I think I was so depressed in my non running state that I didn’t really feel like giving a training update last week. I’ll suck it up and then fill you in on what’s going on. Sneak peek: officially one week since I’ve been on a run.
Monday (1/7): Sick. nada.
Tuesday (1/8): still sick but did go to Pilates Mat 2 and started Best Body Bootcamp (BBB).
Wednesday (1/9): still sick but private pilates session.
Thursday (1/10): 2 mile treadmill walk (still sick) BBB weights workout.
Friday (1/11): Finally felt better. 5 mile run around Austin. Felt slow, but no pain.
Saturday (1/12): rest
Sunday: 3M Austin 1/2 marathon. The PR that wasn’t. Whatever happened to my hip, really sucked.
Post race in Austin I hobbled. I limped around to brunch looking as though I had just run a marathon. Usually a half marathon doesn’t affect me, but this was miserable. I iced, I foam rolled, I stretched, I repeated. And repeated.
I luckily had a massage and chiropractor appointment already scheduled for Monday (the hip has been bothering me on and off since Kiawah). My chiro adjusted me (I was extremely tight on my right side again) and said I should hopefully feel better by Wednesday. If not, it was time to call a orthopedist. His instructions were to ice on and off for the rest of the day.
I did just that. Except late that night I noticed my right hip was really, really swollen. I called the chiro Tuesday morning, he gave me a hip doctor to call, and I had an appointment on Wednesday. Conclusion: he thinks it’s weak hips and butt (it has a fancy name but I can’t remember), which is very common for women. I knew this, because my IT Band gave me fits 2 years ago and I was in PT for this very thing. He ordered an MRI for Thursday to be safe on the diagnosis and rule everything else out. I was told no running but biking and pilates are okay.
I had no idea an MRI took so long. 3o minutes of scanning and not moving a muscle. As of today, I’m still waiting to hear back on the results. DON’T self diagnose. My WEBMD self has determined I have a fracture, a torn muscle, cancer, or bursitis. I’m hoping it’s just a muscle tear-but a week later, it is still somewhat swollen.
So here’s what I did last week.
Tuesday: Pilates Mat 2 and BBB workouts that didn’t hurt the hip
Wednesday: private Pilates
Thursday: Pilates Mat 2 and BBB workouts that didn’t hurt the hip
Friday: Flywheel spin class.
Saturday: spin at the gym and BBB workouts that didn’t hurt the hip.
Yes. I am fly. Flywheel might be my new obsession (love that it includes a little Oiselle theme to it too).
If you haven’t heard about it, it’s basically a spin studio. The class is 45 minutes of intense riding-which intimidated the crap out of me at first. I’m not a biker and hate it. BUT, everyone is super nice and helpful. They help you set up your bike and walk you through what to expect.
Here’s what I love:
- You reserve online and pick out the bike/part of room you want to be in during class
- You get spin shoes to borrow and they are waiting for you at check in (if you register with your info)
- Lights are off and music is loud
- Computer monitors on each bike to tell you how fast you are riding-and the instructor gives your goals for how much to turn your dial and how fast to spin-all of it is on the bike
- All your data is saved online-you can immediately see how fast, how far, etc. you rode
- You can race if you choose to-set your data to public (online) and you can race your classmates
- FIRST CLASS IS FREE
I left the class dripping in sweat and on a total adrenaline high. Only downside is cost (and the initial bruising/soreness down there if you know what I mean). I already pay for a pilates and yoga studio/gym membership all combined into one. The gym part includes a spin class. I made myself try it on Saturday for a comparison. Major letdown. As a non-biker, I am clueless. I have to use my running shoes and all I heard all class was “turn that dial” without any real gauge of where I should be. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great workout too, I just eyed the clock the entire time and couldn’t wait for it to be over.
So, I sucked it up and bought several Flywheel classes. If I can’t run, I need to really enjoy what I am doing.
SarahOUAL posted last week about changing her hair and daring to post a pic of your worst haircut. So, I’ll share with you, even though I’m MORTIFIED by how I looked. This picture was taken at the beginning of my junior year (Bid Day with my BFF Jenny). My freshman year, I took in a pic of Neve Campbells haircut-it was cute and stylish. I somehow ended up with a reverse mullet (not shown) and it took forever to grow it out. For some reason, all of my sorority sisters had this fly out hair-do that I had. We lived by some Aveda stick product that helped hold the hair out. I thought I was hot stuff. Short hair and my extra 40 pounds I gained during college=not a good combo. Enjoy the laugh.
Speaking of hair, I’m loving my new Active Accessory bands. They come in a pack of 5 and have held up through all of my workouts-even running!
I’ve tried other brands like this and I’m impressed with how well they’ve held their elasticity AND don’t leave a bad mark/indention. They are also at a great price point-6 of them on sale for $9.99. I chose the Neutral set but there are 5 color options available. I usually keep one on my wrist at all times and people think it’s a bracelet-luckily they are cute!
Enough about my hair and flywheel. Back to what’s really bothering me. I’m hoping to hear about my hip soon. I am trying to stay positive and keep up my cardio but I can’t help think about the weeks I am losing in my marathon training. I know whatever happens, happens. And if I can’t run the Eugene full there will be PLENTY of other marathons in my future. I know I need to focus on my health. I continue to wonder “why me” and why can’t I just train and be pain free. I am envious of those who can.
Again, I know. There will be plenty of races and marathons in my future. I’m just ready to know what’s going on and how it will change this running season for me.
Spin or no spin for you? Have you tried Flywheel? Worst haircut? What do you do with your hair when you workout? How do you cope during injury?