I caved

Well, I caved. I decided I was being stupid trying to run through my hip/groin/thigh pain. Perhaps if I just take a few days off I can eliminate the problem instead of dragging it out. At least that’s what I’m hoping. Maybe I will come back to running in a few days and find that it still hurts, but then I can take more steps to address the situation. I want to run a race on April 27, so if missing a few days gets me to the starting line feeling good… so be it. Luckily for me, today was super rainy/windy/gross out.

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I had to wear a fleece jacket and rain boots to take B (fiancé’s dog) on a walk!

It was definitely a lot easier  to stay inside! My apartment looks out onto a main road and I always see a lot of people running by on warm/sunny days; this way no one was flaunting their run ;)

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Anyway, since I definitely have some psychological issues with not working out, I decided the best way to handle the next few days is to do things that I like and focus on the positives so I am not pining over my missed runs. For instance, I will get to watch one of my favorite shows on the MLB network (Intentional Talk!) that I never get to watch because that is when I am running or doing my other workout: definitely a positive! I was able to use my normal workout time to book the DJ for my upcoming wedding: positive! Also, I came home and put on some yoga pants and my favorite leopard slippers and didn’t have to worry about getting out the door to get a treadmill: positive!. I decided to ignore Instagram for the tonight, too, so that I don’t feel jealous of what others are able to do. So, I’m just going to sit back, try to enjoy the time to myself, and RELAX.

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One year ago

One year ago today was the Boston Marathon bombings. Hundreds were injured and three people lost their lives. I will keep Boston in my thoughts today and over the course of the next week as they prepare for the Marathon on April 21st. Runners are such a strong community and Boston is such a strong city. I have no doubt that Patriots Day this year will be both a tribute to those who were affected by the bombings last year and a celebration of how the city came together to overcome a tragedy. If you can, get out and run today in memory of those who can’t.

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Weekly Recap 4/7/14-4/13/14

Workouts:

Monday: Jillian Michaels’ Extreme Shed & Shred levels 1&2

Tuesday: 3.25 miles @ 9:04 pace / Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Inferno

Wednesday: Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zones

Thursday: 5 miles @ 9:32 pace

Friday: REST

Saturday: 3.61 miles @10:03 pace / Jillian Michaels’ Shred it With Weights

Sunday: 4 miles @ 9:38 pace

Total Miles: 15.86

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This week was pretty average for me regarding workouts, except I usually do Jillian DVDs on Thursday and Sunday too but I was limited on time those days. This was the first week that my hip really started to bother me and it is the first time I have had a pace in the 10 min/mile range since November. I definitely need to address the hip problem; I am flirting with injury. My shoes are at roughly 315 miles, so I think I will begin phasing them out in favor of new shoes (same model) and see if that helps with the hip problem. Otherwise, I am going to keep foam rolling (pure torture) and icing. I have two races coming up pretty soon that I want to get through. After that I might be more willing to take some time off.

I’m a wimp

Well, this week has just been one of those weeks. Maybe because I decided to start my blog back up again? Regardless, so far this week my runs have been pretty terrible. I think I need to address the more serious issue of why my hip is bothering me, but I’m so stubborn and the prospect of having to take time off is terrifying to me. The rational side of me understands that a little time off now might save me from a substantial amount of time off later, but…

So this morning was absolutely stunning weather wise. I made the decision to get my grocery shopping done before running, which put me starting at 10 a.m. That would have been fine, but I’m not used to any kind of heat at all; 60 degrees feels pretty freaking hot to me now, which is why I am a wimp. I will definitely need to get out earlier once the weather warms up even more than that. I had my trusty new handheld water bottle so it wasn’t too terrible. Obviously I wanted to test it out on a run that didn’t suck, but I still loved having it!

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I didn’t have a real plan for this run because of my hip issues. Obviously I wanted to have a great run where I did 6 miles and felt fantastic the whole time, but my reality is not there yet. I was able to punch out 3.6 miles, which I felt was a pathetic distance for a Saturday morning, at a 10:05 pace, which I felt was a pathetic pace for me… I haven’t run in the 10 min/mile range since November!! So naturally I have spent the rest of the day being down on myself about how terrible it was and asking myself why I even bother running because I, clearly, am not a runner. But then I figured that, this time last year my bad runs were shorter and slower… that counts for something right? Although, as a whole, I was covering far more miles last year.

Anyway, now I am spending time with my other new toy: the foam roller. I’m not ever sure I am using it right and there is small part of me that feels like maybe I am making things worse? I should stop whining so much and think about how I can make tomorrow’s run better. I should also talk myself into taking some days off from running.

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Oh yeah, I finished off my workout for the day with level 2 of Jillian Michaels’ Shred it With Weights. That is probably my favorite of her DVDs!

Throwback Thursday

Since I decided to start blogging anew, I figured I would use the ever popular Throwback Thursday segment as a way to show my improvement from year to year. It can be frustrating to feel like you aren’t improving, so hopefully seeing it from a new perspective will help not only myself, but you as well!

Since late April of 2012, I have been tracking every run on Run Keeper. I love having everything in one place and being able to look back on all my runs. Plus, it let’s me set up my race schedule and keep track of what’s coming up! I’ve tried other services, like Map My Run and Daily Mile, but Run Keeper has remained my favorite from the beginning!

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Anyway, down to business. Today’s run was 5 miles on the treadmill. I’m terrible because the weather was simply beautiful, but the baseball game was on and I didn’t want to miss it… Priorities! Whenever I am on the treadmill I try to find ways of making it more interesting; usually by playing with pace. I find staying at a constant speed on the treadmill to be the worst and most boring activity. Make the treadmill fun! So, for a “tempo” run I planned to run miles at 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5 mph, respectively.

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Things were going well until around mile 4 when my hip and groin started to bother me. The injury is still a little nagging. I decided to do .2 miles at 6.5 as I intended and then bring it back down every .2 miles until I did the last .2 back at 6.1. For 5 miles @ 9:32 pace. Did that make sense? Slowing down seemed to help a little bit and I felt better once I stopped. I stretched and iced to finish off the workout. I really need to ice more.

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Now, let’s look at what I was doing on April 10, 2013. Another 5 mile run on the treadmill, but this was done @ an 11:10 pace. I didn’t write any comments about it at the time, but that pace was pretty on par with what was average for me then. I found myself consistently in the 10-11 min/mile range up until October of last year. Kind of crazy, huh? The difference a year, an injury, lots of strength training, and hard work made to my average pace is pretty awesome. Just proof that if you’re willing to work for it, you can achieve anything!

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