Quick-Fire Week

I made a really good choice this afternoon when I decided to buy a coffee at work.  I was falling asleep, but now I’m not, and I’m also feeling very optimistic.  I may also be a little hyper, which is making me want to blog, but not put too much effort into writing a well-articulated post.

So, a quick-fire approach to recapping my recent life:

  • I went to a yoga class on Thursday with my friend Katie.  It was a lot of fun and felt really good.  It was my first time ever doing yoga in a studio.  I want to see if I can make it again this week.
  • I did the ice bucket challenge after my brother nominated me:
  • Matt and I spent the weekend with his parents, originally for the Crim, but then we hung out longer and had a fun time.
  • I attempted to run the 10-mile at the Crim on Saturday morning, despite the hip issues I had been dealing with.  By mile two, my hip was starting to get tight, and before the six-mile mark, it was pretty much shot.  I walked the majority of the final 4.5 miles after hanging out with course volunteers for 10-20 minutes.  I finished in two and a half hours and I was pretty bored walking because all the walkers around me had friends to chat with, but I was by myself.  Regardless, I covered the distance, so that is something to be proud of, even though it could have gone a million times better and I could be a million times healthier.
  • On Sunday afternoon, we went shopping at an outlet mall and I managed to get a pair of shoes, plus six pairs of no-show socks, for $32!
  • My final semester of college starts in a week, so I have been preparing for the job-hunting process.  It’s both exciting and stressful, but mostly exciting.
  • My bike is finished being repaired, so I get to pick it up tomorrow after work and I will get to ride it when we go up north this weekend. 🙂
  • Matt and I are seeing the series 8 premier of Doctor Who, “Deep Breath,” in a theater tonight!

Have you been up to anything exciting?  Do tell!

Resting training 5/12-5/18/14

After re-tweaking my hip on Tuesday, I ended up taking the rest of the week really easy trying to sort it out.  No more running and as little walking as possible until it was feeling better.  I was able to go for a walk Sunday night without pain, but running still feels out of the question.  I still want to play it super safe to make sure I make it to the starting line (and the finish!) of Bayshore on Saturday.

I walked to work this morning (Monday), which is about 2 miles, and I felt probably just as good as my walk Sunday night, but my hip still feels weak and volatile.  Once the pain is completely gone, I want to work on strengthening it with some bodyweight work.  I have some PT exercises I have been neglecting.

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 6mi run during which I messed up my hip again (didn’t notice till that night)

Wednesday: yoga before bed

Thursday: rest

Friday: at-home strength workout, mostly core and a bit of arms

Saturday: rest

Sunday: Walked a little less than 4 miles with Matt

Total running: 6 miles, but it’s fine. 🙂

Training(ish) Recap: Week of 4/14-4/20/2014

This week was all about my hip feeling like crap.  I got really down on myself, but the last couple days I have been able to rest more than normal with it being the weekend and me not having to do much walking.  It feels like resting has really helped!  The end of the semester is here and I have exams and projects the next two weeks, with the most challenging ones over by this coming Friday.  I don’t see myself having much time to do anything but code and study this coming week, so I think I should get in some more excellent rest and come out of it feeling ready to enjoy this beautiful weather. 🙂  With running.  Or even pain-free walking.  Whaaat a concept!

My cross-training kind of petered off by the end of the week, but I really do think rest is helping more than cross-training was.  I swam on Saturday for the first time in months, though, and I do want to get myself feeling much more comfortable in the water (I gulp air and give myself tummy-aches 😦 ), so I might see if I can fit in a couple swims next week.  Even two workouts before Friday might be a stretch though if I want to do well on exams, which I do.

Without further ado, my “training”!

Monday: 40 minutes on the elliptical followed by pushups and hip strengthening

Tuesday: 45 minutes elliptical, core, negative pull-ups, lat pulldowns – with a couple friends in the morning 🙂

Wednesday: Off (I had to walk a lot though)

Thursday: 30 minutes elliptical, core, woodchoppers, pushups, goblet squats, dumbbell rows, plus foam rolling

Friday: Foam rolling, 15 minutes elliptical, then I didn’t want to be on the elliptical so I went to Matt’s house and had ice cream.

Saturday: 38ish minute swim (short breaks included) – kickboard and pull-buoy practice with a few laps of freestyle at the end (and two random backstroke laps at the very beginning)

Sunday: Off (coding all day)

I started taking ibuprofen for my hip on Thursday and I took it a few times Thursday and Friday and once Saturday.  I don’t know if it helps the healing process, but the doctor usually tells me to take it and it definitely makes things feel happier in there.  I didn’t take any today, but I’ll probably take some tomorrow just in the morning for when I have to walk to/from class.

Takeaways from this past week: I underestimated the value of rest and now I get to rest more because of exams.

Matt says I’m “under construction.”  I kind of like that. 🙂

How was your week?  I hope you had a happy Easter or just a happy spring day!

Training Recap: Week of 4/7 – 4/13/2014

I went back down a bit in mileage last week because my right hip has been bugging me since about a week ago.  It sometimes just feels really tight and uncomfortable, sometimes hurts, and sometimes feels almost normal.  All the muscles surrounding my hip socket feel pretty tight and/or sore, so I’m paying more attention to stretching long and often.  Running has been a little uncomfortable, but not painful.  I have a feeling that if I tried to run today though, that it would hurt, so I will not be running while it still feels like that!

So this is what last week looked like:

Monday: 3.49mi at running club practice (afternoon)

Tuesday: off due to my hip feeling really tight

Wednesday: biked to and from work (about 2 miles/20 minutes each way and relatively hilly), otherwise off

Thursday: walked a little over 3mi late at night with a couple friends.  Hip felt annoying, like kinda itchy inside?

Friday: 4.03mi in the morning.  I could feel my hip, but it wasn’t painful.  Wore heels in the evening for prom and it pretty much felt okay.

Saturday: long run 7.01mi.  I was very dehydrated and also probably ran harder than I should have.  I don’t think my hip felt any worse though.  Walked a couple miles with Matt and his dog later and that felt like it loosened up my hip some.

Sunday: 3.13mi in the morning, without coffee or food.  I felt very sluggish and this was a struggle.  I started feeling some twinges of pain in the outside of my hip in the afternoon, where previously all the discomfort had been on the inside or front.  Which means now I’m worried and kind of regretting this run.  I knew less than halfway through that I didn’t feel recovered from Saturday and should have backed off, but I didn’t and I forced myself through it.

Total running for the week: 17.66mi

This morning (Monday) walking to class, the outside of my hip hurt, but walking more slowly to the bus stop afterwards, I had no pain.  I will be cross training on the bike today, and any runs I do this week will be SLOWWWW and EASY.  I’m obviously still trying to learn where my body draws the line between tightness and injury, and I don’t want to cross the line yet again to find out.  Patience will make me better in the long run.

Hah, long run, get it?

Have you figured out where your body draws the line?  How many injuries did it take you?  Because this is getting ridiculous.