I made it back to running this week!
Saturday, we spent the morning hanging out on our almost finished new deck, which was so nice! Other than the fact that we really didn’t have any patio/outdoor furniture so I was sitting on a dog bed with the dogs. But I was still comfortable, so that’s all that really matters. Then we loaded up and headed out to the Lake for the annual Testicle Festival that happens there every year. It’s a fundraiser for the local Jaycees, in which they do serve testicles (or Rocky Mountain Oysters). I helped my friend Amy sell 50/50 tickets benefiting the Missouri Honor Flights for veterans. She is a nurse practitioner who has flown on a couple of the honor flights to DC, being an on site medic in the event that the veterans need something.
So, long story short, no running on Saturday.
Sunday, I did a 30 minute easy run with a short cool down. It was pretty muggy feeling, since I waited until 11-ish. Also, this was my first run back after the really crappy running, and then not running, so I took it pretty easy. I completed 1.81 miles in all, and my first mile was at an average pace of 17:16/mile. A little slower than I would have liked, but I felt pretty decent during that mile. I was also struggling with major short roll up. For some reason the Nike tempo shorts roll up in the back which makes it hard to pull down/ride up worse on my legs. Sometimes they roll up, sometimes they don’t.
Monday, I had intervals scheduled. I actually title this run Assassin Mosquito Intervals in Garmin and Strava, because I ran on the Katy in the Weldon Springs area and it was fucking terrible for mosquitoes. I’ve never had an issue really with them on the trail, but this year that area is still fairly soggy from recent floods, so it makes the perfect breeding ground for them. If I am going to run there I will need to invest heavily in some good bug spray.
Back to the intervals-There was a 15 minute warm up that I broke up into 5 minutes walking, 5 minutes running and then 5 minutes walking again (.76 miles avg pace 19:36/mile). Then my intervals were 3 minutes running with 2 minutes walking recovery. First interval was .23 miles avg pace 12:59, second interval .21 miles avg pace 14:24, third interval .19 miles avg pace 15:35, and final interval .18 miles at 16:26. By the last to intervals I was sick of getting bitten by bugs and just over it. I did my first interval way too fast, and my recovery periods were probably a little faster than they should have been as well, since I was trying to move quicker in hopes of deterring the mosquitoes (fun fact-it didn’t work). Overall, I completed 1.92 miles in 35:01 including warm up and cool down.
Tuesday-nothing! I haven’t been motivated to really go to yoga lately, and I’ve had quite a bit to do at home as well.
Wednesday, I had a 30 minute run workout scheduled that consisted of 25 minutes running with a 5 minute warm up. I covered 1.78 miles with my avg pace for my first mile hitting 16:50/mile. It’s been a bit of struggle to get my time down since that first mile under 15 minutes, but I’ve also been running during warmer, sunnier times than when that happened, so I’ll take it.
Thursday and Friday I didn’t do anything other than chill and work on laundry, so that wraps up my week in workout!
So the past couple weeks were a little on the rough side as far as running goes. So let’s just jump right into it!
May 20th (Saturday)-I drove to Eldon to visit my friend Amy, who just recently had a baby. We went to lunch and then headed out to her family lake house to go kayaking for a bit. We kayaked for about an hour, maybe a bit more and then hung out some. After that, I drove back home and that was that. I had a run scheduled for this day, but I decided to move it to Sunday since I was going to be on the road quite a bit and then visiting with friends.
May 21st (Sunday)-I had a 15 minute easy run on the schedule which I wanted to get done with kind of early since we were having a few people over later that evening for a shrimp boil. It was a little on the chilly side, but I managed to run 1 mile in 14:48 and then had a short cool down. I was pretty excited because this is the first mile I’ve completed in a time similar to what I was clocking before last years half marathon. But that was probably the last good running day I had for the next two weeks. Total workout time was 17:55 for a total distance of 1.14 miles.
May 22nd (Monday)- I had a run scheduled for today, but I was feeling kind of crappy so I chose to move it to Tuesday and vegged out on the sofa at home.
May 23rd (Tuesday)-I actually have this run titled as a garbage run in the Garmin data. It was supposed to be a steady run (5 minutes easy pace, 5 minutes going a little faster, then 5 minutes easy pace), but I don’t know. It was just complete crap. I don’t know if it was because this is the first time I’ve really encountered humidity while running this year or if it was the fact that I was in the beginning of a rough go with, ehem, lady things, but it was just crap. 1.15 miles in 20 minutes (15 minutes running, 5 minute cool down).
May 24th (Wednesday)-I did a 36 minute easy run at a new to me place near Weldon Springs. I was still feeling pretty crappy, so I don’t think it went to well. My lower back was really feeling it during this run, which was also my longest run to date with this training plan. I averaged 17:54/mile for a total of 2.09 miles with a very short (like one minute) cool down walk to my car. Not 100% awful, but I was still feeling pretty cruddy.
May 25th-June 2nd-Nothing. Nada. Zilch. I skipped all my runs, didn’t even go to yoga, just sat around feeling very bum-like. I was a little disappointed in myself for skipping the whole weeks worth of runs, but I’ve managed to get over it since then. I think it was a combination of my lower back being so out of whack (I went to my chiropractor on the 30th, and my pelvis was so out of alignment that one leg was nearly two inches short than the other one) and then going through TWO FREAKING WEEKS of lady things. Sorry dudes who just might happen to read here, but these things happen.
I need to work on getting back to yoga classes, and I also want to work on foam rolling and such, so those are things to focus on this month for sure. But I am also glad to say that I am back on track as far as my training plan goes and I also had a chiropractor appointment yesterday that went really well. I was a very tiny bit out of whack, with one leg only being a quarter of an inch short this time around. So, big improvement! I’ll be back soon with another work out recap.
Claim that I’m going to start posting these weekly and I fail on that immediately! Story of my life practically.
Anyways, on to the details.
I didn’t attend a single yoga class last week, because there were activities going on on Thursday and I didn’t get out of my chiropractor appointment until after class time on Tuesday. Saturday I biked and Sunday was Mother’s Day, so that took most of my day up with family stuff.
But I finally got on my bike on Saturday! After tons of rain and being restricted on my activities, the trail finally dried out enough and I got released to ride again. So I loaded my bike up and headed to the Katy Trail to hop on around Defiance.I figured I would head toward highway 40/Boone Bridge and see how I felt after so many miles and if I needed to turn around earlier than I was planning on. I stopped along the way at Weldon Springs just to rest for a bit, and made it to the Boone Bridge/Greenway Access before turning around. I snapped a quick picture and then got ready to head back to my car. I took off and realized my phone mount was pressing on my volume button which was causing it to block my screen (and mute my phone). I stopped to fix that and only unclipped one foot from the pedals. I wasn’t paying attention to my foot position in my right pedal, so when I went to take off again, I didn’t have anything to push against to get going because my foot was at the bottom of my pedal stroke. So yeah, one year after getting clipless pedals and I topple over from a stand still. I was able to get my foot unclipped before I got too far over, so that I didn’t completely eat it on my side and could use my leg to break my fall a bit, but I still got a nice little scrape wound by my knee. My overall distance wound up being 15.66 miles in 1:35. Can’t wait to bike again!
Since I biked on Saturday, I moved my run to Sunday, and ran a 24 minute easy run consisting of a 2 minute warm up (.08 mile avg pace 25:49/mile), 6 minutes running (.41 miles avg pace 14:32/mile), 2 minutes walking recovery (.09 miles avg pace 22:29/mile), 6 minutes running (.40 miles avg pace 15:09/mile), 2 minutes walking recovery (.09 miles avg pace 23:05/mile), 6 minutes running (.40 miles avg pace 14:59/mile), and a 6 minute cool down (.27 miles avg pace 22:31/mile) for a total of 1.73 miles at a 17:21/mile pace. My lower left side of my back and left quad/hamstring were getting pretty cranky towards the end, but I felt pretty good overall.
Monday was a 15 minute recovery run with a 5 minute cool down where I covered .88 miles during my 15 minute run at a pace of 17:04/mile and during my cool down I covered .28 miles at a pace of 23:57/mile for a total distance of 1.16 miles at an average pace of 18:44/mile.
Wednesday I ran again with a workout consisting of a 25 minute easy run with one 10 minute running segment (.63 miles avg pace 15:49/mile), 5 minutes walking recovery (.21 miles avg pace 23:30/mile), 10 more minutes running (.58 miles avg pace 17:22/mile), and a 5 minute cool down (.22 miles avg pace 22:23/mile) for a total distance of 1.64 miles at 18:15/mile. This run was hot and windy, and I was definitely facing a gusty head wind on the return portion of my run which sucked big time.
And that pretty much wraps up my works for the past week! No yoga, but biking and hitting my running workouts for a third week in a row. Woohoo! Now that running is getting a bit more consistent, I can’t wait to get my yoga schedule locked back down.
Warning: post approaches 1,000 words! Sorry for the length!
So, with my current running/training plan, other exercises, and workouts, my current rest day is Fridays. So I figure that will be the perfect time to catch up and recap my week in workouts. Since I didn’t post jack shit last week, I will start from then and then make things a weekly addition.
So, Monday the 1st, I had a chiro appointment for an adjustment and cleared my running plan with her. So I basically got the OK to return to running, yoga, and biking which was freaking amazing! I didn’t realize how much I would miss all that stuff until I couldn’t do ANY of it for 3 months. And then seeing all my running friends and yoga friends posting about it was really making me jealous. So it was kind of hard.
Tuesday (May 2nd) I should have kicked off my running, but I didn’t because I was dealing with picking my car up from the body shop that was repairing it from hitting a deer earlier this year. And as proved through out the course of the repair, picking the car up was a pain in the ass. So what should have taken 15 minutes to almost an hour and I by the time I got home, I didn’t want to deal with changing clothes and going running.
Wednesday (May 3rd) I had taken the day off work because with all the rain that we had been having they were talking about shutting down the highways that I would need to take to get to work. So I just didn’t come in (which turned out to be a total waste of a vacation day). But better safe than sorry! So I dropped the bikes off to be serviced, met Matt for lunch, and then headed to Quail Ridge for my first run in 3 months. In the rain. Which made me feel like a total bad-ass. The schedule called for a 15 minute easy paced run, with a 5 to 10 minute cool down. For the 15 minute run portion I covered just under a mile (.91) at a pace of 16:41/mile, and then my cool down was 3:29 and I covered an addition .10 of a mile.
Thursday (May 4) I got back on the current schedule and did an interval workout in chilly temps and on the one portion of the Katy Trail that I could find that wasn’t flooded. The interval workout was 2 minutes running (easy pace)/1 minute rest/2 minutes running (easy pace) repeat 4 times. I managed to keep a pace around 15-16:00/mile for my run portions and either did very little walking or stood still for my rest portions. I also added a 5 minute cool down to the end of the workout for a total of 1.31 miles. I also hit up a YogaHour class, which was one of my first classes back from injury, which was super exciting! It went really well, and I can’t wait to get the flexibility and ability back that I’ve lost these past few months.
Friday was a rest day and also Cinco de Mayo so I had our usual Friday night dinner with family and friends, only a little more festive for the holiday.
Saturday (May 6) 20 minute easy run with 5 minute cool down. The workout consisted of a 5 minute warm up (.21 miles avg pace 23:58), 5 minutes running easy pace (.32 miles avg pace 15:36), 5 minutes walking recovery (.21 miles avg pace 24:12), 5 minutes running easy pace (.33 miles avg pace 15:10), 5 minute cool down (.20 miles avg pace 25:28) for a total of 1.26 miles.
So I rounded out the first week of running with a total weekly mileage of 3.57 miles (woohoo!).
Sunday I cleaned up a bit around the house, and bought my garden plants and got those planted.
Monday (May 8) I rearranged my training plan so that I would be running on Mondays and Wednesdays, and yoga-ing on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with my weekends usually having yoga and running on Saturday, although I will probably mix this up a bit, since this weekend I might bike on Saturday, do a home yoga practice, and then run on Sunday. Depends on what is happening with everyone else!
Anyways back to the workout, Repeat of Saturdays 20 minute easy, except instead of Quail Ridge I hit up Indian Camp Creek. 5 minute warm up (.22 miles avg pace 22:43), 5 minutes running (.32 miles avg pace 15:37), 5 minutes walking recovery (.22 miles avg pace 22:14), 5 minutes running (.34 miles avg pace 14:54 (hey hey!)), 5 minute cool down (.22 miles avg pace 23:00) for a total of 1.32 miles.
Tuesday was one of the hottest YogaHour classes I can recall taking in my entire history of doing YogaHour. It’s supposed to be a slightly warmer than normal class to start, but no means a hot yoga class where the room is already 90 degrees. The class was so crowded that is got over 90 degrees within the first 10 minutes or so. I was drenched! Such a good class though, and with one of my favorite teachers, Emily!
Wednesday was a 21 minute easy run, with 3 run segments and shorter recovery segments. 5 minutes running (.36 miles avg pace 13:56 (little too fast)), 3 minutes walking recovery (.12 miles avg pace 24:14) 5 minutes running (.34 miles avg pace 14:33), 3 minutes walking recovery (.12 miles avg pace 24:27), 5 minutes running (.32 miles avg pace 15:39) 5 minute cool down (.21 miles avg pace 24:20) for a total of 1.47 miles. It was 84 degrees out but if felt so much warmer, probably due to the humidity since some thunder storms rolled into the area later that night.
Which brings up to yesterdays YogaHour class, where I started my watch a wee bit late in class because we were cranking through the poses and movements in class.
All in all a very good start to my return to activity! I’m feeling good about my progress so far, and can’t wait to see how things open back up, especially now that I am going through chiropractic treatment and getting things cracked back into alignment.
Haven’t checked in to update in a while! Sorry about that!
Back at the very beginning of February, I woke up with crazy jaw stiffness/soreness on my right side. I had been having a dream/nightmare about my teeth just falling out in bloody chunks, so I must have been clenching/grinding my teeth together. I figured it would go away on its own after a while.
It didn’t. Obviously.
There were a few times where it hurt bad enough that I thought about pulling my teeth out myself to try to relieve the pain, but luckily it wasn’t my teeth at all! Thank god for that, because I had just had a round of expensive even with dental insurance work done and was not looking forward to paying for more. I kept putting it off, but I finally went to see a new chiropractor who did x-rays and as it would turn out, my neck spine is not looking too hot. Instead of having the normal curve to it, my neck is starting to curve in the opposite direction, compressing the discs that are there. And my very tip-top vertebrae is twisted, which means you can see right through the middle of it! All of these things were compounding my jaw issue, not to mention affecting all the other nerves and such in my body.
My lower back has some issues too, but not quite as bad as my neck spine. So the beginning of March brought about a new chiropractic treatment plan for me, which meant no running, no yoga, no biking, pretty much NO ACTIVITY for 8 weeks. So add that to the 4-ish weeks I already had missed out on, plus my lack of doing anything being overwhelmed with the house stuff, and I am pretty much starting over from scratch every where.
Any weight I had lost has been gained back, which really stinks, but I am working on it again. I have cut back on my sugar intake a TON, and I am working on cutting back my caffeine in take as well, because I am totally addicted to both things and my chiropractor wants to me do a purification cleanse to help bring my body systems back to zero (or as close to zero as they can get). Which basically means flushing my systems out so that there isn’t a bunch of junk clogging them up.
I know, total hippie nonsense (or goodness, depending on your opinion).
But I started yoga again last week, as well as running using Garmin’s beginner 5k time-based plan, and both those things have been going pretty well. Knock on wood, but I haven’t missed a work out yet! I’ve successfully made it through two phases of treatment, and have started on phase three, which bring about fun things like neck traction exercises. Current one being, lay on the floor with a rolled up bath towel under my neck, starting at 3 minutes and working my way up to 10-15 minutes. I’m not gonna lie, it’s actually kind of uncomfortable. Plus, icing on top of that. And the worst, not being on my phone as much.
Because my job requires me to be sitting looking down for the better part of the day, I need to cut back on the amount of time I spend sitting on my phone in the same manner every night. So if it isn’t eye level when my head is raised, it needs to go.
Go ahead and hold your phone at eye level for hours on end. It sucks.
So, now that I actually have stuff to write about again, I will be back to blogging more regularly I think. It’s good to write again!
Well, hello there, blog land!
It’s been a hot minute, hasn’t it?
I’m sure if you’ve been around or reading for any length of time, you’ve noticed that I tend to drop off here and there. Mostly because I always felt like I didn’t really have anything interesting to talk about, but also for other reasons. Mainly, the voice that I had taken in my blogging.
I haven’t really been happy with where this blog has gone. And it’s no fault of anyone but myself. I have a few general rules in life, that I practice in real life and on social media, and they are as follows: I don’t post or talk about politics or religion, I don’t get sucked into arguments involving another’s personal beliefs (no matter whether I agree with their statements or not), I don’t get involved in the GMO/Organic/Vegan discussions and my dirty laundry stays in the hamper where it belongs. I simply try to avoid these topics in real life and in my social media life. I don’t care what you want to post about. If you are super into your religion and want to shout it from the roof tops, go ahead! You hate/love the new president and want to bitch/moan/gloat/praise, I’m not going to stop you.
*Not saying that if you ask me about my beliefs or opinions on any of these matters, I won’t share them with you. I will, they just aren’t something I am passionate about, nor do I feel/want to argue with you and cause a rift in our friendship/relationship/whatever we have going on.
But at the same time, I have felt very inauthentic when it comes to my blog. I feel as though I am just throwing crap up here, trying to at least put something on the screen that you might find at least a little bit interesting. If you ever knew me in real life, and then happened across my blog here, you would in no way, shape, or form think that I was the same person. Profanity on the blog? Nope. Real life? I’d make a sailor blush.
I’m not a fitness blogger, a fashion blogger, a running blogger, a yoga blogger, or even a cooking blogger. I’m not even remotely qualified to give any type of adult advice, especially about finances or being the perfect wife/daughter/sister/friend. But I do really enjoy writing. And these past couple of years have been a bit of a personal struggle for myself to figure out who *I* really am. I mean I am going to be 33 years old this year, shouldn’t I have some sense of identity? Or is it normal to still feel like you don’t have shit figured out from one day to the next? I certainly don’t have the answer to either of those questions.
I guess what I am trying to say, is that I am working on figuring out an identity for this space of mine on the interwebs. I do love running and yoga (even though I can’t do either one of those right now), and I do love cooking. I love being outside and I love creating things, whether it be food, art, or crafting.
I’m hoping that some of you will stick around while I working on getting this little space a bit more authentic with myself. I hope that I don’t offend you, but if I do, we can talk it out. There are so many different things that make up who I am, it seems, and I’d really like to share those with you. If any of you have any feedback, I’d appreciate it greatly. Let me know if there is a specific element you like about this little blog, or if there is something you’d like to see go. I’m currently taking a physical pen to actual paper to try to figure out where this journey will take me, so it would be great to have some input along the way!