So far my month of doing whatever I want consists of taking a break from running. I did the 5 mile race on Sunday and the shin splints came back. I never used to get them before, but I think my out of shape sprinting self makes that happen. Other than that, my body felt good from that race. I took the Recovery e21 after the race and forgot on Monday but did yesterday also. I am going to do a 30-ish day trial and report back to you. Has anyone else tried it?

Monday I swam with the faster people. My shoulders and back were sore! Then yesterday I lifted for the first time in ages. I feel like it had been so long. My quads, arms, shoulders and back are now all sore. Today I swam for 20 minutes and then got out to do a yoga class.  I didn't really want to stop swimming but my flexibility is so bad right now. I can't touch my toes.  I was glad that I went. Sometimes -depending on the class - it can be such a waste. I think this one helped me though. I like doing the triangle pose and basically anything that I can really feel my muscles stretching. What are your favorite yoga poses? I don't know half of the names. We did a twist and then elongate and put one arm up and one down - it started with one elbow up and one towards the ground. That one felt really good!  After lifting yesterday, I ran and decided that I could run faster than I have been going so I amped up on the speed on the treadmill and had a nice run. I had to break it up because I had to get home, but it was a good short running day. Tomorrow I may lift and run, bike or just run. I figure if I do one speed day a week that I can keep my speed going at least a little bit going into the new year.  All I can say is that I'm sore today. Love that feeling though!

December - I love December. Everytime I look at the Christmas tree, it makes me feel warm and cozy.  I just did a post on gifts for runners on examiner. If you feel like it, check it out and let me know if you'd add anything.

What are your goals for 2011?


  1. ouch, not fun....I haven't had shin splints since I first started running several years ago.

    Having this baby and getting back in shape! lol. Seriously though, I REALLY want to do a half marathon before I get pregnant again. 2011 is already looking like a hectic year though with building yet another home so this may not be an option.

  2. My husband had shin splints when he first started running. He bought some Zensah compression sleeves for his legs which help greatly. No more shin splints.

    I love yoga but don't have as much time to do it as I would like. My fav post is tree (balancing pose which I ROCK at) and triangle.

  3. Triangle pose is one of my faves...downward dog is my absolute fave! Sounds like you have had some pretty good work outs this week!!
    I haven't gotten to my goals for 2011 yet. Saturday I will accomplish one of my 2010 goals and run my first marathon though!

  4. I don't have any goals set for 2011 yet but there are some floating around!!

  5. I would add a foam roller for the gift list. The gift that keeps giving :)

  6. I love yoga, but I like you I don't know the names of the poses.

    I have some really ambitious goals. One is to run my first half marathon before my youngest (#3) is 6 months old. The second (really ambitious) is to run a my first full marathon before my youngest is a year old. We will see if I can fit it all in with 3 kids under 4 at home and a husband who travels.

  7. Yes, they make a stroller for 3, I found it on ebay. I run about 11 min miles pushing the 110 lbs. of kids in the stroller. You can read more about all my running on my other blog This Mommy Runs at

    Good Luck

  8. OUCH! Shin splints suck! I got them last year from doing trail thanks! Goals for 2011...starting to compile a list but it includes lots of running and maybe even another marathon...ugh not sure though!

  9. Shin splints are the worst. Good for you to swim....swimming KILLS me. It is so tough. Oh I love December so much:) I think one speed day a week is a great idea!

  10. I avoid the yoga like my life depends on it. Hope you shins feel better soon