It is finally fall here. This week brought cooler temperatures and lots of rain. We are certainly not complaining as we really need the rain. Just makes for some tough, wet runs. We also both have a half marathon in our cards for this week. We are slated to run the Smuttynose Rockfest on Sunday.
Kerry: Today was supposed to be a boot camp day for me. Unfortunately, my 3 year old had other ideas for me. She woke up at 1:30am and crawled in to our bed. She couldn’t go to sleep and watched Brave and 4 episodes of Doc McStuffins. For those of you doing the math, yes that is almost 4 hours of being awake. She ended up finally falling back asleep at 5:30am. Needless to say, I was so tired from being up with her, there was no way I could go to boot camp.
Lara: Today is my birthday. I’m still pretty grumpy from my bad long run yesterday. (you can read about it here in my weekend update.) I decided I needed to just give myself some more time off. This marathon training is becoming pretty difficult with not many miles accumulating. I’m not gonna lie – I’m getting discouraged here. I’m tired of these injuries and just want to run without getting hurt…
Kerry: I got up today ready to hit the road. I got outside and realized it was raining. Shame on me for not looking at the weather first. I still got my run in. I did almost 3 miles. It started really coming down as I got home. It was a chilly, wet run.
Lara: I woke up this morning and decided that I needed to shake it off. I did do an at-home workout (Thanks fitness blender.com) of upper body and power yoga. It was quick, but I was feeling it and I was starting to feel a bit more happy with myself. Also, yesterday, I decided I needed some professional help. I made an appointment with a local sports therapy office and went today. I learned that I don’t move my right arm enough and it sends signals to my left leg to not move as much (while walking and running). This in turn makes my right leg overcompensate. She also realigned my back and helped create space in my lower back. She has hope for me and thinks that with some focus, I can get through these next 5 weeks ready to run the marathon. I have two additional appointments made in the next few days. Fingers crossed.
Kerry: Boot camp day today. Today we did hills. I took it pretty easy since I have the half marathon coming up Sunday. I also haven’t been feeling great. I have this cough that I can’t seem to shake. I went to the doctor 2 weeks ago and they thought it could just be a virus. Unfortunately, I still have the cough and now I have other symptoms–stuffy nose, sore throat, and just general tiredness. I am going back to the doctor today. Anyway, today we switched it up a bit and started at the bottom of the hill and did 10 push-ups and 10 squats. We ran to the top of the hill and did 9 push-ups and 9 squats. We went all the way to 0. Once we completed that, we broke up the hill in 4 segments and did lunges up 1/4 of the hill, side shuffling up 1/2 the hill, and then a backwards jog the last 1/4 of the way. The backwards jog was tough. My hamstrings were feeling it. Love looking at my fit bit and seeing how many floors it is showing for this morning.
Lara: The therapist told me that today I should rest my body after all of the manipulations and realignments from yesterday. I was ok with that. Positive side is that I have been really good with my food. My calories have been on the lower side as I have been upping my protein. It helps to keep my hunger levels low. So while my workouts have been minimal, I also haven’t been eating the house. Silver lining.
Kerry: Well I went to the doctor yesterday because I was feeling worse. It ends up that I have walking pneumonia. Yesterday was the worst I had felt since the onset. It started with a cough that started about 3 weeks ago. After a week of having the cough, I went to the doctor and he told me that it could just be a virus. At that point, I didn’t feel bad, just had an awful cough. The doctor told me to come back if I wasn’t feeling better in a few weeks. On Tuesday, I started feeling like I was getting a cold. My nose was stuffy and my eyes started to hurt. Wednesday I felt awful–almost flu like so off to the doctor I went. Luckily, the doctor prescribed me some antibiotics and I am already feeling better. I asked about running and was told to take a few days off and rest up. I took the advice and today was a rest day for me. I am really hoping that I am feeling well enough to run the half on Sunday.
Lara: I was told that I could workout today. In my head I heard – “Go for a run.” So I did. I wanted only 3 miles just to test my legs. I got barely 1 mile. At about .5, I felt a twinge in my knee and just called it quits. I’m trying to get myself better, so I staggered home with my tail between my legs. I’m beyond frustration stage and will just wait to see what the doctor says when I see her on Friday.
Kerry: Another rest day for me today. Trying to get better so I can possibly run Sunday. I did enjoy a few extra minutes this morning and stopped at Jamba Juice to get a Chocolate Banana PB smoothie. It was delicious.
Lara: Needless to say, I didn’t workout again today. Such a slacker. Good news though is that my doctor doesn’t think that there is any damage in my knee. It’s just angry and will get better. I do have to look for a more flexible sneaker though. Guess that’s on my to-do list for the weekend.
Kerry: Still trying to get better. I am making a decision tomorrow as to whether or not I will run the half I am signed up for. Jada and I spent the afternoon in my bed watching The Peanuts Movie.
Lara: I never did workout today and i don’t have a good reason why. This not being on a workout schedule is probably not the best thing for my motivation, but clearly something that my body is craving. I did go sneaker shopping though.
Kerry: I decided at 4am this morning that I felt well enough to run the half. I will post more about that this week. It was a wet, cold run but I didn’t do too bad.
Lara: My job today was to spectate the race that I was supposed to run. This is the second year in a row that I have signed up for the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon and haven’t run it. Enjoy my free money race directors. 🙂 I did do some workouts on the beach though and waited for my favorite runners to finish their races.