Monday, March 13, 2017

That Other Hip

Well, just when I thought I was getting my running groove back... BAM. My hip has started acting up. Not the hip I injured last fall - my other hip. Ugh. And I'm less than 4 weeks out from the first of 2 half marathons I'm signed up for.

The good news is - it's not nearly as bad as my right hip was. At least not yet. And I know the best thing to do would be to immediately stop running to let my strained hip flexor heal. But let's be serious. I'm a runner. And runner's are nothing if not determined (and stubborn).

It started with a tightness in my hip and I knew what was coming next. A soreness all the way around my hip, from front to back. I had an 11-miler on the training schedule this past Saturday. So I spent all day icing on Friday - 20 minutes every 2 hours. It felt ok when I got up on Saturday, so I wrapped it in Icy Hot and headed out the door.

The first couple miles were iffy - the soreness was definitely there. But unlike my hip injury this past fall, I didn't have sharp pain each time my foot hit the ground. So I kept at it.

Once I got warmed up, I hit my stride and felt pretty comfortable. It was a little slower than the previous Saturday's 10-miler, but overall, it was a pretty solid run - 2 seconds per mile faster than my best half marathon pace!

I probably should've bought a bag of ice and taken an ice bath afterward...but at least I used an ice pack! And despite the soreness, I didn't feel overly fatigued after my run, which is a great sign for my upcoming race.

Typically I go out for a "shake out" run the day after my long run, but yesterday, I made the responsible decision not to run. Instead, I focused on low-impact, strengthening exercises and walking with the kiddos.

This is my last week of increasing mileage before I start tapering - yippee!! I have a 12-miler on the schedule for Saturday morning, and then I will throw an 8th birthday party at my house later in the afternoon, because #MOM. 😆

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Adventures of Zombiemom

If I could sum up the past week in a word or 2 it would be - SO TIRED! The little man has had a cold, plus he is teething and learning new things fast and furious. There hasn't been a whole lot sleep happening over here. I've been feeling like Zombiemom more often than not. So thank goodness for work flexibility. I only went into the office one time! Most days I was rolling out of bed late, downing coffee, grabbing a workout in the garage or a run outside, and then jumping on the computer around 8:30 am, unshowered and still in sweaty clothes. This mom life is a glamorous one!

My brain is still a little bit fried, leaving me at a loss for words... but here are a few memorable moments from the past few days...

  • I always workout with weights in the garage in the morning, and take a long walk at lunch. This past Monday I was able to meet the hubby and 2 of my kiddos at Falls Park. 😀 Burning calories and getting some family time in.

  • My Grandpa finally got to meet my little guy! It is always so fun to have my Grandpa around. The kids love him, and he magically turns into a kid again when he's around them

  • The little man started pulling up - all the time on everything!! I was working from home Friday, and I turned away for just a second, and then turned back to find this. Oh, and he acted like it was no big deal, of course.

  • And best of all, I absolutely killed my 10-mile training run on Sunday, despite the fact that I wasn't feeling well the day before. This run was almost a full 10 seconds per mile faster than my fastest race pace - and it even included a 7:50 mile at mile 7! WHAT?! I don't want to get overly confident, but I really think I may be headed for a new PR! The Savannah Women's Half is just 5 weeks away - eek!

Whew! I guess in my constant half-asleep state, I really did quite a lot over the past few days! Here's hoping the next few bring more rest, and more to say. 😉