Monday, March 12, 2018

National Women's Half Training - Week 5

Well, there wasn't much to report on the work out front last week sadly.  My foot is still giving me problems but I did go to a doctor.  The details of the week are below.

Monday - rest day, which was much needed after the 10k on Sunday. I also worked from home so I didn't have to deal with trying to put a shoe on my foot. 

Tuesday - Another work from home and true rest day for my foot.  It was elevated for most of the day and iced off and on.

Working from home includes kitty breaks

Wednesday - Body pump with a 10 minute warm up on the elliptical.

Thursday - 45 minutes on the elliptical

Friday - strength training at home, plus I spent almost half the day at various medical appointments.  I had a follow up PT appointment, a mammogram, and an appointment to see my doctor about my foot.  She got an x-ray and it showed that it's tendinitis and not a stress fracture, yay!  She is concerned that it's lasting so long (as am I) so she scheduled me to see a podiatrist this week.

We also went out in the evening to see A Wrinkle in Time.  I loved this book as a kid and was really excited to see the movie.  I know it hasn't had the best reviews but I really liked the movie.  I liked the casting for the kids (especially Charles Wallace) and that the movie captured the themes of the book well. Oprah was a miss for me in this movie just because it's hard to hear and see her and not think Oprah.

Dinner at Nandos before the movie, I love that they have so many veggie ootions

Saturday - Rest day plus some errands and shopping.  Sadly, my foot started hurting again after the shopping.  It wasn't exercise but I guess the sustained amount of time on my feet just tired it out or something.  We took it easy in the evening and watched another movie, this time Moonlight on Netflix.  It was a really beautiful movie, hard to watch at times but really well done.

Sunday - Rest day.  I took another day off to give my foot time to calm down.  Mike and I exchanged anniversary gifts (I got a new Ipad and Mike got a tattoo consultation).  I also spent time writing more get out the vote postcards and tried to come up with as many animal puns as I could :)

So that was last week.  I'm not sure what to do this week.  I may try to just do strength training and avoid cardio entirely until I see the podiatrist to see what they recommend.  I feel like the reason it's lasted so long (more than 3 weeks now) is because I kept running as soon as it felt a little better the first two weeks.  This past week of no running does seem to have made it a little better so hopefully a week of no cardio on my feet will finish the healing? 

I'm linking up with with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap.


Monday, March 5, 2018

National Women's Half Training - Week 4

Well, it's Monday and that means it's time for a weekly wrap.  It's been a bit of a mixed week but here are the details.

Monday - Rest day

Tuesday - strength training at home (Squats, lunges, overhead presses, chest flys, crunches, glute bridges, clam shells, planks, bicep curls, tricep extensions)

Wednesday - Tempo run, 15 minute warm up, 20 minute tempo pace, 15 minute cool down.

Thursday - rest day

Friday - strength training at home (Squats, lunges, overhead presses, chest flys, crunches, glute bridges, clam shells, planks, bicep curls, tricep extensions)

Saturday - rest day

Sunday - 1 mile warm up from hotel to race and then St. Patrick's Day 10k. There was also a 1 mile walk back after the race.

I'll have a full write up of the race later this week but suffice it to say the best thing I can say about it is that I finished.  I was much more sore than I should have been after a 10k.

Mike had gotten me this shirt and I wore it after the was appropriate!

Here's the plan for this week. 

Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - Body Pump after work
Wednesday - Elliptical
Thursday - Elliptical
Friday - Body Pump lunchtime class
Saturday - Elliptical
Sunday - Body Pump

I'm linking up with with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap.


Friday, March 2, 2018

Friday Five - Entertainment

Well, it's Friday!  We're experiencing some high winds today (gusts up to 80 miles per hour!) and I already see some branches down in our yard.  But they're small ones and hopefully that continues to remain true.  I'm thankful that I was scheduled to work from home today anyway.  The government actually ended up closing today so Mike's at home too.  We're both warm and cozy.  Which means it's perfect timing for the Friday Five.  I thought I'd talk about 5 pieces of entertainment I've really been enjoying lately.

1.  Queer Eye for the Straight Guy - This show was one I used to watch years ago when it was on.  But it was just rebooted on Netflix and I binged the whole season in like two days.  It was so good!  And they're getting much deeper than they used to in the old show.  I came close to tears on almost every episode.

Image result for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

2.  The Crown - This was another Netflix Original that I loved.  It's a show about the beginning of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.  The costumes and the acting are phenomenal.  I was sad when I got to the end of season 2 and learned that season 3 wasn't going to come out for a while.  It's interesting because the rumor is that there will be a time jump for season 3 and they'll be casting all new actors to portray the royals as they're older.

Image result for The Crown Netflix

3. A Wrinkle in Time - I'm so excited about this movie!  It was one of my favorite books when I was a kid.  We're trying a free audible trial that included a couple free audio books.  So I decided to try this out as one of my free books and it's great!  I wasn't sure if I would like it as an audio book but the narration is really well done.

4. Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling - This is Mindy Kaling's second book and was my second free audio book from the audible trial.  I love it when authors narrate the book themselves, especially for memoirs.  It started out a bit slow but I really got into it after a couple chapters.  It was pretty funny and I enjoyed this insight into Mindy's life.

Image result for Mindy Kaling Why Not Me

5.  Hamilton - I've talked about my love of the musical, Hamilton many times.  It's come back to mind since tickets for Kennedy Center members went on sale earlier this week and there was quite a line to buy tickets.  I wanted to get my parents to see Hamilton so I had initially planned to try to get those tickets as well.  But we got lucky a couple months ago and managed to get a set of tickets for the show in New York.  So we'll take my parents to see the show in New York in June and don't have to worry about scrambling to try to get DC tickets :)

The last time we were in New York was snowy and cold so June will be a nice change

So that's some of the stuff I've been enjoying watching and listening to recently!  I'd love to hear what you've been entertained by too :)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Nat'l Women's Half Training - week 3

This week was more resting but I still got in some short runs.  And my foot was ok at the beginning of the week but the pain started to come back at the end of the week so I eased off a bit then.  But, I took a look at my work shoes and I think they may be the problem causing the foot pain!  The right shoe, which is the foot that's been hurt, is worn on the outside to the point that the shoes are a bit uneven.  I'm not a shoe person and pretty much wear the same shoes almost every day to work, loafers in the Winter and sandals in the Summer.  I checked my buying history and I bought these particular shoes in 2016 (and in 2014), so two seasons seems to be about the limit.  I guess that's about all I can expect from them and will have to buy new shoes to get through the rest of the Winter. 

In the mean time, here's my summary for the week.

Monday - Rest day

Tuesday - Rest day with a 20 minute walk during lunch

Wednesday - 3 easy miles after work


I tried really hard to make sure I kept these easy and paid attention to my heart rate, but it was so slow!  It was at least a beautiful evening and I was able to wear a skirt fur running in February.  I also saw some deer in the neighborhood.

Thursday - Speed work at the gym.  My foot began to hurt after this workout.  I thought it was the speed work that made it hurt again but now I'm wondering if maybe it was a couple days of wearing the work shoes.

Friday - Rest day

We went to the Wizards game in the evening for date night.  It was a lot of fun but sadly, they did not play well and they lost by a lot.

Saturday - Body pump followed by time on the elliptical

Sunday - Rest day. This was supposed to be a 8 mile long run but after a lot of dithering, I ended up deciding to rest again since my foot still hurt when I tilted it a certain way.  But there's no swelling and the pain is less than last week so definitely progress.  And still no knee pain so yay!

Most of Sunday was spent being pretty lazy for me.  There were multiple naps (I have no idea why I was so tired) and lots of cuddling with cats.  I also spent some time writing more get out the vote post cards.

I'm a little nervous about this coming weekend.  I have a 5k/10k double.  I did 6 miles a couple weeks ago and think it should be fine but we'll see how the week goes.  Worse come to worse, I can decide to just do the 10k.  The good news is that it's a relatively flat course so that should help.  Uphills have definitely been harder on the foot.

Here's the plan for this week from Coach Laura and we'll see how it goes with my foot.  I'm hoping it will keep getting better with changing work shoes.  And I may take it easy on Thursday's tempo run.

Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - Body pump after work
Wednesday - 3 miles easy after work
Thursday - Tempo run (15 minutes easy, 20 minutes tempo, 15 minutes easy)
Friday - Body Pump lunchtime class
Saturday - 3 miles easy
Sunday - St. Patrick's Day 5k/10k double (total of 9.3 miles)

I'm linking up with with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hungry Harvest

A friend told me about a new produce box she'd been getting and let me know I could get $5 off the first delivery if I used a code she gave me.  (She got $5 off too).  She raved about the box so I was pretty excited to try it!

It's called Hungry Harvest and I really love their model.  From their website:  "Every year, 40% of food goes to waste in this country. 20 billion pounds of  that is produce that's lost on farms.  The injustice of wasting this much edible food when 20% in the US lack access to a nutritious diet is plenty reason to rescue this produce & mend a broken food system....Cutting food waste in half globally could reduce our ecological footprint by 16% & ensure a more sustainable future.  That's why we work every day to rescue this fresh & delicious produce whose only crime is being a little off-size, off-color, a little ugly or a little overproduced. Packing this into our weekly variety boxes & delivering it to your doorstep not only helps eliminate unnecessary & avoidable food waste, but it also supports efforts to eradicate hunger in this country. So far, with the help of our Harvest Heroes, we've rescued over 5 million pounds of food from going to waste & provided access to over 700,000 pounds of fruits & veggies to those who are food insecure."

I also love the variety of options they have!  There are three sizes for the boxes, mini, full and super and they range in price from $15 to $50.  We're just a household of 2 so we're going with the $15 box every 2 weeks.  And it's easy to cancel a week if you need to so no worries there.  Within each size, they have options for organic, all fruit, all veggie, or mixed.  We're going with the mixed options since we've got plenty of use for both fruits and veggies.

No extra packaging, just a jumble of produce

You're told what you're delivery day is, this was the only downside for me.  I wish there had been a way to choose our delivery day.  But we get our box delivered on Thursday and I get a text once it's been dropped off on our porch.  I also get an email the Tuesday before the delivery to let me know what's in the box for that week and asking if I want to customize or add in any extras.  You can also create a "never" list and none of your boxes will ever have that item.  For example, I've put avocados, iceberg lettuce and celery on my never list.  I love avocados but sadly Mike's allergic to them.

The fruit that was hiding under the veggies

This week, I'll be getting asparagus, spinach, heirloom tomatoes, purple eggplant, yellow corn, empire apples and lemon plums.  The other thing I love is that getting the produce is helping me be a bit more creative with meals too as I try to use up pantry ingredients in combination with the box produce.  The sweet and sour cauliflower I made a couple weeks ago was because I went hunting for a cauliflower recipe for the cauliflower that came in my hungry harvest box.
Orzo with spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms

I also made an orzo recipe and a stir fry.  I've noticed that pastas and stir frys are great for using up veggies!  The plan for this week is probably a southwestern style frittata for the spinach, tomatoes and corn and a pasta for the eggplant and asparagus.

Stir fry of zucchini, peppers and baby bok choy over rice

If anyone is interested in giving Hungry Harvest a try, here's a link for $5 off your first order. It would also give me $5 off a box.  They're sadly not in all locations yet but you can put in your zip code to check if they're in your area.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Nat'l Women's Half Training - Week 2

Well, training didn't go so well this week.  I keep experiencing some pain in the top of my foot and a bit of swelling.  It seems to be Extensor Tendonitis just based on googling.  It seems to describe exactly the symptoms I have.  But here's the whole story for the week.

Monday and Tuesday - both rest days since I had post-work meetings.  I thought I'd be able to make the one run up later in the week.

Wednesday - strength training plus a 1 mile walk

Thursday - Speedwork.  This was a tempo run with a 10 minute warm up, 10 minute tempo interval, 5 minute recover, 10 minute interval, 15 minute cool down.  I thought this went well.  The second tempo interval was slower than the first but the second was mostly uphill and the first was mostly downhill.

Friday - body pump with a 1 mile warm up on the elliptical.

Saturday - Rest day - This is when I first noticed the swelling so I took another rest day.

Sunday - Went out for my long run of 7 miles but the sidewalks were still icy and slippery so made it an easy 3 miles instead.

I thought I could do the 7 miles on Monday since it was a holiday.  But my foot was swollen and painful again Monday morning!  According to the internet, this type of pain can be from overuse or too tight shoes.  It's exacerbated by uphills and can also be a sign that shoes need to be replaced.  I generally replace my running shoes in March and had already ordered a new pair which arrived today.  So I'm going to ice and rest for today and maybe tomorrow too.  We'll see once the pain is completely gone and then I'll try running again.

I did do my PT exercises Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.  And no knee pain this week so that helps.

So that means I'm not sure what this coming week will look like.  But here's the plan for this week from Coach Laura and we'll see when my foot feels better.

Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - strength training
Wednesday - 3 miles easy after work
Thursday - Speed work after work
Friday - Body Pump lunchtime class
Saturday - 3 miles easy
Sunday - 8 miles

I'm linking up with with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Five - Physical Therapy

This was another week that seemed to drag by.  I'm not sure why when it was also super busy.  I would have thought that it would have made it seem to go by faster.  But it may be because we've got a lot of fun plans for the weekend.  But before that, it's time for the Friday Five link up hosted by Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness.

Friday Five Linkup 2.0

I went to see a physical therapist on Monday so I figure I'd take the Friday Five to talk about that experience.

1.  So the paperwork says I have "Somatic Dysfunction."  But according to the internet, that's not really something specific and seems to just mean that things aren't working well together.  The main thing the PT commented on was how tight everything was on my right leg.  Much tighter then my left leg.  She touched my achilles on the right side and exclaimed about the tightness right away.  And it was the same problem the whole way up the knee with the calf and the hips.  The good news is that the meniscus and knee itself are fine.  She definitely said I have to warm up before running and isn't surprised that cold races without warming up resulted in everything just continuing to tighten until I couldn't bend my knee well.  She gave me some exercises to work on and I'm scheduled to go back in March.

2.  The first one deals with the achilles.  This one hurts!  I've done it every evening since Tuesday and it's still resulting in pain.  The PT did warn me about that and said it's part of the process.

3.  Then calf stretches.  I've done calf stretches after running but they're always kind of perfunctory.  And I foam roll but apparently that's not enough.  I was surprised at how long I'm supposed to hold these stretches for!

4.  Hip rotator stretch.And this is the last one I'm supposed to work on for now.  I'm surprised at how tough this one is too since it doesn't actually look like I'm doing anything.  But it's an isometric and I'm always breathing heavy by the time I'm done with this one.  I set a timer so I do it for the full amount of time and it seems like forever.

You can see that left foot is turned out but it's always been like that as far as I can remember.

5.  Weirdly, before she actually started the examination and when she had just looked at my legs, she thought it would have been the left side giving me problems.  But no, that side is fine.  That foot and leg have always turned out, I'm not sure why.  It just feels natural but she said the knee doesn't track properly over the foot, it goes toward the inside and that we'll probably have to work on that later too or it could cause me problems in the future.

So that was my experience with the PT.  Overall it was a good experience and hopefully the exercises help.  She said they'll probably get me on the treadmill at the next appointment so we'll see how that goes.