Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hauling Ass, Taking Names

My healing is coming along nicely, thanks for asking.  No more crutches. No more crying. Minimal pain. I am working out almost everyday trying to not lose every molecule of fitness I gained over the summer while training.  I don’t know if I’m making progress or not. But at least I am moving and not rolling around in an office chair from room to room.

Thanksgiving week is here and I’m not using that as an excuse to stuff my face and watch Matt Lauer drool over the giant Sponge Bob balloon flying over Manhattan. I will try to do something everyday be it water running, cycling or yoga.

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If you are having trouble getting motivated, just think of me. At the risk of sounding bossy, if I can work out with a fractured hip you can probably go out for that run. If you want to. Or even if you don’t. Don’t overthink it. Just go. Go because I can’t.

So many days the last thing I want to do is get in a pool and pretend to run for 40 minutes while wearing a blue marshmallow thing around my waist and bobbing around like a dork. But I do it.

Last week’s schedule

Mon: Water running.  2 sets of 6 x 1:30 intervals.  Workout = 36 minutes
Tues: Water running – 7 x 2:30 intervals. Swam 24 lengths. Total workout = 60 minutes
Wed: Stationary bike. 30 minutes. 10. 5 miles. 100 crunches, 50 leg presses, 50 hamstring curls
Thurs: Water running – Ladder workout. Workout = 32 min
Friday: Water running – 5 x 5 minute intervals. Workout = 40 min
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Stationary bike. 40 minutes. 14 miles. 100 crunches. 30 pushups. 50 leg presses. 50 hamstring curls. 90 minute massage. Heaven.

Yeah, that’s right. I’m up to 40 minutes of running in the pool. By the end of this nightmare I will actually be running for 78 minutes in the deep end. 78 eff’ing minutes.

The local jail better send out the suicide watch for that workout.

Although I try to get to the pool so I can be done about the time the water aerobics ladies are wiggling in, this is becoming an impossibility because my workouts are getting longer. Last week, the pussy posse showed up and I had ten minutes left. I tried to go with the flow of the class. This involved smiling really pretty and making light conversation (where did you get that swim cap with the fake gardenia on it? I must have one!) as I tried to move in a circle with the group to the tune of “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”

On this day, however, there was a new instructor.  She thought I was there for the class. We moved in our  circle, then she yelled, “Now, ladies, move backwards!” I did not want to move backwards because this messed up my workout (I could have done it, but I get very anal and don’t like to mess with my workouts). So, as a compromise and a means of continuing to move with the flow, I turned around and kept running, keeping with the gals who were moving backwards. The instructor yelled, “NO! DON”T TURN AROUND. GO BACKWARDS!” drawing mucho attention to me. At which point I gently let her know I was doing my own thing as I called it (btw, the pool people said I could be in there during the class so I wasn’t breaking any rules. I don’t like breaking rules, at least not publicly). 

So, lay off bossy water aerobics instructor girl. I don’t even like water aerobics.  I’m training for a freaking marathon in here in case you didn’t notice. I’m hauling ass and taking names in the deep end.  Gertrude, Ethel, Mable!

Having an attitude about being bossed around,

SUAR

PS: If you haven’t yet gotten your sticker, it’s on the way. I had to order more, then addressed all the envelopes, found out they were the wrong size, cried and had a meltdown, got more envelopes, and with Ken’s help they will be out the door tomorrow!! Then I’ll owe him something, but it will be worth it.

36 comments:

  1. Glad that things are improving for you. My picture has been posted all around campus - I am deadly with crutches. I am still learning how to function with them. This will be interesting.

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  2. Great job getting out there! I can see how aqua running could get really frustrating (and old!)

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  3. One of the most valuable things I learned with my 'stint in the water' was I may bitch about running but watch out the minute running is taken away. A perspective change for sure!
    I've upped my Turkey Trot 5k to a 10k. The final 3.1 being SUAR miles.

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  4. Way to put that bossy water aerobics instructor girl in her place. They think they're all that with those leg warmers and everything.

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  5. You are my hero for all that water running so miserable! And I hate sharing the pool with water aerobics folks!

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  6. I read your daily posts and I almost always laugh out loud in my office...which is saying a lot bc I find few people funny, charming, etc...but you crack me up! So keep taking names and reporting! Yay for you...I too had finally hit a groove where working out was something I made happen 5 days a week...I was increasing my miles to weekend long runs of 5 miles...(I know sounds minor to your totals...but I was getting there) despite having a 3 year old, full time job, 90 minute round trip commute to work daily...so I was doing great and excited about it..met my PR goal for local race and even won my age group..THEN got sick..ok set back but ran through it as much as I could, then babysat it...then ended up on Levaquin for extended course...thought YES...running again...only to develop tendonitis at the insertion of my achilles UGH!!! So the antibiotic that was to heal me...made me worse...in terms of running..so a week and half of rest and I had my husband pull out the old stationary bike that his grandmother gave me when I tore my ACL and fractured my tibia...and I got on THAT beast last night and cranked out 30 minutes, then iced and I will do it again...til running can happen...so having rambled on....your story inspires me when I don't feel like doing it..cause after 11 hours of work, 90 minutes in the car and getting my child to sleep last night...I loved every second of riding on that ancient bicyle!!! Keep kicking ass and taking names!! love your blog!

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  7. Well said!! Your recovery moved WAY faster than mine! I was unable to do really much until 12 weeks.

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  8. Hang in there, rehab is tough, but the end result is always worth it.

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  9. 78 minutes of water running! You will need a medal for that FOR SURE.

    You should also get a medal (or maybe your family should?) for RE-addressing all of those envelopes. Yikes.

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  10. Hahahaha, your post cracks me up!!! Pussy Posse!!! It sucks you are stuck in the pool but you are recovering and at least you are doing something!!!

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  11. I can't believe you do the water running thing for that long, very impressive! Glad to hear you are making progress with the injury.

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  12. Thank you for this post, because I am dragging myself through a week of suck right now (getting over what I thought was a stupid cold, but what actually may be something more) and it helps, I'm sorry to say, that I am not alone with the suck. Sending non-suck thoughts your way!

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  13. I am so glad your hip is getting better. I really will think about you when I am being lazy over the holidays and not wanting to work out. What would SUAR do?
    Love the water aerobics story...stupid instructor.
    Love my sticker, thanks again!

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  14. Thank you for the motivation! I can't believe that you stick to the water running! That sounds even more miserable than EMZ's crazy treadmill miles :)

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  15. Other than the instructor, your pussy posse sounds fairly nice.
    The class at my gym is insane. If I'm swimming laps on class day, about 45 minutes before class starts, they hop in, start warming up and removing the lane markers and pretty much trying to intimidate me out of the pool by standing directly in my lane. Grrrr.

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  16. loved this.

    I say after Boston - YOU should become the new water aerobics instructor. Show her/them how it's doone SUAR style!!

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  17. so glad things are getting better and you're healing up nicely!! have a great t-day!

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  18. i totally am anal abotu ppl messing with my workouts. i wouldn't have taken that lady lightly. it sounds like you let her know who was boss

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  19. I have to tell you that when I was @ my gym yesterday,(21 mile run on the treadmill, so glad when that was done), I walked past the water aerobics class and immediately thought of you! I have to say they all looked so happy and bouncy out in the pool. hahaha...Glad to hear your recovery is going well! THANK YOU for my sticker, I applied it today!

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  20. i say they re-name the pool after ya. at least the deep end anyway for taking care of mable. :)

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  21. That is some fricken commitment. UGHHHHHHHH water running !!!

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  22. LOL you tell her SUAR! That should put her in her place. hehe =)

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  23. You rock - I love the kick in the a$$ you just gave everyone - you are awesome. Keep up the hard work, it is totally going to pay off once you are fully healed!! YEAH for no more crutches!

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  24. 78 minutes?!? Holy crap, you have iron will!

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  25. Think you and me can probably get a discount rate at the local mental hospital????

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  26. "I'm hauling ass and taking names!" LOVE IT!! You totally crack me up!

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  27. That's a lot of running in place in the deep end!

    I got my sticker... my daughter asked what it stood for... when I told her... she said "why do you have to shut up to run?" Good point baby, good point... mommy never shuts up while running.

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  28. Ok, I'll go run. What I really want to do is strangle a coworker to death with her nylons, but there's no reason why I can't run after I hide her body.

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  29. 78 minutes of THAT? Really? Seriously? You are going to be one tough person when it comes to mental fatigue....because if you can do that you can do anything.

    Between that and EMZ rocking the dreadmill for 22 miles.....man alive is all I can say.

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  30. Oh gosh. I can just imagine the annoying water aerobics instructor. Ha ha :)

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  31. Some people... you give them a bit of power and it goes straight to their heads!

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  32. I would run for you... but i can't... so i guess we will not run together!

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  33. Just found your blog the other day and have to say it just might be THE most entertaining one out there! I can't stop cracking up!

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  34. I admire your ability to stick through all of this. I know it can't be easy at all!

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  35. Lady you are a machine, and will be fitter than when you got injured if you keep this up, we are all behind you.

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  36. Was the swim instructor that yelled at you wearing a flowered swim cap? If so, that would be AWESOME. Post pictures of that please

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