Training for Life Part 2

Ah yes, training for life week 2 was about the same as training for life part 1.  You see my friends, my foot is feeling better than it has in the last two months but it is still not 100% perfect and I DO NOT DENY THAT. (Please don’t give me advice to train…my injury was not running relating).  I’m hoping a good portion of the injury is now in my mind, but if I go through the same procedure…run 5 days a week and let the injury build up…that isn’t fun and why bother running at all.

Just saying.

With that, I can’t say this was my most productive workout week because I have been busy with work but life happens.

Run 30 miles:  A bit more then last week.  I’m slowly building up.  I had run a few days on the treadmill and that is very unlike me.  The reasoning?  I had 1 good painless run and I related all running outdoors to pain and for two days I refused to run outside.  (It was also pouring 35 degree rain so who likes to run in that).

Elliptical: I’ve begun cutting that down.  The more I run, the less I elliptical.  I plan to keep at least a few hours of elliptical in weekly for a while (read: early spring).

Strength workouts: I’ve still been doing a lot of strength workouts.  I try and get core 4 times a week for about 15 minutes and I feel awesome doing it.  Then once a week I did my longer core routine.  Even though it’s only 15 minutes the other days, that is all I really need to keep my core muscle engaged.   (Also no need to do core everyday…I let my muscles rebuild!).  Also I did my arms routine once.

How have I been aggressively been treating my cyst you ask?  (Did you even ask…)

Foam rolling everyday.  Stretching everyday.  Rolling my foot over a golf ball.  Chances are if it’s done to treat a tight plantar fascia, I’ve doing it.  My muscle no longer feels “crunchy” when I roll it on a golf ball so I guess that is progress.


My plans next week? 

I’m just going to keep on keeping on.  The problem with my cyst is that I don’t know day to day how it’s going to feel.  Today if felt okay…tomorrow maybe it’s sore.  So I just have to take it one day at a time.  I don’t know my workouts until the day of.  Does that make me nervous?  Sure, but I’ve always been a no plan stan anyways.

Questions for you:

1.       How are your workouts this week?

2.       What are your workout plans next week?

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  1. Still a great week of training. I def notice that when I increase running mileage, other things suffer but I’m trying to keep a better balance. It sucks that real life gets in the way of our training, lol. The cyst situation would frustrate me bc it’s so touch and go and unpredictable so I def look up to you that you’re being so positive and dedicated during this time. Always sending quick healing vibes to you. Have a great day girlie. At least we get an extra hour today! 🙂

  2. I love seeing people be smart about working out, and you’re handling the unpredictability of your post-injury training so well. I don’t really plan out my workouts these days since all I’m doing is essentially walking, but back in the day when I did follow more of a routine, I definitely liked to know in advance what the heck I was gonna do that day… so big props to you. Like Melissa, sending good healing vibes your way 🙂

  3. Your workouts are amazing!! Taking things a day at a time are perfect, they allow you to really personalize what’s going to work for YOU! As you know, you are definitely doing the right thing by taking it easy (even though you are still working out more than most people..which is crazy to think!) Hang in there girl!!

  4. Your injury must be so frustrating, I give you major props for how you are handling it. You seem to be feeling strong though which I love to hear! I can always count on you being awake when I am heading out for my workout to motivate me

  5. Yay! I think 30 miles is amazing! It is so good to hear that you are making progress 🙂 And I love how you are rolling on a golf ball. I remember the trainer making my roll out my butt on one when I first started getting back pain, that shit hurts!! haha I ended up with bruises all over my bum, I hope that isn’t happening to you!

  6. I’m glad you’re taking it easy!
    I need to get a lot more strength-training/core work back into my routine. Compleeetely neglected 🙁

  7. I’m right there with you on being a no-plan-Stan!
    I think it’s because I’m training for life too, even though I always have a big race looming ahead of me I tend to ignore it until the week of.
    I know I will always want to run each day, so I wait until I wake up to decide if running or spinning, or arc trainer-ing will provide the most productive workout. I hate to run if I’m beat up from the day before, because I end up just dragging through 8-miles and not getting too much benefit, but if I go spin/arc-trainer I feel like I can use other muscles and get a real good workout 🙂
    although the more weeks I consistently hit 80-miles, the more I want to run each day…weird addiction going on!
    I hope youre having a great weekend and getting psyched for all the fun travel you have ahead!!

    1. Exactly. I used to think doing those runs would only benefit me in recovery but cross training really helps me too. I can’t wait to get back in my 80 mile weeks!

  8. It’s a really good sign that when you’re rolling your foot with the golf ball it doesn’t feel ‘crunchy’ – my feet haven’t felt like that for about a year lol. But seriously, that is real progress and I admire your dedication towards recovering from your injury. I also meant to say that you have real class for not running a marathon until you’re satisfied with your half time – I must admit I’d always wondered whether you fancied running a marathon and if not, why not. I guess I forget that it’s a whole lot easier to just run a mediocre marathon time and finish (particularly in a blogging world where everyone and their friend runs a marathon) than to really wait, get things together speed-wise, and come in with a 3:15 or faster (which I think you’re capable of…me on the other hand, not so much!)


    1. Thanks Jess! That means a lot. I just think I have my whole life to run a marathon why not built a massive running resume beforehand!

      And amen to everyone and their mother running a marathon in the blog world LOL…

  9. I honestly think no plan is the best way because you actually enjoy everything you do. this week I felt sooo much better than the week before and I think its just because I didn’t care about hitting a mileage goal, I didn’t worry about making sure I was tapering, I just did what I felt like and I feel rejuvenated instead of worn down from the season.

    I’m seriously inspired by how motivated you are with strength training lately!! Maybe it will rub off on me LOL I’m so excited that you’re running again and this week was better than the last 🙂

    1. By next week I expect you to be a body builder LOL. Seriously, I after season spend 1 day doing a full body workout a week and you’ll notice such a difference! 🙂

  10. I just planned out my workouts for the week! I’m running my first half marathon this coming weekend so I’m cutting back on my running and I’m getting excited to do something new!

  11. It’s funny how you’re getting back into running and logging 30 miles this week, and that’s my “standard” mileage, lol. I plan to run, bike, and strength train this week, plus go to yoga twice. I really wish I could swim, though, but my gym is still closed from Hurricane Sandy. 🙁

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