February 29, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: Feb 29th - back to running and a new toy

It's nearly March and finally we have something good to report from our training this week.  Christine started back to running and I finally got to run outside for the first time since the Mickey Marathon.  While neither of us will be breaking speed records, we are working hard to get back to a healthy and happy running pace.  My next race is in three weeks and it is right here in Wilmington, NC.  It's always easier to race when you can sleep in your own bed, eat your own food and enjoy the cheering of lots of friends along the way. Our weather forecast this week is sunshine and warmer temperatures so that will means more outside runs as I rebuild my mileage and strengthen myself for my upcoming races.  
Happy to be finished our long run, just goofing around!

February 26, 2016

5 Years Ago

Five years ago, I went to bed nervously awaiting my first half marathon. I didn't sleep well, tossing and turning much of the night. I had no idea what to expect. After all, running 13.1 miles was new to me.
What I've learned about running and myself 5 years after my first half marathon at the runDisney Princess Half Marathon

February 25, 2016

On kindness and the internet is a weird place

Yesterday, I had an article published. It was a book roundup on World War II books, of the human interest variety. It was published on a woman-oriented site called SheKnows.com. After I got over my initial excitement of having another article published (seeing your name in a by-line never gets old!), I noticed the article was receiving some comments. Most of the comments appeared to come from men, and older men at that. I replied to the first one, which denigrated my knowledge of U-Boats, and moved on. The funny thing is, I never pretended to be a U-Boat expert in my article. I summarized a book about one that was discovered off the coast of New Jersey using information from the book.

February 24, 2016

Marathon training on a Caribbean cruise

Taking  a Caribbean cruise does not sound like it would be compatible with marathon training. However,  it is entirely possible if you plan your days before you even board your ship. Making a list of your scheduled port stops, the times available to spend on land, and the necessary workouts you need to do is a great start to your vacation exercise plan.  Spending two weeks away from home and my normal routine meant there was work to be done to be ready for my April 24th race.  While relaxing at our hotel in Miami, I started putting my plans in place for our 10 days on the cruise ship. A beautiful gym is helpful and with machines galore, there was no excuse for me to miss my workouts unless I was just plan lazy!

February 22, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: Feb 22nd

This weekend was quite lovely. It was unseasonably warm in Virginia and I am not complaining! Adam and I made the most of it, enjoying a long bike ride, doing some spring cleaning in the yard, and enjoying a frozen treat. I know that we aren't quite yet to spring weather so I'll enjoy the glimpses of it while I can! And the best news of all was that I managed a 1 mile run-walk with 30 seconds of running and 1 minute of walking. By the end, I was running pain free and felt great. I didn't want to overdo it so I stopped after a mile and figure I'll be very conservative getting back to running. 
Afternoon bike ride

February 19, 2016

My 5 Favorite Running Books

Happy Friday! This week's Friday Five topic is favorites, and I'm sharing some of my favorite running books.  Thanks to the ladies of DC, Mar, Courtney and Cynthia for the linkup. Here is a little confession...as much I love running gear and clothing, I also love to read and add to my collection of running books.  The list below is varied from the story of Katherine Switzer to a trio of books offering great information about specific marathon major races.
Yes, I love running and reading!

February 17, 2016

Do you have a starting line song?

For as long as I can remember, I've played the same song every time I cross a starting line of a race. It's a little odd, I suppose. Perhaps it's a little superstitious mixed with my tendency to habit and structure in many aspects of my life.

February 15, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: Feb 15th

Happy President's Day! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and perhaps you're enjoying a day off today. Last week was pretty hectic for me. I ended up serving on a jury Monday and Tuesday and spent a lot of time studying and catching up on physical therapy later in the week, not to mention that serving on the jury for a criminal case left me pretty emotionally drained.  I also saw my orthopedist on Friday and he felt confident that there is no tissue or ligament damage in my knee that would warrant surgery -YAY! It seems like it's just a really pissed off, totally inflamed knee. For now, I'm doing 4 more weeks of physical therapy and then we'll go from there. I'm still on the bike at the gym for a few more weeks, which I don't love but I'll tolerate if it means long term success. And Mom sent me this photo of her biking in Miami. Since it's approximately 18 degrees in VA as I'm writing this post, I guess you can say I'm a little jealous! 

February 12, 2016

Running Safely with RunRaegis

As you know, we tend to be a bit fanatical about running and safety. Mom has had a few unfortunate encounters with dogs and we have both experienced our fair share of weird and sketchy things while out on a run. I usually run alone and my husband insists that I carry my phone with me.

Enter RunRaegis. I learned about this app a few weeks ago when the COO, Violet Alexandre, approached me and shared her story. Her story is one that could happen to any of us. When out on a run with her son, she slipped on ice and took a big tumble. She didn't have an efficient way to contact her husband and the concept for RunRaegis was born. When Violet shared the concept of this new app, I was immediately on board! RunRaegis provided me with a one year subscription to the app in exchange for providing a review and sharing my thoughts on the app. All of the opinions in this post are my own and no additional compensation was received.

February 11, 2016

I miss running

I just do. It's been 3 months and 15 days since I have run more than 2 miles without pain.
I miss running

February 10, 2016

Why you should try Galloway Run-Walk method for a race

Disclosure:  Periodically I receive information from Jeff Galloway as a Galloway blogger.  Some of it is shared on the blog, but no compensation is received and the opinions stated here are always my own.

Training for a half marathon or full marathon takes courage especially for new runners.  And let's face it, no matter how many marathons you may have run, the training is long and hard if you want to step up to the starting line on race day with a chance of beating your personal best.  My best marathon (a PR and a BQ!) was trained and run using the Jeff Galloway run-walk principle of running for a certain length of time followed by walking for a set time.

February 8, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: Feb 8th

We are linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin' for their weekly wrap link.  Please check out their posts and feel free to add your recap to the link.

Another week has passed with no running by either of us.  While I am slowly getting stronger, the good news is my IT band is back to normal and the strength on my left side has improved.  But now my right side is the one giving me trouble at the moment and certain things seem to aggravate it. A diagnosis of Bursitis in my left hip and a sore/tight Gluteus Medius.  So my strength training took a decided turn yesterday as I worked solely on my upper body.  Wow, I never realized what a weakling I was until Britt had me doing reps and I needed some rest breaks for some of the exercises!  It was not pretty, but I did finish everything he threw at me.

February 5, 2016

IT Band Injury and recommended exercises

Running injuries are no fun and the Iliotibial band injury is no exception.  At the Walt Disney World Marathon last month, I walked the last five miles of the race in order to complete it without pain. While I did not know it was an IT band issue at the time,  I was diagnosed the following day by my orthopedic doctor back home who thankfully had a cancellation early Monday morning.  Recovery takes time and luckily cross training can be done as long as you can do it pain free.

February 3, 2016

February Favorites

Sure, it's only February 3rd, but titling this post "January Favorites" didn't quite work! "Christine's favorite things" is an alternate title but didn't have as much alliteration. Anyway, fun things ahead...a compilation of random things that are rocking my world, fitness and otherwise.

1. My Erin Condren Planner: Yes, they're expensive. Yes, there's a lot of hype around them. But really, I love mine. It goes everywhere with me. I've become so much more organized because a) it's pretty and I like using it and b) I've been able to customize it for my needs. Of course I use it for the basics like appointments and events but I also use it to meal plan, for blog post ideas, and to plan my study schedule. Especially now that I'm not tied to an Outlook calendar at work (and therefore had everything electronically on my phone), this planner has been really helpful. If you want one of you're own, here's a coupon for $10 off your order. Full disclosure- Erin Condren has a great referral system so if you use my coupon, I'll get a coupon too, but that's it. I just really love mine and want to spread the love!
Love my Erin Condren Life Planner!

February 1, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: Feb 1st

It was a pretty busy week for these girls! I finally settled into my new groove of learning the concepts and materials in my physical training textbook. Let's just say that the chapter on exercise science was long and challenging! It's been years since I've had biology so I was really straining my memory bank to remember some of the basic concepts about the human body. However, it is really exciting to be learning again and to feel excited for this new chapter! 
I headed to Starbucks to get a break from the house for some studying. Turns
out, 9:30 AM on a Thursday is rush hour and it is LOUD! I probably will
stick to the house or the library for studying from now on.