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I finally had an enjoyable run this morning.  I had to go slow.  But it wasn’t as slow as it felt.  I think my average pace was like 8:15.  It frustrates me that I can’t go faster, but oh well.  My leg locked up a bit on hills too.  I was off on Sunday and then ran 5, 5.5., and 6.3.  Took yesterday off and felt really frustrated because that 6.3 mile run wasn’t very fun.  I continued doing a bit of foam rolling, arnica gel, and k taping.  I tried k-taping my glutes as well as my hamstring and maybe that is what finally worked for me.  Knock on wood.

I am not signing up for the half on Sunday.  I would probably reinjure myself and I want to feel good while running and have some strong shorter races this summer.  Also, it is supposed to storm.  I don’t want to say that I WANT it to storm so I have another excuse not to run it.  But that would be convenient.

Plan for tomorrow is a long run.  Longer than 8 at least.  Gotta give it more time before I can do speed work again.  I want to be fast.

oh horsefeathers!

I’m injured goddammit.  My sore hamstring turned into a thing I guess.  I ran on it for almost 2 weeks before I finally admitted to myself that I was injured (goddammit).  Got adjusted yesterday and had it ultrasounded and lasered too.  Snake oil treatments really, but we will see what happens.  I have had my knee ultrasounded before and it didn’t work for sh&t.

So my last run was Sunday and it was 13 miles.  My leg doesn’t hurt bad, but it’s like a dull pain with tightness.  When running wasn’t fun anymore, I gave up.  It is just not fun to run when something hurts.  I have a half marathon on Sunday.  hahahahah.  Not happening.  The Mother’s day one is a possibility, I guess.  ugh.  No half PR for me this spring.  Or probably ever.  I think it’s my least favorite distance.

In the meantime, Monday was a full rest day.  Tuesday was an arms day.  Wednesday was a fitness blender tabata thing.  Today was PiYo and 10 minutes of easy running.  Started out fine.  Ended up not so fine.  My K-tape that I desperately ordered from Amazon should arrive today.  I will tape it up tonight and pretend I know what I am doing.  Anyways… off to go pump in my car.

lazy arse

This is my second day off in a row from running.  I am a piece of sh*t.  Nah, I don’t really feel that bad about it.  I ran 14 on Saturday.  My hamstring was iffy the entire run and then my knee hurt.  My IT band on my left leg.  Usually it’s my right that I have issues with.  So yesterday I slept in and my exercise was carrying E around Target while I grocery shopped.  Girl was not having her car seat.  or the cart seat which she is still too small for anyway.

This morning I woke up and considered doing 5 on the treadmill since it was raining, but then I said, nah.  Went back to sleep until 7:15.  No one else in the house woke up until 8:15.  Tomorrow I better be able to get my butt moving.  Depending on my body feels, I hope to do about 8. I need to find my knee brace. I am not sure if I will do a long run this week or not.  I am still not sure which half I am going to register for yet either.  A new one that I have never done before that is in 3 weeks, or the Mother’s Day one I have done a couple times that is in 4 weeks.  My long runs have been 11, 12, 13.1  and 14.  Hope to do one more  13 or 14.  Then the race.  So that should give me a good base for marathon training during the summer.

I am wanting to wean but I keep going back and forth about it.  I have been pumping for 6.5 months now.  I don’t have room for a giant stash in my freezer, so I probably only have enough for a week or less.  Of course it will take me probably a month to entirely wean too.  I made it to 10.5 months with Red.  Maybe I will stick it out that long again.  She switched to formula and only needed maybe one container at that point and then we were on to whole milk.  E seems to be a good eater or actual food, so that should work in our favor.  Then again, she is pretty picky about what she eats.  Yogurt and peaches FTW.

So hopefully my mileage will hit at least 35 this week.  Down from 46.5 last week, but I needed a cut back week anyway.  Hopefully I don’t get sick or really injured.

like bugs on your butts

Guess who has a standing desk now!  whoop whoop. Been standing for over 2 hours now. Apparently, I need to sit down occasionally so I don’t get cankles..?

I did not want to do this morning’s run.  4 x 1 mile repeats.  That’s not even a big deal.  Well I forced myself into it and it wasn’t that bad at all.  I don’t think I am pushing myself hard enough speed wise.  So I did 1.5 miles to warm up and then started in.  Put the treadmill at 8.7 for the repeats.  I think that is around 6:55 min/mile.  I only recovered for a quarter mile between repeats and I kept the mill at 8.1 for the recovery.  So I suppose that makes it a bit harder.  My overall pace was 7:11 min/mile and I ran 6.5 miles total.  Yea not much of a cool down, but I was in a hurry to watch RHOBH reunion.  I did some push ups and dips while doing that.

Yesterday I ran 8 miles, over half of it outside.  Monday I had run 10, 6 of those miles outside.  I am planning my 13 miler on Saturday, weather permitting.  Tomorrow will be a short fast day, 2 or 3.  Friday will be an easy 6 or 7.  Next week I will try to fit in a 14 miler and then maybe 14 or 15 again before a two week taper.

I feel icky right now.  i think the excessive sugar is finally getting to me.  I feel nauseous after eating too many mini candy bars last night and this morning.  I keep thinking that my sweet tooth will settle down once I wean, but I have got to cut back because that’s not for another 6 months.  ughhh.

there’s no time man!

So I haven’t been good at updating lately.  Running is still going pretty well. I have had some knee pain that feels pretty bad when I first start and then dissipates into nothing.  Not sure if I should use my knee bands or not.  It’s not my usual IT band pain, it’s more of a runner’s knee kind of thing.  I haven’t felt this kind of pain for awhile.  I think my body is adjusting to running outside on the asphalt again.  Plus the weather has been rainy, so that doesn’t help.

Last week I got in a 12 miler.  I was going to do 13 this week, but it’s just not going to happen.  It can happen next week, my race isn’t for over a month.   A lot of good, quality, fast miles did happen this week though.  I did an 800 workout that went well on Monday.  Then I did two more faster long runs on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Sort of unintentionally.  When you feel good, you just gotta go for it.  Then yesterday I ran 3.5 fast miles.  Wanted to do a short fast run and E ended up waking up right as I was reaching 3.5.  This morning I ran 7 easy miles.  I figured all that fast running was probably not helping the knee situation. Tomorrow I plan to do around 5 with hills.  My hill isn’t much of a hill, but I have been trying to do hill repeats anyway.  Usually around 8.  I don’t mind these workouts.

On the family front, Red has been having issues lately.  Like not pooping.  I am running to the pharmacy after work to find some sort of laxative because these fiber chews arent working.  She just started to fear the poo after a couple of rough ones.  I feel so bad for her and so frustrated too.

Then last night I woke up to crying.  I thought maybe RKY and E were in his room and she was hungry.  But then I realized he was next to me.  We woke up at the same time and looked around for Red.  She was downstairs on the couch alone.  And she has been a huge scaredy cat lately, so of course she was scared.  But it was kind of weird, like her bed is in our room.  Why didn’t she just crawl in like usual?   Hope she didn’t sleepwalk.

Still not signed up for any races but hoping to do the half in May.  As long as my old knees hold up, I think that will happen.  I have no time goals but I am training for a PR-ish time.  I will be happy with any time that is close to my pre pregnancy ones.