Hey! Let’s Catch Up!

I think it’s safe to say my life has been a whirlwind of work this week; actually “hurricane” might be a better word to use. I think I’ve almost made it through the storm though.

I can see clear skies ahead!

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The good great news is that my right hip has really loosened up, but you won’t believe this (or maybe you will)…

Last night when I got done with my (super short) run my left hip seized up. I have no idea what’s going on now. I’ve been stretching both hips equally, so I don’t know why this one is tight all of a sudden.

My shoulder also got tight on that side as well later in the night. I really wonder if it’s just stress messing with me and causing tension in different spots.

Is that a real thing? I think it is.

Between hip tightness, going into work super early and getting home from work late, I haven’t been running much. Last night was the first time I had run since Sunday and I only did 1.5 miles.

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Do I look as tired as I feel? 🙂

Honestly, I felt so out of it during that short run too. I kept wondering if I was just having a bad day, or if it was possible that I had lost all if my running fitness already! I mean it’s only been a couple of weeks!

I think I just need to get some really good sleep and reset on my quickly approaching cruise.

I. Can’t. Wait.

For those of you who asked if I run on the sand at the beach the other day, the answer is HECK NO! haha

I run on a sidewalk next to the sand:

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I have run on the sand before but it is TOUGH. I don’t even like walking on the sand! 🙂 I mean talk about working your calves!

I’d rather just admire the water and sand from a short distance.

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It’s beautiful isn’t it?

With the weekend in sight I am really looking forward to sleeping in, going to see a Miami HEAT game and getting my running back on track!

(Sorry if this post was kind of a downer, I’m looking forward to getting back to writing positive posts too!)

What’s been going on with you? Any spectacular runs? Have a race this coming weekend? Any awesome new running songs I should check out?

33 comments

  1. cheryl

    I bet it is stress–it can do crazy things to you! Good thing you have a vacation coming up. What’s new here, My oldest daughter is in DC for the week on a school field trip– 🙁 But she is having fun, so it’s good. We got about 2″ of snow last night (not really new news here). I have a half this Sunday, for which I am poorly prepared, but it is all good!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Good luck tomorrow in your half! GO CHERYL GO!

  2. Heather

    Training has its ups and downs. I’d rather read an honest post about the rough patches we all encounter then read a blog that is all rainbows and unicorns. I hope your vacation gets here quickly so you can relax and reset!

    A couple weeks is not going to destroy all of your fitness. When I have taken breaks in the past I have found that the first week or two is always the worst. I’ll feel like I am in terrible shape and that my paces are stupid slow, but after a couple weeks everything will bounce back to normal. I’ve found it helpful to run without a watch during these times to take some of the pressure off.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thanks Heather, I am counting down the days 🙂

      Up until this point I’ve been lucky enough (or stupid enough) to not have had to take any breaks in training. It’s great to hear from more experienced runners that a break is not the end of the world!

  3. Karen

    This wasn’t negative at all! I do think it’s good to share the up and downs, it’s very frustrating not being able to run. Express it and don’t feel bad about that!
    I am sorry your hip is still being troublesome. It was always my left one too, one side is always a little shorter than the other and it was my weaker side. It took time, but it did get better.
    Stress will contribute to all kind of ailments, it is real. I bet the cruise will help a bunch!!
    I love all the pretty beach views 🙂 I am waiting out a tight hamstring this week, hoping to run this weekend 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I hope that your hamstring is starting to feel better now! I finally saw a doctor today who was able to give me a real diagnosis on my hip and he said tight hamstrings can really impact the hip. Super smart of you to take a couple of rest days and wait it out!

  4. Kerry

    Oh no! I bet all that tightness is stress. When things get tough at work, I start to get weird aches and pains. I imagine sitting at work for long hours probably doesn’t help too much either. I hope it gets better as work lightens it’s load a little. I’ve been nursing some tightness in my lower back, and just got back to running last night.

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I am so with you -sitting at a desk all day is probably killing me! I put in a request at work to have counters made so that I (and my colleagues) have a place we can take our laptops and setup shop if we want to stand for a while!

      I hope that lower back tightness has completely disappeared by now for you!

  5. Denise

    Goodness, my husband and I tried to do a run on the sand along the beach last year on vacation, and I only made it about a quarter mile before I had to stop. It is so hard!! Bummer about your hip–I do think stress contributes to a lot of body issues, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the culprit! Hope it starts feeling better soon! 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      YES! There is nothing like a run in the sand to humble you right down to the ground, haha!

  6. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    My body has been the same way lately! One thing will ache, will stop, then something else. WTF? Running on sand is no joke. I used to look forward to doing it on vacation but no more. It’s too hard. I have been MIA reading/commenting this week due to crazy work stuff as well! Hopefully next week will be more relaxing for both of us. 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      We deserve it! 🙂 Isn’t the random aches and pains thing weird? It’s extra tough when you run and lift I think because you’re never sure if someone is actually a pre-injury ache or if it’s just actually random!

      I know next week will be a little less stressful for me towards the end because I’ll be on my cruise with no phone and no Internet. It gives me a TON of anxiety to completely disconnect right up until the moment I turn my phone off, but immediately afterwards I feel a trillion times better!

  7. Maddie@Dixie Runs

    I always thought you were running in the sand by looking at your pictures. It really is hard!! That’s so nice that you can run on a sidewalk and still enjoy the scenery. And hey, a run is a run!! At least you got out there!
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  8. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    Stress and hip problems aside, it seems you are still in good spirits. It’s always nice to have something (aka cruise) to look forward to. Whenever I have a vacation or something special on my schedule, it always brings a light at the end of the tunnel. It sounds like you are releasing a lot of the stress/tension/work craziness going on right now and will be MORE than ready to relax and enjoy your vacation. So excited for you!

    Not much new in my world – I am hopefully doing a 10k this weekend (for fun) and then will be traveling with my husband for work for a little two-night getaway. Can’t wait.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Will this be your first 10K? I hope you have a great time! I’m sure you will 😉 It will be Baby first race!

      I am so with you on that light at the end of the tunnel thing. I am counting down the days until the cruise!

  9. Richard

    All training has its ups and downs and that’s why we have to band together. Believe it or not our bad times help people just as much as our good times. So thank you for being open and honest with all of us.

    Had a pretty good run this morning. Fitness level stinks but I still have the desire to be out there so that is huge lol.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I’m so glad you’re blogging again because your “back at it” posts and thoughts are super motivating for me. It looks like when things are all said and done I’ll be going about a full month without any meaningful training and I’m sure those first couple of weeks back will be … interesting! I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

  10. Lizzy

    Stress is a killer – unfortunately that can be taken literally. I’m sure it has been contributing to your hip tightness and sore spots. I really hope that things chill out at work for you soon and that you’re able to enjoy your cruise!
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  11. Hanna

    OH no stupid hips! I’m sure it is just stress or some form of the “phantom” aches as your muscles adjust to less/more activity. Last week leading up to my half marathon I started feeling all these random aches and soreness and I was getting so freaked out about it. But during the race I was fine and now the mystery aches have vanished.

    I don’t think you’re being a downer. Personally, I like to read posts like this. Not because I love negativity, but because I feel more connected with someone who is real and honest about their ups and downs than someone who wants me to believe that their life is just one long highlight reel, you know?

    ENJOY your weekend! You have earned it!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thanks Hanna! I think stress and anxiety really bring on the phantom pains. It looks like I’ve got some real pains with bursitis in the hips, but I think whatever weird pain I felt in my shoulder was a phantom pain or just brought on by stress because it came and went so quickly!

  12. Cocomama

    I think your left hip was compensating for your right hip, and so it was being overworked… Just my 2 cents!

    My Dodger season is getting underway and i’m soooo excited!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Your 2 cents make a lot of sense! 🙂

  13. Kim

    I bet stress is causing part of your tightness issues – it can really do weird things to your body!!
    I run on packed sand when we are at the beach but hate running in soft sand!
    Hope you get some good rest this weekend!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Packed sand is okay! I like the feeling of it beneath my feet, it’s nice and cooling because it’s wet! The dry/loose sand is the killer! UGH!

  14. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I think this time of year is really hard to run through. The changes in weather and the promise of summer is such a tease! I know your cruise will help you relax and reset!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      And spring allergies!!! We don’t get the nice cool spring weather but we definitely get the allergies 🙂

  15. Lily @ Lily Runs the World

    Man, stress can do some crazy things to your body. It’s so unhealthy! I’m trying to handle my work stress better, and running definitely helps. Hopefully you will be able to get out there more soon! It always takes me a few days to not feel like a beginner runner after taking a little time off. It’ll come back quickly, don’t worry!
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  16. Susan

    Hey you–hang in there! I went from having the most excellent running/workout months in December and January and the first half of February to down the drain in March as I just battled a few things. As March ended I slowly started picking things back up and now just trying to be cautious but optimistic that spring/summer running will resume as I want it too. Your body will heal. Just needs some extra TLC.

    You will be going to a Heat game and we will be going to a Nuggets game! Yay for sports.

    Take care of yourself.

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thanks Susan! Your comments always make me feel better. I need those wise words of encouragement!

      Have fun at the Nuggets game! I love basketball! It’s been a real rough year over here bball wise but I still gotta support my guys!

  17. cheryl

    Bon Voyage!
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  18. Jennifer @ The Final Forty

    Oh, man, running on the sand…now THAT is the worst! In any case, there have DEFINITELY been times during training where I just felt completely out of it. Tired, drained, lethargic, you name it. Which, of course, usually translates to a bunch of sucky runs. It’s also led to a whole lot of physical issues, too…back pain, foot pain, calf pain, etc. Ah, the joys of running. 🙂 Anyway, usually, a couple days off does the trick for me!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahaha yes, the joys of running! 🙂

      Everytime I think about running the sand I think about that race you did where you had to run a portion on the sand. I would have died! haha

  19. Emily

    I have been taking the running front easy this year. Even though I’m not super injury prone, the rest of my body doesn’t love high mileage, so I’ve just been doing short runs and lots of different Fitness videos from Youtube which is kind of fun.

    Yeah, running on the sand always sounded sort of ‘romantic’ and fun to me till I tried it. It’s definitely a hard workout, but it’s not exactly relaxing.
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