November Mileage & December Goals

Another one bites the dust! Dun…dun….dun…

Life can sure throw you curve balls when you least expect it. I’ve blogged far less then ever before this month as life is just too busy to sit and write. Also, when you have a running blog and aren’t running or doing anything fitness related it’s kinda hard to write. Yes, I haven’t been running but only due to a new injury…or is it old? I dunno anymore. Curve balls aside, I’m trying to keep moving forward.

Mileage for November

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Down & Out. 

So for the last two weeks I’ve been injured. I was finally starting to feel really good with my back from my car accident in March and then hurt my lower back standing up. Something popped, I couldn’t stand straight for 4 days and it was horrible. Since I could barely stand, there was no running, no soccer, no yoga classes or anything else. This week (week 2 of being injured) I saw some slight improvements but still in pain and no running, soccer or yoga. I’m heading back to physio on Monday and can’t wait to get this sorted out. My Dr. believes it could be my SI Joint / piriformis muscle as that’s the area the hurts.

Running for me isn’t just about the next race or looking good in neon spandex (kidding). It’s about feeling good, feeling healthy, for my mental health, dealing with stress, a decompression in my busy day, among other things. So, the last two weeks of not running and being in a large amount of pain has been rough. However, I see the light at the end of the tunnel and have a physio appointment booked for Monday. Stay tuned for an update next week.

I have been walking A LOT lately. Walking is my thing (now).

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November Goals:

I did not meet all my November goals and had high hopes I would. But you never know when something will happen to change your plans. You just have to deal with it as best you can and keep moving forward.

  • Run 2-3 times a week – NOPE
  • Design a half marathon training plan for Hypo Half (Jan 14th 2018). NOPE.
  • Strength Training (Core workouts, IronStrength and old PT exercises). Started this but had to stop.
  • Run outside as much as possible – NOPE.
  • Dust off treadmill – YES!
  • Start thinking about races for 2018 – YES, I have a few on my list and maybe a few surprises (provided I can sort out my ass…oh I mean glute/SI joint area.
  • Renew Blog – Done for another year!

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December Goals:

  • Get into Physio and identify injury/recovery plan.
  • Be active.
  • Set up my bike trainer.
  • Celebrate two special people getting older (youngest daughter and my husband).
  • Decorate for Christmas *after birthdays*.
  • Volunteer at my children’s school.
  • Continue to blog weekly (including end of year posts).
  • Bake cookies (vegan ones too) with my girls.
  • Start to think about 2018 goals.

Though I’m frustrated and disappointed that I am injured and November did NOT go how I wanted it to, it was still a lovely month. I celebrated 10 years of marriage, got to watch my daughters play basketball, walked my dog every day, enjoyed a warm & cozy wood stove fire while we watch Christmas movies and I also tried aqua running! Minus the injury and pain, it was a good month!

How was your month of November?

Are you setting any December goals? 

What’s one thing you want to do this month?

 

Little Ankle Rollin’

Hello Wednesday!

I feels like this has been the longest week and it’s only Wednesday! I started off the week on a bad note. I some how managed to roll my right ankle while walking my dog – no joke! We had spent the day pretty active – a leisurely bike ride with the girls, an afternoon walk with Carmacks and yeah, even the boring stuff of doing laundry and dishes.

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Hilary and I went for an awesome walk with Carmacks on the Harvest Moon Trail (old rail bed to trail). Hilary ran more then walked and would run back to me when she got too far down the trail. At one point I told her to run to the closest gate and wait for me (I could see her and she could hear me). There was a runner coming in the other direction. As she ran towards the man, she raised her hand to wave hello and kept running. He waved back and responded with a surprised hello!

As he approached me, he said “you have a good runner on your hands”….we sure do, I replied! I was a proud mama runner.

As we approached our car to drive back home, I rolled my ankle on nothing. I could still walk but it wasn’t great. Ice became my friend and I missed yet another planned run that evening. I decided to brace my ankle and do an Iron Strength workout which kicked my butt. My body hurt until Tuesday night…sitting down hurt, walking up stairs hurt and maybe even laughing hurt too.

My ankle felt better this morning so I took Carmacks out for a quick 3k run to start off the day. No pain in the ankle so it’s healing well. Man, is it ever hard to get up at 6am, bundle up and get out the door for a run. I seriously had to talk myself into that run. I kinda want to go back to summer mornings and yes the heat too, just so I feel more motivated to run.

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This weeks workouts so far:

  • Sunday: Cycle, walk and Iron Strength
  • Monday: Restorative Yoga.
  • Tuesday: Rest Day (aka – travel to the city for a full day of sitting, oh I mean meetings).
  • Wednesday: 3k run with Carmacks to start the day.

Tomorrow, it’s back to playing soccer as the indoor season has starts. I’m looking forward to playing again.

Also Wednesday started off with some sad news as Gord Downie passed away (Not to mention John Dunsworth and Tom Petty last week). My oh my, what a man, what a musician, what an advocate! His songs hit your in your heart. His poetry brought you home and his advocacy leaves you with wanting to do more in life – to be a better person. If you don’t know who he is, please take a minute to look him up and listen to his music as the Tragically Hip are one of the most amazing Canadian bands.

Some favourites songs: Bobcaygeon, Wheat Kings, Ahead by a Century, Courage, Long Time Running, Fiddler’s Green…just to name a few, RIP Gord.

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How’s your week going?

Ever roll/tweak your ankle walking?

Anyone else struggling with their morning runs?

 

Peddling Away Weekly Wrap Up

Happy April!!!!!!!

I can’t believe that it’s April all ready. I’m ready for spring – warmer weather, sunshine, snow melting hopefully 🙂 Though I was sideline from the car accident (3/23) I was still able to walk and do a little cycling last week.

Monday: Rest, was still in pain with my neck/back.

Tuesday: Rest. We had a snow day so I worked from home, wasn’t wanting to be on the roads after sliding off the roads the week before.

Wednesday: Physiotherapy appointment. This went well, I have minor whiplash and was told it will take 4-6 weeks to feel better. I could walk, cycle and do yoga – though all scaled down from my normal intensity. That evening I jumped on my bike trainer for 10 minutes and managed 3k.

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Thursday: Massage & 7k / 20 minutes on the bike trainer. The massage was amazing and helped my back out a lot.

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Friday: 5k / 15 minutes on the bike trainer. I was off work for the day and took a quick 15 minutes to get in a little ride.

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Saturday: Rest Day (busy traveling for work and with our girls). I did get to see my niece, Ava. And no, my legs are that pale, I had pantyhose on as I was at an awards brunch prior.

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Sunday: Rest Day. Though I really wanted to jump on my treadmill and run for 5 minutes, I didn’t. I was given permission to run 5 minutes but just couldn’t find time. It was a busy day of 5 loads of laundry, swim lessons for the girls and trying to do some cleaning around the house.

Not a horrible week but happy to have it behind me. I’m eager to start running and hopeful that I’ll get back to that this week. Fingers crossed!

How was your week/weekend?

Are you ready for spring?

Anyone else glued to #BM100 online? Nail biter! 

Today, I’m joining the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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Back to Running

I’ve been cleared to run again and play soccer….wooooohooooo!!!!!!!!!

This past Wednesday I had my much anticipated physiotherapy appointment and it was great. I injured my ankle Aug 14th playing soccer but it was the oddest injury to date. Very little swelling with lots of pain. I rested, I swam, I did yoga, I even cycled a bit. Then I broke down a snuck in a run AND then a double race at Maritime Race Weekend.

After my hour and a half assessment, it was figured that I probably had a first degree strain but most of the injury was joint not ligament, hence the limited swelling I had. He was happy with where I was at and asked me to stay a little longer to go over some exercises. My stability is horrible so most of the exercises focus on that, plus will assist with my running.

Back to Running Favourites:

  1. Easy running outside in the fresh cool air. Glorious!
  2. Running is time to myself. This may sound greedy or selfish but I know that when I’m running consistently, I’m a better Mom and wife.
  3. The sound of my Garmin beeping, I think it’s happy I’m back to running too.
  4. Permanent smile on my face during last nights run. I even had people wave at me and I don’t know who they were.
  5. The struggle. When you are almost done your run and your lungs are giving up before your legs but you just keep pushing forward anyway.
  6. Accomplishment. That feeling when you finish the distance or time you’ve set out for. You smile, you breath easy, you feel great.
  7. PT exercises that are actually really hard to do. My stability is horrible I’m learning.
  8. The support from loved ones, thank you 🙂

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For now, I’m back to running one day and taking the next day off so I can build up my distance and avoid injury. I’m even allowed to play soccer with my brace so, yup you guessed it…I’ll be back at that too.

If you’ve been off running for a while, what’s your favourite thing when you get back to it?

Any weekend plans? Racing, training?

Are you into fall temps yet?