Monday, April 30, 2007

My aching arches

Recently when I've been running, I've been getting the weirdest and slightly painful feeling in the arches of my feet. It's mostly in my left foot and I'm not even 100% sure how to describe the feeling, but it's almost feeling as if my arch is tearing, or stretching really far past its limit.

I try to massage it out well when I get home from my runs before jumping in the shower. Sometimes that helps sometimes it doesn't. But I really have no idea what's going on with that or what to do about it.


Thanks to everyone who posted yummy healthy food ideas for me. So far I've done pretty well sticking with healthier foods and I mean I haven't seen an immediate pay off in my runs, but I think it will come. I cheated a little bit this weekend. I had a scope of free ice cream at Maryland Day (basically a giant outside celebration of Maryland's awesomeness) and had some chocolate chip pancakes at the diner Sunday morning for brunch. But other than that things have been going well. I've rediscovered Kashi, which used to be one of my favorite cereals in high school. My favorite part is that because it's so crunchy it takes forever to chew so I feel like I've eaten a ton when I really haven't and it has something ridiculous like 8 grams of fiber per serving, which rocks.

Reading Teacherwoman's blog this morning (she's celebrating her first blog-iversary so be sure to congratulate her!) reminded me that I celebrated mine not that long ago. April 10, 2006 was my very first blog post about how I had registered for my very first marathon after having not run consistently ever and running a marathon was one of those things I had on my "list of things to do before I die."

It's crazy how far I've come since then. Last year I couldn't fathom running more than three miles at once. But by October I had run a marathon (and a very hilly one at that). It's weird looking back on it all. I can't imagine not running now when just a year ago, I couldn't image running for any distance.

This entry has been so haphazard and random so apologies for that.

Three more weeks til summmmmmmer!!!!!

QUICK ADDITION: The draft....ohhh the draft. Brady Quinn's descent from top 10 pick to number 22 broke my heart. For those of you who read last fall, you all know how much of a huge Notre Dame football fan I am, and of course I'm also a huge Brady fan. So it was painful and heartbreaking to see him not getting picked. I was furious at the Browns for not taking him with their first pick. And the Vikings and the Dolphins pissed me off because they both needed quarterbacks. And what a slap in the face for the Dolphins to pick one of my least favorite OSU players instead (who was a big part in the reason Notre Dame lost to OSU in the Fiesta Bowl). P.S. Was it a surprise to anyone how late in Troy Smith was taken? I chuckled to myself a little. Sorry all you OSU you fans. Additionally props to Calvin Johnson for repping the ACC, being the second overall pick in the draft.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Something's a little off

Something's been a little bit off in my workouts lately. Monday's run felt really hard to push through. Yesterday I felt like I was sinking rather than swimming in the pool, and this morning's run wasn't much better than Monday's (except I didn't get shin splints or anything like that.)

But I've just been feeling so run down and blah when I've been working out and I'm not sure what the deal is. I've been trying to get to bed early so that I can get enough sleep. Usually I'm in bed between 11 and midnight (which for most college kids is insanely early) and I try to wake up to get my runs in at 6:30. That's a pretty solid night of sleep.

I think I can pretty much rule out not getting enough sleep, because yes I wake up a little sleepy in the morning, but I'm usually wide awake by the time I get to the bathroom to brush my teeth. So I really don't think that's the problem.

Which leads me to wonder if it's more what I'm eating. I mean obviously some foods are better than others at powering me through a workout. And as more and more end of the semester work piles up, I tend to eat crappier and crappier foods, which could possibly result in the less than stellar workouts that I've been dealing with.

I think my mini-training goal for the next week is going to be to really pay attention to what I'm eating and see if changing up a few things makes a difference in my workouts. It's really frustrating getting up to go out and run and then my body just being like No Jess this isn't happening right now.

If anyone has any fun, delicious, easy to do food ideas that you use I'd love to hear about it. And I'll be sure to keep you all posted on if the dietary changes make any difference in my performance!

Monday, April 23, 2007

So close

I haven't had too much to write about recently. Nothing to fascinating has been happening.

Last week I got in a solid run on Wed. Had plans to go out Thursday morning before class, but was too tired and then whoops didn't run all weekend.

I'm back on track as of today though. I woke up at 6:30 this morning to get in about 35 minute run before work this morning. I got some killer shin splints about half way through because my hamstrings were really tight. I knew this before I went out running, but I knew there wasn't much I could do about it but push through it and stretch well afterwards.

The reason my hamstrings were tight is because I played double-header softball games on Saturday morning. (Also the reason I didn't have time to go running.) I could feel my hams tightening up as I was sprinting from base pad to base pad. I should have stretched afterwards, but I had a slight time crunch because I was trying to get back to campus to meet my friends to spend the day in Annapolis at the Naval Academy watching the Terps vs. Mids spring soccer game.

It's my own fault. I should have stretched, but I was able to get through my run. The legs weren't so sore that I couldn't move, so I figured it was an okay time to push it. I definitely stretched when I got back this morning. I teach kickboxing tonight, which lately has been causing problems for my hamstrings, so I'll just plan on doing an extra long cool down and stretch session because I'm going to need it (and really all my participants will too.)

Oh and the reason this post is titled "So Close" is because summer is soooo close. Only three more weeks of class and then a week of finals and then I'm home free. Unfortunately this week I have one paper due, next week I have two papers and group presentation due and then the final week of class I have another paper due. Talk about piling on the work at the end of the semester when the absolutely gorgeous weather makes me so unmotivated to do any kind of school work whatsoever.

Ah, well, I'll get through it somehow!

Hope everyone's enjoying the sunshine!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Today we are all Hokies

Nothing really to say. My heart felt sympathies go out to the friends and families of all those who lost people in the shootings at Va. Tech. You are all in my prayers

Monday, April 09, 2007

A Bit of Thanks....

....for all the well wishes! My calf seems to be doing much better. The massage helped, even though it hurt like crazy while she was kneading out the knots. (Sadly they weren't only in my calf, but they had worked there way into my hamstring, glutes all the way into my back). And my quads and IT band weren't in good shape either.

I could probably try to run again tomorrow, but because I'm going to spending 3 hours driving back to school and then I have a paper to write and a project to work on, I'm going to grant myself the day off. Training will resume Tuesday with cross-training in the pool and then running will pick up again on Wed.

As long as all goes well, I won't have lost too much training time.

P.S. My Phillies are having a dismal beginning of the seaon. I'm hoping they work out their pitching issues soon.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Putting Myself on the DL

I'm not sure what happened, but Monday night in the middle of the kickboxing class that I was teaching I felt my left calf seize up. I could literally feel the knot forming and then getting bigger and then saying HA HA you won't be running for a while.

Unfortunately this also happened within the first 15 minutes of the class and to keep teaching for another 40. Yea, it sucked and now my calf is killing me.

I've been trying to stretch it ever since it happened, but it doesn't seem to be helping. Instead the tightness seems to have moved up my leg into my hamstring and butt. It's incredibly painful to walk.

I figured since yesterday was supposed to be a crosstraining day anyway I'd be OK swimming because there wasn't any impact. And it didn't hurt while I was in the pool and it felt no more or less tight when I got out.

I had plans to hit the pool this morning before work, but the leg is just too tight. I think I'm going to give it a day off (which kills me).

I also scheduled an appointment at the massage therapist for Saturday when I'm back at home for Easter. I'm hoping that the combo of rest today and perhaps tomorrow althougth I'd like to try to be in the pool Friday, and the massage on Saturday will help loosen things up.

Until then, I'll be keeping myself on the DL.