Friday, July 31, 2015

I'm back: Graduation, Running and More

Hi, it really is me writing and I am back…I can’t believe it has been 4 weeks, yikes! I have started but then had to change my focus before I could finish writing. So what’s been happening this month? Well summed up in a few words: Running, School-à Graduation and Work! So here is a short summary and many pictures of July...

After being cleared to start continuous running I stuck with my plan for the half on July 4th and did a run/walk. Started by running 20 minutes and my first 3 miles in 7:40s! Then finished with run/walk of whatever intervals and somehow managed to finish the same as in 2014 when I was still pretending I wasn’t injured…1:46:16!! After the half Matt and I picked my mom up from the hospital. Her surgery went great and she is 4 weeks out from surgery and able to start bending her knee today.

O ran he 1st and 2nd races of the summer the next weekend. Saturday was the annual kids run for the city celebration and she ran 0.8 mile course in 7:40! Way to go!

That evening I was part of the Moms Run This Town team for the bed races. Yep and race where you push a decorated bed and perform different obstacles! Sounds weird but lots of fun. We were the only all women team and had the heaviest bed and best part we missed the finals by only 2 places! Beat by the teams of all men.

Sunday her and I ran the Color Run 5K, her longest run ever and it was hot and involved walking and rolling in color and glitter. May car is still covered despite my best attempts and covering things.
Fast forward through the long work days and night finishing my thesis which is now finished and awaiting publication! 1 week ago I officially finished my final (coming from the girl who’s been in grad school 3 times this is huge!) round of grad school and have a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). I now expect to be called Dr. Marathon Mom (I’m kidding!).

We spent the weekend in Alabama for graduation discovering a few new fun things for O, hitting one of my favorite restaurants and attempting to run in the crazy heat and humidity.

I got the meet with Mindy (and her friend Jenny who actually grew up near me) for my long run on Saturday before leaving. So much fun! And I found out she will be running New Orleans in February when we are there so we'll get to meet up again!

Now life is on the verge of returning to normal that doesn’t include grad school! Work still hasn’t calmed down so that isn’t much fun. I promise I’m back and have much more to share…

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Back to this thing called running!

What a week(s)! The end of June/beginning of July are the absolute busiest for me at work, since Sunday I've worked at least 10 hours each day and my normal lunch time has become 1pm (not fun when you get to work at 6am). Same picture last week. Now add to that preparing my thesis presentation and thanks to a holiday no school for O on my planned day to work on it. Time to resort to Frozen! I'm pulling out the back up plan and O can watch her favorite movie while I work.

To top off the craziness, my mom who is our usual babysitter fell on Wednesday and after horrendous care in a local ER I got her in at my hospital and as I write she is in surgery for a shattered patella. The first ER missed other injuries as well, what mess! Send her some good vibes for a quick recovery and successful surgery.

Now for some good news...I am cleared!! Wednesday I saw my sports doctor and PT and both are impressed. My strength is nearly equal on both legs and my range of motion and flexibility is back too. The PT even had me test run for him with increasing speed all the way to a sprint and thought my form was great, no compensating or lazy muscles! He increased my PT program and is making me roll daily at least. Next up doctor felt the same way and after 2+ years of this stupid hamstring and me being less than great about letting it heal I think we are nearly there! I need to continue 6 more weeks of nitroglycerin and return to PT in a few weeks to make a maintenance plan to prevent recurrence but I see a way off this roller coaster!

So what is my plan?

  • I have learned that my body only like 3 days of running so I'm sticking with that at least for the next few months (might add a 4th day later)
  • Core and strength 4-5 days a week 
  • Daily PT exercises
  • Daily foam rolling
  • Sports massage monthly (per doctor's recommendation), I like this one!
  • Cross train 3 days a week
  • 1 rest or yoga day
Happy July 4th Weekend! Any fun plans? Anyone racing? Happy to say I get to "run" a laf marathon tomorrow to kick off the holiday.

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday