February 1, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: Feb 1st

It was a pretty busy week for these girls! I finally settled into my new groove of learning the concepts and materials in my physical training textbook. Let's just say that the chapter on exercise science was long and challenging! It's been years since I've had biology so I was really straining my memory bank to remember some of the basic concepts about the human body. However, it is really exciting to be learning again and to feel excited for this new chapter! 
I headed to Starbucks to get a break from the house for some studying. Turns
out, 9:30 AM on a Thursday is rush hour and it is LOUD! I probably will
stick to the house or the library for studying from now on. 
I left physical therapy with an extra spring in my step on Thursday. My PT did a quick check of the muscles around my knee and the direction my kneecap is tracking. He was pleased to see a lot of progress in my strength and hoped I might be able to start running again in a few weeks. I was thrilled with this news but I know I'm not there yet. I still need to keep working hard to strengthen my inner leg muscles, which should hopefully alleviate some of the tracking issues with my patella. While I'm totally sick of the bike at the gym, I'll keep pedaling until it's safe for me to do the elliptical or run again. 

Christine 
Currently training for: No races on my schedule right now
Training plan: N/A
Fitness goals/focus areas: Strengthening my legs and hips to successfully complete physical therapy and run again!

Mon, Jan 25th: PT exercises; 30 min stationary bike; upper body weights

Tues, Jan 26th: Physical Therapy; 30 min yoga

Wed, Jan 27th: PT exercises; 25 min yoga; 1 mile walk with Paddy

Thurs, Jan 28th: Physical Therapy; 30 min stationary bike; push-ups and abs

Fri, Jan 29th: 30 min stationary bike; PT exercises; stretching

Sat, Jan 30th: 4 mile trail walk; PT exercises

Sun, Jan 31st: 30 min yoga; PT exercises

Pam
Currently training for: London Marathon
Training plan: Coach Sami
Fitness goals/focus areas: Strengthen hips and core to avoid any more injuries

Mon, Jan 25th:  15 min stationary bike, 35 minutes elliptical

Tues, Jan 26th: 50 min swim workout

Wed, Jan 27th: Travel day

Thurs, Jan 28th: 30 min strength workout with Britt, 50 min cardio at gym

Fri, Jan 29th: 55 min swim workout, total 1300 yards

Sat, Jan 30th:  15 min exercise bike, 35 min elliptical machine

Sun, Jan 31st: Rest day

What was the highlight of your week?

Thanks to Holly at HoHo Runs and Tricia at MissSippiPiddlin for hosting this week's weekly wrap linkup! Head on over to their blogs to check out some of the other posts.
{Christine}

41 comments:

  1. Looks like a great week for the both of you! Christine.. great job keeping up with all your PT, getting to run again pain free is always great motivation :)

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    1. It is great motivation indeed! You better believe I'm religiously doing my strengthening exercises and stretching. Hope you have a great week, Christy! :)

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  2. Wow! I somehow missed the post about your new direction in life, so a belated congratulations is in order! It does seem like a good fit for you. Wishing you much luck Christine!!

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    1. Thank you so much Monica! I'm pretty excited about this new chapter.

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  3. I really love the bike as a backup plan. I've used it many times when I needed some time off the road! You'll be back soon enough!

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    1. For the most part, I really like the bike but lately I've been feeling antsy for something new....which is probably one of the reasons that I tend to vary my workouts a lot so I don't get bored! :)

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  4. It makes me happy to hear how excited you are about this new chapter in your life. I wish you nothing but the best as you study for the exam!

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  5. You guys are pretty busy for being injured. I am sure all that hard work will pay off and you'll be back to running in no time.

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    1. Haha you are right! I think our natural inclination to workout is more obvious while we're not running.

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  6. Woo hoo, so exciting to be taking on this fabulous new direction with the studies!!! I wish you much happy, fulfilled learning!!!

    I dealt with a significant knee injury a few years back, so I TOTALLY relate to the frustration of the PT process. I got so fed up with cycling, too. Hang in there! I'm thrilled to hear you are making excellent progress!

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    1. Thanks girl! I'm hoping that soon I'll be lacing up my sneaks again.

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  7. Sounds like a great week for both of you! I love working on learning new things, I can definitely see how this would be an exciting start :)

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    1. It's been a really long time since I did any sort of structured learning program so I'm definitely having to find a groove with studying.

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  8. I'm glad you're making progress with PT! That should feel like a relief! I'm looking forward to reading about your new career path. Sounds interesting!

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    1. It definitely is a relief...especially after several weeks of feeling like the pain in my hip was getting worse. Then one day, poof, it was gone!

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  9. Christine, hope the PT keeps going well so you can get back to running as you would like!
    Great training week Pam, 50 minutes swimming in a pool that's tough! I get tired after just 10 minutes, LOL

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    1. Thanks Kristy! It definitely made me feel good about being diligent with my exercises.

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  10. What a great week. I'm really looking forward to seeing how you do in London Pam.

    Good news from the PT Christine. I hope you'll be running soon.
    I find coffee shops distracting for work or study, I prefer libraries. Although I wouldn't say no to a library where you could have a tea or coffee when reading!

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    1. Yes, I had never really paid attention to how loud Starbucks is! And their music is also played quite loud. I'm definitely going to the library the next time I need to get out of the house.

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  11. I actually never took biology, which is kind of sad because it fascinates me.

    Highlight of the week. Probably dinner out this weekend. Or maybe exploring new places to run!

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    1. Oh I love exploring new places to run! Having new scenery can be such a great motivator for long runs.

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  12. So glad your knee is getting better Christine! And good luck with all that studying! Pam sounds like you had a great week of training as well!!

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    1. Thanks Mindy! I keep thinking of that song from Billy Madison "Back to School." :)

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  13. Ugh, I lost my comment but wanted to say great job with the PT & strength work! You're very dedicated!

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    1. I hate when that happens. :( Thanks Jennifer, every time I want to slack off, I remind myself that I want to run again and that helps keep me motivated.

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  14. Christine are studying for a particular certification? I apologize I'm a little lost and must have missed a few blog posts. Exercise science would be very fascinating! I hope you can return to running soon. It sounds like you've made great progress. Pam, I see you are doing a lot of cross training. Are you feeling better? Is your next race still London? Thanks for linking with us!

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    1. No worries, Holly! Yes, personal training. I'm excited. Definitely a big change of pace from my previous career but one that makes sense for me.

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  15. It is great to be working on strength, I hope you both can run happy soon, free of those aches and pains. Swimming will certainly strengthen the core :)
    I am tired of the bike too, but I know I need it. London sounds very exciting!

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    1. Oh yea swimming is great for your core! I always say that I need to get back to the pool (this is Christine). Mom is a good motivator to do that! ;)

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  16. I'm glad that both of you had good weeks and you are having a good comeback from the knee issue. Good luck studying for your personal training certification!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Hope you have a great week too!

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  17. Such good news from the PT. Knowing that your hard work is paying off must be motivating. Plus, you really should be in great shape once you are able to start running.

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    1. It really is motivating! It's funny, I'm actually not too worried about what my paces look like when I am able to run again, probably because I don't have any races planned.

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  18. Great job this week, ladies! I hear you on the biology classes...i would be kinda lost if I returned to school but it does sound like a new challenging adventure...and those are always fun! :)

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    1. Thanks Karen! Up next this week is learning all the muscles and muscle groups. *Gulp*

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  19. Nice weeks for both of you. I agree Starbucks can be sheer madness at unexpected times. Whenever I slack off strength training I notice my left knee gets a little wonky exactly how you describe. Gotta keep those muscles strong!

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    1. I seriously couldn't believe how crowded it was. Barely could get a spot in the parking lot. Yes, the added strength training is really helping it seems.

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  20. good luck with your knee! I've been having problems too, hoping rest and stretching will fix it.

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  21. Don't you find it so much more motivating to study and learn something you really want to learn instead of what you must learn? Now that I'm older I wish I had paid more attention in school, but I'd be all on top of learning more about PT! That's great news on you progress of your knee you should be back out pounding the pavement soon! Thanks so much for linking up with us! I look forward to seeing how soon you'll be back out there! Have a great week!

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  22. I've been going to study at starbucks as well although it doesn't seem to be as busy as yours. I can't get anything done at home!

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