Week 14 recap & tallies

I started off week 14 with a 6-mile run-walk Monday on a city running tour in Honolulu. I forgot to pause it during miles 2 and 5 when we stopped for snacks and photos, so the time is screwy. My shin was sore, so I popped some Motrin and did a lot of pre-run stretching. I got through! I also found a rainbow (above my sweaty head).

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At the end of week 14, I got in another 6 miles: to the park, around the park, and home… but I had to walk most of the last mile… my right calf cramped badly and my right foot was completely numb. It didn’t help that my watch face froze most of the run, then wouldn’t allow me to click done after. So I took a photo of it for the blog. Overall, I felt good during most of the run, keeping about a 12-minute pace until I walked.

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I’m making progress though: 2.5 months ago I couldn’t run a half mile. Aches and pains are all part of the process, right? The black tee is my post-run mood lately… lol.

This week, I also got my new 2018 planner. 2017 has been amazing… now, it’s time to get cracking on next year with my new planner from May Designs.

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Here’s my tally for the last 3 weeks:

***TOTALS***Measure

Week 12: 6 miles ran

Week 13: 2 miles ran (the shin sidelined me)

Week 14: 12.2 miles ran/walked

18 days til next 5K

67 days til FIRST 10K

107 days til Half-Marathon –> I’m running for St. Jude, support me!

2.5+ miles, new swag & my reasons for running

I was scheduled for 2 miles today, but I ran with my running buddy and we pushed out about 2.75 miles (although my Garmin didn’t sync right away, so I only got credit for 2.5). This was my longest run and fastest pace for anything over a mile since restarting training. My ankle brace was too tight and did cause me some numbness, which is honestly the only reason I stopped. I could have gone longer. Progress!

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I followed my run with a 1-hour back and leg massage that was much needed. Although, I still have 110 squats (see squat challenge post), 110 sit-ups and 55 pushups waiting for me tonight.

My customized Run. Travel. Dream. Bondi Band came in today! I also got one with one of my personal running mottos: Stronger than Yesterday.

My running skirt from Skirt Sports came also. I’m so excited to run in this. It has shorts underneath.

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I added a new race to the calendar today as well: the Montclair 5K Doughnut Run. I heard about it in a Facebook running group. It’s exactly as it sounds — doughnuts at each mile. And it sold out in less than 4 hours!

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On a different note, I was reading an article recently that suggested that every runner should know WHY they are running, because it helps with motivation, especially on the crappy days. I realized that despite setting on this path of half marathon training, I hadn’t fully fleshed out my true reasons for running.

So, here goes my 5 reasons (I’m sure I have a few more):

  1. I’m competitive and there aren’t many sports (attainable for me) that you can compete in in your late 30s (and older).
  2. To get back into shape — lose weight, improve endurance and get stronger.
  3. Because I hate that my injury sidelined me 3 years ago. I wanna prove that this injury can’t beat me.
  4. The runner community is amazing. I like the sense of belonging to something bigger, and being inspired by the other runners. It has even brought me closer to friends who run.
  5. Races will give me another excuse (as if I need one) to travel.

 

What are YOUR reasons for running?

Florida Day 7: my first Fartlek & my alma mater

Today, I ran my first Fartlek (if you don’t know what a Fartlek is, read this).

Also, dictionary.com says:

fart·lek ˈfärtlək/ noun
  1. a system of training for distance runners in which the terrain and pace are continually varied to eliminate boredom and enhance psychological aspects of conditioning.

Today’s Fartlek was a basic one:
1-min easy run, 1-min hard run
2-min easy run, 2-min hard run
3-min easy run, 3-min hard run
then repeat x 1.

I have to admit — it was really tough toward the end. My after face tells the story:

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As you can see from my pace chart below (Look at that heart rate climbing!), in the second half, my hard runs weren’t very fast, and my easy runs were almost walking. I hit my second wind at the 20-minute mark and tried to kick it up again for that last hard run. But, I have to admit, I was wiped afterwards.

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Maybe it was the weekend at the amusement parks, or the heat and humidity on the run, but as soon as I got back to the house, I knocked out for at least an hour — in my running clothes. I don’t even remember laying down or falling asleep!

I did regain consciousness eventually, and kiddo & I drove to my alma mater and copped an NSU window decal. Hard to believe I finished medical school almost 11 years ago.

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We stopped for lunch down the street at one of my fast food favorites from when I lived down here: Pollo Tropical. The salad greens were a bit dry, and corn does have some carbs (I gave my roll to kiddo), but I enjoyed it.

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Now, kiddo and I are waiting for our delayed flight to take off. I enjoyed my time with my friends and godchildren, and sad for it to end, but it will be good to get back home as well.

Wheels up soon…

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Florida day 3: Reflection, motivation & new shoelaces

Since today was a non-running day, I spent time with the kiddo (a few pics from the Museum of Discovery and Science below), and then the Godkiddos after they got out of school. It gave me time to reflect on what I’ve been doing well so far, and what I could potentially do better with this post-injury half marathon training.

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Things I Need to Work on:

Motivation

I’m hitting the point where I am progressing (and it IS getting easier), but not as fast as I would like. And it’s playing tricks with my mind. I caught myself having thoughts like, “If I’m winded at 1.5 miles, how on earth will I ever get up to 13.1?”

I know I need to get the Negative Nancy voice out of my head, but post-injury, and with the extra weight I’m carrying around, training this go round has been quite humbling.

A friend suggested that listening to audiobooks may be my problem. She suggested I “put on some gangsta rap and handle it!” OK — got it. So, during yesterday’s run, I put my “Get Money” playlist on shuffle, and I think it did do a better job at distracting me from the aches than the audiobook (I ran the longest I have since beginning training!).

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Years back, I would forget I was running while listening to “The Help” and “Eat, Pray, Love,” so I may try audiobooks again when training gets a bit easier. Right now, I guess I need a little “gangsta rap” and ‘get money” in my runs. 🙂

Foot numbness

I had some foot numbness again yesterday, after not having any for the past two runs. Yesterday it wasn’t numb in the usual areas, but over my big toe and inner foot this time.

At our last session, my massage therapist suggested that I try different shoelace patterns if the injection didn’t resolve the matter. So, I found this site which does a great job at displaying ways to lace shoes based on different running (foot) ailments.

I went with the “wide feet in general” option which skips a few holes. We’ll see if tomorrow morning’s run is any better.

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Aches (ugh!)

Between the 65 squats last night and yesterday’s 2-miler, mixed with the fact that I couldn’t do my normal post-run soak, I was pretty achy today — in my “bad foot” and the anterior muscles in my “good leg.”

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As a result, in between each outing today, I did some major massage — both with my hand and the massage roller — using the Elemis Musclease Active Body Oil. I am thinking I should have massaged this much yesterday immediately post-run as a means of preventing today’s discomfort. Let’s hope tomorrow feels better.

Things I think I’m Doing Well:

Diet

I have done a great job keeping to low-carb in the face of traveling, temptation and being surrounded by junk food. Tonight, I wanted the Bananas Foster so badly at Dave & Buster’s but I thought about how sad I would be if I got on the scale next week and didn’t see any loss, and decided the pie wasn’t worth it.

Going Slowly/Rehabbing

I think I am doing a good job at going really slowly in training to avoid injuries. I am working hard at strengthening my foot/ankle, and listening to my body along the way. Going slowly is also helping me not feel like a failure — if I really went out there and tried to run 6 miles right now like I used to, I would be disappointed and humbled pretty quickly, and it would probably mess with my head. Slow is better right now.

>>What did you do well this week? What do you want to work on for next week?

Packing while training… and butterflies!

As much as I travel, I have packing down to a science: an outfit for each day, the accompanying shoes, undies, PJs, toiletries/toothbrush, daily vitamins, curling iron, GO!

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But, packing for a week in Florida while newly training and dieting was a whole other ordeal. Here were the new additions to my packing list:

  1. Low-carb snacks
  2. Running tops/bottoms and sports bras for 4 runs
  3. Cell phone arm band/headphones20170821_162438
  4. Running shoes and running socks
  5. Atkins shakes, protein powders and blender bottles
  6. A week’s worth of supplements
  7. Ankle brace, aka Sheila
  8. The new muscle roller

I have been super lucky not to have major soreness after my runs. I truly believe it’s from the regimen I’ve been following (stretch-run-stretch-soak-protein shake-supplements-muscle roller), so I didn’t want to forget anything. Since I won’t be able to do my long hot soaks though, I ordered the Elemis massage oil to use after my runs on this trip instead.

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And because I love butterflies (I have one tattooed on my left wrist), as soon as we landed in Fort Lauderdale this morning, we visited Butterfly World in Coconut Creek. Here are some of the pics I took today:

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It was SOOO hot and humid! But, it was cool to see all of the different species and colors. Plus, it gave me ideas for my next tattoo in November (when I visit the shop that did my first one in Hawaii).

Today is a rest day as far as running, but not for the squat challenge! I still have 60 squats to do tonight. I’m gonna throw in 30 push ups and 60 sit-ups along with them.

Until tomorrow… I’ll leave you with some pretty butterflies from Butterfly World!