In case you haven’t been able to tell from my lack of blogging as of late, life has been hectic! All good things, thankfully, but the balancing act has been in full force lately. I always remind myself that swim camp can seem like the busiest time….even with bike camp when there were so many hours in the saddle, being able to ride from my house is a huge time saver. Just the act of having to pack up and get to the pool – sometimes twice a day – can make things feel much more hectic than they really are. So here’s a snapshot of how my life has been the past couple months:
Plantar Fasciitis! It seemed like this was plaguing a lot of the runners I’m friends with as we entered this offseason. I managed to combine the PF with a nice bout of tendonitis on the top of my foot. A lot of my friends went for physical therapy as the options, if you’re looking for physical therapy palo alto ca way, are endless. I personally took some time off and made sure to do everything right……that meant I was sleeping in this beauty:
The Strasburg sock and the roller ball things helped cure my plantar facitis, but it was the tendonitis that was the kicker. If it was on my wrist or elbow it might have been easier to manage. I could have just used an elbow sleeve for tennis elbow or some such braces to ease it all up. However, it was on my foot and the pain of having my entire body weight was a little too much to handle. Though, after 10 days of not running it was actually feeling worse, so I pulled out all the stops and went to Acupuncture. Three sessions and five days later, I was running again! I’ll let you decide for yourself what the fix was, but I have to say that I was uncertain about actually going into it, but not anymore!
House projects! Every winter I try to knock something of my homeowner to do list. Sometimes this is something structural or physical, like changing a room layout or some furniture. Sometimes this is a different sort of task, like updating the utility providers or the home insurance agent (check here for more on this and how it can help you). I try to do this regularly, as you can save money by comparing quotes and changing providers and, according to this article here, having home insurance can also make your home and community safer. Well, this year it was the former, as I have decided to make myself some closet space. I have a small room upstairs that is currently just harboring all sorts of junk, so for Christmas I asked for the supplies to turn it into a large closet-room. This meant I would be getting rid of my current dressers, so I posted them on craigslist. Apparently dressers sell like hotcakes though, and they were gone way faster than I expected. So, for the past few weeks I have been living out of piles on the floor until I get my new dresser stuff moved in. Needless to say this requires some explaining to any visitors, and does not help my sanity level since I like to keep things organized!
Hillary came to town! Unfortunately we both managed to not snap a single pic of our day of fun together, but it was so nice to have Hillary in Baltimore for a day. I took her on a run around the city – while I did show her the nice areas, she also got to see the Shady 7 route! The most fun for me was at the pool though as we put on quite a show as we plowed through the workout.
Miami! A nice break in the schedule was a work trip to Miami for a conference. While I was staying at a hotel with about 10 pools, I actually found the best one for swimming was at the JCC across the street.
I became a pro at fitting in workouts while traveling and managed to fit in some swims during the lunch break which lead to some great tanning time! One last escape before winter settles in here was much need.
Family time! With the holidays here the family time is in full swing. I fit in my workouts yesterday before we went to the Ravens vs. Giants game. With a family divided by the team they root for, it was a good time – especially since the Ravens came out on top 🙂
Christmas Workouts! I knew I was in for a good one when I saw the “did you see your Christmas workout?!!!?” email from Hillary last week. Sure enough, it was a 100×100! A Christmas miracle occurred last week though as I met a new friend at the pool who agreed to swim the workout with me. Gotta love those swimmer-folks who can just jump into a 10k workout like it’s no thing. It was so nice to have company for this one, and surprisingly the time flew by. I can assure you the first stop after this workout was the Italian bakery in Little Italy next to the gym for a Cannoli to get some calories back in me 🙂
Hoping things in the new year will be a little quieter! Happy Holidays to all!