Friday, June 24, 2011

Seeking Ideas and Finding Alternatives

I’m putting a call out to y’all. I’ve been feeling rather uninspired lately, so maybe you can tell me what you’d like to see more of here on the blog. Have any questions/ideas for me?


We’re going on a month now, and my calf issue still hasn’t resolved itself. There’s also pain radiating down into my ankle now, so I guess my Achilles wanted to get in on the action too.

Scaled back running hasn't done the trick, so it’s time to seriously explore some alternatives. The elliptical is easier on my leg, but still engages my calf. Since I’m not a swimmer, biking and strength training are probably my best alternatives. It also means I need a gym membership again.

Conveniently, there’s a tiny gym in a strip mall just up the road from our house. I tried negotiating with the sales guy earlier today. However he wouldn’t let me buy a month pass, even at a slightly higher rate, without paying the $69 “initiation fee”. I’m not dropping 100+ bucks for one month of usage. Considering there are a few gyms in the area that are much nicer, you think he’d be willing to work with me here.

I did take him up on his offer for a week-long trial pass. I may or may not do the same thing at the other gyms in our area for the next month :)

This is what I’ve been doing at home for the past week:

Monday: 45 min run (@7.0, 0-.5% incline), 20 mins elliptical, various planks (5x30 secs each)
Tuesday: 30 mins Yoga X
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: 30 mins elliptical, 30 mins Yoga X, various planks (5x30 secs each)
Friday: 20 mins easy run outside (testing out my new 2XU compression sleeves), 30 mins elliptical, various planks (5x30 secs each)

Surprisingly I haven’t gone into freak-out mode over this (at least not yet). I don’t have anything looming on my race schedule until a 5k at the end of August, so if I need to nurse an injury then timing isn’t so bad right now.

Tomorrow night is going to start a crazy week here at the Blondie household. We’re having a LOT of houseguests who'll be staying with us. Off to go inflate some air mattresses…….

11 comments:

  1. How about a "day in the life" kind of thing, and also how you fit so much running and racing into your busy schedule as a mom- especially since your hubby is often away, right?

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  2. hang in there darlin'! I have been out for 6wks now....you said you're not a swimmer....does that mean you can't swim or you don't like to swim? I got awater belt and have been pool jogging! it's amazing and you could totally do it. there is alink a few posts down on my website you should check out. the tests theyve done shows that those who did the pool jogging (interval workouts) kept their fitness level for 5 and 10K race times almost 100% when out for 4wks. let me know if you have questions!!

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  3. I feel ya girl! You've probably noticed my content has been a less than inspired lately too. It's partly that I'm busy, but partly that I lack a little direction right now! Let me know if you figure something out!

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  4. Thank you for the tips Nicole! It's not that I can't swim, I just really, really dislike it. Really. I have lake access so I could go aqua jogging everyday. That seems like a real alternative I never considered. My mind went immediately to swimming laps in a pool, which doesn't sound appealing.

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  5. Sarah, maybe it's because I don't know any different, but I don't feel like my day to day life is much different being married to a pilot. I should Dona post and let you guys decide how normal, or strange, our routine really is.

    Brit, I need you to keep up the posts about your social outings. Can't remember the last time I went to a restaurant on a regular old night. You've been going to some neat places lately.

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  6. I'd love to hear how you manage training with a little one and a hubs that has a weird schedule. I'm just a little apprehensive about how I can keep training once we have little people in the picture (especially if my pilot is still working for the regionals). :) Take care of that calf!! Sometimes these things just need time...which of course the brain hates but the body needs.

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  7. Hope the cross training helps the calf, and I also hope you can squeeze a good deal out of one of those gyms!

    Summer seems to have me in a blogging rut too. Maybe I just feel like I have less time to post? I do like the mix if things you blog about. :-)

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  8. It's good you are cutting back! Have you been to see anyone for help yet?

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  9. Hope the cross training helps the calf, and I also hope you can squeeze a good deal out of one of those gyms!

    Summer seems to have me in a blogging rut too. Maybe I just feel like I have less time to post? I do like the mix if things you blog about. :-)

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  10. I feel ya girl! You've probably noticed my content has been a less than inspired lately too. It's partly that I'm busy, but partly that I lack a little direction right now! Let me know if you figure something out!

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  11. hang in there darlin'! I have been out for 6wks now....you said you're not a swimmer....does that mean you can't swim or you don't like to swim? I got awater belt and have been pool jogging! it's amazing and you could totally do it. there is alink a few posts down on my website you should check out. the tests theyve done shows that those who did the pool jogging (interval workouts) kept their fitness level for 5 and 10K race times almost 100% when out for 4wks. let me know if you have questions!!

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