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Sunday, April 12, 2015

The lost workout

Onion volcanoes and warm sake -
Emerging Sister-In-Law (L), Mrs. Emerging Runner (R)
Today's workout (elliptical): 45 minutes

In the almost-seven years that I've been running, I've prided myself on my meticulous process to record workout metrics. I can look back on Garmin Connect to see the detail about every run and elliptical session that I've done since early 2010. If I want to go back further than that, I can look at MapMyRun stats, or see my earliest running data on the Nike+ site. I also have years of Daily Mile records that capture different information like shoe mileage.

In addition to all this, I can look at the Emerging Runner archives for measured mileage on every run. All this data recording takes time, and over the last year my record keeping has gone from meticulous to casual. I stopped recording my runs in Daily Mile last July and most of the time I don't even wear my Garmin when I'm on the elliptical. It's because of this that I cannot remember whether I did a workout on Friday.

I've been on vacation this week, but my time off has been more busy than relaxing. On top of that, I needed to go into my office on Wednesday. That made this vacation more like a couple of long weekends. Friday afternoon my brother and his family came to stay for a few days and my dad and his wife came out on Saturday afternoon. Later we went out to a local hibachi place and had a great time, but I don't recommend the lukewarm sake administered via a squeeze bottle.

With all that going on, I didn't have the opportunity to do a workout on Saturday, because our guest room is also our fitness room. It's also my office. Maybe we should take page from the local elementary school and call it the multi-purpose room.

So I may have done an elliptical session on Friday morning. I know I did a workout this afternoon. My pain from the herniated disc has been manageable, although it does give me a small zap if I move my leg in a certain way. I've been applying heat and that seems to help. It's no worse after today's elliptical session than it was before I started.

My biggest concern is that I'm returning to a week of commuting. That means three hours a day sitting in a driving position. I'm convinced that driving has been a factor in this disc compression. My standing desk (or as they put it, "stand up desk adaptation") gets installed on Monday. I'm hoping that will help me counteract all that drive time. I'll know more about the problem on Friday after my MRI.

6 comments:

  1. Warm sake sounds extremely gross! Good luck with your MRI. I hope you get to run again at Bethpage soon.

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    1. Not soon enough! In the meantime I am learning to love the elliptical but it's a hard lesson...

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  2. Maybe we both are suffering from car butt. Hibachi looked fun. I never drink out of those plastic bottles. Yuck. Maybe next time we all get together, we should do dinner out. Hopefully more successful than movie out.

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    1. I don't discount the car butt theory. I read that a long time spent in a car can contribute to disc compression (something to do with the vibrations).

      I actually thought the sake was water because it was dispensed from a bottle that looked exactly like the one he squirted at the kids.

      Dinner would work better for us. We've done very well with coffee and pumpkin goodies so far.

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  3. Sake is suppose to be consumed hot, by the way.

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    1. I'm not sure hot sake out of a spray bottle would have been a great improvement.

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