Week 17 & 18 Recap: Taking it easy & Motivation troubles

The cold weather and early darkness put me into a bit of funk during weeks 17 and 18. It has been 10 times harder to get motivated and go outside for a run. I only got one run in each week, which is a big shift from what I had been doing.

QUESTION: What do YOU do to combat the cold-weather/winter blues? How do you motivate yourself to still get out and run?

Week 17 Recap

Tuesday — 4 miles in the bank! Got a good run in with my running buddy before work, despite the overcast and the drizzle. No numbness, no pain.

Stretching my calves, IT band and hamstrings pre-run and using the roller before my runs seems to be the key now. Since I’ve started this routine, I haven’t had any numbness.

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Sunday — I had a 5K scheduled, but it snowed the night before, it was 20 degrees, parking was going to be tough, and I just couldn’t muster up the energy to run it. I stayed in bed and rested, which honestly, I really needed.

 

Week 18 Recap

Friday — It was way too cold, so we took our run inside. I did 2 slow miles on the treadmill, inclined to 3% and my boredom got the best of me. I then switched to 15 minutes on the bike and rounded the workout off with strength training (pushups, calf raises, squats).

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Later that afternoon, I had a nice 90-minute massage which was fantastic.

Saturday — My family and friends had our Christmas dinner (clearly, pre-Christmas). It was a great time!

 

Run. Travel. Dream. Updates!!

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Weeks 17 & 18: 6 miles ran 😦

41 days til FIRST 10K

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

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QUESTION (again): What do YOU do to combat the cold-weather/winter blues? How do you motivate yourself to still get out and run?

Week 15/16 Recap: Roller sticks rock!

After taking a planned week off (week 15) for the holiday, I’m back at it! A 3.6-mile short run yesterday afternoon with my running buddy. It felt good to be back out there. I had a little IT band pain, but no numbness or cramps thanks to good stretching beforehand. I had to use Strava on my phone to track the run because I left my Garmin home by accident.

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7.11 miles in the bank! My longest run since starting in August. My poor watch froze at the end from the cold weather but we got it done. My running buddy is the real MVP for running those 7 while pushing a stroller up several hills! I stretched a ton and used my rolling pin beforehand (rather than after the run) and again no pain or numbness. That’s the key it seems!

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Week 15: OFF

Week 16: 10.71 miles ran

4 days til next 5K

53 days til FIRST 10K

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

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:

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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!

And we’re back… Running in a skirt!

Today was my first run after being sidelined all week with shin splints/cramps. I did 2 pain-free miles, and walked a total of 1.58 miles before and after the run, while listening to Power 105’s Sunday night reggae mix (NYC) via iHeart Radio. I also made sure to really stretch today, and it helped.

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This is the park I ran through – Ala Moana. Great views of the ocean!

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I also ran this afternoon in a skirt! No, not like an A-line — a skirt specifically made for running, from Skirt Sports. The pair I bought has biker shorts sewn-in, and it was surprisingly comfortable. I thought the legs of shorts would irritate me, but I immediately forgot I was wearing anything special: super comfy.

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Pre-run, I had an açaí bowl with bananas, blueberries, strawberries, quinoa puffs and a scoop of peanut butter, with carrot lemonade as my beverage. Yum!

Tomorrow is my last day in Honolulu… I have a super early running tour of Honolulu lined up before I leave. Can’t wait!

Week 12 recap and sidelined in Hawaii…

After my 5K on Sunday the 29th, I didn’t run again until Friday when I squeaked out 5 miles with my running buddy.

I totally forgot to take a selfie at the end of that 5 miles. It was a rough one. I still had sore gluts from my post-race deep tissue massage, and my foot was numb for half of it. Then my IT band acted up for the last 1/2 mile. I was a mess! But guess what? Another 5 miles in the bank, just before I started my travels.

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Later that day, I flew to Phoenix for a certification course, and was itching to get outside for a run that Sunday. 


However, it was a tough, disappointing run. I felt winded at first, then once I got into a groove at the 1 mile mark, my left shin/ankle cramped and I could barely dorsiflex my foot. At the same time, my right foot went numb. I just walked the 0.8 mile back (which was a struggle) and called it a day. I think it was a combination of wearing heels for 3 long days straight (which I rarely do), and then running on uneven sidewalk.  

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I continued with pain, so I didn’t try to run before I left for Hawaii on Tuesday.


Wednesday morning, I got up bright and early for morning yoga. I walked 3 miles round trip to the meeting site, and my leg started to feel better.

But, despite soaking and massaging all week, I kept being awakened by excruciating pains at night for the remainder of the week. Last night, I got the great idea to use my TENS electric stim machine along my tibialis anterior muscle. It was my FIRST night with no pain!

I have, however, been enjoying my time here in Honolulu.

I’m taking it easy with this left leg now, with the hope that I can get a run in tomorrow.

Week 11 Tally (& Magic Mile Predictions)

With work and travel, the only running I did in Week 11 was my 5k:

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3.1 miles ran

10.5 total pounds lost (no weight loss this week)

38 days til next 5K

87 days til FIRST 10K

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

 

I also went back and checked my Jeff Galloway predicted race times based on that 1-miler I did on Labor Day weekend — it predicted my 5K time almost to the second!

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Massages for runners

lower-back-massage_4460x4460Knowing that I was planning on pushing it at the race on Sunday, I had already scheduled a 2-hour massage at Massage Envy later in the week. I’m glad I did, because immediately after the 5k, my left hip started aching — even when I walked (the leg is my good leg, so it was probably compensating for my right).

Two days later, I walked in for my massage, still with an achy hip. I had a masseuse I’ve never tried before, but by the time he pushed, pulled, stretched and kneaded, my hip was pain-free. My gluts, sacrum and IT Band were apparently the problem spots.

I was supposed to have a run that day, but I skipped as not to jack myself up again so soon after being realigned. I’m glad I did… because by that night, I was super sore from all the kneading (especially when sitting down on my gluts!).

Today, that soreness is gone, and I feel really good. But, all of this led me to look up what other runners think about massage and how they use it in their training programs.

This article from Competitor outlines the four best massages for runners: Active Release Technique, Swedish massage, Trigger Point, and Deep Tissue massage (I am pretty sure he used at least 3 of these 4 techniques with me on Tuesday). In the article, Coach Jeff gives great advice on when to schedule massages and how often:

If you’re able to afford it, getting a monthly or weekly massage can help prevent injuries by catching tight areas before they become problematic. If it isn’t possible to fit a recurring massage into your schedule (or budget), consider getting one or two during your hardest training block or if you’re doing a lot of speed work, which tends to elicit injuries that can be treated by massage, like tight hamstrings or hips.

QUESTION — Do YOU incorporate massage into your training regimen? And if so, when do you schedule them, and how often?