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What it isn’t!

I just want to run

Tuesday after work I suited up and tossed on my new Glycerin’s for a test run.  But sadly the run wasn’t to be.  I took about 5 steps and realized the my right shin is still too painful to run on.  It’s causing a limp that’s really pronounced and majorly annoying.  So I decided that after almost 3 weeks of very little running due to the pain, it was time to call the doctor.  I just feel like it’s not healing up very quickly and it’s time to see the doctor.

Some how, against all the odds, I managed to get a doctor’s appointment with my doctor yesterday after work.  The doctor was running about 40 minutes behind schedule when I got there but I decided to wait to see her because of the “super” storm that is supposed to arrive today (so far very disappointing as far as storms go).  After talking to the doctor she sent me for x-rays because she was concerned that it might be a stress fracture.  I was sure it wasn’t for no reason other than I didn’t want it to be that.  And it wasn’t.  The x-rays showed no evidence of a fracture.  Thank you power of positive thinking.  She’s sending me back to the sports medicine doctor and expects him to send me to physical therapy.  Yay.  Not.

I don’t know what it is about physical therapy but it makes me cringe.  I don’t know why other than the fact that I’m extremely lazy and I don’t want to do the work they want me to do.  But I’m going to suck it up and go.  I don’t have an appointment yet but I’m hoping for next week.  In the mean time it’s ice, rest and stretching.  But I guess that I shouldn’t complain since it’s just shin splints and not a fracture.  But I’m tired of being injured this year.  I just want to run.

I think it should be illegal to have brand new running shoes when your injured.  It’s pure torture to know they’re there and not be able to use them.  Soon, my pretties, soon.

Have you every been injured?

How did you deal with not being able to run?

I Broke It…

I broke it.  After something like 56 days of daily running, I broke my streak yesterday.  My half is coming up this Saturday and my shin splints are making life really difficult.  I’m in pain every day from it and I decided that it was time to break the streak and actually rest my legs.

On one hand I’m really bummed about breaking the streak because I’d put a lot of work into.  On the other I’m trying to think long-term and do what’s best for my body.  At this point, I’m feeling like my half might not even happen…But to be honest about it, I’m burned out on running.  I don’t feel like running anymore.  I spent most of my weekend lying around and watching TV, which is something that I don’t do a whole lot.

Generally on Saturday morning, I’m happy to get up and do my long run.  I love that time I get to spend with no distractions (even on the tough days) and the feeling after I finish is heaven.  But this Saturday, I didn’t want to run and only dragged myself out of the family around at about 6pm to run a single mile.

Sunday was basically the same thing.  My shins were hurting and I’m limping even just walking around the house.  So I finally decided to talk to my husband about it, he provides good prospective on stuff like this even though he’s not a runner.  He asked me the question that I’ve been trying not to focus on, is my half going to happen?  At this point I don’t know.  I’m going to do my best to rest, ice, compress and elevate all week but honestly…I just don’t know.

I’m really hoping that I can just wait this out and by Saturday I’ll be fine.  If not, I’m going to call it and pick up my race packet.  I wish they offered deferment but since that’s not the case, at lease I can get my very expensive t-shirt.  But I really want to add a 3rd Half medal to my collection for this year.  I’ve worked so hard to come back from my groin pull (which has been fine) and I need this for my brain.  But for now, I’m going to leave it up in the air.  It will be what it will be.

Weekly recap for 11/10 – 11/16/2014

Weekly Recap - 11-10 - 11-16

Total miles run:  21.2

Percentage from last week: -28.1%

Have you ever been sidelined from a race due to injury?  If I don’t run this race this will be my second race this year where I was sidelined from a race.  The first was a Half Marathon in Lodi in May.  Plus a couple of years ago I was sidelined from a half when I tripped over my dog two weeks prior to the Parkway Half in April 2012, sprained my ankle and then didn’t run again until February of 2014 due to extreme laziness.

By the Numbers…

I love statistic.  Numbers say a lot to me and as such I love SmashRun.com  If you haven’t checked it out, you should.  It’s free and it gives you lots of stats from your run and you can sync your Garmin account to it so you don’t even have to manually enter anything.  Love it.

October Miles

I know that October is not quite over with 2 more days to go but I’m loving my status for the month.  I’ve been #Streakingwiththecoolkids and Pink Cupcake Girl.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, you totally should.  The girl is hard-core and totally fun.

With 2 more days to go, I figure I’ll be somewhere about 123 miles for the month.  Long runs are done so it’s just a two miler and a 3 miler left.  It’s been tough a few times to get myself out of bed to get all these miles but I feel super awesome knowing that I’ve run every single day and every single mile was mile.  It’s an amazing feeling.

My last long run for the month of October was last Saturday.  The forecast was calling for rain so I got up and out earlier than normal to try to get my 11 miles in.  Thankfully the rain held off and I had 11 amazing miles.

10-25 Long Run 110-25 Long RunThe Run was pretty good until I looked down and realized that my foot had landed right next to a snake.  It was dead having been run over by at least a few cars but that didn’t stop me from doing a crazy jitter bug move down the middle of the road trying to get away from it.  Snakes are not my friends.  The horror!  My skin crawls thinking about it.  I’m such a sissy sometimes.

Weekly Recap for October 20 – 26:

Weekly Recap - 10-20 - 10-26

Miles Ran:  26.3 (down 10.7% from last week)
Total Duration:  4:28:46
Fastest Average Mile:  9:27 (Treadmill) & 9:55 (street)

Shin Splints:

They are getting better and I’ve pulled my distances back trying to give them time to heal while not taking any time off from running.  This week is much better than the previous week which I’m attributing to the fact that I’m staying out of the gym and off the treadmill.  I know it totally seems counter intuitive, but it seems to be working.

Other than the shin splints I’m feeling great.  I may have been bitten by the marathon bug.  I’m starting to think that maybe I should run a full marathon in 2015.  So I’m shopping training plans.  If I do, I’m thinking about running the Modesto Marathon which is at the end of March 2015.  I ran the half last year and PR’ed, so maybe there’s good juju for me there.

Do you have a marathon training plan you can recommend?

What’s the furthest distance you’ve run?  I’ve never run further than 13.1.  Anything past that scares me.

I’m so Happy!

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So happy!  This was me just way, way more sweaty after my run yesterday.

New Shoes

Sorry for the slighty blurry pic but I took my new Mizuno Wave sayonara’s to the gym yesterday.  My pink ones are starting to die a slow death from mileage and I’ve been hording these in my closet for about a month.  Got them for a killer deal, 50% off!  Heck yes.  I love my new shoes but according to Hubby they’re “super bright.”  But I don’t care.  So happy #1, new shoes.

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#2 happy, 11:19 for 5 miles.  The times are coming down, my pain is going down.  I’m so happy.  I was really worried that running might be something that I’d have to give up forever.  I’m really looking forward to getting out of the gym and back outside.

Workout recap for last week: 

Monday:  Walk on the treadmill 62 minutes varying incline

Tuesday:  Run 5.22 miles at 11:53 pace

Wednesday:  Rest day, no workout of any kind

Thursday:  Run 5.20 miles at 11:55 pace

Friday:  Walk on the treadmill 62 minutes varying incline

Saturday:  Run 5.35 miles at 11:35 pace

Sunday:  Walk on the treadmill 62 minutes at varying incline.

Making Changes to the Same ol’ Same ol’

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Intervals have been my go to since I joined the gym to use the treadmill for recovery.  5 minute warm up, 10 minute run/5 minute walk x’s 3 and then 5 minute run/5 minute walk for a total of 60 minutes plus a 2 minute cool down.

My leg is getting stronger and while running still hurts, it’s more of a dull throb as I’m getting stronger.  The 10 minute run sections aren’t as hard as they once were and while I’m struggling to get through them it’s more of a mental struggle than a physical struggle.  So yesterday I added a minute to each of the run sections and decreased the walk sections by a minute.  The idea is to keep doing this as the run sections become less challenging until I’m running the whole time.

My gym membership runs out in the middle of October and I’m hoping by that time I’ll be back running for an hour or more by that time.  Goal is to be running a 10 minute mile for distance (or faster, I won’t complain) and possibly be ready for a 5k or at least get back to running outside.  I miss outside so much.  Running on the treadmill is so not as interesting as running outside.  At least the treadmills face the parking lot and I can watch the coming and goings of everyone going to Tractor Supply or the take and bake pizza place next door.

Yesterday’s highlight of the parking lot was a lady in skin-tight sweatpants.  I didn’t know you could get sweat pants that tight.  It looked uncomfortable.  A couple of weeks ago I watched 4 cars all back up at the same time and almost crash into each other.  It’s always a good time watching parking lot craziness.

Running Report for last week:

Monday:  4.25 miles @ 12:13 min/mile – total time:  51.57

Tuesday:  Walk

Wednesday:  5.00 miles @ 12:19 min/mile – total time: 1:01:35

Thursday:  Walk

Friday: 5.00 Miles @ 12:04 min/mile – total time: 1:00:22

Saturday:  Walk

Sunday: 4.99 miles @ 12:25 min/mile – total time:  1:02:00

I Joined a Gym…

Anytime Fitness

I joined a gym yesterday. I belonged to a crossfit gym for about 6 months late last year and into February this year but gave it up when I started to get serious about my running again.  But with the groin pull, I’m having a very hard time getting back to my running.  I can only run about a mile right now and it’s a pretty slow one.

My work is about 2.5 miles from my house and I drive past the Anytime Fitness every day.  It’s less than a mile from my house and I could easily walk or run it.  But the motivation behind joining the gym is the treadmills and the ellipticals.  I’m really hoping that running on the mill will be easier for my leg.

The price wasn’t bad, but wasn’t awesome cheap either.  I joined only for 3 months with the thought process that it’s hotter than the sun here right now, so I need to get through the summer months and then I can hit the streets again.  For 3 months I paid $135, plus a $50 activation fee for the key fob that allows you 24 hour access.  I wasn’t thrilled about the $50 activation fee but I guess that motivates people to not lose their fob.

It has been years and years since I ran on a mill.  I had one at home for a very long time but gave it away when I discovered the joy of running outside (another reason to not join for more than 3 months).  I’m not sure I can handle more than 3 month of running on the mill.

I’m not really planning on using the weights all that much but I might.  I don’t want to rule it out.  I really need a personal trainer to work with me if I’m going to be doing weights because I don’t have a clue how to use a lot of those machines.  Fingers crossed that I don’t kill myself.

Confession:

I once had a free pass to use a very fancy gym where I used to live in Napa.  Of course I head straight to the treadmills.  I hope on, I’m running everything is going fine and then, I step half on the belt and half on the edge of the mill, you know, that part that the belt is running over but it isn’t moving?  Yeah.  I basically flew off the mill and landed in a heap in front of the machine that was behind me.  I didn’t get hurt but it was so embarrassing.  The staff comes running over, making a huge fuss.  Oh pride, sometimes you come after a fall.

Pros for joining a gym:

This one doesn’t seem to be very busy during the time I would be using it.  (4am to 5am and/or 3:30pm to 5pm)

Bathrooms, clean and they have a shower

A girl only area for stretching and using yoga mats

24 hour access even when the gym isn’t staffed

 

Cons for joining a gym:

I have to pay for what I used to do for free outside or at home

Dealing with other people – Known introvert over here (this should not be news to my family and friends)

The very real possibility of making a fool of myself in public…but really that’s anytime, anywhere.

 

What’s your worst gym confession?

 

And I Dreamed I was Running…

I dreamed I was running last night.

In my dreams

And it was one of those runs where it’s effortless.  And you’re smiling.  And you feel AMAZING!  Like this woman.  She’s running, she’s having a good time.  I look like the lady in blue to the right, a little jealous.  I was so happy when I first woke this morning after my dream and then it crashed home that I haven’t run a step in more than a month and I was sad again.

So what have I been doing…not running my half that I registered for on May 18th, Avenue of the Vines.  I did pick up my packet and at least get my shirt but I did the smart thing and didn’t run.  I wish I could but physically my leg isn’t up to it.  I am walking without a limp most days unless I’m really tired.  I have ridden my bike around the block…once.  But other than walking a bit, I’ve had no exercise and am missing running dearly.

I’ve stayed away from reading running blogs because it makes me sad.  I haven’t read my copy of Runners World.  And I just folded the load of running clothes that I washed right before the Capital City Classic where I pulled my groin.  I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t even washed the clothes I ran Capital City Classic in.  Gross.  I should do that.

Mentally, I’m so ready to run.  But physically, I’m not there yet.  My leg is still painful  but ever day is better.  I’m hopeful that when the sixth week rolls around, I will be ready to at least give it a go.  I miss running.

What do you do when you’re injured?

Any other hobbies to keep you busy?

I’m Not Dead…

I’m still alive and still not running. After several doctors appointments and physical therapy, I pulled my groin muscle at Capital City Classic almost a week and a half ago. I took all of last week off from work but am back & slaving away like a good public servant.

Sleepy, Sleepy

I spent last week lounging in my jammies, drinking coffee and cuddling doggies…becuase I couldn’t do anything else!  Ugh!  Injuries suck.  My left leg was so painful that even sleeping was painful.  Sneezing was pretty much out of the question.  Did you know that when you sneeze, pretty much all your muscles contract including pulled ones?  Ouch.

Galloway Pullover

In addition to drinking coffee and cuddling doggies, I also worked on my Galloway Pullover.  Little known fact…I like to knit.  I go to sleep at 9pm and knit.  It’s official, I’m a little old lady.  Plus for the last week, I’ve smelled like one too.  Tiger Balm is my friend except that the dogs hate the smell and refuse to sit with me.  I guess you can’t have it all.  In the week I was off work, I knit the whole body of the sweater and 80% of one sleeve.  It’s not that I’m a fast knitter, it’s just that there was nothing else I could really do.  I unloaded the dishwasher once and it took 30 minutes.  And did you know that there is nothing on TV during the day?!  True story, bro.  Ugh.  Thank god for Netflix and BBC mini series.

I went back to work yesterday.  I’m up and hobbling around but I cannot, cannot do stairs.  Too painful.  After work yesterday I was so exhausted, I slept for 2 hours in the living room chair.  The hours from 6pm until 8pm did not exist.  I was out cold.  It’s really hard when your whole body is trying to compensate for an injury.

The sports medicine doc said that I could be out up to 6 weeks.  And that means no Avenue of the Vines Half on the 18th.  I haven’t run at all but I am starting to have a lot less pain.  I miss running so much and of course this months Runners World showed up last week.  I haven’t even looked at it yet.  Reading it would be like showing drugs to an addict.  And that’s just mean.  Not to mention that I got an e-mail that my Stride Box is on its way.  Booo.  Pure torture.

Right now I’m choosing to leave everything up in the air regarding running.  I’m not saying I won’t run Avenue of the Vine.  I’m not saying I will.  I’m not saying I won’t try for a few 1 mile runs between now and whenever.  I’m just going to go on how I feel.  Today I feel much better than I did yesterday and walking is becoming much easier.  Time will pass no matter what I do, so staying positive is key.

Bustie & Me

And it never hurts to cuddle a cute dachshund!

Capital City Classic Race Recap

 

Capital City Classic 10 Mile came off without a hitch…well there was one hitch but I’ll get to that.  First let’s start on Saturday.

Saturday morning, I got up early and drove up to Garcia Bend Park to get my pre race shake out run in.  I ran 4.45 miles in 41:52.  Despite having some tightness in my left hamstring, the run felt good and I was really happy with my time.  I spent most of the rest of the day eating good, healthy meals and making sure that I got plenty of carbs to be prepared for Sunday.  I hit the bed about 9pm because I knew that I was going to have to get up at 5 in order to have enough time to eat breakfast and drive to downtown.

5am came very early but I was up and feeling good for my race.  I got dressed and had a full breakfast before I hit the road.  Downtown only takes about 30 minutes on a Sunday morning and I was able to get there early enough to get decent on street parking for free.  Yay for free.

StartThe start was just a little bit late, about 3 minutes but I was so happy when it did start because it was cold this morning.  It was actually raining on my drive to downtown, enough that I had to run the wipers.  The course was pretty hill with the first one immediately after the start.  My hamstring was tight and the up hills were pretty tough but I was doing good.

Running Tower Bridge

One of the highlights of the race was running the iconic Tower Bridge.  We crossed the bridge at about mile 2.5.  I’d really been looking forward to it because the last time I crossed it on foot was two years ago during my first Half Marathon, Sham’rockin.  And at the point I crossed the bridge, I was in serious pain and was ready for it to be over.  It wasn’t an enjoyable moment.  But today made up for that.  I was ear to ear smile.  I enjoyed every minute of it.

I Street Bridge Approach

After touring around West Sacramento, including The River Walk and some cute neighbor hoods, we hit the approach to the I Street Bridge.  Saying it’s steep is an understatement.  It was really tough and people were stopping to walk all around me.  I held out even though I had to really slow to make it to the top without walking.

Downtown from I Street BridgeTower Bridge from I Street Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s where the hiccup comes in.  After crossing the I Street Bridge, we headed down a pretty steep road to connect to the Sacramento River Parkway, Discovery Park & the American River Parkway.  I’m cruising down the ramp and all of a sudden, huge pain in my inner thigh.  It was right around mile, 6 when the pain came.

I still had 4 miles to go, I was feeling great, plenty of energy and loving my run, except for this new pain.  I think my body just couldn’t handle all the down hill.  I limped my way through the next 4 miles and was so happy to see the finish even before I got there.  I was in a ton of pain.  My mile times went from 10 min/mile at the 10k split to 10:30’s and one that was almost an 11 min mile.  I was hurting.

In the Finishing Shoot

My sweetie came up for the finish and grabbed this picture of me just before crossing the finish line.  Normally I sprint for the finish and I did speed up but the pain my thigh was just too great for any real speed.  But I did grin from ear toear when I saw my sweetie.  It was such a nice treat to have him at the finish line.

Medal

So one pulled groin muscle later, I finished in 1:41:35.  Despite the ouchy, I still finished well within my initial time frame (1:40 to 1:50). I’m thrilled with the outcome but I’m bummed about the pulled muscle.

Results

Now the question is, how long is this going to take to heal?  It’s horrible to hobble around the house.  Other than the pull, I feel great.  I’m so happy with my performance and if this had been a half marathon, I would have pr’d again even with the injury.

Did you race this weekend?  How’d you do?

Have you ever pulled your groin?  How’d you cope with it?