Monthly Archives: April 2011

RW: Tues-Wed

I didn’t blog yesterday because I got too caught watching:


{How sad am I that Rulon left the show?! I wanted him to win. Now I’m not sure who I want to win…}

and


{Seriously, WHO is voting for Kendra?!? I am in a DWTS pool and she is ruining my picks!}

By the time I peeled myself off the couch, I was way too tired to blog. So here’s how the past 2 days have gone:

Tuesday

Workouts:
I ran 5-miles. I tried my best to keep things at an easy pace, but it was windy, windy, windy and I could feel myself pushing harder and harder against the wind. I ended up running negative splits – who can be sad about that, right?

Food:
I decided to start carb-loading early in the week instead of one huge meal the night before. So I made Can You Stay For Dinner’s Baked Ziti recipe (and added shredded chicken to it). It’s enough to fill a large casserole dish so I’m having it for leftovers every night this week. (I’m good that way.)

Anatomy of a Comeback:
My cousin forwarded me this inspiration story on Alicia Shay. Not only is it an inspirational running story of perseverance, but it’s also a touching life story on dealing with tribulation. It also references ART, what I mentioned in my last post.

Wednesday

Workouts:
It was a rest day. My second of three this week. I had a very hard time doing nothing today and was so tempted to lift some weights, or do something. But I was good and forced myself to rest today.

Playlist:
So instead of working out, I worked on my playlist. My music tastes aren’t complicated – pop, hip hop, rap, alternative, angry music – it all motivates me. It’s still a work in progress, so if you have any suggestions, send them my way.

I spent some time firming up the weekend plans. Not only am I traveling with friends, but I’m also going to be meeting with old and new friends who live in Vancouver. It looks like it’s shaping up to be a fun weekend!

RW: Monday

I didn’t planning on blogging until the end of the week, but let’s face it, with my workout schedule significantly cut back this week, I have more time that I banked on. Since I can’t remember, for the life of me, how my last race week went, I’m thinking I may do a daily recap. Bear with me.

Workouts
Spin:
This was supposed to be a 70-minute session on the Spin bike, but I could not drag myself out of bed this morning. I was able to get 40-minutes in while being half asleep.

Core:
After Spinning I was much more awake for the Core class. We spent the first 20 minutes of class doing all kinds of planks and side planks, as well as mimicking the type of abdominal exercises one would do with a wheel roller – only, we used a towel on the floor instead. Doris (instructor), had us work all different angles for a complete ab workout. We finished off the class by doing traditional sit-ups, which by the way, still aren’t easy. I hadn’t done any type of resistance or strength training in a week so I was pleased at how manageable the planks felt.

Travel Prep
I may only be traveling a couple of hours north, but it is in a different country. So I spent my lunch hour calling my cell phone provider to add international coverage to my plan so that my cell phone works while I’m there. Even with the Canada package, I will still be charged by the minute, as well as text and MB so I don’t expect to use my phone much during the trip. But it’s always good to have the option as needed.

I also had to alert my bank of my travel plans so they don’t freeze my account (I learned this lesson the hard way a few years ago).

All I have to say is that the level of customer service has gone down. Not only was I transferred multiple times, I had to repeat myself so many times that I lost count, and was asked if I lived in Columbia. What?!?

Chiro
I saw Dr. Eva for my last pre-race ART appointment. “Pain” and “torture” are the only words that come to mind to describe the visit. If you’ve never had ART before, one aspect to it is to move the nearest limb to the area that is being worked on. For example, I flexed my foot while she applied heavy pressure to my right calf. The pain is so intense that as I clenched my teeth and gripped the bench, I found that I also had little range of movement to flex my foot. So, she presses it down herself, which is added to the intensity.

In addition to my calf, she also worked on my hamstring, but was unable to break up the huge knot in it. She instructed me to keep rolling it out to try and loosen it up.

As painful as ART is, I can’t live without it.

Over the years, as I started to have aches and pains, I saw my primary care physician who gave me ibuprofen and told me to quit running. So I went to see sports medicine doctors who sent me to physical therapy, which is great, but is kinda a one-time fix for the one specific injury. Although, at least in PT, they teach you exercises to strengthen the troubled area.

Last summer I finally wised up and started seeing a chiropractor. She immediately corrected the areas where my body was misaligned (like my hips), but then did Active Release Technique (ART) to treat muscle and fascia imbalances. At first I saw Dr Eva three times a week to fix all the problems that I had, but now I see her every 3 weeks for maintenance. Each time I see her, she’ll do an assessment and work on the areas that are most in need of treatment.

If you run regularly and are experiencing tightness, soreness, aches and/or pains I strongly recommend seeing a chiro who is certified to practice ART. It’s the one thing that I wish someone had told me about when I first started running on a more regular basis.

Easter Weekend

* Easter

I’ve been in a post-Easter celebratory food coma for the past few hours. We celebrated with a family get-together doing what we do best – eating.

Check out the spread:

– Dungeness crab
– Prawns
– Short ribs
– Teriyaki chicken
– Noodles
– Deviled eggs
– Scalloped potatoes
– etc, etc, etc – you get the idea.

Oh and I must not forget the Sibby’s cupcakes that we had for dessert!

* Saturday Workout

It’s a good thing I burned some calories yesterday on my 10-mile run. It was my last double-digit run before the race.

Since it was “only” 10 miles, I slept in and lounged a little, and didn’t get out the door until well almost 10 am. I was once again fooled by the fog and over-dressed for the run. Although my weather app said it was 57 degrees with only 62% humidity, it felt like it was much more humid than that (and we all know how much I dislike humidity).

The run itself went pretty well:

– I used a new pair of shoes – my third Pearl Izumi SyncroFuels. They fit so well that I don’t even need to break them in. I am still only at 200 or so miles on my second pair of PI SyncroFuels, but the tread on the bottom of the shoes has started to wear so I decided to start incorporating a new pair. I also received another pair of Pearl Izumi shoes (different model) from RoadBunner. They didn’t work for her, so I’m going to see how well they work for me. I’ll start using them after the race.

– I was supposed to say within the 10:45-11:00 min/mile pace for the first 5 miles. I’m not going to lie – it was so hard to do. All I wanted to do was speed up, but for once, I listened and did mostly okay; i.e., close enough. The last 5 miles were to be sub 10:30 min/mile pace which felt much better.

* Race Week

– I can hardly believe that my race is next Sunday. I feel like the time has just flown by. I’ll be traveling on Friday, and off all of next week, so this will be a busy work week for me. I’m also going to try and get lots of rest, so I may or may not be blogging much this week. I’m sure I’ll be having lots of thoughts going through my mind, so perhaps I’ll probably jot them down and either posting them post-race, or post some scattered thoughts throughout the week – we’ll see how it goes.