The Last Year

Hello again 🙂

I’m going to summarize last year.  I completed 19 races, 3-10K’s, 1-8K, and 15-5K’s and was on my way to 20 when a mild disaster struck me over Thanksgiving weekend.

Two weekends earlier I had done a 5 mile hike and was feeling pretty sore but figured it was just because of all the stairs to climb up.  The weekend prior to Thanksgiving I planned a hike with a friend and picked something I thought was easy but unfortunately ended up being a 10 mile hike up and down the side of a mountain.  We literally climbed a mountain that day….

Coming down the mountain I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to the car.  I’ve never exhausted my legs to the point where they were ready to quit.  I was in tears.  It was miserable but we finished.

Going into the week I was sore but I knew I had a 10K coming up so I rested on Sunday, 3 miles on Monday, rested Tuesday, couple miles on Wednesday then the big day arrived.

Getting up that morning I knew my knee was abnormally sore but I decided to push through because that’s what people do, right? The 10K was a 5K loop twice and when I finished the 5K I almost quit…..but I hobbled past the finish line determined to complete it.  Did I mention it was also pouring down rain?

As I crossed the finish line drenched and limping I could feel something was not right with my knee but I had my medal.

By the time I got home and went to step out of the car I could barely put weight on my right leg.   Determined not to cancel on my best friend I hobbled over to her place for a very painful dinner.  I was able to get into the doctor on Friday who suggested I sprained my MCL, told me to ice and rest.  That’s what I did but it wasn’t getting better.  Tuesday I went back to a different doctor….and I’ll summarize December to now.

X-rays, sports doctor, MRI, surgeon, surgery, and here I am recovering from a torn medial meniscus. They weren’t able to repair so basically it was cleaned up, cartilage removed, and I’m left with a knee that will never be the same.

Prior to going into surgery I read articles that claimed 4-6 weeks recovery time so I assumed I would be back walking 3-6 miles again within a month after surgery.  I ignored all the articles stating “recovery times vary” “may be 6 months or more for full recovery”  I decided to err on the side of the least amount of time…and I was wrong.

Here I am 3 months out and cancelling plans because of my dumb, stupid, sore knee.

The reason I’ve started writing again is because I’m making plans to try to help the dumb knee with more exercise and a new diet.  I’m not doing any specific diet but taking inspiration from different diets and getting back to basics.  Less processed foods, less sugar, more meat, more fruit, more veggies, more healthy fats.

I received an offer this morning from a gym I’ve been thinking about joining so I’m taking that as a sign and signing up.

I’ve managed to convince myself that I’m doing okay with my weight and overall health.  facebook-556c26

My jeans are getting snug and my knee gets worse.  There may not be a correlation and I’m no doctor but I know taking some weight off the joint will help so that’s the plan.

It feels good to be back to writing and I’m hoping to have time to write at least a few times during the week but I’ll definitely be posting the meal plans on Monday.  Look for a meal plan later today and have a happy Monday!

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Run, Daisy, Run

Thoughts I have about running:

“I can’t be a runner”
“My body is not designed for running”
“I’m so slow”
“I look ridiculous”
“I’m a walker, not a runner”
“It’s too hard”
“People are staring at me”
“I can’t be a runner”

I’m trying to change some of those thoughts, especially the first and last one but it’s a challenge.

When I run, like really run, even it’s only for 30 seconds or a minute it feels good and I like it.  I understand why people do it, even though my shins hurt, my feet begin to ache, and my legs feel like they’re going to give out.

That feeling (the good feeling, not the aching legs) is why I keep trying.

Earlier this week I picked up the pace to under a 15:00 mile for almost a minute.  It was a big deal for me because it reminded me that I can be a runner.  I can do this thing that scares me.

Next weekend I’m participating in my second 10K, and the first race on my own.

I’m nervous.  I’m worried I might not have the same level of motivation on my own but there’s also a part of me thinking I might be more motivated on my own.

I worry I haven’t been training like I should be but after this week I’m feeling more confident in my ability to get a good time.  My last few races my pace is about 17 minutes per mile but yesterday I did a mile in 16:50, not much time shaved off but it’s improvement.

As the weather has improved I’m taking my training outside.  17457717_1460875100619088_3325480398413183834_n.jpgI’m back to my old/new favorite walking spot by the waterfront.  I walked there some last year but I’ve expanded my route.

Yesterday I downloaded Map My Run to help me map out some routes with distances.  The route I did yesterday was 3.5 miles so I think that’s going to become one of my regular routes.  It’s flat, scenic, not crowded (although we’ll see how it is in the summer), and I feel safe walking it alone.

I don’t mind the treadmill but I think I need to walk outside more often because my races are outside.  I’m trying to make my workouts more like race day.  Also, my gym is closed all of next week for a remodel so I’m being forced into the outdoors.

My plan for the week is:

Sunday:  Do a trial run for next weekend, a 10K, 6.2 miles.
Monday 4.0 miles.
Tuesday Rest Day.
Wednesday 3.5 miles.
Thursday 5.0 miles.
Friday 3.5 Miles.
Saturday Rest Day, maybe a couple miles…just see how the day goes but not total sloth mode.
Sunday is the day!!

I typically do about 13 miles a week so I’m just adding in a few extra miles this week.  Also, I’ll be stretching, and icing, and stretching and icing, then icing some more in an attempt to ward off shin splints 😦  Evil, evil shin splints.  59516639It’s been a slow process but my goal is to do a half marathon next year.  One of my coworkers thinks we’ll be doing a full marathon by the end of next year but right now that feels like a stretch, although nothing is impossible 🙂

I’ll have meal plans coming up tomorrow or Monday at the latest.  Also, I’ll be making some changes to my gym schedule and working out with a friend….so we’ll see how that goes.

In the meantime I’m going to go sit and watch some basketball.  Go Zags!  927657aea6b78791d14e259712fd4b3d

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello :)

I did my first 5K of the year last weekend and I was pretty happy with my time.

I came in at 50:19.  My last 5K in December was 55:23  so I’ve definitely made some improvements in my time and my goal for the first half of this year is to be able to do a 15:00 mile.

I’m putting in plenty of miles each days but I’m struggling to find balance right now.  It’s sometimes difficult to know the difference between pushing yourself to do more and pushing yourself too much.  I only made it to the gym 3 days this week but I did hit my 11,000 step goal every day of the week.

cheering_minionsHave I mentioned how much having support helps?  It’s been amazing to find coworkers and friends who are also interested in getting healthy.

I have people to walk with, people who encourage me to go to the gym, people who find runs for us to participate in, people who encourage bringing lunches instead of eating out, etc, etc.

They encourage me to get moving on days when I feel more Carrie than Charlotte or Miranda….

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It makes a HUGE difference.  Even though they might never see this post I’ll say thank you to them anyways because their support is amazing!

In other news….

I didn’t win the Biggest Loser challenge at work

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Actually I wasn’t too heart broken.  I knew I hadn’t lost much weight.

The woman who won is one of my walking buddies but she walks about 5 miles more per week than I do…she’s a machine.  Some people were surprised because walking is all she does for exercise but she’s also doing the whole 30 right now and I think people forget how much food plays a role in weight loss.

Speaking of food….I did both good and bad this week but I know I need to get back to meal prepping.  Going to the gym for at least an hour every night means I might not get home until 6:30, and I’m typically exhausted so trying to think of what I want to make for dinner takes too much effort.

Thankfully I have tons of healthy food on hand but I’ll gravitate to the easiest option.  One night it was chips and hummus….not exactly a complete meal.  I will have meal plans up this week.  I’m not allowed to spend any money this week so I’ll be working with whatever I have on hand but the truth is I have tons of food on hand and there is no need for me to grocery shop this week.

My feet and legs are aching so I’m going to have a no working out day.  I plan to go to the gym tomorrow for a little bit in the morning or if it’s not pouring down rain maybe walk over to see a movie.

I’m going to maybe soak my feet for a bit, put on some fluffy socks, and kick back to catch up on movies or binge watch a TV show….or nap all day 😉  We’ll see how it goes, basically the plan is recuperation.

steve-carrell-the-office-ice-cream Happy Saturday!  🙂