Monday, January 14, 2013

Embracing Weight Training

It's amazing how my mood can change over the course of a few hours. I woke up this morning in a serious funk. My left foot, the one that had (technically still has) a stress fracture had been hurting ever since my two  mile run on Sunday. Not hurting a lot, but more than I was comfortable with. My hamstring, well, that's a whole 'nother story. I was googling everything I could think of last night to figure out what was up with that thing, but I'll get in to that in a minute.

As I was getting ready for my personal training session at the gym I looked at my new shoes and wondered if the worsening foot pain was because of running in the new shoes. Even though today wasn't a running day, I didn't wear my new shoes, instead opting for my Brooks Pure Cadence. My feet were happy. The cushioning felt good. I am going to ask my physical therapist about my new shoes, but I strongly suspect that I made a bad choice for a foot healing from a stress fracture. 

I had a great workout with my trainer. I really like her. We get along well and she works me hard but doesn't get all Jillian Michaels on me. I ask her eighty bazillion questions about exercise and it's so much fun to learn a ton every time I talk to her. We talked quite a bit about my goals and about what I can be doing in the gym to reach them. She thinks I need to be doing much less (or no) elliptical, working more on my strength, and that the limited amount I am running is enough for cardio exercise. Working in the weight room definitely gets my heart rate up and is (or at least, is supposed to be) enough exercise for me without grinding away for hours on the elliptical. I am excited to move in that direction, but still feel very unsure about using the weight machines and the weight room on my own without her guidance. Plus, the elliptical is so easy! I can read a magazine and listen to my music and watch tv all at the same time! And it's warm inside! Haha. Kind of funny to think that they gym has made me soft, no? This time last year I was pounding out miles in the freezing rain. 

Her advice got me thinking, though, because I am still battling a hamstring that is sore as ever (if not more so). Clearly it's not just the running that is making it that way, as I haven't run more than two miles at a time since the end of October and took a six week break from running all together not too long ago. So what gives, hamstring? I am wondering if the elliptical isn't doing me any favors, for one.

As I consulted Dr. Google last night I found two ends of the spectrum on hamstring issues. One was how to deal with a sore hamstring after a run (ice! rest!) and the other was how to deal with a seriously injured hamstring that is injured or torn and you can't put any weight on without being in pain (don't run for months! you're screwed!). I am somewhere in the middle, but I don't have an idea what my diagnosis is. It sounds like we're getting close to being out of options from my physical therapist's end and that she will be referring me on if we don't see any change soon with what we are trying. 


Kind of a two steps forward, one step back sort of deal.

In other news, I decided on a whim to re-start a twitter account. I haven't had one in several years, but I thought I would give it a go and see if it helps connect me with other folks who are running/injured/working out, or whatever else. If you want to follow me and have me follow you, check me out on twitter HERE, won't you? 


  1. Hi Sybil! How frustrating with the hamstring and I totally get what you're saying about the elliptical. I haven't braved weights yet (the trainer is creepy), but I branched out into a weekly spin class. I hope you get some answers and relief soon. I feel like I've been hurt and slow for the last 9 months and I'm ready to go back to my old self. Hope to see you soon at a race!

    1. Thanks Carla! That is great about the spin class. Bikes scare me. Even ones that are stationary, ha!


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