13 September 2008

Progress is slow

but it happens. After a week of being tired and hurting knees, really all I wanted to do this morning was sleep in. Unfortunately, when you have birds and live in a place where the sun rises around 6, that doesn't happen often. By 6:20 I couldn't stand the noise and got up to feed them. Once I'm up and awake and have fed the birds they quiet down. Nice of them. If I could just come up with an automatic feeder.........

Anyway, since my only plan was to sleep in and go to WW, I found myself with a couple of hours and nothing to do. And, since my heel hasn't bothered me in a few days and I figured out what I did to my knee, I decided to run. Again!! Today I did a walk/run of 3/1 and I only went out for 30 minutes. Wow, did it feel good. Having mastered my Garmin, again, last week, I have HR, distance and pace for the run.

My fastest pace was 8:34/mi!!! When I saw that I thought no way, but then I started thinking about it. When I started running I realized that the slower I run the more I heel strike. Heel striking was a terrible problem I had to break years back. Well, I run slow and I heel strike. I've also noticed that when I walk fast I heel strike too. Hmmm....related????? Anyway, heel striking, as you may guess, hurts my heel. So I ran faster. The faster I run the more I land mid foot the less pressure and pounding on my heel. So I ran at a 8:34 pace. Granted it was only for 1 minute but I think I may be on to something here. I used to run much faster when I was heavier. Somehow the idea got into my head that I had to run slower. Time to dispel that myth and get back to running faster.

As I was running I couldn't help but notice how many small business for sale signs I saw. The town I live in is very small with only local businesses. It's sad. We don't experience the US economy the way the mainland does. But it's always sad to see Mom and Pop's closing up.

But, in support of the economy, I am very excited. Today I am going to Whole Foods. The first one in Hawaii opened on Wednesday and this is the first chance I'll have to go. I can't wait, I'm very excited. I hope to find things we don't normally have available here. It's very exciting.

Okay, I iced my heel while I typed this. Now I must jump int he shower and head off to WW. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

12 September 2008

So very tired.....

I'm still adjusting to this grad school schedule... Trust me, it's brutal. Just to give you an idea of what it's like, Tues & Thurs nights I have class from 5:15 until 8:10. These are 2 different classes with 2 sets of homework. The homework is substantial too. There's piles of reading, journals, portfolios, powerpoint presentations, etc. And that's all due next week. I also have to spend 6 hours a week in a classroom observing my mentor teacher. By November I have to be ready to teach a class. In high school. With high school students. Teenagers!!! Talk about scary!!! On top of that I'm still working full time (or darn close to it), I still have the Hubby, still have the animals, and I would like to be able to squeeze in some fun once in a while. Oh yeah, my workouts. I'm glad I decided on no more races this year until the marathon. Of course, I don't know when, or if, I'll ever get to train for that between my heel, my knee, school. Wow!!!! I can feel the pressure building and it's only week 2. I'm not sure I'll have time to go to the bathroom. Maybe I should consider a disposable diaper ;)

So here's what I'm thinking. I'll do the major workouts on the weekends. During the week I will workout whenever I can, but if I miss one I'm not going to beat myself up. After a couple of weeks I'll get into a routine and won't be so tired, so for now I'm going easy on myself. Which brings me to this morning. I had every intention of getting up and doing my strength training, but when the alarm went off I just couldn't do it. I was too tired and wanted to sleep for another week or so. So I blew it off, rolled over, and got an extra hour. And that's okay. For the next couple of weeks I have a get out of jail free card :)

So that's it. I'm not going to get crazy about it, I'm just going to do the best I can. It will all work out soon. It's like with the birds. Sammy is used to spending the evenings with me, but he's adjusting to the new schedule. I will too.

Now, I have to drag my butt into the shower and get ready for work.

10 September 2008

The knee drama continues

I wish I knew what this knee thing was. I wish I could even explain the pain because it's weird. It feels like bone on bone on the inside of the right knee. I also get some pain in the upper part of the tibia and it feels like the knee cap may be slightly out of place. Anyway, I worked out this morning, strength training, and it didn't bother me at all. Driving my car, a stick shift, is very annoying. Not exactly painful but the knee doesn't feel good. I ended up stopping at the drugstore and getting a neoprene brace since I left the one I have at home. I've worn it all day and the knee is feeling better. I honestly think it's a mechanical issue. I think I probably slept wrong and it was twisted during the night. I have a favorite way to lie that I can't do anymore because it tweaks my knee. I have a feeling I was so tired that I slept like that. Hopefully it will click back not place soon.

Grad school is tough. I had no idea it would be this intense. The assignments are serious and you only have a short time to do them. Whew....

We were talking at work the other day and it hit me, I won't be taking a vacation this year. Oh....No airplane rides. No boarding the dogs. No worrying about a sitter for the birds. No hunting down the cheapest airfare. No travel insurance. Nothing. I'm really bummed. We had initially been planning a big trip this year, but once we decided to move that all changed. Oh well. We'll be doing a lot of traveling once we move.

Well, I have a pile of homework and another class tomorrow. I better get to work.

09 September 2008

Holy moly, I've done something to my knee

My bad knee. The one with no cartilage. It hurts like crazy!! It hurts to walk, it hurts to stand, it hurts to bend it. This is so not good. I have not felt pain like this in this knee in years. This is not good. Luckily it's not swollen or warm or anything. But still, have I mentioned this is not good???

So needless to say I didn't work out this morning. Not till I figure out what's going on with the knee. Also, after Sunday night's horrible sleep, last night I slept like a baby. Sunday night it felt like I was sleeping in some cheap hotels. Last night felt like I was back in our comfy bed. I, of course, now feel like the Goodyear blimp. I haven't worked out in 2 days. Ugh..... Hate that feeling.....

08 September 2008

The worse night

I hardly slept last night. Nala, the pit bull, had a seizure yesterday and I kept waking up all night to check on her to see if you had another one. It was horrible. You can read the gory details over at Feather. So needless to say when the alarm went off this morning I could not drag myself out of bed. That's okay. I ran both days this weekend so a day off is probably a good idea.

I have nothing to say. I'm so worried about Nala nothing else really matters.

07 September 2008

Technology, I hets it

or, how I can be such an idiot.....

Sunday mornings have developed into the habit of hiking/trail running. I've even got Hubby coming with me - woo hoo!!! I go to get a little trail running in since I signed up for a trail run in October. Hubby goes to collect lilikoi for the birds. It's a win/win. I get a run, the birds get lilikoi and Hubby gets a little activity in.

For the last couple of weeks I've been taking my Garmin as I've been tracking my calories via HRM. Also the Garmin does distance and I'm a sucker for that. But the HRM hasn't been working on it. I replaced the battery two weeks ago and I still haven't been able to get it to work. I took it today after downloading new software for it and was confident it would work. It didn't. I was getting very frustrated after having scoured the web looking for solutions and none of them worked. UGH!!!

Then I had a radical thought. I picked up the instruction book. I looked up HRM troubleshooting. They had a whole list of things to do, most of which I had already done. Then, at the bottom, was a suggestion to restart the scan. HUH??? What the heck are they talking about??? So I followed the instructions and low and behold the HRM started working. Basically it didn't know I had a HRM. I wondered why it didn't know when I remembered doing that when I first got it. Then I remembered that a couple of weeks ago it started acting funky and giving me strange information. It was bringing up multi-sport timing from a year ago. When I searched around for how to fix that I was told to reset the thing. So I made sure everything was downloaded then I reset it. And guess what? I never turned the HRM back on. DOH!!!! Technology is going to be the death of me, I swear!!!!

In other news, I ran again :) It was trail running and it wasn't far but it was right after yesterdays run. I ran about 1.25 miles in about 25-30 minutes. Not too shabby. The exciting part was my heel did not hurt all day yesterday. It did not hurt this morning. And it did not hurt during the run. I came home and stretched good and I'm resting it on ice right now. I think with a little care, ice and stretching, I'll be fine running. I don't run again until Tuesday so we'll see how it goes then.

I'm off now to clean birdie cages and do laundry. Oh fun!!!

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