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!”.


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.


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.


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.


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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39 Responses to Chronicles of Cross Training: March 6-12

  1. Hollie says:

    Sorry to hear about everything and I know the feeling. Do you feel as though your ankle is slowly getting better?

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I do, but it’s certainly very slowly. It’s tough to be patient with so many fun runs and races coming up, but I know it’s the right thing. The peroneal tendon doesn’t receive a ton of bloodflow and it’s just slow to heal. I don’t want to rush back (and possibly tear the tendon), so I’m just focusing on cross training. Cross training isn’t much fun, but I am getting a good workout doing it.

  2. Angela says:

    I hope you get back to running soon but you are right not to push it until you are 100%

  3. When I go to the gym I am a creature of habit as well! Same machines, I put my mat in the same area, I do pull ups on the same part of the monkey bars… I think as runners we like routine! What do you listen to/watch when you are on the elliptical?

    I know what you mean about not feeling like a runner anymore. 😦 It is not a good feeling at all. I’m sorry you’re dealing with this.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I typically watch the trashiest TV possible. The Price is Right, any judge/court show (not the serious ones but the trashy ones), talk shows (trashier the better), and adult cartoons like The Cleveland Show, King of the Hill, American Dad, etc. Mindless TV I can zone out to is my favorite.

      Planet has a TON of cross training machines so I don’t know why I stick to the same ones, I just do. There was one treadmill in there that was always broken and there’s an elliptical that doesn’t have a sound jack for headphones (??) so I’m okay as long as I don’t end up on one of those- which I never do because there’s more equipment than people. I just always gravitate to the same ones. Having a view of the clock helps…

      • Same here- tons of equipment. I have never EVER had to wait for a cardio machine even on the busiest days. Now lifting equipment like benches and cable machines I have had to, but I generally try not to go when I know the lifting areas will be super busy because I get annoyed very quickly. They are opening up a new PF near my work so I think my PF will be less crowded now because everyone that lives over there (15 min away?) will go to that one. And now I won’t have to see parents of my students at the gym anymore!!! Woooo!

      • Amy Lauren says:

        We have four Planet Fitnesses around here. I have the black card but the only others I’ve been in are Mt. Pleasant and Florence (like 100 miles away but that’s where my job is based). The new Summerville one has some sort of hallway with fans to cool you down post workout- I want to go there just to try that out!

        I rarely see people I know at Planet… most people who go to ours are older. It is basically a senior center during the daytime.

  4. DAYAMNN I can’t even get over how you manage to stay on those machines for that long! You are seriously my injured running idol! Is there such a thing?!?! There is now!

  5. Zebra Girl says:

    That Hammer win is pretty cool! Keep up the cross training. I know it stinks to be injured but you’ll be back because you are being smart!

  6. That made me laugh when you mentioned the Body Pump instructor yelling 30 secs left to finish it. I say that all the time when I teach as well! I have worked at an expo before a race, and you do not realize how much you are actually on your feet throughout the day.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I actually think it’s a great thing to say! You guys have to say something to motivate people in those classes and how else do you get the message across that the track is almost over, right? But it’s tough to hear it when you’re a runner!

      Race expos can be crazy with the number of steps you take or how long you’re on your feet. I honestly think being on my feet *and moving* is easier than standing in one place, which is mostly what I did on Friday. It was almost a workout though lifting some of those race packets. The Peyton’s Race runners got some great (and heavy) swag.

  7. I meant to tell you that when you dropped me off from MB my mother in law asked me if you were a body builder. I told her no but that you’ve been at the gym a lot because your injured. When I asked why she thought you were a BB she said because “that tiny girl had one strong grip when I shook her her hand!, I knew she did more than just run!”
    I know you are going crazy not being able to run. even though you arnet running, you still have a runners heart! Thank you for still getting out there and volunteering with the races.
    oh and let me know how Hammer products are!! what a great giveaway!!!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Back when I was doing BodyPump on the regular (meaning 2x a week, every week, and increasing weights), I lifted pretty heavy weights for an endurance-based class. I think that’s what helps me in all the bridge and connector races.

      Now that I’m doing it again, I want to increase my weights in class and get back to where I was. I just have to find enough BodyPump classes to do that and my gym doesn’t offer it nearly enough. Les Mills recommends doing the program 2-3x a week for the best gains but my gym only offers a few classes. Honestly, unless you can go at 6 AM and on Saturday, it’s hard to ever improve at BodyPump.

      Last week, the pest control guy, who does BJJ with Clay, said the same thing about my handshake. When you’re this small, you have to figure out some way to assert yourself in business, and that’s one way.

  8. Bahhh… It stinks that you’re still on the recovery train but you’re not giving up! You put some solid time in the cross training bank this week. NICE!

    And that Hammer Nutrition win. SUPER NICE! They sent you the whole load! That’s gotta be some extra awesome motivation when you return to running mode again 🙂

  9. Cinnamon says:

    Awww, I’ve been there, lady. It sucks! I’m so glad the Hammer pack perked you up!

  10. Elizabeth C. says:

    Sorry you are still dealing with this injury, but it sounds like you aren’t in as much pain anymore. That’s a great sign of progress. Congrats on winning all that Hammer Nutrition stuff. That looks like a huge amount of it!! And I feel you on the instructor yelling “finish line” – so often used as a metaphor or figuratively, but has a “real” meaning for us runners.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yeah, the pain has certainly decreased. Honestly, it doesn’t even hurt anymore. I’m just terrified of running and not knowing if it’s “ready” or not. This is even more anxiety-causing than the pain, because when I was in pain I couldn’t even think about running, and now I am. I just don’t want to jinx myself and I don’t want to get hurt again.

      Two injuries in just a few months is no fun and really sad after I went a few years without anything major.

  11. Theresa says:

    Hope you get back out there soon, friend.

  12. I’m glad to hear the ankle pain is a dull ache now instead of sharp and severe. I know it can be such a slow road to getting back to 100%, but you WILL get there! You’re doing all the right things!

    Way to go for volunteering at Peyton’s Wild & Wacky race packet pickup! I’m sure his family really appreciated you help 🙂

  13. Peroneal tendonitis is the worst because you can’t even fake it and run! It looks like you’ve got the cross training covered–but I’ll put it out there—when I was injured and needed to train for Big Sur last year–there was no way I was going to miss that–I did pool running. I was pleasantly surprised how much that preserved my fitness, and as a side benefit, improved my running form.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I *really* want to try Pool Running! I’m seeing a PT tomorrow and they have a pool, so maybe something will come from that. Our pool in the neighborhood opens April 1. It’s not heated, though.

  14. HoHo Runs says:

    90 minutes on an elliptical is very impressive! And well, so is 60! LOL. I did pool running like Wendy up there during my 2015 injury. It works. I was still member of the Y and used their heated pools. They opened up really early in the morning too! Congrats on winning the Hammer giveaway. Wow, they sure got it to you quickly! It sounds like you are improving. Hang in there! Thanks for linking, Amy!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I don’t know how it looks so impressive on here! When I wrote it out on paper (I typed up all the details of this whole injury for my PT visit tomorrow), it really doesn’t look like I do that much cross training. Of course, I grouped it by activity (elliptical, arc, yoga, and bodypump).

      I got into CBS Sunday Morning on the elliptical on Sunday and I like to do 90 minutes sometimes because I feel like that replicates a “long run” as best as you can on an elliptical, you know?

      It’s a lot of hours of time but honestly, nothing is as effective for running as running more miles is. Hopefully soon I can convert these hours of cross training into meaningful running training.

  15. Liz says:

    You are STILL a runner! That is a ton of stuff that you won! I’m impressed by how much they sent you! I just noticed that Chucktown has an Arc trainer! It looks kind of intimidating though! I’m going to have to look at it one of these mornings, but it sort of makes me wonder if I’ll get on it like I did the stair stepper and I won’t be able to figure it out. Who can’t figure out a stair stepper?! Haha. I sort of miss doing some classes at the gym, although I can imagine you’re tired of them after doing them all the time.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      The classes are fun. BodyPump is a little different each time because the instructor changes up the releases each week so the music is different. The BodyFlow release is the same each week so I alternate between that and regular yoga (at Soul Yoga) on Sundays. That way I don’t get too tired of either one.

      The Arc Trainer is the best… it’s like an elliptical, you hop on and go. I would suggest changing the weight on the machine though because that changes the resistance (not just the calories burned). On the treadmill I never bothered with the weight because I didn’t care about the calories but Arc Trainer, it changes how hard it is. You will like the machine, it’s a great cardio workout but doesn’t put any pressure on heels.

  16. Dang. So sorry you are out of commission right now. Sounds like the cross training is at least keeping you active and fit. I know it has been a trying couple of months, but you will get through this!

  17. Wow, I’ve never heard of this twitter chat. I use twitter but not near as much as I should I pop in and out sporadically. That was a super great giveaway to win. Can’t wait to hear how you like the products.
    You may not be running but your making my heart full by volunteering and this race sounds like a good one and an even better cause.
    You are killing your cross training. Hoping your back on the running train very soon!

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