A short running break and P90X3

With the holidays coming up, I haven’t been able to find much time for blogging – especially now that this guy is getting busier by the day.

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It’s hard to believe it, but he’s going to turn 1 in just a few days! I cannot seem to figure out where the past year has gone.  I feel like we were just shocked by his early arrival last Christmas.  My sleep deprivation has made the past year a bit blurry.

I was going along with my plan to keep building up my mileage – just in case I decided to sign up for the 50K – when I felt a little something off in my right shin.  I, of course, jumped to the worst case scenario that it was a stress fracture.  Not that I know what one feels like, but the deep achiness of the pain I had caused a temporary freakout.  I actually think the pain may have been my posterior tibial tendon again, but this time in the opposite leg. 

The onset of the pain was completely random on a normal weekday easy run, but it got worse on a long run a week and a half ago.  I decided to take an immediate running break to hopefully not make things worse.  I’m half way through my second week of not running and the pain is almost completely gone.  There’s still just a tiny twinge of it in the mornings.  I’m going to do a test run this weekend to see how it feels and decide what to do next based on that.

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In the meantime, my husband and I decided to try the latest P90X program.  I never did the first 2, but I watched my husband do them and they looked a wee bit too intense for my liking.  P90X3 is a 30 minute program, as opposed to the hour long previous versions, which is the main reason I wanted to give it a try.  I don’t always have an hour to do a workout.  It’s much easier to squeeze in a 30 minute routine.  However, don’t been fooled by the 30 minute thing – P90X3 is a serious ass-kicking…just an ass-kicking in a short amount of time.  I get bored very quickly of workout DVDs.  I cannot even tell you how many times I have attempted various Jillian Michaels’ DVDs.  The thing I love about P90X3 is that it is a different workout every day of the week so I know I won’t get sick of it as quickly and therefore I will be more motivated to keep doing it.

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Ezra does the baby modification of this move using his yoga block

I’m almost through the first week and muscles I didn’t even know I had in my body are sore.  After the first 2 days, my legs were jello and I felt like someone had beat me up and kicked my whole upper body repeatedly.  Just because I was running 25-30 miles a week does not mean that I am in shape.  I knew that though which is another reason I wanted to give this a try.  Hopefully improving my overall fitness will help me with my inclination to end up injured.  Regardless, I think completing the 90 day plan will be good way to head into 2014.

I have my first race of 2014 officially on the schedule – the Cherry Blossom 10 mile run in DC.  Unfortunately, my husband didn’t get in through the lottery so we can’t run it together like we did last year, but at least he can come cheer for me :).

If you’re looking for any last minute stocking stuffers for your running friends, check out these awesome Koss earbuds! I tested them out before my little running break and found that both styles stayed put very nicely when I ran, plus they come in fun colors.

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Disclaimer: I was sent the Koss earbuds free of charge through a Fitfluential campaign. All opinions expressed are my own.

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