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Friday, January 28, 2011

Señor Spotlight

In recent post I told you guys that my Señor and I went up to Santa Cruz to remodel a bathroom for his sister. I helped with the demolition and assisted on the construction a little bit. But honestly, I spent most of the time playing with Pato's 2 yr old niece, and even learned how to change a diaper. Eek!

Anyways, my amor has finished the job and it looks brilliant! He is so talented and I honestly can't wait till we remodel our bathroom.
Enjoy the photos and have a great weekend.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pain in the Plantar Fascia!

During Christmas I received a new pair of running shoes from my Godmother,  and I was so excited to try them out, that I ran 11 miles in them...Yeah Uh oh. I felt great up until the 8th mile, and then it really started to hurt. Yep, you can say it out loud, because I did..."Shit, that was dumb."
I had done myself in,  and had acquired one of the most irritating injuries for a runner.
I had injured my plantar fascia. (click here for an anatomy lesson)

Not running has made me a little sad, because I honestly love how I feel when I run.  But I had to make sure I kept off my foot as to not irritate it more, or prolong the injury. After doing several google searches I had discovered that pushing this injury could possibly set me back a few months or up to a year. So, I'm playing it safe and have adjusted my work out routine. Which now includes swimming, free yoga around town, and some free stretching videos that I'll share at the end of this post. I've also incorporated some other wonky things to help heal my injury as quick as I can. Ya gotta do, what ya gotta do.

The quest to recovery begins with me going to my closet and dusting off my old swimming stuff. In this whole dusty process I found my old college racing swimsuit in the pocket of my parka and...
 How the hell did I ever fit into this thing??
Back in the parka pocket that little thing went and I was off to the neighborhood pool. It's funny returning to this particular pool because I actually hold a high school swimming record here and it's a pool I trained at for a good part of my swimming career. I always wonder after a long hiatus if I can actually swim again. Silly, I know.
As I entered the building I inhaled the chlorine as I walked in and prepared for my foot recovery swimming work out. I jumped in and felt the rush of the water surround me. It was a familiarity that you encounter when you walk into your childhood home; it was great to be back. 
I swam for an hour and I made sure to do a lot of kicking to work out my foot. I even did some aqua jogging at the deep end of the pool to get even more out of my workout. I have to tell you, I was pooped.  I think it  really helped my foot to stretch it out a bit in the water and get it moving, I did feel an improvement with pain as early as the next day. It honestly felt great to get back into the pool, and I think It may be something that I add regularly to my training.

 Another form of therapy besides swimming, which I’ve incorporated into my training, is foot and ice massage,  and putting my foot in a funky sling at night. Which when all used together, have proven to be very effective in my recovery. So, without further adieu, I introduce you to the mini foot massager.
It sort of looks like a little virus, huh? 
You can usually find these guys at your specialty running store for about $10
Anyways, I use this thing when I wake up in the morning for about 3 minutes and a few times throughout the day for the same amount of time.  It helped massage the injured part of my foot, and it also helped warm it up in order to not create further injury.  You can also use a can of food for this massage, you don't have to buy a fancy virus looking thingy. 

Up next, we have the crazy foot sling.  I would strap my foot in before I would go to sleep at night. It was uhhh..interesting.
It's like silence of the lambs for my foot, right?!
I really don't know too much about this thing, but it helped. That's all that matters right? It basically kept my foot in a flex position all night and it was uncomfortable at first, but it wasn't too bad after the second night. 

With all of this hooplah to help get over my injury,  I've realized that I was most likely running in the wrong shoes. I really overpronate, and the shoes I had were not offering any support at all. So, I went to a local running store called  Heart and Sole, and got some expert help. They put me on a treadmill and watched how I ran closely. I tried on different pairs of shoes and was given a good explanation from the staff on whether the shoe would work, or may cause me problems in the future. It was a great local store and I learned a lot about my actual running style. So, I left a happy customer with my Asics GT-2150, and now  I’m ready to take Guillermo the Garmin and my new Asics out for a run.

I leave you with a video of my new workout plan (he he)  and the stretch videos I promised. 
Keep your plantar fascias happy people! They are such a bitch when they get flared up! 

Thanks to my amigo Dingar for the new workout plan! 
Check it out below.

Now let's get serious.
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Monday, January 24, 2011

A little uplift from London

Today had potential to turn really bad.
But amazingly a sparatic snow storm, good luck, and amazing amigos here and across the pond made this day BEAUTIFUL.

My friend D sent me some fair trade tea bags and the percfect message from London and It really lifted me up.
Cheers to surviving Monday and smiling all to way till Sunday!
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Friday, January 21, 2011

♫♪When the moon hits your eye♫♪

Hey everyone,
I just wanted to touch base on the bloggy blog and tell everyone hello! I hope you all have great plans this weekend and will spend some time doing what you love. I'm currently out on injury because I think I ran too far in my new shoes. The bottom of my foot is really hurting, and so i figured I better lay off of it. So, it's ice, elevation and rest for me.
I hope you all have a great weekend! I leave you with a shot of the moon that I took. This is my first shot of the moon and I'm glad I was able to capture a photo before my camera died.

P.S. I could not stop singing this song.

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♫♪When the moon hits your eye♫♪

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

California Dreaming

I love NM.
 But right now I am really missing Nor Cal.
The Coast was so beautiful and I really enjoyed the weather and the people. I'm back in NM now and have started a pretty crazy semester in school. I am excited about all the interesting things I'm going to learn and so far I like all my professors.
So before things get really crazy, I've decided to share more photos from our trip out to Cali.

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Nor Cal Sunset


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Postive Outlook: 2011 Forecast

Hey everyone,

 I've been reading a lot of your post out there in the blog world and found myself inspired and motivated by all of your goals for 2011. I know I am a bit late on this post and that New Year's Day has come and gone. But on my trip to Nor Cal I found myself thinking a lot about 2011. I know a lot of folks out there are able to describe exactly what they would like to see happen in 2011 as far as resolutions and goals go. But I was sort of having trouble with this bit.  I found myself getting frustrated because I felt like I couldn't find anything concrete. So, what is a girl to do? Setting goals is suppose to be motivating and fun right? With this topic in mind while we watching the sunset in Nor cal it finally all started to come together and I settled on just working on being positive in all aspects of my life.

So, what does that mean exactly? Millions of people set this goal everyday right?

I figured that if I can work and focus on being positive everyday my resolutions and goals will rise from the good feelings I get. Yeah, I know that realistically that life is not sunshine and rainbows everyday. But working on turning it around as quick as possible so I can focus on the better things of life is realistic. So, I may not have it all together soon. But I know this one step will help create some great goals and I look forward to sharing them with you.
So amigos! Cheers to the New Year!
I'll be the one smiling and waving at the frowning runner and I it won't bother me if they don't wave back!
Peace & Running


Music Tuesday--Yelle

What is my training for a high altitude half marathon going to consist of?
Probably everything in this Yelle video.

Je Veux Te Voir

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Leaving Nor Cal

I am super sad to be leaving beautiful Nor Cal. I am happy that I was able to get a lot of good video of the waves on our drive home  on the 1 from San Francisco. I have a feeling the videos I took of the waves will come in handy during the upcoming stressful semester.
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Santa Cruz Surf Break

Hey amigos!
Sorry for the lack of posts! The Señor and I are working hard out here in Santa Cruz remodeling a bathroom for his sweet sister and her family. The Señor does most of the work, but i'm learning the trade slowly and I can feel the prissy girl dying within me and being replaced by a women carrying a DeWalt drill. The photos in this post are near the SC boardwalk and we decided to get out of the bathroom and watch the waves ans the surfers. It was a beautiful day and I'm glad we got out for a bit :-) Anyways we are headed to the SF city for some R&R tomorrow. Im really looking forward to visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Peace & Love
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 2011!!

The penguin in downtown Santa Cruz let us know that it was going to be a great year for the Señor and I!
Happy New Year to everyone!
2011 discussion downtown Santa Cruz
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