An Unexpected Snow Day

Wednesday was an unexpected snow day! I knew the snow was coming, but didn’t expect the gym to actually announce the day before that it would be closed all day on Wednesday. My clients who were scheduled to come to my home gym didn’t have 4-wheel drive and chose to ere on safety and canceled.

I  spent my newfound time sleeping until 8:15, lifting weights, riding my spin bike, shoveling snow twice, and drinking a huge cup of hot chocolate!

 

Virginia Tech Wrestling for Bill’s Birthday

Friday was Bill’s birthday and he decided he wanted to celebrate in Blacksburg at the Virginia Tech/NC State wrestling dual. We went into the meet nationally ranked 14th against #10 NC State. We ended up losing 17-16, but saw some really great collegiate wrestling.

 

Shortly after taking the above selfie, we decided to move down closer to the mat so we walked around Cassell Coliseum to the opposite side and grabbed seats just two rows up from the action.

 

A Quick Visit to the Farm

From Blacksburg we drove to the farm for a quick two-night visit. It was raining during our drive on Friday and didn’t stop until sometime this morning before we woke. Callie and Hobbes hardly moved from their favorite napping spot on the breezeway except for occasionally hopping off their chair to beg for head and chin scratches whenever we walked by.

 

The rain caused smaller creeks and the North Fork of the Holston River to flood. The water was almost up to the road where I run when visiting the farm. This morning when we left the flooding had subsided a bit and I wouldn’t be surprised if the road was flooded yesterday during the non-stop downpours.

 

We ended up leaving a lot earlier this morning than originally planned due to high wind and gusts warnings from Southwestern Virginia pretty much all the way up the Shenandoah Valley and into Northern Virginia. Luckily, we beat the wind and had an uneventful trip home. It was great seeing my mom even if it was a whirlwind trip!

 

Yipping Coyotes

At 9:45 PM last night I heard noises outside Mom’s house. I ran to her back door and opened it to the sound of coyotes yipping with each other as they ran across the field just beyond her back yard. It wasn’t the traditional howling sound I associate with coyotes so I ran and got mom who confirmed that indeed it was coyotes. They’ve been back in the area for several years, but I hadn’t had a chance to hear them, and luckily I’ve never seen them while out on a pre-dawn run.

 

Physical Therapy Update

I had two more PT sessions, one consisting of dry needling with electrical stimulation and the other cupping. I was happy that my therapist did the less invasive massage style cupping rather than with fire or cuts to the skin. My PT also did some massage and manual traction.

 

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

I discussed with my PT the prospect of trying a little trial run one day this coming week and he thought that would be fine. Hopefully, next week’s recap will include a treadmill picture!

 

Biking

My new weekly goal is to ride at least fifty miles on my spin bike (affiliate link) and I’ve hit that goal the last two weeks. Here’s hoping I’ll have no problem keeping up with my friends at our upcoming rides this spring.

 

Strength Training

I isolated a couple of my  strength training exercises to see if I could figure out which might be causing my ongoing foot numbness – single-leg pistol squats were suspect, as were supine leg curls using a Swiss ball. With minor changes I was able perform both exercises without any residual problems.

The numbness is gradually going away, but not as quickly as I expected, especially since I haven’t run in almost eight weeks, I’ve been doing PT for three weeks, and I’ve been taking an anti-inflammatory for four weeks.

 

Yoga

My PT is a huge fan of cobra pose so after a few weeks of pretty much only doing stretches specific to helping my sciatica, I’ve added in some of my old yoga routines which include cobra. I’m also doing cobra pose while stretching out after lifting and riding my bike. It’s one of those poses that just feels so good to me!

 

It’s 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…

  • Friday – I’ll be joining in on the Ultimate Coffee Date fun with Deborah and Coco.

 

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’s the weather been in your neck of the woods? 
  • Do you enjoy watching wrestling (not the chair throwing kind)? ~ Our sons were both four-year varsity wrestlers in high school, and as a result, Bill and I got interested in the sport. I really enjoy watch it at the collegiate level. Wrestlers at that level are amazing athletes and their muscular bodies are easy on the eyes. 😉
  • 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