Well, this was a week that kept me going HMMM on the daily!
The weather kept changing (not necessarily in a bad way). The recent (mild) drama with the glute and hip flexor took turns as to which was feeling better (sometimes it was both at the same time!). And the running staged a conservative comeback.
Yeah, things that made me go HMMM, indeed.
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Anyways, here's what went down this week in my world of fitness:
The forecast was showing rain for Wednesday, so Amy and I did our bike path ride a day early. I must have weather amnesia, because 73F really felt cold on the bike. Granted, we weren't able to get started until almost 6:00 (instead of our usual 5:15ish time), but still. Brrr. And, we were big time chasing daylight by the time we got back to town an hour later. Sixteen miles done; Ride #22 of the season.
After work, I tested out the body with a 3-miler (short walk breaks at each mile mark). A little bit of stiffness, and a slower-than-desired pace, but things felt alright. I also saddled-up Gustavas (the lonely mountain bike) for a short 6-mile shake-out ride before the daylight was gone.
So, how to summarize this crazy roller-coaster-like week? Well, I'm feeling good; better than expected, actually. This week was a big improvement with 12 miles of running. Walking saw 17 miles, and biking (again) dominated with 68. I was almost ecstatic to return to the stairway, a sign that I really need to bring those workouts back more often. The strength workouts served me well, too. No complaints!
The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon is next Sunday, and it's too late for online registration changes so that gives me this next week to really assess my situation. I could probably push through and run 13.1 miles (no doubt with walk breaks), but it may be in my best interest to simply switch to the 5K (which I'll have to do at packet pick-up). Stay tuned.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. The temps began a huge plummet (complete with an overnight frost advisory #YIKES!), so we were fully covered, LOL. I even had to dig, literally, to find the black ankle booties. But, I was proudly repping the black and gold for my Iowa Hawkeyes, and feeling quite comfy in this textured high-low sweater.
I had to get to work early, Friday morning, to oversee the "on-site" flu shot clinic at the office. Therefore, there was no time for a sunrise walk...but I caught a glimpse of the sunrise from my car. Mission accomplished.
Finally, an interesting tidbit regarding the Key West Half Marathon. I ran the virtual event last January, and the swag was killer (long-sleeve tech shirt, with artsy graphics, and funky medal, see below). The 2023 swag was recently revealed, and I found it kind of #meh. Fate really played in my favor for the 2022 event.
So, that's it for this past week. As mentioned, although things are still iffy with my glute/hip "issue," Saturday's 5-mile run had me feeling like I've at least turned the corner. I'm going to continue to keep things low-key this next week...after all, I'm technically tapering regardless of which distance I run next weekend, right?
Your turn! How was YOUR week? Any training highlights? Any injury rally-backing that's left you feeling optimistic? What about your weather...any sub-freezing temps thus far?
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Glad the glute and hip are slowly resolving and well done for doing your recovery gently. I've been struggling with my back all week. I thought it came out of the blue but I now think I can pin it down to collapsing the big oval parkrun sign into a series of stacked discs on Saturday (it's one of those pop-up signs like a pop-up tent) as I was reaching sideways under myself and it awkwardly). Through the early part of the week I had a neuralgia like shooting agonising pain in my back - spoke to the doctor, had strong pills prescribed which I have taken and it's gradually eased but I'm at that "frightened to do anything in case it comes back" mode at the moment. I have an NHS physio appointment tomorrow so hopefully he can confirm my suspicions and reassure me. Good point was I managed to support the London Marathon OK last Sunday!ReplyDelete
The hardest part (often times) is not knowing where these oddball injuries stem from...glad you have some insight as to where your discomfort came from. I hope you continue to feel better!Delete
sounds like you have similar pains in the butt that I do. It is super annoying and yes, sometimes it does feel better. Sitting seems to annoy mine as well. Using a heating pad while watching tv is a big help too. Hope yours resolves quickly. Yes, the weather sure was a roller coaster daily!ReplyDelete
I have been making a conscious effort to stand more at my desk recently, and that does seem to have helped some. So frustrating, though!Delete
I'm sure it's a tough decision regarding your half next weekend. I have a half as well and my issue isn't injury, it's motivation. I'll do it though, as it's a deferral from last year. Sigh...just kind of over the distance. Good luck with whatever you decide. Take care of that hip.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I'm actually pretty much at peace with my situation. Things are feeling much better (at the moment), but I'll have a better idea in a few more days as to my best course of action.Delete
BRRR! Things sound chilly there. Glad your hip/glutes are feeling better! A five mile run with no pain is a good sign. I see you spent a little time with Denis- I'm sure that helped : )ReplyDelete
Denis ;-) It had been awhile, so we were due for a reunion.Delete
Oooh, how nice to find $5! Even nicer to feel like the niggles are settling down.ReplyDelete
Thankfully we haven't yet had frost -- but today came close this morning! I wasn't actually expecting that!
Our weather rebounded to summer (again) this afternoon. It's been so crazy!Delete
Those hip glute issues just take time. Good for you for considering cutting back to the 5k if you need to. I've had great results in the past when I paid a visit to my chiropractor for hip issues. Alignment is everything!ReplyDelete
I actually saw the chiro last Monday, and that seemed to "unkink" my hip. I'm tempted to pay him another visit this week as well...Delete
I hope your hip/glute issues continue to feel better. With a five-mile run and no pain, sounds like you are on the right track. I hope you are able to do your half next weekend. I did the Des Moines marathon last year and it was a fantastic event. I hope you get to enjoy it.ReplyDelete
The Des Moines Marathon weekend is such a great event! I've done the marathon once (2014),but have done the 13.1 numerous times. I've also run the 5-mile a few times (they're not having it this year, for some reason), and I ran the 5K several years ago (different course than what they've used in recent years).Delete
I am jealous because I never find money when I workout, lol. Oh man, that stairs workout on Wednesday sounds brutal! I know my calf muscles would have been feeling that for a few days.ReplyDelete
Well, I typically find coins, or a random $1 bill. Finding the $5 was a nice surprise!Delete
Great week, Kim, and I'm happy to hear that your glute/hip issue might be on the mend. Wow, what a difference in the Key West Half swag from 2022 to 2023.ReplyDelete
Isn't it crazy how different the KW swag is this year? I really scored last year, LOL!Delete
I’m glad your glute is getting better. These nagging issues are so annoying.ReplyDelete
Our weather was all over the place this week. I’d like some fall before we head into winter!
Yes, the word "nagging" accurately describes the issues and their discomforts. We actually rebounded back to summer this afternoon...73F!Delete
You know I feel your pain on the hip/glute thing :( I'm glad you're making some progress - it's frustrating the way these things can linger. I think it's wise that you're considering the 5K option - you'll make the right decision for you. How nice to find some cash on the run!ReplyDelete
Yes, we're all commiserating on the glute/hip $h!t at the moment, aren't we!Delete
no frost here yet and still wearing my skirts!! I'm die hard.ReplyDelete
My goal these races are to be able to run another day... so if you ran a 5k, then there will be other races... if you do not and hurt yourself, then....
I know you will make the ight decision. You know your body best.
I'm not bummed to scale-back to the 5K. I have a few more days to see how things play out, but I'm alright with the shorter distance. Nothing to prove and it would be a huge risk doing the 13.1.Delete
Weather amnesia is real. How do we forget how to dress each season. Love all the sunrises, as always. Good luck with the race, whicver distance you decide. Distide? :DReplyDelete
Every fall, and I do mean EVERY fall, it usually takes a few trials and errors to get the layers correct.Delete
So glad you are back to the stairs! Oh, yeah- that Key West swag is definitely not as gorgeous as last year's. It will be in the 50s next week, but that's about it. Hopefully, the humidity will be low for Amelia Island.ReplyDelete
I hope the humidity plays nice for Amelia. That can really be a deal-breaker.Delete
Ha ha...I love that you have an approximate amount of your earnings from running!ReplyDelete
Its so hard to remember how to dress for the fall! Summer is so much easier, no need for all the layering....ReplyDelete
Good luck next weekend- sounds like you'll be able to make a decision that's right for that given day!
Always a treat to find some random money on a run! Makes up a little bit for all the gear we all like to buy for running :)