I was exhausted after completing the 100 mile challenge. I took off four days to recover and regroup. Four days of no running, no spin class, no gym time… Just core exercises, stretching and foam rolling at home.
During that time away from the gym and running, I caught up with my friends and family and celebrated 18 years with my better half.
Me and B – Happy 18th Anniversary
The following week I eased back into the routine and scheduled a massage appointment to help my achy muscles. Oh and let me tell ya this massage therapist has magic in her fingers and hands. She worked every kink and knot out of my back and my legs. An hour and half of pure awesomeness.
After getting the deep tissue massage, the massage therapist told me to take a hot bath with Epsom Salt before bed time. She said soaking in a hot bath with Epsom Salt for 10 minutes is a good way to recover from a deep tissue massage. She said soaking will help get more of the toxins out of my body (Epsom salt draws the toxins out into the water). She also said my muscles needed some rest after one of these massages, and not to workout that evening .
The Epsom Salt bath with lavender really helped me to rest and relax.
When I woke up the next day I felt like a new woman! I felt so great I worked out with my fit fam at the park. Oh man those Barfee (Burpee) Suicides in the sand was tough!
Fit Fam in the Park
This past week I got back to Spin class and running. I had a 5K race over the weekend and I did pretty well. It was a hot and hilly one but I managed to get a new PR with hills. Yay me! It feels good to know my training and hill repeats are paying off.
A quick shout out to B for taking this pic at the finish line. Love it!
Hustle for Health 5K
My next challenge is Advocare 24 Day Challenge. I’ve blogged about the 24DC before. You can find my posts and progress under 24 Day Challenge. I can’t wait to get started!!!
I know you guys have wanted to know and…. YES!! I DID IT!!! I ran/walked 100 miles in one month!!! Woohooo!!!
When I woke up that morning, it was raining… Ugh! Although I appreciate the rain and cooler weather, I really wanted to run out doors vs the treadmill. This got me thinking and contemplating if I could get this challenge done.
Instead of letting my thoughts get the best of me and getting lost in vague fears, I asked myself what is the worst that could happen? When I figured out what the worst could be, it really wasn’t. I found clarity in knowing that I did my best and whether I get 100 miles or not, I’ve already broken my record!!
I felt like the Little Engine that could on that treadmill! I think I can, I think I can… LOL! The first 6 miles were great, but the last 4… Well, I walked/ran majority of it. I even walked another mile to cool down. 11 miles on the freaking treadmill!! WOW!!! I was so happy when I finished I screamed and cried when I got in the car.
July was an extremely busy month that mostly consisted of working, taking care of my grand baby, and other activities with my family and friends. It made this running experience hard, but doable with the right attitude and plan. I’m thankful for everything I had to go through to get it done. It has made me stronger in spirit, mind, body and running.
7/31/14 100 miles in July
Shout outs and Thank yous
Oh my I’m a day behind! Here is day thirty. I’ll post day thirty-one tomorrow!
I couldn’t get up this morning. I worked late so I was tired and sleepy. It was also raining, and that didn’t make it any better.
After hitting the snooze button a few times, I finally got my day started with this 20 minute stretch video to loosen up my tight hamstrings.
Home Yoga Practice: Hips and Hamstrings for Men and Athletes
The video helped ease some of the tightness I felt, but not all. I just told myself to take it easy, focus on the miles and run/walk at a comfortable pace.
7/30/14 Since it was raining this morning, I had to run/walk on Mr. Treadmill.
7/30/14 Ran/Walked another two miles after the rain stopped.
Started day twenty-nine with a 3 mile run at the park. It was an emotional run. My thoughts were all over the place, my hamstrings were not happy as well as my calves. I kept telling myself that I’m in this race with grace and I know I can do this. I have broken my own personal record with 75 miles and that is flipping awesome. I just have to keep going…keep pushing.
After my run, my family and I took a field trip to Perot Museum of Nature and Science. We had a wonderful time seeing all the exhibits and dinosaurs. My munchkin really liked playing with the building blocks and the water. It ended up being a fun and great day with my family.
7/29/14 Ran 3 miles and walked half mile.
Walked 1.5 miles at Perot Museum.
Play time in the water.
Today I had my side kick with me. We walked to the park and played on the jungle gym, slide, and swing. We made it back home just before the mid-afternoon storms.
7/28/14 Walked 2.3 miles with my grand baby. Good times!
It’s way past my bedtime, but I need to catch up with you guys!
Yesterday, I was invited to go workout at the park with Coach Carla from the gym. So my running plan changed from 5 to 6 miles to 3. And let me tell you, that workout at the park kicked my rear after running 3 miles. Sprints, Stair Repeats with Burpees, Calf Raises, Push-Ups, Tricep Dips, Step ups on the benches, Tree Sits (instead of wall sits) Jumping Jacks and more! I thought I was going to pass out with the heat and the humidity. Whew!
7/26/14 – Ran 3 miles, plus another 1.5 miles at the park.
Push-Ups and Tricep Dips
Stair Repeats with Burpees
Push Up Selfie
Saturday evening I went to my sister-in-law’s wedding reception. It was absolutely beautiful. Lots of good food, great music and family love.
The Bride and Groom
Today was an active rest day. I slept in, worked a few hours, had lunch with my mom, and called a couple of my friends to see how they were doing. I also watched a Jaws marathon. OMG they should have stopped at Jaws 3-D, no really at Jaws II. Jaws The Revenge was horrible. I had to turn it off. LOL!
This evening I walked around the neighborhood. It was actually nice outside. There was a cool breeze so it wasn’t too hot. Before I go to bed I’m going to do a 30 min Yoga video to stretch out my hamstrings. They are feeling pretty tight tonight.
Things to Do – Active Rest Day
7/10/2014 Walked 1 mile around the neighborhood. Of course I had to take a shoe selfie.
30-Minute Class for the Hips, Hamstrings and Lower Back
Today was rough. I think there was something in the salad I ate last night made my tummy upset. When I woke up this morning I felt queasy. I had a Meal Replacement Shake and half of a banana for breakfast; stretch it out and hit the pavement. It was an ugly run/jog/walk but I got it done.
My tummy is feeling a little better this evening. I hope it will be back to normal tomorrow.
7/8/2014 Ran 1.5 miles, jogged another mile and walked the last half mile.
A bad run makes you appreciate the good ones.
This morning I felt like riding my bike. The weather was nice and the sun was bright. Felt good to get there and enjoy the solitude.
This afternoon I finished painting the pots my aunt gave me last year. I haven’t decided what to put in them, flowers or plants with colorful foliage. Any suggestions?
7/6/2014 Last weekend was my longest bike ride. 12 miles! Woot! Woot! Today was 7 miles around the neighborhood.
Before and after pics.
Waking up this morning with sore muscles made it challenging for me to roll out of bed. I wanted to put off my run for later this afternoon. But after a pep talk with myself and seeing the dark rain clouds, I decided to get it done before the rain.
7/2/14 Started my day with breakfast, Green Apple Spark (which taste like a jolly rancher), Catalyst, warm up/stretch and 2.1 miles. I’m happy I decided to go this morning vs this afternoon. It relieved some of the soreness in my legs. Looking forward to my race on the 4th of July.