So long March!

I’m two days past my race and have taken the last two days off from running. I was wondering how I would feel Monday morning when I woke up. I had made a conscious effort to spend some quality time with both my foam roller and massage stick Sunday night before I passed out. 

It paid off! I felt little to no soreness except my calves. I didn’t struggle to go down the stairs. Last year after the same race I was so sore I hobbled around for five days. I know I didn’t push as hard this year, but I am going to credit my quick recovery to really spending time focusing on stretching and using the foam roller. I have less than a week left in the foam roller 30 day challenge, but I know already that I will be continuing this long past the 30 days. The only thing that still hurts is my foot. 

Sunday night I did a lot of research on running shoes for people with high arches. Clearly the shoes I bought weren’t cutting it. I think I’ll be able to wear them for shorter runs, anything under 5 miles  I finally settled on Saucony Triumph ISO…mainly because the reviews were good and they also were available in wide. It really is frustrating how difficult it is to find wide width shoes. I imagine I could find more of a selection at a shoe store but I’ve never been a fan of going in them. At least when it comes to running shoes. I get them tomorrow and will be testing them out on Thursday. I am anxious to see if they will be the ones for me. 

Even though I haven’t run in two days I’ve been busy doing other activities. Yesterday I started out with Total Body Cardio Fix and I’m really noticing a difference in my stamina and strength. It’s awesome to see changes and know that I did it all in the comfort of my own home. I had a busy day at work but still got home and did another workout. I have the Beach Body On Demand so I decided to try it out. I settled on Plyo Fix Extreme. Whew! Lots of jumping around and with weights!! I loved it though and I know that what is a challenge today won’t remain that way for long. I finished off my day with a Bikram Yoga class that was the best way to end my Monday. I wasn’t sore but I managed to still find some tight spots. I had planned on going Sunday afternoon but decided a nap was what I really needed. 

Today I decided to hop on the elliptical at work. I’ve come to the conclusion that cardio machines to me are like some sort of torture device. I used to be able to use the elliptical and enjoy it. Today I found myself counting down the minutes…..35 minutes goes by painfully slow. 

  

I even listened to an audiobook thinking that might distract me. It didn’t.  I don’t know how I did it all those years. 

I’m itching to run tomorrow. Even though my foot still hurts I’m hoping I’ll be wise enough to take it slow. I know me though. 

As far as the eating goes I’m proud to say I have been cheese free for 31 days! At this point I don’t really miss it. Once I began the 21 Day Fix eating plan cut out wine which made it easier to not crave cheese. Now my boyfriend on the other hand will go right back to eating ice cream. I’ll admit I’m a little disappointed that he’ll go right back to it. It’s not that ice cream is bad; ice cream, a box of candy and a couple cookies is bad though. I can try to get him to eat healthier but at the end of the day I can’t force him. I know I will be sticking to this for the long haul. I feel better and don’t have the random craving for sugary stuff anymore. That’s not to say I won’t give in now and then. For me the key to not pigging out is to just not have junk food in the house. I feel way to good both inside and out to make that slide back to eating poorly again. 

In an attempt to make space in my freezer I’m trying to find a good ground turkey recipe. I’m debating between Sweet Potato Turkey Shepards Pie and Turkey Meatloaf. Oh decisions decisions! 

Until next time!!

Danielle 

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6 thoughts on “So long March!

  1. Do you have any recommendations on a fitness video or program for a beginner? I know that sounds weird, but I’ve never really done anything more than run. I’d be interested in something for the off days.

    Also, before my 50k I spent the entire week prior foam rolling, massage sticking and soaking in Epsom salt baths. I recovered in just a few days. Last year, after my first 30 miler, it took me at least a week to recover. It’s amazing what a little TLC can do!

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    1. The first workout program I actually ever followed seriously was the Slim In 6 series from beachbody! I used it 10 years ago and then again 6 years ago. It’s great because it’s a combination of strength training and cardio and I found it worked perfectly in conjunction with running. I’ve also used a bunch of Jillian Michaels DVDs. She’s tough but gives modifications. Nowadays you can get them through iTunes and not have to even mess with DVDs.

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  2. Glad to hear that you are recovering nicely … post run/race recovery is the KEY! Yeah, elliptical machines are murder haha! Next time try and ARC Trainer if it’s an option that’s my new favorite cardio machine that I use on cross training days 🙂 Sounds like you have been cross training like a boss! That makes me smile 🙂

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