Twin Tuesday

For a good portion of my little mushroom cut headed life I referred to Tuesday as Twin Tuesday..specifically for this reason

ImageThats right…every Tuesday, the local TV station showed 2 episodes of Full House and i was OBSESSED with these twins

But anyways, done rambling for now

I want to chat about my obsession with workout clothes

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“Hi I’m Kaity and im a racer back, capri, running short/shoe addict”

My closet is dedicated solely to this weird addiction I have, its broken up into colors, seasons,  and sports, and yes this system totally makes no sense and i end up throwing them all on the same shelf anyways.

But one trend I’ve really embraced is the annoying NEON color pieces…it has nothing to do with fashion (okay im lying, it partly does) but safety.

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I can not tell you how many times I’ve gone out for my run and been thissssclooooose to being turned into road kill.

Neon colors has helped make drivers more aware of the whole I AM RUNNER HERE ME ROAR attitude I project.

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Running Safety is often a topic that people overlook, and I think thats because of the “that will never happen to me” mind frame a lot of runners have.  The rule of thumb for drivers will always be “Just because you can see them, doesnt mean they can see you”..this is my running motto to live by, and it has saved my life countless times.

So if youve been weary of putting some hot neon colors over your hot bods, dont be.  Dont be self conscious of your safety, even if its as simple as neon accents on a piece of clothing, just give it a try, I promise you wont look like some over desperate tween rave kid.

Here are some stylish examples:

Lululemon

Lululemon

Lululemon Scoop Me Up Tank

Nike

Nike

Nike

Getting my Run on

Today, on January 31st, 2011, I ran 10 minutes straight, pain free, for the first time in a year.

It was a thrilling yet completely horrifying experience.  I paid attention to literally every twinge and twang in my legs thinking “oh god the pains coming back, i started too soon!”

Once I found my groove though, I dropped those negative thoughts because…no body ever gets too far with a brain plagued with negative thoughts.

This week begins my re-entry back into the running game after being sidelined for around 8 months…I created a bit of a training plan to keep myself on track and not getting to ahead of myself, looking a bit something like this:

(i didnt put in milage because I am going to be running on a track and am horrible at remembering what Lap I’m on, so i just rounded up from 8min miles to 10minutes total etc etc)

I hope this plan will help me get on the right path with out getting to ahead of myself.

When getting back into a training plan its extremely important to listen to your body and any cues it may be giving you..so following these tips is suuuuuper important.


  1. STRETCH- I am someone who absolutley HATES to stretch, but it is SO important to keep your muscles loose, especially when reintroducing it to something that is so hard on your body.
  2. Have Patience- Even though you may feel like you could run 5 miles..DONT, overuse at an early stage will probably end up leading to your injury coming back, and potentially being a lot worse than when it started..things are gonna be slow at first (hello..10 minutes, that like cupcakes compared to the 12 milers I used to do) but in the end it will SO be worth it
  3. If you feel pain..take a break- Listen to your body, if it’s in pain, it will let you know that you should really slow down and maybe take a day off to let it recover after making it do something it may not recognize, take the day to do some easy cross training, and heat it and/or ice the sore spot, and dont get frustrated at the pain, its just your body asking you what the hell is going on.
  4. Take it easy- You may have been able to run 7 minute miles when you were at your peak running ability, and you may still be able to do it, but dont, dont push your body so hard so fast that youll end up regretting it 2 days later when your back to the elliptical, start of slow, and work your way up to some speed.
  5. Dont forget about strength training- once you get back in the running game its super easy to forget about thinks like a strong core and a tight butt..i mean glutes.. so on days when you aren’t running, take some time to do some planks, some squats, and some lunges, also embrace the hand weights, when you have good arm strength, it really helps to pump your arms harder while your running, which lets your body go farther without wearing out too quick.

Like my mantra says: SLOW AND STEADY may not always WIN the race..but it sure as hell will keep your legs feelin fresh

Now a question for all you…should I do my running BEFORE or AFTER I do my cross training that same day?

Agliophobia

Agliophobia

fear is supposed to be non-existant, pain is supposed to make you stronger, but what if one creates the other, creates it to the point where just the sight of something that used to be associated with pleasure, is now associated with being scared out of your mind. pain runs skin deep, or in my case, bone deep, even though pain is less every day, i fear that it will come back and never leave with one single stride.

How I stopped Running..and Lived to Tell about it

Wow..long title much? I try, i try.

Today, on my daily walk across the street to the university’s gym (with a bit more blizzard added to the mix) I got to thinking how Ive been coming here almost every single day NON-STOP for the past forever months doing pretty much the same thing every day..and I still have my sanity.

When I was at my tip-top running shape, I was running EVERY.SINGLE.DAY rain,shine or snow.  I would have Laughed in your face if you told me that running would injure me and Id be stuck inside with the bros. BUT HEY..it happend..

When I first got injured, i quit running cold turkey (if only i could give up my ice cream habit the same, i mean no).  I knew that I had to keep doing some sort of physical activity, because if i didnt I might have gone BUHnanas, SOOO to the gym it was..

It was mind-numbing at first..i would STARE at the timer and think to myself “5 MINUTES ITS ONLY BEEN 5 MINUTES…IM SO BORED” and push through the next 45 minutes..but then i bucked up and learned to embrace different ways to improve my body so i could get back to the roads ASAP

I learned to love SWEET exercise machines..such as this weird contraption:

like wtf is this thing..

It was so awkward at first..but then it got kinda amazing, and seriously worked my butt off

I also made make sure to always have some sort of reading material to distract me when the moments drag on..usually its always the latest issue of this:


except i got pissed at this article
but..can you blame me..ps nice pantyhose ya maverick…

Another thing that turned me into a total gym rat was the new discovery of weights

like..HEY I CAN LIFT WEIGHTS WITH ALL THE BROS..BUT NOT BULK UP LIKE THE BROS!

I actually have some arm definition and do squats and lunges without wanting to die..when I started..i could barely do 5lb handweights..now the 15lbs are a piece of cake

Another thing I did was set challenges for myself..When i first started hitting up the gym if you asked me to do 20 sit ups, and a single pushups i would have walked right out of that gym..so i worked on them..i can now do full sit ups..like hundreds, and like 10 pushups..WIN! and now what else i can do now..TOUCH MY TOES..never could do that.

The gym is an OKAY place to go, and I enjoy my time spent there, and in the end its led me to an almost complete (knocks on wood) recovery from my shin splints and weak hips

So as I look towards my future and running..i will thank all those hours logged at the gym for giving me the ability to hit that pavement again with a stronger, more apprecitative outlook..

 

So as February rolls around, I will slowly say BUH BYE to the gym and hello to the never ending trails and paths, but keeping in mind how important strength and cross training really are to insuring a healthy, injury free running career

 

SO…Gym Time: Ye or Ney?

 

Tunes to Move your Tush to

Happy Thursday errbody! Its almost the weekend…scooore!

When it comes to working out..having good tunes is a must…Ive tried the whole “connect with your surroundings, and listen to your breathing” crap..aaaaand it doesnt work..without the ‘pod, workouts are quite brutal.

Creating  my go-to playlists doesnt require much..the more there is a beat, the better
I have anything from madonna(old AND new), DJ Mixes (Girl Talk), and more importantly, dirty filthy rap.

A guy friend of mine once looked at my music selections and said “wow kaity, you listen to some dirty music” …awkward

Heres a list of my top 10 workout songs of the moment/ever/dont care that its old

10.) Madonna- Heartbeat such a good jam to help you get in a good rhythm..the beat builds up and gets you moving
9.) Wiz Khalifa- Black and Yellow…everything i do I DO IT BIG (or if your a cheese head plz refer to the awesome remix of “Green and Yellow”
8.) Beyonce-Diva…cus we are all divas, even when it comes to getting sweaty

7.)Wiz Khalifa- Say Yeah…the beat is crazzzzy..and apparently i like Wiz a lot more than i thought..
6.) Usher ft. Nicki Minaj- Little Freak… “im lookin for a cutie a real big ol’ ghetto booty”WIN
5.) Sky Ferreria-One…love love love
4.) Kanye West- Power..no one woman should have that much power
3.) Drake-Over..thank me later

2.) Rihanna- Rude Boy..i could listen to just this for a whole 10 miler
i wouldnt mind having her backside

And finally……

1.) Kanye West- Monster..You Could be the King but Watch the Queen Conquer
Nickis verse KILLS IT

What are some of your favorite tunes work up a sweat to?

My Relationship with Running

well since im so new to this bloggy world..I think I need to do a little more sharing about who I am so here is a little post about one of my passions..

i.love.to.run

Running is the cheapest form of therapy out there..all it takes is a swift jog/kick in the pants to clear your mind of any negative thoughts.

Running can do WONDERS for not only you body but your soul.

But…it is possible to get too much a of a good thing.

I started running in high school when I joined the distance team in track.  I started because I started HS by playing softball..and i couldn’t hit, I couldn’t catch, hell i was so scared of that ball…BUT i could run, so track was obviously the most logical thing for me to do.

track was AWESOME..i love listening to all the sprinter girls gawk over the fact that we ran 3 miles for WARMUP..i had finally found a sport I was pretty good at, without having to try much.

Slowly my running left the “hey this is fun” side and transformed into the “god if i don’t get this run in today..my life is over” I began to use and abuse it.  I ran as a way to burn maximum amounts of calories instead of a way of burning off stress.  I lost a lot of weight, but yet my body never gave out on me (i kind of wished it had).  Running was no longer fun, and the thinner and sicker i got, the harder it got to carry my body.

When I entered a recovery treatment i was told ABSOLUTLEY NO RUNNING..a part of me died inside…i had been running almost every single day for the past 3 years of my life..but a part of me was relieved…i finally had permission to get better..so i stopped..and got better

After 4 months…i was given the Ok to start running again..but only 1-2 miles at a time..i was thrilled..and that first time I ran again hurt SO GOOD..i started..but i started too quick..and have suffered many injuries because of it..i didnt listen to my body because all i wanted to do was run..and run far RIGHT AWAY

Finally my body shoved me to the ground, kicked dirt in my face and LAUGHED..my body actually laughed at me, and said “Yeah freakin right..you are DONE” and left me with some crippling shin splints..it was hard for me to listen to my body at first, and i continued to run, even though there were numerous times it hurt so bad i would cry as i pushed my body a rough 5 miles..how pathetic would that look ..even after numerous PT sessions..nothing helped

So i quit..again..but this time it was for me..I learned things about my body that would help me recover..i learned that my weak hips were leading to my sore shins…WHAT THE…so, ive been slowly working on my hip strength..and guess what..pain free..for the first time in years ..holy guacamole..

So..slowly but surely, starting in february Im gonna re-establish my relationship with running..and im SCARED OUTTA MY MIND..what if i get hurt again, what if i CAN NEVER RUN AGAIN..gaahh..that ELLIPTICAL IS MAKING ME INSANE! So my fingers are crossed..and my laces will be crossed and tied tight..and my sexy orthotics are in place..

My mantra this time around will be:
SLOW AND STEADY may not always WIN the race..but it sure as hell will keep your legs feelin fresh

who doesn't like some big wieners after a race

anyone ever try to push through the pain? what happened?