Wednesday, May 6, 2020

WWW - Finally, Some Improvement

It feels like I've been writing a Wednesday Workout Update forever, oftentimes when I don't actually have a WWU to report.  But today I do, yippee!

Running is feeling a little bit better.  Somewhat easier.  Still only doing a mile, but that mile is showing improvement so I'll take it.  Doing a decent warm up walk is helping a lot, too - I usually get anywhere from a third to a half mile of walking before beginning my run.  After my run on Saturday, I recovered for a few minutes and then ran five short sprints in hopes of improving my cardio.  It's all baby steps but hopefully everything is working together so I can run successfully again.

A big victory for me, but sad at the same time for Jeff, is that I ran by myself yesterday!  You all know that I am a social runner.  But he'd gone out early in the morning for his normal 3 mile run and his calf ended up hurting so badly at one point that he walked home.  I was proud of him for not trying to run through the pain; he iced and rested it yesterday and will take the rest of the week off from running and hopefully it will get better.  Getting back to ME (haha), since I was dressed and ready when he limped home, I decided that I would go ahead and run.  It helped that it was daylight so I felt comfortable running by myself.  Jeff was my water station at the halfway point.  It was very warm and humid, and the sun was out, so my goal was to just get through it, and I did.  All. By. Myself.  I couldn't tell you the last time I ran solo.

Previous to his injury, on the days that I don't run, Jeff and I walk anywhere from 2 - 3 miles.  I look forward to the day when our scary statue park reopens and we can walk there because we pretty much know every inch of our neighborhood by now.

That said, you'd be wrong in thinking that between the walking and running I'd be losing weight.  My corona candy says otherwise.  One of these days I'm sure my anxiety will level off and I won't need it so often, but it's a weirdly odd and uncertain time to be around, so whatever it takes to get through a day is fine by me.

Speaking of uncertain times, our governor has started to allow certain business to reopen.  Not sure I agree with that (OK I don't) because reports are still coming in showing increased cases, but I can choose to continue to stay home and that's what we are doing.  Gyms have not been allowed to open yet; once my gym reopens I think I'll still wait a while to see how things play out with people huffing and puffing in a close environment.  Maybe I'm a little on the more paranoid side, but better safe than sorry, right?

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  1. Yay for your progress. I agree with you that it is too soon for gyms to be reopening. Here in Florida they are still closed. Florida is having a soft opening this week, in spite of cases of the virus going up.
    I am staying home except when I have to get groceries. I hope Jeff's calf heals quick! Jeff is wise to rest it.

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    1. My gym just did a podcast saying that when they are finally allowed to reopen, they are going to wait another two weeks, just to get their cleaning protocol in place. I appreciate that, but will still hold off on going back for a while.

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  2. I'm so glad you're getting out there and back to running! Poor Jeff, tho. I hope his injury resolves quickly. I'd be in a bad way if I wasn't able to run right now.

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    1. I know, it would be hard to lose your exercise now! He's a bit better but it still pulls when he walks. :(

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  3. Those early birds going back to the gym can be the canaries for the rest of us. I hope I'm wrong and it is safe to go out and about, but I'm going to err on the side of prudence and just lay low for a while longer. I'm so happy to read that you are enjoying running again.

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  4. Walking for a warmup is such a good idea! I should do that more often. I am glad you are feeling better with running and hope Jeff heals asap!

    I cannot imagine rushing back to the gym. I bet my boss will want me to. Eek. I am planning on putting a two month (or shorter) notice in when I go back. I think I am done teaching! :)

    But yes, we plan to be cautious when things reopen here, too!

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    1. I used to do a decent warm up walk and then got out of habit. I think it really helps me, especially with how stiff I am when I first start running.

      Interesting that you are finished with teaching at the gym! I don't blame you, that was a lot to do, and while I know you are a wonderful teacher (I can just tell), you know when it's time to let something go.

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  5. I’m staying home too! I’m not in a rush to go anywhere except maybe the beach but it’s still too cold for that. I’m proud of you for running alone. Renegade Shelley is still in there, she’s just been hibernating a bit ;)

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    1. I wore my Renegade shirt for my run today thanks to your comment. :)

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  6. That is a double victory...running AND by yourself!! Go you!

    I’m with you....I will still be practicing an over-abundance of caution even as things slowly start to reopen.

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  7. I cannot believe now that you can run, Jeff is injured!!

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