Weekly Rundown: Dec. 4-10

Welcome to another week on #TeamJanky- the support crew for those of us who experience injuries, illnesses, and setbacks but refuse to give up. Sometimes you ride the PR train. Sometimes (more often) you drive the struggle bus.

With running (and life) whether you’re on top or on the bottom, you’re never there forever.

TWW

Monday 60 min. Arc Trainer + PT exercises
Tuesday 8.2 miles + 60 min. yoga
Wednesday 7.3 miles + PT exercises
Thursday 6.2 miles + PT exercises
Friday PT exercises
Saturday 13.2 miles including Kiawah Island Half Marathon (1:46:57)
Sunday 5.2 miles + PT exercises
Total 40.1 miles

I went back to PT on Monday, where she treated my wonky high hamstring/glute. It’s a little better than it was, but healing takes time. When you’re injured or sick often, you learn that the body heals. It heals on its own terms, not according to a training plan or race schedule- but it heals. 

My running is still disappointing, but my social game was on point this week. On Wednesday, I attended the Fleet Feet Summerville group run. The theme was Catch the Gingerbread Man and Beat the Fox. Everyone who finished in front of the fox got a $15 gift card or a pair of Balega socks, and we had hot chocolate, snacks, and giveaways afterward. This is one of my favorite runs of the year, and it had a great turnout.

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My phone died on Friday, making for a stressful day and weekend. You never realize how much you depend on your phone until you don’t have a phone for several days and have to rely on an alarm clock, a GPS, and a digital camera. Plus, I’m paranoid driving long distances without a phone in case of emergencies- so I stayed close to home.

On Saturday, I ran the Kiawah Island Half Marathon. Three injuries, 363 days, $40, and a shot of Bailey’s ago, I thought signing up for a half marathon during early registration was a good idea. Thankfully, I was healthy enough to complete the race and earn a new medal for my Christmas tree. A lot of my friends and training partners did really well, setting new PRs, placing, or running their first marathons. It was fun to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments. Sometimes that accomplishment is not meeting any paramedics or spending the afternoon in urgent care.

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The good thing about races is that they’re held every single year, and once again, during the early registration period, I signed up for 2018’s Kiawah Island Half Marathon. Since I’m two stomach flus from racing weight and trying not to drink, I skipped the shot of Bailey’s. Kiawah was one of the most well organized races I’ve ever run, and I’ll recap it later this week.

Saturday night, we ALL celebrated at the Summerville Tri Club holiday party. We had food, dessert, drinks, and a ton of fun. Summerville Tri Club trains hard and parties hard, and this is the biggest party of the year. Everyone gets together to celebrate our accomplishments, plan for next year, and give out some awards and superlatives. Did I mention we party?

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As for me, I’m not signed up for any races in the immediate future and will probably keep it that way and focus on PT exercises and recovery. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2018 and working hard to make our dreams come true!

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Come join the fun!

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The Weekly Rundown: Nov. 27- Dec. 3

There is no honor in running oneself into the ground”. – Anton Krupicka, ultrarunner

I’m a grinder. I like writing out and crossing off workouts. As a technical writer, I like closing out work request tickets on the same day they’re placed. I don’t like anyone having to wait on me. I can’t stand being late- I can’t stand NOT being early. If you’re on time, you’re late.

My work ethic is unapologetically heads down, get shit done.

Looking at my original training schedule, this was supposed to be my last “big week” before the Kiawah Island Half Marathon. Almost a year ago and fighting a different injury, I took some shots and surrendered my credit card number to register for the race when it was only $40. I succumbed to #BeerPressure and said Kiawah would be the half marathon I’d PR.

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We all know what happens to the best laid plans. My priorities have shifted from training and workouts to recovery and rehabbing my right glute/high hamstring. 2017 hasn’t been a great year for running or racing, and at this point, I only hope to start 2018 off on the right foot- the healthy foot.

Speaking of healthy feet, at least I’ve got SOME uninjured body parts, right?

TWW

Monday 60 min. Arc Trainer + PT exercises
Tuesday 8.1 miles + 60 min. yoga
Wednesday 60 min. elliptical + PT exercises
Thursday 7 miles
Friday 60 min. hot yoga + PT exercises
Saturday 10.1 miles
Sunday 8 miles
Total 33.2 miles

As you can see, running was pretty lackluster this week. 33.2 easy miles and NO WORKOUTS. I spent some time on the elliptical and arc trainer, mindlessly “doing cardio” and watching The Goldbergs, my favorite guilty pleasure cardio show.

I went to the PT this week, and she suggested I cut back my (already super low) volume and (already nonexistent) intensity. I also got a laundry list of exercises to do to strengthen my glutes and hamstrings. I have some new things to add to my usual routine, which is now three times a week instead of two. I’m not allowed to do any fast running like track, but the knot in my glute that hurts when I sit at my desk prevents me from opening up my stride to run fast anyway.

I went to yoga a few times a week and enjoyed it so much! On Friday, I tried a warm flow class, which was sweaty and fun. I like the vinyasa flow style of yoga, whether the room is cool or hot. I absolutely love my yoga studio, Soul Yoga and Wellness. They have so many good classes, and it’s very diverse for a yoga studio- all genders, races, body types, etc. I’m glad to have a studio where no one judges me for wearing Target workout pants instead of Lululemon or Athleta.

In non-running life, Clay and I went to 82 Queen for brunch again. If you’re looking for a classic southern restaurant on the peninsula, 82 Queen is it. It’s perfect for locals as well as guests, or for going out with out of town friends. Plus, it’s only blocks from the excitement of King Street.

82 Queen has been around for 32 years, so they’re clearly doing something right. The specials are always delicious, like this weekend’s seafood linguini.

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I went out to Charleston Sports Pub with Emily and Shawanna on Saturday. Shawanna’s marathon is next weekend and she’s hoping to OTQ. I hope she does! We hung out a bit after lunch and it was fun being around other runners since I ran so many solo miles this week. I miss my training partners and friends a lot when I’m running less, and working from home can be lonely too, so I was glad to see them.

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On Sunday, I felt good enough to run with the Hampton Park group, and Brent and I logged 8 conversational miles about setbacks, comebacks, and dreams and races deferred. Even if I run fewer days, it beats not running at all. I may be shuffling along, but at least I have good people to shuffle with.

Here’s to the grind of PT exercises, NSAIDs, referrals, heating pads, ice packs, thera bands, copays, and still being the captain of #TeamJanky.

I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Come join the fun!

 

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