Monday, March 10, 2014
Yesterday was week 3 of my half-marathon training program. I was supposed to run 6 miles. Since this was the first week back to running since I took a couple of weeks off due to my concussion, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do 6 miles. I figured I'd shoot for 5 miles.
I got on the treadmill and after running a couple of miles, I'd made up my mind that not only was I going to run 6 miles, but that I would do 6.2 so that I could say I'd finally run a 10K! After about 4 miles, I realized that I needed some fluids, so I did hop off of the treadmill at that point to grab a Gatorade and after taking a couple of sips, went back to running. I had a banana with peanut butter and a cup of coffee before I did this run. I think that this was probably enough to fuel me and it didn't seem to cause any stomach issues, so I think I'll continue to stick with this for my long-mile runs and see how it goes. I do need to get used to having water and/or Gatorade with me, though, and to be sure to actually drink periodically. With my shorter runs I never had to do this, so I need to get in the habit so that I don't get dehydrated.
Today I don't feel sore at all. I'm also still feeling a bit high from the excitement and pride of accomplishing this run yesterday! No wonder running is so addicting!
I haven't had the best Monday morning: I'm trying to let my hair grow out, so I'm having a really bad hairday! I couldn't decide what I wanted to wear today, so I was running late, and I'm breaking in some new vegan shoes and had to find some band-aids because the shoes are rubbing the back of my heels raw. But you know what? None of that matters because guess what? I ran a frickin' 10K yesterday!!!
Monday, March 03, 2014
The headaches from the concussion I sustained almost two weeks ago are completely gone. Not running these last couple of weeks have been horrible. Running is my stress reliever. Running is my exercise. Running is......well, it's such a huge part of my life now. I miss it so much when I'm not able to do it. I can't wait to get my running shoes on tonight after work! I even downloaded an audiobook so that I'll have something to listen to while I run this week.
Over the weekend, an acquaintance of mine messaged me on Facebook and told me that she had just got done watching Forks Over Knives and she had decided to become vegan. Could I help her? I sent her all kinds of info: mistakes that I made when I first became vegan, things that I've learned, online resources for recipes, etc. Then I got to thinking how nice it would be to have my own website that I could refer people to. The website would contain my journey of being a vegan. I could blog about my life as a vegan, things I'm eating, the struggles, the wonderful benefits I've reaped, etc. No, I wouldn't be the first person to do this. There are tons of websites like this. However, this would be a place where people that I know could go because they know me. Because you know what? There are going to be more and more people who approach me in the future that they've decided to become vegan and could I help them? And I can just direct them to my website. I want to be ready.
The fact that I'm currently taking website design classes for my job is not a coincidence. This is a golden opportunity for me to use this tool to get more information out there about the vegan lifestyle and how wonderful it can be. This is my opportunity to do something to change the world.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Last Thursday while walking to the van for work, I slipped on a patch of ice and got a nasty blow to the head! I ended up in the ER with a mild concussion, and for a couple of days had some nasty dizziness and head pain. The dizziness has gotten better, but I'm still dealing with the headache, and I have some muscle soreness in my neck and ribs, though that is getting better.
I have no idea when I'll be able to run again. Until this headache goes away, I just don't know. And that frustrates the hell out of me. But I'm just trying to take care of myself, eat healthy, get as much rest as I can, and I'm hoping that perhaps later in the week I'll feel up to doing some light exercise and with any luck, I can start my training back up next Monday. I've never had a concussion before, though, so I have no idea what to expect. My discharge papers say that a headache after this type of injury is normal and can last up to a couple of weeks. Ugh. Tylenol or ibuprofen is not helping with the pain at all. I'm just trying to be patient. I'm also trying to feel grateful because it could have been so much worse.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Last night I needed to run 3 miles. I got on the treadmill and about 2 minutes into the run, I just wasn't feeling it. My stomach was bothering me and my legs felt heavy and weak. What the hell? About 5 more minutes into the run, thinking that I was going to be lucky if I could make it to a mile, I looked down and realized the treadmill was on an incline. Well, that explained things! Once I was at 0 incline, the run went much better after that! I was able to complete 3 miles! I realized, though, that I need to work on some hill training!
A friend of mine who runs told me when I first started running that no matter how long you've been a runner, the first mile is always the toughest. It's so true. If I'm having a bad run, I tell myself to at least get through the first mile and the majority of the time, my run improves after the first mile. I find my groove and I'm able to complete whatever mileage I want to do that day.
Yesterday was a good, healthy eating day. After completing my run last night, dinner consisted of two small baked sweet potatoes with a bit of Earth Balance butter, green beans, and jasmine rice. Then my husband gave me my Valentine's Day gift a day early because he thought I needed it. Teavana tea! Awesome sauce! And not only did he get me tea, but also a teapot and a travel tea mug! I love it, and I love my husband!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Day 4 was a rest/cross-train day. I was scheduled to go to a parent-teacher conference after work, and so I thought I would have a rest day, but the conference was cancelled and so I ended up doing a Zumba workout. I love doing Zumba! I love to dance, and this workout is not only a fun way to get my dance on, but it also works my core and my arms.
Last night's dinner consisted of a large baked potato, which I cut up and ate with a big bowl of romaine lettuce and dressing that I made out of tahini, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, and a bit of salt & pepper. YUM! It's the simple meals that really seem to taste the best, and seem to be the most satisfying and filling!
Tonight I'm supposed to run 3 miles, which will be on the treadmill. Things are looking up, though. Next week's forecast is calling for rain and temperatures in the 40's, so hopefully a lot of the snow we've had will melt and I can go back outside to run!
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