Torture Report: Sweat Lodge Tennessee Style & Training Roller Coaster


(L)  I am just going to get it over with right from the start.  No, I did not do a lick of working out this entire week.  I have been in Nashville sweating the pounds off. Seriously, I have done nothing except climb the three flights of stairs to my daughter’s apartment (thank God I don’t live here) and drink water.  I have barely even eaten because the heat index is like 105!  I kid you not, this is ridiculous. I know I grew up in Ohio, but how I made it out alive is beyond me.  I will take the lack of oxygen any day over this humidity.  We arrived here last week to the sound of a million cicadas (apparently we do have cicadas in Colorado, but not the kind that drive you to drink) and the air was so thick with humidity that I felt like I could reach out and touch it.  If only I could have reached out, grabbed it and put it away for the week.  While I don’t feel great about the not working out part I actually do feel kind of good right now because I think I have sweated out any toxins that were present.

I leave today so we will see if I can get back on track Colorado style.


(G): Oh my dear, sweet Coloradoans, that humid weather you are talking about is called “air you can wear” here in the Eastern part of the country. Glad to hear you enjoyed it as much as we do.

While Lowi has been on an emotional roller coaster I’ve been up and down with my training this week.
Between a foot that’s a little unhappy and the unpredictability of life the wheels began to come off.
I got some good hill and speed workouts in early but by Friday morning my foot was starting to protest. I woke up thinking that I maybe needed different shoes and possibly some bodywork.

You know the universe is guiding you when you get to walk around grounds like this after a healing treatment.
The universe delivered. I opened up Facebook and there was my favorite practitioner at All Life Center proclaiming she’d had a cancellation and would anyone want the spot.
I do, I do!!
After a serious treatment, which included cupping, I left with some pretty good bruises (it can happen with the suction cups) and some relief in my foot. It was too much of a good thing for me cause I had to tempt fate.
Saturday, John and I hit the trail for a hard 5 miles. All was good until about 3.5 miles when I hit my heel awkwardly on a rock and that sent the somewhat nagging discomfort in my foot into full gear. Yowza!
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I haven’t run since due to some cross-training (aka floor work) but it is feeling better and I hope to get some easy miles in the next few days.
I need to rest up because Saturday is a great day. One of the greatest days of the year: How at the Moon 8-Hour Ultra!!
This is John’s 10th and my ninth year participating at the race and it’s a blast.
See you on the flip side. I am sure I’ll have some good stories to tell after that.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G
The Torture Report began in January 2014 as a weekly update of our journey to completing a 50-mile race. Since then it’s continued on to become a chronicle of how we try mightily to find fitness, health and sometimes the finish line. We aren’t always successful but we keep showing up and telling you all about it on Tuesdays.

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