Monthly Archives: January 2015

you are my peach

Starting to feel like normal again.  My body is anyway.  It’s still pretty stiff and I remember feeling like that for months and months after having Red, so no biggie.  I owe my chiro like $300 so that’s fun.  But I suppose it is worth it to run again.  It’s all been treadmill running due to ice and snow, and that is getting a bit boring.  I have ran through just about every Real Housewives season except one of OC.  Not really a fan of those broads.  Ran 7 miles at 8:02 pace and today ran 6.25 at 7:56.  That’s looking more normal.  I guess I should try speed work soon.  Yech.

Mentally I have been getting a bit down.  Not PPD down.  More like SAD down.  I need fresh air and sunlight!  I start to feel a bit like my life is …over..?  Like all the exciting stuff is over?  And I’m stuck in a job that I do like, but not sure I want to do for foreverrr.  At some point they’re going to stop giving me raises.  But I can’t find another job that will pay as much.  Being the breadwinner has its disadvantages.  One of them is not how much I get back from taxes.  I will be getting about 6500$  Two dependents and Head of Household and only my name on the mortgage.  I’m killing it.  PS I owe Target about 900$ and Discover card about 3k.  I also need to pay some doctor bills and take the dogs to the vet, and pay the aforementioned chiro.  I might even go to the dentist someday.  Add Disney trip cost to that and BOOM.  It’s gone.

Back to running… I have no goals right now.  I ran 32 miles last week.  I want to run more, but at the same time, I am tired.  Waking up at 4:30 every morning will do that ya.  I got used to running shorter and though my legs crave longer mileage, my head isn’t quite there yet.  I think it will be, come spring.  I have been going through some half marathon plans but none of them really catch my fancy.  It’s either too much mileage each day, or not enough.  Hal Higdon’s is full of 3 mile days.  Even the intermediate one.  (You) Only Faster has some plans that look too complicated.  I just want to run.  Sometimes faster, sometimes slower.  I guess I will figure something out.

know you well enough to hate you now

I’m slowly getting better.  Not faster.  But better.  I ran 6 miles on the treadmill today in 50:25.  It didn’t really hurt or feel weird at all but I was pretty bored.  RHOBH kept me somewhat entertained.  A couple of miles were 8:06 and the last mile was 8:00.  So I am slowly getting back down.  Still afraid to do any speed work.  I hope to get outside to run tomorrow since it will be in the 30s.  I ran outside for a bit on Saturday morning and was too paranoid about falling on the ice.  A lot of the snow has been melting and refreezing over night.  After last year’s fall where I hit my head, I have been extra cautious.

Just got back from the chiro.  I really credit her for me being able to run again.  I also haven’t been getting migraines like I did last year, so that’s awesome.  Not sure I believe that’s the result of chiropractic, or some other thing entirely.

Tomorrow I guess I will try to get in 5 miles, with some outside.  I’m going to try to do a fast run at some point this week.  By fast I mean what my easy daily pace used to be- in the upper 7s.  Probably try to do that for 3 miles.  Then I will go for a long run and probably do it by time- 55 minutes.  Maybe next week I can be back to an hour.  Pretty sure my treadmill is still set at a 2.0 incline.  I don’t like to fuss with it much because one day I got it stuck at some ungodly grade.  But hill work should be in my future soon too.

While I was injured, I did a lot of cross training that I never really recorded.  I did the 20 minute insanity workout a few times.  I didn’t find it that hard.  I did Jillian Michaels Hard Body and I did her Kettle bell workout a couple times, but that was rough because I could feel it in my injured hips/back.  I did Jackie Warner workouts quite a few times.  I did yoga once, I think.  Maybe none.  I did a Bob Harper workout once too.  It’s a tough one.  I liked feeling like I was getting stronger and experiencing that muscle fatigue.  I hope to still work those in some how, but it’s rough with my limited time frame.  Today, E woke up when I was just 15 minutes into my run.  Luckily she fell back asleep until I finished.  Then I fed her and she fell back asleep, so I was able to shower and get ready for work while she slept.  While I was pumping, Red woke up, so i got her ready and quick shoved some breakfast in my mouth 2 minutes before I had to leave for work.  I need to pump again, but I feel guilty taking another break at work to do so.  I think I can last until noon.

I’m gonna stay 18 forever

Ugh this sciatica thing…

I am happy to report that I am running again.  Slowly.  The past three days I have actually gotten around 5 miles at an 8:30-9 min/mile pace.  It took a while to build up to just that and that seems to be my upper limit for now.  I still feel a slight pull in my butt while running which is irritating but not painful.  just weird.  It gets stronger the faster I go.  But I trust my chiro.  She tells me that this will take awhile to get completely better, but that it will.  And then I will just have to make sure I get adjusted monthly.  Right now I am going weekly or more often.  Not sure how much this will cost me.  I know I wasted 20 bucks seeing my doctor about it.  He gave me a naproxen scrip that I didn’t bother filling because I’m breastfeeding and ibuprofen is safer.  I was hoping for some kind of muscle relaxer that would loosen up my lower back.

The weather has been a bit arctic lately, but hopefully I can head outside soon and see how my hips react to that.  I think I will register for a half marathon in IL if running goes well during the next week or so.  It’s at the end of April.  Kind of disappointed that I am not in marathon shape, but I will just have to be patient and wait for fall.  And hope to be injury free the rest of the year.

I was finally able to drop my middle of the night pump.  Fifteen weeks of waking up to pump.  It feels amazing to get 6 hours of consecutive sleep.  My current schedule has me pumping at 10 p.m. which is kind of late for me, then waking up at 4:30 to pump again.  When I’m done pumping, I do my run or workout, shower, and then pump again while waiting for E to wake up.  Yesterday she woke up at 6:30 and then we napped on the couch after she ate.  Today she was still sleeping when I left for work at 8.  But Red was up at 6:45 so I had to skip my nap. I hope to start sleeping til 5 eventually, unless I have a long run to do.

I finally pulled the trigger and booked a Disney vacation for September.  Red really wants to be there during their Halloween stuff.  So do I.  The very night I booked the trip, RKY’s mom texted me and asked if we wanted to go to Orlando with them in November.  I was like WTF why did I book that today?!  Nonrefundable deposit.  But this way we get to be there for Halloween and my mom gets to come!  And then maybe we will go again in November.  I am not too sure about traveling that far with a 1 yr old.  E is staying home with RKY during the Sept trip.  I’m super excited to go, but it’s still 8 months away.  I hope she’s big enough to ride Big Thunder Mountain!