miles, $140 on injury treatment

Charleston warmed up on Monday, and the snow melted about as quickly as it fell last Wednesday. By the time I got off work, it was 60 degrees outside, and I ran around my neighborhood in shorts and a t-shirt… with snow on the ground.

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Determined to try “going to the gym”, I went to a 5:45 AM spin class after almost no sleep the night before. A lady in the class recognized me and asked if I was still running. I told her not really, that’s why I was at spin. She replied with “Oh, so you’re trying to get back into working out again?”. Um, no. If I could run and train and race, I would not be in a spin class for insomniacs.

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I went to my ART appointment Tuesday afternoon and slept REALLY well that night- until 8 AM on Wednesday morning. My streak of “going to the gym” last one day. Oops. I woke up feeling better than I have in weeks, so it was worth it.

That night, I ran a few miles while my friends did track workouts. Running easy miles around the track is boring, but I’m glad I got to be with my friends and be in the pre-track picture.

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Thursday was super busy with traveling for work and work meetings. My office is a two-hour drive, but I work from home and only make the drive a few times a year. It was great hanging out with my coworkers and meeting some new coworkers and managers. Four hours of commuting plus work makes for a long day, but I managed to swing by Planet Fitness and log some stairs.

On Friday, I went for a short run before going for a sports massage. I was stiff from sitting so much on Thursday, and the run didn’t feel that great, but five miles is five miles.

On Saturday, I volunteered for The Foot Store at a running event held in my city (I won’t call it a local race). I spent a few hours filling cups of water then handing them out to runners at the Mile 8 aid station. It was cold and windy, and I wore a fleece turtleneck, t-shirt, North Face jacket, and the volunteer shirt… and was still freezing.

We stuck it out for the runners- and the runners were great! So many people thanked us and inspired us. Meridee and Oliver at our aid station are also injured, and while we would do anything to be out there running, we were glad to at least be well enough to help.

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Once the runners came through, we cleaned up and packed up our aid station, then I headed to the gym to burn off Meridee’s cookies and thaw out from the cold.

I came home and showered and went to the Charleston Beer Runners after party at Holy City Brewing. Hugs and stories were exchanged, beers were consumed, and pictures were taken.

I got lunch at Holy City Brewing and had a really delicious salad. You wouldn’t think a brewery would have such great food, but now I want to come back for Sunday brunch. I’m not really into beer, so I love it when breweries offer good food.

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My friend Eryn who heads up Charleston Beer Runners had the greatest story to tell. She ran the half marathon as a guide for Mark, a runner from Philadelphia who is blind. Mark is a part of a running group called Achilles International which helps differently abled athletes participate in runs, and the group wants to come to Charleston for a destination race next year. Their athletes like running here because our courses are flat and we have warm running weather in the winter. I hope they come back because I’d love to guide an athlete in a race and think it’s inspiring that the athletes don’t let things hold them back.

In true CBR fashion, we took a group picture. And yes, Charlotte ran a marathon dressed as a Southern Belle. She is a maniac and runs each race in a different costume.

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On Sunday, I slept in, hung out with friends at Fleet Feet Sports Mt. Pleasant’s recovery party, and went on a 6.3 mile “long run”. That’s not much, but everyone starts somewhere coming back from injuries. I’m confident that one day, today’s long run distance will once again be a daily easy run for me again.

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

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