There's nothing wrong with rerouting once in awhile.
Thank goodness we don't have to be stuck on a one-way path on our feet, on the bike or in life. Besides, taking a detour will allow us to see a few bonus details we otherwise wouldn't have experienced. At least that's what I'm embracing at the moment.
As my fitness world adjusts to my current reality, I'm having to reroute my routine. It's been an interesting challenge thus far, and certainly remains a work-in-progress...
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So, here's what went down in my little world of fitness this last week:
With the running (and walking) sabbatical in full force, my Monday routine will be happening courtesy of Gustavas for awhile. It is what it is, and that's my reality...might as well just go with it. Five sunrise miles and my Monday already felt like it was off to a great start.
|How do ya like that cotton candy sky?|
A new #TypicalTuesday routine
The summer temps had returned, and I saw no reason to complain. The delayed sunrise, though? Yeah, that I do take issue with. But, late as it was, the sun had a beautiful (almost mysterious) red glow for the first few minutes as it appeared over the horizon (I think Iowa may be feeling some mild after effects of the California wild fires). Those eight miles with Gustavas were well worth it for that alone.
|That red orb, kissing the wind turbine, is the sun|
#GotBalance on Wednesday
Wednesday morning had me doing some lower-body strength/balance work. Already, I'm concerned with developing a nasty imbalance with my leg strength. After all, neither are working in sync right now. One is trying to function as "normal," while the other is partially immobilized with an awkward boot for much of the day...causing the uninjured leg to over-compensate. No bueno.
My strategy is to find strength moves that will engage the leg muscles without putting any excess weight or strain on my feet. I'm leery of doing lunges or squats right now, but good, old-fashioned leg lifts are doing the trick! I can do these seated,or lying on the floor. If I do them standing, I use a chair for support, so there isn't any extra load-bearing on my feet.
In addition, I had an absolutely crazy afternoon at work, getting home much later than anticipated. Normally, I'd be able to go for a run or a walk...but now it's Gustavas to the rescue. Ten (easy) miles later, my mind was clear and all was well with my world again.
In the morning, I did some upper-body strength work involving isometric holds with one arm, while lifting with the other. I don’t think to do these very often, but they’re a fun way to switch up a workout session. Also, there may have been some core work afterwards, and another post-workday endorphin ride (this one with Barb, for 11 miles).
|flex and hold....|
Can I just say that Friday felt pretty slow in getting here? Trudging around with the boot all week had me so exhausted. I didn't need (nor want) a strenuous gut-busting sweat session, but I still wanted to get outside. So, nothing groundbreaking...six pre-workday biking miles with the hubby.
Obviously, there will not be any long runs happening on Saturday (or ANY day) for awhile. For the time-being, biking will have to be my endorphin poison. FYI, I'm keeping these rides easy (avoiding most of the hills), the gears are staying low, and I'm being OCD (Obviously Cautiously Diligent) with my foot placement on the pedal. I'm not wearing the boot on the bike (too awkward, and I think it would mess with my already-compromised alignment and/or balance), but I'm either taping my foot or wearing a support sleeve over the affected area. So far, this is working well and my foot is not feeling any pain or strain, whatsoever. That said, the hubby and I rode 16 miles with intermittent sunshine and almost nonstop wind on Saturday morning. Our average speed was 9.8 mph, which is very conservative as far as biking goes.
|Don't be fooled by that sunshine...it didn't last for very long|
Brrr, more cool temps (62F). While those temps are heavenly for running, they are downright frigid on a bike (now I know why long-sleeved bike jerseys exist). But, that sunshine was pure perfection! Just a short 5-miler with Gustavas, and that's all she wrote (rode?).
|A beautiful SUNday|
So, this week was very biking-heavy (61 miles). As I have said, I'm doing this cautiously. Most of my rides are short (5-6 miles, less than 30 minutes)...about the same time frame, but less effort, than if I were walking or running. Wednesday's and Thursday's strength sessions were solid. Going forward, I might be increasing the length of those to 30 minutes (instead of 15-20 minutes) since maintaining my strength is a crucial part in keeping things in balance as my foot heals. This rerouting project is a work-in-progress, and I expect it will be tweaked after my consultation with the podiatrist this week. Stay tuned.
In case you missed out, here's what else went down on the blog this week:
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! I may have mentioned, previously, how fond I am of the color turquoise. Seriously, how could one wear this color and NOT have it brighten your day? Look closely, I'm also wearing matching shoes. I typically never wear athletic kicks to the office, and I certainly don't wear them unless I'm in workout gear. But, desperate times. A friend loaned me her knee scooter, so I gave that a whirl on Friday, (and Frank, the boot, hibernated at home). As always, you're welcome to join me on Fridays...post a pic on Instagram, grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and be sure to tag me (@runningonthefly).
This boot...UGH. I seriously wonder why they don't provide an auxiliary shoe (of sorts) with an equal heel height. I have a pair of open-toe booties that have a similar heel height, so I have been wearing the left one at work (with the beautiful boot on my right foot). There is still an imbalance with my feet and hips, but it is easier to "walk" with less of a gimp. Driving is a nightmare, though...the boot doesn't fit under the steering wheel, nor would I be confident being able to "feel" the gas/brake pedals with it. My best solution is to leave a running shoe in the car, slip that on for driving, then don the boot when I get out of the car. My lower back is mucho angry right now. Not ideal, but (again LOL) this is a short-term thing. I got this.
I'm testing out some new-to-me fuel gels, from SiS (not an affiliate link). I used some of these a few years ago, and LOVED them, but now there's a few new versions. On Wednesday's ride, I was so exhausted from the workday, so I slammed one of the caffeine gels. Great flavor and and no adverse effects on the tummy. I'd call that a win! If you're interested in checking these out, code BIBRAVE20GEL will save you 20% (not applicable on already discounted products of special offers).
Lastly, the high school football season is underway. The season has already been cut short (thanks to COVID), and there's no guarantee how long the season will last. We road-tripped 2-1/2 hours away to support our local guys (who had helped us, and the entire town, with the derecho clean-up). This little guy (gal?) appeared from out of nowhere on the bleacher by us. After the initial #EEK moment was over, I was able to appreciate his (her?) grandeur.
|who knew praying mantises were fans of football?|
Anyways, that's it for now! Finally a week without any unforeseen drama, so I guess that's a (small) victory.
How was your week? Any change in the weather? Have you been appreciating the later sunrises? Ever done battle with an orthopedic boot?