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I'm a runner...not a great one...not even really good....but I am a runner and I have a great view from the back of the pack. We scan the globe for interesting articles and tidbits that provide insight into the sport of running and lives of runners...with a bit of personal commentary and engaging wit along the way!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
It Worked for Me....or so I think....
Something has happened that most people who know me didn't think could happen.
I've been humbled.
(Yes, sing along with me....Oh, Lord it's hard to be humble....when you're perfect in ev...er...y way.")
But, once again, I will not allow myself to be easily defeated.
For, you see, I worked so hard at training for the marathon that I'm petrified of losing my gains. I do not want to start out at Square 1 again, so I've opted to throw myself into a new training regimen of whatever I can do while (mostly) maintaining non-weight bearing status.
And, believe it or not, I'm excited about the challenge. My goals after the marathon were to reduce my running for a short time and focus more on building core strength. So, thanks to the injury, I have had to do just that.
That means I have had to be flexible and seek out alternative ways of working out. And, I'm finding some things that I love. Therefore, I thought I'd share with anyone who might be in (or one day find themselves in) this same boat.
First up is aqua jogging. Luckily, I have access to a deep pool and I already owned a water belt so this one was kind of easy. Competitor.com offers a great article on the finer points of aqua jogging and some sample workouts. I haven't tried all of the workouts, but I have done the interval one and am happy to report I was able to get my heart rate way up there--enough to make me a cardio happy girl.
At this point, I am still in a boot and on crutches, so I have tried (as faithfully as I can) to do these exercises without putting any weight on my foot. Often, I wear the boot as I exercise (for protection and a reminder!) but there have been times when I have taken it off. I've thought about wearing 1 pound ankle weights (modified from wrist weights) on my good leg, but haven't done that yet.
Please remember: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV so I can't tell you whether or not any of these exercises will help or harm you in your recovery. But, it was a bit of a challenge to find good videos for the periodically incapacitated runner and I offer these to any of my compatriots as a starting point to find your own recovery mojo.
Good luck as you work to maintain your own fitness level.
Catch you later at the back of the pack...hobbling, hopping or limping...but hopefully, not for long!