Hello there! I’m posting my weekly recap a little late (err, my sole weekly post…man, I need to find time to blog more often!)
I have an excuse, we were out of town on a little vacation. But I’m here to share how fitness went in my world now that I am 10 weeks post-dramatic tibia/fibula break. Let’s recap!
Monday: [solidcore] in the morning, PT at Mayo AND a 10 week appointment with my surgeon at TRIA.
PT was great and I’m officially out of the boot! The appointment with the surgeon also went well- they took new x-rays, and though you can still see a few of the fractures, the joint is healing really well.
The surgeon said the fractures will still show up on X-rays for another 6 weeks or so. He recommended two more weeks before I could start using the Alter-G/Zero Gravity treadmill. Then another 4 more weeks of PT before I might be able to run on the treadmill a little bit; i.e. 1 minute on, 1 minute off kind of thing- a very slow build.
But, progress nonetheless.
Tuesday: Total rest. Early start at the office, late end.
Wednesday: [solidcore] in the morning, and then a flight to Palm Springs! Not quite the same as Antarctica, but a vacation is still a vacation. It’s been a rough winter so it was a lovely getaway to somewhere with temperatures in the 90’s and sun, sun, sun! I plan to share a separate post about our trip, so I’ll keep this post focused on fitness while there.
Thursday: I found an outdoor lap pool that had $5 day passes. Awesome.
I swam 2,125 yards on my first day. It was so wonderful to be outside in the sun while getting a workout!
Of course, I would have preferred to be running in that awesome dry desert heat, but an outdoor swim was a decent alternative.
Friday: 60 minute vinyasa class at Power Yoga Palm Springs. It was $20 for a drop-in. It was a heated class, even though Palm Springs is already hot! Tons of chaturanga’s. My triceps were sore afterwards.
(Dustin did a lot of trail running in Palm Springs, mostly on the Lykken trail. He’s training for his first 100 miler in June!)
Friday, after we both got back from our workouts, we drove to Salvation Mountain and Slab City. I’ll share more in a travel post, but definitely a weird yet interesting place to visit. I had read about it in this “Marvels of the World” travel book. Worth the drive.
Saturday: Another swim at the outdoor lap pool. When I arrived, it was set up for the “long course” with 50m lanes.
Wow- I loved it! Due to my recovering broken leg, I don’t do any flip turns but rather just turn around. This gives me a bit of a short extra breathe/break between laps and usually I’m swimming in a 25 yard pool, so it’s a lot more breaks. But doing a 50m lane forces me to swim longer without any sort of break, which was actually awesome! I swam a lot stronger this way and ended up with 2,600 yards (or about 1.5 miles of swimming, which was a lot for me!)
I did have to change the settings on my Garmin Fenix 5s from a 25 yard pool to a 50m pool, and then about halfway through my swim, they changed it back to a 25 yard pool, so I had to change the settings again. Then I had to do all kinds of math to figure out how far I actually swam 🙂
Sunday: One final swim at the Palm Springs Swim Center, just 2,000 yards this time. Afternoon flight back to Minneapolis.
Summary: 2 [solidcore] classes, 1 yoga class, and 3 swim sessions.
Not a bad week overall and we had a great vacation.
But…I try to be completely honest here and the truth is, it was a bit tough to put on my warm weather clothes that I hadn’t worn since last summer.
Why? Well…they didn’t fit. It was hard both mentally and physically.
Of course, that meant I had to buy some new clothes to wear, like this dress (<–I LOVE BODEN DRESSES!) this jumper from Alice & Wonder out of Chicago, and this jumper from JCrew!
And my first one piece since I was like, probably 12. (It’s from Lively.) I love that one- pieces are back in a big way.
Shopping is fun; but the reason behind the shopping spree wasn’t that fun. Ten weeks without running has led to real physical changes, ones that don’t feel that great. I’ve never been one to focus too much on that sort of thing; running has always kept my weight in a healthy place and I feel like I eat well 80% of the time. I generally feel pretty confident and proud of my strength. But this injury has taken some of that away. (You wouldn’t know it from all these selfies on this post, would ya, ha!)
I know that I’ll run again and hopefully get back to where I was. But it is hard to deny the weight that I’ve gained. It’s not fun to be here.
There’s nothing like running in a lot of ways and one of those ways is definitely the efficient calorie burn. I will continue to try to be kind to myself, as I feel like I’m doing a lot to stay healthy and active, but man…
I miss running. I miss running and all its wonderful benefits, including the ability to fit into my old clothes.
As always, I’m linking up with HoHo Runs and Taking the Long Way Home for their weekly wrap. Check it out!
I’m also linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC for her Training Recap linkup. Be sure to check out how Courtney and the other awesome bloggers joining the linkup are doing on their training!
Well, I am so impressed with how much swimming you’re doing! It’s great that you have a “back-up” sport that is keeping you so active and also challenged. Gosh…swimming 2600??? That’s incredible! Our son was a distance swimmer (in HS and at his CC), he swam the 500, 1000, and mile…and it made me SOOO tired to watch LOL
Competitive swimmers are so impressive! I’m nowhere near fast in the pool. But at least it’s exercise…and OUTSIDE 🙂
Thanks for reading and commenting!
That looks like an amazing place to swim! If i had to be in a pool, I think I would want to be there. Im glad you are making progress with your recovery and can be running on the Alter G soon!
Thanks Lisa! It will be a slow build, but it’s nice to have a “next step” to look forward to.
I really enjoyed all of your vacation photos on Instagram and IG stories. It looks like it was an amazing time!
I love that you have been doing so much swimming! You have done an excellent job of staying active through everything.
Thanks Kim! Palm Springs was pretty fun 🙂
You’re becoming quite a swimmer! Great job! Thanks for sharing with us all your accomplishments and challenges during your recovery. Fingers crossed, you’ll be running again soon.
Thanks Erin. I appreciate your support!
And I miss running with you!
OBSESSED with that jcrew jumper (and that bathing suit). You look GREAT, your shoulders are looking so so so strong and jacked from all the swimming. And congrats on having the boot taken off! Running will be here for you when you’re ready 🙂
Aww, thanks Kim 🙂 You make me blush, haha! That Jcrew jumper was backordered FOREVER. I swear I might have ordered it before I broke my leg, ha!
The boot off was a big step, and it was great to have this trip to ‘celebrate’ not wearing it.
Thanks for reading!
I hear you BIG time on the whole body changes/self-esteem thing when it comes to running – I hate to admit it (to myself even), but a big part of why I run is to keep myself happy with my body. I also run to clear my mind, enjoy nice weather and beautiful scenery, keep my heart healthy, and many other reasons, but I know that personally the whole body image thing is often what gets me out the door for a run in the morning. Thank you for acknowleding this – I appreciate knowing I’m not so alone in… Read more »
Rita, you are awesome 🙂 I feel like it’s frowned upon to admit (especially in the blogging world) that the body image is part of why one may run, but I agree, it’s often part of what gets me out the door. And it’s hard not to have that as an option. The other exercises just aren’t doing the same for me. I do think non-runners don’t understand the REST of the reasons- the mental clarity, the scenery, the happy heart, the camaraderie , and so much more. They often think running is ONLY about calorie burn but there’s sooo… Read more »
So impressed with all your swimming! And combined with the training you have been doing, I see so much strength in your upper body. Awesome!
Thanks Allison…I appreciate those kind words!
My sister and I were in Palm Springs last fall and I just loved it. We were able to do some hiking, which I subbed out for running. It was great.
I can imagine how tough the changes in your body are for you. It’s kind of like after you have a baby–you are definitely not the same shape you were before. But it all kind of comes back. You’ll get there. You do look amazing (those arms!) but I know you aren’t where you want to be. Hang in there! You are doing great.
Palm Springs is great because, guaranteed great weather! Does it ever rain there?
Another friend said that what I’m going through sounds like what it’s like after pregnancy- you’re the second person who made that comparison 🙂
I think be able to swim in a outdoor lap pool in sunny Palm Springs sounds incredible! And, at such a bargain price as well. It is exciting to think that in a few weeks, you’ll take those first return to running steps. I think you’ve handle your injury with such honesty and grace. Don’t worry about the extra weight. It will fall right off. And besides, you look fantastic! Thanks for linking.
Great update! That is some impressive swimming work. Way to make the most of it. I wondered what Dustin would be up to, since I assumed he wouldn’t bag any states without you!
When I was injured with my hip, my weight stayed pretty flat. But it turned out that I was losing muscle and gaining more fat. So once I started running again, I added muscle and the weight shot up. I’m still working on getting down to my ideal running weight. The struggle is real! Stay strong!