Saturday, January 19, 2013

Seven Things Saturday

1)  One meat (made with beef instead of pork)--3 dishes.  I didn't get a picture of the first meal, but we served it like the original recipe.  I am really into Mexican lately and avocados.

2)  I have been trying to eat intuitively lately.  Stopping when I'm full and making healthy choices and not eating as many snacks.  Snacks are my downfall.  For the most part it is going well and I'm currently about 5 pounds over prepregnancy weight, which I'm pretty happy with especially since this is the weight I got pregnant with Joel at.  However, I'll let myself indulge one in awhile :)  Puppy chow and Austrian candy.  My in-laws have friends in Austria who send us this candy every Christmas.  It's amazing, so I'm glad we only get a little.

3)  Running is going fine.  I'm still following a run/walk plan 4x a week.  I've decided I like the every other day thing because I can look forward to a day off and then I'm looking forward to running again.  I run Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and cross train on Tuesday and Thursdays and so far Sundays are usually a complete rest day.  I am realizing that my body will probably only ever tolerate 4-5 days of running a week.  But as a busy mom that is a freeing thought...I've never been good at cross training so I'm exploring new things.  I bought this video and I've done it once and it definitely kicked my butt.  My hamstrings are still sore 2 days later.  I think it will be great for toning.
 I've been getting some runs in outside--Monday was cold but no wind and then yesterday and today it was in the 40s!  Wednesday was nice, but to fit the run in I had to go on the treadmill---but then I wore a tank top and shorts.

And just had to look at the snow

4)  I found a new use for my rolling pin.  And have been stretching before AND after I run.  And warming up before I run...I am determined to get this Achilles issue under control.

5)  I am realizing that most of my workout clothes in the winter are black.  At least I have a pink zipper.  Maybe it's because I wear the same clothes every day...

6) I got the see The Hobbit...not one, but two times!  And the first time I got to see it in 3-D and 48 frames per second...totally worth the $14 ticket.  I liked it a lot, not completely true to the book, but definitely a good adaptation.

7)  My boys are the greatest.  I just love them.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Achilles Tendonitis Stinks

I've been thinking about posting all week, but nobody likes a Debbie Downer and I'm not feeling very positive.  So I'm going to update you doing my very best to be optimistic and not just whine-y.

As you know from my last post, I bought new shoes.  My first run in them was fine.  My second run in them was awful.  My heels hurt, my shins hurt, my feet hurt.  And then hurt after I was done and the next day (and I'm only running every other day).  Crap I bought the wrong shoes 500 miles away and I can't just run in and return them and the receipt says exchanges only.  Kinda freaking out here...I spent all this money on shoes that I can't wear and I still don't have shoes to run in!  I think really I'm just grumpy because I'm not running. Anyway long story short I called the store and eventually ended up talking to the guy who sold them to me who remembered me and he told me to alternate runs with my new and old shoes because these are 10% stiffer than my old ones so they might take a transition time to get used to them and if by the end of January I still hurt send them back and he'll send me the other shoes that I liked (that he remembered what they were because I didn't know).  How's that for the longest sentence ever?  Anyway, I took them for another run after talking to him and they felt a ton better.  My feet didn't hurt nearly as badly afterward and had just a little heel pain in the right foot but that could be due to my Achilles Tendonitis.

So I am being tentatively optimistic.  This whole Achilles Tendonitis thing is freaking me out.  I don't really know what to do, but everything I read says it can be super serious.  I kinda liked not knowing what it was so I blissfully could keep running.  Ha--ignorance is bliss ;)

So anyway, I'm being super duper conservative.  I did 3 "runs" last week alternating 4 minutes of walking with 2 minutes of running.  As much as I want to jump back into it quick, that is what gets me injured and I'm going to be careful...I'm going to be careful...I'm going to be careful...

I've been doing more stretching and that seems to help.  And I read several sites that said that tight calves can contribute to Achilles Tendonitis.

It's feeling better.  I don't have the tell-tale pain now to just keep it pain free.

Has anyone ever dealt with Achilles Tendonitis? Any tips on how to properly deal with it so I can really run again?

Monday, January 7, 2013

new shoes and a new plan

I got new shoes this weekend.  I have had on and off problems with my right ankle for years and just recently got a diagnosis--Achilles tendonitis.  I decided to try new shoes since I've run in basically the same shoe for the last 6 years.  This last weekend we were in Colorado Springs and I took advantage of having a nearby running store {the closest one to me is 2 hours away} and had a gait analysis done.  The whole process was super interesting and I feel confident that these shoes are good for my feet.  The guy that helped me was super knowledgeable and helped me make a decision, but wasn't pushy in the least--which I so appreciate.  It turns out that I need a lot of stability in my shoes to keep the right Achilles tendon straight.  My feet run differently, but since my right is the problem foot, we fitted the shoes to it.  He also said that since I am only 2 months postpartum, I may require more stability now than a few months down the road because of the hormones that allow everything to stretch.  I ended up with the Mizuno Wave Alchemy 12 .  I liked them because it has a narrower heel, but a fairly wide toe box.  I went for my first run in them today and didn't regret my purchase.

The guy at the running store also recommended something like the Couch to 5k plan to get started again.  He said most people start too fast and are injured in 4-6 weeks...oops, that's me.  But I know I CAN run more and so starting so slow makes me grumpy...and the perfectionistic part of me doesn't even want to start if I can't just run.  So I am making the deliberate decision that I will start and that I will start slow.  I'm not doing the C25K though.  I'm going to use the Another Mother Runner 5K: Finish It plan. I liked this plan better because you move up a little quicker in the distances you run and it's 4 days a week instead of 3. It's hard for me to admit I am a beginner, but right now I am: I'm beginning again after pregnancy.  I am going to be wise and not overambitious {like I tend to be}.  I want to be able to keep running instead of not being able to run because I was stupid and got injured.  I did day one today and although I walked more than I ran, it's ok. I am running and I am optimistic.  

Gracie, my always enthusiastic running partner.

I love winter sunsets.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Set Backs and a New Year

The flu has gone through our whole house.  I'm really not sure how it couldn't when you have your 3 year old and 2 year coughing in your face and over everything.  Or you can try the whole cover your mouth and then they cough on their hands and spread it over everything or wipe their nose with their hands...yeah pretty much despite my best efforts with the handwashing, hand sanitizer and lysol, our house is a petri dish of germs.  I cringe just thinking about it.  Anyway, I ran very slowly on the treadmill on Friday before I realized I had the flu.  And before that I hadn't ran since the previous Thursday because of injury.

And this is the time that in the past despite my best intentions I would quit.  Or back off and just not get back into it very quickly because it's hard to start again.  But I am going to take the set back and see it for what it injury that I need to figure out a course of action on how to take care of and being sick which will go away.

My fear of being uncomfortable....My fear of hard things...I am not going to let those fears win.  I love running.  And despite the challenges, despite the set backs.  I am going to start again.  No matter how slow I have to.  No matter how much I feel like I am starting at the beginning.  I can never succeed, if I never start.  I don't want to make the goal, but then get scared when it gets hard.

It's a new year.  It's so easy to make goals and resolutions.  I'm great at making a gazillion, but not following through.  I have some things in my head, but I haven't pinpointed what it truly attainable yet.  I don't want to simply make grand plans that get scared of and quit.  So I don't think I'm going to give you a grand list {at least not right now}.  I just want to use this new year as a good time to sit and reflect on last year and to refocus on what I want to do this year.

Although I am going to reflect now on my December goals....

GOALS for December:

-Get my long run up to 6 miles. Long run-4 miles.  Then my achilles tendonitis started acting up and I got sick.

-10 pushups on my toes in a row {this is a bit contingent on how my wrist feels.  A few weeks ago my wrist started really hurting and I'm not sure what I did.  It feels better now...hoping that lasts} Pushups in a row: 8.  My wrist did start bothering a bit so I backed off.

-Start in on core work.  I've been super careful to fully let my abs heal, but I'll be 6 week postpartum on Monday.  I have started some but not as much as I would like. 

-Re-read The Hobbit {and then see the movie}.  Almost done!  And still haven't seen the movie.

-Post regularly on this here blog.  I think this was my best month yet!

-Be conscious of my food choices---more healthy, less treats.  But I promise you with Christmas, I will have treats.  I'll just exercise :)  Depended on the day.  This is something I always struggle with and need to continue to make good choices.
-Start some fun Christmas traditions with the kiddos.  My husband and I talked about doing one Christmas-y activity each week...but haven't come up with any specifics.  But things like Christmas light viewing, Christmas movies, and I thought about shopping with the boys for a child on the Christmas tree in the store to teach them that giving=good.  We didn't do as much as we would have liked--we did get some Christmas light viewing and Christmas movies in.  

-Get some more Christmas decor up {pretty much meaning taking my fall decor down soon} I'm pretty happy with my Christmas decor.

This tangible look at goals is a good system for me and I hope to continue this monthly.  I'm hoping to have my January goals up in a couple of days.

Happy New Year!  Do you make goals/resolutions?  Tell me some of them!