Last Week’s Workouts

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I feel like I say this every week lately, but last week’s workouts were really all over the place.  I started the week off feeling down in the dumps about my ankle situation. Mid week I was feeling great and thinking running again was closer than anticipated. By the end of the week, I was back to being in the dumps but not nearly as bad as 7 days prior.

The road to recovery is never a straight line. In my case, it’s a freakin’ roller coaster.

Monday

45 minutes Bike

40 minutes strength training

KB lunge matrix – front, side, reverse

Calf raises

TRX pike planks

TRX bicycle planks

DB chest press

TRX push ups

TRX row

Bar hangs 30 sec x 3 (pull up prep)

Eccentric pull ups

Ab wheel

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Tuesday

45 minutes pool running

20 minutes kickboard

Physical therapy

PT Dan wanted to see what I could tolerate for stress on my ankle.

Standing single leg wobble board – side to side, clockwise, counterclockwise

Drinking bird

Resistance band ankle work

I felt great!  It was just what I needed to boost my confidence that it’s NOT going to take 3 months to get back to running.

Later in the day I had a chiropractor appointment and got my foot majorly adjusted which made me feel even MORE better.  YES!!

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Wednesday

50 minutes Arc Trainer

40 minutes strength training

TRX Curtsey Squats

KB squat press

KB plank rows

TRX bicycle planks

TRX pike planks

Battle ropes 30 seconds x 3 -> my arms were trashed!

Rope pulley 30 sec x 3

Eccentric pull ups

Bench press

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Thursday

Physical Therapy

PT Dan wanted to stress my ankle even more than Tuesday since I was feeling so good.

Single leg wobble board – side to side, clockwise, counterclockwise

Drinking bird

Single leg wall squats with ball

Single leg lunges on Bosu Ball

My ankle felt great during all of this.  I felt even better than I did on Tuesday.

That is until later in the day when I almost broke myself. Again.

I slept in with the intention of getting a long bike ride in between the many appointments and work that I had to do. As I was getting my bike down from the garage rafters (it hangs from S hooks), the handle bars got caught on my shirt and took me down.  Oh, I forgot to mention I was standing on a chair.  My only thought while falling?  Protect the foot!  Well that’s about the only thing that didn’t get hurt.  Thankfully I’m only bruised up but I was really worried about my right wrist since it took the brunt of the fall.

I think I need to invest in bubble wrap.

After all that I was still intent on going for a ride.  That is until I realize I jacked up the chain and there was no way I was going to get it back on by myself.

I took the hint from the universe that I wasn’t meant to ride my bike outside so I opted for a 60 minute basement workout on my recumbent bike.

Thankfully, I was not hurt while doing that.

Friday

Rest

I was quite sore from the fall and felt it from head to toe.

Saturday

Rest

Still feeling pretty beat up so I opted out of a formal workout and walked around a corn maze instead. Btw – Does anyone else still have nightmares about the movie “Children of the Corn?”  I’m talking about the old school one from the 80s.  So creepy!

Sunday

I was feeling better but took another semi rest day with only walk in the woods with the family.

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Boot update: I took myself out of the boot as of Friday.  My ankle does not feel weak or like it’s going to give out.  I do not have pain while walking or at any other time.  After getting feedback from my PT, chiropractor and numerous other friends in the medical field, I felt that it was in my best interest to stop wearing the boot before I end up with a bigger problem (back, hip pain, further ankle problems in regards to mobility, etc). So far, it’s going well.  If I do develop pain again, I’ll put the boot back on until I have a follow up with my ortho.

How was your week in workouts?

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High Five Friday

High Five Friday September 15 2017 happyfitmama.com

Happy High Five Friday!

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram and Instagram stories. Are you following me?  Please do!

1 ) “And one day she discovered that she was fierce, strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” Warrior on friends.

2 ) If you ever wondered what your pets do during the day when you aren’t home.  This is it.

3 ) I love yoga and I love yogurt granola bowls.

4 ) Throwing it back to sunrise running.  I’m getting closer and closer to that day sometime time soon. And yes, that photo is from a cemetery.

5 ) This is what happens when you win an Instagram giveaway from Late July. A chip lover’s dream come true!

5 Good Reads

1 ) Enough is Enough: Running Injury Guidelines – As someone who has seen their fair share of running injuries, I’ve picked up a few tidbits of knowledge along the way from physical therapy.  I love this simple guideline that Anna, trail runner and PT, put together.  Enough is enough with the injuries!

2 ) Why I DNS Three of My Goal Races This Year – First off, I love that Allie shared her roller coaster year of training and why she ultimately made the hard decision to DNS. Mental exhaustion from training is just as serious as physical injuries.  Secondly, Allie, once again, finds a way to raise me up.  <- Inside joke with Allie! 😉

3 ) One of “Those” Days – This post with Julie really hit home with me.  I’ve been feeling quite down in the dumps about the current state of my ankle.  I hate talking about it because I feel like I’m whining.  And I feel like I’ve done all this whining way too many times.  But in the grand scheme of things it’s peanuts compared to what is going on in the world.  She also mentioned social media and how it seems we share really good things and really bad things.  There’s no in between even though we all have the in between. It’s called life and one of those days.

4 ) An Ode to Year One – As I look at yet another Year One after my current injury, I’m questioning everything and wondering what’s my point.  But then I read this and it kinds of calms my nerves.

5 ) Stories of Perseverance from UTMB – Extreme weather left this year’s UTMB (the race that travels 106 miles and over 32,000 vertical feet through the mountains of France, Italy and Switzerland), a free for all.  The elites who were a predicted to win had a struggle just to finish.  Stories like these make me marvel at what the body can do.

What would you like to High 5?

Behind the Scenes of My Instagram Feed

Two years ago I shared the behind the scenes of my Instagram feed.

Instagram is by far my most favorite form of social media. I mean, I do share 5 pics from my feed every week on High Five Friday, so you know I love it. There’s pretty pictures and fabulous quotes. Everything always looks perfectly well put together and just right.

Except we all know it isn’t.

Sometimes the story of what went on behind the picture is better than the actual picture.

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Looks like an ideal spot to catch the sunrise, right?  It’s one of my favorites because it’s up on a hill with the best view.  But…it’s in a cemetery.  If the shot was zoomed out, you’d see headstones on the left and right.  And guess what is propping up my phone? Yup, a headstone.

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Just another basement workout photo. What the shot doesn’t show is Nevada’s litter box is just to my right.  She frequently likes to use it while I’m working out.  Needless to say, things get quite stinky and the workout pauses for a litter box clean up.

Behind the scenes of my Instagram feed | happyfitmama.com

A major snowstorm last winter foiled my planned tempo run.  The majority of the roads weren’t plowed.  I really didn’t want to run on the treadmill. Instead I knew of a road that would be plowed that would be perfect for hill repeats.  Running on the roads can be very treacherous in a snowstorm.  That is unless you run where there won’t be any traffic.  In a cemetery.  Yup, another cemetery.  I swear I don’t have some freaky thing for cemeteries.  It just so happens that the ones near me have features I like!

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“Coming through!!!!”  That’s what I heard the second this photo was snapped.  On the other side of the camera a cyclist was coming up the hill with me blocking his way over the bridge. Good thing he said something as I was deep in yoga pose for Instagram bliss.

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“Did you get a good picture?” Apparently a cop was sitting at the end of this street watching me as I set my phone up against the curb, ran across the street, paused, ran in front of the mural, and then ran across the street to check my phone numerous times. And I thought no one was watching.

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This pic is from my second favorite sunrise spot. I don’t use it as often because getting this shot involves propping my phone up against someone’s mailbox.  While repeating the setup, run, check my phone sequence numerous times, the owner of the mailbox came out to get the morning paper.  I casually said ‘good morning!’ and then took off running.  I’m sure they thought I was messing with their mailbox. If they did call the cops, maybe the officer responding would be my pal from the pic above and totally get what I was doing? 😉

Linking up with Coaches Corner and Wild Workout Wednesday.

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