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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Weekly Review: Busy and sick

Headwaters State Park on Saturday

Hola! I'm a little late joining Hoho Runs and Taking the Long Way Home's Weekly Wrap linkup, but make sure to welcome Wendy as a new host if you haven't already! 

January 8 – 14
Monday: PT homework (stretching)
Tuesday: PT homework
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 1.4 mi hike
Friday: 3.1 mi
Saturday: 4.4 mi run + 2 mi hike
Sunday: Rest

Total (running) miles: 7.5 miles
Total (walkingmiles: 3.4 miles

I didn't do much on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday because I aggrivated my right knee running too fast last Sunday. I also had to clean the house before my mom came to visit. She's in town for the next two weeks, so I've been trying to think of fun things for us to do.

I ended up skipping Monday's TRIBE (gym) class for an all-hands-on-deck work emergency and Wednesday's because it was my mom's first morning in town. On Monday night Alex and I went to a pre-registration party for The Rut Mountain Series, which includes a vertical kilometer, 11k, 28k, and 50k in Big Sky, Montana. Alex and I signed up for the 11k. The race is Labor Day weekend.

My mom and I went out for a jaunt around downtown on Thursday. We had a nice brunch, went to the library, and then went to a nearby rec area for a quick snowy hike.

A bit icy
On Friday I finally went out for my first run of the week. My knee was bothering me after the aforementioned too speedy run on Sunday, but I probably didn't need to take off three days. It hurt a bit during mile 1, but by mile 3 it was ok as long as I kept my cadence up (per PT instruction).

Middle of Saturday's run
Saturday was a Oiselle meetup. There were only three of us, but it was a great time. We went 4.5 miles (4.4 to Strava- grrr) and guess what? I totally bit it at 3.6. I twisted my ankle. I had to stop for a bit, but I caught up to them after a few minutes. This marks the third time I've rolled an ankle bad enough to bruise since August and second time on my left side. It's getting old! Anyway, I wrapped it and went out for two easy hikes with my mom and Alex.

Oh! I almost forgot! I went to bed Friday with the sniffles and woke up Saturday with a full blown head cold. I powered through during run, brunch, and hikes, but I ended up sleeping (minus an hour for breakfast) until 3:30pm on Sunday! So thankful Alex could take my mom on a nice wintery hike while I rested. I needed it!

Weird week for running and overall health, but really nice in other ways. Have a great week!

Have you ever been sick when you have a visitor?
Ever re-injure the same body part because you didn't do your PT homework? (grrrrr)

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Weekly Review: The Return

Hola! I'm back with Hoho Runs and Taking the Long Way Home's Weekly Wrap linkup. Make sure to welcome Wendy as a new host if you haven't already! 

January 1 – 7
Monday: 3.2 miles
Tuesday: 3.2 mi
Wednesday: TRIBE + 1.4 mi
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Yoga, etc.
Saturday: Fat Ass 10k
Sunday: 4 mi

Total (running) miles: 18.1 miles
Total (walkingelevation: 230 ft

Injury update 
My last weekly update was November 19. Since then I continued my workout class (TRIBE) and it helped build my strength in new ways. But I was still moaning about not running and I gained a little gut. I finally saw a PT and she said I have too much movement in my left knee as a result of hip drop and runner's knee on my right. My homework includes glute exercises and upping my cadence. It seems to be working. Now I have to work on rebuilding my base!

This week
The runs on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were on a treadmill. (Gross.) Now that we have a gym membership I thought I'd take advantage so I could work on my cadence training without worrying about slipping on snow. Plus, Alex wanted to work out and drove me. ;) I maintained a 168-171 which is right in my PT's target. At first, I listened to a metronome, but now I just sneak glances at my Garmin. Much less annoying!

Wednesday was a tough TRIBE class after a week off. It was a tough circuit but I had way more energy than normal and I can finally do push ups! Six or seven weeks ago I could barely do knee pushups. It was great to finally see progress. Perhaps getting back to running helped?

I took a full rest day Thursday and did 4 short yoga videos and some kettle ball work on Friday. The yoga videos are part of a 30 day challenge from Do You Yoga. So far, so good!

Run friends. It was a heatwave. I overdressed!

Saturday was an informal "race" with the Big Sky Wind Drinkers. Officially it's the Fat Ass 50k, but I did two loops for a 10k. The trail was snowy and pretty slippery. I ended up taking it slow and joined friends for the second loop. The group is so friendly. I would have run farther if the course was easier to run on. Maybe next year!

I ran in capris!
On Sunday I ran my first solo outdoor run in a bajillion years. I ran a fast 4 miles and it was hard, but also great. Luckily, I had to wait for traffic in a few spots, so I got some rests!

Did you freeze this week? Montana wasn't too bad.
Ever have PT homework? 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Year of Running

Look at that elevation! [Strava end of year]
Just like 2015 and 2016, I'm joining Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC for the annual Year of Running linkup. But first, some stats and notes:

2017 Stats

  • Total running miles: 930
    I was on track to surpass 1,000 until an injury. I'm proud of my mileage considering I barely ran for 3 months!
  • Total hiking miles: 136 
  • Races: 16 
  • Awards: 1 top 3 AG (2nd) 
  • Injury: 1
    I finally have an answer: too much movement in my left knee as a result of one-sided Trendelenburg (hip drop) and PFPS (runner's knee) on my right. My homework includes glute exercises and upping my cadence. 

Linkup Questions

View over Challis, Idaho during RONR 25k
Best race experience: River of No Return 25k because it was my longest run ever, the views were excellent (above), I flew on the way down, and I didn't die even when hunger and full sun threatened to take me on the 2,500ft climb. The Missoula Half is a close second because I ran a sub-2 when I wasn't prepared and sick. Must have been the lower elevation!

Pretty standard view during my neighborhood runs.

Best run: There were so many great runs in Bozeman that I can't remember anything specific. Thankful I live in such a beautiful place with tons of trails.

Best new piece of running gear: I flippin' love Oiselle's Runner Trucker hat. It folds up and is perfect for travel, camping, running, whatever. I've washed it a billion times and it still looks new. I also like my Osprey hydration pack. Running with a pack is glorious. Hands free! Pockets for everything!

Best running advice you’ve received this year: Any time I complained about being slower in Montana or about how fast people in Bozeman are, I was usually reminded to take time to enjoy my surroundings and stop worrying about pace. A good side-effect of my year-end injury: it helped me appreciate running for fun.

Fangirling with Emily
Most inspirational runner: I have a lot. I had a blast watching Shalane Flanagan kick ass at the NYC Marathon and continue to love Des Linden and Kara Goucher, even if their years weren't too crazy. I'm also inspired by real people I follow on Instagram. I met one of my heroes in January: I saw Devon Yanko at a screening of Life in a Day (watch it!) and was too scared to go up to say hi. Thankfully, Emily was there to take charge.

Downhill is my favorite... and I'm still more comfortable on asphalt.

Favorite picture from a run or race this year: From RONR 25k while wearing my favorite hat (and shorts)! Overall, I had decent race photos in 2017.

Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: Opera Run for fun. Missoula Half for potential PR-ability. River of No Return for the views (and hot springs after).

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be? "Why are Bozeman people so fast?" "When will I get used to the elevation?" Do those count?

My 2017 Instagram best nine

Review 2017 Goals

Acclimating to altitude and trail running took its toll on my speed, but I had more fun running this year because I enjoyed my surroundings and ran with others. 
  • New 5k PR.
    Technically yes, but only by a few seconds on January 1 (in Ohio).  
  • New half PR of 1:56 or below.
    Nope. BUT I ran a sub-2 at 3,200ft in July heat, so that still seems like progress!
  • 10k PR at the Tenacious Ten in Seattle. 
  • Speed work and hill repeats at least once a week. 
    I did a good job keeping this up until I was injured.   
  • Consistent stretching and strength training
    Kind of. I signed up for a strength training class at my gym... but not until November. I'm going to continue in 2018, plus I have homework from my PT.
  • Longer mid-week runs 
    Only when I joined my new running friends. 
  • Keep up my speed in the summer. I need to work on running through humidity.
    Not sure I kept up speed, but I did a good job getting 5-6 runs a week. Also, I didn't have to deal with humidity (!!!), but I did have to deal with wildfire smoke (that sucked). 

2018 Goals

I have some unfinished business! I think I've finally adjusted to altitude and now have flat routes to work on speed. Pending recovery, here are my 2018 goals:
  • 5K PR. All miles under 7:55. 
  • Half PR. All miles under 8:59.
  • 10k PR. 8:30 pace or better. 
  • Keep up strength training. Continue to attend gym classes and potentially add yoga or pilates 1x a week. 
  • Avoid injury! 
  • Keep running with other people. It's way more fun. 
Eat Pray Run DC

Books of 2017

87 Books 

Won on Goodreads: 19
Nonfiction: 22
Classics: 0 (who am I?!?!)

I had a slow 2016, so it was nice to get back to top form in 2017. I will admit, working from home allowed me to listen to several audiobooks (almost 30%). So, in a way, I cheated. At least I'm transparent! By the way, I highly recommend listening to audiobook memoirs read by the author.

2017 was a big year for winning books on Goodreads (read: how I do it). My wins, combined with the easy-to-follow-while-working audiobooks, made for a fluffier year of reading than I'm used to. And if I'm honest, watching the news and reading my Twitter feed stressed me out so I shied away from sad stories or dystopian futures.

What I read
2017 Goodreads Wins
Memoirs and Nonfiction
Fiction and Graphic Novels

Did we read any of the same books? Any recommendations? 
And as always, if you're on Goodreads, let's be friends.

Past years: 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Weekly Review: Zero Miles

From Saturday's hike

Hola! I'm back with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin's Weekly Wrap linkup. Be sure to visit the hosts if you haven't already! 

November 13 – November 19
Monday: TRIBE
Tuesday: Jasyoga
Wednesday: TRIBE
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Jasyoga + Dirty Dozen
Saturday: 4mi hiking
Sunday: TRIBE + rowing + dog walk

Total (running) miles: 0 miles
Total (walking) miles: 4.75 miles
Total (walkingelevation: 1,086 ft

Injury update 
I didn't run AT ALL this week hoping my legs would feel 100% healed. Well, the right leg feels fine, but now my left knee hurts in a new place (on the side). I've been putting off a PT visit; making excuses, trying to heal myself, etc. I don't want to go but, guys, I think it's time. I have a friend training for a January marathon who needs a long run partner and I really want to join her. So tomorrow I'll make the first step towards getting this dumb thing figured out. I think. Yeah. Maybe?

On Monday and Wednesday I officially started TRIBE at my new gym (I did a preview last week). I felt like I wanted to pass out near the end of the second round on Monday (even stopped for a bit) and on Wednesday I struggled with push-ups on my sore arms, but overall it was a great experience. There was an extra class Sunday to take place of next Wednesday before Thanksgiving and it went pretty well. I really love the small class size (you can't hide bad form!) and the instructor.

Second short hike on Saturday

Besides TRIBE I did a bunch of Jasyoga and some short, icy hikes and beer drinking on Saturday.

At least I can hike!

If I don't run next week I'll probably skip the weekly recap because my runs are where I take most of my scenic photos... and honestly I'm not really making any progress I care to track. Love the new workout class, but it's not particularly riviting to recount. I guess we'll see.


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