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Wild Blood

Friday’s run went extremely well. I slipped into my Kinvara’s and entered into a blissful 4 miler. It’s hard to describe how much I’ve been missing this. Each run until today has felt a little off, a little painful, a little slow and not exactly right. But that changed. I had a big realization of why I run. It’s not because i’m trying to escape the day, or to hide feelings or to bury sadness. I run to discover myself. I run to find myself. Deep into a run is where i figure out who I am.

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I came to the realization that I’m a little crazy. I’m slightly wild. I’m definitely something better than what I thought. There’s a crazy awesome world out there and i want to run all over it. I’m sharing this today because I’ve had quite the mix of emotions lately and I keep forgetting what drives me. Being happy.

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“We’re crying out, honestly, this Wild Blood, will set us all free.” -Lovedrug

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Sunday evening, after moving apartments and no sleep I went out for a “long run.” I incorporated some hills this time around and although my endurance isn’t what it used to be, and my speed isn’t there, my heart is biggest now than ever before. I’m going to cross the finish line in Chicago with everything left on the course.

20140627_201612Workouts!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 30min upper back, 20 min Kettle Bell workout/leg stretching

Wednesday3.2m easy, 20 abs

Thursday: 20min chest, 10 abs

Friday: 4.1m easy, 1hr 30min Armageddon Arm workout (haha), 10 abs

Saturday: moved–so basically hours of lifting

Sunday: 5.5m easy/hills, day 2 of moving

Total Miles: 12.8

July 4th Plans?

Got any Wild Blood in you?


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I’m Tired, but I’m Running

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 30min upper back, 20 min Kettle Bell workout/leg stretching

Wednesday: 3.2m easy, 20 abs

Between the new job and running, i’ve had to start getting up early, but it’s tough. I’m not a morning person. I’m a sleep in, make breakfast, sip on 4 cups of coffee til i’m finally awake, person. Getting out of bed isn’t hard for me, it’s actually the fumbling around the apartment and getting my legs warmed up part. The half asleep me that can’t remember why i walked from one room to the next. I feel like I’m wandering around for at least 15 minutes before I’m awake and making decisions to get out the door.

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Once i’m out, I kinda like soaking up morning thoughts and just being outside. Even though the humidity is terrible, It’s better than snow and ice and it’s also helps keep the running easy. I know i’ll be doing all of my runs in the easy category, but i’m already itching for a speed sesh on the track. That day cannot come fast enough.

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Runner’s World had a few good tips for morning running I thought were helpful so I wanted to share:
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I haven’t been eating at all before these runs. I know I don’t need a big breakfast before I head out for a measly 2-3 miles, but a few bites of a banana or something will probably help more than hurt. And if they recommend 1/2 cup of coffee, i’m totally down!

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Today was perfectly overcast, great for some picture taking. The creek I run along was super clear today 🙂

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and after run stretching, cause that’s my new normal. You can’t see it in the pics, but i’m literally drenched from the humidity. And I don’t mind at all 🙂

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What time of day do you run?


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One More Time

Hopefully this will be the last time i talk about this ankle injury because I’m ready to move on and start looking forward! For the first few weeks of wearing a compression sock and limping my way around the gym, I had many peeps ask me what I did wrong—and i had no real answer. That outside-the-ankle-pain and overall tightness just hit me hard one morning during the marathon taper. It never came through during training, it wasn’t something I was hiding from my coach or myself. I’ve spent long nights looking over my training log and trying to figure out what the heck i did… and I think I’m finally realizing it wasn’t one thing, it was several that and I should have known better. But hey, injuries are for learning if anything else right??

Here’s how it went down.

I increased mileage, speed, and didn’t increase recovery time. Specifically (or pacifically if you want to be punched) I should have taken extra time off immediately after the USA 1/2 in March.  I didn’t have a giant PR and I wasn’t  terribly sore after, but I should have taken off a solid 5-7 days. I think i took 3. A race is a race, and it is still physically and mentally demanding even though i felt fine.

The 18 miler. Remember the one i did on the dirt towpath? It was the exact path the marathon was going to be held on. Here’s where I’m an idiot. I don’t run on dirt.. ever. I run on asphalt bike paths. I don’t know why I thought my first time on dirt trails should be my most important, LONGEST run of my entire training plan. I should have done shorter trials first to get my legs accustomed to the terrain. I blame the crazy spring weather on not letting me get out on the dirt often enough and my own lack of common sense.

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The New Balance Minimus shoes. I accidentally did 2 training runs in these, because i forgot my normal running shoes. Again–here i go running without common sense–Everyone knows you can’t drop from a 4mm shoe to frickin’ ZERO without easing into it right? Not this Einstein here. Not only did i run in these, i did track work in them. Speed work, in zero drop shoes the first time I ran in them.

This run (in the New Balance’s) was the first time i noticed ankle pain during push off (April 13th). I assumed it was just an “off” day, but little did i know that zero drop could have been the factor that strained my soleus in the first place.

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Don’t get all up in arms–I’m not knocking zero drop shoes, it’s just common knowledge that you just don’t change to barefoot shoes in the middle of training. Again, bad decision making on my end. (for the record though, those are my FAVORITE shoes for lifting and walking in all day. I have never had any foot pain, arch pain or leg pain in those.)

The final thing looking back, and I’ve mentioned this a few times, is the warm up and recovery part of running. If I want to run more and run faster I need to warm up longer and recover better. End of story. I can’t skip this stuff anymore. Easy, long or hill work, i need to warm up my muscles and ankles. Afterward I need to consume a post-workout snack, ice my legs, compress and foam roll. It sounds like a lot of work, but if it means I can get back to racing, i’ll do it!

Weekly Workouts

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3m easy, 20 min chest/biceps

Wednesday: 20 min back, pushups +major leg stretching

Thursday: 3.5m easy, 10 min abs

Friday: 30 min triceps/shoulders, 15 min quads

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 4.4m easy

Total Miles: 13.1 <—i did not do that on purpose, but i’m taking it as a good sign!

Do you guys go over training plans when injured? 

 

 


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Pool Side Baby & PRO Compression Winner!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3m easy, 20 min chest/biceps

Wednesday: 20 min back, pushups +major leg stretching

Thursday: 3.5m easy, 10 min abs

Hey guess what? I did 3 miles on the treadmill this week and 3.5m outdoors. Each time it felt like I could go longer.  The ankle is surviving! Woo!

I have a new cross training goal and I need you guys to hold me to it. I want to do one yoga class a week. We literally have classes in the gym all week long (morning & evening), so there’s really no excuse for me not to try this out. I’m hoping the stretching and strengthening will help the extreme tightness in my legs in the long run. Because I miss long runs. Three miles, as awesome as they’ve been, i miss hitting 6-7-8-9-10 mile mark.

Would you believe that I forgot to pool run while I was at my brothers house over the weekend? Must have been too preoccupied with my Three Floyds beer and trying to get rid of the horrendous sports bra tan.

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Here are my cute nephews just because…

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The last part of Indiana/Chicago trip was a stop at to see Cameron’s cousin Kyle and his wife Elise. She’s a blogger too, and we’ve grown closer because of it. And the running. Runners always stick together…

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And if we’re not sticking together, we make things that stick together…

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She’s had her fair share of ankle problems, so it was nice having a runner to talk to about my issues. We’re both doing Chicago Marathon in the fall (I actually know a TON of people running) so I can’t wait until October!

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Alright, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the Pro Compression Giveaway Winner!

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Congrats to Irene! Email me you address at Shesgoingforspeed@gmail.com

What are your weekend running plans? I have another 3 on the schedule

Smore’s? mmmmmm


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Chi City & the CLICK Protein Winner

The weekend trip to Chicago flew by! We had our tasting at Revolution Brewery–tasting is an understatement since they brought us out full plates of food and 2 whole pizzas to “taste”. The food was crazy good and they let us drink beer on the house.

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After the tasting we met up with some friends down at Grant Park to visit the Blues Fest and walked around. Chicago is truly the most beautiful city in the summertime. And probably the most fattening since everyone just wants to give you food and drinks 😉 not complaining!

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Patrick & Cameron at the fountain.

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I’m wearing my sweatshirt because it was actually freezing when the wind hit. I forget all the time that June in Chicago is not really  hot yet.

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And here’s the Click Protein Winner:

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Congrats Brianna! Email me at shesgoingforspeed@gmail.com with your mailing address!

Weekly Recap

Monday: 1.5m easy treadmill run, 20min back/triceps

Tuesday: 20 min chest/biceps, 15 abs

Wednesday: 3m easy run, 1 hour heavy leg day 

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 2.2m easy + walking miles in Chicago

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 6.7

Anyone had a stubborn injury before?

Favorite summer city?


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Miles of Bliss and Sweat

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 2.2m easy

I promised you guys a recap of how my running has progressed. What I can say right off the bat, is i’m keeping my runs short, easy and feeling out my ankle. Every run has been a surprise. My first run back…backfired. My ankle seized up and I ended up at the Chiro’s office that same morning.

Of course what I didn’t do, is the exact thing that he’s been telling me—> I need to warm up my right ankle, like my right ankle’s life depends on it. He even suggested a heat pack before my run, just to loosen it up. Crazy i know, but that’s the crazy state of my ankle right now.

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leg swings! (don’t mind my doofy face, cameron is always making me laugh)

Running this week has been a whole different story. Warming up is a must, so I’ve been timing myself, 5-10 minutes of full warm ups. I start with my usual..leg swings, high knees,  etc. Then I do 2-3 sets of squats, lunges and ankle circles. Once I feel like the legs have woken up, I do a calf stretch and an achilles stretch. I hold these for about a full minute.

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calf stretch, keeping back leg straight

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achilles stretch, take a small step in and bend knee

Starting this way has proved to be important because I’ve been running pain free. Running still feels off, and the right ankle still isn’t perfect so i’m concentrating on form. As I run I try to mimic my left, healthy leg. I’ve been paying close attention to it’s footfall, where it lands (ball, mid, heel), how it pushes off, how the it sounds as it lands. I always joke that my left leg is a machine, so why not try and make sure the right side is mirroring the left? Spot checking my form is drastically decreasing any ankle tightness or pain.

I have not been using my iPod for reasons mentioned above. I cannot be distracted by music right now. And I’ve been wearing my watch, but i haven’t been concerned about pace. If you’re curious though, my paces have ranged from 7:50-9:30. All the hell over the place, but that’s not a focus right now.

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My focus is enjoying the shorts runs I do have, making sure that i’m progressing forward and not furthering injury. Cameron’s been tagging along which is always fun. How good does his form look right?? Also, we’re back in sweet home Indiana for the weekend. 🙂 These pics were from our morning run, through the neighborhood where i began my running life.

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Don’t forget to enter my CLICK Espresso Protein Giveaway (this ends tonight at midnight! Winner will be announced Monday morning)

And enter the Pro Compression Giveaway (this ends next Wednesday!)


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I Played Basketball…in Pro Compression Socks *coughthisisanotherfreakingGIVEAWAYcough*

Monday: 1.5m easy treadmill run, 20min back/triceps

Tuesday: 20 min chest/biceps, 15 abs

Wednesday: 3m easy run, 1 hour heavy leg day yo

I guess it’s time to reveal some proof that I did in fact play b-ball. See, here i am holding the basketball, looking not impressed way too cool…hahabball1

And here I am shooting..Pretty sure my shot percentage is terrible. I honestly think I only made about 5/70 baskets over the hour we played around. It was embarrassing, but we laughed the whole time, so, you know…abs.

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And my terrible form, at least it makes a for fun action pics.
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What you need to take from all these ridiculous pictures of me attempting to shoot around, is that Pro Compression’s socks kept my calves warm and loose, and my ankle felt great the entire time.. see i was even jumping!
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Purple is awesome! So bright and pretty 🙂

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After we played basketball, I ran 2 miles home. Two. Full. Miles. No pain, no stopping. I’ve been wearing my awesome Pro Compression purple marathon socks during my few runs back and I like the squeeze around my feet and ankles. I’ve never worn compression socks during runs, only here and there for recovery, but that extra sock support has been helping my comfort and confidence on the road back to racing. I don’t even need to try any other sock because the first time I put these on it just felt right you know?

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peace and a sweaty two miles!

I do get a lot of strange looks when I wear my Pro Compression socks to work, but once i explain the benefits the strange looks turn into an “ah ha moment” or “why didn’t I know about this sooner?” For those of you who are new runners, crossfitters, cyclists, or just stand on your feet all day here are the basics to know about compression socks:

Pro Compression socks: “True graduated compression promotes circulation by pushing fluid up from your feet and ankles to toward your knees. This design also helps reduce swelling and inflamation while providing critical support to muscles and tendons.”

For those of you that need a visual:

Faster recovery is super important to me right now. After taking a month off from running, i need to be sure i’m taking care of my legs, and these socks aren’t leaving my legs anytime soon.

Guess what? I want you to try a pair too! Pro Compression is being awesome and wants to give one of my super cool readers a free pair of their marathon socks! All you have to do is like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter, then leave a comment telling me which you followed and for giggles, tell me what color you want, cause i want the blue ones next ❤

If you can’t wait to try a pair for yourself you can use this code BLG14 for 40% off a pair of their socks or sleeves at Pro’s website. And for those of you in love with their socks, sign up for their Sock of the Month Club and be the first to get info on their new monthly socks and discounts.

Have you ever tried compression socks?

Do you use them to run in or strictly recovery?