Recovery Workout #1

I sort of lost track of posting this second workout! Sorry guys! Toe update: doing a lot better! I’m regaining the back and forth motion in my big toe, and I am back to my normal workout routine.

The first workout I posted was the one that I relied on most for the first two weeks (with some minor changes here and there). Once I got the dressing off and staples out, and I was able to put some weight on my foot again, I did this workout (or one similar to it).  This started to help me get my heart rate back up and incorporate a little cardio back into my routine.

Recovery Workout 

Repeat each set 3 times. Alternatively, you can set a timer and complete each set for a certain number of minutes (8, 10, 12 …) Use 5-8 lb weights for the upper body exercises.

Set 1:

  • 30 alternating side lunges
  • 15 squat to shoulder press
  • 15 pushups (on knees)
  • 15 ladder crunches

Set 2:

  • 15 jumping jacks
  • 15 side lunges each side
  • 15 upright rows
  • 15 rowers (military style sit-ups)

Set 3:

  • 30 alternating High Knee Pull
  • 30 speed squats
  • 15 tricep kick backs
  • 15 leg lifts

Set 4:

 

 

Toe Surgery and Non-Weight Bearing Workout #1

It’s been many months on the blog quiet front, but one of my resolutions is to change that!
So, two weeks ago I had toe surgery. I had arthritic spurs on my right big toe joint that caused me a lot of pain when I exercised, walked, ran, etc. It kept getting worse until I finally decided to go see a highly recommended orthopedic foot surgeon at the Rothman Institute – Dr. Raikin. I originally thought that I had a bunion, but he quickly set the record straight. Here’s more information on the surgery I got. The official recovery time was two weeks. During that time I had a big bandage on my foot, 9 staples in my toe, and I was supposed to keep it elevated 23 hours a day. Now, as you can probably tell, I’m super active  – and all of the sitting around drove me crazy. Within a few days, I was getting out of the house some, but I was walking well under 1,000 steps (200 on some days), and I’m use to walking 10,000 plus.

 

Naturally, by Day 5, I had managed to come up with some workouts that I could do, and I want to share them with you here. I was able to put some weight on my foot, but all of my early workouts were non-weight bearing.  These workouts were *NOT* the same intensity (obviously) as I was used to, but they were sufficient to keep me moving some, and without any weight gain (during the holidays, no less!)

 

50 min non-weight bearing workout:

Seated “cardio” –  25 minutes (I repeated this 5 times, which took approx 25 minutes. I kept my foot elevated during this entire sequence.)

  • 25 raise the roof (both hands)
  • 50 raise the roof (alternating hands)
  • 25 punches to the right
  • 25 punches to the left
  • 50 alternating punches to the front
  • 25 side bends to each side (arms straight overhead)
  • 25 small arm circles front, then 25 to the back
  • 25 large arm circles front, then 25 to the back

Body weight circuit. Repeat each 2 times before moving on to the next circuit. Or, go through the entire circuit once, then repeat. (Repeat more than twice to extend workout).

  • Abs: (sub out any of these for your favorite crunches)
  • Lower Body:
  • Upper Body: (I used 8 lb weights. I did most of these seated, and I even elevated my leg during most of them.)
    • 15 bicep curls
    • 15 shoulder presses
    • 15 upright rows
    • 15 tricep press backs
    • 15 bent over rows each side (I stayed seated and literally bent down.)
    • 15 pushups (on knees)

 

Try it out and let me know what you think! What other exercises have you done when you were injured?

 

Southeast Asia!

Hello from Ko Samui in Thailand!! I have been traveling for almost 2 weeks and have managed to get in a few actual workouts in hotel rooms and a couple super active days filled with biking or temple exploring.
We have also had quite a few days where we weren’t so active – because we were on a boat or traveling. Today, we laid around at the beach all day, but we are staying at an awesome resort with a fitness center (with equipment that includes free weights and TRX bands) in addition to the ample room we have in our two bedroom villa that has a private pool. Since our next stop after this is roughing it at a floating hotel with no electricity, I’m going to try and get in a bunch of good workouts here.

Today, I took advantage of the free weights in the gym and did a sweaty 35 minute circuit I pinned from Fitnessista. Check out her blog… It’s fabulous!

I will definitely feel this tomorrow! Let me know if you try it out! It can also be modified if you do not have weights by doing tricep dips not extensions and subbing incline push-ups for overhead press.

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Half Marathon Training

So, I’ve mentioned it a few times, I guess, but I certainly haven’t talked about it too much.  I’m running a half marathon in 4 DAYS. No big deal, right?  This isn’t my first long distance race. I’ve run the Broad St Run 3 times and have run 2 half marathons – the Philly Half in 2008 and the Oktoberfest Half in 2012. I’m doing the Oktoberfest Half again this year. It’s a great little race, like 500 people – all run in Pennypack Park in the Northeast. Most of the race is on a paved bike/running path, with 2 miles on a flat trail in the middle. I’m excited for the race. My training has been fine, but certainly not stellar. I kept up with a couple shorter runs during the week, in addition to my other strength/bootcamp workouts. I got long runs in on most weekends, with a few exceptions. My long runs felt strong, and things were going awesome. It certainly wasn’t the hardest training I’ve ever done, but I never really had a goal for the race other than just wanting to have fun. Can I tell you that just training for something to have fun is the most refreshing experience?!?! Since when does running have to be so freakin’ serious?

Then, a few weeks ago (during Week 9 below), my IT band starting bothering me. I foam rolled, stretched, and it seemed okay. Until it wasn’t. I rested a few days, and I was planning on a long run that weekend. Well, I woke up that day about two weeks ago, and I realized that I most definitely could not run 9 miles that day. So, I continued to rest. That’s what everyone says you should do. But I could not go two weeks without running!  At that point, my longest run had been 8.6 miles. Yikes.

I took almost a week off from running (Week 10-11), and ran 2 miles last Wednesday. I followed it immediately by a yoga class. There was no pain but definite tightness. The next day, I ran 3 miles and followed that by a yoga class. Similar feelings – not pain, but not great. Saturday, I ran 10 miles (after I took 3 ibuprofen). It actually went really well. It wasn’t fast, but a good steady pace. I had some tightness on the inside and back of my knee. (It seems that IT problems usually present themselves on the outside of the knee). I went to yoga the next day. Monday, I ran 4 miles. It was a good run, with a little more tightness than before but still okay. Tuesday I rested. Yesterday, I ran 3 miles – my last run until Sunday. By the end, my knee hurt. Not a lot of pain but not just tightness like before. Today, I fit in 40 minutes of yoga and am getting ready to do a little foam rolling. My IT Band is a little achy right now. My half is on Sunday. I just have to hold it together until then. Between now and Sunday, I am going to do a little swimming, a gentle yoga class, some other yoga on my own, and a lot of rest.

Wish me luck.

 

If you are interested, here was my *actual* training. Real runs, not planned runs. You can see that my mileage never got crazy high. However, those low-ish numbers can be pretty deceiving. So, I added in how many cross training workouts I did as well, since I do a lot of those. They range from Ranger Cross Training (Strength), Ranger Training Bootcamp, Lithe Method, and yoga.

Week 1 (7): Wed – 4 miles, Thurs – 3 miles +  (5 Cross)

Week 2 (12.5): Mon – 4.5 miles, Wed – 3 miles, Sun – 5 miles + (3 Cross)

Week 3 (12.5): Wed – 3 miles, Sat – 2.5 miles, Sun – 7 miles + (3 Cross)

Week 4 (3): Wed – 3 miles + (5 Cross)

Week 5 (14): Tues-  3 miles, Thurs – 3 miles, Sat – 8 miles + (4 Cross)

Week 6 (14): Tues – 2 miles, Fri – 4 miles, Sun – 8 miles + (3 Cross)

Week 7 (12): Tues – 2.5 miles, Wed – 3 miles, Sun – 6.5 miles + (3 Cross)

Week 8 (7): Fri – 3 miles, Sun – 4 miles + (4 Cross)

Week 9 (16.5): Tues – 4 miles, Thurs – 4 miles, Sun – 8.5 miles + (2 Cross)

Week 10 (3): Tues – 3 miles + (4 Cross)

Week 11 (15): Wed – 2 miles, Thurs – 3 miles, Sat – 10 miles + (4 Cross – 3 were yoga!)

Week 12: Mon – 4 miles, Wed – 3 miles, SUN – 13.1!

 

Be sure to go to my running partner’s blog and wish him luck! I’m going to run with him and pace him – and he’s going to *KILL* his last year’s record!

10 Day Challenge: Day 9

Today is Day 9! I’m excited to have a beer on Friday – don’t get me wrong – but I have discovered that I haven’t really missed wheat or dairy at all. I remember feeling a bit more deprived the first time around doing something similar to this. I will post a complete recap of the 10 Day Challenge when it’s over; however, I thought I’d share some photos today to highlight some things from the past few days.

Food I Ate  (and Didn’t Eat)

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I made Thai red curry with chicken and vegetables last night for dinner/lunches this week.  I added a little water to it, and I think I shouldn’t have – it turned out a little watery than normal. I made this huge pot of it (this picture was taken before the tofu was added), and it will last for at least 5 meals. It’s dairy free (and meat free for that matter), and I have been eating it over a cup of brown rice – that are pre-cooked and packaged in ziplock bags in my freezer. You just microwave it for 2 minutes. It’s genius really, just be sure to package it up when it’s still warm to lock in moisture.

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I spent some time with Ingela and her family this weekend. They were super supportive in our no dairy/no wheat efforts. We would have made do, but they re-did their menu for us!  For dinner on Saturday, we had vegetable skewers and sausages. I found this recipe for banana boats for “Paleo” campfire treats, and they were absolutely delicious. We cut open a banana and stuffed it with a little peanut butter, some dark chocolate chips, and topped it with some almonds. Wrap it up in foil, put it in the fire for awhile, and enjoy. Brunch the next day was eggs with veggies and watermelon. Perfect.

I did eat a ton of chips and salsa this weekend – which isn’t the best, and not the worst thing. Technically fits with no wheat/no dairy, but *not* with the “real food rules“. Jess and I went to our baby cousin’s first birthday party, and while I did eat some potato chips, I did not eat any cake. It wasn’t that big of a sacrifice. Cake is not the thing I would eat if it were my last meal on Earth.

Things I Did

8 mile run on Saturday morning! Pace was great, weather was great, and Tamika came along with Matt, Jess, and I!  We did an out and back on Kelly Drive.

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We are seriously the happiest people I’ve ever met post-run.

My knee started to bother me during the last mile. I’ve never had knee problems, so I decided it was time for new sneakers. Honestly, it’s been time for a few months. Philadelphia Runner had a cool Beer and Gear event (in which I did *not* partake in the beer), and I had a $25 gift card from a Body Cycle giveaway last spring, so I ventured over to actually spend some money on decent sneakers. Look how pretty they are? (Saucony Ride 6 for those who care).

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I wore them yesterday and today and love them. Yesterday, I ran 2 miles over the Schuylkill for Ranger Training and then wore them for class – stairs, wall squats, crab walks, power step ups, etc etc etc. Then I wore them today for Kettlebell class. Love them.

Also, I want to leave you with my article of the week. Fitspiration is getting a little out of hand. Yes, it can be inspiring, but it can also be down right damaging, which I didn’t fully realize until reading this. He’s pretty spot on with a lot of this. I strive to be *healthy*. I work out hard, and too much according to some people – but I take days off each week, eat plenty to fuel myself, and listen to my body. Last Friday, my body said “don’t you dare go do a kettlebell class and expect me to run 8 miles tomorrow.” So I went to yoga. It’s important to make the distinction between killing yourself in the gym and training hard. Read this. It’s important.

10 Day Challenge

Yesterday, Tuesday, September 2, I started a 10 day challenge. I will not eat any wheat products, dairy, or have alcohol for 10 days. I am trying to hit a reset button and trying to remind my body how good it feels when I have healthier habits! (Okay, and I want to lose a little of the pudge that I feel like I have from too much drinking/French fries.)

Tonight, I had a killer workout with Sgt Nate at Ranger Cross Training. We started with a brutal cardio/body weight 15 min warmup, then moved into a more brutal kettlebell workout that consisted of 100 of various things. My back killed me, my quads killed me, and I was ridiculously sweaty during cool down stretching on the mat. I was not up for cooking anything, even though I have individual bags of brown rice frozen in my freezer (more on that in another post). So, I stopped at Whole Foods. Thank god for whole foods.

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I got vegan kale salad with garlic dressing and brown rice tuna and salmon sushi. It was delicious and satisfying (and totally on the challenge). I am now off to *hopefully* win our ultimate frisbee game!!

My Week in Exercise

Here’s a rundown of the exercise I did this week, and how I feel about it. I’ve been doing a significant amount of drinking and eating this week …. so it was important for me to get moving this week. BUT – it was a bit of a slow week exercise wise with all the work I did the past couple of days.

Monday: I went to noon Ranger Training Bootcamp with Sgt Nate. The class was a little brutal, but no awful. FIrst, we started with a warm up run, followed by 10-20-30-40 flying burpees. (Think: burpee, 180 degree jump turn, repeat). Then, we did 20 frog hops down the field, lunge walking (in reverse) back. We continued with 5 bear crawls and 10 pushups (the “5 and Dime”) down the field, and sprinted back – 4 times. There may have been something else that I’m blocking out.

Tuesday: I was supposed to get up for yoga, but I didn’t. I instead came to Lithe and took Twiggy. It’s a non stop class with a ton of cardio cheer at the beginning, at least the first half. Then, you alternate some standing arm and leg work with more cardio for the last half of class. I was dripping sweat, in a good way.  That evening, I took another Lithe class called Waspie. Waspie is a slower more sculpting class that uses the blue bands, which always make my arms hurt. My legs were super tight on Wednesday from all of the standing leg work we did!

Wednesday: Morning 3 mile slow run with Matt and Jess. Read about it here. I also had an ultimate frisbee game that night. I played a decent amount – and definitely got some sprints/speed work in! We won – 3-0 now! – and I scored a touchdown/goal and threw a touchdown pass also! I’m definitely getting better on offense!

Thursday/Friday: Rest days due to work and going to the beach today!

Saturday: Planning on some kind of bootcamp type workout at the beach. I’ll be sure to post about it! It will likely be something similar to this workout from the Be Well Philly Blog.

Sunday: 7 mile slow run with Matt. Actually looking forward to it! I only ran 5 miles last week, but I’m not too worried about the distance. Working our way up to 13.1!

Summary: 2 runs (1 short, 1 long), 1 Ranger Training, 2 Lithe classes, 1 DYI bootcamp, 1 ultimate frisbee game

Next week is my last full week off before school starts, so I’m going to kick it up a notch in anticipation of my nutrition challenge in September. Stay tuned.