Ginger Jogging is Back!!!

That’s right!  America’s favorite exercise craze since Prancercize is making a come back!  

What is ginger jogging, you ask?  Well it’s jogging… with a ginger!  What’s not to love?!

Unsure if you have the right equipment? Minimal equipment is required.  Generally you just need a ginger, and then whatever you wear to jog.  

For example, here you can see my Ginger Jogging supplies.  I have a ginger (the four-legged variety) and some shoes and bam! I’m ready to get on with my Ginger Jog.

Now, if you are short a ginger there is no reason to get discouraged.  Gingers can be found in almost any environment if you look hard enough.  Do you have a particularly frisky ginger cat? Good enough! Have a goldfish? Throw that bad boy in your camelpack and take him with you! Red Angus cow? A perfect jogging buddy! Human gingers also work particularly well as they are generally very friendly, just be sure to introduce yourself appropriately otherwise things can get wierd quickly. 

Pepper and I are going to be posting our Ginger Jogging updates as we go along, so feel free to share yours as well.  Happy Running!

Fatigue Frustrations

Do you ever have those days where you are just tired?  Like, really tired?  As in “I have to skip my workout today because I seriously can’t wake up” tired.  Or, “five minutes into a run you realize it’s just going to be a 5 K walk instead because running isn’t happening today” tired. We all get that from time to time, and I’ve always taken it as my body’s way of telling me to rest for a day.  No big deal, I’ll get back at it tomorrow.  

Except for when tomorrow comes around, I’m tired again.  And the next day.  And the next day.  Gah!!  What is happening?!  This is the girl that worked three jobs, trained for a half Ironman and went to nursing school full time with no problems and now I’ve been exhausted for a month and a half straight.  Something is up. 

Well, turns out I have a flare up of Epstein-Barre virus, which is the virus that causes mono in teenagers and young adults.   It’s kind of like how a person is substepible to shingles if they’ve had chicken pox as a kid, if a person has had mono as a kid (like me), then they are substepible to Epstein-Barre flare-ups as adults.  The virus manifests as a sore throat, often Strep (I had strep twice in two weeks), swollen lymph nodes, headache, and fatigue. The throat and lymph nodes usually feel better in a couple of weeks, but the fatigue lasts for a couple of months.  

To make matters worse, everytime I start to feel better, I seem to do way too much and then end up feeling awful again for the next three days.  Blah.  Consequently, I haven’t exercised for well over a month and it’s making me grumpy.  Exercise is my stress relief and I feel like I’m crazy without it.  So what to do?! 

Mr. Big has pointed out a few times that for an ER nurse I’m terrible at following medical advice (he’s right, but don’t tell him that!), but I’ve decided to put myself on health lockdown for the next few weeks.  That means actually eating decent food for all of my meals (not grabbing cheese sticks and egg rolls from the cafeteria for a five minute shift lunch), not attending every single social event I’m invited to (apparently sometimes it’s ok to stay home), and laying off the booze for a bit (because even a couple of beers are dehydrating to the body and slows down the healing process).  

Lastly, I have be ok with the fact that fall race season isn’t going to happen the way I want it to.  The 70.3 I had my sights on in November is going to get skipped, and even though I’m signed up for a half marathon at the end of November, it’s ok if I don’t do it.  

My Type A personality gets frustrated when things don’t go according to plan, but I’ll just have to look for some good spring races to keep myself motivated and looking forward.  But don’t worry, I’m still making sure Pepper has plenty of walks, she just gets a reprieve on the running training for a while 😉 

Sunday morning walk on the levee.

Quiet Runs

I woke up this morning with the plan to squeeze in a quick run before work, and luckily the weather cooperated!  It was unseasonably cool thanks to some storms that have passed through overnight and although the levee was wet, the rained had stopped for now (but more wasnt far behind it). 

Because it was dark so early in the morning and I wasn’t taking Pepper with me (she was grumpy about such an early morning and refused to get out of bed) I decided to run without my headphones in, mainly for safety reasons to be more aware of my surroundings.  However, it ended up becoming one of the most relaxing runs I’ve had.  Everything was so quiet, just the occasional horn of the river traffic, and even looking across the river to the French Quarter it still looked totally asleep.  It was nice to appreciate the stillness of the morning. 

As much as I love running with music, I need to remember to sometimes take a break and just enjoy the nothingness of an early morning run.  Just what I needed before a hectic 12 hour shift in the ER. 

Introducing Scarlett

She’s finally here!!  My first proper triathlon bike! 

She’s not brand new, obviously, but she’s new to me and I couldn’t wait to get her put together as soon as she arrived this past weekend.  She’s a 2009 (I think…) Cervelo P2 that has been used in triathlons by her previous owner.  I took her out this morning for a quick half hour ride and she felt great.  So light and fast compared to the bikes I’ve been using recently, and I found that my easy “feel-it-out” ride actually had a better pace than a lot of my previous training rides where I was working hard. Her aerobars make me a bit (ok, a lot!) nervous right now, but I know soon they will feel completely normal.  
She’s named Scarlett due to her coloring (scarlet and gray being Ohio State colors, a shout out to my home state), but also because there has to be some kind of “Gone with the Wind” fast bike analogy out there that fits (right?!).  Not to mention she’s a southern bike now, so she needs a good southern name.  Apparently she’s performed in a number of 70.3 distance races with her previous owner, so maybe some of her experience will rub off on me in our future races.  Until then, we’ll just keep practicing our selfies!  🙂 

New Kicks

It had been a few months since I’d bought some running shows, and unfortunately I’d called into my usual rutt of wearing my running shoes for dog walks, 12 hour nursing shifts, grocery trips, and so on.  Basically, I was adding way too mucvh non-running mileage and it had taken its toll on my shoes.  Time for a shoe order!

Today my UPS guy Angel in a Brown Truck, Blake, delivered my new runners just at the end of a massive thunderstorm, which consequently meant an hour of cool-ish weather in southern Louisiana.  Out of the box they came and I immediately took them out for a post-storm 5K on the levee, even though I’d already been running this morning.  Truth be told, my run this morning was pretty terrible, so I was glad for the excuase to redeem myself.  And honestly, there really isn’t anything like the shine and the bounce of new running shoes, and of course they didn’t disappoint :). 

Mizuno wave Creation 16 in Lime Punch 

The Tortoise and the… Hound?

Ok, I confess, it was actually a turtle, but that doesn’t have nearly the same play on words now does it?

Yesterday was unseasonably cool here in Southern Louisiana (meaning we hadn’t hit triple digits on the thermometer by 8 am) so Pepper and I decided to take advantage of this cold snap by sneaking in a long(ish) run before the Sun realized it was late for work.  Apparently we weren’t he only ones with that good idea, as a mile into our run we met this little guy cruising along the levee.  

Pepper was convinced it was a landmine and didn’t want to go near it, I just thought the little dude was quite cute. However, I didn’t think he was going to make it over the concrete wall behind him without some assistance so I relocated him to the tall grass down by the river where (I thought) he belongs.  I didn’t want him to end up under someone bicycle tire.

From there we continued on, but not without feeling that we were good neighbors to the local wildlife. 🙂 

More on the actual run portion of this adventure later.