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Whining Alert and Toning Down the Workouts 

As I mentioned last week, I have a cold – it’s in its second full week and still hanging on. Actually, I feel pretty good so I can’t complain. I’m just being overly cautious with this lingering cough and congestion and don’t want it to go into something worse. Feel free to switch out Man for Deb and fever for cold in the meme below…

I guess this past week was as good as any to be under the weather since I’ve had to put running on hold until I can get my sciatica under control. As I mentioned last week, the earliest appointment that I could get with my spine doctor is on January 25th so until then I can’t start physical therapy, which ultimately, is what I think I need most.


If Undecorating Were Cardio…

I spent almost the entire day on Sunday taking our Christmas decorations down and that didn’t include the tree. I’ve found it easiest to carry everything down to our basement where I could sort our Christmas treasures into the right boxes before moving them back into the storage room. At the end of the day, my Fitbit (affiliate link) showed I’d walked over nine miles and I’d pretty much only written a blog post and worked on taking down Christmas decorations. My glutes were sore for days from so many trips up and down two sets of stairs.


On Monday evening I took the ornaments off of our tree and Tuesday between client appointments I disassembled our tree and packed it away. As much as I love the festiveness of Christmas, it’s always a great feeling to put everything away and get back to more clutter-free living.


On to my workouts…

Zero, zilch, nada…

As if to make sure I knew that it wasn’t a good idea to start running again, I felt that sharp sciatic nerve pain deep in my glutes when I trotted out to my mailbox one day this past week.



When I’ve biked the last month or so, I felt that pain in my glute when I got off the bike and for a couple of subsequent minutes. I do plan to try it again and see how it goes this coming week. If I can bike without the pain, I’ll resume biking this coming week.


Strength Training

I’ve completely reassessed my strength training workouts and took all kettlebell swings out of my routine. As much as I keep my core engaged during my kettlebell workouts, I can’t help but wonder if for me and my situation, they’re doing more harm than good.



I completely revamped my yoga this week. I put together a yoga for sciatica routine from pulling together a bunch of different poses that I found on various YouTube channels. The new routine takes about thirty minutes to complete so I’ll be keeping at it until I can see my doctor and see what he thinks my next steps should be.


Last Week on the Blog

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


Looking ahead to this coming week…

  • Tuesday – I promise to have my New Day New Year 5K race recap ready to share. You know, the one I said I’d post on Thursday of last week. It’s pretty much done now so there should be no excuses for not finishing it up.
  • Thursday – I have some great ideas for posts moving forward. Stay tuned!


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


  • Questions:
  • How are your cross training workouts going?
  • Have you been able to stay clear of the various colds going around? If you get sick, how do you handle it – brave and stoic or are you a wimp like I seem to be this time around? 
  • Did you race this weekend?


And that’s a wrap… Have a great week!


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I’m linking up with Holly at HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking The Long Way Home 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