I ended 2012 on a high note. I ran 1600 miles and had some pretty awesome PRs. 2013 started off rather strong. I had quite a few great months in the beginning. I even ran a 200+ mile month!
|December is actually now 96!!!|
I ran my 3rd marathon and had a pretty fantastic PR.
Izzy completed her first ever fun run!
And Tucker took off like a rocket!
I completed my first Dirty Girl with my bff.
And then I injured myself. It was series of issues that probably all stemmed back to overtraining. I hit my foot on a rock while trying stand up paddle boarding. Because I was training for GCI, I continued to run on it. Which lead to some major arch pain and then a morton's neuroma. A trip to a sports trainer who hooked me up with a great analysis of my foot and made me a quick insole, several visits to the physical therapist and chiropractor and I felt like I was on my way to run my first ever ultra. Then, 3 days prior to the big day, I bent over to tie Izzy's shoe and pop! The dr's feared it was a meniscus tear but it turned out to be a burst Baker's Cyst. Phew! But I needed to take a step back. I needed to listen to my body and do something different. I missed out on GCI and didn't run Beach to Beacon. But I needed to be kind to my body and that was far more important.
I took some time, rested and slowly built myself back up.
The kids and I did our first Color Me Rad 5k.
Then I ran for Team Reebok at the Tufts 10k.
I teamed up with Jost Running and ran three virtual races with them (and Pepper!).
Then the Jill, Stacy and I completed the MDI 3-person relay running alongside
Carrie while she completed her 2nd marathon.
I strongly feel that I broke my body by not strengthening the rest of it and only running. I've truly enjoyed taking a step back and incorporating other forms of fitness into my routines. While I was training for my first Spartan, I enjoyed doing some of the Spartan workouts. The burpees, squats, lunges were great! Which helped me (and the girls!) complete Spartan Fenway!
I've made it more of a priority to do yoga at least 30 minutes, 3 times a week.
I'm adding in other forms of cardio as well with elliptical, rowing, and spinning.
These changes are exactly what I needed to do. My body is much happier now and I'm looking forward to finishing 2013 on a strong note and kicking off 2014 with a bang. I've got some fun things planned for 2014 and cannot wait!