Monday, June 30, 2014

Weekly Recap X2 6/16/14 – 6/29/14

Happy Monday y’all! Since I missed last week’s recap I will be recapping the past couple weeks of fun, and “workouts” – AKA everything I can do to recover from my ITBS. I missed a couple blog posts because I was in Dallas for work for about a week and was busy pretty much the whole time. It was a ton of fun!

After a busy work week, we had both an adventurous and relaxing weekend. Saturday Robert and I took the pups to Galveston to see the beach for the first time ever! Although Galveston is not the prettiest beach (by a LONG shot), it was fun watching the pups experience the sand and ocean. Malia didn’t like it too much but Leilani bounced around in the sand and tide and had a blast! After a short time playing on the beach, we walked along the boardwalk so they could dry off a little bit and get some exercise. Once we got in the Jeep to head home, the girls were so tired and fell asleep quickly!

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On Sunday Robert and I went to brunch at the Black Walnut Cafe – it was delicious! I had the Napoleon French Toast, which is Texas cut challah French toast with English cream batter, lemon zest, strawberries, cannoli crème, powered sugar, spicy candied walnuts, and New England maple syrup. And if that description didn’t persuade you to try this place for brunch sometime, here is a picture!

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That was pretty much my last “hoorah” before the Dopey Challenge training diet begins. Time to dedicate myself to healthier eating again!

After brunch I decided to get a sport massage at Massage Heights. Best.Decision.EVER. I found a great masseuse who specializes in sports massages for athletes and, man oh man, she really worked out a bunch of knots. There were times where the deep tissue portion hurt but that is just part of the process. I think with the addition of massages to my schedule I can expect to see better and faster ITBS recovery (and help keep away future injuries as well)!

By the way, if you are participating in the 2015 WDW Marathon, Goofy Challenge, or Dopey Challenge in January, Jeff Galloway’s training plans start July 1st! Here are links to the plans:

WDW Marathon Training Plan for Beginner Runners
WDW Marathon Training Plan for Time Improvement
WDW Marathon Training Plan to Finish in Upright Position

Goofy Challenge Training Plan

Dopey Challenge Training Plan

I will be starting my training about a month late due to my injury, but I don’t mind since it is a 29 week program, and my ideal full marathon training plan is 18 weeks. That still gives me a very good amount of time to get my training done safely.

In other exciting news, the first round of registration for the 2015 Big Sur International Marathon opens in a couple weeks! I will be ready to register as soon as it opens!

I cannot wait to run this amazingly beautiful course!

My Workouts The Past Two Weeks:

Monday: Physical Therapy – Ultrasound & laser therapy, stretching & strength training, use of The Stick, 10 minute elliptical, Ice
Tuesday: Travel Day to Dallas/Stretches
Wednesday: Set-Up day for Bondi Band show in Dallas/Stretches
Thursday: Worked show/Foam rolling/Stretches
Friday: Worked show/Foam rolling
Saturday: Worked show/Stretches
Sunday: Worked show/Foam rolling/stretches

Monday: Travel Day to Houston/Stretches
Tuesday: Physical Therapy – Ultrasound & laser therapy, use of The Stick, strength training, stretches, 10 minute elliptical, ice
Wednesday: Yoga + 20 min Cycling (5.1 miles) on Level 4 Cardio, Stretches, Strength Training, Ice
Thursday: Physical Therapy – Ultrasound therapy, massage, use of The Stick, KT Tape application, stretches, foam rolling, 10 minute elliptical, Ice
Friday: Yoga + 20 min Cycling (5.1 miles) on Level 4 Cardio, Stretches, Strength Training, Ice
Saturday: Foam rolling & stretching
Sunday: Sports massage, stretching & strength exercises, Ice

Monday Motivation! 

QOTD:  Have you ever had a sports massage?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Road to Recovery: Week’s 2-4 Report

Road to Recovery: Week 1 Report

I have been in physical therapy for my ITBS for about 3.5 weeks now (8 sessions total) and while I have learned a lot, and have certainly made progress, it seems as though it isn’t going nearly as fast as I would have hoped. At my session yesterday my physical therapist mentioned that my IT band still feels tight, though not as tight as it was when I first started. On Tuesday I went in for a check-up with my knee doctor and he mentioned that it felt better, but still had some tightness. I am still hoping that physical therapy will only be another 2-3 weeks, and then I can go to a run analysis at the hospital to ease back into running. I suppose only time will tell – I just need to continue to be consistent with my recovery techniques.

My physical therapist tried something new yesterday and KT taped me up using a technique I have never seen before – I don’t remember the exact wording she used when she explained how it worked, but basically it encourages faster blood flow to help in the recovery process.

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Over the past couple weeks, I have started doing more elliptical work during physical therapy and cycling at my gym on days when I am on my own. It feels really good to work up a good sweat again, and I find that I am actually enjoying cycling. It’s not the same love that I have for running, but it feels good to be happy in the gym again! I also learned that my elliptical form was horrible. I have corrected it now, but it used to be that my heels never touched the elliptical pedals so I was on my tippy toes the entire time, and my legs never fully extended when the pedals moved backwards. Good thing I am a runner and not a professional elliptical rider haha!

I am continuing to do yoga on a regular basis, and have now even added some strength exercises that  my physical therapist has me do every day. They are meant to help strengthen my core and glutes while my leg continues to heal. Here are a few of my daily strength exercises:

Clam Shells – Open and close legs (20-30 on each side)

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Resistance Band Crabwalks – Squat and walk sideways (1-2 minutes)

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Resistance Band Leg Kicks – Kick forward, backward, and sideways (10-20 each type, each leg)

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Superman's – Opposite arm and opposite leg (20 on each side)

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Stiff Leg Dead lifts – Make sure your back is straight when you bend down (20 total)

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Bridges (go up and hold for 5 seconds) – 20 times total

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DISCLAIMER: Please know that this was all recommended to me personally by my doctor and physical therapist. I AM NOT A DOCTOR and am not recommending these techniques to anyone. I am merely an injured runner trying to recover, and sharing my journey. If you are experiencing any pain please consult your doctor for diagnosis and recovery techniques that will work for YOU.

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QOTD: Do you use KT Tape?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wine & Dine Costume: Tutu Da Loo

As many of you know, Robert and I are participating in the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon and Jingle Jungle 5K in November this year. We probably won’t do any major costumes for the 5K, but we will certainly dress up of course. However, for the half marathon we wanted to do something fun and as a couple! In the spirit of Wine & Dine, we have decided to go as characters from the ultimate Disney/Pixar foodie movie…Ratatouille! I will be going as Remy and Robert will be going as Linguini!

Although we don’t have all our costume pieces finalized, I knew I wanted to run in a tutu for the first time. So I contacted Missy at Tutu Da Loo about customizing a running tutu for my Remy outfit and she did NOT disappoint. I received my tutu in the mail on Monday and couldn’t wait to share pictures with you all!

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The tutu is adorable and SO comfortable. I have noticed that a lot of tutu makers (and DIYer’s) use those elastic bands for the waist band that hug you tightly and create tummy discomfort. Missy uses a different, and very comfortable, type of stretchy material for the waist band. It sits on my waist or hips perfectly without moving. I also really enjoy the design; it is fun and bouncy and makes me feel like a super girly runner, I love it! The colors are exactly what I asked for, and the Eiffel Tower ribbon is a great final touch!

If you are thinking about running in a tutu, I would HIGHLY recommend Missy. Her products are great quality with competitive prices! She can completely customize the tutu to what you want as well!

Visit Missy at Tutu Da Loo:
Etsy Shop
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QOTD: Have you ever run in a tutu?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Weekly Recap 6/9/14 – 6/15/14

Hey y’all, happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Father’s Day! Robert and I had fun weekend celebrating him being the best dog dad ever! Saturday morning we went to see How to Train Your Dragon 2, which was hilarious, then went to The Cheesecake Factory for lunch. My parents sent us a gift card for Father’s Day, so it was a delicious treat (and so was the s’mores cheesecake dessert we had)!

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Me having fun with the pups!

On Sunday we enjoyed the outdoors then decided we wanted cupcakes. After driving around while I Googled cupcake bakery hours near our area, we did not find one open bakery. Bummer, right?! No big deal though; we found ourselves near a Trader Joe’s and decided to explore. Neither of us had ever been to one and were pretty excited since we’ve heard great things! I came across the cookie butter that Miss Courtney raves about on her blog, so of course we bought some and I have officially discovered a new addiction! It is seriously delicious, y’all. Try it!

Also this weekend, I received my new phone case from Gone for a Run! I won a gift card from Monica and Walt over at Running Happily Ever After and chose to use it for something I knew I would use every day. Plus, it is super cute! If you have not checked out Gone for a Run yet, you definitely should; they have tons of great gifts for runners!

I also got my sample of Ignite Naturals electrolytes in the mail. They contacted me a few weeks ago to review their product, so after doing a bit of research online, it sounded like a great product and I agreed to give it a try. I can’t wait to test it out and let you know my thoughts!

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Workouts this week went very well. My physical therapist has getting me in to some low-impact cardio such as elliptical and cycling, and strength exercises for my core and glutes. It is really nice being able to sweat again without having knee pain. I am itching to get back to running though! I’ll do a post later this week on some of the resistance band exercises that are helping me to recover.

My Workouts This Week:

Monday: Physical Therapy – heating pad, stretches, massage, ultrasound therapy, 5 minutes elliptical, 10 minutes cycling machine, strength exercises

Tuesday: Yoga + 20 minutes cycling machine (4.9 miles total on level 4 hills)

Wednesday: Physical Therapy – ultrasound and laser therapy, stretches, foam rolling, strength exercises, 10 minutes elliptical (5 minutes backwards and 5 minutes forwards)

Thursday: Yoga + 20 minutes cycling machine (4.9 miles total on level 4 hills)

Friday: Physical Therapy – ultrasound and laser therapy, rolling with The Stick, stretches, strength exercises, 10 minutes elliptical (5 minutes backwards and 5 minutes forwards)

Saturday: Foam Rolling

Sunday: Stretches, Strength Exercises, Foam Rolling

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QOTD:  How did you celebrate Father’s Day?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Disney Bucket List

It is no secret that I am a huge Disney fan, as are many of my readers and friends! I am sure most of us have a Disney World & Disneyland bucket list to complete over a lifetime so I have decided to make mine official and put it in writing. This is just a  base list, and I will add to it as I think of other things (or at Disney introduces new events). I have also put a new tab up near the top of my blog to dedicate a full page to crossing items off my Disney bucket list!

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WDW Marathon Weekend
Pluto 5K
Minnie 10K
Donald Half Marathon
Mickey Marathon
Goofy Challenge (Half and Full Marathon)
Dopey Challenge (5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathon)

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend
Star Wars 5K
Star Wars 10K
Star Wars Half Marathon
Rebel Challenge (10K and Half Marathon)

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
Neverland 5K
Tinker Bell 10K
Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Royal Family 5K
Enchanted 10K
Disney Princess Half Marathon
Glass Slipper Challenge (10K & Half Marathon)

Expedition Everest Challenge Weekend
Expedition Everest Challenge 5K

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
Disneyland 5K
Dumbo Double Dare (10K & Half Marathon)

Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend
Happy Haunted 5K
Tower of Terror 10-Miler

Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Jingle Jungle 5K
Wine & Dine Half Marathon

Avengers Half Marathon Weekend
Superheroes 5K
Avengers Half Marathon

Dining

Victoria & Albert’s
Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room (Grand Floridian Resort)
Sanaa
California Grill (and watch Wishes while eating dinner)
Be Our Guest
Ohana
Illuminations Dessert Party
Fantasmic Dessert Party
Wishes Dessert Party
Rose & Crown
Jiko
Sci-Fi Dine In Theatre
Blue Bayou

Special Events

Flower & Garden Festival
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Food & Wine Festival
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Candlelight Processional
Harambe Nights

Other

Go on a tropical Disney Cruise
Go on an Alaskan Disney Cruise
Take a trip with Adventures by Disney
Wedding Vow Renewal for 10-Year Anniversary
Visit Aulani
Visit Disneyland Paris
Visit Disneyland Hong Kong
Visit Disneyland Tokyo
Visit Disneyland Shanghai
Go to the D23 Expo
Stay at (or at least visit) all the Disney resorts on campus

QOTD: Do you have a Disney bucket list?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Weekly Recap 6/2/14 – 6/8/14

Sorry for the extremely belated weekly recap post y’all! It’s been a very busy few days. You may have noticed that I have taken down my squat challenge count for the month of June. Unfortunately, due to my ITBS, I have decided to move my personal squat challenge to another month since my physical therapist has requested full dedication to recovery. I am very happy to oblige if it means getting back to running sooner!

Let’s get back to my busy weekend – I was in Aspen, Colorado working the Bondi Band booth for the Ragnar Trail Snowmass race! It was absolutely beautiful, from the airport all the way to my hotel and where the expo and race took place. The show went wonderfully and it was outside the whole time which I loved! Also, after working this event, I have decided that I have to run it! Here is the way it works – the location where we were set-up (along with all the other sponsors and vendors) was actually one of the two camping locations (the other one was right across the street). It was the start and end location for each of the three trail courses. There was a 3 mile trail, a 4 miler, and a 6 miler. Each team was made up of 8 members, all of whom ran all three courses at some point between Friday at 11 AM and Saturday at 4 PM (including the middle of the night)!  Sounds like a blast, right?! Just make sure to get a headlamp for the night running (Night Ize has some GREAT products, which I got to see in action over the weekend). I also just found out there is going to be a Ragnar Trail race in Austin, TX this October. I will be working the event, but if it is at all possible, I’d love to run it as well.

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View from my hotel

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Another big event from this weekend is a puppy rescue. On Friday, Robert took an alternate route home to avoid heavy traffic and on his way he saw a box on the side of the road labeled ‘puppies.’ While stopped at the light he noticed a little head poke out of the box and immediately he stopped to bring it home. In the box there was a little bit of food as well as a health record. According to the health record (if accurate), the puppy was a 4 month old Maltese. He was the sweetest little baby in the world! We named him Dug (yes, like the dog from Up), and he spent the weekend at home with Robert and our two pups.

Robert went to get Dug some puppy food from PetSmart and ended up chatting with another lady who had a baby Maltese with her and of course told her about Dug. When Robert went to go check out, he found out that the food had already been paid for by that wonderful lady. I love kind-hearted people, and truly believe there is more good than anything else in this world! On Sunday we found Dug a wonderful home with a long time friend of Robert’s family (and they are keeping the name we picked)! Win-win for us because we get to visit him whenever we want (although I will not deny I got very emotional when we took him to his new home because I got attached to that little boy quickly)!

Isn’t he precious?!

So you can definitely see it has been eventful few days and that is why I have been MIA from the blogging world. As for workouts, I didn’t really break a sweat but that was not my goal. Being in recovery mode, I am following my physical therapist’s advice each session, and last week’s goal was to do stretching, foam rolling, and icing on my non-PT days.

My Workouts This Week:

Monday: Yoga + 100 Squats

Tuesday: PT Session #1

Wednesday: Yoga + PT Session #2

Thursday: Travel Day/Stretched

Friday: Worked all day at the Ragnar Trail Snowmass

Saturday: Worked all day at the Ragnar Trail Snowmass

Sunday: Travel Day/Stretched

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QOTD:  Would you like to do a Ragnar Trail event?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2015 Star Wars Half Marathon Registration

As much of the running (and probably non-running) community knows by now, runDisney has recently announced a new Star Wars themed race weekend beginning next year. In January 2015, this half marathon, 10K, 5K, and Rebel Challenge (finishing both the half and 10K) will make its inaugural debut.

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Today at 12 PM EST, registration opens to the public for the Star Wars race weekend. It will take place at Disneyland, California on January 15-18, 2015. If you want to register, do it immediately. When early registration opened for Annual Pass (AP) holders last Tuesday, I believe all the spots were gone in 9 minutes. These races are going to sell out extremely fast! I am kind of excited to watch the runDisney Twitter account to see just how quickly registration reaches 100%.

Here is your one-stop shop for all pricing and scheduling for this 2015 race weekend:

Schedule of Events

runDisney Health & Fitness Expo
Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Star Wars 5K presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation
Disneyland Resort
5:30 AM on Friday, January 16, 2015

Star Wars 10K presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation
Disneyland Resort
5:30 AM on Saturday, January 17, 2015

runDisney Kids Races
Simba Parking Lot near Downtown Disney District
9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015

Star Wars Wookiee Welcome Party
Disneyland Park Tomorrowland
9:30 PM - 11:30 PM on Thursday, January 15, 2015

Star Wars Half Marathon presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation
Disneyland Resort
5:30 AM on Sunday, January 18, 2015

Star Wars Rebel Challenge presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation
Disneyland Resort
Saturday, January 17 2015 & Sunday, January 18, 2015

ChEAR Squad
Disneyland Park and Finish Line
Sunday, January 18, 2015

Entry Fees & Deadlines

Star Wars Half Marathon presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation
$195 by July 22, 2014
$210 between July 23 and August 19, 2014
$225 on or after August 20, 2014

Star Wars Rebel Challenge presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation
$320 by July 22, 2014
$345 between July 23 and August 19, 2014
$370 on or after August 20, 2014

Star Wars 10K presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation
$105 by July 22, 2014
$120 between July 23 and August 19, 2014
$135 on or after August 20, 2014

Star Wars 5K presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation
$70 by August 23, 2014
$80 on or after August 24, 2014

runDisney Kids Races
$20 by August 23, 2014
$25 on or after August 24, 2014

Star Wars Wookiee Welcome Party
$99
Under 3 - $0

ChEAR Squad
Bronze - $0
Silver - $45
Gold - $69
Platinum - $99
Under 3 - $0

Proof of Time

If you plan to finish the half marathon in less than 3:15, proof of time is required.

A valid proof of time provided at the time of registration must include the following:

  • Name of Race, Date, & Distance (race must have taken place after January 1, 2013)
  • City, State
  • Finish time

If you do not have a proof of time to submit, list "N/A" at the point of registration. You MUST have a proof of time submitted by October 10, 2014, or you will be put in the last race corral.

Submit all Proof of Times to: disneysports@trackshack.com.

**IMPORTANT**: You cannot bring proof of time to the Race Expo to change your start corral anymore.

Registration Policy & Deferrals

  • All race fees are non-refundable.

  • You may NOT transfer your registration to another participant.

  • All races are subject to capacity limits and may close at any time.
  • Deferrals: You may defer your registration to the 2016 Star Wars Half Marathon subject to availability, on or before January 1, 2015. There is a $45 fee if completed by December 4, 2014, and a $70 fee is completed between December 5 and January 1, 2015 (no deferrals for the 5K or Kids’ Races).
  • The deferral link will be available September 1, 2014.

Photo from the runDisney website

QOTD: Will you be participating in any of the events for the 2015 Star Wars Half Marathon weekend?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Road to Recovery: Week 1 Report

After weeks of dealing with bad knee pain with very little improvement I finally decided to see a doctor on Monday. I went to the sports medicine hospital in our area for an appointment with an orthopedic specialist. After a few x-rays and inspection by both the doctor himself and his physician’s assistant (PA), I was diagnosed with Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS). I had this feeling deep down that I knew that is exactly what it was, but was scared to admit it and just hoped that staying away from running for a while would do the trick.

ITBS is one of the most common injuries among runners and occurs when the IT band becomes inflamed. The IT band is a muscle that runs along the outer side of your leg, from hip to shin. There are many causes (see below excerpt from Runner’s World), and I know mine was running too hard on those downhill portions during the Alamo 13.1 half marathon in March and lack of proper recovery between my races earlier this year.

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When I first heard the diagnosis, my immediate reaction was sadness. However, after a few minutes of talking with the doctor my sadness very quickly turned to gratefulness. You see, I am very lucky – I will only be out of running for recovery for a couple of months. This easily could have been something far worse…joint problems, a need for surgery or further MRI testing. I am blessed I have something that is easily curable.

I was recommend for physical therapy and will go 2-3 times per week for 4-6 weeks. I have had my first two sessions this week on Tuesday and Wednesday and I have already learned so much. After a full leg/knee/hip evaluation by my physical therapist (PT) we started recovery techniques. This is what I have learned that I need to do so far:

Stretching – I do a set of the following stretches twice a day. The first two I alternate between every minute for 6 minutes each leg. The third stretch is done for a minute on each leg.

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Foam Rolling – I will be rolling out my IT band on each leg for a few minutes at least twice a day. The foam roller, for me, needs to go from right above my knee all the way to my hip.

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Massage – My physical therapist uses a deep pressure massage technique to work out my IT band muscles during each visit. During yesterday’s visit my PT mentioned that my IT band was extremely tight and felt like a knotted rope! A loose muscle has a bit of give to it during a massage and mine had almost no give. Yikes!

Ultrasound Therapy & Laser Therapy – I am a bit unsure of the details (hey, I’m not a doctor!) but from what I understand, these two techniques can help reduce inflammation, stimulate blood circulation, and decrease my overall recovery time.

Ice – This is something most runners do anyway and for a good reason…it helps! I will be icing my legs once a day (or when I am able, at least a few times a week).

Dedication – My PT has requested that I fully dedicate myself to recovery, meaning staying away from intense exercises for a few weeks. I can do easy swimming and cycling, walking, and yoga, but not much else. That means that my squat challenge is moving to another month unfortunately. I hope you all will still continue to do it, but I can’t this month.

Please know that this was all recommended to me personally by my doctor and physical therapist. I AM NOT A DOCTOR and am not recommending these techniques to anyone. I am merely an injured runner trying to recover, and sharing my journey. If you are experiencing any pain please consult your doctor for diagnosis and recovery techniques that will work for YOU.

After my first two visits, I am sore, but optimistic. I am learning a lot at each session and I am praying that, along with my therapy and at-home techniques, I will be back to running by August!

QOTD: Have you ever had an injury that required physical therapy?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

National Running Day

Hey runners! Guess what? We have our very own holiday! Today is National Running Day day, so we have an excuse (like we need one) to talk about how much we love running, and even more importantly, SHOW how much we love it!

Why do you run? Personally, I run for many reasons, as do many others I am sure. It can all be summed up in one sentence though… I run to live. Running gives me a sense of life that is hard to come by in any other way. I see the world differently when I run. It’s the only time when my scattered thoughts seem to organize themselves perfectly. I can think through things clearly and logically, but also in a way where I can see what I truly want, not just what is expected of me. I have made some of the biggest decisions in my life to this point during a run. When God gave me this gift of running, I found a passion to follow both personally and professionally. Through running, God bestowed upon me a new life I never thought possible.

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While you are getting those miles logged today, the National Running Day founders are encouraging everyone to use Charity Miles, a phone app that earns money for a charity of your choice when you run, walk, or bike. You can pledge miles by yourself, or find a group run HERE. Although my Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is keeping me from running today, my physical therapist has told me that I am able to do light walking as long as it is pain-free. Depending on how everything goes, I will be pledging 1-3 miles of walking for one of my very favorite organizations, Team RWB, today!

QOTD: Why do you run? What charity are you supporting with your miles today?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Weekly Recap 5/26/14 – 6/1/14

June Squat Challenge Count: 150

Happy Monday y’all! I have officially added a count for my June Fitness Challenge. It’s only the second of the month so it’s not too late to jump on board if you are up for doing a bunch of squats over the next 30 days!

Also, before I forget to mention it, don’t forget that this Wednesday is National Running Day. This year they are encouraging everyone to walk or run and track it through Charity Miles. The mileage that you do will help fund great causes!

Tell the world why! Claim a National #RunningDay badge for a chance to win a tech running hat http://basno.com/c/2014/nrd

This week has been wonderful. Although we had a TON of rain, and I mean it rained pretty much every day, I still was able to get in a lot of good quality workouts. I did some yoga, strength work, swimming, and cycling. I admit after my strength training on Wednesday I attempted a treadmill run to see how it would feel, and was let down. I felt knee tweaks at a quarter of a mile so I just stopped at that point. It is time to get serious about researching some PT info – luckily, there is a great sports medicine hospital near my apartment so I am going to check it out and see what they can do for me. I am ready to get back to running!

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Over the weekend Robert and I went to a local farmer’s market. I think I expected something more or different, but it was small and everything was over priced. All the vendors raved about how their products are 100% organic, but things like that just don’t impress me. Good prices are much more impressive for this frugal girl! The way I see it is that I’ve survived for 26 years off of non-organic foods and am very healthy, so I am good if I shop for the less expensive produce and put more into savings or my race budget. What matters to me is eating less processed foods, and focus more on transforming fresh fruits, veggies, starches, and meats in a healthy way.

In other news, we saw Maleficent on Saturday, and it was incredible! The loved absolutely everything about the storyline, and the acting was phenomenal. Angelina Jolie played the most perfect Maleficent ever! If you haven’t seen it yet, GO ASAP!

My Workouts This Week:

Monday: Yoga

Tuesday: Jillian Michael’s Killer Buns & Thighs (40 minutes)

Wednesday: 3 Sets of (250 Jump Ropes + 10 Double Unders, 50 Squats, 1 minute Plank, 25 Stiff Leg Dead Lifts) + 1.1 Mile Treadmill Hike (Pike’s Peak Level 2)
    Note: I held two 8 pound weights for the squats, and two 10 pound weights for the dead lifts

Thursday: Yoga + 30 Minutes Lap Swimming

Friday: Yoga + 30 Minutes Cycling Marching (Level 3 Cardio – totaled 7.5 miles)

Saturday: Rest Day

Sunday: 150 Squats (while holding two 8 pound weights) + 750 Jump Ropes

Monday Motivation – in honor of the incredible Maya Angelou:Happy Birthday Maya Angelou! #inspire

QOTD: Have you seen Maleficent yet?