Thursday, June 30, 2011

Week 1

Week 1/14
  • 3.11 Mile Run
  • 30 Minutes Weights
  • 15 Minutes Abs/Stretching/Foam Roller
  • 30 Minute Lap Swim
  • 5.16 Mile Run
  • 10 Minutes Stretch/Foam
  • 20 Minutes Lap Swim
Wednesday (Had a very LITTLE bit of pain in the hip so I went with no running today)
  • 25 Minute 15%incline speed walk
  • 45 Minutes Weights
  • 10 Minutes Stretch/Foam
  • 1.2 Mile Lap Swim (Felt AAAmazing :D )
  • 6.3 Mile Run
  • 10 Minute Stretch/Foam
  • 30 Minute Lap Swim
Friday - REST
Saturday - Schedule 11 Miler
Sunday - 'Cross Train' I will be in Lake Powell (AKA most amazing place on earth) so my cross training will be Water Skiing!

It feels unbelievably good to be back running.  Although this whole week my mind was challenging me to increase my mileage... my head told me a slow build up is a whole hell of a lot better than getting injured, AGAIN.  

My favorite stretch after a run>>>>
What consistent stretching do you do to prevent injuries?

Monday, June 27, 2011

I am Back Bitches!

Excuse the language =)

After 4 weeks of no running I am happy to report that my run this morning was PAIN FREE!  Last night I was trying to revise my training schedule which I was supposed to start 3 weeks ago.  I found a 14 week training plan I can now start today for the Saint George Marathon in October. Super stoked!!!

I am also incorporating a protein supplement into my diet.  With the number of injuries I have had in such a short amount of time, I feel the lack of protein from my primarily fruit and vegetable diet is playing a HUGE role in the cause. I am going to try Syntrax ‘Nectar’ whey protein isolate.  It has 23 grams of protein per serving AND 0 Sugar, 0 Gluten, and 0 Fat.  Has anyone tried this supplement before?

What supplements do you take?   

Also, this weekend = Lake Powell = Skiing = My Favorite Place On Earth! :D  

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Going on 2 weeks

last night i was so anxious to go for my run this morning.  it felt almost like a night before a race. 

by about the 3rd stride the pain was back.  i have not been straining my leg at all! i work on my upper body strength, i have been swimming and foam rolling the crap out of my leg. what gives? I KNOW i sound like a dramatic little brat; but i feel like i want to just sit here and cry.  Of many things, running is my coping mechanism and now it feels like i have been robbed of it.

all of you positive runners i envy you! it takes a very strong person to run like many of you do; but even stronger to know...

'this too shall pass'

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Debbie Downer

My body hates me.

All I want is to run without pain.  Last week I decided (well my body decided) I needed to take a week off from running and concentrated on strength training, extra stretching, and swimming laps to help rid the pain in my hip.  The pain subsided so yesterday I hit the pavement. 1 mile in I could barely feel the pain. By mile 3 it was full blown HURTING; I finished the run. This morning - No Bueno.  I tried foam rolling it out this morning which did not remedy the pain.

It is in my left hip and goes down the top front/back section of my thigh.  Hurts mostly when I try lifting up my leg or inclines/declines.   

Running is my 'thing'... I feel lost without it.  How can I go from running high mileage weeks to nothing.  Major self doubt lately : ( I just want to be STRONG

"Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day.  It asks you, 
'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'"
          - Peter Maher 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Dear Running Gods – phantom miracle

I have always been one to preach ‘mind over matter - no pain no gain’.  I believe having the aptitude to push through mental hurdles makes you a better runner and a more confident person.  Runners are not complacent people.  We are not stagnant.  We are motivated, obsessive, perfectionists, habitual, and we most certainly don’t through in the towel.  Whatever the race or goal may be, we like to win. And when I say win - win against ourselves, competing against our biggest critic. 

And once we win, once we beat our PR, we instantaneously set a new goal.  We PUSH ourselves.  We want MORE and we want it NOW.  The difference between us and the typical entitlement generation is that we realize we are not entitled to success; we push ourselves to any limit to cross that finish line.  We push ourselves because we like the pain… the anguish of taking us to that next level which takes our breath way.  That gasping breath is all worth the pain… it is worth almost ‘anything’.  

Is ANYTHING worth ‘crossing the limits?’

All this rambling gibberish is the results from the crazy thoughts swarming in my head.  You’ll see from my log below, I hurt myself on Tuesdays run.  Not the first time my hip’s acted up.  Being too stubborn to let it fully hill; I continue to push it… continue to cross those limits.  I have such a difficult time deciphering between ‘good’ pain and ‘bad’ pain.   Pain comes in all forms… muscle pulls, blisters, runner’s knee, stress fractures, shin splints and once the damage is done we have only a couple options… stop (unacceptable in my eyes), anesthetize, ride it out, ignore it, or PUSH through it.  I want to be able to command my body to perform no matter what kind of pain I am in.  Being a control freak; it drives me crazy that I can not control THIS pain.  My mind tells me only the ‘top’ runners have the desire, the determination, and the willingness to push themselves past this pain.  How do I know when it is not a rational decision to puushhhhhh?   

SO - out to all the Running Gods… Make this a HILLED WOUND… let is serve as just a remembrance of crossing the wrong limit, remind me what to avoid in the future; but PLEASE let this pain go phantom.  I am training for my first marathon, PLEASE!   

Sometimes I think I will just have to learn over and over and over again….

May 28      10K Race
May 29      Rest/ Stretch – Foam Roller
May 30      25 Minute Lap Swimming
May 31       5.13 Mile Run>>HURT = (
June 1         Stretching = (
June 2        Stretching: 30 Minute Lap Swim = (    
June 3        30 Minute Upper Body Circuit with Abs, 30 Minute Lap Swim = (