Thursday, March 28, 2013
THANK YOU SO MUCH for the comments and sparkmails after my blog yesterday. They were much needed and appreciated. Sometimes the positive self-talk can only help so much and it helps to hear it from someone else (even if it's the same exact speech) somehow hearing it from someone else when you're down the the dumps makes it seem more valid. I guess I just needed validation that it's going to be ok.
After that post yesterday, I felt myself let go and forgive myself (which brought more tears) and I also went for a run.
It was hard to go. I felt paralyzed about my injury - worried that going on the run would hurt or make it worse. But I did it anyway. It was a GREAT run. Sure my PF felt it more afterward, but it didn't hurt at all during the run. I ran with Roscoe to keep things light but he kept going, so I kept going. It was his longest and one of my longer ones in recent times at 5 miles.
I forgot to mention that last weekend I also set a 10K PR. It's still a little soft compared to my half marathon PR, but given my training and the hills on the course, I was really skeptical of my chances of PRing going into that race. But I decided to really go for it, and I got it! I was sooooo happy.
So after that blog, I talked to my DH about it a little bit, too, and he was like - but you just ran a PR! And he continued to encourage me that I would get through this. He is the best!
So between him and you guys, I was really convinced to just let go of what I can't control and continue to be diligent and to do my best.
Also, SEEHOLZ mentioned a change of routine. Yes, I am still working on a new normal routine for myself which includes regular gym time. When I was losing weight, I was always going to the gym regularly. So this will be an important component of my new routine. I also wasn't running as much. I think I will still run more than I did then, but it will be more of a maintenance routine and less building to a big mileage load. My focus isn't on running right now.
I will still run and enjoy myself, but I think (pending any major changes later in the year, it's still early) that 2013 will be a marathon-less year, just like 2011 was. I can run a good half marathon off of a less intense training load, but I won't run 6 of them like I did last year either. We're also focusing on keeping my races local, so that will be fun.
I CAN DO THIS! This will pass and I will make it through this! Just think, if I throw in the towel on it all AND the hormones are having their way with me, I will just spiral into a blobby oblivion. I need to keep at it if just to combat the worst of it while I normalize.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I know I shouldn't let the scale get to me...
but it's really getting to me.
And I just replaced the battery so I shouldn't compare before and now...
but I am.
I am still so frustrated with the weight since going off birth control. I know it wasn't where I wanted it to be before that but at least I was still at a healthy weight for my height and I felt pretty comfortable in my skin.
Now I feel frumpy and fat and roll-y and I've been tracking pretty consistently for a couple of weeks now only to end up the same or a little higher than when I started.
I just want my body to get back to normal. I think I'm going to just have to be even more diligent and work even harder. I just feel super depressed about it now. *sigh* I'm not gonna lie - there were tears this morning.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
So I'm battling Plantar Fasciitis again. I've had it from time to time since my first episode back in 2010, but I've always managed to get rid of it fairly easy and run through it. This time I'm feeling like it's more annoyed, so I'm going back to doing everything I did the first time around in hopes that it'll clear up in about a week. I ran last weekend my 10 mile LR in shoes that should be reserved only for short runs or retired altogether. I felt the mistake toward the end when I started feeling heel pain.
Since I have a heel spur, if the PF gets aggravated at all, it really gets inflamed and painful at the heel. So anyway - I have a 10K race next weekend and a half marathon 4/13. Since I'm very confident finishing both of those races, I'm going to try to be zen about my running.
Another thing I'm going to do is to make sure I continue getting a good calorie burn and exercising. I have a gym membership, I have some working out at home tools (soon to have more, more on that later), and I bought Level 2 of The 30 Day Shred from Amazon Instant Video so I have a good workout video to do as well. If I can only run short runs for a while with frequent rest days, I'm going to supplement so I keep my exercising mojo.
I've been diligently tracking my food since Monday. Yesterday I planned to run, but opted out due to my PF so that I could run today - as a result, I ate more before I decided not to run than I should have (was planning to run in the afternoon) and I ended up with 100cal left for dinner - whoops.
I decided to cautiously go over. I think this was a good decision - I still ate dinner (veggies and noodle soup, and one square dark chocolate) so that I wouldn't be starving myself and going bonkers, but I also avoided the whole "I screwed up so who cares" crazy overage crap. I ended up over by 210, and I'm ok with that.
I ordered this great daily deal from Amazon yesterday:
Right now it's $57.99, but yesterday it was $24.99 - you get:
Iron Gym Bar (doorway pullup bar), complete with hanging ab straps
Rotating Push Up Grips (a-la perfect pushup)
Electronic Ropeless Jump Rope (great for tall awkward people like myself )
The good thing, too, is that I can hang my suspension training straps from that bar - I've tried it before with someone elses.
Other cool thing - my husband is joining me again. :) The last time he let me track his food for him, he lost 50lbs. We were also going to the gym together, which he isn't doing this time around - but one step at a time.
Because he's on board, it will help me out a LOT. I can tell already so far this week that it will be a great advantage.
So today I ran 2.5 miles with Roscoe the wonder dog. He is good up to about 4 miles, but usually we run 1.34 (puppy loop!) or sometimes up to 3. I was going for 3 today but he wasn't having it. At about 1.25 he refused forward motion. As soon as we turned back he took off, so he wasn't tired, he was just ready to go home. HAHA. :D Silly puppy. But it's good - that is good for me for today. It's not getting me ready for a half marathon really, but it was a good workout in for today and calories burned, and Roscoe got his, too.
We had a couple of pee breaks on the way back and still that mile was 12:02, compared to the first mile at an average 15:21 pace (lots of starts and stops and sniffing and whatnot). On the way home there is always less of that and it's mostly straight running with a couple short pee stops. :D hehe.
This isn't from today, but us out together in winter running gear - he was wearing that today, I was in different gear. :) Isn't he so cute?
I also got to do my first day as a COACH this week. There is a program by RunVermont called "Ready, Set, Run!" - it is after school for elementary kids to run, move, and learn about nutrition and citizenship. It was ... COLD. I started with the kindergarten group, and at first we made it a bunch of times up and down the hill (I was manning the hill repeats station) but then a couple of the girls started just staying at the top of the hill and shivering and crying, and then some other kids started crying and they were like - can we run inside??? :'(
I felt like such a jerk! It was getting colder and colder out, and it started at about a feels like 15... so... yeah. We went inside. Later, the other groups joined us. Some of those kids had frozen solid shoelaces. The leader of the group has Raynaud's and she was shaking like a leaf! But the kids were great, once they warmed up they were all like - are we going to get to run again??? :) I'm hoping for much better weather next week....
1) run short runs, every other day. Run by feel, pay attention to heel.
2) Do all my stretches as prescribed by my PT back in the day
3) Naproxen Sodium morning and night w/ food
4) Roll foot on frozen water bottle and on little nubz ball.
5) Roll/stick out calves, it's all related.
6) wear my crocs around the house so I'm not runnin around barefoot.
Hopefully this all combined knocks it out fast like it did last time it was at this stage.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
So I've been having a good week - eating well, exercising, tracking, going to the gym, running. All good stuff.
I even did a little (very little) housework.
Very tired today so taking a day off from most stuff.
I WON that Nike GPS watch, btw. :) So thanks if anyone went and liked my review! I love having another toy.
It gives me bonus mileage I think... but not a TON. hundredths of a mile.
I signed up for a 10K this month, extra motivation.
My weight hasn't gone up anymore but I haven't been successful in bringing it down. It's like I got a BUMP of at least 5lbs going off BC and so far it's sticking around. I will get rid of that, and then keep going to get down to where I really want to be again.
Friday, February 15, 2013
I need your help, SparkFriends!
I wrote a review for a shoe and if I get the most facebook likes on my review, I win a Nike GPS watch. I had the lead for a while, but my nearest competitor is gaining on me fast.
Please take a moment to go and like my review! GO! then come back and read more.
My update is not a good one, I'm afraid. I went off birth control (EXCITING!!!) but it's been rough. My weight has gone up, I've had zits, bloating for days, it's awful. And not pregnant yet. BOO! All kinds of awful side effects and no reward. I can't wait for my hormones to regulate and for things to get back to normal.
The good news? I have a couple races on the calendar, and I did my first one of the year, which was a little odd - it was a SNOWSHOE race! :) Very fun.
So right now I'm training for a half marathon in April, and I will be part of a Marathon Relay team in May. I am not registering for anything too far out since I hope to become pregnant in the near future and not sure how that will affect my running, although I HOPE to run throughout.
I also have my gym membership back! YAY! I've only tried to go once so far, but the class was cancelled because the teacher was sick so I haven't REALLY gone to the gym yet. :P
Here's a picture of my eyelashicles from my snowshoe race:
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