I can’t tell you how much I appreciated everyone’s wonderful comments on my last post. One of the things I did not expect when I started this blog was to find such a great group of people who are supportive and always understand what I’m going through. You guys are the best!
I think finally posting about my injury was a sign that I am finally ready to start trying to figure out what I can do and stop focusing on what I can’t do.
Between taking some time off after the half ironman and my foot injury, I have done very little working out the past few weeks. For someone who has just come off of working out five to six days a week for hours at a time, that is a bit of a shock to my system. At first the break was welcomed, but lately I’ve been feeling more and more…blob-like.
I may have had a bit of a pity party on Friday, but Saturday was a breakthrough for me. First, I was able to get out in the gorgeous 70-degree and sunny weather Saturday morning for a bike ride with a few of my blogger friends–Lauren, Amy, and Chloe.
We met in Georgetown and biked a few miles through the streets of DC before heading up in to Potomac, MD.
It was a perfect day for a ride and we had so much fun chatting. Lauren is tapering for her FIRST HALF IRONMAN next weekend, and Chloe had a HALF MARATHON the next morning, so we all enjoyed the nice relaxing ride.
At some point in a conversation I was having with the girls about swimming, it occurred to me that I could solve my not being able to swim problem (because it pulls on my sprained foot when I try and kick) if I bought a pull buoy!
After our ride I headed straight over to City Sports in Georgetown. The store greeter gave me a blank stare when I asked him if they sold pull buoys, so instead I just asked him where the swim section was. In the swim section I found my new best friend:
For those of you who don’t know what a pull buoy is (which was me a few months ago;)–you put it between your legs when you swim and it makes you float and not have to kick, so you can focus on your stroke instead. Or, if you’re like me, not have to kick so you can not re-sprain your foot:). New. Best. Friend.
So on Saturday afternoon I did a short 20 minute swim with my sister. It felt pretty horrible (it’s amazing how quickly all your hard conditioning goes away with a few weeks off), but I was just happy to be working out!
I may have gotten a little carried away with my Saturday endorphin kick, because when my sister asked if I wanted to do a Spartacus workout, I of course said yes!! I did have to modify the workout a bit, though, to avoid jumping around on my bad foot. Here is what I did:
1. Goblet squats
Mountain climber Sit-ups
3. Straight-arm dumbbell swings
T-push up Triceps dips
Lunge jumps Wall sits
6. Forward-leaning dumbbell rows
Dumbbell side lunge and touch More sit-ups
Push-up position row Overhead triceps presses
Dumbbell lunge/rotation Obliques
10. Overhead dumbbell presses (palms facing each other)
It felt great to get some weight lifting in.
Endorphin addict much?
We celebrated all of our working out with some buffalo chicken sandwiches. Yum! It’s a recipe I saw in my brother’s Men’s Health magazine and had to try. Greek yogurt and blue cheese as the topping? Yes please! With sweet potato fries and green beans on the side? Sure!
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
(Recipe from Men’s Health)
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (or one lemon)
Salt and pepper to taste
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 to 6 oz each)
1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 red onion, sliced
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons hot sauce
4 romaine lettuce leaves
4 rolls, toasted
1. Preheat a nonstick grill or grill pan. As it’s heating, combine the blue cheese, yogurt, and lemon juice, plus a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir and set aside.
2. Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Add the breasts to the hot grill and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on one side before flipping them.
3. Add the onion to the grill’s perimeter. (If you’re using a grill pan, you’ll need to wait to remove the chicken before grilling the onions.) Cook the chicken until firm and springy to the touch, 4 to 5 minutes more. Remove it to a plate, along with the grilled onions.
4. Combine the butter and hot sauce and brush the mixture all over the chicken. Place a leaf of romaine on the base of each bun. Top with a chicken breast and spoon on some blue-cheese sauce. Add grilled onions and the top half of the bun. Makes 4 servings
What is your favorite strength workout/routine?
Do you have any good swim drills I can do with my new best friend Mr. Pull Buoy?