Monday, 22 October 2012

Motivation Monday - Back to Reality

While I was busy writing an epic Marathon recap series last week, I was also busy generally leading a sloth-like existence. I spent the majority of last week alternatively sleeping, reading, and eating. I was very busy behaving like a sluggy-slug and eating copious amounts of Halloween candy. It was delightful!

Last week was Marathon recovery week. I took the whole week off from both work and coaching. And gave myself a free pass to relax, drink wine with my husband, chill with the girls, and just rest.

It was a much needed break. Balance has been restored to my small corner of the world. So now it is time to get back to reality. It is time to get back on track.

I spent Sunday prepping for the week ahead.

I started the day with a few of my favourite girls - JessRobyn, and Sam - at  a restorative hot yoga session. And some necessary girl time and fitness talk over coffee (tea for crazy pants Jess who is on the Clean Restart program right now).

After chatting with my fitness dream team and rehashing some my Marathon stuggles, we have all agreed that Strength Training is a MUST.

During marathon training, and even during the marathon itself, I struggled with my upper body strength. I regularly had swelling and bruising in my chest, pain in my upper and lower back from compensating, and certain amount of discomfort. In short I have a lot of artifical things floating around inside my body, and my body is still trying it figure it all out. We discussed all of these issues at my 6 month follow-up appointment, but alas there is no quick fix. My surgeons have informed me that because of my special circumstances (*cough, cough, cough* robot heart) and my desired activity level, that I should expect the healing process to take up to a full year...

BLAH! And Boourns!

So if I want to help my body rebuild and get back on track, then I am going to have to take a much more active role in regaining the strength/muscle I have lost.


I have decided that my next Great Misadventure will be a Crossfit challenge.
I start tomorrow! Wish this little runner luck!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

19 comments:

  1. you crazy ... and I wish you ALL THE LUCK at crossfit, as usual, I shall cheer from the sidelines hehehe ;)

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  2. Good luck!! Let me know what you think about it. I'm toying with the idea of trying it out in my downtime between NYC and Boston.

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  3. can't wait to hear about your crossfit experience! there's actually quite a crossfit places in vancouver. have been considering it! though not sure if it is totally feasible now. looks like an awesome workout though!

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  4. I've been to that Crossfit gym before! I think you're going to love it!! Can't wait to hear about your first experience!

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  5. You are going to LOVE CrossFit! I started for the same reasons and have become obsessed. It will help with your overall fitness and ultimately make you a better runner. Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  6. Thank you for this reminder about upper arm strength in a race. On my non-running days I am doing a strength workout, but I'm so dead, it's easy for me to just half-ass my way through them. So thanks for this. I am going to go all-the-way for this half marathon.

    I'm sooooo interested to see what you think about Cross Fit.

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  7. Love that you're getting outside your comfort zone with crossfit!

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  8. Yay crossfit!! We should go to a WOD together!!! That would be so fun! There's a crossfit box really close to me in Liberty Village! :)

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    1. We should definitely plan a fit-date!

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  9. yay! you are going to love crossfit! I have been doing it for almost 2 months already and definitely see a difference in my muscles its so much fun!

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  10. I started going to Crossfit a month ago and it is already helping my running a TON. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  11. Ahhh good luck with Crossfit! I wanna try it one day too!

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  12. can't wait to see what you think of it coming off of running. I definitely think it's a good workout, just can't see me giving up my runs for it

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  13. Good luck with Crossfit! I would really like to try it someday, but it doesn't seem to be as big in Germany yet (haven't found a place that teaches it yet).

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  14. I hear so much great stuff about Crossfit. Can't wait to see how you like it!

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  15. I really wish you nothing but the best in recovery...

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    1. Not to worry my running friend, I will still be running 3x a week with my team. I think before I tackle distance again though, I will need to do some strength work too.

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  16. Wishing you a speedy recovery! :)

    I've been hearing about Crossfit and have even done Crossfit style workouts from home, but would love to try a box. Can't wait to read your experience.

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