Easing Back Into It

Last week I talked about my extreme lack of motivation and I think a lot of it had to do with being frustrated with my injury. This week my foot feels better, not 100% yet, but much, much better and my motivation to workout came back.

I’m going on just over a week with no heel pain at all and last Monday, after 2 days of no pain, I decided to try pool running. I wish that I had been doing it all along! We headed to the pool on Monday evening and played in the shallow end for awhile. Then I put on the swim belt and headed to the deep end while my husband continued playing with the kids.


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For 20 minutes I watched my family play and I ‘ran’ in place in the deep end. It wasn’t fantastic, I didn’t love it but it was a good workout. I should have been doing this all along so that my fitness from the marathon didn’t disappear. I’m hoping that we continue to go to the pool on a regular basis throughout the winter and I continue to get some running in this way. It’s a great way to cross train and hopefully keep me from injury again.

This week I concentrated on strength (4 workouts) and yoga (3 workouts) with a couple cardio spin workouts and even a couple RUNS! Marathon training left me little time to continue with strength and yoga but now that I’m on my own schedule again I am working it into my plan. My injury-free plan. I’m planning a post on Wednesday to talk more about his. Stay tuned!

So I’ve been easing back into running with a couple of short, easy-paced runs. They felt fantastic both during the run and after. I am amazed how much my legs felt it the day after my first 2 miler. Only 2 miles and I felt it the next day! I guess those 17 days between runs make a huge difference.

During my first run back I kept waiting for the pain to start. I couldn’t believe that my foot wasn’t hurting at all. My husband had taped it before I left and the added support really helped. I had only planned to run 1 mile but once I was out there and feeling great I just couldn’t stop.

Keep reading below to find my weekly workouts from last week.



Weekly Workouts

Monday: 20 minutes Strength + 25 minutes Spin + 20 minutes Pool Running


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Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 20 minutes Strength + 25 minutes Spin

Thursday: 15 minutes flexibility Yoga + 15 minutes Strength + 20 minutes family Bike Ride

Friday: 2.02 miles (9:59 pace) + 15 minutes Runners Yoga


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Saturday: 20 minutes Kettlebells and Core + 15 minutes flexibility Yoga

Sunday: 3.15 miles (10:08 pace) + 15 minutes Runners Yoga

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Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 5.17

November Running Miles: 5.17

2014 Running Miles: 1,169.21

2014 Running Kilometers: 1,881.66


 Have you tried pool running? What kind of cross training do you like?


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  1. Amanda - RunToThefinish says:

    I’ve never had a chance to try pool running, but I want to. I have heard amazing things. Hope it helps you get through recovery!

  2. Marnie @ SuperSmartMama says:

    I’ve never tried pool running and if it’s anything like running on a treadmill, I can see how it would not be as much fun as running outside, but if it means running pain-free, I’m sure it’s worth it!

    I love your pink socks that say “I am a strong”. How cute!

    • Yes, ‘running’ pain free was worth it. It didn’t hurt that I had some good entertainment (my family playing in the shallow end) either! :)

      My sister-in-law gave me those socks before my last marathon. I love them too!