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Hi guys! Remember that nasty frozen shoulder that’s preventing me from lifting? Well, screw that – I’m racing instead!

I’ve been using the Couch to 10K app from Zen Labs. I was on Week 1 when I blogged about my frozen shoulder. This is week 5, except I’m not following it this week…I’ve been breaking in my new Mizuno Wave Legend running shoes instead!

Mizuno Wave Legend shoes review
Normally I wear Mizuno Wave Riders, but these were on clearance. It’s not always a good idea to wear running shoes that you haven’t been fitted for, but reviews said the difference between Wave Legend and Wave Rider are minimal, so I went for it. And I’m glad I did! They’re a little bit stiffer in the sole, which is absolutely perfect for me. I can’t stand soft-soled shoes. None of that minimalist shoe business for me.

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I’ve run 5 miles a day for 3 days in a row with my new shoes. I’m a bit slower than I’d like to be, but I’ve got time to improve. Right now, I’m just catching up on my soap getting back into the swing of running.

I’ve got three races scheduled so far:

  • 10K on July 23
  • Half Marathon on August 27
  • 10K on October 1

I might look for some more 10ks…I forgot how exciting it is to train for a race!

What’s on your race calendar for the summer?


WTH is a frozen shoulder and why do I have it?

Peeps, I have a frozen shoulder. I had a stiff shoulder for a while, so I stopped with my Body Beast program (but didn’t stop eating the same quantities of foods, hence the weight gain).

I saw a physical therapist for the stiff shoulder, but when I returned for a follow-up visit, my right shoulder was completely frozen.

This means, I can’t move it. It’s frozen. I cannot lift my arm higher than 90 degrees. And, it’s painful. I’ve never heard of this condition, but it’s not too terribly uncommon. A few ladies in my super-secret Body Beast for Women Facebook group have had it, too. Apparently being a woman over 40 is the biggest risk factor (although a male coworker in his 60s tells me he just got over a frozen shoulder).

Treatment options are limited. I’ve had physical therapy, but that’s only to teach me how to stretch it so it doesn’t fuse. I’ve had a few acupuncture treatments, but that was for pain, and relief only lasted a day or two. I finally saw a sports doctor who gave me a cortisone injection.

Have you ever had a cortisone injection? I was expecting it to be like a flu jab, but when that medicine hit my system, I blacked out! (Apparently it’s a good idea to have food in your stomach before you get a cortisone shot. Just an FYI)

The cortisone shot has helped a little bit with the pain; I can at least sleep through the night, as long as I’m careful to sleep on the left side.

This frozen shoulder nonsense eventually resolves itself; fully recover is expected within three years. That means…THREE YEARS of no weight lifting. No Body Beast. No Insanity. No P90X.

Between the pain and the inability to exercise, I’ve been really bummed out. And I’ve been overeating, sleeping too much, and generally feeling sorry for myself.

But that stops now! I’ve decided that I’m going to train for a half marathon again. And I’m really going to try to speed up this time. Here’s my Couch to Half program for Week One:

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Just a tiny bit faster every day. I want to get to a regular~10 min/mile pace. I’ll work my hardest for it! I think I’m off to a great start; I just need to keep the momentum going. I don’t have a half marathon scheduled…but that doesn’t matter. I have to do something and I need a goal!

Wish me luck!


Today’s workout

Today I went to Total Woman gym, my happy place! I haven’t been in ages.

I’ve started Couch to 10k over, for seemingly the umpteenth time. I’m working on speed now, and I’m not unhappy with today’s result. I’m still in Week 1!

I also did a TCA patch test. A such as I like twice-weekly Mandelic acid peels, I’m ready for something stronger. Wish me luck!

How was your day?


Run10Feed10 Santa Monica Race Recap

On Sunday, I ran the Run10 Feed10 in Santa Monica to which I’d been invited – I posted about it here. It was my second time running this race, and I’m sorry to say that my time did.not.improve. It didn’t improve! I’d hoped that after training (very occasionally I confess) at high altitude in Mexico City, I would have sped up a bit.
But alas, that was not the case for this race. I’ll just let Garmin tell the story.

RUN10 FEED10-National Charity Race with Women's Health Magazine & FEED Foundation

Normally I try to think Progress, not Perfection, but I didn’t make much progress here. I guess I will just keep doing my Couch to 10K app and working at it!

The race itself was really nice – you can’t beat the scenery once you hit the oceanfront.

Plus we got these lovely gifts for completing the race!

RUN10 FEED10-National Charity Race with Women's Health Magazine & FEED Foundation

Thanks again to Women’s Health magazine for the invitation to the race – I enjoyed the run and the reminder that I need to keep training!

If you’d like to help combat hunger in your neighborhood, you can donate here.

How was your weekend?



Fitness Friday Link-Up

Hola amigos, today I’m linking up with the lovely ALG, Uninterrupted for Fitness Friday.

ALG Uninterrupted

I guess I’ll do a Friday – Friday recap of my workouts.

I was home for the weekend and 유씨 took the day off work, so we went for a nice hike in the Verdugos. We booked the uphill climb, but took our time meandering back down, chatting and enjoying the beautiful morning.
Hiking, Verdugos, Beaudry North

I popped on the treadmill at our apartment gym for 4 miles while catching up on my soaps. This attempt at running was no bueno – I was slow, tired, and had very little stamina.
saturday run
I re-started Couch to 10K for the umpteenth time – I need the run/walk cues and I really want to speed up (I feel like I’ve been saying this for months now, but whatever).  The result was much better than the previous day.
sunday runMonday:
I had more soaps to watch, so another 3 miles on the treadmill.
Monday runTuesday:
I flew back to Mexico City and had no workout. Unless running around the airport counts?

I barely made it to work at 9am – no workout. I slept like a log!

Back with my workout buddies; we drew up a new schedule. Somehow we determined that today was Body Beast Build Legs. OUCH (By the way, Body Beast is on sale for $39.90 this month).
We have a new addition to our Beachbody Mexico City Fit Club and she’s killing it!
Body Beast Build: Legs, Body Beast for women
Friday (today):
My new workout buddy and I split up for cardio this morning – she hit the elliptical and I did Week 1, Day 3 of Couch to 10K. We reconvened for P90X Ab Ripper X. This is probably the best ab workout, ever. Ever!
P90X Ab Ripper X

So those are my workouts for the week – not great, because didn’t start my Body Beast/running/Ab Ripper X schedule until Thursday. I do not operate efficiently without a schedule! Who knows how much longer I’ll be in Mexico City, but I’ll stick to this routine for the next 2-3 months.

What exercise did you do this week? If you need help choosing a routine, let me know!