Injury update aka turtle status

I am so over getting injured. This time I am taking it really slow which, surprisingly I am not freaking out over gaining my fitness back as fast as possible. I just feel so happy to put one foot in front of the other again.

My comeback plan:

Truthfully, I don’t have one. I am taking the scenic, relaxed, ‘I’ll get there when I get there’ approach. It’s so freeing to not put unnecessary pressure on myself and to truly enjoy the ride.

Funny how we stress ourselves out over stuff that really isn’t that important. For me, fitness is a lifestyle, not a race.

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What I’ve been up to:

Friday: 1 hour of PT and a 16.5 mile ride.

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Saturday: Rest.

Sunday: 40 minutes of pool running.

Monday: 30 minutes of plyometric exercises at PT and a 30 minute run/walk.

Tuesday: 30 minutes of pool running.

Wednesday: 30 minutes of pool running.

Today: 30 minutes run/walk.

Tomorrow: Rest.

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A couple things:

  • My legs were destroyed after Fridays workouts so I took it slow and didn’t do any plyometric exercises that I had planned. Pool running helped loosen the muscles up and felt great so I just rolled with that.
  • I really love pool running. I think someone should invent pool running races. I would totally sign up.
  • My left hip has been a punk again, so I went in for an adjustment yesterday. The hip joint get’s stuck which reduces range of motion, then causes pain in my hamstring. It’s so weird how everything is connected in the body. Crossing my fingers the run/walk goes well today.
  • I put down the Ben + Jerry’s (kinda 🙂 and switched to quality protein and fresh produce. I have also been really good about taking calcium and D3 supplements. Boom!

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  • A few of you asked about the belt I pool run in-it’s the WaterGym flotation belt. I really like it, but it’s the only one my gym offers, so I have nothing to compare it to.

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How I’m feeling:

  • My foot feels 100% normal again. No pain or swelling or funky shades of red/purple. We have a freaking normal foot again. I thought this day would never come. Wahoo!
  • I have lost all of my stamina. It’s gone, but the fun part it building it back up.
  • I have my eye on my favorite race and I’m kinda sorta secretly training for it. But without all of the self induced pressure. One day at a time.
  • I talk about my love for pool running a lot because it has literally been my saving grace through this injury. My PT is confident that because of it, my recovery has been pretty fast. He is constantly amazed at my progress.

I think that’s about it. I hope you guys are having an amazing week!!

Any questions?

What did your workouts look like the last week?

Do you secretly train for races?


9 Comments on “Injury update aka turtle status

  1. The first time I found SCB was on the topic of you not wearing your helmet…you remember?! lol…so much traffic on your site! Not gonna go there =). That cherry, ummmm, yeah (unintended subliminal message accomplished)…not gonna go there either =). It’s 3hours and 48 minutes from Santa Barbara to carmel =(. I love turtles. I have a turtle tat. Slow and smooth J…awesome attitude right now…way to own it!

  2. Awesome week of workouts! So happy the foot is feeling great.

    I hear ya on the hip issues. My alignment gets out of whack too. I have a self check test each morning to where I can see which side is “stuck”. Sigh…always something.

    I love that you say it’s not a race for you. I am forcing myself to look at the big picture too!
    I am in it for the long haul, so when I start my comeback next week after Vegas, I am probably even going to be slower than your plan. I have my swimming/pool running to keep me feeling good so I need to make sure to really not “get greedy” with too much/too soon running!!

    Keep up the awesome work, J.

  3. Sounds like you are doing a great job getting back into things! Taking it slow and easy and getting back into it. Hope you have a speedy recovery!

  4. Hi,
    i so know what you’re going through. I wasn’t allowed to run for 5 months due to knee problems. No running, cycling, elliptical whatsoever, just a little walking. I lost all of my strength and stamina. I am now back to running. and soooo happy! I don’t even care if run at an old-lady-pace 🙂 i’ll get to my old pace when i get to it. Just so happy to be running again. Whoop whoop!
    BTW love your blog, so funny and with a fresh angle

  5. It makes me so happy that your foot is back to normal. I am sending you virtual high 5’s and some secret handshake that says ‘You rock girl!’ You have come out mentally stronger and I love that!!!

  6. I’m sidelined for 3 weeks (at least) because of my IT band :'(. I’ve been biking and working on strength. I might try pool running since you’ve had so much success with it. You’re right…fitness is a lifestyle and there shouldn’t be any pressure to get back out there before you’re fully recovered. That’s what I keep telling myself…even though my first marathon is in 7 weeks & I REALLY hope to be able to run!! If not though, it’s not the end….at least I can still cross train.

  7. Keep on chillin’! I’m kicking myself for trying to ramp up too fast after injury just to run a race. Granted I had to miss 2 races but this was a racecation race and how could I fly from the east coast to the left coast and not run?! So I had a lil’ setback. I can’t sneak anything because i’m a blabber mouth. If I wait more than 5 minutes before sharing it via all social media channels I’m off my game. lol!

    And to that note, I was just asked to do a triathalon on Sunday. I’ve NEVER done a tri before, I don’t know how to swim and I only started riding a bike again in June while sidelined from running. In other words this should be interesting. I bought gear today. I’ll hop in a pool tomorrow just to see if I can not drown for 300 yards and then make my decision at 5am on Sunday (the person dropped out so i’m just filling in and if i bail it’s no biggie). It’s a beginner tri and i know the bike/run course very well. And I’m sure if I do it I’ll let the whole world know with a medal selfie shot as soon as i can get to my phone. LOL.

    Thanks for sharing the interval instructions. I’ve got a 210 but i’ll see if it’s similar…

  8. Have you times how long it takes you to do one length of the pool when running? I attempted pool running last week and gave up after 50 yards because I felt like there was no way I was doing it right!!

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