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Injury Report, Baby Steps, Ab Challenge, The Madness and Random Thoughts

Warning: This post is all over the place!

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone is enjoying their Daylight Savings!  I know I am happy it is finally here (even if it is messing up my sleep schedule) and that we will be having longer and lighter days!  It has been a rainy mess the last few days but on the positive side…it’s not snow!!!

PiF Update: 166.8 miles confirmed 🙂  What a wonderful thing we are all doing together to help a great cause!  Thanks again for taking the few seconds to come here and dedicate your miles.  And an extra thanks to those shouting it out on your blogs; only 33.2 more miles until I hit my goal of 200 total miles in one week!  Keep ’em coming- it’s on until Wednesday!

Injury Report:  On Friday I was cleared from my crutches.  Woo-Hoo!  And yesterday I went to the gym.  Woo-Hoo times two! 

So here’s the deal- I am cleared to workout very lightly.  Basically stationary bike only right now.  Probably the elliptical by the end of this week and  I should be in the pool by the end of  next week.  As for running, who knows.  Everything really depends on both my follow-up MRI and my progress in PT.  I am following everything to a T; still going to ART three times a week and PT two days a week.  I have seen/felt a remarkable difference, so I know what I am doing is working.  I wouldn’t go as far to say I feel good, because I am still very aware of the pain.  I can say I feel better though because the pain is not as severe nor as constant. 

And about those baby steps…Sunday, I did ten minutes on the stationary bike.  Doesn’t seem like a lot but considering I have nothing but some ab work in the books for March, this is huge.  It is the first step to getting back to my normal workouts.  And even though it was only ten minutes…ten very slow minutes…it was still something.  I also got back to lifting which felt great.  I could have been lifting all along, but there was no way I was going into the gym on crutches because that just would have felt ridiculous.  My total workout was less than 40 minutes but I was just happy to be burning calories again!

Speaking of burning calories, Katie is holding an abs challenge!  This works out great for me as I am doing my own year long challenge- yeah for extra motivation!  I really realllllllllly want a six-pack (I would even settle for a four-pack) by summertime. 

I’ll take these abs please…

Want your abs to be kick ass??  Go check out Katie’s challenge!


In news that has nothing to do with working out but is still sports related…THE MADNESS HAD BEGUN!! 

March Madness is here and I am in love!  My team, the UNC Tarheels, did not bother to show up this season so I am going to be rooting only for the teams that I have in my pool.  And sometimes that is tough because it requires me to root for teams I dislike (Michigan State, Kentucky and Georgetown).  I think it would be great if Villanova won, since they are the home team, but I don’t think they have the size to get very far.  Of course, as always Duke got special treatment (really…ahead of Syracuse…reallllly???) and has the easiest bracket.  Other than Nova, they really don’t have too much competition, so it is a small possibility that Nova could get to the Final Four.  But who knows.  This had been one of the toughest brackets I ever filled out but I am really looking forward to this years tournament because with big teams (UNC, UCONN, UCLA, Memphis) missing this really could be anyone’s year.  I think Kansas is the clear “easy-choice” winner but it won’t be made easy for them.  If they get past Syracuse, I think they have it.  But like I said…it is anyone’s game to win or lose.  And I expect a lot of twists and turns.  And don’t worry about my Tarheels…next year, they will be back.  And by back, I mean back on top!

Do any of you follow NCAA basketball?  If so, do you have a special team?


And before I go, some random thoughts…

Why are there still people without a Road ID???  Last year, a PA woman was killed by a tree; she was not carrying any I.D. and she went unidentified for three days.  She was identified eventually because the news placed a photo of the shirt she was wearing on T.V.  That is how her family found out about her death.  I am sure this is not a singular case, yet still so many people do not have an I.D.  If you are one of those people…please buy a Road ID.  Not tomorrow…not in a week…now.  Don’t wait for another give-a-way.  Don’t wait until it is too late.  There are many different options; you can pick your color, the type you want (ankle, wrist, shoe…etc) and how much info you wish to share.  They start at only $19.99.  Go now.  Buy it. 

Whatever happened to TiaRT? Am I missing something because I used to love and look forward to this every Thursday and it has been MIA since the end of the blogger guest appearances.  If you are interested in what mine was, go here.  Yup, shameless plug!  Anyway, my point is, I miss it and I want it back!

Like I said, this was a random all over the place post!  Thanks to all my readers who are sticking with me while I am injured!  I know non-tri & non-running talk can get boring but hopefully I am keep you plenty entertained with Q&A’s and randomness like this.  And for you who are new to Tri’s, stay tuned for a Swim 101 post with information about beginner swimming and swim training!

25 thoughts on “Injury Report, Baby Steps, Ab Challenge, The Madness and Random Thoughts

  1. You are too generous! My package arrived today and there is so much. THANK YOU!!!!

    Yay for being cleared to go w/o crutches.

    3/10: 0.81 mi
    3/11: 6.44 mi
    3/12: 4.69 mi
    3/14: 4.52 mi
    = 16.46 mi since your post from me for your PiF jar.

  2. Um yeah that was all over the place! LOL! Glad you are being a good girl and only taking baby steps! We want a healthy Jill sooner rather than later! No pushing it!!!

  3. Hooray for baby steps!
    I’ll be getting in another run or two before your 3/17 deadline. I slacked a bit over the weekend but the rain wasn’t very motivational.
    NCAA- I filled out a bracket but I don’t have a special team. I supposed I should like Maryland or WVU based on where I live but I just don’t care that much. So sad. I just like to fill out the bracket and hope I don’t come in last place!
    I’m checking out the ab challenge. I don’t exactly want a 6-pack but flatter/stronger abs is a goal of mine. I’ve been doing my own workouts at home lately.
    I need to get me a road ID. Thanks for the reminder. A woman was killed in DC a week or so ago and didn’t have any ID. I’m not sure if they’ve IDed her yet. So sad.

  4. Good news on making the steps on recovery road. My doc recommended, with my hip injury, to start with aquajogging when I get up to that. He is a big swimming believer.

    My 12 year old daughter is a die hard TarHeel fan which means she roots for whichever team Duke is playing against.

  5. Yeah! I’m so glad that you’re off crutches and back to the gym. I’m sure it’s hard, but you’re being so smart about things with those baby steps. I’ll take those abs, too!

  6. Hello from a lurker! I’ve wanted to throw some miles your way but kept forgetting. Then after a yuck run yesterday, I thought having a goal in my mind would work for the next run. So, you get tomorrow’s 4.5 miles.

  7. Yay for baby steps! There are times when I feel like I’m getting better and then times when its not so much. I got my package today too –thanks!! I love your idea of donating miles and you know I totally would if I had miles haha

  8. I am so happy to hear you are following the doctor’s orders and feeling somewhat better 🙂

    I didn’t do TiaRT but remember seeing it on people’s blogs. What did happen? Hmm.

  9. Woo hoo, little Jill is off of the crutches!! That is awesome news:) Ha ha, I am with you…I would totally settle for a four pack too!! I am working on it:) I am glad to hear the good news…keep smiling Jill!!

  10. Yeah, you can some exercising and have a little fun! I’m SO happy for you, I know what it’s been like for you and it wasn’t easy I’m sure. As always, though, you’ve been positive and now you’re on the mend! If you’d like to send Jill a b-day card, please email me and I’ll send you my address!! My email is on my blog…I hope to hear from you soon!

  11. Jill – Yay! That is so great to hear that you’re PT is moving along and you are really starting to see (feel) some great progress – great, great stuff.

    Man, are those abs intimidating … please don’t let my personal trainer see that pick – she’ll be upping my core work from 20 min. 3X week to 40. I don’t know if I can take it!

    Congrats Jill! Keep on Truckin’! Best from Austin, Joe

  12. gotta fill out my bracket!!!!!!!!! kansas, kentucky… syracuse? one of their guys is hurt. personally i also like georgetown.

    i can’t believe i haven’t dedicated any miles to you yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i get your emails in my inbox so sometimes i read them and forget i haven’t commented.

    i’m dedicating all of my track workout miles to you today. i’ll let you know later what the mileage ends up being. this is good b/c i’m getting tired and i have to get myself out there. so i won’t let you down 🙂

  13. dang girl! 200 mpw on crutches! 😉

    why don’t you start up your own tiart? i’ve noticed before how RL tends to disappear sometimes though…

  14. Yay for 200! Yay for being off the crutches! Yay hot abs! (Seriously, can I have Kara’s entire bod, please? Thanks.) Yay for safety!! You don’t even need a road ID just carry ANY ID! We all need to be safe and sound runners 🙂

  15. So glad to hear you are off the crutches and on the mend! Before you know it, this injury will be a distant memory. Best you continue to take it slow. I’m sure you’ll have amazing abs by summer!

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