Why, yes, it has been a long time since I have written a post. Thanks for noticing.
There is so much that has happened, just none of if has been running. Or hiking. Or walking.
So let's temporarily change the name of my blog to Now I'm Not Running and just get on with it, shall we?
So I was chugging away at the stationary recumbent, as you recall, and decided that it was just a darn good time for me to buy that bicycle I have always wanted. Making a long and not-very-interesting story short, I got hooked up on a 2015 Giant Alight 1. It's a pretty sweet "fitness hybrid" just meaning it's great for pedaling fast and getting a workout but doubles as a commuter. I haven't actually commuted anywhere, but I have been getting in some fun (though shorter than I would like) rides. There is a substantial network of bike paths in my area - the entire path I took (below) is comprised of designated bike paths and though I used to run these exact same loops, I definitely appreciate it differently now.
I'm still getting the hang of it (steering, using the gears, etc.) but I will definitely post more updates.
When I was a kid I swam on a swim team. I was never very good, but I was competent, at least at the breast stroke. Fast forward to adulthood. It's been 20 years (literally) since I swam laps. And let me thank my dear friends with a pool in their backyard who saved me the utter embarrassment that would have been me swimming in public. I think their pool is maybe 10-12 yards. And I could make it to one end and back before resting. Basically I would have been that person stopping in the middle of the junior Olympic pool to hold on the the side, or - even worse - the rope. Can you imagine?
I realized later (after watching a man twice my size effortlessly swimming laps at the pool in Vegas) that I was not floating, and instead, when swimming freestyle, each stroke felt like a combination of moving forward and staying above water. I was better at breast stroke, but my shoulders are definitely weak, and I wasn't able to pull all the way around on my stroke. It was still a great 20-minute workout, but I am way below par for reaping any sort of aerobic benefit.
It's supposed to be nice and toasty in So Cal this weekend so I will definitely be hitting up the pool for some more workouts!
I started physical therapy for my ankle and it's quite lovely. Twice a week I get up early and go to work on my hip/core/leg strength and get some stretching on my calves and ankle. It's definitely not what I expected when I started. I expected heel raises and some stretching. I have been doing a lot of hip bridges, some planks, and have been getting on the Reformer. The dorsiflexion in my left ankle (which is the angle at which I can pull my foot back towards my shin) has gone from -5% to 7%. By comparison, my right ankle is 15% and at least 10% is required for normal running biomechanics. I know I am losing running-related fitness, but when I come back to running, I will be strong in areas I was previously weak, and will be able to focus on getting back that endurance instead of wondering what my next injury might be.
My Fitness Pal
I was not overweight to begin with, but I definitely had a few more pounds on me than I would have liked and it was only going to get worse if I continued my current habits. I started logging my food and exercise on My Fitness Pal. What a world of difference it makes. I lost the first 2 pounds almost immediately, and those were the biggest problem. It sounds backwards, but I really wanted to use this time I'm not running to lose weight. When I run, I get extremely hungry. When I'm not running, I really can live off 1200-1500 calories a day easily. Granted, I am eating a lot of soup. I might write an entire post on my MFP experience.
So that's the major updates. I hope to elaborate on them all one day at a time, since I'm not changing back the name of my blog any time soon.
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