Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekly Recap 9/29/14 – 10/5/14

Dopey Challenge Countdown: 4 Weeks Down/14 Weeks To Go

Happy Monday all! When I wrote my Dopey Challenge countdown at the top of my post last night, I was shocked when I saw 4 weeks down already. I have a feeling this training cycle is going to go by fast! In fact, Robert and I leave for the runDisney Wine & Dine half marathon weekend in just under a month…I can’t wait! I still have to get park tickets for Disney World and Universal Studios, which I plan on doing sometime today.

Training this week had its ups and downs, but it was mostly good. I had my third Airrosti physical therapy appointment, with my fourth coming up this Wednesday. I think it could potentially be my last one, too, but only time can tell!

I did 4 miles on Tuesday (3/1 intervals) which went overall really well…a little discomfort but nothing major. On Wednesday (the day after my Airrosti appointment) I was really sore, but felt ready to tackle my scheduled 3-miler. My PT had asked me to attempt to run one of these miles in its entirety to see how my leg handled it; my plan was to do the first mile as 2/1 intervals for a warm-up followed by running all of mile 2 and doing the final mile based on how I felt. Well, my leg was in horrible pain for the first 1.5 miles. In fact, there were a couple times where I couldn’t even finish my 2 minute intervals of running due to the pain. Then something just kind of clicked and the pain lessened to just a slight discomfort and I was able to run the entire final mile without trouble! A very strange run that day, haha, but at least it ended on a positive note.

Friday was my long run; I had 7 miles scheduled. I ran the first 2 miles in 3/1 intervals and then started to try and run the entire next mile. After about 0.4 miles after I tried this, it felt like someone took a sledge hammer tipped with a poison-laced arrow to my knee and I had to walk the next half mile. It was painful. After my walk break, I started to run again, and just like the run a couple of days before, the pain lessened to merely a slight discomfort and I ran the entire next 2 miles with no pain at all! After that I took a short walk break for some electrolytes and then ran the next 1.5 miles pain free! As you can see by Garmin below, my mile paces were all over the place that day!

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By the end of that run, I felt on top of the world because I really feel like I am beating this ITBS quickly! I can’t wait until I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

Robert and I also had a kickball game on Thursday, which we won 9-2! As previously promised, I took a few photos to share with y’all!

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This weekend was so much fun as well! Saturday I worked the Bondi Band booth at the Houston Original Mud Run, and then on Sunday we celebrated Leilani’s 4th birthday! I’ve been so blessed to have had her since she was just a puppy – she’s brought such happiness to my life! We made a special puppy pancake breakfast, and then got her a “pup cake” as well.

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My workouts this week:

Monday: Foam Rolling + Stretching

 Tuesday: 4 Mile Run + Airrosti Appointment #3 + Foam Rolling + Stretching

Wednesday: 3 Mile Run + Foam Rolling + Stretching

Thursday: Kickball Game + Foam Rolling + Stretching

Friday: 7 Mile Run + Foam Rolling + Stretching

Saturday: Worked Mud Run + Foam Rolling

Sunday: Foam Rolling + Stretching

Monday Motivation!Daily motivation (25photos) - da-mo-23

QOTD:  Have you ever had a run where your mile paces were extremely varied?

32 comments

  1. I haven't hit that point where something clicks and the pain stops. I have no idea if that's going to happen for me... by the way, what type Garmin is that? I'm researching GPS watches.

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    1. I really hope it does for you! My Garmin is the Forerunner 10, but I hear the 15 has had some good changes made to it!

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  2. Happy birthday to puppy! Love doggie birthdays. I get frustrated when my paces are all over the place and I dont know why. But looks like training is going good! Keep it up!

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    1. Doggie birthdays are definitely the best! :0) Thanks Maria!!

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  3. I love you celebrated your puppy's birthday :)
    Kickball!! Like real kickball! That's awesome!
    4 weeks has gone by fast - I feel like you just started training!

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    1. Always have to celebrate the pups' birthdays...they are my babies! :0)

      Kickball is fun for the most part...until my competitive side comes out and I can't kick the ball how I want to LOL!

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  4. Love the hat on your pup :) So cute! Glad that your runs are going well, and YAY for going to Disney soon!!

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    1. Thanks Jamie!! Can't believe Wine & Dine is just a month away!

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  5. You have such a cute pup, love your birthday celebration:)
    I am thrilled your therapy is working, seriously look how far you have come this year, very cool!!!!! I think it is super smart your listening to your body, no worries your mile times are all over the place.
    Heck, if you looked at my own training right now, you'd notice that is a lot of what I have right now too. I think when your coming back from injury its just a fact and it's probably smarter to have times all over the place, than steady times and pain!
    4 Weeks to go, in 1 month hopefully everything you've been through will be worth it when you get to the Dopey Challenge.

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    1. Aw thank you Kristy! :0) I agree, I'd rather have my pace be all over the place and be able to run than still be in tons of pain!

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  6. oh I am the worst at pacing seriously I am all over the place sometimes. Sounds like you had a good week.

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    1. It happens to us all :0) It was a good week overall, thanks Deborah!

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  7. Great week! I truly believe run-walk intervals help prevent injury. 4/1 is what I've found works best for me. 14 weeks from marathon weekend and less than a month until Wine & Dine!! Ahhh!!

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    1. Thank you! I am definitely starting to realize intervals help a lot more than I originally thought.

      I can't believe how quickly time is going! Race week will be here before we know it!

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  8. I have runs like that every once in a while. I just have to laugh and keep chugging along, and know that eventually I'll be done. I'm glad to hear that your pain is getting better and hopefully you will be good as new in no time! I can't believe Wine & Dine is so soon!

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    1. It definitely makes me laugh as well...just so random lol! One more month until Wine & Dine!!! Woohoo!

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  9. It's good to hear that as you run, your leg feels better! It's a pain to have to feel it hurt first, but it sounds like all your hard work recovering from the ITBS has been worth it. Hopefully you'll be feeling 100% for Wine & Dine!

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    1. Yes, it's almost like my leg is saying you'll feel better, but ONLY after I put you in severe pain for a little bit first lol!

      So ready for Wine & Dine! Will you be there this year?

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  10. So glad to hear the pain went away during your run! Yay for being pain free at the end! Kickball oh my goodness..I haven't played in forever! Hope Leilani had a fantastic birthday, it looks like she did! :)

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    1. Thanks Karen! Leilani did have a wonderful birthday! :0)

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  11. I'm so glad your legs feel better after you get into a run, that usually happens to me too!! I hope Leilani had a great birthday, I used to celebrate Morgan's birthday's too, he always got great "ice cream" cakes!! I can't believe your first month of training is over too, but that is great that it's flying by, means you aren't dreading it, which is awesome!

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    1. So true - looking forward to running is a huge plus!

      I love celebrating puppy birthdays...it always makes them so happy! :0)

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  12. You're rocking this training cycle! Way to go, girl!

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  13. I'm so glad that your ITBS is healing quickly! I'm just starting treatment for mine ...Looks like you had a fantastic weekend, and your pup did too! :)

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    1. Good luck with your treatment!! I hope your ITBS goes away more quickly than mine did! :0)

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  14. Yay! So glad to hear you're back on the quick road to recovery- for good this time! Happy Birthday to Leilani! Love that she got a cupcake. :)

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    1. Haha I know, right? It better be for good! :0)

      Leilani had a great birthday and she loved her cupcake!

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  15. I love that you guys play kickball!!!! Yay for your pain going away! Happy b-day to your pup too! ( they grow up way too fast...lol)

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    1. I agree, they grow up way too fast! :0) Can't believe she is 4 already!

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  16. So glad your legs feel better and happy birthday Leilani! :) I haven't really had a run where my miles were varied, but I will say I either run fast the entire time or usually slow the entire time :) That's just what I've noticed

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    1. Thanks Danielle! Yeah, pre-injury mine are often just slow or just fast too! I think experimenting with all the intervals is possibly what made my times so crazy looking lol!

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