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Pop, Snap, Crack…

I took a long break from running this summer after the Zombie Run mainly because the heat just did me in. I don’t do well with temps above 85 degrees, mainly because I get over heated running to begin with so running in a sauna doesn’t help! However, I have my marathon scheduled on 1/1/14 so I decided it was time to get back at the last week of August.

Since we were working at Cody’s house I decided to get my 6 miles in around his subdivision. I laced up and headed out about 7 in the morning. I jokingly told Mike if I didn’t make it back within 2 hours to come looking for me!

Well, things were going well except for the fact that I was extremely out of shape and huffing and puffing but was still chugging along. Then my foot hit something in the road (yeah, I need to work on picking my feet up higher) and I tumbled. I got up and did a quick inventory. Everything felt ok, just a little scrape on my arm, so I decided to keep going. Plus, there was an older gentleman watching me (the ONLY person on the roads I had encountered). I took off and went about 10 feet when I heard a loud pop and my left foot started hurting, badly. I started walking and the guy asked if I was ok. I smiled and told him I was fine and tried to keep going. After he went inside, I found a spot to sit down. Boy, did my foot hurt. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my cellphone with me (never again) so I had to hobble 1 1/2 miles back to Cody’s house.

I told Mike that I thought I had broken my foot. We got my shoe and sock off and while it looked a little swollen it wasn’t that bad. He thought I probably just sprained it. Since that Monday was a holiday, I decided to give it some time and see if it would heal up.

It still hurt from time to time but it seemed to be getting better. I did another 5 mile walk (decided not to run after the first mile) and it hurt pretty bad at the end. Since it seemed to have been getting better I took a couple of weeks off. When it felt better, I tried a 10 mile walk. I was hobbling toward the end but made it back to my car unscathed. I got home and iced my foot. When I got up to get more ice my foot felt like it was clicking…yes, clicking. That’s when I decided I probably needed to go to the doctor.

The verdict?

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Yep, broken. The doctor was floored that I had been running/walking on a broken foot for 5 weeks. He said the reason it felt like it was getting better was probably because it was trying to fill the break in with new bone cells then I was re-breaking it every time I did my walks. I was put in a boot for 6 weeks and now it looks like this!

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It’s filling in and looking pretty good. The doctor said that I need to go another two weeks before I start training again. That only gives me about 2 months to prepare for the marathon!

Week 1 Done, Whole30

The first week was tough. I won’t lie. I was tired and cranky and just not feeling it! In fact, yesterday I was ready to just throw in the towel and call it good. I was tired of having to worry about what I was eating, what was in what I was eating, and how much of it I was eating. At least this hit last night after I had made the day cleanly so I didn’t break my Whole30. This morning I’m feeling a little more renewed and will give it one more week. That’s the best I can offer right now.

I made some spicy cilantro meatballs and green beans for dinner Wednesday night. It actually turned out really well! I was a little hesitant after the chicken noodle-ss soup, but I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe. Definitely a keeper. I also made it for dinner last night with julienned zucchini. I think I like the zucchini better with it!

Thursday morning Mike and I had a race, Run Thru the Woods. It was a 5 mile race and you had to keep a minimum pace of 15:00 or the sag wagon would pick you up to clear off the course. Being that I was averaging about a 15:30 pace on most of my practice runs I was a bit nervous about this one. Thankfully, I was able to keep my pace up and even finished with a record setting 14:08 pace! Official time was 1:10:41. Official post coming soon.

After the run we went home and watched the Texans game. It went on forever…and ever. Glad they won, but not so close next time guys…mmmkay? That evening we picked up a turkey dinner from Cracker Barrel and went to Mike’s parents’. That was about the extent of our Thanksgiving.

Friday I got up about 8, did a nice weight workout and headed over to my Aunt Linda’s. We worked on finishing up Dakota’s quilt top. I’m debating finishing this quilt and giving it to Jackie instead since I’m not sure a 13 year old boy will like it and doing something football themed for Dakota. He may have to get it for his birthday instead of Christmas though. It’s in the first week of January though so it’s not like I’ll have much extra time!

Saturday I slept in again until about 8. Then after putting up groceries I headed out for my 8 mile run. I forgot my Garmin, so I used an app on my phone. I think the app was wrong and I actually went further than 8 miles. Several times it was telling me my pace was 25:00…I know I wasn’t going that slow! However, I made myself go until it said I hit 8 miles then headed to Academy to do some Christmas shopping. I also picked Mike up a Garmin Forerunner 10. He mentioned a couple of times wanting to know his pace during these races so I got a Garmin that was very basic but still GPS. At dinner he told me he needed my help getting our mule (the car…not the animal) unstuck. “It’ll be easy” he said.

We spent 3 hours getting that sucker unstuck. We also had to get the skid steer unstuck and whole lot of other commotion. Let’s just say I’m glad we got it done without the skid steer dumping into the creek and someone losing an arm with a cheapo chainsaw! I’ll never trust his “It’ll be easy” again. Little did I know my “gift” I bought myself that day would be fitting!

Sunday, Mike and I went to church then he watched football while I met Aunt Linda again and did some shopping. I tried to make some Whole30 friendly pumpkin muffins, ok so it’s not really whole30 friendly since they tell you not to make “junk food substitutes” but all the ingredients were whole30 friendly, and they were a “fail”. They stuck to the pan and tasted like crap.

Aunt Linda and I walked around the Town Market area for a while and ate lunch at Tommy Bahama’s. Once we finished up there I headed home to finish watching some of the games with the family. It was a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Spring Has Sprung!

This weekend was absolutely beautiful! It was a little warm (got up in the high 80’s) but the skies were clear blue and the sun was full in all its glory.

What did you do this weekend? Anything fun?

I started the weekend off with a run on Saturday morning. I love running the trails in The Woodlands. The scenery is always beautiful and well maintained. I ran in to my old Running Coach, Liz, before hand. It was great to see her again!

This was the first time I ran the whole thing. That was 3.3 miles non-stop! Previously, the furthest I ran was 2 miles. Of course, I did stop and walk when going over the crosswalks (2 of them) but it wasn’t very long. That put a positive start to the whole weekend. My race is coming up soon where my goal is run the whole thing. I was starting to doubt that I’d make it, but I think I may be in pretty good shape now!

I went to the Town Market area and walked around for a bit more. The weather was too beautiful to go home and sit around. I visited Tiffany’s to dream!

It’s all so sparkly! Well, until you get it out of the store! Gotta love the lighting. Since I was feeling pretty good about having reached my 30 days sugar free and doing well on my gluten free diet, I bought myself a new watch as a reward.

Now, there is also an ulterior motive in that my CrossFit Coach is leaving me (moving to Austin) and I’ve decided to try and do my workouts on my own. Since it’s too much of a hassle to mess with my phone (except for tabata timers), I thought a big screen watch with a timer would work well. We’ll give it a shot anyway!

Later on, my hubster and I met at Buca di Bepo for dinner where I had their chopped salad. I gotta say…this is probably one of my favorite salads ever….ever.

mmm…doesn’t that make you drool?! I also had an Italian sausage to go with it. After the day was over I could tell I had way too much salt though. Hello puffy hands! Saturday was almost a perfect day!

Sunday consisted of going to Church, lunch, driving around looking at skid steers, and reading. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.

What is your idea of a perfect weekend?

Dry Lakes and Dry Feet

It has been many years since Texas has experienced a drought like the one we’ve dealt with this year. Supposedly, these types of conditions could go on for another 1-3 years. Let’s hope the “professionals” are wrong in this instance. Lake Conroe is the lowest I’ve ever seen it. The north side of the 1097 bridge is completely dry with grass growing. Water normally fills this up all the way to the treeline.

 

 

The south side of the bridge shows a lot of land/sand as well. These people had lake front homes with FEET of water….now, they could be considered beach homes!

 

 

It’s all quite sad. I do hope we get a lot of rain this fall. We need at least 20″+. Anyone have some they care to send this way?

 

Wednesday I forgot my Garmin so I didn’t have anything to tell me when my intervals were up and I didn’t plan on watching the clock on my phone that closely. So, I decided to change up my running a bit and ran the whole mile. Forget the intervals…I’m going all.the.way baby!

 

 

Ok, so it wasn’t all that pretty! Yes, my pace wavered quite a bit. I started off strong but the end was tough. About half way through I wanted to stop, but forced myself to keep going. In fact, I noticed my shoe came untied a bit before that and I refused to stop and tie it because I knew I wouldn’t start again. So, while it may not be pretty, it’s actually not terribly bad!

 

Yesterday, was another CrossFit day. We did some skill work then tried to decide how to do the WOD. The day before they had done a 15 minute AMRAP. Thursday was supposed to be a 20 minute AMRAP. Shane wanted us to just do 8 rounds instead of an AMRAP but I wasn’t sure if I could get 8 rounds in. So, we settled for 8 rounds with a cut off of 20 minutes.

 

Skill:

Squat Clean

 

WOD:

8 Rounds or 20 Minutes, whichever was first.

 

In case you can’t read that, it’s:

5 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (65#)

10 Ring Dips (Green band)

20 Wall Balls (16#, dropped to 12#)

 

I did ok. The ring dips and wall balls were quite tough and I’m not sure why. I started with a 16# med ball, which wasn’t too bad last time, but had to drop down to a 12# after round 2. I guess 20 in a row was just too much. The dips were hard to do too. They got more pathetic as the workout went on! All in all I finished with 7 rounds and only 7 wall balls left in my 8th round. I was so close! Something that I’m noticing during my workouts is I’m not pushing past the threshold. I should be pushing harder rather than stopping to catch my breath. That’s something I’ll work on from here on out. If I’m going to do this marathon, I will need to learn how to push through the mental hurdles and pain to finish.

 

Today is a rest day but tomorrow brings on a 12 miler! Not sure how this is going to go, but we’ll see. My foot seems to be feeling better, so I’m glad of that. Oh, guess what came in today!! I finally have multiple pairs of Drymax socks! Anyone who has been following this blog for a bit knows how much trouble I’ve had with blisters. It’s not been pretty. I thought it may have been the way I was walking, but come to find out it was just because my feet sweat so much (I know…ew).

 

 

I had tried Thorlo’s before but I still got blisters in them. These are the only pair of socks I’ve used that have helped me stave off those little buggers. From now on, I’m only using Drymax socks for running/walking.

 

This whole time I’ve been worried that I couldn’t do the marathon because my feet would be covered in blisters, but now I only have to worry about whether I can go that far or not! On that note…I leave you with this:

It’s Official…

My coach is trying to kill me. If he isn’t, then I don’t know what the heck made him come up with today’s workout. First of all, I should have listened to my body when it didn’t want to work out and just went home and vegged on the couch! In fact, Shane even said I picked a bad day to come in.

 

Skill:
L-Sit Holds
Rd 1 – 16 Secs, Rd 2 – 27 Secs, Rd 3 – 18 Secs
Yeah, I have no strength to hold these things!

 

WOD:
3 Rounds
200 Meter Run
20 Pull Ups (Green Band)
200 Meter Run
20 Push Press (65#)
200 Meter Run
20 GHD Sit Ups
200 Meter Run
20 Box Jumps (Modified to Step Ups)
Finished in 38:10 (Cut off was 40 mins)

 

My foot started hurting during the 3rd round. I modified the box jumps with step ups just so I didn’t do too much to my foot. The runs went ok but I could feel my foot during the last few. Sunny ran my last two 200 Meter runs with me. I did appreciate her support but at the same time it makes me feel sssllllowww!

 

The pull ups went ok for the first 30 but I had a hard time getting my chin up on the last 30. I did ok, but not nearly what I was hoping for. Since I got there a little early, I tried to do some pull ups with the blue band. I think I can do about 5 but any more than that and I’ll need the green band.

 

The push presses got tough quick. I got the first 20 done in sets of 10, but the last two rounds I had to do 5 and rest. In fact, on the last round I had 2 that I had to re-do because I didn’t lock it out at the top. That was a bit irritating!

 

The sit ups and step ups were tiring but not hard. They were a nice break from the pull ups and push presses. If I did the box jumps though I probably would have been dieing.

 

This evening I iced my foot again. I’m hoping it’ll heal up pretty soon so I don’t have to keep babying it. This weekend is my 12 mile training run since I only did 6 miles last weekend. Last weekend was supposed to have been the 12 miler, but my foot started hurting me again around mile 2.5. I’m hoping my foot is much better for this weekend. After my 10 mile race I was hobbling around like an old woman, so we’ll see how I do after 12 miles! hahaha. I’m estimating it will take me about 3:15 to do the 12 miles, so we’ll see how it goes!

 

What are your plans this weekend?