Last Week’s Workouts

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.comLast week’s workouts I spent way too much time worrying about the status of my ankle that I sprained at Loon Mountain Race 2 weeks ago.

At one point, I had myself convinced that I had fractured it. It’s funny how your mind can go there once you’ve had a stress fracture.  You never forget that stuff.

In my weekly check in with my coach, I voiced my concerns over my ankle and if it could handle running long over the weekend. He made a great point – worrying about my ankle is energy lost. I should be focusing my energy on what I can do – full recovery of my ankle sprain.

So I made a commitment to not thinking of my ankle. I found that the more I thought about it, the more it didn’t feel “right”. When I stopped focusing on it, I didn’t even notice it. The mind is a powerful thing, right?

Here’s the rundown of last week’s Triple HHH of workouts.

Monday

40 minutes Elliptical Intervals

Strength training: Bullet Proof Legs Circuit + Upper Body

After two weeks off from the gym and strength training, I was severely feeling this workout.  My legs were wobbling as I walked out of the gym.

Time to get back at it!

Tuesday

45 minute run, 8:57 avg/pace

I leashed up Max and hit the pavement for some miles. There was nothing too exciting about the run but I had an intense feeling of happiness because it’s SUMMER!  I know it’s hot, humid and soupy AF out but there’s just something about the cleansing sweat of a summer run. It’s different than other time of the year.  Probably because EVERY SINGLE PORE is sweating.  Even your eyeballs. Soak it up, friends.  Winter will be here soon enough.

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.comI tried something new today.  My friend, Jen, told me about an Infrared Lightstim Therapy Treatment she received after spraining her ankle in May.  She had one treatment and was pain free from then on.

I can’t say that it cured my sprained ankle but it was nice and relaxing.  I bet it would be quite lovely in the winter.

Wednesday

30 minutes Arc Trainer Strength Intervals

Strength Training: Bullet Proof Legs + Upper Body Circuit/core

Nothing too exciting about this workout. Worked hard and got it done!

Thursday

45 minute run, 8:46 avg/pace

It’s amazing how lower temps (68 degrees!) and lower humidity can feel so refreshing. But then you start running and the sweet summer sweat returns.

The joy of summer running!

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Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi

Friday

Rest day!

Saturday

14 mile run – 8 on the road, 6 on trails, 1100 ft elevation gain

It was another ridiculously hot morning that was only going to get hotter as the day went on. With a heat index over 100 degrees, I knew it was best to get my run done as early as possible.  I woke up later than I wanted and had zero desire to run on the roads. But then Lukas woke up and I asked if he wanted to ride his bike with me for a few miles before I met up with Kyle.

We cruised along for 3+ miles before I dashed over to Kyle’s house.  We did 4+ miles together for a total of 8 for me. I really, really didn’t want to do another 6 miles on the road so I made a shoe swap, changed my tank, grabbed my pack and hit the trails for the remainder of my miles.

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.comIt was a nice change of pace on the trails.  Still hot AF but at least I didn’t have direct sunlight on my.

I walked some hills and kept the pace light.  My focus was to work on nutrition and hydration and not end up sick.

Mission accomplished.

Sunday

40 minute recovery run, 4.23 miles

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.comI slept in till almost 7. It was 82 degrees with full sun and humid AF. The only saving grace was the lovely breeze.  I kept things light, stuck to the shady side of the street (if there was any) and took walk breaks as needed. I was drenched from head to toe.  I’ll remember these super sweaty days with fondness when I have lashicles and frozen fingers in January.

How was your week in workouts?

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  1. I loved the photo of you on the trails. It makes trail running look so appealing! I can’t wait to get back to trail running in the fall. I have never heard of lightstim therapy. I sprained my ankle last summer in a trail half. It didn’t hurt too badly until after I finished the race, then it swelled up and hurt like crazy! Hoping your ankle pain goes away soon.
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  2. Yep, we are in TOTAL sync on all things summer 😉 Even on my very hot/humid “late start” run yesterday, I loved almost every minute of it. Today, it was probably 20 degrees colder, but still mucho humid, and I still was a massive mess of sweat…but it’s a great cleansing feeling 😉

  3. I will take these hot summer runs any day over running in the cold, snow, ice and wind. It’s not easy but I still love the feeling of a sweaty run. Glad you are not noticing your ankle as much! That infrared therapy sounds interesting.

  4. On the positive, even 70 degrees this morning felt cooler in comparison to last week! I totally get what you mean about stress fractures also. Every twinge now causes me to worry about a stress fracture again and I have to remind myself just how much the Sfx hurt. It messes with the mind, but then obsessively thinking about it makes it seem worse!

  5. the trail running sounds kind of like the highlight! i suppose it’s good to also do other things to really make sure your ankle is ok. the weather is insane – we are getting hit with it next week. I fear “hot AF” and “humid AF” will also be used multiple times in my next week’s run down!

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  7. Great photo of you on the trails, looks like you’re having a blast!

    I’m curious about the Lightstem therapy…what’s the basic idea behind it?

    Glad the ankle is on the mend!

    • From what I’ve been told and read, it’s supposed to help with reducing pain and inflammation. I can’t say that I got relief from one treatment. I think you have to do it regularly for it to really work. I can say that it is relaxing!