This Runner's Trials
30Apr/128

Best body bootcamp: Final thoughts

Posted by runnerstrials

Best Body Bootcamp is officially over. :(

I ended on a high note by completing all of the workouts week 8 called for. Of course, my injury is no fun, but I still had a good week considering that.

  • M: OFF
  • Tu: 6mi at 8:02
  • W: 4mi at 8:34, BBB workout A
  • Th: OFF
  • F: 30 min bike trainer, BBB workout B
  • S: BBB workout C, 20 min self-led yoga
  • S: 12mi bike ride (outside!) at 18.5mph

I also met my walk the furball goal and one sweet per day goal this week. I've toyed with the idea of eliminating desserts all together again for awhile, but I haven't found the willpower yet. Sigh...

I really enjoyed bootcamp. Of course, I wish I was able to follow the plan more closely but it was a bit too much for me to handle with half marathon training. Though, I'd still consider it a success! In these past 8 weeks, I realized I actually like lifting, rediscovered how awesome plyometrics are, PR'd twice in the half marathon, and got a tiny bit more toned.

"Progress" pictures:

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Yay, for strength training! I'll definitely be incorporating weights into my regular routine from now on.

Thank you so much to the lovely Tina for hosting Best Body Bootcamp. It was challenging but fun, and I can't think of a better way to describe a workout plan. I'll definitely register for BBB 2.0 when it's offered. :)

27Apr/1219

Running and injuries

Posted by runnerstrials

To non-runners, we all appear alike. We're those crazy people who sacrifice time, sleep, and socialization to run even though we're not being chased. We runners recognize that we're all different though. We run for different reasons, focus on different distances, train at different paces, and- gasp- some of us don't ever race!

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I'll be wearing these shoes instead of my Brooks for awhile.

But there's one thing each of us has in common: we hate being injured. So much so that many of us will continue to run through pain. Unfortunately in the running community it's "normal" behavior to change your stride, wear a knee/ shin/ ankle brace, or only run on one side of the road so you don't feel pain while you run. We'll continue to train like this because we have to get to the start line of our next big race. Because, you know, this is the only race ever and our running career will end immediately after it.

Right? No, wrong (well, unless your next big race is the Olympic trials. But really, if you're of that athletic caliber, you're probably not reading my blog).There will always be more races and your running career can last many decades if you respect your body.

We each only get one body, so I'm not sure why we insist on making it run through pain. Worse, then we each get mad at said injured body when it doesn't yield us a PR or allow us to finish a race. Why do we do this?!

For many reasons, I hypothesize. When we're deep in the throes of training, taking time off seems like the worst idea in the world because then all of that prior training was for nothing. There's also the fear that if you take a break from running you'll never, ever get back into shape again. And while most of us wouldn't admit it, we're afraid if we don't run we'll get fat. Then there's the most basic reason: running makes us happy. Without it, we lose a part of ourselves even if we're aware that it's just temporary.

I realize that this post is coming off as preachy. But the only person I'm trying to convince is myself.

As I mentioned the other day, after finishing my last half marathon, the unevenness of the road left me with a sore left hamstring and an angry right knee. Last week, my hamstring hurt so I took it easy. Now, thankfully, it feels fine. But my knee is another story. I thought it was better, but then on Wednesday's run the annoying ache turned into a nasty pain. I think I'm injured.

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I'm trying really hard to not run. It doesn't hurt that much, but I don't need a minor injury to turn into something major. So, I'm publicly proclaiming that I won't run. At all. Until I have zero knee pain. Right now, rest (+ ice + foam rolling + PT) is best.

If you don't want to end up like me, here are some ways to sidestep running injuries.

25Apr/1215

Don’t ignore…

Posted by runnerstrials

April 22- 28, 2012 is National Infertility Awareness Week. This year's theme is "don't ignore infertility."

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This theme really resonates with me. So much about infertility is ignored, and it shouldn't be that way.

Don't ignore how widespread infertility is. One in 8 couples will have trouble getting and/or staying pregnant (source). Likewise, don't take your fertility for granted. In women, fertility declines steadily after age 32 (source).

Don't ignore your body. The pill is a wonderful birth control option for many couples. But it also hides fertility problems. I was on the pill for 10 years and had no clue I didn't ovulate until I stopped taking it. When you're on hormonal birth control, you don't ovulate or get your period. That bleeding you have every month is simply withdrawal bleeding from the drop in synthetic hormones (source). The only way to learn about your body is to get off hormonal birth control and note what happens. I'm not saying you should start trying for a baby before you're ready, but there are other non-hormonal birth control options out there.

Don't ignore your symptoms. Not getting your period regularly may seem like a blessing, but it's really anything but. On the same note, periods are not supposed to be really painful. Educate yourself on what's normal and what's not (check out this Mayo Clinic article). If you're younger than 35 and have been unable to get pregnant (or carry a pregnancy to a live birth) after one year of unprotected, regular sex, see a reproductive endocrinologist. If you're 35 or older, see an RE after 6 months (source).

Don't ignore your feelings. Going through infertility made me feel a lot of "shameful" emotions. I eventually learned that everything I felt was normal. Trying to hide my feelings just made things worse. Don't be afraid to speak up. Share how you feel with your partner, friends, family, doctor, and/or a therapist.

Don't ignore people suffering from infertility. Infertility is a disease. Just like any other debilitating condition, it robs you of the possibility of your future. Sadly, infertility is still somewhat stigmatized and it's hard for some of us to open up about our illness. When someone with infertility tells you what they're going through, please don't ignore them. You likely wouldn't ignore a loved one with cancer, so please also support those going through infertility.

Don't ignore your past. Most of you will become infertility success stories. Though just because you have a baby now doesn't mean you should forget where you've been. Remember how it felt to be on the exam table right before an ultrasound, eager to see if you had a shot at ovulating that month. Remember staring at the phone all day, praying it would ring so you could hear the results of your beta. Remember the vicious cycle of hope, angst, anticipation, and grief that you went through for months on end. You may have "beat" infertility, but don't forget about it. Support those still suffering.

Don't ignore hope. Your path to parenthood may be long and full of dead ends, but you will become a mommy someday, someway. <3

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You can learn more about the basics of infertility here and about National Infertility Awareness Week here.