TGIF! The Good & The Bad News.

TGIF! Everyone ready for a 3 day weekend? I know I am. Just a few hours of work (6.5 actually) and then 3 days of FUN!!! First up this evening? Getting my hair shampoo and styled (I get one a month free where I have my hair done) and then dinner with hubby and friends. A great way to start a long weekend.

So, let’s start with the bad and then move on to the good!

I saw an Orthopadic Specialist Wednesday about my right calf issue. They did x-rays and ruled out any bone issues. After telling the doctor my story, he seems to think I have Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome. Essentially my fascia is not stretching and is cutting off the blood supply in my leg. I have an ultrasound and an MRI next week so that hopefully we can confirm this diagnosis. The good part of this is that we may have discovered what is causing my problem. The bad is that the answer is surgery. I have done endless reading about it since seeing the doctor and there does not seem to be any way around it. Sigh. I certainly was not prepared for surgery to be the answer. But, nothing set in stone yet, so we will wait and see. If anyone has ever dealt with this, will you please leave me a comment or send me an email!

Let’s move on to the good stuff. I asked the specialist if I could try a spinning class and he said he didn’t think it would be a problem at all. I LOVED SPINNING!!! Absolutely loved all 55 minutes of class. I was able to keep up my RPMs with the rest of the class. I did have trouble with the standing portions, but was able to work up to standing for 15 seconds at a time. The best part is that my calf never hurt. It was so fantastic to get through an entire workout without pain. I have already signed up for another spin class tomorrow.

I was very proud that I never had to stop spinning. I “rode” 18.5 miles during the class. I can definitely still say that I love the inventor of padded bike shorts. My hubby keeps telling me I am going to want some clip in shoes if I continue spinning. Clip ins are NOT a good idea for me outside, but I can see their advantages on a spin bike.

While the fitness facility I am going to is slightly out of my price range, there is really good news. I had a 10 class pass (that started Wednesday). Then, I won a contest on their facebook page and won a FREE month membership. That should get me through October. If I do have surgery, I suspect I will do it the beginning of November, so this would work out perfectly.

Here are some of the blog posts I favorited this week. I wanted to share them with you.

Tara Burner’s #912challenge – Love this challenge. It can be done in so many ways. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Blogging. Check it out.

Get Challenged in September by Angie – Looking for other challenges in September? Angie links to some.

Creating Positive Race Goals by Caitlin – Currently my race goals (for my October 5Ks) are to finish and to have fun.

Creating An Exercise Schedule That Works for You by Tamara – Everyone is different and has a different schedule. Grab your calendar and FIND the time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day.

How to Make Your Own Workout by Joe – great advice for creating your own workout schedule.

How to Stay Hydrated Through the Day by Angie – I am doing a bad job of this and plan to turn this around TODAY. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Maintain a Morning Practice by Sarah – I really like this. She says it is for the first hour of the work day, I think it could be for the first hour you are up.

Do you have big plans for the long weekend? What is your morning routine? Share your favorite blog post(s) from this week.

Enjoy your day!

9 Responses to “TGIF! The Good & The Bad News.”

  1. Sorry to hear about your calf! I can tell you, however, that I know someone who went through the surgery and it was really a quick recovery. So if you end up going that route, hopefully it will be easy peasy.

  2. Good luck with the calf diagnosis and, if it happens, the surgery. Very cool an trying and liking spinning!

  3. I’m thinking good thoughts for you and your calf! Hopefully it doesn’t require surgery but if it does I hope everything goes smoothly and you recover super quickly!

  4. I hope you can find a solution other than surgery, but as someone who has experienced pain that keeps me from walking, I understand that you want a solution. I’m glad that you like spinning! I’m sure that I would be done in about 5 minutes!

  5. Oh my goodness! I saw your comment on another blog about UT winning so I came to check out your blog- I realized that you were the “new girl”l in the spin class on Wednesday night! (at Provision in KNoxville) So glad that you love spinning (I wrote a whole blog post about it over on my blog). Bummer for the calf issues though! I just started spin this past summer and LOVE it!

    I am out of town this weekend and will be gone again next weekend but I should be there Wednesday night (I was one of the girls in the back row). If you are there I will officially introduce myself.

    Oh, and by the way- you can buy another 10 class pass (or have others buy them as gifts and use them within the 6 months). If you have others buy them this weekend they have the half off depot coupon (I think it’s LABOR30) for 30% off the $20 (which would make the total $14).

    Of course, if you aren’t the person I think you are- ignore the ramblings you read here :)