Week in Review: 10-day Refresh & New SP Class

In the interest of staying on track with my goals, I’m going to start posting a week in review every Friday, reflecting back on my progress for the week.

Workouts

Monday – Nada. Driving home from a mini-vacation in the Hamptons wiped me out and I needed a breather!
Tuesday – T-BarRe-Xtreme at Studio Poise. A combination of cardio, barre, and TRX strength exercises – an awesome cross-training class. I belly flopped out of a TRX plank at one point… guess I need to practice those.
Wednesday – Pound & Flow, the newest addition to the SP schedule! 20 minutes of Pound to get your heart rate up, followed by 40 minutes of power flow vinyasa yoga. My shoulders have been really tight lately (I was in a car accident a few weeks ago and the seat belt really did a number on me) so I really needed to spend some quality time in down dog to start loosening them up!
Thursday – Nothing But Leg, again at SP. This is my FAVORITE strength class to help build up the muscles I use in running, and man, Alison put me through the paces yesterday. I’m going to miss this when it changes to a new, earlier time slot next month!
Friday – Pilates Reformer at Oceanside Pilates. I have fallen in love with the reformer to help me stretch and loosen up. It has helped my hip more than anything else. Unfortunately this class is ending after Labor Day, so I’ll need to find another reformer studio near me that doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg – any suggestions?!

You may have noticed a lack of running on here. Tomorrow morning’s 4 miler is going to be the first time I’ve laced up my sneakers since my injury six weeks ago. I’m going to take it slow, and will probably end up run/walking the entire route. The good news is that my BostonFIT coach picked an out-and-back route so if I really feel like 4 miles is too much, it’s easy enough for me to turn around sooner than scheduled.

Nutrition

Come to me, micheladas. I will drink ALL of you. It's made with tomatillos so that's practically a salad, right?!

Come to me, micheladas. I will drink ALL of you. It’s made with tomatillos so that’s practically a salad, right?!

I spent last weekend in the Hamptons with some awesome friends, and while it was a blast, it was definitely not the healthiest of weekends. Beer for breakfast, anyone? I’m also going to be jetting off to San Francisco next weekend for Outside Lands, and while that trip will also feature some SoulCycle classes for #balance, I also plan on drinking as many micheladas as I can get my hands on (WHY IS THAT NOT A THING ON THE EAST COAST?!). I had exactly ten days between the trips, so I preordered the Advocare Herbal Refresh before leaving for the Hamptons, and it was waiting for me when I got home.

I started it on Tuesday, and it’s a really simple program to follow. Eat as clean as possible (and while I’ve been great during the day, I have definitely slipped up at dinner a few times this week… oops) and follow the program. The program contains daily supplements – a probiotic that you take in the morning, and an herbal cleanse that you take in the evening. It also comes with a powdered fiber drink that you mix with water and consume immediately prior to breakfast.

The fiber drink has definitely helped me to feel more full throughout the day. I’ve upped my fruit and veggie intake and am also trying to drink a gallon of water every day during this process. I was feeling rough earlier in the week (see “TRX plank belly flop,” above) because of all wear and tear I had put on my body over the weekend. Too much beer, not enough sleep, and I was not feeling great. Today, though, I’m really noticing a difference. It’s been four days and I feel like my energy levels are better, my focus has improved, and best of all, I’m down two pounds (woo!). The refresh is only supposed to be used every 90 days, and I’m not sure I’d make it a regular thing, but for times like this when I really need to hit the reset button on my body during a jam-packed month, it seems like it’s a good tool to keep in my back pocket.

Weekend Plans

I’m gearing up for the weekend and aiming for balance. I’ve got my four mile run tomorrow morning, and then some friends are joining me for a beach day and a dinner party at my house. I love entertaining so I’m really excited to cook delicious food and catch up with these folks, some of whom I haven’t seen in far too long. Sunday, I’ve got a beach yoga class scheduled in the morning at Carson Beach in South Boston, and I’m planning to take a kayak out on the ocean afterwards if it’s not too hot. There’s a Boating in Boston location right at Carson Beach, and I have a season membership that I’ve yet to use, so I need to get in lots of paddling time before fall!

What are your plans for the weekend? 

Guess who’s back, back again…

Im baaaaack miss jay

Well. It’s been a while, huh?

I don’t really have any great excuse for my disappearing act. I just wasn’t really feeling inspired. The winter took a toll on my fitness, and it felt insincere to blog about health and wellness when I wasn’t putting in my best effort on my own end. However, I’m really making a push these days to get back to where I was this time last year, and it seemed like the right time to get back to posting. So… hi! Here I am, and here’s what’s been happening since I went silent back in February.

You may remember that I signed up for the Boston Athletic Association medley, committing to run a 5K, 10K, and half marathon between April and October. Well, apparently that wasn’t quite enough for me, because I also registered for the Las Vegas Rock & Roll Half Marathon in November. I’m running that with some awesome friends from college and I’m really excited for the mini-vacation and the chance to share this activity with some of the people who mean the most to me.

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After completing the BAA 5K, 4/18/15

Since I’m not really great at sticking to training schedules on my own, I signed up with BostonFIT to help with training and accountability. This is a great group for beginners like me; the half marathon training team has people from all experience levels and I wasn’t at all intimidated heading into our first meetings. I loved that the weekly runs got me out of my normal routine and that the group helped to keep me on track with my training.

The 5K, the first race in the medley, was held April 18 in Boston and was a blast. This is hands-down my favorite race every year. It’s held during Marathon Weekend in my hometown, and it’s hard to describe the energy in the air – if you haven’t experienced it, you can’t possibly imagine how vibrant the city becomes. Tens of thousands of runners and their families stream into Boston for the race, and the city comes alive. We had amazing weather – perfect clear blue skies and a slight chill in the air at the start. I definitely should have ditched the long sleeved layer before beginning the race – I was super sweaty at the end. I unfortunately didn’t PR like I had hoped to, but I figured that would improve with training.

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Trying really hard to grin and bear it through terrible conditions and killer hip pain during the BAA 10K

The 10K was two months later, held on 6/21/15. I thought I would be fine in this race. Training was going well, and I was building up my mileage. On my training run the week before the race, I noticed that my right hip was feeling pretty sore after about 5 miles, but I figured I would just foam roll it out and it would be fine. The ache went away after some rolling and ibuprofin, so I shrugged it off and geared up for the 10K. Unfortunately, race morning brought with it torrential downpours. As a newbie runner, I still haven’t quite acclimated to the “run in any conditions” thing. But I had committed to the medley and I knew I would be super disappointed in myself if I gave up at this point, so I stuck a hat on and hoped for the best. According to the race results, just under 6000 people finished — and there were over 8,000 people registered, so the weather definitely scared a lot of people away!

Things were going fine until the turnaround. I don’t know what happened, but at that point my right hip just decided it did not want to run anymore. I tried switching to run/walk techniques, and ultimately had to walk for the fourth and fifth miles. My mom was waiting at the end of Comm Ave, right at the turn onto Arlington – the last stretch of the race – and hearing her cheers gave me the boost I needed to finish strong, but I paid for it in the form of a seriously pissed off hip joint.

Following the race, I tried ice baths and foam rolling, but the hip pain was not going away. I paid a visit to the doctor, who diagnosed bursitis, along with the completely unhelpful suggestion, “Maybe you just aren’t a runner.” Thanks, pal. Under his orders, I took 6 weeks off from running. After about a week of ice and anti-inflammatories, I did head back to my yoga and pilates classes, modifying the leg activities to nurse my still-angry hip joint.

This week marks my first week back in my running shoes, and it’s slow going. I’ve got 4 miles scheduled for Saturday and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous, but I’m still determined to finish the two half marathons on the book for this fall.

So that’s why I’m back here… I need to keep myself accountable. This blog has been reborn as my race training diary. I’ve got 9 weeks until the BAA half, and 14 weeks before the Vegas half. I’m not deluding myself into thinking that I’ll be setting any race records come October in Boston, but I’m hoping to use that course as a way of testing the waters and seeing what areas of training I need to focus on during the 5 weeks between Boston and Vegas. I’ll be more intentional about my strength training and cross-training, and I’ll also be more focused on keeping my nutrition on point — and I’ll document all of it here.

For those of you who are still sticking around, thanks for the support. I hope you’ll join me on this next adventure!