5 miles for me yesterday morning.
A nice combination of running and walking did the trick! When I was pregnant with Brooke I didn’t really take walking breaks at this point. This time around, more and more walking is happening in these later weeks which I am more than okay with. I just love getting to be outside and moving each morning.
Brooke and Knox said goodbye to each other for the next 8 days. I’m sure glad they are on the same schedule as one another with what holidays they are with us but it sure makes it hard (on us and them) when they are gone for longer chunks of time.
After Brooke’s school we went to the doctor’s for a check-up.
We ended up waiting for a while but these two kept things interesting.
The doctor checked everything out (1 cm dilated and 50% effaced) and he wasn’t sure if our baby was head down or not so he did a quick ultrasound. LUCKILY, she is in the right position and it was so fun to see her little face because we haven’t had an ultrasound in a while. The doctor said she has some chunky cheeks already on her.
We came home and we were more than ready for lunch. I am guessing we are going to be eating Thanksgiving foods for about 75% of our meals this week. Andrew is happy about that and I am as long as I have 1 cup of fresh cranberry sauce to go along with each plate.
We did our ‘Monday Clean the Whole House’ thing along with school, work etc and then the only thing on the planet that sounded good for dinner was cereal.
After dinner we played a little jenga. I am amazed at her skills with this game.
She finished off her night with part of The Grinch. Andrew and I watched our shows and did a little more Christmas prep:)
Time for a few Tuesday Tangents!!
*We saw the set-up for Black Friday over at Target yesterday! I have never actually done the early morning Black Friday thing (or really shopped at all on Black Friday… unless online)! But it sure looks like a party:)
*WHO HAS A TURKEY TROT!?! Andrew and I did a half-marathon together last year and had a blast (although, it was one of the coldest experiences of my life)! We will probably just do a little run at his parents’ house this year but maybe I will make us medals or something and we can eat pumpkin pie at the end. I love a good turkey trot.
*Andrew teared up when Brooke showed us her drawing of Harry Potter. He was very proud.
*I really like pie. And eating it in bed at 8:30 at night is pretty great.
*I’m going to miss this, this week:
*Brooke chose some slippers at Target. They even light up. I think I passed on my need for slippers in the house at all times down to her.
*I hope you hugged a runner yesterday for Hug A Runner Day and if you didn’t, you can make up for it today:) PS I GET TO SEE BANGS FRIEND TODAY! I cannot wait.
Lys asked the other day—> “Do you have any advice on how to get your running confidence back after injury? I had a stress fracture, probably related to changing to a more mid-foot strike. Now I’m so paranoid about how my foot is striking, whether I’m making my hip hurt, whether my old plantar fasciitis is coming back… I’m over analyzing everything!!!”
This is a TOUGH question and so I would love your opinions too to help Lys out in the comments. It’s tough because obviously paying close attention to what your body is telling you after an injury is very important because we want to do what is best for our body… BUT—> worrying/obsessing/overthinking every little thing with our running/form/cadence sure takes the fun out of running!
I get it though Lys, I have been in this position a lot over the years. The above picture was from a time my sis and I were injured at the same time. iPhone cameras have sure come a long way (or maybe I am just better at cleaning my lens;) It’s so hard not to experience phantom pains or think that every little thing we are feeling means we are going to be back in the same boat we were just in—> TIME OFF FROM RUNNING due to injury.
I have a few things that I do to help with my confidence after an injury:
1. If you have a doctor/pt/chiropractor/coach that really knows what is going on with your injury and they are very well trained in working with athletes—> Trust them. Follow what they tell you to do (if they tell you to run slow, or only 2 times a week or to stick to a mile at a time for a while—> listen to them!). Trust them and let that help you to overcome your fears of running again after an injury. My doctor (that I loved!!) that helped me after my stress fractures warned me that I might feel a slight ache in the place where my stress fracture happened. He told me that if I felt pain, that was different—> stop, right away. But that the dull ache was normal and I was still able to run on it. I trusted him. LISTEN to the things they warn you of and ask as many questions as you need to build up some confidence in returning to running.
2. If you are so worried/stressed/overanalyzing everything, what’s the harm in taking a few more weeks off and start once you really feel ready to run again. There is no rush to come back and maybe a few more days/weeks will help you to build up your confidence again before trying to run again. Re-injuring yourself does happen so if your gut is telling you to back off for a bit longer, do it.
3. I think (ps I’m not a doctor or anything remotely close to that) for me… that it is normal to feel some randomness in your body after coming back from an injury. You haven’t been running for days/weeks/months now and it is just going to take some time for your body to adjust to running again, it’s normal.
4. Start small. Why not just do less than you think for a bit until your confidence starts building back. Try a run/walk method (hey, I’ll come join you) and in this case… less might be more! You won’t worry as much (because you won’t feel like you are overdoing anything) and it is a smart way to come back after an injury. There is NO rush to come back fast and I find it much easier to trust the process by taking small steps back to running rather than jumping right back into things.
5. Trust yourself. Have your body’s best interest in mind and go from there. The more I run, the more I understand the difference between an injury/re-injuring myself and normal aches that come with running. Trust yourself to be a good judge of when to stop, how to recover and what you should/should not run through! Really pay attention to your thoughts and whether you are feeling phantom pains from worrying too much about it all or if you really need to back off.
6. It just takes time and patience. Like everything hard in life… I swear patience is the lesson I am supposed to learn 5948 times a year. The confidence will come again. You will feel comfortable running again and you will get back to your normal paces/times. Sometimes we just have to wait it out and work for that confidence to build back up again. It’s definitely not going to happen overnight but with some time and investments in your training, it will come back.
This next part doesn’t have a ton to do with the question from Lys but what about building up your running confidence again after having a bad race? I’ve been thinking about this a lot and have had plenty of races where I did not preform how I was hoping and wanted to feel confidence in myself again afterwards!
For this, I think the number one thing to letting go of the fear of trying again is to remember—> WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN!? You don’t finish, you don’t hit your times, you don’t get your goal… who cares!? Your family and the people in your world will still love you and you are even more relatable to the rest of us runners now:) If you have had a bad race, you survived the experience so who cares if it happens again. And from my personal experience, good races have always followed the really awful ones. Don’t let that fear of failing hold you back from doing another race because you’ve survived a bad race before and odds are (according to my brain) that your next one is going to be a great one anyway! You can choose whether to not have confidence and let that race really bring you down OR you have the choice to realize it was just one race and you have all of the potential in the world to have a great race again.
PS if you need some help with injury stuff—> THIS POST should help you out!
Who loves Black Friday shopping? Going this year? Ever gone in the past?
Have a turkey trot this year? Do you do one yearly or once in a while?
How do you help yourself to gain confidence with your running after an injury or bad race/workout?
How many miles are you logging today?