Still trucking along!

So, before I get to any thrilling updates about my running shenanigans and my crazy aches and pains, check out this cool little chart I got last week! I had a food sensitivity test done by one of my friends who is a nutritionist, and these were my results! Apparently they are pretty clean compared to most, so I'm pretty pumped! Plus, out of everything in the list, there are only a handful I actually eat regularly. I'm excited to see how I feel at the end of three months with these items eliminated or minimized in my diet! (There is actually a lot more detail behind the "minimized" idea, so if you do ever get a test done, make sure you have a qualified person working with you to develop a plan!)

Vanilla, Cinnamon, & Cane Sugar are going to be hardest since they are in several of my health products, but the rest should be pretty easy to clear out. I'll have to watch for pepper when we go out to eat though! :)
Anyways, onto running! I am continuing to recover from runs in a matter of hours (in terms of knee pain), so I have no intentions of changing the plan yet! I also notice that I am making it farther into the runs before I get pain, so I'm taking that as a good sign! Hopefully I can strengthen up those areas while I'm getting back in shape and not miss any time at all for them!

Sunday, April 20th
Off day! Good timing too! I walked/ran about 20,000 steps yesterday because of the team's track meet! I can't believe my husband does that every weekend!!!

Monday, April 21st
Warm-up drills
12' continuous run. No major problems, though my knees did hurt! I'm really excited to have gotten the full 12 minutes in though... I'll be up to normal daily distances in no time! ;) I had the incline at 1% and the pace at 8:40.
Lots of foam rolling, Core X by Jay Johnson, physical therapy exercises.

Tuesday, April 22nd
Foam rolling and warm-up drills
14 x 1' run, 2' walk I covered a total of 3.5 miles today! Woohoo! Running portions were 8:06 pace for the first 7 and 8:00 pace for the last 7. Walking pace was 3.8mph. Knees are still really bothering me... They just feel so clunky and uncoordinated and loose. I can't wait until 8:00 pace doesn't feel like I'm running fast!! :D

Wednesday, April 23rd
45' spin class. I missed these so much!! I really don't know how you sweat and burn so much more by going to one of these classes than you do when you cross train on your own, but it is AWESOME! And I love having a set time and people to meet with! Woohoo!
2 upper body supersets. I chose heavier weights and only did two supersets, so just four exercises. I started with a superset of 15 bent over rows and 15 glute bridge bench press, all of which was done with 15lb dumbbells. I did three rounds of those two exercises. Next was three rounds of 8 bicep curls and 8 shoulder press, both of which were done with 15lb dumbbells as well. I was beat from this quick workout!

Thursday, April 24th
14' run. I did this on the track today right before the team ran! I had a good stretching session last night and have been applying oils religously for the past several days and I think it's helping! My knees were actually okay today, even without warming up or rolling, etc before the run. I literally just got out of the car and started, so I was very pleasantly surprised! Nothing was 100%, but it was definitely better than it has been! I didn't time the whole thing, but my last three laps were just under 8:20 pace, which is good and sad at the same time, haha. Good because I'm making progress and sad because it did NOT feel like 8:20 pace!!! LOL!

Friday, April 25th
16' run. This was supposed to be 16 x 1' run, 2' walk, but I was short on time so I just did 16 minutes continuous on the treadmill! Kept it nice and relaxed. If my knees were okay, I'd be quite happy about everything right now! My left knee hurts on the top and my right knee hurts on the outside and bottom.

Saturday, April 26th
Rest day (family reunion!)


  1. Thanks for sharing your results! I'm really excited for you to go through this and finish up the healing of your gut!! You're doing such a great job with all your research and making sure you're eliminating as you should be. Way to go! Also - the running looks great, and I'm glad your knee is making progress, AND wow - 20,000 steps on a rest day is killer!

    1. Thank you for all of your help, Megan!!! You've gone above and beyond, for sure!