Spent a few days in NOLA this week and did a lot of walking. Living in Houston makes me think all major cities are all spread out and you need a car to get anywhere. In New Orleans I never walked more than a 1/2 mile to get to places. I mean I walked a lot more in total but everything was so close to each other! In addition to walking around the city I attempted a few workouts.
Tuesday: I tried to do a run today but shin splints made that not happen. I switched today’s workout with tomorrow and did 20 minutes of core work and stretching. I need to get my back strength back up so it was a mix of bridges / supermans / plank / crunches. I need to get back on the blogilaties train but Im…for whatever reason…waiting until after the race to dive into that. Sorry for the crappy quality of the picture my phone is being a real dick and losing pictures I take. I had a much better one but its lost in phone space right now.
Wednesday: Attempt #2 at the workout (10 min warm up, 15 minutes @9min pace, 4 min rest, 2 min @ 7:54 pace, 2 min rest, 6 min @ 8:30 pace, 10 min cool down) and attempt #2 failed. Shin splints curbed the workout and I went back to the room defeated. I did my foam rolling early and found that the pain stemmed from my IT band so I’ll talk to my chiropractor about it tomorrow when I have my appointment.
Thursday: Progressive run scheduled for today but in light of the issues I’m having I didn’t run. I had an appointment with the chiropractor today but my flight with United was delayed and I was not able to push my appointment back. Ugh United…4 out of the last 4 flights have been delayed!!! 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night plus 20 minutes icing the calf.
Friday- Monday: No reason to drag this out…I tried to run twice more but failed both times. Something in my leg caused a strange shooting sensation that made my leg really weak and buckle a few times. I go to the chiropractor Tuesday so hopefully he can get whatever it is fixed. Im tried of writing these sad “I wasnt able to fininsh” posts!!!
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My love/hate relationship with the treadmill is back for the next 2 weeks because of back to back travels. This week Im in Corpus Christi and next week Im in New Orleans. 10k race day is in 3 Saturdays gotta get this body ready.
Tuesday: Crash and burn number…who knows how many times this has happened in the last few weeks. Today’s goal was speed and I knew before I started this wasnt going to go my way. I took my KT Tape off last night because it was itching like CRAZY (I blame the mosquito bite it was covering) so my leg didnt have the support it still needed. I got 20 minutes in then was D-O-N-E. Oh well, at least I tried!
Wednesday: Rest day from running with 20 minutes of stretching and core work. Luckily my hotel room is large enough for this unlike some I’ve had in the past. Nothing too exciting today…as is usually the case with my travels 🙂
Thursday: 50 minutes progression run and I have been excited to give this run a try. The paces progress like this…10:50, 10:30, 10:10, 9:50, 9:30. I got through 4 of the progressions and decided my leg wasnt ready to push the 9:30 just yet. It’s feeling a lot better but I would rather not push it too much and ruin all the progress I’ve made this last week. I’ll take what I can get though since I did finish this run and not want to rip my leg right off. PROGRESS PEOPLE!!
Friday: Running rest day and I gave me legs their much needed break. I was up late getting ready for my trade-show tomorrow but I did manage to get in 15 minutes of stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses. The hips are so tight I need to get them limbered back up! How awesome is this edible arrangement my husband sent me. No cantelope in sight because i hate it. He’s a keeper I tell ya!
Saturday: Today was “Once Upon a Time Family Day Out” in the Woodlands. Because we had to be there at 9am to set-up I moved my long run to Sunday and also so I could run with my friend Amy. I was still on my feet for over 4 hours so EVERYTHING HURT. 20 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night to help relieve some of the tension.
Sunday: 6 miles with Amy today. She was feeling sick and I’m still worried about my leg so we took it nice and slow. 6 miles for an average pace of 11:45 in the nasty humid heat. It’s always nice running with Amy. We don’t see each other as often anymore so its nice to have these longer run to catch up. Since she wasn’t feeling well I didn’t think to take a post run sweaty selfie!! Ugh, that’s twice now I’ve forgotten. That’s what happens though when your having fun with friends 🙂 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.
Monday: Running rest day but that didnt stop me from exploring NOLA! Can you believe I’ve never been to New Orleans! You would think I would have been at least once seeing as I live so close but alas no. It’s pre-Madi Gras here so things are about to get CRAZY!!! What a nice day for a stroll 🙂
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The frustration with running continues. Im pretty sure I have a calf strain that has progressed to being painful just to walk. As you can imagine this really got in the way with running. I emailed my coach to let him know whats going and asked to adjust workouts accordingly. UGH for injuries.
Tuesday: Tempo miles today. 10 minute at easy pace then 3 miles at race pace (9:30). I got 2 of the 3 miles in then my calf was being ugly and I stopped. Everything else felt a lot better this week except my leg 😦 I did go to the Chiropractor today and got some acupuncture and cold laser on my leg. It actually felt great…for a few hours…then got worse 😦 Someone send me a new working leg please!! Did 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.
Wednesday: I woke up today to go run and my leg didnt even want to carry the normal weight of my body let alone the running weight so I went back to bed. Im taking supplements from the chiropractor and did 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night and put some KT Tape on my calf.
Thursday: Was going to try to run again today but same song second verse. If I cant bear to walk I cant bear to run. Went to see my physical therapist friend to correct my KT Tape (I never know how to do it right) and iced my leg plus 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night. I will heal this leg if its the last thing I do!
Friday: the rest continues. Iced the leg, stretched, foam rolled, whispered sweet nothings to my calf…you know normal stuff like that.
Saturday: test run…literally. schedule was for 8, stretch goal was 5 did 3 with an 11:47 pace. My leg was better but not totally. Mile 2 started with the pain so I headed back home. 90 minute massage later that day which did help but still painful 😦 the saga of pain continues
Sunday: a group of my friends are training for a fun run and invited me for a run today. Luckily they have a nice easy pace which my leg was happy to handle. It was also fun to do a run where my body wasn’t trying to kill me. Plus extra bonus quality time on the road with friends! It was hot as hell though and totally forgot to selfie it!
Monday: normal rest day today and I’m in corpus Christi so you know what that means…treadmill time!!
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This week marks a new week with a new coach. You may remember I fired my old coach and was just going to go solo from now on. Well the owner of the company was fine with that but I didn’t want to lose the money I already paid so he offered a different coach. This coach runs ultra-marathons and has set a Guinness world record for longest run on a treadmill. I would say he knows about running. His workouts are already drastically different than my old coach. First of all he gives me 2 weeks at a time and second they are a lot more detailed so I know more of whats expected. Its a nice refreshing change to say the least. With that being said, I’ve had some physical issues that kept me from doing the plan as detailed but I did what I could.
Tuesday: First speed session in more than a month!! Yikes!! I did 3 sets of the following: 200m fast 200m rest, 200m fast 200m rest, 400m fast 400m rest. Plus 10 minutes warm up and cool down. I ended with 11:17 pace and 4.44 miles. My pace was way off target but like I said its been over a month since my last speed session and to be honest my body wasn’t ready for this kind of run just yet. 15 minutes stretching / yoga poses / foam rolling that night.
Wednesday: Recovery run today and it was painful!! My left calf pain is back with a vengeance so I cut my run short by 1 mile. Ended with 3 miles at 11:06 pace. I had a call with Ronnie tonight to talk about the issues and he gave me a recommendation for a specialist to see about the calf pain. Good news is I go see that specialist next week so hopefully we can get rid of this pain that’s clearly holding me back. 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.
Thursday: Today’s speed run was toned back to a recovery run in light of the pain I’m having. Ended with 3 miles at a 10:53 pace. I felt better today but knew I had to keep an eye on the pain. 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.
Friday: Rest day with core work. Well I didn’t get to the core work there was a lot going on personally and with getting our taxes done and my business time got away from me. I did get my stretching and foam rolling in though! In case you didn’t know the super bowl was in Houston this year. Since I work downtown our office took a nice group stroll to check out the special area they set up for the festivities. It was pretty cool!
Saturday: Longest run since marathon. Let that sink in…its been a month since I’ve done anything longer than 4 miles. Today was 8 miles and it went ok. My legs were tight, I struggled with pace but ended with 8 miles with an average pace of 11:09 so not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Unfortunately my calf issue came screaming back at mile 7 and now it hurts when I walk. Good thing I have an appointment for Tuesday! No stretching today, I was busy keeping my brother company with my adorable nephew.
Sunday: 4 miles fartleck workout but I didn’t have my watch so I have no idea how the pace went or anything like that. I know I did 4 miles, because I know what 4 miles is in my neighborhood. 7 times for 2 minutes at fast pace. I’m pretty sure my fast pace ended up being a quick jog because of the calf pain and I probably shouldn’t have run in the first place but I wanted to make a good impression on my coach. Yup I heard how stupid that sounded don’t worry! 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.
Monday: Recovery day! I love recovery days! I didn’t do much of anything but meal prep and of course 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses.
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