Knitting, Life, Running

Wonderous Weekend

It is hard to believe it was snowing and miserable a week ago! We spent the weekend outside, with almost no snow left! The Sprinting Turtles came over for a fire and a meeting. We were going to make signs to use at Ragnar, but it was soo nice out, we didn’t get to that! Some of the team brought their kids and everyone was able to run and wear themselves out.

I was worried about my run as my IT Band has been complaining as of late. I have 2 weeks until the EC Marathon Relay and 4 until Ragnar- I can’t get hurt or sick! I just can’t! I headed out in the sunshine for my run yesterday and figured I’d hit my short 2 mile route, if I had to walk home, so be it. At .4 miles I was hurting and defeated. I stopped and stretched my calf and hamstrings, and tried again. It felt much better so I kept going. I had to stop and stretch one other time, but managed 6 miles.  I need to run almost 9 for Ragnar, and have run 7.5 so far this training season. I should be good to go.

I did take a little relaxation time and cast on for a fantastic Wonder Woman Wrap. A really is into super heros and was beyond excited to see the pattern. Little does she know, this will probably be her birthday present. I will make it in front of her, and then tell her it was for someone else. So mean, but she already put it on her birthday list, and there is little time I could work on it without her knowing.

Have a great week!

Life, Running

Turtle training

To start out- nothing like logging on to post today’s blog post, feeling good I’ve been consistent the last half of the week, and finding out I somehow didn’t actually post the other days. Oye! Out they went.

I’m (getting) beyond excited about Ragnar Chicago! We are 5 weeks from our start. Our team signed up as the Sprinting Turtles (thanks to a random name generator) way back in December. What wouldn’t be fun about 12 people, 2 vans, 200 miles of relay?! I am team captain, and am hoping to make this fantastic for the team

A few weeks ago, a teammate had to back out for medical reasons. Yesterday, her replacement backed out. Each runner runs 3 legs of the relay. I am now looking for a runner to run 3.4 miles, 3.6 miles, then 4 miles- with 5 weeks of training. Fingers crossed for us!

On my own training- my shins are finally feeling better. I was accidentally running in my wore out running shoes as I switched to outside training, and wearing heeled shoes instead of flats. Ice, less miles, and compression socks worked like a charm.

Hubby is also on the team, and really picking up his game. That was hard when I was purposefully running less to heal my shins, but nice to stay motivated otherwise!

The weather this weekend is supposed to be horrible. I just saw we are in the 10-18″ of snow band. It’s the middle of April! Please make it stop! Of course we no longer have our gym membership, so I’m hoping the snow is less and the plows are able to get out so I can get some miles in this weekend!

What are your training woes? Have you run Ragnar before? Any tips?

Life, Running

TGIF

Friday is here! I am beyond excited about it, although I am feeling a bit grumpy. This was supposed to be the weekend I ran the St Louis 1/2 marathon. Although I wish I would have pushed harder, it was the right decision not to run it. The concussion and stomach bug after that both knocked me back.

This week I was able to run 6 last weekend for my last run with my gym membership. Monday I headed outside, in the start of the snowstorm, ran 2.5 miles to a Hip Hop workout class, and got a ride home from a friend.

Since Monday, my right shin has been bugging me, and I have been too afraid to run. I think it’s a tight calf, but initially I could only feel it in one spot and was worried about a stress fracture (I tend to overthink everything). On top of being afraid to run, we had a multi-day snow event with wind, hubby had a stomach bug, and last night I had an event for the Octoberfest I help plan in our town. (Really, I let my life get in the way of my running as an excuse).

Tonight I’m hoping to plug a few miles in between running kids.

May will be busy now that I’m filling in on a relay team for the Eau Claire Marathon Relay, and Ragnar Chicago.

What do you do to help get past your brain blocks in training? What are your favorite late winter/early spring running tips?

Life, Running

Fitness Friday

Another busy week with a few runs on he track and a bunch of days of Jillian. Nothing super exciting about the runs- I really am getting soft in my old age. I slog my miles out on the treadmill or track, but can’t wait to run outside again. There isn’t much holding me back, except for the fact I can run inside and not worry about breaking a hip in the dark on slick roads and sidewalks. I have been using more Aaptiv outdoor workouts, inside on the track. It sure helps the laps go faster, or at least less noticeably.

This morning was Day 10 of the 30 day shred. I have competed 8/10 workouts in this time. I need to go buy some hand weights. I am definitely stronger than last time I did this, and this is the first time I’ve done it consistently. The body resistance of moving my hands without weights isn’t doing much any more. I guess that is a win!

Honestly- trying to do this every single day while running 4ish days a week is exhausting. I’m going to stick with it, but don’t feel bad taking a day off if I have to. I guess it’s all part of being a mother runner and trying to fit it all in!

This morning was a run and Jillian so I can take the kids to a local sports center to run and burn off some crazy. Tonight Hubby and I get to join up with some of our Ragnar team so we can all meet and make a few decisions!

Life, Running

Running, or not

I’m not sure what happened this week, I wrote a post on Wednesday and when I wen to post it, BAM! it was gone. I still am not sure where in cyber world it went. Yesterday was when I noticed it really wasn’t posted, looked for it, tried to re-write it to post yesterday- computer locked up three times and I just had to walk away. Today, I decided the topic at had must be different, the universe (or my computer) just didn’t think we should talk about crochet edge blankets this week… maybe another time.

Today I really want to talk about running. It’s been a bit since I’ve had a running post. I’ve made a few decisions this week as well. First- I won’t be running the St. Louis Half Marathon this year. My heart hasn’t been in full out half marathon training, and I just don’t wan to pay for a race I’m not trained for. I also decided not to go, because I am taking an exceptional amount of days (not really, but more than I usually do) off this half of the school year, and feel bad putting my daycare families into a spot where they need to find coverage or take the day off.

I am still all in excited about Ragnar Chicago! I haven’t been running as far as I would like, but I have been running 2-3 miles 3-4 times a week. On Sunday I headed out for what I intended to be a 4 mile run, but I guess I am faster than I used to be, my run ended up being just over 5 miles. I use an app call Aaptive that has workouts with music and the trainers tell you what to do. These workouts are nice when I want to do some speed work, because the trainer tells me when to go fast and when to recover. I used their Half Marathon plan for my last half marathon and was happy with my 2:09 for my first ever half!

We had a big snowstorm on Monday, my workout was shoveling for the next two days, then I was able to head out and run outside again!  My runs since Sunday have been back in the 2 mile range as my SIL and her husband both tested positive for Influenza and I watch their daughter who ended up feverish and lethargic Saturday-Tuesday. I really really really don’t want to get influenza. I have been taking vitamin C, lots and lots of fluids, go to bed early so I don’t get wore out, and keeping my runs low key and a little shorter. So far so good!

What are your favorite ways to stay healthy? Any other great running apps out there? How do you stay motivated?

Running

Running, slipping, sliding

This morning it was a balmy 26 degrees and I just couldn’t bring myself to run 40 laps or to jump on the dread-mill. The miles weren’t going to run themselves, and training had to happen. I laced up my shoes and hit the sloppy mess that are WI roads right now. Thank goodness I remembered to put the headlamp on before I went out! 3 miles of looking down, short strides, and trying to stay upright are complete. I did attempt to jump on the sidewalks for a bit, but they were not much better. Snowy in some spots, icy in others, and occasionally clear… this is where I worried I just couldn’t see the ice.

Slipping and not gripping aside, it was glorious!  I (almost) forgot how much I love outdoor running! The gym is great, and I am so very happy to  be able to run inside if I need to, but the cold, fresh air and not sweating after 3 steps is AMAZING!

Last winter I fell in love with Under Armor Infared Gear.  This morning I had a cold gear inner layer and tights, and my Infared outer on. Gloves and a hat. I was set to go and plenty warm! When it is really cold I add an extra inner layer and pair of pants, sometimes a windbreaker too.

What do you do while running in the winter? Inside? Outside? Favorite Gear?

 

Running

Mother Runner

My running journey began October 29, 2016.  Over some wine, a friend tried talking me into running a marathon. We agreed to start with a half marathon.  At this point, I hated running.  The thought made me cringe, but I needed to get off my butt and start doing something to be healthier. Life happened, and my friend was not able to train and run the half with me, but my wonderful husband did! We each completed our first half marathon in May 6, 2017.

I then decided I should take on a full marathon, knowing I needed a goal to keep myself working on my running. There were bumps in my training plan stemming from injury and illness- cat bites, strained muscles… I was still able to complete my first marathon in Luck, WI October 7, 2017.

Since completing the full marathon, I have struggled to stay motivated. When my darling husband mentioned he thought he could/would like to run a Ragnar relay, I jumped right on board. We started putting together a team to run Ragnar Chicago. Join me on my Running journey as I join the “Sprinting Turtles” on our journey of  training and racing from Chicago to Madison.

I also decided I want to visit a good friend from college, so am (planning on) running the St. Louis Half Marathon in April. I am hoping to improve my half marathon time, and put myself in a good position to have a blast running Ragnar.

I want everyone to remember that no matter what, we all have to start somewhere! I started from sitting on the couch, drinking wine, wishing I was in better shape. It didn’t happen over night, although some/many of my runs were in the dark.  I did what I did for myself, and my girls – they deserved to see that hard work and perseverance are what it takes to reach your goals.