Five Months And Counting…

Song Of the Post “Best Of You” By Foo Fighters

Well, I hate to say but the past two and half weeks have not been as productive as I had originally planned.  The numbness has taken more control over the left side then I had expected.  I ran 7 miles on Sunday (March 20th) but it all kind of went downhill from there. I was able to fit in some shorter runs last week here and there but some runs had to be ended prematurely due to limping caused by the numbness. I was hoping to run 9 miles this past weekend but didn’t even get out the door. (For that long of a run I have to run outside, I would go stir crazy if I had to run that far on a treadmill)  I was feeling better on Sunday but was just not mentally in it as much as I needed to be to fight the numbness for 9 miles. This  past weekend was actually one of the hardest I have had in a while…it hit me this weekend that I have been fighting this numbness on my left side off and on for the past five months.  I will say the “depression” got the best of me this weekend which, I hate to admit, probably added to the 9 mile run not even being attempted. I am still a little shocked that I had not realized it had been that long until now.

However, Monday started a new week and a newfound push to keep going. I ran just an easy two miles just to get back into the running and it helped restart the drive to keep going. I ran three miles on Tuesday but wasn’t able to do the 4-5 miles on Wednesday morning due to the lovely running cramp in my right side that likes to return from time to time to annoy the hell out of me. Since I was already up and it was still only 5:45am I lifted so I didn’t completely “waste” a morning workout.  Today I am happy to say I was able to run just under four miles this morning.  It seemed to go pretty well and I didn’t even have any issues with the cramping.  Tomorrow is Zumba, Saturday an easy 3-5 miles and then hopefully 10 miles on Sunday…keeping my fingers crossed!

Obviously Grandma’s Marathon in June is definitely up in the air even though today’s run went well. If I don’t make at least ten miles this weekend I may have to forget about Grandma’s Marathon this year and maybe put that on my 2012 “To Run List.” I am thinking I still have a good chance of running the Capital City Half Marathon but I will have to see the next couple of weeks.

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“Suddenly I See”

Since music is another passion of mine I’ve decided to try including a “Song of the Post” to each of my postings. I am going to try to pick a song that ties into my post or it may just end up being the song that has been stuck in my head that day. Hope you enjoy this added feature! 🙂

Song of the Post – “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall

My marathon training has official begun! I will have to admit I am pretty excited about getting back into the training, especially since spring is right around the corner. Yesterday the high was around 60° and it was sunny so I was able to run outside in the warmth and sunshine. Today it is back down into the 40s and rainy so it only lasted one day but hey, it was something. Hopefully we will be getting some warmer weather in Ohio soon.

This year I have decided to add a few things to my training schedule to hopefully help me increase my speed, build up my strength and trim down the weight a little more. I am a morning runner so Monday through Friday I am waking up early to run before work. I am sure that this contributed to me ignoring some things last year that are important to a runner’s training so I plan to wake up at 5am instead of 5:30am this year to add that extra time needed to give these overlooked areas more attention.

Right now I am still working on just building up my endurance again from being off most of the winter due to MS relapses, but I plan to start focusing more on the speed work in a few weeks. I am going to do a little more research on speed work and hope to discuss it more in later posts.

I never been a fan of doing a strict diet that doesn’t really let you enjoy anything you eat. Last year I mainly focused on eating more fruits, vegetables and just trying to eat healthier overall rather than try to stay to one diet. There are times I did pretty well with this and then other times I slipped. I did end up losing about 20 lbs during my training last year however gained about 10 lbs back during the winter when I wasn’t able to run. I hope to make things a little more interesting this year and try some new, healthier recipes that will hopefully taste good as well. I will post any recipes I find “tasty”.

Last year I really did not make strength training (or weight lifting) a priority. It was one of those things that I kept in the back of my mind but really didn’t act on very often. I am planning on working out on my Bowflex twice a week, hopefully on Mondays and Thursdays after my run. I ran for about 30 minutes this morning then got on the Bowflex for about 25 minutes so off to a good start!

The last thing I plan to add this year is to consistently have cross training at least once a week. The cross training will probably be biking or Zumba. (Zumba is pretty addicting and a lot of fun, if you enjoy dancing. ) And who knows, maybe I will even add some additional cross training with Wii Sports Resort, Kinect Sports or Dance Central. (Yes, I am a low-key gamer as well.) Guess we will see in the coming months how successful I am with all my changes and additions to my training schedule. Here’s hoping the majority of them stick!