Trying to do PT with a Toddler

I’ve been pretty sucky with my posting the last couple of weeks, which is crazy because I have so much to post about.  I’m going to try to play catch up over the next several days and thought it was important to start with me starting PT. As I have mentioned before, I got injured on the first day of my half marathon training cycle.  I decided to see a sports medicine doctor and was diagnosed with Patellofemoral Syndrome and IT Band Syndrome. FINALLY, last Wednesday, I met with a physical therapist so I can get these knees back in tip top shape. IMG_0681My initial meeting with Gina, my new physical therapist, confirms that I have a weak ass.  Seriously, I have no strength in my glutes, which is causing my knees to do bad things.  (Mostly go inwards.)  Gina sent me home with an at home workout sheet to do every day.    Continue reading

Half Marathon Training Wrap Up {Week 1}

Half marathon training for the Unite Half started last Monday.  I was sooooooo excited to start, but ended up hurting my knee the very first run.  After several days of sulking, I decided I’m going to keep moving and working out to the best of my ability (even if I’m not running) so that I’m as trained as I can possibly be for this race.  I know I have the mental ability to run the distance.  Now I just need my body to cooperate.  Luckily I have 12 weeks to get my knee back in shape.  Continue reading

21 Day Fix {Week 2} and Half Marathon Training {Sort Of}

I’m still trucking along on the 21 Day Fix.  I’m happy to report that I had an excellent week 2 and am down 8.5 pounds.  Like last week, I wanted to share my weekly calendar of what I ate.  (I think the 21 Day Fix prep becomes so much easier once you see how other people are doing it.)

ScreenHunter_84 Jan. 14 16.46If you have horrible eyes like me, click here to view the calendar is Google Docs.  Continue reading

Another Successful #RWRunStreak

streak-page-headerI mentioned in December that I was, once again, taking part in the #RWRunStreak.  I committed to run at least one mile once a day for 36 days (Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day). I am happy to report that I did it, running a total of 62 miles in the process.  Most of my runs were at night, after my son went to bed, and I would spend that short time reflecting on why the heck I decided to do this…again.  One mile doesn’t sound like a major commitment, but it can be during the holiday season. Plus, it’s not just going for a run.  I needed to dress for the cold (so many layers), take a shower, unwind. It was a process.  I got home at 5:20 on New Year’s Eve, was out the door by 5:45 to run, back in by 6:00, showered and dressed by 6:40, and then out the door for my 7:00 dinner reservation. Craziness. But I choose to do the #RWRunStreak because I KNOW it will keep me moving during a time of year that makes me not want to do any exercise at all.  Completing those 36 days wasn’t easy, but I’m damn glad I did it! Continue reading

2014 Racing Wrap Up

1I can sum up my 2014 running year in one word: Wow!

When I decided I wanted to try running again in 2013, I never EVER thought I would be doing the kind of racing that I do now. It was once a big deal for me to run a 5K without stopping and now, I know I could go out right this second and run 10 miles no problem. I have never been as proud of my body as I am these days. I am stronger, faster, and so very proud of myself and all I have accomplished this year. Now, I would love to share with you some of my highlights from 2014.  Continue reading

Wednesday Workout Wrap Up {December 10 – 16, 2014}

Welcome back to the Wednesday Friday Workout Wrap Up. I have officially hit my holiday crazy and am finding it hard to keep up with my routine. That’s not to say I’m not having fun… because I am! Lots and lots of fun. But it’s hard to fit in workouts when you have Polar Express Train Ride dates with your two year old. The past 10 days has been a good reminder of why I do the #RWRunStreak. Even if there is no time to hit the gym for a lifting session, there is always time to run one mile… and that’s pretty much all I have been doing.  Continue reading

Trying Not to Eat All the Things and #RWRunStreak

Confession: I have a seriously hard time focusing on my nutrition AND my fitness. I think it’s because I’ve always been of the mindset that if I work out hard, I should be able to eat any food I want. While this might have worked before I had my son, weight no longer falls off of me like it did in my 20s. (Those good ol’ days when I could Weight Watchers myself Monday through Friday, eat and drink EVERYTHING Saturday and Sunday, and still lose 2 pounds a week consistently.)

Running has become much more important to me over the last year. I started because it was an easy way to exercise with my son (Yay for the BOB!), but as I’ve increased my distances and numbers of weekly workouts, I have found a confidence and strength I never knew I possessed. Running so many races this past Fall really helped to show me what kind of events I want to do in 2015, including a full marathon. (Did I just type that out?!) With that ultimate goal in mind, I sat down and examined the food I’m eating and the workouts I’m currently doing then came up with a plan for 2015. Continue reading