Friday, October 21, 2011

Been Awhile!!

Now that the marathon relay is over, I've been slacking with the posts!  I'm still running/walking, but not like I was.  it's been hard to find the time - I know....just a big excuse.  Plus, my foot is bothering me.  My whole right leg does not like this running thing!!  So, I have an appt with a foot doctor on Tuesday. 

I've been averaging a workout 3 times a week.  I joined the Fleet Feet 5K training program, which is every Thursday.  I really like it, and I like to be able to run with other people, even though I slow them down.

I did update my running spreadsheet that I started on 8/1/11.....I just hit 100 miles and over 24 hours of running.  That is not something I ever thought would happen.  That's like running to Milwaukee!  Wow!!  Now I just have to get out there more.

Last night was my running group and it was probably the best run I've ever had - I wasn't getting out of breath like usual and I think I ran more than usual, too.  I wished I had had my watch with me.  Oh well.

Hoping to run at least once this weekend - maybe twice if I'm really daring!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Not Sure.....

My 5 mile relay leg was yesterday, and I'm not sure what to think.  We got there early because I wanted to see the half-marathoners take off.  It was pretty cool!!  Then I had an hour to wait until we started.  It was a beautiful morning - probably about 60 degrees, sunny, wind from the southeast.  About 7:55, I headed out to the start.  I went towards the back, since I knew I would be going slow.  Little did I know how slow I would be.....  Probably within the first mile and a half, I got to be the VERY LAST PERSON.  I was embarrassed when the people were still clapping for me.  I didn't run as much as I wanted to.  I was hoping to run at least half, which I know I didn't do.

I did make it to the 5 mile mark, where I found out I finished in about one hour nine minutes.  I wanted to finish in less than one hour 15 minutes, so I met that goal.  So, I would have felt much better about it if I had been a different leg of the relay.  Because any other leg, I wouldn't have been last.

So, while I was out there, I wasn't sure why I wanted to do this, I wasn't sure if I wanted to ever do another race, I wasn't sure I even wanted to finish the 5 miles I was doing.  I was thinking that I wished I had my phone, I would have called Gary to come get me.  I really don't think that I would've done that, but I kind of wanted to.

My next goal is to join Fleet Feet's 5K training program to run a 5K at the beginning of December.

I figure I can only improve from here, right??

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Less Than a Week!!

5 days until the marathon relay!!!  I think I'm ready!  Still undecided as to what I'm going to wear - I guess I'll wear what I normally wear to run.  Unfortunately, none of it really matches, but I guess that doesn't matter.  My Nuun should have been delivered today, so I can hydrate myself as much as possible on Friday and Saturday.  I recently planned to go see a friend down in Grafton on Friday night, so I KNOW there will be adult beverages consumed.  I just can't go overboard!!

I have one more PT session on Thursday to do that Iontopheresis on my knee, and hopefully I can get a bike ride in on Wednesday or Thursday night.  Biking doesn't seem to hurt my knee at all.

I'm actually pretty excited about the race.  I know that I just have to run how I normally run and not try to keep up with everyone at the start of the race.  I'm just hoping I can run farther on my knee than I have in awhile.  Since my knee got bad again, I feel like I've hardly run at all.

Now I'm looking at a membership at the Y for the winter, so I can continue to work out.  I've only lost 4 pounds this summer - I want to lose 20 over the winter.  Not sure if that's feasible, but I sure will try!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

10 Days

10 days until my 5 mile marathon leg......I think I'm ready.  I ran/walked this morning - 2.7 miles in 38 minutes.  15 minutes running and 23 minutes walking and my knee is killing me.  As hard as it will be, I don't think I'm going to run again until the race. 

I'm doing the first leg of the relay.  I looked at the route this morning and figured out my strategy (which may change).....Walk the first 5 minutes, then run until I get to Telulah street.  Walk up and across the overpass and maybe walk a little more, depending on how I'm feeling.  Then run to John Street.  Walk from John to Newberry and then run the rest, to my hand off.  Gary's running miles 15 to 20, so not sure if he'll run with me or wait for me at the end, or something else!!

So bummed - I went to a luncheon today at the hotel where the Packers and Saints were staying before tonight's big game.  I wish I could've skipped the lunch and waited in the lobby to see the teams.   AND I wish I could go to the game's a perfect night for football!!  GO PACK GO!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Do I really need my knee anyway??

So, I went to a new doctor yesterday to have my knee looked at. I was really hoping that he wouldn't know I got a cortisone shot and give me another one. I'm a cortisone shot junkie!! Well, he found out, and wouldn't give me another one! He said that either stopping running or going to Physical Therapy would be the only solution to my knee bursitis. I asked if I could get in right away for PT. I got in yesterday afternoon. I'm actually kind of sore from it. He said that my foot doesn't turn out as much as it should, so I don't 'pronate' as much as I should on the right foot. (not sure if that sentence makes sense...)

I have exercises to do and go back on Tuesday morning. I have a chiropractor appt after work today, too. I'm determined to run this weekend. It's supposed to be nice and cool.

Only 16 days until my least I can walk if I have to.

Monday, August 29, 2011

BAD Knee

Ugh - I was out of town last week for work, in Buffalo, NY. Very exciting..... Anyway, I ran on the treadmill because the area around the hotel didn't look the greatest. Afterwards, my knee started hurting. Not sure if it's because of the treadmill, or just coincidence that the cortisone shot started wearing off. I didn't think too much of it. I ran again on Saturday morning in Winona, MN - wasn't that great of a run, but also not the worst. Then yesterday at home, I was all set for 5 miles of run/walking. Made it about 1-1/4 miles and my knee was killing me. I starting walking home. I got as far as my parents' house and had them give me a ride home!! Today I called my doc and they said that they would only give cortisone shots every 3 months. It hasnt' even been 2 months. So, I made appts at 2 other places.....I feel like a druggie, trying to get my "fix"! The second place I made an appt, they figured out that I had seen someone about this, so I had to tell them I was changing doctors. Then I decided to see a chiropractor, because it seemed like my whole right side was screwed up. Ugh - I'm a mess.

So, went to the chiropractor - never been to one before. He determined that my right leg was longer than the left, due to my hip bone being tilted forward. he "adjusted" that. He also adjusted my neck. I'm going back on Wednesday. Not sure what to do about my knee. I have less than 3 weeks before the marathon relay. I suppose I can walk all of it.... but I really don't want to do that. Sucks getting old !!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Who would've thought that after only 2.5 months of running, I would feel guilty for not getting up for one of my planned morning runs? I certainly wouldn't have thought that!! I still feel guilty, even though I plan on doing my run after work. I know that tomorrow I can't run because of traveling for work, but I will try to do some walking through airports. Then on Thursday morning, I'm hoping for a treadmill in the hotel, since I will be near Buffalo airport, and I'm guessing it's not the best area.

Today there was an earthquake in Virginia. I'm in Wisconsin. Around 12:45 P.M., I swear that I felt something like our building moving, which I thought was weird, since it's not too windy, plus our building is made of concrete. Then I went on FB, where a friend in Detroit had written something about feeling like she's in an earthquake, that her building was shaking. I thought that was ironic, since I just had that feeling. I figured there was big storm where she was. Then a couple minutes later I saw all the news for the VA earthquake. I asked a few people around here if they felt anything. They looked at me like I was crazy!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Early Morning Thoughts

I was out running this morning at 5:30 a.m. -- so much cooler and nicer than yesterday at 8:45 a.m. I did 3.1 miles in 44:30, which is pretty good for me. And I even ran for 21 of those minutes. There are quite a few people out there exercising in the morning like that. There is a paved trail by our house, which I use quite frequently. There are a few things that irk me about it, though. One is that not many people are too friendly when they're out there. All I want to do is say good morning, you could at least acknowledge me. Is that too much to ask??

Even worse is the biker who passes me from behind without ever saying ANYTHING. They ALWAYS scare the shit out of me. Is it that hard to say "on your left"????????????

My whole right side is sore - hip, butt & foot. Not sure what's going on there. I was hoping for a rest day tomorrow, but my work week changed. I was supposed to fly out for work tomorrow, really early, but now that changed to Wednesday. So, looks like tomorrow is another 3 miler. Maybe I'll stay on sidewalks and avoid the trail, so that bikes don't scare me!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

9 Months to 40

In 9 months, I'm turning 40. I'm not bummed or scared to turn 40. Turning 35 was a big deal for me....not sure why. I felt like I was officially 'middle aged' - not that it's a bad thing!! So, on my 39th birthday this year - May 31 - I ran my first training run. You see, I committed to running a 5 mile leg of the local marathon on a relay team. I'm not sure that was a good move. I started my training by doing the Couch to 5K plan. About a month in, my knee started hurting. Long story short, it was bursitis and finally, a cortisone shot took care of that. Then, my ankles started hurting. Posterior Tibial Tendonitis. I got some really big ankle stabilizers and now they're feeling better.

So, I've been training for 2.5 months and I'm still kind of discouraged. The longest I have run at one time is 10 minutes, and the most I have run in one workout is 22 minutes. I just keep telling myself that at least I'm out there. My goal for my relay leg is to run 1/2 of it - I only have about 5 weeks left..... I also have to/want to lose about 40-50 pounds, so I want to continue running after the race. My husband is also running, but he started training about 3 weeks ago and can run 5 miles, with almost no problem.

I've started blogs before, but just like running, I'm determined to do this thing!!