The year is halfway gone! Can you believe it?! I have been spending a lot of my summer break lounging at people’s pools and on the beach, but also running, biking, doing yoga and Pilates and a host of other activities. Now it’s July and I’ll be headed back to work part-time for the month which will cut down on my “lounging” time and increase my activity time. I feel like June was my lax month, but….. Continue reading “Training Plan Tuesday #9 – July 2019”
It has felt like it is a MILLION degrees outside lately which has really impacted my training. For much of the month of May temps in Wilmington were over 80F by 8am. I used to be a hot weather runner, but this year I am struggling with it. Therefore, starting on Friday (when my kiddos are finally out of school), my workouts will once again shift to early morning. Continue reading “Training Plan Tuesday #8 – June 2019”
The semester is ending for me this week and that means that my gym access is on hold until Fall. So, I have devised a plan for the summer months to keep myself active daily, not to lose major gains I have made in the formats I teach, play into time constraints and weather challenges, and to conquer a large goal.
But, before I unleash the May plan, let’s play catch up on April. Continue reading “Training Plan Tuesday #7 – May 2019”
Can you believe it’s already April 16th and I’m just now getting to posting about my training plan? I can because I haven’t exactly been training for myself….. Continue reading “Training Plan Tuesday #6 – April 2019”
Injuries abound at our house these days. On February 24th my oldest son accidentally took me out football tackle style after I had just finished my hour of Pilates and 30 minutes of Yoga. I was already behind on my workouts for the weekend, but after the tackle I found myself with a knee that sounded like potato chips were crackling every time I squatted down. I was super bummed that I was going to have to take it easy in my teaching that week because I really needed the stress relief exercise brings me.
On Tuesday my stress went through the roof! I was listening to my body and didn’t teach step aerobics and couldn’t motivate myself to workout on my own. It was race week for my kids’ school and I am on the race committee. I figured my time would be better spent doing some race duties because that was the source of my stress for the week…..or so I thought. On my way to run an errand for the race, the school called and my youngest had taken a big fall on the playground. I rushed him to the emergency orthopedic clinic and he ended up in a temporary cast with a possible broken elbow.
By the end of the week my pinky on my right hand was not able to extend itself without pain (too much computer and phone time in race prep mode) and by then end of race weekend my left shoulder was popping. I have a feeling that’s from sleeping wrong with a kid in my bed. Oh, and yesterday we found out that E has a figure 8 shaped hairline fracture of the humerus at the elbow…..so we’re in a real cast for 10 days. And, did I mention that baseball/t-ball start this week?! Overall, I skipped a bunch of workouts at the start of March and now we’re at the first Tuesday…
Here’s a little recap of my workouts in February:
Last year in February I ran and walked almost 72 miles. This year it was so much lower because I am doing so many more things. I am not training for a race in March like I did last year. And still I managed to only have 6/28 days with no recorded activity.
Now we’re on to March 2019! Well, this month I’m doing some kettlebell training in order to prepare for a workshop I am teaching in a couple of weeks. I will be using that instead of my functional training days for the first half of the month and doubling them with pool days. I have missed quite a few pool days lately, but I hope to get some new goggles and a new suit this week to get me back into the water.
My 4 mile runs have already shifted to 5 mile runs and I will do the Cindi Lee Yoga for Hamstrings video on run days to complement them. I will also stay with the Pilates practice that I’ve been doing because there are some moves in Upside Down Pilates Groundwork Level II that are still kicking my butt!
One thing I am looking forward to this month is reaching 100Km goal on the Me v. Year Challenge and hope you will follow my progress on MapMyRun.com.
Do you do two a days?
What do you pair together?
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.
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?
Last week I said I wanted to start writing each Wednesday about the 12 Dimensions of Wellness. So, this week we’re going to start with one that is near and dear to my heart: MOVING. Continue reading “Wellness Wednesday #1 – Why I Run”
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”
Can you believe it’s almost Fall? Where did Summer go?!
I start teaching yoga again one week from today, so I’m in preparation/panic mode this week. But, not totally panic mode because (ever the planner) I started preparing myself for teaching yoga again two weeks ago. I started by trying to schedule daily breathing time. Continue reading “Reacquainting Myself with Regular Yoga Practice”
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?