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Oh, sh…(oe)! I forgot my shoe. And other workout frustrations.

shoeless biking

I don't recommend biking without shoes.

I have been working very hard at continuing to maintain my five-day workout plan — despite my injury, my teaching responsibilities and my hectic work-mornings-one-day-work-nights-the-next-and-working-mornings-again schedule.

That means that I still get up at 5 a.m. every morning, even if I didn’t get home from work until 11 the night before — and even if I don’t have to be at work until 2 p.m. later.

It’s tough. Trying to keep my body clock on its regular schedule while I fill in some gaps until I can hire a Web producer is physically and mentally exhausting.

Take yesterday, for example.

I grabbed my gym bag, popped on my snow boots, dug out the car and headed to the gym. I swiped my card and started walking to the locker room — proud that I had once again woken up on schedule to tackle the crazy day ahead of me.

Halfway to the locker room, I stopped in my tracks. “Sh**,” I said out loud as I looked down at my feet. “I forgot my gym shoe.”

(Ha. That’s not a typo, I have to wear my fun little stress fracture boot, which I remembered for some reason, on one foot and a gym shoe on the other.)

I stood in that spot a little too long as I tried to calculate as quickly as possible (using my un-caffeinated brain) the benefits of cutting into 20 minutes of my workout time to go home to get my shoe and head back.

There were none. I decided to bike sans shoe (which the gym probably frowns upon).

My barefoot, er sockfoot, workout was not an insignificant one. I biked 45 minutes at level 15 (that’s pretty decent resistance), with varying hills and I made a goal of keeping my RPMs above 80 on the climbs and as high as possible for the flats.

It was a good ride – I went about 14 miles – and I was feel pretty good about my prospects of continuing to get in shape while injured.

Until today, that is.

Despite the fact that I again got up for a bootcamp I can’t fully participate in, I did my biking, my rowing splits, my lifting, my squats and my core work.

I was in high spirits looking toward my doctor appointment today at 1 p.m.

And when I got on the scale for my Friday weigh in, and it said I had gained a pound, my spirits crashed.

When I got to work and Geoff asked how I was doing, I am embarrassed to say I let a few tears out. I am terrified that this injury isn’t healing, isn’t going to heal well, and if it does, that it won’t do so in time. I have a lot of runs – Shamrock Shuffle (March 21; probably out), Soldier Field 10-miler (May 29), Chicago 13.1 (June 13) – planned leading up to my debut marathon in October. And if I can’t train properly for it, I shouldn’t run it either.

I’m struggling to try to keep a positive attitude.

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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!!!

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