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A Little Winter Respite

Bill and I just returned from a quick getaway to Tampa, Florida where we attended our niece’s wedding. It was a delightful and much-needed mini-vacation where we enjoyed temps in the 70’s while it snowed back home. These pasty white legs enjoyed some breathing room after being trapped under jeans and yoga pants for months.

We arrived in Florida on Thursday morning and while waiting for additional family to arrive, we met Bill’s brother and wife for a nice and relaxing lunch on the patio of one of the restaurants at the Innisbrook Resort.

 

Thursday evening we attended the rehearsal dinner which was held at a hibachi grilled owned by the groom’s family. It was an impressive sight seeing the chefs work two tables at once.

 

 

 

The wedding was held on Friday evening in front of the old oak tree on the Innisbrook Island Golf Course – not a bad backdrop for a wedding ceremony, and with temps in the mid 70’s, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect!

 

It was so nice to spend time with Bill’s family and get to know the groom’s family. In general, we laughed, ate, drank, visited, danced, and laughed some more. It was truly a fabulous time away from the rat race of our daily lives.

 

A Glimpse into what Retirement Might Look Like

On Friday morning, we slept in until 8:30 and it felt magnificent. We walked just over a half mile to the resort’s well-equipped fitness center where I hopped on a treadmill and ran a mile while Bill worked out on an elliptical right beside me. After our warmup, we spent over an hour lifting weights, and then moved on into the yoga studio to stretch (I did my yoga for sciatica routine). After our workout, we walked back to our room and then drove around in search of a place to grab a quick lunch. I could see our mornings during retirement being quite similar – minus the sleeping in – I’d still want to get up early and bring up the sun during a run at least a couple of days a week!

 

Physical Therapy Update

Since last week’s update, I had one PT session where my PT suggested skipping this coming week’s session and see how I’m doing in one more week. I’m thrilled to report that I three successful one-mile runs with zero residual pain. I’ve had no foot numbness for about five days and weened myself completely off of the anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant meds my doctor had prescribed. Unfortunately, since writing this paragraph yesterday at the airport, my leg started hurting on the plane and I woke up this morning with foot numbness. I popped a couple of Advil and hope that will calm things back down and that this is just a temporary blimp in my healing.

This coming week I hope to try a couple of two-milers outside, weather permitting. Not running during January and February has turned me into a cold-weather wimp. 😉

 

And Now on to a RunDown of this Past Week’s Workouts…
Running

I had three one-mile runs on my treadmill (affiliate link) this past week and each one felt better than the previous!

  • Monday – 11:45 pace and it felt very labored
  • Wednesday – 10:42 and it felt hard
  • Friday – 10:32 pace and it felt much easier

As I mentioned earlier, I’m hoping that I can muster up the motivation this coming week to get back to my super early runs. It’s amazing how quickly good habits go by the wayside and bad habits get picked up – I’m looking at you warm cozy bed on cold winter mornings.

 

Biking

There was nothing really new happening on my spin bike (affiliate link) this week. Knowing I’d be out of town later in the week, I made sure to fit in my rides earlier in the week and rode 52 miles over four days.

 

Strength Training

Strength training went well and with making a couple of minor adjustments, I had zero foot numbness after my workouts. I replaced the guilty parties with other hip strengthening exercises and so far so good!

 

Yoga

My spine thinks cobra pose is the bomb! That is all.

 

It’s on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…

 

In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete rundown of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…

 

  • Questions:
  • If you live where it gets cold during the winter, do you ever head to warmer climates for a few days to get away?  ~ We always took ski vacations so this was almost a first for us.
  • Weddings:  love them or tolerate them? ~ Bill and I love attending weddings!
  • Did you race this weekend?

 

And that’s a wrap… Have a great week!

 

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I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Wrap. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!

 

Happy Running! ~ Deb