fitness

Countdown to Seattle

The countdown to Seattle has begun!  I registered online for the training run (Rock n Roll San Diego 1/2 Marathon on June 6) last night with Laurel.  I think we spent more time trying to think of awesome witty nicknames for our race bibs than we did considering if we’d run or not.  But the bibs will be awesome!

I’m still struggling with my bum legs.  The shin splints are getting slightly better, but are far from 100%.  This past Saturday Adrienne and I went to a studio downtown to what we thought was going to be a nice, relaxing, stretchy yoga class. WRONG! This was intense, crazy people yoga!  Harcore yogis that practice probably almost every day. My body isn’t that flexible, so there were so many positions I attempted, but my body protested so much! Thighs were burning so bad, so sometimes I had to break pose and rub my thighs to work the impending knot out.  Didn’t help that when I was in crazy pretzel poses, the yoga instructor came over and pushed my shoulder further to the floor, or my hip further away.  The next morning I felt like I had went 5 rounds with Tyson, then run over by a bus. I’m pretty sure during that class, I pulled a muscle in my hamstring, and it’s still bothering me.  I tried working it out with the foam roller, and it’s helped slightly, but I can feel the “pull” even when I’m walking/sitting down 🙁

Rehab!

Went to my first spinning class in about 7 years (and only my 2nd one ever!) on Monday and MAN! that bad boy works muscles I didn’t even know I had! I was in so much pain in the middle of the class, my quads were burning up a storm and my legs almost gave out, but the music from Germany and Cuba that the instructor was playing was enough to keep my grooving to the music.

Yesterday I went to the dr (specializes in sports injury and rehab).  Apparently, 2 joints in both of my feet were locked, which is why there was so much pain in my shins and calves.  When I’d toe off while running, because the joints were locked, my toes weren’t able to flex, which was putting pressure on my calves/shins.  To protect them from injury, they would tighten.  HELLO more pain! He popped the joints back/unlocked them, so hopefully this will help a lot.  I have to go get it done one more time (in about 2 weeks) and he said they should stay permanently unlocked after that.  But still no running for the rest of the week to allow the shins and calves time to heal from the damage I had already done to them.  So after work I went to the gym and just did the stationary bike for about 35 minutes and then went home.  I bought a foam roller from the Dr. and tried it out. HOLY CRAP! That thing found every single knot I had in my legs and with the pressure of your weight on it, it (very painfully) works them out and is a great stretching tool.  It’s painful while you’re doing it (enough to make my eyes water a lot), but will feel so amazing when all the knots are gone.  I should be doing that anywhere from 10-20 minutes every night and it should help tremendously.  But for now, I’m still sore!

Today is my rest day.  Tomorrow I have yoga planned for during the day and then the gym after work to do some cardio/bike work/stretching/free weights.  Friday (normally a complete rest day), I have yoga scheduled.  It’s not really core/cardio work, so I figure the stretching can’t hurt.  Saturday is yoga downtown SD and then I’ll try to jog on my legs at the harbor with my coworker Adrienne and see how they feel.  We’re all supposed to be running the Race for Literacy 8k on Sunday, but it all depends on how my legs are doing. Ay yay yay.

Group Session #5 : Rain or Shine

which meant all rain!  It poured the entire time we were running, and we were all completely soaked by half a mile in.  We might have grumbled and complained about being wet and cold and squishing our toes in our wet sneakers, but this is nothing compared to what cancer patients have to endure, and thus, we stuck it out.

Shin splints will keep me from running for the next 7 days.  They started bothering me on Monday and I tried to keep going, but Mondays run turned into a walk.  Tuesday I rested and Wednesday attempted the midweek run.  Usually I’m at the front of the A group, but that night I barely made to the end, and I had to walk quite a bit.  Thursday I rested.  Friday (my furlough day), I was up at 530am to take Kat to the airport, so I figured I’d try to get a run in at the harbor since I was already out there.  I did ok; they were burning, but not as bad as they were on Wednesday.  I jog/walked for almost an hour and then headed into work for a couple hours.  I iced both shins last night for about half an hour (thank you frozen bags of edamame!) and kept them elevated all night (not so comfortable since I’m a stomach sleeper!), hoping that it would help.  Got to session this morning, barely made it 1/4 of a mile before they started burning 🙁  I stuck it out though and jog/walked for 3 miles, although slowly and in pain the entire time.  I had to walk back though, because they were not about to put up with running.  So I got grounded by Coach Ronnie and my awesome Mentor Brigid.  Cross training only for the next 7 days, no running, and I have to go see a specialist to have him do some adjustments.

Eeek.

But I hit 50% of my fundraising goal! Thank you to everyone who has made a donation, whether online or mailed in a check.  You are making this possible for me, and motivating me every mile, even through the pain!  There is still plenty of time to make a donation, so if you haven’t already and still wish to, PLEASE DO! Pass on my link to family and friends, coworkers, bosses, etc. You never know who has a connection to cancer and wants to make a difference!

Sore muscles and creaky knees

Story of my life right now.  Every muscle hurts.  My shoulders are stiff and full of knots, my knees hurt, and my hips are incredibly sore and tight.  Painful, yes. Manageable? Of course.

I just added the San Diego Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon as a training event 3 weeks prior to the big event in Seattle.  My lovely Laurelita will be flying down to San Diego to partake in the festivities and will be running it with me.

You know, that time you just need to run in a sombrero…

Session 3 Spirit Sombrero winner!

I was pleasantly surprised by winning the spirit sombrero before my 5.27 mile run this past Saturday! Now all eyes are on me for fundraising (and for not slacking during the run haha).

I’m currently at 24% of my fundraising goal, so if you’re reading this and still want to make a donation, please do so as soon as you can! My goal is to be at 50% by March 1.  http://pages.teamintraining.org/sd/rnrseatl10/sheenacaines

Please tell all your friends, family, coworkers, dentist, everyone! You never know whose lives have been touched by cancer.

TNT group training

Tomorrow is group training session!  It’s supposed to rain all day, so it should be interesting.  Even though the police recovered Gunther (hallelujah!), I still think I may still carpool with a few of the other participants that live around here.  Save the environment just a little bit at a time!

Speaking of Gunther, I just threw down $429 for an alarm system, hood pin and backup siren/battery in the hope that he will never be broken into/stolen again.  Stereo will have to wait, since I can’t affor done now (I couldn’t afford the alarm either, so thank you credit card), so I guess I will practive my singing abilities. Dear Gunther, you are costing me way too much money.  That’s like 2 months of a newer car payment!

I’m still fundraising for Team In Training, and still looking for donations, so for anyone that’s reading this, you would be doing me a great favor by passing on the link to my fundraising site (http://pages.teamintraining.org/sd/rnrseatl10/sheenacaines) to your entire email address book, tell your friends, coworkers, bosses, etc.  Anyone you know! Even if each person was able to give $5, that’s so much money going towards research and patient care!  Here are some amounts that LLS has given to us:
$25 donation: provides patients and their family with FREE booklets that contain up-to-date info on their disease and help them make informed decisions about their treatment options.
$50 donation: makes possible a Family Support group with a trained facilitator where comfort can be found and experiences can be shared among patients and family members.
$100 donation: helps supply lab researchers with supplies and materials critical to carrying out their search for cures.

If you can give even $5, please do.  If you tell everyone you know about this cause, and they each donate only $5, imagine the possibilities you are providing a patient!

it’s about time!

Training starts tomorrow!  I gave my registration last week to participate in the Team in Training program for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  They will help me whip my butt into shape for the Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon in Seattle, June 26, 2010.

I’ll be running in memory of my nephew CJ, who was diagnosed with myelodysplasia.

The 13.1 mile run will begin in Tukwila, Washington and end at Qwest Field in Seattle.   I need to raise a minimum of $3,975 (I need at least 1/4 of that by Commitment Day, March 13, which also happens to be the day that CJ passed away in 2002.  Coincidence? I don’t think so).  A lot, I know, especially since my car was stolen 3 weeks after I moved to San Diego, on Monday of this week, so now I’m trying to save up personal money to get another one! But I won’t give up… What’s that song by the Temptations, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’?

Please use the link in this email to donate online quickly and securely plus learn more about my progress.  You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation.
http://pages.teamintraining.org/sd/rnrseatl10/sheenacaines

Each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. More than 823,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers.   I am hoping that my participation in Team In Training will help bring them hope and support.

Danke,
Sheena

Newbie

Sooo, I used to be active and in shape in high school.  Nonstop activities, a faster metabolism, running track and playing softball all helped keep me in shape.  Enter college, a more hectic schedule, endless study hours and a serious lack of motivation to find time to go to the gym.  Since then it’s only gotten worse!

So, I’ve set out to try to remedy the situation.  After running a few 5k in Sacramento and watching katshaw run the Rock N Roll Full marathon in San Diego this summer, I decided to start training for a sprint triathlon in October and the Rock N Roll 1/2 marathon in Seattle in June 2010 (hey, I’m not crazy, I know I can’t do a full one!)  I just found out that the tri has been cancelled, so bummer there. I’m still going to work on the swim and bike portion in case Ii’m able to find another one I like, but focus more on the running.  I need to increase my endurance and stamina… and motivation to both get outside and run, and to go to the gym to work on more than just cardio.

Hopefully I’ll be able to track all my training, races, events, etc. on this blog and it will keep me motivated to do more and get better and faster!