Giving up the fight, but keeping the streak alive.

Since I ran my second half marathon in October, I have been trying to continue with my training. I had hopes of running my third half in December, my fourth half in January, and my first full marathon in February. Unfortunately my body had other ideas and I have finally given up the fight. Lately, most of my runs have not been the greatest and I have been fighting my way through them. I’ve been unable to go any further than 15 miles without some kind of injury sidelining me. For the last few weeks, every run I have done over 3 miles has resulted in pain and always in a different spot so it doesn’t seem to be a recurring injury. I just think my body is telling me I need a break and I need to scale back my weekly mileage. 

I will conquer you one day marathon!

On a more positive note, I can still run and I am keeping the streak alive. I have managed to run at least one mile for the last 7 days and I do not intend on giving up on that challenge. Here is how the miles have added up so far:

Tuesday: 2 miles

Wednesday: 1 mile

Thursday: 10k fun run

Friday: 1 mile

Saturday: 3 miles

Sunday: 12 miles

Today: 1.5 miles

I left my cousin’s house on Saturday morning to head home and after it warmed up, I went out for my run. I was planning on a long run on Sunday morning so I didn’t want to go too far or hard but I was feeling good so I ran out 1.5 miles and ran the whole way back feeling pretty strong with a pace of 8:51. It was a great run and gave me hope for the long run I had planned for Sunday. So that night I carbo loaded with some delicious pancakes with peanut butter on top.

I got up Sunday morning and knew that I wanted to get the run done first thing because I run better in the mornings. But it was 25 degrees out! So I bundled up in my running capris, compression socks, thermal top, my new pullover from Walmart, gloves, and a headband to keep my ears warm. At mile 3 there was still frost on the ground:

My hands got hot around mile 2, so the gloves came off, but I needed everything else to keep me warm for the rest of the run. Here I am happy for a walk/fuel break at mile 3:

At mile 6 I started feeling some pain in my achilles/calf muscle so I turned around and had another walk/fuel break.

Please excuse the luggage under my eyes, that’s what my allergies do to me.

It is so peaceful and beautiful running out here:

It was a struggle with the pain in my calf continuing to irritate me but I made in back home, 12 miles in 2 hours 1 min. I was pretty sore the rest of the day so I did my best to continually stretch and foam roll. When I woke up this morning I still had some residual pain in my calf so I rested most of the morning before heading to the gym around 10:45.

I decided to take it easy to try to work out the soreness in my legs, 35 slow minutes on the bike and 35 minutes at level 2 on the stair climber. Then I needed to get in my run for the day and it was raining outside, so I reluctantly hopped on the treadmill and did 1.5 miles at an average pace of 10:30. It was boring! But I got it done and the streak continues!

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How do you pronounce that?

I wasn’t able to get in a workout yesterday, but it was probably for the best so that my foot could rest some more. I think it helped because this morning was the first time that it didn’t hurt when I first stepped out of bed. Instead, my day was filled with doctor’s appointments, shopping, and baking! 

I mentioned earlier that I went to the eye doctor for my yearly exam, so I decided to do some shopping since I was already in town. I had a coupon for Old Navy that offered $15 off a $50 or more purchase, plus I had a $5 reward to use as well. I ended up spending almost $60 after the coupons but I got some good stuff. Is it bad that the majority of my clothing purchases goes towards running apparel? I snagged me 3 pairs of cropped compression pants, which I absolutely love running in, as well as two pairs of capris for this new fall weather. I also found a super cute summer top that I hope I have a chance to wear before it gets too cold. 

I stopped into Petsmart after my shopping spree and almost walked out with 6 new cats. Sorry Chris, I know you are allergic but you are gone and Daisy just doesn’t give me enough love :-).  Kittens just snag my heart and I felt so bad they were locked in those little cages and desperately wanting some human contact. 

After I got home I had some lunch (my awesome spinach salad mentioned in yesterday’s post) and did a little internet stalking. Then it was time for my doctor’s appointment to try and help with all this pressure and popping in my ears. Basically, my sinuses are draining big time and blocking the tubes that connect to my ears, so I’m not allowed to fly anytime soon, guess that means no taking the jet out today 🙂 Now I’ve got 4 different prescriptions for allergy medicine, maybe it will help my running if I can breathe easier. 

And now to address the title of this blog…when you come in contact with several people throughout the day who see your unusual last name, they inevitably ask “how do you pronounce that?” I lost count how many times I was asked this yesterday. At least I married into it, my poor husband has had to deal with this question his whole life. 

After I got home, I decided it was time to finally bake this pizookie recipe I had been eyeing. While it was baking, I made dinner, which included one of my favorites: roasted zucchini. Oh so yummy! Basically you slice up a zucchini, spread it out on a pan, put your favorite seasonings on top and throw it in the oven for 10-20 minutes at about 350 degrees (time depends on how tender you like it). So very simple, and yet so good. 

 The pizookie turned out better than I expected, especially considering it was made with garbanzo beans. If I made it again I would need a better food processor to be able to get the mixture super smooth. I would also use chocolate chips instead of chunks (its what I had on hand) and I would add some more spices to it so it wouldn’t taste quite so bland. But overall, it tasted delicious as long as the bite included some of the chocolate or my frozen yogurt I paired it with.

Do you have a hard to pronounce last name? If so does it annoy you when you have to tell everyone how to say it?
My maiden name was fairly easy to figure out so it has taken some getting used to for me. It is definitely funny to see people try to say it when I get my race awards.
Do you like experimenting with odd ingredients in your baked goods?
I think its amazing what you can add sugar to and make it taste good!
What are your favorite go to foods for dinner? I need ideas!   

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