All is fair in fitness and fun...until an injury rears its ugly head.
Yes, I said it.
INJURY. Not exactly a runner's (or any athlete's) favorite word that begins with I.
I had a feeling said "ugly word" had been flirting with me in recent weeks, and I was taking all the necessary precautions to keep it at bay. But, wouldn't you know? It still made its grand entrance...
Before I share all the deets, 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 8:00AM (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 ;-)
Later, I met Amy for the grand finale of the weekly hilly bike path rides. Although it had warmed up considerably since the morning, those mid-50F's are cold on a bike! It felt like a perfect conclusion to the previous 25 weeks of this weekly ritual, though. The sky was cloudy and the lake looked rather barren and dreary...the polar opposite of the warm and sunny conditions of the first ride we'd done in early May. One last INVIGORATING jaunt on the hills, and 15 final miles, to close-out the season.
So, yeah. This week took a bit of a turn mid-week. The PT thinks it's a hamstring issue, and not the glute (though they're both connected, LOL). She advised minimal running (no surprises there) for the time being...short distances and very easy pacing, and I'm totally on board with that. She was very glad to hear I have a nice repertoire of other fitness interests and options already in use (especially the biking and walking, as well as strength-training). I gotta say this "INJURY'S" timing is IMPECCABLE since my racing season is done, LOL.
So, the running was very minimal this week (seven miles), but walking and biking were well-utilized (19 miles and 65 miles, respectively). Barre will definitely stay in the rotation (I may even try to fit in a couple additional sessions each week). Upper-body and modified lower-body will continue to be key players as well.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. Every year, I dig this shirt out of the fashion vault during the Halloween season. I'm not fond of spiders, in the least, but I do admire the works of art that their webs are. I'd seen a similar shirt, years ago, in a glitzy boutique. The art geek in me (kinda/sorta) plagiarized the concept and created one of my own. Hey, it happens, LOL.
Saturday, the sister and I found ourselves in Kinnick Stadium for the Iowa vs. Northwestern football game. We had beautiful weather (upper 60F's!), we got to wave to the children in the Stead Family Children's Hospital (along with both teams' players, the refs, and a full stadium of football fans), and we got to witness a much-needed victory! Go Hawks!
And...Planksgiving! Stay tuned...there's a Planksgiving Challenge starting Tuesday. This involves daily planking, with a focus on side-planking for myself. Details coming in Tuesday's blog post...