February 8, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: Feb 8th

We are linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin' for their weekly wrap link.  Please check out their posts and feel free to add your recap to the link.

Another week has passed with no running by either of us.  While I am slowly getting stronger, the good news is my IT band is back to normal and the strength on my left side has improved.  But now my right side is the one giving me trouble at the moment and certain things seem to aggravate it. A diagnosis of Bursitis in my left hip and a sore/tight Gluteus Medius.  So my strength training took a decided turn yesterday as I worked solely on my upper body.  Wow, I never realized what a weakling I was until Britt had me doing reps and I needed some rest breaks for some of the exercises!  It was not pretty, but I did finish everything he threw at me.



My week was rather quiet as a bad cold hit our household, so getting organized for our upcoming vacation kept me busy as I stayed close to home. Our pet sitter is ready to come enjoy snuggle time with our little pup while we hit the beaches of the Caribbean but Lulu has other ideas!

She hates it when we pack out suitcases
Sharing our workouts below, we had some visits to the gym using the bike and elliptical machines and a few visits to the Physical Therapist.  Both of us have PT appointments tomorrow and hopefully some good news will be forthcoming.

Christine 
Currently training for: No races on the horizon
Training plan: N/A
Fitness goals/focus areas: Improving strength in my hips and quads and hamstrings to return to running

Mon, Feb 1st: Physical Therapy

Tues, Feb 2nd: 15 min stationary bike; barre class

Wed, Feb 3rd: Physical Therapy; 25 min elliptical; stretching

Thurs, Feb 4th: Rest day

Fri, Feb 5th: 30 min stationary bike; and; PT exercises; stretching

Sat, Feb 6th: 35 min stationary bike; PT exercises; upper body weights; stretching

Sun, Feb 7th: 30 min yoga; PT exercises

Pam
Currently training for: London Marathon
Training plan: customized training plan from Coach Sami
Fitness goals/focus areas: strengthening my hips to get back to running soon!

Mon, Feb 1st:  30 min strength with personal trainer, 30 min elliptical, 15 min bike

Tues, Feb 2nd:  Unscheduled rest day due to bad cold

Wed, Feb 3rd:  45 min elliptical, 15 min stationary bike

Thurs, Feb 4th: Strength work- planks, crunches and PT work

Fri, Feb 5th:  45 min elliptical, 30 min treadmill

Sat, Feb 6th: 30 min strength with personal trainer, 45 min elliptical

Sun, Feb 7th:  Jillian Michaels Yoga DVD

Did you have a race or great workout last week?  We would love to hear about your great run since we aren't able to at the moment.
(Pam)

36 comments:

  1. When I first started training with my coach, I was shocked and humbled by how weak my left side was compared to my right. It really explained why I kept injuring that side. I still suffer more on that side than on my right. We really focus on the glutes for my training. All this hard work seems to have helped keep me moving.

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    1. I think strong glutes are really important for runners. This year I plan to make great strides in improving my overall strength and hopefully I can avoid these types of injuries in the future.

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  2. I'm a little lop-sided, too. My PT told me my right hip is much tighter, which is probably why my left side is always the one with issues (hamstring/glutes/piriformis). Crazy! It makes me wonder if that is (partially) what is going on with you? Our bodies have this crazy (survival) mechanism to over-compensate when something isn't right...too bad it's mostly sub-conscious and we can't figure it out until after the damage is done ;-)

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    1. Absolutely agree about the over compensation and my ortho doctor is pretty sure that is what happened to me. On a good note, my IT band seems to have healed up nicely!

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  3. My cats hate it when we bring the suitcase out too. They've figured out what it means. What did you think of the Jillian Michael's yoga DVD? I've done the one she has on You tube and really like it but haven't tried the full DVD.

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    1. I do like the DVD, but honestly, I think there may be other Yoga DVD's that would be better. I plan to do some research and will let you know when I try some new ones.

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  4. Glad to hear/read that you're on the mend! Sometimes I'm shocked by how much I struggle to do certain exercises, and I totally feel like a weakling, too. Our dog is just starting to seem to understand what the suitcases mean, too...he has actually tried pulling things out while we're packing! I am soooo jealous that you're training for the London Marathon right now, BTW!!! ;)

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    1. That is so funny your dog tries to unpack your suitcase. Lulu just sits there waiting to be included, and it makes me feel bad.

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  5. Oh I hope you both get healed soon!

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  6. Sorry about the Bursitis in your hip! I had that several years back, and that was one of those times that a Cortizone shot with the 3 drug cocktail pain relievers in it, was a huge benefit for it. If you're struggling for relief on it, its definitely worth trying!

    Very cool you are training for the London Marathon, I have a feeling that will be one very memorable run! so fun too!!
    Caribbean? Okay, I am officially jealous! I could use some sand and turquoise beaches that just sound fabulous!

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    1. So I just ofund out today that it is not Bursitis but it was an inflames area due to my Gluteus medius (sp). So, that was one good thing I took away from my PT appointment today. Sadly, my Gluteus Medius was a big tight knot!

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  7. My dog does the same thing when we pack for trips. As soon as I bring out my suitcase he sits on top and sulks. He knows something up, but doesn't know if he's coming along or not.

    I had a few great runs this week, but terrible news about my goal race (canceled!). Have fun on your trip! Enjoy the sunshine!

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    1. Oh no, that's awful your goal race has been cancelled. Hopefully you can find a suitable replacement.

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  8. When I was struggling with IT band issues it would hit both legs at different times. I felt like such a fake when I would go to Dr or PT for the right leg and then the next day it would be pain in the left leg. It seems as if it was always something. Hopefully you will be pain free enough to enjoy your vacation!

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    1. Luckily for me, the IT band seems to be much improved and now it is the Gluteus medius muscle that is super tight and inflamed. Hopefully by the end of the week, with icing and stretching it will be feeling much better.

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  9. I had a great run Sunday, doing 8 x 1 miles repeats. I hit all my time goals. Am tired today and with the crappy weather, not sure how I am going to fit everything in this week. Rain, rain, rain. And wind. Yuck.

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    1. Wow, congrats on hitting all your paces. Your workout sounded interesting and fun and weather was nice too. Keep in mind that race day could be rainy so those rainy runs will have you prepared for any weather.

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  10. Sorry to hear that neither of you is running right now. Been there done that with ornery hamstrings, ITB, weak hips etc. Keep focusing on strength and rebalancing and you'll be up and running again soon!

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  11. I totally hear you on the upper body strength. I am so weak and definitely need to focus on that area! Hope the PT appt's go well for both of you! Sorry about the opposite knee, Pam...I know it will get better soon!!

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  12. I know it is not fun being off running, but hopefully all the hard work will pay off soon. I had bursitis abut 3 years ago, I did a lot of very small hip stretches every time I worked out. It did take a few months to for that burning to go away, but it has never returned!

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  13. Nice job getting all that strength training in- hopefully it will help with the injuries!

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  14. Awww, your dog is so cute. I have an outdoor cat. He doesn't get involved in packing but he knows something is up when we put out the auto feeder on the porch and then he gets very clingy and meow-y. It will be good to be back home. Nice work on the strength training. Sometimes I think the running breaks are blessings in disguise as they force us to work on stuff we might normally neglect or de-emphasize.

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  15. Cute pup :) I am training for my first marathon this spring - and running a big race, like a marathon, in another country sounds like an amazing experience! I have been incorporating more strength training to mix up my routine and get stronger. Have a great week!

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  16. Aw! Your doggie doesn't want you to leave! My cats also camp out in my suitcases when I get them out. Great week given that you're not cleared for running yet.

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  17. I was very weak in my upper body in high school, but got better. Then I thought I was good but all the little movements at Pure Barre proved me wrong. My arms are always jello after a class.

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  18. Sounds like the two of you have a similar workout schedule even through recovery.

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  19. Great job with your strength work!! I hope your running gets back to where it was soon, it's tough going through PT but it looks like you're doing great!

    So funny how pets always try to block us when we want to pack!

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  20. You two look plenty busy even without running, keep up the great work! Enjoy that vacation!

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  21. Great job with your strength training and PT visits!! I've sure had my share of them too!! Can't wait to get back running! It makes you appreciate it for sure. Hope you hear good news :)

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  22. Ahhhh, the Caribbean! So jealous! Say hi to Captain Jack Sparrow for me! ;)

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  23. Aww look at that sweet baby! Did you say a vacation in the Caribbean? That sounds amazing! I know it will be so much fun and relaxing! Keep up the great work with your PT and strength training I know yall will be back to running very soon! I've been incorporating several of your suggested exercises in my routine as well. Safe travels and thanks so much for linking up with us!!

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  24. Lulu is just like my Mini. She gets on top of (or inside) my suitcase. I hope you enjoy your Caribbean vacation. That sounds like the perfect thing right now, especially since we are having our coldest night tonight. I'm glad to hear your ITB is healed. Mine is so much better -- dare I say the problem is over? It may be too early to say. I am working diligently on my left weak hip at PT though. I hope both of you will be returning to running very soon. Thanks for linking with us!

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  25. Lulu is super cute! I used to have a little house dog and I sure miss her! No races for me last week. Looks like you both had a great week of doing things besides running. I hope you are both able to get back at it soon.

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  26. Lulu is so cute! She looks like she's trying to say "I'm sure they won't notice me if you just smuggle me in your suitcase. I'm little!" I hope y'all had a great time on your cruise! I had a good run on Sunday. It was just an easy run with my friend, but I finally felt good. After several days in a row of feeling exhausted and crummy, it was nice to have a run where I could just enjoy being out there.

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  27. I hope you're both back to running soon! It sounds like you're keeping busy and getting stronger, though.

    I'm enjoying getting stronger, and loving myPrecision Running class at the gym. I never thought I'd like hill and speed work so much :)

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