After a couple of weeks of cutting way back on my running due to a wonky sciatic nerve, I woke Monday ready to take on the world and thought perhaps I could resume normal running during the week.  While working out, I sat on the Swiss ball to roll out and make a bridge for doing a chest press; however, I made the mistake of starting on the tile floor instead of the rubber gym floor. In the bridge position, my chest press went fine, and it wasn’t until I rolled back almost into the seated position on the tile floor that the ball flew out from under me and rolled almost into the bathroom. The two twenty-five pound dumbbells jerked my arms backward so my tailbone and both elbows hit the floor hard. Stunned and almost crying from pain, I rolled to my side, got my wits together, and slowly got back to my feet. Surprisingly, once the initial pain went away, I felt pretty good – catastrophe averted. As my husband says, I really am my own worst enemy…


Convinced that I wouldn’t be able to move from the force I put on my back when I hit the floor, I didn’t bother to set my alarm for an early enough wakeup to run before work on Tuesday. When I still felt great mid-day, I headed out for an easy run and was pleasantly surprised to get in four comfortable miles, bookended with an additional three miles of walking.


Tuesday evening I pulled out the wok and made a delicious dinner of chicken, broccoli, snow peas, mushrooms, and water chestnuts tossed in a gingery Chinese sauce. Both the wok and recipe were a wedding gift from my college roommate. Later this week I’ll share the stir-fry recipe and add it to my healthy recipes tab.


Thursday continued to tease us that spring is here, and shortly after taking this picture I had to circle back home and change into shorts and a tank. The crisp air looked cooler than it was and I overdressed, something I’m rarely accused of doing!


After lifting on Friday, I decided to play around in my gym with some yoga poses that aren’t in my regular routines. I’m ready to move it up a notch and without continued challenges, I won’t see increases in my strength and balance. Rather than jumping into more advanced yoga DVD’s, I’m focusing on bringing in new and more challenging poses while creating my own simple routines. 


Looking ahead to this week, we’re under a winter storm warning from 7 PM Monday to 2 PM Tuesday (6-10 inches of snow), so my cardio routine for Tuesday might be shoveling snow – something I haven’t done all winter. Normally I’m a huge snow lover, but all those little teases of spring have spoiled me and I’m so ready for winter to be behind us…

On the blog this week, I plan to do a post on my favorite yoga poses for runners, not that I’m a yoga expert, but I do know what areas of my body get consistently tight from running. I’ll also share the chicken recipe I mentioned above. I’ve also been playing around with a post on how aging affects muscle mass loss, and hope to get it wrapped up and ready by next week.

Back to my workouts, here’s how the week went down…


Fitness tools beyond the equipment in my gym that I used during the week included: 

Cameras used for blog photography include:


  • Questions:
  • Have you fallen or hurt yourself working out or running? 
  • Do you cook in a wok? If so, what do you like to make? 
  • Did you race this weekend? 


Have a great week!


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