Manic Monday Training Recap – 09/10/18

Manic Monday

Postpartum Recovery: Week of 09/03/18 – 09/09/18

Monday 09/03/18: 3 mile walk/run
This was another 3:1 walk/run outing, and despite my stomach being a little dodgy due to running too close to breakfast, it felt great!

Tuesday 09/04/18: Postnatal Core
Vera slept through the time we needed to leave for yoga class, so I did a quick postnatal core workout at home while she was napping.

Wednesday 09/05/18: Postnatal Core & Postnatal Full Body Workout
It was too hot to leave the house, so I did some workouts I found on YouTube: two postnatal core workouts (about 20 minutes total) and about 75% of a full body workout (Vera woke up from her nap and I didn’t get to finish).

Thursday 09/06/18: Rest
Vera had a doctor appointment, and after her shots she was VERY sad and sleepy, so we just did lots of snuggling.

Friday 09/07/18: Rest
Between Vera being extra sleepy and fussy from her shots, and a last-minute visit from my parents, I wasn’t able to get a workout in.

Saturday 09/08/18: 5k walk/run
My first walk/run with 2:1 intervals. I had my fastest post-baby 5k and my fastest post-baby mile!

Sunday 09/09/18: 3 mile walk/run
Unfortunately, some knee pain surface during this run. Both knees. Which is new and different for me. I tried really hard to just focus on using good form and taking it nice and slow, but the soreness continued even after I was done. Boo.

So. Knee pain. I’m not sure if it’s due to the new shoes, lingering hormonal weirdness post-pregnancy, or maybe just irritation because I’m heavier than usual. Whatever the cause, I plan to take a few days off from my new walk/run schedule and focus on mobility and strength. Time to bust out the foam roller!

Any tips for dealing with knee pain?

Manic Monday Training Recap- 09/03/18

Manic Monday

Postpartum Recovery: Week of 08/27/18-09/02/18

Monday 08/27/18: Rest
I was very, very tired, and also feeling anxious about my repair surgery in the evening, so I just decided to spend the day relaxing at home with Vera.

Tuesday 08/28/18: 5k walk/run
It was a crazy hot day, but I desperately needed some alone time when Ben got home from work, so I just went out and got it done.

Wednesday 08/29/18: Rest
It was another stupid hot day, so I didn’t do ANYTHING except try to stay cool.

Thursday 08/30/18: Postnatal yoga, 5k walk/run
Yoga was GREAT. Vera was happy and smiling half the time, then the baby bouncer bounced her right to sleep for the second half, so I got a full workout. Then after Ben got home, I hit the rail trail for another walk/run.

Friday 08/31/18: 2 mile stroller walk
The weather was finally not so damn hot, so I took Vera for a nice walk on the rail trail.

Saturday 09/01/18: 3.5 mile walk/run
This was my first walk/run with 3:1 intervals instead of 4:1, and it was hard but good.

Sunday 09/02/18: Rest
We did a little bit of slacklining, but otherwise it was a quiet day around the house.

I’m excited to move forward with my return to running plan. I’m hoping to make 3-4 runs a week happen, plus stroller walks and yoga.

Do you still run when it’s super hot?


Manic Monday Training Recap – 08/27/18

Manic Monday

Postpartum Recovery – Week of 08/20/18 – 08/26/18

Monday 08/20/18: 2.91 mile stroller walk
Ben, Vera and I hit the rail trail for my longest post-baby walk yet.

Tuesday 08/21/18: Postnatal yoga, .5 mile stroller walk, archery practice
Vera and I went to yoga in the morning, and she did GREAT. Then we went to our buddy Merlin’s house to play with his new recurved bow. After my arms got tired, I took Vera on a nice short walk down and up the big hill near Merlin’s house.

Wednesday 08/22/18: Rest
It was a rainy day and we were out and about a lot, so a walk didn’t happen.

Thursday 08/23/18: Postnatal yoga, 3 mile walk
Vera and I went to yoga again, and after Ben got home, I went for a long walk, with a few bursts of jogging sprinkled in. It felt wonderful, and made me even more excited to get back to regular running.

Friday 08/24/18: Rest
I was surprisingly sore from yoga, and quite tired after two nights of poor sleep, so I decided to just take it easy. Vera and I ran some errands together, but otherwise we just hung out at home.

Saturday 08/25/18: 2.85 mile walk/run
I finally felt up to a bit more running, but wanted to take it easy, so I programmed my Garmin for 4:1 walk/run intervals. It certainly wasn’t easy, but it felt GREAT!

Sunday 08/26/18: 3 mile stroller walk
Ben and I took the new jogging stroller for a spin with Vera in tow. She slept the whole time and we got to enjoy a gorgeous sunny morning.

While this week was a far cry from what used to be my normal, it felt wonderful to get back on the fitness wagon. I’m very proud of what I accomplished and excited to continue making forward progress.

As far as running goes, my plan is to stick to a walk/run plan for a while. I’m going to start with 4:1 walk/run, then 3:1, then 2:1, then 1:1, and then just reverse it on the other side to build up with run/walk intervals until I’m running continuously again.

Do you use run/walk intervals?

Officially Kicking Off Postpartum Fitness

Rather than having a pity party over what I can’t do (if you missed it, check out my six week postpartum update here), I’m choosing to focus on what I can do: walking and yoga. While it’s not exactly half marathon training and CrossFit, it’s what I’ve got, and I’m grateful for it. I hope to be back running and lifting fairly soon, but I need to be smart about my postpartum recovery and not push myself into injury.

For the next few weeks, it’s my goal to go to yoga at least twice a week, as I still have my summer unlimited pass at my studio through the end of August. I also hope to walk at least two miles four days a week. This may be a bit ambitious, as Ben is going back to school on Thursday, but thanks to the new paths our neighbor brush hogged for us, it should be attainable.

I’m officially starting this postpartum journey with a body that’s eight pounds heavier and a hell of a lot squishier and less muscular than it was this time last year. I have taken some photos and measurements to help me track progress, but I will not be posting them here. They are for me personally because I don’t want to depend on the numbers on the scale to help me see changes.

As I resume “training,” I hope to bring back Manic Monday training recap posts on Mondays, but with the caveat that I’m still not sure how often I’ll be able to blog. You may get several weeks at once, and that’s just what life is right now.

Manic Monday – 05/01/17

Manic Monday

Training For: VT Corporate Cup Challenge 5k (May 11) and VT Respite House Jiggety Jog 5k (May 13)

Monday 04/24/17: 3 Mile Walk + CrossFit
I’m trying really hard to distance myself from screens more often, so rather than watching Netflix on my lunch break, I went for a walk. CrossFit strength WOD was Thrusters and Fronts Squats (I PR’d in both!), and then a 15 minute AMRAP with muscle ball squats, pushups, lat pulldowns, and a 140 meter muscle ball sprint.

Tuesday 04/25/17: Rest
I had intended to run during my break, but a) it was rainy and cold, and b) my coworker offered to take me out to lunch. Running after work was also not an option because I had dinner plans with my friend Stacy.

Wednesday 04/26/17: 3 Mile Walk + CrossFit
Another delightful lunch time walk, and CF after work. We did push presses, and then a killer Tabata workout that made me want to die in the best way possible. And after that, I went to a dinner party and ate my face off.

Thursday 04/27/17: 5k Run
First run in the Altras! Also, hottest day of the year so far. I’m not ready to make any judgments yet, but I remain optimistic. I had hoped to hit up yoga after work, but instead we met up with some of Ben’s coworkers for drinks and charcuterie by the waterfront. Yum!

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Friday 04/28/17: CrossFit
It was a GORGEOUS day, and I almost bailed on CF to go for a run instead, but I’m really trying to make sure I get in as many classes as possible. I pay in advance for 12 classes per month, and get charged for 12 classes regardless of how many I actually attend (or don’t). Some deadlifts and a combo of Diane and Elizabeth later, I was ready for “Fundue” at Pete and Jen’s.

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Saturday 04/29/17: Rest
After breakfast we went over to Ben’s folks’ place to help out with a few chores and to change the oil in the Honda, then came back and walked Annie before family dinner. Ben’s aunt Karen, uncle Stan, and cousin Sara with her husband George and 2 year old son William, plus Grammy, all came over for BBQ chicken dinner.

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Sunday 04/30/17: 4 Mile Run
It was a cold, damp morning, spitting rain and even some hail, but Ben and I both got out there and got 4 miles done at our respective paces (he’s quite a bit faster than me, the bastard!). The rest of the day was spent relaxing and getting ready for the work week ahead.

We’ve got another couple of days of house sitting, and then I am DETERMINED to get back on the meal planning/prep bandwagon. I’m spending way too much money and eating way too much junk. I want to get back into the swing of things before Dogfight rehearsals start, so that I can keep it up once things get busy again.

Do you ever do your own car maintenance? We’re really lucky that Ben’s dad has a lift in the shop, which makes this kind of thing a lot easier.

Monday Check-In

This isn’t my normal Manic Monday training recap, because most of last week I was still sidelined with a tailbone injury. I did have a nearly miraculous improvement (which you can read about here), but I didn’t want to jump immediately back into rigorous training for fear of prolonging full recovery.

That’s not to say, however, that I was completely inactive. Although I wasn’t running, I walked a lot. I walked for nearly an hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday on my lunch breaks. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy just walking. It’s still pretty good exercise, but I don’t get nearly as sweaty, so it’s a lot easier to transition back to work clothes afterward.

Also, Ben and I hiked Mt. Mansfield on Saturday. This was the biggest hike I’ve attempted since we hiked Mt. Hunger two years ago, and it’s also the most vigorous activity I’ve undertaken since I fell on my tailbone. It was a pretty tough hike, but my tailbone didn’t hurt at all, so I count that as a win. And afterwards we took a dip at Jeffersonville Falls, so all in all it was a perfect VT summer day.

Now that I’m reasonably sure that my butt’s all healed up, I’ll be easing back into running this week with a few short runs, and hopefully a longish run this weekend while we’re in MA for July 4th festivities.

Did you do any hiking or swimming this weekend?

Bodies are Weird

As you all know, I’ve had this tailbone thing going on for almost two weeks now. I fell roller skating, and it hurt. I thought maybe it was broken, or at the very least, I had a severe bone bruise. The pain was at a nearly consistent level since the fall, so it didn’t really seem to be healing super well.

Well, on Monday, I decided to go for a walk at lunch. I was tired of being cooped up inside, and figured that since walking only caused me minimal discomfort, why not give it a go? I set out with the idea of just going for my entire hour long lunch break, however far that took me. It was really nice to be moving my body, and I was enjoying the sun and trees. All of a sudden, I stubbed my foot on the curb, and I lurched forward. I managed to stay on my feet, but I felt extreme pain in my tailbone region–worse even than when I initially fell, and worse than I’d felt at any point since.

I started to panic. Oh god, now I’ve done it. Now it’s REALLY broken, and it’s going to take forever to heal. I’m gonna be in constant pain for weeks. Of course, because I was now over a mile away from work, I had no choice but to continue walking, to get back to my office. At first, the pain was bad. Every step hurt, and I cursed myself for being so stupid and trying to do too much too fast.

But here’s the crazy thing: the more I walked, the less it hurt. By the time I got back to the office, the pain in my tailbone was the lowest it had been since the initial fall. Lower than when I got up that morning. Since Monday, my improvement has been rapid. I can bend over, sit, and stand with only minimal discomfort, and walking gives me barely a twinge. I suspect that the initial fall may have dislocated my tailbone, and when I tripped and lurched, I somehow shoved it back into place. I’m no doctor, but that’s the only explanation I can think of for the sudden, acute pain, and then the almost immediate relief of symptoms.

Thankfully, I have my annual physical tomorrow, so I can talk it over with my doctor and see if I should take any additional steps for diagnosis/treatment. I’m trying not to get too excited and jump right back into training, because I definitely still have some discomfort. But right now, I feel better than I have in almost two weeks, and that’s pretty frickin’ exciting. Bodies, man. They’re so weird. I fall, I get hurt. I trip, I get better. Crazy.

Have you ever magically, accidentally, acted as your own chiropractor?

Manic Monday – 04/06/15

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Well, here we are–show week for Legally Blonde! It feels like just yesterday that I was excitedly announcing I’d been cast, and how much I was looking forward to it. Yikes! This past week was busy, and this coming week will be even more so. I’m trying to squeeze in activity where I can, but honestly, rehearsals are a workout in and of themselves, so I don’t feel bad about letting my normal routine go out the window. Especially since I had a 13 hour rehearsal yesterday and didn’t get to bed until 1 am. Ouch.

Monday 03/30/15:  Lunchtime walk–49 minutes, 3.18 miles. The weather was cold and gray and spitting snow, but it was still nice to get out of the office and get my body moving. We also did a full run-through of the show, so I did plenty of dancing and jumping rope at rehearsal.

Tuesday 03/31/15:  Lunchtime walk–49 minutes, 3.47 miles. It was still pretty cold, but the sun was out, so I was able to soak up some much-needed vitamin D. I also did 10 push ups, 10 triceps dips, a 30 second plank, and a 30 second plank on each side before bed.

Wednesday 04/01/15:  Rest Day.  Work was nutty, so I was scrambling to get lunch on my break, and wasn’t able to get my walk in. I did do some shopping and walking around after work, though. And of course, dancing and jumping rope at Legally Blonde rehearsal.

Thursday 04/02/15:  Rest Day. I just didn’t feel like doing anything other than eating and sitting during lunch, so I didn’t. I ended up going to bed at 8:45 pm. I think I was just feeling super run down.

Friday 04/03/15:  Rest Day. This was my awesome evening off. I had a few drinks with Ben and my in-laws, and went to bed at 10 pm. 

Saturday 04/04/15:  Rest Day. This was a mostly relaxing day. The only sour note was driving in to town (about 45 minutes) only to find out that the scheduled rehearsal had been cancelled while I was driving in. Boo. But Ben and I made the best of it by having an impromptu date night of pizza and beer. Then I want home, changed into my PJs, and watched movies for a while before bed.

Sunday 04/05/15:  Tech Day. This was a looooong and frustrating day. Lots of hurry up and wait. Lots of just plain wait. Lots of frayed tempers and punchy, overtired laughter. I got to the theater at 11 am and didn’t leave until 12 am. 

I’m gonna be honest, when my alarm went off this morning, I kind of wanted to die. I’m clutching my large Dunkies iced coffee and praying for the strength to make it through today without physically harming anyone. And I get to go back to the theater at 5:30 and do it all over again. I’m trying to remind myself that I signed up for this, that this is in fact something I love to do, and just keep a positive attitude.

The focus for this week is staying healthy. Eating as well as I can, sleeping as much as I can, and hydrating like a BOSS. The theater is more dry than the Sahara, I swear it just sucks the moisture right out of you. The good news is, the end is in sight. After Sunday, I’ll have a glorious month and a half free from rehearsals, so I can get back to running, hit up some Body Pump classes, and generally get back on track.

Who else is riding the Struggle Bus this morning? I’m driving it…

Manic Monday – 03/30/15

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Week one of no running, giving my shins a break while I jump rope like a crazy lady during the final weeks of Legally Blonde rehearsals and shows.

Monday 03/23/15:  Lunchtime walk. 40 minutes, 2.6 miles. Then plenty of jumping rope and dancing at rehearsal.

Tuesday 03/24/15:  Lunchtime walk. 51 minutes, 3.36 miles. After work I didn’t do much other than help with dinner and relax.

Wednesday 03/25/15:  Lunchtime walk. 47 minutes, 3.25 miles. Rehearsal was more jumping and dancing. And then I stayed out way too late getting my karaoke on and celebrating my friend Erik’s birthday.

Thursday 03/26/15:  Rest day. Ben and I cooked dinner and I went to bed at 9 pm to recover from Wednesday night’s shenanigans.

Friday 03/27/15:  Rest day. Rehearsal was a long night, and then we had to celebrate Ben’s graduation, so we stayed up late drinking beers and listening to music.

Saturday 03/28/15:  Rest day. I’m not ashamed to say that I slept until noon. I can’t remember the last time I slept that late, but I know I needed it. I spent the day doing laundry, cleaning, and knitting. Ben’s parents went out to dinner, so Grammie made dinner and we played cards until a reasonable bed time of 11 pm.

Sunday 03/29/15:  Rest day. I got up relatively early and made a good breakfast, then went for a costume fitting and afternoon rehearsal. Afterwards, Ben and I went over to Erik’s house for delicious homemade burgers and cinematic adventures. In hindsight, it would have been better to just go home and go to bed, but it was nice to spend some time with our friend.

I’m planning to keep up with my lunchtime walks as much as possible this week, and try to do some body weight exercises at home, just so I don’t totally lose fitness. In a couple more weeks, Legally Blonde will be over, and I can re-establish a gym pattern. I’m excited to get back to CXWORX and Body Pump, and maybe add in some spinning. I’m also contemplating some personal training sessions, but I may talk more about that later.

When’s the last time you slept until noon?

Do you ever “party” on a Sunday night?

Different, but Good

Thank you all so much for your kind and supportive words on Tuesday’s post. I should have known that you’d all be on my side and I didn’t have to worry about negative reactions to taking some time off. I’m still feeling really good about my decision, especially since my lunchtime walks have been SO NICE this week.

While this is the time of year when many runners are really starting to enjoy outdoor running again due to increased daylight hours and warmer temperatures, I’m just now taking time off from running for at least the next three weeks. In an effort to maintain some fitness and still get to spend time outside, I’ve been taking long, rambling walks on my lunch break. Ironically, these walks have been along some of my typical running routes.

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While in the past this might have served to make me anxious or resentful about not running, I’m really enjoying the slower pace. I feel more entitled to stop and take pictures because it won’t “mess up my pace.” I can take my time picking my way over icy bits, or stop to pat dogs running by. There’s no pressure to hit a certain distance in a certain time. I can enjoy the sun on my face and the wind on my hair. That’s not to say that I’m just poking along, though; I’m keeping up a pretty brisk pace. I’m naturally a fast walker and I HATE walking slowly. I’m almost physically incapable of taking a “stroll,” something Ben is always harassing me about.

And even though it’s not the same as running, I’m getting a lot of the same happy feelings I get from running. It’s different, but a good different. I think if I keep up with my lunchtime walks, not running won’t be as much of a hardship as it might be otherwise.

When is the last time you took a nice long walk?