Thursday, March 21, 2013

Heartbreak

I have a race in 2 weeks.  It's my first half marathon of the year.  I had big plans for this race.  I worked hard, I got up at a ridiculous time of day to get my runs in.  I was ready.

Then life happened.

On Sunday afternoon, I was exercising.  Nothing unusual...until I heard a pop and found myself on the floor.  Next came pain in my calf that took my breath away.

Oh crap.  Something is very wrong.

I tried to get up, but could barely manage a crawl.  Randy had gone to the store, so I gave Ellie specific instructions to get me ice.  She was a rock star.  I called Randy and told him that I needed him to come home. 

I'm not sure why.  He couldn't do anything for me, except be there with me while I panicked.  All I knew was I was in pain.  Serious pain and I was terrified.  He's my rock.  I needed him.

Randy asked if I wanted to go get it checked out by a doctor.  I knew I needed to do something.  I couldn't walk, but had no crutches in the house and the pain was out of this world.  We decided to go to the ER since we knew an x-ray wouldn't show anything and there isn't an MRI at urgent care.  It turns out that the ER won't do an MRI unless it's ordered by an orthopedic surgeon so it was kind of a waste of an ER co-pay, but whatever.  The ER doc felt around my calf, which hurt like a bitch, and checked out the range of motion I had with my foot, which was not much, and said I tore a calf muscle.

NOOOOOOOOO!  Sonofabitch! 

I won't even tell you all of the four-letter words that came out of my innocent little mouth.  You might think less of me.  I will tell you that I cried.  A lot.  The pain, the anger, the disappointment; crying is how I deal.  I can promise you, I'm still not done.

I was pissed.  I'm still pissed, but for slightly different reasons.  Of course my first thought was for my race.  I probably won't be running in time and even if I am, I won't be racing a half marathon.  Ok, yes, there will be other races.  It's not that big of a deal to miss this one.

After I got over myself a little, I thought of my friend Kate.  She's running her first full marathon at the same race and I'd planned to run with her for the last few miles.  I won't be able to run her in for her very first marathon.  And I cried again.

This.Totally.Sucks.

The only ray of sunshine in this whole mess is the little ladies repeatedly calling my crutches "crotches".  I giggle every time. 

Aleena even made me a walking stick (out of markers) so I wouldn't need the "crotches" anymore.  Love that kid.

On Tuesday, I had an appointment to see the orthopedic and he put me in this little number.

Where is the pink?  Where are the sparkles?  How boring.  And heavy.  This sucks. 

The bad news is that this boring, ugly, heavy boot is my new BFF for 3 weeks, then I go to physical therapy for 6 weeks.  The good news is that this boring, ugly heavy boot is my new BFF for only 3 weeks.  It could be much worse.  Plus, I most likely won't have to wait until I'm done with PT to start running.  Plus, getting into the boot, got me out
of the "crotches".  The ortho thinks I'll be able to run my half in May, but I won't be racing it.  I'm ok with that. (not that I have much of a choice)

So...no running, jumping or squatting for a while, but I have been cleared for any upper body exercises as long as I leave my lower half alone.  I'll just have to focus on abs and arms for a while until I get my legs back.

I will be a good little girl, follow all of the rules and get better.  In doing so, I'm going to have less time at the computer.  Sitting in this chair with my foot on the floor causes my leg to swell so I'll be spending more time laying down with my foot elevated than at the desk blogging.  You might not hear from me for a little while, but I'll still be reading your blogs (I can do that on my phone).

I'll say farewell for now.  You'll hear from me again when the swelling goes down.

If you haven't entered to win the Endorphin Warrior Training Bracelet, enter here.  I'll be notifying the winner tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blogiversary and a Giveaway!


Today is my one year blogiversary!  I can't believe Rise.Run.Mom.Repeat. is a whole year old.  Thanks to all of my followers and new blogger-friends I've made in the past year who have helped make Rise.Run.Mom.Repeat. a success.
 
To celebrate, I'm hosting my very first giveaway!
 
If you've never heard of Endorphin Warrior, you need to check them out.  They make many products with powerful messages to help you through your training, your day and your life.
 
Endorphin Warrior sent me a Warrior Training Bracelet wit the word of my choice to test out.  If you read this post back in January, you won't be surprised that I chose FEARLESS for my bracelet.
 
The first thing I noticed when I put it on was how comfortable it is!  I love the leather.  I also love that I have a reminder of my new way of life every time I look down.
 
For the whole month of March, Endorphin Warrior is donating $1 from every online order to a local elementary school running club for lower-income children.  To help increase the amount of money raised, they're offering a FREE Dog Tag / Key Ring to anyone who places an order this month!   How awesome is that?!
 
Endorphin Warrior was kind enough to give me one Warrior Training Bracelet to give away to a lucky reader!
 
Here's what you have to do: leave me a comment telling me which empowering word you would choose for your bracelet then click "I commented" on the Rafflecopter widget below.  You can earn extra entries, if you'd like, after you comment.
 
Act fast, the winner will be chosen on Friday morning! (the 22nd)


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Friday, March 15, 2013

Schwan's Product Review

 
I love food...and I'm always hungry.  It's a big joke with my Thursday night running group, the Turtles.  Here's a typical Turtle conversation on the bike path:
 
"Holy cow, I'm hungry."
"What?  Jamie's hungry?  That's a surprise..."
 
And that's only mile one.  By the time we're done, I'm starving
 
Food.  Belly.  Now.
 
Really, it doesn't matter what day of the week it is, I'm hungry, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to get the opportunity to test out a frozen meal from Schwan's.

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You've probably seen the yellow freezer truck driving around at some point, but you might not have known what it was.

It all started back in 1952 when a young man named Marvin Schwan delivered the family's signature ice cream to rural families in Minnesota.  He quickly realized that this delivery service could be a brilliant new business saving families from a long drive home from the market with melting ice cream.

I remember the Schwan's Man coming to my house as a child in the 1980s.  My brother and I were always so excited to see him, for he was the keeper of the Drumsticks!

These days, Schwan's has a whole catalog of food products: appetizers, entrees, sides, pizza, pasta, veggies, fruits and (my favorite) desserts!
 

Our local Schwan's driver, Tony, dropped off my goodies in this nifty cooler bag.  When we order next, we can choose what we want and order online and we can leave this bag on the porch in case we're not home during delivery time.  Tony will put our food in the bag along with a freezer pack (or two, depending on the outside temperature) for us to bring in when we get home.  How genius is that?!
 
I got to try two items from the Schwan's LiveSmart line, Lemon Butter Shrimp and Six Cheese Tortellini.  The LiveSmart line is a little healthier than your average frozen prepared food.  LiveSmart food is made with minimal additives and preservatives, moderate calories, sodium and fat and zero grams of trans fat.  I'm not super strict with my diet, but any prepared foods that I buy, I always buy the low sodium version if there is one.
 
When I opened up the bag of shrimp, I expected to see frozen, raw shrimp and a packet of sauce.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that every shrimp was coated in sauce and individually frozen, so if one were to make a single serving of the shrimp, there would be plenty of sauce for every serving. 
Bonus: all packages of Schwan's frozen food have a resealable zipper.
 
The tortellini cooked up in 4 minutes and remained intact through the boiling process.  There is nothing more irritating than tortellini falling apart in the water.
 
I tossed the shrimp with the tortellini, added some fresh Parmesan cheese and... yum.
 
 
Randy and I agree, we would make this again.  Steam up a vegetable and you have a delicious, fast meal for a busy day. There's no prep time, other than boiling water and dinner is on the table in 10 minutes. 
 
Have you ever seen a Schwan's truck in your neck of the woods?
Have you tried any of their products?  What did you think? 
 
Schwan's provided this food at no cost to me for a campaign via FitFluential LLC. All opinions are my own.
 
Coupon code: enter KIMH2 to receive $5 off of a $25 purchase or $10 off of a $50 purchase.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Age 5 in Pictures

Age 5 is....

silly

























generous

toothless


attitude














snuggles














innocent


adventurous

beautiful


Six years ago tonight, I became a mom...and I'm having the time of my life.
Happy birthday, Ellie.  I can't wait to see what the year of 6 has in store for us.

Monday, March 11, 2013

ORRRC Half Marathon Training: Week 2

Another busy week last week.  Ellie's birthday party was on Saturday, so there was much cleaning, prepping and cooking going on.

I was surprised how good my legs felt after the Stingray 5K.  This makes me think that I didn't run fast enough.  Next time....

Tuesday morning, I made a new running pal!  A few weeks ago, Candice posted on a local running group's Facebook page that she was looking for a partner in the wee hours of the morning.  We met up last week for the first time.  It was nice to have some company in the hood.

We got about 5 inches of snow on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, so I hit the treadmill on Wednesday.  I have such a hard time keeping myself on the treadmill.  I have absolutely no motivation to run on it.  None.  I've been using one of my favorite TV shows, Gilmore Girls, to bribe myself to stay on it.  I can get down when the episode is over.
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A couple of years ago, after the show ended, my brother gave me the boxed set of Gilmore Girls so I have plenty of shows for my running-while-viewing pleasure.

Saturday morning, the day of Ellie's 6th birthday party, I got up nice and early and ran the dark, lonely roads of my 'hood.  At mile 6, I stopped at home to pick up my mom and we walked another two and a half miles.

It was a pretty light week mileage-wise.  Next week the miles will ramp up again before it's time to taper in 2 weeks.

Happy running!

Week 2
Monday: Light abs
Tuesday: Run 6.07mi
Wednesday: Run 4mi, Shovel 5 in of snow, Yoga Class
Thursday: Run 4mi
Friday: Cathe 10min abs
Saturday: Run 8.47mi
Sunday: rest
Total mileage: 22.54mi
Total time: 3hrs 7min

How was your week last week?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Cathe XTrain Review


I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it a time or two...I love cross training!  It wasn't love at first sight, or anything like that, the whole idea of cross training had to grow on me.  Last summer, I discovered that I really enjoy riding my bike.  This past winter (see what I did right there?  I called winter, past), I fell head over heels for the kettlebell. 

This time, it's boxing!  I was super excited to receive one of Cathe's XTrain DVDs to try.

Hard Strikes

I've never done any boxing, so I wasn't sure how my first attempt with Hard Strikes would go.  Cathe and her workout group all use 12 ounce weighted boxing gloves for the workout.  I don't have any gloves, so I just punched with no weight.

The whole workout is forty six and a half minutes long; 30 minutes of warm up and boxing, 12 minutes of conditioning and 4 minutes of stretching to cool down.  I loved that the moves in the boxing workout were pretty easy to follow and Cathe gives advanced instructions as to which direction to punch, kick or turn.

The cardio component in the workout was something I didn't expect.  Being able to run a half marathon any day of the week, I consider myself to have pretty good cardiovascular endurance, but this workout left me sweating buckets, completely out of breath and heaving, "holy crap!" several times.

Here I was thinking, "Look how cute Cathe is with her bouncing pony tail and freshly done make up.  She wouldn't hurt me..."  Wrong.

That cute little Cathe...she's badass.

There is a lot of jumping in this workout.  My ankles were not prepared for that and were really sore after my first workout.  This tells me that my ankles need help.  The Hard Strikes workout made them stronger.  The day after my first workout, everything hurt.  My shoulders were trashed--and I wasn't using any weighted gloves!

My second date with the Hard Strikes workout still kicked my butt and left me drenched in sweat and out of breath, but my ankles held up better.

My third date was even better.  Total sweat-fest.  Awesome workout.  I think I'm in love. 

Another awesome thing about this DVD is the bonus workouts.  Cathe isn't done kicking butt with the cardio boxing.  She just keeps going!
Core 10:26
Triceps 13:55
Heavy Bag 12:56
100 Rep Bicep Curl Challenge 6:50

Since I don't have a heavy bag, I skipped that segment, but I did the rest of them on two separate occasions.  Ten minutes of core is killer.  My abs were on fire!  (Hello, bathing suit season!)

I only have 5lb hand weights and used them for both the triceps and the bicep curls, they were probably just a little too light for me especially for the bicep curls, but I still felt plenty of burn.


Cathe's Hard Strikes has totally been added to my rotation of 5am badassery.

I was sent Cathe's XTrain DVD via FitFluential LLC to test and review.  All opinions are my own.

Have you ever worked out with Cathe?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Stingray 5K Race Recap

The Stingray 5K is my second 5K ever, but it's only the first 5K that I've raced.  Last summer, I ran the Dash for Donation 5K, but I was injured so racing wasn't an option.  My finish time was 32:15.  I knew that I would PR this race.  The question was: by how much?

When I woke up Saturday morning, I had a stuffy nose, sore throat and a headache.

No no no no no!  It's race day!  Sigh.

I drank some water, had breakfast and took some Motrin.  All cold-like symptoms faded away.  Whew.

Then more bad news: it was snowing, despite the Weather Channel app on my phone saying that there was only a 20% chance of precipitation.  It was freaking snowing!  LIAR!  The Weather Channel app and that damn groundhog: LIARS!

The race was being held about 20 minutes from my house.  During the drive there I noticed that some of the less-traveled roads were pretty slippery.  Not awesome.

The start and finish were at a high school.  The doors to the school's main hallway were unlocked so we racers could wait inside the warm building rather than freezing our buns off outside.  It was cold.  Temps in the 20s with "feels like" temps in the teens.  I met up with a bunch of my runner-friends and we waited inside the school until about 3 minutes to race time.

My friend, Jen, and I were both hoping to finish in 27 minutes, so we planned to run together.  I told Randy before I left that morning, that I'd be thrilled with 28 minutes in slippery conditions.


Jen (in pink) and I
Randy drove out with the little ladies to spectate, but I didn't see them until the gun went off.  They were about 50 feet from the start/finish line.  I was thrilled to see my bundled up family cheering for all of the runners.












I love that the little ladies enjoy spectating.  Randy took a bunch of pictures of them while they waited for me to come back.  They posed and smiled for the camera, just like Mommy taught them... ;-)

During the first mile, Jen and I did quite a bit of weaving.  I'll resist the urge to hop on my soapbox about people who plan to walk the course lining up to start near the front of the pack.

We were getting a feel of exactly how slippery the roads were.  The answer was: pretty slippery.  Some roads were less snow-covered than others and on the snowy roads, if we stayed in the tire tracks, our feet had better traction.  Mile 1- 8:58

During the second mile, we were feeling a little more sure-footed.  We'd slow our pace a bit when we'd turn a corner, but our legs were warming up and we gained speed.  Jen and I were a bit less chatty.  Mile 2- 8:30

Around mile 2.5, I could feel Jen pushing the pace more than I was up to.  I told her to go for it.  She did.   I chased her to the finish.  By this time, I had to concentrate on my breathing.  I could feel myself getting a little dizzy from exertion, but if I focused on breathing in deep and blowing it all out, I could maintain my pace.  I passed a LOT of people in the third mile; too many to count.  I don't think I was passed by anyone.  Mile 3- 8:19

I heard my watch beep at mile 3, but it was a faint echoey sound.  I willed my legs to turn over a little faster while I concentrated on breathing and not letting the world around me spin.  I saw Randy and the girls and smiled at them, but couldn't wave.  Breathe, Jamie, breathe.

I focused on the guy in gray ahead of me and sprinted to catch him.
Thanks to my runner-pal, Don, for this picture!
Hell yea!  I crossed the finish line 2 tenths of a second before him.  Sorry, Dude.
That last .1 was run at a 6:42 pace.  I felt like I was moving in slow motion, but Randy said I was flying.  He had no idea I could move that fast.  I didn't either.  I looked at my watch at the finish line: 26:04 (unofficial).  Holy crap.  I beat my goal time by almost a full minute!

About the Race

Registration was easy, the Stingray 5K is the first in a 5-race series that was very reasonably priced.  Packet pickup was fast and convenient at any (of three) Columbus Running Company stores or inside the school on race morning.

The route was easy to follow and was well-marked.  There was no water station, which wasn't an issue on a 20 degree day, but I'm assuming that the summer races will have water on the course.


One happy mama.
Official Stats:
Finish time- 26:02
Avg Pace- 8:32 min/mi
Over All Place- 144/330
Age Group Place- 4/20

FOURTH PLACE in my age group!!

My BRF, Anne, keeps telling me that I'm capable of so much more than I think I am. Maybe it's about time that I start listening to her.

Monday, March 4, 2013

ORRRC Half Marathon Training: Week 1

What a fun week!  I'm hoping the snow and ice are about done.  It is March, after all.

This week, I spent a lot more time outside on the non-icy roads (WOOT!), working out with my Cathe DVD (review to come) and I took my very first yoga class. 

Anne, Kate and I bought a Groupon type deal for 5 yoga classes so we could try it out on the cheap.  It turns out that I love yoga!  I've gotta tell ya, though, yoga is no joke!  My whole body was shaking while we were holding the poses and all of the muscles in my back were sore the next day.  I can't wait to go back!  I might even get wild and try a hot yoga class some time in the next 30 days.

I'm loving running outside this week.  It's been a little windy in these parts, but at least the temperature isn't in the single digits.

I joined the Pushing Our Luck March push up challenge using the 100 Push Up app.  I don't think I'll actually be doing 100 push ups, and I'm not sure I want to.  To be perfectly honest, it sounds boring.  That being said, the push up challenge will be good for my arms (which is one of my 2013 goals) and I'll still be getting the plank work in the process!  Win!

I did my initial exhaustion test on March first and made it to 22 good form push ups on my toes.  This puts me in week three of the program.  My first day was Sunday.  Week 3, day 1 was 12, 17, 13, 13, 17 with 60 seconds of rest between each set.  I did them all on my toes.  It was hard.

I finished the week of running with a 5K race on Saturday.  The full recap will be published on Wednesday, but here's a teaser:


Week 1
Monday: Cathe XTrain DVD
Tuesday: Run 5.18mi
Wednesday: Run 6.06mi, Yoga
Thursday: Cathe abs and arms, Run 5.04mi
Friday: Rest day! (100 Push Ups app exhaustion test)
Saturday: Run 5K race! (Recap coming soon!)
Sunday:  100 Push Ups Week 3, Day 1- 12, 17, 13, 13, 17
Total Mileage: 19.38mi
Total Time: 5hr 47min

How was your week? 
Did you have any fun workouts?
Have you ever tried the 100 Push Ups app?

Friday, March 1, 2013

February Abs Challenge Recap

Happy March!  February went by quickly!

I've been a busy little chick with all of my abs-related February challenges, the Love My Abs Challenge, and the Plank Challenge.

At the beginning of the month, I could hold a one minute prone plank.  At the end of the month, I could hold a prone plank for two minutes!  There are people out there who can hold a prone plank for 6 minutes or longer.  I want to be like them when I grow up.  My side planks improved as well, going from 30 seconds to one minute and ten seconds.  See what happens with a little consistency?

The Love My Abs Challenge started off the month with 100 abs exercises a day for the first week, then jumped to 120 a day for week 2, 140 for week 3 and 160 for week 4.  I'm thrilled to say that there was only one day this whole month that I didn't get my abs exercises done.  There were days that my abs were sore from the day before, so I went easier on them rather than doing the specified number, but I call that "smart", not "blowing off the challenge".

I see a difference in the way my belly looks; there's some definition brewing and I've lost half of an inch from my waist in the past month.  Woot, woot!  Go me!

I'm going to do something crazy.  I'm going to show you a before and after picture.  Many of you have read this post about how I feel about my stomach.  It's not pretty, but since the world wide web has already seen it, here you go.  Feel free to overt your eyes.


It's not just in my head, right?  It looks a little different.  It feels different.  But please, if you see me out on the road, don't ask to feel my abs.  That's a little creepy.

The skin (that will never, ever go away) is a little looser, (is looser a word?) which actually looks worse than it did before, but my (uneducated) guess is that it's because the fat content is decreasing.  There is definitely still some...shall we say...fluff  hanging out in the midsection, but I'm not done yet!

Seeing results is a great motivator.

February was just the beginning...

What are your plans for March?  I'm already signed up to do a 100 Push-ups Challenge. While I don't really think I'll actually do 100 push-ups, this challenge goes with my "better arms" New Year's goal.  Come join us!

Are there any other challenges going on in March that I should know about?