Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Run Down!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!  I am so blessed with so many wonderful people in my life.  I appreciate every single person that clicked on my last post and took a read.  Thank you to all that left a comment - it means more to me than you know to hear from you and receive your encouraging words - it really reminds how great this community is and how fortunate I am to have all of you. 

I have again been thinking about the blog and how often I update (or how I don't update often enough!).  For awhile there I felt like I could only post if I had something profound to say or if I was celebrating a milestone.  But then I realized, my favorite blogs to read are the ones that update on a pretty regular basis - and they talk about normal things - their day to day activities, their workouts, their families, etc.  I am going to give that method a try for a little while.  I think it will be good for me to post on a more regular basis and also be able to keep posts more varied, etc.  So, here we go! 

A few weeks ago I started a weight lifting program called The New Rules of Lifting for Women.  My friend Jen challenged her readers to the program and I had been thinking about introducing weights to my regime so it was perfect timing. I ordered the book from Amazon and the following week we got started.  I signed up for a 30 day trial at a gym just down the street from my house that Jen also happened to work out at, which was very convenient for both of us!  We don't actually do the workouts all together but having someone to meet at the gym early in the morning has been a great thing for me over the last several weeks.  I am loving getting back in the gym - I lifted weights a lot in high school and college and just never got back to it.  It feels great to feel strong and to see some changes happening in my arms, legs - even those pesky abs.  I plan to do a more detailed post soon about the program and how it works. 

On Tuesday night I flew to Phoenix for a quick work trip.  I don't really do a lot of traveling for work - it's very sporatic.  I am working on getting a new position at work so when the offer was made to go visit this potential client I took it, especially since it was a quick turn around.  Our schedules are kind of abnormal around our house so for one of us to be out of town for any longer than a day requires a lot of re-working of schedules and calling on grandparents for help.  My mom was able to come and be with the girls on Tuesday night while Rob was working and Rob's parents always have the girls during the day on Wednesday so for the kids it wasn't too much disruption, which is key.  I love that our schedules allow for one of us to be home with our girls the majority of the time - but there are certain occasions when it can be difficult to manage.  But, we have an amazing support system around us and we are so fortunate! 

Since I started running in January I have been pretty lucky with not having any injuries.  I get sore, tired, have a couple of black toenails and wake up stiff everyonce in awhile but other than that nothing really to report.  Lately, I have been having some upper leg pain on my left side - originally I thought it was a tight IT band but the last couple of days it has moved in to my glute so I did some more research yesterday.  I am now thinking that I am having piriformis pain.  Yesterday I ventured to TC Running Company, located in EP - if you need running gear - I highly recommend checking them out.  They have a great selection of running gear for men and women and the staff is incredibly helpful - they have a passion for running and for runners - no matter your ability.  So, the owner of the store was working yesterday and I asked him for some help deciding which foam roller to purchase, he was very helpful and I left with a new foam roller ready to take on my piriformis!  I am also going to have a deep tissue massage this afternoon to try and work some tight muscles out as well.  If you have not had a deep tissue or sports massage before - JUST DO IT!  Your body will thank you! 

There are 16 days until the Medtronic TC 10 Mile race on October 2nd.  I am very excited to be able to be part of the TC Marathon weekend - we are going to go to the Marathon Expo and I can't wait!  Tomorrow; me, Melissa and Tracy are going to run the 10 mile course from Mpls to St Paul.  It will likely be my last attempt at a long run prior to race day.  I will continue to run up until a couple of days before the race but probably nothing more than 6 miles after tomorrow.  I am condident that the 10 mile is a race I will be able to finish - at this point it will just come down to how long it takes me.  I am not putting a time goal on myself - in my head I know how long I would like for it to take me - but I don't want to put too much pressure on myself - I just really want to have a great time and soak the whole experience in.  This will be by far the largest race I have competed in and I just can't wait! 

Time for the weekend to begin!  Have a great one everybody - be happy and healthy!

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