Thursday, May 26, 2016

What's been going on...

No training recaps this week or last (mainly because there is nothing to recap). But I did want to provide a bit of an update on things with me. The lack of upcoming races and my recent level of training will probably make a little more sense after this.

Yes, I am wearing a hospital bracelet in the photo above. Last Monday, I had surgery. If you remember from my check in, I mentioned I had some personal stuff going on. Yes, this was the personal stuff.

I am not going to go into too much detail about it (somethings should remain personal), but just give a topline.

Last fall, during a routine GYN appointment, they found a mass in my stomach. It turned out to be a fibroid, which are benign tumors that grow in your uterus. Long story short, mine was large enough that it had to be removed. I was very lucky in that it was not causing me pain and I could (mostly) run as usual. The only issue was having to pee all the time. It was sitting on my bladder (I have an increased respect for what pregnant women deal with). Otherwise, no side effects or issues.

I worked with a wonderful surgeon here in NYC (at NYU Langone) who was able to remove it robotically. The traditional way to remove these is through a procedure similar to a C-section, which I would have done if needed, but the recovery time is 6-8 weeks. The procedure my doctor was able to do only has a 2 week recovery time.

The surgery went very well and they removed the fibroid. There was also no signs of endometriosis, which sometimes occurs alongside fibroids. They also tested the fibroid for cancer (even though they are almost always benign, always better to be safe then sorry) and the tests all came back benign.

I am recovering now and every day is a bit better. Last week was rough - everything hurt and I was exhausted. I basically lived on my couch for a week (my fitbit totals looked sad).

This week, I am still slightly sore, but feeling so much better. I am going to keep resting this week and letting my body heal. I had my post-op appointment this AM and everything is healing nicely. The doctor even gave me the OK to start running again next week (slowly). I am going to ease back into working out and running, taking it one mile at a time.

So that's whats been going on with me and why I've been a bit MIA this winter. I needed to process all of this one my own, and to be honest, I was a bit in denial at the beginning. But now it's all in the past and I am looking forward to getting back to training (and racing eventually!).

What's been going on with you?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

2 on Tuesday

Where is Spring? It's slightly warmer here, but still not the correct temp (at least in my opinion). This past Saturday it was so cold! We had a Oiselle Volee group run and it was only 42 degrees when I left my apartment. Although, my allergies are going crazy, so I guess it is spring after all.

I am very excited for tonight - we are going to see Aladdin on Broadway! We all know I love Disney and I have been wanting to see this one for a while. One of the perks of my job is we occasionally get tickets to Broadway shows (very occasionally) and this is one of those perks. I am going with some girlfriends and am so excited. Not just for the show, but also for a girls night out.

I don't know if you know this, but I have a serious love of donuts (or is it doughnuts? I like donut). Fortunately, so does my friend Michelle. Whenever we travel for races, we always seek out a local donut place. I found this list of the 22 Most Amazing Doughnuts in NYC a while ago and Michelle and I have decided to do an "unofficial" donut crawl to try them all. It's going to take a bit (I mean how many donuts can one eat in an afternoon?), but we checked two places off the list this weekend. Look for full posts to come on all the yummy donut-y goodness!

What's your favorite donut shop in your town?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Training recap week of 5/2

Happy Monday everyone!  Another week of training in the books. I'm fully recovered from being sick, but I'm still taking it easy as I don't want to get sick again (or build too slow). And since I don't currently have anything on the schedule, no reason to not take it easy for a bit.

I did get some solid cross training in this week, so that was good!

Scheduled: Cross Training
Actual: Cross Training, Tone It Up - HIIT Me Up and Toned Arms

Scheduled: 4 miles easy
Actual: 4.09 mi, 40:01 min, 9:47 pace
Cross Training: Tone It Up - Kettle Flow

Scheduled: Cross Training
Actual: Cross Training, Tone It Up - Rock Your Body

Scheduled: 4-5 miles easy
Actual: 4.55 mi, 45:07 min, 9:55 pace

Scheduled: Cross Training
Actual: Cross Training, Tone It Up - Booty Workout and K+K Slay

Scheduled: 6 miles long run
Actual: 6.10 mi, 55:46 min, 9:08 pace

Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 3.04 mi, 30:39, 10:05 pace

Total Miles: 17.78
Total May Miles: 20.79
Miles to Goal (1,000): 694.16

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2 on Tuesday

How is it already May 3rd? Where has this year gone? I am glad we are finally in the "warmer" months, but it is still chilly here in NYC. Seriously, were is spring? Anyway, it's been a while, but let's get to this weeks 2 on Tuesday.

I have recently gotten into podcasts (I know - I'm really behind in the times!). They are perfect to listen to on the train/walking to-from work. I am totally loving Anna Faris' podcast. She is hilarious and she has great guests on. She does 1 episode a week (very occasionally 2 a week) and it's definitely a podcast I look forward to each week.

This came out a while ago, but since it was during my "break" from blogging, I am covering it now. I was so excited when they announced this series. I grew up watching Full House every Friday night - it was appointment TV (in the time before DVR's). I always identified with Stephanie - I'm not sure why as I was not the middle child, but she was my favorite. I know there were mixed reviews about the show, but I loved it! It was cheesy and slightly campy, but it was everything I wanted it to be. I can also see myself re-watching the entire season over the summer. They've already announced a Season 2, which makes me excited.

Any podcasts you recommend? 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Training Recap week of 4/25

Back to blogging and back to training recaps! This is a bit of a weird period (running wise) - I'm not actually training for anything right now. My next half (as of now) is the Disneyland Half Labor Day weekend. I'll start training for that in a couple of weeks, so for now, it's all easy runs. I was pretty burnt out this winter from marathon training. I (also) took it easy all winter, which killed my speed, but mentally it is what I needed. I'm just keeping it easy right now and will start doing some really training in a bit.

Since these were my first runs in almost 10 days (post sickness), I really wanted to ease into it.  Nothing too much right away. I'm also working on incorporating more strength/cross training. I really feel out of the cross training habit this winter, so need to get back into it.

Scheduled: Rest
Actual: Rest

Scheduled: 2-3 miles easy
Actual: 2.37 mi, 24:29, 10:20 pace
Cross Training: Tone It Up - Booty on the Bae Workout

Scheduled: Cross Training
Actual: Cross Training, Tone It Up - K+K Slay Workout

Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 3.02 mi, 30:44, 10:10 pace
Cross Training: Tone It Up - Cardio Flow

Scheduled: Cross Training
Actual: Cross Training, Tone It Up - Total Body Tone Up

Scheduled: 5 mile easy run
Actual: 5.00 mi, 47:51, 9:34 pace
Cross Training: Tone It Up - Cardio Abs

Scheduled: 3 miles easy
Actual: 3.00 mi, 29:41, 9:53 pace
Cross Training: Tone It Up - Legs for Days & Bikini Body

Total Miles: 13.40
Total April Miles: 77.38
Total May Miles: 3.00 
Miles to Goal (1,000): 711.94

How was your week of training?