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Wild Workout Wednesday!

Here we are at Wednesday again!  It has been another week filled with fun workouts!  Oh, and keep having to remind myself that going to the grocery store after the gym is really not the best idea!! Stick to the list Esther, just stick to the list!  Haha I am sure some of you can relate to the RUNGRY feeling!
Anyways, here was what was planned from last week:
Thursday- Try to walk/jog 3-4 miles
Friday- Piyo and 2 miles
Saturday- Body Pump or rest & LOTS of stretching and foam rolling!
Sunday- Race- was supposed to do the 10 miles, but I am sticking with the 5 for now.  If some miracle happens and I am up for it, I will do the 10. Plus LOTS of stretching and foam rolling!
Monday- Body Pump and volleyball
Tuesday- Zumba

And here is what actually went down:
Thursday- Body pump and biking for 21 min (6 miles)
Friday- Ended up more of a rest day due to a sick kiddo and working late.  I did manage a small walking workout.
Saturday- I managed to get up booty up and I went to piyo.  It felt great to get some good stretching in since my hip was a bit of a mess.
Sunday- The Texas 10 series race- 5 miles.  You can read my recap here if you so desire!
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Monday- Body pump and biking for 22 min
Tuesday- Elliptical for a little 5k, zumba and 20 min of walking
I am participating in a workout challenge with the focus of raising awareness for Batten Disease.

Batten disease is a rare, genetic, neurodegenerative disorder. Batten attacks an otherwise
healthy child beginning with vision loss, declined cognitive skills, and seizures.  Progressively, children suffer loss of memory and speech until they are mentally and physically incapacitated, eventually leaving them wheel-chair bound, then bedridden. With no current treatment or cure, Batten disease is always fatal, often by the late teens or early twenties.

There is a young boy in my community who was diagnosed a few years ago and his family has been challenging us to DO SOMETHING!  So these workouts are for Will!

IMG_2036Wednesday- Today was a great combo of body pump followed by an hour of yoga!  It was perfect for stretching out my super tight muscles and it really felt great on my hip!  I even attempted a new move today.  I almost fell on my face but I managed to hold the position/stretch!

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I have not been to just a yoga class in a LONG time!  I kept trying to make it but it hadn’t worked out till today!  I am always nervous about trying new classes.  I feel like I am going to be singled out or stared at since I usually don’t have a clue what the heck I might be doing!  Thankfully those thoughts are usually proven wrong and I am welcomed with open arms!

For the next week I am really trying to add in even more stretching and foam rolling!  I NEED to get this hip back to running more!  If anyone wants to be a stretching accountability buddy, let me know 🙂

On the agenda:
Thursday- Zumba & boot camp
Friday- Either piyo or elliptical
Saturday- Body pump & piyo
Sunday- Bike
Monday- Body pump & Grit then volleyball if the sand is dry enough
Tuesday- Walk or elliptical then zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga

I am joining Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness and  Nicole from Fitful Focus for Wild Workout Wednesday!
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Any plans for some new classes? How do you overcome your fears of trying something new? Have you been motivated to workout to help raise awareness for something?  Tell me about it!

See you soon for another workout Wednesday!

Have a healthy and joyful day!
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Workout Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday friends!  Sorry it has been a few days since I last posted.  Things have been a little on the nutty side.  Life throws curve balls some days, and the last few weeks it has been way more than usual for me.
It is not the end of the world, but my hip has flared up again…so there has been no running once again.  Walking and elliptical have been ok, but I have to say that I am a bit discouraged about it.  I have a dr appt in a few days and we will see what he says about it.

Even though my workouts haven’t been awesome, the weather has been gorgeous!   

So my workout plan for this past week has been a bit different than I planned.  I also spent some time with a dear friend who is here and in the hospital.  Add to all that, I have been WAY exhausted.  I know part of it is from the weekend where I was caring for 3 kiddos and they had some sleep issues going on.  Of course they wanted to share their sleeplesness with me! So party in my bed several times a night certainly did not help with my sleep.
Here was my plan from last week:
Thursday: 3-4 mile run
Friday: Rest (might switch with Thursday)
Saturday: Long walk and stretches
Sunday: 2-3 miles walk/run
Monday: Body pump & volleyball
Tuesday: 2-3 mile run & zumba
Wednesday: Body pump and 3-4 mile run

  Thursday: Walking…and some of that walking included getting very lost at the hospital looking for my friend’s room.
Friday: Walking again and stretches
Saturday: Walking all over the place! Plus carrying a baby all over the house.
Sunday: Nice long walk outside
Monday: Body pump and walking
Tuesday: Walking and some rest
Wednesday: Body pump (went hard with all the weights)

 Even did some pumpkin squats for a workout challenge I’m in!  
For the next week I am aiming to focus on stretching, foam rolling and getting my hip back in shape.  I have a 10 mile race in 11 days (I am pretty sure I will be doing the 5 mile loop instead), so I really want to at least try to run a few times before the race. I have pretty much all expectations for this race, except to finish it!

How have your workouts been lately?  Fill me in!  Training for anything?

Woodlands Half Recap!

After my 10 mile training run last weekend I was feeling pretty good about the half. I worked on getting extra stretching in, staying hydrated and trying to get more sleep than usual last week for my final preparations. The only big thing that I wanted to do, but forgot to do was to update my running play list. Not earth shattering by any means, but I was a little bummed I forgot.
Friday night I attempted to leave work a little early, but ended up being there till 5:30. I headed over to the chiropractor for a pre-race adjustment. I had been a little stiff all week and I knew this would help me. I was right. I left there feeling a lot better. Then I went to the race expo to grab my race packed before I headed to grab some dinner and then home. It took me over an hour vs 20 min with the traffic and Pei Wei was so busy!!
I got home, ate some dinner, got all my race gear ready, took a shower, put KT tape on my foot and hit the sack. Then I could not fall asleep!! Ugh…I think I fell asleep close to 1, then had a dream that I missed the race and woke up in a panic around 3. Finally drifted back off around 4:30 and my alarm went off at 5:20. So needless to say there was not a lot of sleep happening.
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I got up, changed into my race clothes, grabbed a banana and some water and drove to the race. It was nice to not have to drive so far to a race for once! As I drove over to the race course it began to rain….NOOO, I was not looking forward to running a half in the rain.
I arrived shortly after 6 and silly me thought I would be able to find parking quickly. Well that was a huge mistake! I spent the next 45 min being shuffled from lot to lot with many other runners only to find out they were full. When I was finally able to break away from the crowd I headed towards the other side of the event site and found parking near the mall. I was originally going to park over there, as that is where I parked last year for the 5k. However, this year in the participant guide it designated certain lots for the participants. I guess they did not account for all of us. I am thankful I was able to find parking that wasn’t too far from the start line.
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I took my first bunch of Energy Bits then I made my way to the start and my corral. It was SO packed that it took me a while to find an opening in the fence to even get into the corral. I made it right as the National Anthem was sung, and the gun when off. About 10ish min later I finally crossed the start line.
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I started running right away even though I did not feel really warmed up. I didn’t want to be that runner who everyone had to pass. After a few minutes the running pack thinned out a bit and I slowed to a walk. I could feel my left hamstring was a little tight and so I did a few stretches. Back at it and was feeling pretty good. Took a mini break at mile 1 for one last pee break. I wanted to go before the race but did not have time with all that happened with the parking situation.
Started mile 2 and was still feeling great. I dug into my run 2/3 walk 1 groove. Thankfully the rain lightened up to more of a mist. It was cloudy but a little humid. There were short bursts of cool breezes, especially as we passed the big lake and that felt really good! The course was familiar to me as I have run this area SO many times with the twins. I felt comfortable knowing where I was!
Right before I got to mile 3 my left leg cramped and locked up 😦 I slowed down and did more stretches but it would not release. I had just completed my fastest 3 miles in a long time and other than my leg I felt really good. I almost started to cry. I decided to walk for a bit to see if it would relax. Sadly, it never did. For mile 4-6 I tried to shuffle run for a min here and there, but the cramp would return stronger when I did this. I still had a bit of energy, thanks to my Energy Bits! I came upon a fellow runner at mile 6 who was not looking so good. I asked if he was ok and he said yes, but that he had a stomach bug! Poor guy! I don’t think I would have come out for the race if I had a stomach bug! I hope he was able to finish!
As I headed towards mile 7 I knew I was over halfway. When the pace I was doing I though I would maybe be able to finish in under 3 hours. Not my original time goal, but at this point I was just aiming to finish. Right after mile 7 I passed by a neighborhood of some friends from church and they were there on the corner cheering for the runners! It was so wonderful to see a familiar face, to get a hug, and a picture taken! Thanks Miss Sandy!!! You gave me a little boost! At this point another runner came up beside me and asked if we could go together for a bit. We had been going back and forth passing each other up and I was happy to have someone to talk to. My leg was feeling a tiny bit better so my fellow runner, Traci, and I did a few jogs here and there, but mostly walked and chatted a bit. The course had also brought the full marathoners back to join the half marathoners so it was fun to cheer on the super fast runners!!
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Around mile 9 my leg seemed to be worse and I encouraged Traci to go ahead of me. I could tell I was slowing down and bit and kept focusing one one foot in front of the other. I saw the medic golf cart pass me a few times and I was so tempted to jump on. I also received a super sweet message from the twins and their mom! (Turns out they posted this sign for me on the course but I missed seeing in.) This gave me another boost as I was really struggling at this point. I was really in a lot of pain and it was hard not to give up.
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The weather had been still ok, mostly cloudy still with the breezes here and there.  Around mile 11 for me, the sun came out. Normally I would be really thrilled to see the sun, but as soon as it came out I could feel my body freak out a little. I am really easily dehydrated, and the sun is not my friend during long races. I felt I was doing pretty well overall staying hydrated till this point. The course had water stations every 1.5 miles and it was perfect for filling up my 24 oz water bottle. I almost didn’t bring the bottle, but I am SO glad I did. The volunteers were so great and refilled my bottle with fresh COLD water each time! It was great! So that, along with my Energy Bits refueling every hour or so made a big difference.
Mile 12 was my most challenging mile. In past races I have been able to pick up the pace here and focus on the finish line with a strong finish. At the point my leg was really in pain and I had to stop every few minutes to stretch it. I felt really discouraged at this point and just keep praying that I would cross the finish line. My Runkeeper GPS was a little off and I thought I was close to mile 13 when I passed a group of ladies who were cheering and they said “Only 1 more mile!!” I almost cried again. Ahhh I was so ready to just be finished at that point.
It was getting hotter and but I kept plugging away. After a few turns I knew I was getting close. At this point I was pretty much hobbling along. I am sure it was a sad picture. There was one of the race directors on the course helping to guide people to the finish line. He came up to me and gave me a little side hug and encouraged me saying I only have 400 more yards to go. In my head I knew that wasn’t very far, but my body felt like it was a million yards away. With some other people cheering me on I kept on going. It was literally downhill and I mustered up all my strength and tried to run. It just wasn’t happening. I saw one of my other friends who had finished a while before me. She was cheering me on and came over and gave me a hug. I wanted to stop and just rest but she gave me a little push and said, “GO! Don’t stop! You are almost there!!” It was very helpful right then!

Even in the worst conditions, and when my body is ready to give up, there is always something in me that cranks on when I actually SEE the finish line. It happened again. I came up to mile 13 and I knew it was time to dig deep! As soon as I passed the marker, I knew I had to run, pain or not. I started to slowly jog and then I heard people saying my name (so glad it was on my bib) and cheering! As I got closer to the finish line I felt like I was sprinting. I am sure it wasn’t as fast as normal, but considering how slow the last 10 miles had been, I sure felt speedy! I crossed the finish line and they announced my name with lots of cheering! For a second it was like I was the winner! Haha.

Finished! That is what I wanted to do. It was not pretty, and it was my worst time to date, but I finished!
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As soon as I stopped moving my leg started shooting pain. I hobbled to get my medal, water, finishers shirt and some post-race food. It took a while for me to get around but I did manage.
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I knew I had to keep moving or I was not going to make it back to my car. It took me about 30 min to walk the half mile back to my car. During that time it hit me that I had not brought my house keys. The hubs had locked the door behind me when I left. He was at work about 90 min away. Then I really did cry. I felt so helpless in those few minutes. My phone battery also died while I was shuffling back to the car. I have never been SO happy to see my car! I got in, turned the car on, blasted the AC, plugged my phone in and drank more water. After a few min of thinking WHAT AM I GOING TO DO, I managed to gather my thoughts and hoped and prayed that my landlord was around and that he had a key. I called and told him what happened and he said he DID have a key! I am so thankful he did! It took me over an hour to get home from all the roads being closed from the marathon that still had runners. By the time I made it home my door was unlocked and I was so glad to be there.
After a nice shower and fresh clothes I hobbled back to the car and headed to get my hot-stone massage! It was amazing!!! Second best part of my day following crossing the finish line. I have never had a post-race massage the same day, and I have to say it really did help with the soreness. Other than the pain in my lower hamstring/upper calf and a little chafing on my arms, the rest of my body has recovered really quickly!
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Even though it was not as great a race I was hoping for, I am still glad I did it! Half-marathon #8 in the books! Here is to many more with my body cooperating and getting to my goal time!
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I am so thankful for everyone who was cheering me on through twitter, facebook, text messages, and in person!! Thank you ALL for your love, encouragement and support! These races would not be possible without so many cheering me on!
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Overall the race events were done pretty well. Like any race there is always room for improvement. I felt it was much more organized than last year, and they seem to take the comments seriously from the participants and do what they can to make it a great experience. Other than my leg issues and the humidity it was a great course to be on. I am thinking of doing the marathon relay with some friends (anyone want to do the relay next year??) 🙂

Thank you for reading this LONG recap. I guess it gets long when there are 13 miles to cover!

How do you deal with a disappointing race or injury?
Did you race this weekend? Tell me about it or post your link!

– Chocolate Runner Girl –

Choco Loco 5k race recap and last weeks workouts

Hello all!  Hope everyone is able to stay warm!  Even here in the south we have had some days with questionable weather and schools, offices, and pretty much the entire city of Houston shut down from the ‘snow.’  Granted we did get some ice, and I know that not everyone has the same experience I do with driving in real winter weather….but I always am still a little shocked when the stores are out of bread and milk for the possibility of snow.
So back to last weeks workouts.  For the past 12 days or so I have have some pain in my left foot.  I decided to take it a little easier last week with running to see if that would help.
Monday- 2 miles of walking around the neighborhood pulling the twins in their wagon.
Tuesday- 1 mile of walking to and from the park. I also attempted Body Pump Tuesday night.  I wasn’t feeling super strong so I ended up lowering most of my weights for the class.  Even with that I had some strange pains in my back and shooting into my right leg.
Wednesday – I headed to the chiropractor after work and it turns out my lower back is REALLY tight.  And no squats for at least 3 weeks.  I am also putting myself on limited lifting till I get this back stuff worked out. That reminds me I have a massage gift certificate I need to use. This feels like a great time to use it!
Thursday – This was a total rest day.  I was just plain exhasuted
Friday – It was a ‘snow’ day and I only worked a half day.  After work I shut myself in my office and did some major work!
Saturday – 5k plus walking around and to/from the car.
Sunday – I was feeling really good and went for a jog in the neighborhood.  I was going to try for 5 miles, but ended up passing several houses with dogs who came running after me barking.  So instead of running up and down my driveway a thousand times, I called it quits at 3.2 miles.
Overall 10 miles for the week.  Considering the physical issues I was/am dealing with I was sort of ok with that number.

Race Recap
Back in November I saw there was going to be a chocolate 5k in Houston!  Well, as you can tell by my blog title, I love me some chocolate! So I signed up in mid- Dec along with a few friends!
After my ‘race’ last weekend, and the pain I was having in my foot I decided that I was just going to walk this one with my friends who were also walking for various reasons!
As the race got closer I started to look for more information about where to pick-up packets, parking, race map, etc.  The normal race day info.  The only info was that there was no race-day packet pick-up, and the only 2 options were on Wed from 10-3 and Friday from 10-6 in an area of town that is at least an hour drive without traffic. Needless to say that was somewhat frustrating.  On Thursday evening I was able to connect with one of the race directors and explained my situation (I know I was not the only one with this issue). He did say that he would pull my packet along with my friend’s packets so we would be ok for race day.  I was grateful for that gesture.
Late Friday afternoon we finally received an email with more specific race information.
I DO understand this was a smaller, local race, and it was the 2nd time they put it on, but I did feel they could have had more information available earlier than 15 hours before the race.

Saturday morning it was a bit chilly out.  I got up at 4:45 and checked the weather.  A balmy 24 degrees.  Got ready and headed to meet my friends.  I was thankful that I did not have to drive downtown by myself.  Our drive down was smooth and quick.  Amazing how few cars are on the road at 6am on a Saturday! Haha

We got to the race right when they opened up the day of registration table.  So it turns out we were not the only ones who did not pick up packets during the week.  I would say a high percentage of the race bibs were still there waiting to be picked up!

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Since it was so chilly we went back to the car to wait till closer to 7:30 to get out again.

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We got out of the car with a few min to spare for a pit stop then headed to the start line.
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And we were off.  We all walked together for about the first mile.  My foot was feeling ok, and I really wanted to run, but decided to just keep walking.  I picked up the pace a little and my friend Kyra and I walked together.  We seemed to be making decent time considering that we were walking.  A little after mile 2 I couldn’t feel the lower half of my body.  I was pretty much numb.  Kyra and I kept walking and chatting away.  We decided that we would run the last little bit together.  As we got closer to mile 3 I decided it was time to run.  We jogged our way to the finish line and it the clock was right around 50 min.  Official time 50:23.4

As soon as we stopped moving we got cold again.  We went and got our t-shirts and then found some amazing hot chocolate!!
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We stood in line for the chocolate buffet for a few min then our other friends joined us.  Since the line was so long we all took turns going to see some of the sponsors vendor tables to get some samples and goodies.
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The chocolate buffet had strawberries, bananas, graham crackers, mini candy bars, brownies & cookies .  At the end was a chocolate fountain to cove your selected items in chocolate.  My favorite selection ended up being the chocolate covered banana!
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Overall it was a fun race despite the lack of organization.  It is a race I would probably do again 🙂

October running recap…

This year overall has not been stellar for me with running and racing.  I managed to squeeze in a few races early in the year. Then I had some knee pain and back issues. I found a wonderful and affordable chiropractor in April and I started to see improvement with my pain. Over the summer I focused more on strength training with body pump and stretching to get rid of the pain. In September I was starting to feel much better, and started slowly running again. Then my hip began to have pain! UGH I was so frustrated. I had started training for a few 5/10ks and another half marathon and I really wanted to get back into running again. It is a good stress reliever for me, and I know it helps to keep me healthy!

During October I was on running restriction, but I had already signed up for a virtual 5k race through Joggermom. This race was one I really wanted to complete since I was in honor of breast cancer awareness month. It was very close to my heart as two of my dear friends have been bravely fighting this year. Sadly one of them passed away on October 20th. I was allowed to walk, and walk I did! It took me pretty much the entire month, but I finished the 26.2 (plus a little) on the 31st. It really made my heart happy that I was able to walk in honor and memory of such brave women!

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Needless to say I am a bit nervous for the remaining training time before my next half. I know that Dec 22 is going to be here really fast. It may not be a stellar race, so I have changed my goal to just finishing! I doubt I will PR, but that is ok. Finishing the race and staying healthy are more important to me!!

And I finally got some new shoes in my favorite color!!  They are super comfy and pretty! So win-win!

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