Monday, May 26, 2014

I'm back!

I was going to write one of those "What I did last week" posts, but it was boring even to me. So I'll just hit a few of the highlights.

After a strong start the first week, I had let my Weight Watchers plan lose a lot of steam, and I want to do better this week.  I have been experimenting with the Simply Filling plan here and there.  I made up a big batch of Spanish brown rice on Friday (Sorry, Margo, didn't try your recipe because I didn't think I could find the product you used).  Having the leftovers made doing SF very easy yesterday -- I made one of my Chipotle-style rice bowls with it and some rinsed canned black beans.  I'll give a longer review of Simply Filling once I have more time to play around with it, but I like it a lot so far.

 The hamstring is getting better. Yesterday I did a 10-mile bike ride with my husband in the morning, and swam with my Masters' group in the evenings.  It felt good to be training like a triathlete again. I really enjoyed the swim -- because of the light turnout, our coach had us do a time trial, and then gave us all different starting times so that we could race.  I was the fastest woman out of four by a few seconds in the time trial, but even though I sped up a little in the race, I didn't win.  It was fun to work out with intensity -- that's what I really miss when I'm limited by an injury.

The sports medicine doctors want me to try a return-to-run program, so I have done the first couple of days of the Ease into 5K program.  It's even more gentle than the program they recommended. Running is the only thing that seems to test the injury now, and even that is not too bad, so I think it's healing nicely. I'm still babying it -- not coming close to the three days per week that the doctors' recommended program would have me run.

My massage therapist has me doing some toe exercises to help build up my foot strength.  She thinks that imbalance there is the root cause of all these problems.  She also wants me to wear my Yoga Toes  each night to help with my bunions. She suggested that we do some kettlebell work together after she has a chance to evaluate me, and I think that would be fun. I find regular weight lifting so dull unless I have someone to do it with. Again, I need that intensity, or at least some social interaction.

Once I finish up this post I'm going out for Day 3 of Ease into 5K, and then spending the day with family by the pool.  I love this gorgeous weather -- it makes it easy for me to get my steps in!

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