Just proud of myself for sticking to my plan.

My first two-a-day was a success even with some hot summer sun blazing down.

Like the brain surgeon that I am I waited until it was the hottest part of the day to head out for my first leg. I remembered how rough it was yesterday afternoon running 4 miles without water so today I took a bottle and amazingly drank the entire thing! 16.9 oz in 45 min.

ragnar training

rule #1: hydrate!!!

I felt a little stronger than yesterday but in general my speed just isn’t there these days. I always laugh when I say speed. Because for me that is 9-10 minutes per mile. Not to be confused with Meb speed (4-5 min per mile).

After my first run I came home to a lovely package. It was the tshirts for our Ragnar team! Perfect timing!

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Custom Ink

I tried to recreate the Ragnar experience so I didn’t shower between runs. =) I was excited though because as i finished my first run I stopped the iPod right at the beginning of one of my favorite songs. One Shot by Eminem. So I knew I’d get a push at the beginning of my second run.

The second run happened in the early evening, just before a thunderstorm. The dew point was 75! If you know anything about dew points then basically my sweat couldn’t evaporate. It wasn’t fun.

Run 2!

Rule #2: Hydrate some more!

My sweat was sweet though! That’s because I ate way too much of this homemade chocolate chip bundt cake today. Like 3/4 of the cake too much. #serious

chocolate chip bundt cake

I made this little gem all by myself!

Tomorrow morning I’m running that 4 miler in Central Park and then I think I’ll give myself a cross-training day on Sunday.

Have you ever run twice in one day? Have you experienced a dew point of 70 or higher?
Ever eat an entire cake in a 24-hour period? Or am I the only nut?

 

Hey hey hey!

It’s FRRRRIIIIIDDDDAAAAYYY night and I’m feeling alright!!! But first let me tell you about yesterday.

I made the executive decision not to run to let my entire left leg (literally from hip to toe) calm down a bit. Instead I did a short bike ride through the neighborhood. Not my favorite way to bike because of all the stop signs and such but at least I moved my muscles and that’s all that counts really. Not to mention I love riding right up to my doorstep and being greeted by the doodle.

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Later in the day I drove out to my brother and sister-in-law’s house. My brother was working late and the kids are at camp so just me and my sister-in-law went out for dinner. We hit up Cheesecake Factory and after splitting a bunch of appetizers we each got our own unique slice of cheesecake.

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White chocolate and wild blueberry -VS- caramel baked apple streusel….it’s a tie!

My sister-in-law was appalled when she saw this pic of my bare fridge on my Instagram, so she cooked for me and sent me home with lots of goodies including the most delicious chicken cacciatore I’ve ever had. Plus, I stopped in to my personal organic veggie store (a.k.a. my dad’s backyard garden) And pulled some lettuce to go with the chicken.

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He’s growing a lot of great stuff.

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So this morning I got up before the alarm because nature was calling and Duncan swiftly stole my spot. But I couldn’t get mad….he’s just so stinkin’ cute.

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I started to make a list of what I need to pack for my trip to San Francisco next week and this wave of optimism came over me. I just feel really good about the trip. I’m a lucky girl. Grateful for my family who pities me and feeds me. Grateful for my running family. Grateful for my inner peace tonight.

What are you grateful for? Are you naturally optimistic or do you have to work at it?

I hope y’all have a lovely weekend.

Happy Thursday! My favorite weekday because I’m off =)

I got up early, showered and got dressed.

i run like a girl

reminding myself i am still a runner

Yup, foam roller and heating pad in the background. #injuredrunner

Then headed out with a friend to buy my very first adult bike.

Schwinn Riverside

Pretty hot pink accents =)

new bike

My first time riding a bike since I was 15!

So I’m so short that I had to bring the seat down all the way! I practiced quick in the parking lot and was surprised I didn’t fall. I’m shaky for sure but it’ll come back to me right?! =)

The bike was a bargain at $129! I can always upgrade to a fancier bike if I stick to it.

Next up was grabbing lunch at Harold’s Deli. They’re famous for their World’s Largest Pickle Bar

Harold's Deli

Pickles, corned beef and turkey on rye and cole slaw!

They’re also famous for their oversized desserts. We were pressed for time so I got this oversized black and white cookie to go…

black and white cookie

Now that’s a cookie!

Once I got home I set out for my first official bike ride. I’m still nervous so I rode around my development and to a church parking lot near my house just to get used to it.

 

route-bike

 

I hope I get a little faster! I run faster than that lol! But I did go up a big hill and that felt good.

So here I go! I’ve taken the mental training wheels off and I’m ready to embrace the next 3 weeks of not running.

Have you ever been nervous to do something but once you tried it you loved it?

HIGH

Friday I wore one of my new shirts to work:

Free People shirt

Free People shirt

HIGH

And since my commute home from work Friday evening was quick, I took the doodle to the park for a nice walk to wind down after a busy week.

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LOW

Saturday morning I woke up depressed. Just didn’t feel like leaving the couch. Not sure why. Apparently post-marathon blues are real.

lazy doodle

Duncan was depressed too

HIGH

I finally got myself together to go for my first post-marathon run but…

LOW

…when I started the car my check engine light came on!

annoying engine light

annoying engine light

HIGH

I drove to the beach and had a really nice run anyway. I ran about 1 of the 4 miles in the sand. I listened to some music (loving that Sara Bareilles song Brave!) and cried a little and felt so much better.

beach run

first run after marathon

LOW

Just as I was nearing the end of my run I could feel the same soreness on the outside of my foot that I felt right after finishing the marathon last weekend. I had assumed that the soreness was just from the sneaker being tied to tight perhaps and after almost 5 hours straight of running that it got a bit sore. But when the same soreness returned for this run I had a big epiphany that this was tendonitis of the Peroneal Tendon (the Peroneus Brevis to be exact). Yes, I’m self-diagnosing. I had an ankle sprain in the summer of 2011 (during the Warrior Dash) and had a rough time giving it time to heal and still train for my first marathon (NYC Marathon in November of 2011). Needless to say I made it through the marathon but didn’t go seek treatment for the injury until 2012. Eventually after physical therapy and acupuncture I recovered. The ankle sprain caused the Peroneal Tendons to be inflamed. Well, since then, this has been a chronic issue when my mileage gets high. But usually I feel the discomfort at the top of the tendon (behind ankle bone). So it didn’t connect right away that this was the same tendon until I went online and looked at this diagram.

I highlighted the area that hurts (photo source: anklecenter.com)

I highlighted the area that hurts (photo source: anklecenter.com)

The peroneus brevis attaches to the 5th metatarsal which is exactly where my foot hurts. So I have been icing it and taking Ibuprofen and hopefully another week of no running will be enough to let it heal. I’ve got a 5K next weekend and then a half marathon the week after, not to mention lots of long runs between now and July as well so I really want to make sure I’m healed and healthy!!!!.

Peroneus Brevis

Irritated my peroneus brevis – icing like a champ

HIGH

I stopped for this yummy iced caramel latte after the run.

Dunkin Donuts Caramel Swirl Latte

my favorite

HIGH

While I was resting the ankle I decided to color my hair. I always go for red but today I chose a new shade called Garnet Red and I LOVE IT!

garnet hair don't care

garnet hair don’t care-and yes those are rain drops on the shirt to the left. luckily it was just a quick passing sprinkle

LOW

Apparently the backs of my legs (from where my capris end and my socks begin) got a little sun during the marathon last weekend. It looks like dirt! LOL!

marathoner's tan

note to self: put sunscreen on the backs of your legs too!

HIGH

Tomorrow my niece turns 14 and tonight we went out to celebrate at her favorite sushi restaurant.

She was so excited for the Polaroid camera she asked for. So retro! =)

The birthday girl’s dessert…Raspberry and Chocolate sauce was used to make the cherry blossom design on the plate. She was so excited for the Polaroid camera she asked for. So retro! =)

Curls

Happy Birthday Niece!!!!!

Last year the NJ Marathon fell on her birthday and she was the trooper and came to support me on the course anyway. While she likes running she doesn’t like to go farther than a mile. She’s more of a basketball girl….but I still haven’t given up on getting her to run a 5K with me someday. Oh yeah, we had dessert back at the house. I tried a chocolate chip ice cream cone. Hello! It was awesome.

ice cream!!!!!

ice cream!!!!!

HIGH

My friend picked me up this bottle of wine just because he thought i’d like the bottle. Thanks! I love Riesling!

riesling

riesling

LOW

Tomorrow is Monday :(

Question: What were some of your highs and lows this weekend.