Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I'm Baaaaaack....

It's been a few days (5 to be exact) since my last post. Soooo, I have a lot to catch up on including updates from the last blog post, updates on my workouts, and even a race report. Since that's a lot of stuff, I'll try to make it as brief as possible.

First things first. I'm seeing an orthopedist on Thursday about the issues I've had with my left leg. I'll post more on that when I find out what the deal is. I'm also seeing an endocrinologist next week about my thyroid. I had an ultrasound done on it Friday and it turns out that it is larger than normal (thyroiditis), which could be causing the low functioning of my thyroid. I'll find out more next week. But....I guess it's good to finally be getting some answers.

K, now here are my workout for the past several days, and I'll discuss them in more detail in a few:

Thursday, May 7, 2009: Muscle Conditioning

Friday, May 8, 2009: 4 miles on elliptical

Saturday, May 9, 2009: 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 3 mile run

Sunday, May 10, 2009: 3.1 mile run

Okay, my muscle conditioning class kicked my butt on Thursday. I could barely walk on Friday. Friday I decided to do the elliptical after my disasterous run on Wednesday, knowing I had tri practice coming up Saturday morning and didn't want to injure the leg any more. Saturday I had tri practice. I did really well on my swim, despite the fact that we were in an overly-heated pool. The bike was okay. I was a little behind everyone else, but it was a rough ride into the wind on the last leg. The run.....sucked. I was in agonzing pain and I doubt I even ran 3/4 of a mile. I pretty much walked the whole thing. It was sooooo frustrating and I was in tears at the end. I felt disappointed and like a huge failure.

After practice, I went home and took an ice bath and relaxed the rest of the day. I knew I had the Mothers Day 5K the following day and really wanted to do it with Rylie. Well, Sunday rolled around and amazingly, my leg felt fine. If Saturday was a 9 on the pain scale, Sunday was about a 1.5. We started off the race at a really good pace and I was so excited to finally be having a good run. I honestly don't think I've felt this good since the first 5 miles of my half marathon. It was a great feeling! The only thing holding me back was the fact that I was running it with my 6-year-old daughter.

Let me tell you something about running a race with a small child: it's hard....and unpredictable. The last time we ran a race, Rylie bolted out in the beginning and I couldn't keep up with her. Then she ran out of gas at the end and I had to drag her along. This time, we were only about a 1/2 mile in and she was tired and wanting to walk. I slowed my pace waaaaay down for her, but didn't want to walk because as soon as I stop running, the pain kicks in. I finally ended up walking with her a couple times. I felt bad cuz let's face it, she is only 6. But at the same time, I was feeling so good and wanted to keep my pace going. In the end, we finished with a time of 36:53. Not bad for those little legs of hers. And of course I'm proud of her for doing it! I just wish I could have kept the great pace I had going in the beginning. But...this race wasn't about ME, it was about US. So, I leave you with these great photos from the Mothers Day 5K:

Me & my little running buddy, Rylie - pre-race.

Ry & me with our matching sunglasses, cuz that's how we roll. LOL, she's such a diva!

At home before the race.

Waving to Dad.

Me giving the "thumbs up" like the uber dork that I am.

The best part of the race was at the very end when we ran as hard as we could. Randy didn't get any pics of this, so I hope the official race photographer did cuz we were hauling @$$! :) I'm sure it was a site to see....cuz I totally felt like Phoebe in Friends, just flailing away, LOL!

Oh yeah, and when we got home, I got the Mother's Day gift I was hoping for - a Garmin Forerunner!! Woot!!! I was so excited about it, I *almost* went out for another run! :)


Bethany said...

Glad you are having a better week. Your pictures are so cute and your little one is just beautiful! Have fun playing with your Mother's Day gift :)

Dancing Sweet Pea said...

Love the pictures Ashley! You guys looks awesome and I think it's so great that Rylie is running races with you too! Good luck with the doc on Thursday and I hope they figure out your thyroid too!
PS: Check out my blog from last Thursday -- there's a little something in there for you! :)

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

That's really cool that you got to run the race with your daughter. Awesome!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

LOVE LOVE the pictures, you two are adorable!! Yippee!! I hope that you love your Garmin..

IzzyBubbles said...

The two of you are just TOO CUTE!!! Rylie looks just like her mama. Sounds like a great mother's day, a race and a new Garmin to boot!!

Hope everything goes well with the appointments this week and that you can get some answers. Keep us posted!

Oh, and pretty sure I flashed the ol' thumbs up at one point during the marathon...we can all be dorks together. :)

teacherwoman said...

You've been busy! Looks like you and Rylie had a good time running together! And lucky you for getting your new Garmin for Mother's Day! wahoo!

Carolina John said...

rylie's rocking those shades. and that's a nice brick saturday! good one.

AMC said...

You and Rylie are ADORABLE!! I'm so glad that you are feeling better and got to enjoy the race with your daughter :)