Hamstring Update!!

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The last time I wrote a post, I was battling a hamstring issue.  I was really worried, because I had just come up with a little 4 week plan to get me ready for a 5 mile race!  After taking a week off from running and almost everything else, it is so much better!! I have been taking it easy and stretching a lot.  I started my mini training plan with 2 runs before I messed up my hamstring.  I ended up missing 4 runs, but I think I am back on track :)

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I had an AWESOME run Saturday morning!!! The weather was amazingggg and I only stopped my watch once to walk for a minute.  I love running in the fall!!

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Hopefully there will be lots of great runs in my future!

Hamstring Drama

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In my last post, I mentioned that I signed up for a 5 mile race and was trying to follow a mini- training plan to help me get a PR.  For my first week, I ran 3 miles easy on my treadmill for Tuesday and did some hill work on Wednesday.

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I started Wednesday with a 1 mile warm up to get to the road with the hill I was using.  Lap 2 was me getting to the base of the hill and walking it out for a bit.  Lap 3, 5 and 7 were me trying to run up this hill at a quick pace.  I was exhausted and breathing heavy after each one.  I expected to hate it, but it wasn’t that bad!  I know doing stuff like this will help me get faster.

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On Thursday, I took a nice fall and landed on my butt.  I fell with my right leg straight out and my left leg bent behind me.  I was in a sort of half split and slammed my right knee into the ground.

After I got up and shook it out, I expected a big bruise on my knee but didn’t think much of the fall.  I taught BODYPUMP that night and picked a nice lunge track with lots of single leg jumps (release 80).

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Colby and I stopped in at our favorite burrito place.  I went all sweaty and nasty like this and I didn’t even care.  Are you proud of my sweaty pic Kristy?

Friday morning I woke up with a bruise on my right knee and an insanely tight hamstring.  As the day went on, it got worse and worse.  By Friday night I was limping and couldn’t bend my right leg.  I guess when I fell I strained the muscle and probably made it way worse by jumping around at BODYPUMP.  Saturday was horrible and I was starting to get nervous.  I iced and laid with my leg elevated and by Sunday I could bend it! Woo Hoo!  I am typing this Monday night and it is a million times better now.  I have been able to stretch it and I am walking normal.  I am sad I had to stop running and teaching pump, but it is better to take it easy for now.  I’m hoping to walk and stretch this week and hopefully go for a run by Thursday or Friday.  :)

Mini Running Goal

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I had high hopes of lots of exercise this past Labor Day weekend.  Instead, I felt tired and run down and took a major 3 day break.  At first it made me panic a bit not to exercise 3 days in a row, but eventually I calmed it down and realized I needed it.  Instead of working out Saturday morning, I spent over an hour watching Wen on QVC.  Sadly, this isn’t the first time I’ve watched Wen on QVC and I’ve wanted to try it for a long time.  I ordered a starter kit off Amazon and it should be here in a few days.  I think my hair will do really well with this cleansing conditioner.  I have dry, thick hair and kind of a dry scalp.  I am just curious to how it will be after heavy exercise.  I’ll make sure to review it on the blog :)

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After taking a break this weekend, I signed up for a 5 mile race I really wanted to do.  I did this race in 2010 and 2011 and it is awesome.  I’ve been putting off registering because I’m kinda nervous.  I haven’t raced since the Nike Half in April and I haven’t been running much.  To put my obsessive mind at ease, I decided to make up a mini training plan to get me to this race.  I know it is only 5 miles, but I ran it pretty fast both times and I’d like to PR!

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The race is in 4 weeks and I did my 3 mile run today.  I know I need to do some speed work/ hill work if I want to improve my time from 2011. (43:55 – a 8:47 pace and that is fast for me!)  I NEVER do hill work or speed work (unless it is on the treadmill) so I need to push myself!  There is still lots of BODYPUMP teaching going on each week, so I have to make sure I fit in my runs too!