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Injury = MORE Working Out???


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Monday, July 30, 2012

OK, first things first...yesterday I did the Olympic Workout, Day 2. I actually stayed up for the entire prime time broadcast last night and ended up getting a total of 50 minutes of strength training in. Here's the breakdown of what I did between 8pm and 11pm:

60 seconds high knees
30 tricep dips
45 supermans
20 mountain climbers
50 squats
30 bicep curls
20 reverse crunches
10 push-ups
3 (yes, THREE) 60-second planks (UGGGHHH!!!)
45 second wall sit
30 seconds of punches
10 bridges

I was pretty beat by 11pm. In fact, I snored all night because I slept so heavily (my husband had to keep shaking me awake). HAHA!

This morning you KNOW I was feeling it! I had to get up early, though, and head to physical therapy.

This therapy session was specifically for my posterior tibial tendon, which my ortho says is too weak to support my running. I met with my good old Physical Therapist, Tom (who taught me how to walk for the second time after my awful accident two years ago).

Honestly, I had considered skipping this appointment today because I thought, "Surely, there is nothing Tom can do for me until the MRI comes back Thursday. This will be a waste of time."

SO glad I went. Tom is just BRILLIANT, folks! He taught me more about my body and running in 20 minutes than I've learned in the past few weeks as I've devoured over 40 issues of Runner's World Magazine!

I was really touched at how very excited he was to hear about my running and my weight loss. He was genuinely proud of me and he told everyone else in the office how well I was doing and reminded them of my accident two years ago. It was very sweet. And it made me feel pretty great. He also helped me to understand how my body absorbs the shock of my extra weight when I run. And, I can't believe I never thought about this...but, as I have an extra 80 lbs or so on a normal runner, I am obviously going to break down running shoes faster. He suggested I purchase a new pair, with guidance from the experts at the running store. I could have been offended, but honestly...it was like, "DUH!!! Of COURSE my extra weight is going to affect my shoes more." Just this one piece of information was SO HELPFUL!

Then, he showed me how my right ankle does not have the range of motion that it needs to run correctly. I was, frankly, shocked. I hadn't realized there was so vast a difference between the work my left and right ankles were doing during a long run. Wow.

He showed me two stretching exercises that will help me gain more motion in my right ankle and will make my tendon and smaller muscles stronger so I can run with less pain.

Oh man...I could have kicked myself, you guys! Why? Because my wonderful trainer (ON2VICTORY) has been telling me to do these exact stretches for MONTHS now! And I didn't listen to him!!! Geez!

I got the all clear from Tom to do any exercise except running (or anything that involves my foot pounding on the ground) and I am scheduled to go back a few times for follow-up and functional strengthening. As he walked me to the check-out desk, we passed my ortho and Tom said to him, "I think we're gonna win this one!" I can't even tell you how encouraging that was to hear!!! I could have cried!

So, now I have the MRI on Wednesday and will meet with Dr. Reeves on Thursday to discuss the findings from that.

But that's not all!!! I immediately left that office and went to the gym and cranked out 30 mins on the elliptical (harder on my quads than I remember...good workout) and 30 minutes on the stationary recumbant bike (now THAT was a killer workout!) Burned about 300 calories and felt wonderful getting a good sweat going. Not the SAME as running, obviously...but it was nice to be able to DO something.

I'll be doing the Olympic Workout again tonight. I am in much better spirits now and I am a little in awe of the fact that I am now doing MUCH MORE exercise now that I'm injured than I was doing before...when I was running 20 miles per week. I'm pretty sure I'm going to mark that as a success!!!
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AMBER461 8/3/2012 9:43PM

  I am glad to know that you are doing a lot better since your accident, also to know that Tom is interested in you and you well beings along the fitness line. Continue healing and exercising. emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/3/2012 5:50PM

    Keep going. Great to see you featurted again in the Spark Mail. You're a STAR.

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MISSILENE 8/3/2012 9:47AM

    WOW THATS ALOT.

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You never fail to inspire us. Never let anything stop your progress. You are amazing!! Glad things are getting better

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MARYJEANSL 8/3/2012 12:14AM

  So glad to hear such positive things from your therapist! Hang in there - you are doing so well!

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WHITEANGEL4 8/2/2012 11:26PM

    So Excited that you have a doc with a person interest. So many just give you drugs and pass you on. Great to have one that cares about you........You will get there.

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MARIANNELK 8/2/2012 10:30PM

    Glad that Tom was so very helpful in your recovery & running problems. I know you will be stronger than ever when you are cleared to run again! Good Luck. I'm certainly rooting for you! emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 8/2/2012 9:20PM

    Ha! I said to use this time to work on other types of exercise. You are and loving it and being successful.
I KNEW you could do it when you set your mind to it. Just have to remember this when you get back to your running. I know (heard) there is nothing like it but- a well-rounded fitness plan is the best.

Also Glad to to that he was so knowledgeable and able to explain how everything works. Now I want to know.

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MILLEDGE2 8/2/2012 3:27PM

    You are an inspiration! Keep up the progress!

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MANILUS 8/2/2012 12:39PM

    So happy you have a good provider and hope! Great job doing what you can do for fitness and I hope you can get back to your passion as soon as your body is healed!!!

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TMOORE073 8/2/2012 11:29AM

    Hi!
I am so happy that you didn't cancel your appointment. Look at all the good information you got and all the good news! I have been thinking about you everyday & hoping everything is going good for you. I am really excited that you are still able to workout hard but you just have to change it up a bit. Sometimes change is a good thing. As I know from starting swimming. It does give our bodies a break to do something different physically & mentally. I hope all goes well tomorrow with your MRI. Will be praying for ya. There is hope. I started running again this week. You know about my sore knee. I have taken it very slow but been running know for 3 days straight! Woo Hoo! Still keep it wrapped up thou. Please keep me updated on how everything goes ok? God Bless!


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DEBK0923 8/2/2012 11:03AM

    great blog

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 8/2/2012 10:50AM

    Thanks for sharing your story , I was in a accident a little over a year now and can't workout at all till released from the doctors and just eating is so hard for weight loss only. Thanks for sharing it gives me hope !
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GINA180847 8/2/2012 10:47AM

    Sure glad you are feeling able and that you are getting the help you need.

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PENNYPACKER3 8/2/2012 9:52AM

    whew what a work out!

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LAURIE5658 8/2/2012 9:33AM

    Keep going girl!!!

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BESCATS 8/2/2012 9:23AM

    I was getting tired just reading the blog. emoticon
I use the elliptical at the gym too, and that's the machine I get the best workout on. emoticon
Your hope your ankle gets better soon. emoticon

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    emoticon news that you can stay active through the healing of your injury. emoticon emoticon

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WALLINMW 8/2/2012 7:44AM

  Great blog!

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WILMA42 8/2/2012 7:42AM

    WOW - I am so glad I found your post - just had an MRI for a runnng aggrivated injury and am finally getting the OK to be be back at the gym today for the same sort of routine you described -- hope things continue to go well -- I am learning that its when I hit the "bumps" and have to move out of my comfort that I am challenged to grow -- wish I had the foresight to realize that 4 weeks ago when the running was put on hold but better late then never

Happy Days to you :)

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PENOWOK 8/2/2012 7:41AM

    What fabulous news!! And you have a wonderful PT to really help and support what you are doing! Good for you for listening!

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LRSILVER 8/2/2012 6:58AM

    It is a tribute to you that you are modifying things so that this injury does not stop you from moving forward. Kudos!!

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SSHIRLCAL 8/1/2012 11:11PM

    Awesome love bring hard

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 8/1/2012 10:20PM

    Great news! Keep up the awesome work!

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RGPW30 8/1/2012 9:32PM

    good work!

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SJKENT1 8/1/2012 9:20PM

    shouting out YEAH!!! and hallelujah!!!

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LYNNIERN 8/1/2012 8:56PM

    Great Blog, Tom sounds like an awesome guy to have in your corner. Hope everything goes well with the MRI.
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ANGRITTER 8/1/2012 7:54PM

    I can only tell you that I came across your blog by just going to the blog pages and was going to try to cheer someone up or even cheer them on. Am so glad I read your blog because it made me cry. You see, I had an ortho appt today as well, but for a broken fibula and severely sprained ankle. My appt was a vast difference from yours. I blogged about it but am not going to go into the details on your page, but I wanted to let you know that I am so happy that Tom was so wonderful to you. Wish anyone I had met today was as nice as Tom. Actually, there was one lady who showed us which way to go to find the doctor. She was sweet. That was the last pleasant experience I had today in the 6 hours I was away from home. I didn't smile until I came home to my dogs.

Count your blessings and best wishes on a speedy recovery. You'll be running soon yet!

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SUSIEMT 8/1/2012 7:21PM

    Thank you so much for this blog! Very interesting!

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KLONG8 8/1/2012 6:21PM

    You are a WARRIOR, girl!



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SHIRE33 8/1/2012 6:04PM

    So great to hear! Some would just use injury as an excuse to give up. Not you! Very inspiring. : )



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EDELWEISS33 8/1/2012 5:55PM

    That sounds awesome!

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CASEYBABY510 8/1/2012 4:41PM

  You are so awesome!
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BECCAROCKS1 8/1/2012 4:32PM

    emoticon Loving the workout breakdown, I may add this to my day tomorrow x

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SHADOWTHECOWDOG 8/1/2012 3:58PM

  Huh, I never thought abut the shoes thing. I don't run, but race walk, and that little tidbit is good to know.
Keep up the good work!

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