Thursday, February 14, 2013

Too tired to think of a title...

Photo courtesy of CBC
This picture cracks me up.  Aside from not looking like me,
see the line about 1/3 up my right leg?  That's the line from the
sports socks I was wearing!  You can see it a bit on the left leg too!

This is going to be a drive by post...I think.  I'm not sure I have too much to talk about. I am beat.  I think that the hectic schedule that I have been keeping is finally catching up with me.  I find myself sleeping in every morning.  Before this past week, I was awake every day at 5:30am.  I'm dragging myself out of bed most mornings and only giving myself enough time to shower and get out the door.  I'm tired.  Most nights I am asleep before my head hits the pillow.  So not like me.  Maybe it's the training I've been doing for this half marathon.

After my long run this Sunday (20K/12.5M), we taper off.  It is a welcome change for me because perhaps it will allow my hamstring to heal up properly and maybe, just maybe, I won't have to run my first half marathon injured.  Maybe, but highly unlikely.  It's definitely getting better, but I set myself back last week when I wrecked it again during the speed work.  For that reason, I did not do speed this week.  I did a regular run with my gal Tanya, who's also not feeling stellar these days.  See, speed really does kill!

It's torn me up to eliminate the speed work from my training.  But it is my first half marathon, and I really only want to finish it.  Having an injury totally sucks!  Not only has it been holding me back in my training, but it also messes with my confidence.  My pace has gone down and I'm always nervous I'm going to injure my hamstring more.  My run with Tanya yesterday was pretty solid.  My pace was almost back to normal.  Tonight's run was slower and I wasn't feeling great.  I had a stitch the entire time and it was raining pretty heavily most of run.  I don't mind running in the rain, but didn't have my running cap with the rim which sucked because the rain was right in my face. And it was hovering just above zero which means I got the chills, which I still have right now!

I'm looking forward to the weekend.  Here in Ontario we have a long weekend because Monday is Family Day.  I really need the long weekend!  I need the extra day to do absolutely nothing if I wish to, and maybe I'll even get to sleep in fo'realz yo!  I am so not hip enough to pull that off.  It gets a laugh from my clients when I talk to them like that.  Even though we laugh together, they are definitely laughing at me, not with me!

I'm part of a weight-loss challenge at work.  Me and four other women of various sizes are weighing in every other week.  I'm actually not trying to lose weight, but I get weighed in because they asked me to be a part of the competition.  So I figured, why not?  Everyone gained this weigh in  but I managed to lose 1.5 pounds.  Don't ask how.  I have changed nothing in my eating or exercise regime.  In fact, I may be eating more.  But, I'll take it!  I gave the other women an inspirational pep talk, and I'm hopeful that everyone will have much more favorable results next weigh in.

Pickle Barrel deliciousness!

I ate at the Pickle Barrel yesterday with a client and I had an awesome chicken skewer dish.  It came with rice, veggies, Greek salad and garlic bread.  I asked them to hold the rice and garlic bread and they gave me extra veggies instead.  And I ate the Greek salad.  There was a ton of food.  It was super yummy and super filling!  Today I ate at the Mandarin with a different client. LOTS of grilled chicken and roast beef.  I also had quite a bit of salad from the salad bar, and some mixed veggies.  I indulged in the fresh fruit, 'cos I knew I was running tonight.  I left maybe a bit too full.  My client admitted to feeling like a slug because he ate so much.  I told him that we should not be eating to excess like we did today.  Made me think of my old life and how I'd gorge myself.  I hate that feeling because it makes me feel like I'm out of control.  Thank goodness I had about 6 hours before my run to digest the food.  There's no way I would have been able to run soon after eating all that food.

For my American friends, if you care to watch the episode of Steven and Chris that I am on, it's being shown on the Live Well Network this Wednesday (February 20th).  It's episode 74.  If you don't get the Live Well Network, it will be available to watch online shortly after the airing, and I'll post the link when it becomes available.  I'm off to bed.  I have a pretty full day tomorrow.  If I wake early enough, I may do a quick 5K before getting ready for my 9am massage.  My calves are feeling better, but there is still a slight knot in the left one.  Then I work all day, before I have physio in the evening.  Like I said, thank goodness it's a long weekend.  I definitely need an extra day of R&R.  Especially after my long run on Sunday!

Today's fortunes.


  1. Thanks again for another terrific post Leigh. I hope all is well. You sound tired and maybe a bit discouraged. You are so determined to be successful, you will push yourself, at all costs. That is one of the reasons I admire you so much. On the other hand, you are burning the candle at both ends and it's taking a toll. I know running is your addiction and it is a good addiction but I think you need to take some time for your body to heal. Please never quit running but maybe slow down a little bit and heal. If you don't heal properly you may not make the half marathon. I want you to run in it and finish it but you must take care of yourself too. Your 1st paragraph concerned me. It sounds like you need a break. Please get some R&R and get feeling better. I love your positive Blogs. Hang in there Leigh and get some rest. Have a great family day weekend. Thanks for Poonapalooza. It means so much to a lot of us. S.

  2. I think you look like her -

  3. You look absolutely lovely in that photo!
    I hope that you are able to get some rest this upcoming weekend and are able to come to the right frame of mind that'll help you kick butt at your race!

  4. oh my woooord - you look absolutely STUNNING!

  5. Hot!!!! You look awesome! Cant wait to see the episode. I understand being addicted to a sport (mountain biking..hellooooo) I admire your drive! How about some cross training? What are your thoughts on cycling? It might help give those sore muscles a break while at the same time still giving you the cardio you need. Just a suggestion.

  6. You look fabulous in the photo!

  7. You do look beautiful in that photo. I promise you that nobody was looking at the sock indentation when they saw that. Possibly, you should consider more t.v. work because you are photogenic.

    :-) Marion

  8. I hope you do get to rest some this weekend. You got real fortunes which we do not get anymore. We get things such as "You are a beautiful person and everyone loves you." That's not a fortune. :)

  9. I think it looks like you--and you look fabulous in that dress! Did you get to keep it?

    Sorry you are tired--I hope the taper will help you catch up on your rest.

  10. Don't kill the messenger but do you think you have switched one addiction for another? I am seeing that a lot in my Zumba classes, former heavier people are now taking dance classes every day of the week and some up to three classes a day. We clearly all have addictive personalities ...

  11. Do you think you may be overtraining? I know that I am now trying to figure out things for myself...the difference between working out smarter versus working out harder. I think you look fabulous and obviously you know what you are doing so I won't even try to say much...