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 ūüėČ 

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. 

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 

Shamrockin’ 8K Recap

So, Ironman training was mostly a fail last week.  It rained all week (ugh!) and I came down with a sinus/respiratory/virus/plague situation early in the week that I still haven’t quite managed to shake. 

However, I did run the Shamrockin’ 8K on Sunday morning with a group of my friends, so at least I accomplished that much.  I had worked until 2 am the night before so I wasn’t feeling particularly energetic when we left for the race, but this is one of my favorite races of the year and I didn’t want to miss it. 

I peer-pressured Pam into joining me and we met a few of our other friends down around the starting line also.  Here is our traditional pre-race selfie- as you can tell I’m quite tired!

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I also realized that The Marine isn’t the greatest at temporary tattoo application as mine ended up reading “hamrockin’ Run”.  I personally found this hilarious based on my affinity for food.

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Rock that ham!

Anyway, once we’d filled our selfie quota (and peed a few times) we lined up and off we went.  The weather was gorgeous (overcast and not too hot) but I still worked up and good sweat.  I decided to run the whole race and just walk for a few seconds while I pounded gatorade at each mile water station.  The Marine competed in the “Guinness Challenge” portion of the race where he drank Guinness every mile.  At first I was a little jealous that I had decided not to partake in that race option, but by mile 4 I was glad I didn’t have a belly full of Guinness! 

I finished in a decent time.  Not super fast but not hatefully slow.  Considering sickness and lack of sleep played a roll, I was satisfied with my performance.  My splits aren’t the fastest, but they certainly are consistent.

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After the race I picked up my fancy beer mug, filled it with Guinness and enjoyed the post race party in Audubon park with friends.  All in all, a successful Sunday morning race.

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Race Recap- The Half- Marathon That Wasn’t

So I was supposed to run a half-marathon this past Sunday morning…. but then I didn’t.

It was a new race in New Orleans, the Big Easy Running Festival.  It looked to be an interesting race, as the route started on one side of the Mississippi River, went up and over the Crescent City Connection Bridge, ran through downtown, up to City Park, and finished around the Superdome.  I was looking forward to this route because it was different from a lot of the other half marathon routes that are usually run in the city.

Well, come race day I have different feelings.  I was coming off a pretty busy last two weeks of nursing school (before finals begin next week), so my training had drastically dropped off. I had also picked up some extra bartending shifts (because nursing school is expensive), which had me working until about 2:30 am the night before the race.  Ugh.  Then the weather called for severe thunderstorms Sunday morning.  Ugh!  No part of this race was appealing to me at this point.

The race organizers did change the start time of the race to accommodate the weather, making it a 9:30 am start time.¬† Unfortunately, they also changed the route to a 10K in order to finish on time and stay within the time frame for road closures.¬† In retrospect, the 9:30 am start time and shorter route would have actually been better for me, but when my running partner confirmed at 10 pm Saturday night he wouldn’t be running, that was the tipping point for me and I didn’t even bother setting my alarm for a Sunday morning. ¬†So, in short, I completely flaked on the race. ¬†UGH!

Today I decided to regroup and get re-motivated to begin my Ironman training (because I really can’t bail on the race).¬† So, as I do every month, I sat down and made my December training schedule, reminding myself that once finals are finished on Dec. 8th I officially have no excuse to stray from the schedule.

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It’s not a particularly strenuous schedule,¬† but it should get me in the routine for when training picks up in January.

We’ll see how long it takes me to stray from the schedule- I give myself 3 days, hah! ¬†Hopefully Pepper will be able to keep me on task, at least for the short runs.