Productive but panicked

Happy Sunday all,

Just a quick update on my Boston efforts. I still can’t run. Teaching my full-body class this morning I was able to perform a few sets of almost normal lunges, and I was able to go full force for 12 high intensity intervals in Spin class. But I can feel a lot of stiffness and soreness in my injured foot.

I keep seeing blog, Daily Mile, and Nike+ updates from people getting in their first and second 20 mile training runs for Boston. I have a lot on my plate right now so this time away from running is allowing me to get caught up in other area’s, but I just can’t get away from the constant disappointment and fear that maybe the right decision is to pull out of my Boston Marathon plans completely. It breaks my heart to even think of it!

To be honest, it’s been a long time since I have had this much self-doubt and it’s starting to spread into my habits as a caregiver, a student, and an instructor. I know that lack of exercise tends to allow my mood to darken, but I am trying to take the pressure off whenever my foot begins to hurt so my total exercise time last week was a measly 5 hours. I realize that is above the national average but pre-injury I was at 15-20 hrs.

I picked up a few new books this week, so be on the lookout for a new page on this blog. REVIEWS! I am really looking forward to sharing a structured look at some fitness tools and resources. Feel free to make suggestions! First up will be “Racing Weight” by Matt Fitzgerald and “The Great Fitness Experiment” by Charlotte Hilton Andersen.

The first part of this week is really busy, but I have a few articles in the works on Heart-rate training, nutrition (the great fruit debate), and some more workout idea’s.

I hope you are feeling focused and confident!

-AB

3 responses to “Productive but panicked

  1. Annie,

    The first time I read this article I got stuck on the last line of paragraph #3. Did she say miles? Minutes? No, she said hours. Wow. On a maxed out week I might put in 12 hours but on average I’ll put in 9.5. After missing a day or two of gym time I feel like I’m crashing. Cutting back 10 hours – I can’t imagine how you feel. Nonetheless, I have no doubt that this is only a small setback in the big picture. You will get back on track. You will keep running and writing, we will keep reading and cheering. Right? Right.

    I’ve been looking for good reading material so I’m excited to hear what you have to say about these books that you’ve picked up.

    ~Katie

    • Thanks Katie!

      You’re comment just cajoled me off my butt and into my workout clothes and HR monitor and I am going to get on my spin bike for an hour and do some core work. I slept in really late today because I have a cold. But seriously, a workout will help so much! I realized while reading your comment that since I got injured I haven’t even made up a training plan to replace the one I was following. Which means no daily and weekly goals which may explain why I feel so lost. So while I am riding right now I shall make my goals! No more 5 hr weeks!

      Have a great day (wish I was in new england with you, it SO gloomy here)
      -AB

  2. Every disappointment has a purpose of learning and opening new avenues.
    Keep the faith all is well.

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