Thursday, November 15, 2012

5am : Not Happening. Turkey Trot: HAPPENING!

Raise your hand if you had EVERY intention of getting up this morning for the gym but when your alarm clock started blaring at 5am you just could NOT talk yourself into getting out of bed... just me?? Whoops!

Yup. I re-set it for 6:40am, rolled back over and passed back out. No workout for me this morning.

Is it just me or as the weather gets colder is it SO MUCH HARDER to get up in the morning?? And, there's not even snow to deal with yet! Ugh. I'm not sure how I'm going to handle this. Last year around this time, while I was working out a lot, I wasn't quiet as committed as I am now AND I was working out AFTER work, not before. It's just SO hard to get the motivation to get outta bed at 5am when it's SO cold out!

Now, I loooooove working out before work. I think it sets the whole day up to be a good day and there's SO MANY less excuses I can use to talk myself out of it. When I leave my workout til after work (like today), it's just SO easy to spend all 9 hours at work talking myself out of working out later.... I have too much to do around the house, I have a head ache, I'm too tired, etc.

HOPEFULLY today I can fight that... I set my clothes out to go for a short 5-mile-ish run when I get home. Hopefully already having them set out will help. Plus, now that it gets SO DARK SO EARLY around here the extra 10 minutes will definitely help. Then, I'm going to try to do Jillian's 30-Day Shred (Level 2) after the run. That's the plan. Putting it on the blog means I HAVE to do it, right???

Oh, and-- I'm trying Kinesio tape on my knee tonight for the first time.
(Not my knee... but, this is often how Kinesio tape is used on "Runner's Knee" and/or patellar tendonitis which is what I've been officially diagnosed with.)

What is Kinesio tape? (source)

Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for Preventive Maintenance, Edema, and to treat pain.
Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body's own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems.
The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.

I think that alone will make me want to run after work to see if it helps at all. I've never tried it and heard a lot of mixed things. An athletic trainer I know (the one who's been helping me w/ this whole stupid knee injury) is hooking me up with some take and is going to tape it up for me. If I like it, I'll buy a full roll and go from there. I'll keep you posted.

In other news, I registered for another race yesterday! Relax-- it's not another marathon (boo!).

A 5K on Thanksgiving! The Hubs and I are spending this holiday with his family (we split up the holidays and change every year... so, last year we spent t-giving with my fam, this year with his) and when I found out where we'd be I immediately started researching turkey trots. I've never done one, so I am SO excited!!
What makes me even MORE excited is that my father-in-law is doing it too!
That's me and my FIL during our first 5K together! BEST. FATHER IN LAW. EVER. And, I mean ever. I hit the in-law jackpot with both my MIL and my FIL. JACKPOT.
He's gotten much more into running pretty much over the same time frame I have. It's so exciting to see him get excited about it! I love it!! I cannot wait to run it with him... now, I'll just have to decide if we're going to run it together or if I'm going to try to beat the socks off of him! Oh, and the Hubs signed up too! You KNOW I'm going to have to try to beat him!! :) Regardless of who beats whom-- it'll be a great time and a nice way to get a LITTLE movement in before COPIOUS amounts of food are consumed all. day. long.


  1. I am the worst at making myself get up in the morning. I am the queen of making up excuses to sleep in. My excuse this morning was I probably should run tonight to give myself extra recovery time from completing 64 box jumps at cross fit last night. Yep, that was only about 10% of the workout too. My legs feel thrashed!

    Let me know how you like the KT tape. I have never used it before, but I probably should!

  2. You are not the only one, for sure. I hate getting up in the morning when its cold!!!! And dark! Ugh! Norah will probably not allow me any excuses for waking up, though I do have plenty for not working out!! :)

  3. I don't know how you get up that early on a normal basis! Yay for a family turkey trot! I don't know why but turkey trots are my favorite! (that sentence sounds funny!). I also love running on Thanksgiving for both the health benefits but also the mushy, I'm so thankful I can run deal! You are one of the most dedicated individuals I know! You'll make it up :)