Another week, another weekly recap!
If you’re new here, I’m building back to marathon shape after 5 months off due to a broken tibia and fibula, with hopes of running my 30th marathon in Houston, Texas next January (followed by a ‘redo’ of the Antarctica marathon & trip in March that I missed this year due to my injury and ensuing surgery!)
Here’s how this past week went in fitness!
Monday: 50 minute circuit HIIT class at ALTR
They have the tastiest nitro cold press on tap for post-workout caffeine on my way to work!
Tuesday: Easy 5.5 mile run with my friend Nordica (9:30 min/mile pace).
She and I hadn’t run together since January 7th, long before the broken leg, back when I was training for the Antarctica Marathon.
We already have plans to run together again next week, and more importantly, she’s heading to Houston to run in 23 weeks with me, (she’s doing the half marathon.) Can’t wait!
Wednesday: 6 miles with my friend Vicki before work. 9:07 min/mile pace. We had a few faster miles (8:35 & then 8:18) during the run as part of her training for the TC 10 mile and I think it was a bit too much for my ankle; I was limping a little the rest of the day. It seems that running at any harder effort seems to cause pain. It’s not bone pain, but rather muscle or tendon pain that seems to pop up when I push it a little harder. I’m guessing the leg isn’t strong enough yet- time to keep doing those PT exercises. On that note, it has been while since I had a PT appointment;I have one this week, so hopefully that will help stay on top of any potential issues now that I’m running more again.
Thursday: 50 minute circuit class at ALTR. Since my ankle was pretty sore after Wednesday’s run, I moved some things around on my schedule to use Thursday as a non-running day. ALTR was a better choice and my leg felt better after a day off.
I actually had a follow-up appointment at TRIA with my surgeon Thursday night; I had to leave work ‘early’ around 5:15 to make the trek across town (ugh, the traffic with 35W closed is terrible!) to make it for a 6:15 appointment.
I swear the surgeon told me after my last appointment that he wanted me to come in for more x-rays before I really ramp up with running, so I made the appointment for Thursday after work and no one told me I didn’t need it. But then I got there and he said he didn’t need to see me for another 2-3 months. Ugh, what a waste of time (and effort to get there)! He did still take a look at my leg and didn’t seem to have any concerns.
He said he’d love for me to come back in after Antarctica so he can hear about it. Ha! Sure thing, Mr. Surgeon 🙂
Friday: 4 super easy miles after work in the heat. I took this run really easy because I knew I’d be turning around for a long run the next morning, plus it was super hot. I remember why I prefer to run before work! 10 min/mile pace.
Saturday: 9.34 miles with my friend Vicki. It was very hot and humid, but I felt pretty good and my ankle didn’t bother me much. Unfortunately my beautiful Fenix 5s completely died on me! With the price I paid for it, I was really disappointed that it had technical difficulties. I was able to return it to R.E.I. but they no longer carry that Garmin. So I’m using Dustin’s old Garmin 220 until I figure out what I’m going to do. So sad though, as that Fenix 5s was my ‘pity present’ during my injury, and it wasn’t cheap, so it’s a bummer that it didn’t work out.
Anyways, after the run, I went to Cryotherapy for a 2:30 minute freeze. Felt great!
After cryotherapy, Dustin and I had a scrumptious brunch at Martina (newish place in our neighborhood.)
After brunch, it was time to provide Tilda with some fun and exercise; we took her to the Minnehaha dog park by the river. She had a blast.
On our way home, we decided to stop by Venn Brewery for a quick pint. Matilda was pooped by then!
Vizslas are often called “velcro dogs” and Matilda definitely is; she always wants to sit in my lap.
Later Saturday night we had dinner at Esker Grove at the Walker, which was awesome. We sat outside and it was such a beautiful summer night. The patio there had a great view of the sculpture garden and there was one of those pop-up white parties going on there- it looked like a blast!
Sunday: 5.5 mile run with Dustin and Matilda. It was a bit too hot for Tilda (our dog) so we took lots of water breaks for her along the way.
Summary: About 30 miles of running, two ALTR classes.
In other news, I decided to sign up for the Oiselle Volee this week; I know a couple of girls on the Minnesota flock and thought it would be fun to try it out. It’s $100 to join; it terms of apparel, you get a custom singlet right away as part of the team and $20 off of your choice of bottoms and then first pick on new product and occasional discounts, as well as free shipping on all orders. Being a member of the Volee also gives you access to a supportive community of runners, Bird Camp (running camp), and more. I’m really looking forward to expanding my running community with a new group of runners, especially for support during this time of recovery.
I’m excited to be a part of the flock! Any Volee readers? Let me know!
I’m linking up as always with HoHo Runs and Taking the Long Way Home for their weekly wrap. Check it out!
Bummer about the Fenix! I do love mine too. Glad you were able to get a refund they are pricey. I did cryotherapy once this spring but was not sure whether it did anything or not. Do you think it does? How often do you go??
Hi Deborah- I don’t go regularly to cryotherapy; it’s way too expensive! I bought a ‘new user’ package of 4 and have only gone 4 times. I do feel like it’s like an intense ice bath. My muscles do feel better afterwards, and I get a bit of a ‘high’ from it (like an adrenaline rush maybe?) but I don’t think it’s something I can fit into my budget. Ice baths or epsom soaked are much cheaper! Even an occasional sports massage is better for me.
Sorry to hear about that ankle pain! Hopefully, over time and with a little more strength training, that will ease up. It’s been a long recovery for you. Your patience is just so inspirational!
I just saw someone at Whole Foods wearing a t-shirt with that ALTR logo. I had no idea what it was. Thank you for hipping me to that! LOL
I hope you’re right Wendy! I’m definitely trying to be smart and back off when it gets sore. I hope with more classes at ALTR I’ll get the strength I need 🙂
I’ve always thought about joining the flock! Their camps always sounds wonderful and I’m a HUGE Lauren Fleshman fan. Your January and today pictures look quite different ha! I’m not ready for all those layers yet
Haha, yes, those two pics demonstrated very different running conditions 🙂
I’m most excited for their running camps! Also a big Lauren fan.
Sorry to hear about your Garmin watch. That really is a bummer because it’s such a beauty. I have the Forerunner 620. It’s not as fancy as the Fenix, but I’ve had it over 2 years and luckily no issues (knock on wood). Matilda is just so darn cute! Always love seeing photos of her. Loved that you joined the Volee team! It seems like such a great group of positive women and I love all the meet ups they have as well. I don’t think there are many Volee members in my part of CT unfortunately or else I… Read more »
Hey Kim! I’m so glad you enjoy Matilda’s pics 🙂 You seem like such a dog lover!
There is a pretty large flock in the Twin Cities area; I’m really excited to be a part of it!
That’s such a bummer about the Fenix! That rose gold has been calling me for some time but I’ve resisted. That pic of Tilda with her tongue out is adorable!
Thanks Angela! I swear there are more pictures of Tilda on this blog than me 🙂
Wow, total bummer about the watch! Could you possibly find one on Ebay? DO they have a similar model? Too bad they can’t repair it (??). You’re certainly rallying back!
R.E.I. couldn’t fix it 🙁 I probably could have worked with Garmin directly but I haven’t had much luck with them in the past in terms of responsiveness. I did find one on Amazon, but now I have to decide if I want to pay that much again- what if the technology is wonky on the whole model overall? Still deciding…at least I have Dustin’s old one as a backup!
Miss Tilda looks mighty happy at the dog park! OMG a dead Fenix? Say it isn’t so! I wonder if Garmin could repair it. That’s such a bummer, I’d be ticked! You had a great workout week. You’re going to be so ready for Houston and Antarctica!
Thanks Marcia- Tilda is a little baby 🙂 she’s the best.
I haven’t had the best of luck with Garmin’s responsiveness, so I figured I should opt for R.E.I.’s awesome return policy instead….now to figure out if I should buy the same one or a different one!
Oh Matilda is so gorgeous, love her and her little neckerchief! Sorry about the running pain, I guess tendons etc take a long time to heal, too. I’m sure strengthening it bit by bit will really help. So sorry about the watch, too. I got a Forerunner 35 recently for the battery life mainly after my 220 ran out part-way through my DIY marathon. I was so paranoid during Saturday’s race, which I knew would take a long time, so I took my 220 in my backpack – but it behaved superbly, so I’m happy with that. Not as fancy… Read more »
Aww, thanks Liz! I do love my furry family member.
After 5 months of no running, I’m not surprised my tendons are taking their sweet time to get on board with all this running again. 🙂 Just need to ease them into it!
That’s so frustrating about your watch! But it looks like you had a great week of workouts. I ran the Houston Marathon in 2013. It’s a great race!
Lisa, that’s so great to hear! What did you like about the Houston Marathon?
First of all, Tilda is adorable and I love all your photos of her.
Also, that stinks about your Garmin.
I hope your ankle starts feeling better – seems like strength would be key for that, and you have a great plan to approach that.
I joined Volee recently for many of the same reasons you did. It’s nice to have a community around the country in addition to the local running community. This reminds me – I am going to be in Minneapolis again soon, the week of 9/10 – let me know if you’ll be around!
Sarah, thanks for letting me know that you’ll be in the Twin Cities! That’s like the ONE weekend that I have a wedding on Jekyll Island (flying into Savannah) Looking for travel tips on Savannah if you have any!
I’m glad to hear you recently joined the Volee too! Hopefully we can connect at a running event in the future!
Too bad about the Garmin 🙁 I’m glad you were able to return it and hope you find something that works to take its place!
Thanks Chaitali! Just using my husband’s old one for now!
Such a bummer about the watch . I love my Garmin.
It’s fun watching you build up your mileage. Keep up with your great perseverance.
I’m glad you love your Garmin Erin 🙂 The 220 was a good one!
Exciting about Houston Marathon! Yay! I wonder what is with the Fenix!? Such a bummer. I’ve been wanting to join Volee – seems like a great community.
I know, right??? I was so bummed that the beautiful Fenix couldn’t be revived…
I have thought about the Volee for a long time, finally took the plunge. What’s there to lose?
That’s awful about the Fenix 5S! I’m looking for a new Garmin and really like he look of that one! I’ve always wondered how you get into the Oiselle flock so thanks for the information on that. I hope you’ll find some members in your area. Please do return to the surgeon’s office after the Antarctica marathon! Thanks for linking.
It’s a beautiful Garmin, looks like a regular watch! I know most people love theirs, so I must have just got a faulty one, as it had some technical difficulties along the way.
I wasn’t aware anyone could join volee, I thought you had to be asked to join! maybe when/if I get back in the running groove I’ll consider that as part of my training!
Hi Katie! You have to be invited to join the Haute Volee, but anyone can join the ‘regular’ flock, the Volee.
So good you’ll be able to do Antarctica. I remembered a post where you weren’t sure if you could defer. Yay!
Bummer re: the FENIX. Good luck finding a new one. Your dog is adorable by the way
Thanks Kari! We think Tilda is pretty adorable too 🙂
Yes, we got confirmation that we are in for Antarctica next year. It’s hard to get excited though after the disappointment of this year. I hope it actually happens.
So good to hear hat you’re running again and training for a marathon in TX. Hopefully one day, Honolulu marathon will be on your list too:)
Honolulu is definitely on the list Eri! Hope you’re doing well 🙂
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I read this post last week, but somehow missed three nugget about joining Volee! Woohoo! I hope you met some great, supportive, fun new running pals. I have loved being part of this team!
Great to hear!