Things are crazy here in da house! What about you guys?? We are gearing up to take on the summer and we are as busy as ever. I kind of like it though. I’m a busy body so the more the better. I feel like I have so much to tell you! Ok, ok I really should drink less coffee.
Where do I start? Last time I chatted with you I was hanging out in the gym more. Well, I’m still injured (stupid leg!) so that is still happening. No worries, I’ll tell you all about it. Besides workout stuff, my twins graduated preschool, we went camping, spent some time in East Texas, started working on an outdoor kitchen at our house, a half marathon got cancelled and I stuck out the food challenge until the end. Hmmm, maybe that covers it all.
Alright, back to the stupid leg. I have been running for a longish time and I have this pattern. I feel great so I start to get big for my britches. I love running and I feel good so I run a little further, a little faster, then a little further, then a lot faster and I continue down that path until I get hurt. EVERYTIME I have been hurt from running it’s because I was skipping down that damn path. This time is no different. I go out and run faster and faster and faster then BAM. It’s a hamstring/knee problem and I’m working on the 3rd week with zero miles!!
You know what though? This injury is a little different than the others. I’m not depressed, moping around and growling at everyone who looks at me. Instead, I’ve completely thrown myself into the gym and embraced the Crossfit wod’s. Yeah, I’m having to modify some because of the injury but overall between the nutrition challenge and the days in the gym I’m seeing huge improvements in my strength! It’s a great distraction from being off the road.
Since I talked to you last we maxed out at the gym and I got some PR’s including a 30lb PR on back squat which was super exciting and I FINALLY was able to do unassisted pull-ups in a workout!! Now, that was pee my pants exciting! June will be my 2 year anniversary and I have never been able to RX a pull up wod. Since I’m not running, I’m not burning my muscle away and I can do these things. It is kind of fun. Don’t worry running buddies…I’m coming back…eventually.
Oh and I totally won the nutrition challenge!! Whoop!! It was tough. Yeah, I eat Paleo (duh) so that wasn’t the big deal. Oddly enough the one glass of wine a week was so hard for me! The thing is, usually I only drink two glasses a week or so. I can’t drink too much, I get up too early, someone telling me I was limited killed me! Especially camping. But I did it, and I got some money to buy new workout gear. Whoop!
Ok so, speaking of strength gains and nutrition I am really finding myself torn lately. I won’t go into this too much today but this will be something I’ll be touching on through the summer and I need some feedback people! I added carbs to my diet and upped my lifts at the gym and I gained weight. Yeah, yeah, I know its muscle. Everybody keeps saying that! I don’t like it. I wish I had a skinny runner body but that’s not the body God gave me turns out. When I was training for the full I weighed less and my clothes were bigger but I have to say right now I’m digging having the strength and I do feel great. I squeeze my butt, shaped from heavy back squats, into my jeans and it pisses me off. First world problems I suppose.
Anyway, last thing. We were scheduled to run Moonlight Madness this weekend in Dallas. Well, it was totally flooded so the race got cancelled. I wasn’t too disappointed because I couldn’t run it anyway. We went out drinking instead. I know…bad. But man we had a blast. I have the best running buddies ever! I love them!