So you know about my knee. The pain is getting better but if I want to marathon train this summer I must must rest from running for 2 weeks. When my physical therapist told me it was either rest or get full blown tendonitis and be injured longer I chose rest.
Well we are on day 4 of no running and yes it sucks. The weather has been perfect for running not too hot not too cold. Yes I would venture to say the past 2 nights it nearly killed me to see runners out there pounding the pavement while I drove home from work. It must be the same feeling my poor dog has when I stop him from chasing the squirrels. It must be his revenge on me after all these years ;)
I thought about it, and I decided that one injury will not get me down. Yes I miss running but there are so many other things I can do! Yesterday I hit the gym and pushed out some miles on the elliptical machine. It was hard staring down the wall of treadmills lol but I did and walked down to the rowing machine. It looked interesting...
I was unsure of how hard it would be so I figured hey I'm here and craving more cardio so let's give it a shot. It turned out to be quite the cardio workout I had wished for! I rowed for 10 minutes and kept my heart rate up where it is (160s) for a run of a 9 minute mile. Far higher than I can get from Mr elliptical! When I finished I felt a bit better. I realized how lucky I was.
I am still able to make my heart rate work and sweat, even if I cannot run it is no excuse to stop exercising. There are absolutely no excuses for this girl I have a goal and that is to be the best fit role model for myself and family that I can be. I may be on the injury side of the team but hey we still can work out over here! Actually its been fun trying new workouts.
This morning I woke up at 5am and headed to trx boot camp. It was all about plank moves today! This was perfect of course for me I'm a about plank for abs ;) I felt pretty Damn strong when the instructor told me I was badass for doing a 1 legged wall sit too. He thought I was pushing myself I told him about the knee so he got it. But I must say I did all my plank work next to a fellow runner a man who does marathons. I kept up with him and I felt pretty good! I realized I am pretty bad ass when it comes to plank work, I guess all my hard work is paying off :)
So my lesson I learned this week is simple: your body is capable of great things so do not give up, even if you cannot run there are other great ways to exercise and feel the burn!