Saturday, April 24, 2010

Building my base

I'm working on building my base again. After consulting my dad (a professional triathlete and tri-coach) and my neighbor (a sports chiropractor) I understand that while the pain I'm feeling while running is nothing to be alarmed about and normal for having taken 6 weeks off, it doesn't mean I need to run in pain.

After taking 6 weeks off, I just went straight into it (sorta) and starting running 3 miles, 4 days a week and was in agony. I described it as: my shins feeling like they were being crushed by a sledge hammer. More than likely it's because the muscles in my lower legs were just not used to running that many miles and were letting me know they were pissed that I was running so much.

So...with that said, I'm going to take each run one step at a time until I can run 3-4 miles comfortably. It's a little frustrating, but I have over 5 months before Chicago and I enjoy running more when I'm not in so much pain.

I'm also going to start incorporating regular strength and core training into my workouts. I know, I know...that's TERRIBLE! I've been running since October 2008 and I've never incorporated regular cross training into my training except for when I was boxing. One reason I'm going to do this is because I need to: strength and core training helps with speed and stamina. Another reason I'm going to do this: is because I want very toned arms in my wedding dress!

To help keep my on track, I'm going to try to start posting my work outs for the day on my side bar! Look for the "Work It Girl!" section of the side bar!

PS - thanks for encouragement on my last post. It really does help! :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I didn't fall off the face of the earth

...I promise!

WOW, has it really been almost 2 months since my last post?


Funny how life gets sorta crazy huh?

Ok…recap…

Beginning of March – I didn’t run. I worked 12ish hour days preparing for our annual convention. Enjoyed beer. Finalized my bridesmaids for my wedding.

End of March – I didn’t sleep. I worked a lot. Our annual convention went as smooth as it possibly could go, the numbers were the best yet. My maid of honor and I toured a reception location.

Beginning of April – still no running, because I suck. The fiancé and I revisited the reception location, fell in love with it, and signed a contract. We picked a date (4/29/2011!!!). We booked our photographer (www.sessionninephotography.com).

Middle of April – I started running again, and it sucked*. We went to Phoenix to visit family and go to the Suns first playoff game (which they lost, but came back with a huge win their next game). The fiancé finalized his groomsmen.

*Yes, running has sucked. If I’m gonna be honest, part of my regretted signing up for the Chicago Marathon in October. After my last half marathon (Valentine’s Day 2010) I was so dead. I PRed (barely) but felt like I was so over running. I’ve heard about these awful days, where running sucks, you hate it, it hurts, you cry, you’re in pain, you feel like you’re going to die, you want to give up, and you despise the people who seem to enjoy it…we’ve all had those days, but let me tell you, it FREAKING SUCKS when it’s a race day and the race is 13.1 miles long!

With that said, I’m trying to get back into running. I booked my flight and hotel for Chicago, so I have a few hundred bucks invested into this race already…it IS happening. While I was in Phoenix, I had a surprise visit from bff (she is from Chicago and happened to be visiting her bf in Phoenix the same weekend I was there – it was meant to be!). Anyway, we are doing the Chicago Marathon together (yes, the Saucesome Duo makes an epic return!) and she really helped put my running mind at ease. I swear, without that girl, I would have quit a long time ago. This is our plan: we are going to train like there is no tomorrow, we are going to go out there and have a blast, we are going to walk when we need to, cry if we feel like it, and of course take photos! I mean come on, I’ve done 13.1 miles four times…how hard could 26.2 be…right? Right? Well, it’s happening!!!

The plan, right now, is to slowing increase my miles. It’s amazing (and quite sad) just how out of running shape you can get without seeing physical difference in just 6 weeks. Right now, 3 miles is tough. It sucks, but whatever. I’ll get there.

I hope you all are doing well. I’ll keep you posted on my marathon training and wedding plans! :)