Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Adjustments

There are a few reasons I dread summer vacation-- lack of structure, limited alone time and fighting children are three major reasons-- but also simply not being able to do my usual workouts in is enough to send me in to a tailspin. I am the kind of person who needs my workouts to just feel sane. They feel like a very concrete thing that I can focus on, and work hard on, that also challenges me and is something where my efforts always equal progress. There aren't very many other areas of my life I can say that about.

So, I am trying to adjust my attitude about summer. My new mantra surrounding my workouts is going to be "it's good enough". I want the focus of the workouts I can squeeze in to be good enough. Good enough to maintain my fitness level and my weight. I am not exactly sure how many/few workouts, and of what kind, will help me simply maintain, but I think even as little as 4 days each week of a mix of strength and cardio should be okay.

We'll see how this works out. I am sure I will be pulling my hair out by the third week of summer (oh, who am I kidding, I already was by the first day!) but I believe that setting an intention is a big part of the ultimate success. I want to feel successful even though my routine is taking a downshift.

The other thing ready to throw a wrench in to any plans I may have is that there is some growing concern that the reason I still have foot pain is that the previous stress fractures I have had just never fully healed. During a check-in with my PT last week she video taped me running and my form looks really solid (finally!). My hip/glute strength is where it should be. There is no area of weakness/imbalance right now that would explain my foot pain. It seems now that the only thing that explains it is that it just isn't healing.

If this is really the case, then I have two options. Slap on a boot and stay off of it for 6-8 weeks or keep it out of a boot but do not run for at least four months. My problem is that even when I am not running I am extremely active, walking at least 10,000-12,000 steps a day. Guess it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that won't help a stress fracture heal. We're also discussing a few other things to get my slow-to-heal bones to hurry up and heal already, but I have less than no time to look in to new treatments over summer break. It will have to wait until the fall.

So, I will train carefully and run Ragnar, and if that goes well, then I can keep running. If it doesn't go well, then I have some tough decisions to make. 


  1. How long is your summer? I feel you, girl. It can be rough. Can you leave your girls home alone at all? I will say a prayer that your foot heals for Ragnar. xx

  2. Can't wait to read more about Ragnar! I struggle with PF and it is a fine line between training and healing. I have two more halves (just ran Seattle this weekend) and I am hoping I can complete them without too much difficulty and pain. Godo luck!


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