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Abnormal is the new normal: April 2020 recap

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SIbbetson

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April 2020 in review:

Total running mileage for the month:  0.35, haha!  I did 0.1 on my last day of PT as a trial, and 0.25 before I got my cortisone shot to ensure I was doing the right thing.

Total biking mileage for the month:  1,036.6 - pretty pumped to be over 1,000 here!

  • March 30-April 5: 225.8
  • April 6-12:  246.7
  • April 13-19:  174 (my PT had me take a few days off biking this week)
  • April 20-26:  314.6
  • April 27-May 3:  TBD (48 hours off activity post-cortisone injection)

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Total podcast interviews for the month: 1

Races:  I had 3 races planned in April, although I wouldn't have been able to run them had they occurred.  Two were rescheduled and one went virtual.  I had only registered for one of them, via an elite comp entry, so haven't lost anything on race fees with this injury.

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Workouts:
Biking: 

  • I did several Peloton spin classes (most of my indoor rides), but I don't think anyone is interested in the specifics.  I enjoy the workouts for biking though!  
  • I did a 20 minute time trial on the bike on a weekend that other athletes my coach works with were doing 5K time trials, and it was SO HARD...it was like 5K suffering but worse, probably because I'm relatively new to biking.  My heart rate was in the 160s the whole time and maxed at 171 (generally biking HR is about 10 bpm slower than running HR, so this would be like me running a 5K with my HR in the 170s and maxing at 181), which showed me I put forth a good effort).  I nearly died but I was really stubborn about averaging 30 mph+ for the 20 minutes, and I made it, barely.  
  • I also did several bike doubles, which may not even be a thing for real cyclists, but I pretty much just approached cycling like it was marathon training.  Biking 40-50 miles in a double became easy for me.

Strength Training/PT exercises:  weekly totals of 1:20, 2:12, 2:50, 2:30
Yoga:  weekly totals of 1:45, 1:00, 1:50, 1:00

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10.03 miles in 20:00

Long Runs:  0, but I did several 40-50 mile rides, which were long rides for me!

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Pretending to by a cyclist!

Running Highlights:

  • I was interviewed on the Rambling Runner podcast last month, and the episode was released April 7 - listen here.  I think Matt Chittim has the best podcast voice ever!
  • I saw huge improvement in my hip inflammation after only one PT session with manual displacements and nerve glides - I could immediately walk without pain or a limp for the first time since February 12!  I still have a tiny bit of pain and a slight limp when trying to run, and although it feels like something I could push through if I "needed" to, I don't need to and will run when it feels 100% normal.  I had a cortisone injection on April 29 that I hope will be the final bit needed.  You can read more details about my hip issue and progress this month: MRI results, follow up answers, PT effectivenessPT progress, and an update with a summary of it all.
  • This quote, from a Time article by Allison Felix:  Sometimes, you believe so strongly in that dream that you begin to think that you have already earned it, that it is already yours. Until it is taken away from you. This has been a sobering reminder that we are not owed our dreams, those dreams do not come free and you do not accomplish them alone. 

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Fun sock Friday lives on!


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Life Highlights:

  • Another low key month with COVID-19 stay at home orders in place.  I don't at all mind staying at home, and treasured the new experiences it brought me.
  • We made a little trip for gardening supplies, to an Amish community.
  • I will still be working mostly from home in May.  I am afraid I'm going to forget how to wear real pants and shoes!

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Bandit joins me at work in the office/guest room often,

& can even open the door to come in on his own

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PPE

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Seen on my ride (I used to group run from here!)

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The COVID-19 Easter bunny brought one egg

with a $5 bill in it

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Albani bought a little succulent at the Amish

discount store

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She loved on this same dog last year when

we made this little trek

Books:

I ran out of "real" library books on April 3.  Desperate times call for desperate measures, so I began reading ebooks and also pilfered some youth reads from my daughter's book stash.

  • Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
  • A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
  • A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
  • Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey
  • The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters
  • A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
  • Have a Little Faith: A True Story by Mitch Albom
  • All We Knew But Couldn't Say by Joanne Vannicola
  • Ungifted by Gordon Korman
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
  • Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
  • The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  • The Daughter in Law by Nina Manning
  • Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • Before You by Amber Hart
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
  • Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

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Biking & an ebook - what is happening to me?!

Theme for the month:

The New Normal - working from home and cycling became normal and routine for me.  I'm starting to forget that I used to work from other locations and run, hah!

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Holy smokes! That's a lot of books! I'll have to save these for my next read, although I have a ton on my shelf I haven't read yet.

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You really have taken up your cardio slack from not being able to run with bicycling.  You should be able to transition back to running without too many problems.   When I was injured and substituting bicycling for my running it just seemed like I had to put in a lot more on the bike to get the same cardio benefit as running.

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn is the only one on your list I've read. Liked it much better than I thought I would.

This has been such a weird "injury" - coming out of seemingly nowhere and sidelining you for so long. Suppose you couldn't have picked a better time, since everything is cancelled anyway.

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On 5/1/2020 at 10:24 AM, fenwick_razzleberry said:

Holy smokes! That's a lot of books! I'll have to save these for my next read, although I have a ton on my shelf I haven't read yet.

Are you on Goodreads?  I would definitely recommend some of the books I read more than others!

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On 5/1/2020 at 11:12 AM, Run2BFit said:

You really have taken up your cardio slack from not being able to run with bicycling.  You should be able to transition back to running without too many problems.   When I was injured and substituting bicycling for my running it just seemed like I had to put in a lot more on the bike to get the same cardio benefit as running.

I think the ratio is about 1:3 running:biking miles (e.g., you have to ride 30 miles to get the benefit of running 10 - but biking 30 takes me a lot longer than running 10 would, so it is a lot more exercise time).  I am really just enjoying biking for itself, and not as a means to stay in shape for running, but I figure it can't hurt!

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On 5/2/2020 at 6:34 AM, Dave said:

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn is the only one on your list I've read. Liked it much better than I thought I would.

This has been such a weird "injury" - coming out of seemingly nowhere and sidelining you for so long. Suppose you couldn't have picked a better time, since everything is cancelled anyway.

I gave that book 5 stars!

Yes, it's been the weirdest issue I've ever had, especially because it's not really an injury (if the doctor is correct).  I don't deal well with uncertainty, so maybe God decided I was better off knowing that I wasn't racing instead of obsessing about all races getting cancelled one by one.  I wish I could run for the love of it, but I will be back when I can!

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2 hours ago, CompulsiveRunner said:

You always figure out a way to thrive during injury! 

I always seem to end up cross-training a lot, but in the past I always felt like I "had to" for the sake of my running.  This time I am truly enjoying it and doing it because I want to!  It's much better this way.

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Your cycling is impressive. My road bike has mostly sat in the garage for the past 4 years because 1) I'm not entirely comfortable on it and 2) cycling in Kansas City is very scary to me. I do love my spin bike, though and also enjoy the Peloton classes!

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Keeping my fingers crossed for your hip to be 100% soon! I've just started getting on my bike again this spring. Love it but am easing back into it because it aggravates my hamstring when I go crazy.

Alice Network -- A++

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Just read through this post as well as the posts about your hip on your personal blog. One of my classes last semester was nutrition in pain and inflammation, so naturally I wondered what you are eating, but I get the general impression you already eat a very healthy diet, so that is unlikely to be contributing much to your hip issue. (But because I just studied this that is where my mind went.) Hope things get better again after yesterday's set back. 

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