Running/Training Reboot & New Races

Between a cold, dreary winter and my work schedule, I definitely fell off with my training. I still ran the races I signed up for in January, March and April AND finished, but they were rough!

Then, my “good foot” started getting pains, and for a while my podiatrist and I suspected a stress fracture (MRI was negative, thankfully!). In retrospect, there’s a good chance that that happened because I ran/walked several half marathons and a Ragnar Relay back-to-back without proper training before or in between.

So, I needed a REBOOT!

Running

I’m running short distances once a week in May just to “warm” myself up for the REBOOT that starts in June. In June, I’m starting a 13-week half marathon training plan. Realistically, I can only squeeze two runs in each week, so that will have to do for now — especially since I need to use the third day for cross-training (trying to learn from where I went wrong in my last training program).training

Strength

In addition the new training plan, I am also adding Orange Theory Fitness sessions to the mix starting June 1st. In the meantime, I’ve been doing total body barbell workouts at home 1-2 times a week in May.

Diet/Weight Loss

I’ve also put on about 50-60 pounds since I broke my foot 4 years ago, and I’m sure that that’s also hindering my running progress. I read in a few places that a runner cuts 2 seconds off of their mile time for every pound lost. That means, in theory, if I dropped 40 pounds, I’d shave 17+ minutes off of my total half marathon time (not including any improvement in time from training). So, I’m motivated to get this done.

LINK: Will I run faster if I lose weight?

Today makes day 10 of following a ketogenic diet – low carbs, moderate protein, high (good) fat. It has been interesting cooking  3 meals a day every day and experimenting with new recipes. I’ve been to the grocery store almost every other day to pick up new ingredients. But, I am trying to avoid eating out for the next 30 days while I’m home (I have some upcoming travel where that will be unavoidable).

Here are some of the low-carb meals I’ve prepared so far:

Races

Of course, what’s training without races?!

I canceled the races I had planned from mid-May until Labor Day so I can focus on training properly, getting stronger, getting lighter and coming back with a bang in September. I have to pay again, but the Popular Brooklyn Half will give me a guaranteed entry for next year. It was for the better.

I DID sign up for the Rock N Roll Half Marathons in both Virginia Beach (9/2/2018) and Los Angeles (10/28/2018). Wanna join me? Use Code RNRBRP2018 to get $15 OFF!

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I am amped about both locations (each beautiful at that time of year), and I can’t wait to make some progress with the new training and weight loss. Wish me luck, and follow the journey!

Florida Days 5 & 6: Water parks & Magic Kingdom

We finished off the weekend at Seaworld’s Aquatica Water Park and Magic Kingdom.

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I did OK with low-carb over the weekend… lots of salads, at least until last night’s dinner at Bonefish Grill (yum!). I had seared ahi tuna for appetizer and lobster tail with scallops and double vegetable instead of the other carb-y sides.

did have a small piece of Mom’s funnel cake today at Magic Kingdom which was DE-lightful!

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Unfortunately, I missed doing my squats last night. But, given the fact that I walked about 9-10 miles between the two days and walked 20 flights of stairs according to Garmin (all of those tall water slides!), I honestly don’t feel so bad.

Tonight, I’m slated for 85 squats, plus 85 sit ups and 40 pushups. Tomorrow, starts week 3!

 

 

Florida day 3: Reflection, motivation & new shoelaces

Since today was a non-running day, I spent time with the kiddo (a few pics from the Museum of Discovery and Science below), and then the Godkiddos after they got out of school. It gave me time to reflect on what I’ve been doing well so far, and what I could potentially do better with this post-injury half marathon training.

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Things I Need to Work on:

Motivation

I’m hitting the point where I am progressing (and it IS getting easier), but not as fast as I would like. And it’s playing tricks with my mind. I caught myself having thoughts like, “If I’m winded at 1.5 miles, how on earth will I ever get up to 13.1?”

I know I need to get the Negative Nancy voice out of my head, but post-injury, and with the extra weight I’m carrying around, training this go round has been quite humbling.

A friend suggested that listening to audiobooks may be my problem. She suggested I “put on some gangsta rap and handle it!” OK — got it. So, during yesterday’s run, I put my “Get Money” playlist on shuffle, and I think it did do a better job at distracting me from the aches than the audiobook (I ran the longest I have since beginning training!).

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Years back, I would forget I was running while listening to “The Help” and “Eat, Pray, Love,” so I may try audiobooks again when training gets a bit easier. Right now, I guess I need a little “gangsta rap” and ‘get money” in my runs. 🙂

Foot numbness

I had some foot numbness again yesterday, after not having any for the past two runs. Yesterday it wasn’t numb in the usual areas, but over my big toe and inner foot this time.

At our last session, my massage therapist suggested that I try different shoelace patterns if the injection didn’t resolve the matter. So, I found this site which does a great job at displaying ways to lace shoes based on different running (foot) ailments.

I went with the “wide feet in general” option which skips a few holes. We’ll see if tomorrow morning’s run is any better.

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Aches (ugh!)

Between the 65 squats last night and yesterday’s 2-miler, mixed with the fact that I couldn’t do my normal post-run soak, I was pretty achy today — in my “bad foot” and the anterior muscles in my “good leg.”

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As a result, in between each outing today, I did some major massage — both with my hand and the massage roller — using the Elemis Musclease Active Body Oil. I am thinking I should have massaged this much yesterday immediately post-run as a means of preventing today’s discomfort. Let’s hope tomorrow feels better.

Things I think I’m Doing Well:

Diet

I have done a great job keeping to low-carb in the face of traveling, temptation and being surrounded by junk food. Tonight, I wanted the Bananas Foster so badly at Dave & Buster’s but I thought about how sad I would be if I got on the scale next week and didn’t see any loss, and decided the pie wasn’t worth it.

Going Slowly/Rehabbing

I think I am doing a good job at going really slowly in training to avoid injuries. I am working hard at strengthening my foot/ankle, and listening to my body along the way. Going slowly is also helping me not feel like a failure — if I really went out there and tried to run 6 miles right now like I used to, I would be disappointed and humbled pretty quickly, and it would probably mess with my head. Slow is better right now.

>>What did you do well this week? What do you want to work on for next week?

Florida day 2: Two miles on the beach!

Today, I was only supposed to do 1.75 miles, but I made a deal with myself that if I wasn’t dead at 1.75, I wanted to know what 2 straight felt like (this go round). Oddly enough, at the 1-mile mark I was exhausted, but by the time I got to 1.75, I got a tiny, tiny bit of a second wind.

So, ladies and gents, that’s means we have a 2-mile run in the bank! Kiddo and I tried to get out there before it turned into a scorcher, but no luck. It was hot and humid and I was more drenched than usual. As soon as we stopped, of course, the clouds came and cooled things off a bit — go figure!

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Just in case anyone was confused about why I was out there running, my shirt explains it all! 🙂

So, one of the things I like about my Garmin Vivoactive HR+ and the Garmin Connect app are the data it cranks out… especially because I have a terrible sense of time or pace. This graphic pretty much explains my run — I started out fast (fast for me), and had to progressively slow down as I got hotter-hotter-hotter and my heart rate went higher-higher-higher. Yup, that’s it in a nutshell. Although, outside of the day I did speed work, today’s pace was my fastest.

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Meals today were great. I was worried about keeping to low-carb while traveling, but I’ve had pretty good luck.

 

Breakfast: Omelette with sliced turkey, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and spinach. I gave the home fries to kiddo, and stole his strawberries and blueberries.

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Lunch/Dinner: Me, kiddo and the godkids stopped by my Florida fave Chicken Kitchen. I was a little concerned about ordering a Chop-Chop with no rice, only to find they now have a low-carb Chop Chop! In heaven…

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Once that Chop-Chop digests, I still need to muster up enough OOMPH to get these squats (65), sit ups (65) and pushups (30) done. Here goes nothing!

How do YOU stick to your diet while traveling?