Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Weekly Roundup 5.8-5.14 & 5.15-5.21

Two weeks have gone by and I’m progressing!  I’ve been able to try spinning and… wait for it… running!  My physical therapist Kathy had me start run/walking and now I’m up to 3 miles!

Other highlights:

·      For the second year in a row, I got to see BibRave Pro Eric as he ran through my town during Ragnar Cape Cod!  Always a treat!

·      On a GORGEOUS 85 degree Friday, I met up with my coworker Craig and tried paddle boarding for the first time!  The water was cold and I was terrified of falling in but I had a blast!  My goal is to partake in more “activities” this summer…

Upcoming events:

·      1 week until the Buffalo Half Marathon!

Monday 5.8.17
30’ deep water running
10’ Burdenko
8,318 steps

Tuesday 5.9.17
7,559 steps

Wednesday 5.10.17
30’ elliptical
10,414 steps

Thursday 5.11.17
Power Water
9,589 steps

Friday 5.12.17
20’ elliptical
PT with Kathy
13,476 steps

Saturday 5.13.17
Taught spin class 28’
Water Interval
12,369 steps

Sunday 5.14.17
Happy Mother’s Day!
Taught spin class 32’
Burdenko H2O
15,239 steps

Monday 5.15.17
40’ walk
1 mile (8:48)
10,981 steps

Tuesday 5.16.17
Taught spin class 30’
11,154 steps

Wednesday 5.17.17
2 miles (15:47)
15,232 steps

Thursday 5.18.17
Taught spin class 40’
Power Water
13,926 steps

Friday 5.19.17
2.50 miles (20:46)
PT with Kathy
4’ Jacobs Ladder
12,103 steps

Saturday 5.20.17
3x60” planks
20’ walk with G and mama
9,425 steps

Sunday 5.21.17
Piggy Trot 3.7 miles (38:57)
3x60” planks
12,970 steps

Last week’s mileage: 0 miles
This week’s mileage: 9 miles
Last week’s G mileage: 0 miles
This week’s G mileage: 0 miles
May Totals: 9 miles
2017 Totals: 309 miles

Monday, May 22, 2017

Race Report: Piggy Trot 2017

Yesterday was the 8th Annual Piggy Trot for the Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope and my 7th year in a row running!  I love this race, the course, the cause—and I’m always excited for Piggy Trot morning.

As you know, I’ve been injured.  My physical therapist has only given me the ok to walk/run every other day up to 3 miles total.  The Piggy Trot is 3.7 miles.

While the original plan was to pace Eric and hopefully race to another pig trophy, I rewire my brain to make this a fun run.  I’m always lucky to have my mom and a bunch of work friends and run club friends running this race so this year I tagged along with Allison—who was stroller running, pushing Catherine.  It did turn into a walk/run for real because Catherine kept throwing her stuffed animal out of the stroller and then she wanted water… didn’t want water… wanted water… didn’t want water… and so on.

My mom started with us then kept running during one of our stops.  Once she hit mile 3 she started walking and we caught up so we all could cross the finish line together!

(📸: Stacey Hedman)

Up next: Buffalo Half Marathon in Buffalo, NY on May 28th!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Weekly Roundup 4.24-4.30 & 5.1-5.7

Hey guys!  It’s been two weeks since I last posted a Weekly Roundup and I still haven’t tried running a step.  This injury has been super frustrating and is making me crazy.  It’s always worse when you CAN’T do something versus when you just don’t want to.  I was diagnosed with an abductor strain.  For awhile I was getting a lot of referred pain down my leg and to my piriformis but now it is more localized.  Sitting hurts.  Standing too long hurts.  I also haven’t been able to spin.  I can’t jump around in pool class.  I wasn’t sleeping.  My appetite is suppressing (probably to a normal appetite 😂).  I lost about 4 pounds but I’m getting fluffy.  Not running sucks.

I’m trying to stay motivated and looking ahead to future goals—I signed up for Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia in September—because I can feel Buffalo slipping away from me.  I may still be able to run the half Memorial Day weekend but I know I won’t be able to race.  I’m being a good little PT patient and doing all my exercises, stretching a ton, rolling every day and getting in the pool a few times a week.  Kathy has been awesome—spending so much time with me, being so accommodating and putting me to WERK.  So many glute exercises!

While healing is slow, I am sleeping through the night and definitely getting stronger.  I used the elliptical pain-free this weekend and finally was able to go long enough to sweat on Sunday!  Baby steps.  It’s hard to remember sometimes but small progress is still progress.

Other highlights:

·      I’m getting new floors!  Last weekend I helped my dad rip up the kitchen.  Georgie supervised and I took out all the nails.

Upcoming events:

·      2 weeks until the Piggy Trot!
·      3 weeks until the Buffalo Half Marathon!

Monday 4.24.17
PT with Kathy
20’ Burdenko
7,440 steps

Tuesday 4.25.17
10,527 steps

Wednesday 4.26.17
30’ Burdenko
9,388 steps

Thursday 4.27.17
Power Water
10 push ups
14,173 steps

Friday 4.28.17
PT with Kathy
5’ elliptical
18’ walk with G
10’ walk with G and mama
8,701 steps

Saturday 4.29.17
30’ Burdenko
7,489 steps

Sunday 4.30.17
Burdenko H2O
14,429 steps

Monday 5.1.17
PT with Kathy
7,364 steps

Tuesday 5.2.17
10,175 steps

Wednesday 5.3.17
PT with Kathy
8’ elliptical
9,384 steps

Thursday 5.4.17
Power Water
10,970 steps

Friday 5.5.17
15’ elliptical
30’ Burdenko
9,268 steps

Saturday 5.6.17
18’ walk with G and mama
9,293 steps

Sunday 5.7.17
20’ elliptical
7,530 steps

Last week’s mileage: 0 miles
This week’s mileage: 0 miles
Last week’s G mileage: 0 miles
This week’s G mileage: 0 miles
April Totals: 16 miles
May Totals: 0 miles
2017 Totals: 300 miles

Friday, May 5, 2017

Run Jen Run’s Friday Five 5.5.17

What’s up everyone?

I’m back for the fourth installment of #FridayFive where I will be sharing 5 things I’m currently loving…

Because today is Cinco de Mayo! Its authentic Mexican flavors with a Cape Cod spin easily puts Anejo at the top of my list for best restaurant in Falmouth.  Make sure to order the tableside guac and save room for the fried ice cream!

Injuries suck.  Not running sucks.  I’m going crazy but physical therapy works.  Slow progress is frustrating but progress is progress and I’m happy to be getting stronger and a little more pain-free every day.

It’s been awhile since I read a really good book but my coworker Eric brought this in for me and I’m hooked.  I’ve always struggled with the mental aspect of running and I’ve often let it get the best of me.  This book uses real examples from elite athletes to help readers find and develop their own mental toughness.  From the introduction…  
“Not all endurance athletes are head cases, but given the nature of the sports in which they participate, all endurance athletes face psychological challenges, and all such challenged are either directly or indirectly related to perception of effort.  If racing wasn’t as hard as hell, athletes would not experience moments of self-doubt, or pre-race apprehension, or post-race regret, or mental burnout, or intimidation.  Even most training errors, such as overtraining, originate in the fear of suffering.”

Duh!  BibRave and AfterShokz put together the Spring #ShokzBox filled with the hottest running gear from Orange Mud, Knuckle Lights, Buff and Brilliant Reflective and I’m obsessed.  I got a sneak peak through an opportunity from BibRave and I’m looking forward to spreading the love and gifting it to my dad.  Priced at $199 (a $285 value), the Spring #ShokzBox is only available from 5/1-5/14 and quantities are limited.  Check it out here: http://shokzbox.aftershokz.com/

Marshawn Lynch
Oh. Em. Gee.  I can’t get enough!  Arguably one of my favorite players ever in the NFL, Beast Mode is also the ugliest dude in the NFL but I LOVE HIM.  I am so excited to see him in an Raiders uniform because he is really really really from Oakland doe.

From @NFL
That’s all for today.  Check back on the first Friday of every month for 5 more of my favorite things!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I signed up for Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

What: Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia

Where: Philadelphia, PA

When: September 17, 2017

Leave it to me to sign up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll race described as “one of the fastest, flattest and most FUN courses you’ll find in the fall.” 

I love fast.  I love flat.  I also love Philadelphia and I can’t wait to race 13.1 miles there!

You may not know that I lived in Philly for a brief period of time during grad school and I’ll take any excuse to visit to the King of Prussia Mall, run around Valley Forge Park and return to the land of Rita’s Italian Ice.  Philly was the place where I rediscovered running.  I started running to stay busy and I kept running to stay sane.

I ran my first Rock ‘n’ Roll race in Providence back in 2011 and returned in 2013 before they discontinued the race location.  I was excited when I found out BibRave was partnering with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series in 2017 and I immediately added Philly to my race schedule.  Not going to lie—being injured right now makes it hard to even think about September racing—but summer training is my favorite and I am looking at this as a PR race back up plan if Buffalo does not go well on May 28th.  And what if I PR in Buffalo?  I’ll try to PR again in Philly!

The half marathon course ends at Eakins Oval in Fairmount Park.  If you don’t know Philly at all… this is the location of the Philadelphia Art Museum… aka the famous Rocky steps!

After the race, Big Head Todd and the Monsters will be the headliner act at the finish line festival.  I should Google them…

Participant Perks:

·      Scenic Course
·      Live, Local Bands on Course
·      Brooks Technical Participant Tee
·      Exclusive Finisher Medal
·      Admission to the Finish Line Festival and Post-Race Concert + Free Beer!
·      Admission to the Two Day Health & Fitness Expo

Not into running a half marathon?  The race also features a 5k and just announced the inaugural 10k race—both of which will take place on Saturday, the day before the race.

Want to join me in Philly on September 17th? 
Use code BIBRAVE15 for $15 off the half (valid until 9/10) when you register here: http://www.runrocknroll.com/philadelphia/

Need a little more convincing?  Check out this video of what Shalane Flanagan had to say about Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly…