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  1. Thanks for the support! February's been a busy month and while I haven't had much time to journal, I've been able to get in all of my planned workouts except one (date night with my husband!) Here's a brief summary of the past 3 weeks: Strength: Basic strength work 2-4 days/week. Each session consists of one exercise each for legs, back, chest, and shoulders +/- one total body move (cleans, thrusters, snatch). I've been conservative this cycle (as recommended by Coach B), and could probably increase weight across the board (especially for the overload week - week 3). Running: I've been sticking to running for time, staying with my HR zone 2, and not getting caught up on speed/distance. It's frustratingly slow at times, but I understand the logic behind it. Long run is now up to 1 hour 23 minutes. Week 1: 3 runs, 2.33 hours, 12.7 miles Week 2: 3 runs, 2.52 hours, 13.08 miles Week 3: 2 runs, 2.13 hours, 10.65 miles My hip has been feeling okay. It's by no means perfect, and most of my pain during/after running is in my upper left quad as opposed to the joint. My MT gave it a good beating Saturday afternoon and it's feeling much better today. This week is a rest week for me. My mind wants to go, but my body could use the rest. In addition to some light training, I have 2 complete rest days (yuck) and plan to do lots of foam rolling and mobility work. Happy training!!
  2. Where did January go? First strength workout of the new plan. It sucks watching my husband take off for CrossFit in the early mornings while I work out at home, but on the bright side I save 40 min of commuting time and get to shower and eat breakfast at home instead of at the hospital! I'm sure all you smoothie drinkers would agree that a super fresh smoothie is so much better than one blended several hours before drinking! Suddenly I'm craving a big slushy fruit smoothie!! Tuesday 1/31 STRENGTH Dynamic warm-up with PT exercises Deadlift - 2 x 12 reps, 95 lbs Bench Press - 2 x 15 reps, 45 lbs Bent over row - 2 x 12 reps, 55 lbs Shoulder press - 2 x 12 reps, 45 lbs Hang Cleans - 15 reps, 45 lbs Looong way to go, but you have to start somewhere. Happy February everyone!
  3. Monday 1/30 Day 1 towards the North Country Trail Marathon Easy endurance RUN 40 min, 3.5 miles Felt GREAT today! Best my hip has felt in weeks. In addition, my new running-partner-in-training (my new pup Merlin) accompanied me on his very first run today (only the last 10 minutes) and he did great! Most importantly, he didn't knock me over or drag me down the street. PT and foam roller planned for this evening. Tomorrow is a strength day with all sorts of fun stuff on the agenda (thinking pushups, deadlifts, bent over rows, shoulder press/push press, and cleans).
  4. You would LOVE CrossFit. Except for the whole paleo thing...
  5. Hope you had a fun day at Tough Mudder! Glad to hear your wife is almost there too, is she also 80-10-10?
  6. Sunday 1/29 REST DAY ... Sort of. One hour hike with the dogs (and while my older lab put himself to bed hours ago, the puppy still isn't tired!) and a home "spa day" comprised of a hot Epsom salt soak, foam roller, legs self-massage with arnica oil, and yin yoga-type stretching. So relaxing! Tomorrow kicks off Coach B's new plan. Goal = Michigan's North Country Trail Marathon on August 25! Week 1 Monday: Easy endurance run Tuesday: AM Strength, PM active recovery Wednesday: Easy endurance run Thursday: AM Strength, PM active recovery Friday: Off Saturday: Extensive endurance run Sunday: Off *plus PT exercises on as many days as I can fit it in
  7. Saturday 1/28 REST DAY Spent the day instead hiking with the dogs, watching "Running the Sahara" and "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" with my newly-vegan husband, and putting my coach's new plan into my calendar. Can't wait to get it started!!
  8. Thursday 1/26 RUN 30 min HR zone 2, with form drills 2.56 miles Friday 1/27 YOGA 60 min Power Yoga Hip is sore and quads are so very tight. I would love nothing more than to go out tomorrow morning for my weekly pre-dawn long run on the trails (I like to channel my inner Dean Karnazes), but believe it's in my interest to back off for the weekend and be ready to start fresh with my coach's new plan come Monday. We'll see if I can actually hold out!
  9. Book Giveaway!!! A good friend of mine, Jason Hicks, recently wrote a book in collaboration with his father, J. Morris Hicks, extolling the benefits of a plant-based diet. I recently reviewed the book on my blog, Motion Is Life, and will be giving away one free autographed copy to one lucky reader! Be sure to check out the review and enter to win! http://www.motion-is-life.org/?m=1
  10. WEDNESDAY 1/25 CrossFit WOD "Cindy" 5 pull ups 10 pushups 15 squats Results: 15 rounds + 5 pull ups + a little belly burn from the band I used to assist my pull ups (ouch) It's the first time I've done this classic WOD, and a great benchmark to use before beginning my base strength program next week. It's one I can easily repeat to see how far I can progress with 3 months of basic strength work. During the squats I found I was quite a bit lazy with my left glutes and focused on keeping it tight. Things to work on are glute strength, triceps strength (I can only do wide, wide pushups), and more glute strength.
  11. Thanks Mini Forklift! I NEVER run with headphones, I much prefer the sounds of my footfalls, my breathing, the wind blowing through the trees, my dogs trotting along beside me, etc. I'm a nature girl!
  12. @Mini Forklift - my race goals are constantly evolving (mainly due to work schedules and this recent injury). My goal for 2012 is to run my first marathon, and make it to the finish line injury-free. I hope to build on that in the long term with ultra running and/or ironman. At present my target marathon is Michigan's North Country trail marathon in August. Today's workout: AM 30 min RUN, HR zone 2 2.87 miles PM Home PT exercises Felt amazing! Mild discomfort in my hip still, but my fastest avg pace in target HR zone since before my injury. Form is coming back!
  13. Great news - I saw the ortho hip surgeon today and he encouraged me to continue to go the conservative route. I'm pain free 85-90% of the time, and no activity seems to make the pain worse (although I do occasionally have some pain when I run). Phew! This is exactly what I wanted to hear, especially since Coach B and I put our heads together this weekend and laid out a back-to-basics injury prevention plan. Essentially, I'll go back to day 1 of my 6 month marathon plan, refocusing my efforts on Michigan's North Country Trail Marathon in August (so much more fun than a standard road marathon and one step closer to my ultra dreams). This time around, Coach B is taking me out of CrossFit and putting together a traditional strength and conditioning program of compound movements (think deadlifts and squats) designed to boost my base strength and protect me from future injury. It's brilliant really, although I know I'm going to miss my daily WODs! The new plan kicks off next week, but until then I plan to have a little fun with CrossFit, like today: Strength: Bench Press 12-9-6-3 (45-65-75-85(fail)) this is exactly why I need to go back to basics! Weak. WOD: "Annie" 50-40-30-20-10 Double unders Sit ups 9:22, scaled to single unders 3:1
  14. SUNDAY 1/22 Long Run Day (my favorite!) 80 min HR zone 2 6.15 miles on packed snow (turns out snowmobiles are good for something after all!)
  15. @vivalasvegans - yes! As a matter of fact, today I am taking a much needed rest day (from formal exercise at least). I always try to listen to my body and allow it the time it needs to recover. As one of the CrossFit coaches likes to say, every once in awhile you need to take a day off and do nothing but eat!
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