Saturday, February 11, 2012

Physical Therapy

I went to my first Physical Therapy session on Wednesday.  I'm really confident because the girl I'm going to also sees my dad and 2 other girls I know who are great runners!  When I went in, she evaluated my muscle tone, had me repeat some movements and do some stretches.  Turns out, my right leg is shorter than my left, which she feels may have caused some changes in my gait causing the injury!  She gave me a few stretches and let me know that I would start running on a special treadmill during my next session.

I went in there today and was so excited!  The treadmill is a special therapy machine that actually has you run with anti-gravity.  Here is their website.  You start by putting on these special shorts with a huge zipper around them.  You then step onto the treadmill  into this container that's almost like a plastic bag.  You zip your shorts into the "entrapment" and they start filling it with air.  As it's filling, it actually lifts you up off your feet!  They can then adjust the levels and control the amount of body weight you're carrying.  I started at 30% and ran just a mile.  It was like running on the moon!  Definitely a new experience for me.  Next time, they'll increase the distance and possibly adjust the levels.  It was just so awesome to be running again!  Bad news, she said the half-marathon is a no-go.  I had always known this was a possibility so I wasn't too crushed.  At least I have cycling now, too!

These are a few videos about it that really show how it works:


Cycling

Since my injury, I've had to start looking into new ways of staying healthy and meeting my goals.  I've been focusing on some more weight lifting and toning, but I've also discovered a new love...CYCLING!  It's rewarding in a similar way to running; Noticing your resistance go up each session is like dropping seconds from your mile time!  One of my favorite things about running is listening to the high energy music as I go and we definitely have that in cycling.  The instructors really use the music to guide the intervals which is a huge motivator for me, personally.  I've been doing it 3-4 times a week and have gotten my buddy Meredith into it as well!  One of my favorite classes is a class called VideoCycle.  We literally watch awesome music videos while we spin!  Plus, you burn a butt load of calories which is awesome..I mean really great....super.  I've lost 4 pounds!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Commercials

Here are the ones I really liked!!

Speed dating.  Hahaha!  I love talking babies!

If there is a rescue dog involved, you know I'm there.

I'm pretty sure Milk would have something to do with this!

10 K and Comfort Zone Camp

So I've "sort-of" gotten to go ahead from the doctor to start getting back into running.  He asked me how "married" I was to the idea of being a runner.  That wasn't a good feeling, but he assured me that I could do it, just not nearly as much as I was.  C'est la vie!  Anywho, I'm pretty sure I'm going to put the half-marathon on hold for a while and look forward to the 10K.  This year, I've decided to join the Comfort Zone Grief Relief team and try and raise money to send a camper to a camp.  This is the donation site:  http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/ashleypeele/2012Monument10K

If you don't know about CZC, it's one of the most rewarding and life changing things I've ever experience.  I encourage you to check it out! Comfort Zone Camp

Wedding Shower Whirlwind

We are the luckiest couple in America.  Period, end of story!  Our wedding party and dearest dearest friends threw us a wonderful couples shower this weekend.  It was an absolute blast!  This is an example of the invitation...it was so us:

So many of our friends made the trip from out of town.  Special thanks to Kendall and Courtney, Kristin, Liz, LeeAnna and Kevin, and EJ and Kristen for making the trip!  They worked so hard and we felt so incredibly loved.  They had pictures of us all around, amazing food, fun music, and of course, terrific company.  It turned out to be a pretty late night and got a little wild..in true Richmond and ECU fashion!  Pictures to come!