Absolute Zero

Do you ever wake up and have a feeling that something good is going to happen?

 

I woke up yesterday feeling like I could run a marathon. My right knee started hurting me some time after I ran the Disney marathon.

 

I took three FULL weeks off of running, and once I tried again, I only ran two miles. 

 

 

I wanted to get out and try for at least three miles. I started running, and just kept on going! I ended up running 5.0 miles with ZERO pain! That’s the farthest I have run (without pain) since the marathon! (I did run 6.0 miles with Kelly, but was in a lot of pain).

 

So excited!

 

I started my morning with a green monster.

 

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After Monday’s epic fail attempt at a Cherry Chocolate Bomb, I decided to stick to my normal recipe, and add cherries. Worked MUCH better!

 

It had milk, banana, ice, spinach, and cherries. YUM! (Plus, Almond butter toast.)

 

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This morning at work, I snacked on some grapes.

 

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I was being so lazy this morning, so I grabbed a Subway sandwich for lunch. Same as usual. I know, I’m so boring.

 

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I knew that I was going to attempt a run as soon as I got home, so I brought a cup of Kashi H2H cereal and milk to eat before I left work. It was the perfect afternoon pick me up!

 

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I got home from my run and was starving! I couldn’t decide what i wanted so I made a little of everything: Leftover chicken (my mom made in North Carolina), broccoli, half a sweet potato, and a nibble of pasta.

 

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Dessert was a chocolate peanut butter truffle that I picked up this weekend in North Carolina.

 

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It was soooo good! It basically tasted like a REESE’s cup, but with thicker chocolate, and real peanut butter.

 

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YUM!

 

I’m so excited that I ran pain free! I’m still going to take it easy, but I may or may not have a plan up my sleeve. 😀

❤ MegaNerd

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What are We Training For?

My kitchen was a crazy mess this morning.

 

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Trying to pack for a whole days worth of food can be tough!

 

I woke up extra early to hit the gym. My two week free pass to the gym expires on Thursday and I’m trying to make the most use out of it possible. Since I worked out my legs last night, I decided to work out my upper body.  I ended up working my shoulder, back, and biceps.

 

My workout:

  • 5 min warm-up on elliptical
  • 3 x 10 Overhead Shoulder Press (8 lb dumbells)
  • 3 x 10 Front Raises (8 lb)
  • 3 x 10 Standing Flyes (8 lb)
  • 2 x 10 Upright Rows (20 lb bar)
  • 3 x 10 Bicep curls (12 lb dumbells)
  • 2 x 15 Lat pulldowns (45 lbs?)
  • 2 x 15 Reverse Fly Machine
  • 5 min cool-down on elliptical

 

The entire workout only took 35 minutes! I thought it was going to take 45, so I had a few extra minutes to stop and get a coffee (and blog) before work!

 

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While blogging, I ate my pre-packed breakfast. I was planning to eat it at work, but I was STARVING!

 

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I packed Peach Chobani, Kashi H2H cereal, and granola. I kept the yogurt on an ice pack while at the gym, and mixed the two in the tupperware right before I ate it.

 

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YUM!

 

Earlier this week (or last week?) I mentioned to Caitlin that with my knee still not being 100% healed, I’m not really training for anything specific. I am exercising for the sake of health, well-being, and overall fitness. I feel carefree!

 

I’m usually the type of person that THRIVES with specific plans and structure. I like knowing ahead of time what workout is coming. Not having specific training goals (and the deadlines that come along with them) right now has been rather nice! I feel like I am finally enjoying exercise.

 

It has been tough to get into a routine, but I feel as though I’m starting to establish a new one. I am finding that listening to my body makes me a happier person in general, but structure works better with specific goals (like the marathon.)

 

A side note, is that without added pressure in my head of “MUST. GET. 5. MILE. RUN. IN. TODAY!!!” my grades and other areas of life have been improving. I feel more motivated in other areas of my life. Interesting!?

 

I am really enjoying swimming, biking, and weight-lifting. Maybe one day I will try a Tri? (Pun intended.) As for now, I have no set races on my calendar, and I kind of like it that way. 😀

 

Do you thrive on structured exercise plans or do you prefer to go with your mood? What are you training for?

❤ MegaNerd

First Run

My first run back was a success!

 

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After three weeks of not running, it felt great to get out for a 2.25 mile run. I started slow, but ended up averaging about a 9:15 min/mile pace. Between the amazing weather and the fact that I was so excited made for a great and speedy feeling run.

My knee started hurting about a month ago. Three weeks ago, I decided that I was going to take a break from running to let my knee heal.

 

I wore the knee strap just in case. I’m not sure if it’s helping, or if I’m just not running far enough for it to make a difference. Either way, I didn’t feel any pain.

 

 

Hooray!

 

Before my run, I had a light {working} lunch.  I started with a PB+J English muffin

 

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…organic applesauce…

 

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…green grapes…

 

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…and carrot sticks.

 

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Afternoon snack was a CLIF bar, and dinner was with some friends out! I didn’t take pictures.

 

It’s always exciting when you haven’t run in a while to get back into it. I want to make sure that I take it slow, but I want to try to run a bit farther next time!

 

❤ MegaNerd

I Need to RUN!

As of today, I have not run in three weeks!  The time has flown by, but I really miss running. It’s crazy how much I rely on it for sanity. My knee has not hurt in about two and a half weeks (although I haven’t done anything) and I’m planning on trying out a short run tonight after work.

 

I actually have a couple races planned for early April, which I just realized is in about six weeks!

 

I need to get back into running shape, and soon! I am going to see how the run goes tonight, and decide how I’m going to ease back in.

 

Last night, I did something a little different for dinner. I normally don’t love pre-packaged pastas and frozen dinner type things, but I was busy studying and didn’t feel like cooking. I purchased these butternut squash ravioli a while back, and I finally decided to try it.

 

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I made half the box (one serving) for myself, and topped with alfredo sauce. It was unsure how the butternut squash would taste, but it was actually quite good! I would definitely purchase these again.

 

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I also had a side salad along with it.

 

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This morning’s breakfast consisted of a fruit and yogurt bowl. Literally. I took the guts out of one half of cantaloupe and filled with plain oikos greek yogurt and granola. I topped it all with a drizzle of honey. YUM!

  

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I’m excited to run after work! Even if I do only have 2-3 easy miles planned.

 

How do you bounce back from an injury? Ease in slowly or jump right in?

 

❤ MegaNerd

Two Days, Two Challenges

Wow! I feel like so much has happened in the past two days in the exercise world!

 

Tuesday

 

I woke up bright and early to start my newest exercise adventure. Did you guess it? Swimming!

 

Ryan met me at her gym at 6:00 am and spent about an hour going over basic technique and swim strokes. She is an excellent teacher! I have been really looking forward to having her teach me, since all I really knew how to do was flop like a fish.

 

Honestly, it’s the perfect solution for me. My knee is giving me problems, and swimming doesn’t irritate it at all! It will help me keep my cardiovascular system in shape, and hopefully tone me up a bit! It also will provide me a new challenge, which couldn’t come at a better time. 😉

 

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Wednesday

 

After my two exams yesterday, I contemplated coming home and crashing. I wasn’t really all that tired.

 

I decided to try something new! My dad got me an indoor bicycle trainer for Christmas, and I still had not really tried it out. Between the marathon training, recovery, and moving, I just haven’t had the chance.

 

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Basically the back wheel hooks into two slots which you tighten. Then a piece at the bottom of the wheel is adjusted for resistance, so you can make it as intense or easy as you want to. I put it somewhere in between.

 

I finally tried it out.  I set my bike up facing the TV set, and rode for the length of time of one Sex and the City episode. It’s a pretty sweet set up if you ask me.

 

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(Oh, that’s my new living room… like it? )

 

I’m on a mission to try as many new forms of exercise as I can, and find a way to make it fun. My goal is to find one new way to move every day this week!

What type of exercise should I try next?

 

❤ MegaNerd

I Admit.

My blog schedule is out of control. I apologize. I feel like I’m running around like a chicken with its head cut off!

 

Breathe. Blog. In that order.

 

Yesterday was another work day. However, I did get to take a lunch break to visit some of my favorite people!

 

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Caitlin, Ashley, Ryan, and Katy H. met up for yoga and then headed to meet me and Meghann at Infusion Tea.

 

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Random Tuesday Blogger Meet-Up! 😀

 

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I was all hyped up and stressed out when I arrived. I had exactly 20 minutes to wolf everything down.

 

The other girls were calm and glowing from yoga. I really need to try this stuff. I need some peace in my life. 🙂

 

On to the food.

 

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I ordered the lunch combo, which includes any 1/2 salad, sandwich, wrap, or soup.

 

I stuck with my favorite roasted pears salad

 

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…and tried the hummus, avocado, tomato, spinach sandwich. I was NOT a fan. It was way too bland and I only ate a bite or two. Not for me!!!

 

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Oh well. I still enjoyed the company!

 

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On the car on the way back to work I munched on an apple. I was still pretty hungry after lunch.

 

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Throughout the afternoon, I broke nibbles of a CLIF bar, and then ate a banana right before I left.

 

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I packed my bag before I left for work with a change of clothes. I am thinking about leave a bag of workout clothes and shoes in my car so that I can work out anytime I get a chance. (School/Work/Home are all on opposite sides of town by a long shot.)

 

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My right knee was feeling better after three days off. I had been icing, stretching, foam rolling, and taking anti-inflammatories. I figured I would test the waters.

 

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It was so nice to get out into the fresh air after being cooped up in an office all day!

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I ran a total of 4.0 miles:

 

  • Mile 1 = Warm-up at a 9:20 pace
  • Miles 2 + 3 = Speedy awesomeness at 7:45 pace
  • Mile 4 = knee started to hurt…

 

 

I picked up a knee strap at Track Shack the other night. I told the guy there what was going on with my knee, and he recommended this to me. It puts pressure right on the painful spot, and it really seemed to help. I felt slight pain but it wasn’t debilitating like it has been before.

 

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Judging by the amount of pain I am in today. I think it’s time to admit that I am injured. Shooting pain, not being able to bend my knee, and feeling like I’m going to burst into tears is not really my thing.

 

 

I’m officially NOT running until further notice. It’s time to take a break.

 

Boo.

I can’t talk about it anymore, it makes me sad. Maybe in another post.

 

I came home and made a lovely dinner: Grilled Zucchini, mushroom and herb couscous, and tilapia.

 

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I like having nights off to eat at home. Last semester I ate on campus mostly every night, or had to wait until midnight to eat. So thankful that’s over.

 

I think post-marathon injuries are common. I’ll deal with it!

 

❤ MegaNerd

My Knee Hurts…

This morning, I met Kelly at the park for a lovely outdoor run. I have been running on the treadmill for the past few days since the weather has been dark and rainy.

 

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Before I left, I fueled up with a cup of coffee and a whole CLIF bar.

 

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Kelly and I planned on running 8-10 miles this morning, but I ended up only running 6.2 miles.

 

My right knee has been bothering me on and off ever since the marathon, and it’s starting to really effect my running.

 

The pain starts coming on later into the run, after 3 or 4 miles. It hurts just below and to the outside of my knee cap. It feels like an inflamed tendon or something. I’m trying to research the issue and see what’s going on, but I think I am going to have to end up taking some time off.

 

Once I got back, I was super hungry but didn’t really feel like eating much.  (I don’t get it?!) I picked up this smoothie packet a while back and decided that it would be fun to try something new!

 

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It was super easy to make. I just emptied the package contents into the blender, and added 1 cup of vanilla soymilk. It was pretty sweet, but  mostly tasted like a banana. It was good!

 

The package claims that it serves two, but the entire thing fit into my tall glass, so I drank the whole thing myself!

 

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Along with my smoothie, I had a whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter on top.

 

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The combination filled me right up!

 

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I have a busy day planned! Time to get moving.

 

❤ MegaNerd