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Insomnia Musings

I’m writing this at 6am and I can’t sleep.  Who am I?! I hardly ever wake up until the last minute before I need to. I was up at 5 and couldn’t turn my brain off. All I’ve been thinking about is my upcoming trip to Toronto. Me. Going on a business trip. Still in denial. (Though, I’m posting this after the trip, all feelings still apply).

[[Toronto is pretty awesome – next time I may even explore, ha!]]

Things have been pretty good lately.  Work owns my life (good thing I really like my job and I like to think I’m good at it), and I’m not very good at making time for other things.  Things they don’t tell you about real world adult life – that sh*t is mentally exhausting!  I thought once I started working I would still have all the energy to keep up with hobbies and such, but alas, no dice.

It took me about 6 months to get back into working out – I kept saying I was going to join a gym back in January, but could never decide on one I liked that was worth the price.  Eventually, signs a new yoga studio popped up near me around March ish, and was offering crazy discounts for early members. So I joined! Granted it took about 4 months after I joined for the studio to finally open, but hey, it’s open now, and I couldn’t be happier with it.

[[prospect park, because it’s gorgeous. and my favorite place to run]]

I found a running group through meetup.com, and honestly, I probably wouldn’t do much running without them.  Self motivated after a long work day or work week is harder than you’d think.  Plus, I’ve met some really cool people in the process, and signed up for some fun races with the group.  Oh and I bought a bike. Though I mainly use it for grocery shopping (hey, you do what you can when you don’t have/want a car).

What’s this blog supposed to be about again? Oh right. FOOD. Even though I stopped blogging, I  most definitely didn’t quit my eating habits.  I just maybe eat a lot of the same things all the time. Because really, I most certainly don’t have time to make something new and creative every day.

[[skirt steak tacos with cilantro radish salsa, one of my few creative ventures]]

Maybe once a month or so I’ll try a more intricate recipe, but I usually get by on roasted, steamed, or raw veggies, rice or some kind of potatoes for carbs, and some meats and other proteins – nothing fancy.

And with lots of ketchup.  Seriously I have no idea when the ketchup obsession happened, but it’s real, folks.  Apparently I’m 5 years old, but ketchup makes almost everything better.  Who knows, maybe I’m making up for lost time since I can’t remember caring much about ketchup when I was actually a kid.

So yeah. Long story short, I have no idea where this blog is going. I guess we’ll find that out?

Not a Natural Optimist.

This past Saturday, I ran the farthest I have ever run in my life – 11 miles.  Now I can hardly walk.

[[If you don’t want to read a long-winded, self-serving rant, you may want to skip this post]]

I try to keep my posts from becoming perpetual “I hate what my life is right now” rants – so I generally stick to the good stuff.  Mostly food, some fun, some other little things.  Which is why you, readers, don’t know much about the inner workings of my mind at the moment.

If I shared everything on my mind, this blog would be no fun.  My thoughts are mostly filled with school stress, and trying to figure out what I’m doing after graduation.  Which happens to be in less than 2 months. (cue minor freakout).

Things that keep me sane? Good friends, good food, and working out/running.  Especially running.

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That was my gorgeous view, stuck in the single rain cloud over the east river on a recovery run last week.  Even just seeing these views and being out in nature was a nearly instant stress reliever.  Then comes the endorphin high.  I always feel SO much more relaxed after a good run, that I don’t care how fast or slow or whatever it was.

With just two weeks left until my race, I decided to indulge a bit and get all my gear together.  I upgraded my headphones from these cheapies:

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To these beauties.

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Oh, a WORLD of difference!  They’re not completely noise-cancelling if you wear a smaller ear piece (yes, mom and dad, I make sure I can still hear my surroundings).  I was SUPER excited for my longest-ever training run this past Saturday – 11 miles! After that, all the hard work would be done, and I just had to maintain for two weeks. So I grabbed my gear and headed out in the gorgeous 45 degree sun (FINALLY).

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After about 3 miles, I started to feel a weird cramp in my left foot – but it would go away after I stopped and stretched and rolled my foot around a bit.

Then around mile 7 or 8, the feeling got stronger.  I don’t know if I’d call it pain, but it was uncomfortable.  Side note: I think I have a very odd sense of pain.  I don’t notice it’s there until it’s either really bad, or gone.  But by that time I realized the feeling wasn’t going away, I was already at my turnaround, heading home to finish the 11 miles. So I kept running.  In hindsight, stupid move. And I knew it wasn’t good at the time.

But I kept running.  I was determined to finish my training and be ready for this half.

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I spent the rest of Saturday like this.  As soon as I took my foot out of the shoe, it started throbbing, and hurt to walk.  I had plans to meet up with friends in Central Park for a picnic, but I couldn’t do it.

There are few things that make me sadder than being unable to go outside on a beautiful day.  And unable to see my friends.  It was a lonely weekend, and I was having a really hard time seeing the bright side of things.

I wanted so badly to be proud of my 11 mile run.  But I was fixated on the future. Would I be able to train this week? Would I be able to run the half? Would I be able to walk tomorrow?

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I still went to work on Sunday (I work at a cafe on weekends), but took a cab there, and tried to avoid walking as much as I could.  I managed pretty well, as my job doesn’t require me to move around too much.  And standing didn’t bother my foot. And my barista made me a capp with a heart.

I managed to get myself out for a dinner with some lovely friends as well.  It’s amazing how a simple social even can lift my spirits.  Like I said, I’m not very good at being positive. I usually need help.

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I made myself some warm, frothy, spiced almond milk before bed for a bit of comfort.  And to take my mind off my aching foot, and all the studying and work I had to get done.

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(attempted to study for my last midterm – but my mind was elsewhere.  Thank goodness the prof. is offering a redo, I already know I did horribly on the exam)

The foot didn’t get any better after two days.  I was really starting to get down on myself.  Running the half marathon was looking less and less likely.

So I finally went to the doctor.  And, as I figured, my gut was right.  It’s a stress fracture of the 3rd metatarsal.  It didn’t show up on the X-ray, but both the orthopedic guy and the sports med specialist said that is usually the case if you come in a couple of days after the worst of it.

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So now I can barely walk without pain.  I have to wear this silly shoe, and use crutches if walking with the shoe hurts (which right now, it does).

I can’t run or do anything high-impact for 6 weeks.

Which means what was supposed to by my first half marathon will have to wait.  And I can’t get refunded or anything.  So I’m out $90 and don’t get to run.  (I can still pick up my t-shirt at the expo though. oh, lucky me)

I decided to pull out of this round of Best Body Bootcamp.  I didn’t want to – I so badly don’t want to lose my fitness levels that I have worked so hard to build. But I know myself, and I know I would push myself too hard and get in the way of healing. (p.s. – Thank you Tina for being so understanding, and letting me participate in the next round)

Frustrated doesn’t even cover it.  Discouraged. Depressed. I have lost so much motivation over the past few days – my number one stress reliever was exercise.  Now I feel sedentary and set back.

I am trying hard  to be positive.  I am really pushing to get the frustration out of mind and put what’s past in the past.  But I feel like I have reached my limit for the moment.  Am I giving up? NO.  Things will get better, and I know it.

But it takes a lot of effort on my part to see the bright side.  I feel helpless but I hate asking for help.  I know I need to give up the pride, and just surround myself with good people.  I know I need to accept what has happened and do what I need to feel good now.

It will take work.  And some days will be better than others – but I will not let this injury define who I am now.

No questions – but if you have a story to share on overcoming the mental struggles of an injury, I’d love for you to share :-)

[[and for those of you who read the entire post – wow.  kudos to you. much love, my friends]]

Big, Exciting Fitness Things.

Alright, let’s talk fitness.  I don’t really consider myself a “fitness guru” or a real athlete, which is why this is not a fitness blog (and I get bored with writing about fitness all the time).  But I do like to share life things now and then, and I classify fitness as a life thing.  Okay enough intro nonsense.

1.  I love Best Body Bootcamp.  Tina, the mastermind behind the program, never ceases to come up with fun, creative, and effective workout routines.  I never get bored with the workouts, and just over halfway through the program I’m already feeling stronger, and looking more muscular.  Now I just need to stop slacking on my planks and core work…

 

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2.  Let’s talk cardio. I love that the BBB program allows you some space for your own cardio workouts and training plans.  Living in NYC, I walk a ton.  Probably at least 2-3 miles per day.  This makes me a pretty active person as far as the general public is concerned.

So I don’t feel the need to do cardio workouts every day.  I use my walk to the gym as a warmup and cool down cardio. Or some days I won’t do any cardio, but I make sure not to be sedentary all day.  It certainly helps that I’m incapable of sitting still for longer than like, 10 minutes.

3. Speaking of cardio, remember how I said I was determined to run a Half Marathon this spring?  Well, I’m doing it.

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Registration has been paid and submitted, I’m officially running the More/Fitness Women’s Half in Central Park! Any other runners out there doing this race?

I’m scared out of my mind, but so excited.  Also, I should probably train some hills…

4.  Training plan.  I’ve never actually followed one for running.  I’m not a running coach, I don’t have a running coach, but I like to think that I’ve read enough about safe training to know what not to do when training for a race.

So I spend some time on the internets looking for a 10 or 12 week half marathon training plan that I felt would suit me.  My biggest criteria? Only 3 runs per week.  I know that I need a rest day between  running days, and that I run stronger with less overall mileage.  After a bit of searching, I found a perfect plan from Women’s Health magazine online.

Source: womenshealthmag.com via Rachel on Interest

I plan to do strength training, yoga strength and possibly some light cardio on the elliptical or something (if I have time) as my cross training.  I plan to *try* to do all the prescribed workouts (time trials, intervals, tempo runs), but if I’m not feeling it that day, feeling any pain, or pushing too hard, I’m just going to do the miles at an easy pace.  Basically, I’m going to be smart about it, and not over train.

So excited, but so scared.

Any advice for a first time half-marathoner?

What are your favorite workouts these days?  I’m always looking for new things to try!

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