Sunday, April 10, 2016

Never Miss A Monday

Linking up with my gals, Holly @ hohoruns and Tricia@ MissSippiPiddlin for the weekly wrap up.

Join in the fun and share something from your week! 

Well, I got to run some this past week!






I started the week right! 
The entire time I was injured I took Monday as a rest day.  Missing Monday kind of puts me in a funk, so I laced up my Merrell trail shoes, and ran for three starlight morning miles. It was a struggle fest of tired, heavy legs, even though it was super cool out. 
10:16, 11:12, 11:06
I was a little freaked out by how challenged I felt, but I was still glad I got up and did something.

Holly's advice, " Wait a few days and beat that. " 






45 minutes of circuit training. I love not having to think! Just move to the next machine at the blinking light. I am a simple old gal, this is my kind of working out :) 







Look at that temp! That was my motivation to get up and go. There won't be many brisk days to enjoy like that soon. 
I wore my Pure Connects. My Doc has looked at these and does not love them......but I do. I felt so much better on this run compared to Monday.


I pushed myself just a little and I felt good about it :) 
10:28, 10:19, 9:51



I rested on Thursday just because...






...and again on Friday thinking I better conserve energy. I had decided at this point I was going to get up and try to do my trail race on Saturday. 


That was me Saturday!  I signed up months ago to run the Dogwood 10 Mile trail race. There was no "racing" actually involved, but I did the best I could. 
I'll post about it later this week :)  I will tell you I hurt Saturday night - wooooooweeeeee!






My toes were protesting a bit, but my leg muscles felt surprisingly good as I did my warm up at the gym. I decided to keep the cardio short and went on to do upper body with my honey. 



4
Morning Test 3.01 mi 0:32:39

Cool Down - 0.73 mi 0:12:36
5
Circuit Training 0:44:52
6
Morning 5K - 3.11 mi 0:31:46

Cool Down - 0.11 mi 0:05:17
7

Rest
8

Rest
9
Dogwood 10 Mile Trail Race - 9.91 mi 1:58:39

Cool Down - 0.25 mi 0:02:40
10
Arc Machine 1.00 mi 0:18:35

Upper Body Weight Training - 0.00 mi 1:06:20
Distance
18.12mi
Time
5:33:23
Calories
2,817C

I have mixed feelings about running. 

I am not sure if I am on the road to healing or the road to crashing again. I feel a lot of pressure still in my metatarsal head, and these crazy toes swell and shoot pain. 

I have entertained the thought of taking May (and possibly June) off to have another solid block of rest, before I really start trying to train again. 

I want to be back, but I also want to feel better! 
I really hope I can feel better than what I feel right now. 

I decided to use this month to see how my feet react. I still feel like I am teetering on the edge, but I don't want to make a decision off just a few runs.   


Are you a never miss a Monday person?
How was your week? 

I hope you have a wonderful week! 

Karen 
Blogger users: I finally clicked on the spam comments section. I had never looked in there before.  Guess what I found!?  A bunch of comments from friends I had never seen...weird, right!? I have no idea why blogger sent them to spam, but I will check my spam box more often now. 
Have you ever looked? 

40 comments:

  1. Oooo, hope that your foot improves. How frustrating. But you are staying active, very important to keep up other physical activity.
    I like the "never miss a Monday" moto but I don't stick to it. Dépends on what my weekend looked liked. I usually don't exercise more than 4 days a week, I am afraid of bore out.

    Have a great week, keeping my fingers crossed for you.

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    1. I stuck to the never miss a Monday for a longtime even if I had a hard weekend. I just noticed I kind of felt "behind" missing Monday, so I though I would give it a shot again for a few weeks :) Who knows if I will stick to it lol I like 4 days a week also, I did stick to that for a long time! Since I can not run much I tend to do a little more.

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  2. Good for you! I'm hoping these feet calm the hell down after my marathon. They already have, but I'm sure I'm going to make them angry. I'm excited for you to be running again.

    I guess I need to check my spam box!

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    1. Ha! Check your box - I was surprised!
      Maybe with a few more weeks "rest" the marathon won't fire them up too much!
      It feels good to be running a little :)

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  3. I'm an always-miss-a-Monday-kind-of-old-gal! My weekends are usually strong and I'm crawling or hurting on Mondays. I'm glad that "wait a few days and beat that" advice worked! If it hadn't...yikes ;) There's still quite a bit of April left. I think you'll know what to do. I know it will be a tough decision either way. I do check spam and have found one or two comments in there. Good luck this weekend too! Thanks for linking with us Karen.

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    1. If I could get back to longer distances I would skip Monday lol I am just doing what I can to stay motivated right now :)
      That wait a few days worked well, thank you :)
      I figure by the end of this month I should have a better handle on what to do.

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  4. Oh, it's so frustrating to know if you can ease back into things or need more time off. I think you're crazy for wanting to run in those temperatures! I'm ready to run without needing to layer up!

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    1. This tissue injury has been a bear. Sad to say, my stress fracture was much easier coming back from, this is feeling pretty tough.
      Ha! I live for that crisp air :) I know I am a little crazy lol

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  5. No I have never looked! I don't even know how to look. :(

    Great week Karen! I am sorry you feel you are teetering. I know that feeling. Hang in there.

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    1. When you go to your blogger dashboard, it says posts- pages- comments - click on comments and under that you will see published and spam.
      Thanks Megan! I am teetering, hopefully this is just a hump to get over but, if I have to take off again I will.

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  6. I'm in camp Hoho with resting on Monday always. Haha! It's such a tough call with your feet. I sure hope they settle down and you're able to run and train the way you'd like to.

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    1. Thank you Marcia :)
      I hope one of these days it feels better than what I feel now.

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  7. I (almost) always am a "never miss a Monday" gal. Typically, that involves an easy mile running and maybe some other light cardio or light strength work. Monday is usually a recovery day from the weekend (long running or racing), so I don't want to do anything crazy, but I don't want to sit idle either. Listen to your gut regarding your feet/recovery. As tough as it is to "sit out," it is sometimes that necessary evil thing that will help us get back out there following an injury or a setback. Take care ;-)

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    1. Thank you :)
      yes, I like the idea of easy mile or walk Mondays. I hope I can get back to some longer runs on weekends, so I can earn an "easy day" :)
      It is becoming easier at this point to just take time off, I have grown use to it sadly.

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  8. Great job getting back out there and running!! Take it easy if your feet still bother you. But you're times are great!

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    1. Thanks Gina :) I felt pretty good about how my run turned out considering my lack of running for several months.
      I hope you can get back out there sooon!

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  9. Great job on your wk of workouts. Sounds like those shoes have been treating you better. Hopefully you will have a great rest of the mth. Knowing when not to push yourself too much is key though.

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    1. Thanks! That is a tricky line, when to push and when to walk and back down. I am getting a little better at it :)

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  10. I am a never miss a MOnday girl for sure! I have to get things started off right! Sorry you are still dealing with the foot issue :( Glad you got to do your 10 mile run though!

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    1. Thanks Christy! There is something of a pick me up jumping in and starting the week off right for sure. I just need a little something :)

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  11. Ok, doing a 10 mile race when you haven't been training? I know you didn't ask us, and I hate unsolicited advice, but not a good idea. It takes time to come back (and see, I told you I'd be the turtle -- your easy pace is my race pace -- probably faster!).

    I have the pure connects too and I am in love with them too. Haven't done a long run in them yet; nothing over 5 miles. But damn they feel good!

    Have you thought about keeping running, but slower (I know, I know, I'm a broken record) and very short -- like only a mile or so at a time? Wonder if that would bother your feet. Just a thought, and of course, I'm not a coach!

    I have looked at spam occasionally, but I don't think I found legit comments there. But I don't think I looked real hard at it either.

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    1. I will do a recap about the race soon. There was a lot of walking and I held up better than expected. I did question my sanity though, so it is okay if you do too! I'll cover more info in my recap.
      I love my Pure Connects as well. I have only done shorter runs as well, but i think my feet need that flexibility and lighter weight right now.
      I did some short runs last month and tried the TM, and trails and used intervals just a few miles at a time, and that wasn't so great either. Really, I am just tired of dealing with these feet and sitting out.

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  12. I think you're wise to take this month to assess whether you should keep moving forward or backing off. Trail runs are so tough! Congrats on finishing!

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    1. Thank you :) Trails are a different animal. I was happy with my finish :)

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  13. It sounds like a good idea to take the month easy on running to see how the foot is feeling. I hope it keeps improving! I'm generally not a work out on Monday person. Monday's always hard at work and it tends to be a grocery day in the evenings so it generally ends up being a rest day for me.

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    1. Grocery shopping is like cross training lol
      I may need another month off and I am willing to take it if I need too :)

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  14. Did your doc say why he didn't like those shoes?
    I love seeing your dedication to working out even when its tough.

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    1. Yes, the inserts I wear tend to make me roll out now. They help other things, but make this roll out problem. However, the Connects still feel super comfy to me. I have a new pair that does not roll out but until i can run in them I won't know if they are more of less comfy than my Connects :)
      Thank you, same to you! It is hard when you have a chronic issue.

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  15. Hahah we're opposites. I felt so sluggish and like I was swimming upstream when I planned runs for Mondays. I'd much rather take a rest day after my weekend runs to recharge for the week ahead! I feel like taking Monday off helps me to reset and start fresh on Tuesdays. I guess it all just comes down to the routine we're used to though. I bet if I forced myself to run on Mondays for a few weeks it would feel natural.

    I'm sorry that you're in that wishy washy area. I was there so much of last year, and I mostly choose to push through and kept making things worse. It wasn't until I took time off from all high impact exercises and worked with my PT that I finally got back on track. Actually, even after that I had to reign myself in and slowly (very slowly) work my way into a good training regimen again using run/walk and lots of very low mileage days. It's a process but I believe there is light at the end of the tunnel for you! If you're thinking about taking an extended period of time off, then I would go with your gut (and doctor's recommendation)! You know your body and what it really needs!

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    1. I miss being able to knock out those longer runs on weekends, so I guess startling Monday doing something is a good boost for me right now :)
      Sadly, this is a permanent injury. I am not sure if I have explained that all in my blogging or not very well, so I may never be able to train regualr again. I am messing around right now seeing what i can get away with basically, the Doc is weeding through it with me because each case is different once your bones are out of alignment. Maybe I should explain some of that in my recap? Truth, I am tired of these feet and talking about them lol I really am.

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  16. Hey Karen! Wow, 10 mile trail race after so much rest. I really hope your feet are OK! Are they feeling OK? I know you love running (I do, too) but have you thought about become a multi sport athlete and keeping your running to "just enough". I got to this point in my early 30's and slowly made the transition to being a tri-athlete. Plus weights and yoga. I only run about 4 days per week for 2-3 miles at a time, then I walk my dog and the other days I either cycle for 10-15 miles or swim about 1.25 miles. I am starting to weight train 4 days per week (instead of 3 days full body I will split up 2 parts or so per day). Anyway, I am writing you a book but maybe something to think about. I know this would not work for everyone but I felt compelled to comment especially because you do so many sports and are SO good at them :)

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    1. You are so sweet Susan :) I take the input to heart, I really do, but then I go and get hard headed like I did this weekend lol
      I admire you making the transition into being a tri girl. Swimming will be what holds me back...
      I have become more balanced because I have been forced into it, but I found my motivation waning as I can not spend time on my feet. I have been trying to come to grips with it, but my first love will always be going out the door and walking or running. For years it was walking and it seems to motivate me to do everything else. I am not sure what will happen if I am be stuck in the state I am in now.
      I will share a little more details when I get this recap done, but my foot held up, it did hurt, but by this (Monday) morning I did a short run and it is okay. I am sore and I need to lay off the rest of the week and I will :)
      This was supposed to be a big running month for me. I had several races planned. I will be sticking to shorter runs after this week, and again, maybe I will just take off all together and see if I can get this foot feeling better than it does.
      If I do take next month off you won't see me doing any more than a few miles all summer for sure. (and they will probably be run/walk)

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    2. Believe me...I totally get it! I was there at one time, too. And when I read Megan and Kristina and their long runs like EVERY day I sometimes think about it but I guess I got tired of the injuries, I got tired of hurting, I got tired of taking months off and spending tons of money on rehab. I still do rehab (probably will forever) but I just realized that for ME, it was so much better overall to have 4 days of running with 2 days of other sports that I do love (just not as much) and I swear my body has thanked me for it. Both in how I feel and my overall shape, too. I feel way more balanced. But you know I am 100% supportive of what others chose to do, it just breaks my heart to see you in such a struggle. Hang in there, girl.

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    3. I know I can not hang with the 5 days a week running or the longs runs either. I guess some of is good genes too, some can hold up and do that, I know I am at a place where 3 days will likely be it, maybe 4 days running, if they are all short.
      I am tired of having to adjust because one area of another is hurting, it is very annoying, so I totally understand that and relate.
      This month I am kind of testing things a bit, but I have no intention to keep doing longer runs all summer, it just so happens I was signed up for two this month and after that I will let it go.
      It is a struggle but if I can feel better and run less I will :)
      I have actually enjoyed the circuit training option, it is not very intense but fun, who knows maybe I do have a mall walking future lol nah, if I go back to more walking it'll always be outside. I appreciate the support and having some talk this stuff through with :)

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  17. Oh my goodness, that is amazing that you did a 10-mile trail race just like that! Trail races are NO JOKE. Looking forward to hearing more details. I continue to wish your feet a speedy recovery! I think it's a smart idea to take the month of May for extra rest and re-evaluation. I've learned the hard way it's much safer to take extra time off upfront, than to push back too quickly and end up backtracking. BIG HUGS, my friend!!!

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    1. I will post a recap this week :)
      It was actually a pretty fun day most of time LOL Trails can be a beast and I did a lot of walking :)
      I do want to feel better than I do now! I hate to think about May off, but I need to cut the impact and see if I can get just a smidgen better ;)

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  18. Humm I better check my spam now! I was so glad to see your instagram post this past week of your run too! Holly always has great advice?
    Glad your shoes are working out for you too! :)

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    1. I am testing this foot trying to see what I can get away with lol
      Yes, I need to be patient. Holly had to talk me off my ledge :)

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  19. I like the idea of starting the week off right with a workout on Monday, but more often than not Mondays are always rest days for me. They have become days to get back into the swing of things with work and then I tackle other things the rest of the week. They used to always be XT days for me years ago, though.

    Congrats on your 10 mile trail race!! Trail races are definitely a beast separate from road races.

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    1. I really have this thing about doing something fun early Monday morning, even if it just a little work out. I just feel better heading into the week!
      Trails are a beast for sure! I really enjoy them :)

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