Monday, May 11, 2015

Rolling Into May

The first full week of May I had to say good bye to those lovely, cool, dim mornings for awhile.



I had my last run that started in moonlight and ended with daybreak. It's light now, even at 5:15 a.m. 

I didn't feel well most of last week. The pollen here is very thick and my allergies wore me down. I was fighting a cold and sore throat. By Wednesday, I just felt achy from head to toe, but I tried to keep pushing on. Friday my workout reflected it, I couldn't wait to get home, shower, and go to sleep. 


Ran 22 miles last week


Monday - 5 K run, 10 min. walk

Tuesday - 6 mi run before work, 8 min. walk - Evening, 4 mi treadmill run and 30 min. leg strengthening
Wednesday - 15 min. elliptical and a good upper body weight session
Thursday - 5 K run, 10 min. walk
Friday - 2 mi. treadmill run, 15 min. elliptical, and 30 min. walking treadmill w/incline (felt pretty blah the whole time)
Saturday - slept in and rested, I was aching head to toe
Sunday - 4 mi treadmill run and a good upper body weight training session

Not feeling well a big chunk of the week seem to steal my inspiration to write, and Friday I probably should have skipped the work out, but hey, all work outs shouldn't be full intensity anyway. 


Mother's Day I woke up to a thick layer of humidity, we just headed to the gym


and worked on being beastly...

Then I got cleaned up and dressed long enough to go to a great lunch at Longhorn :) 
Andrew has a fish eye lens, it takes cool pics

We decided to try these compression socks - as seen on TV, Brett Favre endorsed, miracle copper compression, and they work really well. A big $$ savings. 


The Pro Compression were a little gift to myself. They are a lot cuter. I can wear the miracle copper to work for recovery. 

My favorite Mother's day dessert 

and of course, my hubby has to get something to make me laugh...

and this book...I have no idea why the cats have guns lol 


I started reading my running book already. I hope it holds some wisdom to how I can stay healthy. 

I love my little family 
We all share a dry sense of humor

As May rolls on, I need to find a balance with my running. I do not feel like I am managing my recovery very well. I love running before work, but often because of  time constraints I can only get the 5K distance in, which seems to give me the urge to run more frequently.  If I can get 4 or 5 miles in, it's easier to be content with less days, but I am still working on discipline...some days the snooze button wins. 4:45 a.m. is so hard. 
More miles - less days...
Shorter distances - more days...
I wish I had a running genie who could say, "Follow this plan and run healthy my friend..."

Cheers to a wonderful week, 
Karen 

Did you have a nice Mother's Day? 
Have any thoughts about frequency of running, verses distance? Ever read Running Strong?  
Ever purchased an as seem on TV item

31 comments:

  1. I have purchased an "ov-glove" for my dad from TV. He really wanted one, it was the least I can do!
    I am struggling with the getting up early to go running thing too. I was supposed to yesterday, and I didn't do it. I pulled the "Mother's Day" card... :) I can always make up excuses at 5am! I am hoping to get a long run in today to makeup for it. We will see. The pollen is a challenge this time of year--in a couple of weeks it will be over for me...

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    1. I hope you had a nice Mothers day! I am so curious, did the ov glove work well? I always think of that stuff as kind of gimmicky, but the socks are really nice.
      I hope you get your run in today :) I took today off, my leg is achy, run a mile for me!

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    2. He likes the glove, although I don't see it's advantage over a regular pot holder...

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  2. I'm always more of a distance runner versus frequency, but I definitely know what you mean when you say you would feel better about running less days if you got in a 4 or 5 miler. I feel the same way! Such a mental struggle!

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    1. Once your sweaty just keep going lol I won't feel as eager now that is it so hot!

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  3. What a great Mother's Day, Karen! I love reading running books, too. They can be so motivating. And I love your new compression socks!!

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    1. Thanks Marnie :) I had a very nice day. I hope you did as well!

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  4. Hope you feel better soon. If I've taken the effort to get up early and put on my running clothes I think I should at least do 4 to 5 miles. When I drove the kids to the bus stop, I got up insanely early like you to get those miles in. Now that they drive, I feel absolutely lazy sleeping to 5:30. You must tell us what Cat With Guns is all about! There is an As Seen on TV store at the beach. We always check it out!

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    1. Thanks H :) I feel that once I am sweaty I am just want to get to four or five miles lol 5:30 isn't lazy ;)

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  5. Be careful!!! Let me know about the running book!

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    1. After my trip yesterday I am on a mini break I guess. I will let you borrow the book eventually :)

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  6. Dr. Metzl's book is great! His iron strength workout in there is worth its weight in gold. I was never a seasonal allergy sufferer until this year, holy pollen Batman!

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    1. I started the book and I learning already :) I am seeing new challenges in my future, more mobility work.

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  7. I was going to comment on how frequently you are running - how are you feeling with that? It does seem like a lot of days a week, although I understand why you are running that much - I would feel that way too, with your schedule!

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    1. I just don't know how much to run. I feel happier running more for sure, and of course the past month was the perfect weather so I just wanted to enjoy it, but that is gone now. Yesterday I tripped up the steps at work and really jarred my leg hard and it has been hurting ever since so I guess I am on a mini break anyway. I will be running less now that it is so hot.

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    2. Ugh! I am sorry that you tripped and hurt yourself! :( Had your leg been feeling okay, otherwise?

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    3. I was doing pretty well. I would get a small tug every so often, but all very brief sensations. Yesterday was truly the first time it ached intermittently for hours.
      The only other time I had anything I'd call a real ache was each time I tried the treadmill. It seems to aggravate my spot. Mothers Day I could feel it pulsing after I got the treadmill for awhile. I need the treadmill in the heat, but I may have to abstain this year. I am going to cycle today I guess, trying not to be frustrated eventually, it'll heal, right :)

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  8. Wow, I am so behind on the blog reading D: I need to remember I have a computer that actually works now and get on it more often haha..

    All the pollen this time of the year is horrible.. Do you take any meds for it? I haven't gotten mine yet and it's killing me. Hopefully I'll get them soon and it'll help a little. It still amazes me that humans haven't gotten immune to it yet, I mean.. pollen has been around since the beginning of time - we adapt to everything else, why can't we do the same when it comes to pollen? *marie's daily deep talk HAHA*

    I need to start working out as much as you! Just looking at all the weekdays with some sort of workout written beind inspires me a little, to be honest :D

    I died a little when I saw the pickle lip balm HAHAHA! best gift ever xD now i want like 10 of them just so i can give them to everyone i know for christmas or something hahahah too funny, love it!

    If that running genie gives you a call please tell him to visit my lamp so I can get some advice too :3 Hey, at least you're getting some nice runs. I'm sure you'll find the balance very soon.

    Big hugs <3

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    1. Ha! I enjoyed the deep talk Marie :) I am with you - what the heck is up with the pollen lol It's very thick here still. I am taking generic Claritin this week lol Sometimes I take generic Allgera- I found that Zyrtec gives me a very weird hangover feeling. You need that medicine! I am sure stuff is full bloom for you .
      I tend to alternate weeks a bit. I'll have a very packed week and often the next week I may cut back on intensity a bit, I am old girl lol but I do try!
      The pickle balm is funny, I cracked up, it smells very pickley.
      I get behind on blog reading too and then I go back and serial blog read everyone's posts lol I am in a busy spell at work so I am having a time keeping up.
      Hugs to you!

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  9. I hope you start feeling better soon! I just heard that we might break the DC record of 93° today. Ugh! - it's too early for that.

    It sounds like you had a lovely Mother's Day. I did as well with both of my sons and my daughter-in-law coming over for brunch.

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    1. It is hot here!! I am not a fan of anything 90 lol
      I am glad you have a nice Mother's day :) and that we connected on Instagram. I love blog reading but sometimes I go a few days so I really like the quick interaction :)

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  10. I think our cool mornings are gone as well. It's a shame because I was finally enjoying walking the dog. Great job on the workouts and the early mornings! I'm not good about getting up early enough to get it all done, so I run in the afternoons. I've heard good things about the running book and would love to hear what you think!

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    1. I bet Mia enjoyed the cooler mornings too lol You have to heat train anyway, so afternoons are good practice. I hope to figure out something that will help. I am trying to cross train more and give myself a break this week.

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  11. Happy Mather's Day, Karen! You look so happy in all of your pics. I wish I knew the magic plan to run well. If you figure it out, let me know!! ;)

    The only thing that comes to mind that I bought of TV was the magic bullet. Let me tell you, they made it look WAY easier on the infomercial!

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    1. Thank you Megan :)
      I want that genie lol I would be glad to share! I think I will try a morning walk tomorrow.
      Those darn infomercials lol I don't believe a lot of it, but every once in while a legit product will come out.

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  12. Very nice photos. I always prefer the distance but, not to get injured, my max frequency is every other day. Now I must skip one week for a surgery on the back (an ugly mole). As you do I prefer to run/swim before going to work.

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    1. I do feel better if I take a day between runs usually. Hope everything goes okay with the mole removal and it's nothing serious.

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  13. Love photos, especially the fish-eye. At first I thought you took it through a door peephole somehow. If I feel an injury is near, I don't run more than every other day. If I'm feeling good, I try not to run more than 3 days in a row and not two hard workouts in a row.

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    1. The fish eye is really cool, I look small in it lol I am not.
      3 days in a row is a lot, it's probably good to give the legs some recovery. Shorter runs have felt easier, but I still feel the need for rest.

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  14. I just bought a product "as seen on TV" called urine gone. My aging cocker spaniel has been having lots of accidents. I'm going to try it out and see if it works better than Nature's Miracle...

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    1. I hope it works! I have an older cat I having similar issues. Vinegar has helped, but i will try the urine gone if you give it a good review.

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