Half-Marathon Mondays

Just Plain Happy [Half-Marathon Monday]

I feel like I have so much to update you on after this weekend! It was a good one to say the least.

Friday night was my friend Lauren’s 22nd birthday, so we went out with our friends, her parents and her boyfriend. It was a blast!

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On Sunday afternoon, we had a bunch of friends over for brunch. We had so much food but also there were four boys in attendance, so needless to say all of the food was gone by the end.

After we brunched, Kellie, her bf and I went to the Pawpaw Festival in Albany, OH (like 10 min away from Athens). Pawpaws are a tree fruit that apparently grows on trees in Midwestern states. Until I came to Ohio, I’d never heard of a pawpaw.

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I tried a plain pawpaw since I’d never had one before. The only way I can describe it is a mix between a mango and banana but with a really smooth, almost buttery texture.

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Then I had some pawpaw ice cream from Snowville Creamery. It was fantastic, and I’m pretty sure it had fat percentage of 100. It was sweet but not too sweet and perfectly creamy. No spoons allowed!

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And then Kellie held a snake.

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But let me back up a bit. Something else happened on Sunday morning…

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I went for a run! My first run in what feels like 10 years. I told myself I would go with no expectations and run until I felt like my knee needed a break. I got to just over 3 miles with only a little discomfort eventually, which is why I stopped.

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The good news is it hasn’t hurt since that run, which I see as a positive sign. I’m going to take it slow and look at my training from here on out the same way I did with today’s run: no high expectations.

After my run, I did a plank. I’ve been trying harder to do a plank a day. Core strength = running strength!

Here’s what my workouts this week will probably look like:
Sunday: Runday! 3 mile run
Monday: Weights
Tuesday: Hot yoga
Wednesday: 3-4 mile run
Thursday: Biking or rest
Friday: Run or weights or rest
Saturday: Run or weights (depending on Friday)

This weekend made me just plain happy. 🙂 Here’s to a good Monday!

Question of the Day:
Have you ever heard of a pawpaw? What’s one exotic fruit you’ve tried?

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Subbing [Half-Marathon Monday]

So, my knee still isn’t quite right.

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Ugh. All week I’d been searching for some sort of answer about what kind of injury I have and how to take care of it. The closest I’ve come to some sort of conclusion is that I may have IT band issues. Reason being, it hurts on the outside of my knee and the pain comes when I am ten to fifteen minutes into a run. It’s not a definitive answer but it’s an idea.

On Thursday, I went to bootcamp to see how my knee was feeling. My knee was okay at the beginning of class, but we started a warm-up with – you guessed it – about ten minutes of running around the room. I took it easy but the pain came right back. That was a big clue for me. I ended up leaving bootcamp early after two rounds of cardio moves following the warm-up (which left a big dent in my morale).

Luckily I have some great friends to keep my spirits up 🙂

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There’s still hope!

Yesterday, I decided to try subbing with the stationary bike in order to keep my endurance up. I tried searching for equivalents of running distances on a bike. My speed did vary, but I was mostly biking at 15-22 mph. I went 10.1 miles (I wanted to go longer but had plans). According to a conversion chart I found, that’s only 2.8 run miles. Which is terrible. I really don’t like the stationary bike! I may or may not have Snapchatted a video of my feet pedaling accompanied by some expletives to my friends.

I want to try to run at some point this week. I’m thinking I can test the waters on Wednesday. Until then, my workouts are going to be weight training and cycling heavy.

Sunday: Biking
Monday: Biking and/or weights
Tuesday: Hot Yoga
Wednesday: Run (distance depending on how the knee feels)
Thursday: Weights
Friday: Biking
Saturday: Rest or Weights or Run

That’s all I’ve got for you today! I hope you start the (unfortunately full) week off strong 🙂

Question of the Day:
What do you think of biking/cycling? I love spinning classes but I am not a big fan of biking on my own.

The Knee [Half-Marathon Monday]

Before I say anything else today… Hello September and Happy Labor Day! Just taking a moment to thank people like my dad who work their asses off day in and day out. I wouldn’t have the comfortable life I have without your hard work, Dad! I wish I could walk with you in the Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade, but go strut your stuff without me for one more year. 🙂

I don’t know how it happened but September is already here. I feel like it was just yesterday (but really though) that I was obsessing over all things fall. I know that bloggers have been jumping on the fall train for about two weeks now and I tried to refrain but… no more! My mom claims that September is supposed to be for apples only but that’s not how I roll. When I jump into fall, I go all in. I bought tons of squash at the farmer’s market last weekend and I. Am. Ready.

And on the topic of feeling ready for things…

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On Friday, I was feeling really positive about my halfie training. I was happy with how my shorter runs went this week and I felt strong. And then…

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What you see there is an injured knee. As I set out for my long run on Saturday, I felt pretty good despite the heat (I had to start out later than I wanted because it was thunder storming when I woke up at 7). Around mile 2.5, my knee really started to bug me. At first I felt like a ball was rubbing on the outside of my right knee, but I figured it was a weird cramp so I wiggled it out and kept going.

It didn’t get better. In fact, it got worse. I made it to mile 4 and I absolutely had to stop. I was afraid to push it and injure myself further before I could really assess what was happening. Unfortunately, I had to walk all the way home. I took a short cut that got me home in two miles.

As soon as I got home, I showered and started icing. Eventually I was sick of sitting alone and in a pretty down mood because of my knee, so I asked Kaitlyn to meet me for some cheer-up fro yo. She and I have lots of catching up to do, even after the fro yo date!

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On the way home, the sensation I was feeling became clear – it hurt to bend my leg. As I walked, it felt like every few feet my knee would seize up. I spent the rest of the night on my couch, icing away.

Thankfully when I woke up Sunday, the pain wasn’t nearly as bad. I continued to ice and then moved to some heat compression eventually. I have a run scheduled for today with Kaitlyn, so we’ll see if that happens and/or how it goes. I may get a knee brace and wear it just in case.

Here’s the thing: I can’t pinpoint for sure why this happened. I don’t think it’s from overuse, I really don’t. I didn’t fall, I didn’t feel a twist in my knee. I was going over and over the past week in my head trying to figure it out, and then on Sunday morning a possible culprit hit me. I took a yoga class on Thursday and I remembered one specific move (kneeling twist lunge with quad stretch) that felt a little uncomfortable. I didn’t hold it long but is that enough to do some damage? Maybe.

As for this week, here is what I plan on doing as long as my knee cooperates:
Sunday: Rest (stupid knee.)
Monday: 4 mile run
Tuesday: Hot yoga
Wednesday: 4 mile interval run
Thursday: Bootcamp
Friday: Weights or 6 mile run
Saturday: 6 mile run or weights

Enjoy this Labor Day off!

Question of the Day:
What injuries have you sustained during training?
How are you celebrating Labor Day?