Friday, July 1, 2011

a month of healing

Let's see how it went...

June Goals
Don't try and PR on purpose.  Run for fun.  No PR's for me!
Have lots of grill parties (who wants to come over?) Lots, indeed, with more to come...
Get sucked into 500 mile cycling challenge (sigh). Check!  Total 200 made this one easy.
Get my tight ass back in a yoga class. So happy to say check!  I went to several of my favorite yoga classes this month!
Stop being a baby and go back to the scary hill workout. Does it count if I went, but called it because of thunder and lightening?
Give tempeh one more chance.  But that's it, tempeh, you hear me? Yeah, me and tempeh, we're never gonna be friends.

Plus a bonus check - I finally made the spaghetti squash!!
Yesterday I spent some time looking back through the month.  It was easy to see why I was feeling tired and overwhelmed - I was busy every weekend either running a race or riding or both.  There are times in my life where I love to go out and race, even if I'm not in racing shape, even if there's no possible way I'll PR, just because I love the energy and the atmosphere and being with friends.  The flip side of that is what I'm discovering now - it's a bit exhausting, especially during the heat of the summer, and even more so when I'm focusing on healing a lingering injury.  So I've decided to rest.  I don't know what July is going to bring, but I'm hoping somewhere along the way I'll get my mojo back.  
I will say this - the simple act of making the decision to rest and doing it for just one day has already recharged my batteries a bit.  I'm going to continue being lazy for a while, but I'm happy to see that storm already passing.

The good news about this month is that I've been able to see strong and significant progress in healing my hip/psoas/butt problems.  I can't remember the last time I had such a good - and short - experience in PT, but everything he throws at me, I am doing in spades, and I am seeing and feeling quick results.  It's still going to be a long road of fixing my form back to running the way I want to, but now I can see clearly what I need to do on my own.  I feel hopeful about running in a way I haven't in a long time.  

June
Miles run: 58
Times I got in the pool: 4
Times I got in the pool and swam more than 2000 yards or did a speck of speed work: 0 (Ummm...)
Cupcakes eaten in the last 48 hours: 9
Hill workouts done slowly that felt great on my butt: 2
Hill workouts done slowly that didn't irritate my IT band: 1
Drunk dials: 3
Weeks that I rode over 100 miles: All.
Long rides that resulted in Pinched Crotch Syndrome: 1
Old (brand-new) pairs of shoes sold on ebay: 4
Pairs of hot pink shoes purchased with ebay money: 1

July Goals
Sleep as much as you can.  Half IM training is coming.
Try and get rid of the triathlete tan.
Hill workouts.  Stop whining.  Enough said.
Get a freaking hair cut!
Dead lift 100lbs (more than one set of two reps).  
Yoga and swimming are good recovery activities.  More of this.

How did June go for you?  What are your goals for July?

14 comments:

  1. I'd so rather swim than bike, but I also prefer not getting pinched hoo-ha. ;)

    Good month and glad you can see how your running is improving when you give your body a little break. (Remind of this after July since I have eleventy billion races.)

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  2. You finally did the Spaghetti Squash! Let July be your mellow month (except hills) and then you'll be back in full force soon enough!

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  3. This cracked me up..

    My June Stunck it up... INJURED!!! Resting is suppose to be good.. I did hit the pool a couple of times..

    Have a great holiday weekend!

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  4. This makes me stop and think about my June and what a whirlwind it has been no wonder i am sooo tired. There are been some pretty highs and lows, boy do I need a break. Thanks for your comment on my blog, btw, i have to fix my blog up to allow for response comments so thought I would just add it in here.

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  5. LoL on the cupcake consumption (impressive)and hill workout (wise not to mess with lightning)!
    My goal for July? Set some freaking goals for once!

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  6. WOW, you had an awesome June! I think I need to start making goals - reading about yours were really fun :)

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  7. Pinched crotch syndrome - is that recognized by the AMA or something?

    You are a deadlifting machine

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  8. Great job meeting your June goals!!!!

    Constant competitions are very draining! Get the rest you need and you will be back happier than before.

    Thanks for the comment, you should definitely sign up for next year's Garrett County Gran Fondo! I know I will. And that will FORCE you to go to hill workouts! :)

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  9. love your goals! I said the same thing to myself the other day...it is okay to rest! if i need it and feel exhausted. I immediately just FELT better. it was crazy! Goals for this month are to push myself but also to know when I need a break! Good luck this month! I totally agree with the tan goal :)

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  10. My june goals went well, but I am ready to move on and start fresh in July!

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  11. Perhaps the thunder/lightning was a sign from the universe that you should take more time away from hill workouts?

    I'm glad you had a healing month and I hope that your relaxing July is even better! I really need a haircut too, probably should have made it a goal because then I might actually do it!

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  12. yeah, i hear ya on tempeh....we're not friends either! good job on june!

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  13. Goals for July! Don't die during my 50K in the Texas heat. Also, even out my crazy tan lines. Started that this weekend and have a red, uh, upper, upper thigh to show for it. Progress!

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  14. Hahaha, I love this. And I'm sorry to say this, but I have decided that getting rid of a triathlete tan is impossible!! For me it is, anyway. No matter how much pool tanning and applying SPF 50 to the tan parts and 15 to the white parts I do, I always end up with 15 sets of tan lines. Tri shorts/swimsuit/running shorts/bike shorts/tank tops/sports bras/bikini....bleh!!! Hehe:). You know you're a triathlete when...

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