Wow this time of year is SO busy! I find myself saying “if I can just make it through today…”
- Weather has been gorgeous. Spring has sprung at last! We hit the links for the first time in ages.
- Track season is over! Thing 1′s team captured the conference championship and they’re being recognized by the board of education this week…yes another event to go to…but a good one!
- Thing 1′s final concert of the year was last week.
- We walked to end Lupus on Sunday. I ran Chicago 2010 on the Lupus Charity team. It was fab. They still have coveted Chicago marathon spots available if you’re interested.
- I’ve been squeezing in workouts. Mostly biking and strength training/corework.
- Several more volunteer obligations await before school’s out. Must learn to say no.
- We still have a lingering bug. The stomach flu a couple of weeks ago morphed into lingering colds. While Thing 1 is almost over it, Thing 2 is home with me again, I suspect an ear infection.
- I haven’t had a decent run or made it to the gym since the Wisconsin Half two weeks ago. This lack of running should make the Soldier Field 10-miler on Saturday very interesting, not in a good way.
- Track season may be over but now we’re in the thick of ice show rehearsals.
- Shoulder pain is still nagging. I haven’t been able to run more than a half mile before it hurts.
- I did not run the 5k I had scheduled for this weekend. Trying to let the shoulder and lungs rest up.
- Caveman and I are both profoundly tired, congested, stressed.
How do you juggle everything at busy times of year?
Last week was tough. After the freakshow that was the Wisconsin Half Marathon, thanks to my salsa funk shoulder, I knew running and I would need a hiatus. So I swapped my running shoes for my neglected bike.
I focused on what I could do, rather than whine about what I couldn’t.
For the week, running was out. Upper body strength work was hit and miss. While I can still do push-ups and planks, curls and any kind of overhead lifting are a no-go. Lower body strength however is in. Squat on!
Sometimes the universe has a way of protecting us from ourselves. To make sure I did not entertain the possibility of a run, the kids were sick. I wasn’t feeling so great myself. My immune system took a hit from racing and my body was fighting the bug. Plus it seemed like the school events I volunteered for came to roost. All. At. Once. To top it off, the week ended with the mother of all skating competitions.
- Sunday: Bike 20 miles easy
- Monday: rest
- Tuesday: 20 miles on the bike, lower body strength work
- Wednesday: Spin class with Dara Torres
- Thursday: 30 minute total body workout w/SworkIt app
- Friday: Consumed with volunteer work at school
- Saturday: Last and biggest ice skating competition of the season. Oh the tension headache. Plus I can feel the sludge building on my chest.
Some of you have asked about my rotator cuff tear. This is actually a re-injury. I originally tore it with an epic fall while ice skating. Although it never affected my running until now, it took literally years to heal to the point of being completely pain-free. Once a rotator cuff is injured, it is very tempermental. One wrong move can wreak havoc. The salsa funk class was that one wrong move.
How am I healing it?
- Rest. If it makes my shoulder hurt, I don’t do it. For now running falls in that category. Sigh.
- K tape. I feel so Kerri Walsh…minus the volleyball…bikini…and 6-pack.
- Alternating heat and ice.
- Light massage.
- Electrical stim. The Caveman, bless his heart, gave me an electrical stim unit of my very own. I’ve been stimming like a freaking mad woman.
All of this does not bode well for the Soldier Field 10-miler in less than 2 weeks. It will most likely be a fun run/walk at best rather than the redemption race I’d originally planned. But it is what it is. This too shall pass.
How was your weekend? Fun Mother’s Day moments?
Did you miss my Jawbone UP giveaway?
Did you sign up for the Run for Boston Virtual 5k? A little birdie told me a big, multi-prize winner will be drawn this week so early bird gets the worm!