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Running Log ~ July 21st ~ lead feet

Lead Feet and Injuries

The heat, the humidity and the allergies have been hitting me pretty hard this summer and my runs have been getting slower.

The last week in June I started running early in the morning at the gym on the treadmill. It was horrible, but at least I was running, because when it was already 70° at 6 a.m. there was no way I was running outside that day.

treadmills

But I had a virtual race and a long rung scheduled just before the July 4th holiday and didn’t want to do 8 miles on the treadmill.

So I got up early and hit the road, I picked a route next to the river for some cool air.

But my feet felt like lead weights.  It was still too hot, my allergies was making it hard to breathe.  It was the slowest run I had done in forever.

And I say that like I have been running forever…when really I started running again only a year and a half ago, and hadn’t run more than 8 miles before Aug of last year.

So I got my run done, and I was so disappointed in myself, but decided that I needed to get back to the gym and start using the treadmill again.  This way I can set my pace, turn a movie on and just keep going.

After the holiday we went on our friends boat and slammed my knee on the fishing pole rack.  I didn’t think it was that hard, it didn’t hurt, and I didn’t think anything of it.  Then I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my knee.

I couldn’t keep it bent for more than a minute, two at the most.  If I hyperextended my leg it was equally painful, so when sleeping and stretching my leg I would wake in pain.

I couldn’t go up or down stairs, I couldn’t sit, and it was painful standing from a sitting position. I couldn’t drive without something propping my foot up (it was my left knee and I have an automatic). My leg at a 90° angle brought swear words flowing out of my mouth.

At first I didn’t realize what happened, how I hurt myself, but then I figured I must have bruised my kneecap (patella) when I hit the fishing pole rack.  I don’t know if you have ever bruised a bone, but it isn’t sunshine and daisy’s.  Walking was fine as long as I didn’t bend my leg too much, but running was out of the question.

That’s OK. I can rest an injury, as long as it isn’t too long…

Two weeks go by with no running and I can finally sit with my leg bent for longer than a few minutes.  I can do stairs, my knee still hurts, but it is healing.  I think I am finally safe to try running again…when I hurt my back and my allergies might really be a cold (but don’t tell anyone, cause I don’t actually get ‘colds’).

really?

*sigh*

this too shall pass.

But I am feeling slightly depressed about not running. Okay, I am feeling really depressed about not running.  I am tired and I am grouchy. So this week is also going to be a rest week, and next week I will come back with a vengeance.

Going for a run is like having a cup of coffee... I'm much nicer after I've had one.

But there is good news in here too.

runnerbox

Recently I partnered up with a wonderful company The Runner Box.

 

This a subscription box company for runners, cyclists or triathletes.  They send you a bimonthly box full of products and discounts like nutrition bars, gels, energy boosters, snacks, personal care and other running accessories.runnerbox_Birthdaybox

For my loyal readers RunnerBox is offering 10% your purchase by using the code RUNMSRUN so go start your subscription today, or go buy one for that runner in your life.

*stay tuned to find out what came in my first RunnerBox

 

 

Just. Keep. Running.

Just a reminder that with my running I am raising money for St. Jude’s Hospital, click on the picture below to donate.

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Dawn Marie

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Menu Plan Monday July 6th

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Remember that time I used to plan my meals for the week?

Yeah, I miss it too….

OK, what happened to June? In fact, what happened to the first half of the year?  I am not exactly sure how we just celebrated the 4th of July, because I am still in denial of the fact that it is July.

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It has been unseasonably warm this year in the Pacific Northwest.  Typically we have a pretty rainy spring, and don’t get above 90 degrees until after the 4th of July.  This year it happened in June, and for the weeks now we have been hovering close to the 100 degree mark. Never reaching it, but getting close.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, but it does make for some serious feet dragging come dinner time.  The last thing I want to do is stand in my already hot kitchen and turn on something hotter to make my kitchen hotter just to feed my family.  I know, I know….

It also makes it really hard for me to want to plan meals, or think about meals, or cooking….can’t we just grill hamburgers and hot-dogs all summer long? I guess we can alternate some chicken in there sometimes.

But really, if I am gonna be honest with you, my real issues is that I am not home.  My mom has a pool and lives two miles from my house….

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So when the temps get above 90 where do you think I am going to be spending those days? Or she will call me at work and tell me she picked my kids up from the sitters to bring them to her house to go swimming and everyone is going to BBQ at her house.  Works out great for me, but then I get in a no-cooking-no-grocery-shopping-rut.

Now I am out of everything and need to make dinner tonight.  So easy sandwiches is on the plan after a trip to store.  The rest of the week will be oven free and made with minimal heat.

 

Menu Plan 7/06-7/12

Mon: French Dip Sandwiches and salad

Tues: Bowtie Skillet Lasagna 

Wed: Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kebabs with Tortellini Salad

Thr: Crock Pot Chicken Caesar Sandwiches 

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is Closed

Sun:

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

 

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Running Log ~ June 17th

 

I am a little behind in my writing.  In fact I have a few races I need to share, and you know what the hold up is?  It’s the pictures.  I keep losing my patience with my computer and shutting it down and not finishing the editing of my pictures.  That’s pretty lame huh?

But anyway…

I decided to sign up for a marathon training plan through Another Mother Runner.  It is an 18 week plan and at the end we get a shirt and a medal, with lots of support along the way.  Currently I am on week three.  Not only does the plan have the scheduled long runs but it also has scheduled speed work, which I wouldn’t do on my own.

It times perfectly with the Portland Marathon in October, which I have not yet signed up for.  The price went up and so I need to save some more money before I can sign up…(hope there are still spots left)

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The first week of the training plan was awesome.  I was scheduled to run 19.5 miles and got 22.8 in! woohoo!

The second week, was not as awesome. I missed a run and instead of the 23.5 miles I only got 19.7 miles in.  I was almost afraid I wasn’t going to get that many. I went to the gym to run 6 miles of negative splits but had to get off to refill my water somewhere around 3 miles, the treadmill reset itself before I got back.  I had no idea how far or how long I ran.  I was supposed to run 10 miles Sat morning but I set my alarm for the wrong day and woke up late, so I only got six miles in, but at least they were negative split miles.  I was finally able to do my long run on Sunday morning, but it was so slow! but at least I got it done.

half-marathon

I usually do a long run on the weekend and short runs at work, but with summer here I can’t run at work now, it is just too hot.  It is really hard to find the time during the week to get the miles outside with out the heat.

The hardest part about the training is cross-training and/or strength training.  I can barely find the time to run, let alone time for other things like weights.

I have signed up for four races prior to the marathon and decided that I will not sign up for any more until after.  I have a 10k in July, a 7k in August, a half marathon and a relay with a total of 10-12 miles in September.  Ian has a 1k race at the end of June, which I will have to run with him, but I think I can manage that.

 

 

Just. Keep. Running.

Just a reminder that with my running I am raising money for St. Jude’s Hospital, click on the picture below to donate.

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C25K interval information can be found here

AMR is currently starting a #FindYourStrong Half Marathon Challenge too click here to sign up

Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

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Menu Plan Monday June 15th

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I have not been able to plan meals for a while.

First we had family in town, and then we got sick and Sid got pink eye and I got super sick and things just spiraled out of control. The thought of planning meals was horrible, but then coming home and having nothing planned was worse.

Yesterday we spent the day fishing with the boys and got home late and were dirty and tired.  But I knew I needed to sit down and figure out what we are going to do about dinner next week.  Especially since the boys basically ate pickles and Cheetos yesterday.

My boys love pickles

My boys love pickles

 

Menu Plan 6/15-6/21

Mon: unsure if we will be home for dinner, and I still need to go to the store

Tues: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta 

Wed: Meat Loaf & Potatoes

Thr: Easy Oven Pork Chops with Parmesan Orzo

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is Closed

Sun: Sesame Beef with Rice

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

 

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Need something to help plan your meals?  I use the Plan to Eat online meal planner.  Try it free for 30 days

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