Just Keep Spinning…Swimming…

Last week’s workouts were interesting.  I’m beginning to enjoy working out again, which I guess is good.  After running was taken from me, I am just happy to do other workouts again.  Some injuries I have wanted nothing more than to be lazy, while others I’ve wanted to work through.  This injury has been a respectable combination of both.  I haven’t done anything to make my foot worse, but I haven’t felt the need to cross train as hard as possible either.

Since this is a running blog, I’ll start there because I ran one mile yesterday.  Plus, they say to start with the bad news and follow up with good news?

I was allowed to run one mile yesterday and honestly it didn’t feel great.  I don’t know if I’m completely healed despite taking five weeks off from running and being minor.  I’m not sure if it’s soft tissue damage or still bone, but luckily I have a doctors appointment tomorrow, and we will discuss more.  I didn’t feel injured, but something did feel off.


Monday: Swimming (2000 meters)+15 minutes core
Tuesday: Swimming (2500 meters)
Wednesday: Swimming (3000 meters)+15 minutes core
Thursday: Swimming (2000 meters)+ 45 minutes spin
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Spin 1 hour
Sunday: 1-mile run and Swimming 2000 meters

Swimming Workouts:


I typically swim sets of 1000s.  I find it manageable to count up to 1000.  I take a break and then continue.  I don’t have a rhyme or reason of why I swim 2000 or 3000; I just swim until I feel satisfied.  As someone who used to race the 1000 in college, it’s a new experience just swimming 1000s.  I can’t say swimming countless laps is thrilling, but I swam for so long it doesn’t bother me.

I don’t love swimming, but it is nice to do something.  I don’t forsee myself spending a lot of time in the pool once I’m injury free. I’ll probably do some spinning classes because I enjoy doing those more than the process of getting into the pool.

Core Workouts:

I mentioned earlier, but I like doing the Nike Training Club App.  There are plenty of exercises for every single part you want to target.  Workouts vary from 7 minutes to an hour.


I’m disappointed that my run didn’t feel great.  I can’t help but wonder if it’s soft tissue and I’m paranoid, but I would rather be safe than sorry. I’ll see what my doctor says tomorrow and go from there.  For the meantime, I’ll continue what I’m doing because that doesn’t irritate my foot.

Questions for you:

What’s your favorite core workout?

What was your best workout last week?


  1. Heh, you swam more than I did last week. Maybe triathlon is for you yet :P.

    I always feel funny the first few runs coming off an injury. All sorts of soft tissue adhesions that need to loosen up.

    1. Yep, you swam more than I did too, Hollie. I agree with Victoria–let’s make a triathlete out of you!

  2. I really like barre or barre style classes to work my core!

    I never really learned how to swim (like, I won’t drown, but I don’t know how to quickly move from one side of the pool to the other, haha) but I wish I did because it seems like a great exercise!

  3. Planks seem to be my go-to core workout. It sounds like you are doing a good job of balancing rest and staying fit while working through your injury. I hope you get good news at the doctor tomorrow 🙂

  4. I’m so impressed with all that swimming! But bummer that the run didn’t feel great. I know how disappointing that can feel. I hope you get some good news!!

  5. You did a great job with the cross training… really sorry that the one mile run didn’t feel so hot. I hope your doc has answers and you can find some cushion-y shoes for when you are able to run again.

  6. Sorry to hear that, lady. All I can say is that you get a gold star for your commitment to swimming. And huge kudos on a positive mindset through this all.

  7. My favorite core exercise are bicycle crunches, and also using an ab wheel. Since I’m training for a Spartan Race now, my favorite w/out last week was a challenging, rocky trail run that included pushups and bodyweight squats.

  8. I’m so sorry the run did not feel great but so glad you can get some answers from the doctor ASAP. As for the swimming, it’s great you have it to fall back on and it will keep your strength and endurance up while you can’t run. Have you thought about/done pool running??

    1. I’ve thought about pool running but to be honest I would rather just swim laps. It’s more interesting to me LOL.

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