Thursday, February 27, 2014

Go big.

It's official.

I already have my training plan laid out with the Run Less Run Faster book. Attempting to go for a 4:15 marathon time (9:45 pace). That's 43 minutes faster than last time!

Here we go.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Yoga has healing powers?

In a concentrated effort to magically heal myself with things I don't normally do, I did yoga.

I dusted off my P90X yoga DVD and did the entire thing, all 90 minutes of it.

You know what I noticed? Well, this whole time that my knee has been hurting and stiff, etc. I have had no pain anywhere else on my leg, hip, nowhere else that the IT band runs. Just the knee. But while I did the yoga, I felt a shift or something in the hip during all the poses.

My hope is that whatever "off-ness" I had with my leg length or spine or whatever got shifted back into place so I won't keep re-hurting myself.

I'll keep you updated.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I'm an idiot.

Instead of waiting until the end of February to start running again, I got stupid and tried running a couple times last week. the first 2 were fine, a 2 and 2.5 mile jog and then Saturday I did 4 miles including this wicked downhill. Did I mention I wanted to see how fast I could go? rocking a 7 minute mile down a massive hill and my knee (while not painful) has been really stiff ever since.

Yeah, sometimes I'm not that smart.

I am taking 2 full weeks off major exercise to try and heal this once and for all. I think the biking is aggravating it and probably the weight lifting as well.

I will stick to yoga, swimming, and ellipticalling until March 10.

THEN, I will only run 3 days a week and those first 2 weeks will all be easy, no hills, and SHORT. I will stretch religiously every day. I will ice. And I am seriously considering getting a roam roller.

The reason behind this crazy healing plan? I am doing the marathon!!!!!! I'm switching my big race for the year, so instead of the triathlon, I will seek redemption in the marathon!

I'm prepping to GO BIG!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Stylin' in the winter vortex

I live in a very snowy climate which is strange to me. I realized quickly that I did not have the correct running apparel for the winters here so when Target had a 40% off all workout gear sale, I jumped on it!

I got a pair of thermal lined running tights, a thermal lined compression top, and a cute jacket. In fact, they are all still available, so here they are:

The jacket is $39.99 right now (so not what I paid!) It's pretty thin so it's more of a layering piece but it's totally cute.

This blue top is awesome. It is SO warm! Based on some of the reviews I went up to a size large in this and am SO glad I did, it is still tight but it fits. If I did my normal small there is no way I would have gotten it on. 

These tights I got in a medium and wore out when the wind was blasting ice cold. I was so toasty! I was worried they would start sagging throughout the run but they never did. 

I've said it once and I'll say it again, Target is awesome.

Now if they only made this fabric for my face.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Marathon #2?

One of my bestie's(who I left in Texas when I moved) just registered for a marathon next door to my dad's house in Utah. I am obviously going to go and be there for her, but the question I register and do it WITH her???

My 16 week training plan would have me start in the middle of May which gives me plenty of time to heal my knee first.

I totally want to do it! Am I crazy for wanting to do another one after doing my last one injured and over heating?? I think I want redemption.

I'll let you know what happens.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

My knee hates me

I would like to know how I managed to train hard and race several 5K's and a half marathon last year and have no injuries, and now when I'm barely running 12 miles a week and mostly on a treadmill I have severe IT band issues?!

I did a run 2 weeks ago and my knee hurt so bad that I had to stop. I decided to take 1 1/2 weeks off and do some biking, swimming, and weight lifting instead. I head out to do a run yesterday and I didn't even make it 1.5 miles before my knee started hurting again. What the? I already switched out my shoes and took away all speed work and rested and my knee feels horrible.

I have a feeling that April 10K isn't going to go well.

I'm going to stick to the elliptical for the rest of February and tackle running again March 1. My knee had BETTER feel good by then.

Any others with IT band issues? How do you heal?