Fractured :-/

Hello Again!

Well it’s been a bumpy couple of weeks and today was probably the worst of them all…but I’ll get back to that.

Three weeks ago, I was on a routine early morning run. I was in the park across the street where I run pretty much all the time and know very well. It was early (6:30AM), but the sun was out and there was light rain. My run was going really well, so I decided I would do 5 miles instead of 3. To do the 5 miler, I had to run across the cross-walk to the other side of the park. I looked both ways and saw no cars so I thought I was free to go! While I was running, I quickly peered to my left and realized this car I had not seen before was coming very close to me…too close…and then BAM! He hit me! I got knocked over and was probably the most scared I have ever been! The police and ambulance came, and I am very lucky that I had nothing really but sore muscles, a minor concussion, and a few scratches.

But today I was not as lucky :(. My foot has been causing me pain for quite some time. At the beginning, I thought it was normal and a result of all my running and cross training. But a few weeks ago, I just realized I couldn’t live like this forever. I would wake up in the morning and limp around because I could not put all my weight on my foot, and it continued to be painful throughout the day. I set up an appointment with the podiatrist for this morning. When I got there, they took about 7 x-rays and confirmed my fears…I have a stress fracture in my right foot. Unfortunately with stress fractures there isn’t much you can do (unless you have surgery) but rest and wait. So this means I can’t run for AT LEAST 4 weeks. UGH! I am so frustrated but know that if I didn’t go to the doctor it would only continue to get worse and cause a complete break. I am hoping in 4 weeks when I go back everything will be healed but who knows. I will keep you all updated! If you could please let me know if you have ever had a stress fracture and what you had to go through, I would appreciate it very much!

Lauren

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Back from our “summer break”

We sucked at blogging this summer.
Like everyone, we were busy and when we did have free time, I know I at least did not want to spend it writing a blog post! This summer was full of races, some good, some not so good, but I am happy that Fall is almost here. It’s just the best time of year in general, but especially great for runners. I can’t wait for the humidity to be gone and the temperatures to be down. I am so excited to not be drenched in sweat and exhausted after only a mile. And like most people, I’m so happy it’s almost fall because I CAN’T FREAKING WAIT FOR PSL’S (PUMPKIN SPICE LATEES)!
I am also hoping Fall will bring PR’s again. This summer has been a bit discouraging. I knew I would hit a rut eventually but I was still disappointed when it happened. I was getting PR after PR in the Spring but I have not seen a PR as of late. My training might have suffered a bit in the summer, but I really am motivated now to really hit my training hard and hopefully get a PR at my half in my hometown in a few weeks. If not there, then my big goal is to get a new half marathon PR at my favorite half – Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis at the end of October.
I am planning on writing a big summer race recap and will post it on here shortly. I will write all about how last week I was the leading girl for my 5K and then with .5 miles left I made a wrong turn. Yes, that really did happen. I will also fill you all in on Seawheeze. My first half without getting a PR, but other than that an amazing experience! I also did some smaller 5Ks and a few 10Ks that I will include in that post.
I hope even with our hiatus we still have some readers out there! I look forward to reading all your blog posts again and catching up!
Lauren

Whirlwind of a Week!

Last week brought some major life changes. Justin and I moved out of our old apartment and into our new house! We both have WAY too much stuff, so the packing/moving seemed to take forever and who knows when the unpacking will be finished! It is so nice though to have more space, and I can’t wait until we get a fence so Lilli can play in the backyard.

And….. in the midst of moving, Justin proposed! I am very excited to be engaged and was so surprised when he asked! I was so tired from moving, that it almost felt like a dream! He is my best friend and the best person I know so I can’t wait to be married to him. But right now, I can’t even think about planning a wedding until everything is unpacked!

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My beautiful ring Justin designed!

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The fleur-de-lis symbol Justin put on the top and bottom. The flour-de-lis is a symbol for St. Louis and we have many decorations around the house with it because we both love it!

During my busy week, I was still able to get some runs in. I can’t believe SeaWheeze is less than 2 weeks away! I can’t lie, my training for this half hasn’t been that great, but hopefully somehow I can still pull out a PR in Vancouver.

Lauren

A Month Until SeaWheeze!

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Yesterday marked a month until my friend Phu and I head over to Vancouver for the lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon! I am really looking forward to it, because we signed up last August and I swore it would never get here.

I thought since it was a month away from race day, I would do something every day until we leave to count down for it. So, since it is lululemon and they are primarily a yoga store (along with running of course), I will do at least 10 minutes of yoga every day. It will be good for me to get familiar with more yoga poses and I definitely need the extra stretch.

I also am really focusing on my running this next month. While I certainly won’t abandon all the cross-training I have been doing, I really want to zero in on my runs so that I have a chance of getting a new PR.

Is anyone else going to SeaWheeze? Anything special you are doing to prepare? Let me know!

Lauren

Weekly Recap

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Monday, July 6th: Rest Day

Tuesday, July 7th: Shred415 Class

Wednesday, July 8th: 3.11 mile run

Thursday, July 9th: Rest Day

Friday, July 10th: Shred415 Class

Saturday, July 11th: 3 mile run

Sunday, July 12th: 8 mile run

As you can see, I had a pretty easy week of workouts. I got a lot in, but my highest running mileage was only 8 miles. That 8 miles though was ROUGH! The humidity was high and while I wasn’t out of breath by the end, I just felt so weak because the humidity sucked all the energy right out of me. I am SO happy I am not training for a marathon this summer. Anything over 13.1 miles in this weather would absolutely suck! Props to my sister and to all of you who are currently in marathon training mode!

I really feel like Shred415 is making me so much stronger! Just for fun, I went over to the pull-up bar at the park during my run on Saturday morning. I have never, in all of my 27 years, been able to do a pull-up. It was always my least favorite day in gym class because I hated feeling so incredibly weak! So on Saturday, I just decided to see if I could do one. I did one pretty easily and thought it must be some sort of fluke…but then I did another! I was so happy! I’m going to keep doing them at least once a week while on my runs and see how many I can get up to!

Also, on Sunday Justin and I went to the driving range to hit some golf balls. My drives were so much farther than I have ever hit them before! I am going to continue working on my strength because it really makes me feel much more confident in myself!

This week, I am going to do some longer midweek runs and my long run on the weekend will be 10 miles. I’ll have to wake up super early so I can try to get out there before the humidity really hits!

I hope everyone is having a great Monday!

Lauren

Sorry, Sorry, Sorry!

Please forgive me! I know this has been a recurring theme, but I strongly apologize for the lack of blogging lately. As I spoke about in a previous post, Justin and I are in the process of moving, summer seems to always be a busier time, and I am just plain tired! It’s ridiculous, but some nights I fall asleep at 8PM! I really want to expand the blog and dive into new topics, so I need to put all of my ideas down and make them a reality! I’ll try not to let you all down 🙂

I ran in the Freedom 4 Miler last weekend on the 4th of July. I did over a minute better than last year, and finished in the top 10 for my age group! I would like to say there will be a recap shortly, but I can’t promise anything. I am planning to do one big recap of all my summer races at the end of the summer though 🙂

Now, my next race isn’t until lululemon SeaWheeze in August. I finally bought my plane tickets (holy crap they were expensive!), and am getting excited for the trip. I am sad Justin is no longer able to go, but with us buying a house, it just was too much of an expense. I am relieved I do not have a race until then because the humidity my past few races has been unbearable, and I ran in so many in such a short time, I really needed a break.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I am off today because I work tomorrow, but then I am off Sunday and Monday. I plan to do some packing, go on some long walks with my dog, and of course run. I also am going to hit up a couple Shred415 classes.

Lauren

July Goals

I cannot believe it is already July!! June flew by with a lot of rain, storms, and humidity so while I’m sure the humidity will stick around (probably get worse!), I hope there are less storms!

I have another race coming up this weekend, the Freedom 4 Miler on the 4th, and then my next race isn’t until the lululemon Seawheeze Half in August. I have been doing so many races lately that it will be nice to have a break and really focus on my training runs for the half.

I have many goals for this month and here are just a couple:

1. Commit to my half marathon training plan

– I have noticed myself slacking a bit when it comes to half marathon training. It’s not that I haven’t been training, I definitely have!, but I have not been really following any plan that quickly. Instead I’ve been doing about 3 runs during the week, and then 1 long run on the weekend. I definitely want to amp this up in July and do some longer training runs during the week. My goal is to get a PR in Vancouver, so I know I really need to bear down and commit to a training plan in order to achieve this.

2. Continue with my cross-training activities

I don’t mean to brag, but I think I get an A+ for cross training in June. I did a full month of Shred415 going at least 3 times a week, and I definitely see improvements in my body. I don’t think I’m going to be able to sign up again (too expensive!) but I am going to try to replicate the workouts I’ve done at the gym and through some of my cross-training DVDs.

3. Pack and get ready for the big move!

Justin and I are moving at the end of July! We’ve been at our place for a year and a half and have definitely outgrown it. We actually bought a two-family house in our same neighborhood and are so excited to move. We will be living on the bottom floor and then renting out the top floor. It will definitely be a new challenge, but we are both looking forward to it. One thing I am not looking forward to is packing, but it will be a good time to get rid of some stuff I have no use for any more!

I hope you all have a great start to the month! Feel free to share your July goals in the comments 🙂

Lauren