Friday, February 13, 2015

All Over the Place

This week has been super weird. Our schedule at school was off because of a field trip Monday (to the Holocaust Museum here in SWFL...it's always an exhausting and rewarding trip), half-day Wednesday, and our big Fun Run for our fundraiser and carnation deliveries for Valentine's Day on Friday. Needless to say, it's been a little chaotic.
My homeroom thought up this brilliant name for our "band". Get it?
Still, I was able to get in my planned runs plus volleyball practice for our faculty volleyball tournament!

It's totally weird how one run can be perfect and the very next run can be awful. I experienced that this week and I think I've finally nailed down one of the main causes. Tuesday's run, after the pain-fest that was this weekend's 5k, was really excellent. I felt like I was flying and my lungs felt pretty good the whole time.
I was so exhilarated to run 4 in under 40! I miss the days when I did this all the time.
Volleyball was Wednesday, no run, but Thursday's run was terrible from the start. I got really bad shin splints (which I never get) and my legs started cramping and aching like they had during my marathon. And that's when I put two-and-two together.
My pre-run smile clearly says, "I was expecting better." At least I had a nice view for some of it.
I've been taking Mucinex for this cold, too, but I felt better Monday so I didn't take any Monday night or Tuesday...and Tuesday's run was fantastic.

I took it this afternoon after work...crampy legs.

I know Mucinex and other medicines like it are made to dry you out, and it's clear I haven't been drinking enough water to counteract the effects! (I've been drinking tons of hot tea for my throat and congestion; Meg [who is also running the A1A - we're wearing our matching Ragnar tops!] suggested I drink NUUN leading up to race day this weekend and that may help.) I'm so glad to have figured out what's probably causing my occasional  leg cramps. 

The big take away here is that I finally feel like I understand how to avoid the cramps I had during my marathon. I had never had cramps in training, but I was taking Mucinex the entire week leading up to the race!

Anyway, my runs were all over the place this week, but I don't feel too worried about Sunday anymore. I'm excited to enjoy it and to ring in my birthday with a crazy-cool race medal, fun experience, and lots of friends. I'm looking forward to meeting Kristina and some more Sub30 buddies!
Speaking of birthdays, I got a few cards in the mail today and I can't decide if I should open them now or save them until Sunday! What do you guys think? I already know Meg's opinion!
In other news, this week Matt picked our pineapple! It turned yellow overnight, which meant picking-time! I chopped it up and planted the top. It's delicious.
Just kidding...I know how to eat a pineapple.
Sweet, homegrown goodness.
And to top it all off, my new Pro Compression sleeves also came in the mail...perfect timing for the half this weekend! (And Valentine's Day, of course.)
All in all, I'm going to chalk this up to being a pretty fantastic week!
 
How has your training been this week?
Do you like pineapple?
Do you open birthday cards right away, or do you wait?

ABK

12 comments:

Lizzy said...

Homegrown pineapple!!!! That is so exciting! I tried to grow one when I was living in Gainesville but I think it's too cold up there. We got a frost and it died :(

It's crazy that mucinex effected your runs so much, but it makes sense that it would be really dehydrating. Hopefully now that you've figured that out you can hydrate up and avoid problems at your race this weekend. Good luck this weekend and happy birthday!

Kristina @ Blog About Running said...

I open birthday cards RIGHT AWAY! I like to put them up around the house and look at them for as long as possible :)

Ugh, yes Mucinex is so dehydrating but it works like a charm!

I will look for you in the corrals before the race starts!! Do you know around which finishing time you're going to line up at? It would be great to take some pics before we run the race, hahah!

Megan @ Meg Go Run said...

I am so jealous of YOU that you get to meet Kristina, and I am so jealous of Kristina that she gets to meet YOU!!!!

Happy early Birthday! And I hope you have a great race this weekend. :)

Ali K. said...

Yes, I'll look for you too! Pre-race-sweat pics would be great. I'll PM my cell number on twitter to you, too. Do you have an outfit planned yet?

I have NO IDEA about where I want to line up. Probably around the 2:30 or 2:45 mark because I don't want to start out too fast and I honestly don't know what my legs and lungs will do Sunday. I may follow a pacer for the beginning.

Ali K. said...

Thank you! I'm hoping it will be as fun as I'm planning for it to be haha!

Ali K. said...

Pineapples take forever to grow. We thought ours was dead but then it seemed to revive itself!

I really hope it's the mucinex because that would be the easiest fix EVER!

Bae Jarde Riley said...

Happy Early Birthday!!!! Open the cards so you can enjoy them as long as possible! :D have a great race! Can't wait to see pics of you AND Kristina together! Very cool :)

Liz @ A Latte Running said...

Yay for the new compression socks - they look awesome :)
I'm so glad you figured out what is causing your leg cramps - I never would have thought of Mucinex/considered it as a cause.
Also, I am working on getting my posts to show up in Bloglovin; I have no idea why they aren't right now :(

Courteney O said...

Happy pre-Birthday!!! I hope you have a fantastic day!!! May Archie snuggle with you and Matt serve you breakfast in bed!! Can you believe I don't like pineapple...I find it too sweet or something to just eat it! I'm sorry I didn't order those compression socks...I feel it's wrong to order them now!

Ali K. said...

Thank you! It was fun to save them until Sunday...it helped make my birthday really feel like a birthday!

Ali K. said...

I look forward to seeing you on bloglovin! It just makes things so much easier to keep up with!

Ali K. said...

Aww, thank you! Being out of town for most of the weekend meant birdie snuggles and breakfast in bed wasn't in the cards, but it was still a good day!

Aw, order them! Hearts are good all year round!