So, I've just about given up the blog. Between actually running and lifting, working, TrailAndUltraRunning.com work, housework, cooking and the kids I just plain don't have time any more. But, don't worry, I'm still out there enjoying every day!
What's going on? Well, after my knees were bothering me even more I finally went back to the orthopedic. Here's what I learned after some xrays and a running gait evaluation:
I have arthritis in my knees and that I have pretty good form, but need to
a) speed up to decrease time on feet and not run so horizontally, therefore decreasing impact
b) turn my right foot in a bit
c) increase my stride rate
d) strengthen my glutes and hips
So I started doing speed intervals and am continuing to lift more. Yes, this means I'm taking a break from distance running at the moment, BUT...
Jeff made me an appointment with his coach, Jerry and after meeting him, I made a huge decision. Monday was day one of training for my first figure competition. Ever since Jeff did his first bodybuilding competition in October, I've been toying with the idea. Now, the fact that I'm going to focus on intervals and strength training, it is a perfect fit. I will be aiming for a competition in June.
Last Saturday we did a body assessment and here is where I stand: 140lbs, 20% body fat and ready to rock and roll!
And just to clear things up, yes, I'm entering a bodybuilding competition, but no I won't look like this...
So, wish me luck and I'll try to pop in now and again and let you know how my journey is going! If you're on Instagram and care to follow, I'm at @reneeyeoman.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
This morning Katherine and I headed to round valley thinking we'd do about 10 miles. Well, we both kinda had one of those days where you're just not motivated and you feel like crap running. So, after 3.2 miles we called it a day and went out to breakfast together! Not a bad plan. Not a bad plan at all! Of course, despite feeling like slugs, we had a little fun.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Last weekend I ran my first 5k! A runner friend of mine, Dona, recently lost her twin sister to Leukemia. Dona has since been raising funds for AML.
If you would like to help, here's how:
When she texted me to ask if I'd join her team and run, I didn't hesitate to say yes! The run was fun, yet strange. As I'm usually taking the first three to five miles very easy, I knew I needed to step it up. I didn't break any land speed records (I'm pretty sure I've said that particular phrase about five millions times!) I felt good and did pretty well!
Dona and I after the race. She had t-shirts made up for the whole team! Team Eileen, in memory of her sister.
Go Team Eileen! Dona, cheering other team members into the finish!
Michelle, Dona and I have run quite a few miles together. Both, wonderful ladies! I was happy to be part of this!
Official time 31:52.4
10:17 average pace
Not bad for a distance runner who just ran a hard trail marathon the weekend prior! [pats self on back]
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Running Katherine's very first marathon with her was amazing! It was tons of fun and it was super hard! Katherine was a rock star! She ran strong until about mile twenty or so and I had a tough last ten miles, but we rallied and ran it in strong. It was a lot harder than I had given myself credit for last year! Watching my awesome running buddy and bestie tough through a marathon was worth every step!
About to board the bus!