04 August 2011

Jury-rigging a Training Plan and Searching for Serenity

What do you do when life throws monkey-wrenches into your plan? How about four monkey-wrenches in 2.5 weeks time?


1About 3 weeks ago, I was rear-ended while driving my kids home from swimming lessons right in down the street from my house. I was still, and the other guy was moving very slowly... he "was just looking in his glove box". Like that's an excuse :P Nonetheless, it was a jolt. It caused back spasms that made my hip hurt in the way it used to hurt. Not good. I couldn't run.

Luckily, I already had an appointment with my way over-booked PT three days later. She worked her ART magic on me and I was able to get in two medium-ish, easy runs before...

2My 9-year old daughter accidentally tripped me while I was walking down a hill carrying my 2-year old. So as to not smash the little one by taking a tumble, I lurched, lunged, twisted... and wrenched my back again :(  It took several days to get another PT appointment.

After 2 PT appointments and a massage all within 4 days, I felt nearly normal. I was 'approved' for running but told to keep 'em short. I got one in Monday and one in Tuesday.  Then...

3My oldest son closed the car door on my foot Wednesday morning. Fortunately, it wasn't too bad... just a little bruising. This was followed by...

4I sliced my baby toe up on the weather-stripping on our front door that evening. A good amount of blood for such a small appendage... and not a single character bandaid in sight. Thank goodness the plain one worked ;-) But it still hurts.

Here I am now, a little worse for the wear, and Hood to Coast just three weeks away! And let's not forget about my half-marathon in the beginning of October... a bit over 9 weeks away. It has been a frustrating and depressing couple of weeks Chez XL.

I need to scrap my original training plan for now. No way could I run 11 miles this weekend.

I was able to get out on the bike several times and not aggravate my back, and the very few runs I was able to do felt pretty darn good... so yay for that :) For now I have instructions to not go over 7-8 miles in a single run before Hood to Coast at the end of this month... but I have been okayed to do more than one run in a single day... provided my hip handles it well.

New goal:

Stay healthy and uninjured.

Find a plastic bubble to live in, 


surrounded by foam peanuts.


New jury-rigged training plan:

 For this new jury-rigged program, I will be relying on :

  • more frequent, shorter runs (some two-a-days) and a little more speed work
  • tossing in several bike rides and 'bricks'
  • adding in more of my favorite P90X routines of x-stretch, Core Synergistics and Plyometrics 
  • probably tossing in some of Tony's arms, chest and back work also after my embarrassing little flexing video the other day. 

It'll be the One-Day-At-A-Time Plan... who knows what disaster might be lurking around the corner :P


God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the strength to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

I can do this.

I will do this.

With a smile on my face.

16 comments:

  1. Um yeah, get that bubble right quick, lady!

    About a month before my marathon I hurt my foot and couldn't get in several key runs. I was stressing out about it constantly. In the end, though, you do what you can and rely on what you HAVE done to get you through. Good luck!

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  2. Those are a rough couple of weeks! Aren't bad events supposed to come in threes? This should mean your good for awhile now!

    Stay safe!

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  3. yikes! you've had some bad luck these days! love the serenity prayer--great attitude for situations like this one!

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  4. Plan looks good. You'll totally be fine.

    Is that an eco-friendly bubble and peanuts? Better be...

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  5. Awww Marjorie, you've had some big run ins!. :( So sorry. But you have a plan and a will and from what I know about you, you are determined and motivated so go get' em' And yes, build that bubble before you get hurt again!

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  6. We were so meant to live next door to each other! I love how you are limited to a 7-8 mile run...geez...I ran 2.5 miles today and I felt like I had ruled the world. My trainer has me doing two 35 minute runs a day, the first: 1 min. sprints alternating with 1 min. moderate speed. Then the evening run, just easy running. Maybe if I wasn't huffing and puffing too much, we could chat as we ran these together...and I could carry/drag you home should you step into a pothole and turn your ankle. xoxoxo I love you. Does that seem odd? Are you scared of me now?

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  7. You just got all your bad luck out in one week. Yikes, I am sorry all that happened. But I like you mini revised plan. Heck, it better than most people's full plan! haha

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  8. Just found your blog -- loving it!

    Ugh. I've had weeks like that. Being conservative & just aiming to stay healthy is definitely the way to go. I'm sure you'll have a great relay!

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  9. Wow! That is crazy that you were hurt so much. I am so sorry! Your story reminds me of my sister, the runner. She has really hurt her knee, it seems, and is really bummed. She wants to run in the half-marathon in the winter SO BADLY. Know any knee tricks?

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  10. Wow, my mouth has been hanging open as I read all of that! OUCH!!!! Serenity prayer.. great one!

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  11. Wow! You've had some rough things happen to you! Hope you're feeling better soon :)
    P.S. Good call on the bubble and peanuts

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  12. Just discovered your blog. I am a runner...(have done two marathons) and I've had plenty of silly injurites too. One time I tripped over the edge of the carpet and broke my pinky toe while trying to get to a crying baby. I could not run for a couple weeks. :( Never done Hood to Coast, but I live in Oregon and would love to do it someday. I've done the Portland Marathon though.

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  13. (late blog hopper from ff)

    Thank you for sharing this. I am whining about an Achilles problem. I need to be more flexible about my training schedule and be thankful I don't live in a plastic bubble!

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  14. I am so jealous you're running H2C! I can't imagine the excitement of the anticipation of running that race.

    Good luck with your new training plan. Oh, and I'm a big fan of P90X. Love it!

    Thanks for linking up with Fitness Friday!

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  15. oh my goodness...:( And I thought that I had bad luck lately...hope nothing else happens! Good luck with your training!

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  16. I have just installed iStripper, so I can have the best virtual strippers on my desktop.

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