when all else fails…keep running
seems like i’ve been in a rut or funk lately. it’s been 5 days since my last run and it’s like forces are conspiring against me. i’ve been feeling sick the past 2 days. just before that i had a great run though. best time on my 3 mile route so far. and before that, it was my back acting up. before that, it was my knee.
my running output for december was low. january is starting off horribly. the silver lining is that i’ve managed to maintain my weight and not gain any during this rut. i know this because my girlfriend got me a digital scale so i weigh myself every morning and everything has been to my satisfaction 🙂 i love my scale and it loves me, lol.
i started off 2014 with a sore knee and a bad back. the knee: a little sore from pushing myself during a run about a week before. the back: tweaked while moving some large/heavy items. not exactly how i imagined my 2014 starting. i actually had a tens unit hooked up to my lower back the morning of january 1st. but after a little rest and some time off, last night seemed perfect for my first run of 2014.
it kind of sucks to run in the dark, but by the time i get home from work…well, it’s dark! as soon as i walked in the door, i strapped on the running clothes, some reflective bands, my skechers and hit the ground running. sheow! it felt good! a whole week off and my run felt easy on me. my knee and back behaved as well. i finished off my run with some darigold REFUEL…ahh…so good.
i’m happy to be back at it, so cheers to 2014 and your running goals!
one day left in 2013 and reflecting a bit. it’s been half a year since i started running and the journey has been awesome. i’ve managed to drop about 35 pounds and stay on a good routine. my diet could be better, so i need to strive for a healthier diet in 2014. my bones may be a little achey but i feel healthier and more energetic since i began running.
so here’s to 2014 and continued running!
quick update: i’ve completed 25 of 30 miles for november’s #thirtyin30 challenge…yay!!
now, onto some running help…
i’ve been dealing with achilles tendinitis and it sucks. i get that pain above the ball of my heel and it’s tight, especially in the mornings. it comes and goes throughout the day, depending if i’m still or sitting for long periods of time. i do computer work so i’m still or sitting for most of the day lol! as i’ve lost weight, i’ve noticed it isn’t as intense as it was many months ago. it’s manageable, but usually is worse the next day after a run.
i found a couple of things that have helped. first, the mcdavid achilles tendon support. it’s simple, yet offers some padding and enough support. the cool thing is it isn’t bulky and you can easily wear it over a sock and still put a shoe on without it being in the way. i’ve been wearing this during my runs now and have had a decrease in the amount of pain i have the next day.
second, blue emu. i was skeptical at first. although the reviews were good, i still had my doubts. when i received my order and opened the jar and there was no scent at all, i had more doubts. when i put some on and there was no ‘heat’ or ‘ice’ feeling, i even had more doubts, like how is this going to help me without any heat or ice feeling? it was like putting lotion on without any scent at all. but whatever magic is in that jar, it’s working…and i’m buying more of it.
as i mentioned, i still have that morning tightness and pain, it just isn’t as bad as it has been in the past. it’s been very manageable and i think these two little adjustments have helped (blue-emu and the achilles tendon support).
till next time, stay moving my friends #run
so i’ve been bitching about this cold weather running. well, today my neck gaiter came in and i took it out for a little night run.
as soon as i put it on, my inner ninja took over 🙂
but all kidding aside…i did feel like a ninja running this evening. the paths were dark and i was cutting through the night air like a stealth bomber. all along the neck gaiter really kept my neck warm. i have a feeling it will do great for my morning runs which are much colder.
this ninja is 19 miles in for november…so stay moving my friends #run
i’m at the half way point for november’s 30 in 30 challenge. 30 miles in 30 days and i’m up to 16 miles so far. it hasn’t been all rainbows and lollipops. mainly because this morning running takes some getting used to. it’s cold…i’m half asleep…i need to stretch more…and it’s cold 😉 its like my legs are partially asleep when i start too haha. but i’m 16 miles in and i’m getting somewhat used to the morning run.
stay moving my friends #run