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I've got a long, (though shorthanded) entry in the works to recap my very busy week last week. The week that I thought was going to beat me into submission at around Wednesday, but I owned it. I freakin' OWNED IT!

Anyway, today, as Nikki of Moms who drink and swear or more specifically, Nikki's Blithering Blog* would say, Thursday is my bitch!

*I can not thank [livejournal.com profile] cleopatramwi enough for sharing those nuggets of unorthodox joy

Wednesday dragged me down into a pit and attempted to drown me, much like last Wednesday, actually, but more emotional. But Thursday? No, Thursday is MY BITCH!

Let me show you it. )
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For those of you wondering, yes, I do exist outside of Twitter and direct email and comments on other people's LJ or responses to my Facebook status updates (which are just regurgitated tweets). I've even been keeping up with everyone fairly well. But I've got a backlog of things I want to put up here. I know a couple of the entries will take a little while to hammer out, so I've been avoiding them in order to work on things that were more important like OMG 1ST CRAFT SHOW EVAR! Now, most of that is over and I've got a couple of weeks of normal busy before OMG JONAH'S 3RD BIRTHDAY hits. So, I'm going to try to knock those out in the next few days.

In the meantime, what I've been up to:

A list, yay! )
mellymell: (homer running)
As has been mentioned, I got in some yoga last week. It hurt later, but I was glad I did it and will continue to try to fit in an hour or two a week. Unfortunately, since my mother-in-law came up on Saturday and I decided Sunday needed to be spent weeding and cleaning up the front bed, I didn't get my runs in on two gorgeous weekend days. It's really hard to get weekend runs in. So, that means I only ran twice last week. So much for catching up on what I missed the week before. This week I'm on schedule at least. But, here's last week:

Monday - rest
Tuesday - 2.25 mile straight run without stroller; 2.8 miles total in 35.19 mins
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - 2.5 mile straight run without stroller; 3.14 miles total in 40:55 mins
Friday - 1 hour of yoga
Saturday - rest
Sunday - rest

Mileage Totals:
Week - 12.22
Month - 22.88
Year - 110.43
mellymell: (homer running)
Still didn't get all four days in last week. Was all set to go yesterday, walked out the front door starting the stopwatch and everything, but heard some thunder and noticed it was starting to rain (and was still quite slick from the rain earlier in the day). So, I came in and did laundry instead. Would have much rather been running, for sure!

Monday - exhausted from the weekend!
Tuesday - rest
Wednesday - 2.25 mile straight run w/stroller; 2.53 total miles in 33:38 mins
Thursday - 2.25 mile straight run w/stroller; 2.8 total miles in 38:05 mins (do not go in the heat of the day! DUH!)
Friday - rest
Saturday - 2.25 mile straight run w/o stroller; 2.8 total miles in 35:27 mins (AWESOME run! felt great!)
Sunday - rest (I tried, I really tried)

Mileage totals:
Week - 8.13
Month - 10.66
Year - 98.21

Exciting, my next run will put me over 100 miles this year! I know, that's not a ton of running for 7 months, but I'm proud of it. It's a lot more than I've done in certain years past. Hell, I could barely push through a mile in high school and I thought I was in much better shape then.

Since I missed a run last week, I'm going to try to work in 5 runs this week, the first of which will be another 2.25 mile run (tomorrow). Then I'm going to bump up to 2.5 miles for the rest of the week. Next week will be 3 miles (almost there!). The week after, I'll take it to 3.5 miles. I'm debating on if I should try to go to 4 miles before I start working on speed (which will extend my 5k plan another week). I'm devising a plan to alternate various speed and endurance workouts once I finish the initial 5k plan I'm doing right now. I hope to have that hammered out by the end of the week and will post it here for opinions. I really want to get down to a 10 minute or less mile by the end of the year. I'd love to be able to run the zoo 5k in January right at or under 30 minutes if I can.

Today was supposed to be a yoga day. Put Jonah down for a nap and went in the office to take care of a couple of things and the next thing I know, it's 4pm. I swear, I have a hard time watching the clock on days when I didn't get much sleep. I also have a hard time with my internal clock. Usually I have a good idea of how much time has passed when I'm working on things, but today, I've just been lost. Must do better tomorrow. Jonah's going back to school for the first time in two weeks. So help me god if I get a call that he's got a fever. . .
mellymell: (homer running)
No, I'm not giving up already, I promise. I just forgot to post it.

Monday - 2 mile straight run w/stroller; 2.53 miles in 34:51 mins
Tuesday - 2 mile straight run w/o stroller; 2.53 miles in 33:19 mins
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - 2 mile straight run w/stroller; 2.53 miles in ~34 mins
Friday - unintentional rest (got busy in the garden and never got around to running)
Saturday - rest
Sunday - hungover

Mileage Totals:
Week - 7.59
Month - June = 5.06 July = 2.53
Year - 90.08

And even after all that telling people the $20 registration for the Halloween 5k ended on June 30th, well, I forgot to freakin' register. D'OH! So, $25 registration ends July 31st and let's try this again.

Increasing distance this week for the first time in. . . forever. I'm just taking a gulp and doing it and not over thinking it or second guessing if I'm ready or not. Did it yesterday and today, actually. Added a quarter mile to make my runs 2.25 miles now (or at least for the rest of the week). I'll try to up the distance again next week because, well, that's what my plan wants me to do and I'm going to try to stick to it. Also, instead of bouncing back and forth between 2.25 mile runs and 2 mile runs like the plan says to do, I'm just making the increase and sticking with it. At this point, I don't really see the point in bouncing back to 2 miles and it might even be detrimental. Also, also, I'm going to stop trying to run 5 days a week (not that I was succeeding at that anyway). I'm cutting back to 4 (again, not that it's really cutting back since that's the most I've run so far this year). On my running rest days, I'm going to do an hour of yoga. I really need some cross training and I simply do not have the time to workout for 2 hours a day. I can pull an hour though, so with 3 days of yoga and 4 days of running, we'll see how that does for me.

Let's see, also, I think I'm going to rework my route for a little while. I'm feeling some soreness in my leg again (no popping anymore though) and I'm starting to think it's from a certain section of my route. It's usually fine until I get to this point where the pavement is sloped and it puts a little extra strain on my right leg. If I alternate and do that section backwards, the wear might be a little more even on my body. Also hoping the yoga will help to stretch and strengthen that out a bit. Another reason to change it up is that now at the very end of my run, I've got an incline. It's somewhat gradual, but enough to wear me out and make me hurt right at the end. I'm thinking if I cover the neighborhood in more like a figure 8 sort of pattern, I'll get the hills out of the way when I'm still fairly fresh (first mile or so) and then I can also do that uneven section with the left foot for a while. Win, win!

Also in the win, win department, I believe I made an idle wish to start running again and to start making jewelry again in the month of June. By the skin of my teeth, I did both in the last week or so of the month. That's procrastination for you.
mellymell: (homer running)
Well, I went running today for the first time in 8.5 weeks.

The good news: I can still do two miles without hurting too bad. Breathing was actually easy. Never got a catch in my side and no burning in the lungs or heaving. The heat and humidity are good for something, at least for me. I don't think I've gained much weight in the past two months that I've been off the wagon. I feel like I have, but the scale says otherwise. I may have started to lose a bit of muscle. Which means I'm probably going to be couple of pounds heavier tomorrow, because, well, that's just how it seems to work with me. I think because of how I lost the weight I managed to lose before, it's stayed off more easily. That gives me hope for weight maintenance in the future.

The bad news: I've lost a couple of minutes of time (overall, still not timing individual miles) and my legs are very tight even after extra long warm up/cool down and stretching. I'm anticipating it taking a good week or so to get the kinks worked back out again. Then, of course, my yoga DVD should be here so I'll start doing that and cause all sorts of new kinks for a while. This was kind of the last straw. I'm feeling aches and pains again that were around before I started running (knees, that pesky ankle thingy though it's not as bad as it was, lower back, shoulders, etc.). I'm also just generally feeling unhealthy, what with no exercise paired with things like bacon wrapped smoked pork loins and homemade sausage and such.

I'm really going to try to get back on this. I feel like my life would get back to normal just by changing this one aspect. Also, I don't know why I wasn't running when I was in full time contemplative mode. Half an hour, 5 times a week to be alone with my thoughts. Why didn't that make perfect sense? And the weather was so nice then, aside from tons and tons of rain.

So, here goes. I've missed all the early summer races I wanted to run because, well, I wasn't running. Here's what I'm pondering now (because I'm just the sort of person that has to have a deadline of some sort to procrastinate against):

Sept. 12th - Broken Wheel Festival 5k in Nolensville (just because it gives us an excuse to go to Nolensville and therefore go eat at Martin's Barbecue after the race, thereby undoing all the good work I will have done that morning by running a 5k, heh).

Sept. 26th - Shelby Bottoms Boogie 15k/5k

Oct. 10th - Germantown 5K Bier Run (no link yet)

Oct. 17th - I Run for the Party Halloween 5k

Oct/Nov ??? - Superhero 5k in Asheville, NC (they still have their Ninja 5k info up from May so no info yet).

Not saying I'm going to run all of these, they're just the ones I'm looking into. If I can do 5 days at 2 miles a day next week, that will basically be week 1 of the 5k plan I was doing before.

In addition to this, of course I'm going to start using the yoga DVD as soon as I get it. It's the show I used to do when we had satellite, but since we no longer have satellite, I spent $15 on his DVD. It's Kurt Johnsen's Yoga for Life, if anyone is interested. Also, I'm going to start doing push-ups and sit-ups again. Just a few at first, like maybe ten of each per day. I just noticed that I was getting a lot more toned with a lot less mileage when I was doing some calisthenics along with the aerobic exercise.

Ass kicking and cheerleading are welcome.
mellymell: (homer running)
I've only run three days in the past three weeks. I still have not lost any endurance (hanging in there with two mile runs still) and my times are improving (though I'm still not up to PRs again). For the first time since early February, I had two miles under 11 mins today. Just barely under (10:53 and 10:49) but under. I'm amazed at how shaving 1-2 minutes off my total time has me burning an extra 100 calories over the course of my run. Anyway, I'm not here to talk about this week yet and I'm going to refrain from making any projections or setting any goals. I'm just going to try to get through the week, one day at a time and see where it takes me. Here's my measly 3 runs for the past two weeks (omitting noting the rest days because it's not resting when you just dick around and don't run):

Week 10:
Wed (3/11) - 2 mile straight run (w/ stroller); 2.53 miles in 31:54; 1st mile 12:01, 2nd mile 11:15

Mileage Totals:
Week - 2.53
Month - 10.12
Year - 59.72

Week 11:
Thurs (3/19) - 2 mile straight run; 2.53 miles in 31:15; 1st mile 11:49, 2nd mile 11:12
Fri (3/20) - 2 mile straight run (w/ stroller); 2.53 miles in 30:53; 1st mile 11:24, 2nd mile 10:53

Mileage Totals:
Week - 5.06
Month - 15:18
Year - 64.78

The ankle weirdness comes and goes. The more I run, the less problem I have. It no longer feels like my ankle rolling. It now feels like a probably weak muscle in my leg above my ankle giving way on occasion and causing a slight pulling feeling in my leg. I'm really going to try hard this week to make myself do some yoga, even if it's just an hour. If that and more running doesn't help get rid of it, I'll think about seeing an orthopedic physician for a diagnosis and consult my physical therapist neighbor for some strength training I can do to fix it.
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So, Jonah stayed home sick from school today. At first, I wasn't sure if he was just slow waking up and cranky or what. I spent about 30 minutes trying to hold him while he was alternating between trying to get comfortable on one of my shoulders and crying from not being able to get comfortable. But, he didn't want me to lay him down either. Eventually, at about 9am (when he should have been at school) I was able to get him to lay down without me so I could call them and let them know he wasn't coming.

I felt horrible making him go to the grocery with me, but we didn't have any medicine for him or juice, both of which he was going to need. So, despite the tears as I got him ready, we made it there and back and he spent the rest of the day on the couch watching movies and sleeping. He'd only leave the couch to come find me if I was out of sight to get him something or just to come sit with him. I've never seen him so pitiful when he was sick before. I even had to feed him his lunch. As in hold the food to his mouth so he could take bites. Even for cookies! He perked up quite a bit at about 5pm after Chris got home.

Despite that, I was able to get pictures of all the pieces of jewelry I made last week and get another necklace done today. I was able to go run after Chris got home, but since Jonah took his nap on the couch (I didn't have the heart to move him, since he looked so comfy), I wasn't able to do any yoga. Maybe tomorrow. My right leg has had a dull ache periodically since the race. I had forgotten about it until tonight. After my run tonight (which was only a mile), it really started to ache. It's not the calf, it's lower and kind of feels more like a soreness right around the bone than something muscular that I could stretch out. Stretches I normally do for my legs didn't seem to help. I'm hoping the yoga will help. I know in the past, any aches and pains I had from running or lack of exercise went away after a week or two doing yoga regularly. It's not like I didn't rest it plenty last week. *shrug*

I just better not get sick again. My sinus infection is officially gone I think, though I still have some congestion.
mellymell: (homer running)
This is barely worth recording, but I guess I should to keep up with mileage and such. The only day I ran was Sunday, so here it is.

Sunday - Supposed to be a 2 mile straight run, but turned into a 1.65 mile interval run; 2.53 miles in 32:18; 1st mile 10:52, 2nd .65 mile 7:31, a .25 mile/4:13 walking break between them.

Mileage totals:
Week: 2.53
Month: 2.53
Year: 27.10

This week it's back on the horse. The running really helped my congestion yesterday and I'm pretty sure I've shaken most of the sinus infection. At this rate, if I don't miss anymore weeks, I should be done with my 5k training and easily running 3.5 miles by the end of the first week of March. Today should just be a 1 mile run, so I'm really going to try to come in and do an hour of yoga after it. I've got to pick back up or at least do some form of cross training.
mellymell: (homer running)
It's so hard to make myself go outside, let alone spend time exercising, when it's cold and dreary out. I even got some cold weather exercising clothes (not much, but something). I really need some gloves. Maybe I'll just keep that Batman pair I got for the Superhero 5k.

So, yet again, this week I'm really going to try to force myself out the door. Even if I can't make myself go outside to run, I will at least do some yoga in the nice warm house. Maybe, just maybe, I can do both. I just know I'm going to be sore after the yoga for at least the first week. It's been a really long time since I've done any. Would probably be really good to do right after a run, actually. My muscles would be nice and warm from the run.
mellymell: (homer running)
It was hard, but I did it. Humidity was killing me this week. I just felt really heavy. Will definitely be repeating what was intended for this week's plan next week.

Monday - 2.61 miles in 35 mins (run 5/walk 1)
Tuesday - 2.18 miles in 30 mins (run 5/walk 2)
Wednesday - 2.53 miles in 35 mins (run 5/walk 1) + 1 mile walk with Jennifer
Thursday - 1 hour of yoga
Friday - 2.53 miles in 33 mins (run 5/walk 1)
Saturday - 2.18 miles in 30 mins (run 5/walk 1)
Sunday - rest or possibly a hike with [livejournal.com profile] sailingwest if she's up to it

Distance totals:
Week - 13.05
Month - 24.17
Year - 60.76

I'm at 49% of my goal of 50 miles in the month of September.
mellymell: (homer running)
Chris ran with me today to wrap up the second week of running. Here's what this week looked like:

Saturday-Monday: rest
Tuesday: 2.35 miles in 33 mins (run 5/walk 3)
Wednesday: 2.53 miles in 35 mins (run 5/walk 4)
Thursday: 1.7 miles in 24 mins plus 1 hour of yoga (run 5/walk 2)
Friday: 2.27 miles in 30 mins (run 5/walk 2)
Saturday: 2.27 miles in 32 mins (run 5/walk 2)
Sunday: rest

Total miles this week: 11.12
Total miles this month: 11.12
Total miles this year: 47.71

This leaves me at 23% of my goal of 50 miles for the month.

About that short day on Thursday. . .  )

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