Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Running is NOT my Diet

Running IS my diet and I am hosed right now. You would think I would have the mental strength to realize I need to PUT DOWN THE FORK. Nope. Not running is making me depressed. This equals eating for me.

Oh well. Life is more than skinny jeans and bikinis.

To that note, officially I am NOT to run for three weeks. Also no spinning, elliptical, etc. In the fourth week, I can introduce spinning/elliptical. Finally we can "see how it goes" with running a couple miles twice a week on the fourth week. So....the marathon plans are scrapped for now. I am also wearing this beauty at night-- it keeps my tendon flexed (thanks Trista) :)

Listen to me. Who am I?! I am sitting here whining because I can't workout. Never in a million years did I think...

That's the thing about plans. They are God's plans. Not our own. I have a really hard time when things don't go my way. In the end, when I look back on times (like this injury), I realize that God manufactured HIS plans to be exactly what I needed. This trial is just a tiny grain of sand on the beach of my life. I will get better. I will endure. And I will be stronger.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Food Overdose and Husband Duties

In case you don't follow me on FB, I thought I would share....sometimes in life, when you are missing something (like running), you try to fill the void with something else (food).
Two pizzas, one cheesy bread, and one s'mores pizza is a reasonable amount of food for two people for one dinner, correct? I was trying to be "good" and got the DeLite version of my pizza. Ty said that was cancelled out by the three bread sticks and two pieces of s'mores dessert I had. What of it?! an effort to balance that out, I went to the gym to get my sweat on. Of course, I am not allowed to run. I spent 15 minutes on the elliptical, 15 minutes walking on the treadmill, and then did a "self-manufactured" cross-fit like workout consisting of:
3x10 deadlift
40 butterfly sit-ups
40 kettleball swings
25 squats
20 push-ups
and....about 1.5 pull ups....SOOOOOOOOOOOO hard!!
It was a decent workout, however my back is sore from the deadlifts! I guess I've identified my weakness. :)

Tomorrow I am pool running with Jill from GOTR. I am very very grateful for pool running, but I'm not going to does NOT equal regular running. It helps to do it with a partner though.

I finally bit the bullet and made an appointment with a sports medicine doctor. Only problem being, the appointment is in Grand Junction at the same exact time that the dogs are scheduled to go to the vet in Grand Junction. So Ty, if you're reading this....sorry babe. You're committed. :) It was the only time I could get in with the doctor.

Completely unrelated: My V-Day flowers are still alive!! Pretty. Pretty.

Please pray I am able to find some relief/answers on my leg tomorrow. xoxoxoxo!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The OH CRAP Button

This is how my day started: The dogs were bugging me to be let out. It was sometime before 6 am and I was at my parents' house. As I was making my way back to bed, I heard my phone ringing. Odd, I thought...but probably just the hubs calling after working all night. WRONG. Three missed text messages and one missed phone call later, I realized.....I had traded a co-worker so she could have today off and QUITE OBVIOUSLY forgot! CRAP. Not only was I *late* (understatement), I was 65 miles away at my parents' house. Not quite two hours later, I made it to work. I felt terrible because someone had been working all night and had to wait until I arrived to go home. EPIC FAIL. Thank gosh I felt tired last night and went to bed early.

So I am now in debt to my poor co-worker and my poor husband. Ty had worked all night, and got up from a dead sleep to meet me at work to pick up the dogs.

Otherwise, it has been a pretty decent weekend. I ran a 5k yesterday, which I was supposed to walk. I also PR'd it....which isn't saying much since I haven't competed in a 5k (for a time) in several years. I'm not going to lie felt pretty good knowing I beat my best 5k time injured and without training for it. That being said, it is time to hang up the running shoes for awhile (again). The injury is not healed and I really need to STOP running...but I can't. I won't. I really don't want to. :( I am making a vow right here and now to NOT RUN for one entire week. I am allowing myself pool running and walking, but only if it is an emergency. I think taking the whole week off from exercise in general is needed for proper healing. I have some TV to catch up on anyways...

Friday was a good day. I met with a group of girls from church. I am super excited for ae event we are putting together called the Butterfly Project. It is going to be offered to under-privileged or troubled women in our community. We will be providing free haircuts/styles, make-up, help with resumes, a photo session, and some life coaching. I am very much looking forward to this ministry.

I was also blessed to be able to ride my horse on Friday. Has someone been riding my horse secretly and not telling me about it? This horse is four years old and acts like I ride her every day. I'm in love.

I hope you're having a good weekend!! I also hope you didn't read this post and remember you had to work today. Haha. Happy Sunday.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Okay. I think I am ready to try this again.

A couple of hours ago, I typed the awesomeEST post and it got erased. So if this one sucks, blame someone else, but don't blame me.

I have been a BAAAD bad runner. Bad runner no chocolate. And maybe no more running. I don't know what it was, but I selfishly ran 20ish miles while on vacation and and also did a spin workout. Thinking back, it was probably preconceived considering I packed FOUR running outfits. Either way, we stayed just across the street from the beach in Florida. I honestly have no idea how I could not run under those circumstances. When your vacation starts out looking like this:
And you're addicted to running? No brain-er. Literally. Dumb. Brainless. Oh well.

I remember the past week of beach running and treadmill running overlooking the ocean with fond memories. With a week filled of relaxation and rest, I found all I wanted to do was run. So...I guess I am back at square one with the injury. I really don't regret it.

A few highlights:
-I met a spider monkey in Honduras. It was love at first sight. Then he bit me. We broke up.
-I parked my lawn chair next to the beach and a dolphin aquatic center in Mexico. I soaked up sun and dolphin acrobatics all day long. Darn.
-The same day, we met a baby tiger. Yeah. A baby tiger. Cutest thing ever.
-My most wonderful husband surprised me with a beautiful turquoise jewelry set as a honeymoon present. Speechless.
One thing I really realized while we were away-- we have a pretty great life. I am sure there are many people who would love to run looking at the view I do every day when I run. We are fortunate enough to share a cabin with Ty's family in the beautiful San Juan mountains. Honestly, life is good. I enjoyed my vacation, but I am so pleased to be home. Oh this is happy? Hello lover.

Happy Valentine's Day. xoxo

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Randoms and Whining About My Leg Some More

What can I say? I am pumped. We are leaving for the Sunshine State in 48 hours.

Some randoms:

1. I heard the iPhone5 is coming out in 2012. I'm all geeked out over this. Siri and I will be having a torrid affair. BFFs for life.

2. I want a treadmill for home. And an iPad3 (also coming out in 2012) to watch tv/movies on while running on the TM. It's all HRG's fault. As soon as I come up with an extra $1500, I am satisfying this want. Ha. Ba. Hahahahahaha. A girl can dream.

3.  I spent several years and two trips to Europe studying art.

4. I'm halfway through Tim Tebow's book, Through My Eyes. I cannot help but be impressed and motivated by his character, drive, and devotion to God. I want to raise my future children as he was raised. A perfect read for me as a Christian athlete. Or anyone.

5. My bathroom sink is clogged. Like three bottle of Drain-o clogged. Ty tells me last night, "you should fix that." Since we're leaving on vacation soon and want to have a nice time, I didn't kill him. :) Joking, Kidding.

I went to the gym last night to try out running. I walked/ran for almost three miles...Achilles still hurting. Don't give up right? It will get better? My life isn't over because I can't run? Okay, thanks. That's what I've been trying to tell myself. I think it's been two weeks. Going on three. I'm still going to "run" in Florida before we leave on the cruise. We're staying on the beach and there is a perfect running path there. Can't pass it up. I'll walk if I have to.

Have a great week. See ya after my vacay. xoxo

"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ who you serve." Col 3:23-24