Hello out there! Is there anyone out there?I am back.
Actually, I have been back but just not back to updating regularly on my blog.
And by back, I mean back to training.
But, before I get to that let me catch you up. TXRunnerMom has been a little busy!
While nursing my broken foot, I swam 2 - 3 x per week with a pull buoy and I rode the spin bike 2 - 3x per week at the gym (with very little resistance). I started walking (for exercise) in late October. Oh, and I did get to go to the Justin Timberlake concert. I know you needed to know that!
|Did I mention that I went to the Justin Timberlake concert?|
My healing foot ached a lot. In November, I started adding in a minute or two of jogging at various intervals during my walks. For example, walking 3 minutes, jogging 1 minute. Then walking 2 minutes, jogging 1 minute. Then, walking 2 minutes, jogging 2 minutes. You get the idea. I did this the entire month of December and for part of January. When I made it up to 5 minutes jogging, 1 minute walking comfortably, I started running straight through with a quick walk break at each mile.
We survived the craziness that is the holiday season...and enjoyed time off from work and school. Both kids received a ton of Lego sets for Christmas, so that kept
|The Master Lego Builder...enjoying his Christmas goodies!|
|The kids and their annual Santa picture...|
In January, I decided to defer my entry to the Houston ½ marathon…I had only built up to about 6 miles and I didn’t want to risk getting injured. Eye on the prize baby (prize = IMTX)! Instead, I ran the ABB 5K the day before the race. DH and I ran it together and it was the first time since breaking my foot that I've run more than 1 mile without taking a walk break. It was slow, but it felt great!
|Me and the Hubs at our 5k...He was kind and stayed with when when I KNOW he could have gone much faster!|
Also in January, I signed up for a group training program for IMTX. I was a little freaked out to see that the long run for the first week on the program was 11 miles. At the time, I think I was up to 5 miles…there was no way in hell I was going to run 11 miles. But, I spoke to the coach and he said that I could gradually work my mileage (using the ol’ 10% per week rule) and that I should be fine. That made me feel much, much better.So, since then I have been swimming 3x per week, riding 3x per week and running 3-4x per week. The foot was pretty achy in the beginning. And, because of the foot, I had to remember how to run again…overcompensating a little here and there for the foot was causing some weird aches and pains in my knees, hip, etc.
|Yes, I look like a dork in a swim cap and goggles! Doesn't everyone?|
On the home front things have been busy as well! The Kiddo tried out for and made the competitive gymnastics team at the gym where both kids take classes. Because of this, she is now training 3 evenings per week for 3 hours each time.
|My gymnast...taking a break from all the gymnastics to see The Nutcracker |
|Cutest Cub Scout Ever with his prize-winning Pinewood Derby car!|
In addition to this, the Kiddo is still taking violin, is in choir (and performed as part of the 4th grade Honor choir) and is in Destination Imagination (DI). In fact, her DI team recently won first place at the regional competition and will be competing in the state competition in April! The Munchkin is still taking swim and gymnastics lessons and is also in Destination Imagination. It’s not uncommon for DH and I to call each other mid-day and ask, “Okay, it’s Wednesday. Who do I need to pick up and where today?” Obviously, we need a better system of tracking this stuff!
|Fast forward to now...it's Go Texan time!|
So, that's life right now. It's busy, my house is a mess more often than not, my once manicured nails look like crap, bad hair days are becoming the norm, there are endless piles of laundry in my laundry room, I am constantly hangry, I don't get to see family and friends often, I am NOT volunteering for anything until after May 16th and we are all always on the go, but it's good.
Life is good.
Training ramps up A LOT over the next month, so I may not feel the same way in a few weeks. :-) My goal is to blog 2x per week - once on Monday and again mid-week. I hate not documenting this crazy journey so far, so I want to start capturing as much as I can from here on out. I hope you stick around to read some of it!