Hello from Minneapolis, the land where winter will never end!
Seriously. This time last year, I was running in shorts and overheating at the Boston Marathon!
Instead this year we had the blizzard from hell in APRIL! Dustin was supposed to run the Zumbro 50 miler and he couldn’t even get to the start line. The roads were so bad that he was diverted to Rochester and never even got to the start. The 50 milers were supposed to start at midnight on Friday; a few started, but very few finished. The 100 miler started earlier on Friday and there were 20 total finishers in that one. I don’t know how anyone ran in those conditions!
Anyways, let’s move on to my weekly recap.
I am now 8 weeks post-broken leg. At some point, I’m going to start counting down towards my first run, maybe soon! 8 weeks doesn’t sound as long as 2 months. It’s been TWO MONTHS since I went for a run. By far the longest break I have ever taken from running.
I miss it.
Of course, there was no running in this week’s weekly recap. It wasn’t a great week in general for fitness as I was in NYC for work Monday night through Friday morning. I was there for an annual event and as part of the logistics team, it was a lot of work and not a lot of ‘play.’
Here’s a recap of the fitness I did ‘fit in:’
Monday: I took a [solidcore] class at 5:30 am. I had to modify some of the lunges on the right side and a few other moves, but overall, I could do about 75% of the class! It was awesome- I had missed [solidcore]! It’s such a fantastic strength class.
That evening, I caught a flight to NYC.
Tuesday: As a kickoff to the week of events, one of my coworkers organized a group of us to take a SoulCycle class.
It was a fun class- great music, motivational instructor, but about 75% of the class was ‘out of the saddle’ or standing on the bike, which I really can’t do yet without pain. So I probably didn’t get as much out of it as the others did, but I still broke a sweat and had fun. It was a fun team-building event.
Wednesday: No workout. We had to be ready to set up for the events at 7 am and we were working until about 10 pm. Long day.
At least there was Blue Bottle coffee to keep me going!
Thursday: No workout again. Same as Wednesday. Early start, late, late end.
Beautiful sunrise though.
Since Thursday was the final event, we all went out to celebrate after it was over. We were at a karaoke bar quite late (3 am! I can’t remember the last time I stayed out that late. Live a little, I guess!)
However, the boot is not made for dancing and my ankle was way more swollen by the next day and super sore overall. I’m sure that I set myself back a bit with all the standing/walking and by not icing regularly while in New York. I tried to ice during breaks but it was tough to find time.
Friday: My flight home from NYC to Minneapolis landed around 2 pm; I had scheduled a personal training session with Ericka of EDK Training later that evening. It was great! She always puts together an awesome workout for me.
Saturday: I had an 8 am PT appointment and then walked through the skyway downtown to the Y to swim for 60 minutes.
P.S. I’m loving my new Garmin for swimming!
We are seriously in the midst of a terrible APRIL blizzard, no joke. I’m lucky I returned from NYC on Friday because most flights were cancelled from MSP on Saturday and Sunday. We were supposed to go to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul for a live podcast of “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” but we found out around 3 pm that it was cancelled due to the weather. Instead, we did meet our friends at 44th and France for a beer before hunkering down “hygge” style for the rest of the evening.
Sunday: I was signed up for an early [solidcore] class, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the weather. I was able to go to a 60 minute Corepower class instead once the roads were cleared. I just cannot believe this weather! When is spring coming?
Summary: 1 [solidcore] class, 1 yoga class, 1 personal training session, 1 Soul Cycle class, 1 swim session, two full rest days.
I’m happy I am able to be active in a variety of ways, though I still miss running so much. Even during this April blizzard, I wish I could head to the basement and zone out on the treadmill. I love running and my life feels incomplete without my favorite hobby.
The rest of these activities are great and are a vast improvement from where I was 7 weeks ago. I know that I’ve made a ton of progress but running is my favorite and I look forward to the day that it’s back in my life.
I’ll get there. I’ll keep trucking along with PT and the activities that I can do.
Here’s a picture of Matilda just for fun- she is ready for me to get back to running too! This will be the first year in many years that I won’t be running the Fast & Furry 8k with her. Sad!
I hope you’re having better weather whenever you are. And good luck to everyone running Boston tomorrow. It looks like it will be rainy but that’s definitely better than hot like it was last year!
I’m linking up with HoHo Runs and Taking the Long Way Home for their weekly wrap. Check it out!
I honestly cannot believe that amount of snow that you guys got – unreal! And I’m also surprised that the 50 miler race wasn’t cancelled! Kudos to anyone that braved the roads to get there.
Great job with your workouts this week! Happy to hear that your PT exercises are all going well too!
It’s totally unreal…SO MUCH SNOW. It feels like January, not mid-April. Record setting. Not happy about it!
I love that you are finding so many workouts that you can do instead of focusing on what you cannot do. It’s really inspiring!
Thanks Deborah. I’m doing what I can, but still miss running!
I keep whining about the weather here in Chicago, but fortunately, our precipitation has been mostly rain. We did get some snow today but it’s gone. Still, it sucks. It’s cold and windy.
I”m glad to see you’re still keeping active! When will you get to start running again? Any idea?
Maybe June- I’ll have to start slow and probably only on the treadmill at first. Can’t wait.
In central Iowa, we got a little snow (maybe a couple of inches), but most of it’s gone. Northern Iowa, though got upwards of 10 inches. Winter is really hanging on for dear life! Your ankle looks a lot less swollen in the pics! That’s huge progress 😉
Snow like this in mid-April is just nuts…I heard South Dakota got hit even worse than Minnesota. You’re lucky it missed you!
Matilda is just adorable! I think the longest I was out due to a running injury was about 4 months …I was miserable. All I could think about was running. Every time I saw someone running I wanted to cry …or run them over with my car! Just kidding …no, not really. Lol And then when I was training for my last marathon, all I could think of was how much I missed all of my cross training activities. Wherever we are, it’s a reminder to appreciate what can do while we can do them, I guess. Hang in there… Read more »
That’s great that you are still staying active even though you are in the boot.
That is a gorgeous view of the city!
We stayed in a lovely hotel with great views of the park. Thanks for reading and commenting!
Looks like you had a good time in NYC and I’m impressed with your ability to get in non-running workouts. It really sucks to have to take time off, but your outlook seems much better than mine has been in the past!
Thanks…it’s tough, isn’t it? Running is the best..
As i read your post I wondered if you got out of NYC before the blizzard messed up travel. Thank heavens you did! A friend of mine in MN could not make it to Boston for the race. Sucks but it’s far from her first and won’t be her last. I can’t even fathom doing a 50 miler (or more) in those conditions. Another great workout week for you!
yes, what a tough travel weekend for all the Boston runners! I know of someone who arrived in Boston at 1 am Sunday night…she still ran it! How challenging. Who knew we’d have such terrible weather in April.
I have had a crazy three weeks so I disappeared from the blogging world. But reading this post just shows me that you have come a long way from when I last read about 3 weeks ago! Soon, very soon – we will be counting down to your first run and race! Guaranteed. Just keep getting those other workouts done that are sometimes neglected when we run! You are doing so well x
Aww, that is so nice to hear Shathiso! That you think I’ve made progress that is, not that you had a crazy 3 weeks. I hope everything is okay now!
I’ll just keep on trucking along…
Can you give a link to the Garmin you bought?
You bet! Here it is: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0734NCF6X/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=thrifi-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B0734NCF6X&linkId=9554e18464f4bcf3e4c080126016b340
I heard you guys had loads of snow. We’ve had such a strange (and long!) winter too but finally got some spring sunshine on Sunday. Fingers crossed!
Hang in there. You’ve done so well keeping active and I’m sure it won’t be long until you’re running again.
Glad spring has finally arrived in Scotland. Just in time for your marathon!
When you say you’re hunkering down “hygge” style, what does that mean?
I love Matilda’s bandana– such a badass!
Ah, “hygge”! It must be a Minnesota thing. It’s Swedish I think, it mean putting on your coziest clothes and settling in 🙂
I guess it’s Danish, not Swedish: https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Hygge-42697770
That Fenix is lovely! Glad it is getting some (pool) use. Nice variety of activities. I am so restless with this weather. I’ve been good with my TM easy runs and hard intervals, but I just can’t do tempos on the TM. So between no tempos and lack of road miles, the whole spring may be a wash. We will see.
It’s definitely been a terrible spring..It hasn’t been easy trucking through all this snow in the aircast, that’s for sure! It should be 60 and sunny right now, right??
This winter will NEVER end! Where is spring?!?!
Well. I guess I’ll stop complaining about our temps in the 50s/60s with wind (even though normal for us this time of year is 80s, so it is cold by Charleston standards!). The snow you guys (and other parts of the country) are getting right now is craziness! Good job with those workouts!
Thanks Christine. That BETTER have been our last snow! I can’t take anymore….
I’m glad you’re able to add some of your workouts back into your routine. That must feel good, even though it’s not running. Hopefully, you’ll be able to ease back into running soon.
Spring is slow to arrive here in Virginia, too, but it’s nothing like what you’re experiencing!
I’m doing what I can to stay active, but I miss running.
Your little puppy is so sweet!
Do you have an estimate from the doc about how long until you can run or is it just wait and see at this point? 8 weeks is a long time. I’d be antsy too. Hopefully you get good news at the next checkup.
The surgeon won’t be the one to clear me for running, it will be the PT. They are hopeful for June, but don’t want to promise anything.
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