First order of business: Apologies to anyone who viewed my last post (on censorship) on the web. I didn’t realize right away, but some weird coding in the links actually chopped the middle part out, resulting in an awkward and confusing topic switch smack in the middle, for about 12 hours. But it’s fixed now. Sorry, folks.
Moving on: While I was all busy last week making random lists about myself and answering deep, philosophical questions about the world (or myself), I was also (gasp!) working out. And it actually ended up to be a pretty solid week, workout-wise.
Let’s go back 2 Sundays – as I alluded to in my “Days of New” post, my plantar fascia started feeling better last week. After deciding to treat it with things that made it feel good (support, stretching, rolling, brownies), but to otherwise stop thinking (errr…obsessing) over it, that finicky PF started making drastic improvements.
On Sunday (March 17), I went for a 6.5 mile run. No PF pain during the run, and it felt good for the rest of the day, even though we were bopping all over the place running errands.
On Monday morning, I did a spin/yoga double-header with the awesome Sherlin. If you have to do frog pose, you might as well giggle your way through, right?? [Frog pose = groin and hip agony. In a good way…]
On Tuesday, KMN and I went out for an evening run. This isn’t our usual habit, but he worked from home that day and had a few spare minutes in the evening. We ran about 4 miles on a sidewalk/canal path loop near our apartment. I was anxious to get back to the trails, but didn’t want to put too much extra stress on my arch, which was feeling pretty good. My IT bands were tight, but that was expected after Sunday’s run. And I had a little competition when I went to break out the new foam roller that night:
On Wednesday, I tried a pilates class at the gym: disappointing. I think the instructor was trying to teach a class appropriate to many levels, but never once did I feel like crying during the class. My face didn’t even contort. And I wasn’t sore the next day. The best part of the whole thing? I walked into the studio in bare feet (this is standard), and my plantar fascia hurt…not at all. Whoot. And my workout was salvaged by a good, hard spin class with Alan afterward. That RPM new release (58, I think?) has a LOT of sprinting intervals in it. Whew!
KMN and I usually spin on Wednesday evenings. The class we take finishes at 8:45, so I usually try to have something in the slow cooker, ready for us to eat when we get home, tired-and-ravenous, around 9:30. On this particular day, I had chicken soup in the slow-cooker, and I’d also set up the bread machine. In a hurry to get to class, I had grabbed my breadmaker cookbook, flipped through, and hastily picked a slightly new recipe: “Oh! French bread! That would be nice with soup!”
I started throwing ingredients in the pan on autopilot. When everything was added, I got to the actual text of the recipe, “Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until almost stiff and soft peaks are formed.” Where were my egg whites? At the very bottom of the pan, already under flour, gluten, sugar, salt, yeast…. Whoops! So I did what any busy, waste-not, want-not gal would do: Stuck the pan into the breadmaker, and started it up.
On Thursday, KMN and I went for another short (4.5 mile) run, on half trails/half road. Foot looooved the trails. Foot loved the road. I loved the foot. 🙂 In the evening, I dragged a cranky-pants Holly to yoga, and felt considerable better for it. This also helped me feel better:
I recently discovered that Sherlin teaches spin at another nearby branch of my gym, mid-mornings on Friday. Not a convenient time for most people – but perfect for me. I spun for 50 minutes, then rested/rehydrated/computed for an hour (thank you, Fitness First, for your handy lounges with Wifi!), then did BodyPump.
I really appreciate that BodyPump only has 2 (out of 9) tracks that focus on the legs. This means that I can get in a great upper body strength workout without killing my legs. Depending on the rest of my workout schedule, I may keep my weights super light (or go without weights entirely) on the leg tracks. This was the option I chose on Friday, just an hour after spin, and right before a long run on Saturday morning.
After the gym, I ran a few errands, snagged a little caffeinated pick-me-up, and made it home juuuust before a big rain storm. Good thing, too – because I hadn’t brought my umbrella.
So the take-away message here is that I had a solid workout week, and plantar fasciitis is still super confusing. For no particular reason (that I can identify), mine experienced a dramatic improvement on Monday and Tuesday, and was basically pain free from Wednesday onward. I wish I could tell you my secret…but alas, I have no stinkin’ clue. If I knew, I’d be bottling it up and selling it. Or giving it away. Because no one should have to deal with the frustration of PF. But for the moment, I’m feeling good. Bonding time with the foam roller and calf stretching will continue regularly, though, I can assure you!
And with that…well, with that, it’s almost time to write THIS week’s workout wrap up. Have a good one, folks!
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