Skier’s Thumb and Walking a Half Marathon?

Sometimes…things happen. That result in injury. For some reason, these things seem to happen to me more often than the average person.

Several weeks ago we decided to go skiing. Of course skiing comes with some degree of risk, but I never realized my thumbs were in jeopardy. On my first run of the day, a crazy snowboarder cut me off, I turned hard and went down. On my left hand. On my pole.

Little did I know that this is a textbook skiing injury that’s actually called “Skier’s Thumb”. Honestly, it hurt and was mega-swollen, but I skied the rest of the day and figured I had just jammed it.

Because it was my thumb, which is sort of an important digit, I went to the doctor the next day. I really wasn’t prepared to hear the news that I had Skier’s Thumb – a tear of the UCL of the thumb. What I thought was a minor injury was at least 8 weeks in a splint and the possibility of surgery! What really made the world come crashing down, though, was the news that I wouldn’t be able to row at all until my thumb was fully healed. Or any other activity that required bearing weight or gripping with that hand (thankfully my left since I’m right handed!). Major bummer.

I was cleared to run and cycle, so instead of freaking out and giving up (ok, I gave myself a day to cry and feel sorry for myself, but only ONE day), I decided I would do what I could. So far this has been an unexpected success, but not like I thought it would be…

I decided to put my energy into my running, since I have the Seawheeze coming up in August, and it was time for me to start training anyway. This didn’t last long.

I have had hip issues for a few years, and every time I have it checked out it is diagnosed as hip bursitis. This annoying condition decided to flare up in a MAJOR way only about a week and a half into my running. This had more of an effect on me than the thumb diagnosis for a few reasons. First, double whammy. Wasn’t prepared for this, since I had been running OK for a while. Second, this flare up was so bad I really couldn’t do much of anything for a week or two.

While I was down, I decided that maybe it was time to make a change. I decided that I would start to consider not running at all. Not giving up, but doing something differently.

I started to consider walking the entire half marathon, and training for this as a walk and not a run. I’ve started following a walking plan to see what happens, and am going to try this out for a few weeks to see if it might be an option.

Anyone have advice for walking a half marathon? I’m definitely having trouble finding a lot of information on this.

Fitness Fashion Weekly Roundup 2/8/2015

What a great week! I dialed down my ClassPass classes this week, because I was ramping up some activities in other areas and really didn’t want to overdo it.

In Seawheeze news, I got two really decent runs in this week with no serious issues. Better than my last run.

I also had a ski trip yesterday that I really didn’t want to be tired for. Unfortunately I think I may have “skier’s thumb” from a fall on my first run (arg!), so not sure what my workouts will look like this week until I see a doctor. I did try half an hour of yoga tonight without incident, so it looks like I’ve still got full body active options on the table.

Diet has been excellent, since I started a Whole30 last Sunday! I have such a love/hate relationship with the Whole30. It’s tough, but I always feel so great and see such amazing results!

Now for what I wore this week. As always, click on the thumbnail to better see the outfit and read more details!

 

 

Maps!

In my quest to track more metrics about my fitness journey, I decided to take a look at WHERE I’m working out, not just when/how long/at what intensity/etc. This is only tracking the classes I’ve taken through ClassPass, and not any other studio or home/run activities, but it’s still cool to look at. I’ve created a chloropleth map (the darker colors indicate where I’ve taken more classes, the lighter colors indicate where I’ve taken fewer classes) of my ClassPass activities below – click the link to see the map! Class locations are mapped by census block and tract, and I’ve labeled each tract (which in my case indicate individual studios) with the number of times I’ve visited that studio. I didn’t realize how spread out the studios were, until I started looking at this map, and can barely see all of the locations at once. I took a look at some distances, and it turns out I’m traveling an average of 26.5 miles per week to class! That’s more than a marathon! I’ve traveled a grand total of 345 miles so far, which is about the distance from NYC to Richmond, Virginia! And, it’s an average of 7.5 miles per class. Thank goodness for the subway! I’m excited to add on to this map, especially in new cities using my ClassPass Flex! How far you do commute to workout?

http://cglivergood.cartodb.com/viz/2358add4-ae5e-11e4-9bc1-0e4fddd5de28/embed_map

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Fitness Fashion Weekly Roundup 2/1/2015

Another week, another outfit lineup! After a bunch of really tough workouts last week, and a snowstorm this week, I decided to take a few days off. Boy did my body need it. When I went back to my first class after a few days of rest and gentle yoga, I felt amazing! I actually thought my rowing class was pretty easy – the wheel felt so light! But after class, I heard multiple people talking about how hard the class was! What a confidence boost, and total confirmation that my body needs rest in order to grow and perform. Speaking of boosting performance, I started my third Whole30 today! Each Whole30 is different, and I’m excited to see what this one brings!

Anyway, back to the fashion 😉 To see a full shot, details and other notes about each outfit, click on the image!

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Fitness Fashion Weekly Roundup 1/25/2015

This week I started posting my workout outfits on Instagram, and they seemed to be a hit. So I thought, why not do a quick roundup of the week’s outfits here. I think this would be a good place to leave some notes and feedback on some of the pieces I wear, too – click on the outfit image to get more details about what I wore! Do you enjoy seeing galleries like this?

Performance – Time of Day

Fun fact – I. Love. Numbers. Always have, always will. So of course I’m always looking for ways to play with data. Now that I have a full-on love affair with ClassPass, I have enough data points to start looking at some of my habits. Of course, most fitness folks probably don’t care about this at all, but I thought it might be fun to take a look at some of my own patterns to see how I might be able to make my workouts more efficient/productive/etc.

I definitely prefer to workout in the morning. I don’t know why, but anything after about 3PM, no matter how low key my day has been, just makes me feel totally wiped, both during and after the workout. The best way I can think to measure actual vs. perceived effort is by heart rate. Unfortunately I don’t yet own a heart rate monitor (but one is on the way that will sync up with my Garmin!), but I’m planning on starting to strap on that baby as I take similar classes at different times of day. I’m excited to see if the heart rate data corresponds to my mental perception, or if the fatigue really is just in my head. I’d love to know if you know of other ways to measure level of effort.

Since I don’t yet have the monitor, I thought I’d start fiddling with the data I do have, just looking at my class history. Because I have a very flexible schedule, I have the ability to book a class at any time of day. While I am sometimes restricted by when classes are offered, many of the studios I visit regularly have classes in the morning, midday and in the evening, so I’m not placing too much weight on class time restrictions. The results may seem a little “duh” based on what I’ve just told you, but I clearly prefer morning classes.

Frequency of time of class

As with all statistics, context matters. My natural sleep cycle is from about 2AM – 10AM. I know, I’m out of whack, but when I truly go to sleep when tired and wake up on my own, these times have been consistent for at least a decade. I find this graph very interesting, that I gravitate toward classes clustered around 10AM. Could this be because this is the time of day that I feel most rested?

I thought I should also look at exactly what kind of activity I’m doing at these times – perhaps there is an energy expenditure pattern there?

Activity by Time of Day Jan 2015

Holy yoga spike, Batman. Taking this into account, it looks like my major energy expenditures through spin and rowing are split across that 10AM/11AM line. While the after 11 classes aren’t quite as tightly concentrated as the morning classes, that seems like a good time to draw a line in the sand, given my natural rhythm. After seeing this split, I am really eager to give the heart rate monitor a go and see my level of effort around this cutoff line. Or perhaps there is another cutoff time for peak performance?

Do you track stats like heart rate when exercising? And when is your favorite time of day to workout?

Ups & Downs

Some days are good, and some days are bad. It has been a week of ups and downs.

I tried to go for a run about a week ago, and my foot pain returned. At this point, I have no idea what’s going on with this foot – it doesn’t hurt when I run, and seems the worst first thing in the morning. I backed off of run/walking again and think I’m going to have to finally have this checked out (instead of ignoring it and pretending it wasn’t an issue). Bummer.

In addition to the weird foot, I definitely injured a tendon in my elbow at a yoga class last week. It doesn’t seem to be anything major, but it does hold me back a little bit in some classes. I’m trying to keep up with my cardio classes and avoid anything that’s too intense on my elbow for now.

BUT…despite these setbacks, I had a major week of breakthroughs, too. First, I sat front and center at my absolute favorite rowing class at Brooklyn Crew. I have been feeling really strong in these classes (45 minutes of rowing on a Concept2 dynamic rower), and even got some props from the instructor after class on Saturday about my performance in class. The dynamic is a lot different than a Model C or D, and really works the core muscles – a weak area for me. The feedback from the instructor has really boosted my confidence and helps me know that I’m making progress.

My other big milestone was taking – and surviving – a spin class last weekend! I had only tried spinning once before, and was completely WRECKED afterward. No joke, I had to work from home the Monday after I took the class because I literally couldn’t walk, and I was in pretty extreme pain for over a week. I finally got up the courage to try another class and I LOVED IT. And, the day after I’m a little sore, but totally functional. Woohoo! Not only did I feel great during and after the workout, I absolutely adored the studio, The Monster Cycle + Studio and instructor. It was so great that my husband and I both bought shirts from the studio on our very first visit and already signed up for more classes. One of the great draws of this studio is the two giant screens playing the music videos of the great playlist songs. It’s really awesome to have something to look at while pedaling to the beat. And the instructor was just the right ratio of encouraging, fun and silly. Another great perk was being able to order a smoothie before class, and have it ready and waiting as soon as class was over! I absolutely cannot wait to go back next weekend!

To balance out all of this high intensity workouts, I make sure I’m getting 1-2 restorative yoga classes in per week. My restorative teacher often talks about chakras during class, and I’ve recently discovered malas. I think these meditation tools are really awesome, and I started making some malas that correspond to chakra colors! My first two handmade malas are below! It was so fun to make these, and they turned out so well I decided to put them up in my Etsy store (click on the photos to visit the Etsy listing!). I can’t wait to make more. My plan is to have one mala for each major chakra color, to wear or meditate with on days when I’m feeling like the skill or organs connected to that chakra are in need of a little help!

Green Heart Chakra Mala

Green Heart Chakra Mala

Blue Throat Chakra Mala

Blue Throat Chakra Mala

Have you ever used a mala? If so, I’d love to hear more about your experience and how you’ve used it!