Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Early Morning Runs.

Last summer I somehow mastered the early morning run. Although it was difficult at times I would always pat my back come 4:30 after the work day was over. 

With this being said- I have come to terms that my training will not only improve but my life outside of running will become less influenced (in a good way) by the well known crap. I still need to run.

It will take me about 2 weeks to adjust to but I am ready to get the show on the road. The regular routine will be to:

Run
Core work
3 sets of push-ups 

Okay- it's 5:52 a.m. Time to hit the pavement. 3 miles ahead of me.
Wish me luck! 

Xo

T






Monday, August 18, 2014

Don't Count The Miles. Make The Miles Count.


Hello all-

My my my it has been awhile. It was only yesterday when I said Yahoo- Summer’s approaching! (fist pumping into the air) Or so I thought it was yesterday.

Anyways- Yes I have been busy. Yes I have neglected the blog. But most importantly- Yes I am still running J Now that deserves a fist pump.

Usually at this time of the year I am limping around town and making daily visits to the doctor’s office treating another injury. With that being said. There is one thing I am sure of.
During the times of doctor visits I was:

DRUM ROLL.......

Overtraining.

 


 

Even being injured- I was running more days of the week and longer durations that I am now. I can gladly say that I am not only injury free, I am running faster and stronger than I have pre-college days.

 
This summer I have PR’d in 4 events! (PR = Personal Record- If only you knew what I thought this meant all through college..)

880 (over half mile): 3:25 Baxter Woods course
1 mile: 7:08 Baxter Woods course
5k (3.1 miles): 24:28 Ocean Park 5k
10k (6.2 miles): 52:52 Beach to Beacon

This Wednesday I will be attempting to beat my 1 mile PR. It has been exactly 1 month since my running group has done this time trial. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!

For now I wanted to check in and let you know I am alive. I know you were worried. I was a bit worried too.

More to come tonight.

xo

T

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Back in the swing!

Yes I know. It has been some time since I wrote. I probably started 3 posts, but none of them sounded cool enough due to the lack of exercise from my stupid injury. I repeat, stupid.


Here is what I look like when I blog. 

Nerd4Lyfe.

Here is what my week looked like. 


Monday: Rest- Mondays are always rest days. Though I really wanted to run on this day, my OCD told me to stick to my routine. There will be days that I run on Mondays. In fact, tomorrow will be one of those days. 

Tuesday: Spin class. If you are crazy like me and interested in a 5:30 a.m. (sweat your entire weekend of bad eating off) class then join me at Quest Cycle in Portland! You can sign up here.  But don't say I didn't warn you. Scott went with me once. Haven't seen him since ;) 

Wednesday: Another early morning. First run in over a week. 3.6 miles around Back Bay with the rising sun. I really enjoyed it. Afterwards, straight to Planet Fitness to the stair machine. I  did level 8/9 for 15 minutes. A near death experience for me every. single. time. Last, 8 minute abs. It is strongly encouraged for runners to keep a strong core. I try to do this routine at least 5 days a week. 

Thursday: Rest. I admit I am terrible at "easing" back into things. Hence my injured foot. I could tell that I needed a break on this day. So I did just that. 

Friday (the 13th): After work spin class. Planet fitness for 1.3 miles on the treadmill. Lame Tia. 8 minute abs. 

Saturday: 4 miles + 8 minute abs. 

Sunday (today): 2 miles + 20 minute beautiful walk on the beach + 8 minute abs. 

Total mileage: 10.9 miles

Clearly I didn't get many miles accomplished. But I was able to get enough cardio without really hurting my foot. This week I plan on running 5 days, still keeping my mileage low. 

I am realizing that I making myself sound like I could go out and run a 50 mile week. Wrong. I am way out of running shape. A 3 mile run is still tough for me at this point. Once I am over that hurdle, I can go as long as I want (relatively speaking). 

As for the rest of the week. Picture per day.

Louie boy in our new pretty room. The pillow is my fave. 


 

Wednesday's sunrise. This is why I wake up at that hour. 

 


A happy accident. Decided to take a different route and found the trail that everyone talks about. Don't you love when that happens? 


Green + no vehicles = Happy Tia. 




Sweaty-Monster looking Tia. 

Speaking of Fathers Day. Happy Fathers Day to the best Dad. I can't write enough about you. You are the best. 




Look how well I turned out!


Still one of my favorite pictures. The face says it all.

Thank God Scott and I share the same love for Mexican food.






The Island girls came to Portland this weekend.




And I was so so happy to see them.

View from our run this morning. Windy. But smelt so right. 




A painful yet beautiful walk on the beach. The sand was tough on the injured foot. Damn you foot. 



Matching Asics on Jody the Pearl (my car) while we washed our sandy toes off. 



Ice. Ice. And more Ice. Thank you STL.  




There was no way I wasn't going to have seafood after that salty run. I asked for a lobster roll, and my wish came true!


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Stay tuned for more.

P.S. Thank you to everyone who has been reading. It puts a big smile on my face!!!

Happy training.

xo

T







Friday, June 6, 2014

Training & Injuries


Yep. I'm injured. 

I am currently in my fourth week of training. And although I am slightly injured I'm feelin good about things. 

After the Pineland 10k I realized my foot was hurting. I was certain that I had just twisted it wrong while running through the woods. It took me a full week to admit to myself and others that maaaybeee I should be concerned. The first step is admitting- right? ;) Admitting an injury is my least favorite thing to do. Why? Because you know the answer. 

Rest.

I am lucky to have a smarty pants brother on speed dial when these things happen. Sean is currently working towards his doctorate in Chiropractic (better Seany boy?)

Anyways- this is how the convo went:

Me: Hi Sean! It's me your favorite sister!
Sean: What do you want?

.. Haha just kidding. Sort of.

Sean: Show me where it hurts.
Me: (inserting another picture of my foot- you have been warned).
 

Sean: Posterior Tibial Tendinitis.

 
Boom. Just like that. So I looked it up. Got 2 more opinions- and concluded that this is likely the issue.


Posterior Tibial Tendonitis defined by a blonde girl: 
A common injury to most endurance athletes. Often caused by "rapid" increase in mileage or workouts. It is basically swelling in a tendon called the posterior tibial tendon that runs along the inside and up behind the ankle. Rest is absolutely vital for this injury. God I hate that sentence. (Info taken from an article online written by Kyle Kingsley MD). Needed to give the gent some credit- or else my college professors will come back to haunt me. 

Basically I have a puffy bump on the inside of my ankle that swells on and off throughout the day. It isn't tooooo painful. But just enough for me to know it's injured. I know that rest is important so this is how pitiful my schedule had been this week:


Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Spin 
Wednesday: Spin 
Thursday: Slow 2 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Today will be a rest day
Sunday: I'll go to spin in the morning (Didn't end up going). Bad Tia.


Typing that almost made me swear.


This week was not a happy week for me. I need to be better about cross training vs doing nothing at all. Besides that- I am down one toe nail. I like to think it's my accent nail since that's the trend of 2014. Hopefully until 2080 for that matter.

 
Since I just posted three pictures of my gross foot here are some randoms to erase your memory:) 

My best friend, Louie.
     

New sports bag and compression socks.
Don't mind my slicked back hair and shiny face. Stay tuned for a post on my socks! 
 
 
 
 
  My favorite picture of the week. Brilliant.

 


Blurry picture of all time favorite: DMB. Thank You Tom & Nancy!

 

Now I that I have the mobile blogger app you can expect more posts. Don't worry I will never post 200 pictures of my foot again. 

I hope your all outside today. It's beautiful.

Happy training!

Xo
T




Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Memorial Day & Late Race Recapin'

I don't think we could have fit more into one weekend. 
It was one of those:
 1. wake up at 8
 2. make breakfast
 3. go to the grocery store
 4. plan every single minute of your day
 5. scratch off your list
 6. crap, where is the list?
 7. wonderful weekend. 

On Saturday my lovely roomie, Jess moved out of the apartment and headed north to my homeland for the summer- and within a blink of an eye, Scott moved out of his apartment and in with me! 
It has been so much fun playing house with him. Last night we were in HomeGoods at 9:00 p.m. Just sayin'. 

Moving onto the fun stuff. 

Saturday was the first long run scheduled since my training has picked up. I decided to register for the Pineland Farms 10k as a tester to see where I stood on my speed, endurance, and mental stamina. I have been pushing myself hard for the past two weeks to make up for anything lost over the winter. Which was a lot by the way. I will talk about my training in another post-- but I have taking a different route this time, and I think its going to work wonders. 

Saturday was the perfect day to run. 

Weather: It was supposed to rain all afternoon- luckily Mother N must have known I had a big race because it turned out to be a warm, sunny, happy day. I wasn't sure what to wear for layers. I was very thankful that I wore shorts and a tank in the end. 

Goal: I didn't think too much about goals prior to the race. As soon as I saw a parking lot full of opened trunks, matching t-shirts, and trotters (people who jog up down and around every street just to intimidate you) I realized that I might be a little nervous. Mainly since I knew I wasn't ready to race a 10k. So, instead of setting a time for myself I pretended that I was going on my first long run. With hundreds of people. I remember saying bye to Scott and Maddie before the start, "see you in an hourish?" he asked. I looked at him and smiled and thought to myself: Okay Tia, an hourish. You got this. 

Time: 57:51

Pace: 9:19/m

Overall Place: 151/335

Age Group Place: 12/30

Since I am so late on this post I am going to post some fun pictures instead of writing a novel. I know, I am lazy. 







Maddie and I- cutest dog at the event! -- (Scott's S.I.L.'s dog). We hope to get a dog ASAP. His name will be Bruce.
What I did as soon as I got home. The soreness was real after this race.  For four days. 


Happy Memorial Day! Muffins made in my our pan- Coffee poured in our new mugs. I love decor.
And this is how it ended.

As always- We out did ourselves. But of course it was totally worth it. 

Until next time.

xo
T








Saturday, May 24, 2014

Every runner has a story.

It has been forever since I decided to write about running. 
I must say, it SO feels good. 
So to the guy who started a runners blog 
bless your soul. 



I often feel that running is viewed as a foreign sport.
I completely understand why.
Take me back to the basketball, softball, soccer days. Never in my life would I:
Pay to run.
Run a 5k.
Blog about running.
Run a 10k. 
Buy a pair of Asics. 
Skip around in my Asics because I bought a pair of Asics. 
Clock the distance of a run. In my car. 
Run a 13.1.
Be introduced to stress fractures. 
Loose toenails (TMI?)
Plan days and weeks around my runs?
Run a 26.2.
Sleep with a watch named Garmin (JK.)


Anyways I think you get the point. 
The point is that the sport can sound ridiculous at times.
And although I would still like to consider myself a team player, 
I have realized that running can be just as much, if not more fulfilling as any other sport. 
Weaknesses are exposed.
Improvements come weekly.
Goals are adjusted.
Goals are met. 
Repeat. 


I know, I could go on. But for those who know exactly what I am saying. 
Amen sister.
I am so excited for the season. It calls for many good things.
Stay tuned for my adventures!!!






xo 
T