Thursday, January 29, 2009

3 Miler Funk

Run Time : 30 minutes, Run Distance, 3 miles Abductors and Adductors and Crunches

Yesterday, I got 3 miles in. The gym was packed again. Not that it really mattered because I was struggling with the 3 miles as it was. I think I need some warm weather pronto....I need to be outside and running! It is so tough for me to get into my running rhythm when I'm in the gym. I think it has to do with the sheer amount of people and activity going on. I try to watch television, but even that bores me. And the Ipod doesn't work for me either. Blah.

I guess on the upside, I didn't have any knee pain. YAY!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Actually RAN!

Run Distance: 3 miles, Run Time: 30 minutes

Good news...I actually got a run in yesterday night. Although, I will say it wasn't near as far as I'd hoped I'd go. My knees just barely started to tinge at the end so I think that they are doing well. I think I'm going to forgo the sports doc for a little while to see if I can battle this one on my own.

A new problem surfaced yesterday. My arm is still sore from the Tetanus shot so I couldn't lift weights. But I have had some strange other symptoms since the shot, including a slight fever, nauseous, etc. I guess this is somewhat typical for a Tetanus shot. Upon running 3 miles, I found that I felt like I was going to faint. I knew the feeling well...I was prone to fainting in the shower when I was a freshman in college. I have yet to faint since then. Anyways, my eyes started to get fuzzy, my hearing was on the verge of ringing, and my breathing seemed a bit labored. Usually there is a decent amount of time that serves as a warning prior to fainting for me. I tried to see if I could prevent it by breathing deep but that didn't work. I had to hop off the treadmill. Only trying not to cause a commotion, I quickly ran to get wipes to clean off the treadmill....barely seeing the wipes in front of me. After that, I went to sit down. Eventually my vision came back and I didn't faint. I'm not entirely sure where this came from...but it scared the crap out of me. The last place I want to faint is on the treadmill. It was bad enough in the shower in college.

Anyways, I seem to be alright now. I think it might have been the tetanus shot because that hasn't happened to me in YEARS! I'm running today as well...hopefully all goes well.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Punch to the Arm

This weekend I got a few workouts in. 2 weightlifting/eliptical sessions. The weightlifting went decent. My abs were killing me for days due to an overdose on crunches though. Actually...they still hurt when you touch them.

I stayed away from running this weekend. It took alot to keep me off the treadmill, but I did not step foot near it.

I went to the doc today. She told me that I needed to return to the Sports Medicine doctor I went to before and that they would probably put me through physical therapy again. I don't know that I want to do that all over. It didn't seem to get me anywhere in the long run?? Maybe I'm just too impatient. I will be debating whether or not to in the next few days.

Also, they gave me a tetanus shot. My entire arm feels like someone punched me really hard. That and I feel really sluggish. I need to workout tonight but I can barely move my arm. I'm wondering how that will deal with an eliptical? I suppose I could just do the leg work and not touch the arm bars.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

No Running in the Gym

Tuesdays Workout: 30 minutes half eliptical machine thing (the eliptical w/o the arms), 15 minutes on the bike

So Tuesday was a bit discouraging. The eliptical machines were all taken so I hopped on what I call the "half eliptical" in which there is just the leg portion and no arms. I'm not real sure what you call those machines. Maybe it is a fancy stair climber?

Anyways, I got real bored on that thing after half an hour and thought I could handle the treadmill. Instantly, my knee hurt. Much different than the pain that I used to have which was gradual. I could not run...not even one thud on the treadmill. It was quite the sad day. So then I hopped on the bike. I can't usually last real long on the bike without getting bored but I pushed to 15 minutes. Then I attempted some stretches which really hurt my knee.

I've come to the conclusion that I need to go to the doc again. I don't think it is right that my knee hurts so long after my marathon.

Hopefully I'll be dragging Andy to the gym tonight and avoiding the treadmill at all costs so I don't have another letdown.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Back to the Gym...Again

This weekend I had two workouts which were barely worth logging. I went to the gym with Andy on Saturday and figured out that the Anytime Fitness where we currently signed up was robbing us so we decided to transfer to the one out by Andy. Anyhow, Andy is a bit of a newbie at the whole gym thing so I promised him I would shorten my workout a bit. I ended up running for a half hour which equalled a little less than 3 miles. We signed up for the "orientation personal training" sessions for Monday since we both had work off.

I'm not entirely sure that I needed the extra one on one orientation to the gym. The only thing that I really got out of it was my body fat percentage. Which I guess was "average" even though I don't feel I fit in that category.

Some scary news on the old knee. My knee is hurting quite a bit to go downstairs again. I think this has to do with some lunges that the trainer had me do. Hopefully it's just a fluke and it goes away. I know there are like 8 months until Twin Cities Marathon, but it still frightens me a bit.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Wishing I Had Toenails

You really never know how much you will miss something until it is gone. Take for instance, my toenails. Sure, at a balmy 20 degrees, you don't notice the missing hard surface from your toe. But it is quite different at -22. I didn't realize that my toenails provided a barrier for coldness to reach my tender toes until now. Now is when my toes hurt. Now is when I appreciate the toenail.

Anyways, I haven't gotten a lot of running done lately. Been spending some much needed time with Andy. I'm thinking we may head to the gym this weekend though...probably be a good thing.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


I've been off the past few days and it is a day like this that I wish I were at home! My car would barely start and it is only a year old! And I have to go to a meeting over on another part of campus today, which means I have to wait for our "campus connector" outside. AND I've been at Andy's house with no time to do laundry for almost a week now and had no clean Cuddle Duds to wear. Therefore I am ill prepared for this mess.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cherish Every Moment

Friday after work I received a call from Andy saying that his brother had died in a snowmobile accident. He was 22. For the short time that I was starting to get to know him, he always had a smile on his face. Even this summer when we were roofing in sweltering heat. He was there to help his brother. We don't have enough people like him around and it is amazing to read about all of the lives that he touched. I ask you today to cherish every moment that you have with your family members. You never know when they will be gone.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Gym Partner and Ugly Toe Stories

Workout: Run 4 miles- 45 minutes, 100 side crunches, 50 leg lift crunches, 2/15 abductors, 2/15 adductors

I woke up this morning and looked at the news to see the weather as I usually do. The temperature read -2 in the bottom of the screen and the weather guy was going through his report. It is only in Minnesota that a weather guy would introduce a -15 degree windchill by saying "Today, the windchill isn't so bad at -15 but you will still need to bundle up." I think I'll be writing more on my hatred for Minnesota winters in my non-running blog...but figured I'd just give you all a taste of how much I despise it!

Yesterday's workout went well. Ran a little over 4 miles in my alotted 45 minutes then hopped through the very crowded weightlifting area.

Good news...Tonight...I will be enrolling Andy at Anytime Fitness along with me! Woohoo! It took some convincing, but I think it will be alot of fun. That AND he told me he would run a 5k this summer with me. Mainly because he saw that my dad did it with me last summer. His words were, "If your dad can do it, I think I can pull it off."

One more post marathon update: My 2nd big toenail has finally fallen off. I lost the right a month ago and now the left has fallen off. I've done some reading on this...and it sounds like I may have a fun future with my large toenails in store for me. It appears that they frequently don't grow back in properly among other people's stories- thus resulting in a doctor's visit where they have to tear it back off. Seriously...I hope that doesn't happen to me. I also discovered that the gross dark color that appeared under my nail after my marathon was blood. I also found information that says I should have popped the blood out ASAP in order to save my nail. Nice that I found that out AFTERWARDS.

My friendly word of advice- Make sure your toes have plenty of room in your shoes before you set out to run 26.2 miles!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Two more for the log

Monday's Workout: 5 mile run, 15 minute bike, 3 sets of 15 Abductors, 2 sets of 15 adductors, 150 crunches

Tuesday's Workout: 4 mile run, 3-15 Chest Presses, 1-10,2-5 Shoulder lift

Yes, I'm still creeping along here. Monday's workout left me feeling pretty good. I think I've discovered a small little token to why my runs feel so difficult lately. I absolutely refuse to see the treadmill at a pace slower than 6.0. It seems that my mind still thinks that I should be running even higher than 6.0. But my body isn't quite ready for that yet after that long break. I think I could run a heck of a lot longer if I just slowed the pace down but for some reason I find myself resisting the darn down arrow on the treadmill. Hopefully it will at least push my speed up a little faster.

A new twist to throw a wrench in the whole process of trying to up my gym has now programmed our treadmills to stop at 45 minutes. Well...some of them. Monday I hit a treadmill that only went up to 45 and was quite agitated. I know...I is peak gym season and I really should be respectable to the people who need to use the treadmill. But, in my argument, I am paying good money to use that gym and I think I should be able to get my full workout in. Half an hour on the treadmill (as they post) is NOT a good workout to me. Yes...I do weight lifting and use the gym in other ways...but in addition to a solid hour of cardio. And the elipticals have been nearly impossible to snag since the start of January. Yesterday I found a treadmill that actually went up to 60 minutes but then I actually felt bad because they gym was really crowded and hopped off after 40.

I really wish January would end. I'm more than happy to see that people are actually working out--BUT at the same time...I know that more than half of them won't stick to it. Maybe we'll see a miracle winter in Minnesota--one where it ends early--and I can actually take to the roads and trails again. Highly unlikely. I know that there are some Northern readers who do run outside and I admire them greatly. I just can't stand running in those negative temps or even near zero temps. Yuck. And even when it is in the high 20's this week...I have little motivation to step on the sheet of ice that covers our sidewalks and trails.

Tonight's goal is to run 5-6 miles. We'll see...depending on whether the gym is busy or not.

I leave you with a Christmas picture of Andy, Duke, and myself.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Creeping Back Up

Slowly but surely...I'm creeping back up there. I actually made it to the gym more than once this week...amazing! Next week...I'm aiming for 5 days of headaches at the packed gym. I hate January.

Anyway, I ran 5 miles on New Year's Eve. While I was sipping on my Mike's Hard Lemonade that night, a fellow non-running friend asked me "So what'd you run today?" It felt kind of funny saying "I've now worked back up to 5 miles". I don't know how in the world I managed to make all of my base mileage slip away from me...but I did it. Hopefully I can build back up quickly while battling the "temporary gym users".

Oh which also leads me to a great debate. My gym membership is up on the 11th. I have been a member at Anytime Fitness for exactly 18 months now. I was eagerly waiting for the day that I was no longer obligated to that gym...but now...I'm thinking I may return. I realized that most of the other fancier gyms will require me to pay an "installation fee" and that is something I definetly do not want to do. Actually, if I had it my way, I'd just have a gym membership for the winter so that I can run outside in the summer!!

Anyways, Happy New Year everyone!!! Have fun at your crowded gyms!