Butterflies in my Tummy!!

Something rare happened at work today..I finished up early and thought, “If I leave now, I could get a run in!!”  I instantly got butterflies in my tummy as I quickly grabbed all my stuff and headed towards the door!!!

I was home in no time flat…you know, because my commute is super short now.  I dressed, loaded up my water belt and out the door I went.  It’s a cool 85* here in Phoenix, gorgeous, bearable running weather!!

For today’s run, I laced up my old Pearl iZumi’s and my feet felt like they were home.  You know what I mean??  They felt great on my feet, like they were made for me!

Didn’t take long to get lost in my thoughts…

  • Shoes feel good, but I can definitely feel where my big toes have made indents in the shoes.
  • Walking pace is a lot faster than it was a week ago..feelin’ good.  Muscles in my left leg definitely feel less tense.
  • I bet people on the east coast would consider 85* too warm to run in and here I am, thinking this is perfect!
  • Running pace is definitely faster, but there’s that pain again.
  • The half marathon is 2 weeks from Sunday..I don’t see that I’m going to get in a long run before then.  Maybe a 10 mile walk on Sunday to prepare?
  • A 10 mile walk, are you insane??   I’d rather run and suffer than walk…
  • Okay…maybe no rehearsal run for this race and just go prepared to walk the course..
  • Interesting, when I try to focus on my form, the pain is noticeable.  When I just lose myself in the run, I don’t feel as much pain.  Wonder what that’s about?!
  • Maybe I should do some Pilates tomorrow and give my legs a nice good stretch.

I ran/walked 2.13 miles in 27:01 minutes, a 12:41 pace.  Last Wednesday, I did 1.79 miles in about 28 minutes, a 15:31 pace.  As you can see, there is vast improvement from last week!

All in all, I’d sum up the run as this!

There’s improvement and for that I am happy…but the pain is still there.  So the run gets an “eh” ranking!

After the run I immediately stretched and it really seemed to release the tension I was feeling in my left leg.   As I write this post, I am following Yo Momma‘s tips to ice my foot!

I don’t know what to make of this mysterious injury I have but I can no longer sit and do nothing.

Do you get excited to go for a run?

Any fun plans for the weekend?

Have you ever done a half marathon you weren’t prepared for?

 

It’s Early…I’m Up..and other Random Thoughts..

Changing things up and went for a morning run this Wednesday since I’m normally wiped out by the time I leave work. I don’t like running in the dark but…you do what you gotta do..with caution, of course!!

Some random thoughts during today’s run:

  • I wonder what that flashing orange light is up there?  I could go that way and find out.  Um…hello?!?  It’s probably to attract you that way so the boogie man can get you!  Ignore the orange flashing light!!!
  • Aww…all these people in their cars on the road at 5ish in the morning..that use to be me!
  • Ha! I use to be jealous of the runners out on mornings like this…now I’m the runner out on a morning like this!
  • Speaking of “mornings like this”– the weather is fabulous!!!
  • WTH, leg???  You’ve felt fine all week and now you’re gonna act like we’re at the very beginning of this injury???  Why do you hate me??
  • If my leg would cooperate, I could go a whole lot faster. It is horrible to not take advantage of this lovely weather and run faster!!
  • Okay, so I have a half marathon in 4’ish weeks…I guess I’m about to find out what it’s like to walk 13.1 miles!!!!
  • Is this injury ever going to heal??
  • Maybe I should just quit running for good.
  • Maybe I should get a second opinion about this injury in my leg?
  • Maybe I should stretch more religiously and perhaps ice the foot?!
  • Why is the body so complicated?
  • Why isn’t this run over already?
  • K is going to KILL me if I get hurt today and jeopardize our plans this weekend.
  • Maybe a run on Friday isn’t a good idea?!

I ran/walked 1.79 miles in 27:48 minutes, a 15:31 pace.  Which is a LOT slower than my pace was last Wednesday. I honestly do not get it.  But I don’t have time to ponder all the mysteries that is my injury, I must get ready for work!

Have a great Wednesday!!!

Got any theories about my mysterious leg injury?

What is your favorite day of the week?

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?

Curiouser and Curiouser…and other Random Thoughts…

I was so busy today at work that I skipped taking a lunch and ate at my desk.  But then I ended up finishing my work by the “8 hour mark” so packed I up and headed out.  Normally, I would have stayed until my regular quitting time but since I had a date with the bike lane – I was really happy to be getting out earlier than expected so I could get my run on!!!

Can I just tell you how giddy and happy I felt racing home to go for my run?  Here are some random thoughts I had during today’s “supposed to be speed training” session:

  • Bald men in sports car convertibles make me giggle.
  • “We’ve become the walls we raise..” so true.  So deep, Matchbox Twenty!
  • Ah…I see the newborn pigeons are finally hatched just in time to crap all over the roofs in my neighborhood for the winter.
  • Why is it that I can seem to run the normal pace but my walking pace has drastically reduced?
  • My breathing is a lot more controlled today.  So thankful the lungs bounce back so quickly!
  • If you’re not supposed to drink and drive then how is it that there are so many broken bottles out here in the bike lane?  Or do people ride their bikes and then toss their bottles?  Or do people just hang out on the sidewalk drinking?  I am very curious.
  • The only crap part about putting dinner in the crock pot before work is that I am starving all day as a result.  So weird.
  • Dear Left Leg…you have never been a good running partner.  You’re the one always acting up.  Shameful!
  • I wonder if anyone just saw me totally rock out to that song?
  • Why is the grass at the park all brown? It was all green Sunday?  I wonder if it wasn’t grass but instead just green weeds?
  • I’m feeling very curious on this run today.
  • I hope that UPS man is heading to my house with D’s eye patches.
  • Hmm..I’m not liking my profile in that shadow.

I ran/walked 1.87 miles in 26:32 minutes, a 14:11 pace.  The leg wasn’t nearly as sore as it was when I ran on Sunday!

Do you have a leg that always gives you problems?  

Do you giggle when it’s time to go for your run?  

What’s for dinner tonight?

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?

I Need a Way Back Machine!

I got up around 8:30 am and had the brilliant idea I’d go for my long run since the weather report was 81*.  I suited up, had my toast, almond butter and chia seeds and hit the pavement.  I definitely had some thoughts today!

  • The weather people are big fat liar heads!  81* my sweaty butt!
  • The clouds in the sky look like the Toy Story clouds!
  • I’m going back to peanut butter, I don’t care if it has some funky mold – it’s delicious!
  • How is it that I can turn left and am in the breeze but a moment ago, I couldn’t feel it at my side?
  • Whose stupid idea was it to come out here for this run?
  • Note to self: cocktails the night before a long run is the dumbest idea – EVER!
  • If exercise is supposed to help with depression, how is it that when you’re depressed it’s super, super hard to exercise?
  • I cannot believe I allowed this unemployment to derail my training…stupid, stupid, stupid!
  • When I get home, I’m going to slam a glass of chocolate milk..
  • I’ll slam that glass of chocolate milk after I chug ice cold water!
  • Trying to go to a happy place but instead I’m stuck here in this miserable place.
  • Wonder what’s killing all the birds?
  • I’m pretty sure getting cold chills right now is a bad, bad sign.

I ran/walked 6.02 miles in 1:16:34.  Yesterday, I ran 3.63 miles in about 45 minutes..it was the longest run I’d done in a month.

I’m trying really hard to not beat the crap out of myself for allowing my training to be derailed.  The Disneyland half marathon is in 2 weeks and I know I’m supposed to start tapering but I’m toying with the idea of scheduling myself a 10 mile run for next weekend.

Do you think I should do a 10 miler next weekend?

Do you have a “way back” machine I can borrow?  

What’s on the agenda today?

I Haven’t Lost It!!

So..yesterday was Tuesday..  I was mentally prepared for Tuesday.  Thanks to you wonderful readers, I was ready to show Tuesday who’s boss.  And I did pretty good, all things considered.  Even when I got the rejection of the “dream job” I interviewed for..I still held it together.  Even when I ended up on the couch at 9:30 pm..I was still doing good. I figure that since I didn’t cry all day, I defeated Tuesday!

Yesterday, I picked up my favorite bread from Fresh & Easy and later picked up almond butter because M says I can’t eat peanut butter any more..something about mold?  So this morning, I had my breakfast of toast, nut butter and chia seeds..

I don’t know if I’m a huge fan of almond butter. I missed the flavor of peanut butter. It was really weird eating the breakfast I typically had at “work”..since I got laid off, I’ve been eating eggs, waffles, or nothing at all (bad, I know)!

Skipping to this afternoon!

When I left the house to pick D up from school, I immediately noticed an absence of something..scorching sun burning my skin!  Overcast skies..nice!  When I got in my car, I noticed the absence of a sweat downpour on my face and I didn’t burn my hands when I touched the steering wheel.  Say what?  It’s 97*?!  It’s almost jacket weather in Phoenix today.  Okay, not quite jacket weather but I didn’t have to put the A/C on full blast!

Then I got super, super stoked as I realized I was excited to go for my run.  I’ve been worried that I’ve lost my interest in running. I’ve basically forced myself to do my 1 mile per day but haven’t managed to do much more than that, unless I go with D and K for their 5k training, since I lost my job.  I was practically pacing, waiting for K to come home so I could go on my Wednesday run of speed work.  Even though I was happy to be happy to go out for my run, I was willing my iPod to only play my angry music when I put it on shuffle!

Some random thoughts during today’s run:

  • Wow, there’s actually people at the park today..guess they got the memo about the cooler temps!
  • Okay, dude, you don’t look cool riding your cruiser around the park and not wearing a shirt.  Please, for the love of the innocent, put your shirt back on!
  • There’s a lot of debris in the bike lane thanks to that storm last night.
  • I don’t know how people manage a 6:13 pace for longer than 30 seconds..this pace is killing me.
  • It’s kinda pathetic that I feel this happy to run in 97*!
  • Now shirtless man is doing lunges on the park benches.  I wonder who’s more excited about these cooler temps, me or him?
  • iPod, you are not failing me…one angry song after another.
  • I hate being unemployed.  I hate it, hate it, hate it.
  • If the temps were cooler, I’d be a running maniac during this unemployment time.
  • Moving my long run to Saturday, when the temps are supposed to have a high of 97*!
  • I am so happy doing this run right now.  So happy!
  • Careful in this area..I think this is where D nearly stepped on that dead bird yesterday!
  • “The Way I Am” (Eminem)  is a great song to run to!

I ran 2.24 miles in 26.30 minutes.  Today I did my “normal” speed training workout. I can’t tell if I struggled at times because:

  1. Of the heat?
  2. I haven’t been doing my normal training?
  3. I’m stressed?
  4. All of the above?

I started to worry that I’m not going to hit my goals for the Disneyland half marathon in 2 1/2 weeks. Then I told myself that I need to give myself a break and realize life has thrown me a major curve ball and I’ve allowed it to derail my training plan.  But can I just tell you how very excited I am that I realized today I haven’t lost my love of running?!?

Tonight at dinner, we all had a lovely glass of chocolate milk!  It was so tasty!

Do you like almond butter?

Do you eat the same thing for breakfast every day?

Do you like to make your own chocolate milk or buy it “ready made”?

Humidity, Rain and 13 Miles…Oh My!

When the alarm sounded at 4:33 am, I hit snooze.  I really did not want to get up.  When it sounded again, I got up and dragged my butt to get ready for my 13 mile training run. I really did not want to do it.  As I checked Twitter, I saw that Melissa @ Run Scoots Run had just Tweeted she completed “7 hilly miles at a 7:45 pace”.  That’s flippin’ insane – insanely awesome!!!!  So I Tweeted her congratulations and she responded and wished me luck on my run.  Well, damnit, now I really have to get out to my run – someone is watching me!  (Thanks, Melissa, for that encouragement, it really did help get me out the door this AM!)

I checked the weather forecast yesterday and it said it would be about 81* from 5 am to 8 am – that’s plenty of time for me to run 13 miles!  When I opened the front door and walked outside, I nearly burst in to tears!  Holy Humidity, Batman!!!!  It may have been in the 80’s but it was muggy as hell and NOT pleasant!!!  Ugh..

I parked at the gym as a back-up plan. The gym didn’t open until 7 am and it was almost 5:30.  I knew I would run out of water during the run so I had a gallon of water in the car.  My plan was to run for an hour, retrace back to the car, refill my water bottles and assess what to do from there.

As I headed out, this was my reward for getting up so flippin’ early!

Gorgeous, right?  No complaints about that!

After 2 miles or so, the sunrise looked like this!

Not as gorgeous as the first picture but definitely pretty.  Those clouds were certainly a welcome sight!  I thought, “Oh Clouds, Protectors from the Sun Beating Down on Me!!!”

So here it is: just me, my iPod, Garmin watch, 13 miles in front of me and nothing but time to think!

  • The humidity must affect the dairy farm because duuhhhammnnnnn those cows stink something fierce today – I wonder if I can get sick from the gas fumes that place is putting off..Wow!
  • This humidity is no joke, I feel like my face is melting..I hate humidity so bad!!
  • Bikers are so lucky in that they don’t have to get up at the butt crack of dawn!  So many runners out this AM and not a single biker yet.  These runners must have read the same weather report I did – wonder if they caught the humidity part?
  • Ahh..there’s a biker – a friendly biker waving back and saying, “Good morning!”
  • So jealous of all the guys getting to run with no shirts on, this shirt is seriously sticking to me.
  • I think it’s raining…
  • Is that rain dripping from my hands or sweat?
  • Awww…this rain with that breeze is making things a little bit cooler…if you can use the word “cooler” in a sentence when running  outdoors in Phoenix!
  • I’m getting soaked in this rain..that’s going to bring new meaning to “wet, white t-shirt contest”.  Maybe I shouldn’t have worn a white shirt!
  • Am I the only runner that seriously gags when taking a Gu?  And why is that there’s always someone around to watch me gag on the Gu?!?  So flippin’ nasty but so necessary!
  • I’m in trouble..more than 2 miles away from my car and already out of water.
  • I wonder what kind of diseases I’d get if I refilled my water bottle from the canal…I bet I’d get the sh&%’s more than anything..that won’t help me finish these miles!
  • I hope there’s no lightening…I can just see it now, “Runner zapped by lightening, falls in canal and drowns”.

I got back to my car and my watch said this:

I refilled my water, drank some Nuun, and contemplated if I was going to finish the remaining 4.27 miles outside or go in to the gym.  The humidity was killing me, my pace was slowing, and I was worried that if I stayed outside I might get hurt..so I took it to the gym!

Walking in to the gym, I was worried about the fact that I was wet from head to toe and wearing a white running shirt.  But running in the AC sounded a whole lot better than finishing outside so I just dealt with it.

I didn’t have too many thoughts on the running track because I just zoned out and lost myself in the lyrics of the songs playing in my headphones. I really hate running on that track so very much that if I think about it, I will lose my mind.  Fortunately, for me, the gym was void of teenagers and nobody was in my way!  I do recall around mile 10 thinking that I wanted eggs for breakfast – random – as I normally want yogurt after a run!

After I finished running, I did all my stretches and let a couple of tears flow. I don’t know why I get so emotional after some of these long runs.

We didn’t have eggs at home so I stopped at the grocery store.  The store was FREEZING and did not bode well with my completely soaked white running shirt.  Needless to say, I got quite a few stares from the fella’s in there as I tried to keep my shirt pulled away from my body!

I always read runners boasting about how awesome chocolate milk is for you after a run so I picked up a bottle. I chose the “no sugar added” but worried it would taste gross.  I worried for nothing – it was awesome!

I got home and D greeted me at the door, wanting to know where I’d gone.  I thought my attire made that obvious but..who knows!  I made breakfast for the two of  us since K was still sleeping!

Awww..I was starting to feel human again!!!

Of the 6 half marathons I’ve run, my fastest (using the word “fast” loosely) time was 2:59.

Today!

Can’t wait to see what that means for my Disneyland half marathon!!

My right hip is really achy and hurts when I go from sitting to walking – any tips to stretch it out?

Have you started drinking your water today?

What are you doing this weekend?