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Thursday, November 18, 2010

OK, I haven't blogged for a while. Have been too busy remembering how much fun all the other non-running exercise can be once you get back into it. I was not allowed to run for 6 weeks. Well, I did not run. Not at all, until one day before my doctor's appointment. Because I wanted to tell him what it felt like if he asked me.

So, I swam. Luckily for me, as a former swimmer/swim coach/swim instructor, a mile is and always will be my base. I can always do a mile in a pool. I had a couple isses with swimming though. When it's not summer, it's hard to find goggles, caps, etc. I have goggles. They leak. I need a cap - my hair goes down to the middle of my back. So I didn't swim as much as I should have. But when I get the opportunity to get new goggles and a decent cap, I am going to get back into the pool.

I also mounted my road bike and rode for 45 minutes or so per day whenever I didn't swim. I did that last year, and it really helped me with my strength in the injured leg without impact. It was fun, because I can read while I do it - can't really hear the TV because my bike is loud (the bike stand is not the high-end super quiet model). But that's OK.

And about 4 weeks in, I added the elliptical trainer to the mix. I don't really like it, but I did it anyway. Around this same time, I added 3 mile walks in the morning.

I took my calcium, 1000 mg a day, and added a multivitamin. Apparently I can be healthy but not really.,... One of the major contributors to stress fracture is poor nutrition!

And, I strength trained. Regularly for 6 weeks. Well, not too much legs - couldn't do that. But I did abs/core and upper body.

So I remained in shape. However, I don't feel like I'm in great shape right now. I have not done as much cardio as I was doing while marathon training. I don't know - just don't feel like it. I even lost a little weight while not running, but I don't feel in very good shape.

So, now here's what's up. I'm planning on keeping my runs short 3-4 miles in distance and only 3 times a week. My plan is to work on pace - trying to remember what it feels like to run 10's or 10:30's. Hopefully by limiting the number of runs and the mileage, I will be able to do this without getting hurt - yet again. I'm also going to get my workout DVD's out and use them more often, along with the other cardio I'm doing.

Anyway, I did run a 5K on the 14th (mainly because my running group was paying my entry, and I got a shirt and beer tickets). And I did the 3.16 K in 33:33 which was about 10:27 pace! It was not even close to my fastest 5K (26:30), but I did a race paced in the 10's! That's all I really care about. I guess I feel like my body has forgotten what it feels like to be fast, and I need to teach it, slowly but surely.

I am sorry I haven't been the best SparkFriend to everyone out there - I have taken a little hiatus from Spark, but am trying to get on here more often, like I used to. I do miss everyone, and I miss the little "email messages" that told me that my SparkFriends were replying to my posts. I will try harder. I spend lots of time on Facebook, so if anyone wants to friend me, my name is Molly Good....
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    Nice job following the doctor's orders, as much as I'm SURE you didn't want to. It sounds like you did a great job of keeping fit with other activities though I certainly understand feeling out of shape because your way of judging that is so running-centric. You'll get back there, the important part if you've let your body do what it needed to do. Glad to hear you're now back out there!!

    And I love cheese, too.
    3478 days ago
    I love this blog, because I can really relate to almost everything you say--- I don't know, but I'm injured like non-stop and I hate it and I think I'm being conservative and things are looking up and then my leg tighted up again on Monday... like really?

    I think your plan is totally reasonable and sounds really fun- that feeling about not being in shape is something I just learned to live with.. kind of like temporarily accept, because it didn't seem worth being upset about--- once you're healthy, build up your pace and feel good for good-LOL- you can start slowly to focus on getting to the next step and along the way you might learn that you are in better shape than you actually thought.

    Good luck and I'm excited that you'll be on here more often- I sure love reading your blogs emoticon
    3478 days ago
    Great job, maintaining fitness goals are very important but so is having a good healthy diet. You have got to fuel the body for the workouts as well.
    3479 days ago
    Molly, glad to hear your survived 6 weeks without running and are back on track. Interesting to know about the nutrition - stress fracture link. I just blogged about how my diet this week has been cr@p, so I will take your experience to heart.

    GREAT job on the 5k! Wishing you a strong running winter and keep enjoying that cross training!
    3479 days ago
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