It’s Friday, Friday, gotta’ get down on Friday!
It feels so good to be back in action with the Friday 5 Link-Up hosted by Courtney from Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed up for What?! This week’s theme is “5 Things about Me” but, because I already did plenty of navel-gazing with Wednesday’s post, I figured I would spare you from hearing more deep, dark secrets about me. For now.
I’ve decided to tweak this week’s theme just ever so slightly to highlight 5 interesting things that happened to me this week. Ready? Let’s go!
1. I finally have an answer about my ankle problem.
Yes! I’m moving forward from the injury that’s been bugging me for the last few weeks.
This week, I visited my
savior physical therapist, Joe, and he confirmed that it appears I have a posterior tibial strain.
Joe thinks I strained it I went on a 9-mile run a few weeks ago on 5-Mile Drive. I ran 2 loops of the very hilly route after running for several weeks on primarily flat terrain. The jump from flats to hills, in his opinion, overloaded that tendon and strained it slightly.
Fortunately, because it sounds like the problem arose from one workout and my symptoms are mild (no swelling, and soreness in that area behind my inside ankle only first thing in the morning with stiff-soled shoes), it’s a minor strain that shouldn’t cause me any significant problems. Translation? I can run as long as it’s easy, short, and flat for now. With guidance from my coach, Kris, my plan is to start running no more than 3 miles at a time for the next week, and then to gradually build from there.
Oh–and I have to do hip and balancing exercises and perform daily ice massages. Have you ever had an ice massage? They are really uncomfortable. Almost as uncomfortable as the deep tissue massage my PT did on my calf the other day, which made me grit my teeth and want to cry. No tears so far with the ice massages, though.
2. I bought 12th Man wine.
I’m so excited about the Seahawks playing in the Super Bowl (sorry, Tara!) that I can barely control myself. Seriously–I might need diapers. Okay, TMI. But I’ve started for Super Bowl Sunday and I’m not even hosting a party.
I found this really cute boxed wine at my local grocery store and just couldn’t resist buying it to take to the party we’re attending.
3. I finished We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas.
We Are Not Ourselves is easily the best book I’ve read since The Goldfinch last January. I received an advance copy last summer, I think, in an Indiespensible shipment, but I put off reading it because the description didn’t grab me and I had too many other books on my TBR (To Be Read) list at the time. As the annual “best books” started popping up online at the end of 2014, I saw the title on more than one list and decided to give it a shot. I’m so glad I did. I came to really care about and–dare I say it–love the main characters, and was basically an emotional mess starting about two-thirds of the way through the novel. It was so good that I’m disappointed it ended. That’s the worst part about a great book.
4. I cross-trained the hell out of myself!
Just because I haven’t been running recently doesn’t mean I’ve been taking it easy.For about 5 weeks now, I’ve been taking Pilates and yoga classes. I took 5 private, one-on-one Pilates classes to get the basics down and then graduated to group classes last week. This week, I took 3–count ’em–3 group Pilates equipment classes!
Pilates appears deceptively easy because for most of the class we’re laying on our backs, but it provides a challenging, workout for my running-neglected muscles (like my glutes and in my feet, core, arms, and back) and also gets my body to stretch even deeper than in yoga. I love it and am becoming kind of obsessed with it… hence this week’s 3 classes.
Yay, strong core, hips, and feet! Yay, stretchy, flexible muscles and joints! I am excited to see how my work at Pilates benefits my running.
And last (but certainly not least):
5. I joined the Grow-Your-Blog Blog Hop!
My friend/blogging-guru Tricia over at A Couple of Dashes recently gave me helpful advice on how to build by readership, and she followed up by telling me about a readership-boosting blog hop organized and hosted by Runaway Bridal Planner, who’s set up the blog hop to encourage networking among multiple bloggers. yesterday, I was officially accepted into the blog hop, which starts February 1. I’m so excited to participate and discover other bloggers’ sites!
If you’re interested in joining, I know she’s accepting a few more participants through January 24, so take a look at the blog hop requirements and consider applying on her site. It should be fun!
How about you? What are some interesting things that happened to you this week? Have you taken Pilates equipment classes? Have you ever participated in a blog hop?