Pesto’s Training Log 6.19.16

This boot was (not) made for walking in a hot and humid VA summer
This boot was (not) made for walking in a hot and humid VA summer

Despite feeling a little salty that my first training log features an impressive total of ZERO running miles, it will be ok (you’re nodding in agreement, right?). The sun will rise again tomorrow, my coffee maker will automatically dispense at my convenience and I will embark on my fifth day without the boot of shame. Things could be much worse. 

As you will have noted from my intro bio last week I am currently off running due to a tibial stress fracture. Which is super shitty, but it has given me some time no, a lot of time to think about what worked well last cycle, and what I was missing. I’m not going to lie, it does feel good to sleep in past 5am and have a few extra glasses of wine – but I can not wait to get back into my running routine. Everything just feels so much better.

This week marked my third week of being in the boot/walking cast, and by Wednesday I decided that it was time to graduate from that and begin walking without so my calf doesn’t become any weaker. This is my fifth non-running week and the next ten days until I go see the specialist again can not go fast enough. This lack of endorphins is making me a little cranky.

Monday – Pool running workout. 10 minutes easy warmup, 14x 1min30 hard effort with 30sec recovery between each. 20 minute easy. How I judge good pool workouts … how quickly does the time go??  This one flew by!

Tuesday –  Medicine ball exercises and abs at home.

Wednesday – Pool running workout. 10 minutes easy warmup, 15x 2min30 hard effort with 30sec recovery between. 10 minute easy. I had originally planned to do 7 reps but somehow did 15. Brilliant thing about pool running is that it’s not hurting my shin so I can (I think…) do whatever I want until exhaustion.

Thursday – First full day without the boot, so naturally I wanted to try my luck on the Cybex Arc Trainer (very nice elliptical at the school gym) – did 60mins on that pain-free. 60mins of weights and abs. 30min easy pool run.

Obsessions & confessions of a broken runner
Obsessions & confessions of a broken runner

Friday – Pool run ladder workout. I love ladders (much more on the track) but the pool will do for now. 10min warmup, 2x (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2,1min hard) 30seconds between reps and 2mins between sets. 10min cool down.

Saturday – 60mins on arc trainer and 45minute pool run with 4x5mins at tempo-ish pace with one minute easy between.

Sunday – 2.5 mile walk with dog and hubs. Yes, I am logging this, judge away. Abs and medicine ball exercises. 4 hour sleep at pool, because the walk really took it out of me.

My main goals at this stage of the game, in order of importance:

1) Not do something stupid that will delay the healing of my shin

2) Keep a positive outlook and not get too down about this, my shin is healing, I need to stop being a baby

3) Pool run 4-5 days a week

Somehow I managed to address things in a reverse order this week. I succeeded with goal #3 and did a decidedly average job at the other two. Something to work on for the week ahead!

Happy Running 🙂

I am currently working on my Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience while sipping on wine & coffee in Northern Virginia. Together with my husband and Rhodesian Ridgeback, Gracie we battle to keep the Tupperware cupboard organized for more than two days at time. I recently ran my first marathon (2:51) and am excited for what is to come. I like to ramble about running post injury, finding a work-life balance and running quickly.

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  1. I understand how awful that walking boot is! I was in mine for 6 weeks. I logged walks too. 🙂 While I was recovering, I truly thought the world was ending, but looking back, I should have relaxed more. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’ll bounce back in time. The stress is not worth it!