This is my Mamavation post for February 22, 2010.I started out this past week on FIYAH!! I felt fantastic going into the week, I had lost 4lbs the week before, my injured calf felt great, I was eating my fruits and veggies and I ran a great 12K on Monday morning. Tuesday I had a fantastic lunch Yoga class. Then the flame went out of my fire on Wednesday …. I was running with my lunch pal Jason ” he ‘s quite a bit faster than me so keeping up with him provides me with a great tempo run. We were running fast and I felt great!! We had completed 7.44k at a pace of 5 ’26 Ã‚Â/k and only had half a kilometre left to go and POP! My calf cramped up again bringing me down like a ton of bricks. I hobbled back to work and iced it immediately (you know you ‘re a runner when you have your own personalized ice pack in the staff fridge). Thursday I swam laps hoping that my leg would feel better by Friday ” it didn ‘t, and I felt crusty (sore throat, body aches etc…). All of those are signs that I ‘ve been over-training, so I took Friday off (off of running, not work, though I really wanted to have a day to myself). Saturday I pushed through the pain of my calf and ran 8.58k. Sunday was my Ã¢â‚¬Å“active rest Ã‚Â day . I usually take my 4.5 yo swimming or skating while her toddler sister naps on Sundays. My total distance for the week was 28k ” I was supposed to run 34k. Back when I was a Student Athletic Therapist it was always stressed to us to pay keen attention to the athlete ‘s brains ” to watch for signs of depression when they were injured. I watched, I reassured them, I recognized the signs, I reported the signs to our Sports Psychologist etc … but I didn ‘t really understand why a small injury would affect the athletes that way. I was a varsity athlete myself ” I played Varsity Field Lacrosse, but I was very lucky in that the only injury I had was a broken toe from a drinking game ” it wasn ‘t too painful and I played right through it. (Besides, who wants to tell their coach that they can ‘t play because they broke a toe doing stupid stuff?). There ‘s a great article in the March ‘s Runner ‘s World about Kara Goucher and how she ‘s battled injuries, depression and demons in her head. The article is great in that it ‘s helped me face this calf injury and helped me to come up with my motivationl phrase: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Push It Ã‚Â. While listening to Salt N Pepa ‘s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Push It Ã‚Â on my iPod, I ‘m going to keep on pushing through this re-occurring injury. I ‘m going to run that half-marathon in May no matter what obstacles crop up. I ‘m staying positive ” it ‘s good that I ‘m injured now, not a week before my race. That would be devastating to put in months of training and not able to compete.
I weighed in this morning. I Ã¢â‚¬Å“gained Ã‚Â 3 lbs. I really didn ‘t think the 4.6lb loss last week was accurate, though wishful thinking had me believing it. I think this week ‘s weigh in is more accurate ” I ‘m confident that I really have lost 7lbs this year, not the 10lbs the scale was telling me last week. That ‘s ok though because when I started this journey in January my goals were to train for a half-marathon, eat healthier, lose some weight and feel better about myself. So far I ‘m accomplishing those goals and as an added bonus I ‘ve generated a lot of extra laundry from my stinky workout clothes 🙂
This coming week I ‘m going to take it easy with my running ” run easy, not hard & fast, and PUSH through this injury. My hubby is in LA so I ‘ll have to adjust my workout schedule ” instead of going swimming Tuesday and Thursday morning I ‘ll do a CORE stability ball workout DVD before the kids get up. Oh ” and of course I ‘m going to continue eatiung my fruits and veggies for the Healthy Challenge 🙂 though that means I better stop at the grocery store on my way to pick up the kids tonight because I ‘ve eaten everything I bought last week.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“C ‘mon ladies! Let ‘s show the men that we ‘re #1 in the HOT BODY show … P-PUSH IT REAL GOOD … Ooooh Baby, baby, baby … Ooooh Baby, baby, baby! Holla! Ã‚Â (Salt N Pepa ” Push It).