Training: The Week I ran Outside 3 Times!

When life gets in the way you work out less.  At least that seems to happen to me.  As most people know (and it merits its own post too), Tim and I have officially moved. It’s about 50 minutes from our previous location.  Securing the house caused us to need to move and have all of our stuff into this new house by today (Sunday).

Within this last week we have packed and moved everything.  This time last Sunday, we were living normally in our previous house.  We knew we were moving and had packed a few things but not much. Now we are completely in a different house.  A special thank you goes out to Tim’s parents who really helped us out. It’s funny how fast these things happen! Blogging and workouts took a backseat this week.

So yes, I’ve been busy and honestly rather stressed.  I wish I could tell you I made it to the Alter G at work (which is 50 minutes there) but I didn’t have the time to spend 3 hours for that (drive 50 minutes, run, drive home). I needed to pack more than I needed to workout.  That being said, I feel like I’ve done a lot this week even though I’ve worked out far less. As weird as this sounds I feel like this is the most productive training week I’ve had in 7 weeks (all due to essentially 30 minutes of running this week)! 

And I’m fine with that.  I ran outside three times this week and I would prefer

Monday: 5 miles Alter G
Tuesday: 1.25 miles outdoors
Wednesday: OFF
Thursday: 1.25 miles outdoors
Friday: 1 Hour AMT
Saturday: 1.25 Miles outdoors
Sunday: 5 miles Alter G


Actually, realistically I got a lot of running in.  I didn’t feel bad when I ran.  Obviously I wouldn’t have run if I did.  I felt a bit of soreness after each mile outdoors.  There was nothing that felt uncomfortable or that changed my gait cycle. At this current point, I am very aware of my foot. Honestly I’ve never come back from an injury not being hyper aware of my issue or problem. This has been the longest road to recovery I have had from any injury. Between my arch problem and this stress fracture I’ve spent over 3 months down and out!

At this point I will take any injury free miles I can get. My plan next week is to take each day as it comes. I won’t run over 2 miles in one run. I will probably run between 5-8 outdoor miles if everything goes well and perfectly. I will also go to the Alter G when everything from this move settles down. While I’m not sponsored for the Alter G, I am very fortunate we have one at work. It is something I will continue to use when I’m healthy.

I’m very much hoping I’m finally recovering and starting a new chapter in my running. This has been my longest recovery from an injury.

Emoji fingers crossed and healthy foot emoji.

Questions for you:
What is your longest injury?
How many times have you moved?


  1. My longest injury was 8 weeks of no running and it took another month before I had zero pain while running and was back into it. Glad you’re feeling well running outside. Taking it slow is a really good idea. I don’t think I took it slow enough after my injury and it made the recovery longer.

    1. I don’t think I’ve ever come back from an injury and felt (honestly) completely injury free. It takes me a month of very minimal running to work out junk from my legs.

  2. YAY Hollie! So glad to see this, big smiles 😀 I know how good that feels when you get out there. I definitely could have written a post like this many times. Just try to enjoy every step (its especially easy at this time of year), and you will soon be back stronger than ever!

  3. My longest injury was definitely ITBS- one and off for yearssss.

    I’ve moved once as a kid and 4 times as an adult. Most were okay but the move out of one particular one was soooo stressful with landlords being a complete PITA.

    1. I’ve heard ITBS is a pretty nasty injury.

      Sometimes I think landlords are the hardest hurdle to overcome too.

  4. Nice work on the outside runs!
    I’ve had runner’s knee issues for about a year now, it comes and goes. Hopefully it will get to a point where it’s gone for good. I’ve moved more times than I can count; including moving back and forth from California to Georgia a few times. I’m moving again next month, and hopefully staying put for a longer amount of time.

    1. Sorry to hear about the runners knees. I remember my brother having a very serious case of them too. It always sounds pretty miserable to me. Have a safe move Lily!

  5. My longest injury was compartment syndrome. It bothered me for over a month before surgery. Then I had surgey June 24th of this year and I couldn’t run for 6 weeks after. The surgeon damaged nerves during the surgery, and I’m not even sure if the surgery was completely successful. My calf and front of leg has been bothering me again. If I need the surgery re done, I will not be going to the same surgeon.

  6. My longest injury was 7 weeks off for my stress reaction (btw, I have a funny story in my recap tomorrow about seeing my doc, lol). I also had to take 5 weeks off in 2010 due to severe anemia. I have been fortunate in that my injuries had very definite beginnings and endings and were not nagging or recurring.

    You had an excellent week of workouts for someone who moved! Moving is crazy stressful and time consuming and you did pretty awesome getting all that in. Heck, I skipped a lot of days when I moved. Plus moving in itself is a very hard workout with packing things, climbing stairs, moving boxes, moving furniture, loading trucks, etc. Great job, love that you’re back out there!

    1. I am still in shock you had to take 7 weeks off for a reaction! I can’t wait to hear your story.

      Honestly a few of those days are 1.25 miles. It took all of 15 minutes out of my day. So I think it looks like I dedicated more time than I did! I’m happy with what I did get though 🙂

      1. It was the injury I dealt with this past summer, the heel/ankle issue. It was a weird bone so the doc treated it more like a fracture than a reaction.

  7. I think this labral tear will be three years when all is said and done. I’m at 2.5 years now.

  8. Hollie, sorry about the injury.. Hope the recovery has been enough. You are such a talented runner. Just short of a year was my longest period that I recovered from an injury. It was in 2008.. Overtraining was the cause.

    1. Thank you for your kind words James! I’m glad you have successfully recovered. 🙂 Overtraining really knocks a lot of people (including myself) down.

  9. I have moved three times and each time I think I get better. The last time an injury took me out of running was last winter, and I could have come back sooner but I got into weight lifting. Must be all the grunting…I came back soon enough as the weather got better and I felt called outside. Do you ever use the elliptical to cross train?

    1. I alternate between the elliptical and AMT. The only thing I really don’t use is the bike. Occasionally I think I’ll start riding my bike to work but that’s really the extent of it.

  10. Ahhh I hope my hip gets better and I can go back like you FINALLY are! I am really hyperaware also. I still am careful about my thumb and it’s been over a year, but the risk for reinjury is high with them too. I loved your IG kitchen picture! So cute!

    1. Thank you Liz! I really hope your hip feels better too. I can only imagine how painful that is.

  11. I’ve moved a lot but never more than 10 minutes away. It’s stressful. Congrats on the running! I bet you feel human again

  12. So glad you are getting outside! The AlterG is great as a tool for recovery but it’s still a treadmill and it’s still indoors! And I can’t blame you for not wanting to drive that far for it, either. I was so lucky when I was using one–it was literally a mile away. Anyhow…I’ve been out that long before and it’s pretty depressing. But it makes the return that much sweeter!

  13. I think my current injury is my longest time off (~14 weeks without running, ~7 weeks in a boot), but I’m not sure — I got plantar fasciitis soon after I started running several years ago, and I decided “welp, I guess I’m just not supposed to run!” I think it took a few months before I realized I really missed running and needed to deal with it.

  14. That’s awesome you got three outdoor runs in! That’s better than I can do most weeks (oh treadmill) and I’m healthy!
    Plus, moving is a friggin workout itself!

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