November 21, 2017

journey to DTER: week 4 & 5

Ever tried? Ever failed? 
No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. 

Week 4 Training Log:
Mon: rest
Tue: 0
Wed: 8 miles 
Thur: 0 
Fri: rest
Sat: 14.2 miles 
Sun: 10.4 miles

Total weekly mileage: 32.6

Week 5 Training Log:
Mon: rest
Tue: 0
Wed: 6 miles
Thur: 0 
Fri: rest
Sat: 11.8 miles
Sun: 0 

Total weekly mileage: 17.8

Once a training cycle I get picked up by the struggle bus. Usually I take a ride on it for a few days and then jump off. This go round I sat my happy ass down and took a tour around town, for TWO weeks! This is my own doing. I haven't been focused, hydrating properly, not cross training and my diet has been full of everything that is not good for your body.
I've just been L A Z Y.  Hell even this post was put off because "I just didn't wannaaaaaa."

Time for me to get myself in gear and start training for a race that I've been talking about since January. So I readjusted my training plan and will get to work this week. 
Be prepared for upcoming recaps to be full of awesomeness.

I did get to go play in the woods this past Saturday. It was apparent that every single leaf decided to fall off the branches of the trees that Friday night. There were some parts that I questioned if I was on the trail or not. Apparently, the Headless Horseman was on the trails that morning. He ran so fast his head fell off. 😆

All my friends are smack dab in the middle of taper madness for St Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. Trust your training, rest up, and have a beer. Your victory lap is just days away. I'm proud of you all. I'll be hanging out at the finish line waiting to catch you as you pass over that life changing finish line.

November 7, 2017

journey to DTER: week 3

Strength and growth only come from continuous effort and overcoming struggles. 

This week of training was nothing to get excited over. I got some miles under my feet, I spent some time with my family and I learned an important lesson in hydration. 

Week 3 Training Log

Mon: rest
Tues: 4 miles
Wed: 6 miles 
Thur: rest
Fri: rest
Sat: 11.1 miles 
Sun: rest

Total weekly mileage: 21.1 

I had been feeling a little off over the first part of the week. I wrote it off as the weather being warmer this week than it was over the weekend and probably not getting enough sleep at night. 
I met up with the girls to run Wednesday evening and overall had a good run, but I still felt awful. My head had a dull ache. It's hard to getting myself to keep running during any run, but that run I had to work REALLY hard to not stop and just sit down on the curb. If the girls hadn't of been there, I would have scrapped the run after the first mile.

I woke up earllllllly Thursday morning with cold sweats, head pounding, low grade fever and low energy. Did I just catch the man flu? 😒 No dark thirty run was happening this morning. I felt dehydrated. I started thinking back at my water consumption vs bathroom breaks. I drink a TON of water, but I wasn't going to the bathroom like I was drinking that much water. After getting a liter of fluids intravenously I started to feel better. I spent the next two days making sure to add Gatorade/ Pedialyte into my hydration. The headache started to subside and I felt the color came back to my skin. 

By Saturday morning I was feeling better, so I set out for the first long run of the weekend. 
It was such an effortless eleven miles. What a difference 48 hours of proper hydration will do for you.

What a wonderful feeling it is to have completed those miles before the moon goes to sleep and just as the sun is waking up. Really sets the tone for a fantastic day!

Sunday morning was filled with water stop costume party shenanigans at the MRTC RRS 1st Half Marathon. We've got one more race to serve up the best "water flavored vodka" to all my crazy nut job runner friends! 

 I skipped my second long run of the weekend to stay home while my husband finished up home renovation mission: replace back door and outside wall paneling. I'm loving these new French doors!!!! 

After resting up and making sure to get a good balance of water and an electrolyte replacement drink; I feel like a normal human being again. 

It's okay to have an off day. Listen to what's happening, find the source, do what it takes to correct it and try to prevent it from happening it again. That's why it's called training. Training your mind, body and soul how to deal with pain, discomfort, and all the other crazy things that happen to our body. 

I'm ready to get another week knocked off this training plan to bring me closer to race day. 

October 31, 2017

journey to DTER: week 2

Inspire yourself and others will be inspired. Motivate yourself and others will be motivated. Develop yourself and others will start to develop themselves. Be an example first and then your world will change around you. 

Autumn has decided to stick around in the mid-south, with wintry-like temperatures over the weekend. Shorts, long sleeves and long sock weather, MY FAV! 

Week 2 Training Log
This week I added some simple body weight exercises to go along with the miles that I run. 

Mon: rest
Tues: 4 miles, 90 second plank, high knees, squats, push-ups, lunges, step-ups & burpees
Wed: 8 miles, 90 second plank, squats, squat jumps, step-ups, burpees, high knees and calf raises
Thurs: 3 miles, 90 second plank, push-ups, tricep dips. lateral arm raises, bicep curls, upright rows & squat overhead press
Fri: rest 
Sat: 13.1 miles
Sun: 6.2 miles, 90 second plank, yoga stretches

Total miles for the week: 34.3

At the beginning of the week, I paid a visit to my wonderful chiropractor to talk to him about my hip that's been giving me fits at random times. I didn't experience any pain, just felt like a muscle or tendon was "catching" another.

It would cause me to be weak on my right side and I would start limping. It always happened 12+ hours after that long run was done. So, after adjusting my hips and lower back, Dr. Cole did some range of motion tests and came to the conclusion that my right adductor longis is shorter than the one on the left side; which in turn is making it weaker. He also found some trigger points that needed to be released within the muscle. Oh goodie! Dry favorite painful instant relief method! I believe the combination of the dry needling, the exercises I added to my training and getting some good yoga stretches in this week has helped my hip tremendously. I was waiting for the limp to come on at any time Saturday night. It never showed up!

I've been meeting up with a Allison for the last 5-6 weeks to run our midweek long-ish run in together. We have very different goals, experiences, strengths, weaknesses but we both understand how stupidly awful it is to get motivated to go run, or workout. Sharing miles with her during her training for her first marathon has brought the spark back into my own motivation. Seeing the joy leak out of her as she crushes every goal she sets for herself is amazing. Brings back memories of my first marathon training cycle. Just by having someone to talk to, run with, text at stupid o'clock for accountability has really boosted my confidence in my own training. Thank you Allison for indirectly directly kicking my ass into gear. I respect and admire you so very much.  

I even went and ran the first half of Allison's very first 20 miler with her. It was a crisp 35 degrees when we started and by the time I finished my 13 miles it had only warmed up to 39. BTW, she finished her first 20 mile run in FOUR HOURS!This December marathon better be ready for her. She's coming to kick some ass-phalt. 

Sunday was back to the trees! It was a beautiful crisp morning with fog everywhere at Shelby Farms! I took it easy through the trails just wanting to enjoy the morning. I even came across a doe with her fawn an even saw a young buck! Seeing the sun come through the fog was just breathtaking.

I rounded out the week with some yoga stretches to help relax my overworked muscles this week.
I've written out my workouts for next week and hope to stay motivated to get them done this week. I've got goals and I plan to smash that race in January. I don't care how long it takes me to finish....I'm going to cross that finish line this year.