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!!