Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Reynolds Ramblings....

Today I did a workout I haven't done in 8 months.  It was hard. I thought the hills were going to make my wobbly, tired legs collapse but I did them.  Since I'm starting from scratch with this workout, I only did 4 hill repeats but then the recovery miles afterwards are what I was super excited about. Each one was a progressively faster.  Not as fast as last year but a winter of minimal running and weight gain have really slowed me down.  It's frustrating but it's all my own fault. All I can do is move forward to getting back where I was last year.

The other fantastic part about today's run was hearing the red wing black birds while I was running.  Spring is coming and with it better running weather. I love to run in the heat and I can't wait to start training in some hot afternoon sun.

Our RRCA class is coming up. I'm really excited that after almost 2 years, this dream is finally so close to fruition! We have our business name picked out but have not yet designed the website.  One step at a time.

I also no longer have a coach. It might not be a big deal normally, but this is the year I want to BQ (Boston qualify) so not having a coach was a major decision for us.  There were many factors that went into that decision and I'm not 100% comfortable with it. But what better guinea pig for our couching, than Randy and I co-coaching me.

As for my sprained foot, it's still a nagging injury.  It's driving me nuts that sometimes it's fine and other times I can barely walk on it.  It also doesn't matter if I'm running in my Vibrams or sneakers, both can make it hurt and wearing shoes during the day actually aggravates it more.  I believe some of it is related to tight muscles. If I keep up on my yoga, the pain really subsides. I don't schedule yoga for myself so I forget. That's one of the training segments we are adding into my marathon training.

Eighty-two days left till the Herald of Victory Marathon. I'm pretty nervous and excited about it.  I have a time goal but considering where my fitness currently is, I'm not sure I'll hit that goal. However, I'm trying to keep my thoughts positive so I don't lose my race before I can even toe the line.


6 comments:

  1. Balancing on a bosu? Bump was a big part of my ankle rehab. The goal of being able to keep my balance on the bosu one leg at a time was to restrengthen my ankles and legs. I am getting tendonitis in it again...my fault for not working on it this winter.

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    1. I don't know why I never remember to do functional strength training for myself. Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. It's so frustrating when an injury refuses to just follow a linear recovery. I'm sorry yours is nagging you.

    It would be scary to undertake something like attempting a BQ without a coach, but I have faith in you!

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    1. Seriously, doesn't the body know the dr said it should be fine in a couple weeks back in October? I'm not 100% surprised it still nags me. My sprained ankles from 30 years ago still plague me.

      I am scared but I think if I focus and work hard over the summer, that day will come in my fall marathon. I've got a lot of work to get down though.

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  3. I feel like the last few months have been tough for a lot of people (myself included). I hope that your foot continues to improve!

    I look forward to hearing more about your coaching adventures!

    Therese

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    1. Yes, I think you're right. I see a lot of challenges for our fellow runners this winter. It might have been more mild but sometimes I think that make it harder too, we never adjust to the really cold temps when the do hit us.

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