This is where it gets hard…

Still chilly here, even snowed a bit last night. Right now temperature feels like -14! Seriously ridiculous!
It was slightly warmer during the week and I made it to hill training on Thursday night. It was tough, but I loved feeling the burn in my legs.
Sure to the chilly weather this morning, yet again I found myself running on the gym treadmill.

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14 miles weeks and it definitely wasn’t easy. First 10 miles and I was feeling pretty good, pretty strong. Then the throbbing in my pelvis started, my left foot and knee were also hurting.
I kept debating, push through the pain or keep going and hope I’m not causing further damage in the pain areas.
I kept going, I wanted to slow down but didn’t. My legs are extremely sore now, and I’m thinking about soaking in an ice bath.
Mileage is only increasing from this point on, so I’m nervous about the pain. It’s frustrating because cardio-wise I feel fine. But my legs/joints are making me doubt my ability to run this marathon.
I have to figure something out, it can’t continue to hurt like this else the full marathon may not happen.

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Week 7 of Marathon training.. and finally… CALVES!

I’m in week 7 of my marathon training and it’s hard to believe that running 5 miles now is not a huge deal.  Still a little tough, but the thought of it isn’t as daunting as it used to be.  Run 5 miles?  Sure, no problem.  I still can’t get over the thought of running a 1/2 marathon (plus more) every Sunday for the next 10 weeks!  7 weeks ago, there was no way I could imagine myself running this much.  7 weeks ago, I was trying to think of valid excuses to get out of this marathon goal.  And yet here I am.. still running.. and on a treadmill!  Hill training starts tonight and I’m actually looking forward to building strength in my legs.

I was in a meeting with my manager earlier this morning and it was quite the surprise to hear her say “Oh my.. look at your calves!”  It’s very exciting to think that my legs are getting stronger and growing due to all this running.  I don’t think I’ve ever shared this fact, but I love seeing nice calves on individuals.  I often find that individuals who work out, will have nice upper bodies and nice quads, but tend to lack in the calves area.  If I’m at the gym and an individual has awesome calves, I will notice it right away.  Calves.. and shoulders.  Shoulders would be the other body part that I love, especially on women.

Anyway, it felt great to hear her notice my calves.  Yay!

Another great thing about today?  I got a chance to chat online with  the hubby, who I miss dearly.  I was up around 3am (which is making me extremely tired right now) and I couldn’t get back to bed, so I thought I’d log into Facebook.  And he was online too, so we chatted til about 4am.  I can’t wait til he’s back… only 9 more days! yay!

It’s Good Friday, which means a long weekend and no work tomorrow.  Another Yay! hehe..

Overall it’s been a very good day and I get to have dark chocolate again in a few days.

 

Still on the hunt for the perfect pair of shoes…

I went for a run Friday night and tried out the 2nd pair of runners I purchased, Asics GT-2000…

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Good news, is I didn’t experience any shin splints like I did with the first pair (NIke Lunar Speed)

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However I did experience pain in my arch.  I couldn’t tell if it was a lack of arch support.  At first, I thought that maybe I should keep running, maybe the pain would subside once my feet.  But no luck, shortly after I started my run I had to switch back into my old runners.

Currently I’m running in a pair of New Balance runners.  The past 2 runners I’ve run in were both from New Balance and I suspect that it would be better for me to stay with New Balance runners.  So I’m hoping to pick up this pair:

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Today’s 12 mile run went pretty good, the last 2 miles were a bit of a struggle.  I ran at my work’s gym and after I reached 10 miles, I started to hear a squeaky sound.  And I didn’t think much of it at first, but then I started thinking maybe the treadmill was overworked?  I had been running for a solid 2 hours (10 min run/1 min walk) and I thought maybe the treadmill was overheating.  The sound started to get louder and at 10.5 miles I thought maybe it would be best if I switched to the treadmill next to me and finish my run before the treadmill I was on broke down.  So I hit the stop button (and didn’t record my stats) and was about to move to the next treadmill, when I realized that the sound was still there.  I turned around and realized it was actually an elliptical machine behind me.  There was a man on the elliptical, going pretty hard and all that noise was coming from his machine!  UGH!!  I wasn’t happy… especially because I lost all the run stats on the treadmill.  So I restarted the treadmill and finished off the last 1.5 miles.  Unfortunately that little pause was enough to throw me off, and I struggled to focus on the last 1.5 miles.  What I don’t understand is why the man on the noisy elliptical machine, didn’t move to one of the other four open elliptical machines next to him.  The noise was so distracting and I’m sure all the other gym-goers were thinking the same thing.

I felt some tightness in my hips during the run and some pain in my left knee.  I’m really hoping that this pain isn’t a constant in my upcoming runs.  The distances are only getting longer and this pain can definitely make the runs difficult.  I also felt very low on energy during today’s run.  I really need to make sure I’m eating enough carbs to fuel me through my runs.

But even with the pain and the low energy, I did it… I finished my 12 miles.. again on a treadmill.  It’s snowing again here 😦  So hard to tell if I’ll be running outside next Sunday.  It’s hard to believe that starting next week, I’m running a 1/2 marathon every Sunday.  

 Still working on cleaner eating, and hoping to make some progress before hubby comes back.

Great read in the morning! Good read.

Morning Story and Dilbert

This is a story of an aging couple Told by their son who was President of NBC  NEWS.

This is a wonderful piece by Michael Gartner, editor of newspapers large and small and president of NBC News. In 1997, he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. It is well worth reading, and a few good chuckles are guaranteed. Here goes…

My father never drove a car. Well, that’s not quite right. I should say I never saw him drive a car.

He quit driving in 1927, when he was 25 years old, and the last car he drove was a 1926 Whippet.

“In those days,” he told me when he was in his 90s, “to drive a car you had to do things with your hands, and do things with your feet, and look every which way, and I decided you could walk through life and enjoy it or…

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Must get running…

So hubby left yesterday morning. Miss him already.
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings were busy trying to get him all packed up. Tuesday we went to the shopping mall and I picked up a new pair of runners – Nike lunar speed. Felt good when I tried them on at the store, but the true test would be when I went for my first run with them. Later Tuesday evening, I headed to the gym to try out the shoes and go for my scheduled 3.5 mile run. Unfortunately within the first couple minutes of my run, I started to experience shin splints. Luckily I brought my old runners, so I quickly switched into them and continued my run.
Wednesday while running errands, we went back to the mall and I returned the Nike shoes and picked up a pair of Asics GT-2000. I didas much research earlier in the day and these shoes sound like a good fit: stability and cushioning.
I didn’t make it for a run Wednesday or Thursday, so I’m hoping to try them out tonight.
I’ll keep you posted.

Mini-challenge.. just because..

In 2 days, I will be without my hubby.  He is off on a 17 day vacation to visit his parents.  I am going to miss him terribly, he does so much around the house and he has so much patience with the kids.  With him on vacation, I’ll definitely need to stay on top of things and stay as organized (and energized) as possible.  

So life will be a bit busier without him here.  One positive, I won’t have to feel guilty for when I don’t get around to making dinner/lunch.  And if I’m eating quinoa and ground chicken w/ veggies for the entire week, then that’s okay.

One thing that I’ve mentioned in previous posts, that I’d really like to do, is combine my running and weight lifting with clean(er) eating.  Since I’ve started running, I’ve allowed myself more indulgences than usual, because I ran for 2 hours so I should be allowed.. right?!  Anyway, I’ve wondered how my physique would improve if I ran for 2 hours and didn’t indulge (as much.. still gotta have a small one here and there).  

So for the 17 days that hubby is away, I will focus harder on clean(er) eating and will continue with my running and lifting weights.  I also want to work hard at getting stronger and increasing in weights.

 

Can’t believe it…

but I did it.  I ran 10 miles on a treadmill!

As I’ve mentioned in past posts, I’m not a big fan of running on a treadmill.  The feeling of running in one spot with no changes in scenery.  It’s tough!  But I woke up this past Sunday and it was -22!!  Add to that the blustering wind, and there was no way I was heading outside for my 10 mile run.

A part of me was trying to convince myself that it would be okay to skip my 10 mile run.. really, missing 1 long run can’t be that bad…. can it?  That was obviously a rhetorical question, and I knew that the correct answer would be to just suck it up and if I couldn’t run outside, then I’d have to run inside.. on a treadmill. UGH! hehe..

As I started getting ready to head to the gym, I kept thinking about the dreaded 2 hours it would take me to finish the run.  I tried to convince myself that it wouldn’t be so bad, Sunday runs are always the slower paced runs, so it would be ok.

And surprisingly, it was a pretty good run.  There was a slight moment of “I want this run to be over” at about the 1 hour mark, when I realized I still had another full hour to go but when I hit mile 7 and realized I only had 3 more miles to go, I was feeling good.

However, the last half did being a little uncomfortable due to the pelvic pain I started to experience.  During past runs, I’ve experience inner hip pain and tightness, which I read is common during longer runs, but the pain I felt yesterday was quite different.  It was a sharp yet dull pain, right in the middle of my public bone (really hard to describe the exact spot) but it was consistent during the last half of my run.  Even afterwards the pain remained and made walking slightly uncomfortable.  I finally picked up some Tylenol Muscle Relief & Joint Pain at the drugstore and it helped a bit but the discomfort is back again this morning, not as sharp but definitely still there.  I’ll see how things to with this week’s run and will stay on top of my stretching.  Hopefully it’s just a side effect of muscle tightness.

This week will definitely be a challenge to get my runs and workouts done.  Hubby is leaving  on Thursday to visit his parents and will be gone for 17 days 😦

So the next few days will be busy with getting him ready for the trip and packing and buying last minute supplies and gifts to bring home.

Little surprises..

The other day I was feeling very tired. Mentally and physically exhausted, but more mentally.
I was dreading the scheduled 5 mile run that evening. I went to my chiropractor appt and must say, he did a great job on my adjustment.
I decided to skip my running clinic and instead run at the gym.
I don’t know what it was, but I had a great run! I felt strong and maintained a steady pace the entire run. Last Tuesday I struggled with my 3.5 mile run, such a difference compared to last nights run.
I came into work with a hop in my step. Good morning, felt good and it was Friday! by mid morning my work load was increasing and I felt like I wasn’t making any progress.
not the best afternoon, but I survived.
Great shoulder workout tonight and even threw in some back lat pull downs and hit a new PR of 75 lbs. I need to really push myself to get stronger so that I can eventually do unassisted pull ups. 
Looking forward to the weekend!

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