Sunday, July 6, 2014

Running - Wait, no, Recovery - Reflection: June 30th - July 6th

Hi everyone! I hope y'all had fun playing out in the sun (assuming your area got some, this week)! The Seattle area had AMAZING weather almost all week, and I have to say that it was a little depressing to realize I wasn't going to get to run along the Kirkland waterfront or tackle a tough hike in this sunshine.

I did, however, get to see YOUR amazing shots on Instagram and live a little bit vicariously through those. Only 25 days till I fly off to Scotland, so here's to the hikes and adventures I'll have in a little over three weeks' time!

Several Silver Linings:
  1. I had my first PT appointment for my knee and it went pretty well. She did the basic tests of strength and range of motion on both legs/hips, and concluded that I had a weak butt (okay, weak gluteus medius and gluteus maximus) which wasn't absorbing enough of the strain put on my knee while running. This is also what caused my ankle pain back in September, so I have got a series of super butt workouts to rock for the next month. Here's hoping my jeans still fit by the end of all of this. :)

  2. The best kind of recovery involves marathoning new television shows (The Night Shift!) and rejoicing in the way your knee feels when it's been taped up by a pro.

  3. I finished my first (of two) summer class! This was an insane two weeks as a full-time student, with three group projects (who does that with just nine days of class?) and some serious presentations. I start my next class on Tuesday and will be done on July 18th, with a little over a week and a half to prepare for jetting off to Europe on the 31st. :)
Welcome to part of my final group project for my multicultural education class. I'm totally using this community campfire in my classroom next year! And no, it does not escape me that I'm paying tens of thousands of dollars for tuition to make cardboard crafts.

Here's how my week of training went:

  • Monday: Dog walk.
  • Tuesday: Weight circuit (arms, core, upper back) and a dog walk.
  • Wednesday: Physical Therapy and a dog walk.
  • Thursday: Weight circuit (legs, core, lower back), 20 minutes on a stationary bike, dog walk. Also dinner with my runbuddy Lindsay and her husband, which was the BEST way I could think of to celebrate being done with my first class!
  • Friday: Dog walk... and then a walk to gelato. Because we enjoy Italian desserts on American holidays. FREEDOM.

  • Saturday: Dog walk.

This little guy really wanted to join Lucy and I on our walk.

  • Sunday: Two dog walks and a pasta-making class with my Pops.

Usually this guy has a smile on his face, but making pasta sauce is hard work.

Total Distance:  Shh.
Average Pace:  Just stop.

Last Week's Goals:
  1. Get on the weight machines at the IMA at least once. (Twice! Bam!)
  2. PT. (I don't know how you can fail this goal. Can you rock it?)
  3. Reign in the calorie consumption, girl. (Eehhhhhh medium.)

Goals for Upcoming Week:
  1. Weights twice (arms on Tuesday, legs on Thursday).
  2. PT. Keep up with exercises.
  3. Spin and elliptical at least twice.

What's the biggest setback you've experienced (running-related or not)? What did you do to overcome it?


  1. Ugh- injuries are the WORST! Take care of yourself and recover well! I nuked myself with a stress fracture in my heel last fall, rehabbing that bad boy was a long and frustrating process- I biked my brains out and even bought a stupid floaty belt so that I could do pool running.

    I can remember feeling like I had lost a big part of my identity when, as an injured runner, I couldn't run. It helped me to try to do something to feel "athletic" every day, even if that just meant putting on spandex to crutch myself to Starbucks. Remember- injuries don't last forever, you'll be back and stronger than ever before you know it.

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement! I can't imagine the pain of a heel fracture - yikes. I know that Hungry Runner Girl did a bunch of pool running while she was recovering pre-marathon, and she had good things to say. Now... to get access to a pool!

      Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

  2. I told you about the boot I was put into post-marathon. :-/ Yep, nothing but a lot of cross training and patience. If you can work up a sweat (without running), then it's a good day. Considering the weather as of late, that shouldn't be much of a challenge.

    "And no, it does not escape me that I'm paying tens of thousands of dollars for tuition to make cardboard crafts." - I laughed so hard at this that I startled my coworkers. You're killing me with the weekly distance and average pace.

    2 more weeks until real summer! Let's go hiking when you return from your overseas adventures.

    1. OKAY. You win for making me laugh out loud so hard on the bus that I forgot to get on my computer once I got home and respond to this. SO SORRY!

      I am super into the idea of a late summer hike. :) And I'm working on that whole "work up a sweat" thing; thank goodness for the IMA at UW. Now it's just figuring out what to do on the weekends when I have zero desire to drive across Lake Washington to get my workout in. Walks and bike rides, I guess!