Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Guess Who's Back?

It's me!  Remember me?  Gretchen...I run (sometimes) and blog (even less frequently than I run)??  Ringing any bells?

It feels like it's been forever since I wrote my last post, when in reality it was just over a month ago.  Funny enough, my last post was called "Snowing Again", and as I write this..in the middle of April..it's snowing outside.  Crazy spring, eh?  It's almost like the universe was waiting for another post on the old GretchRuns blog to kick itself into spring weather.  So, if today is the final day it snows on the east coast and it's all warm weather from here on out, you know who to thank.
Beautiful day for a baseball game!  Do they use snowballs in this weather?

Today's post is just going to be a good old catch-up sesh (especially since I missed my own What's New With You) linkup.  Here's what happened in March!

- I got injured.  Boo!  Once again, marathon training was going great, then I got an injury out of nowhere.  It was pretty frustrating because I was building up my mileage slowly, taking my easy days easily, cross training, and stretching after every run.  I was convinced that I had a femoral stress fracture, so I even went to Urgent Care for an x-ray (my first trip there EVER!).

Not a picture of an x-ray, but Selma always makes me happy and this picture is silly, so I'll put it here

I basically never got an answer, but then my mom told me about a coworker's daughter who had similar issues, and her doctor suggested adding a Vitamin D supplement.  Coincidentally, at my last two physicals I got blood work done, and in both I showed up as having a Vitamin D deficiency.  I looked up the symptoms, and they were exactly what I experienced (and similar symptoms to a stress fracture)- bone pain, stooped posture, muscle cramps, weakness, and tingling.  It's common for vegans to have these symptoms, or people who live in places that don't get a lot of sunlight.  So, since I'm a Pittsburgher who eats a mostly vegan diet and it was a dark winter, I'm a prime candidate for these problems!  Luckily, since I added a supplement and completely stopped running for a few weeks, I've been feeling great.

- No marathon for me!  Remember how I was planning on running the Newport News Marathon, but then the date didn't end up working out?  Then, I decided to change my registration for Canton's Hall of Fame Marathon from the half to full?  Well, as it turns out my registration wasn't changed, so I'm planning on doing the half.  I'm not going to race it, and plan on running with a few friends.  If I start to feel pain, I'll just take it easy and just have a good time.

I'll be with these girls!  Plus Jessie :)

- Dan was away in March.  He had another work trip that ended up being three weeks long, which was exactly when I stopped running.  So, I was just left on my own, not able to do an activity that's been a big part of my life for the past 20 years, and stuck in a freezing cold, gray city.  For a while I would just come home from work and basically fall asleep right away.  I didn't have any motivation for anything (except if I made plans to hang out with friends..otherwise I would just be sleeping).  Yet another reason why I stopped blogging..I just didn't feel great about myself and didn't feel like sharing anything.

Then, one day I decided I was sick of feeling down, and shared 3 goals for the day.  They were simple things- put away my laundry that was washed last week, clean the kitchen that was disgusting and still a mess from a St Patrick's Day party, and go for a swim (which I hadn't done in a few weeks).  I shared my goals, and immediately tackled all 3 within the hour.  Since then, I've been sharing goals every week day, and it really helps me keep motivated and knock off those little annoying things that I keep putting off.

My original post!

- I've been cross-training like crazySince I couldn't run most of March, I've been doing all sorts of other activities! That is- after I gained 10 pounds (literally) in the matter of weeks.  Once again, wasn't feeling great, so I decided to do something to change my mindset.  I upgraded my ClassPass membership and made more plans with friends to go to new studios.  I also started swimming more, and have eased back into running, so I'm feeling more and more like myself again!

Brand new Club Pilates that opened up near my house! Beautiful studio and fun class!

- I also tried out some new breweries.  Duh!  My favorite is definitely Cinderlands.  I heard some mixed reviews when it first opened, but I'm absolutely in love with it.  Not only do they have amazing beers (I ended up getting a small pour of every single one they offer), but they're constantly rotating and trying new varieties.  The food is also INCREDIBLE.  It seems like it should be advertised as a restaurant that also makes its own beer, instead of a brewery that serves food.  It's that good.  



So- that's basically where I've been and why I haven't been blogging in a month.  I have some fun stuff coming up soon, and I'm excited to start talking more about triathlon training and other exercises I've been doing that AREN'T running related!  Maybe I'll even throw in some recipes and house updates (I have a few of those!).  

Now your turn!  What happened in your life in March?
Is it snowing where you are?  
How do you get out of a funk?

16 comments:

  1. Glad you're back and feeling more like yourself! I like the daily goals idea - I'll have to try that. I've been fighting a funk and trying to keep my motivation going - it's worse if I slow down so I try to keep moving. Hoping that sunshine and warmer weather will light a fire under me. Hadn't heard about the vitamin D deficiency -- hopefully spring (if it ever arrives) will bring sunshine, warm weather, and renewed motivation for you too!

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    1. Thank you for sticking around! And I hope you find motivation soon too...sunshine helps SO much.

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  2. Yeah! Glad you are back! This has been a crazy ass long winter. And while I love winter - I am ready for more sun.

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    1. We got a little taste of nicer weather this weekend and I loved it! More snow next week ;)

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  3. Glad you are healing up and feeling more like yourself again, and that you are back to blogging!

    I really hope spring arrives soon and rescues us all from the dreariness of this obnoxiously long winter. There seemed to be enough "rut" to go around in March and I think we are all impatiently waiting for April to get its act together and welcome a new season!

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    1. Yes, seriously. I feel like this is the worst winter I can remember in my life!

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  4. Welcome back, Gretchen. Sorry to hear you got injured, but great to hear that you might have figured our your problem and could do something about it! :)

    It's not snowing here (ahm, we never get snow, not even in the deepest winter where I am), but we had a decent amount of rain lately, although we had some really nice spring weather, too.

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    1. I get happy if it just rains here, because that means it isn't too cold! Thanks for sticking around :)

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  5. STUPID INJURIES I'm sorry to hear that, Gretch. But I'm hoping you are on track to permanent painfree-ness. I too am sooooo ready for winter to be gone. Mostly because bundling up a baby isn't always fun....

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    1. I can only imagine..I dont like bundling myself up!

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  6. You'd be surprised how many people are Vitamin D deficient- even dairy/meat eaters! I"m excited to start doing some tri training together once it warms up a bit-if this ever happens, haha. And would love to hear more about the classes you've been doing to!

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    1. YES to tri training! I went for a bike ride today and it was GLORIOUS.

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  7. hi friend! glad you're back! i hope we've seen the last of the snow, i am so so so over it. sorry you got injured! i also had a vitamin d deficiency and have been taking a supplement for a year or so now i think? it definitely makes a difference. love the idea of setting daily goals, especially if they help you get them done. i think i was following your old account because i just now followed your new one, so just ignore me lol. as for getting out of funks, i just try and give myself other things to do/look forward to especially if something specific is getting me down. if it's a general funk, i just ride it out. you need it sometimes i think.

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    1. HEY! Thanks for sticking around :) And for re-following me ;)

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  8. Welcome back! I just brought my blog back to life as well. We woke up to an ice storm in Michigan today, so over this and need some sun and above freezing temps in my life!

    Jen
    jpabstfitness.com

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    1. Welcome back to blogging as well!! Sorry about the ice storm..that's so upsetting! :(

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