Even Personal Trainers Can Have “all the Excuses”

This past week’s workouts were less than stellar and taking a cue from some of my clients, I came up with “all the excuses” for why I couldn’t workout. I’ve long known that my chances are far better at getting my run in if I get up and do it first thing in the morning. The same can be said for riding my spin bike or walking on the treadmill. Unfortunately, both are less fun to me and make it oh-so-hard to get out of bed at zero dark thirty.

In my defense, I was quite busy with work, two doctors appointments, and redecorating our guest bedroom. I’ll save the details of the bedroom and why it kept me so busy for later this month when we meet for the Ultimate Coffee Date.


About Those Two Doctor’s Appointments

I had an appointment with my spine doctor’s PA on Thursday afternoon and after discussing what has been going on with my back, reviewing my MRI and x-ray results, and filling her in on what treatment I’ve been receiving from my chiropractor versus physical therapy, she recommended I stay with my chiro and see a doctor for epidural steroid injections. 

Luck was with me and I was able to get an appointment for a consultation with the other doctor later that day and I’m scheduled for my first injection on Tuesday afternoon. I had great results with similar injections slightly higher in my spine in 2012 and I’m hopeful to see equally good results this time around. For a variety of reasons I’ve tried to avoid getting to this point, but with the combination of other treatments the pain eventually returned and I think it’s time to pull out the big guns – make that big needle.


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



Still no running…



Despite my best laid plans, I didn’t get on my spin bike a single time….


Strength Training

At least strength training is going well, nothing hurts when I lift, and I got all three sessions in last week. I spoke with my doctor about what lifts I’m doing and he said it’s fine for me to continue.



I continued to focus on gentle stretches for my lower back/SI joint area and added in one of my older favorite yoga routines on Friday morning.


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, I’m working on another installment of Ask Coach Deb and hope to finish up a post about hydration.


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


  • Questions:
  • • When do you prefer to workout? Morning, mid-day, or evening? 
  • • If you make excuses, what excuses do you use for why you can’t fit in your regular exercises? 
  • • Did you run in a race this weekend? 


And that’s my rundown… 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 Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but those of the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!