Jun 01

The Rundown: No Running? No Problem.

Don’t worry, no one has hijacked my site nor have I gone completely off the rails and stopped caring about running. No, I still have a very deep love for running and all the things that surround it. I also have a very deep appreciation for my body and how I need to give it space and time to heal.

Miles is running for both of us these days.

Miles is running for both of us these days.

Instead of acting like one of the boys when I won’t let them get their 20th Beanie Boo, and breaking sound barriers with whining, when CRS declared no running for two weeks, I decided to plunge head first into positivity and focus on all that I can do. Plus, I’ve had two massages in two weeks which does wonders for the attitude.


WEEK OF MAY 25, 2015

RUNNING AQUA JOGGING: Let’s call it what it is, shall we? Let’s put it this way, the last time I was in the pool the lifeguard asked me if I was going for “the wet mile.” I have built up to 45 minutes of pool running, found a belt that stays put and managed to not drown myself out of boredom. These are very big achievements people. Let’s celebrate!

I also have the distinct pleasure of reacquainting myself with the elliptical. *insert motion of finger going down throat and gagging* But I’m ok with it, really, I had a slight hiccup in that no less then two people had to actually show me where the appropriate one was. I was literally escorted off of one type of elliptical, onto another, so I could see pacing and more closely mimic a running stride. I had no idea such a thing was even in my gym. #TrueStory

Total time “running” in the pool & on elliptical: 3.5 hours

As luck would have it, the ellipticals are directly behind the treadmills. Really?

As luck would have it, the ellipticals are directly behind the treadmills. Really?

CYCLING: I’m having my bike tuned up while I’m in San Francisco so I don’t have to be without it and miss a day on the roads. I’ve been riding all over town and creating new and exciting routes. By the end of my long rides, I have to stop myself from jumping directly into the lake before riding up the steep hill to my house. It would be like a luxurious ice bath…but then I would have to put my wet socks and bike shoes back on, and climb the steepest hill yet, to get home. It may be worth it, just once.

Total miles on the bike: 57

Total miles in spin class: 39

Can you see the lake waaayyy down there? Yep. That's the issue.

Can you see the lake waaayyy down there? Yep. That’s the issue.

SWIMMING: Not only do I run in the pool but I actually swim in it too! I know, crazy right? I was lucky enough to swim in open water again this past week with CRS. We swam half the lake and back a few times and may do the whole thing in a couple weeks. I dare say I’m starting to really enjoy it and the fear factor is non-existent. Of course now I’m having visions of that very sentence being posted to my FB page next to my obit when I drown. #HappyThoughts

STRENGTH TRAINING: My hips are getting stronger! Of course I’ve been beating them into submission with a combo of Dr. Jordan Metzl’s IronStrength routine and the hip/glute specific exercises Lindsey (the dry needling PT from hell) gave me. I’m looking forward to going back to Lindsey to show her how much my hip strength has improved. Of course, I have to wait until my hammy is fully healed so I can run right the hell outta there before she pulls out the needles!

FUEL: If you live in civilization, this will not be that exciting to you. However, I live in boonieville and it’s a small miracle that I can now get Amrita bars at one of my favorite markets and Chia Bars (wait for it) at my grocery store! I know, I know, the excitement is overwhelming.


Just refueling with an Amrita bar like the rest of the country…


Yes, they are worth every penny.

After buying 12 Chia Bars, the checkout girl and two people in line asked what the hell they were and why was I buying so many. Dear Lord, why do I live here???

And…did you know that Health Warrior Chia Bars now offers protein bars? Mind blown. My order is coming by boat.

THINGS I LOVE: Receiving my prestigious award in the mail. I heart 40.



THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH: Sexism. I feel like I rant about this quite a bit but, it keeps getting pushed in my face, and I just have to address it.  Of course my confrontation of choice is comedy so I’ll let Amy Schumer take it from here:

*In case you don’t know, Amy is a dirty girl and this is not for little ears or those easily offended*

READING: In case you couldn’t relate to the last article I linked from The Huffington Post on being Type A, they have done it again in the polar opposite direction, and are highlighting the fascinating world of the Type B’s! I know one all too well. He lives in my house and sleeps in my bed.

QUOTE TWEET OF THE WEEK: Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 3.30.57 PM


How was your week?

What are you living without these days?



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  1. Janine Huldie

    I am hoping you are on the mend and honestly love your attitude about it though. By the way couldn’t agree more about massages and still get one every other week at my chiropractor and you are right they do definite wonders!! 😉
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    1. vita88

      YES! The massages are really helping and I need to keep them going, at least though training for NYC. Thanks Janine!

  2. Hollie

    I always enjoy your honesty. I actually don’t mind the elliptical at all. It’s nice to get some easy cross training plus hopefully you are also able t watch trashy tv!

    I hope you feel better and have fun this week.
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    1. vita88

      I actually watch SportsCenter because it keeps me motivated to see all those athletes! The biggest problem I have is that my feet are going numb!! Very frustrating but my two weeks is almost up 🙂

  3. Tina muir

    I hate to admit, but I have been doing some pool running too, it is miserable, but effective, so now I have an extra motivation, thinking that you are in there too. I know it is so depressing, but it really works, and we will be back to full strength soon (I am at about 50%). You would be proud, I have been cycling and swimming too to get extra cardio in that I can’t do running! Thanks for being so honest and real, I can’t wait to meet you!!!!
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    1. vita88

      Oh no! I’m sorry you’re suffering through all the same things I am, but 50% is GOOD! I’m almost done with my two weeks and get to test my leg with a slow, short, flat run in San Francisco later this week so I really can’t complain.
      I’m so, so excited to meet you!!! It’s going to be a fantastic weekend!
      Hang in there and know that I’m in the pool too 🙂

  4. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    That video is hilarious.
    I am not a big fan on pool running but I did it every single week in college…our college coach was a big fan of pool running…and it is also how I got to know my husband, because he was a lifeguard at the pool. He loves his pool running. But he would walk back and forth with me and talk while I ran in the water…and it made it go by faster.
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    1. vita88

      Isn’t it? I just had to post it! Glad you liked it.
      I so wish I had someone to talk to while pool running. The lifeguards chat me up sometimes but it’s nothing like what you had and that is actually a great story!!

  5. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    I kinda like ellipticals!! But it doesn’t surprise me one bit that they make you gag LOL. I have never pool run, will need to try that soon! I am a hybrid of both type A and type B. Type C?? Look at that award!!! amazing. If I were you I’d magically have it in my purse. At all times. And chia bars, yes. I can only get them at my whole foods and I almost always get the mango — so so good!
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    1. vita88

      My feet go numb on the elliptical and you know I just want to RUN! My husband claims he’s a hybrid as well but he’s definitely a B. I could see where you are somewhere in the middle though – you’re just perfect Miss Nellie 🙂
      I WISH we had mango flavor!! Right now all they offer at both locations is Berry, PB Chocolate and Coconut. I’ll take it but…

  6. Paria@momontherunsanity.com

    Love the medal! Have you tried a group spinning class? Those can be a lot of fun when you find an instructor that plays all your favorite music. I have a type B sleeping in my bed, too…. and there should be a type C category….for those who are on an even more delayed and relaxed schedule than the type B…I’ve got a child like that!
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    1. vita88

      Hahaha – yes, I actually teach a spin class once a week and I love all the music – wink wink 🙂
      I agree about the type C but I think most kids are like that!! Or maybe just boys??

  7. Britt@MyOwnBalance

    I have to say that the elliptical actually really helped me after I had my c-section. It was low-impact but I could still get in some good cardio. I have never run in the pool but I did aqua zumba once and let’s just say I prefer to stick with regular zumba.

    This weekend I did an online barre class with barre3 for runners (don’t ask me why I was doing it…). The instructor said she worked with a physical therapist to create the class and it was pretty good for strength training. In case you were looking for something else to do while you can’t run!
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    1. vita88

      The elliptical really is the perfect machine for rehab of all kinds, I just get so bored!
      I wish I had a Barre3 class anywhere near me because I would definitely take it. The closest one is about 40 min from where I live so I would have to take a field trip!! Thanks for the tip though, I may look it up online and steal some moves!

  8. misszippy

    I totally admire your positive attitude! I have to say that I think the elliptical might be worse than pool running in my mind. I hope you are back asap. If there’s such a thing as good timing, though, this is it b/c at least you can be outside on the bike and doing more OWSs, too, right? And plus one to what Britt says above–I love barre class and it is killer for added hip/glute strength!

    I need to read the article on type B folks. Total mystery to me those people! ; )
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    1. vita88

      I’m so positive now because I only have two more days until I get to test my legs…and I will be in San Francisco 🙂 I cannot wait. I think I agree about the pool vs elliptical. I hope I don’t have to do either for a long time after this week!

      Type B – total mystery.

  9. danielle

    your attitude is refreshing and very motivating, nothing needs to keep us from moving forward, right? i have gotten bummed out before when i couldn’t run and would go into that runner gloom phase but thankfully it doesn’t last. i finally got the green light to start running a little from my chiro and now that i’m on a good plan of stretching, i’m feeling good. our parks are dried up enough to run so that is the best part, it’s hard to live near awesome trails and not be able to enjoy them. at the minimum i will take my dogs out for long trail walks so we’re all happy 😀
    congrats again on 1st place, that is so awesome!!!!!
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    1. vita88

      Thank you!!!!
      I think it helps a lot when we have other things we love to “fall back on” like cycling and swimming. I’m really enjoying being more of a triathlete and injury is one of the reasons why!
      I hope you can get back out on those trails soon!!

  10. james oliver

    two things. 1. You’re a beast. 2. OMG, Amy Schumer is hilarious.

    Vagina–> Hermit crab?
    100 years old and white spiders coming out?

    Cracking up.

    Thanks for posting.
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    1. vita88

      I’m laughing just reading your comment!! Love it. Thank you and so glad you enjoyed the video. Amy is hilarious!

  11. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    oy. I was just thinking that I might have to get on the elliptical. That’s almost as bad, maybe worse, than the stationary bike. I hope that you’re on the mend friend!
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    1. vita88

      Both of them are horrible but also better then nothing, right? Stay positive with me here! It helps that it was raining today and that I only have two more days until I get to test my hammy and I will be in San Francisco!!

  12. Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I really admire your positive attitude! I could only hope to stay so positive and balanced if I was off of running. I consider any pool running without drowning a success, although that would not just be due to surviving the boredom, but also to my utter lack of any swimming ability.
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    1. vita88

      Hahaha – yes, it’s a triumph each time I emerge! Having grown to love cycling and swimming over the past few years has really helped when I’m injured, although I am itching to test my legs and hoping to finally move forward! Thanks Laura.

  13. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Two massages in two weeks?! sign me up for that. Actually, literally sign my up. I pulled my Achilles or something. I need help. #alsopartoftheproblem
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    1. vita88

      Oh no! It was all those hills in Greece, wasn’t it? Totally worth it but heal quickly!

      1. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

        I think that started it and then I finished it off playing ball Sunday. Yeowwww!
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        1. vita88

          That will do it! Yikes. Happy recovery 🙂

  14. Jesica @rUnladylike

    Awesome job keeping up with your workouts despite no running. Nice job with the cycling too! I’m glad you’re also liking the Running Strong IronStrength workout. I try to do it once per week along with other strength training. I think strength training is the key to staying healthy as we add our mileage. Great week. Fingers crossed you are feeling back to your healthy self soon. xo
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    1. vita88

      Strength training is absolutely key and I wasn’t doing enough of it last go-around for all the marathon training. Thanks Jesica!

  15. Lauren

    Awesome award and way to get all those workouts in. I LOVE Amy Schumer-I think she’s hilarious and is one of the biggest conversation starters about women’s issues today!

    1. vita88

      Thanks Lauren! So glad you love Amy as much as I do. We need someone like her 🙂

  16. Dana

    I like the elliptical…I crank up the resistance though. It’s like walking through water – slowish but great workout for the legs and glutes.

    I’m not familiar with Chia Bars, but I just looked them up on Amazon, and you can get a box of 15 for $20 and change – much cheaper than your grocery store. My kids often need a quick snack to fuel them before a game or workout; I’ll have to let them try these.

    Btw…did you hear that Serial Season 2 is coming out this fall? Whole new story.
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    1. vita88

      Everything is cheaper on Amazon!! From now on, I’ll have to order but I don’t mind paying for the connivence 🙂 I hope your kids like them as they are perfect for keeping up your energy though sports…plus they’re little and so portable.

      I heard about Serial and I seriously cannot wait!!!

  17. Yum Yucky

    LOL at the chia bar checkout. I once bought 30 plastic shower caps at one time. The checkout person questioned me as well. I think they work for the government.
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    1. vita88

      Not going to ask about the shower caps but hope you blog about it. Or vlog.

  18. jill conyers

    Haha love the QOTW! I checked my closed mind at the door and have grown to love the elliptical. One word. Intervals. Your gym story made me laugh 🙂

    Have an awesome Wednesday Allie!
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    1. vita88

      This is why I need to be more like you Jill. I’m just praying my test run goes well so I don’t have to get back on the elliptical!! 🙂 Glad I could give you a laugh. Have a great day!

  19. CARLA

    oh see? for once my love of the ELLIPTICAL (for 15 minutes at a time :-)) is something I wish I could share.

    Although I wont get on without a SNIPPET of Parenthood to watch on there—so there’s that too.
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    1. vita88

      I also enjoy 15 minutes…it’s the extra 45 that is super boring:-)
      Love Parenthood and want to watch it all over again…

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