So yeah-this is gonna be a little short on the recap version because I only did one workout last week, which was my long run on Saturday.
Saturday July 28th-5 Mile Long Run 1:29:35 17:54/mile
So I didn’t even really feel like doing five miles when I got up Saturday morning, but I was snapping with Amy and she told me to just do the five. I figured I’d head out for at least three and evaulate how I felt at the halfway point for the three miles and then go from there. Since I wasn’t feeling too awful I went a head and did the entire five miles that I had on my training plan. It wasn’t pretty but I got them done.
I felt kind of worn out and anxious/overwhelmed all week last week, and it really made me feel like not doing anything. To be perfectly honest, ever since being put on the sidelines by my chiropractor, I’ve been very frustrated with how I’ve been coming back.
I was doing really well the year before, getting back on track after stalling out during the house build. But then I had my jaw pain, and my chiro pretty much banned me from doing anything other than swimming for 20-ish minutes. Which since I don’t have access to an indoor pool without having to pay for it, I didn’t do. So for several months, the most activity I could do was barely walk around my yard with my dogs. And that led to gaining more weight (thanks hashimoto’s!), which led to being even more tired and sluggish feeling, which has now lead to losing pretty much any and all progress I had made running and yoga wise.
So really, saying I’m frustrated doesn’t really cover how frustrated I really am. And I know it’s up to me to make the changes I need to make, but man I was doing so well, and then to have it all go back to even beyond square one is just devastating. I’m heavier now that I’ve ever been, I have aches and pains that I haven’t had before (thanks aging!), and the thought of trying to get back to where I was is almost just too much. But, I know I have a choice to let myself stagnate here, and be miserable, or actually do something about it.
So, even though it sucks and its hard and at times I’m going to hate it, I’m making the choice to DO something rather than be a bum.
Yeah, I know this is a massive amount of workouts and training to catch up on, but I promise it will go fast!
July 3rd- 2 Miles at Indian Camp Creek 35:37 17:47/mile
While my training plan for my half marathon didn’t officially start until the following week, my friend Amy convinced me to go ahead and start running. I waited until 7:30 before heading out for my run because it was SO hot and humid out. My first mile was done in 16:52 and my second mile was 18:27. I took an extra walk break in the second mile because it was so hot out. My lower back was all kinds of not happy during this run as well.
July 7th- 2 Miles at Indian Camp Creek 32:17 16:07/mile
It was about 20 degrees cooler and much less humid for this run, which reflected in my times. My first mile was completed in 15:50, with my second mile coming in at 16:25. My lower back wasn’t as mad at me for this run as well, and overall I was really happy with how things went.
July 10- 2 Mile Hill Workout at Indian Camp Creek 33:56 16:56/mile
Since I was one vacation that week, I was able to run in the morning when it was too hot and humid. Indian Camp park has a really nice two-mile loop with basically a one mile hill climb followed by a gentler decline and then a flat portion. It’s also pretty close by the house so I run there quite a bit, especially when I am leaving for a run from home. My first mile, which includes the hill, was 18:01 and my second mile was 15:53, including a walk break. I ran 1.5 miles before taking my walk break and it felt amazing! I haven’t done that in forever. This was also my first “official” workout on my training plan.
July 12-2.5 Miles at Indian Camp Creek 45:04 18:02/mile
Ugh. This run was just not super fun. The heat index was already super high by the time I made it out after 9:30, and I didn’t get to bed until 1:30 that morning. Then I had to be up early because my niece was being dropped off at 7:15, and I had to take her to golf camp at 8:30. So by the time I made it to the park, it was not shaping up to be a great run. I had been hoping for 3 miles, but just didn’t have it in me to complete. Mile 1 was 16:23, which wasn’t awful, but mile 2 was finished in 18:25. I had to stop and walk extra in mile 2 because I was really feeling the effects of the heat and humidity. My half mile pace was even still quite slow, coming in at 9:33. I was pretty much over this run before it even started.
July 13-.78 Mile Hike with the Dogs at Indian Camp 44:06
Since my poor dogs had been cooped up all week with the fair going on and the unexpected babysitting of my niece, I took them for a hike and swim on Friday,
No weekend runs because I didn’t get up early enough on Saturday OR Sunday. Which brings us to this past weeks activities!
Monday July 16th-60 Minute Dynamic Flow Workout 58:58
Dynamic Flow is a Buti Yoga workout. Which is a type of yoga that combines kundalini, asana, and tribal dance. I love it! It really involves your entire core, which I desperately need to strengthen so my lower back stops being so cranky during runs. Dynamic Flow is one of the more beginner series, however I still had to take breaks and skips some of the moves. I also had to modify a few moves throughout, simply because I’m just not there in my practice. It was nice to hit the yoga mat though!
Tuesday July 17th-45 Minute Soul Sweat Workout 42:53
Another Buti Yoga video! This one is a bit more asana focused, which was nice for helping to get my stretch on, since my hips and calves are feeling very tight, and there is a disconnect that is causing some pain and issues in my right foot. I was supposed to have a run on this night, but I didn’t get home early enough to do dinner and everything else, and still make it out before the parks got gated.
Wednesday July 18th-13.15 Mile Ride at Creve Couer Lake Park 1:14:25
I started at the 364 trailhead and then rode down the Greenway to CC Lake Park. There were some small climbs, but nothing too major, so I didn’t have to take a break halfway through or anything like that. It’s definitely a nice little weeknight ride, so I will be repeating it several times. I opted to bike one of my training run nights, because a) I love biking and b) I don’t do much else for cross training and I am still getting the cardiovascular training in.
Thursday July 19th-3 Miles on the Katy Trail 56:14 18:45/mile
I hope this doesn’t set a precident that Thursday’s run will all be shit. Because this one was absolutely shitty. It wasn’t overly hot, but I hadn’t been hydrating like I should have and the portion of the trail I chose to run on had very little shade. So those things together made for a sucktastic run. Mile 1 was 17:36, mile 2 was 18:50, and mile 3 was 19:03. I’m not really happy with how this run panned out, especially considering with the breaks I took it took over an hour to complete, but I’m hoping these crappy runs with be a thing of the past soon. Or at least not happen weekly.
Thursday Night-Soul Sweat 45 Minute Workout 43:56
When I got home from my concert, I threw on the Soul Sweat 45 minute workout and managed to get through almost all of it with minimal breaks. I hadn’t planned on doing it, but felt the need to stretch away some of the crappy run vibes.
Friday July 20th- Rest day!
Saturday July 21st- 4 Mile Long Run at Quail Ridge Park 1:09:35 17:23/mile
First long run of the training program. I felt pretty great during this run because the weather was freaking amazing for late July. There was the best breeze, and there was also plenty of shade along the path. Mile 1 was 16:30, mile 2 was 17:30, mile 3 was 17:42, and mile 4 was 17:29. My left lower back had a bit of crankiness, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I was anticipating, given all the stuff I had done this week. Just before I turned around to start mile 3 I came across a Copperhead snake laying out on the path! I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve ever seen a full-grown Copperhead in the wild. And to see it on a paved path versus a wooded trail was a little surprising too, but since it was so cool out Saturday morning, it may have been looking for a warmer place to hang out for a while. I just waited it out for a bit and it eventually turned around the way it had been coming and slithered back into the woods. And I continued on my merry way, but did warn several people, especially those with dogs that I had seen a Copperhead on the path and they may want to keep an eye out when they went through the wooded portions of the path.
Sunday July 22nd-14.83 Miles Defiance to Augusta Out & Back 1:28:46
So glad to be back out for my Sunday rides with Matt! Since this was his first ride of the season, we did a route that we were familiar with and wasn’t too terribly long. The trail was pretty crowded, given the glorious weather we had this weekend, so there was a lot of passing going on to get around the families out having a super leisurely Sunday ride. I don’t think this was my best effort on this segment of the trail, but it was a great way to end the week of workouts!
So, there you have it! All caught up on what I’ve been doing fitness-wise, and where I am at on my training. I’m going to go ahead and wrap this up because it’s already pretty long, but I will be posting again soon for sure!
I know I’m being a little ridiculous with that post title, but it feels like all I do lately is post random life updates here and there. But-I’m hoping to get back on a more regular posting schedule here within the next couple of weeks.
Things have been quietly hectic in my life lately, and led to a lot of anxiety and stress which had left me feeling not very motivated to do anything, let alone type up blog posts. So rather than phone it in, or post a bunch of half-hearted or negative posts, I just decided to take a small break from writing.
But now I’m working on coming back!
I just kicked off training for the Mo’ Cowbell Half Marathon a couple weeks ago, which is exciting after the shitshow that was the Go! this year. It’s even a bit more exciting because I kind of have a training partner this time around! My good friend Amy is also doing the race this fall, so we’ve been sending each other SnapChat updates on how our training has been going. She lives closer to the Lake, so we can’t actually training together physically, but the little snap updates are nice and actually motivating.
I’m loosely following a Hal Higdon training program, but instead of running three days during the week, I’m swapping one of those out for a bike ride. I’ve also been doing yoga at home for the time being and am looking forward to hopefully getting back into the studio soon.
I’m also glad because it seems like all of our busyness is behind us now. Like we don’t have any parties, vacations, or weddings that are coming up, so it will be nice just to have the weekends and weeknights to do things we want to do versus having to rush around and do a bunch of other stuff.
Hunting season is also coming up in another month and a halfish. So I will be getting my bow out more often and shooting that as well as working with the baby dog a bit more. I failed at really getting him socialized properly. He’s great with people, but a little on the hesitant side when it comes new or slightly scary things. But, that’s all stuff we can work on.
So, that’s my quick little life update! I’ll post more on what is going on, updates on my workouts and training, and other stuff soon!
Sorry, sorry, sorry for being such a shit blogger!
I have tons of stuff I want to share with you, but I’ve been busy with another project, plus I’ve been struggling with a lot of tiredness during the day lately, so blogging hasn’t been a big priority at the moment. It’s kind of been one of those things where I think about writing a post, but then the thought of trying to string together words coherently is just exhausting.
So, quickly addressing the tiredness issue. I’m not really clear on what’s causing it. I feel like I am getting fairly decent sleep at night, although I have been waking up with some hip pain on the side I will be laying on.I was also dealing with waking up super sweaty in the middle of the night, but have since changed to just a light quilt, so that has been helping there. I made a coffee this morning, so we shall see if that has any effect on the sleepiness I feel in the afternoon. I’m working on getting my shit sorted to make sure I am taking all my medicines and vitamins like I’m supposed to (I am really terrible about it), so once I manage that for a month and if this issue is still persisting, I will be contacting my thyroid doctor to probably review my dosage of my thyroid meds and/or looking into additional issues. I’ve been cleaning up my diet as well, even though it’s not perfect, I don’t think it’s 100% behind the tiredness.
Moving on from that-running and workouts!
Running has felt ridiculously hard lately. Especially since the half-marathon that wasn’t. Some days feel a little easier, but most days still feel like a slog. I have started trail running, which has been fun! I’ve only encountered snakes a few times, and two of those times they were just wee little guys (although still venomous) and the other time was last nights run, when two girls told me about a “Copperhead” that was right next to the path in the grass. Turns out it was just a black or rat snake. He was pretty chill to just slither across the path and continue on his merry way. So, trail running also makes me a lot more vigilant! I’ve been pretty consistent with my running and have only really missed a few runs here and there. So that’s been good as well. Yoga is a different story all together. I haven’t been to the studio in ages, and I’ve only been practicing a bit a home. I did *finally* purchase a book about yoga sequencing, so that’s been helpful. I also took an aerial yoga class and loved it so much that I got an aerial yoga hammock for home. So I’ve been playing on that a bit as well. Plus, doing some yoga sculpt here and there. I would definitely like to be a little more consistent in my practice, so that’s something to work towards.
I finally got the bike out for a ride last month as well. And then it seemed like the weather was either really shitty or I had too much going on to get back out for a ride. I keep telling myself I am also going to start riding on Wednesdays but, obviously that hasn’t happened yet. I’m pretty sure that riding in a thunderstorm is not recommended.
So that’s just kind of a what I’ve been doing the past month life dump there. I’m nearing the deadline for completing my project I’ve been working on, so hopefully I will be able to get back into the swing of things with blogging. I have lots to share with you, including some recipe and product reviews!
Did not finish the half marathon on Sunday.
I didn’t get injured, although my foot was bothering me a bit, I probably could have finished. But I didn’t. Some things happened, and while I have sent an email to the Go! offices, I haven’t heard back yet. So I don’t want to get into before hearing from them, because without hearing from them I don’t think it would be fair to the organization.
So for now, we will move on.
One more night working for tax season and then I’m done it appears for the season. I don’t know if I will go back next year or not. This year was really draining for some reason and my heart was not really in it. It will be something I will need to look at when continuing education gets here.
I’ve just spent the first few months of this year feeling like I had absolutely no spare time to do things, and then what little extra time I had seemed to get snatched up by other people and things. It’s something M and I have talked about several times, the fact that we always seem to be go-go-going and hardly feel like we have downtime to relax or do things we want to do.
In other news, I have my first run since the race scheduled for Thursday evening, and am planning on getting back to yoga soon as well. I’m also going to make time to go see a chiropractor who specialize in sports medicine and hands and feet about my foot issues. I had it last year in the other foot and now its back again this year in my right foot. It’s not something that is horribly painful, but it is pretty bothersome and I’d like to get it worked out before it turns into a bigger problem. I’m looking forward to having a bit more normalcy to my life and routines.
Well that’s all for now! I will be posting again soon!
I’m still here, I promise! Things got a little crazy with tax season and other life things and I just didn’t have much to talk about. I did manage to get probably 60% of my training runs in for my half marathon this Sunday (eeek!) but between illnesses and some pretty shit weather, I will have to make do with what I have done.
Pretty much the entire month of February and half of March was spent being sick with some sort of ailment. I still have a bit of a lingering cough from this last go-round, but it’s slowly going away.
I’m looking forward to the half marathon on Sunday, even though I don’t feel quite 100% prepared for it. I just hope that the weather holds off and we don’t have to deal with rain or snow during the race. It can snow all it wants to after I get home and snuggled up on the sofa! But during the race? Yeah, I’ll pass on that.
I do have a couple new and exciting things to post about, and I can’t wait to share all that stuff with you guys. Anyways, I’m glad to be back in the blog-o-sphere, and I can’t wait to bore you with more of my mundane life details!