March 2018: Did I pass?

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We celebrated my Mom’s 90th birthday. Then we will celebrate with her again and my Dad’s 92nd birthday as well, with the whole immediate family. I tried new stuff and yeah, I shoveled a lot of snow (in fact, there’s still snow on the grass, even though the last big storm missed us. Thank God).

Getting in scheduled runs
March marked my return to running. Despite starting easy, I was struck with runner’s knee in both knees. One knee resolved quickly; the other was more stubborn but seems okay now.

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
I’ve been right on top of recording my runs — trying to do it the day I run, although that doesn’t always happen. I’ve continued to record my level of sleep (normal, below, above)

Grade Earned: 

Dynamic Warmup
In an effort to strengthen my knee, I’ve tried hard to stay on top of the dynamic warmup and added clamshells and leg lifts when I’m running from home.

Darn procrastination has me shortening it some days.

Grade Earned: A-

Foam Rolling
I’ve continued to keep up with the foam rolling, too. And that includes spending a bit more time with it — holding it for 30 seconds (or thereabouts) on tender spots.

Grade Earned: A

At least some of what I tried was healthy


Nutrition
Since I’m now more active, I’m eating more, which makes life a little easier. If only the scale rewarded me for my efforts. Part of the problem with that was that as I got more active, I also got rungry. And there was a little too much mindless munching on some days. It’s always my downfall. But I’m really enjoying the Lifeway Kefir cups, which are high in protein and low in sugar — lower than greek yogurt.

Grade Earned: B

Support
I used up the last massage in my package. I wish I had health insurance that paid for a monthly massage because I’d surely do it! I went t the chiropractor, and by that time, my knees were feeling pretty much okay. My hips, as usual, were a bit out of alignment. I didn’t get to epsom soaks as often as I planned to — a couple for the month; I think. I enjoy them but taking the time to do them is hard!

Grade Earned: A-

Actually did yoga in a studio


Cross Training
While I would love to say I’m back to ST three times a week, that would be a lie — but I did get in two times a week. I’ve been on my stationary bike some this month. And I did more yoga than normal, since I did a few classes at a studio.

Grade Earned: A

March 2018  gets  . . . 
. . . a A-. I thought I returned to running easily enough, but when my knees told me I didn’t I listened — and now they seem to be back to normal. I tried some new stuff, I did a little too much mindless munching which showed up on the scale, and I celebrated birthdays with both parents.

March Goals:

  • No reason to push. Have 2 rest days following a run until I really feel rested. Y. I took the rest I needed, when I needed it, but now I feel back to normal and am running two days in a row sometimes.
  • Strength train 2-3 x week. Y. 2 times per week + yoga and some stationary bike.
  • Get back to Epsom salt soaks. Y. Sort of. Not enough.
  • Foam roll — really foam roll. Y
  • Book a hotel for Freakin’ Fast Half. N. Not yet, anyway. It is on the to-do list and I did start my research, but nope, not booked yet.
  • Sign up for 5k in April. N. But I know what I’m planning. 
  • Book last massage in the series.Y

Which leads me to April Goals:

  • Wall sit 30 seconds 1 x week (net downhill half in July).
  • Strength train 2-3 x week.
  • Get back to Epsom salt soaks.
  • Foam roll — really foam roll.
  • Book a hotel for Freakin’ Fast Half.
  • Run a short trail race if the weather is good. And a road 5k. Maybe a 5 mile road race. I know the races I want to do — we’ll see which ones my body wants to do.
  • Greens daily. That was actually a March goal, and I only missed a few days in March.

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I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Hopping Back In + a Honeystinger Discount Giveaway!: 3/19- 25 Weekly Wrap

Happy no snow dance! And my sympathies to those that got clobbered again. I finally felt normal again and it was a very busy week filled with some fun things, some sun, and some great runs.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to show a more normal week of activity.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, Volunteering with FTC, 3 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Yoga for Strength
  • Wednesday: 4 miles easy  Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk,  3 miles easy
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, YFPR Flexibility
  • Saturday: 20 min mentoring + 4.5 miles easy, Yoga TRX Stretch, SB + PB 10 min Total Body
  • Sunday: Dogwalk

Mileage: 14.5 (+2.5)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

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Running Updates

It was mostly snow free — but not completely

Monday
Today kicked off the Freihofers Training Challenge — it’s the local large women’s 5k (and was my first race, as mentioned here). I mostly walked with a woman who had never run a step in her life and didn’t know anyone there. Did I mention it was windy and freezing (literally)? I stayed with her all the way, because I knew if someone didn’t she probably wouldn’t finish and probably wouldn’t come back.

I’m kneeling in gray on the left. And yes, that’s snow in the background. Beautiful day though!

I know several other of the women in the group, but they were running in the intermediate program.

Anyhoo, after that I did another 3 miles easy. And before I left I walked the dogs. So a lot of time on my feet but I woke up with happy knees.

Happy Spring! That’s what it looks like in upstate NY

Wednesday
I decided to test out my knees with a 4 mile run. It’s been a couple of weeks since I ran 4 miles (from an abudance of caution). Happy to report that everything felt fine — and the next day, too.

Still taping my right knee, although it feels almost 100% — mainly because I’m beginning to push the mileage again.

Lucky nickel?

Thursday
Not only did the last nor’easter miss us, but by the afternoon, when I ran, it was in the 40s. I wore capris. I didn’t need gloves. I was probably still overdressed. I found a nickel — the first money I’ve ever found on the run! And the best part of all? No tape, no pain. Priceless.

The flowers are fake but it still made me smile

Saturday
Today was the large group for the Freihofers Training Challenge (yes, there’s still time to join if you’re in the Albany, NY area!). Several of my friends are in the training group. Several of my friends are mentors. I’m really enjoying running with the BOTP runners and encouraging them. It’s amazing the Chatty Cathy I turn into on the run.

Then I quickly booked over to the park, because I could see the bikepath still isn’t clear enough. I wanted to try for 5 miles, but I also had to do some grocery shopping, get home, change quickly, and get back out to try Yoga TRX Stretch — so I called it at 4.5 awesome miles. I’d taped both knees since I was going longer, and most likely I didn’t need to. My pace wasn’t bad, either. Must’ve been the sun.

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A surprisingly tough yoga workout!

Favorites of the week
This week I was back Wellnest Studios to try out Yoga Sculpt. I was expecting a relatively easy class. And despite the 2 lb weights, boy, was I wrong! It was really challenging. And my glutes were so sore for days.

Finally got to try out TRX

I also did a TRX Yoga Stretch class there on Saturday. It was totally awesome. I will definitely be back.

Recently I read about and downloaded the Duolingo app (more information here). I have started out with learning some Italian. I’m loving it! It’s free, but there are ads — so far they aren’t at all annoying. They just show up after you finish a lesson and you just click the x to close out of them.

By the time you read this we should have seen “Black Panther”. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway above!

I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Have you ever mentored runners?

Have you tried TRX? What do you think?

Do you speak another language? I was always good at languages but because I no longer use anything but English, I wouldn’t say I speak another language. I know some Spanish and a few words in a few other languages.