It is incredibly hard to write weekly updates when you are recuperating from an injury, because so very little happens that is worth writing about.
For the month of January, I was pretty limited in what I could do - bike and elliptical workouts were about it, and while those have gone pretty well, they have been achingly dull.
What I will do is hit you with the fun stuff that I’ve managed in that time.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
This is the big one. On January 25th, I got to attend the Meet Your Match Party, where I met my Patient Partner and his family. Well, part of his family. My Patient Partner is Ian, who is 12 and from Billerica. He is a huge Bruins/hockey fan, and has an infectious smile and energy. He was so wonderfully enthusiastic during the icebreaker games we did. He and I ate a lot of ice cream sundaes. Too many, really. His dad, Bill and his older brother, Michael were also there. His mom, Justine, and little sister, Mckayla were at gymnastics, so I haven’t had the chance to meet them yet, but we hope to change that soon!
Monday, January 27, 2014
On the 27th was my indoor ultimate team’s last game of the season. I showed up with my stuff, not sure whether or not I would play, but I ended up feeling like I could manage, and for the most part I did. My aerobic capacity was not great, but my foot felt well. I made some of my finest plays of the season, including a few nice defenses of deep passes. We ended up losing by two, which is a bit of a bummer, but it also resulted in us having an absurd record / +/-. We were 3-8, but our +/- for the season was only -2. We scored 275 goals, and we gave up 277. You’d think we’d have won a close game at some point, but you’d be wrong.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
First track workout! Getting to Tufts and parking was surprisingly easy. The workout, less so! I met some great people, the names of whom I cannot remember (except Chris and Amy, but that’s because they were at my table at the Meet Your Match Party). I guess I’ll have to reintroduce myself next week.
The workout consisted of 16 400s at 10K race pace, with a 200 jog between. For me, coming back from injury, was about 2:10-2:20 400m and 80 to 90 second intervals. I got out a little too fast, running 2:00 for my first two 400s, but I settled in nicely after that. I finished strong, coming in on 1:58 for my last 400. All told, with warm-up and cool-down, I put about 7.5 miles in, which I did not expect to be able to do as comfortably as I did. (Note: comfortable and easy are very different words here; this run was difficult)
By the end, my foot felt pretty good. A touch of swelling, but that abated pretty quickly once I stopped running.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Signed up for a Y membership. Pool workouts, here I come!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Because I was working 3-11:30, I couldn’t go to the track workout. Instead, I went to the Y, in the hopes of swimming. But there was a swim meet or something, so I went to the fitness center. I did a grueling 12 miles on a stationary bike, which isn’t that interesting, but this one had an insane interactive portion.
Not only does it put you on an actual course, you have to actually steer, and actually shift gears. And on the particular course I chose, there were dinosaurs. Yes, you read that right. Dinosaurs. Pterodactyls and brachiosauruses and tyrannosaurus rexes and what not. It was bizarre. And I’m pretty sure the virtual cyclists I was racing against cheat.
After that, I lifted, which I had not done much of in a long time. Mostly legs, some core stuff. I’ll save you the
embarrassing boring details about how weak certain parts of me are.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Today, I went to the Y and did a little impromptu circuit. I started with 40 minutes on the elliptical, then did 20 minutes of hard, hard hills on the bike (I did not realize the resistance level could go to 25!) and then ran a 5K on the treadmill. It wasn’t a pretty 5K, but I got it done in about 29:50, which would be a personal best if it were a real race. I had the incline set to rolling hills, because I know treadmills are treacherous if you don’t vary the incline.
(Bi-)Weekly Mileage: 10.6 (~40.6 to date) on foot; ~40 on bike, ~10 elliptical.
Weekly Fundraising: $0 ($55 to date)
Fundraising has not gone so well yet. Frankly, being injured and unable to run really diminished my enthusiasm at times. Meeting Ian and getting back on my feet - at least partially, has renewed my energy and enthusiasm.
Please, donate by clicking here, or by clicking the Donate to Dana-Farber link up top!