1910 total / 4 in 2015

I had all these goals before, but now my only goal is to heal from plantarfasciitis so I can run again and not have to sleep with my foot in a boot.

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  1. The Deal with My Foot:
    It's been a while since I've been un-depressed enough about my foot situation to give an update. Basically, I'm getting foot surgery this morning. This should ... read more

    • Mary F.
      Mary F.

      Good luck with the surgery and a flawless recovery Ursula!

      about 20 hours ago Like

    • Ursula W.
      Ursula W.

      Thank you!!! I am OUT! And mama is here taking care of me

      about 19 hours ago Like

    • Ken

      Wow thanks for the update. Glad you were able to post this. Take care, hoping for a fast recovery and a solid return to all the things you love doing!

      about 11 hours ago Like

  2. swim
    great Final pre-surgical workout 1800 yd 00:40 39:06 pace

    This is the farthest I've swum. I usually swim first thing in the day on a empty stomach, but I did this tonight after a long stressful day - but one I'd snacked throughout - and the extr... read more

    • Ben K.

      Wow. Great swim Ursula. Good luck with the surgery!

      2 days ago Like

    • Ursula W.
      Ursula W.

      Thank you so much! I feel like I can lie down for 2 weeks now without my body going crazy ;)

      2 days ago Like1 person

    • Ursula W.
      Ursula W.

      Thank you so much! I feel like I can lie down for 2 weeks now without my body going crazy ;)

      2 days ago Like

  3. FIT
    great Post-Vegas workout 01:00

    Ok, I only got 1 workout in during my week in Vegas, BUT l did go to do a 2nd one in the hotel I stayed in post-conference but I walked away when they wanted to charge me $22 to use the fitness cen... read more

  4. FIT
    great 1st morning in Vegas! 00:30

    Woke up early the 1st day of my conference due to it being 2 hours earlier in Vegas so I was such a good girl & lifted weights in the fitness center. Saw 1 fellow conference goer from Chi ther... read more

  5. swim
    great Yuppie gym swim w/ hot tub & ... 850 m 00:21 38:48 pace

    That's 2 DAYS IN A ROW getting up before work to swim, and I had to force myself to do b/c my buddy was counting on me to pick her up & drive us to her yuppie gym this time, which is unbel... read more

    • Ben K.

      Say what you will about the yuppie factor - it's nice. I've been "slumming" it at the city park pools. Showers aren't much to speak of, but it's cheap and relatively easy to get to. Too bad about your goggles. That's funny. Mine actually felt pretty good today! I'll still look for some new ones. I may hit that RAM sport too. Great job getting in your swim and for kicking butt in the pool!

      15 days ago Like1 person

  6. swim
    great Pre-work swim! 950 yd 00:21 38:54 pace

    I woke up a bit before my alarm and for the first time ever (though I've been meaning to FOREVER) decided to YES definitely get up & use that time to get a swim in before work. The swim wa... read more

    • Ben K.

      Awesome! The early morning workout is I think is a great way to start the day, but it is a challenge to get it in before work. Good job! And congrats on a speedy solo swim.

      15 days ago Like1 person

    • Ursula W.
      Ursula W.

      Thanks Ben! Getting up is definitely the hardest part. But I'm doing it again RIGHT NOW. Off to West Loop pick up my buddy and go to her gym (I happen to work in West Loop Thursday mornings anyway so it's perfect). Def would not be up right now if we weren't in on this plan together. And if she hadn't promised perks of sauna & hot tub that my gym lacks...

      15 days ago Like

  7. swim
    great Fastest swim & with a buddy! 1650 yd 00:37 39:12 pace

    I discovered my friend Aviva has also taken to swimming so we decided to become swim buddies! Our 1st swim went so great - I pushed myself to go faster than usual (still w/ arms only) & she ref... read more

    • Ben K.

      Great job Ursula! Having a buddy is usually great motivator for everyone. When you use just your arms do you also use a pool buoy?

      18 days ago Like1 person

    • Ursula W.
      Ursula W.

      Thank you, Ben! Yes, I'm very grateful for the pull buoy as I'm not sure I'd be able to work out at all otherwise. And my buddy was impressed at how fast I could still go with it.

      18 days ago Like

    • Ben K.

      I had no idea what they were until somebody told me. It's cool. I wish I could use one when I do my triathlon in August. Think they will let me?

      18 days ago Like

  8. FIT
    great Weights only & Increased my r... 01:03

    The pool was closed Sat. so I only did weights & saved swimming for Sun. It was really nice to go in *not* having just exhausted my arms pulling myself across the pool & back for the previo... read more

  9. OK, friends, new year's update: The good news is I'm still alive - yay! The bad news is my foot is still in a boot & does not seem to be much better. I'm managed to swim (well, p... read more

    • Letitia M.
      Letitia M.

      Swimming and lifting are great exercise -- better, actually, than running in a lot of ways (though it pains me to admit that). You shall prevail, I know it. Onward!

      21 days ago Like1 person

    • Ursula W.
      Ursula W.

      ^VALIDATION!! Thanks! Also, looking over the ones I logged in Nov/early Dec. and the ones I'm logging now, I'm apparently getting faster. It's kinda neat to do better at something every time, just like when I was an early runner :)

      21 days ago Like1 person

  10. FIT
    Post arm-swim weights 01:00

    I pushed myself hard in the weight room when I really just wanted to go home Wednesday night after my swim, and I'm glad I did. All my muscles are still sore today, but also it's getting ... read more

  11. swim
    First mid-week swim! (arms only) 1500 yd 00:35 40:34 pace

    I felt slow, but on the other hand I've only been going to pool once a week (Sundays) for the past 2 months & I finally worked up the new year's will power to go on a Wednesday night ... read more

  12. FIT
    Weights right after arm-swim 01:00

    Swimming with a pullbuoy makes my arms tired, but that's not excuse not to go straight into the weightroom (well, after putting on clothes) afterward.

  13. swim
    good First swim of the year! (arms... 1050 yd 00:23 38:33 pace

    I swam faster than usual, I think because I focused on taking way fewer breaths. Yay!

  14. FIT
    great Everything I could do seated,... 00:45

    Great weights session with my dead arms after only pulling for more than half a mile. I used every resistance training machine at the gym that I could use sitting down, including upper bod (obvious... read more

    • Ursula W.
      Ursula W.

      We will have Michelle Obama arms!

      2 months ago Like1 person

    • Letitia M.
      Letitia M. You're an Inspiration
      You're an Inspiration:

      I gotta do all that stuff too. Gonna get me flat abs and arms that aren't like spaghettini.

      2 months ago

  15. swim
    good 19 laps, arms-only 950 yd 00:24 44:27 pace

    In case you missed my last post: lost my swimming privileges & got put back in a boot cast because turns out my torn foot muscle is still not healed enough. But I'm allowed to do arm thing... read more

  16. FIT
    good Post-swim arms workout 00:15:00

    Did I mention I'm back in the boot? I'm back in a boot cast for my sprained foot. But I still did all my upper body lifting, dammit. (This is also from last Sun. & I forgot to post)

  17. swim
    good 22 laps, arms-only 1100 yd

    So, I lost my swimming privileges already. Well, kind of. Apparently even something as gentle as swimming was too much for my torn foot muscle, so I've been demoted to pulling, as in, I can sw... read more

    • Letitia M.
      Letitia M.

      Oh no! The boot again? Boo. However, your attitude is something I need to emulate, as I've been very mopey since I busted the ankle Saturday. You rock, girl. Will you be my hero, and can I fawn at your feet? ;-)

      2 months ago Like1 person

    • Ursula W.
      Ursula W.

      I will, and you can! I'll admit it's hard to read about people even doing a PART of a race (let alone a long one) when I haven't been able to run in almost a year now and apparently can't even swim from the waist down, so I truly appreciate you writing this.

      2 months ago Like1 person

  18. FIT
    tired Post-swim lifting with dead arms 00:30

    It was hard, but I did it.

  19. swim
    great Post-beer swim! 1150 yd 00:29 45:04 pace

    Drank way too much beer last night so I'm just happy I did this at all. 3rd swim since being cleared to do it AND my farthest...mainly because I keep bumping up against pool closing time or ne... read more

  20. swim
    great Free/Breast/Back medley 800 yd 00:20 44:28 pace

    So proud of myself for getting up before work to swim. OK, so I worked late last night and got to come into work an hour late today and otherwise I probably wouldn't have done this - but I... read more

    • Ben K.

      awesome Ursula! That's great. I started swimming this summer as a way to cross train. I'm not that good, but I enjoyed it. I learned as a kid, but then stopped after high school gym class. Good for you for getting up and getting a workout in!

      3 months ago Like1 person

    • Ursula W.
      Ursula W.

      Thanks, Ben! I'm still definitely not allowed to run (or bike, or walk much), which means I haven't been doing ANYTHING. I recently got the go-ahead from my dr. to start swimming, but I still didn't because I was so out of exercise mode. Now I've done it TWICE this week! I haven't really done it since HS either. I did 2 triathlons but definitely did not train for them...but I was on the swim team in HS!

      3 months ago Like