Slowing Down . . . or Not

Day 2 of working in my new home office! Open-mouthed smile

Not a bad view, right?

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OK, so it’s a little hard to see, but the leaves outside my window are just starting to change, and I am eating it UP! I remember last year at this time that I was missing my Michigan Fall, so I’m extra enjoying it this year. The sunrises have been a gorgeous pink when I’m running in the morning, and the air is just a tiny bit crisp. Hands down, this is my favorite season!

Last night, I drove up to Michigan State to visit my sister, and the leaves were all changing there, too. There’s something about a college campus in the fall that makes me feel totally nostalgic. I didn’t snap any pictures, but I think I’ve got to make a trip over to Michigan’s campus sometime soon just to soak it up. The best!

Know what else is the best??? Being an hour’s drive away from this little cutie!

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I love my little sis! We had the best time chatting away at dinner—I miss her! I’m so lucky to have a sister—and one I get along with, at that! Even though we’re almost 12 years apart, we’ve always been really close. Smile

We hit up a campus favorite, Pizza House, for dinner. Everything there is so.freaking.delicious! Breadsticks covered in butter and parmesan cheese to start . . .

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Oh dear God. The breadsticks. I ordered marinara for dipping because if I have ranch, I’ll devour the entire plate. Somehow the marinara keeps me from the carb OD.

Baked ravioli for my sis . . .

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Check out the cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeese!

And a chipati for me!!!!

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What’s that you say? Never heard of chipati? It’s only the best way to have a salad on the planet! Basically, you’re looking at a pita bread that magically doesn’t deflate. They stuff it with cheese and salad and serve it up with a spicy sauce.

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The sauce is seriously amazing. It’s a little spicy, a little creamy . . . indescribably good. You can even buy it online!

See how excited I am???

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Magically delicious! There’s a Pizza House in Ann Arbor, too, and my love affair with chipatis began when I was in college. I’ve never seen them anywhere but Pizza House, but it makes it extra special to go there and enjoy one!


Soooo, I haven’t talked much about running lately, but I’ve really been loving my half marathon training. (<—that’s the plan I’m following in case you’re interested)

I love the long runs. I love the tempo runs. I love seeing my pace improve from week to week.

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Like this. But about running.

Since I started taking iron supplements, my runs have been infinitely better. I feel a lot stronger, and I’m not fighting through every step—you know, the way running should be.

feel happyLast week, my hip was bugging me a little bit, but not in a painful way. The only way I can think to describe it is “jammed up.” I’ve had this problem before. It doesn’t really hurt, but it feels like I need someone to pull on my leg to get my hip back into the right spot.

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So the good news is, there’s no real pain. It just feels like I need to stretch. All the time. Which I realize is probably not good. So, I just ignore it because I don’t want to stop running—even thinking about that makes me sad.

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Like a typical runner, I don’t listen to my body and just do pretty much whatever I feel like. So, hip weirdness be damned, I set out for my scheduled 13 miler on Saturday. The first 8 miles were fantastic—the weather was perfect, my pace was quick, and I felt like I could run forever.

Then, at mile 8, I stopped for some Gatorade and gu.

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I really don’t blame the Gatorade or the gu, but after that, my legs totally seized up. They were super tight and just didn’t want to go. I slowed my pace, but by mile 11, my knee was acting up, too. I made it through the last 2 miles, but it wasn’t pretty.

I don’t know why I didn’t stop. It’s not like I’m some super fast competitive runner or something. It’s not like I’m training for the Olympics. It’s not like I’m trying to qualify for another race. I guess I just didn’t want to. And then I paid.

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Sunday and Monday, I could barely walk. My knee and my hip felt fine, but my muscles were seriously sore—and not in a good hurt kind of way. In a, “I’m on the verge of seriously injuring myself” kind of way. Not cool.

I did some yoga to stretch things out, and that helped a ton, but I really need to get this under control. I intended to take today off and rest, but I woke up feeling a lot better, so I went ahead with my scheduled run, keeping things slow. I don’t have another long run scheduled until next weekend, so I think if I just take it easy and rest a little more, I should be OK.

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In the meantime, I’m working on drinking more water, eating better (more carbs, less sugar), and stretching. I also MUST add in some strength training. MUST MUST MUST!!! My legs are strong from running, but I think it might not be enough. Even though it is well documented that I hate to strength train, I’m worried that I may be at a point where I’ll end up seriously hurt if I don’t. So, I might get gross and veiny (because that’s what happens when I strength train Sad smile), but I know I need to do it. Finding the time may be a little challenging, but I’m going to make time. I have to.

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Feel free to judge/tell me I’m insane/yell at me in the comments.

Are you good at slowing down? Or do you like to wait until you’re seriously injured? Winking smile

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15 thoughts on “Slowing Down . . . or Not

  1. Those breadsticks look GOOD and I think someone needs to bring the chipita down south!!

    As far as slowing down goes…that would be a no. Although, after I was having back and hip issues last year after my first half, I finally bucked up and saw a chiropractor and it has helped me immensely.

    Right now my ankles hurt. I feel like I’m in a place where I can’t slow down (and they don’t hurt WHILE running), but I just hope I don’t regret that decision in a month!

    • What IS that? Why does it not hurt while running??? I went to a chiropractor the last time this happened, and it helped a ton, but I don’t have insurance right now. Might be a worthwhile investment, though.

  2. I fall into the “wait until seriously injured” category which is lame but just the way I work. I HATE taking time off running for any reason. My shin has been giving me slight grief for forever but the dr told me to run on the treadmill (which I did for weeks) and now I’m just dealing with it.

    The good news is – the strength training that I blogged about doesn’t take long at all, 2 sets, 10 reps, 15-20 minutes? And if you use light weights you shouldnt really bulk – heck on half of them you could just use your body weight (squats, lunges, push-ups, heel raises – i don’t use weights on any of those).

    love you friend, rest up and get better!!

  3. I think I’m like you with working out…but I’m not like that with running- probably because running is my main fitness love haha…but I totally understand continuing to push yourself until it’s a little too far. But, I definitely think that more stretching and strengthening will be great for you!

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