Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 2012 - By the Numbers

Run/Walk - 53.25 miles
Swim - 0.37 miles
Bike - 8.95 miles

Brazil Butt Lift - 599 minutes (11 hours, 59 minutes)
Yoga - 211 minutes (3 hours, 31 minutes)

After I stopped BBL, I added in strength training via weights at the gym and at home, as well as the resistance band (that I use while I do the ITB Rehab Routine). But I don't really keep track of how much time that represents.

Overall, I'm very pleased with my numbers. I'm looking forward to the swim and bike numbers going up again, but I may be replacing them with dance classes for the next 6 weeks. I will find out next week if the classes have enough people registered.

 I have to remember to build up slowly and keep my pace under control while I'm building up, but I think that is something I will always have to contend with. I'm OK with that! :)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Splish Splash

Just a quick post before I hit the bed... but I wanted to share that I went back to the pool today! I cannot believe how nervous I was! I didn't sleep well last night and had a few unpleasant dreams about swimming.

But I got the swimsuit on and went to the pool anyway.

I planned to do around 500 meters (10 laps) broken into small segments. I didn't want to push anything. I ended up doing 6 sets of 100 meters, which was a little more than planned. I felt some twinges in my arm/shoulder now and then, but nothing too bad. I checked out a DVD about freestyle the Total Immersion way, and I watched the first couple of lessons yesterday. I had to modify them a bit due to the lap lanes being in the deep end, but I did some of the drills. That seemed to help my shoulder a bit. And I didn't really feel anything going on in my shoulder the rest of the day, which is good.

I am going to be hit or miss for the pool over the craziness that is the month of June. I'm going to shoot for Tuesdays but I may be taking a dance class on Monday nights that would take over my Tuesday cross-training. I'm not concerned about that, really. Now that I've been back to the pool, I know that I can build back up (especially a sprint distance) in probably a few months if I wanted to. And more time to rest/stretch/strengthen my shoulder in the meantime can only help.

I am starting to feel like I'm almost whole again!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

What a run!

My "long" run yesterday was everything I could have asked for. The weather was beautiful (for an unusually hot May morning), the skies were a beautiful shade of blue, the park was busy but not overly crowded.

And I ran!

I stuck to my training plan (and the advice from my PT) and began with a 5 minute walk. Then I did my 3/2 intervals like a good girl. I watched my pace carefully and that was a good thing because my legs wanted to fly! I haven't run at the park in ages, so I was able to run with music. That combination (music and being at the park) made for a body that want to run free - picture a little kid running nekkid with arms flailing behind him screaming, "WHEEEEEEE!" and you'll get an idea of what I felt like yesterday! LOL

So I watched my pace carefully, and was a very good Runner Girl. I am proud of myself. I did my 10 minute cool-down walk and stretched and went home to roll and yoga.

When I got home and got my shoes off, I noticed that the blister I've been battling on my right heel was much bigger. I had a bit of free time yesterday afternoon and ran over to Big Peach Running Company and begged for advice. They checked my shoe fit and it seems like it's fine. I was instructed to drain it and apply neosporin, try some blister pads, and also a wicking sock. I did the draining and neosporin yesterday and it already looks much, much better today. Tomorrow I think I am going to wear my other shoes (not the stability ones but the Brooks Launch ones I got to try out but never really had a chance to do it) and let my heel have a little extra break. Then I'll try the new socks, etc. on Thursday's run. Or maybe I'd better do it the opposite way in case my heel needs a break before my next long run. Hmmm... that might make more sense. I hope this will take care of it - I can't afford to buy another new pair of shoes right now. But I also can't deal with nasty blisters! Grrr.

I'm looking forward to another 4 miler next Saturday... this week I add another interval to both of my daily runs! Exciting!!! And then the following week I reach a major milestone in training - FIVE miles!! WOOHOO! I simply can't wait! :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

LONG run?

Tomorrow I get to run 4 miles. FOUR!! FOUR FOUR FOUR FOUR!!


Can you tell I'm excited?? I'm even planning a special playlist and I'm going to go to the park!

It will be the furthest I've run since January! :)

(And then in 2 weeks I get to run five miles... but I can't even think that grand, yet! )

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Back to the Gym

I decided that I probably need to drop the majority of Brazil Butt Lift while I'm doing half-marathon training. To continue those workouts in addition to building up my mileage is just too much. However, I do not want to give up on the strength training. So one of my goals (and challenges) over the next few weeks will be to figure out how to schedule my strength training into my running. Wish me luck! 
 Today was a cross-training day and since the pool is closed for pre-season maintenance, I decided I wanted to go for a bike ride. The first bike ride since March. Ouch. Well, since I haven't been to the park, gym, or pool since March, my lovely van has been sitting on the driveway neglected. She does not take kindly to such neglect and, as I suspected, this morning she had a dead battery. I didn't feel like jumping it off and taking a chance of it not starting again at the park, so I changed my plans and headed to the stationary bikes at the gym. I also figured I could do some strength training while I was there. 
The stationary bike  wasn't as much fun as being outside would have been, but it wasn't as hard as I was afraid it was going to be. When I finished, I did my usual leg machines. I remembered that they don't really work the areas that I feel are lacking to support my IT bands so I made a mental note to do the IT Band Rehab Routine when I got home. 
Then it was time for arms. I looked at the machines and was not too enthusiastic. Then I looked over at the free weight area. The gym was unusually empty this morning and there was NOBODY in the free weight area. 
So this morning I ventured off the carpet and into the area with the black floor. The land of free weights. It was a scary place and very intimidating. I picked up some dumbells that are heavier than the ones I have at home and began to use them. I only did one 12-rep set of each exercise because I was afraid that, at any moment, an alarm would sound and I would be revealed for the poser that I am. I can't really even remember what I did, and I surely don't know the fancy names. I just tried to hit each exercise that I could remember from the BBL Sculpt workout. ;) In the end, no alarm sounded and I completed my scary time in the free-weight section of the gym. I may even try to go back another time. And use heavier weights!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Iron dreams

Last night, I dreamed that I was doing the Iron Girl Sprint Triathlon this morning in Atlanta! LOL

Of course, my dream failed to acknowledge that I haven't been swimming or biking in nearly 2 months. I guess dreams are like that, huh?

Anyway, I'm thinking that I may have to do it next year, even if it's on the weekend of my girls' dance recital again. That's the reason I didn't do it this year - which ended up being a good thing because of my shoulder. I didn't think I could get back in time to get my younger daughter ready (bun, makeups, etc). But now, my older daughter is able to get the younger one all ready - she even WANTS to do it, which is a bonus. So I could be there and back - completing the tri - and get cleaned up and have the girls over to the recital in time.

 The only thing that would be more perfect is if they still gave away a plush Aflac duck! LOL

Friday, May 18, 2012

The benefits of a good night's sleep...

I woke up this morning feeling not so completely manic about the 2013 WDW Marathon. Which is a good thing, because I could barely sleep last night for the excitement.

It seems like I have a good bit to think about and pray about in the next couple of months. My plan for now is to see how my half goes in August, and then make a decision. Looking at the calendar, I would need to begin full marathon training approximately 8 days after the half... so that would be perfect!

I will do my best not to obsess over it for the next 3 months! And when I make the decision, you'll all be some of the first to know! :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

You've GOT to be kidding me?!

I've kept only the slightest bit of interest in the Disney Marathon Weekend for 2013 - and most of it has been out of curiosity for the cool changes runDisney has promised for the 20th anniversary running of the full marathon.

I knew there was an announcement scheduled for today, but I also know that I have so many friends who are Disney running fanatics... the news would trickle down to me via Facebook or Running of the Ears.

And it did.

They are making some changes to the course... taking it through both the Wide World of Sports (and through the stadium where the Atlanta Braves play their spring training games) and around the Walt Disney World Speedway..


Um, now you may not be aware of this... but I'm a pretty big baseball fan. And a pretty big Nascar fan.

Yeah. Wow.

I have vowed never again to run a full marathon. Ever. Never. Ever. Never... never... never... never.

This is a problem. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

No go

Didn't get to swim this morning because I woke up all congested and achy. Since I couldn't breathe, I didn't think it wise to try to go to the pool. Instead, I turned off my alarm and slept for another 4 hours.

Yeah, freaked me out, too. And the kids, who actually went ahead and started their school work! Amazing!

Anyway, now the pool is closed for a week for maintenance before the summer season. But that's OK. I'll get there at some point.

Only 2 days into half-marathon training and I've already blown the training schedule. ::shaking head::

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A decision has been made!!

Even though I haven't been to the pool yet to test out my shoulder, I have made a decision on where to take my training for the next several months! I know you've been on pins and needles waiting for my decision.

Well, wait no longer... it is my pleasure to announce to all of my readers (both of you! LOL) that I will spend the next 14 weeks training in an attempt to complete the Area 13.1 Half Marathon!! :)
This night race sounds like it's going to be a blast and I'm really looking forward to it! It will be a little different to train for a night race in the summer in Georgia, but I'm not out to set any land-speed records so I will just do the best that I can and enjoy myself.

As for my reasoning, it all boils down to a lack of time to prepare myself adequately for a triathlon, even a sprint distance. I haven't been swimming or cycling in over a month. And my tri training program has a long run of 45-60 minutes to start out, and I haven't built up to that amount of time just yet. Most days on the plan have two workouts, as well, and I'm just concerned that I'm asking for trouble if I try to jump into it. But ultimately, it's just a matter of time - or lack of it. In June, my older daughter has to go down to Atlanta every morning for dance which means leaving our house at 8:30 AM. The pool is 20 minutes each way and so is the park where I can ride. And the rest of us still have school to complete while she is away (she has school to do on the way down there... SHHH, don't tell her! LOL). I just don't see how it's possible without making a lot of stress for myself and my family. I am disappointed, but I want to enjoy myself - both physically and mentally. The triathlons will be there next year!

The training plan that I am going to use for the Area 13.1 Half Marathon is the "Run/Walk a Half Marathon" program from Marathoning for Mortals by John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield. That book should sound familiar if you've been a reader of my blog for any amount of time. I used it for all of my other halfs and for my full (which I didn't follow properly... thus leading to my injury).

This time, though, I'm going to be smart.

I read through the descriptions for all of the half-marathon training programs and two of the bullet points describe my current situation perfectly:
  • Runners who need a more forgiving strategy for long-distance training because of knee pain or injury
  • Runners who want to safely increase distance without punishing their bodies
There you have it!! I have found my plan! And I start training tomorrow! I hope that the twinging of yesterday will be gone. I will actually be running a little less than I'm used to in the first few weeks of the plan (with the exception of adding to the long distance on the weekends!) because the interval begins with 3/2 and I've been doing 3/1. I think that will be a good thing and will hopefully allow me to recover from any damage I inflicted on my IT Bands last week. For the required cross-training, I plan to swim and bike and do some yoga. And I plan to keep up with the strength workouts from Brazil Butt Lift to help keep my muscles strong and balanced.

I have to admit that I am very, very nervous. I am afraid of hurting myself again. I'm afraid of trying and failing. I'm afraid of embarrassing myself. I'm afraid of people looking down on me because I'm taking walk breaks.

But I'm going to give it a shot anyway. And I hope you'll stick around while I do! :)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Was it ego, Niffercoo?

The title is a reference to a line from The Hunt for Red October, one of my all-time favorite movies. It was directed towards Captain Ramius (played by Sean Connery), after he informs his officers that he posted a letter to the Admiral announcing their intentions to defect with the submarine Red October. One of his officers questioned his motives for doing so. Really, if you haven't ever seen this movie, what are you waiting for? You can rent it for only $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video.

Go ahead... go watch it. Then come back and finish reading. I'll wait...

Great, wasn't it?? :D

Anyway, I felt like Captain Ramius this morning during my run. Well, in his case, he had good motivation to do what he did. I was just. plain. stupid.

You know last week's runs? The ones I pushed really hard? Where my 3 minute run splits were around 9:00 miles? Yeah. Ego run wild.

Today, I had to pay the piper.

My right knee was really twinging through my whole run. On Wednesday's run, my right hip had been really, really tight...but that didn't stop me from neglecting my water intake. It also didn't make me slow down. I was going to run, and add an interval, and I was going to push hard and run fast because I was tired of taking it easy and I wanted to feel strong again.


So today I slowed down a lot... some of it purposely, and some of it because my darn hip and quad were so tight it was hard to move. When I stopped halfway through for a water break, I did a little stretching to help loosen it out. And it did help. I also really focused on my form and keeping relaxed. And that also helped. But I feel so angry with myself. I completely negated all of the benefits of my rest week during vacation. And now, instead of the fleeting feeling of strength, I'm back to feeling like I have to baby myself. And I have nobody to blame. Maybe pushing hard that one time was good and fine and wouldn't have hurt me. But I got the taste of feeling fast again and I didn't think long-term.


Ashamed of myself.

Rest day tomorrow and lots of stretching and hydration, and hopefully I haven't done too much damage.

Friday, May 11, 2012

It's time to swim!!

After 4 brief visits with the chiropractor, my shoulder is feeling much, much better, and the doctor said I could resume swimming! I plan to go early next week... I am a bit nervous, but there's nothing to do but give it a shot. And then I can see if I will be able to do a triathlon in a few months or not. :)

And then maybe I can make up my mind what to do! LOL

Thursday, May 10, 2012

BBL Results

I have to say that I'm pretty disappointed. I wasn't expecting miracles... or maybe I was?

Overall, I lost half an inch in my chest and half an inch in my waist. I gained 1/4 an inch in my right arm. The rest of the measurements are exactly the same.

The picture shows a little more lift in the butt, but not anything to get excited about. 

I enjoy the workouts enough, but for all of the effort I put into it, I think my results are a bust. :(

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Graduation Day! :)

Today, I am a Brazil Butt Lift graduate! ROFLOL

I completed the initial 4 week program, and tomorrow is a scheduled rest day (technically the last day of the program). I will redo my measurements and take a picture to compare to my first day! I don't really know if there has been much change, but I'm anxious to see! I know that I feel stronger, especially in my hamstrings and glutes.

I'll be sure to post results tomorrow - no pics, though! Sorry! ;)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Happy Anniversary

7 months ago today, I did my first 20-mile training run.

It was a day that has changed my life forever.

The last 7 months have been filled with all sorts of emotions. I was reading a fellow Team Tough Chik's blog today where she was talking about her own injury and how she has gone through the Stages of Grief. That's a really good analogy. I think I have been through them all... some more than once, because I'll backtrack now and then. But I'd like to think that I'm getting close to "acceptance". And I'd like to think that I have learned a lot during this time.

It makes me think of lyrics from the song, "For Good" from the musical Wicked:

Who can say if I've been changed for the better
I do believe I have been changed for the better
But, because I knew you (my dear old IT Band and Shoulder Impingement)
I have been changed for good.

Ok, so maybe I'm reaching a little bit! LOL So let me try to come up with 10 ways I have been changed for good since my injury:

1. I appreciate running (and biking and swimming and just staying active) so much more. 
2. I no longer really care if I run faster than anyone else... or even if I run nonstop. 
3. I can now understand why people get hurt running and give up.
4. My flexibility has improved a lot.
5. I have learned to listen to my body. 
6. Running was becoming an unhealthy obsession - an 'idol' - for me. 
7. My kids (who were complaining about me being gone so much for races) know that I will listen to their concerns and take them seriously.
8. I am reading about and learning techniques that will help me stay active for my entire life.
9. I experienced such blessings and closeness to God during the Goofy Challenge - wouldn't trade that for anything!
10. I got to do Brazil Butt Lift which has improved my strength.

Ok, so I had a really hard time coming up with the #10... but overall, I think 9 good things is good enough!

On a good note, I haven't had any pain (or even any twinges) while running in almost two months now! Hopefully the shoulder will respond to chiro and I'll soon be moving around again without experiencing any pain! :) I am more than ready!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Snap, Crackle, Pop!

I decided to get some professional attention for my shoulder. Based on my symptoms (pain in the shoulder/arm only on the upswing of the rotation of my arm, and a popping in my shoulder when I rotated my arm), I decided to start with a chiropractor. My sports massage office is attached to a chiro office, so I started there. And my insurance will cover 12 visits in a year at a cheaper copay than it would have cost to see the sports med doctor. I figured it couldn't hurt to try it, but I was more than a little nervous!

They started out by taking some x-rays and getting a medical history. Then, while the doctor was reading my x-rays, I sat with a stim machine and heating pad on my shoulder! That was a weird sensation, to say the least. I really only felt it in the front - they told me that was probably because of the overall tightness in my shoulders, back, and neck! LOL Figures.

Then the doctor came in and told me the diagnosis - Impingement Syndrome. My shoulder is separated at the A-C joint and that is doing something funky to my rotator cuff when I move in that way. It's actually a very common sports/swimming injury, so that's at least something good. And he thinks it will only take a handful of treatments to get it worked out. So more good news.

And then the treatment began. And it was scary for me... I kept thinking I was going to get paralyzed! LOL The first thing he did was some move that literally made my shoulder snap into place. Then he did a couple of other things. And finally he said, "Ok, now I'm going to send an electric shock down your arm. I mean it. So don't hit me with your other arm."

YOWSER he was not kidding. I think it took me an hour to get over the "shock and awe" of how that felt! LOL But, it seems like it all helped, at least a little bit. I'm going for 3 more treatments next week. I asked the doctor about triathlon training and he said, "Let's hold off on that decision for 2 weeks, OK?"

I can live with that! I have BBL for another week anyway, so it's not all that critical! I just really, really, really hope this works!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

April 2012 - By the Numbers

Swim = 0
Bike = 0
Run/Walk = 32.55 

Yoga = 144 minutes (2 hrs, 24 mins)
Brazil Butt Lift = 672 minutes (11 hrs, 12 min)

So hard to see the zeros next to swim and bike. I wish I could fit everything in that I want to do! :(

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The end of Week 3!

I finished the last day of Brazil Butt Lift Week 3 today! Granted, I had a week off in between the beginning and the end, but that's OK! LOL Next Wednesday, I will be a BBL graduate! I think I will continue to use these workouts to continue strengthening. But I am ready to get back to my training...

what that training will be for is still up in the air! LOL