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Disappointment

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Ever since we moved, I’ve been running a ton. I really enjoy it and I had officially signed up for my first half marathon. The Country Music Half in Nashville! I felt strong and wasn’t even worried about being able to finish. I was hoping to just enjoy the race, push myself, and maybe get a great time.

Around October or November my left foot started hurting after runs. The pain would subside but I started to notice it after days with just a lot of walking. I had recently switched shoes and resolved some pain in my right foot so I figured this was similar. At first. I think I’ve known for awhile, but wouldn’t admit it.

My foot is broken.

I had done a 10 and 12 mile run where my right foot swelled and was painful along with the ‘normal’ left foot pain. After the 12 miles, I could barely walk for two days. I knew, and Damien insisted, that I needed to go see a doctor.

So I did. And they told me exactly what I knew I’d hear. The reoccurring pain in my left foot was actually a stress fracture. And a big enough one that it showed up on the x-ray. My right foot was having a stress reaction – the precursor to a stress fracture.

I have to wear a boot for two more weeks (3 total) and then evaluate from there. It’s a break on my 5th metatarsal right where the tendon attaches. If it doesn’t heal, I’d need surgery to remove the piece of bone and reattach the tendon to the remaining bone. I really, really DON”T want surgery!

So I’m doing my best to rest my foot and get it to heal.

And obviously, I won’t be running at all, much less a half marathon.

I’m super disappointed, but it’s a good lesson to learn. Pay attention to your body! Don’t ignore pain that continues for months!

 

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Running for Joy

Since moving, I’ve been running a ton.

Back in February, I set a goal to run a 5k (3.1 miles) in less than 30 minutes. The last time I had run that was in high school. 

I finished the 5k race in 27:16!

I finished the 5k race in 27:16!

On Labor Day, I ran a 5k in 27:16! It was awesome and I’m so excited that I hit my goal. I think there was a part of me that never thought it was going to happen.

I have never really enjoyed running. In high school, I ran cross country so that I could meet the required mile run time for the varsity basketball team. I enjoyed the challenge, but I definitely didn’t enjoy the running. After high school, I didn’t do much of anything. And running definitely wasn’t on the list of things to do. When Big C arrived, I realized I needed to do something to get back in shape. I joined Stroller Strides and those ladies are awesome! Eventually they convinced conned me into running with their running group. In February of 2012, I ran a 10k (6.2 miles). My goal was to just physically run the entire way. I did it, but it wasn’t pretty. Many of the other ladies ran the half marathon and I thought that sounded like torture. I ran to get in shape and get healthy, but there was no way I was going to run for 2 hours at a time!

Right after the race, I found out I was pregnant with the little one. I decided to do Flagstaff’s Summer Running Series and I completed 4 races (5k’s) while preggo. By the end, I was definitely walking not running, but it felt amazing to be so active. And I know that being in shape was a contributing factor to having such a good birth experience with Little C.

While living here, I’ve run about 10 miles every week. I’d like to say that I’ve done it because I’m just so healthy and this crazy fitness person. But the real reason? I don’t know anyone. And the boys are quiet in the stroller. So, the longer I run, the more peaceful it is. And then we’ve gotten out of the house, the little one sleeps and we get to play on the playground for awhile. It has definitely been my coping mechanism for long mornings.

And then something amazing happened. The runs started to be easy. And dare I say, fun? The focus wasn’t just to run for the sake of running. It was to get out, enjoy the weather, and relieve some frustration. Now I think I’m hooked! It is so peaceful to be outside and the quiet time to think and pray and dream has been exactly what I need.

I’ve also found a few running buddies and we’ve done longer runs. Lots of 4 and 5 milers and even a 9 mile run! I am even signing up for my first half marathon. The Country Music Half Marathon in April. I am genuinely excited to run it. And I have tons of time to build up my endurance.

If you’ve been feeling down or just cooped up, may I suggest going for a run? You might be surprised what you find out about yourself!


A New Fitness App/Website

I’ve been looking for any sort of fitness app that can help keep me accountable.

I was told about one called SlimKicker and it’s pretty neat. It’s a site that turns your food and fitness tracking into a game where you level up to get rewards. I love that it has a website interface because sometimes logging things on a mobile device is pretty obnoxious. The site is pretty new so there aren’t a ton of people, but it’s growing. And with the new year I bet it’d be easy to convince some of your friends to join too.

www.slimkicker

Pros:

  • The site is free and so is the app.
  • Leveling up makes it more like a game and more likely that I’ll log things.
  • Challenges: You can join or even create challenges that anyone can do. If you complete them, you earn more points towards the next level.
  • Rewards: You set up a reward for yourself when you reach the next level. I also heard that at higher levels you can actually earn rewards from SlimKicker, but I had a hard time finding information about that. Level up and see!
  • I also really like how they break down your food goals. They show you each nutrient and how you stack up against your goals.
  • Friendly tips: SlimKicker uses your input to provide you tips on what you’re eating or how much exercise you get.

Cons:

  • No Android app yet 😦 – I guess my iPad and computer will have to do.
  • The food and exercise database need some work, but I believe they are adding foods and you can add your own foods too.
  • It’s still a new site, so there aren’t a ton of people yet, but you can always invite your friends!

Overall:

I really like the concept of turning logging food and exercise into a game. I’d love to see a larger food database and even some integration with fitness apps like RunKeeper or any of the slew of apps that track exercise.


Cool Gadgets – AfterShokz Bone Conduction Headphones

I thought I’d actually review another piece of technology. I had new headphones on my wishlist for awhile since I’ve been running and my brothers were kind enough to get these for me for my birthday.

I hate normal headphones. It is incredibly unnerving to be outside or even just around the house and not be able to hear what is going on around me. On top of it really bothering me, it’s a safety issue when outside. I don’t want to be running with my two kids in a stroller and not be able to hear cars, dogs, or people that may be approaching. I thought I would have to resign myself to running without music, but then I stumbled upon these bone conduction headphones.

The concept is unusual, but simple enough. Instead of the headphones making sound waves that your ear then translates into vibrations, the headphones directly vibrate the bones of the inner ear. I was a little skeptical, but they are awesome!

Pros:

  • The headphones wrap around behind your head so they stay on during exercise. No earbuds falling out.
  • They are super comfortable since there is nothing pressed inside your ear.
  • The sound is great. The same or even better than traditional ear buds.
  • Because there is nothing in your ear, you can easily hear noise around you and be aware of your surroundings.

Cons:

  • The headphones have to be charged (although I let them sit awhile in between charges and they still worked). I think because they have to actually produce vibrations.
  • The headphones don’t come in a wireless variety.
  • The headphones allow you to hear all noise around you. If you are looking to block out surrounding noise, these are NOT for you.

Retail price is about $60, but I had added them to my Amazon cart to watch the price and I believe my brothers got them for under $40.

Overall, I give these a 5 out of 5 stars, because now I can actually use headphones without being weirdly disoriented.


Running and Walking

Back in February, I ran my first race – a 10k. It was awesome and I’m proud of myself for actually doing it. I ran the entire thing and I don’t care that I’m slow. Since then I’ve found out that I’m pregnant with baby number 2. I didn’t want to stop running so I was impulsive and signed up for the 6 race, Flagstaff Summer Run Series. I’m only doing 5k’s but I’m just so happy to be active. During C’s pregnancy I could barely do anything. I was super out of shape and unmotivated. Sure I stood up on my feet all day to teach, but I wasn’t very active. Walking was tough, especially near the end.

This time around I’ve been so much more active and it has made a huge difference. Fit Moms Flagstaff has been a life changer for me. I know I’ve talked about Stroller Strides and probably mentioned Moms on the Run, but I just can’t be too thankful for them. I am 21 weeks pregnant and I can still run 3 miles! I’ve always been an athlete, but never much of a runner. Now, it’s tough, but I enjoy proving to myself that I can do it. Having to push myself physically gives me confidence in everything else too. The great moms that are part of the group are so encouraging and it’s so nice to know I’m not alone in this whole motherhood thing.

Another reason I love being so active is that C is officially a walker! He has been standing up on his own for several weeks and takes a few steps here and there. Yesterday afternoon/evening he stood up on his own and then walked across the living room. We cheered him on and he did it several more times. That was the first time the steps weren’t coerced from overly eager parents. I’m so excited!! I can’t wait to get to play with him in the backyard and let him actually play at parks now. He still is a little speed demon so crawling almost always wins out because he wants to go faster.

I really struggle with living a healthy lifestyle and more than anything I want to help C stay active. He is so curious about everything and so daring. I can’t wait for our new adventures.

Here’s to staying active and teaching my son(s) to love fitness too.