Monday, January 23, 2012
So, no sooner did I post my injury status blog post when not more than an hour later, I was out grocery shopping and was standing in line to rent a movie at the RedBox when I noticed that left leg and knee were feeling tight, again. That darn tight IT band just won't completely go away. But, it's definitely not as tight as before since my flexibility is still better.
I did my 12 mile run, today, and I ran a bunch of it in the rocks and dirt beside the road for a few miles to help get my ankles and knees ready for my half marathon in March which has the first 5 miles paved, but then the next 8 miles on a graded rock/dirt path. It was a good run, tho not quite as fast as I was hoping - tho the off-road running might have contributed to that. Was almost exactly a 10 min/mile pace, tho I was hoping to run something closer to 9:30. But the 10 min/mile pace was probably all for the best, anyway. I wasn't winded. I wasn't even really very thirsty when I finished. Mostly, my legs got somewhat tired and I know I slowed down at least a little bit from start to finish. All-in-all, tho, it was a good run.
Now, I just need to do a little more off-road training and throw in some more speed work.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Yes, I did say statuses, because I do have multiple injuries. Well, maybe not really injuries. Some of them may actually be aches and pains. It all depends on your definitions...
My issue with my IT band that started during the Ragnar Relay back in October seems to finally be gone. I took a few weeks off and then decided to run through it. I don't run on the uneven terrain that caused it, so I hoped that it would eventually go away with a little care and some time. I think I've finally worked it out.
But, maybe it's transferred itself? My knees have begun to get sore during my runs and I wonder if that's a side effect of my IT bands loosening, but not completely?
My right achillies has been better. That popped up in my pre-Ragnar training and was probably an overuse injury. It seems to have gone away with rest and a more consistent training routine. I've had my heel hurt a couple time when I shoes have rubbed on it, but I think the real issue has gone away - at least for the most part.
And I hope these all continue to go and stay away. I've been training 4 days a week for 3 weeks, now. I have 2 more weeks of this before I up my training to 5 days a week. As long as I've created my schedule, properly, I should be good to go.
"The man who fell into an upholstery machine is now fully recovered."
Friday, January 20, 2012
So, after months of agreeing to sit down and making a real budget, my wife and I finally began the process last night. After 15 minutes we had already reached the conclusion that we already realized which was that we were spending way more than we were taking in even though we had paid off all our credit cards and loans except for our mortgage and one car loan. So, on the positive side, it took us about five years to pay off our wedding and pre-marriage debt, but we did it. On the negative side, we were still in red.
So, how did we get here? Well, here is actually a nebulous location. Are we really in the red or in the black? It all depends on your perspective. Based on our actual spending, we are in the red. Looking at all our essential bills and expenses and leaving out all the discretionary spending, we are easily in the black.
So, that's why we are finally creating a budget and creating spending limits. No more random dining. No more random clothing or household purchases. It's time to set some limits and stick with them.
If we can do that, we will both be happier and healthier. And we might be able to do it without cancelling my gym membership that I haven't used in a year, but would like to find more time for...
"When a marathon runner has ill-fitting shoes, he suffers the agony of defeat."
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Just what this country needed.
Fast food delivery!
Maybe they'll deliver Subway.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Today, I just did NOT want to get out of bed, I did NOT want to go outside in the cold and I definitely did NOT feel like running.
I got to bed very early (for me) last night. I was in bed shortly after 8:30pm, tho my wife had just returned from her birthday vacation, so we talked for a while. I rarely get to bed by 10, even though I know my alarm will be going off at 4:40am. So, I am usually tired in the mornings. And then when I do get extra sleep, it's not enough to make up for my sleep deficit and ends up making me more tired - just like this morning.
But, I got out of bed and ran, anyway.
Usually, when i'm cold, I run faster to get back inside where it's warm. But, this morning I was also tired and cranky and just did a hard run on Sunday, so it was time for a recovery run. And boy was I slow. I was just the opposite of Sunday. I haven't run this slow in a long time. Heck, I ran faster than this when I was sick last month! Okay, not quite, but close.
I knew I was slow, but I had no desire or motivation to pick up the pace. Plus, I was back in my #1 pair of shoes and my right shoe just seems to feel awkward. I'll probably need to fiddle with the laces, some more. In the end, I just kept up my slow pace and I did my 5 miles in 53 minutes flat. That's a long way from my 8:30 min/mile pace from Sunday. But, at least it should be a good rest from my hard workout on Sunday.
Should be cold, again, tomorrow, but I'll be doing 3 miles, and hopefully can turn it into some kind of speed work, regardless of whether I'm feeling tired or not.
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