Another year has come to an end and as the entire world celebrates the dawning of a new year ….I, too, celebrate the dawning of a new year, a new decade, another birthday! I breezed right “over the hill” and now I eagerly anticipate this new chapter of my life!
The hubby and I spent the New Year’s weekend celebrating my 50th birthday and ringing in the new year Savannah style! We had a fabulous time touring the city, indulging on their famous pralines and ringing in the new year on River Street at their “Up the Cup” countdown. I will posting soon about the beautiful city of Savannah and all of the fun things to do. So, if you’re interested in visiting, stay tuned for my personal favorites from this beautiful and charming southern city!
Last week was busy, as the week between Christmas and New Years usually is for everyone. I was trying hard to get back on track with my workouts and healthier eating on Monday, all the while knowing that my birthday weekend was coming and I would just fall right back off that wagon again. Nevertheless, I put forth a decent effort and here’s how it played out …..
Monday: The hubs had the day off from work, so we hit the trails near our house. I rode 14 miles on my road bike while he ran. I decided not to run knowing that I had my doctor’s appointment coming up regarding my ankle. My half marathon is coming up all too soon and I haven’t trained AT ALL …saving the ankle for 13.1 miles. If it gives out on me, it will be on race day, not on just any old run. I know, it’s a completely idiotic “plan” …but runners will do anything to get through a race, right? We followed up with an hour-long sweat session in the gym.
Tuesday: Back in the gym for cardio on the Powermill. 45 minutes of alternating 2 minutes 2 steps at a time, 2 minutes side steps to the left, 2 minutes side steps to the right and 2 minutes 1 step at a time. This is a great glute workout …works all angles of the tushie!
Check that out …132 floors climbed! I love this machine. Going for an hour next time …gotta have goals, right?
Wednesday: 30 min. on Spin bike at home then “undecorated” the house of all Christmas decor. This is the worst part of the holidays for me ….I love decorating, but absolutely hate the undecorating!
Thursday: D-day!! Yep, you guessed it ….the long-awaited Dr’s appointment. I’ve got to confess that I really was expecting bad news, and I may have received it and I’m just too dumb or stubborn to realize it! But basically, I was diagnosed with stage 2 PTTD (post tibial tendon disorder). What does that mean? Well, it means that the “damage to the tendon has already been done” and I can run as much as I want or as much as I can tolerate the pain. There’s no reversing or “fixing” the problem but there is no “real” danger of making it worse either. If I can tolerate the discomfort, then I can run until my heart is content. He does, however, want me to get fitted for a new set of orthotics, do a lot of stretching and would prefer I wear the orthotics in all of my shoes, not just my running shoes. Of course I did like any runner would do and asked the most important question of all (and the real reason I made the appointment to begin with) ….can I run 13.1 miles in one week without this tendon snapping in half or being ripped from my body requiring me to have to have surgery? His answer …YES! Hallelujah! I almost kissed him! He did say, however, that he wanted me to limit the miles after the half marathon until I get the new orthotics and allow my ankle time to get adjusted to them. I can do that. So, I got my answers …some good, some not so good and I’m okay with it all. I will run and continue to cross train as long as my body will allow it and enjoy every mile until that point.
Friday: On the road to “fabulous” Savannah bright and early, ready for a “fabulous” weekend with my “fabulous” husband, to celebrate finding “fabulous” at fifty!
Saturday: Spent the day walking the city resulting in quite a few miles….
…7.97 to be exact. Really? Why couldn’t I have just walked a few more steps to round that out at 8 miles! Went back to the hotel for a little rest before the evenings countdown to the new year. As I said earlier, I’ll post more on our trip later this week. However, I will leave you with a few fun pictures from the weekend.
I pray that 2017 brings bountiful blessings, much happiness and many, many miles for all of you!
Happy New Year!
I’m linking up with Tricia and Holly with their Weekly Wrap where we all share our struggles, successes, frustrations, goals, tips and encourage one another throughout our fitness journeys. So pop on over and check out these great ladies and as many others as you can. You’ll be glad you did!
Have you ever been to Savannah? If so, what’s your favorite thing to do there? Anyone else ever run a half marathon injured and with zero training? How did you ring in the New Year?
Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one birthday at a time!