Phew, what a week! My week was full of “S” words… stagnation, studies and sales. Stagnation refers to my recovery process. I was frustrated that I’m really not getting any better. Most days I’m not feeling worse, but the pain is still there. I also had a chaotic, messy week full of our garage sale. And studies? Well, my husband and I are part of medical studies! Say what? We’ll get to that. This week was a random collection of workouts. I ran 15 miles, biked 37 miles, walked and did the elliptical. Let’s get into!
Mon – 40 mins elliptical. Starting my week out with a little sweat session.
Tues – 40 mins elliptical. Another day of elliptical. Interesting how elliptical and cycling do not cause me pain. I am thankful of that!
Weds – 1.5 mile walk. I took a hearty walk on the treadmill this morning. Still not ready to run. I had a stressful morning at work because I moved to a new cubical space at work. It’s going to take awhile to get used to my new location, but right now I’m not really liking it 😐
Thurs – 3 mile run. It was finally time to give running a try again! Sadly, I still felt tight. To me it feels like piriformis pain. Deep in the middle of my glute. Sigh. It was to get out for a run because it’s time for the annual garage sale!!
Fri – 4 mile run. Today was my PT appointment so I felt the need to go for a run so I could identify what was still causing me pain. I ended up sounding pretty whiney during my appointment, which I felt a bit bad for. I mentioned that I didn’t think the exercises were targeting my deep glute pain. Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned anything because after I left, I had sore hamstrings on both sides! oof. We also discussed increasing my cadence to 176. Another concept to think about for a modifying my gait is to try to mimic the motion of cycling, with high knees.
biking, 13 miles. My husband and I rode bikes after the garage sale was closed for the day. A beautiful 66 degrees out.
Sat – biking, 24 miles. I was far too sore (from PT?) to run today, but I was able to sneak away from the garage sale mid day. Yay! The day was way too beautiful to be stuck in the garage.
Tonight was prom! My son went with his girlfriend and a group of friends. They had a fun night.
Sun – 7 miles. Yes, 7 miles!! The weather was amazing (60 degrees) and it had just stopped raining. I still felt a bit tight, but I tried really hard to work on my work (high knees) and I was spot on with the suggested 176 cadence. I also found a new running hack – stick my tank top in the straps of my bra. It worked perfectly! Also, saw several adorable baby bunnies along my path.
By the end of the week I was pretty exhausted. It’s amazing how messy a house can get with a garage sale and a college student moving back in! And oh yeah, 4 kittens running all over.
So what about the “studies” that I mentioned? My husband and I are both involved in studies from Evidation! Evidation is an app which collects our workout/health data anonymously. I signed up for a study to determine how the bivalent COVID vaccine affects antibodies. I had planned on getting another booster, and when I saw I could get $165 for providing some health stats, I was happy to help out! But wait, there’s more… they needed blood samples. And the blood samples were taken at home. Say what?? As it turns out they have a cool new device to take blood samples at home and the process doesn’t hurt at all. It’s a Tap II device which has microneedles, smaller than eyelashes. Really cool technology! The blood sample was taken before the vaccine, and will be taken 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months afterwards.
And then… my husband lucked out an found a study which pays $490 for taking his blood pressure twice a day for a month! When I heard about that deal, I signed up too. That’s way easier than taking blood samples. haha!!!!
Here’s a picture of how I like my kittens best right now… napping! They are crazy kitties.
Q: Have you ever been in a medical study?