Running/Training Reboot & New Races

Between a cold, dreary winter and my work schedule, I definitely fell off with my training. I still ran the races I signed up for in January, March and April AND finished, but they were rough!

Then, my “good foot” started getting pains, and for a while my podiatrist and I suspected a stress fracture (MRI was negative, thankfully!). In retrospect, there’s a good chance that that happened because I ran/walked several half marathons and a Ragnar Relay back-to-back without proper training before or in between.

So, I needed a REBOOT!

Running

I’m running short distances once a week in May just to “warm” myself up for the REBOOT that starts in June. In June, I’m starting a 13-week half marathon training plan. Realistically, I can only squeeze two runs in each week, so that will have to do for now — especially since I need to use the third day for cross-training (trying to learn from where I went wrong in my last training program).training

Strength

In addition the new training plan, I am also adding Orange Theory Fitness sessions to the mix starting June 1st. In the meantime, I’ve been doing total body barbell workouts at home 1-2 times a week in May.

Diet/Weight Loss

I’ve also put on about 50-60 pounds since I broke my foot 4 years ago, and I’m sure that that’s also hindering my running progress. I read in a few places that a runner cuts 2 seconds off of their mile time for every pound lost. That means, in theory, if I dropped 40 pounds, I’d shave 17+ minutes off of my total half marathon time (not including any improvement in time from training). So, I’m motivated to get this done.

LINK: Will I run faster if I lose weight?

Today makes day 10 of following a ketogenic diet – low carbs, moderate protein, high (good) fat. It has been interesting cooking  3 meals a day every day and experimenting with new recipes. I’ve been to the grocery store almost every other day to pick up new ingredients. But, I am trying to avoid eating out for the next 30 days while I’m home (I have some upcoming travel where that will be unavoidable).

Here are some of the low-carb meals I’ve prepared so far:

Races

Of course, what’s training without races?!

I canceled the races I had planned from mid-May until Labor Day so I can focus on training properly, getting stronger, getting lighter and coming back with a bang in September. I have to pay again, but the Popular Brooklyn Half will give me a guaranteed entry for next year. It was for the better.

I DID sign up for the Rock N Roll Half Marathons in both Virginia Beach (9/2/2018) and Los Angeles (10/28/2018). Wanna join me? Use Code RNRBRP2018 to get $15 OFF!

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I am amped about both locations (each beautiful at that time of year), and I can’t wait to make some progress with the new training and weight loss. Wish me luck, and follow the journey!

Weeks 21 and 22 recap – plus BondiBand sale

I’ve kicked off the first 2 weeks of 2018 with 6 miles so far plus strength work. Not a great showing, I know, but the weather has been brutal and the treadmill/dreadmill messes with my head. I’m working on it…

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My first run of the year was a quick 2 miles on the dreadmill.

You know those BondiBand headbands I always wear when I’m running? Well, now I’m a Bondi Band Ambassador! I’m really excited. And, in case you missed my New Year’s Day announcement, it’s in the bottom right corner… 12 in 12 in 12!

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In week 22, I did one dreadmill mile plus pushups, situps, calf raises and squats. I continued with strength work the rest of the week. But, as my tank says today, don’t ever ask me to do burpees!

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Life and errands tried to get in the way of my second run in week 22, but me and my running buddy did it. Definitely a #MomSquad kind of day… we opted for a shorter distance but it still felt good, and the weather was kinder! Some calf tightness, but no pain or numbness… probably because I used the roller and stretched a bunch beforehand. I topped it off with a nice long soak before leaving for my Framily’s annual ski trip weekend.

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Another announcement: BondiBand, the company that makes my favorite headbands to wear while running, is also expanding into other workout gear! Get 10% off with code RUNTRAVELDREAM or $5 off with BBWEAR. Shop at: http://bit.ly/2FEYbCH.

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Weeks 21 & 22: 6 miles ran

13 days til FIRST 10K

 53 days til 1st Half-Marathon –> I’m running for St. Jude, please support me!

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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!

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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