A whole new meaning to ‘boot’ camp

Walking around my house after hitting the gym for the first time since my stress fracture diagnosis.

Since I visited the foot doctor last Wednesday and found out I have a stress fracture, I’ve been worried about maintaining my fitness level and staying motivated in my new lifestyle habits.

I headed to the gym for the first time on Friday for bootcamp, wearing — what else? — my boot.

Due to my need to restrict my foot from bending as much as possible, and to refrain from putting a lot of pressure on it, I had to modify the routine a bit:

  • I biked instead of ran to warm up;
  • While everyone else was running lines, I was doing planks and bicycle crunches;
  • When others lunged I squatted (because proper form means you keep your weight on your heels);
  • And I did dead lifts, rows, bicep curls, presses and a variety of other arm strength training instead of high-impact exercises.

But what I was most proud of, what I knew could help me keep my fitness level up (and, gasp, maybe increase it) during this injury recovery phase… happened when the rest of the boot-campers ran lines at the end.

I said to my trainer, “Give me something to do.”

“You’re injured,” he said. “Rest.”

I shook my head. “I can bike and I can row. Give me something to do.”

He knew I wasn’t going to take no for an answer. (And I’m not crazy; I wouldn’t have done it if it hurt.) So he told me if I could do four 500 meter splits in under two minutes and 35 seconds, he’d be happy.

Well, I did them in: 2:27, 2:28, 2:30 and 2:31.

And then, when I was done, sweaty and feeling really proud of myself — I stepped on the scale and was down another 2.5 pounds.

That brings my weight loss total to 10.88 pounds. And boy did I need that pick-me-up after the previous week’s weigh in.

It has kept me motivated to eat well, keep going to the gym. (I have since headed to spin class and Monday morning bootcamp.)

And today I did those rowing splits in 2:14, 2:10, 2:10 and 2:10!!!


Filed under Bootcamp, Injuries, Stress fracture

6 responses to “A whole new meaning to ‘boot’ camp

  1. Alex

    Nice work with the rowing splits! Such a great workout.

    I just bought a rowing machine last week. It had been so hard to get to the gym recently and it’s just such a fantastic low impact I figured I’d buy one for the convenience.

    Alex, (Elissa’s husband)

    • Thanks Alex! Congrats, too, on the new addition to your family! So happy for you both.

      I have learned to love the rowing splits. How’s the rowing at home going?

      • Alex

        I love rowing at home. Had a really long layoff from the gym and am starting practically from scratch.

        Have been doing ladder splits to warm up: 3k, 2k, 1k with 2 minutes rest in between. Trying to maintain or improve pace as the intervas decrease.

        Then I’ll do as many .5Ks hard as I can with big rests inbetween — 2:30 to 3 min.

        Check this site out: http://thepeteplan.wordpress.com/the-pete-plan/

      • Thanks for sharing the rowing training plan! That looks tough and awesome. I’m glad to hear it’s working out for you…!

  2. You know, the thought has crossed my mind!

  3. Maybe you just need to hack your feet off at this point and get some of those cool amputee aluminum legs. Those kids can run fast, too.