Monday, March 28, 2011

I have a condition

I believe it is called "thighitis". The symptom is that my thighs touch when I stand up straight.

like this:

(not me)

all images from google

I know that it's a genetic thing, and most people are completely envious of my small waist - even after three kids - but I really would like nice thighs. Thighs that don't touch.

Maybe something like this:

Hers might even be too thin for me.

Is it too much to ask to have thighs that don't touch??

Maybe if I stopped eating so stinking much. Honestly, you'd be shocked to find out how much I really eat.  It scares me a little.

Summer 2011 - the year of smaller thighs!!

Can I get an AMEN?!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Darn it. I'm not a runner.

I am taking a runbattical.

I've had injury after injury after injury for the last 4 months. I took 2 full rest days (as in, didn't do ANYTHING) thursday and friday and then went for an easy jog/walk today and my shin feels like the muscle is pulling away from the bone - that's how bad it hurts. And my thutt is tight again.

I wonder if I'm just one of those people who can't run every day. My body seems to not be able to handle it.

So, for the next 8 days, I will be focusing on biking and yoga. And that's it. I'm going to call it yiking. Or maybe boga?

I really wish the pool was open because I know that would be the best thing for me for recovery. After my tri in April, I think I might take a full month off from running to let myself heal all the way. I need to be in tip top shape for my marathon in November!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I got my Bachelor's degree in Health Science. So that means I know what I'm talking about when it comes to your body and health.

So listen closely.

When something hurts or you are injured, you use R.I.C.E. to heal yourself. It stands for:

Extra cookies.

Or at least that's what I did today. 

(I hope you caught the sarcasm, I'm laying it on pretty thick)

I'm sitting at 15 miles ran this week so far (and it's only wednesday). Last week I did 12 for the WEEK. My legs hurt. And I'm icing twice a day. Tomorrow I might just bike. we shall see.

There will definitely be some R.I.C.E. 
Christine's way.

Monday, March 21, 2011

I think Texas skipped right over spring. Feels like summer!

Finally, for the first time since I bought it in December, I got to wear my (new?) running skirt! I like this one WAY better than the pink one I have since the pink one is super duper short and can show some serious butt crease. This one? No crease in sight! YAY!

(this was after my very sweaty, warm, humid run on Saturday)

And this was this morning. 45 minutes after I finished. With nasty stinky sweat on my shirt. Can you see it?

As soon as someone creates a product that will keep my frizzy hair from frizzing in 99% humidity while I'm sweating like a guy in a jewelry store, I'll buy stock in that company.

Come on, this hair needs some serious help!

And my 4 year old wanted to me show him how strong my arms were while he took this picture.

Wait, is that...

...the beginnings of runner's legs??!! 

Is it?!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

10 Ways I Break the Rules

A challenge from Beth over at Shut up and Run. I love this.

1. Only take your child out of school for illness and doctor's appointments. HAHAHAHA!!! It's kindergarten for heavens sake. When my mother in law offers to watch the kids for the weekend and I need to take her out of school early on Thursday and have her miss on Friday as well - oh well! So sad the school didn't get all the money for my daughter for that day and a half.

2. Let your children express themselves. Yeah. Right. If I wanted my 3 kids to be little hellions then I might think about it. Kids need discipline, boundaries, rules, and someone to enforce said items. That's what I'm here for.

3. Follow the speed limit. Nope. At LEAST 5 over, sometimes 10 over if I'm going with the flow of traffic. I've never had a speeding ticket.

4. Serving sizes on candy and sweets. Ummmm, guilty face here but I can eat an entire box on girl scout cookies in one sitting. Ditto a LARGE bag of pretzel m&m's. (not those individual serving bags) Ditto an entire jar of nutella, half a pie, and 6 donuts. I know, it's amazing I don't weigh 200 pounds.

5. Floss every day. I think I floss for 2 days before my 6 month cleaning at the dentist. And they never know...

6. Ice what hurts. I really should do this. Really. Maybe everything would stop hurting??

7. Have a car payment, have a mortgage, and be a 2 income family. I stay at home with my 3 kids and we live off a teachers salary. I'll have my whole life to work when my kids are gone. They won't always be small. We have purchased 2 cars in cash. We are currently paying off our 15 year mortgage in 6.5 years. We are not normal. I don't want to be.

8. Go on a date once a week. I'm telling you, with a need for a babysitter for 3 and a very low budget for dates, this one just doesn't happen that often. Unless putting the kids to bed at 7pm and watching a $1 redbox movie while cuddling on the couch counts as a date. I'm looking forward to my oldest being 12 so we can go out more.

9. Get an annual physical. I hate the doctor. It's true. Not because I have a phobia or had a traumatic experience but because I hate paying money (we have bad insurance) to find out how tall my kids are or how much I weigh and what my blood pressure is. We rarely go when we are sick, too. I don't need to fork over $70 to "wait it out".

10. Don't watch too much TV. While it's true that I don't watch that much (what is too much?), it's at least 2 hours a night when the kids are in bed. Sometimes more on the weekends. My husband LOVES to watch TV and I'll watch with him many times. I wonder what we'll do when I cancel DISH in August??

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Back to the goal

I originally named this blog Mission: Hot Bod After Baby.

Along the way I discovered a newfound love for running, doing triathlons, and racing.

But, as Thanksgiving and Christmas attacked with a vengeance, then valentine's day and now easter is around the corner with all it's delicious goodies and yummies, I'm having issues. I've put on a couple pounds (like 4-6-ish) and my "I like my body jeans" do not fit right now.

Because of all the exercise, I have not gained as much as I would have eating the way I am now. Mostly the sugar and sweets. Holy sweets. I am a crazy person with the sweets.

I know I am not fat. I am sitting at 125-126 pounds right now. I would like to go back down to 120. That's my happy weight. I like to think it would also be a great racing weight.

I do not want my legs to jiggle when I walk. I want rocking abs. I want those ever elusive runners legs. Swimsuit season does not lie.

I'll be true to you my friends. No lying about if I cheat on my NO SWEETS situation.

Let Mission: Hot Bod commence once again!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring Break workouts!

If I don't make a plan, I won't do it!!

Monday - 15 mile bike ride. Keep it strong. goal - 15.5 - 16 mph
Tuesday - Run. 1.5 mile warm up, 6x800's @ 8min/mile pace, 1.2 mile cool-down
Wednesday - 12 mile bike, (.25 mile sprint, spin easy .75) 8-10 times?
Thursday - 15 mile bike. keep it strong!
Friday - 6 mile tempo run
Saturday - BRICK - 10 mile bike, 2 mile run.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The plan vs. reality

Here's what really went down this week...

Mon: 1.5 mile warm up, 2x800's @ 8mm pace, 1.3 mile cool down. yoga tonight after kids are in bed. YES!

Tues: bike 45 minutes, run 1.7 miles outside. chest and arms P90X video - ran 4 miles barefoot instead, which screwed up the rest of the week.

Wed: 5 mile tempo-ish run. middle 3 at a solid 9:30 pace (goal). yoga at night - yes on the run (sore legs), nope to the yoga

Thur: bike 45 minutes, run 1.7 miles outside. back and biceps P90X - ummmm, unplanned rest day.

Fri: 7 mile easy long run, yoga - 6.26 mile run(sore legs), did 1 hour of yoga!

Sat: bike FAST 10 miles. - 5 mile run instead. (sore legs)

Highest mileage week EVER! That's including training for my half marathon!! 24 miles for the week!

I did ZERO biking this week. My barefoot run on tuesday created problems for the rest of the week. My calves have been sore for the rest of the week. So bad that it ruined my run today and yesterday. I can't even explain the depth of soreness. The first 3 days were like knives in my legs. Today was aching, and stabbing pains, like I have pulled every single muscle in the calves. 

Next week is SPRING BREAK!!! Which rocks when you have a spouse that works for a school district. that means I can exercise ANY time of day I choose!!!! Next week will be a heavy biking week. All outside. I *might* even do a brick workout in prep for my triathlon in 30 days! 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

keep it steady

I just read over my last post and realized how bummed out it sounded. And that's because I WAS bummed out.

But now?

Now I feel better.

My yoga, stretching, hot showering and icy-hotting have been working!!! My thutt(thigh/butt) feels a little better even though I ran 3 days in a row! UNHEARD OF!

My IT band doesn't hurt AT ALL! For the first time since before my half in november!!! It must be the new shoes.

(yes, I realize there are a lot of exclamation points! leave me alone! I'm excited!)


I've got a 7 mile run scheduled for tomorrow. Nice and easy. long and slow. we'll see if I can do it. my legs just like going fast! (fast is relative)

case in point:

easy barefoot run tuesday night miles;
10:08 - good
10:03 - good
10:30 - calves are REALLY hurting now
9:09 - put shoes on - yikes!

wednesday morning 5 mile run that was supposed to be a tempo but my calves were way too sore to do it;
10:09 - good
10:08 - good
9:36 - good tempo pace
9:28 - good tempo pace
9:14 - this was supposed to be my cooldown!

What is the matter with me?! I can not keep a solid pace for the life of me!

Tomorrow: 7 miles. NICE. AND. SLOW.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Uh oh.

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder that occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or otherwise irritated by the piriformis muscle causing pain, tingling and numbness in the buttocks and along the path of the sciatic nerve descending down the lower thigh and into the leg.

I no longer think I have a pulled muscle. It hurts:

It hurts (really just feels super tight) after I run and bike. Yoga and lots of stretching and a hot (HOT) shower loosen it up.

Things to AVOID when you have piriformis syndrome? Word for word:
avoidance of contributory activities, such as running, bicycling, rowing, etc.

Now what?!

Oh, and I should mention that I'm NEVER going to hit the 1000 miles ran for 2011 that tall mom is hosting. I'm barely over 110 miles right now for the year and it's March 8th!

I feel like such a loser. Why do I always get hurt? I'm really frustrated right now.

Monday, March 7, 2011

A race is coming!

The last couple of weeks my workouts have been sporadic and with no real goal. So now I will write down my goal/plan for the week and hope it comes to pass. With 3 kids: 1 in school, 2 in evening sports, an after school baby-sitting job, and a husband who works and does scouts 1 night a week, there are very few times that I can squeeze in a workout. This morning I wanted to do 6x800 repeats, but only had time for 2 before Dave had to leave for work @ 6am. (I was out the door @ 5:10am)


Today: 1.5 mile warm up, 2x800's @ 8mm pace, 1.3 mile cool down. yoga tonight after kids are in bed.

Tues: bike 45 minutes, run 1.7 miles outside. chest and arms P90X video

Wed: 5 mile tempo-ish run. middle 3 at a solid 9:30 pace (goal). yoga at night

Thur: bike 45 minutes, run 1.7 miles outside. back and biceps P90X

Fri: 7 mile easy long run, yoga

Sat: bike FAST 10 miles.

I have a new problem. My legs want to go really fast lately. They just want to go and go and go. (I know you are thinking - why is that a problem?!) My heart rate red lines when my legs go the way they want. My cardio system is not able to keep up with what my legs want to do. Will it eventually keep up? Anyone have some answers??

Goal for today: eat to fuel the body with good things.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

FINALLY - I am a Runner.

With a capital "R".

I started the couch to 5K program in August of 2009, ran my first 1/2 marathon in November 2010, my first 10K in January 2011, and NOW, I can call myself a runner.

Because I finally achieved those runner's legs? Unfortunately, no.

Because I got my very first chafing battle wound!

Can you believe I've been jogging running for a year and just NOW got my first scar?? It totally hurts. I forgot I had it after a shower and rubbed my towel over it and tears started running down my face.

To console myself I ate 4 cookies and a bowl of blue bell mint chocolate chip ice cream. After a week of not eating sugar. And now my tummy hurts. Why aren't cookies and ice cream good for you? Darn it.

I'm stalking my full marathon website so I can register as soon as they post the link. That way I can't back out! It's in November, so what's normal for registration opening??

Looking forward to my 5 mile run tomorrow that just turned into a 10 mile run to burn off all those cookies. My swimsuit is not going to be happy with me.