Thursday, February 16, 2012


Some good news...and some bad news...

I've been struggling with what I found out is Raynaud's Syndrome.  Wikipedia describes it as "hyperactivation of the sympathetic system causing extreme vasoconstriction of the peripheral blood vessels, leading to tissue hypoxia."  Very reassuring.  So I have taken some pictures for your amusement.  I get it mostly after a run.  It can get really bad after a run.  One day it took driving 2 hours from Whidbey to Bellingham with the heat full blast the entire time to warm up.  Yep, 2 hours.  In most cases it just requires a hot shower to warm up.  My toes are usually numb for the first few miles of a run, regardless of my pace.  I'll be sweating and hot, but my toes will be numb.
These are my hands and feet after workouts.  Notice left toe is totally numb, just after a 1 hour run in 45 degree temps.

Oh yeah, while I'm on that subject, I sprained my ankle attempting to finish my 3rd Orcas Island 50k.  First DNF.  I'm a real ultra runner now!
I'm on the right side, you can see my ankle swollen.  My friend Adrienne also sprained her ankles, here we are icing shortly after dropping from the race.  We also both have the same shoes.  Yeah we considered that, but I really love those shoes.
EMT, Adrienne, and me.  Me: do I really have to put my foot in the ice water?
It's pretty gross.  This was the day after the race, then it really bruised up!
 Aside from those downers, I have been making some yummy food, and now that my ankle has mostly healed, some great workouts.  I'm a bit obsessed about yams and beets because I have cut out all processed sweet things (among other things, but I don't want you to know how obsessed I am, so I'll leave it at that).  Without further ado, here's some food porn.  Or, food porn for someone like me anyway.  If you keep reading I'll even tell you the sweet Crossfit workout I did today.  Yep, it's that badass.
Morning Smoothie: blueberries, bananas, strawberries, mangoes, pineapple, almond milk
Dinner tonight (also see below)
Lamb liver

 I ran at Blanchard Mountain today with James.  We did the proposed 10k course.  I LOVE IT!!! It was so much fun!  1,300 feet of climbing and this time of the year, lots of mud.  But come race day (July) the single track will be some of the best in the country.  Running up Oyster Trail toward Oyster Dome, my thoughts are that the trail is much like the rough edge of an oyster shell if the oyster was opening up into the sky and I was running along the edge ~up~up~up.  I had a lot of energy.

Here's my do-at-home Crossfit workout:
Timed, as fast as you can without sacrificing your form.
4 repeats of:
10 Kettlebell swings with 35#
15 Kettlebell Two Arm Pull with Squat 35#
5 Single leg squats on each side
10 Burpees
30 Second plank (on your elbows), tight core
20 Floor dips
15 V sit ups
15 Elbow to knee situps

V Sit ups, keep your lower back on the ground

Kettlebell two arm pull.  Add in a squat as you bring the kettlebell down

Arm dips on the floor

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