Sidelined doesn't have to mean sedentary.
Thank goodness for small miracles, because sitting still is not my gig.
As this goes to press, I'm entering Week 3 of Stress Fracture Recovery. Woot! Yay for me, this is my first-ever fracture of any kind...and it hasn't been too painful or frustrating. Yet.
Before I give you the lowdown, welcome to the Weekly Run Down!
I love hosting this link-up with Deborah (from Confessions of a Mother Runner)! If you write a fitness-based blog, you're invited to join the party. The link-up opens at 1:00 (EST) on Sundays and remains open through noon on Monday. We love reading about everyone's weekly fitness endeavors, training highlights (or low lights) and race recaps. We ask that you link back to both hosts, and we encourage you to read/comment on the other linked blogs as well...please don't link-drop & dash ;-)
So, here's what went down in my "new normal" (gosh, I hate that phrase) world of fitness:
Never miss a Monday!
As most know by now, my #nevermissaMonday routine is courtesy of biking for the time-being. Funny story...I went for an early ride the day prior, and the hubs asked why I hadn't invited him to go along (I kid you not). Come Monday morning, he was out of bed and brushing his teeth as soon as I was. The hubs and I finished at 7.43 miles. Usually, I'll ride an extra lap around the block, to get closer to 8 miles (or whatever the next mile marker would be), but I didn't feel the need to do so this time. Any idea how liberating it felt to just let it go?
My new Typical Tuesday
I've said it many times, but my runner friends are the absolute best. They give me nonstop support and encouragement, and keep me laughing and smiling along the way. Some of them not only run (virtually) with me, but also ride (virtually) with me as well. A special thanks to Kim (Kookyrunner) for the virtual high-5 after my chilly 5.3 miles.
...and would you check out that sunrise! That's without a filter, BTW. The sky was on fire!
Upper-body Workout Wednesday
Stop! Hammer Time! MC Hammer's song got stuck in my head while doing (numerous) hammer curls Wednesday morning, and it stayed with me all.day.long. There also were biceps curls, tri extensions, Arnold presses (ouch!), shoulder presses, upward rows...just to name a few favorites. After dinner, the hubs and I did a quick 8.25-mile ride, in celebration of the awesome news from my appointment with the podiatrist (see below).
I'm not one to sleep-in. Like, almost never. My body (and my brain) wake up most mornings before my alarm (anywhere between 5-5:30). Such was the case Thursday...only it was more like 4:45. I'd planned to do a leg workout...but the bed just felt ultra comfy. I never fell completely back to sleep, but I opted to just lie there and do nothing for a good hour. Instead of the leg workout, I did some stretching...and nothing else (except for a post-workday ride with Barb, 12 hours later).
DAM to DSM virtual "ride" on Friday
Well, this weekend was to be the rescheduled DAM to DSM 20K, but like (virtually) everything else, it had to assume virtual status. I know, shocker. Since my running days are on hold, I got the ingenious idea (in my opinion) to bike the virtual "race" instead. Heck, I received the swag. As much as I love this race, it just wouldn't feel right hanging the medal or wearing the shirt without at least participating in some capacity. So, we biked it, at 5:45 on Friday morning. The 51F temps were cool, crisp and calm, and we had the light of the waning full moon to light our way for the first several miles. No, it wasn't the same as running the actual race course...but this was a great alternative. No regrets.
Semi-Long Ride Saturday
Don't ya love exploring a new place? A friend took the hubby and I on a scenic bike tour around Lake Okoboji (NW Iowa). We saw some countryside, lots of boats, and numerous impressive lake homes. And, we conquered several rolling hills (#OhMyQuads). What a fun adventure!
Another Sunday on Wheels
Nothing ground-breaking, but with a beautiful sunrise and pleasant temps, a few easy miles were in order. The hubby and I knocked out six miles to greet the morning.
So, a decent week despite my limited mobility circumstances. No walking, no running, no stair-climbing...but daily biking, to the tune of 76ish miles for the week. Don't worry, the routes are staying fairly flat, I'm keeping the gears low, and the rides are not strenuous. Wednesday's upper-body workout felt incredible (I love my upper-body strength work!). The daily planking/push-ups/leg lifts are still happening, so those have remained constant in my weekly routine.
In case you missed out, here's what else went down on the blog this week:
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! How do you feel about black and brown paired together? I'm all for it. It's an unexpected color combo, which is why I love it. Look closely, I'm wearing the lovely black ortho boot on one foot and a funky brown sandal on the other. Who says your shoes have to match each other anyways? 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).
As mentioned, at long last, I was able to meet with a podiatrist this week. He was impressed that there wasn't any swelling, but he did confirm that it was a stress fracture (the ortho specialist had thought the same; the radiologist thought it looked suspicious, but didn't think it was an actual fracture). He didn't order any new X-rays (he just read the one from two weeks ago), but wants a follow-up in three weeks, with an X-ray at that time. And...the good news? When I asked about biking, he told me that would be a perfect activity! I almost hugged him. I know I had the biggest smile on my face, as I walked out of the clinic...too bad it was hidden under my mask.
The hubby and I took a short get-away, to Lake Okoboji, with another couple, for part of the weekend. With all things COVID, this was the first trip we'd taken since the Leprechaun Chase 10K (Omaha, NE) back in early March. We all know what happened shortly there after, right? Anyways, there was biking, boating, and lots of great conversation.
And, that's a wrap!
How are things in your world? Vacation plans for the weekend? Summer temps still rocking your world?