Now That I’m 28…

Well, now that I’ve been 28 for more than a full day I can safely say that the ol’ body isn’t what it used to be.

1. Lingering soreness. Back when I was 27 my legs used to recover from a long run within a day and now I practically need a walker. Just kidding. But I do feel like I’m STILL recovering from my 16-miler.

I was able to crank out a few good miles last night but I have some lingering soreness.


2. Spectacular Sunsets. Monday night I didn’t have a great birthday run (due to lots of soreness) but I was treated to this view after a storm passed through. Just a little bit pretty.

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3.  Lifting Again. I am weight lifting again and it feels so good.


My lifting routine.

About a month ago I had to stop lifting because I had spasmatic torticollis (PAINFUL muscle contractions in the neck).

I didn’t do anything that caused the contractions to come on — the doctor said it’s a (chronic, ugh!) hereditary condition that can crop up out of nowhere. Since I’m adopted I have no idea if anyone in my biological family has the condition but it seems likely.

I didn’t blog about it because I didn’t want to think about it any more than I had to. The pain was pretty awful.

The doctor gave me vicodin and a muscle relaxer at the time which helped. In fact, I think I had one of my best long runs ever after taking the pills … you probably aren’t supposed to run with them in your system, but after 48 hours of sitting on the couch unable to move I just had to jump on the treadmill.

I know most people say vicodin and muscle relaxers make you really sleepy, but they didn’t have that effect on me. In fact during that long run I didn’t feel … anything. I just ran until it was time to stop running.

Anyway, I had to take some time off of lifting to make sure I didn’t re-aggravate anything, but as of this week I’m back at it! So far I’ve just done a really light upper body day, but it felt good! Yay!

Now just cross your fingers that I don’t have another episode any time soon (or ever)!

Anyone else ever have trouble getting your Garmin to pair with your phone? My new FR220 was syncing with my phone perfectly but last night it wouldn’t connect. 

What do you think is the perfect distance for a relaxing mid-week run? 



  1. August 6, 2014 / 8:42 am

    Just wait until you are older and see how long it takes to recover…:)
    I had that issue with the Garmin once and I clicked the start on the Garmin like I was going to run and it synched up then…
    I hope you are able to stay pain free in the neck–
    I like 6 miles for a mid-week run…

    • August 6, 2014 / 11:32 am

      I saw in the Garmin Connect web app that they are doing some scheduled updates today, so maybe there were just some early glitches yesterday related to whatever updates they’re doing today? Who knows, but I really loved the automatic uploads!

  2. August 6, 2014 / 10:36 am

    My go-to distance has changed – it used to be 5 miles but now it is 7-8. Must be all the ultra thoughts in my head.
    Glad you are lifting again!!!

    • August 6, 2014 / 11:33 am

      It must be!!!! I would be so tired if I did an 8 mile run on a week night. I guess I would probably HAVE to switch to early morning running otherwise I would be eating dinner super, super late!

  3. August 6, 2014 / 10:44 am

    My ideal mid-week distance is 4-5 miles. I don’t know why but I’ve always loved that distance. At that distance I can put in a good tempo or hard run without wearing myself out too much. My training plan has me doing 7 milers during the week now and I hate it, it’s such a long distance to run on a Tuesday or Wednesday, blaahh :-(. But it’s also gotten to the point where 3 miles isn’t enough of a workout for me unless I take it super fast. So I’m lovin the 4 and 5 milers!!

    • August 6, 2014 / 11:34 am

      Same here! I usually do 4 – 5 miles for both my easy week night runs and my speedwork. I’ve gone up to 6 miles for week night runs, but never 7! I hope they go really well for you this week!

  4. Molly
    August 6, 2014 / 10:59 am

    I just got back from a 6 mile run and right now, I love that distance for a weekday run. It’s crazy to remember that at one time, my ideal weekday run was 2 miles, then 3, etc! So maybe someday, a “short” mid week run will be 10 miles or more, right? 🙂

    • August 6, 2014 / 11:35 am

      Exactly!!! I totally remember when 2 miles was my standard week night run! Sometimes on Fridays I still only do 2 miles, and it’s kind of a nice way to kick start the weekend 🙂

  5. August 6, 2014 / 11:19 am

    I am sorry you had to deal with those neck spasms and I hope they are GONE. I understand about not blogging about things you don’t want to think about…

    How does Cecil like your new lifting routine? 😉

    • August 6, 2014 / 11:37 am

      Cecil is such an attention hog that he kind of loves whenever anyone is holding him – even if it’s up for funny lifting purposes!

  6. August 6, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    Isn’t it kind of nice to be sore after a run? It’s like, oh yeah, I’ve definitely pushed myself tonight!

    I’m sorry to hear about your neck. That totally sucks…but I’m glad it seems to be under control!

  7. August 6, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    happy Belated-Birthday!! Ahhh, getting older. Phil and I constantly lament that our bodies don’t let us get away with what we used to. I took vicodin once and it definitely didn’t make me sleepy. In fact, I couldn’t sleep. I was bouncing off the walls. Not surprised you had to go for a run! My perfect distance for a relaxing run in 3.5-4 miles. Feels just right when I want to shake out some cob webs.

  8. August 6, 2014 / 5:47 pm

    Haha I have lingering soreness at the ripe old age of 22! I think anywhere from 5-8 miles is the perfect nice weekday run. It depends on the weather and time for me!

  9. August 6, 2014 / 9:10 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday! You are so old… NOT! Oh to be 28 again. ☺ It sounds like you spent your birthday doing the things you love. That sunset was absolutely beautiful – just for you. That’s great that you are able to lift again – does Cecil agree with these workouts? My perfect mid-week distance is 6-7 miles.

  10. August 6, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    AHHHHH!!!!! Happy birthday!!!! Sorry I missed it–I’ve been so caught up with sick kids and back to school. I hope you had a RUNtastic day 😀

  11. August 7, 2014 / 4:29 am

    Happy 28th!! When I turned 30, I noticed my knees creeking haha. Glad you muscles are feeling better – the cat comic was pretty funny.

  12. August 7, 2014 / 10:20 am

    Well that stinks your neck is hurting 🙁 I am glad the meds worked and it’s nice they didn’t have any negative side effects. LOVE the cat work out and the sunset pic 🙂 I ran a fast 5K last night and it felt perfect, I was fast (for me) and I pushed, but didn’t get nauseous and my legs feel happy used up today. Should it scare they feel like from only a 5K ??LOL

  13. August 8, 2014 / 9:01 am

    OH no! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! (Belated of course 🙁 ) I’ve been slack at posting and reading! Shame on me. I’ve had weird painful cramping on the side of my neck before, I wonder if it’s similar to yours? :0 Now that I’m …a few years… older than you 😉 I also take longer to recover. I have the creakiest knees in the history of the world!