Thursday, August 15, 2013

Suck it Up and another Would You Rather Survey

I've seen this all over and I agree {unless it's the workout that leads to injury because you should be resting!!!!!} Last night, my husband got home from work late and then it was supper time and then my in-laws came over for dessert and by the time they left it was dark outside. I had 3 options:
1) Run outside in the dark {where there are no lights}
2) Drive into town where there are street lights
or 3) Hop on the treadmill and get it done.

I really didn't want to do any of these and my back hurt and I just wanted to skip it, but I didn't. I sucked it up, got on the treadmill, turned on Friday Night Lights and had a great run. Well, a great run/walk. I'm easing back in after these IT Band troubles. So 4 minutes running/2 minutes walking for a total of 30 minutes + 11 minutes walking for a warmup/cooldown. A tennis ball in the IT Bands afterwards and I'm not feeling too sore today, hurray!

So next time you are trying to talk yourself out of a workout, just suck it up and do it and I'll bet that you'll feel better afterwards. {And even if you don't, you can be happy with the fact it's over}.

And just in case you wanted to know more about my random running style, Cori has posted 5 of these surveys now and I've filled out a couple already.

Would you rather... Be dressed up like a Zombie for a race OR be chased by a Zombie during a race?

I really dislike Zombies, but I absolutely I hate being chased, so if I have to choose I'll go with being dressed up like a Zombie.

Would you rather... train with Chuck Norris or train with Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Chuck Norris. Because Chuck Norris is awesome. {My favorite Chuck Norris joke: When Alexander Bell invented the telephone he had 3 missed calls from Chuck Norris}

Would you rather...Get stuck in an elevator after a race with other people and have to pee or get stuck in a port-a-potty at your race?

Stuck after and have to pee. Nothing good can come out of being stuck in a port-a-potty.

Would you rather... drink milk as you run your race or drink soda/pop?

I think that I could drink flat pop. The thought of dairy while running makes my stomach turn.

Would you rather... puke all the way down the front of yourself during a race or have someone ELSE puke on your foot?

I'd rather puke on myself.

Would you rather... be three feet taller than you currently are or three feet shorter than you currently are?

3 feet taller...I'm glad I'm normally 5'6" because neither of those options are very appealing.

Would you rather... sing call me maybe on repeat during a race OR do the macarena the entire race?

I'd rather sing Call Me Maybe on repeat. 

Would you rather... have someone's snot rocket hit you in the face or someone's blood from chaffing hit you in the face?

Snot rocket. It's gross, but I think flying blood would be grosser.

Would you rather... receive a beautiful, shiny medal at the end of your race OR have the race organizers donate $100 to a charity after you finish a race?

Donate the money. Then my race could actually help other people instead of just being for me.

Would you rather... "hit the wall" halfway through your race distance and struggle the rest of the way OR get close to the end feeling great the whole time but end up having to DNF?

Hit the wall and struggle. It wouldn't matter how great I felt if I DNF.

Have you ever regretted doing a workout?
What would you rather?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Photo

I'm in love with this picture and just wanted to share my cuties :)

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Running Fashion--what do you think?

I know that it's hot outside and nobody is thinking about running in cold temps, but I was scrolling through the Top 10 Running Fashion Faux Pas on Runners World and saw this:

This is the only one on the list that I am guilty of. It isn't so much that I want to wear my shorts over my tights, but it is my husband's preference that I don't wear my tights alone. And I choose to honor him by wearing my shorts over my tights, but this proves my point that it's not very in style ;)

Anyway, what do you think. Is it so bad? Any other suggestions on ways to cover up my bum when I'm wearing tights? I do like the compression and warmth that tights offer when the temps drop. Or any other suggestions on good cold weather pants that aren't as fitted as tights?

Are you guilty of any of the fashion faux pas on this list?
Do you care if you are fashionable when you run? While, I do definitely appreciate cute running clothes, I generally only get too worked up over it when I'm around lots of people like a race. For the most part, function > fashion. Now if you can get function and fashion, that's awesome.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Kale Chips

After hearing about kale chips tons of times, and even buying kale once, but letting it go bad in the refrigerator, I finally tried kale chips. I used the recipe I found on Smitten Kitchen.

Sadly, however, I thought they were kind of "meh." They weren't awful, but they weren't really good either. First of all, I might have baked them too long because they just kind of dissolved in my mouth. I didn't really like the weird aftertaste it left either. And they also needed more seasoning. I just used salt and they needed something more. I've heard of using cayenne pepper or garlic and I think that would give them a boost.

I really wanted to like them because, kale is definitely a superfood. It contains: iron, Vitamin K, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, folate and magnesium and therefore is good for your eyes, bones, immune system, and heart.

You can also put kale in smoothies, juice it, saute it or put it in salads. Maybe I should try it another way too.

Do you like kale?
What's your favorite recipe for it?

Sunday, August 4, 2013


Yesterday morning I got up early and had my coffee and bagel and headed off to a local 5k. But not to run. Instead of running (due to injury), I volunteered for my first race! 
Loved the pink volunteer shirts.

This race benefiteParent Project Muscular Dystrophy and a local family that have three boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I do not personally know the family, but some friends do and were on the planning committee for the race and activities of the day and that is how I got involved.

I loved my first volunteering experience. I helped primarily with sorting t-shirts and handing out the packets to the people who had pre-registered, but I also jumped in helping pull tags at the finish line and directed people on the mile fun run. I love the energetic atmosphere at races and the fact that this was going to a specific family just added an extra special feel to it. It was extremely family oriented and there was tons of entire families who registered. I was wishing that I had brought my boys! (But I had all the car seats, so my husband couldn't bring them after they woke up--fail on my part).

There was a great turn out and tons of people who registered the day of--so there were way more people than expected.
Start of the 1 mile Fun Run
I didn't even wish I was running the race, I had so much fun helping. It was great being on the other side of the race and I definitely think I will be more appreciative of races I do in the future. It was pretty well organized and we only had a glitch with not having names on the tags of the people who registered race day and three of the award winners registered that day. But we got it all figured out.

If you ever get a chance, I'd highly recommend volunteering--it's a fun look at the other side of the race.

Have you ever volunteered for a race? What was your experience?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Injuries and Answers

I have been dealing with sore IT Bands for a few months and no matter how much rest were not getting completely better. Then in the last month my feet started hurting. There was pain on my navicular and my arches were hurting and I'd take several days off and then try a short (like 2 mile) run and all the aches and pains would come back with a vengeance.

I was getting frustrated. Not only could I not run, but what was causing all this? I had never been this injury prone in my 11 years of running. I didn't know if it could be the shoes...or having my third baby...or what. I bought Anatomy For Runners by Jay Dicharry which has been a huge resource and from what I learned in the book, I came to the conclusion that I needed the help of a professional to diagnose and help me come up with a treatment plan.

I wasn't exactly sure who I wanted to see. I wasn't sure who would be able to best help me and I didn't want to spend time hopping around finding someone. I really appreciate the alternative care of a chiropractor, but wasn't sure if they could really help me. I considered a physical therapist, but wasn't sure who to see and if a chiropractor could help, the treatment is often quicker. So I researched sports chiropractors. I couldn't really find anything local, but I ran across a place two hours away that looked extremely promising. They appeared to specialize in sports injuries by combining chiropractic care with physical therapy and were all licensed in Active Release Technique. But the thing that appealed the most to me was that they appeared to stay very up-to-date on research and would discard practices that were proven not to be effective.

My husband wasn't very thrilled at first with having to travel, but I convinced him that I thought it was my best option and he agreed to let me make an appointment. I called Friday afternoon and had an appointment for Monday afternoon with one of the four doctors, all the time praying I made the right decision.

Friday evening we had a friend's birthday party and other friends from the town where my appointment was were there and I was talking to them and the conversation went something like this:
ME: Hey, I'll be in Lincoln Monday.
FRIEND: What are you doing in Lincoln?
ME: I have an appointment at a chiropractor.
FRIEND: Which one?
ME: tell them the name
FRIEND: I LOVE it there. They are awesome!

I was feeling a bit more confident as they assured me that they were good.

I had always wanted a runner to treat me, because only runners get other runners. And it turned out that I was given an appointment with the only runner in the office (I did not know this ahead of time! I love it when God does things like this).

Basically he was awesome and completely understood my need to get to the root cause of my injuries and get back to running as soon as possible.

He had me do all sorts of stretches and movements to evaluate my weaknesses and concluded that I was lacking stabilization in my hips. It was apparent when I would do a one legged squat, my knee would dive in. And to paraphrase Jay Dicharry: Running is essentially a series of one legged squats with a flight phase. So there you have, because of my weak hips, my knee was diving in and causing problems with my IT Bands and then my ankles and feet. This is a common problem among women because of the tendency to have weak glutes and the musculoskeletal structure is more lax and Dicharry recommends hip strengthening for all women regardless of injury history.

My doctor is confident that strengthening my hips will help with all the injuries I have been experiencing and gave me two different exercises to do everyday for two weeks until I go back to see him. He also did ART on my IT Bands and feet for pain relief and to break up any scar tissue that may have formed. I'm not supposed to run this week but can start back slowly next week.

Even though I am not running now, I feel so much lighter now that I know what the issue is. I am diligently doing my exercises and am reminded of the extra importance of strength training for runners (especially after pregnancy!)

Praise the Lord for answers! And now I'm excited to start over and do this the right way.

What injuries have you dealt with and how did you resolve them?
Have you even had ART done on you?
How do you incorporate strength training into your training plan?