My Leg is Fired or Not!

I haven’t run since Sunday hoping the rest, icing, KT taping,  foam rolling and the compression sock wearing would beat my leg in to submission.

Fat chance.

Today at the expo I stopped by the KT Tape booth for more tape.  A very informative man at the booth helped me out, asked me about my “injury”.  BTW, it was like a stake through my heart for him to use that word – injured.  Am I injured?!?  I hadn’t thought of myself as being injured but I guess when you walk with a limp..you just might be!

So I described my leg issue and even though I talked about the pain starting in my foot, feeling it in my calf and settling on the inside of my thigh..he kept referring to the hamstring.  I had taped the back of my leg earlier in the week, okay, okay – K taped my leg, but it didn’t seem to help.  I love KT Tape…when I’ve used it before, it feels like the tape takes my little boo-boo and just holds it so tenderly, taking the pain away.  The guy at the booth told me to be sure to place the tape directly over the pain in my leg and use more than 1 piece if I don’t feel that relief.  So..I can’t wait to shower and strike the pose for K to administer new tape to my leg!

We run the Cars Land 5K Rally in the early morning.  D is finally excited for the race.  Yay!!!  I may not be back for a blog posting until after the weekend but if you’re following me on Twitter @RunsInBikeLane then you can keep up with me on our adventures.

Oh!  The weather here in So CA is actually rather warm and a lot of runners seem really concerned about the heat.  For once, I am so thankful for all my training in 100+ temps!  Score one for ole Jac’o!  🙂  But for the runners that aren’t prepared, I do hope they heed the warnings of taking it slower and drinking a lot more fluids!  Hydration is key..let me repeat, hydration is key!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!!

Are you running any races this weekend?

Are you on Twitter?

What’s the weather like where you are?

She’s Crafty!

M is the kind of person that if she can make something herself, she will.

I’m the kind of person that if I can buy something instead of making it, I will.

I’m not crafty.

M is very crafty.

When M saw the cost of pretty, sparkly, running skirts, she gasped and refused to pay that for something she said she could “make for a fraction of the price.”

M happily volunteered to put my money where her mouth is.

She made me this!

My VERY first pretty, sparkly skirt to wear to a race!!!  Originally, I was going to dress in full costume for the Disneyland half marathon but life has a way of getting in the way and so we’re resigned to just the skirt.  But the skirt is FABULOUS!!!!!   I am really excited to wear it.  I will feel like M is right there with me every step of the Disneyland half marathon on Sunday!!!

In other news…my left leg is not feeling better.  I repeat, my left leg is not feeling better.  I thought a couple of days of rest would be all it took.  NOT!!!!  (Did I just show my age with the “NOT!!!!”?)   I was whining to M tonight about my leg issue and she asked what I was going to do, to which I responded I may not race on Sunday since I “already have the medal”. It was like an out of body experience when the words flew from my mouth and good thing M was there to call me on it – Who was I and what had I done with Jac??  Anyone that knows me knows I will pursue that bling like a boss!  True Story!!!

Seriously though, I always seem to get “injured” before a big race.  What is up with that, Willis?  (Again, age shining through?!?)

So..between now and Sunday I will be rolling, icing, taping, compression sock wearing, massaging, and willing my stupid freakin’ leg to get in line or GET CUT OFF!!!!

Why aren’t any of you running the Disneyland half marathon this weekend? 

Are you like me or M?  Do you craft or not?

Do you race in a pretty, sparkly skirt your bestie made for you? 

 

After 90 Days the Streak Comes to an End

After my run yesterday, I was pretty sore.  I also noticed I had some pain near my groin and hamstring.

This morning, the pain is still there.  So much so I’m completely taped up for the areas I’m feeling pain.

(I love KT Tape and I swear by it.  I keep myself in full stock of it.)

D and K need to do a training run for this Saturday’s Disneyland Family Fun Run 5k and I have decided they’ll be doing the training alone.  My running streak is over.  I think runners can run through soreness but I don’t think they should ever run through pain.  Every time I go from a sitting to standing position, I feel nothing but pain shooting down my left leg.

So, ladies and gentlemen, this concludes Jac’s Runner’s World Summer Running Streak.  I had a solid 90 days, much more than I ever imagined I’d be able to do.  If the pain goes away, I may return to the (at least) 1 mile per day tomorrow.  For today, I’m going to rest, ice, tape and stretch.

Surprisingly, I’m not devastated about the end of my streak.  I think it’s more important I rest than to risk not being able to fully participate in next week’s races.

Do you use KT Tape?

Do you run through legitimate physical pain?

How’s your Sunday going?

 

This is What a Hot Mess Looks Like!

With the Disneyland half marathon next weekend and my training plan derailed, I think we were all in agreement that a 10 mile run this weekend was necessary.  I wasn’t thrilled when the alarm sounded at 5:30 this morning but you do what you gotta do.

I checked Twitter last night and saw that Melissa over at Run Scoots Run was going to be heading out for a 4 hour run this morning. She has a way of challenging me to not call it quits on my own ridiculousness, because my ridiculousness is nowhere near her ridiculousness.  Since she was going to run 4 hours, I couldn’t really blow off my measly 2 hour run…because at least it wasn’t 4 hours!  ha!

During the hotter months of the year in Phoenix, I do my long runs close to home so I can refill my water bottles.  Today I ran out of water after 6 miles.  Do you know how hard it is to go in to an air conditioned house and stay motivated to get back outside and finish the run?  It’s torture!!!

Fortunately for me, the final 4 miles seemed to go by faster than the first 6.  I took this picture on the last .20 miles during my recovery walk.  I couldn’t find my visor this morning so I had to kick it with my sweat band.  Seriously, this is what a hot mess looks like!

Once I was home, I took a more posed picture but…I still think the hot messness shines through!

 

Results from today’s run!

 

I quickly made myself some chocolate milk and poured myself a glass of ice water!

 

That chocolate milk didn’t stand a chance, I slammed it before it had time to let any chocolate settle to the bottom of the glass!

Now I feel like a zombie.  I’ve showered and pulled on my Pro Compression socks.  I have plans to chill with some lady friends tonight so I might have to take a nap this afternoon so I can stay awake later!   Sorry I don’t have any “random thoughts” to share with you from today’s run..I literally lost myself in the lyrics of the songs playing on my iPod just to get me through the run.

Do you run listening to music?

Did you get your long run for the weekend done yet?

What’s the temperature where you are today? 

 

Rain and a View

Had more than enough time this morning before work to treat myself to eggs and coffee!

Woke up this morning to the sound of pouring rain and I was so thankful I didn’t have to drive on the freeway to get to work this AM!  It ended up being a complete waste of time that I did my hair before work.  After ushering D in to day care and getting caught in the rain, my hair went completely straight!

Had a good, busy day at work.  At one point I looked out the window from my desk and saw this amazing view!

Hmm….love beer!  Love San Tan!

On the way home, I stopped and picked up some necessities for dinner and..a jar of peanut butter!

I told M I was going to eat peanut butter again and she asked me to at least make it organic!  Deal!

I ran 1 mile after I was home from work this evening, this running streak thing is going strong and I’m at day 89.  The continued streak is supposed to last until Labor Day.

I am completely psyched to run 10 miles in the morning.   Okay, maybe not “psyched” but I am on board to do it.

Do you eat breakfast at home or at work?

Do you eat organic peanut butter?  

How are your runs going?

 

 

 

Another Post With No Photos..

Just a quick update on me:

  • Job is going good – the day seems to fly by (I love that)!
  • Still loving the short commute – can’t beat it!
  • Did my 45 minute run tonight instead of tomorrow (Friday) to prepare for my 10 miler this weekend!
  • For the first time in a month, I’m looking forward to Friday!
  • For once in a few weeks, I’m actually feeling excited about the Disneyland half marathon weekend!  For awhile, I was dreading the weekend but now I’m looking forward to it.

I’m behind on my blog reading and housekeeping.  I have hardly checked in with friends or family and I completely forgot to call my mom today for her birthday.  The first few days of a new job really seem to have put me on a different planet.  Mostly I feel exhausted after I get home – and I’m just loving it!

Happy Birthday, Mom!!!!  I love you!!!!  I did think of  you today!!!

How has your week been?

Any fun plans for the weekend?

Any long runs planned for the weekend?

Tuesday’s Have Been Reclaimed!

I started my new job today!  I gave myself 45 minutes to get to work because I needed to drop D off at day care.  Yeah…so, I got to work 30 minutes early!  How flippin’ awesome is it that I can get to work in 15 minutes, even with a day care pit stop!?!?  Before my lay off, my commute was 40+ minutes one way!

First day on the new job went fine.  I did the typical “first day” stuff since all my computer access hasn’t been completed.  I read the processing manual, opened the mail, and did some filing.  I actually like filing, I find it to be very therapeutic – and it beat the hell out of sitting on my couch, waiting for the phone to ring!

Trust me when I tell you that I resisted all temptation to randomly tell people around the office, “You may not know it now…but you’re going to love me. I am an awesome co-worker. I have some co-workers I could refer you to if you don’t believe me!”  Do you think that would have been too much?  I wasn’t so sure so I postponed my campaign!

I’m glad I had the presence of mind this morning to get dinner in the crock pot!  I wasn’t off until 5 this afternoon (my hours use to be 6:30 – 3:30) and after my super-short 5 minute commute home..K, D and I still needed to go out for a 5k training run!

The run went well.  D cried less than she did during our run on Sunday.  Her constant crying and whining is driving me crazy.  I told her I’m never going to sign her up for another 5k again, to which she cried more.  I don’t get it!

Despite the tears, we managed to accomplish 2.31 miles in about 34 minutes.

Fortunately for me, D actually loved the dinner I made tonight, so no tears or battles there.  She has been super picky lately but she gobbled this up and asked for more!

Doesn’t look that exciting, huh?  It’s called Slow Cooker Taco Pasta.  You top it with cheese and sour cream and it’s fabulous.  It’s definitely a recipe that will go in to our “rotation”.

How long is your commute to work?

Do you often search online for new recipes to try?

Do you like to file?