I don’t know about you, but in this day and age, I don’t understand why we still have the time change. I went to bed at 9:30ish last night (yes on a Saturday). When I woke up I was quite excited to see that I had slept in till 7 am, until I remembered that it was really 6 am. However, that is still 8+ hours and much better than waking up at 4:30 am (which is what I’ll be doing tomorrow…).
I had a pretty low-key workout at the pool today. I swam 2800 meters in 1 hr and 15 minutes. I swam freestyle (the only stroke I know) and felt lazy so I used a pull buoy the entire time. My shoulders were feeling it by the end.
Luckily, I had my monthly massage this afternoon at Massage Envy. I swear, my Massage Envy membership is one of the best investments I have made. I had 90 minutes of bliss torture on my shoulders and quads. It hurt so good!
For tonight’s Sunday dinner I made a Honey Barbecue Meatloaf from Can You Stay for Dinner. Have I mentioned that it’s my favorite food blog?! I followed this recipe exactly as written and it did not disappoint. It was SO EASY to make and turned out very tasty! I made some brown rice and a bag salad with apples and strawberries to go with it.
So I have a couple things to confess.
1. For the past 4 weeks or so my left foot has been hurting. I suspect it’s plantar fasciitis, as I’ve had it before, about 3 years ago, on the same foot. I’ve been doing my exercises, wearing the boot to bed and wearing only sneakers to work (I’m the anti-fashionista).
I figured if I didn’t say anything it’s not true, but it doesn’t seem to be getting better and I finally confessed this to my coach. So this week’s workouts will be lighter on the running and more on cross training to give the foot a rest. The timing is perfect as I’ll be in Scottsdale for more Spring Training in the latter part of the week where the temps are supposed to be in the 90's and I have no desire to run in that misery.
2. Also for the past 4+ weeks, I’ve more or less loss my post-run appetite. This is VERY unusual as I am usually the person who is beyond famished after running just a few short miles.
At first I wasn’t hungry for a few hours after running, then I’d wake up at 3 am absolutely famished. Now it’s come to the point where sometimes the mere thought of eating food after a run kinda disgusts me. I find myself not eating for hours after a run (on Saturday I had finished my 10-miler at 9:30 am and didn't eat anything until well after 2 pm), or having to force myself to eat.
Last Friday afternoon I had my monthly conference call with Danielle (my nutritionist) and we discussed this in depth. While she doesn’t know why this is happening (she’s researching this), she instructed me to combat this by drinking my calories; i.e., drinking an Ensure before and after a run to replace the calories I lose while working out.
Although, I don’t think I’ll need to drink one before a run. I usually eat oatmeal before a long run and oatmeal is the one food that I haven’t had an adverse reaction to post-run. In fact, I have even had it for dinner last week because it’s the only thing that didn’t make me gag.
She also wants me to pay attention; i.e., journal, my energy level and weight (in case you’re wondering, no I haven’t lost any lbs).
Has anyone else ever experienced this?
Here's a photo from last weekend's race in Arizona:
I like that there's a cactus in the background and I'm not looking at the camera, although my friends think I'm flashing signs or something...LOL