Thursday, March 5, 2015

One Cold Month

February is in the books! It was a crazy month. I had a big DNF at the Frozen Heart 50k, the kids missed 8 days of school for snow, and I think I busted something in my hip. Here's the final tally:

Swim: 17,950 yards, 6 practices
Bike: 23 miles, 2 rides
Run: 84 miles, 9 runs, 1 DNF, 2 runs after the 15th
Strength: 7 times
Yoga: 13 times

Swimming went great until the city closed down pools for snow on the roads (which is the right call). I've been doing more cycling lately to try and vary my cross training and strengthen the quads some. Lots of squats, lots of core and lower back work. I was also hitting the arms/shoulders/chest pretty hard to since the pools were closed. Hopefully this will make me a stronger swimmer!

This hip thing. I've been avoiding addressing it for a while now. After the DNF in Maryland, I went for an easy 5 miles on the treadmill the following thursday. Now giving 4 days of recovery after an 8 mile run in the snow normally wouldn't be required. But by friday, I could barely stand up. It feels like the problem is either in the hip flexor tendon or the muscle directly beside that tendon. Not a bone problem, definitely not an IT Band problem. There are some deep glute muscles (piriformis anyone?) that may be involved. So the best response to the problem is to take a few weeks off from running, get in some regular yoga, and up the strength training game to specifically work abs, glutes, lower back, adductors, abbductors, and squats. I'm also using the time to bike more and swim more. If this is an overuse pain, the likely cause is that I'm not balancing the leg muscles used in biking. and, you know, crystal meth junkies losing their teeth is also an overuse problem. hopefully this hip thing will go away soon.

The snow days continue getting me into trouble. I have added some other races to the schedule. And as scary as it is to add more marathons to the year while nursing hip pain, I have picked another race to get Maryland knocked off of the list. The Potomac River Marathon is on the MD side of DC, so I get to visit lots of family and friends while I'm in the area for the weekend. That's going to be a blast, and it looks like a really fun November marathon. I'm also diving in to the Belmead Trail Fest, finally stretching my trail legs to the 50 mile distance in Virginia in October. This should be pretty amazing, it's a 10 mile loop we run 5 times.

Swimming races have also been in the registration docket. Locally, I signed up for the Jordan Lake Open Water Challenge and the Big Deuce again this year, for 2.4 and 2 miles respectively. These are lead up races to the big dog, the 12 mile Swim Around Charleston. This will be my first time swimming longer than 10k. It is an epic achievement, and there may be some other swimmers from my team coming down to swim it as well.

I can't wait. Since I'm not running right now, and likely will only run sporadically through the summer, I'll be swimming a lot. My goal is to get up to 5 team practices every week (that's about 15,000 yards every week) which would be really high volume. I want to put in the work to get faster in the water. This will also help prepare me for the fall marathons by staying in incredible shape throughout the summer.

The snow days had other casualties too. Kelley decided we needed to play around my hair since I actually have some now. I think the result came out really well, and it's going to be a nice fresh look for spring!

insane. It's crazy hair! Actually the name is called the Messy Slickback. And I'm so glad this snow has finally melted.

Tomorrow I'm going to find a winner for my SaltStick giveaway! get in there.


Jess Milcetich said...

Whoo hoo! You're going to be racing in my 'hood again!

Also I hope that hip pain is nothing serious and goes away soon!

CautiouslyAudacious said...

Wow hope you figure out what's up with your hip. My husband hasn't ran in over a year due to hip issues after the last half we ran together. But his is from an injury that happened while in the military so sounds completely different from yours.

Abby said...

Hope the hip pain is nothing major and that time off from running, with the no impact of swimming helps it. Plus swimming that far is amazing.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Ha, your hair is funny! Kind of reminds me of Zak Morris from Saved By the Bell! :)

I hope you figure out what's going on with your hip. Random pains like that are SO frustrating. But it sounds like you are approaching it right!

February wasn't a snowy month here but it was SO DAMN COLD. Bleh. I just heard that we have not been above freezing since February 9th! But today it is going to hit 37 and it will be 40 by the weekend and 50 next week! Woot woot! I'm so excited.

Kenley said...

Hoping the Hip thing is not too severe. Other than that, yeah, Glad March is here and some warmer weather is in site. Take care and love the Hair. Any type of hair style beats mine any day. lol

Karen said...

Look at you and your new hair! So stylish :) Hope you figure out that hip thing - thank goodness the swimming doesn't seem to bother you, probably makes it less of a bummer that way.

Amber said...

That sucks about your hip!! Hope it goes away soon. I've been having some ankle twinges lately and I don't like it. When we try so hard to take good care of our bodies and then we get injured it's so discouraging.