The Crutch Chronicles: Episode 14

Hello kittens! Here’s your weekly recap of how life with a stroppy ankle is treating me. This week has been intense, one way or another. Things have been busy at work, I’ve had plenty of social gatherings, I took a day trip to Cambridge to graduate and get my Master’s, and there was that not-insignificant terror attack in London. On that note- my thoughts go out to all those affected. It was intense there for a while, but in the very British way, we’re all carrying on as normal. I have a lot of love for my city, especially in times of crisis.


What a beauty.

So in the spirit of Keep Calm and Carry On, here’s where I’m at:

Where I’m at physically

The ankle isn’t really behaving herself at the moment. I think that has a lot to do with being more active, and so I’m doing my best to focus on closed-chain exercises (such as cycling, where your ankles can only move back and forth, not side to side). In addition to that, I’m wearing an ankle support at all times, and icing wherever necessary.

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I was feeling a bit wiped after last week’s round of workouts, but thanks to a sneaky rest day on Tuesday, I was able to proceed full speed ahead and get some really decent sessions in.

The workouts were:

  • Monday: Kettlebell circuit, 30 mins cardio
  • Tuesday: Rest day!
  • Wednesday: Kettlebell circuits + abs + 30 mins cardio (at a different gym, since my normal one is close to Westminster)
  • Thursday: 30 mins cardio + abs (followed by a rather boozy dinner with friends…)
  • Friday: Rest day/hangover day because baby cannot handle her alcohol
  • Saturday: A day out in Cambridge for a university reunion
  • Sunday: Kettlebell & sandbag circuits, 60 mins cardio, upper body strength, abs & ankle stability.

I’ve been really enjoying more functional and strength-based fitness, and have been mastering the art of cramming a good workout into a limited period of time. That being said, weekend workouts are still my favourite because a lack of time pressure means I can take my time, try out new things, and rock out to my favourite tunes.

Definitely a hot mess


As I mentioned last week, my increased workouts meant increased (and often insatiable) hunger. But adding healthy fats to my diet has been an absolute godsend, and I’ve been having far fewer hangry meltdowns. Peanut butter goes in my morning oatmeal, and coconut chips have become my new favourite snack!


I haven’t run this week since my ankle has been pretty sore. Even when it’s not discernible pain, I’m just very aware of it, and it feels quite unstable. For that reason I’ve been spinning and working out on the eliptical, as well as just walking wherever possible. It’s frustrating to take one step forward and two steps back, but I’m just grateful to be able to keep active. My goal for this off-season is to come back stronger and more well-rounded as a runner – although abs wouldn’t hurt either! I’ve been doing functional fitness exercises like pull ups and weights, and hopefully I’ll see improvements soon in my overall physique.



Where I’m at mentally

Things are good for now. Although this week has been insanely busy, I’ve been spending plenty of time with my loved ones, and that always lifts me up when things are a bit down. I got my Master’s over the weekend, which meant a day trip to Cambridge, and the weather was glorious for it. Summer seems to have arrived, and with it, all the excitement and anticipation of those long days ahead. All in all, it’s not too shabby!


How’s your week been?

Lots of love,



13 thoughts on “The Crutch Chronicles: Episode 14”

  1. Well done Pip on your Masters.
    Sorry to hear that the ankle is playing funny bugs with you.
    BTW: I’m interested…. how does the pressure of cardio/kettle bell sessions impact on the injury. Or does it aid to strengthening?
    Take care x

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    1. Uh…. I’m not too sure, but generally I stick to closed chain, low impact exercise such as cycling if the ankle is sore. And when it comes to kettlebells, I only do swings and sideward crunches, nothing that involves jumping or impact. You’d be amazed how good a workout you can get in with a bad ankle!

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  2. Congratulations. Cambridge is at its best in the sunshine and with all the flowers along the backs I bet it is pretty. ( last time I went was for the half marathon and it was very dreary that day!) sounds as if you are being sensible. Keep it up! 😉

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