High Five Friday

High Five Friday October 20 2017 happyfitmama.comHappy High Five Friday!

5 from Instagram

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1 ) I’ve got mountains to climb.  And I’ll do it wearing prAna.  There’s still time to save 15% off your order from prAna with code MHMAB15 at checkout.  This Penelope has become a staple for me every since I got it in September.

2 ) The only running I did this week was in the pool.  That’s quite boring with not the best scenery so why not a picture of me running by the water instead?  Much prettier.

3 ) Leaves and feet pics – what bloggers live for this time of year.  Am I right or what?

4 ) Lighting is everything.  I look like Popeye but it’s all thanks to the magical lighting at Planet Fitness.  Lol.

5 ) New kicks for lil’ man.  We are a Saucony loving family obvi.  Big thanks to Saucony for making my kids look good!

5 Good Reads

1 ) The Most Underrated Endurance Workout? Hiking – I could not agree more that hiking is such a great workout.  It’s not only good for the body but it’s good for you mentally.  Being immersed in nature will do that to you.  And you may find that you push yourself harder but with less perceived effort when outside. What are you waiting for?  Get hiking!

2 ) Why the Runners Nod Matters – One of my biggest pet peeves…getting denied the wave, nod or hello from another runner.  Runner’s are friendly people.  Don’t forget to acknowledge another runner.  I’m lucky to live in an area that has many friendly runners.  What about where you live?  Do you get the nod, wave or hello often while out on a run?

3 ) No Permission Needed: BeYOUtiful – This post from Suzy is spot on.  We are always waiting for the next big milestone so we can justify something.  Live in the moment and be yourself right now.

4 ) Here’s the Difference Between Running and Being a Runner – Where are you in your running story?  If someone asked, I would confidently say, I am a runner (even though my running mojo is lacking right now).  It’s a part of me. It didn’t start that way as I’m sure it didn’t for most of you.

5 ) This Race Means Nothing – Running and numbers.  It’s something that goes hand and hand.  But do the numbers really mean anything?  Of course, if you have big goals, they mean something at the time but do they really define you as a person?  Absolutely not. It’s easier said than done to not focus on the numbers but really, it’s just a number.

What would you like to High 5 today?


I’ve Lost My Running Mojo

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I’ve lost my running mojo.

Can you lose your running mojo when you aren’t running?

Apparently so.

In the past, when I’ve been injured, I’ve been hyper focused on getting back to running.  It was a constant burning desire to run and to do everything possible to get back there.

This time around, it’s different.

I mean I miss running and badly wish I could run right now.  And I’m doing everything I possible can to make that happen sooner rather than later.

But I don’t feel the drive like previously.

Maybe it’s because I’m tired of the run, injury, run, repeat sequence over and over again.

It seems like no matter what I do, I get stuck in that rut. And being stuck in a rut is not a good thing.

I was talking to a friend about our running plans for 2018.  I’ve got so many races, distances and trails that I want to run. But than I catch myself and think, what’s the point?  I’m sure I’ll be injured.  It’s like I’m setting myself up for disaster because that’s what always happens.

Over the weekend, my ankle started hurting like it did 8 weeks ago – right on the medial mallelous. It also was swollen.  Of course, I started freaking out.

Maybe I should have stayed in the boot longer?

Did I really have a fracture and the x-ray missed it 6 weeks ago?

Yesterday I saw my chiropractor who promptly found my foot and ankle to be ridiculously out of alignment.  Don’t ask me how that happened because I had a relatively low key weekend.  As soon as he adjusted my foot (which made the craziest sound ever), it felt a ton better.  And amazingly, the swelling was gone which shows that it really wasn’t swelling but how out of alignment my bones really were.

So if that happened with just walking about, doing my usual day to day activities, what will happen when I return to running?

I also had physical therapy yesterday.  We did some agility work on the ladder.  I’ve told you guys before that I’m horrible at doing anything above the absolute basics on the ladder.  My PT noticed that I had a harder time doing things with my left foot leading so he wanted to do a fun test with me.  Have you ever heard of the Fukuda Step Test?  It’s mostly used to test vertigo (which I don’t have).

Here’s the basics of it: You march “in place” for one minute with your eyes closed.  While I was doing the test, I thought I had stayed in the same spot.  Imagine my surprise when I opened my eyes and found myself 9 feet away from where I started and I was turned at a 45 degree angle to the left. I was shocked!

It’s not a full proof test but it shows that my left side isn’t functioning as well as the right.  I’ve got neurological deficits. It totally makes sense to me because I know I favor my left side.  Even if I was feeling perfectly healthy and was asked to jump on my left foot, I would hesitate.  It’s wired in my brain to protect my left side from all the injuries I’ve had over the years to it.

Interesting stuff, right?

I’m hoping that working on my balance, particularly with eyes closed, will help get my brain on the same wavelength as my muscular strength.

And that this helps me find my running mojo once again.

Linking up with Coaches Cornerand Wild Workout Wednesday.

Have you ever lost your running mojo?  How’d you get it back?

Have you ever done the Fukuda Step Test?



Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts were all about doing what I can at this time in my injury recovery.  It’s so freakin’ easy to get down because I can’t run.  And believe me, I go there a lot. I just need to remember I can do a lot of other things in the meantime.

As I mentioned last week, besides being sick, my posterior tib tendon flared up from doing incline calf raises.  And now it seems like it’s angry most days of the week.  That meant another week of no running.  Not even on the Alter G.  I seriously thought I’d be running again by now.  But here I am 8 weeks out, and it doesn’t look like I’m on the verge at all.  Maybe it will be 3 months like I was told when I first got the deltoid ligament sprain diagnosis? I sure hope not.


45 minutes Arc Trainer

Strength training upper body and core

Battle ropes

Rope pull

TRX push ups

KB plank rows

Pull ups with band assistance

Cable fly

Single leg balance w/ DB shoulder press

Tricep dips with weight plate

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30 minutes Arc Trainer

15 minutes Stepmill alternating 20 steps forward, 20 steps left, 20 steps right

Lower body and core

Leg press

Step ups matrix (front, side, back)

Walking KB lunges

Single leg deadlift with KB

TRX bridge with curl

KB swings

TRX mountain climbers

TRX pike plank

TRX plank/side plank

Ab wheel

Morning Yoga Flow at Bending Bodhi

Physical Therapy

My posterior tib tendon was still being a pain so we concentrated on soft tissue  work followed up with single leg balance on the trampoline and Bosu. Have you ever tried balancing on one foot with your eyes closed?  It’s not as easy as you think!

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How is it the middle of October and in the mid 70s? It feels so bizarre!


20 minutes Lateral X Elliptical

20 minutes Stepmill

Upper body and core

TRX push ups

TRX bicep curl with squat

Battle ropes

KB plank row

Eccentric pull ups

Pull ups with band assistance

Barbell skull crush

Incline DB bench press

DB bench press

TRX plank/side plank

TRX mountain climbers

TRX pike planks

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Pool running + kickboard laps

I was all proud of myself for making it to the pool for Early Bird hours.  That is until I found out that early bird hours are now an hour LATER on Thursday’s.  Gah!!!  Thankfully, I was able to make it back to the pool later in the morning to get a workout in.  I knew I should have checked the schedule the night before!

Physical Therapy

My posterior tib felt great after PT on Tuesday, felt ok on Wednesday and was hurting again when I woke up on Thursday.  In addition to the PTT, I’m feeling occasional medial mallelous pain again.  Wtf?!?!  I know it’s never a straight line in injury recovery but can I catch a break?

More soft tissue work to hopefully get things back on track.

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30 minutes Bike

20 minutes Arc Trainer

Strength training

Barbell row

KB plank row

Lat pulldown

Eccentric pull ups

Pull ups with band assistance

DB bench press

Barbell lunges

Step ups

Squat press

TRX bridge curls


Unplanned rest day.  Sometimes you sleep in and then life happens and before you know it’s 9 p.m. and you have zero interest in a workout.


20 mile bike ride

I had really hoped to head north for a hike but the forecast called for overcast skies all day.  Of course, it was totally wrong and it ended up being a cloudless, blue sky and warm day.  Oh well.  Hopefully, the fall foliage won’t be completely gone next weekend.

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Linking up with Hoho and Triciaand Jess/Jessfor the weekly workout wrap up.

How was your week in workouts?