Monday, September 15, 2014

A week in workouts 09/15-21/2014

Monday: Group Ride

Tuesday: active recovery day

Wednesday: 3 mile run with Denise and Cortney

Thursday: Group Power (teach)

Friday: active recovery day

Saturday: 20 miles with the interval gals! (I got a late start with our group because of some gastrointestinal - TMI - issues that kept me in a sketch bathroom for 20 minutes :( seems that it's been happening only on Saturday mornings...I think it's nerves about having to see my stalker :( But, I caught up to two awesome women and we stuck together for the rest of the 18! 2 on my own after. Perfect weather for it.)

Sunday: Group Centergy (teach).

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Today's long run, the Hoka fail, and walking around a small town

I took my first ice bath today. Totally needed it. You see, when I decided to try out the Hoka One Ones, I failed to realize that running in zero drop shoes makes you run incredibly differently. Everything from my hips down just hurts. (I also ended up with blisters, which has absolutely never happened with me and running shoes, so no hate, but the Hokas aren't for me. I took them back and got the old faithfuls, Brooks Ghost.)

My plan was 18 miles today, but the blisters made me reconsider, once I got back to the start/finish area where our group met. I totaled out at 17 for the day. Hopefully next week's 20 will be much better with the right shoes for me. (Last week felt pretty darn good despite the heat!) Anyway, I got to run with some awesome and tough women today, which was a treat!

I've found myself in a small town this afternoon, and as I was walking around on the sidewalk I received some catcalls (typical behavior anywhere, and unnecessary), some friendly hellos from fellow walkers, and even an offer from a woman to give me a ride. (She asked me if I was walking for exercise or did I need a lift. And somehow didn't come off as creepy!) Nah, I was just enjoying a recovery stroll. :) But I think it's so telling of our society that people worry when they see others walking somewhere, as if I'd have to be stranded in order to "have" to walk anywhere, or that I must be one of those weird "exercisers." Hell, I know people who live right next to a restaurant but they drive there. Dude, it's less than a mile round trip! 35 minutes total of walking. Hoof it! 

Back to Contracts and Crim Law....

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A week in workouts 9/8-14/2014

Monday: rest day. Mondays work out really well as rest days because I don't have to teach, and I have a ton of reading to do in the evenings after school and work!

Tuesday: Group Power (teach)

Wednesday: rest day

Thursday: 4 miles with the Douglas County Rogue Runners!

Friday: a decent bit of walking, but we'll call it a rest day :)

Saturday: 17 miles for marathon training

Sunday: R30, Group Power (teach), Group Centergy (teach)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A week in workouts 09/1-7/2014

Monday: Group Blast (50 min.)

Tuesday: Group Power (teach)

Wednesday: Group Centergy

Thursday: Group Power (teach)

Friday: rest day

Saturday: 18 miles with the Atlanta Track Club marathon training group!

Sunday: Group Centergy (teach)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

If you feel confident in your shoes...

...then you'll want to get out and run in them more.

This is what David at Big Peach Midtown said to me today, and he was so right, in a few ways, really.

I had been putting aside some cash for new running shoes. For about the past year I've been kind of wearing whatever shoes - cheap, free from training groups, etc. - so I'd been thinking it was high time I went back to the local running store and got back to what I really need.

My Reebok One Cushions were/are great, but the "cushion" part of that equation was not helping on my long runs. No knee pain, no hip pain - just the general soreness after lots of miles - but I felt like the impact was a bit "hard" though. Since I'm 6 weeks out from the marathon and still building mileage, I figured now was a great time to work in some new kicks.

So, after the run today, I went to BPRC and said I had been wanting to try some Hokas. I have heard great things about the cushion so I wanted to give them a shot. The first pair I tried felt clunky, unnatural. But the second pair were much lighter and seemed to fit better. I sat and chatted with David about shoes and running habits for a while, and he noted that I hadn't wanted to take the shoes off yet, which was a good sign. Then he made the comment about how when we feel confident in our shoes, we want to spend more time in them, running and improving, and that resonated with me.

I always say that you don't have to spend a lot to get a good pair of running shoes, but, since I've been essentially unintentional and apathetic about what shoes I've worn in the past year, maybe that's part of why I haven't felt super excited about running during that time either. Whatever gives you that extra boost to get out the door :)

The other, more hidden meaning I derived from his statement was just the overall confidence factor, that is, being confident as you are and loving yourself. It really makes all the difference in the world!

Here's to new shoes and a renewed appreciation for running!

P.S. - 18 miles done today!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

CrossFit and rhabdomyolysis - a follow up post

A while back I posted an article about rhabdomyolysis, ever since then, I've heard of a few folks who have gotten it either from CrossFit or from running 100 milers. A friend of mine who has done CrossFit for a while ended up with Rhabdo recently, so now it hits close to home and I wanted to address it head-on.

Everyone jokes about the correlation between CrossFit and rhabdomyolysis, saying that only the "idiots" get themselves sick or injured from doing CrossFit, but obviously something is wrong with an activity that is constantly paired with injury and sickness, especially when the sickness comes upon someone who is in great shape and who does a variety of cross-training.

Being in the hospital, missing a week of work...seems like if the reason we all exercise is to live longer and with a better quality of life, then we'd want to do something that's a bit more on the safe side to get to that point. I may not exercise more than an hour a day on most days, or even exercise every day anymore (law school problems), but I'll be danged if I don't have more muscle mass on my body now than I ever have, and I can run long distances still. I credit that to a safe, consistent exercise regimen. And guess what? I slipped on a pair of size 2 dress pants today...yup, they still fit! (A little tight around the quads and backside:) ) I am not saying all this to brag. The point I am trying to get across is that you don't have to kill yourself on every workout every day to get good results. Push yourself? Yes, absolutely. But to the point of tearing your muscle fibers down so much that they're able to escape into the bloodstream and damage your kidneys? Why risk it?

Monday, September 1, 2014

A week in workouts 08/25-31/2014

Monday: rest day. Reading for Contracts is a marathon in and of itself!

Tuesday: Group Power (teach).

Wednesday: Rest day again!

Thursday: Group Power (teach) and run at Clinton with Lexi and the DCRR group!

Friday: Rest day! (Note: on rest days, I still end up doing 30 minutes of walking with a heavy bookbag. Active recovery :) )

Saturday: 15 miles with the ATC training group!

Sunday: Group Power, Group Centergy (teach).