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I went out a couple of weeks ago for a 12 mi run, and accidentally did this:

Don’t ask. The point is that when I hit the stop button and saw how far I had gone, the fact that I was in a crazy amount of pain, and had walked most of the last 20 min made a lot more sense. Such a dumb ass. I would have cried, but I was too tired, and needed more fluids. I was beating myself up during that last bit, pissed off and disappointed that I couldn’t even finish 12 stupid miles. How was I going to get through my half mary in April? How was I going to get through a full mary in November? Oops.

So I’ve spent the last couple of weeks trying to get over that. Well, my legs, anyway. They got pretty angry with me for not being able to do simple math (there’s a reason I rub nekkid people, y’all), and have refused to let me run far or fast ever since. I’ve tried the road and the treadmill. I have to say, as far as being injured goes, I do much better on the road than the treadmill. My problems are shortened and dysfunctional muscles in my right glutes and leg. On a treadmill, you can’t really work on certain things. You know, because the ground is moving. Heh. So the road is better for that.

Until yesterday, I had topped out at an 18 min, 1.62 mi run. Every time I tried to run and failed, I would get pissed. It was my own fault, and if I didn’t learn from this, there was no hope I’d ever meet all of my running goes (they extend well past a full marathon, I tell you).

Friday night, I went to my fitness center’s Last Chance Workout. Wow. I’m glad I went, and I honestly wish they did it every week. It was great, and so much fun. Mainly because I totally got picked on and singled out, which makes me work extra hard. While I was on the treadmill for the first round of cardio, I noticed it was a little easier, and my knee wasn’t tightening up. This was good. Gave me some optimism for my run the next day. I stayed away from leg machines for that workout, tho the super awesome and lovely Trainer Adam had me do stairs while everyone else got to do cardio machines. Ugh.

Yesterday, I headed out for a run of yet undetermined length. I knew I had to take it easy, start out slow, and pay attention to what I was doing. I usually listen to podcasts when I run, but opted for music since it meant I didn’t have to pay attention to what I was hearing. After 20 min, I wanted to quit. It was starting to hurt. I remembered what Ian Adamson of Newton Running said during a run clinic I went to last year. If you’re hurt or tired, it’s the perfect time to work on your form. That’s what I started doing. It still hurt, just not as much. I worked on relaxing, lowering my arms, and keeping my chin up. Then I noticed my strides were too long, so I shortened them which helped a lot. I ended up running 5.84 mi yesterday. They were slow, but I got them done. I was very happy with that when I finished.

So, I guess I’m learning from my mistakes. Good thing, too. I want this year to be a good one with some pretty big goals met. I can’t be screwing myself up!

Oh, and it’s always nice to know you’re not the only one out there who does stupid running things.

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Let’s see… I’ve been in a pool ONCE since my last post. I (obviously) did not drown.  I’ve been running and riding as I get the chance. Those also have not killed me. I have a buckeye account which rocks so I can SEE how awesome I am (or badly I suck).

Having trouble running lately and not sure why. Sunday before last I ran 4 miles and felt awesome. That was the farthest I’ve ever run. I was super proud of myself. For various reasons, the rest of that week I sucked on my (attempted) runs. Not getting more than about a mile and a half in before complete failure. What the hell? I don’t know. This past Sunday, I managed to eke out three miles. But only because I had to make it home. I was in so much pain when I finally struggled up the few steps from the garage into the house. I started bawling and managed to make it into the living room before making it to the floor and crying some more. WHY did my damn legs hurt so bad? What had happened? What changed? Why was I able to kick so much ass just a week before this? I took my very first no-ice ice bath that day. I ran enough cold water to cover my legs and got in, fully dressed. HOLY SHIITAKE!!! Well, it made me stop crying… Because I couldn’t freaking breathe! I seriously began to think I would never take a full breath ever again. How do you people DO that??! Jeebus.

Yesterday was better. I biked 12.29 miles in 26+mph winds with gusts up to 40 mph. Yes, I will mention that every time because it made it really damn hard. REALLY hard. If you have any idea where I live (near Wilson’s Creek Battlefield) you know that there are some pretty decent hills nearby. I’m new at this. Those hills hurt like a mo’fo’. But I did it. In just over an hour. A couple of hours after that, I headed out for a run. I ran 2 miles and it took an eternity. Okay, really it only took about 29 min. I had to walk a lot more than I wanted to because my left leg started up again.

So here’s what I need to do:
* sign up for swimming lessons (I swam 300 yds in 17:20…REALLY need to improve THAT)
* find the $$ to pay my dude co-worker to perform 2 hrs of magic on my legs/hips/glutes at least once a week
* stop whining… I swear, I’ll work on it. But sweet baby jeebus, it gets windy here in the middle!
* take my baby, John Holmes, in for a spring tune up. They’re free for crying out loud.

I promise to work on the whining thing. I will try to remember that with training conditions like this, I could very well be a machine by August. 😉 And that would rock faces.

On a funny note, I got a haircut yesterday and the girl cut it too short. It’s so hard to tell when you have curly hair how short it is until it’s completely dry. I will be rockin’ it Mammy style (or finding time to straighten it) for a while ;). So here’s a pic of the result….

What are your favorite running shoes?

In case you haven’t heard, I got new shoes. Yes, “real” shoes, not VFF’s. (FYI, I have every intention of buying a pair of the new ones when they come out!!!!)

Today was the first day I’ve been excited to run in a long time. I haven’t been running much at all since December. Which is stupid, I know. I fell hard off that fitness wagon. For various reasons, I had a really hard time getting back on. The weather, crazy family stuff, school, work. But the weather is looking nice again (in the 50’s this morning), I’m figuring out the time crunch (school is time consuming!) and (duh) I have new shoes to run in!!!

I’m sure you’re asking, “Why real running shoes, Amy?”. Well. Because. I love, Love, LOVE VFF’s, but when it comes to traction on slickery surfaces, they’re dangerous. At least for my (non) graceful ass. And I knew I didn’t want to get another pair that I wouldn’t love (Nike Free, you broke my heart). So I went to The Starting Block and had them do a (free!) gait analysis. I learned that I don’t walk quite right, which just makes sense… most things about me are not quite right. 😉 But I didn’t need anything special like stability or whatever. So, since I already run in VFF’s and have been running forefoot for a while, the guy said i could try Newton’s. I agreed to start at the bottom with the Lady Isaac Guidance Trainer (as seen above). Put one on and laced it up and it was *gasp* comfortable!! So I put on the other one, laced it up… would you believe THAT one was comfortable, too???! I KNOW!! So he told me I could run up and down the sidewalk. I did. And I fell in love. I’ve never EVER been this comfortable in a running shoe. E.V.E.R. I am a very happy girl.

So today was the first run in them. 2 mile push/walk/run in the wind (gusts up to 24mph). I won’t bore you with the deets. But it was pretty good. Especially considering I had a mysterious dry cough in the middle of the night that caused some very uncomfortable burning in my chest this morning. Didn’t matter. I was having fun. The shoes are great and I’m super pissed at myself for waiting so long to get my ass moving. But you can’t go backward, right? Move Forward.

Now I just have to sort out what races I want to do this year. I think I’ve got most of them figured out. I live in the land of 5K races, apparently. I’ll have to keep an eye out for some longer ones later.

Anyway, thanks for reading!!! I need to do some homework, go to the store and find time the watch The Big Lebowski so a certain someone will speak to me again… 😉

Bitches need to be eating more fruits and vegatabelas. Pat Dixon

I don’t know if Pat meant to misspell that or not, but it doesn’t matter. I like the quote. It’s totes apprope for this post. Yea, I just typed “totes apprope”…WTF you gonna do about it, huh? That’s what I thought.

I’ve been slacking BAD since the holidays. I’ve barely run, can’t remember the last time I did a  push up and since I take my pull up bar down in fear of it developing a brain and trying to take me out by falling on my head when I walk underneath it, I haven’t been practicing those either. I’m paying for that. I feel like shit most of the time and my headaches are back in full force.

I have, however, been conscious of what I’m eating. I was horrified to see I had gained back about 6 pounds during the holidays and the 2 weeks after. So I started being mindful. It makes such a difference, people. I re-lost those 6 pounds by watching what I ate. Went back to quinoa, spinach salads with lean turkey breast, coconut water and as many fruits and veggies as I can get my hands on. And in case you’re wondering, eating those things is in no way a sacrifice for me. I love those foods! I can only imagine how awful I would feel if I was only eating shitty food. Which I’m still doing. Don’t be ridiculous. I have a family and very little extra time on my hands lately, so there’s plenty of craptastic food being eaten. 😉 My point is that by eating MORE of the good stuff, the bad stuff isn’t taking me completely out of the game.

I have a friend who is working her tushie off to lose some weight and improve her general fitness. I doubt I’ll ever convince her to completely lose her mind and get into triathlon, but that’s fine. She’s an awesome lady, and I want to give her all the support I can! Last time I saw her, we talked about stress eating. I told her to stop eating her feelings. She gave me the weirdest look and then chuckled. J I told her that’s one of the things I’ve learned over the last 8 or 9 months. Pay attention to why I’m eating. BE MINDFUL. Enough emphasis can’t be put on that!

I love you Sheryl! 😉

I’ve given myself til March 1st to get it together. Going to school full time has taken more adjusting than I thought it would. I totally underestimated the impact it would have on my whole life. But I’m getting the hang of it.

Yes, those are pictures of stuff I’ve eaten over the past few weeks. Weird? Maybe. But I like to share. Sometimes.

Um, let’s see.  I ate too much (of course) and ate too much again.  We went to the in-laws’ for Thanksgiving.  You may or may not be aware that my in laws live “at the end of the world”.  That’s what we call it.  They live a little over a mile off the highway (which itself is “country”).  We don’t get cell phone service out there, and until recently the internet was *GASP!* dial up.  🙂  I had to come up with a plan while we were there to be active.  The treadmill was inaccessible and driving into town to go to the school track not knowing if it was open or not did not appeal to me.  So I decided to run the road in front of the house.

The road to the house dead ends… at their drive way.  This road is full of hills.  So Thursday I decided I’d try to run up the two hills right by the house and run whatever I could in between.  Did I mention this is a dirt and gravel road?  Yea.  It is.  So that first day I kept at it for about 45 minutes.  Runkeeper glitched out on me, so I don’t know distance.  It was probably about 2 miles just go up and down those 2 hills.  I had a partner that day.  A cool dog from a couple of houses up.

On Friday, I ran/walked to the highway and back and did a loop around the big back yard.  That was 2.5 miles in 45 min.  Yea, slow.  But these hills are no joke, yo.  When I told my sis what I was doing she thought I was nuts.  She knows those hills and said she never would have made it out the driveway.  She exaggerates… She’s pretty badass herself.  🙂  Oh, and I kept forgetting my push ups but finally got them finished around 11 that night.  Vacation sure can mess you up!!!  I didn’t have Tom to keep me on track.  😉

Saturday, out to the highway and back again.  But this time in 38 min.  Uh huh.  That’s right.  Boom!  I was beat after that, tho.

I added a couple of new recipes to the Recipes page earlier.  You should check them out.

Here are some pictures from my runs:

Monday.  What can you do with a Monday, ya know?  You have to survive it.  Lucky for me, my Mondays now mean running and 100 push ups.  🙂  Whoot!

I’m really enjoying the push ups.  Push ups make ya stronger.  And make you scarier.  Rawr!!!  🙂

My run was good.  I felt good.  29:28 min… 22 min running and 7 min walking.  2.25 miles.  I’m happy with that.  And my left leg didn’t hurt as bad as usual.  🙂  Yay!  I ran in my red VFF’s (of course) which was fun because it was all drizzly and cold.  🙂  I like to splash in the puddles.   Oh, and I ran on the sidewalk today.  Which reminds me:  Thank you, neighbor, for NOT letting your dogs shit on the sidwalks.  Gah!  It was a small dog.  I could tell that.  Why the hell do these people let their dogs shit on the sidewalks????  Probably the same reason they just let them roam around and shit in the street, I suppose.

TOMORROW IS TATTOO DAY!!!  And Wednesday?  Wednesday is no slouch either.  Kat, a very good friend from Texas is flying in on Wednesday for a visit!  I’m very excited about her visit.  She comes once a year, always around Halloween.  It’s AWESOME!!!  Wait, I think  I told you about Kat before….  I’m going to try to get her to do 100 push ups with me on Friday.  🙂

Okay, well I’ll see ya tomorrow!!!!  After the inkage happens!!  Woohoo!

Friday –

I went to the gym to do my run because it was icky and cold outside.  Booooooooooring.  I didn’t see ANYONE in denim yesterday, but there was one dude in a flannel shirt.  WTF?  That’s weird.  But still not as weird as the Fed Ex guy who lifts in his uniform or the various people that work out in denim and work boots.

I tried using Runkeeper Pro but it doesn’t work for treadmill stuff.  Ha!  I knew it wouldn’t.  I mainly just wanted to use it to keep track of time which it will add to my online profile.  But I laughed when I saw the stats it came up with….

Im slow but Im not THAT slow!!!

I dont REMEMBER the treadmill moving around...

I don't REMEMBER the treadmill moving around...

What I ACTUALLY did was 2.19 mi in 30 min.  Meh.  I’ll get there.

Once I finished running, I went over to the floor space where they keep mats and and swedish balls and I did my 2nd set of 10 push ups.  Then to the stupid stationary bike.  Blech.  I wasn’t looking to do anything special on there.  I just wanted to keep my legs moving for a little while.  So I rode the bike for 20 min.  Then I went BACK to the back and finished out my push ups.  I did some crunches and squats in there, too.  But doing all of those push ups freaked out the old people a little.  🙂  It was awesome!

It was later determined by my lunchmates I should NOT do 100 push ups all before lunch because it made me quite hyper and more obnoxious than usual.  🙂  Score!  I’m okay with that.  I’m usually only that giggly after champagne!  Whatever, lunch was fun.  Tho, I’m not too sure Cap’n Cate’s DAD enjoyed it too much.  We confused him a little with talk of bikini shells and massage bands…

Saturday –

I woke up and was really antsy (and mad that I was awake before 8 on a Saturday) so I decided to take a short run.  15 min total run/walk.  A little over a mile.  It felt good.  It was about 35 degrees when I left and the sun was shining bright!  🙂

The REAL excitement for today was when I went and made my appointment to get my new tattoo!!!  Whoot!  Come Tuesday night I’ll have fresh ink!!!

Is it Tuesday yet?