Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Yelptucky Derby and a Pretty Perfect Weekend

I had been looking forward to the Yelptucky Derby since it was announced by Yelp a month or two ago. It was an event open to anyone with a Yelp account, and I knew there would be a lot of friends there to hang out with. I didn't know what we were in store for, but after being impressed by the last Yelp events I've been to, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.  
It was fun to see so many girls there, as we don't get the chance to catch up outside of running events that often! And the setup, at the Winthrop Barn Theatre in Riverview, was everything that I hoped it would be and more. I got there right around 7 when it started, so I didn't have to wait in line long to get my red wine and start in on the food. There was more food than I could eat, and I didn't eat anything before I left. That's saying something. They had vendors setup inside the venue serving all kinds of different foods.

Some of what I enjoyed:
 Sushi and Ceviche from Hula Bay
Pimento Cheese, black eyed pea salad, and cucumber sandwiches from Corner Store
Salmon and Corn Pudding and I can't remember where it was from.
The theme was to go along with the Kentucky Derby this weekend, so a lot of people wore big hats. I didn't have anything so I didn't wear a hat, but I thought the theme was so cute!

And still more food...
Pickled Chicken on Biscuits from Wimamau
An amazing burger with all kinds of toppings you couldn't see from Green Iguana
Mini cupcakes and soft sugar cookies from the Enjoi Food Truck

And believe it or not, there were at least a few other things there that I just didn't remember to get pictures of that I ate.

I did come home with some stuff as well, but my two favorite goodies that I brought with me were bread from 20 Shekels Bread and peaches and oranges from Parkesdale Farm Market. I dug into the peaches and the insane Ezekiel bread first thing Saturday morning before heading out on a bike ride.
The Ezekiel Bread is the best I've tasted, though I do have limited experience. The company also makes a chocolate blackberry bread that I sampled at the event that I wanted to eat endlessly. I will definitely be picking more of that bread up when I run out of what I bought at the event. 

The breakfast fueled me nicely for my Saturday morning ride. Bike riding won't get old. I can already tell...
Along with breakfast with Tim on Sunday morning, it was a pretty perfect weekend.
Was this weekend for you one that flew by, or were you able to enjoy time to yourself and hanging out with friends as well?

Do you eat Ezekiel Bread? Where else can I find good ones?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Weekly Workouts Roundup 4/22-4/28

This was a moderate week for me. I won't say that it was bad, but it wasn't good either. I can't remember why I didn't get up and moving on Monday. I'm not sure there was a reason. I walked the dog we were pet sitting around the neighborhood, but I didn't go to a Boston run because I hadn't heard back about the MRI yet and I didn't want to run when I wasn't supposed to...

Monday: OFF
Tuesday: I did a 55 minute weights session including core, arms, and legs.
Wednesday: 1500 yards of swimming, 15 minutes of pool running, and a 7 mile bike ride.
Thursday: I found out that I had the stress fracture, which was a complete shock and surprise, and I came home frustrated and sat instead of doing anything.
Friday: I thought about getting up to workout early, because I knew with several things in the afternoon and evening planned I wouldn't have time for anything, but it just didn't happen.
Saturday: I cycled 22.38 miles from my house to and on a nearby trail and back.
Sunday: I swam 1600 yards and pool jogged by 30 minutes and burned 610 calories to boot. I was happy with that this weekend.

My goal for this week is to take only 1 rest day and to bike, swim, aquajog, or do upper body weights every other day. I'm not supposed to do anything that puts weight on my foot, so no lower body weights...

How were your workouts this week? Kat ran her 6th half marathon in 6 months this morning, so she'll be posting later. Linkup with us below!

Friday, April 26, 2013

MRI Results

As I headed cheerily back from the waiting room of the doctor yesterday the nurse asked me, "how are you feeling today?" My response was, "good, but I hope to be feeling even better after this." I had a big smile on my face, very little pain or discomfort in my ankle, and I headed back to a room to sit and wait. When the doctor walked in, he said, "I don't have good news for you today...". At that moment it was as though the calming music playing in the background of my afternoon screeched to a halt. 

I had come expecting good news. When he said he didn't have good news it was the last thing I expected him to say. 

"You have a calcaneal stress fracture."

And that was that. Having a stress fracture was about the last thing I had on my mind as I walked into that office. I was supposed to go and find out whether the tendonitis was inside or outside of the peroneal tendon. I asked for clarification as to why we thought it was tendonitis and I had been told so by two doctors. He said sometimes with stress fractures tendonitis occurs as a result and builds up near the fracture. Apparently the tendonitis goes away and isn't the actual problem, so I guess it's good I don't have that to worry about in the future.
As for the plan, I can't run or walk for fitness for four weeks. I go in four weeks for an X-Ray for him to look for new bone growth as a sign that the stress fracture is healing. If there is a sign, we make a plan to get back to walking and then running slowly. If there's no sign of regrowth, we wait another four weeks and do the same thing over again.

He's a runner and triathlete, so he does understand my frustrations. I told him I'm running Chicago in October and asked if I would be okay for that. He said he thought I'd be back and running pain free by July.  So there is some silver lining. 
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I may readjust goals, thoughts, and plans when I see what the results in four weeks are. I can still bike and swim and pool job and do upper body weights, but I can't do anything with lower body impact or weights, so that knocks out a lot of stuff...

Hm. It appears I'm not meant to start marathon training with a base...Since I jumped into Disney training the very day I got clearance to workout after my surgery in August and now it appears I'll be jumping into Chicago training the very day I get clearance to run from this. It's frustrating. I'm frustrated. But there's nothing I can do about it.

This will give me a lot of time with my bike! I'm going to bike and swim and do everything that I can to stay in as good of physical shape as possible so that when I do get clearance to run again it'll be about rebuilding muscle memory and not cardio endurance.
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And it's Friday. So that's also great news! Have a wonderful weekend! 
Have you had a stress fracture before? How long were you out? How did you stay in shape?

What are you excited about this weekend?! I'm going to a Yelp event tonight and can't wait to hang out with girlfriends and taste all of the delicious foods and wines that are going to be there. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

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This picture has nothing to do with anything at all...it's from our honeymoon in Kauai.

I haven't blogged in about a week, and I even mentioned not feeling like I had a lot to say a couple of weeks ago. So instead of clogging up your readers with empty words, I've been laying low and reading your blogs, which I'm really enjoying a lot...

A few things going on around here...
//I go for my MRI results. If you have a second and could send up a quick prayer I'd appreciate it. I'm not having pain anymore when walking and doing other stuff, but I need the doctor's approval...

//I've been riding my bike a lot. I love it. It's almost even more freeing than running...

//We're pet sitting this week, and I love this dog. I don't want him to go home Friday, and I'm in the process of convincing him how to explain that to his parents.

//I'm ready for a break from school. I'm tired.

//We're going to the Keys in June, and I'm counting down. I should probably lose a few pounds before then...

//I went to see Jillian Michaels speak last Thursday!

//It's been 4 weeks since I have really run. Yikes! Too long!

What's the most exciting this you've got going on this week!?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Weekly Workouts 4/15-4/21

This was a good week of workouts that didn't originally seem like it was going to be. Without a training plan it's basically coming to be what I want to do for the day. It's a nice feeling, but I'm getting stir crazy to get running back in the mix.

Monday I'm ashamed to say I rode the stationary bike in the house for 30 minutes. I'm mostly ashamed because it's like picking the treadmill on a nice day when I've got perfectly good legs. I wanted to watch tv while I was riding, though, so this is what worked.

Tuesday I wanted to get a workout in but wasn't feeling a long swim workout. Instead I decided to break up the swim with some aquajogging in between. Here's that workout:
Wednesday I did a 55 minutes weights workout that included some walking, core work, balance work, free weights, and weight machines. After having done the same workout last weekend I was incredibly sore and needed until Wednesday to be able to do the moves again.

Thursday I went to Jillian Michaels and didn't make time to workout, and Friday I just didn't feel like it. I guess we all have those days.

Saturday morning I slept in, and it felt weird since it's normally my run day. After a lazy morning I headed to the pool and did 2200 yards of swimming and 26:30 of aquajogging. Here's the swim workout that I did. It wasn't easy. Between it and the aquajogging I had my heartrate up and running the whole time. 
Sunday I met up with Tori and Meghan and we rode a little over 32 miles on the Suncoast Parkway. It's an amazing trail that has no traffic crossings. We even saw two deer out in the backwoods part! It was very pretty, but I was tired after it to say the least. It's my new personal distance record!
As it turns out, this was a pretty solid week of workouts for me. I'm really starting to find a lot more enjoyment in swimming, and I've known since I bought it that I'd love riding my bike (I still can't commit to a name!). I do miss running a lot, and my ankle is no longer hurting. I'm hoping when I head back to the doctor on Thursday to find out my MRI results that he'll give me the clear on running if I start Physical Therapy. But, I have to say that I won't be putting my bike, cap, or goggles very far away. I'm going to be definitely including more of these in my regular training schedule.

What was your week like in terms of workouts? What's your favorite non-running workout?
Linkup with me and Kat!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I'm an Iron Girl {spectator}

April 14th finally came around this past weekend. It was the half marathon that I started training for a week and a half after my marathon in January. But, as I've mentioned a time or two in the last couple of weeks, I've got a hurt ankle. The doctor told me I couldn't run, so I didn't. My main goal race would now become a DNS.

But, instead of sulking about it, I decided to go cheer on my friends and spectate! After mentioning so many times here about participating and also working with Iron Girl to help promote the event, I decided I at least wanted to see what it was all about. It's been around Tampa for a few years now, and I've never been able to go...

Spectating is definitely a whole lot different than running. I overslept. I would never oversleep for a race I was running. I needed to leave my house and 5:30, and I woke up at 5:31. Oops. Luckily I made it out the door by 5:40 and made up a little bit of time on the way.

I met up with a bunch of girls to walk over to the race, and while they were doing the normal pre-race things, I just walked around and eventually made my way up the first bridge to my cheer spot.
Once I got to the top, right before the first mile marker, I got out my cow bells and waited. I also took some pictures while I was up there. I did get a little sad a few times when I wasn't running and others were, but at the end of the day I knew it was the right decision...
And soon the runners started coming!
Beth
The half marathon started at 7:00 am and the 5k started at 7:30. I stayed on that bridge all morning cheering my heart out for everyone that I could running by. I cheered for every half marathoner on their way out and almost all of the 5kers before turning around to cheer on the 5kers making their way back.
Genna
Spectating definitely doesn't show how hard runners are working and how tired they are. If I hadn't known better, I'd say they hadn't even broken a sweat on the hills. Since I'd run those hills a few times I knew that wasn't true at all. I was so cold from the wind and had to throw on a jacket, and to see them sweating and talking of heat later was so confusing.

The half marathoners came back after a while. Their whole route had been on the barrier islands, so I caught the last half a mile or so when they got back to me. It was fun to cheer for friends and capture pictures. Everyone did so well on such a murky and humid day with 4 big bridges to cross.

I loved taking pictures of my friends (though I missed pictures or ended up with blurry ones of so many!), and I had fun ringing my cowbells and cheering everyone along. I still got to experience the race, albeit without running it.
Meghan
Diana
Beka
Christa
Whitney
Tori
Afterwards I headed to the finish line to meetup with friends and head to breakfast. Something about eating a full breakfast after spectating a race isn't the same as eating one after you run the race. 

I have to say, though, that watching and cheering was so much fun. People had different reactions. Some laughed, some waved, some ignored, but it was nice to see that a lot of people really loved the cheering. And it really seemed to encourage some people! I love spectators and get a big push when people cheer for me, so I wanted to do it too! I'll spectate more races in the future, though hopefully I'll be running most of them.

Have you spectated a race before?
What's your favorite race sign?
Do you get a boost from people cheering for you?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Emotions...

I don't know what's appropriate or what isn't, but after yesterday's events at the Boston Marathon finish line, I can't not mention it and share my thoughts and emotions. When I first heard the news, I was shocked. I didn't understand it and didn't know the scale of it until I continued seeing the headlines and people tweeting. It's amazing what social media is capable of; it's during unfortunate events that I'm reminded how much social media connects all of us. I saw so many tweets and comments that perfectly put into words the feelings and thoughts that I couldn't more accurately express.

I am incredibly saddened and sickened by the events that took place in Boston.
This tweet expresses it perfectly. The feeling of the finish line of a marathon is something that cannot be explained. It's supposed to be magical and a time of celebration and joy; it's a moment that changes your life. I cried when my brain finally started processing that this was real and happened. 

I was upset for what this meant had happened as well as who had been affected. Yes, it was runners, but it was also (and even more so) their support networks and the people out cheering for them. It was the people waiting for their runners to cross the finish line after 4+ hours of standing and waiting and tracking and hoping.

The Boston Marathon is an event that we all dream about. Some of us view it as being in our grasps, and others of us view it as a pipe dream for somewhere in the untold future. The fact that this race that we all put on a pedestal was attacked made it even more the center of attention. How could this happen at all? How could it happen at Boston

I have been praying for those that were affected in any way by attack at the race today, and I wish there was something I could do. I've been so humbled by all of the amazing acts of kindness I've seen over the internet since the time of the events. My favorite quote that I've seen floating around is this one, because this is what I started noticing even more after I saw it for the first time.
And there were so many helpers. And instead of running in the opposite direction, the race volunteers, runners, police, and other spectators ran towards the scene of the blast to help those that had been hurt.

People started posting and circulating a Google Doc sharing that they had a bed or a couch stranded people who couldn't get to their hotels could stay on.

Everyone started rapidly posting on FB, twitter, and Instagram to find and spread the news that they had located friends and family.

It was a day that we all came together as people; it didn't matter, runner or not, people came together to make sure things were handled in the best and most efficient ways possible to tend to people's lives first.

There are two things that I found that I had to share with you
1. If you've watched the coverage at all you saw an older gentleman knocked off his feet while running to finish. He's shown up in a few iconic images. His name is Bill Iffrig. He was running his 45th marathon, and he got up and finished; he placed 2nd in his age group. It shows the resiliency of runners and people in general. We're not willing to give up without a fight. Whoever performed these violent acts today didn't kill our spirit or resiliency. 
2. Also, I read a great blog post entitled, "If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon." It was too moving not to share.

I hope you and your families are all safe. I'm sharing my scrambled thoughts from the event. I just feel like I wanted to write out what had been floating around in my head all afternoon and a few things that helped me see a better side. I will continue to pray for all of those affected. And just to be clear, I don't view this as any worse because it happened at a race or had to do with running. For some reason it just hit closer to home because I knew people running and dream of one day being able to run Boston.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Weekly Workout Roundup 4/8-4/14

My "no run funk" is pretty much over. I'm still not running, but I'm starting to find more joy in the cross training than I have previously. Suddenly I'm finding myself looking forward to a swim workout or going for a bike ride, and I've added weights to my routine to gain strength to serve me going forward. If nothing else I can look at this period of no running time as an opportunity to find things to like about workouts other than runs. I guess I can see that as a positive.

Here are my workouts for this week:
Monday: I took the day off Monday after a trip to the Doctor to learn the news about his plan for my ankle going forward. I shed a few tears and sucked it up before spending the night frustrated on the couch. I probably should have worked out, but there wasn't anything I wanted to do besides run at that moment.

Tuesday: I went for a swim workout when I got home a little later, and it was a really beautiful night and I enjoyed swimming so much. I did 1500 yards and ran in the pool for 15 minutes. I'm lucky to have such a great neighborhood pool.
Wednesday: I headed up to a trail not too far from me and rode a little over 14 miles. It was a great afternoon ride, and there were a lot of people out. It made me look forward to riding on weekdays going forward.

Thursday and Friday: I was chaperoning for a school trip and was out of town. I brought workout clothes because I thought I'd be able to squeeze something in, but there was no time. Our days were jam packed, started early, and ended late. The food was very junky, so it was not a health conscious two days.

Saturday: When I got home from the trip, I threw on my swimsuit and was instantly ready to get out the grease and get in a good, long workout. I swam for 2100 yards, ran in the pool for 15 minutes, and then biked 12.5 miles. It felt like perfection, and I felt like it was a little bit of a cleanse. I could have gone on for more...
Sunday: I spectated the Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon and 5k, since I couldn't run. Since I'd been given the race entry for free through the company, I wanted to support it in some way since I couldn't run. I marked myself to the top of a bridge with two cowbell and cheered my heart out. I saw most people and got lots of pictures. I'm actually going to write a recap from the perspective of a spectator.

When I got home I needed my own workout. Mary made me a weights workout, and it was a perfect way to jump back into gym weights. It was a little under an hour and was a good calorie burner as well.

What was your best workout this week?
Linkup your workouts with me and Kat!