Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ah, the good life...

It's been a whole 5 days!
I'm still alive- alive and well.

The crazy has begun here at our house.
School started...
My big 3rd and 2nd graders.
I'm glad they love school- makes it much easier.

Number 3 child starts Kindergarten next week.
The 4th one started preschool today- but I spaced the picture taking.
They took away our buses, so lots of driving to the school is going on.
That and soccer season has come- with dance classes starting next week.

I like getting back on a schedule.
It works better for my brain.
Things get a little out of control during the summer months-
now we can get back on track :).

I've still been getting the workouts on.
I ran a whole 3.2 miles on Monday- yay!
The furthest I've gone since the injury.
It felt really good- no pain.

Today I ran 2.5 miles and then did a one hour spin class.
It was challenging and very, very sweaty.
The husband LOVES when I take his car to the gym...
then get soaking wet with sweat and make his car smell really awesome.
I like to share... my natural scent.
Musty. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

DayQuil cocktail...

By Wednesday evening I wasn't feeling so good.
Nothing terrible- but I felt it something coming.
Luckily it didn't get horrible.
Just a sinus infection, headache, some body pain.

Nothing a good Dayquil/Emergen-C cocktail
and hanging around all Thursday in my pajamas won't cure.
Okay, maybe not CURE... but it helps-
if only in my own crazy lady brain.

I did get out and play volleyball Thursday evening.
It still surprises me how sweaty and sore a little volleyball can get me.
 I felt a little sluggish, but it was good to get my body out of the house.

This morning was much better.
Made it to the gym at 5:30am.
Ran 2 miles.
Then spin class for an hour.

The injury is feeling really good these days.
Meaning, I don't feel any pain after 2 miles.
Going to the sports doc next week!

Happy weekend everyone!
I'm glad this little cold of mine seems to be short-lived
so I can enjoy our last weekend before school starts!
3 kids in elementary school, one in preschool this time around.

This mom's gonna be doing LOTS o' driving this year... 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Don't drink the park water...

Today I took my kids to the park/splash pad.
I really did think to myself:
"Taking 5 kids to the park is a good enough workout for one day".

I realized about 2 minutes after getting there that I am fooling myself.
My kids aren't babies anymore.
They don't need me at the park.
I basically sit there...
or follow them around acting like I'm taking care of kids,
even though they clearly don't need my help with anything.

I can now be the mom at the park who can bring a book.
It's nice, I'm not going to lie.
I still have to glance up every 15 seconds to count kids-
and to stop them from drinking the splash pad water...
 but luckily my kids aren't runners... and they're scared of strangers.

This means that I could not continue to believe that 
sitting on my butt at the park is a workout.

So I ran 1.5 miles and did an hour long spin class.
Lots of sweat, hill climbs and sprint intervals.
THAT was some exercise.
Halfway through every spin class, I always wonder
why in the H E double YEAH
am I doing this to myself again!
Then it's over and I'm happy I did it.
It's quite an hour of varying emotion ;).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Donuts ruin everything...

or is it doughnuts?
A quick google search reveals:
nobody cares either way.

So I did so good eating healthy today.
A nice omelet for breakfast- one egg, 2 egg whites and tomato.
A salad w/ a little leftover shredded pork and bbq sauce for lunch.

Then the husband brought this home:

We'll just not talk about the fact that I told him to.
Better to just blame it on him.
It's my blog.
I do what I want.

At least it was just one ;).
It could have been worse.

I did some 30 Day Shred... with children.
Lots of sweat- so hopefully I almost burned off 
the calories I consumed with that donut.
The delicious devil donut. 

Tomorrow will be a better day.
Until 3 o'clock rolls around and the sugar cravings start.
Seriously- what do you do about that? 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Vegetables or cheese crackers...

I have no problem exercising.
I like to get a good workout in as many days of the week that I can.
Even with this blasted stress fracture-
I find a way.

Now I've got to work on the eating healthy-
let's make that healthIER.
I really don't eat that unhealthily...
BUT 
I read all these running/fitness blogs and see how
everyone eats so well ALL the time.
That hasn't entirely clicked in with me yet.
Working on it ;). 

What needs work is my snack choices

Some nice vegetables instead of a handful of cheez-its.
Yeah- turns out cheese crackers... not good for you.
(Yes, I am 5 and eat goldfish crackers.) 

So, this having a garden in my backyard thing is helpful to me.
I have a big ol' bowl of these guys:
 Very helpful for those times when I feel like I need to eat a little something.
It makes me feel good when I choose something healthy over the alternatives.

So yeah-
my first day of trying to be a healthier eater was a success!
Lunch was a whole head of cauliflower.
It wasn't a giant head- but I still ate it all.

I roasted it in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper...
It was so, so very tasty.
I ate it all and wanted more.
My kids conveniently didn't like it- yay, more for me! 

Good day.

Workout Round-up for today:

1 hour BodyPump- 5:30am
Ran 2.5 miles after BodyPump
1 hour Spin class- 6:30pm

I feel ready for bed.

Any good tips or suggestions for healthy snacking??
Give it to me! 

Also- check out the awesome giveaway going on over at Always Training Trio

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Morning vs. Evening...

When I run in the evening, the injury doesn't hurt-
but it does kinda hurt when I run in the morning.
It doesn't hurt a lot and it doesn't hurt after I'm done...
so maybe it's just cuz my muscles are tighter first thing in the morning.
I don't usually stretch BEFORE running- just after.
Perhaps I should stretch before.

So, I missed the Hobble Creek Half Saturday morning.
I actually wasn't that sad- mostly I forgot it was going on.
It's over and that money is officially gone ;). 
It meant I didn't have to get up at 3:30 on a Saturday morning- that's nice.
I got up at 5:30 am  instead.
I was hanging out on the elliptical instead of running. 

I went about creating my marathon training plan last night.
I took some different plans I found online- combined and altered them...
to make the plan that I wanted.
It was a surprising good time.
I'm a running nerd.
It took me a while and I had way too much fun doing it.
Now I just have to be able to run more than 3 miles with no pain.
The plan conveniently starts a few days after I see the doctor again.
Let's all cross our fingers! 
 
 Plan for the week:
 Monday:  BodyPump- am, Spin class- pm
Tuesday:  30 day Shred w/ Jillian- level 1 & 2
Wednesday:  run up to 3 miles, Spin
Thursday:  Run 2-3 miles, elliptical
Friday:  Run 2 miles, Spin
Saturday:  Run 2-3 miles, elliptical
Sunday:  Rest

All running will be based on pain level.
By that I mean, any pain=stop running

Last week before the kids go back to school!
Must figure out some fun things to do! 

Friday, August 19, 2011

I guess I can...

leave well enough alone, that is.

I won't lie.
I seriously considered doing the Hobble Creek Half tomorrow.

It's been a long ol' 4 weeks since my diagnosis
I only vaguely remember the doc telling me to start out slowly.
Maybe that means it didn't really happen

I mean, really- if my hip/femur doesn't hurt running 2 miles
surely that means I can run 13.1 miles

Ah, delusion.

Luckily a conflict occurred that means I can't run it even if I wanted to.
Which makes it easier for me to think clearly-
thus helping me realize that I am borderline ridiculous
with a femur death wish.

Doesn't the possibility of fully cracking my femoral neck in half sound amazing?
Why would I even take that risk?
To not have wasted the $48 I paid for this race?
Not worth it, I suppose. 

See, I'm right on top of stuff.

I don't know why the husband calls me an 
"irrational runner".

Whatever, man.

Seriously, though.
I AM going to take it slow.
Keep running a little at a time, see the doc again...
then start out on an easy marathon plan to prepare for 
Only 4.5 months to go!!

BUT, I'm not completely ruling out St. George.
I know.  I know.
We'll see how I feel.
I only have to do 15 minute miles-
so as to not be picked up by the slow runner bus. 

Irrational runner?  Where? 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Leaving well enough alone...

Well, apparently I can't do that.

So I decided to try running again.
At the gym- on the treadmill.

I ran one mile and felt really good.
I ran another one.
It felt good, too.
Then I had to stop to get to spin class.

The injury didn't hurt, didn't hurt after - still doesn't hurt.
I don't know why I do this to myself.
It makes me want to believe everything is okay now.
Maybe things are on the mend...
but it doesn't mean I should go out and run, run, run, right?
Slow and steady?
I don't like slow and steady. 

Whatever. 
It gives me hope. 

The HobbleCreek Half is on Saturday.
Hmmm.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I'm boring without running- also some laundry...

I like blogging.
It's fun.

I don't like when I have nothing to BLOG ABOUT.
Not like I ever blogged about anything that interesting :).

How many more times can I use the word "blog" before it gets really annoying.
Too late?
Okay, I'm done.

It's super exciting to hear about going to the gym, right?
Cuz that's all I've got.
That and I need to get back to eating healthier... and less.
I started eating a LOT more while I was training for the marathons.

As I am NOT currently training for a marathon-
I should not be eating like I'm running 45 miles a week.
So I hear...
from my scale and my stomach.

Luckily I read blogs-
(AH, I done wrote it again)
Blogs that inspire me and give me healthy eating ideas.
That's good. 

Moving on.
I wish my gym had a spin class every day.
They don't have any on Tuesday or Thursday.
Which means that I am banished to the elliptical on those days.
An hour on the elliptical takes forever- in my head, at least. 
I only make it through THAT when I use the ones with TV screens.
But there is NOTHING on at 6am except news and infomercials.
News is good- but only for so long.
Then it gets me a little depressed.

So, that sucks.
This post is totally rad.
By rad, I mean random and dull :).
r.a.d.
Ha!  See what I did there?
yes, I AM that cool. 

Why not make it MORE rad...
and show why having kids is awesome.
Making them do things I don't feel like doing.
Like switching the laundry.

I milk this while they still like doing it.
I know it won't last.
Someone please tell me how I am going to convince
my 3 year old to wear CLOTHES again once summer is over.
He lives in his "wim suit"- rotating the 2 pair he has.
He won't keep a shirt on at home.
I have to really reason with him to keep it on in public.
Reasoning with a 3 year old is just a good time.

If you see pictures on here at Christmas time with a partially dressed
3 year old boy, you will know why.
I will at least make him wear boots when he plays in the snow.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Shredding, spinning, stairs and sliding...

My butt is sore.

Yesterday the husband worked 16+ hours.
Which means he was gone from 6:30am until 12:30AM.
SO MUCH FUN

I did run those 2 horrible, reality facing miles.
Other than that, I had no time to go to the gym- with 5 kids and all.

So I decided to do some 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels.
 I got the DVD for 6 bucks at Walmart, so I figured I should use it.
It was actually reasonably challenging.

However, I had some helpers...
 that pretty much took over my entire workout space:
video

 This is why I can't really get much exercising done at home ;).
(please ignore my terrible voice in the background) 

Anyhow- I don't remember a specific exercise on the DVD
that really worked my glutes- aka: butt muscles.
Something did, though.
Man alive.

Then I did an early morning spin class...
before heading to the water park with the husband and kids.

This includes much hiking of lots and lots of stairs-
so that we can slide down big waterslides.

I may or may not have been grunting and moaning as small children
stared at me as though I were insane.
Believe what you will. 

So yeah- my butt hurts.
That is the story of the day.
It was a good one, I know.

AND now for something more interesting:

If you don't read Shut Up And Run, well you should-
but definitely check out THIS POST.

The husband and I laughed and laughed.
Yes, we are easily amused- but it's still funny :).
 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Not what I was hoping for...

First, to address a question-
I usually get up between 4:30 and 5:15 am on workout days.
So as to be home in time for the husband to get to work.

Then I sit on my bed- hardly moving- for an hour :).

Which is what I did today.
Woke up at 4:40.
BodyPump class at 5:30.
Ran a whole MILE on the treadmill.
(Spin class this evening!) 

It felt great to be running and the running wasn't hard.

Still- it wasn't good. 

I tried to go slow.
It felt slow.
BUT...
My hip/femur started hurting (not a lot) about 3/4 of the way through.
The husband says I didn't go slow enough.  
Grrr.

It doesn't really hurt NOW- so part of me thinks maybe it is all in my head.
Maybe I'm just paranoid.
I hope, I hope. 

 It's only like- 50 days until the St. George Marathon.  
I don't know if I'm going to be able to do it.  
That makes me sad.  

Big picture, big picture.  

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Not much going on here...

I feel like I don't have much to say on here.
Well, not anything NEW :).

I realize that I basically did the same post 3 days in a row.
The ones where I complained about how sore I was
and how terrible and wonderful I am finding spin class to be.
(seriously, I just LOVE it.)

Nothing much else to write about, though.
This injury is making me boring.
Sad.
I could write about the 65 minute elliptical session I did yesterday...
on the 'Performance' setting- which means HILLS.
That sucked a little bit- but in a good way.

Not interesting, I know.
See?  Boring.

Here's some exciting!
Exciting for me, that is.

I am going to do BodyPump again tomorrow morning.
That's not the exciting (to me) part.
After that I think I will try a little running.

Just a little bit... to test out this broken leg of mine.
See how it feels.
I'm jazzed to do some running again.
I've missed it so.

Crossing my fingers that everything feels good.

Proposed Weekly Workout Schedule:
(if no pain at all in my hip/femur) 

Monday:  BodyPump in the AM, a mile or 2, Spin in the evening
Tuesday:  Run a few miles in the morning- maybe elliptical in the evening
Wednesday:  Run a few miles, Spin in the evening
Thursday:  Run in the AM, Volleyball in the evening
Friday:  Spin in the morning
Saturday:  Run in the morning
Sunday:  Nothing, nothing at all 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Volleyball is hard...

I haven't been sticking to my planned workout schedule very well.

Oh, yesterday...

I planned to get up at 4:30am and go to the gym
for some fun elliptical time.

However, I did NOT get to bed early enough and my body
(okay, let's be honest- every part of me)
just said NO!  We will not be moved.

 A new plan was formed- one where I went to the gym in the evening.

I forgot that I was supposed to go play volleyball then, too.

I didn't want to go- but didn't want them to not have enough players.
So I went.
Which was good, because we had 6 with me there.

I had not played volleyball since last winter-
and I always seem to think it will be easier than it ends up being.

I did NOT end up going to the gym after volleyball, as I had planned.
I was reminded that I am not 20 anymore :).
Volleyball makes me tired. 

But we WON.
That's the most important thing, right?
In my head, maybe.

I did get up at 5am and go to spin this morning.

Now it is 8:45am and time for a nap, I think.
 Oh wait- there are all these kids here.
Where did they all come from? 
 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

It hurts so good...

Things improved a little today-
the muscle soreness, that is.

A little bit- but not much.

It was mildly easier to raise my arms to my forehead...
and to stand up after sitting. 

I took this tiny improvement to mean that I should go to spin class.

I felt pretty good until the spin instructor decided to try and kill me.
Kill me with spinning intervals.

I may have cried- or it may have just been sweat...
the sweat that was coming from every pore. 
I lost the ability to tell the difference. 

It was terribly wonderful. 

I am loving this spin stuff.
I am anxious to get back to the running- (probably attempt a slow mile on Saturday)
but I will stick with the spinning, too.
It will be great cross-training- and it's addicting!

Now to find some cheaply prices spin shoes.
I am understanding the need for them now. 
 
 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

When your body stops working...

I was aware that I would be sore after my first BodyPump class.
It had been a while since I had done any real work on my muscles.

But WOW...
this is painful.

I did the BodyPump class yesterday morning
and then the Spin class in the evening.
It wasn't so bad then.

This morning, though- oh my, oh my. 


My quads feel like they did after my first marathon.
I wiped down my kitchen counter and all the muscles in my arms cried.

I thought that maybe getting out of the house and moving might help.
By getting out of the house I mean taking 5 kids to the Driver License DMV...
and then to the library.
(To replace the things that the mean purse thieves stole) 

I'm sure I scared people with my groaning as I got in and out of the car...
or up and down out of the chairs.  

It's a good wake up call.
Do more work with weights!
Also a good reminder that I'm a wimp. 

Pain you enjoy, right?
Wait-- am I enjoying this??
:) 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Noodle arms...

Oh my goodness man alive...

So, I went and did the BodyPump class today.
The instructor was nice and told me what equipment to gather.

She told me my weight options and said to start conservatively. 
She was like "you seem in good shape" but said to not try too much
since it was my first class and all that.

I DID stay on the conservative end...
and STILL felt like the most gigantic WIMP EVER.


 It certainly was humbling :).

My legs feel okay so far- but my ARMS?
Oh, my arms.

I  left feeling really strong.
Check out this awesomeness...
Okay- I am clearly not to the point of having actual MUSCLE yet.
Someday- oh yes, someday! 

A few hours later (after cleaning some bathrooms)
my arms feel like this...
as in NOODLE ARMS.

Lifting my arm up to take this picture felt entirely too challenging..
I tried to fold some clothes.
You read correctly.
FOLD some CLOTHES.
That felt too hard.
Folding.  Clothes.

I think I need to do this class way more often.
My wimpy, noodle arms need some help. 

Good thing I loved the class.