Just A Number.

Thinking Out Loud Thursday seems to be back in my regular blogging rotation. I do like sharing these random thoughts since I haven’t had time to construct regular posts lately.

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1) Work has been crazy this week. The end of the quarter in the advertising world is the worst. We were launching campaigns until almost 8pm several nights this week. Thank god that’s finally over. I had to cancel dinner with my brother Tuesday night because we got out so late, so I’ll be making the drive up to Delaware tonight instead.

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i guess we are related after all

2) I got weighed for the first time in 3 years. I had planned on being weighed backwards but the nurse had her back to me and asked me to read the number to her. It was a lot higher than I expected and I won’t lie- I was a little upset about it, but I tried to let it go and move on. After a quick text to one of my friends, I felt a lot better. She’s right. I’m healthy and happy with my life right now. That’s all that matters. I don’t feel like I’m the weight I am and while there were definitely almost some tears, I still ate my bagel and hot chocolate on the way to work and carried on as normal. In fact, I actually caught sight of myself in the mirror a few times throughout the day and thought “I look good.” The weight is just a number. It does not determine happiness and there are other ways to measure health. My clothes fit, I eat well, and I exercise regularly. That is enough.

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3) This ice cream. I needed it. My old roommate snap chatted me about it a few weeks ago so I made the trek to Fresh Market just for this. Toasted marshmallow is my favorite flavor. It wasn’t as good as I imagined it, but let’s be honest- you can hardly ever go wrong with gelato.

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4) A few people have asked me about what I’m going to do if my leg is still bothering me at Runner’s World. In all honesty, I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it much. I had massage #3 yesterday and saw a doctor Tuesday. The doctor couldn’t do much but refer me to someone else but I will most likely be scheduling an appointment with the orthopedic specialist who did my knee surgery in the near future. As for the races, I can most likely make it through the 5k and 10k with minimal pain. Whether or not I run the half is still up in the air. I know i can finish it with very little training, but I don’t want to do any serious damage. It will most likely be a game-time decision. Still time to sign up for 10% off!

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5) In order to be ready for these races without actually running, I’ve been putting in my time on the bike. I did a double Tuesday morning (back to back 45 minute classes) at Rev to celebrate the end of my unlimited membership… until I started doing the math out in terms of my monthly income right now. I’m seriously considering signing up for another month of the unlimited membership, even if it is going to cost me an arm and a leg. It will only be until I’m running regularly again, so hopefully not more than a month. I was going to join a gym once my membership ended but I’m not a fan of the class schedules so I’d rather pay more for something I actually like. I’ll have to limit my Kilwin’s consumption because I can’t afford this membership and pay $10 for ice cream regularly, but it will help me keep my sanity during this injured period as well as keep my cardio up.

6) The other day I was brushing my hair and my cartilage hoop came unclasped. I haven’t ever put it in by myself and I was running late for my doctor’s appointment so I threw in the only earring I have. It’s very nautical but kind of awkward looking. My mom’s the only person I’ve ever trusted to put it back in my ear for me and I almost considered flying home so she could do it (kidding…kind of). She’ll be here in about a week so I guess I can suck it up and wear this in the meantime.

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7) November Project was a blast on Wednesday. I was so happy the entire time. It was a PR day which is always a good time and we did some squats to Sally and stairs at the end (my two favorite things). I had the biggest smile on my face because….

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8) I RAN. For the first time in weeks. I checked my daily mile and it was the first time I’ve attempted running in 2 full weeks, but it has been much longer than that since I was running consistently. I ran 3 laps with a November Project friend who is also injured (I needed someone who would remind me not to go flying when they said go–PR day make me crazy) and then did 1 lap with my NP running buddy and another lap at the end to cheer on some of the other people still running. I felt awesome the first 3 laps and then iffy the last 3. Good thing I went straight to my massage where she tortured me taped me up. I have bruises on both legs.

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9) I have zero plans Sunday. I don’t know what to do with myself. This hasn’t happened in a long time. I feel like I always say that and then end up running around like a chicken with my head cut off. We’ll see. I do know that I won’t be setting an alarm since I’ve been waking up around 5:30 every day this week. Maybe I’ll do something crazy like sleep in until 8…

Favorite flavor of gelato?

Do you like to switch your earrings?

What I’m Loving Lately

1) These shoes. They’re awesome. I won them in a giveaway over at Fun Fit Girl and the verdict is I love them. We all know I’m a mizuno girl but I wore them all day at work (and around town) last week and they are so comfortable. I’ve been wanting to get into Newtons for awhile now and these are the perfect shoe to ease into them. They don’t force you up onto your calves quite as much as the traditional Newtons do because the lugs are smaller and they are extremely roomy in the toe box. I haven’t been able to run in them yet (#injuryproblems) but I have a good feeling they will be a good shoe for me to rotate with the others I have in my closet until I get my hands on the new inspires next month. They’re also attractive enough to wear as a casual everyday shoe which can be hard to come by in a running shoe, so even if I don’t end up running in them all the time, I’ll be wearing them often. Luckily my office doesn’t have a dress code…

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2) iFit. As part of the Runner’s World Festival, all of the ambassadors were sent an iFit. I’ve said before that I don’t want to be someone that wears it constantly because I tend to obsess over numbers but I wore it for about a week last week and was curious to see how the steps feature worked. I didn’t use the calorie feature or the sleep feature but I found the steps to be extremely interesting. I’ve been a skeptic about these types of devices for awhile but I’m becoming a believer.

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Pros:

-It’s very user friendly. There is literally no excuse for not using it. I charged it, put it on, downloaded the app, and it started tracking for me. That’s it. There isn’t a complicated setup process. It’s just a bracelet that you wear and it does the work for you.

-It can work with a bike or other workouts as well. I didn’t download the cycling app but I could if I wanted to know how much I was spinning. I used the calculators on the bikes at Rev so I didn’t need it but if I wanted to count that towards my steps, I could, which is cool.

-I like numbers. I’m a numbers person. This obviously can become obsessive for some people (myself included) but it’s something I’ve been curious about for awhile now. I liked seeing how many steps I had walked in a day. I personally wouldn’t use it for the calories because I don’t count them, but I can see how it would be beneficial for someone who needs that extra motivation.

-It put things into perspective for me. According to the iFit, we walked almost 10 miles on Sunday in DC. That’s a lot of miles. But between an early morning walk with the dogs, walking from the parking lot to check out the color run, and then spending the entire day wandering DC, it actually is entirely possible that we got that many steps in. I found this fascinating at how quickly the miles add up but then I was reminded that a) we live in a city so walking is a lot more common here and b) if you live in the suburbs and work a desk job it would be harder to get in those 10,000 recommended steps daily. I had no idea how much I was walking since moving here.

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Cons:

-The band is a little hard to get on and off. I couldn’t figure out how to tighten it (I have a small wrist) so one of my coworkers and I stared at it for a solid 20 minutes trying to figure it out. Now that it’s tight around my wrist, I don’t know how to get it on and off without squeezing my hand but we’ll chalk that up to user error.

-On Saturday I wore it at the running store thinking I’d rack up a ton of steps. The only problem is that when you are carrying boxes, you’re not moving your arms which is how the device tracks your steps. I did exceed the goal (10,550) but I have a feeling I was probably actually double that, they just weren’t tracked because I was carrying shoeboxes while I was walking around. Next week I might wear it on my belt loop instead because it would actually measure how many times my legs moved, not just my arms.

-Going off of this, I’m not sure how accurate it is because every time you move your arm it might count a step. I had a conversation with a customer about this because she was wearing the same band and she believed it was a give and take- you might not count some steps because you’re carrying things in your arms, but then you might have extra steps counted from random arm motions. In the end, it may all balance out.

-It’s a little bulky for my taste, but I got used to wearing it after a few days. It’s not as slim as some of the other bands on the market right now but I did like the easy-to-read display.

3) Hokas. Oh hokas.

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This is another running item that everyone swears by and I never believed in. After spending 9 hours in them Saturday, I’m officially on board. They are so comfortable. They would feel a bit like moon boots to run in because of how bulky they look, but they aren’t heavy at all. They were so soft and my feet didn’t hurt at all throughout the day which is not normal for me when I’m running around getting shoes for people. At one point someone came in to buy a pair of Hokas and I happened to be wearing her size… so I took them off my feet and sold them to her. Then proceeded to walk around barefoot for the next hour while I decided what shoe I would put on next. I ended up putting on another pair of Hokas in a smaller size (they run big) and was legitimately disappointed when the day was over and I had to take them off.

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I guess I was promoting Balega socks instead of shoes Saturday?

Have you tried out any of the more recent fitness/running gadgets?

 

Two months in.

Today marks two months of living in Baltimore. That is crazy. I haven’t seen my family in a month. I didn’t even know my parents got a new car. It’s amazing how much can change in such a short amount of time. I feel like I’ve been back forever.

I haven’t had a weekend with “downtime” since I moved here. I went into this weekend with no plans and ended up filling it completely. It was absolutely perfect.

Thursday:

Iggy Azalea with the KIND team. That was really cool. We didn’t have “seats” but we were able to stand close to the front off to the side and see the entire show. She was on stage for about 45 minutes but she put on quite a performance.

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Friday:

Potluck at lunch. Baltimore bike party with November Project friends. After-party until midnight. I love these people.

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Saturday:

Spinning. Work at the running store (where I sold a pair of shoes off my feet…literally). Dog sitting and root beer floats.

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Root beer floats made with Talenti Sea Salt Caramel gelato. Perfection.

Sunday:

Road trip to DC. Walked the dogs in the morning, checked out the color run, brunch at Clyde’s (MINE was good at least…), went to the Museum of Natural History, people watched on the Lincoln Memorial steps, and had a late lunch/early dinner at Urban Butcher in Silver Spring. Followed by root beer floats round 2 and I was asleep before 9. Solid end to a perfect day/weekend.

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I like being busy. Especially this kind of busy. I like spending time with people. I used to say I wanted to live alone, that I need a lot of “me time,” that I don’t really like being around people. Apparently that’s not true. Not at all. I came home from work twice last week and was the only one home. That hasn’t happened since I moved in two months ago. It was lonely. I imagined that being my life every night and couldn’t. I love coming home and hanging out with my roommates, or meeting friends after work. I haven’t done much by myself since I left the boat and now I look back and don’t know how I spent so much time by myself.

Exactly two months ago I moved back to Baltimore and started my new job here. I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I love it here. I love my friends, I love my roommates (who are also my friends), I love my job(s), I love November Project, I love where my apartment, and as much as I hated to admit it at first, I’m starting to really like this city. I may not be running at the moment and I may not be doing what I imagined myself doing after graduation, but it has all worked out exactly the way it was supposed to.

I may not be able to run, but I realized I really like biking/spinning. I may not be living in Boston, but I am learning how to live in the post-grad world without leaning on my parents (too much). I may not be working in the health/fitness/running industry, but I’m working at a company with so much opportunity and room for growth with people I enjoy spending my days with. I may not be where I thought I’d be, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

I don’t miss boatlife (even if I still talk about it a lot), I’m not terribly homesick for Boston, and whenever people at my company ask if I plan to get transferred to the Boston office after I’ve completed my year as a traffic coordinator, my honest answer is that I don’t know. I like Baltimore, or at least I like my Baltimore life. I’ll always be a New England girl. But for now, this place seems like a pretty great fit.

“Training” 9/22-9/28

Since I’m not really training right now (obviously- no running happened), I guess this is more of a workout recap. In addition to these workouts, I did walk to work each day which adds another 2ish miles to my daily activity. I sometimes forget to take that into consideration but it is more time spent on my feet.

Mon- OFF

Sleep was more important to me than a 5:20am alarm for spinning on this particular morning. It isn’t hard for me to wake up, regardless of the time, but I don’t love doing it every day so I called Monday a rest day. I know myself enough to know I won’t work out after work so if it doesn’t happen in the morning, it’s not happening at all.

Tues- 50 min Rev Cycle

One of the managers at my running store teaches on Tuesday mornings so I decided to give her class a shot. It didn’t feel like as good of a workout because she’s a little less aggressive than the instructor I usually go to but the numbers on the bike were pretty standard for a 45 minute class.

Wed- November Project.

I mentioned this Thursday but it wasn’t the workout I had planned. I had been feeling good for 4-5 days and was going to attempt to run there and back and sit out the workout, but when I woke up, I was in pain so I biked instead. I probably got 6 miles of biking in plus 2 sets of stairs (about a mile of work) and maybe 50 burpees. So it was a workout, just not the one I had intended to do.

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Thurs- 60 min Rev Cycle

Got my butt kicked per usual. The class was team-taught by the owner (my favorite instructor) and the co-leader of November Project is training to be the next spin instructor at Rev. It was a solid class, as it always is. This is the one I’ll miss most when my membership expires Tuesday.

Fri- OFF/Baltimore Bike Party

I almost considered this a rest day but then I remembered that Baltimore Bike Party is a workout. I’ll talk about it more tomorrow or Tuesday but it was a ton of fun and we probably covered 10 miles.

Sat- 60 min Rev Cycle

Another new instructor but still a good sweat session before I spent the day working at the running store.

Sun- OFF/Walking around DC

I’m spending the day today in DC with a good friend. He had to go down for work so we decided to turn it into a day trip. I’m sure we’ll be walking quite a bit as we both are pretty active people (if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m not very good at sitting still).

Again, this wasn’t the week I expected but at this point my health is more important. I may not run again until Runner’s World (assuming I’ll be fine by then) and that’s okay. As long as I’m exercising semi-regularly, I’m confident I can finish all 3 races. After that, I don’t know what I’ll end up doing in terms of running but for now I’m leaving everything up in the air.

These “training” posts may taper off until I get back into running. I don’t know yet, we’ll see what I do in terms of exercise this week, but my guess is I won’t be doing much. My leg seems to do best when I’m not doing anything at all (not even spinning) and my Rev Cycle membership ends Tuesday, so that will be the last time for awhile I go, most likely.

I made a mistake

This post is kind of hard to write. But it’s also a harsh reminder of just how important it is to be careful of what you say because in this day and age, there is always a chance it will get back to who you’re talking about and it can be really hurtful and/or offensive.

The other day, I was having a conversation via text with my old roommate about a package from an ambassadorship that had arrived at my old address. I’ve gotten countless packages delivered to my old apartment because it was easier to just go pick them up than change my address. My roommate and I like to joke around about the absurd amount of mail I still get delivered there and she was telling me to come get it because it was a really heavy box. I told her she could have what was in the package because I personally wasn’t going to use the product that they sent. I didn’t use it last time either (I donated what I was given) so I made a comment in the text that was extremely insensitive and ungrateful towards this company which I actually really like.

My roommate uploaded the text conversation to facebook because she thought it was funny and someone who works for the company saw the entire thing moments later and commented on it calling me out. I immediately felt awful. I asked my old roommate to remove the screenshots right away and untagged myself until she did.

What I said in the text wasn’t okay. Just because it was a private conversation didn’t mean it wasn’t going to be seen by other people. And even if it wasn’t seen by anyone else, it still wasn’t right for me to say what I did. I could sit here and make excuses for myself, but there are none. I know what I said was wrong. It doesn’t matter that I didn’t actually mean what I said, and the actual text message is irrelevant to the point I’m trying to make. The actual text I sent to her doesn’t even make sense. I don’t know why I said what I did and I immediately felt guilty for it. I didn’t mean it. I was overwhelmed with the number of boxes I was getting and she couldn’t figure out who they were coming from. I was at work and not thinking about what I was typing back to her. My response was unnecessary. I do not have any negative feelings towards this company at all, but what I said in the text made it sound like I do.

To the company that I offended, I am so, so sorry. I truly never meant to disrespect you in any way. To everyone else, be careful what you say. Because it could be taken the wrong way or you could unintentionally hurt someone. You can’t take back what you say. So don’t say it in the first place if it’s not something you aren’t okay with others seeing. If I was rewriting the text again, I would have said, “Remember that company I was working with back in the spring that I got the other big shipment from? It’s the same one.” That would have been appropriate and it would have actually made sense. Instead I used an adjective that was unnecessary for the context of the conversation.

Sometimes you have to learn lessons the hard way. This was no exception.

TOL: Extreme Sports

Even though I haven’t had as much time lately to blog, I do still kind of like sharing random things going on in my life. So I think I’ll keep participating in Thinking out loud for now since I love reading other peoples’ random thoughts more than I like writing out my own.

1) I went to this cyclocross race last weekend. It was insane. I’ve never seen anything like it. I knew a lot of people that would be there working and I spent most of the afternoon with the KIND team at their tent (my good friend works for KIND) which happened to be a prime spot for watching some of the crazier obstacles as well as the finish line. In case you were wondering, cyclocross is a combination of cross country, steeplechase, and biking. Some of the best bikers in the world (but actually- the female winner is the best cyclocross racer from Belgium where they are apparently as into cyclocross as we are football). It was a totally different experience and I can’t say I’d ever really want to try it, but it was really fun to watch and I got to spend time outside with my favorite people.

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2) I had Kilwins for dinner on Sunday night. Nothing new here (okay, i don’t eat it as a meal often but I wasn’t hungry for an actual dinner after). I’ve been running with a friend from November Project during the week but because of this leg situation, she suggested ice cream instead. Lucky for me, she had never been to Kilwins so we had to go. I go about once a week and the guy now knows my order (cake batter + maryland mud in a waffle cone with rainbow sprinkles in case you were planning on surprising me with some ice cream one day). I’d pretend to be embarrassed but… I’m not.

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3) I’m going to miss this unlimited Rev Cycle membership when it ends in a few days. I’ve really been taking advantage of it but I can’t justify spending $18/class every week (or $125 for the month), so it is going to have to turn into more of a #treatyoself type of thing. I’m thinking every other week, maybe.

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3) Boys and football. I’ll never understand. The sacrifices we make….in reality I pretty much fell asleep on the couch.

4) Massage number 2 happened yesterday and massage number 3 is next week. I woke up unable to run yesterday (major bummer because things seemed to be completely better after a week with no running… but it is what it is) and left the massage studio feeling back to normal again. Maybe not running standards, but I could walk without limping which was progress.

5) Going off #4 above, I have a doctors appointment on Tuesday that may result in me going to see a sports specialist. My parents and I have decided that it is not normal that I’m dealing with this leg problem for the 3rd time in the past year and it’s time to get a professional opinion, especially because my cousin just got surgery for the exact same symptoms this past week. We are almost certain the pain is caused by the muscles being so knotted deep inside my calves that they cut off the circulation in the veins that run through my legs, which could cause major problems down the road. Crossing my fingers this doesn’t result in more surgeries.

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the last surgery was enough

6) November Project didn’t go as planned yesterday. I woke up with the intention of running to the workout, taking it easy, and running home. I would have gotten about 4 miles in. When I woke up, my calf hurt. It hasn’t hurt at all since last Friday. I was halfway out the door when I realized how dumb I was being, grabbed my bike, and rode down to the workout. I was going to attempt pieces of it (and I did do 2 sets of stairs and a handful of burpees) but decided watching and cheering was a lot smarter. Even though I didn’t really get to participate, I’d still rather be there with my friends than sleep in. Crazy, yes, but worth it, absolutely.

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some of my favorite ladies

7) And apparently dogs are growing on me…

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8) BALTIMORE BIKE PARTY is tomorrow night at 7pm. If you live in the area, come join the party. The theme is “Moonlit Madness.” Dress accordingly. Details found here. I’ve never been but all of my November Project friends go every month and it’s supposed to be a ton of fun. It’s literally one big party. On a bike.

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maybe I’ll even wear my super cool child-sized helmet

9) This week feels like it’s never-ending. Thank god tomorrow is Friday. I may have really cool plans tonight (those are still up in the air but either way it will be a good night), I’m at bike party tomorrow night, working Saturday at the store, and spending the day in DC Sunday. Then Tuesday I’m driving up to Delaware to visit my brother after work. I haven’t seen him since he moved into school so it will be good to catch up. Lots of fun things going on. It makes each day feel hella-long at work because I’m so excited about what’s coming up. Remind me never to say “hella” again.

10) Despite the minor setback in terms of this calf injury, life is pretty great right now.

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the winning team had to decide what to do for the picture. Someone said “butt”. So we did. a$$ out class out?

What’s going on in your life? Did this week feel long to anyone else?

If you’re excited about plans, does time seem to drag?

Injuries and Resting

I’m hesitant to call what I’ve been dealing with for the past few weeks an “injury.” While there were days I was struggling to walk normally, it just took a few days of rest for me to start feeling like myself again. I was definitely on the road to a full-blown injury again, but this was really just a minor setback.

I started having calf problems again a few weeks ago. It wasn’t as bad as last winter, but I could tell that if I continued running the way I was, I would end up sitting out for another 4 months. I immediately started wearing pro compression socks around the clock again (side note- USE THE CODE “FALL” to get 40% off until September 30!),  began spending more time with my stim machine, got a massage, and most importantly, cut way back on the running.

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we became best friends again

Could I have continued running and probably still fixed my legs? Yes. But I knew that if I was in pain walking to work in the mornings and turning down lunchtime walks with my coworkers to get lunch, I definitely shouldn’t have been running, and it would take way longer to get back to normal if I continued pounding the pavement 4-5 days a week.

The other day at the running store I work at, a customer asked me if I’m a big runner. I said yes, I enjoy running and run a lot, but that I was currently dealing with some tightness in my calves and hadn’t been running much in the past few weeks. The customer asked me if I was going crazy and I kind of laughed and said no, surprisingly enough, it didn’t.

Whenever I used to get “injured” I would find other ways to exercise and move that might bother my legs just slightly less than running. I blame a lot of this on the way I was brought up playing various sports- when I was having knee problems during swimming, my coach would send me to run or bike. God forbid I missed one 3 hour practice. If my IT band was tight during cross country or track, my coach would put me on the bike or in the pool. There was no such thing as a “rest day” in season- they wanted us moving. Always. Sundays were designated as “active rest” where we were instructed to cross train. So for several years, that has been my mentality- even when I’m resting I should be moving.

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Now that this is the third time I’ve dealt with these calf problems (and likely won’t be the last as it is something genetic that runs in my family), I’m beginning to understand the best way for me to deal with it. And the answer isn’t cross-training for hours until I am feeling 80%. It’s rest.

Two weeks ago I worked out one time in 6 days. It wasn’t planned; It just kind of happened. That’s shocking to anyone who knows me. I wasn’t bothered by it. I was enjoying my time; spending nights relaxing with my roommates or going out with a friend. I still ate ice cream for dinner once or twice but most nights I wanted my usual salad- I didn’t change the way I was eating. I didn’t try to walk extra miles to work to make up for the lack of exercise and I didn’t spend extra days of the week at Rev Cycle getting my cardio in. I rested. The world didn’t collapse because I took several days off from exercising.

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It felt good to sweat after a few days off

When I did get back into a routine during the middle of last week, my legs felt remarkably better. But that didn’t mean I went all out on my workouts and I still haven’t run since last Wednesday. After my massage last week I was able to walk 100% pain-free to work for the first time in several weeks. I went to a couple spin classes this weekend and felt almost back to normal. And Monday when I woke up, the pain was gone, but I still called it a rest day because sometimes you just want to stay in bed for a little longer. I may attempt a run tomorrow but I’ll be skipping out on the time trial at November Project because throwing speed workouts into the mix too soon wouldn’t be smart.

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last month’s time trial

I’m not perfect and I never will be. I have a personality that easily obsesses over my latest “favorite things” (i.e. hot chocolate, running, spinning, ice cream, salad, pizza, sailing, November Project, whatever it may be) and I will always have to be careful of overexercising, especially with my injury-prone body. It isn’t about the calories or the exercise; it’s something I enjoy doing and when I love something, I am 110% in. It will always be harder for me to take a day off than to lace up my sneakers. Luckily, I have good friends who easily distract me when they know I’m long overdue for some R&R.

There’s no reason to push my body to its limits. I’m not training to be an elite athlete. Do I enjoy PRing? Sure, I don’t know anyone who would say “You know, I am really mad that I ran a best time today.” That’s not a thing. I take running seriously because it’s something I love to do and I will always strive to be better than the last time, but with each injury, I’m realizing that taking a few days off is worth it if it means I will be able to run when I’m 50, 60, 70, or even 80 years old. I’m not looking to break records and my goal is never to win a race. I just want to be able to run for as long as I want to.

Sometimes all you need is a few days of total rest. Not cross-training, not shorter-than-normal runs, not yoga, but sit-on-the-couch-and-eat-a-pound-of-grapes-in-one-sitting few days of rest. Not that I did that or anything…

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recycled from last year, but this is my life lately

What’s your recovery strategy when you get injured?

Training 9/15-9/21

Mon- OFF.

I had signed up to go to Rev Cycle but between a stressful day at work and a sore body from the race Sunday, I called it a rest day.

Tues- OFF

Again, I had hoped to make it to Rev but my work schedule makes it difficult to get there for the 7pm class. Rest will be good for me in the long run.

Wed- November Project (6 miles) + PM Massage

I woke up and had to decide whether to bike or run to the workout. My calves weren’t in terrible shape so I decided to run. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have but it is what it is. The workout was a combination of stairs, squats, sprints, and pushups. I did about 2.5 miles of stairs and sprints and then ran home. My calf almost gave out on me twice but for the most part they felt okay. If it doesn’t start feeling better soon I’ll probably bike down to the workouts to watch and just hang out while everyone else runs. I promise that if you do November Project you would understand that it’s not as crazy as it sounds.

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Thurs- 60 minutes spinning

The 6am class is one of my favorites of the week. Esther is the best instructor (she owns the studio) and I always leave feeling wide awake and refreshed. This week there was a special guest- one of the leaders of November Project is training with her right now and he led the warmup so that was an extra fun time. I love Rev. I’m going to miss this unlimited membership even though I haven’t used it as much as I would have liked.

Fri- OFF

I was supposed to go to Pop Physique with some other Bmore bloggers but I don’t get out of work early enough. And a morning run was out of the question due to my calf issues, so rest day it was. I’m holding off on Friday November Project workouts until I’m feeling good again.

Sat- 60 min spin

I was going to run but decided to just take the rest of the week off. I’ll reevaluate next week. Yesterday was Rev Fest so all of the spin classes were held outside. I didn’t love the instructors as much as Esther (the owner) but I still got in a good workout. I showered after because I didn’t have time to go home before work- nicest showers I’ve ever been in.

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Sun- 60 min spin

I love Sunday morning “Church of Esther.” I haven’t been able to make it the past few weeks so it was nice to be able to get in there this morning for a sweat session.

Sometimes your body needs rest. This week mine definitely did. I didn’t force the workouts, I did them when I was in the mood and when I had time. I opted to sleep in Friday instead of exercise. If I really am having issues with the nerves in my calves, that’s not something I really want to be messing with. I don’t know what’s going on but I know taking time off has worked in the past so that’s what I’m going to continue to do.

I’m in the process of switching all of my doctors to this area now that I live here but it’s taking awhile. If my leg is still causing me problems, I’ll book an appointment with a sports medicine doctor, but my parents have always had a rule that they will not pay for me to see someone until I’ve rested first. I know I didn’t overdo the workouts this time around, but my calves are extra sensitive to shoes and any differences in mileage so I’ve been trying to do things that don’t bother me as much. Spinning doesn’t hurt and I have this unlimited membership so I might as well use it.

I may have a chance to get a pair of the new inspire 11s in the next week or two that are being released in November so I’m hoping that will help with some of the problem as well. I can’t really wait until November when they come out. My elixirs are shot but there aren’t any other ones out there that seem to help manage the problem, and I can’t wear the inspire 10s for whatever the reason. If the 11s end up working out for me, I’m literally going to buy a hundred pairs so I never have to worry about them discontinuing my shoes on me again.

Just a few things

I haven’t participated in Thinking Out Loud in awhile or really talked much about life lately and I was starting to miss sharing random thoughts. I don’t miss trying to come up with a long list of things to say but sometimes it’s nice to have a place to just get it all out there to look back on.

1) I finally got my massage last night. Or the first of several, at least. One of my friends recommended her to me and her her office happens to be down the street from me so I just walked there on my way home from work. Winning. It was painful but that’s exactly what I wanted. She will definitely be a backup for the next time I can’t get in with the other woman I’ve been going to since last spring. Which will likely be in a week or two. It’s expensive but it’s worth it if it’s going to get me feeling myself again.

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2) Runner’s World is in ONE month. That is crazy! I can’t wait to go hang out with some of my favorite bloggers (and other friends that are coming) and see Runner’s World’s HQs! Let’s just hope I’m up to running that many miles in one weekend again. There’s still time to sign up! I promise it will be a lot of fun. I can’t promise there won’t be hills though…

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3) I’m trying to decide what I want to do about the rest of my fall race schedule. After RW, I don’t have anything else on the calendar. Part of me likes that, but another part of me realized how much I enjoy running races after finishing the Run to Remember on Sunday. I still think I’m going to sign up for the Annapolis Half in November, but I am going to wait and see how my legs are feeling in late October before I pay the money for a race I can’t run.

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still bitter about this

4) On that note, can we please talk about how annoying it is that you have to commit to running races so early? I don’t know if I’m going to be in the mood (or healthy) to race 6 months in advance. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get time off work, or if I’ll be available that weekend. I hate that they hike up the prices as the date gets closer. I would rather just run the way I always do and then sign up at the last minute if I’m feeling up to it. #endrant

5) This week life has finally slowed down a bit. The past few weeks have been insane. I was gone pretty much every night of the week with different people and come Monday night I crashed. As in, I was in bed at 8:45, asleep by 9:15. As much as I am learning to love being social, it has been a welcome change to be able to come home after work, eat dinner on the couch, and read a book before bed.

6) My old roommate and one of our friends came down from Towson (it feels so far now that I don’t live up there anymore) the other day for brunch. We’ve decided we’re starting our own weekly brunch tradition with its own hashtag just to be “those girls.” Yes, we realize how obnoxious that is. My salted caramel whipped cream and waffles from Barcocina really hit the spot post-race. It’s going to be hard to live up to that.

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7) And just because… we came to Baltimore for the crabs. True story.

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8) This guy has the right idea. I have a feeling we’d get along well. I’m not the only one who can’t stay awake that late when I go out with friends at night. I need to find more bars with couches that I can sleep on…

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9) My brother was supposed to come down this weekend to go to the Red Sox game but apparently he’s having a blast at school now- or at least enough of a blast to not want to come visit. Which means I actually have a free weekend. Tonight I’m going to a “soft opening party” (whatever that means) for a race this weekend and tomorrow night I have a very important roommate date. But after work Saturday, I have zero plans. That hasn’t happened in a very long time.

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nosebleed seats at the Yankees game last Friday

10) I almost forgot to add a blurb about November Project. I’m still going. Obviously. And still loving it. Obviously.  My calves aren’t, but I wouldn’t miss out on spending my mornings with those people for anything. I might eventually start going and just watching but that won’t happen unless I’m really in pain. Because who doesn’t love a good set of stairs (or ten…)?

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yesterday was all about the t-rex arms

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just another morning sunrise run with my friends

What are you up to this weekend?

Do you like signing up for races far in advance?

Run to Remember 5k (21:51)

Where to begin with this race…

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this year’s award

I wasn’t sure I was even going to run it. I didn’t make a final decision until I was on the starting line. My calves were really bothering me all week so I hadn’t run since Tuesday and I took Friday and Saturday completely off so I wouldn’t irritate them any more. It’s hard to describe the way they feel- they just are extremely tight and like the nerves are pinched up the back making running (or walking) painful.

I woke up early Sunday morning unsure of what to do. I sat in bed for half an hour with the stim machine to see if that would help. It did. I put on my compression sleeves and ran down to the start of the race about a mile and a half from my apartment. I got there way too early and was standing around getting cold again…. until I realized half an hour before the race started that I forgot my timing chip at home so I had to run back and get it.

By the time I had run back and forth, I had 10 minutes to spare and I had done 4 miles of a “warmup” at a much faster pace than a warmup should be done at. So while my legs were tired from the extra mileage, they were also loosened up and no longer hurt. I decided to run the race at 8:36. The race was scheduled to start at 8:46.

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The race was put on by my running store (Charm City Run) and there was a long remembrance ceremony at the starting line. I chatted with a few friends from the store before the speeches began and ended up starting next to Lisa! I love races where I know so many people- it keeps me out of my own head.

The gun went off and the adrenaline kicked in. My calves felt fine after doing such a long warmup so I focused on sticking with the other girls at the front of the pack. I had no idea how fast we were going since I didn’t have my garmin (it’s broken…) which means it could have been a really stupid move on my part if we were running faster than I was capable. I felt really good the entire first mile and it honestly felt somewhat conservative. I was worried I was making the wrong decision by pacing with the people around me but it ended up being a smart move.

We crossed mile 1 in 6:36. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I have a bad habit of taking the first mile out way too fast. Last year I would run mile 1 of a 5k in 6:05-6:10 pace and absolutely crash for the 3rd mile, so a 6:36 was exactly where I wanted to be. I felt like I could have kept going at that pace before I realized how hilly the second half of the course was.

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I held my own in mile 2 and was slightly behind the top 4 females. It was getting harder but I still felt strong. I saw two of the GMs from my store who were taking pictures and they got a few classic ones of me looking a lot happier than I was. I thought I had slowed down a lot more than I had, but I ran mile 2 in 6:46. At this point I was just telling myself to hold on, and that I run way more than 3 miles most days so running 1 wouldn’t kill me.

Mile 3 was hard. Really hard. I haven’t run hills in a long time and I was struggling for the entire last mile which was straight uphill. It felt like it was never going to end, and part of that was because the official course was measured as 3.16 miles instead of 3.1 which does make a significant difference in a 5k. That means I ran at least 3.2 miles since I’m not good about cutting the corners. I knew that going in, but I didn’t realize how much it would affect me. Lisa passed me just before the finish where she almost PRed (I still say she did because the course was long).

I crossed the finish line in 21:51 as the 6th female overall and 1st in my age group (20-29). While I wasn’t thrilled with my time when I first saw it, I was okay after I put things into perspective. First of all, I still ran a sub-7 minute pace due to the longer course. Second of all, I hadn’t run since Tuesday and I could barely walk the day before. I haven’t been training hills and my body was extremely worn down from several months of consistent workouts. I know that had I not been having calf problems last week, I would have PRed and could have potentially been a contender for top female (20:30 won the race and my road PR is around a 20:45).

After the race I hung out with a lot of my running store friends while we waited for the awards. I will most definitely be running this race again next year. I always forget how much I love 5ks but they are my favorite distance for races. I said the same thing about Charles Street 12 though, so maybe I just like any race my running store puts on. I’m not biased at all…

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one of my coworers and I, courtesy of Charm City Run’s Instagram

My legs felt okay after walking probably 6-8 miles after the race showing my aunt around the city and meeting up with friends for brunch downtown but I woke up in a lot of pain again yesterday, so I’m taking it day by day until I can get these knots out of my calves again.

I don’t know where this leaves me now. I’m not considering myself “injured” but I’m also not feeling my best. I’m taking some more time off running this week, I have a massage booked for this week as well as in 3 weeks when my regular massage therapist has another opening, and I’ll be on the spin bike to continue cross training. I’m definitely being a lot more careful than I ever have before. I have been injury free for several months now and I know it’s because I kept my mileage under control, so I’d like to keep it that way.