Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Training and life right now

2 months (and a bit) into our move to L.A. and I can say I'm really happy here. I'm naturally shy and anxious which generally makes me tend towards the negative but right now I'm embracing and really holding onto feeling content with everything.

So many glasses

Life wise:
The apartment still feels like it has way more of someone else's stuff than ours. Our landlady/friend still hasn't taken much away. That sucks. However, I've been a lot more forward about rearranging her stuff (non-private things obvs.) to suit us! It feels a bit more like ours now.

There are also a lot more dog-friendly apartments, within budget and target area(s) coming onto the market. So, possibly moving in January seems like a positive thing rather than super stressful.

Boomer has been left on his own and coped pretty well a few times. I haven't had the need to leave him very often but knowing that I can has made me a lot happier.

I am organizing my re-education for a new career. It's happening very slowly but its happening! I got my GRE prep books in the mail yesterday and boy are they humungous. Luckily, other than some vocabulary I haven't come across before, it seems simple enough. I just need refreshing on basic principles and lots of practise. I haven't taken a formal exam, other than my driving test, in over 10 years. I also have to take Math and English placement tests, for the community college that I want to take classes at, so lets hope a couple of months of GRE study helps that too.

Special offer haircut at the festival
Socalizing is good. We haven't gone out a lot but I meet new people every week through running and even have met a few people who I'll catch up with every week or twice a week, if they go to track too.

We have ended up doing something fun ourselves most weekends which is nice. The last two weekends there have been street festivals within walking distance of our place.

10 miler
Training is going well. Some weeks are better than others. I was fine on a 10 mile run (2 weeks ago) but found a 5 miler last week hard because my lower back got really tired. I'm trying really hard to look after it but its the one area that I'm struggling to improve through strength training. I wonder if I tore something like my gluteus medius (that then triggered piriformis syndrome) and its still healing...who knows.

I'm putting a lot of effort into mobility and strength. I do a little bit almost everyday. Nothing heavy but I'm finding its paying off. Starting back to running I had some ankle pain but regular stretching and a bit more ankle and foot exercises has made that go away. Post injury my left leg (hell the left side of my entire body) is weaker but I feel it getting stronger every week.

Livingroom gym
Right now, I just can't believe that I'm back to double digit distances on two runs a week. Granted, I'm also doing two x one hour sessions of swimming and lots and lots of walking as well. One of my runs is long and slow and the other is a track session that is usually a mile warmup and 2 miles of speed work.
Wednesday Track
Board walking :)

I'm looking forward to upping the workload a little, after the Malibu Half Marathon (Nov 5th), by adding in 1-2 extra runs and some heavier lifting. For now I think the low mileage has worked out perfectly for me. It won't get me running a half marathon fast but my first objective was to be able to run at all.

Most importantly I'm really enjoying working out right now, even swimming.....who knew that could happen.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Constant FOMO and training

Seeing pictures like the one above has me itching to register for races! Why, when I'm not even sure my body can handle training to the full marathon distance?

I think this means I've got my running mojo back! I'm enjoying training and want to tackle all these amazing west coast races that I've never had the opportunity to do before. 

I really have to rein myself in tho. I'm loving running but I can still feel how weak my left leg is. It's improving but any hard running, like track work, leaves me with a super tight hamstring and a sore ankle. My body has to adjust to the workload again, the sciatic part of piriformis syndrome really did a number on me!

Right now the majority of my training is actually cross-training which is perfect for reducing the stress on ill prepared joints while still getting fitter. I'm also slowly working my way back to more strength work which was scaled back to the bare minimum with the disruption of moving. I'm also doing a little yoga pretty much everyday to keep everything as loose as it can be.

I think (and I change my mind constantly) that I'm gonna save the L.A marathon for next year. I have the Malibu half in November. That'll be slow. After that the Legger training adds an extra run/week. If I cope well with that and I still want to run more I can always train a past half distance (maybe as far as 16 miles) then drop back to half distance (for another race) before the stressful part of full training kicks in (aka the 20 milers). 

Next weekend I'm volunteering at a race. This will be my first time doing this..beating my anti social tendencies, ha ha! If I enjoy it maybe that'll be a new outlet for me to get my racing fix!