what to do when you are injured

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And how to keep your fitness…

As some of you know, I’ve sustained an injury… that’s right, no running for a few weeks.

This also means no driving, so no work either… how am I going to fill up my days.

Let me explain what happened.  On Sunday mornings my hubby (Coach G) takes off early to running group. They split into a few groups – the Tuesday Night Session repeat & long run of 10+K.  For once, I decided to join them, as I needed to do some training and build up my mileage to help me complete my half marathon distance before May.  I went away on my own, completing my Nitro 3 minute challenge, then continuing on my run of 2/30 intervals x 25 reps.  I was a few hundred yards from the completed repeat session & was deciding whether 20 reps would be enough or to continue for 5 more when BAM, I was on the ground. Without going into it too much, I was rushed to hospital, and they performed surgery on a broken arm, which is now held together by a metal plate and some pins…(Thank you again to all who came to my aid, and made sure I was comfortable).

So, now I am at home for 3 weeks with NO RUNNING and limited mobility. I can now perform most tasks for myself, but the “over the elbow” cast and NO WEIGHT BARING activities make exercise extremely difficult.

The answers to my challenge request online all suggested the same…lower body & core strengthening…planks are out, as I cannot use my right arm…so, SQUATS it is… 30 day challenge accepted…

I will try and remember to post on my Facebook Page @anothermedalmum and keep you up to date on my challenge & my recovery.

Happy Running

 

Running Resolutions

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And what to do about them…

I shared the “No Meat Athlete” and his 12 monthly running challenges in my last blog post. I slowly read through them, and have now decided on a plan of action to make me a better runner.

I have decided to embrace 6 of the 12 and hopefully by this time next year I will be a “stronger, faster, smarter, well rounded runner”… (watch this space)

Challenge 1: Strength Work

Challenge 2: New work outs, to include hill sessions, sprints, fartlek & intervals

Challenge 3: Mile PB

Challenge 4: 5k PB

Challenge 5: 13.1 Half Marathon (I like those numbers better, it doesn’t seem as far)

Challenge 6: 30 day squat, plank or pushups

I have the privilege of being married to a running coach, so I am sure he will now keep me on my toes and make sure that I am performing to the best of my ability.

 

If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to get in touch…

Happy Running

 

2016

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Recap

2016 seemed to be pretty uneventful, till you go into your stats and see exactly how far you have come.

According to the Garmin, most steps in a week was actually last week…121,719. This was achieved easily as I was on Annual Leave (for the first time in a year). Strava, which is linked to the TomTom, had me at 31.3K for the week and Boxing Day gave me the most steps for a day, with a total of 25,427. My best month was March, which saw me complete “A Mile A Day” or #MAD as we like to call it. And my longest run, so far, was the 17K Bellarine Rail Trail, but it only logged a total of 16.8k.

In 2015, I ran a total of 189.65K. In 2016, I more than doubled that amount to 429.83K. If I use this data for next year, I have to run at least 13k a week.

2016 was the year I turned 50 and brought me my Australian Citizenship.

2017

Now to look forward to what I would like to achieve this year…

I will use the Run/Walk method and complete a 13.1mile distance, however, I will not do this at a paid event.

I will also draw up a plan to incorporate 12 monthly challenges to help me be the best I can be. It will include my #MAD, cycling, swimming and maybe some selfies along the way.

With my change of diet, 2017 has kicked off on a positive foot & I need to carry on with these positive thoughts and actions…

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