I need to run, run, to ease my mind. I need to find, find, some speed of some kind…
Oh, you can’t hurry healing, you just have to wait…
Oh, healing don’t come easy, it’s a game of sit and wait…
You can’t hurry healing, you just have to wait,
You gotta trust, give it time,
No matter how long it takes…
~Adapted from You Can’t Hurry Love. Apologies to The Supremes and Phil Collins and the songwriters
I saw the orthopedic surgeon this week. It’s been 10 weeks since my injuries and while he’s pleased with how I’m feeling, the x-rays didn’t show much progress with my healing. Remember, the x-rays always lag behind what is happening in real time. I also had to remind myself that healing isn’t linear. I’m not worried that my fractures aren’t healing, but still, it wasn’t the news I was hoping for.
I did runfess to him that I’ve been trying out some short bursts of running. While he didn’t tell me I couldn’t do that, he did tell me that too much activity can slow down the healing process.
So no, I’m not cleared to return to running but I can continue to keep active with restraint. Patience is not one of my strengths. Between the overwhelming stress I’m feeling from work and my expanding waistline, I need to break a sweat. I’ll go back in 6 weeks for repeat x-rays. In the meantime, I have plenty to do to keep myself active.
Monday: pool running and strength training
Wednesday: trail walk 7 miles
Thursday: strength train with SJ
Friday: walk 6 miles
|Do I look like I’m running?|
Wednesday’s trail walk was before I saw the ortho, and I threw in several running intervals. They felt really good, but as the distance increased, my ankle started to talk to me. This surprised me since the fibula is not a weight-bearing bone. I really thought my foot would do the talking. Maybe being a heel striker is a win for once? The weather continued to be absolutely perfect.
|This was before I saw the orthopedic surgeon
It felt good to run…
When I woke up Friday morning, I was still feeling pretty discouraged about my ortho visit and didn’t want to do anything. After a cup of coffee, I came to my senses. I decided to pull out the new shoes I was saving for my return to running and wear them on my walk. I’m so glad I did, because every time I looked down at them, they made me smile. I ran into a couple of my running friends, who are both training for marathons. It was great to see them and they gave me lots of encouragement. The beautiful weather was also a win!
|Aren’t they fun?|
I mentioned last week that I was going to do the hypertrophy strength cycle at the gym. The workouts are meant to be done in 3 sessions, but between working out with SJ and all my other activities, I don’t have 3 days to devote to this. Fortunately, it is a hypertrophy session, which means lighter weights and higher reps. I downloaded the 3 workouts and did them all, eliminating a few of the lifts that were repetitious. It was great but boy was I sore for the next 3 days!!!! When I told Sammy Jo what I did, she said it was fine but she laughed about my DOMS. She said that hypertrophy strength does cause more soreness because of all the reps. I’m pretty excited about this training cycle!
|I don’t have a heavy kettlebell, but this Kettlegryp allowed me to do 50# deadlifts with my dumbbell.|
On Thursday, I met with Sammy Jo to resume my strength training. We’re working on upper body but she is planning on putting some lower body work back in as well. I did some work with the resistance bands doing banded side steps and a hamstring movement that was new to me. I also worked my lats with the band and did forward reclined dumbbell flies as well. I finished up with some core work.
|These are lats of fun!|
Saturday was just beautiful and yep, I went for one last ski around the bay. The initial plunge into the water was a shock–it was really cold (70F). But once I got up and out, it was fine. The lake conditions were perfect for skiing and my hubs pulled me until I couldn’t go any longer. This is the latest that I’ve ever gone skiing in Wisconsin. In spite of all my injuries this summer, I skied more than I ever have and I am so grateful!
|GoPro footage is blurry|
We had big plans for Saturday evening-we were going to Ishnala, the iconic Wisconsin supper club, for dinner. My youngest drove out from Madison and knowing in advance that there was going to be a wait for a table, we arrived a little after 4. However, we weren’t expecting to be told that there was a 3 1/2 hour wait. That was a shock! We went to the bar and ordered brandy Old Fashioneds, the traditional Wisconsin cocktail. They were delicious! We made the decision to go elsewhere to eat, though. Too bad. What a cute, kitschy place. We’ll go back someday–during the week when it will hopefully be less crowded.
|Brandy is from Wollersheim, a local winery and distillery|
How was your week? Are you enjoying some amazing early fall weather? This is the best time of year to be in the Midwest. Any fun fall activities?