week 1.20: new fitness beginnings

2020 comes with the promise of new fitness beginnings. After all, I didn’t start off the year with a race or a run or even a session of 9Round. Really, all I’ve been doing is rotating through prescribed stretches and working on building my stamina. Some days, I feel great enough to take on the world. Other days, I don’t want to leave my bed.

Sunday – pt exercises + recumbent bike

My parents came to pick up little man for a few nights away with them. He always loves to hang out at their place, and we are happy to let them have that family time.

The weather has been particularly gloomy and dull, so I didn’t really want to do very much after we got home from the gym.

Monday – physical therapy, 60 minutes

Once again, I had the earliest PT appointment, and it was a decent session. Every time I go, my PT adds a few more moves, which are both humbling and exciting. This time, I got to go to the shuttle and use my healing leg to press my body weight up and down against some light resistance.

Afterwards, Mr PugRunner wanted to grab breakfast, but all the little local places were closed on Mondays. We settled on Starbucks. Cheers to new fitness beginnings!

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Tuesday – pt exercises + upper body + core + recumbent bike

In the morning, we went to the gym, and I made sure to get in some nice strength work. I’m sticking with 10 and 15 lb weights just because my balance isn’t all there quite yet. I’ll be able to pump it up soon.

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Mr PugRunner wanted to go out for lunch after my parents brought little man home and so we did that and a trip to Target. We weren’t even out that long, but by the time I got to the cashier, I thought I was going to pass out. I guess some days are going to be harder than others.

Our cul de sac usually puts on quite a nice get together on New Year’s Eve, and this year was no exception. I was able to join the festivities for a bit, but I turned in long before midnight. Happy New Year.

Wednesday – rest

We all had a late night, and since it was Mr PugRunner’s birthday, we took advantage of a late morning. Someone, not mentioning any names, probably would have napped all day if we had let him. It’s ok: he deserved the break.

We went out to lunch, had dessert and presents at home and spent time with our favorite guy.

Thursday – physical therapy, 60 minutes

This was probably my best PT session of them all. The PT said my range of motion was excellent and then gave me more weight-bearing moves on the shuttle. Yay!

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I capitalized on the good feelings by going out to dinner with some of my neighbors. We went to a restaurant near the house and had a rather lovely time. Mr PugRunner had to convince me to go – it’s just so hard to feel good about going anywhere right now, but I need to get over it.

Friday – pt exercises + core

I think I overdid it on Thursday because I slept terribly and spent much of the day in terrible discomfort. One step forward, three steps back. I was able to flip over and get in some pushups on my knees, so that was new and exciting.

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The rest of the day was kind of meh. I did spend some time downstairs working on a new puzzle, but by the time dinner rolled around, I just wanted to be back in bed. Could I be any more dull?

Saturday – pt exercises + arms + core + recumbent bike

Mr PugRunner wanted to go to 9Round, so I did my resistance band moves at home and focused on weights and the recumbent bike at the gym. It was nice cranking the resistance up a little as well.

new fitness beginnings

The best news was my sweet friend Meghan drove up to have lunch with me and hang out for a bit. It was so amazing to get to see her and it was such a boost to my mood, especially during this gray and dismal week.

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Obviously, we won’t be tallying up any miles here for quite a few more weeks, but I am doing well with getting into the gym almost every day and I’m even gettin in a decent step count most days. This is what new fitness beginnings are all about.

Big victories include being able to tolerate walking in the boot more and more each day, walking on my bare foot with one crutch, and even though I swore up and down I wouldn’t walk down the stairs again, I’ve been managing it.

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I polished off “Bridge of Scarlet Leaves” and am gearing up to start “The Hate U Give.” Yay for plenty of time to read.

We have four more PT sessions until I go back got the ortho, which is a combination of exciting and terrifying. I hope to get stronger every day so I can graduate to the next phase of this recovery.

I am linking up with the new Weekly Rundown, with Confessions of A Mother Runner and Running on the Fly! Check them out!

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How was your week in training?

Are you keeping on track or are you joining me in the world of new fitness beginnings?

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35 Responses to week 1.20: new fitness beginnings

  1. PT is hard work and some days I definitely felt sore from the sessions. Keep moving forward!

  2. You’re doing a great job with the PT…which I would think would be harder than anything right now. Having the discipline to the same exercises over & over is challenging all on its own. On a bright note (at least from my perspective) is that you don’t have to deal with snow and messy slush when you do get outside.

    • runswithpugs says:

      That is true. But it is rainy and sloppy that way. Also it’s cold and I can’t snuggle under my blankets the way I like because i can only lay in certain positions right now. How ridiculous is that??

  3. Yay yay! You’re getting stronger each week. I think you are going to be in such a good place with your fitness once the boot comes off.
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  4. Great job on your PT exercises! I love that your son likes spending time with the grandparents and I love even more to see grandparents with their grandchildren.

  5. Catrina says:

    What a great job you’re doing with the physical therapy!
    So nice that your friend Meghan could pass by! It sure brightens up the day
    Your husband’s birthday is on 1 January?
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  6. Wendy says:

    You certainly are way more active than I would be after such a traumatic injury! I think you’re being too hard on yourself when you talk about being tired or needing to lay down. Your body is working hard to heal itself–that’s taking a lot of energy from you. I know you’re not used to this. You’re doing great–don’t sell yourself short!! <3
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s so hard though – I’m not supposed to push, but I am. I need to rest, but if I’m not moving around and doing my PT 2-3x a day I’m not going to get stronger. I should stop when it hurts, but also keep trying. I had a small breakdown today in rage and frustration. It was not my finest moment.

  7. I know it may not feel like it, but you’re doing awesome. I love that you continue to be so social — that’s more than I am normally. I’m an introvert, plain & simple, not an extroverted one. I can play the extrovert, but it’s exhausting for me.

    I’m also really impressed that you’re doing well with steps! Going down the stairs has to be really scary.

    You making a really strong come back!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I’m an extroverted introvert. People don’t believe me when I say that I am done with peopling and being social, but I am 100% a-ok with being a hermit too. This experience is making me darn near reclusive.

      The steps! I hate them. I want to move.

  8. Chaitali says:

    That’s great news that the Thursday PT session went so well! I’m sorry to hear that it made Friday tough but it sounds like you were feeling better by the weekend. And yay for being able to spend time with a friend over the weekend, that definitely sounds like something to raise the spirits.
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  9. Sessions with the PT are hard work for sure! It really sounds like you are making more and more progress with each session which is awesome!

    So glad your friend was able to drive up to visit you!

  10. You’re working so hard, it ‘s no surprise it wipes you out! Great job getting yourself out there and doing your best to do all the things again.

  11. Definitely hoping for a good report from the ortho! Keep it up!

  12. Darlene says:

    So impressed. You’re amazing.

    Still working on running and enduring the foot pain.

  13. Laurie says:

    Hey, you’re getting some fitness activities in now and that’s progress! Way to go. Dinner out with neighbors also sounds nice.

    My book club read The Hate U Give last year. Important book!
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  14. Kim G says:

    Awesome job last week Jenn! You are really rocking your PT sessions. No surprise that you are wiped out after PT sessions – they really are like a workout!

  15. I think the toughest part about rehab is the patience. It’s so frustrating when we are used to our bodies being able to do simple things and then we can’t anymore. I think you’re doing great!

    The Hate U Give was such an emotional movie…I haven’t read the book but I’d like to!
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  16. You’ve done such a great job staying focused on your recovery. Its not easy but it will pay off! I appreciate your honestly about how tough some days are. Hopefully you will start feeling better soon and can be doing more when you work out!

  17. Great job with PT and sticking with it. I had a hard time dealing with that after my bike accident. One step at a time, you are definitely making progress!!

  18. Renée says:

    I’m definitely also still in a new fitness beginnings stage. Today I actually talked to my former trainer about actually training again… I’m scared but I saw my physio this week and he said I could do it as long as it’s a slow and steady build up.

    I’m so glad you are working so hard on getting back to “normal” again. step by step.

    Happy Birthday to Mr. PugRunner!!

  19. I’m so happy that your PT is coming along nicely. It’s got to be terrifying to walk down those stairs in your boot and on crutches. I wouldn’t blame you one bit for scooting down them on your bottom. BTW, are those the stairs you fell down?
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Those are the ones! Funny thing is, I only went down about two or three, not the whole flight. I must have hit my ankle just right. Or just wrong. I’m not using the crutches much anymore, which is promising 🙂

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