A bum back and a bum shoulder kept me down a bit this week. That’s life, right? You do the best you can with the time and resources you have. My body may not have been at 100%, but I did fit in as many workouts as possible while balancing another week of foster parenting. No heroics, just getting it done.
On the topic of my shoulder, I found out this week that it looks like I will probably need surgery. After getting my MRI results back, that seems to be the route it is heading. I have a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon on October 17th, at which time I’ll know for sure. I was a little surprised, but there is a lot going on in my shoulder (a bunch of cysts, bad tendinosis, a probably labrum tear, and changes to my collarbone). It makes sense that I am having so many problems, but it is still always sort of a surprise to hear you need surgery. I’ll let you know when I find out for sure!
Monday, October 2, personal training – full upper body: Although I thought my back was cured when I did my long run last week, it wasn’t. In fact, my run ended up making it worse, although I didn’t feel it while I was running. My back wasn’t in a position to run on Monday, so I just focused on the gym instead. The workout was nothing special since my shoulder is really limiting what I can do these days. My physical therapist and I discussed all of the movements I do at the gym and I’ve been cleared to do most of them, with modified (ie much lighter) weights for the time being.
Tuesday, October 3, unexpected OFF: I had intentions of going to the gym, but a lengthy parent-teacher conference and some other fostering stuff took up my entire afternoon. Oh well! Win some, lose some.
Wednesday, October 4, 4-mile run, personal training – legs: My back was finally feeling well enough, and I enjoyed 4 solid miles with Pearce on Wednesday morning. I would prefer to be running 4 days a week, but the last few weeks, I’ve only been able to manage 3. Still, I’m mostly feeling pretty good. Personal training was leg day, which was a sweaty and rude awakening after not being able to move around too much previously because of my back. The good news is that it all felt pretty good! Lots of lunges and squats, as always!
Thursday, October 5, personal training – deadlifts: I had a GREAT deadlifts workout this week! They don’t bother my shoulder at all since I don’t have to move it very much, thankfully. I was able to do 5 sets of 10 sumo squats with a 70 pounds kettlebell, plus 5 sets of 10 deadlifts at 100 pounds – and it felt much easier than last week. Slowly getting stronger!
Friday, October 6, 4 mile run, personal training – full upper body: I felt like a giant pile of garbage during my run on Friday. It’s fun how that happens, right? No. I felt so out of shape and gross. My diet has been really bad lately for no good reason, and I think it is starting to catch up to me. Hopefully I’ll be inspired to fix that soon! Personal training was ok, but I had intense physical therapy on my shoulder on Friday morning and it always hurts after that. I did do my highest weight ever on tricep pull downs – 80 lbs! And it honestly felt pretty good – I did 2 sets of 10. To think that when I started back in June, I could barely do 30 pounds, it’s a huge improvement!
Saturday, October 7, 10 mile run: It’s hard to believe, but Pearce and I have been training for the Spinx Half Marathon for a full month now! I thought my long run on Saturday would be awful. I got very little sleep all week, then went out for a date night (finally!) with AJ on Friday night (our first since we started fostering) and stayed out late and ate and drank too much. In fact, Saturday really went better than I expected! The half marathon is at the end of October. Hopefully, I will still be able to do it – assuming I don’t have surgery before then.
Sunday, October 8, OFF: Planned off day! Woohoo! It was rainy, hot, and gross all day, so I’m really glad we didn’t wait til Sunday to do our long run.
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