Thursday, October 13, 2011
Workouts - running awesome, hooping awesome, ST - nonexistent.
I'm getting a group together here at work to do some body weight ST on non hooping days so I can try to get myself on a routine with that.
Food - went nutso. Scale was not happy this morning. I tracked a few things earlier this week, then didn't, today I'm going to try to track everything. Lunch will be odd because I have some leftovers of stuff that I do not know how to track, but it's a cucumber salad - minimal calories in that beast, mostly it's spice and cucumbers and onions, rice wine vinegar and a bit of sesame oil. I probably won't eat much of it because it puts my face on fire. HAHAHA I went a little too heavy on the spice. (Sriracha sauce and cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes....)
I don't need to be lugging any extra lbs while I'm running! If they are coming along they better be there to WORK (AKA muscle) - and clearly without the ST I'm not bulking up. Women don't bulk up anyway and I'm not even trying, so it's definitely not muscle... hahaha. Plus I think this morning's number was a fluctuation because I've weighed recently at about 4lbs unde what it said today.
BUT STILL. It's the kick in the butt I needed to really get my food in order.
Monday, October 10, 2011
A running and trombone playing machine!
Last week I had a lot of rehearsals and a gig Friday night - it went great, but I was soooo booked. I ended up taking Friday off - not intentionally - called in cause I thought I had some personal emergency to take care of in the AM but that ended up taking like 5 min so I just didn't call back in to take it back! HAHA. So I stayed home, cleaned my closet, made a tutu, watched "Make it or Break it" (gymnastics ABC Family drama - hahaha) on Netflix and just chilled out.
Until it was time to go to my gig - we were asked to arrive at 6:30-6:45 - I got there at 6:45 worrying about being late and only one other band member was there. The event started at 7:30 - but we find out we're the last song on the program, and guess what... we didn't go on until around 10:30. So we waited around for nearly 4 hours. We were all STARVING by the time we got to play. HAHAHA.
Saturday morning headed out for a planned 14 miler, which turned into 15 because it was a little long and when we got back to the cars we were at 14.8 so we ran around the parking lot until we had 15 and called it. (me and my RB Yvonne)
We also planned to do 5 miles of trail running on Sunday AM - turned out to be more like 2.4 miles on the trails and 2.5 on the road - we parked outside the state park, and then ran up to it and then got on the trails. The trail was perfect for our newbie trail runner degree of difficulty - it was interesting enough to be challenging, but not HARD - it was mostly flat and lots of smooth parts, mostly singletrack but not very technical. Some rocky parts, but mostly just packed dirt and leaves with a few roots, so very runnable throughout. We got stopped at one part cause we emptied into a picnic area and couldn't see where the trail pickd back up... so we just turned around and ran it the other direction and it was more obvious where to go from that side for some reason. HAHA.
This trail was rated (scale goes - very easy, easy, more difficult, difficult, very difficult) at "More difficult". There is an "easy to more difficult" trail that links up with this one that we are planning to run in the near future as well.
Then Sunday afternoon I did a 5K for fun. :) Paced at about 10:43 which is close to 10K pace, planned to be closer to HMP but ended up being a bit speedier. The course was a tad short so I finished a bit after 32 min. It was lovely but did get a bit hot toward the end.
Soooo 39.56+ mile week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOWIE KAZOWIE!
This week will be lighter - racing a 5K on Saturday with aforementioned tutu.
I need to get my food back to normal - it's been kinda all over the place. Tracking is needed.
Time to go HOOP!
Friday, September 16, 2011
So I feel like I should blog.
Eating has been kind of willy nilly.
Weight has been holding steady.
Running has been going going.
Did a post run routine from RunningTimes last ngiht and I really liked it so I think I will try to keep doing that. Mostly like hip mobility/strengthening and core stability and some hip stretching. Which is all the stuff I need!
I did hill repeats last night for the 2nd time ever and 1st time this year. Good stuff. going long with 13 tomorrow.
That's about it for now. Hope to be super on track next week food wise. I feel like I'm just getting back to a normal routine right now still. First weekend that I'm gonna really be staying at home in a WHILE! :D YAY!
Monday, September 12, 2011
So..... I think I have figured out my biomechanical issue.
I kept feeling something was out of alignment, right?
At that race I volunteered to hand out marathon bars I got a little consult with a Chiropractor that did an alignment check - my right shoulder and hip were lower than my left.
This can supposedly potentially be an alignment issue in the back, but is commonly a leg length discrepancy. I was standing w/ my running partner on Sunday and told her I thought that was it and she looked at my hips and to get them even I had to hike up my right hip and my heel was off the ground.
I'm going to do some self analysis in a mirror as suggested but considering the symptoms and my own feelings I really think this is going on:
"1. Iliotibial band syndrome (pain on the outside or lateral part of the knee).
2. Piriformis syndrome (butt pain, not to be confused with sciatica, where the pain runs down the back of the leg).
3. Hip pain.
4. Low back pain."
I have had all of these. All on the left side, which is the "longer" side.
"Step far enough back so you can place your thumbs on the bony points in front of your hips. Can you tell if one thumb is lower than the other? Is it on the same side as the lower shoulder? If so, chances are you have an acquired or functional shortage. This commonly happens on the same side as your dominant hand."
My shorter leg (self diagnosed) is my right leg, same side as my dominant hand.
"In addition, this functioning shortage puts a mild tweak into the sacroiliac joint, further compounding the motion inefficiency. A visit to a chiropractor will help, but only temporarily."
Well I think I'm gonna skip the chiropractor for now then...
If the difference is more than 1/2 an inch, then I apparently need more help. If it's like 1/4" then I can try a cork heel lift apparently and that should help. There is also mention of stretching and conditioning... I really gotta get back on my grind with ST.
Now that I don't have a race for a long time, I'm less nervous about re-integrating ST. I was worried about taxing my body and getting sore right before a race effort, but my next race effort shouldn't be until like 11/12 - I plan to race but as a fun run a 5K in October - not worried about that, plus that's about a month away anyway.
I have been slacking on my PT which involves hip rotational and stability exercises - the description of an aquired leg discrepancy talks about hips rotating:
"Contrary to popular belief, the acquired shortage is a pronation problem, first and foremost. The reason is that, while you may look identical on both sides of your body, the left and right don't work exactly the same. The same goes for pronation. As you develop, the brain picks up on the patterns of two feet, recognizing the slight variation in gait. The body compensates by rotating one of the hip bones (called the ileum). The ileum can rotate either backward and downward (called PI Ileum for posterior inferior) or forward and upward (AS Ileum for anterior-superior). This pulls the leg higher into the hip socket, causing the leg to function short, changing the alignment of the muscles around the hip and spine. Unfortunately, this causes those muscles to work unequally and inefficiently, and ultimately causes pain."
Anyway. More stretching, more single sided exercises to make sure each side is getting the same workout, more core and stability strengthening is all in order.
And maybe a chiro visit at some point....
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