Sunday, October 27, 2013

Two weeks to go

(Small caveat:  since I'm new to blogging, I'll probably dork out and over-blog for a little while until the novelty wears off.  Bear with me.)


I've been having some problems with my right hamstring where it attaches to my glutes for a little while.  After some of my fastest speedwork last week, things got really uncomfortable. I skipped my Saturday long run out of fear I would just really injure myself.

So after three days off, I tested my legs out with an easy 8k this morning.  Things felt alright but the tightness and pain are still there in stretching. I headed off to my sport doc for advice and treatment. 

One of the treatments she used today was cupping -- a first first for me.  Small cups were attached (via suction) to the back of my thighs and then pulled along to break up the adhesions in my hamstrings.  I couldn't help but think of poor Westley in The Machine at the time.  (Bonus points if you know what movie I'm talking about)

Fortunately for me, it was only uncomfortable enough to make me break out into a full-body sweat.  Not even close to mostly dead.  Then some ultrasound, light, KT tape and instructions to ice and roll twice a day.

Fun times at chiro :)

Did you see what I did there?
Yes, that's a lacrosse ball.  Lacrosse must be french for rock-hard ball.

I ended off the night by going to a late-night hot vinyasa flow yoga class, and then headed home to bed.


If sitting on a freezing metal bench while watching my kids at the park constitutes icing a hamstring, then mission accomplished.  Second round of rolling and icing before bed.  I  took Dr. Emma's orders to try an ibuprofen to see if it helps with the inflammation.  We shall see tomorrow!


I dropped the kiddos off at school and headed out for a 10k at near HMP.  I wore my crops for the first time in ages with a long sleeve top, but wished for most of it that I'd been in a t-shirt.  It's that tricky time of year for dressing for us runners......dress too lightly -- you freeze and never warm up.  Dress too warm -- you get too sweaty and then get chilled.   Go ahead, call me goldilocks.  

Ran 10.6K in 57:03 (5:22 pace).  My hammie felt good to start, but was a bit cranky by the end.

I followed up with a  hot yoga sculpt class for extra punshiment.   Burpees, handweights and yoga in a 104-degree-heated room.  Can you say 'sweat-fest'?  I swore I'd never be able to use my triceps again after that class too.   Good times, good times.


A quick 6k with waaaaaay too much gear and clothing:  CRX crops, merino long-sleeve top, jacket, gloves and buff for ear/headband.   By 6k I was cooked, and then stripped off the jacket, only to freeze in the the headwind.  Clearly I need to remember how to dress in these Fall temperatures.


Day off running.   Still rolling and icing.   Less crunchy bits in the glutes.  This is good!


So this is how things were looking on Friday night:

As expected, the weather conditions were less-than desirable today, but meeting up with Emma and Patty to battle the elements for a 13k run made it much more tolerable.  I came home very wet and very cold, but this is why they invented hot showers.  And these: 

I got a sneak peak of what to expect on portions of the Road2Hope course next weekend.  Now if I could just get my friends at Environment Canada to arrange for good weather next week, we'll be good to go. 

In the meantime, someone top up my mug, pretty please?


Short 7k to round off the week.  That's 45k total for the week, and seven sleeps to go until race day.  I've just got three shorter runs planned for the week, with a chiro appt, daily rolling and lots of hot yoga to keep these legs happy and loose.  Now I just need to work on my brain.  Goal is 1:53 or better. Miracle goal would be keeping up with Patty and Emma as they aim for sub-1:50.  *gulp* 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Let me introduce myself....

And before I begin:  yes, this is likely the 2,298th running mom blog out there.  What can I say?

My name is Amy and I'm a mom to two super awesome kids.  And I love to run.

Currently, my job is to take care of said two super awesome children and I'm so grateful to have been able to be home with them for the last near-decade. But at some point in the next year or so it will be time for me to re-enter the workforce. I did love my job in my previous non-parental life and I look forward to figuring how to get back into it.  BUT, until then, I'm enjoying my days as a SAHM (most of time, although it has its moments, but what job doesn't?).  And I want to make the best of the time I've got this year to put into my running while I have the opportunity. All the while occasionally shirking my household duties and letting the dust-bunnies colonize the place, because hey, these training runs aren't going to run themselves.   Just kidding.  Sorta.

I ran my first full marathon at the Mississauga Marathon in May 2013.  Truthfully, I hadn't taken the training seriously enough and ended up running the race in pain and not feeling my best.  I finished in 4:38 but it wasn't a nice finish. I knew immediately afterward that I was going to need a do-over.

During the training though,  I met an amazing group of people through Daily Mile.  Their camaraderie and support were so inspiring.   My first face-to-face meeting with some DMers was the morning of the marathon.  Woohoo, no axe-murderers!  After I finished my marathon, I spent the next few months really training, racing and achieving paces and results I had no idea were even possible for me.  And acquiring more gear such as garmins, spibelts, compression socks and running skirts.  A lot of this was in thanks to my peeps at Daily Mile.  Especially the skirts.

Quick shout-out to the Burlington Skirt Brigade

Today was the Scotia Toronto Waterfront Marathon and like a mother hen, I waited with iphone in hand, watching my Facebook updates, looking for my friends' results and times.  And then to read their amazing races stories with PBs all over the place.  This is one of the many things that I love about running.  The setting of goals that seem impossible at first, and then the meeting, and sometimes smashing, of them.  SO AMAZING.

Today was also my son's first 5k race.   He's only nine years old, so it's kind of a big deal to me.  Not wanting to embarrass him at the finish line with his buddy, I held back the tears with a lump in my throat as I congratulated him.  I know what running has done for me (and I really only discovered the runner in me six years ago), so I'm so happy that he has this sport to lean on as he grows up.

So naturally this afternoon, because I was feeling all warm and fuzzy and inspired, I went and did this:

Then I felt a little light-headed and resisted the urge to curl up and rock back and forth.

Why??  I've done this before!  I know what I need to do and know what to do better next time.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right?

But it's that Blerch again.  Sneaking into my head already, whispering, "You really think you can pull off another one??  Heh-heh-heh".

But what I also have is the support of my family and friends, and awesome running buddies to train with.  I also have those aforementioned super cute running skirts, so there's that in my corner too.

So bring on the Road2Hope half-marathon in two weeks, my first Around the Bay 30k in March, and the Mississauga Marathon in May.

Here's to the next six months of training.