Things that are Marathon Training Week 11 Recap

Sunday, June 28

This week was a fun week! Chase and I had the opportunity to go on vacation with his parents and an Aunt and Uncle to Alaska. We were there for 6 days. So my recap will include pictures from our trip, and the activities we did.



Monday: Chase and I drove up to Denali State Park in hopes of getting to see Mount McKinley.

Unfortunately we weren't able to see it. It was completely cloud covered as you can see from the view behind us.

Later we went on a hike to Thunderbird Falls and met up with the rest of the family.



Tuesday: Before we left to go down to Seward to do our fishing and wildlife tours, I went on a run. I ran 2 miles (a mile in and a mile out), and right before Chase and I got to Kincaid park we saw a moose cow and her cub just relaxing on the side of the road.


It felt so good to run. Not sure if it was the fact that I was at sea level, but I seriously felt like I could have run longer breathing wise, but knee wise 2 miles was good enough for me.

The only time I have ever gotten to run with trees surrounding me is trail running. I was worried I would run into an unwanted animal so I didn't wear headphones and had music on so the animals knew I was there.

On our way to Seward we went on a trail called Winner Creek in the town of Girdwood.
 They had this really cool hand tram across a gorge. It was pretty fun and scary at the same time.

We hiked up to see this view! It was pretty amazing! There are so many beautiful waterfalls everywhere in Alaska.

Wednesday: Rest day - rested on a wildlife boat tour.

Thursday: Hiked up to Exit Glacier, and to Byron Glacier to see a glacier cave.
 I posted this picture on Instagram on Thursday of us at exit glacier. The reason it is called exit glacier is it was the best place to leave the ice field that is up on top of this mountain range.

This was the glacier cave. I took my shoes off and walked in the freezing cold glacier water to get this picture. I was expecting a bigger cave - I guess it looks better and more accessible in the winter.

Friday: Rested, and had an appointment with my chiropractor. He said I could start running twice a week and gave me more exercises to start strengthening my hamstring and knees. They are pretty good ones since I am sore from doing them during my appointment. I can't wait to start back to running again next week.

Saturday: Ended up working so I was on my feet for most of the day - but I sort of rested the rest of the day.

Sunday: My typical rest day.

Total miles for the week (including hiking): 7.84 miles
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Things that are Friday five: Ten Years Ago...

Friday, June 26

I'm linking up to Eat Pray Run DC...



5 Things that I was doing 10 years ago:
  • I was going to College to get my Medical Assisting Associates Degree. Though I am not a medical assistant now, I still remember what it was like working in a doctors office. Too stressful for me now.
  •  I was working 2 jobs; Brick Oven (a yummy pizza and pasta place in Provo) and Sonic, and I was going to school. Why yes I was a carhop and I did roller skate with actual roller skates, and I was pretty good at it too! But as far as working 2 jobs and going to school. I don't recommend it. I was really stressed at this time, and I don't think I put much thought into my studies like I should have.
  • I had a lot of fun with my friends. I tried to make the most of my nights with friends. We would go long boarding down parking garages (though I never stood and went down I was always on my butt - I get the wobbles too much), my friend and I would have photo dates and just take millions (I'm serious on this one) of funny faced pictures. 
It was halloween that's why my friends hair is orange.


  • I was out living on my own with a few roommates. I probably learned a lot living with them then I have any other time in my life. I will just say it is very hard to live with people you don't always get along with.
  • I had my first boyfriend ever! I sort of dated through high school, but they were mostly my good guy friends. We obviously didn't last very long, and I learned and grew a lot from the relationship. 

Its funny how being on my own, having to pay for my own things, and working and going to school will create change and growth for someone. This doesn't have anything to do with infertility and/or running, but I don't think I would have the same dedication that I have with running now if it weren't for what I went through back then


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Things that are Marathon Training Week 10 Recap

Sunday, June 21

This week has been a lot better as far as training goes then the past few weeks, even with traveling. Still no running, but tried to get a lot of walking in to try and equal it.


Monday: I did a 50 minute Barr class and my knee did pretty good with the class, and I was planning on taking it easy through the class anyways - so I was happy with the results. After I went and swam for a half hour (which was a lot harder than I was expecting).


Tuesday: Rode the bike outside for 25 minutes. Tried riding harder than I rode last Saturday.


Wednesday: I didn't go to Barr class because I got vertigo that lasted all night. Super weird.

Thursday: Rest day - and I saw this on instagram the other day and it made me laugh a lot! I'm sure those that haven't gone through infertility don't necessarily think about stuff like this.



Friday: Travel day! If you wanna follow along you can follow at #palmersinAK or follow me @runningwithinfertility1


Saturday: Did a LOT of walking! Chase and I went to Kincaid park which was pretty awesome! I will probably go on a short run there next week (hopefully). There was a race downtown Anchorage, and I thought about running it before we came up, and am now glad I didn't sign up for it.



Sunday: Mostly rest day

We'll see how this next week goes as far as training goes. Stay tuned. :)
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Things that are Marathon Training Week 9 Recap

Sunday, June 14

This week was a good week. I have been focusing on getting back my full range of motion, and I was really worried when I went to see my Chiropractor Fridaythat I hadn't restored it all the way.

This past week Chase was traveling for business to Hong Kong. So I had to make sure the dogs were taken care of; and as far as fitness went this week, it's been roughly the same as the past few weeks. I may not get to start running again for another 2 weeks.



Monday: I didn't do any fitness related activities, but I made sure to watch what I ate, and tried to keep it in my normal limits.

Since this is also an infertility blog, I had the pleasure of meeting a friend who I have come to know via Facebook messenger. Ashlee and her little family were traveling through and are visiting family and friends, and wanted to stop and meet.
We met through my friend Alli (far left). Ashlee also has struggled with infertility but was able to finally get pregnant last year, and had her little daughter earlier this year. I had a lot of fun meeting them. 

Tuesday: I went on a walk with the dogs, nothing really too long - just a 30 minute walk.

Wednesday: Went on a walk with the dogs again, just 30 minutes again and I also mowed the lawn! First time ever, and I don't think I did a very good job. I guess you learn as you go. We also have a push mower and so that was a LOT more work than I realized it would be.
I wore Chase's prescription sunglasses because I don't have any, and now I am wanting to get them because they were so nice to have!

Not really the best, but you can see I messed up on the lines a lot... I'm a newbie at it so I shouldn't expect a lot from my first time.

Thursday: Rest Day. I was gonna take the dogs for another walk, but I had other stuff come up. I also caved on the low carb diet we've been on. I figured a one time splurge was okay.

Friday: Chase got back from his business trip and we went and walked around the carnival and booth's that were in our area. So I got a lot of walking in, and felt pretty good.

Earlier that day I went to see my Chiropractor. He says I have full range of motion back, and that I can start rehabbing in the next 2 weeks. He did electrical acupuncture on the back of my leg, and I can already tell a difference. He used 9 acupuncture needles - I lost count after 5 and had to ask him. After the treatment there is obviously still pressure when I try and bend it all the way or bend down in a squat. But overall it's definitely improved, and he was very impressed with the improvements that I have made. YAY!



Saturday: Chase and I went on an 11.5 mile bike ride. I didn't want to go too fast, or too far. Chase said he could have gone for a longer bike ride.
We had a lot of fun, I was definitely slower than him and had to keep working hard to catch up to him.

It was a leisure ride according to myfitnesspal.

Sunday: Rest day. I'm hoping to be a bit more active this next week. I'm planning on going for bike rides and possibly doing Barr class and swimming this next week.
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Things that are Don't be Bitter be Better

Tuesday, June 9

A few Sunday's ago, there was a Sister who gave a talk in church, and one of the things that I remember from the talk is that when praying to the Lord we sometimes will say "okay, do what you can," but then He comes back and says "no, do what you can" meaning that we need to do our part before we receive blessings from him.


Chase and I have been doing our part in our infertility journey. We have done infertility testing, we were in a clinical trial to see if taking "men's prenatals" helps sperm, we have done 3 rounds of IUI's, we have gotten blessings from other worthy Priesthood holders for healing and comfort, we have had people praying for us constantly (and praying ourselves), we have been fasting, and reading our scriptures. That's a pretty long list and I feel we have been doing our part.

Yet sometimes I think the Lord wants us to wait. I'm not sure why, but He does. Maybe we need to grow a little more or be a little better rather than being more bitter. 

I have heard countless stories from friends and family saying that, "this person tried this and got pregnant" and "this couple started filing for adoption and got pregnant," but for some reason I have a really hard time believing them. They are probably all true, but I haven't personally met another infertile couple who has had that happen to. It doesn't help me at all to have hope for getting pregnant with other people's stories. I'm betting that those who share them with me feel that it will give me hope.

Those stories sometimes make me feel like I'm not doing my part, or that we should stop trying all together. We have tried lots of things to try and get pregnant. In all honesty, adoption costs a lot of money up front, and I don't feel mentally ready to help foster kids who need extra love and guidance because their parents didn't give that to them. I'm doing my part, but just in a different way, because this is what I feel I need to do.


I'm not ready to quit or give up hope - that's just not who I am. I am one who fights the long battle that has been given to us. Just like I don't give up when I am running a race. The way that I get hope is a different way than those stories shared by loving friends and family. In the past I have been a very negative person about our infertility journey. I went through a 4 year period in my life where I was bitter. I was bitter and angry at God, for giving this trial to us. I wanted to be a parent, I wanted to have that joy of peeing on a pregnancy test and see that additional pink line to know that I was pregnant with our first child and sharing that joy with Chase. That wasn't happening, and I was bitter at everyone who got that joy, and I still had to wait, and I blamed God. Realizing that I wasn't happy and that I felt like Chase and I were growing apart wasn't helping. I needed to do something about it. I learned that I needed to be happy, like NEEDED to be happy or else Satan would have an eternal hold on me. I learned that I HAD to forgive myself, AND before I forgave myself I HAD to forgive God.

I had a turning point last year where that forgiveness happened. I was an adviser to our young women in my ward. The young women secretary was teaching on Christ's atonement. She had us read in The Book of Mormon, Alma 7:11-13.
 
What I read and understood was that Christ took away our pains, and the sickness of his people. I knew without a doubt that Christ knew how I was feeling and that I wasn’t alone. That through him, all of my pains would be taken away. That I could rely on him for help, and comfort. Since then my whole outlook on infertility has changed. I know it’s all up to God for something to take place, but it’s given me faith, and through faith I have hope once again that I haven’t had for a long long time.

That is how I get my hope, is having faith in God. He is the eternal creator, he can give life and take it away. I have to 100% put my trust in Him in order for things to change.

The pain of hurtful comments, pregnancy announcements, invitations to baby showers and a broken heart, are real. I've felt them all, deep in my heart. I've never experienced that pain before, until going through this battle called infertility. I've learned that I am doing my part, and that I can be less bitter and more better with Christ. I'll leave you with a great quote from someone who inspires me day to day:
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Things that are Marathon Training Week 8 Recap

Sunday, June 7

Okay - So I know this past week I didn't do anything as far as marathon training goes. At work I was sitting helping another department till Friday.  The chiropractor cleared me to be up on my feet 50% on Thursday night. So I was up walking around working in my department for most of Friday (can I get a hallelujah).

So really I'm not sure if I can actually say that this was a marathon training week... I know I will need to change my marathon plan based on healing in my knee. But I really want to keep with the whole weekly recap of my training.

Chase and I started a low-carb diet (mostly trying to watch what we eat). It is amazing how many carbs I eat! I really noticed that I don't necessarily need the amount that I was eating (I will see how I feel when I start exercising more again). A side note: Chase has already lost 10 pounds, and I'm really proud of him for trying to get back into shape and be healthy. I know it will really make a difference down the road.

So here's what I did this week:

Monday: I went for a 35 minute swim. I was amazed at the progress I made as far as being able to breath for a full 50M. Yes, I am slowly progressing, but I am not in it to do a race, yet...

Tuesday: Just worked on stretching my knee to get motion back.

Wednesday: Stretching my legs and getting up walking around. I also mowed the front lawn. Chase usually takes care of our lawn, but I need to know how - I've only ever mowed the lawn once in my ENTIRE life! I posted this picture on my instagram account for National Running Day. I was kinda bummed that I couldn't run, but I know I need to be injury free!

One of my friends posted this on IG and I couldn't help but laugh (and it was perfect that it happened to fall on National Running Day. :)



Thursday: Met with the chiropractor. He told me I could be up walking around more (about 50% more), but to base it on how I feel.

Friday: Worked on my feet for most of the day, and took the dogs out for a walk with Chase. Met my step goal for UP (10,000 steps).

I also had a donut (Chase did not) for National Donut Day... Why we have days set aside for running and donuts I don't know... Here's what I was going to post (but forgot). My two favorite things... Donuts (any kind but I especially LOVE the Dunford chocolate cake donuts), and my DP with Strawberry and Lime! If you haven't tried it, you must. The strawberry doesn't over power it like you may think.



Saturday: Went on a walk with Chase and the dogs. They were extra happy to be out of the house.

Sunday: Rested for most of the day. I will take the dogs out for another walk. They definitely need to get their exercise in as well as I do too. This is how we do lazy around here:


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