This Friday could not have come soon enough-just saying. (Though I feel like that is a theme of many Friday blogs…).
My walking to and from campus due to my car finally being fixed has extended this week I think-too much. I have *walked* a total of 18 miles thus far and my training has been lax because of it.
Oh well…I’d rather have a car that won’t explode on me versus driving one that needs repairs and having an awesome training week. Please enjoy this lovely vlog of my journey home…
Moving on-I purchased p90x and have currently completed 2 days…out of 90. Right now I love it. Why?
Because I was really loathing going to the gym and lifting weights by myself…I felt like I got nothing accomplished and this has interested me. I’ll probably do a review of it or something at days 30, 60 and 90…
So I can’t wait to see how this goes. It will be a nice switch up if anything else.
Pins of the week include:
Other then that-not too much of interest up here. It snowed last night (which I’m obviously thrilled about).
Question for you: How was your week?
You should remember a lot of things about running. In my mind it can easily be broken down into three points. You may have more-but I am of the simple type. (That is why I like to keep my blogs below 500 words…400 of them being unnecessary rambling).
Point one: Running should make you happy-when it doesn’t…you should take a break. You will see how happy it makes you again and perhaps fall in love with it again. Then it will become enjoyable and not like a chore. I’ve been on both sides and taking a break was sucky at the time-but it made me crave running again.
This was fun
Numero does: You will have another race eventually. So you couldn’t train as hard as you wanted for a particular race-there will be another one.
We are young…road races are only becoming more prevalent.
There is a race every weekend somewhere…don’t forget that.
Three: Your body is an amazing healer. You get injured…it will heal-rest and give it time, I promise! We all know I attract injuries like it’s my job and I make it through them. Sure there is always crying and whining, but I eventually get over it and let myself heal. Running in pain is no fun anyways (which loops us back to point 1).
My body went from no walking at all-to running-all in 8 weeks!
So I leave you with my words of wisdom. ;)
Question for you: What do try and remember about running (your sport of interest…life)?
I thought I was pretty clever..Mg=Emm Geez=the abreviation of Magnesium.
A lot of people know about the importance of calcium and vitamin D for runners-especially FEMALE runners. I know first hand, because part of the reason I got a stress fracture was from lack of absorption of calcium. I now have entirely too much calcium…
But have you ever thought to wondered…am I getting enough magnesium?
Me either…that’s why I wrote a short paper on it-to explore what exactly magnesium does for our bodies as runners, athletes and you know…real people.
Well first, where does it come from?
Molasses, nuts, whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables…
These here are molasses cookies...aka acceptable.
What does it do for you?
It has an active role in muscle contraction and relaxation. Without enough magnesium you could be susceptible to higher blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, fatigue. IE: It prevents cramps when you are running!
So why is it important?
Lower levels of magnium can result in more brittle bones (like low levels of calcicum and vitamin D!). It helps to stimulate calcium absportion in your body. Without proper levels-you could be at risk for osteoporosis and arthritis!
Did you know…
That our ancestors has very low levels of calcium in their diets…they actually relied on more magnesium (though they didn’t know it) to keep their bones healthy and strong! Interesting eh?
Question for you: Anymore fun facts about magnesium? Enlighten me-I love useful knowledge.
Monday Funday. Thus another week of classes begins. Maybe it’s because I did absolutely nothing productive this weekend, but the weekend actually seemed pretty long. It was certainly enjoyable to say the least.
Sometimes I guess you just need lazy weekends to get you somewhat motivated for the week. I’m going to keep telling myself that at least.
So happy Personal Day Monday. I thought I would do a better job of sharing my personal life on the blog. Not that it really matters either way.
First, remember how I got into a car accident ions ago (okay a month ago). Well I had to drop off my car to get all the body work done today…meaning I have no way to get to campus minus my own two feet. While that is all fine and dandy-I live two miles from campus and it got cold this week.
So I thought it was genius to run to class everyday. While holding a notebook. (I’m so cool). It’s also freezing and my first journey back from class I almost cried at 8:50am…when is my car fixed again?
Because I only model on my car...driving...who does that...
So that’s that-my mileage is up and my gas bill is down…for like two days.
I got this sweet trigger point-rolley stick to roll away my injuries (one can only hope…I don’t have any injuries right now…). I 100% recommend it! I can honestly say I think I’ve massaged my legs a good 2 hours in the last day…yeah it’s that good.
Hm-I was a real girl for the latter part of the day (you know…when not running to class). I bought this new dress from target the other day…yay or nay?
I thought I would take the myspaceesc shot in the comfort of the bathroom at school...
Lastly-pinterest always continues to amuse me and today just seems like a more humor needed day then most Mondays.
Oh wait...I don't have this problem currently.
Question for you:
Have you ever had your car in the shop and had to walk everywhere?
Tell me something awesome about your Monday.
Happy training Sunday. I don’t even think that sounds clever together but it’s all good. After last Sunday’s Shamrocking Shamrock Half Marathon, I needed easy runs.
Running: 57 miles
Swimming: 10,000 yards
Core work: I tried to do something everyday. Weather it be crunches in the gym or planks or whatnot. I left my core DVD’s at home by accident and thus not doing those currently. So therefore basically all I did was swim and run this week with one gym session on Tuesday.
I have been getting out of the gym because I’m not Arcing right now. I tried to Arc on Tuesday and it was not jiving with my IT band…so I stopped, lifted and went home. I’m okay with never Arcing again honestly, because it has become so boring and mindless. (Thank the injuries for that and spending my whole life on the thing.) I just lack the motivation to go to the gym and lift for 30 minutes. I’ll get there eventually I suppose.
So anyways-next week begins a new phase of training=MORE MILES! YAY-I’ve been waiting for this day since January 8th when my knee started hurting.
My only workout objective is to run more often-easy and upping the volume. I may or may not have one faster paced run scheduled next week-but it always depends on how I feel. I love casual schedules…
As far as swimming-that comes when I have time to fit it in. Maybe 10,000 yards…maybe none. I am just taking swimming how it comes-as good cross training, with little resistance on my legs. When I feel like swimming I will. I don’t want to force myself into something that clearly made me so miserable last year so taking it as it comes is optimal for me.
Question for you: How were your workouts last week? What is one aspect of fitness you struggle with?