My Return to Running + Athletic Therapy Follow Up

 

Good evening, from your favourite blogging puppies!

 

This post is coming to you later in the evening because I wanted to include what my athletic therapist and I chatted about this afternoon. I made my grand return to running on Saturday, and during my appointment on Wednesday we talked about keeping things slow and easy. Well, thanks to strength training after work on Thursday (which I am bad about doing consistently — working on it!), my legs were still sore on Saturday, so running slow and easy was all I could really do. Cue awkward, embarrassed laughing. I have to say, I felt so out of shape running for those thirty slow minutes. Perhaps it was partly because my legs were sore, but nonetheless, it was a bit difficult but I felt SO good to get out there in the wind. And rain. And cold. I mean, who cares? I was running!

 

 

Fortunately I made it out before the rest of the ugly weather hit. Sideways rain, TONS of wind, and overnight on Saturday we received snow. GOODIE! For the rest of the day on Saturday I took it pretty easy on my ankle. It didn’t hurt when I was running, and luckily it didn’t hurt after. If anything my calves were sore from all the stretching that my athletic therapist prescribed. Maybe I’m stretching too hard, now that I think of it. Anyway, I digress. Sunday came around and my calves were a bit sore, but nothing too much, although I did notice some soreness on the outside of my ankle instead of the back. For a minute I started freaking out thinking it was something completely different, but then I thought maybe it is a phantom pain and I imagining everything. Ugh, it is annoying, for sure, but I figured I should just BE PATIENT and wait until my appointment on Monday. So, I did not run yesterday (plus I didn’t want to risk running in the snow), but I did 40 minutes of strength training (mostly upper body and abs, a little bit of legs), and had a longggg soak in the tub with Epsom salts so that was amazing and much needed!

 

Now, during my appointment this afternoon I knew that I would be getting the shockwave therapy treatment again. She also massaged knots out of my calf muscles and helped break up some of the fascia in my foot that was getting tight due to the tightness in my ankle. It’s crazy how our body works and how everything is so deeply connected! I don’t know about you guys, but that is so interesting to me. Shockwave therapy helps reduce inflammation, increases circulation, and also helps break up scar tissue. Check out this article if you want to know more about how it works, as I am learning myself! Anyway, she also applied KT tape to the back of my ankle, which I have seen people use but I had never used it myself, and immediately I felt like my circulation increased to my feet. Well, there is some science behind this tape because apparently it helps draw your skin away from your muscle to increase blood flow. It lasts through workouts and showering for 2-3 days. It is quite fashionable as well, I must say.

 

 

I booked another appointment with her in March when she is back from holidays, but until then I am to continue to stretch my calves, keep the running comfortable and flat (hills won’t kill me but they aren’t great right now), and foam roll and do ALL the self care to keep my muscles healthy. That includes strength training! I also asked if I would be able to run that evening after work, and I was very happy to hear that the answer is YES. So, run I did!

 

 

It was so nice to get outside in the fresh air. Although Ryan fixed the treadmill plug-in yesterday, it is folded up in our laundry room and I decided that instead of waiting for him to come home and help me move it back to the shed, I would go outside for my run. I drove to the track and ran close by there, as it is flatter than my neighbourhood, and felt SO good. I probably should’ve kept it easier, but I felt fit, light on my feet, and as if I could go on forever. That’s a far cry from feeling out of shape and sore on Saturday. Funny what some good self care and a positive mind can do, hey? It was definitely cold, but it was worth it. Plus, watching the sunset and being able to run in DAYLIGHT was fantastic!

 

 

Now it’s time for me to get ready for dinner! I hope you all had a great Monday & I will catch ya on Wednesday with a fun interview with one of my favourite running bloggers, podcasters & puppy mamas. Stay tuned ; )

Plant Babies & Ab Workouts

 

Good morning!

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Do you have that stuck in your head yet?

 

I wanted to kick off the morning with an ab workout that I did last night that left me sore right after I finished. It is from a fellow blogger, Madeline, of Madeline Moves. She always has amazing workouts that are quick and effective, and I find myself using her moves in my home workout routine. Not only that, but she is a runner as well, and posted a great article last month about balancing strength training with running. I believe that is something all runners should do, and I am definitely trying to make a better effort!

After my full body workout yesterday I completed this ab circuit. You can also do it after other workouts, before strength training, etc. Whatever works best for you! Note: I apologize for the poor photo quality! I did a screenshot from her website & when I increased the size it threw everything off. You get the idea though ; )

 

Speaking of training, I haven’t ran since Saturday. Saturday was a BIG running day for me. 16km of lots and lots of HILLS. I think the hills aggravated my ankle, because come Sunday morning it hurt to walk on it. There has been a pinching feeling in the back of my ankle for a couple weeks now, but it only came about when I was laying down and first stepping on the ground or after doing hilly runs. As much as it pained me to take some time away from running, I thought it would be SMART to rest. What’s smartest usually isn’t what I WANT to do when it comes to running, but I do not want any injuries! I had a visit with my athletic therapist on Valentine’s Day (#romance) and she gave me the clear to run, but to do so on flat terrain and keep things EASY. Ah, easy. I love easy, but I love getting faster, too! So, I will return to running this weekend and continue to do the stretches she prescribed for me. Oh, and I will be strength training, too!

 

Now, rewind to Family Day on Monday. In British Columbia we have a holiday called Family Day, and it is a statutory holiday, so Ryan and I did not have to go to work. We spent the day repotting some plants in the beautiful sunshine! It was awesome. The dogs loved being outside all day, I loved the Vitamin D and plants, and Ryan loved being outside together. It was a win, win, win, for everyone.

 

 

We had the tunes going, coffee in our travel mugs, and we were layered up because despite the bright sun, it was still chilly outside. I found this adorable pot that I couldn’t NOT buy, and I planted a few mini succulents (oh, so cute!) and had to add some crystals in there for high vibes. Ryan laughed when he saw me walk outside with my handful of crystals, but it was a very Holly thing to do, if I do say so myself.

 

Ryan found this super cool tall planter which we put our snake plant in. Well, separated the snake plant since it’s offshoots were outgrowing the previous pot. So, he was in charge of that one and I did the rest. Then I sat on our cedar bench, drank my coffee, and connected with some bad ass women that will be featured on the blog (first one next Wednesday).

 

 

It was such a fulfilling afternoon that left my soul feeling happy. You know those days where you have nothing planned, and yet they end up being so full of great things? That’s what Monday was. Actually, this whole week has been pretty darn good! Last week I found myself going through a quarter-life crisis kind of thing. I mean, I didn’t shave my head and skip town and max out my credit card or anything, but I think it’s pretty normal to feel that way when you’re 25. While I may not have my whole entire life figured out (I know where I’m heading but it’s a matter of being patient), I am kind of loving where I am right now and I think it all comes to being grateful. Gratitude is the best attitude, after all! Sometimes all you need to do is get outside, get your hands dirty & sit in the sun in order to feel how much light you are truly surrounded by.

 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! : )

Race Recap: Diamond Dash 5km – Part Two

 

Well, folks. Here is part two of the Diamond Dash 5km race recap. I haven’t done a video format like this before, so I hope you guys enjoy! All in all, it was a great race and one that definitely takes some hill training. The best part though? Spending the day with my mom & doing something active together! Oh, and the post-race brunch afterwards and shopping was nice too.

Have a good week! Let me know if you like to see more of these chatty style videos. They are fun to make! : )

Race Recap: Diamond Dash 5km – Part One

 

Hey, hey, everyone!

I was kind of MIA on the blog last week, but I am back on this Family Day holiday (in British Columbia, anyway) with a race recap for you!

Spoiler alert: Hills. So. Many. Hills.

 

My mom & I headed to Victoria on Saturday early afternoon to participate in the Diamond Dash. This race has been happening for the last couple years (I believe), but it was both my mom and my first time dashing for diamonds. It was held at the Westin Bear Mountain Hotel & Resort, and had a later start at 11am. This gave us lots of time to make the drive there (about an hour from my house), pick up our race goodies, and settle in before it started.

 

 

They had lots of tables set up with prizes, silent auction items, and booths for the sponsors of the race. We put our name tag at the bottom of our bib number into draw bags and were entered to win numerous prizes, three prizes being DIAMONDS! For real. Like $1500 value for one of the pieces alone. Needless to say, we wanted to stick around after the race to see if our names would be drawn!

 

So, the race started near their golf course entrance and it was pretty much all down hill for the first 1.5km. This was great, but that means going up hill on the way back! There was also a big hill thrown in there around the 2km mark, which was not fun to go up. I mean, look how steep it is! My mom and I run/walked this race, and she did a good amount of running considering how many hills. The whole way back was uphill, and STEEP hills too! I didn’t snap a lot of pictures along the way, but this gives you kind of an idea of what the hills were like.

 

 

This picture was taken about halfway up the hill. I actually have a VLOG (!! yep, another video coming) of our race recap on the way home, so stay tuned for that on Wednesday! There’s some laughs, some stories about the lady in dress pants, and some sentimental moments. You guys will love it, I’m sure!

 

 

After the race was over, we headed back inside to get some snacks! They had fruit (oranges, apples, bananas), and a buffet with different kind of pastas that they packaged in those mini takeout-type containers. My mom and I were going to head downtown for lunch, so we grabbed some fruit and water and took our seats for the draw prizes. Although we did not win any diamonds, I did win a pair of running gloves, so that was a fun bonus!

In the swag bags they also gave us a shirt (my mom is wearing hers), a water bottle, a lanyard, Ultima replenisher packets, a juice box, Honey Stinger waffle… What else am I missing here? It was loaded with lots of goodies!

 

 

I want to express how proud I am of my mom on this one! My mom is not a regular runner, but she does her best every time and loves to participate in fun runs. She worked hard out there, even with me in her ear cheering her on the whole way, and I can’t wait to help her earn a new Personal Best time!

 

 

This recap is short and sweet, but you will have 10 minutes of mother-daughter fun during our vlog on Wednesday! It’s kind of like the recap part two, I suppose : ) I hope you all had a great weekend!