How do you start blogging again after almost a month off? It feels so strange, like where do I begin? I figured I would at least check in today and do sort of a “catching up” post to share some updates. Even though I don’t think I’ll be back to posting as often as I was before, I wanted to check in and get back into the routine of blogging!
I haven’t been running, but I’ve still be getting in my workouts. If you recall when I left off in mid-July I had just joined a gym. My thoughts on that deserve a completely separate post. I’ve been going to the gym 2-3 days per week and mostly using the elliptical.
I did spend some time in the pool, but it’s really shallow and not ideal for pool running. I’ve been able to make it work (sort of). Also, if I go to the gym and just swim then I tend to skip out on core work, mobility, etc. Honestly, I find both the elliptical and pool running boring but at least on the elliptical I can watch TV and use my phone.
I continued my strength training program with Drew and Tina beyond the 6 weeks that I had initially done as a “beta tester”. This seems like the perfect set up for me right now. I can do my strength training at home, but still get so much support from Drew. This strength training program also deserves its own post, if I ever get around to it!
On days where I don’t want to go to the gym but want to do cardio I’ve either been riding my indoor spin bike or walking. My gym is about 15-20 minutes from where I live, but right across the street from where I work. It’s hard to justify driving there on the weekends unless I’m heading into the office for a few hours. So the spin bike has worked out well for weekend workouts.
I’ve been about 5 weeks now since I’ve stopped running. I got a call last week that my orthotics were in, but I haven’t picked them up yet. Part of me just isn’t quite ready to start running again yet, mostly out of fear I think. Therefore, I just wasn’t motivated to deal with the orthotics, but I plan to pick them up this week so I can get used to them before I start running again.
Overall, I can’t really tell if the time off has helped my foot/ankle at all. Initially it was feeling great (at the end of July) and I was anxious to start planning my comeback. Then, there was a day during the first week in August where I was sitting in a meeting for about 30 minutes, and when I stood up to walk out my ankle had completely tightened up. When I talked to Drew about it I described it as feeling like the joint was restricted, like I couldn’t move it through its full range of motion. He pointed me towards some ankle mobilizations and recommended to try to move it around as much as possible in all directions. After a day or two it improved and I’ve been more mindful about mobilizing it regularly.
I’m thinking once I have the orthotics, IF they feel ok, I’ll start walking more in them, then transition to run/walk intervals on the treadmill. I think that makes more sense than running outside because I will be less tempted to overdo it. I’m hoping to start that process in a week or so, if everything is feeling ok.
I also talked to a colleague at a conference a few weeks ago who recently had ankle surgery, and she was able to recommend a local orthopedist who specializes in foot and ankle injuries. If I continue to have issues I’ll make an appointment to get another opinion.
This summer has continued to be so busy and time is really flying by. Work is busy and stressful but I can’t complain because I really like it. It just makes it hard to do much of anything else. I think things will slow down a bit in a month or so.
We had my sister’s bridal shower at the end of July, and lots of family/friends visited for that. Now we are gearing up for her bachelorette weekend in September!
And, it’s finally vacation time! Rob and I are heading to Charleston from Wednesday to Sunday this week. It’s our first real vacation with just the two of us since our honeymoon almost 5 years ago. Now I am feeling like we will need more than 5 days (because really Wednesday and Sunday are travel days) but it’s definitely better than nothing!
That being said, it will be hard to get back to a regular blogging schedule until after we get back. Hopefully by then I will be starting my return to running!
What’s new with you? What have I missed over the past month?!
If you have a gym membership, how often do you go?
What’s the longest you have taken off for an injury?
Have you gone on vacation this summer?