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Coming Back From Injury

It’s been a bit quiet around the blog lately. Mostly because of trying to decompress after a fun but exhausting training season. These past twelve weeks have been some of the funnest and also the most challenging to date. I really put my mind to mastering this half-marathon and I couldn’t be happier with my performance. That being said, I also ran my half-marathon with a last minute injury.

Coming Back From Injury

As an athlete, the onset of any type of injury is crushing. Coming from a couch potato background, I have to be smart with increasing mileage and intensity in my workouts. I was also in a horrible car wreck when I was a teenager that did a number on my back. It’s not uncommon for me to bend or sit a certain way and knock my back completely out of wack for days or even weeks. It’s frustrating and I can’t tell you how many tears I’ve cried because of injuries.

However, in the past two years of running and training, I’ve learned that practicing grace in the midst of injury is so important. It’s easy to hit the gym full speed ahead as soon as you get the go ahead from your doctor. Unfortunately, this can lead to getting hurt again.

I wouldn’t necessary recommend starting at square one but I would I scale it back a bit. For example, my back has been giving me problems and while I’m getting better I’m still staying away from deadlifts. When I do feel 100%, I won’t jump back to my normal weight. Since I’ve lost a good deal of mobility and strength, I’ll start with 50% of my weight and see how it feels. It may take weeks to get back to where I used to be pre-injury but it’s a safe way to scale the workout and get moving again.

The same can be done for running. If you had to stop running due to injury, I would start slow. Begin with walk/run intervals until you’re able to run for a whole mile then slowly begin to add miles to your run. It will take a lot of patience but your body will thank you for it.

Another thing about injury, depending on what happened, you may need to give extra attention to it. I know my back will always be a problem so I focus on improving my core strength and stretching my hips and hamstrings since any tightness there leads to tightness in my lower back. A few times a week, I do my old physical therapy workouts and it helps keep me moving. Working on your body’s weaknesses can help you ward off injury in the future.

Overall, be patient! I know it’s the last thing you want to hear and even I roll my eyes when people tell me that. However, sometimes getting injured is our body’s way to tell us to chill out. With time, you will start to feel better and you’ll be back to it!

The Weekend With The Race!

Happy Monday friends! It’s been such a great week and weekend full of nice weather and good times. It was also the week of my race! I kept most activity throughout the week low intensity in preparation for my half marathon!

The Weekend With The Race
City hall lit up before the race!

I picked up my bib and packet on Saturday and spent most of the day relaxing. Mostly sitting on the couch and watching Law and Order with a few breaks to stretch and foam roll. I made a conscience effort not to be nervous for my race. For the weeks leading up to the race, I made myself smile and picture a strong finish whenever the race would pop into my mind. It sounds silly but I really believe it’s what helped me have a great race.

The forecast for Sunday morning was around 45 degrees at the start of the race and it would be around 55 degrees when I finished. Since it was close to Halloween, I wanted to wear my Wonder Woman skirt. I made a mad scramble to Target to find a black long sleeve shirt so I wouldn’t be completely frozen on Sunday. However, I was excited because I was finally getting what I wanted: cold weather on race day!

We arrived at the park in Downtown and immediately got in the line for the porta potty. It was moving much slower than I would have liked but I kept me cool. As soon as I was done, I had to bolt to the start line. Thankfully the elites were first so I had time to get situated within the crowd. This race had pacers and my main goal was to stay in front of the 2:10 pacer and to never let him pass me.

I took off and I felt like I was going a bit fast but it was still comfortable. My first mile was an 8:15 but soon I settled into my groove. I am so stinking proud of myself because from mile 2-11 my splits were all 9:35. That consistency and just how my body felt throughout the run made me so dang happy. I didn’t feel tired, I didn’t feel anxious, I felt COMFORTABLE and that’s what I was aiming for. There was a moment where I began to start with negative thoughts but I made myself snap out of it. I thought of my friends, of my past races, of everything I had done this year. Basically any positive thing I could think of.

It was amazing but I was actually having FUN on this race. It was a strange feeling to be smiling with the wind in my hair and sun at my face at mile 9 and not be dying. So many people got a kick out of my Wonder Woman skirt and little kids along the course made me smile. I began to feel tightness in my left glute and lower back due to tweaking my back a bit earlier in the week. I didn’t let it phase me. I slowed it down to a 10 minute mile for the last couple miles. I texted Jordan about it and he was going to come meet me on the course. I texted him back and told him that I’m freaking Wonder Woman and I don’t quit! He knew from that text that I was in good spirits and he wouldn’t need to help me finish.

The dang finish line was uphill however I was so happy to see it and see my time! I stayed in front of the 2:10 pacer for the whole race and beat my personal record! I finish my half-marathon in 2:06 and even though it wasn’t my goal, I was so happy with how my race felt. Yes I was tired at the end but I wasn’t hurt and I thoroughly enjoyed myself through it all!

The Weekend With The Race

After the race, we stopped at Panera for brunch and I had some warm tomato soup. I had fun but my legs and face were definitely frozen. I wore glove at the beginning of the race but stripped them off halfway through. My ears need to be covered when I run in cooler weather since they’re the first to freeze!

The Weekend With The Race

I also wanted to try Starbucks’ Halloween Drink but they were out at the one by my house. We stopped by Dunkin Donuts and I had the most delicious Pumpkin Macchiato. However, it may have just been great because it was warm, haha! It took a warm bath and some couch time to finally thaw out.

The Weekend With The Race

The day after the race, I feel great! I was hoping to go to the gym this afternoon but I developed a lovely blister on the ball of my foot which is mostly uncomfortable. Other than that, I have no complaints! It’s amazing how quick my body has recovered from this race. That medal makes all those two-a-days worth it!

I don’t have another race planned but I may pop in and do a local Christmas race depending on how I feel. Mostly, I’m going to take care of my body and focus on strength training in preparation for my next training season, whenever that may be!

The Weekend In Pictures!

This weekend was spent mostly on my own! I used it as a weekend of recovery, plenty of sleep, and delicious foods!

On Saturday I attended the Wanderlust festival in town. The first part was a 5k run!
I arrived a bit early to set up my yoga mat and check in so I stopped and got some body art too!
The event was held near downtown so it was neat to see the sun rise behind all the buildings!
After the run, I changed for yoga and meditation!
I was starved from all the activity that morning so I stopped by for lunch! A friend introduced me to this place and I’m obsessed!
I got a small Poke bowl but it was SOOOOO GOOD!
I went for my Sunday morning walk with Snowflake since Jordan was still out of town and would be returning that evening.
My mom wanted to buy me some groceries and made me get my own cart. So much food!
Meal prep Sunday was successful with these delicious salads for the week!
I watched football while I waited for Jordan to get home. Our Chiefs didn’t do so good this week. 🙁

This weekend was such a blast! Sometimes, I think it’s great to get a weekend to relax and just have some alone time.

How did you spend your weekend?

Half Marathon Training Recap

I still can’t believe it’s September! There’s Pumpkin flavored everything now. I stopped by Dunkin Donuts for a morning coffee earlier this week and they already had their fall specials. One thing I am looking forward to is cooler weather. This summer has been a bit of a rough one for me in terms of running but it’s going better now.

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