On Friday March 4th Nathan and I ran up to the Montessori School to pick up Greta. I needed a 6 mile run, and conveniently school is 3 miles away.
We got there, dressed Greta and put on her shoes, and headed back out. I remember briefly thinking about how I was sitting on the ground putting her shoes on. "You're old now, Nichole, so you might want to watch how you bend down!", I thought to myself. No pain or anything, just a random thought.
But, low and behold, the first step back home HURT. The top of my knee cap burned. I made it about a minute down the highway and stopped to stretch. I thought about running another minute to get to a sidewalk, but nope. I needed to stretch right there. Stretching didn't really help, so I sucked it up and ran back home (with a stop to buy lettuce at the grocery store and at a friend's house to buy a pull-up bar - ha, gotta love "running" errands).
The next day it just felt bruised. It wasn't the sharp, burning pain of before, so I decided to try my 18 miler. It hurt on and off, but I made it through the long run. YAY, my longest run in over 2 years! I then took two days off, hesitantly. One was scheduled, and I decided to play it safe and give myself another day to heal.
Luckily I had Nathan do some deep tissue massage on the entire quad and I found my IT band was very tender close to its insertion point. He would rub it - hard - each night and each following morning my knee hurt less and less.
So... here's hoping a crisis was averted! It reminded me to take care of the little things - stretching, rolling, massage, etc., as I haven't been good about that.
Mileage has been averaging between 80 and 100/week, and I've been responding really well. I went through a phase where I became slower and required more sleep than usual, but that passed and I'm feeling stronger each week!
It's amazing how perspective changes. Now I see a day where I just have a "single" of 10 miles and think, "Wow! Just 10!". My norm is now a double of 14-16, or a single mid-week medium-long run of 15 or a long weekend run of 18-20. Yikes!
I am trying to get to the YMCA once a week for their RIP class. It's an all-body barbell lifting class that I really like. Then I just have to do one session at home. Since I haven't been good about doing things at home, this has been great for me. I run there, lift, and then run home. It's a great way to get my double AND a lift in before noon!
|Class just ended|
|As is UCAN! I tried their Cocoa flavor before my 20 miler, and really liked it! One packet fueled the entire long run.|
One high: a 4-mile tempo effort where I averaged 6:36. It's always my goal to make my hard days as HARD as I possibly can (unless otherwise written) and tell myself to run HARD enough so I'll have to throw up or beeline for a bathroom afterwards. Well, I did the latter, except couldn't make it until the end and frantically found a bathroom at 3.25 miles. I then had even more fire in me to make that last .75 miles HURT! I was proud of my effort on this workout, and a special thanks to Craig for pacing the first loop and for Jeff for the last mile, bathroom crisis included :).
One low: 4x800, supposed to be in sub 2:50. I ran them all 3:05 or slower, most in 3:1x. I had been SUPER sick the last 3 days, and clearly was not over it. My HR was sky high from the beginning, and I just made the best of it. Maybe I shouldn't have even tried running hard. Who knows. I only had this workout and a 20 miler on the schedule for the week, so wanted to get it in. At least I tried?!?
Speaking of being sick...
Our house has been one giant germ pit this entire winter. Nathan and I are generally very healthy people, but wow... we are no match for a 1 year old who wants to bring home every germ imaginable from daycare and who-knows-where-else.
I took Greta into the doctor yesterday after a 102.6 fever. She had been sick on and off for the last two weeks. Turns out, she has a double ear infection and pneumonia. I felt so bad! Interestingly, she has only been "off" a little, other than the doctor day when she was inconsolable. She is one tough kid, that's for sure!
|I like Sweet and Sour sauce! A lot! Feed me more on a spoon mom, and I'll perk right up!|
That's okay to do, right?!?
Speaking of racing...
Like I said, I'm excited to see where I'm at! I'm putting my over/under at 6:45 pace, but really have no clue with a 10 miler.
Jeff, Marco, Amy, and Lindsey are also racing with me. TNC might have 3 women all working together at the same pace, isn't that fun?!? Bart and Sara, also TNCers are racing Saturday as well. A big day!
-I eat at Bistro every Wednesday with Greta. Usually I'll help Greta eat and then bring my food back to my office. As we were leaving, a finance committee member told me they really appreciated my contributions to our meeting on Tuesday night. As I was thanking him, Greta, in one hand, took my PB&J sandwich and threw it into my soup on the tray in my other hand and laughed.
-My new 2016 goal: to find $10 by the end of the year. I'm off to a good start with almost $2, but I'm afraid the street sweepers will be out soon to scoop up any coins I've missed.
Weird? Maybe. But when you're running a lot of your miles solo, it's a great way to occupy your mind - and to look for streets you haven't run on yet! :)
-I like to "run" my errands. It gives my run purpose so they seem to go by faster, and it also saves time. Library runs are okay if I just have a movie, but recent book requests have come in... it makes for a very awkward arm swing. I wonder what passing motorists think.
|I'm checking out cake decorating books so I can learn how to make/frost a cake for Greta's future parties. We will see how that goes...|
-I am trying to be mindful about what I eat and tracking my weight weekly. I don't want to fall into Ed's trap again, but I am not happy with my weight right now (~6-7 pounds up from my old training weight) and the only way for it to change is for me to make better decisions and to track things! I actually love tracking and thinking about really healthy, balanced meals, so I'm happy to have this mindset. I started tracking two weeks ago at 118.8 pounds (old training weight was 112, and that was likely much more muscle weight than I have now) and this morning was 117.4.
|I'll try to get in the habit of posting healthy recipes and snacks on here again!|
Here is the Nutty Bird Sandwich recipe from The Nourished Peach (great healthy recipe blog!). I loved it so much I had it again the next day!
|Bearing all. This is Day 0 of watching weight and doing MuTu. Maybe I'll always carry my weight in a little "mom pouch" belly now - but I will at least try to work it back to where it used to be.|
|Greta: Dad, can I have a horsey?|
Dad: How about a big red one?
|The last time it snowed I took Mesa for a short run. She needs to exercise, badly, but HATES the cold. Good thing Spring is coming!|
|A trip to the zoo! Greta was enthralled by the animals!|
|I received this card in the mail from a woman at church that I've never met.|
|Greta's report card. Clumsy. HAHAHA. Good thing you don't need to be coordinated to run?!?|