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Running? What is Running?

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Workout – stairmaster.  40 minutes.  I don’t care how many miles it says it was because it was not running.  or anything resembling running.  or anything resembling what I felt like was preparing me to run a marathon.  might as well have not happened.  but it did.  and it is important that it happened, because it’s important to cross train and keep your body moving towards a goal.  even if it feels like you are moving backwards.  or just stepping in place and not moving anywhere.  it’s the doing something that matters.  and making choices everyday to do that thing that is not doing nothing.  moving on.

Sooooo.  I’ve been pretty positive the past couple weeks about the non-running and excessive cross-training as of late.  but it hit me today.  I really miss running.  I’m getting a little concerned about the impending marathon and lack of running.  this is the longest I’ve gone without it.  in the past 5 months.  this time last year, I was really still just getting into running and figuring it out.  this winter was the first that I actually ran through the whole winter.  I’m pretty stuck on it now.  we work well together, aside from this minor shin malfunction due to over-wearing kinvara’s and under-stretching my leggies.  it is so not the end of the world.  But I let myself have a sad moment today that it’s beautiful and sunny out and I’m not cruising along the pavement letting life’s worries go with the wind.  or doing the real training that is part of the plan.  I’m starting to forget what that running feels like.  the stairmaster in the hot sweaty basement does not have the same effect.  not even close.

Sooooo.   Tomorrow can’t come soon enough.  It is the day I told myself, self, you can run on Wednesday.  you can test out those legs and see how they are healing up.  you can run to your little hearts content.  you can be reunited with your beloved track.  and then no more until next Tuesday’s little tempo pre-race run.  that’s all I get.  two measly little runs, maybe 3 if I’m a good girl, before the big one. 

 

Sooooo.  here are a few things that are making me feel better about the lack of running in my life.  and other things coming up that will make me feel better.

1.  As green and environmentally friendly as I try to be by not washing my hair every day and recycling the same three outfits – sometimes, you just need get rid of the greasy hair and pull it all together.  my mom did a double take and almost called 911 when she saw me actually wearing real clothes and not sweaty workout wear.  what happened to me that it became acceptable to go out in public looking like I had been run over by an eighteen wheeler.  oh.  kids.  right.  clean hair just doesn’t matter as much when it means the 2 year old will be playing in traffic if I stay in the shower 5 more minutes.   but, today, it was necessary.  I was beginning to forget what color my hair really was. 

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cleaning my closet is not on the list of things that make me feel better when I’m not running – so it’s gonna stay messy for a bit.

 

2.  Making an effort to think positive and trust in the work I’ve done.  Today especially, I really started questioning how the heck I was going to run a marathon next week.  simply because the past two weeks of training have been non existent.  and I start thinking of all the training I didn’t do.  while, when I was running strong, I could picture myself flying through the finish line with a massive PR and feeling capable of anything – running or not running related.  Enter those negative, self defeating, this sucks kind of thinking when I’m out of the groove, and it can really suck the life out of me.  so I’m making an effort to TRUST in the training that I did do, where that can take me, and what I can learn from it for next time.  whether it’s a massive PR or not, that’s TBD.  and it honestly doesn’t matter – as long as I can remember that I’ve truly done the best I can, and that thinking needs to come before this sucks and I might as well walk the 26.2.  that would be silly. 

3.  Lululemon.  you would think they pay me to say this stuff – but lulu really does brighten a blue mood.  what is lululemon anyway and where did that name come from? 

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anyway – this little cool racerback makes me happy.  it’s like it was made for me.  pretty sure I will wear it for the marathon.  prints do me well.  they cover the fact that the female parts that belong on my chest didn’t get the memo to grow during adolescence.  or to stay after I had kids.  solid colors only exaggerate the fact that something is missing.  I don’t need that.

4.  Enjoying the stuff that I’m doing more of than I ever have before.  Rolling.  Stretching.  Icing.  Compressing.  Massage sticking.  not stairmastering.  over that.  but it really feels good to take the time to stretch and roll and beat the crap out of my calfs with that horrible massage stick.  it hurts.  I don’t like it at all.  but it works.  so I do it with a smile.   

I also found some great stretches for runners on Runner’s World website.  most of them I do and feel great.  all about injury prevention my friends. 

View them HERE.  and HERE

5.  New sneakers make me happy.  and excited to run.  I’m ditching the Kinvara’s for this race.  not because I don’t love them.  I love you saucony kinvara.  but because I’m not sure my feeble little legs can handle them this time around.  I’m also not sure I want to run in something as heavy as the mizuno wave rider 15 that I have been wearing and loving.  after two running warehouse shipments came and went, still searching for the perfect race shoe – I went to my local running store looking for these…

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these are the ones.  the Kinvara’s are no support, minimalist shoes.  they’ve worked well for me.  The wave riders are full on stability shoes with lots of support.  the running shoe guru that helped me said that would be way too much for a marathon when I’m used to running in minimalist shoes.  these Brooks PureFlow are just a notch above the Kinvaras with a bit more support for my hurting legs.  I’m excited to really try them out on the track tomorrow.  

Until now, these are two of my favorite running sneakers….

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The kinvara is, well, the Kinvara.  And those Asics Speedstar I just happened upon and I LOVE them.  and now I can’t find them.  I’ve often thought, the best shoe would be a blend of the two.  Let me tell you, if Kinvara and Speedstar got together and had a little lovechild, it might look like those Brooks Pureflow – the best of both shoe worlds to my feet.  Putting them on makes me excited to run the marathon.  so that’s what I do, until I run tomorrow.  I put them on.  have a happy moment.  and take them off.  good times.

6.  Chocolate always makes its way in to the day when trying to brighten the spirits.  Dare I say I have never had a cadbury egg.  I haven’t.  being that they were on sale, I had to try one.

not impressed.  it did not make me happy.  I want my money back.  and my calories, too.

7.  I get to see my little sister twice this month.  this is exciting.  this makes me happy. 

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she is coming home for Easter this weekend.  then in 3 weeks I will be going down to Nashville to see her and run the RNR Country Music Marathon with her.  if my legs are still attached to my body.  She is running the half.  I am planning on doing the full.

8.  I finally registered for the NYC Marathon.

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It’s on my list of marathons I’m doing this year – but before today, I hadn’t actually registered for it.  it’s not happening until you’re registered.  I’m registered.  Its going to happen.  So there’s another one in the books, for sure, that I can train for and stress about and lose my mind over.  all of the fun things that I do when getting ready for a race.

8.  Then, if all else fails, and the grumps can’t be avoided and negativity and unhappy thoughts about not running ensue – I take a cue from the little guy and throw a blanket over my head and call it a day. 

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after rearranging the bedroom furniture.

My husband would prefer it if I did not get to that point.  he says it alarms the children.  ok.  I’ll try to pull myself together.

 

What do you do to get yourself out of a negative mood?

Who is running NYCM?

How are the workouts going this week?  Getting some good running in?  Tell me about it!

Who is a big fan of Cadbury cream eggs?  Maybe I just tried the wrong one.  didn’t enjoy it.

 

Monday Rundown

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Workout – nada.  my girls say that’s an abbreviation for nothing.  much like “agua” is an abbreviation for water.  hmmmm.  glorious rest day.  I enjoy my rest days more and more as I understand the whole training for a race thing.  rest days are in fact still training days, if you think about it.  your body does muscle building work on rest days.  they are very necessary.  enjoy the rest.  this rest day might have included a little bit of strength training.  in my home gym.  which is wherever the kids are.  it may have also included a planking session.  my madre (an abbreviation for “mom”) and I have a friendly plank competition going.  I did 4 minutes the other day.  she did 5.  I let her live in her planking victory for a few days.  today I did 5 minutes and 10 seconds.  I win.

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a few hours later, I did 6 minutes and 10 seconds.  just to ensure the victory was mine for awhile.  and because my husband was sitting there telling me not to stop at 5 minutes like I planned.  this is very normal behavior.  don’t be concerned.  so, this was very interesting.  holding a plank for over 5 minutes when every ounce of my being wanted to drop to the floor was VERY much like the feeling at the end of a marathon.  when everything hurts and I’m not sure I can pick up the pace and pull the strength out of somewhere to get to the finish to hit a goal time.  but the strength IS there.  It always is.  You’ve got to dig deep and find it.  So I held out another minute on the plank.  sorry mom.  you’ve got some work to do. 

little factoid – as of last September, the world record for holding plank position was 37 minutes.  she was 71 years old.  you can read about it HERE.

I have approximately 7 minutes to crank out this post – I’ve got icing and rolling on the brain.  all I’ve been able to think about all day is getting ice on my shins and rolling out my calves and my IT band and everything else that wants to be rolled.  but I thoroughly enjoy having a one sided conversation with all of you lovelies out there, and sharing in the shenanigans of my day.  and I really appreciate all of the thoughtful comments in response to my one sided conversations making me feel better about my shin splints and the slight amount of stress it is causing me, in the few weeks before my marathon.  It warms the cockles of my heart.  truly.  the cockles.  another word to be added to the list of words never to be spoken again.  right next to fartlek.  and colon.  done. 

I unleashed my frustration yesterday about how horrible I have been at planning out the week – specifically meals – more specifically dinners.  breakfasts and lunches are fairly easy.  dinners cause me angst.  sometimes.  I just want to have a little temper tantrum and refuse to plan anymore and refuse to cook anymore and refuse to think anymore.  but, today, instead of joining my 2 year old in one of the 5,687 tantrums he has daily – I chose to make a list and figure out some meals.  I think I did it.  I successfully made a little list, went grocery shopping today and got more than the 3 items needed to cover today’s meal.  that’s a mini success.  here’s what it looks like: (I will post recipes only if they turn out ok)

1. Salmon Burgers – staple in my home

2. Chicken chili – with or without the chicken, haven’t decided yet

3. Spinach bread – some sort of side salad or bean dish

4. Mushroom soup with poached eggs – so fancy

5. I lost my grocery list with dinners on it, and I’m sure I had another one.  I’ll remember at the end of the week with whatever is left in the fridge. 

here’s to a week with hopefully less than 8 trips to the store.

and I will share with you a new little snack I came up with….always looking for snacks…because it’s the meals in between the meals that really matter.

One of my favorite things is soggy cereal.  I don’t like cereal that stays crunchy the whole time.  I love cereal that can sit in (almond)milk, soak it up and get nice and soppy.  sounds delicious, doesn’t it.  things like raisin bran and shredded wheat are super conducive to soggy cereal snacks.

I found these two little gems at the store – as we all know I love things packed with protein and fiber, and lacking a crazy amount of added sugar. 

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I figured they might do well as a bowl of soggy cereal.  but could also be great for non soggy cereal lovers alike.  I apologize if that bowl of soggy goodness makes you want to vomit.  but It is a protein packed fiber lovin’ snack – here’s what went into it:

1/4 c. Ezekiel 4:9 cereal (there are lentils in that cereal!)

1/3 c. smart bran cereal

2/3 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 scoop chocolate plantfusion protein powder

a little dribble of almond extract

mix it all up and stick it in the fridge until it soggifies.  true word.  or gobble it up right away for a crunchy cereal snack.  I can’t give you the exact stats because I didn’t write them down – but rest assured, there is a decent amount of protein and fiber in that bowl.  You could get real crazy and add in some nut butter.  I dare you.

my 7 minutes of blogging are up.  the ice is waiting.  the foam roller is calling.  gonna be a fun night. 

xoxo!!

 

Soggy cereal lover, or keep it crunchy?

Almond Milk or regular milk?

Peanut butter or almond butter?

Do you do the cooking or does the significant other? mother? friend? sister? brother?