Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sore Feet? Try Runner's Choice- Giveaway!

About a month ago I was asked to try Runner's Choice which is a mix of essential oils made just for runners or those who spend a lot of time on their feet. I was hesitant, I need evidence and have backed away from the whole oil thing so far but why not try it. Of course I did my research and found evidence that wintergreen, eucalyptus and peppermint are good for muscle aches.

Besides running (when I'm not injured!) I spend most of my work day walking around, today I managed nearly 4 miles at work! No wonder why I'm tired for my evening runs. Lately my workouts haven't been running but I honestly think the elliptical is tougher on my feet. I tried it a few times after work and evening workouts and was impressed. The cooling feeling was great! I will admit that I'm not that big on minty things so the scent was a little strong but others who like mint loved the smell. I did love the ease of use and that unlike other oils it was so easy to apply. Once I get back to running I'm excited to try before a run and see if it makes a difference in foot fatigue.
The Runner’s ChoiceWinning Tactics for Running a MarathonThe Runner’s Choice is for the discomfort of sore feet. It is designed for people that are on their feet all day or for people that run 3 miles or more at a time. After you try this product the first time, you will be back for more.
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 The Runner’s Choice is scientifically formulated with 100% natural botanical oils of almond, eucalyptus, eucalytol, wintergreen, peppermint, and spearmint. Unlike many commercial creams and lotions, the botanical oils in The Runner’s Choice are very easily received through the pores in the skin, with simple topical application, and no rubbing.
 Apply to feet immediately before and after running, jogging, or when you will be on your feet for long periods of time. Coat the bottom of your feet, between the toes and the top and 2 inches above the ankle for best results. Unlike many commercial creams and lotions, which require rubbing in, the botanical oils in The Runner’s Choice are most effective with gentle topical application, and no rubbing. The body recognizes the natural properties of these botanicals, and receives them very well as they gently soak through the pore openings in the outer layer (epidermis) of the skin.
The best part of this is Trusted Health Products is giving 3 of my readers a free bottle to try too!

Have you tried essential oils? What do you think?

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Frustrations of being a nonrunner

You know how earlier this week I had that great attitude abut not running...well it has disappeared! I'm now frustrated and annoyed as I pass the halfway mark of the 4 weeks off. This is my favorite time of year to run and I'm missing it. I'm tired of being stuck inside staring at walls or the TV while I do kickboxing, elliptical, etc. I'm tired of the elliptical...IT IS NOT RUNNING. Then I start t doubt my future as a runner, the what ifs come flooding in. Will I achieve my big goals or just keep sliding backwards, will I run a marathon again, will I heal from this. What if I don't?!

You know how as a kid you'd just scribble, okay I've done this as an adult plenty of times when I'm stressed, frustrated etc. I'm in the midst of a huge decision and change ahead and I need a run to get to my best answer but I can't. The elliptical or a walk just don't provide the clarity a great head clearing run do.

Deep breath and time to focus on other things. I can make it through, just 11 more days until I can hopefully run! 

Who has fun weekend plans? A race to share? I get to spend the afternoon at O'd gymnastics show, she's come so far from her first show 3 years ago...

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday

Monday, May 25, 2015

Weekly Updates: Focus on Strength and Recovery

Another week of no running, busy work and now cold, rainy weather. I’m almost halfway through my 4 weeks of no running. Luckily this week I was able to focus on fun with friends and family; a few dinners out, AMR Book Party and more. I even tried a new workout and went back to spin for the first time in nearly a year! Our Memorial weekend has been full of rain and clouds meaning I got lots of organizing done.

Last month I decided to quit being a Beachbody coach, I love the programs and have built a great collection for myself but I hate the way Shakeology is pushed as the greatest thing ever and can fix anything. I tried it, it is okay but I have found much better options that agree with my body much better. I will continue to share my experience with the workouts and how great those are and would be happy to share my opinions and advice on the workout programs if anyone has questions.

Monday: BB Legs (this is the last time since 1 hour of legs causes too much hamstring pain!) and T25 Alpha Cardio
Tuesday: BB Back/Biceps and core, 1 hour elliptical
Wednesday: BB Shoulders and T25 Alpha Cardio
Thursday: PiYo Core and BB Cardio
Friday:  70 min spin class and 30 min walk
Saturday: Work then 40 min Elliptical and BB Chest/Triceps
Sunday: BB Legs BB Back/Biceps and P90X+ Kenpo (Love it!)

My new workout obsession!
So today marks the unofficial start to summer and it sure doesn’t feel like it! I’m sitting here with my coffee in a sweatshirt and looking out as the rain falls! I still need to get my veggie garden planted and we wanted to get out for a family bike ride that has yet to happen this weekend. Tomorrow I start my final semester of grad school! Less than 2 months until graduation!! My focus will continue to be strength, cross training, recovery and now school again. 

Monday: BB Shoulders/core and 90 min Elliptical or Bike (depending on weather)
Tuesday: Yoga and 1 hour elliptical
Wednesday: BB Back/Bicep and T25 Alpha Cardio
Thursday: PiYo Core/Glutes and Kickboxing
Friday:  BB Chest/Tris and Yoga
Saturday: 90 min Elliptical and 15 min Rowing
Sunday: Work BB Back/Biceps and P90X+ Kenpo (Love it!)

Matt (and many friends) are running a half/full marathon on Sunday that finishes about 1 mile from my work so while I’m a little jealous I’m excited to sneak out and head over to see them finish. This past week I won an entry to another local half marathon and sadly I couldn’t use, ugh!
My favorite quote that is perfect right now!

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day Weekend. 

What are your goals this week? Best workout last week?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Another Mother Runner Book Party and My Revelations as an Injured Runner

Right after O was born I won the book Run Like a Mother to be honest I have still only read parts, not because it isn’t a good book but because I can’t sit long enough to actually read a book! A few months ago when I heard the authors Dimity and Sara were heading to Minneapolis to promote their new book I was excited. Last night was that book party and so much fun to go with my mother runner friends (Moms Run This Town).
At first I thought it would just be a fun night out with friends; dinner, wine and running…what more do you need?! We all left with a great bag of run goodies including 4 pairs of socks!!
All my goodies!
Then Kara Thom read her essay from the new book Tales from a Mother Runner and I related a little too much! She spoke on her life as a runner and Ironman and then how injury after injury changed her perspective. Next she mentioned her background as a dancer and how the damage probably started years earlier and now I was really wondering if I had written this. Part of her essay here She spoke of being at the finish line she’d never cross and how the perspective has changed. By the end I was sure I had written this all! Well maybe not the part about accepting that her running life had changed and was now focused on sharing the love of running with others/her daughters and not on her running. I think this was tough to hear as I have thought this over the past year. Where is my running going? Will I ever be back to where I want to be? Or is it time to accept that I’m done with racing?

Being an injured runner is tough for many reasons, mostly you question everything. What will the future bring? Will I be able to sustain my identity as that runner? Can I share this with my daughter? Will I have to turn down race entries for the unforeseeable future? Right now I continue to focus on learning to love other aspects of fitness and surviving this setback while being smart. I want off this rollercoaster for good!

As you can see from my addition to the Bad@ss Wall I am not done fighting! My purple post-it on the bottom states it from everyone to see…Run a 3:15 Marathon! And I’m told if it is on the wall it will come true!
Sorry for the strange direction this post took but I too was shocked what te night brought. Honestly it opened my eyes even more and has me more focused on my situation and getting through stronger. It was a fun night full of Mother Runners with varying goals and directions but we all connected through running and motherhood. Seriously mommy runners if you can go to this event when it is near you! 

Have you read any of the Another Mother Runner books? Or follow the podcasts?

Happy Friday and enjoy your long 3 day weekend!

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday

Monday, May 18, 2015

Weekly: Week 2 Injury Update

Last Wednesday my week took an unwelcomed yet not fully unexpected turn when I was told no running for 4 weeks by the sports MD. So with this my plans were changed bigtime. O had her dance recital on Saturday and it was amazing to see the difference in the past year, she has a blast on stage, knows her dances and looks natural on stage.

Monday: BB Chest/Tris and Core
Tuesday: BB Legs and 6 mile run
Wednesday: BB Back/Biceps and core
Thursday: 4-6 mile run and BB Shoulders kickboxing
Friday: BB Cardio in morning, Shoulders and Abs evening
Saturday: Run and yoga, 1:36 elliptical and 15:00 rowing Thank you Netflix and old Friends episodes
Sunday: 8 mile run 35 min walk with Cooper and BB Chest/Tris
Post walk treats!

This will be week 2 of no running, it has been 6 days since I last ran and I think the toughest part is that my leg feels pretty good. I’ve done nitroglycerin since Friday and wow even at a super low dose I have some weird side effects…warm chest, lightheaded, headache so pretty much exactly what it should be doing! I’m on week 2 of Body Beast and this is tough!

Monday: BB Legs and Yoga
Tuesday: BB Back/Biceps and core, elliptical
Wednesday: BB Total Body and Bike
Thursday: Kickboxing and pilates
Friday:  Elliptical BB Shoulders and core evening
Saturday: Elliptical and BB Chest/Triceps
Sunday: Bike and BB Legs

Today I’m looking outside at nasty winds and wind chills in the 30s so I’m okay not running. This weather is crazy! What are your goals this week? Mine are to get in all PT exercises 2-3 x day like I should, plant my garden and start working on editing my thesis! 2 months until graduation!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Full recovery mode! Nitro and my hamstring...

Well I had my appointment with the sports doctor on Wednesday and it went as I had hoped it wouldn’t but had thought it might. Still dealing with this hamstring that started 2 (maybe even 3) years ago. I stupidly kept running, took a few days off, felt better, hurt get the cycle!

Finally last spring I got smart after terrible pain at Boston. I took 6 weeks off worked with PT, strengthened my core and glutes, worked with a postural restoration specialist, worked on changing my gait. I changed my focus to yoga, strength training and more cross training. I decreased my weekly mileage and running days and had a decent although not great marathon last fall. Then somehow did something to my foot/ankle and took another 6 weeks off and once back trained for my last marathon 3 days a week. Despite all this 6 weeks before the race the hamstring was angry! And we all know how the marathon went

After a full assessment he doesn’t think my back is causing any of the issues, it is all hamstring. So we are starting with Nitroglycerin patches to my hamstring at night! My first reaction, what?! Those are used for chest pain. Doctor says they have about 80-90% success rate when combined with PT strengthening. I went to do my own research and sure enough lots of evidence to support.

No running for 4 weeks! (only 25 days left!). So tell me your favorite cross training? Luckily I’m not signed up for any more races until July. But I can do anything else as long as it doesn’t cause pain. He also wants me on the elliptical 3x week to mimic my running miles.

The best part…he strongly feels that I will be ready to jump into full marathon training in 6 weeks! And he thinks I can shoot for my 3:15 pain free and stronger than I’ve been in years!

Now we just wait, cross our fingers and hope it works. If not then we are looking at PRP or stem cell injection and a much longer time off.

Happy Friday! What are your weekend plans? It is dance recital weekend for us!

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday

Monday, May 11, 2015

Recovering and Enjoying it!

This week has focused on recovery, enjoying my days, sleeping in, spending time with O and Matt and focusing on some big changes ahead. I finish grad school in 2 ½ months. O starts kindergarten in 4 months…

The best part of running an easy marathon is the aftermath. Monday my legs were sore, especially after sitting through a 90 minute meeting! But by Tuesday I was fine, ready for an easy run with a group of new runners, even ran an easy 10 miles on Saturday! Lots of yoga this past week too. And got to 
volunteer at a water stop for our local half marathon!

Then I got to spend the day with O getting her dance trophy. Such a little math girl, she sent the ride home figuring out how old she’ll be when she gets the big trophies!

Back to focus on strength and super excited to start Body Beast today! I love P90X and X3 but breaking up with Tony for the next few months and trying something new.

Monday: BB Chest/Tris and Core
Tuesday: BB Legs and 4-6 mile run
Wednesday: BB Back/Biceps and core
Thursday: 4-6 mile run and BB Shoulders
Friday: BB Total Body and Abs
Saturday: Run and yoga, O’s Dance Recital!
Sunday: 8 mile run and BB Chest/Tris

This week I meet with the sports doctor to address what we need to do to fully fix my hamstring, part of me is looking forward to this and part of me is scared at what he will say. So everything may change but I’m ready for a plan and moving forward!

I hope a the moms had a great Mother’s Day yesterday!  What are your goals this week?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Marathon 27 done! Ready to move on...

I’ve started and restarted writing this recap multiple times, partly because I feel like I didn’t really race the marathon and party because despite not racing I’m frustrated with my running over the past years. I know I haven’t always been the smartest but I’m the most frustrated by the fact that I have tried so hard over the past year to be smart, take time off, do PT, run less, etc and still this. I know it is likely because we didn’t fully address the problem but still, ugh!

Okay enough, on to the part you’re here to read…

Saturday we drove 2 hours to Wisconsin so I could cross another state of my quest for 50 states. Hit the “expo” (okay really a few tables in a mall), check in to our hotel in the midst of a crazy influx of guests, 20 minutes in line to check in, crazy! I then got out my trusty Find Me GF app and searched finding only 3 really safe options with vegetarian meals too: Chipotle (probably not a smart pre marathon choice), Noodles (again my usual Pad Thai not pre marathon food) and Olive Garden. Unfortunately this was prom night and it was packed, luckily the bar seating was open. I decided a glass of chianti was perfect with my brown rice primavera and salad. Salad was all mine so I had a small moment where I considered eating straight out of the serving bowl!

Logistics of race morning were nice, I woke up (actually slept in), ate my usual breakfast, rolled, relaxed, spent too much time in the bathroom (sorry TMI but I’ll stop there) and headed downstairs to catch the shuttle to the start which was 5 minutes away. It was already warm out 60s and sunny so I shed my jacket, turned in my bag and headed to the start after I drank my UCAN.
I ran naked!
I tried to line up away from pacers and got in a group of college kids, part of a training class, and decided to run with them. We chatted the first few miles, they were all shocked I was over 25!! Especially when I informed that I was not close to 25. I had no watch, just ran what felt good and quickly learned the downside to this. 10K split was 7:58 pace, oops! The hills were starting to get tougher as the heat rose. I was warm!

Soon I was nearing the half and saw Matt with my UCAN right before the half. I walked with him and chatted for a minute…my words: my toe is throbbing (stupid nail!), my thumb hurts (some weird thing for the past month!) and my hamstring is tight and I’m hot so I’ll be slowing down.

Mile 17 I spotted a DQ and was scheming a way to get them to give me ice cream without having to pay! I kept moving…
Best race sign ever!

By Mile 21 I was searching for a bathroom, stupid GI issues the previous week. I found one. Walked a bit and talked on the phone to Matt telling him I was slowing more maybe just walking, see him at the finish. Then I felt great again, guess I needed that walk break. About this time we meet up with the half (who start 90 minutes later)

Mile 22, 23 where’s the water stop? There it is but no water left?! I’m mad and I’m still ahead of most runners.
I don't look nearly as bad as I thought!
Mile 24 through college, water stop with water but no cups. Who cares, I stop open my mouth and drink from the water jug!

Mile 25 and again no water. Turn the corner and Mile 26, the 2nd runner I see on the ground with medical attention. The finish line is near and I’m done! Marathon 27 in the books. 3:50 something I think, I really didn’t look, and didn’t care.

The leg was tight during the run but not painful until the 2 hour drive home! I decided I’m done with long drives to marathons, sitting after is not fun!

Friday, May 1, 2015

The marathon is happening!

May is here and I’m ready for this month which means longer days, running weather and a break from school! May is packed with lots: dance recital, gymnastics show, marathons, etc and only leads to summer!

On Wednesday I talked with my PT again and he is fine with me running the marathon based on the past couple weeks! I don’t hurt after I run and during it is only a slight tightness for about 10 minutes. I can’t push my pace at all but I can run!

Pre-Marathon Today I will be relaxing with acupuncture and a little yoga to get my legs ready. Plus my focus has been anti-inflammatory foods. Then I need to prep for our drive tomorrow and pre-race meals in a hotel room. And the fun part figuring out what to wear!

Marathon Goals Based on  his recommendations and my goals for this year I am not racing, no PRs, probably not even a BQ but that’s okay I am running and I will have fun. Plus the forecast is low 80s so not great weather for someone who trained in highs of 20 the majority of the training cycle. I’m even considering not wearing my watch and throwing on some music. Any song suggestions? Now the hardest part for me will be not racing, letting go of time and just enjoying the run. I am super competitive (in case yo hadn’t figured that out!) and push myself.

Eau Claire Marathon

Post-Marathon I am all set to meet with the doctor at the clinic with the PT to address more aggressive plans and get me a good treatment option so I am back 100% for the fall and beyond. This may include stem cell or PRP injections, yikes! But after 2 years of this I’m okay with that.

And Beyond...After marathon recovery I will have about 6 weeks to focus on PT exercises, fully recovering and getting rid of this hamstring issue forever! Lots of core and strength, focusing on nutrition and actually enjoying a month of no grad school! Although I will still be working on my thesis and getting everything wrapped up by July 24th!!

Happy Friday! What are your weekend plans?  Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday