Running and The Iberian Pig date night

I was so excited on Thursday night because I managed to get Jon to run with me at night! He really doesn’t ever run anymore but I was dying to take a nap before class, so I had asked him if he’d run with me after since it would be too dark for me to go alone. I ran down the road I’ve been going down lately and he wanted to run back which was really not okay with me since it’s all an incline, but I did fine. Even though I’m not a fast runner at all, I feel fast when I run with other people because I slowed myself way down going up the hill so I didn’t leave Jon behind. And at the end of 3.1 miles (30:39) I really wanted to keep going! I may try to run for a little bit today, but I work 3p-3a tonight and have to study this morning, so it may not happen. I haven’t worked a 12 hour shift until 3am in close to a year and I struggle working 7p-3a (and taking a nap until 5pm!), so I feel like I may need to be as lazy as possible until I go to work this afternoon. Conserve all energy.

Last night, I worked till 7p and then Jon and I went to The Iberian Pig. It was in Decatur and I haven’t gone to downtown Decatur in a long time, and when Jon and I went before, we got lost so we never even made it to walk around. It was so cute out there! I loved it! A lot of places had lights out! I wish I had taken a picture but I didn’t. Anyway, The Iberian Pig was awesome! However, my plan was to get 5 plates of tapas to share, but the server told us each plate was 3-5 bites. I still wanted to stick with 5 plates because I had seen pictures of the food, but then Jon wanted to increase it. So I decided to get a plate of food and only try each tapas so that Jon could eat all of them. After getting our food, we realized that 3-5 bites per plate thing is a total gimmick to make more money on new people. The tapas were actually really good portions and Jon didn’t even finish his last one (and he’s a big boy!) because he was so full! And I was miserably full after trying small bites of the tapas and eating my meal! The bacon wrapped dates and pork cheek tacos were amazing! Holy moly. Amazing. The rest were decent. I definitely would recommend going there, but our bill was $82, including 2 glasses of wine. So definitely not a cheap date night. But I really wanted to do something different than we usually do (how many times can we eat Mexican and sushi?) and I had heard good things about The Iberian Pig. I am really glad we went! We had a table by the window and overlooked the downtown area and it was a really nice environment.

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I miss the days when our date nights could cost us $70 on a weekly basis and we never even though about it. I definitely didn’t mind spending over $100 for our date night last night (especially because I didn’t do anything for Jon’s birthday last month because I’m a horrible girlfriend), but it’s definitely not the norm now that we’re both in school.

We fell asleep as soon as we got home (old people) and now I’m working on biology before I go to work! My sister and nephew get in town today but I won’t see them until dinner tomorrow! Jon and I are heading up to have dinner with the family since we have to pick out our floors in the morning! My other sister and her fiance come in town on Monday night! I don’t think I’ve been this excited for Thanksgiving in a long time! In the holiday spirit, I’ve been eating this as a snack lately:

brie turkey

Turkey with cranberry sauce, cut up apples, and brie- baked in my toaster oven to heat it all up! So good! Picture skills not so good.

I’m off to try and be productive! Jon is about to get home from a doctor’s appoinment and he said he’d make us breakfast! Looking forward to it cause I’m starving!

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Knee pain with running :( Again!

I’m in such a rut! I can’t remember if I wrote about this or not, but winters are hard for me. I have a fairly large history with depression and winters tend to be even worse for me. Luckily, I’m PRN at work now, so I don’t work 4 days in a row and not see any daylight. However, it’s still cold out. I’m lacking vitamin D. I hate having to bundle up and always feel uncomfortable in winter clothing. There are no trips to the beach! Winter just sucks!

Anyway, so I woke up this morning at 8:30. I was shocked. I was still feeling exhausted but Jon asked if I wanted to get up and make him breakfast, and being the fabulous girlfriend that I am, I did just that. I also knew if I slept through him leaving for class, I’d sleep way too late. Besides, I really do like spending time with him first thing in the morning. He left and I made my own breakfast and worked on some biology. Then I decided to run.

Instead, I noticed my cat asleep on the bed, so I laid down and took a 1 1/2 hour nap. This is the type of rut I’m talking about. My alarm went off a million times, but I just hit snooze because I just didn’t want to get up. Especially when I’m in school, this hits me hard around this time of the year! The end of the semester seems so far away and all I want to do is sleep! I feel exhausted 24/7 and my motivation to work out is just not there!

I did finally manage to get up and go run. I had my eyes set on 9 miles, but really, that was unrealistic. My longest run ever is 8 miles, and that was a month ago. Since then, I haven’t gone longer than a 3 mile run since I have new shoes. And that 8 mile run was painful!

I was really lacking motivation at the start of the run. I wanted to die. I was also running a new route and the miles were just feeling really long. After the third mile, I felt fine cardio wise. I kind of hit a spot where I just don’t feel miserable anymore. However, once I got to probably about mile 5, I started feeling my left knee. It really wasn’t bad so I decided I could finish out the run with that dull ache. The more I ran though, the more it hurt. I had to stop at mile 6 (actually, 6.1 in 59:48). It was turning into a sharp pain and I was still 2 miles from home (I was going to add a loop to make 9). I knew there was no way I’d even make it 2 miles, so I just walked.

And my knee killed me the whole way home (and it got really cold after walking 2 miles in spandex and a tank top!). It already feels fine again (I’ll see how it is tomorrow) and I noticed that the last long run I did, the pain went away pretty quickly. It definitely doesn’t feel muscular, but I have no idea what it is. It was a much more generalized pain again (I think it’s the shoes) than a localized pain.

It’s frustrating because I wonder if the pain will always be there. Will I ever actually be able to increase my mileage or will that pain always come when I get further into my run? But then I remind myself that I don’t really run that much. I ran 8 miles on 10-14. Since then, I’ve gone a total of 13.59 miles! In over a month! And only one of those runs was 3 miles and the others were all shorter. So I can’t be surprised when I get out there and have pain. Cardio-wise, yeah, I could probably go out and do a half marathon now. I am in shape! But my body can’t just go run that far. So it’s frustrating when I can breathe fine and emotionally, I want to run way farther! But my body stops me. I knew going into this that I wanted to go slow and that even though people told me I could easily run a half marathon in a few months when my first run was 4.45 miles. But I know I get pain with running. I always have.

So I’m going to set goals I think. I actually really need to do it. I hesitate to set goals because I really never stick with them if they’re too specific. Probably more realistic goals for me would be to have a 15 mile week (and that’s not my goal, just saying, I can’t committ to running a certain number of days or miles per day- I don’t work like that). I did decide not to do runs of less than 3 miles anymore (unless I’m with Kassie, then I’ll do less, but that’s more for fun). I also think I need to run the shorter distance (of 3 miles) more regularly and make sure my body is getting used to it.

I was going to go to the gym and lift but really didn’t have time, thanks to my long nap. But I won’t be running tomorrow, so maybe I’ll plan on staying at the gym longer.

This was long and probably really boring. It’s really more for me to track my progress.

I have class again tonight and I actually got dressed and look decent (which I actually usually do for class). But instead, I’m really thinking about throwing on my sweatpants over my Under Armour leggings and wearing sweatshirts. Yes, multiple. I’m freezing right now and am not in the mood to be cold (see first paragraph). I’m really in the mood to just cuddle on the couch with Jon tonight and relax! It has been so nice to have a day off and I just want to enjoy some time with him!

Okay, I need to head off to class!

Longest run so far!

This day actually ended up being surprisingly productive. I imagine I could have gotten a little more biology done, but I did manage to finish all my reading and my online assignment for the class. I was having a hard time focusing though since we’re into genetics and I don’t understand half of it yet.

I ended up getting a later start out of my house today because I decided to take a quick nap. I wasn’t in the mood to run at all but figured I would head to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things and then go run. I changed my mind and went to my usual spot, which is my favorite. There are hardly any mile markers at all and I really prefer that. As I was pulling in, I really thought about just leaving and heading to Wal-Mart and skipping the run but decided not to.

I still haven’t bought new shoes yet (one day, guys, one day) so I was running in my Minumus shoes. The last run I did was last week and I felt awful on that run. I think I ran 4 full miles and then pretty much quit. It was my first run walking so far. So I wasn’t expecting much out of this run.

I started out and felt a little off at first, but figured I’d just give it a few minutes. I ended up feeling perfectly fine for awhile. Just my usual tired, but nothing major. I did notice that I had zero pain in my knee! I did have my typical pain inside my ankles (I’m flat footed) but that never concerns me because it goes away as soon as I quit running every single time.

I got to my usual turn around point and was still feeling good, so I kept running. I ran to the end of that road, which seemed like a mile total. Then I ran down the side road I did on my last 6 mile run (my longest run up until today). I knew I was going to have my longest run so far and was pretty excited! Once I hit mile 5ish, at least I assume, my knee started hurting. It was minimal for a mile or so and I just kind of stretched it out during the run. After that, it was really pretty painful. I probably would have stopped under normal circumstances, but I knew I was only 1.5 miles tops from my car and cardio wise, I felt great! So I just pushed it even though I’m typically against that, but I also feel fairly aware of the pain that I shouldn’t push because of CrossFit, and I didn’t really feel like this would be dangerous.

I ended up finishing exactly 8 miles in 1:15:38, so 9:27 per mile. However, I was so annoyed because for some reason, my phone has completely quit calculating my splits! The last few runs, the MapMyRunGirl would still verbally tell me my splits but they wouldn’t save to my app. But this time, nothing! I have turned on my splits on the app but it still isn’t working! I don’t get it! I have a feeling my first two miles were my fastest this time, which is unusual for me. Probably in the high 8s. Whatever.

And so now my knee hurts. Mostly just walking down the steps on my porch to take out my recycling tonight, but I’m sure I’ll feel it tomorrow. But I doubt I’ll do any sort of longer run (or probably any running at all, really) until after next Tuesday, so I have more than week to rest. I’ll get my new shoes next week too.

After my run, I grabbed some barbecue and sweet potatoes from Cue, the best barbecue ever in metro Atlanta. Then I went to see Jim since I hadn’t seen him in awhile. I do miss hanging out with him for sure, but he lives a little far! He’s always so positive and just fun to be around. I scooped up Kitty from my parent’s and hung out with my mom for a bit and then came home and read even more biology.

Jon has been hard at work on his precalc, so not much fun at home for us tonight! But I’m heading to bed in hopes of waking up early tomorrow and getting a bunch of studying done and I never made it to Wal-Mart or grocery shopping tonight!

 

Six mile run & a good test grade!

Jon is out of town this weekend for drill, which has been nice and also kind of lonely! I’m used to having him around! But I also really like my alone time, so it’s been nice to be able to come home and watch what I want to watch on TV and I got ready for work this morning without having to be quiet.

Anyway, the point of this is really more about my run tonight! Since I’ve been back at work, my gym time and running time has been really limited. I haven’t been too upset about the running part of it, but I do wish I had more time to lift! I had noticed that my left knee was starting to really bother me, which now that I’ve been running, I remember that all these aches and pains is one of the reasons I really never got into running in the first place. No matter what shoes I wear, I always hurt. No matter if I POSE run or regular run, I get pains somewhere. I seem to have less knee pain if I don’t POSE run, but a lot more ankle pain. And I have way more knee pain POSE running, but no ankle pain. I wear minimus shoes since I’m really a firm believer in them and have been wearing them for probably three years now, so I don’t even know how it would be to POSE run in a regular shoe and I don’t want to heel strike.

Moving on… It was really nice out tonight, so I was actually really excited to get out there. I wanted to run and go to the gym afterwards, which is what I usually do. Since I haven’t been running lately, I figured I’d run 20 minutes out and 20 minutes back, possibly 25 out and 25 back (I still don’t do distances really, they really cause me to lack motivation, and it’s easier for me to go for a time at this point than a distance). I was a little pissed cause I went to turn my iPod on and realized I must have left it on when I left the gym the other day so I had to run sans iPod.

I started running and by the end of 20 minutes, I decided to do 25 since I was feeling okay. I was at a 10 minute/mile pace and my knee was bothering me, but not really too bad. At 25 minutes, I was almost at 2.5 miles, so I just decided to go for 2.5 miles out so I’d have a 5 mile run. But I saw a side street on my way out and was curious about it, so I went down that road. And I was really feeling good so went way past (like .3 miles, haha) where I was going to turn around. Once I turned around, MapMyRunGirl told me that I had hit 3 miles in 30:11 (I think, she’s hard to hear cause I keep her in my spandex shorts- I need a better system), so I knew I was in for a 6 mile run, which I’ve never done. I also wanted under 60 minutes, so I picked up the pace for miles 4 and 5 and was feeling good. I hit mile 6 and really just wanted to die. The end couldn’t come fast enough! I actually got back to my car at about 5.8 miles (I guess turning down that side road somehow got the mileage off for straight and back) so I finished up till I hit 6 miles.

My splits were:

Mile 1: 9:51
Mile 2: 10:40
Mile 3: 10:06
Mile 4: 8:45 (told you I was feeling good for mile 3)
Mile 5: 8:53 (and mile 4…)
Mile 6: 9:07
Total time: 56:02

And since I started running, these are my total runs:

8-15-13, 4.45 miles in 40:18
8-17-13, 2.83 miles in 28:43
8-26-13, 4.94 miles in 50:14
9-1-13, I ran for 28:44, probably just under 3 miles, but my GPS signal must have gone out cause I know I didn’t run 4.92 miles like MapMyRunGirl said

And that’s my other issue… MapMyRun seems somewhat inaccurate. Mostly just that run on 9-1, but I just questions her sometimes (the girl who talks to me on it). Tonight actually felt like that was true to what she was saying. I increased my pace a lot on miles 4 and 5, so I believe that… But yeah. And then I totally skipped the gym after my run because I needed to come home and study and ran longer than I wanted… only by 10 minutes really, but I’ll lift tomorrow.

For a girl who has always hated running with a passion and never ran more than 3 miles before, I’d say that making it 6 miles in 56 minutes after only doing four other road runs is pretty good. All the rest of it has been on the elliptical, which I haven’t even been doing lately and don’t do for more than about 30 minutes now cause of my knee pain.

Then I got home and decided to start studying, so I logged into my biology website online and saw that our test grades were posted! I got a 94.5%!!!! I seriously didn’t think I made better than a C, so you can imagine my complete shock at that! I literally ran to get my phone from my kitchen to call Jon, but he didn’t answer to share my excitement. Now I just have to pass the stupid lab, which I mess everything up in. I just don’t care about mating fruit flies and looking at leaves under microscopes and creating experiments.

Man, what an exciting Saturday I’ve had (that was sarcasm, despite my awesome run and test grade). I worked from 7a-3p though and then crashed on the couch for close to two hours after. Thankfully Jon called me on his way back to his hotel and woke me up, or I probably would have slept all evening. I love getting off at 3, but my tired time is 3-5pm every single day, so I always just want to take a nap when I get home! I also made spaghetti out of the Asian rice noodles after running and it turned out really well. I still felt like I was getting zero nutritional value which I really hate, especially when I eat at home, but since I’m going on a cruise next week and my time at home until then is so limited, I don’t have much to eat and don’t really care to go grocery shopping.

Okay, time to stop rambling! Have a good night, everybody!