Back Pain While Running

Having a puppy is similar to having a baby.  Loss of sleep, cleaning up vomit or poop, playing and walking till you’re exhausted, is super fun and worth it! My schedule changed too. If I’m not at the gym super early, I am running even earlier with my friends in November project. I love running but am slower than most of my speedy sprinter friends, so I don’t beat any super fast times and I haven’t done a marathon, but I still love it.  

 This has been a month of miles for me!  I now have two 10ks (just this month. I ran one unorganized/nonprofit one with friends in Congo!) under my belt and that is something I’m proud of.  The funny thing is the first one I did I was hotter(later in the morning), faster, and felt no pain.  I connected with one of my new NP friends who ran my pace. 

 Then yesterday at Dockweiler came.  I was cold, it was beautiful.  I was very tired, but it was super fun.  It was not crowded, and it was flat.  I’m already a slow runner, but I was determined to finish.  About half way in my back started hurting.  I kept readjusting my posture thinking that would help. I loved running in middle school but I’m no spring chicken anymore!   I think my back started crying, “you are tired! Rest!

Around milemarker 5.5 I see other people go by me again so I thought, “wait! I signed up for a 10k! Why am I seem them come back around?” I realized that must be the 15k’ers.  Then I saw my friend G, and she yelled at me, “I’m going to help you finish! Just think of X. Just imagine O (our NP running coach) yelling at you to finish!” And she psyched me up and continued pressing me on, until the very end where I saw our friend L.  Man it was a good feeling!  Being done but also having a friend help me finish! 

 Then we went to a delicious place for breakfast and then I went to stretch on the beach.  Best way to start your day!

National run with your dog day!

Hey friends, and furry friends all around!  Since I’m a mommy to a fur baby…

Tuesday was National Run With Your Dog day! I know there’s so many national days now that it’s hard to keep track, but this one is worth it. Why am I telling you this late?! My friend(and blogfest buddy) Lea from runningwithollie is doing a virtual 5k giveaway till May 12th, which means you still have a chance to win!


I got excited and signed up to do it(but forgot to print my bib *sniff*) and then I got busy and almost forgot about it! Monday night I saw my friends from November Project jumping online and saying how they were gonna go run in the am(I thought they were bringing their dogs too but I think they were pulling my leg;))!


I ended up walking or wogging (jog walking) it because poor little baby Lefty is still so young, timid, short, distracted and new to the leash! So I went a little over 4miles to make up for it.


The best part was everyone ran ahead except one friend who had a hamstring strain and she walked with us which helped motivate me.  You can check out her blog at yllanol


I had so much fun introducing Lefty to my friends, to new dogs, to the dog park area(we didn’t stay long) and then we all went for coffee/breakfast!


It was fun and a delightful day! Thanks Lea!

Weird mindset

I was in this weird mindset yesterday. For the past month I was looking forward to running this organized fun run with a few of my friends and it was free!  I had started training a little but got busy, got a new puppy, and am learning all about being a new mommy.  Then I realized I not only signed up during a busy work weekend and had to cancel piano, my cousin is in town visiting, all the way from Paris. Not Paris TX but Paris France.  Then I got invited to my friend’s Baby shower. She is visiting all the way from Texas. I am sad to have to miss that. Seriously. I had major FOMO.  I sent her a gift but it’s not the same! :(. I also had to miss out on a cinco de Mayo arribe hustle fun run that my friends had organized and I was at home relaxing.  My puppy started school. And I have to get my sister to and from school for her internship.  Oh and it’s the beginning of the month so I was at work and work had a big health fair event. So we got to the end of April and I started thinking I would never be able to run much less a half marathon. I was dreading the busy weekend and I thought I wouldn’t make the run and I was sad. I didn’t want a DNS (where you sign up or get injured or sick but never make the start); so just on a whim I went early to pick up my shirt and bib. Yesterday I started thinking: but it’s free! I signed up! some of my friends from November project are going to be there! why don’t I just go for it!? I really wanted to do this run and I was thinking I was having to sacrifice or make sacrifices because of the busy weekend that we had, maybe just not going to do it not gonna make it so I would be too tired or something and so it was hard! I had serious FOMO.

Yesterday I walked two miles through the park to get my shirt and didn’t make it to the gym.  I went to work and walked through the fair a bit.  

  
I drove awhile to pick up my sister and got gas.  Then we HAD to go to Starbucks for frappe hour!

  

Then we went to puppy school and he did pretty well.  I cooked a healthy Adobo (Filipino) meal in honor of Manny the Pacman underdog.  I don’t know anything about the bloody sport, but I usually vote for the underdog:)  Got sister to her volunteer internship.

   
 Last night I laid everything out.  I was getting into running mode.  This morning I woke early to get sister to her other shift.  I actually made it 5min before the 9a start and caught up with my friends!

The 10k run was actually really fun and we walked a couple times just to catch our breath. We didn’t mind about our pace to stop and take a quick pic in front of the LACMA lights.  I thought we did really well in just about an hour, and then I peeled off a little before the finish to get home for a shower.

  
We even made it to church and got to see our cousins!  They had a feast prepared, complete with fresh crepes and a cheese platter at the end!  My darling lil French cousin is sooo cute and sweet!!  

 

Then ended our sister day with you guessed it more sugar