Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Humidity, Am I Swimming Or Running?

The end of this week is supposed to bring cooler temps and lower humidity. But man, these last few weeks, and especially these last few days have been tough.

This is what 99% humidity looks like.

I didn't even attempt a picture after today's 6 miler. I just wanted out of my wet clothes into something dry. I was glad that I made sure that I took water with me today. 

How do you deal with the humidity? I'm finding that even short runs (less than 6 miles) are requiring water. Normally, I wouldn't bring water with me for runs less than 6 miles, or at least less than 4 miles. But lately, even my 4 milers are requiring water. 

I'm looking forward to less humid weather this week. But I also know that the humidity will be back. 

How do you handle humidity? 



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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Family, Life, and Marathon Training

Who knew that summer with a 3 year old would be so busy? As you know, Lil Man is our only child, and we are learning as we go. So I wasn't really prepared for the busy summer days, and I even ditched some of the programs that I had originally considered us doing. But we are having a blast at Hershey Park this year. And we are getting more than our money out of our season passes. We love the rides, but we also love the water park (What I Saw Today)


In addition to staying busy with Lil Man, and Hubby with his business travels, I am in full mode marathon training. This week I reached (I think) my highest weekly mileage ever of 34 miles. I'm pretty nervous that my marathon is fast approaching. So far other than being sore, my body is feeling ok. I do have a hamstring that's a little tender. So I know I need to be more faithful about foam rolling, especially with the mileage increasing.  



But I'm putting one step in front of the other, one more mile then another. 





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Monday, June 16, 2014

Do Your Clothes Smell Before You Even Start Your Workout?

I have super sensitive skin when it comes to laundry detergent. In fact, I use Dreft (yes the detergent you usually use for babies) for all of my clothes. I have used it for years, and if I use anything different I usually suffer the consequences. I will refrain from the TMI that it causes me.

But with all of the tech shirts that I seem to keep collecting from races, some better quality than others, I've found that well... I smell. I mean I smell before my workout even begins. Lil Man has commented 'stinky' when he would hug me bye as I was leaving for my run. Well if a 3 year old can pick up on the fact that I'm 'stinky', and I haven't even worked out yet then I really must smell.

I tried washing my workout clothes immediately after I wore them. I tried washing them twice. I tried rinsing them numerous times, but they still smelled. And because of my sensitivities, I was afraid to try the sports laundry detergent.

But while we were at SAMs the other day, I saw this and although Hubby thought I was insane for purchasing a 13.5lb back of Baking Soda, I wanted to give it a try. But I have used baking soda a lot to get smells out of things. So maybe it would work with my stinky clothes?





And guess what? Best.Thing.Ever. The first load of laundry I put a cup of Baking Soda like the bag suggested and all of the smells were gone!

Since the yucky smells are all gone from my tech shirts, I'm now able to keep the smells away by using a half a cup with each load of laundry. This has been perfect. I've been told the sports detergents work also.

But if you have sensitive skin and if your clothes have a little funk, I encourage you to give Baking Soda a try. It's worked great for me.




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Friday, June 13, 2014

Oh Fascia, Why Now?

So, I'm recovering from the chest cold plague that seemed to hang on forever. And I am amazed at how much fitness it feels like I have lost in 10 days. I did have a decent run at the beginning of this week.Today's



I was planning on running 5 miles today. It was a very humid morning, but I ran 2 miles (flat) before I hit the hills. I've been practicing some downhills since my next marathon has a net downhill. Well, as I was going down the 2nd downhill, I felt 'it' pull - the fascia that I supposedly tore with my calf injury. It wasn't pain to the point that it changed my gait or made me stop. But I could definitely tell that it was there. 

So, I took it easy on the rest of the run. But the biggest hills were yet to come, and by the time I had finished the hilly section, my leg was definitely letting me know it wasn't happy. So I stopped the run at 4.5 miles. Trust me, my OCD self had a hard time with that one (ha). But I had to remind myself that stopping at 4.5 was much smarter than pushing to 5 just so that I could log 5 miles today. 

I immediately iced it when I got home. And I'm 'recovering' why Lil Man naps. 


I've worn compression all day. I took the compression off for about an hour, but then I started being aware that it was bothering me a little. So compression socks it is. I don't think that I've done anything major. I think just a little TLC and it will be fine. I do plan to run tomorrow, but if it bothers me I will cut the run short and rest it. Full blown marathon training starts in July and I need to be ready! 




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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dietary Changes?

Seeing myself in a sports bra today re-enforced the thought that I need to make some changes... dietary changes that is. And getting a little 'nudge', ok more like a  straight-up text from my trainer this past week saying that I needed to make some dietary changes also got me to thinking. Can my nutrition (or lack there of) really make that much difference when it comes to my training performance? And according to my trainer, the answer is yes, it really can.

And I have to say, I didn't immediately jump on board. Because the truth is, I've tried in the past with very little success. So 'getting a plan' and 'following a plan' are two different things. And I was talking it over with Hubby and he said something that stuck with me "How committed are you?"

Wow, a little light bulb went on. How committed are you? And even then I still didn't jump on board, because truthfully, I'm afraid of failure. But after a night's sleep, some more questions answered from my trainer, and thinking about how committed I am, I decided to work on nutrition along side my marathon running plan.

So for the next week or so, I'm tracking everything that I eat and sending it to my trainer. She will then give me a nutrition plan along side my marathon plan.

All of this will begin in July. Guess it's about to get real!





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