Two weeks of cross training + Kombucha

Hi friends! It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend.  We had a funeral for my husband’s aunt on Saturday, which was emotional and yet beautiful, difficult but also healing. The acapella four part harmony of the congregation was breathtaking.  I’ve missed that full sound.  I was really impressed that my 7 year old was holding her own on the melody while my husband and I switched to the bass and alto lines.   A highlight for me was hearing my husband and his brother sang the final song from the back…. they are talented brothers.

His aunt was a really amazing woman.  She was an artist, photographer and doula, among other things.  She was constantly rescuing junk and repurposing it into beautiful handmade books, felted work, bags, scarves and dream catchers.  She followed me closely on social media and was also the person who encouraged me to look into nutrition and health coaching 6 years ago.  I don’t know that I would be running my own business if it wasn’t for her.  So yes, a remarkable woman.  (She even had a few running awards from the 80’s!)

Life is unpredictable.  The timing was pretty ideal, as it reminded me that not running is pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

I miss running but I’m staying busy with other projects and cross training… here’s a sample of how the last two weeks broke down:

Monday: This was when I actually had pain on the run and knew I needed a break.  I switched my workout to a spin class and 5-10 minutes with the TRX.

Tuesday: 1 hour easy spin

Wednesday: bootcamp class (am) + 1 hour walk (pm)

Thursday: 1 hour spin

Friday: Walking NYC on our day date… I estimated 7-9 total miles

Saturday: Short hike with hubs + spin class

Sunday: 1 hour walk

Week two

Monday: nada

Tuesday: boot camp class (am) + 1 hour walk (pm)

Wednesday: 90 minute spin

Thursday: boot camp class + 1 hour walk

Friday: 45 easy spin + short strength circuit

Saturday: spin 1 hour

Sunday: 45 minute strength circuit

Can I just tell you how tired I am of the spin bike? Granted, I’ve been doing most of it on my own to save time traveling to the gym, and a class would probably help.  But I’m also trying to find access to a pool this week to mix things up.

Overall, I’m hanging in there.  I really miss running! But I know it will be there for me in a few weeks and I can do this.

Over the weekend, my cousin-in-law and fellow Kombucha lover brought me a baby Scoby so I started my own batch yesterday.  At $3+ a bottle, it was becoming an expensive habit! I’m excited to see how this turns out.  (For those interested, I’m following these instructions).

Between that, my husband’s saurerkraut and his sourdough bread, we’ve got the fermented foods down! We used to make yogurt too… maybe I need to give that another go…

Do you make any fermented foods?

What’s the longest running break you’ve had to take?


I’m linking up with Fitness and Food with Ilka and Angela, and Tricia and HoHo from The Weekly Wrap!

7 thoughts on “Two weeks of cross training + Kombucha

  1. Sorry for the loss of your husband’s aunt. She sounds pretty remarkable. I took a few years off running because of shin pain (and being a newlywed, I suppose). I wasn’t real focused on getting back to running, so it probably could have been a much shorter break. Back then, I just knew it hurt and I didn’t think I’d ever be able to run again, but slowly I got smarter and started actually training, and then one day, I could run. And it made me very happy. 🙂

    I don’t think I’ve ever even tried kombucha.
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  2. I’m so interested in making my own kombucha, thanks for the link! I had to take most of this fall/winter off running because of an IT-band injury, I think my longest stretch of no running was 3.5 weeks but for about 6 months I was only running 1-2x per week, and most were walk-runs. It was so frustrating! I seem to be on the other side of that now, although I’m still really worried it’ll come back. I found workout/strength classes really energizing during that time. I’m sure it’ll fly by! Sending lots of healing vibes your way.
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  3. I am so sorry to hear about your husband’s aunt – she sounds like she was such a blessing in your lives.
    My husband and I make a lot of fermented foods as well – sauerkraut and sourdough particularly. I’ve done pickles as well before. We’re going to try home-brewing next and I want to start making my own kombucha as well.
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  4. So sorry about your husband’s aunt.
    It looks like you have managed to stay really active even without running. I get really tired of the spin bike when I do it all the time. I needed a break a couple weeks ago and I think I went 10 days without it, which was nice. Its a great option for cardio but just isn’t the same as running.
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  5. I am sorry to hear about your families loss- hugs to you all. I love a little break here and there from training, it does the body good! Thanks for linking up!

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