First things first!
The exciting news of the week is that my story about missing the Antarctica Marathon due to a broken leg was featured in Runner’s World this week. Read it HERE. I was interviewed a few weeks ago for the article. The writer is a freelancer who I believe found me through this blog!
Of course, I would have preferred to NOT have broken my leg and not been in Runner’s World, but I’m glad I got to share some of my story with a greater audience (and they even linked to my blog in the article, which was cool!)
Monday: Swam 2,000 yards before work; felt great!
I wore a pair of wear Roka R1 goggles, but they leave TERRIBLE marks on my eyes; my Kona-Running Ironwoman friend told me to switch to the Roka X1 goggles as they may be a step down in technology yet they don’t leave as bad of marks. I ordered a pair of X1’s right after that morning’s swim. It was too hard to go to work after a morning swim because it would look like I had black-eyes! Hopefully the X1’s are gentler.
I also had PT this day. In another bit of exciting news of the week- I ran! Sort of. I ran on the Alter-G at 70% of my weight, which isn’t the same as actually running, but at least it is a step in the right direction. I did 1 minute on/1 minute off for 14 minutes. I actually worked up a sweat! The PT said my stride looked pretty even, which was a good sign.
Running on the Alter-G was pretty weird; it feels like you’re running on a cloud, (err, what you’d think running on a cloud would feel like.)
Tuesday: 45 minutes on the elliptical, about 45 minutes more of PT exercises afterwards at the YMCA.
Wednesday: Solidcore class before work; 50 minutes of pilates type strength on a ‘solidcore’ machine.
I had my second PT appointment of the week and this time we went up to 80% of my weight on the Alter-G for 20 minutes; exciting!
Downside was that my leg was pretty sore afterwards, so I may have pushed it a bit too much. A good reminder of why it’s such a slow build back to running….
Thursday: Total rest. Gave my leg the day off. We attended a launch party for the grand opening of the new skyway location of our neighbor’s restaurant “Hot Indian.” He started the business as a food truck but it has grown quite a bit already! They have a stand-alone restaurant in the Midtown Global Market, one at the Mall of America, the Twins stadium, and a spot at the Minnesota State Fair!
Friday: Barre at a new-to-the-Twin Cities studio called “Barre3″. They offered complementary classes during their opening week, so I took a 5:45 am class.
The style of their class is a bit more yoga than some of the barre classes that I’m used to, but I still liked it and ended up buying a class package to keep going.
I also couldn’t resist purchasing these tights from their cute wall of apparel; the brand is new to me, DYI- Define Your Inspiration. Check out their site, they have tons of cute stuff!
My tights are the Quilted Leggings, which have a pocket big enough for your iPhone. I mostly was drawn to the quilted soft texture and the color.
Even though I did barre before work, I had the time, so I went to the gym after work for 45 minutes of elliptical, 10 minutes of stair stepper, and ALL THE PT EXERCISES. Got to get those in every day!
Saturday: We were up early to head to St. Paul for the Fast & the Furry 8k on Harriet Island which started at 8 am. This a race that you run with your dog (though you can still run it without a dog, you just can’t win a prize.)
This was Tilda (our dog’s) fifth year running it. She has shared her snarky recaps on this blog in the past which have been pretty popular- check out previous posts HERE, HERE, and HERE Don’t you worry, she’ll be back this to share her race recap soon!
Spoiler alert, she ran the five miles at a 6:47 min/mile average pace for 4th place overall; no medal this year, but she looked like she had fun! But remember, she’s not a spring chicken anymore; she’s nine! She’s definitely slowing down a little bit with age.
Our friend Ellen and her dog Addie got first place for women. She finished right by Dustin and Matilda!
My niece Maggie cheered with me, as my sister Cresta ran the 8k as well for fun (without a dog). A great morning.
After the race, we stopped by Isles Bun & Coffee for some of their famous puppy dog tails. So good!
Eventually I made my way to a C2 vinyasa class at Corepower Yoga in St. Louis Park to do my own workout. The teacher was Nielle, who is really awesome, one of my favorites. I can do a lot more in yoga now- almost 100% of the poses without having to modify! It’s a vast improvement from when I was first cleared to do yoga.
(I did test my DYI quilted tights for the yoga class. Loved them.)
Sunday: The JB double- Solidcore (50 minutes), followed by spin at Surge Cycling (45 minutes).
Then I zipped over to the bandshell to take some pictures for a future series I’m putting together about “My Favorite Running Apparel.” Since I’m not personally able to test out new running gear lately, I thought it would be fun to “crowd-source” my running friends for their favorites! Several of them volunteered for an upcoming feature so we did a photo shoot that I’ll use for that series. Stay tuned!
Summary: 1 swim, 1 yoga, 2 solidcore classes, 1 barre, 1 spin, 2 elliptical sessions, and 2 PT appointments.
When will I run again? My PT doesn’t want to give me an exact date. He said we have to keep progressing with the Alter-G for awhile still. Still not there yet…Patience, patience. It’s so hard when the weather is absolutely perfect for running here.
Side note: I’m an ambassador for NUUN and am happy to share the below discount code if you need to stock up. Valid through May 31, 2018. Enjoy!
As always, I’m linking up with HoHo Runs and Taking the Long Way Home for their weekly wrap. Check it out!
That’s exciting you were featured in RW!! Was that in the actual publication or just online? I get the magazine, but must have totally missed it if it was in print LOL That’s exciting you’r[e on the Alter-G for now! That’s huge progress!
I think it’s only online- at least as far as I know. I didn’t see it in my hard copy of the magazine.
The Alter-G definitely feels like a step in the right direction!
Congrats on being featured in RW. I know that they read a lot of blogs. Publicity is good no matter how you get it, right? After my diagnosis with RA, my blog views skyrocketed. People like to read about adversity. Your recovery is very inspirational!
Thanks Wendy! I’m happy to have the opportunity to share (at least a part) of my story.
That’s cool about Runner’s World! Not cool about the broken leg of course. I have also had probs with swim goggles in the past. I switched to the Aquasphere as they are a little bit larger around the eyes and seem to help.
Thanks for the tip, I will check out the Aquasphere goggles!
Hooray for being featured in Runner’s World! I know you would have rather not broken your leg and been in Antarctica- who wouldn’t? But that is really awesome that they reached out to you and featured you, and you never know who you may inspire, who else is broken and can’t get out there and will see the hope in your story. I know you’ve inspired me a lot just in the few weeks I’ve been reading here. Great week of cross training too… glad you can do most everything in yoga and I love the new pants as well.… Read more »
Thanks for reading Amy and for your support!
New fitness clothes definitely help to stay motivated during time of injury.
I hope my story helps someone else!
That’s AMAZING getting into Runner’s World! I know Cindy through running circles, she’s great and I’m not surprised she found you. So cool
Fun! Small world 🙂 it was fun to get a bit more traffic here on my humble blog 🙂
Yay for your run! Even though it was on that machine, a run is a run! Congrats to Tilda for a place. I had signed up for a race one time for my dog and it ended up getting canceled. Now she is too old and running isn’t her thing anymore.
Tilda is definitely getting older and slowing down, but hopefully she will still be participating for a few more years. Maybe she’ll have to drop down to the 5k though 🙂
Congrats on running on the Alter-G! It’s such a weird feeling but it’s so nice to be able to mimic the running feel. And to sweat from running! Random question – where did you get your sweatshirt from that you are wearing at the 8k? So cute! I know I’ve seen it somewhere but I can’t think of the brand.
Hi Angela- it’s Oiselle- I wrote about it in this post: http://www.therightfits.com/2018/05/friday-favorites-5-things-im-loving-lately/
Congrats on being interviewed for Runners World! Thats so exciting. It sounds like you are making some great progress with your leg. The comeback always feels so slow! Its good news that you are running on the Alter G!
It has been forever since so I had the joy of a run…but I’m getting closer.
I think it’s wonderful that Runner’s World shared your story. You have inspired (and will continue to inspire) so many people. Getting to run on the Alter G must feel incredible and like a definite “step” in the right direction. The Fast and Furry 8k sounds like such a fun event. My Mini would love to participate! Thanks for linking.
Thanks for hosting the link-up! Such a great supportive crew 🙂
Congratulations! Can you share your PT exercises? Maybe on another post?
Great idea! I will do that!
That look of pure joy on your face on the Alter-G is everything!
Congrats on the RW feature – that’s so cool!
Thanks Kim! The Alter G felt sorta like running- enough to make me smile!
That’s so awesome to be featured in RW!! Also, I’m really glad you were able to get your money back. That would have been a major downer on top of the already crappy reason you had to miss it.
That Altar-Runner looks interesting. That’s really cool you have that tool as part of your therapy.
Um…what are puppy dog tails?
Haha great question! It must be a local thing. They are basically cinnamon rolls but just long “strips” vs full size rolls 🙂
So awesome that you were in RW (but I wish it could have been for something much nicer than breaking your ankle).
Those quilted leggings look awesome!
Thanks Allison- yeah, I would have liked the publicity for something a bit more fun, ha!
So great to read about your continued inspirational recovery! What an unreal achievement you will have when you complete your first full-on run post-surgery!
Why thank you Emily! I really appreciate all your support!
So good to see the happiness on your face while running on the Alter G! Your determination will get you back out there soon. Looking forward to the running apparel series as I may have a slight addiction. Haha
Me too Jen, me too 🙂 Hopefully the series gives you some good recommendations to feed the addiction!
Alter-G! Sweet. Thanks for sharing your impressions. You are making great progress. Congrats on the RW article as well.