Week Four- Training Log

January 26th- February 1st, 2015

Week Fours training miles add up to 36.  This week will be another combination of walking and jogging because my hip is feeling a little better, but it is not back to the point that I completely trust it to not flair up again.  I am getting a massage on Tuesday and have another PT appointment on Wednesday which I have high hopes to provide me with some relief to be able to run again.

Monday–  Taught two yoga classes today.  Had to be very careful as I moved into and through certain poses because any of the poses that required flexion at the waist still bother my iliopsoas which is super tight and aggravated these days.  I also walked around a lot today.  No time or courage to go for a run due to my hip, but according to my Fitbit I still put in a decent amount of walking miles- a little over 7 miles.

Tuesday- Got to the gym early to do a mile warm up jog before I taught yoga.  Last week I could bearly do any of the poses because my hip and entire left side was so tight from teaching right after I woke up.  So I figured I would get it warmed up a bit today first.  That did seem to help a bit.  So maybe I will need to start getting a mile warm up in Tuesday mornings before teaching.  I also walked a lot more today than yesterday even.  My total mileage today added up to 10 miles of walking/a little running.  I also had my massage today!  It was sooo painful but WOW!! I feel better already!! I think that is exactly what I needed to break up all the knots and tightness in my leg and hip.  I am feeling a lot more confident that I can go running in the next day or tow!! Finally! 🙂  Here’s to hoping I am on the mend!!

Wednesday-  I was able to run 4 miles today!  I took it chill and just enjoyed being out for a nice run.  My hips (both are now a little achy) were a little uncomfortable, but nothing like the pain I was dealing with a week ago!  So I am feeling a little more confident again.  I also saw the physical therapist again.  I am seeing Dr. Paul Rossman whose office is located above the bank on the corner of Oakland and Capital.  I really like him.  He is great.  He did some more ultrasound on both my hips and worked on a couple of the tight spots again.

Thursday-  Today  I went running with my training partner Sam and we went for 4 miles outside.  Then I finished the last mile on the treadmill.  I really wanted to get 5 in and see how it felt compared to the 4 I did yesterday.  And since I was feeling more pain free than I had in days I figured why not give it a try?   Today is my birthday and my plan before this hip pain was to do a super long run today to celebrate.  Well, my plans have pretty much gone out the window over the past several weeks, so a 5 mile run will have to do.  I felt pretty good.  No big set backs after running 5.  Maybe over the next couple days I can start increasing mileage again! 🙂

Friday  I taught a spin class downtown where I teach this morning.  I spent most of the class on the bike just keeping my legs going.  Nothing high resistance like the rest of the class.  I like to be able to teach and talk without being out of breath so I rarely push the past or resistance as I teach.  Later in the afternoon I was able to get in a 7 miler which I am pretty excited about!  I took it easy pace wise and I only had a little hip tightness and discomfort.  I am so happy that I seem to be on the mend and can hopefully resume normal training very soon!!

Saturday-  Today I was able to go on a longer run!  finally!  Hans who is a member at Anytime and I met through running club and I went 10.  We kept it right under 8 minute miles which was super comfortable for both of us.  I had a little pain in my hip, but very dull (compared to the very significant and more sharp pain I was having a couple weeks ago when we went 7!)  It was a great run on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning.  I enjoyed getting to know a new running friend a lot better and the great conversation which made the run go super fast!! 🙂  Thanks for the company Hans!!

Sunday-  No running today!  But did manage to venture out in the snow and get a lift in! 🙂  Excited that I am feeling good after the longer run yesterday!  Woo!!  See you next week! 🙂

Check out the fundraising progress!  Or make a donation! 🙂

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/nikkicahen/run-a-thonforms

Awesome friends who joined me for a segment of my 60 mile Run-a-Thon for MS in Oct.

Awesome friends who joined me for a segment of my 60 mile Run-a-Thon for MS in Oct.

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Week Three- Training Log

January 19th- 26th, 2015

Week Three is another 31 mile week, but over 4 days of running rather than 5.  The long run went from 10 last week up to 13 this week.  Which works out well for me because I am going on VACATION to Cancun this week! YIPEEEEE!!!  First vacation in 3 years!  So exciting and much needed before my training takes over my life when I get back!  This will help me recharge and feel refreshed and ready to take on the huge increase in mileage that is coming up!

Monday–  I got up early this morning to get one run in.  My plan was to do a two-a-day and get in 7 miles by the end of the day.  However, with the amount of discomfort and pain my run caused my hip, I decided I need to stop being a moron and let my aggravated hip heal rather than keep ignoring it and make it into something bigger than it is.  So this week is going to have to be a “heal up” week.  I probably wont get my projected mileage in, but I have to decide whats more important.  Taking off a week now, or not making it to the weeks that actually matter?  I decided the later is the smart move…. and it works out well because I am going on vacation this week anyway.  So with much regret, this week I will not meet my goal of 31 miles. 😦  But am crossing my fingers that a little down time will make me as good as new.  I have gone through this before and there has been no injury that a few days off hasn’t fixed.  Time to hope that is the case again this time…

Tuesday-  I taught yoga this morning and it REALLY irritated my hip so I was not able to really participate much while I taught.  The flexion at the hip is really bothering me this morning.  So it is a major down day.  I saw the physical therapist and he did some ultrasound on it, gave me a medicated patch, and did some poking around.  I am hoping that helps.  If not hopefully the rest and relaxation of vacation will! I leave tomorrow! 🙂

Wednesday-  We left for Cancun today!  It was a full day of traveling, so there was not much time to get a workout in.  However Anna and I did go for a walk along the beach when we got there and got settled.  So I was able to move around some after sitting most of the day on the airplane and at the airport.  The rest is going to do me good and hopefully let things heal up!

Thursday-  We got up early to check out the workout facility before we hit the beach, sun and sand.  The workout room wasn’t open as early as we had hoped, so we went for a short run on the beach to get warmed up.  I didn’t make it too far because pushing off of the sand definitely irritated my hip.  So we went a little less than a mile then went and got a lift in.  We also did a longer walk on the beach to check out all the hotels on the strip in the afternoon.

Friday-  We went snorkeling as our one excursion we wanted to do.  So even though we didn’t work out, we did got some swimming in which is good exercise.  And it didn’t bother my hip!  Maybe that means it is on the mend?? *Crosses Fingers!* It was a beautiful day.  Lots of relaxation and sun after our snorkeling adventure! 🙂  Low 80’s, a decent breeze and very sunny skies!  Perfect!!

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Hello Ocean! 🙂

Saturday–  We got up and worked out again this morning.  I bike a little (felt the hip after about 5 minutes so I backed off…) Then did some lifting and ended with a short treadmill jog.  I feel the discomfort but it is not as painful as it was before the couple of days off.  We also did some walking to go check out the shops.  Praying every day that time off will heal.. I feel antsy and not very healthy with full access to free food and drinks.  BLAHH!

Sunday-  Travel day back home!!  But the good news is we got back to Milwaukee in the early afternoon so I was able to come work out right when I got back.  I lifted and did a little running.  Ran 2 miles.  Lifted chest.  It felt good to burn some calories again!  Hip bothered me, but I rolled it out really good with the foam roller between a lot of lifts.  I see the PT again next week as well as get a massage.  Hoping that settles things down as well as another few days of being careful…

Ideally I do not want to already be struggling with an injury.  But I think my long runs at the Petit really aggravated a reoccurring injury and it is just going to take some time and patience to get it back to normal.  Luckily it is early in training and I still walk a lot and I can lift and do some light yoga if I am careful to not go full expression into the poses.  Hoping for the best and fast healing!!  Trying to stop worrying about the set backs and focus on what I can do…

Hope you had a great week friends!!

Run Happy,

Nikki  🙂

Dream Mile 10k.  August 2014.

Dream Mile 10k. August 2014.

Week 4’s AWESOME Sponsors!

Week 4:  January 26th- February 1st

Total miles this week:  36

Total amount donated by the sponsors (Jordan and Anna):  $76!  Thank you so much!

This past week I was out on a little vacation, which couldn’t have come at a better time.  I am struggling with some hip pain as well as major tightness on my entire left side from my waist down to just above my knee pretty much.  I started after a heavier leg day in week one of training.  Then it got way worse as I continued to push to hit my mileage rather than rest it.  I am thinking that what really irritated it more were the two longer runs I did at the Petit during week one when it was so cold out.  It is my inside leg, which if you are a track person you know can get irritated with all the turns on the track.  And I did 15 miles worth of turns.  So…my hip is NOT happy.  I continued to push it through week two.  By the end of that week and into week three I was pretty much in constant discomfort.  I saw a physical therapist and that helped me know what to stretch and strengthen.  Then I went on vacation and decided to rest it.  My mileage last week came from a combo of running easy and walking a lot. (I have a Fitbit, so it tells me my approximate distance I walk…)

After the trip and the rest, it is feeling a little less irritated, but not back to normal quite yet.  So I am thinking one more week of being careful and doing more walking than running.  So I apologize in advance if more of my miles this week are walked rather than ran like I would prefer.  It’s better to be careful now when I still have 4 months until the big day then to set myself way back from the start.  So cross your fingers for fast healing!  And NO MORE Petit! 😦

Sponsor #1:  Jordan Williams

I have been training Jordan for over a year now.  Jordan is a lot of fun (and a challenge!) because he is a hard worker and is already very fit.  In my opinion as a trainer, it are the clients that are super fit already who are the most challenging sometimes.  They are looking to be pushed, so the workouts take extra thought and creativity some weeks.  So I do my best to “think outside the box” with clients like Jordan.  Since I work out constantly and enjoy a good challenge myself, I try to think of a workout that I would find pretty difficult, then make Jordan do it. 😉  haha.  Besides that, I consider Jordan a fun guy to talk to and another friend I have made through my job.  It is so awesome to meet so many great people through my job!  It is one of my favorite parts about being a trainer at Anytime.  I pretty much would have no friends if it weren’t for this gym!  So I am thankful for friends and clients such as Jordan.  Not only for the friendship, but for the support he has shown by agreeing to be a weekly sponsor and donating to my run.  So THANK YOU Jordan for being someone who will help me reach the goal of $10,000 for a GREAT cause!

jordan

Sponsor #2:  Anna Rodriguez

Anna is another client from the gym.  She has been my client pretty much from the beginning of my time at Anytime, so going on 2 years soon!  Anna and I instantly had a connection because she is also a runner with goals and passion for running races such as half marathons and soon if all goes as we both hope- a FULL MARATHON! WOO!  Anna has done a handful of half marathons so far such as: Green Bay, Brewers, and the Summerfest half.  Her hope is to the Green Bay full this year.  She is a big Packer fan, so running on the field is a huge draw for her!  Anna also was a part of our Anytime Ragnar Relay team this past June (2014).  We had a TON of fun and Anna kicked butt and ran some of the fastest splits she ever has!  Just like Jordan, she is a hard worker and one of my clients is who ALWAYS putting in the extra work by coming in and working out on a very regular basis.   She is also the friend I just went to Cancun with (literally… we just got back yesterday)!!  We  had a wonderful and relaxing time.  She is very supportive and she was there for me for a LOT of miles during my 60 mile run-a-thon back in Oct.  My own personal nurse. 🙂  I want to thank Anna for being a good friend, for all the great memories so far and of course for her awesome donation of $40 for this weeks sponsorship of my MS run and fundraiser!

cancun

Cancun!

Anna ragnar

Ragnar 2014

Have a great week friends!  Thanks again Jordan and Anna- You are amazing, caring, and generous people!  And I consider you great friends.  🙂  Together you brought in another $76 for MS Run the US! 🙂  WOO!

Want to make a donation?  Or be a sponsor?  I am still looking to fill several weeks!  Please use my fundraising website or email me at: nrcahen@hotmail.com!  Thanks! 🙂

Donate here by copying and pasting the following link!   http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/nikkicahen/run-a-thonforms

Run happy,

Nikki 🙂

My Bobble Head for the MS Run the US website! :)

My Bobble Head for the MS Run the US website! 🙂

A big Thanks to Week 3’s Sponsors!

Week 3- January 19-25th

Two weeks are already complete.  Crazy how fast that went!  All the miles that have been sponsored at $2 a mile between two sponsors have been completed.  I have learned in the last two weeks how cool it is to know that every mile I complete has a bigger purpose than just going for a run.  It means $2 just went to a great cause: Helping those who live with MS.  I have had no trouble completing my set miles so far.  Time wise anyway.  I am battling some pain and tightness on my left side.  So far I am more uncomfortable after a longer or faster run than I necessarily am during.  The first half mile or so can be a bit painful, then it seems to warm up a bit and turns into more of a dull pain for the rest of the run.  Then I hurt a lot the rest of the day as it feels like it just keeps getting tighter and tighter.  I foam roll a lot, which is so painful in some spots that it takes me breath away.  I went to a physical therapist for it last week and he gave me a list of stretches and exercises I can do for some weak and tight areas he found.  Next week he is doing an ultra sound on it.  I started trying ice yesterday to go along with what I’m already doing.  So I am crossing my fingers.  I am a little nervous because I do not want this to be something that keeps me from reaching my goals.  But I also know that I have to listen to my body if it gets any worse.  A couple days off can do a world of good if need be.  Still hoping to stay on schedule however…

The good news is that this week I have one less day of running (4 instead of 5) and I am going to Cancun!  It is a much needed vacation that ended up falling perfectly on a scheduled down week in running.  I am very excited and hopeful that the day off will give my hip some time to heal up and stop causing me almost constant dull pain.

This week’s total milage is 31 over 4 runs.  It is sponsored by two people who go to Anytime Fitness and I have enjoyed getting to know over the time I have worked there.  They each donated a dollar a mile so this week of training, thanks to them, brought in another $62 for MS! 🙂  Thank you so much Alvin and Susanne!

Sponsor #1: Alvin Arzaga

I met Alvin at the gym because he is someone who works out very regularly, and most days during my shift.  So over the almost two years I have worked at Anytime, I started to get to know Alvin as he stopped in and talked to myself and the other staff on a regular basis before or after his workouts.  I think of there being two different types of people who come into the gym:  Those who come to workout and aren’t looking to make small talk and just want to get in and get out, and those people like Alvin who get their workout in but also meet plenty of people in the process because he takes the time to ask how others are doing.  There is nothing better about one over the other, but I am thankful for Alvin being the social type because it has given me the opportunity to get to  know him over the last year and a half.   When I asked Alvin if he was interested in being a sponsor and he said sure, I was not surprised,  He is a great guy and I appreciate that he is willing to give to a great cause.  It is also nice because he helped me branch outside of my clients, many who have already donated for my 60 mile run-a-thon, so I feel a little nervous asking them to give again.   Thank you Alvin for your generosity and support in my run!  I am so grateful for your support in my fundraising for MS!  Thanks for taking the time to talk to me and get to know me when you are at Anytime!

Alvin

Sponsor #2:  Susanne Oliphant 

Susanne has been a twice a week client of mine for over a year now.  How time flies!  She is someone I look forward to training every week because she is great to talk to and she is a hard workers and always determined to get the most out of her workouts.  She not only trains twice a week but she also does her homework (not all clients do unfortunately) by coming in a half hour before her sessions to get her cardio in, as well as getting in several other days on her own for workouts.  She never fails to ask how I am doing, how my training is going, and in general showing her support.  She was there for my 60 mile run-a-thon in October, riding her bike with me, showing her support when I was starting to hurt quite a bit.  She took pictures for me, which I am so thankful for because I was not in the mindset to remember to do so myself.  She donated to my 60 miles, and she is also giving to MS a second time by being a sponsor of the week for week 3.  People like Susanne make this thing I’m doing possible.  I can only meet my fundraising goals because of all the people in my life who are willing to donate to the charity I am running for because they are wonderful, giving and caring individuals.  These are the people I am thankful every day to have in my life.  So THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart Susanne for all the support you have shown me!  Your dedication to your own health and wellness is an inspiration to me.  You are such a hard worker and the ideal client for a personal trainer to work with! Never give up. 🙂

sue

Have a great week friends! I am ready to face this week head on, hip pain and all.  31 miles, no big deal.  Not gonna lie, also pretty excited to get out of the cold for 4 days as well! Cancun here I come!  Thanks again Alvin and Susanne- You are awesome and generous people! 🙂  Together you brought in another $62 for MS Run the US! 🙂  WOO!

Want to make a donation?  Or be a sponsor?  I am still looking to fill several weeks!  Please use my fundraising website or email me at: nrcahen@hotmail.com!  Thanks! 🙂

Donate here by copying and pasting the following link!   http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/nikkicahen/run-a-thonforms

Run happy,

Nikki 🙂

My Bobble Head for the MS Run the US website! :)

My Bobble Head for the MS Run the US website! 🙂

Week Two- Training Log

January 12th-18th, 2015

Week Two’s training miles add up to 31.  So still pretty low, which is good because it takes some of the stress off worrying whether or not the weather will cooperate.  I am not a huge fan of the treadmill, but last week’s cold forced me to run 3 days on the treadmill and 2 times inside at the Petit Center.

Monday–  Today I was able to squeeze in a quick 2 mile treadmill run before I had to start making my rounds walking the dogs and teaching yoga on my break (if you didn’t know, I walk people’s dogs during my break from my split shift at work as a little side job.  Keeps me busy!) I teach two yoga classes today, one downtown and one at Anytime.  So it’s hard to get much of a workout in on Mondays.  So I feel thankful that I got a couple miles in!

Tuesday- Taught yoga in the morning at Anytime.  My low back is really bothering me- too much yoga I think.  Even too much of something good can start to get too repetitive 😦  At the end of my morning shift I went for my run.  I did the first three miles as a warm up outside.  The footing was so-so on the Oakleaf Trail, but it was good to get some fresh air.  Then when I got back I did my workout for the week- 2 x 15 min pick ups on the treadmill to practice for the Marathon Relay that’s coming up in Feb. at the gym as a fundraiser for MS.  I didn’t end up going as fast as I was hoping.  ,My legs didn’t want to go that fast and my hip was bothering me a lot today.  I ended up going 2.15 the first 15 minutes and 2.2 the second.  Total mileage today= 7.5.   I also got a lift in this afternoon (Shoulders and light legs.)  Rolled out the hip, IT band and hamstring good.  Keep hoping it will loosen up and stop bothering me…

Wednesday-  Taking the day off running.  The hip needs a rest.  Tomorrow will be a longer run.

Thursday-  Ended up getting my long run in today with my training partner and great friend Sam.  We did our old marathon long run loop.  I think we have done this loop in every type of weather now! It was in the mid 20’s for our run today.  The cold didn’t bother me as much as the footing in some areas.  We had to slow our pace down by like a minute a mile for a lot of the run because we didn’t want to slip on the ice.  But we ended up making it a little longer than we even planned.  We set out to do 10 and our loop ended up being 10.5 miles.  Gotta love extra credit! 🙂  My hip bothered me a bit but not as much as I was expecting it too.  It was a pretty enjoyable long run.  The fresh air was so much better than the treadmill or the Petit!! 🙂  I also met with a physical therapist today and he confirmed my tight areas and gave me some exercises and stretches to do to hopefully help.  Crossing my fingers!

Friday-  Went on a 5 mile run with a client of mine.  His pace is a lot slower than mine, so I would stay with him for a bit, then go off ahead of him for awhile, then loop back to see how he was doing.  Ended up going 5.25 miles on the Oak Leaf Trail.  Only one more run for the week! 🙂

Saturday–  Last run of the week! I went a little over 7 miles with some friends from the gym and running club.  We started out as a group of three and by the end we had run into my friend Heidi, who also goes to the gym and I met from running club last spring, out running, so she finished up with us.  My hip hurt quite a bit at the end, but we still finished the run and it did not effect my pace.  We averaged 7:35 per mile.  The weather was the perfect temperature, but it was pretty windy one direction.

Sunday-  Day off!

Total for this week:  33. 5 miles.  Fundraising total to date:  $6,331 for MS! 🙂

Donate here! 🙂     http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/nikkicahen/run-a-thonforms

Run on friends,

Nikki  🙂

Storm the Bastille- July 2014

Storm the Bastille- July 2014

Thank You Week 2 Sponsors!

Week one went perfectly with 2 sponsors, $52 raised for 26 miles in 5 training days, and lots of progress made in my fundraising efforts.  I felt pretty good on all my runs, just some tightness on my left side, but nothing new there since I have been dealing with that for years and years.  Nothing a little foam rolling can’t help- at least enough to get through my miles.

Week 2 is 31 miles and is also sponsored by 2 people, bringing in another $62 for MS!  Thank you so much to Pat Garvin and Bryan Rynders for being this weeks sponsors!  With your help this week put us over the $6,000 mark!  Only $4,000 to go by the end of May! YESSSS!!!

Pat Garvin

Our first sponsor of the week is Pat.  Pat became a client of mine last summer after Max left.  I knew a little when Max trained him because he is a super friendly guy who talks to all of us when he is in the gym.  He was also on our Fantasy Football team last year.  It wasn’t until I started training him that I really got the chance to talk to him and get to know him better.  Pat is such a hard worker and someone I always look forward to training each week.  When I asked him if he wanted to be a sponsor I was not surprised that he not only said yes, but he said he would sponsor TWO weeks!  How awesome!  Pat has such a big heart to go along with his big smile and fun demeanor.  He’s someone you can’t help but want around.  Not only did he agree to donate, but he said HE will run a mile for every dollar he donates (100 miles!) between now and when I run my big segment at the end of May.  GO PAT!!!  You got this. 🙂  Thank you for your generosity in the first of two donations to help me reach my $10,000 goal for MS!!

pat

Pat and I when he stopped by to hang out for New Years Eve! 🙂

Bryan Rynders

Bryan is also the sponsor of TWO different weeks, adding up to a $60 donation! He helped get me started because I was getting close to training and still needed a second sponsor for week 1 and week 2.  So he said instead of taking a bigger week, he would help take some stress off me by covering two weeks in a row.  What an awesome boyfriend! 🙂  If you want to know more about Bryan, he also has a little bio in week one’s blog post.  Just a quick recap… Bryan has been super supportive in both my fundraising by already donating about $150 to MS Run the US, as well as my running in general.  He understands and knows what a big commitment I have made to this big run segment in May and gives me encouragement along the way when the going gets tough with my training.  As we move closer to spring running will start to take over more and more of my time.  Right now everything is fine and dandy because my mileage is really low still, but things will change soon enough.  It is good to know that Bryan has my back and will push me to keep trying my best.  Thank you, don’t know what I would do without the support of you and others! 🙂

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Have a great week friends! I am so excited for another week of training!  31 miles, BRING IT ON!!  Thanks again Pat and Bryan- You are awesome and generous people! 🙂  Together you brought in $65 more dollars for MS Run the US! 🙂  WOO!

Want to make a donation?  Or be a sponsor?  I am still looking to fill a handful of weeks!  Please use my fundraising website or email me at: nrcahen@hotmail.com!  Thanks! 🙂

Donate here by copying and pasting the following link!   http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/nikkicahen/run-a-thonforms

Run happy,

Nikki 🙂

My Bobble Head for the MS Run the US website! :)

My Bobble Head for the MS Run the US website! 🙂

Week One- Training Log

January 5-11th, 2015

Week One’s training miles are pretty low.  Just 26 miles.  Knowing me I may end up running an extra day since it is an easy week and I am antsy to get this party started and crank the miles. 😉  All my training weeks are 5 days of running and 2 days of rest (REST is not easy for me like it is for some people…)  I HAVE to do it once the miles get high or I will crash and burn.. I am aware of this and am already mentally prepping myself to make sure I take those rest days once the ultra training weeks start (mid-Feb.)

Monday– 2 miles on the treadmill at a 3.0 incline (need to start practicing higher inclines due to all the elevation changes and climbs I will be facing in Colorado).  Monday is usually a very busy day for me work wise so most weeks it will be one of my rest days.  But since it is the FIRST day of training there was no way I wanted to miss doing at least a shirt run!  So I squeezed one in between clients.  I also got a short lift in, which I hope to get time to finish at some point this week because I did not finish it.  I’d say it was a pretty good start considering how jam packed my day was!!

Tuesday-  Today I decided to do my 4 mile with speed work in the middle.  I did it on the treadmill since it is so dang cold outside this week. 😦  I am trying to keep a faster workout in my routine every once in a while so that I can still be fairly successful in the 5k despite the fact that I will be doing hard core distance training this winter and spring.  I love the 5k and going fast can be such a huge high that I don’t want to completely lose my speed for the shorter races!  So I did a mile and a half warm up then 4x a half mile, followed by a half mile cool down jog.   My splits were not as fast as I usually do them because my legs just didn’t want to go that fast, but it still felt like a good workout.  Later in the morning I finished my lifting workout from yesterday.

Wednesday-  This morning bright and early (around 5:45) I ran 5 miles on the treadmill starting at a 2.5 incline and working my way up to 5 at the very end.  I kept my pace a little slower. starting at around 7.6 and ending around 8.0.  So considering it was on the treadmill it didn’t feel TOO bad.  I read Running Times magazine and listened to my music to keep myself distracted.  My gluts and hips feel really tight from my lift yesterday, so after mile one I had to take a 5 minute break to use the foam roller on it.  That helped a lot and made the last 4 more tolerable. 11 miles done for the week so far! 🙂

Thursday-  This morning I went to the Petit Center with my friend and training buddy Sam.  We ran 6.15 miles (22 laps) on the indoor track.  We averaged 2:08 per lap (440 meters) which averages out to 7:36 per mile. 🙂 I have a bit of tightness in my left hip area, but I’ve been dealing with that since college, so I am fairly used to it. I just need to foam roll a ton to try to get it loosened up.  6 miles went super fast with good company. 🙂  And I didn’t have to run on the treadmill! YAYYY!

Friday- Off from running. Went for a swim at Shorewood High School with Sam and Greg.  It was a nice change up from running.  Swimming always clears my head in a different way than running does.  It’s so rhythmic and there is nothing to distract you from your thoughts such as music or socializing with others.  Swam 25 times there and back.

Saturday-  Today I taught charity yoga from 11:00-11:45 am at the end of my shift at Anytime.  We had 9 people show up and it brought in $60!  How exciting! 🙂  After that I went home and grabbed a snack because I was going running at the Petit with Sam and Brian.   The run went really well for the most part.  I kept a good pace and ended up running 9 miles in an hour and 5 mins (7:13 pace).  My hip, hamstring and glute are SUPERRR tight so that got more and more uncomfortable as I ran.  It is something I can still run through for now but it is irritating.  I did a bunch of foam rolling when I got home to try and loosen it up.

Sunday-  Off day!! Maybe a lift if I feel the urge.  Otherwise I will be lazy.  We will see 🙂

All in all it was a great first week! I had no trouble getting all my runs and miles in ddespite the crappy weather.  I am excited for next week because it should be warm enough for me to go outside! 🙂

Happy running!

Nikki 🙂

6k this summer with running club friends!

6k this summer with running club friends!