Friday, January 29, 2010

CONFLICT...HOW DO YOU DEAL?

I hate conflict!!!  I avoid it at all costs, sometimes at great cost to myself.  So when it jumps up and slaps me in the face half an hour befor I am to get off work it puts a damper on the remainder of my day.  However, Thusday is Boot Camp day!  Woo Hoo!!!  The perfect antidote to conflict...pain and sweat!  Just what the doctor (therapist) ordered.  You see when my shoulders wind up around my ears and a huge knot forms along my right shoulder blade...I NEED to workout!  When emotions are on the surface and painful memories at the forefront...I NEED to workout!  When the world seems to be closing in around me and the week is dragging...I NEED to workout!  So God bless Fifi (Fat Insane Fitness Instructor) as we lovingly refer to her, and Lufkin Boot Camp Company and the LAPs (Lufkin Area Pacesetters) running club!  Meeting with these two groups weekly helps keep me relatively sane.  I say relatively because sanity is relative and some of my relatives would question my sanity.  So now it is Friday...the beginning of my weekend with a formal dance on Saturday for my teenage daughter and a long run on Sunday with my LAPs peeps the future is looking up!  Here's to a stress free weekend...I'll see you on the run.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

On the Road Again...

Well I'm back.  Since hurting my knee at Warrior practice on the 16th, I decided to take about a week off from training.  Or rather my knee decided I would take a break.  When one is accustomed to working out every day taking an extended period of time off is very difficult.  You see making a conscience decision to skip out on training is different than being forced to.  Consequently I get a little cranky and on edge...sorry Ronnie!

You see working out is my stress reliever and my source of socialization.  Most of my friendships revolve our different running and boot camp groups.  So not working out kept me out of the loop so to speak.  It is also my way of blowing off steam after a stresful day at work.  I tried working out at home but it is not the same.  You see I am essentially lazy so if someone isn't pushing me to run faster, use a heavier weight or hold that plank just a little longer I will just stop.  Consequently I built up a knot between my shoulder blades that is making it difficult to turn my head to the right.  Working has relieved the majority of that pain...now to con Ronnie into massaging the rest away!

Anyhoo...the return to working out has been slow.  I did a 15 mile bike ride Sunday while the rest of the group did the long run...that was fun and just what I needed.  Then Monday I returned to Boot Camp, Tuesday I did the 5:30 AM three mile run followed by Boot Camp that evening and to say I was tired is an understatement!  You see after just one week my body became accustmed to sleeping in to 6:30 and by lunch time was ready for a nap!  I slept in on Wednesday but ran the trail with the group that evening.  I have lost so much cardio fitness it is frustrating!  I know it will come back but I want it now (there is the 3 yr. old I told you about)!  I slept in again this morning...I'm just finding my body is requiring more rest or I'm just lazy you decide!  Oh well...maybe I'll see you on the run...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

HERE COME THE WARRIORS!!!


The Fearless Warriors after conquering "The Wall"....

We had our first practice for the Warrior Dash race coming up May 1st. Warrior Dash is a 3.5 mile cross country race with a series of 12 obstacles ranging from crossing a shallow creek to fire jumping. I am so excited to be a part of the inaugural running of this event in Texas! We have a group of 15-20 members of our local running club participating so it promises to be a good time! Consequently a group of us gathered last Saturday at a local running trail to “practice” for this race. The trail is about 4-5 miles with an ROTC obstacle course set up at the half way point…perfect for this particular training.

The group of us leaves the trail head and run along the LaNanna Creek on a drizzly 44 degree morning. We splash through puddles, slog through mud, cross the creek on a large pipe, scramble up the muddy bank and arrive at the obstacle course. The majority of us did not know what we were in for by taking on these obstacles but we anticipated fun not torture! The first obstacle was very simple, traverse a series of balance beams, no problem, bring on the next challenge. This consisted of cross beams mounted about chest height (4’ off the ground) that we had to scale. For the men 5’ 10” and taller this task was no problem, those of us who are vertically challenged had to work a little harder but we all managed to complete it without incident. The third obstacle was slightly more challenging but still achievable. We had to make our way across a bed of graduated height pegs without touching the ground. The pegs ranged from 6 inches high to two feet high and were placed approximately three feet apart, just wider than a normal step length for the women of our group who are 5’3” and smaller. Again those with longer legs had an easier time with this challenge, however, all eventually completed this task and we moved on to the first wall. This wall is about six feet tall and four inches wide at the top. This was definitely going to be a challenge, especially for me (5’3” tall and 130lbs.). Once again the taller men had no problem with this obstacle. The shorter men were more challenged but still managed to scale the wall without help. We women however were allowed to be boosted by the guys which was definitely needed since when I tried to do it by myself (because I have a perpetual three year old inside of me saying I can do it by myself!) I could reach the top of the wall but couldn’t grip it because it was too wide and slick from the drizzle. So Ronnie gave me a boost and I managed to get over it without incident, as did the other women. We then ran the tires ala football practice and moved on to wall #2.
Wall #2 is where I met my match but didn’t know it. You see I was feeling pretty good, I had mastered all but the first wall with no help and minimal difficulty and even the wall was doable with a small boost. Wall #2 was shorter and had a foothold in the middle of it so I figured…no problem. The first guy scaled it then I stepped up and took my turn…no back of the line for this lady! I jump and grab the top of the wall, wiggle my way up enough to get my left knee in the foothold and used those strong legs to hoist myself up, then it was just a matter of getting my legs up and over the top of the wall then I could hang off the other side and drop to the ground, task accomplished! Right…not! I made it to the top of the wall then on my way down I landed on my weak knee and it buckled and hyper extended and down I went. You see this is the knee I injured skiing about five years ago, then re-injured playing soccer the next summer and injured again last summer jumping at boot camp exercise class. So now I am out of commission for at least at week.


...the big bad wall...

Do you know how hard it is to be sidelined by an injury rather than laziness? Well I do and it is no fun. So friends and family alike are making sure I am a good girl and stay off this knee so it can heal. I am trying to be a “good girl” and follow orders because I don’t want to miss the upcoming events I have planned which include two half marathons and the Warrior Dash! The most important being Warrior Dash…where else can I get a Warrior Hat (horns and all) just for running and playing in the mud! So for now I will ride my bike and work on upper body and core strength while my knee heals. Until then…I’ll see you on the run.