Not So Sure I Should Have Done That…and other Random Thoughts..

I was awake at 7:30 and decided I would go through with my 3 mile run!

Since I haven’t run since the Disneyland half marathon, it took me awhile to locate all my running gear.  But before long, I was outside ready for the challenge of a first run since my injury.  First thing I noticed is the weather is a lot cooler in the mornings now than what it was when I was training just a  month ago!

Some random thoughts during today’s run:

  • OMG, I can’t breathe.  I hate how quickly the lungs get out of shape.  It’s only been a month, though.  WTH!?!
  • Seriously, I sound like someone who has never run before, I’m going to wake up the  neighborhood with this heavy breathing-NOT sexy.
  • Wow, the entire side of that roof is tiled in solar panels.  I thought that was against HOA?!
  • Yeap, there’s the ache in my leg, exactly where it was for Disneyland.  This blows.
  • Why did I say 3 miles instead of 1 mile?!
  • That is an awful lot of pigeons in the middle of the park.  Nasty birds.  Hasn’t anyone figured out a way to make those vial creatures go extinct??
  • I’m sorry, Katy Perry, but I am nothing like a firework right now but thanks for thinking of me, girl!!
  • These new shoes make my feet sore.
  • Poor girl, if she got a better running bra she wouldn’t have to hold down the girls while she ran.
  • So excited for my coffee date with M this morning…I hope I don’t require a wheelchair to get in and out of the building.
  • K is gonna be mad at me if I’m limping all over the house later today..I did promise not to hurt myself!  Whoops!
  • Perhaps it’s not the shoes making  my feet sore but the fact I haven’t run in a month?

I ran/walked 3 miles in 42:11 minutes, a 14:03 minute mule mile pace.  I’m gonna shower and tape up my leg to see if that helps in any way.

How did your Sunday run go?

Do you meet your friends for coffee dates? 

Are pigeons an issue in your neck of the woods?

Do I Dare to Run??

I missed my chiro appointment on Friday because I had to work late.  So I do not have doctor’s clearance to run.

But…I’m thinking of going for a 3 mile run in the morning.  I vow to do the following:

  • Run’ll be more of what I call a “runner’s shuffle”.
  • Head home the moment I feel any kind of pain.

I just gotta get back out there and run again.  The bike lane is calling my name – it misses me and I miss it!

Due to my extremely hectic work schedule this past week, I didn’t do any of the workouts I had planned to do.  Lesson learned…the last week of the month will require morning workouts – whether I like it or not.

Do you think I’m crazy to attempt a small run without doctor’s “okay”?

She Works Hard For Her Money!

Been so busy at work this week.  One minute I look at the clock and it’s 9 am, the next minute it’s already 10:55 am!  Before I know it, it’s well past 3 pm!!

I worked 11.5 hours today.  But it’s a good kind of exhausted – I am happy to be working!

Good thing I put dinner in the crock pot before I went to work so D and K were good to go on the dinner front.

And I just remembered I was supposed to go to a happy hour tonight.  Poop!!!

I’ll be happy when I get that pay check reflecting all this OT!!  Wonder what new running gear I should reward myself with?

Leg is feeling good.  I see the chiro tomorrow night and *fingers crossed* she clears me to run a bit this weekend.  I’d be happy with an okay for a 3 mile run…

What should I spend my OT on?

Do you cook with your crock pot a lot?

Don’t you hate it when you miss Happy Hour?!?

Planning the Week..

We did our grocery shopping yesterday afternoon after I planned out the weekly menu:

I plan to do upper body work outs Tuesday and Thursday.  Walk 1 mile Wednesday and Friday.  The leg is still sore but I might try to run/walk that 1 mile…don’t tell my chiro!

Work will be hectic this week so I may have to get up and do my workouts in the morning as opposed to the evening – when I prefer to work out.  It’s really hard for me to get up early in the morning so this will be a challenge!  I’m open to a challenge!

Do you plan your weekly menu or just wing it?

Do you like to workout in the morning or afternoon?

Any exciting plans for the week?


We Found Nemo!

Yesterday we tried a new to us cafe called Hangar Cafe for breakfast.  While you eat, you can watch the small planes taking off and landing at the small airport.  K loved it, kept turning around in his chair to watch the different airplanes.  I ordered a vegetable omelette and was thrilled when you could actually identify the vegetables!  Sometimes I get veggie omelettes from places and it begs the question, “Where are the veggies?!!”

Cool airplanes!

After breakfast we went in search of Nemo!

Happy to report we found him and he’s back home safe and sound with his dad!

D has to wear an eye patch for a couple of hours every day to correct a lazy eye situation.  We discovered last night we are out of patches but, no need to fear, mommy to the rescue!

I haven’t run in 3 weeks and I can tell you that my schedule is all out of whack!  I’m nervous about doing any lower body exercise so I am thinking I’ll use a couple of my workout videos this week to focus only on my upper body.  I need to do something!!!

How is your weekend going?





Sunsets and Tens Units

Remember how I bought new running kicks on Tuesday with plans to run on Wednesday?

I had rested my injury for 2 full weeks post half marathon as instructed by the chiropractor!

Wednesday morning, I woke up and my leg was sore.  WTH?!  I have done ZERO exercise and only ran on Tuesday long enough to test out 3 pairs of shoes.  I ran for, what, 2 minutes?!

Fast forward to Friday and the leg is still sore.  I went back to my chiropractor tonight and she told me that when you injure the smaller tendons and muscles, it can take awhile to heal.  How long?  6-8 weeks!!!!!!!!  You can imagine my facial expressions but she quickly assured me that doesn’t mean I have to stop running.

She hooked me up to the tens unit with a heavy focus on my left buttocks and hamstring.  Gotta admit…it felt good!

Final verdict…less soreness in my leg after 15 minutes on the tens unit and an adjustment.  Doctor’s orders – I can jog 1/2 a mile a day.  I told her I don’t even have to dress in my running clothes for that – I can just do that in my stupid jeans!

My chiropractor said us runners are funny people and when we’re told we can’t run we have very obvious reactions to it.   Imagine that!

At least there was this amazing sunset to greet me as I left the doctor’s office!

Of course, I’d much rather be running while seeing this amazing sunset!

My next half marathon in November 4th.  My chiro said I should consider buying a tens unit so I can hook it up to myself after some of my harder runs.  SERIOUSLY considering that.

Do you have a tens unit?

Do you think I should try the half mile a day?  Do you see any benefit in that at all?

Got any fun plans this weekend?


Nothing More Exciting Than New Running Kicks!

I had to leave work early this afternoon to take D to an appointment with her opthamologist.  We got good news there and I was relieved to hear it.  2 days in a row for good news…whoo hoo!  Yay for the home team.

After her appointment, we went over to my favorite running store, Run AZ!

I love supporting local, small businesses.  I bought my very first pair of running shoes here 2 years ago!  I told the sales girl that I didn’t want to stay in the brand they sold me last time, and the time before.  I am done with that brand.  She had me try on 2 different pairs of Asics.  Then she brought out a pair of the brand I refuse to wear again.  I tried them on, to appease the sales girl.  Even though they felt good in the store, it just nagged in the back of my head that I didn’t want to go that route again! So I settled on these babies!

Asics Gel-Nimbus 14.

I was stoked to see the store sells Honey Stingers!  These are definitely something I’ve wanted to try but haven’t seen anywhere.  So I picked up a packet.  They had a few flavors but I settled on cherry!

I love new running stuff!!!

Have you tried the Asics Gel-Nimbus 14?

What is your favorite flavor of Honey Stingers?

How was your Tuesday?  Any good news?