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I Walk It Out! (Weekend Recap)

I walk it out I walk it out I walk it out I walk it out I walked it out this weekend! And it felt great! I also got up to a few other things, but let’s walk out my weekend!

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This weekend wasn’t overly exciting like last week was (thank you all again!), but it was triumphant nonetheless. This weekend I walked. And walked. And WALKED. After having a blogger date with the Erin and Lauren on Thursday, I felt emboldened to try to get out and walk more this weekend. So on Friday I walked, or trudged, really, through some of the craziest wind I’ve seen in a long time back up to Gold Coast for a change of scenery while I did some work. 

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If you don’t know, Gold Coast is a high profile shopping, dining, and residential district in Chicago.  For example, the Starbucks I was ensconced at is a block from a Maserati/Rolls Royce Dealership, Barney’s, Intermix, and some of the swankiest steakhouses in the northern area of downtown. People shop like crazy, spend like crazy, and let’s just say: THE PEOPLE WATCHING IS ON POINT.

I’m not going to lie, but watching people try to work their way through/against the wind with their haute shopping bags was FRIGGIN HILARIOUS. And thank goodness for my shorter hair! Otherwise, I would have been a goner with regards to being able to see anything, much less ever detangling my hair again. 

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Instead, I just detangled some zoodles for dinner (another late night for Alex).

Saturday, I made walking my biatch, and it was a beautiful day to get out there! I went up to Old Town for a CPR recertification with CES which meant I got to see a bunch of friends and go to some of my favorite grocery stores on the way home, lol. The walk up there and back was about 4 miles (maybe a bit less) total, and then I was feeling pretty spunky but also very tight in the hamstrings from all the work we’ve been doing at PT, so I went down to the gym and did a little hill workout on the treadmill for the first time!

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By noon, I had logged the greatest number of (painfree) steps since my injury. I know that for many of you, this isn’t a high number, but for me, that number is a big deal. But I didn’t stop there….

Well, that’s a lie. Technically, I did. In fact, I decided to rest the crap out of myself for 4 hours of painting my nails (not sure how I feel about the color) and watching Nurse Jackie. Which I am OBSESSED WITH. I have some other great Netflix suggestions for little known series, but if you like Scrubs with maybe even a touch of Sex and the City, you will love Nurse Jackie. And the entire thing is on Netflix.

Zoe and I having very deep conversations about deep things.

Then I got bored waiting for Alex to get home, so I decided to go for another walk! Then, once he got home, I ordered carry out sushi (the first time we have ever ordered delivery or carry out!) and walked over to get that! 

Then we collapsed on the couch. We are wild and crazy kids, we are.

Sunday was a bit more chill, but still involved some great high rolling hills on the mill (if you are a client of mine, you know what that means!). I could feel a little bit of tension and stiffness in the Sacro-Illiac joint (the meeting of the sacrum (location of my injury) and the pelvis aka illium) but, honestly, if I wasn’t such a freakily aware person, I wouldn’t have noticed it. So I call it a victory! It was also great being back in one of my favorite pairs of shoes, my Nike Zoom Elites. I ran Chicago in them, and they are wearing out, but I figured walking wouldn’t be bad for them. 

Nike Air Zoom Elite 8

Sunday night, Alex got off a bit early, and with Monday being his day off, we decided to go somewhere which meant…. MORE WALKING. 

Just Chillin :D

Just Chillin 😀

Sure, it was a chill weekend, and perhaps a little bit boring at times, but this coming weekend is giong to be more than action packed with my trip to New Orleans (obviously, I won’t be running the marathon like I had originally planned!) but it will a great taster for my Team Challenge coaching to come as well as a great weekend with my mommy. Plus, I’ve never been to Nola before, and I’m an architecture nerd, thus will be magical. 

Today we are going to have me run at 70%, so baby steps are continuing in the right direction. Step by step, as long as they are painless. 

Step by (painless) step, @suzlyfe walked it out this weekend #runchat Click To Tweet

When was the last time that you focused on walking for fitness?

Do you just wear your shoes as they are or do you develop associations with them?

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  • Reply Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together

    Whenever it had hurt to walk for a while, I had never been so excited to walk around pain-free and then, hike again. A lot of the first few weeks of PT for me was focused on walking pain-free, so I totally understand how exciting it is! Excited that you get to run today… even if it’s at 70%, that’s still a huge step!! Congrats! xo

    February 22, 2016 at 6:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I didn’t get to run. Apparently we are trying to be all smart and not overdo it.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Yay for walking! It’s under-rated.
    Also, yay for people watching. I love people watching in places like that too, as they live lives totally different from my own.

    February 22, 2016 at 6:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. I always joke to Alex “I wish I was as fabulous as them”

      February 23, 2016 at 8:26 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Yayy!!! What a great weekend. I’m a fan of walking for fitness. I have times, when I just can’t run, but feel so much better if I can walk OR I just add a nice long walk to my regular routine. It’s the best!

    February 22, 2016 at 6:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish we had places to hike like you do!

      February 23, 2016 at 8:26 am
  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    Awesome, you’re getting there! Honestly I’ve never loved walking and I find it strange. It seems to bother my back and maybe since I don’t get the “runners high” from walking I’ve never been drawn to it. Must be the 5 year old in me 🙂

    February 22, 2016 at 6:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t get the runner’s high, either, but I just love the movement, that is for certain.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Lindsay Cotter

    Walking is my jam!! Wish I could have walked it out with you!! And made zoodles

    February 22, 2016 at 7:08 am
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      February 23, 2016 at 8:27 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    So happy for you!!! Hooray for walking!

    February 22, 2016 at 7:10 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Yay to the pain free walking! Hopefully it will translate to pain free running soon! I’ve used walking as my comeback workout many times. Usually I listen to my running playlist while I walk and it gives me that same badass feeling…

    February 22, 2016 at 7:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope so. And running always ups the badass quotient.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:25 am
  • Reply Ellie

    I remember the last time I had a hip injury and walking was painful. It really put into perspective how much I take that for granted. Walking is a great workout if you use your arms and walk with purpose. My mom is a power walker and she’s got a banging bod! It’s also nice to focus on nature or listen to a podcast. I love NPR when I’m going slow. There is so much to digest in there that actually listening intentionally is great.
    I’m glad you had so much activity! Prayers answered 🙂

    February 22, 2016 at 7:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree with you that walking is the perfect time for thought heavy podcasts! absooooooorb all of that.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Heather @Fit 'N' Cookies

    Girl you walked more than I have probably combined in the last month, haha! You are doing so well coming back from this injury. SO proud of you! Our weekend was pretty chill, too, which was nice. I’m still making my way through Parks and Rec on Netflix. Oh and trying to get through the regular shows that have been on TV that I’ve missed. Oops!

    February 22, 2016 at 7:29 am
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      February 23, 2016 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Heather@hungryforbalance

    That number of steps is no joke, injured or not! You go Glen Coco!
    I’ve done my fair share of walking for fitness between injuries and being pregnant. It can be a ice low impact change.

    February 22, 2016 at 7:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree. And it is so good for your brain, too.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:23 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I’m so happy you enjoyed pain-free walking!! You’re on your way to running amd are making such strong and promising progress. I develop associations with shoes so much that I really only run one race per shoe, in part because I don’t race much, but also because then that shoes is my XYZ marathon/half marathon shoe.

    February 22, 2016 at 7:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha me too! I have a different shoe for each one. And then i wear them when I need extra confidence!

      February 23, 2016 at 8:23 am
  • Reply Michelle

    I’m so happy to hear about the pain free miles!!!! YAY!!! And I love people watching downtown, but hadn’t heard about the Gold Coast district….I’ll have to check it out sometime!

    February 22, 2016 at 7:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We need a date there!

      February 23, 2016 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    Okay, so that song will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day. But worth it because you walked! A ton! Without pain! YAY! People watching is a family past time for me, (seriously, I’ve sat at a table with my dad for over an hour watching people and making up their life stories..) so I’m jealous of your prime location

    February 22, 2016 at 8:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Omg we would be amazing people watching partners.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:21 am
  • Reply Anna @Piper's Run

    Yeah for pain free walking!!! I love people watching and in a windy city even better, ha ha!
    All the best on your 70% run today…enjoy!

    February 22, 2016 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Boo we ended up just walking. But I have to be thankful for that too!

      February 23, 2016 at 8:18 am
  • Reply Jill @ Champagne for Everyday

    So many things to say!! Big high five for the walking! It’s my favorite hobby here in SF outside of fitness, just to soak in all the beauty and of course to watch the people. Anything to take your mind off the pain, or in my case the sore muscles 🙂 Love the hair, you should hair spray it like that on the daily! Also re: nails – I suck at doing mine but have discovered no-UV OPI gel infinite shine which dries so fast and lasts forever!!

    February 22, 2016 at 8:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooooo I need that polish. I think that the hair was a good look for me lol

      February 23, 2016 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Angie @ Pace with Grace

    We did so much walking on vacation and it was great! Several miles a day and with some hills! Way to get in the steps even when you’re temporarily out of running. There is something about getting your blood pumping even with walking that gives me a boost. I love your new shorter do 🙂

    February 22, 2016 at 8:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! Walking on vacation is amazing. I usually only use a pedometer when I am on vacation just to see how much I torture my husband.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:17 am
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Walking <3 One of my favorite things that I DO NOT do enough of. But this weekend was so "warm" that I was able to take a walk with my mom outside like we do in the summer! So great!

    February 22, 2016 at 9:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is so nice!

      February 23, 2016 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Emily

    Walking is wonderful. Being in God’s creation is always so peaceful!

    February 22, 2016 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Yeah for walking! You know I’m a big walker. Heck, I may even walk a half marathon I’m feeling so good these days. It took me a lot longer to recover than you, but man the wait was worth it. Glad you and I area both feeling great!

    February 22, 2016 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Love the question about developing an association with your shoes!
    With all the shoes in my closets (Mexico and at the lake)
    I still have my go-to favs.
    Two pairs of my favorite Toms ballet flats have been replaced twice and my gold coach flats–3 times! Than you eBay!!!
    My riding boots are the same. I wore out mine, then Susie’s old pair, and now I’m on pair 4 of the exact same style.
    Relationships? Yeah, we are married!

    February 22, 2016 at 9:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha well Ariats are the best!

      February 23, 2016 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    I absolutely love walking and will go for hours if I have the time. I sense a lot more free time on weekends soon so that will happen. I cannot wait for my parents to come back in a couple weeks so we can go for some long walks.

    February 22, 2016 at 9:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love going for walks with my family. Even if they slow me down lol

      February 23, 2016 at 8:15 am
  • Reply Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me

    I’ve never focused on walking for fitness, but I LOVE going for walks. Some of my greatest ideas for my novels have happened while I’m out for a stroll. It helps get my creative juices flowing, and I always feel best when I’m out in the sun!

    Hope you have an awesome week, Suz!

    February 22, 2016 at 9:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love get out and getting my vitamin D! And stretching my legs is the best way to do it.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Suzy

    A little birdie (you) told me you’ve already tried it out at 70%! Wink wink! And yes I develop associations with my shoes. Totally! Hopefully your run goes well today. Happy for you!

    February 22, 2016 at 10:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Boo. It is a “cutback week” (stupid marathon training terms and concepts that I understand) so no running, just walking. I was bummed.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:12 am
  • Reply EB @ Running on E

    Where to begin, so many good things. YAY for all the painfree walking!! WOOT. You will love NOLA: the food, the architecture, the southerness. Plus you will be cheering on your Mom which will be a blast!

    February 22, 2016 at 10:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m so pumped. I want to know how many beignets I can shove in my mouth at once.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:11 am
      • Reply EB @ Running on E

        Pro tip: Don’t wear black. It will show how unsuccessfully you get the powder sugar into your mouth.

        February 23, 2016 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    oh you just reminded me that I need to renew my cpr asap thanks!

    February 22, 2016 at 12:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahah happy to help!

      February 23, 2016 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Cora

    I loveeee people watching. Add in some well off shoppers and a wind tunnel and I’d be thoroughly entertained.
    Your boots are made for walkin’ , and that’s what they WILL do. YAY. I do a lot of walking (or biking) as it is my mode of transportation, but I often take it for granted. The amount of studies that show walking to be one of the best all around forms of exercise (not to mention for the mind) are staggering. Every time you say “painless” I make a little inner squeal 🙂

    February 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aw, thank you, Cora. It is so freeing. A tiny victory every step.
      And I was laughing my ass off.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:11 am
  • Reply meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles

    So glad you were able to walk so much! Totally on the mend. Walking isn’t easy either! I find it harder than running most of the time lol

    February 22, 2016 at 1:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would agree–you have longer strides and it totally works you differently!

      February 23, 2016 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Woohoo back to walking now that the weather is getting warmer!! Sounds like a nice chill weekend. Now I want sushi!

    February 22, 2016 at 1:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I always want sushi. Even right now (it is 8:00)

      February 23, 2016 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    This weather was BANGIN this weekend. I was so tired by the end of it!

    February 22, 2016 at 1:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Luckily you fueled well 😀

      February 23, 2016 at 8:07 am
  • Reply Kat

    Love all the walking!
    True story I took my siblings with me for some errands this weekend that included Sports Authority, Hobby Lobby, and Marshalls. By the end my little brother was complaining his feet hurt. “Ive never walked so much in my life.” haha what a wimp
    Though Hobby Lobby is larger than Costco, so I guess I can see his point there. We probably went around that entire store at least twice. I’m an addict!

    February 22, 2016 at 2:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hobby Lobby truly is like Disneyland. You have to block of tiem, bring snacks, and have a plan or you will get lost.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:08 am
  • Reply Rae

    Woohoo for pain-free movement! That is super exciting. I had to back off running last spring during Legally Blonde because running + lots of jumping rope on shitty surfaces = really bad shin splints. I went out for almost an hour every day on my lunch break, and it was definitely better than nothing.

    February 22, 2016 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    Nice job on all the walking! I wish I could walk pain free but I’m definitely going through something crazy with this injury and might not be able to do that too much. I walked a ton on Saturday going shopping with my friend and I was definitely feeling sore after that! I’m writing a whole post about it for tomorrow, but it looks like I’m back to square one with my injury 🙁

    February 22, 2016 at 4:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m sorry that you are going through that, Kristen! You might not be back to square one, you might have just really aggravated it. Rest and let it chill out.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    Good for you! Saturday was so beautiful. I ran 10.68 miles (love technology that keeps track of your miles)and it felt awesome! I’m so happy that the temperatures are warming up so I can get off the darn treadmill. I can’t believe you walked around in that wind! I’m happy you didn’t blow away-haha!

    February 22, 2016 at 4:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. I nearly contemplated taking a cab home, but that would have been silly. I’m so glad that you are having good runs! Enjoy the freedom!

      February 23, 2016 at 8:03 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    That’s awesome that you were able to walk so much this weekend! I have been trying to walk more lately, and once in awhile I will go for a walk just to get outside and get in some movement, but it’s really hard in the winter because I don’t warm up like I do when I run! I also get bored walking by myself.

    February 22, 2016 at 6:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is true. That is why I did half my walking listening to a podcast and half of it on the treadmill reading.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:02 am
  • Reply Kristy @ Southern In Law

    I only ever used to walk for fitness, however, these days I don’t tend to walk as part of my workouts as I’m always walking everywhere else! I don’t drive so when I need to get somewhere, I’m usually hopping aboard my “walking bus” 😛

    February 22, 2016 at 8:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahahhahahahaa OMG I love that.

      February 23, 2016 at 8:01 am
  • Reply Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate

    That sure is a lot of walking! And now I want sushi, thanks 😉 Have fun in New Orleans, even if you aren’t running! I’ve never been!

    February 22, 2016 at 8:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m really excited. And this way I’ll really be able to explore, right?

      February 23, 2016 at 8:01 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I know that feeling and I’m so happy for you, also people watching is my favorite past time!

    February 22, 2016 at 9:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      we need a people watching date!

      February 23, 2016 at 7:59 am
  • Reply Farrah

    Yay for walking and blogger dates (someday I’ll get to do the latter!)! I’ve walked pretty much everywhere for most of my life (until med school, but that was mainly because walking around on highways in the mountains wasn’t such a good idea D: ).

    February 22, 2016 at 10:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      yeah, that is not such a great idea!

      February 23, 2016 at 7:59 am
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Hooray for walking!!! And jogging!!!!! You are going to be back in business in no time. 🙂

    February 23, 2016 at 12:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! Apparently a few more weeks yet before I am running, but I will take whatever I can get 😀

      February 23, 2016 at 7:57 am
  • Reply

    I love a weekend where you just go and do tons of walking. Walking up mountains, walking for miles in streets you’ve never been in before, just walking! It so opens you mind and makes you feel good. Saying that, my attempt to walk up a mountain with Liam on Saturday was dashed by the horizontal snow and blizzard conditions. But we did do 2 miles up, and 2 miles back down. Lol.

    February 23, 2016 at 4:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You guys seriously have the craziest weather. But then again, so do we, lol. I wish we could go for a walk together!

      February 23, 2016 at 7:58 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    I went out and walked around last Monday when we got a bit of snow and ice (all clients cancelled). Even though I wasn’t HIIT-ing and getting all hyped up, it was SO NICE to walk, listen to a podcast, and get steps in!!

    February 23, 2016 at 4:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so right there with you.

      February 24, 2016 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Yay for walking! I actually walked for an hour for the first time ever on my treadmill last week! Trying to take easy days EASY!! It’s super hard, but was a nice change!!

    March 2, 2016 at 8:35 pm
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