Friday, July 3, 2015

And then you get back running

Crossing my fingers as I type this, but I feel like it was a short turn around with the stress fracture. For about 6-8 weeks I cycled or ran in the pool (without a belt) twice a day (for a total of 1hr40min-2 hours) then road my bike for 3+ hours on the weekend. After about 4 weeks, I was also able to add the arc trainer, where I would kill myself doing hill intervals. Every day I would work as hard as I could until I couldn't go hard anymore. Looking back I really don't think I could have worked any harder.

I've also been able to workout on the AlterG which has really helped my overall running fitness. Last week I had a session of 5x1 mile progressive at 80% body weight and 2-3% incline. I've been able to gradually increase my mileage with no pain and very little discomfort....so far so good.

I had the chance to compete in a 23 mile bike race recently, and actually posted the faster time for the women, and the 3rd fastest time overall. 
State Games of Mississippi. 1st female.
I'm hoping that all the cross training and rehab will help me in the long run. I am VERY happy to be back running. Even though I enjoyed the cycling, I would take running over cycling any day.

#RunHappy #PBTE



Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Runner’s Choice is a Foot Massage in a Bottle

Recently I was asked to review a product called The Runner's Choice, which, according to the website, is a foot massage in a bottle. The Runner's Choice is made with 100% natural botanical oils, including almond, eucalyptus, eucalyptol, wintergreen, peppermint AND spearmint oil - yum! It is designed for tired, worn-out runners feet (like mine)!

Unfortunately for me, I was shutdown quickly after the product arrived, but now that I have began running on the AlterG and other activities similar to running, I was able to give it a quick review.

Normally, I suffer from nasty dry, cracked feet (most marathoners do). Not able to afford a pedicure, I gave this product (retailing at $19.97) a try. After my first AlterG run I had blisters all over the sides of my feet and tops of my toes. I took the product and rubbed it all over my feet, and allowed it to dry. In about a minute I could already tell a difference, as my feet were noticeably softer and smoother. It also took the edge of my blisters and I was able to get back into my street shoes without bandaging up my feet.

The Runner's Choice also smells fantastic, which also helped my feet smell fantastic too. A surprise bonus,  I also took the product and rubbed a few drops on my calves, being that they are often tight and sore after a long day of training, work, and kids.

So this summer when you are suffering from dry, cracked, and tired feet, I would give this product a try. At $19.97 a bottle its worth a mini splurge and is much cheaper than a pedicure. You can find it on the Trusted Health Products website. You can also checkout other great products here. Trusted Health Products offers a 100% money back guarantee and same-day shipping worldwide.

You can also checkout more reviews of this product on the Trusted Health Products website or Amazon.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

When you break your back

On May 18th I went in for an MRI and discovered that I had a stress fracture in my sacrum. I had not been able to run more than a minute or two since May 2, so I knew something was up.

Looking back at the two weeks prior it's no wonder I broke myself. Workouts in the two weeks leading up to the break included 20 miles w/ 10 at marathon pace, 10x800m, 3x3mile, and let's not forget the final straw, 16x400m on the road. I wasn't recovering in between the hard stuff, and though I had gotten in pretty good shape right before the break, I wasn't communicating with Houston (Husband/Coach) on just how trashed my body was feeling.
Getting better! Its hard to average over 18mph because of stop lights, etc. Averaging over 18mph for a casual (solo) ride is showing a huge improvement from where I was in the beginning!

For about four weeks now I've been cycling quite a bit, upwards to 220 miles per week. Before I knew it was a fracture I was also using the arc trainer on my lunch break and riding in the morning, for a total of about 110-130 min of cardio most days. Now I'm pretty much on the bike everyday twice a day, all but Saturday, where I'll ride anywhere from 40-50+ miles. This Saturday I'm actually contemplating a 60 mile ride.
PowerBar provided me with some legit cycling gear! I'm still getting used to eating on the bike. The last long ride I had I ate a Performance Energy Wafer mid way through.
I was able to ride this Jackson-Baldwin Rail Trail 2.5 times when I was in Jacksonville for NCAA T&F Nationals (First Round) for about 75 miles total.

This week I'm actually cleared to get on the alterG, not for long but it's something. I've also started physio therapy. As of today, it looks like I may be able to run my first step outdoors on June 26th.
My longest ride so far, 51 miles out past Bevill Hill and back home. The refuge is an excellent place to ride.
So what have I learned from the whole experience? Not much, really. I worked my butt off getting in shape after Patrick and I don't regret it. I guess I'll have to be more careful next time.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

That video of the very pregnant runner.........

My sister posted this on facebook when I was 40.5 weeks pregnant. I didn't know it at the time but Patrick was already over 9lbs....
At first it was embarrassing, but now I think its AWESOME.

Enjoy.


Soooo yes we are still waiting for baby to make an appearance.. But meggy is getting a little annoyed at everyone telling her that a good long walk brings on labour... As she is still able to do this at 4 days overdue I think she needs other suggestions
Posted by Andrea Bowman on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Putting in the work

Friday: AM: 30 min easy, PM: 14min w/u, 12x400m @76-78, 60 sec rest, 37 min c/d
Saturday: AM: 80 minutes
Sunday: AM: 20 min shake out, PM: 20min w/u, 3 miles in 18:00 (6:00), mile jog, 2 miles in 11:30 (5:45), 2 min rest, 1 mile @ 5:42, 1.5 mile c/d
Monday: AM: 20 min shakeout, PM: 56 min w/ Houston
Tuesday: AM: 81 minutes
Wednesday: AM: 30 min easy, PM: 10 min w/u, 4x1.65 miles, 6:23 pace (up), 6:04 pace (d), 6:18 (u), 6:00 (d), 8 min c/d
Thursday: 72 minutes

I took advantage of the team's spring break schedule to get in some good workouts with the ladies. Though I suffered (mostly in the 400s) I was surprised at how good it felt to run fast. I know I still have a ways to go, but it's relieving to know that my fitness is still coming back.

I'm doing my best to balance motherhood, work, and training all the while doing my best to get enough sleep and to eat right. I'm finding it necessary to sometimes sacrifice miles for sleep. I run so much better well rested. I also need more sleep than normal because Patrick is still breastfeeding. I just don't have the motivation to go full tilt right now.
Yet.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Honesty

It is 4:36pm and I am drinking red wine while watching my son try to craw (he's failing, though he is massive so its quite a task at 5 months old). My 4 year old daughter is napping, much needed as she spent the morning playing at the roller skating rink when I got home from my long run. It's Saturday, we are alone. My husband is in New York City but will return soon. My mother-in-law was here for a few days, but left this morning. I'm doing my best right now.

I ran 16 miles this morning, about 11 at or under 6:35, which just so happens to be the pace I ran for a half-marathon 7 days ago. However, last Saturday I was dying, and nearly pulled of course because I doubted I could finish the race. Today, I talked the entire way and was barely labored.

I'm exhausted. I made a cup of coffee about 2 hours ago because I felt like I could fall asleep at my computer. Thirty minutes ago I submitted a grant report that was due today by 5:00p.m. (yes, on a Saturday). I made the deadline by 54 minutes. I feel like any moment I could just lay my head back and fall asleep for days. I think about sleep a lot. I day dream about sleeping.

Six weeks ago I almost quit running. Not quit like stop completely, quit like stop chasing goals, just running for the pure enjoyment of it. I was going to put a limit on the number of miles I would run a week, I was going to allow myself to miss a full day of running out of seven, I was going to stop counting mileage. All these things, I was like, ok.

I had surgery in December. It changed things. I don't like talking about it or thinking about it, but there was a high possibility that the surgery saved my life. However I prepared for best case scenario A....and I ended up for best case scenario B. I didn't emotionally prepare for best case scenario B. I'm stilling dealing with that.

I thought the surgery would change me and my running, but it didn't (at least not as of yet). And, when nothing changed I realized I am not done with dreams and goals (yet). Balancing kids, husband, work, and running is not hard, its just a little bit challenging. I can still do it all, I'm just going to have to be a bit more creative.

I've found a way to run more. I get up early (4:10am) and run. I go out on my lunch break and run again. When my lunch run is short I do circuit and strength. I eat like a horse too because I'm still breastfeeding and continuously raising my mileage. The baby weight doesn't exist anymore.

And so here I am, finding my grove, getting fitter everyday. From week to week my workouts change drastically, I am finding a way to fit it all in. Time for kids, time for husband, time for work, time to run. My life is full. It is overflowing.

I'm not done yet.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Long road ahead. 14 week pp training log.

Sunday: 90 min progressive treadmill run. I've been super sick so I ran inside giving myself the option of quitting if I was too sick to continue. Started at 7:20 pace, worked my way down to 6:44 pace. Good run.
Monday: 30 min at a snail pace. Legs really hurt
Tuesday: 9.5 miles, easy pace (7:55-8:05)
Wednesday: 2 mile w/u, 6x1k on mugshots loop (3:39, 3:41, 3:40, 3:42, 3:39, 3:44) 2 mile c/d
Thursday: 11.2 miles easy paced
Friday: legs hurt every where. AM: 20 min. PM: 30 min
Saturday: 13.5 miles, w/ fast miles from 3-12  (6:58, 6:45, 6:45, 4:33 for .66) 5 min water break, 6:37, 6:39, 6:47, 6:48, 4 min water break, 6:38, 2:24 for .35) 

I had planned on running St.Jude but my Achilles, quad, and feet were killing me. I decided to play it safe and run a tempo during my long run instead.

The workout went fine, though I suffered more than I would have liked due to the humidity and warmer temps than normal for this time of year. I'm not as fit as I would like to be, and I've lost a significant amount of leg strength. (And I ran twice as much with this pregnancy- explain that?!) Houston suggested I focus on incorporating more hill work in my schedule for the next few weeks. I guess I probably won't be racing again until late January. Here's to slow progress...

I've been waking most mornings at 4:10am, and putting Patrick to bed at night between 8:30-9:00pm. I don't feel tired, but I'm not sure I'm getting enough sleep for the training I'm putting in. Plus, I'm not napping during the day- I'm at work 8am-5pm. I'm really not sure what my running future holds but I figure I will continue to put in the work and see if I end up back where I once was. Right now, I'm loving the mommy time and enjoyin my kids with whatever free time I have. 



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Turkey Trot 10K Recap + First Postpartum Win

11/15/14 - Turkey Trot 10k - 40:51 for 1st overall person (11 weeks postpartum)
2 mile w/u, 1.5 mile c/d

Results

As much as I hate to say it, I was a tiny bit disappointed with this race. It was suppose to be more of a "see where I am" type effort, but I got a little too competitive in the first half mile and I paid for it big time. Never mind that the course was a little bit short (let's just forget that part) but I also had a 7:00 mile thrown in there...not something that I'm super proud of.

I ran the first mile fartlek style. When the gun went of a couple of guys sprinted in front of me. After about 400m they started huffing and puffing loudly and it was clear that they were working too hard. I passed everyone with the exception of the winner of the 5k, running the first half mile a little over 5:30 pace and the second a little over 7:30 pace to try and fix the damage. It didn't work, after about mile 3 I was pretty much toast. With no one around me to share in my misery, I jogged in the last three miles, all the while praying that no one would come up and challenge me because I wasn't sure I would put up much of a fight.
Finishing

In the end I actually felt pretty good, and based on Wednesday's workout and Saturday's long run, I definitely received a (much needed) boost of fitness from the effort.

Awards

I'm still dealing with postpartum aches and pains, and I've still got some weight to drop before I consider myself race ready. Training with two children (versus one) and a 40+ hour work week is quite challenging and I've decided to not rush things. Most days I'm just happy to get out there regardless of whatever pace I'm able to run. I'm just going to continue gradually increasing my miledge and the intensity of my workouts, eventually I will get back into the shape I once was...it just may take a little bit more effort the second time around.

Training log (11-12 weeks postpartum)

Saturday: 10k race in 40:51 (2 mile w/u, 1.5 mile c/d)
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Sunday: 40 min easy + rehab
Monday: 67 min (8.5 miles) felt decent
Tuesday: 60 min, about 7:35 pace & 1.0 incline (t-mill)
Wednesday: 45 min w/ 35 min of tempo, starting at 6:40 down to 6:18 @ .5-1.0 incline (t-mill)
Thursday: 91 minutes (11) ran easy, felt pretty good the entire way
Friday: 40 min w/ 4x 80m strides
Saturday: 13.2 miles (8:23, 7:25, 6:58, 6:58, 6:55, 6:59, 7:32, 6:38, 6:53, 7:06, 7:12, 7:10, 8:22) felt
great, slowed to run with friends part of the way. Not too difficult and legs feeling pretty good the rest of the day. Progress.

56-57 miles