Monday, September 9, 2013

TrainingTruths: ZOOMA Week 9

It's killing me to not be able to run. Am I still a runner if I'm not running?

So, once again, I focused on the exercises that I could do and found a new challenging routine. I also joined a couple of September challenges to help keep me motivated. Remember the #AugustCoreFocus challenge? All my hard work for the month was rewarded with a prize from Brooks Running.

Monday: 50 squats to start the day and then some challenge work - twisted chair taps and Bulgarian split squats followed by my one minute plank routine.

Tuesday: 50 squats first thing in the morning. After my first day back to work I did my challenge work - triceps dip and flips. I really have no upper body strength.

Wednesday: 50 squats. Two mile trail walk after school with mr. C, then some walking planks and my one minute plank routine. I'd never done walking planks before and felt completely awkward at first, but then finally got the hang of it.

Thursday: 50 squats. My first attempt at downward air jacks (not easy or pretty), along with some jumping jacks and crunches. I also found and tried the 4 minute ninja ab workout from Amanda for the first time. This is an awesome dynamic ab workout. Be sure to watch her video!

Friday: 50 squats. Too tired after school and a soccer game to workout. Took a rest day!

Saturday: 50 squats. Cross-body mountain climbers, 15 minute very slow jog on the treadmill (speed set at 3) with the incline on 10 for some "hill" work, and the 4 minute ninja ab workout again. I also did my plank routine with some supermans and butt kicks.

Sunday: 50 squats, hip flexor strength workout from Women's Running and a new knee strengthening workout from Christine. She has a great demo video too.

It's three weeks until ZOOMA Cape Cod. I already know that I won't be running the half marathon again this year. Now I'm wondering if I'll be able to even do the 10K. We've decided that we will go for the weekend no matter what and if I can't run, then I will volunteer at a water stop!

Until then, all my faith is in Trainer Brian and St. Sebastian.


  1. I think your plan is a great one :) Hoping you'll be able to run again soon! p.s. You are a squatting monster! hehe

  2. For the first time on 8 years, I have been unable to run my normal weekly mileage recently. It is humbling, and frustrating... I have so much empathy for you. I too am searching for ways to keep my body from loosing all of my fitness, I'll have to try this out.

  3. YES YES YES or at least I always say Im a lifter even when Im compelled to take time off.... xo

  4. I'm sure all this strength training will pay off for you when you can run again. I know it must be so frustrating! Hang in there!

  5. Ah, I"m feeling ya. It's SO, SO ridiculously hard to be injured. But rest assured that all this hard work will pay off for you when you do get back at it.

  6. Good for you for working on getting stronger when you can't run. I hate being sidelined, but it does help to know you're doing something that will make you stronger!

  7. you could take a break from running for years, but you will still be a runner.
    At least you are focusing on what you can do. I'm doing a plank challenge this month just to mix things up.

  8. Very frustrating! Good luck to you!

  9. It definitely is a distraction, but I'm hoping to keep at it when I can run again.

  10. It is helping. Good luck on your challenge!


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