Worried About my Legs

I just sat down to write this and realized it’s been over 11 months since I did a travel post on my blog. I used to LOVE writing about the different places I went to teach…..I’m not sure why I haven’t done more of it this year, but this has been a hard year for me. Even though this isn’t officially a travel post, this weekend I’m in St. Petersburg, Florida teaching a NETA PT workshop at USFSP….which is a MOUTHFUL! It’s going well so far (as usual), but I am sort of sad to be here. See, I LOVE fall and it just started to get fall-like at my house at the end of this week. I know it’s a little late, but I live in the South. So, what did I do? I went further south and it’s like summer here…..or what summer would be like in Iowa and not North Carolina.

One of my birthday presents to myself – CEP Ultralight Compression Socks for Running. Bought on Amazon/Sold by Pike to Peak

I had intended to do a five mile run after teaching today, but the loop I chose was less than 3 miles and the heat and humidity at 5pm was still too much for me to do another loop. I’d been standing all day in my compression socks to try and help out some seriously stiff calves (and they did), but my legs just seemed done while I was out running. My pace wasn’t anything to brag about either. 10:30/mile! I feel like my running has come to a standstill at the moment. I am looking for a way to push it back forward without injuring myself. All this tiredness in my legs and the shin splints etc has me thinking about the care of my legs more.

I keep hearing all of these advertisements on the radio about vein disease. I’m starting to wonder if it’s a real thing for me. See, my grandmother and my mom have these really nasty veins in their legs. They’re all big and blue and knotty looking. My grandmother has even had weepy veins and all kinds of sclerotherapy. A ton of people in my family wear compression socks (and not the sporty kind like I now have). My mom is not yet to that stage, but I think it’s in her future. She’s a nurse and takes care of long-term care patients. She’s practically a wound guru at this point and knows a lot about how to treat the vein issues my grandmother has, so I’m not worried about how she will care for them when it’s her turn. I’m worried that I will also have a turn.

I have been Googling vein disease photos because I have this pretty purple spot on my left outer thigh that’s been there as long as I can remember. It’s spidery veins, but over the years they’ve become more palpable. When you look at the pictures online I’m somewhere between stage 1 (still closer to that end) and stage 2 of the images of vein disease. My legs feel heavier as I run these days and I’m not sure how much of that is psychological and how much is physiological? One of the treatments suggested is compression socks and now that I have a pair I plan to get as much use out of them as possible. Already they’ve helped me get back into running without pain in my shins/ankles and run consistently further than I was before they arrived. I guess part of this will be a wait and see effort on my part.

Do you have leg pain/fatigue?

Do you wear compression socks to run?

Do you have a family history of vein disease?

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How We Live Our Yoga

So, I’m reading this book called How We Live Our Yoga which is edited by Valerie Jeremijenko. I picked it up a few weeks ago because it’s been on my reading list at the library for some time now. But, honestly it’s not been that enjoyable. The stories are supposed to be about teacher and practioners’ journey into yoga, but they haven’t been inspiring to me. I haven’t learned anything. So, I didn’t bother saving this book for a Fave Reads Friday post. I’m tempted to give it up altogether, but I’ve only got 70 pages left. So, I will finish it out.

Today was my first yoga class in awhile. I’m back at CFCC and sooooo entirely thrilled about it! I had a few bumps in the road today because I haven’t been there in a year and I forgot to do a few things in prep for the semester. There was the usual cleaning up of the storage closet (aka moving Brazilian Ju Jitsu Club’s stuff out of my way), setting up mats (forgot the cleaning wipes and am missing mats and and blocks), and the awkward quiet as students filter in to my insanely warm room (either I sweat a lot more now or it’s just that I forgot to put in the work order for the temp to be low). But I got through two classes and I had a few smiles by the time everyone left. Continue reading “How We Live Our Yoga”

Four Days in July

I broke my streak as soon as my friend came to visit. This was partially my own fault and partly because of weather. I had four days in July where I just didn’t run at all….and two of them were long runs that I sacrificed for fun. See, I find it hard to get up at 6am to run alone in the pouring down rain and lightning. I think that makes me a good balance of push and relax. Although, I couldn’t get motivated to go out and run in the evenings either…..after a long day at the beach or anything else we did.

I intentionally skipped my long run on Saturday morning because we were supposed to do a 15 mile bike ride and climb a light house….but that was a miserable disaster of a day that has left me with major regrets. I could’ve gone for a bike ride or a long run on Sunday when I was alone for a few hours, but couldn’t find the motivation and the rain came in spurts again and again.

I am thankful that my running partner is back and that I’m back in training mode as of Monday. However, I am already finding today to be a motivational disaster….It’s TRACK DAY and I have not yet found a track to run at. There’s always the question of what to do with the kids while I’m doing a track run. And, it’s not a partner run day, so it makes my motivation drop even further.

I don’t have a streak planned for August, but I have gone back to using my planner and keeping up with that may be enough of a streak as school gets back in session. I am looking to the rest of you:

What do you do when your motivation is down and yet you really want to accomplish something?

What are your tips and tricks?

July STREAK

So, Lesson #2 is something that I should have picked up from Gretchen Rubin awhile back…..

anything worth doing is worth doing every day

(or something like that). Anyway, for the month of July I am STREAKING with my runs. Today is Day 11 (which is actually 12 days in a row just because of how my June training ended) of running every day for the month of July. I am building mileage for my fall run and it’s also an excuse to make my kiddos ride their bikes more.

See, I have entered the glorious phase of life in which (most of the time) I no longer have to push a jogging stroller on my runs. My little guy is now 5 and pedals away like a champ for a max of 3 miles. Now, that’s not to say that he doesn’t crash from time to time, or need a little push from behind up a hill, but for the most part I can get all of my low mileage stuff in with the two of them on bikes.

The thing about streaking is that it’s helpful to set a short-term goal for doing something every day and see how long you can maintain it. The bad thing about streaking is that once the short-term time frame is up, it’s always harder to maintain. So, for running I planned out every run from June 9th until Race Day in September. That way I know where I’m going and the streak is not just about the one month of running every day. That’s just a mileage building portion of the overall training plan.

I’m having trouble streaking in other areas of my life. They’re a little less long-term goal focused. For instance…..I’m trying to start doing a Daily 10. Want to know what that is? Come back tomorrow for Lesson #3.

What do you streak at?

What breaks your streaks?

Follow my streak at MapMyRun.com

TOLT: Negative Talk and The Best Mile

Today I am extremely unmotivated to swim….lift….or do my Sun Salutations, but I will at least get in the last of those this afternoon. Some of my lack of motivation is due to lack of partners for these activities. I’m telling you…..I need that accountability, even as a Fitress Professional.

I wrote to my running partner about this same topic last week. I had been sick with a sinus infection in Wednesday and opted not to run with her that day. Thursday I knew I could run indoors, without kids, and probably get in my 3-1 mile repeaters. So, I started them….still a little turned off to the idea of a run because the indoor track is 9 laps per mile.

My first mile was AMAZING! I posted just over 7:16….I think my fastest ever mile in my life was 6:57. My initial reactions were pride and encouragement, but as I did my rest interval¬† walk….the negative talk set in.

First it was: there’s no way I can go that fast again. So, I just decided to try. And the second mile….7:19. I watched the time each lap and just kept pushing mentally.

Then, walk number two….again the negative thoughts poured in. No way could I even be under 8:00 if I did my third one; I am tired of going around in circles; I don’t want to push so hard I make myself more sick; I don’t really need to do all three…..

That’s when a singularly important thought breezed through my mind. …so quickly that I almost didn’t catch it: T did her three yesterday. That was it! I held on tight to the idea that I’d be letting down my training partner, cheating her out of the equality of our training, if I gave up now.

So, I mustered one more mile….this time counting every half a lap….then every quarter. I couldn’t watch the clock because I feared it would defeat me. Third repeater: 7:50.

It wasn’t as fast, but I finished it.

I am a strong runner….but I’m stronger now than ever because I am learning about what motivates me and how to overcome those negative thoughts by grabbing on to positive ones. It’s 16 days until race day and I’m making every run!

 

How do you stay motivated when the negative or lazy talk settles in?

Do you prefer to workout together or alone?

What’s your fastest mile?

 

Thank you Amanda for the TOLT space!

Meaningful Milestones

I received this in an email from MapMyRun the other day:

Congrats On Your 1000th Workout

Apparently, in the last few years that I’ve been “tracking” my workouts (although not all of them) I’ve now achieved 1000 workouts. I think that I probably “workout” about 1000 times/year between teaching and other things. I don’t always count those things, but I’m trying to get better (this year) about actually marking down what I do and scheduling time to do it. I’ve even considered buying a fitness tracker, but mostly I still think that I get by just fine with my Timex.

This email came at an important time for me. I’m still trying to get back into a consistent routine of training again after the holidays. The semester has started back and the weather is getting better. I’m back doing sun salutations now that my leg is healed. And, just this last week, my oldest turned 7!

It all put me in the mood to make some resolutions…..but only some vaguely simple ones:

  1. Do the 10K in March that I’ve been planning to do for months…even though I’m not signed up and I haven’t done that many consistent runs in the last two months.
  2. Have a girls’ night out on every odd month this year to keep my sanity and attempt to get out of the house now and then.
  3. Keep up the pedicures.
  4. Do the 15K in September that I didn’t get to do a few years ago.
  5. Complete the 2018 MapMyRun Challenge for the first time EVER!
  6. Keep journaling.
  7. Don’t give up on myself.

This is close to the time of year when everyone gives up on their resolutions, so it’s only fitting, with as backward as I am sometimes, that I’m just now setting mine.

What about you?

The Home Stretch

Wait a minute…..MapMyRun, Where is my Q3 Performance Report?!

Just this last week I realized that I had never done a post at the end of September about where I’m at and what I’ve achieved so far. I mean I did the Q1 for 2017 and the Mid Year Performance Report, but I have checked all of my emails and there’s no Q3….

So, with just over 2 months to go in 2017 I thought I would give a quick update and set out the plan for the home stretch of this year.

Mileage totals as of October 25, 2017 – 333.7 (prior to today’s run) Mileage consists of runs, walks, jogs, bikes, and swims

Sun Salutation Progress – Today is the “half-way” point to 108, although I do have to modify some of the poses from time to time to accommodate sore shoulders

Lifting – I have successfully completed 3/4 lifting weeks since starting the habits project. It’s all light weight (and I will be doing a video for it in an upcoming WOW post), but it’s something that I am able to keep relatively consistent at the moment.

Swimming – I have only missed one day of swimming since I started (due to shoulder pain) and am working hard on learning to breathe to both sides.

Going forward:

  1. November will bring back 3 days/week running along with Wednesdays being specialized for speed
  2. Mileage goal by the end of the year is 500 (my most mileage ever!)
  3. Weights will remain a Tuesday thing
  4. Swimming a Thursday thing
  5. Still on track to hit 108 Sun Salutations on Thanksgiving Day

Still need to register for my spring race….although it’s been decided. Come back next week for more WOW Yoga videos. Until then:

Where are you at on your 2017 Fitness Endeavors?

Zante 3 – Arctic Fox!

Look at what I got on Sunday!

After months of shopping around for the “right price” I finally found a price that I could at least stomach. They arrived Sunday afternoon and I had been waiting all weekend to take them for a spin.

A few things that are different about my new pair of Zantes(v3):

  • The bottoms of the shoe have a distinctly different look and feel to the hand. It’s more plastic-y rubber than soft rubber.
  • The upper feels a little different too….like it might breathe better, but also that it might breathe worse. I haven’t decided yet.
  • The shoe itself seems longer. My last two pair are both 9.5 and so is this one, but yet it felt a little long in the toe.

How do they ride? Well, I can’t tell if it’s a post-race high, but I was able to put 37 minutes on them before I had to walk (bathroom issues) and after 5.12 miles averaging under 9:30/mi (even with walking) there was no pain in my ankle, shin, knee, hip, or anywhere at all.

Verdict: While they are a little different (and I’m not sure yet what my right foot arch has to say about them), I am excited to see how far I can go in this pair!

Any new gear for you lately?

Have you tried the Zantes?

What’s your go to shoe?