Dopey Challenge Training – Week 19

wp-1478529539953.jpegI think I was tired this week! It was a recovery week, so I cut back the number of days I was running and got a little more rest. I tried a new warm hatha yoga class, but found that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. I also ran a 5K on Saturday and still managed to get my long run done on Sunday. My legs were tired, but I guess that’s kind of what this training is about – learning to continue running on tired legs.

I’m starting to worry about my training now that the sun is setting incredibly early. It will be dark by the time I get home from work. So I have a few options – run in the dark, run at work before the sun sets, or run on the treadmill. I’m guessing there’s no right answer here and I’ll probably end up with some combination of the above.

So friends, how do you stay motivated to train in the winter? Any suggestions or winter survival tips?

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Dopey Challenge Training – Week 18

I did so much this week. Just looking back on it all makes me tired! I wanted to make sure I was incorporating strength and stretching into my routine, so I joined a local yoga studio and am working on trying a few different classes they offer. I used to do Bikram yoga quite frequently, and I believe that is one of the reasons I didn’t get injured during my first marathon training program (opposed to this time!). While I would love to continue doing Bikram, it’s a bit pricey and I haven’t found a studio that I love in my new area. I tried one studio, but found the students to be a bit clique-y and they seemed to have drama going on regularly – this does not contribute to a zen atmosphere. I also wanted to expand beyond just the 26 poses done in Bikram – there’s a whole world of yoga out there and I wanted to check it out! I ran five times this week and went to three yoga classes – I told you I was busy! I am looking forward to a rest week in the coming week and a 5K on Saturday!

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Dopey Challenge Training – Week 17

Just like last week was a great training week, this was not such a great training week. It’s so easy to jump from one to the other, right? Everything was a little bit off – it was warmer, I felt like I was working harder for the same effort, etc. Even the universe can seem against you, when you take a wrong step and roll your ankle! But sometimes, maybe it’s just the universe’s way of telling you to take a break. Make sure you’re taking time for recovery during your training – an extra 15 minutes of stretching, icing something that’s achy, take a yoga class or get a massage (looking forward to both of these this week!).

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Dopey Challenge Training – Week 16

A great week for training: 4 runs and a yoga workshop. I feel like I’m really settling in my flow with this part of my training plan. I don’t need as much pushing to get out of the door during my weekday runs and my long run felt great. I was nervous going into this long run, because 7 miles was the run that triggered my need for physical therapy. So I took it easy and I’m feeling good as I’m writing this. I’m hoping that the work I’ve been putting in will be enough to get over this hump in training. We’ll see how I feel the rest of the week!

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Dopey Challenge Training – Week 15

I had such a great recovery week this week! Since I’ve been working very hard at physical therapy and getting back in the swing of things with my training, I’ve been building mileage over the last few weeks. I decided that my trip to Chicago was a great time to take a recovery week since I wasn’t sure if I was going to get a longer run in and we already had a 5K planned while in Chicago.  Continue reading

Dopey Challenge Training – Week 14

I think I’m starting to get into the hang of this training thing. It only took fourteen weeks… oh well. My physical therapist officially “graduated” me from PT!  The difference from the first visit to this last one was more than I expected. I look forward to continuing to strengthen my legs to prevent further injuries. I want to definitely incorporate more strength training as well as yoga into training. I will be looking at some studios in the area once I get back from Chicago – which is this weekend! I am looking forward to reuniting with some friends, running the 5K on Saturday and cheer on the marathoners on Sunday.

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Dopey Challenge Training – Week 13

I had a fairly alright week in training, even with starting my new job this past week! I wanted to make sure I got a run in on Monday since I slacked off last Sunday. The rest of the week was a little bit of a blur as I got used to my new commute and trying to figure out when the best time for working out would be for me now. I plan on throwing in a few morning runs in the coming week to see if those work better for me or if I should stick to after work runs. My PT did mention that she thought that I might be coming up on my last appointment with her. I do think that my injury has improved and I’m working on strengthening my hips and core, and now the rest of my lower body. She wanted me to go on one longer run before discharging me though, so on Sunday I went on a prescribed 5 mile run. I experienced some frustration with my FitBit and I’m now questioning it’s accuracy. Do you have a FitBit that you use specifically for running? Have you ever had any problems with the distance it tracks?  Continue reading

DOPEY CHALLENGE TRAINING – WEEK 10

I got to run this week! I have been trying to stay active while not being able to run but at my PT appointment on Thursday, I asked when I start running again and my PT said if I wasn’t sore from that session I could start getting back into running slowly. So I headed out for a easy mile on Friday and felt so good! A little tightness but it worked itself out. Instead of increasing my mileage and risking injury again, I definitely want to take my time, so instead I just added five minutes to my run on Sunday. I plan on continuing to add time to my runs and hopefully I’ll be back to training regularly in no time!

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DOPEY CHALLENGE TRAINING – WEEK 9

I headed to the doctor this week to finally figure out what is going on with my hip. My doctor referred me to see a physical therapist with possible hip bursitis – but hopefully not to bad, or at least we’ve hopefully caught the beginning stages of it. I called around and found a physical therapy appointment for the next day. The physical therapist had me show her my regular stretches and then when through a few of her tests for my hip. Afterwards, she let me know that it might not be my hip, but rather my glute or IT band. The muscles were in a protective spasm, so she had me use the bike for ten minutes and then applied heat to help relax my muscles. From there, she used a release method on my legs and OH BOY was that painful, but I already felt a difference after the first session. After the first few days of going through the exercises, I can already feel a difference in my legs and I hoping that will be positive heading into two more sessions this week. Unfortunately, my PT did say no running, but I can walk or bike and I’m hoping to get into the pool at some time this week! I’m trying to stay as active as possible during recovery. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into training soon, but I want to make sure I feel as good as possible before I do!

Here’s what I did this week as I waited and then followed doctor’s orders:

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Dopey Challenge Training – Week 8

This week was a little bit better in terms of training. I am a bit delayed in posting this recap since I spent Monday calling around to different doctor’s offices trying to find  out what’s going on with my hip. Even after resting and icing and taking anti-inflammatories, it’s still bothering me and I just want to run! In other news, Roswell and I started our second round of Whole30 on Monday and it amazes how quickly I forgot how much grocery shopping we did the first round. We went grocery shopping on Friday and by Sunday night, we were nearly out of food for the week! I will be sharing what we’ve been eating on Wednesday so stay tuned!

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