Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Just because I am obsessed...
This isn't my number, but the organization posted this photo on their FB page yesterday. A wave of emotions kind of ran over me. I still can't believe that I am signed up for a 5K run. A run? Me? The girl who used to hate running. Heck, I can't even believe I signed up for a 5K to begin with. I'm so excited and nervous all at the same time. It seems like all I think about is the 5K! Ha.
Anyways, I FINALLY motivated myself to do some ST last night. It was tough, but I'm hoping that once I get back home and get into a routine, I will be able to work on incorporating ST in my routine.
Also, I tried foam rolling last night. I did my calves which really hurt my shins. However, it felt so good. I couldn't figure out how to go my inner shins which is where all of my pain is, so I just rolled it across the area as hard as I could. Oh my. I was laughing and almost crying because the pain was intense. However, after I was done, I got ready for bed, and I had no pain whatsoever while I walked. I even woke up this morning feeling much better. So, best believe I will be laughing and almost crying tonight with the foam roller. Haha. Oh! And I did the neck massage with the roller, and it was pure heaven.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
So, this morning, I woke up to a beautiful surprise - 158.8 lbs! I am finally in the 150s, and I love it! I can't even believe it! Honestly, this is the push I needed in regards to eating. I'm usually good about exercising, but my eating has been so so at dinner time. I've adopted the "well, I worked out today, and there is half a month left to reach my goals, so I will just eat whatever tonight." That logic runs over to tomorrow night and so on. Last night, I ate about 1-1.5 servings of spaghetti my Mom made, and I left it at that. No second helpings for me.
I've been staying at my Mom's since last Monday. She just had surgery on her wrist (carpel tunnel), so dinners have been kind of hectic. It's been a lot of eating out and foods I don't usually eat. I know I can offer to cook a healthy meal, but she's picky. Ha. So, I am doing my best with food.
Although food has been shaky subject, my exercise has been pretty good. I took the guy's advice (from the running store), and I backed down a bit in regards to the 5K training. Last night, I walked/ran two miles. I'm going to stick with that for a couple of weeks and then go up to three miles. A mile doesn't feel like enough. I will have to say that I believe I bought the right shoes. Last night's run was pretty much pain-free. My shins did pretty well up until like the last half mile, so I was really surprised! I'm in love with my shoes, and I am in love with running. I like pushing myself. Honestly, running is pretty much all I talk about right now (to the boyfriend). Haha. I am pretty sure he's tired of hearing about it.
My shins have been hurting since I woke up, but I'm about to start working with my foam roller tonight (thanks Pooksaluagh!). I hear it's going to hurt, but that it'll be worth it. I can't wait for the day that my legs won't hurt at all before, during, and after my runs. I think I will fall even more in love with running!
Lastly, I'm having a difficult time with strength training. Honestly, all I want to do is run (told you I'm slightly addicted, ha). I know the importance of ST, but I just don't want to do it. I've signed up to do the "Sparkpeople Official Spring into Shape Bootcamp". This has six videos that are all less than 15 minutes. I've only done two, and I started last Thursday. I'm not really interested in Body Rock right now because I feel like some of it I need equipment for, and I don't have the money. So, any suggestions on ST?
Friday, August 17, 2012
Ahh! Thank you all so much for suggesting I find a running shop in my area! It was great getting tips and finding new shoes. He had me run in three different shoes, and these are the ones I chose:
They are from Saucony. They are light weight which is why I bought them. The other two were a little heavier. He said that the full leg pain was probably from form as well as not having enough support under my arch. Last night, I took them on a 2.05 mile walk, and my leg pain was gone. It felt so good to walk again without pain. I will have to say that the shins still hurt (not as bad though!), but I think they will have to heal before I am completely free of pain. So, Tylenol, icing, stretching, and massaging are going to be my friends over the next few weeks.
He gave me some tips on my running form as well as some stretches that target the calves. He was great!
He did, however, say that he thought I should ease up on the running. He thought I was putting too much stress on my legs with the running. He suggested I back off to just walk/run a mile for now and work my way up. I have mixed emotions are this, so I'm not sure what my plan will be. I like my 5K walk/runs. I guess I will see how today goes with the new shoes.
On another note, as I said in my status, I am down ten pounds (finally!) from my starting weight this morning! So, as my reward, I decided to make my new shoes the present for such awesomeness. Haha. I'm so ready to get into the 150s now! Ahhh!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Hey all! Sorry for all the running blogs. I'm just trying to get ready for my 5K race in October! So excited!
Anyways, just an update on the shin splints. Per a SP friend's advice, they told me to work on my form; she said I may not be releasing my muscles every time I push off the ground. So last night, I tried what she said, and it worked! I had no pain while I ran or during the walk breaks. So, thank you so much for that advice, CNTRYGL1!
Even though that helped, I still woke up this morning with that annoying achy feeling in my legs and parts of my shins are tender. So, I am hoping ice, Tylenol, stretching, and the foam roller will help this go away. I really don't want to quit running. I'm also thinking about trying to stay off the pavement as much as I can. I think it's too hard of a surface right now. Lastly, I am hoping to get my new shoes (or at least get fitted for them) this week. It's really a goal of mine to make this happen very, VERY soon.
So, I ask of my fellow runners - is it safe/healthy for me to continue to run with shin splints? On my off days, I am doing circuits and walking. Do you think that is ok too?
Monday: 5K Run/Walk ----> DONE!
Tuesday: Circuits and 5K Walk
Wednesday: 5K Run/Walk
Thursday: Circuits and 5K Walk
Friday: 5K Run/Walk
Saturday: Busy day at work
Sunday: Rest day or light walk
Monday, August 13, 2012
So, the one of my best friend's had her wedding this weekend. Let's just say I am glad it's over. I'm very happy for her, but man was it stressful. Not only that, my boyfriend's family is in town this weekend, so we had to do lots of cleaning. Lastly, my boss's mother died last Thursday, so I have been juggling a lot. I did the best I could since Thursday in regards to eating and exercising.
Good things from this weekend:
1. I danced for three hours at the reception. It was a nice way to get exercise, release some stress, and have fun.
2. I was running around like a crazy lady all day yesterday in regards to the wedding. Ha. It was all good.
3. I ended up having a good time. :)
Not so good things:
1. I ate like a pig at the bachelorette party.
2. I didn't get my water in, and I am feeling it this morning. I've got a headache (not from alcohol - promise).
3. Stress, stress, stress.
My boyfriend was also in the wedding, so while the bride and groom were taking photos, we sneaked over to a cute little spot and took a photo since we were all dressed up. I was looking at it this morning, and my heart just saddened. I really don't look like I have dropped ten pounds. I don't know. I just think I look gross. In all honesty, every morning and night, I look in the mirror, and I say something that I like because I need to be proud of where I am now. I need to love my body regardless of the size, shape, and weight. However, I couldn't with this photo.
Anyways, enough being sad about the photo. I have 5K training starting this week, and I'm pretty excited! I have a little less than two months to get ready for the 5K, and so it is time to get busy!
Monday (today): 5K walk/run
Tuesday: circuits and 5K walk
Wednesday: 5K walk/run
Thursday: circuits and 5K walk
Friday: 5K walk/run
Saturday: Work (This is exercise to me. Ha!)
Sunday: Either rest day or just a light walk (30 minutes or so)
Hoping to go get fitted for running shoes this week. My shins have been killing my throughout the weekend which is a little scary. Hopefully, they will heal soon especially after I get new shoes.
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