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April 7, 2010

Broken. But Spinning is Fun?

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And no, this isn’t a downer post. Haha.

Who knew that “just having a virus” (one, mind you, that the Geek Squad said they had seen frequently recently and that it should be easy to remove) would turn into a week-long ordeal.  Gah. Basically I had to sink A LOT of cash-money into this, dipping into and clearing out my emergency fund.  And I still don’t even have the damn thing yet.  Apparently overnight shipping of a part to get here Monday means that the part is still in Mexico today. So I’ve been stressed on that front.

And anyone want to guess how I spent my Saturday night? In the ER. Why? For my infected toe from a blister. UGH.

According to the doctor I had/have (since I’m still on wicked powerful antibiotics now) paronychia.  Which is basically an infection of the nail.  I had something similar a year or so ago with cellulitis in a toe which I let go unchecked and had to be hospitalized but luckily I tracked down a friend Saturday night and she drove me to the ER.  The doctor said I was smart to go in when I did and that there was NO WAY I could have waited until Monday (when I wanted to go to the local medical center).  LeSigh.  So I’m not missing my toenail as well as a good portion of the skin surrounding it.  Yes it was that bad.  My toe was easily 2x it’s normal size. And when the doctor drained it? Lots of fluids in there.

Oh and I’m not longer a narcotics virgin as they forced me to take a percocet before leaving to help me through the night.  And remember: I’m the girl who doesn’t take aspirin for headaches so the experience was interesting to say the least.  “Luckily” this was all at 0200 so I got to sleep it off.

I was on bedrest Sunday per doctor’s orders.  Ergo no running.  No running either on Monday because the toe area was sore from the procedure (plus the doctor told me no running for a few days. Blahhhh) Although the one good note was that the nurse that took care of me was wicked hot.  He’s from the area and actually frequents the local bar on occasion. Hollerrrr, too bad that at the time he was taking care of my disgusting toe haha.

BUT on Tuesday I got to do a spinning workout that I found in some old fitness magazine I had laying around (I’m such a pack-rat when it comes to non-tabloid mags ha).  And I think I’m on the verge of taking back everything bad I’ve said about biking. I chose to not use the spin bike in the gym simply because the magazine used revolutions per minute (RPM) as a guideline and the spin bike doesn’t have any sort of display monitor.  Regardless I’m sure I had a good workout on the upright bike.

I was sweating hardcore and was able to get my heart rate up to 160-170, compared to the 130-150 on the arc trainer and I was happy.  The time passed really fast too because it was a “Hill and Sprint” type workout:

If you look carefully at my notes on the paper, you’ll notice that I did MORE than the original workout entailed and thus the time column is wrong. Oops.  Apparently when it says to do something twice (like with minutes 17-29) I think it means twice more for a total of 3 times.  And then since I knew that I just tacked on 12 extra minutes (for a new total of 52) I figured I’d add 2 more of minutes 30-33 and have a 4 minute warm down.  So much for being able to follow directions hahah. But I felt good the whole time.  Sure it was really hard and challenging but I never felt like I was in over my head.

I’m not sure how my “stats” (60 minutes 16.58 miles) compare to others.  For me I think it was a good workout.  I’m sure that for a more serious spinner or cyclist that my stats are dismal but hey, it’s all relative. Since I don’t know anyone who does regular biking I don’t have anything to compare to and my good feelings and happiness can stay that way 🙂

And I was happy that I didn’t have to be on the damn arc trainer again.  Like today (Wednesday for those of you who read my blogs in the AM after I post).  I did another 2 hour stint on it.  I guess it’s not soooooooo bad.  But I just hate the monotony and after a certain point the way my feet are “pressurized” makes them get all tingly.  I swear I’m developing something on them, not blisters but something. I would have done another spin workout but….my butt was sore. Ouch haha. I’m still looking for good workouts for BOTH the arc and bike so email them to me please? As of right now I have one spin that Lizzy sent me and the one from the magazine and for the arc I rely on “manual” or “hill interval”.  I’m sure you can imagine how boring that can get.

I’m hoping to run tomorrow morning.  The weather here has been insane (today hit 90*) so I’ll try to head out when it’s cool(er).  I’m thinking 10 miles? I guess it depends on how the toe feels (the shins *knockonwood* are pretty much 100%) but I’m optimistic.  I’ve been able to walk around without limping so I don’t think that running will hurt me.

Again, sorry for not commenting that much (actually at all really) but I still have been reading. Just with limited computer time I can’t comment 😦  Hopefully I can get my computer back tomorrow and can start commenting again.  But I’ve “run out” of computer time here and need to take off.  There’s this silly little thing called homework. I will say that the longer I’m without my computer the less anxiety I feel over being without it.  It’s freeing in a way although it totally sucks to be checking my email once a day.  What did the world do before the internet?! Hahah

And here are some giveaways from Marcia, ShutUpandRun, ErikaH, & EatMoveLove

March 31, 2010

Lady GaGa Hour

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No joke.  When I was at the gym this morning (grrrrr XT-ing) MTV played AN HOUR of Lady Gaga videos.  I was unaware that she had an hours worth of music videos.  Bummer that I couldn’t listen along because, even though I have headphones in my gym bag, the little device that hooks the sound from the tvs on the wall to me is broken.  Well it cuts in and out which is annoying.  And not just on the equipment that I was using but on all the machines.  I think it’s because their old and too many people have plugged and unplugged their headphones.  The same thing happened to my discman (gosh did I just date myself?!).

Anyway I mention it because I know that Sarah (the shu box) would be happy and enjoy that.  🙂

As you probably could tell I did the arc trainer this morning.  I had a little extra time (sleepless night = able to get out of bed early) so I did another 2 hours on the darn thing.  Sadly no one gave me any exciting XT workouts to do sooo I did this:

  • 30 minutes @ Resistance =25
  • 60 minutes @ Resistance = 30 (30 “forwards motion” 30 “backwards”)
  • 30 minutes @ Resistance = 25

It was interesting to see how, on one machine R = 25 felt WAY harder than R=25 on another.  I did the first 30 minutes on the harder machine (because my fav one was taken) but quickly jumped on the fav when it opened up.  I’m pretty sure that on the machine I started on the resistance of 25 was a resistance of 30 on the other machine so if I had just adjusted then everything would have been okay.  But then again, if I hadn’t switched I wouldn’t have been in perfect position for Lady GaGa 🙂

And I’m right there with you guys for going off of HR and perceived effort guiding my workouts rather than the machine readouts.  I just found it interesting that the calories were SO HIGH.  Regardless my HR was around 140 or so the whole time which is typical for me and ~70% my “max”.

For some reason, even though lots of you praised me for being able to handle 2 hours yesterday, the time doesn’t really pass that slowly and it’s not really that boring. I guess I can entertain myself and I have exciting thoughts to think about.  I don’t have an ipod so music is out.  I can “watch” tv but I don’t have sound.  And I absolutely cannot read while working out.  It just doesn’t workout nicely for me. So it’s just me and my thoughts.  And the occasional people watching 😉

I suppose all the not running is helping my shin.  I am pain free for another day and the allure of running proved too much.  So after my Spanish class I laced up my shoes and went on a test run.  Not really a run because it was so short but something just to see if the pain free living would translate to pain free running.

I’m happy to say that YES it did.

I was really really nervous about heading out for this test run.  I think once I succumbed to the no-running mentality it made me feel like I’m really frail and I almost didn’t want to run anymore. Crazy right? I know Jess has blogged a bit about this before, well maybe  not the no running but the scared feeling of getting back into it.  I plan on running tomorrow and, although Thursdays mean tempo, I’ve already decided to nix all speedwork this week.  I just don’t think I’m mentally up to it regardless of the shin status.

Now I know that many of you probably would like to see me wait longer before jumping into any sort of running but I did the test run for a couple of reasons:

  • I’m an even kind of girl.  Meaning that it’s been 2 days.  Waiting until tomorrow means 3 days.  And 3 isn’t happening.  I’d have to wait until Friday to get to the next even number and I really didn’t want to wait that long.  Plus if I waited beyond Friday it would have to be 8 days because I like multiples (or fractions) of 4. OCD much?
  • I have PT tonight so any “damage” (because let’s face it, running and working out causes damage no matter if you have shin splints or are 100% healthy) would be worked out through massage and stretch and stim.

Which I just got back from and it was comical how ridiculously tight my calves are.  Seriously. The faces my PT was making were…well let’s just say my calves are tight.

And she was really surprised at all the edema that is in my (newly affected) shin.  But she was happy that the “old” shin was feeling great.  So now we need to get the swelling down in this guy which I’m confident that we’ll do.  I mean, we did it with the last one.

Off to go do some work.  And maybe get some sleep tonight.  Send some sleepytime vibes my way please 🙂

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