Monday, November 30, 2009
It's been too long since I updated. It's been a crazy couple of weeks so I will try to catch you up. I had a 12 mile run about 2 weeks ago that went pretty well. It was actually super easy. WHAT????? Did I just say that? Yes. Yes, I did. I ran 12 miles and it was super easy. Craziness. My shins were killing me by Sunday though. I'm sure it was because I did too much talking with my TEAMmates afterwards and not enough stretching. Me?! Noooo.
Last week (Thanksgiving week) I did not get all my miles in. I had so much going on with work, I just couldn't keep up. Plus we traveled to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving and it threw my schedule all off. I did run while I was there and it was COLD. Not Texas cold. Oklahoma cold. The same temp here wouldn't bother me a bit. Oh well, it probably prepared me for race day.
Speaking of race day...it's in less than 2 weeks! I'm not even freaked out anymore. Again, craziness.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy! I ran with minimal pain on Tuesday. Woo Hoo! Now, don't get me wrong. It still hurt. But it is a tolerable hurt. I am a happy girl.
Does that mean all the bitchin and moanin I've been doing about physical therapy was unwarranted? Of course not. I totally deserve to bitch and moan. BUT I will admit that it is helping. That and the totally rockin new running shoes I got! They are rockin not because they look cool (because they do not) but because they feel so good. My PT insisted I go to Luke's Locker to get refitted for shoes. Apparently I was fitted incorrectly at Run On (I still love Run On so I don't want to knock them too bad. They were just wrong on this occasion). I have extremely flat feet, left being much flatter than the right, and I can not wear a neutral shoe. Which is exactly what I have been wearing.
Anyway, the flat arches and the wrong shoes are probably what caused this in the first place. Oh well. You live and learn. And I have learned. Maybe.
On to the run...5 miles. It was a slow 5 miles. I ran with Trinity, who runs intervals. It was really dark and I didn't have a partner that runs my pace. You guys know that I am not a fan of intervals but it wasn't so bad. I wanted to take it easy and this was a good way to do it. Plus it's nice to have the company. Unfortunately, she has been having ankle problems so it was a tough night for her.
Take it easy
Monday, November 16, 2009
Alright, so I compromised. I just ran 4 miles instead of 8. I had leg pain the entire time but it wasn't horrible. I could have done the 8 miles but I'm trying to follow the rules. The problem with the rules is that I'm doing what I'm supposed too and my legs STILL hurt. I know. I know. They are not going to feel better overnight. It's a long process. Blah Blah Blah. If they are going to hurt either way then I am going to run. That's it. If I keep going the way I am, then I'm going to loose my base and White Rock will be miserable anyway.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Now that I know I can run the 13.1 miles, I am willing to compromise. Compromise being that I cut my miles in half for the next 2 weeks. That's fine. If it will make the pain go away, I will do that.
I'm not totally happy about it but I'm not really happy about the 3 (2 hour) physical therapy appointments this week either. Yep, that's right...2 hours long! Seriously, who has time for that? It's exhausting. And I swear I am sweating more in PT than I do when I'm out running. And if reducing my miles by 50% will get me out of PT sooner, then I'm all for it.
So, tonight I will run 2 miles instead of 4. Hopefully I will feel some progress and there will be less pain.
Just do what they say
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
So I started physical therapy Monday morning. And we all know how I feel about physical therapy. Well, I guess everyone doesn't know how I feel so for those who don't...I hate it.
But that's not totally true. I don't hate the therapy itself, I just hate what has to go with the therapy. This is my 6th time in physical therapy for some reason or another (actually all previous reasons have been for my pelvis but whatever) and it's exactly the same. It only works if you do what they tell you too outside of therapy, as many times a day as they tell you to, and exactly how they tell you to do it. And I know it seems ridiculous, but it's generally a lot of mundane stuff. And let's face it, I don't normally do what I'm supposed to.
Now, that being said...I am trying. I really am. I did my stupid stretches last night before bed. And I tried to do them all when I got up this morning. It's just frustrating. I went in for shin splints and now my pelvis is killing me. I knew this would happen. I had learned to block out that particular pain and now it's all I can think about. Come on.
And why am I getting shin splints that are not going away? Who knows? Could be I upped my mileage too quickly. Could be that I need more arch support. Could be that I am overcompensating for my pelvis. I am going to try to deal with each possible situation and see what happens.
I have to go back 2 more times this week. Yes, you read that right. 2 more times. After that, hopefully I can cut down to just twice a week until race day. And I am going to try to do what I am supposed to. I want my legs feeling better and I want to prevent this from happening in the future. We'll see.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
OK, most of you that know me well, know that I relate everything in my life to some 1980's movie or song. It's sad really but it's the truth. Soooo, all day Friday I couldn't get Invincible by Pat Benatar out of my head. I always assume that everyone else has the same obsessions that I do and know exactly what I'm talking about, but for those who don't, it's from The Legend of Billie Jean soundtrack. (If you have not seen this awesome movie, you must!)
Anyway, I was kind of feeling that way...do or die. My 12 mile run was Saturday morning and I was more than freaked. Seriously, do or die.
I woke up at 4:00am with leg pain. Great. Just great. This is not how I need to start my day. I took 4 ibuprofen (don't freak out, 4 is fine) and iced my legs. It seemed to help. So I got up, had breakfast, got dressed, met the TEAM, got inspired, and ran.
I always struggle that first mile. I say that all the time. I don't know why I'm am so miserable but I am. Why am I even out here if I am so miserable? Because I know it will get better and I will get over it. I actually struggled the first 3.25 miles but after that I started running with Charlene and Kendra. They both run my pace and it's nice to have a buddy. Charlene is actually much faster than I am but she was nice enough to hang back with us. Thank you Charlene.
I wish I could tell you more about the 12 miles but I can't. It's kind of a blur now. It was hard but not near as hard as I thought it would be. My legs hurt but, again, not near as bad as I thought they would. Our time was 2 hrs 15 minutes. Not too bad really. We ran it pretty much without stopping. Now we did stop at all the water stations but not for more than about 30 seconds so I'm not really counting that. I probably should but I'm not.
I've felt pretty good all day today (Sunday) until the last hour or so. Now my legs hurt. I mean really hurt. But I've got physical therapy in the morning so maybe that will help. Probably just make it worse though. Whatever. Like I said Friday...I'm running no matter what. I've come too far.
3 miles was sooooo 3 months ago.
(Charlene actually came up with this one but it was so good I can't help but use it.)
12 flippin miles people!!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Day 109 - Wednesday, November 4
I had book club tonight but was determined to get my miles in this week. I was actually excited about my 4 miles today because my shins were feeling extremely good. Still lots of pain but not debilitating. So I took off around 5:00. OHHHHHH MY GOSH!!! The first step felt like my legs were literally breaking in half! Seriously. I'm not exaggerating. I stopped. I just couldn't run this way. Normally I would have pushed through the pain but this time I couldn't. It was awful. I walked a mile and then called it quits. My book club girls talked me into calling a doctor the next morning. I've been hesitant in going to have my shins looked at because, really, come on! Doesn't everyone get shins splints at some point in their training? And what if I'm told I can't run? I've only got 4 weeks until White Rock. I'm running now matter what.
Day 110 - Thursday, November 5
So I called Oasis Orthopedic & Sports Medicine first thing in the morning. I was insistent that if I was going to see a doctor then it had to be a someone in sports medicine and not just a regular orthopedic surgeon. Lucky me, they had a cancellation on Friday morning! Woo Hoo!
Soooo I was going to get my 4 miles in today no matter what. Plus I wanted my shins to be good and inflamed so the doc would know what I was complaining about. I took 4 ibuprofen and rubbed Icy Hot all over my legs before I set off. It was around 4:00 in the afternoon and extremely hot. The first mile is always hard. My legs hurt but I ignored them. Mile 2 - more pain. Mile 3 - even more pain. Mile 4 - PAIN! But I did it.
Day 111 - Friday, November 6
My appointment at the Sport Medicine place went well. My biggest fear was that I was going to have stress fracture in one of my legs. I do not. But I am on the way to having one if I don't get the inflammation under control. I knew that the doc would not bat an eye when I told him that I had been running with this pain for a month. He deals with athletes every day (not that I'm saying I'm an athlete, it's just that I have that mentality right now). He also did not bat an eye when I said that whatever we do I still have to run and can NOT cut back on my miles.
Soooooo what am I going to do for this:
- I start taking a steroid today to get a jump start on the swelling.
- Continue running.
- Take ibuprofen and stretch.
- Start Physical Therapy twice a week. (I hate physical therapy. I'm only going because the PT is a runner also.)
Now he also wants me to do some cross training to get some of the stress off my shins. I said ok but seriously doubt that I will be able too. I don't have access to in indoor pool or a stationary bike. And I am not going to join a gym just for that. Hopefully I can get some relief by doing the above.
Besides I only have to survive the next 4 weeks!! Of course I can't take too much time off after White Rock...The Dallas Rock 'N' Roll Half is in March!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
So I went to the grocery store today and on my list of many things I needed was deodorant. I am about to grab the regular plain ole Secret, which I have used for as long as I can remember, when I notice Secret Clinical Strength Sport - made for athletes by athletes. Aren't I an athlete? Maybe I should be using the Sport instead? THEEEEEN I notice it's Marathon Fresh Scent! What?! Ohhh I for sure need that! Totally!
Now what is Marathon Fresh Scent, you ask? Well, when I think of marathon scents, sweaty and stinky come to mind, but not necessarily fresh. Whatever. I'm super excited about my marathon deodorant and I'm pretty sure it's gonna make me run faster.
Now my running update (although it's not nearly as interesting as my deodorant update)...Tuesday Night Team Run! It was pretty uneventful, which is good I think. My shins were still giving me trouble. The left especially. But not enough to make me want to stop. I think that's a good sign. Maybe whatever I did to them is healing. I don't know...we'll see. It took me a little over 43 minutes to complete the 4 miles. Not bad.
Still super anxious about the 12 mile run this weekend. How should I go about it? Just run until I feel like I need a break? I don't know. 12 miles is a really long distance.
Smell and run marathon fresh!!!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Technically today is a rest day. But I've got my schedule all screwed up again. And since I have said numerous times over the last couple of days that I was going to get my miles in this week, I decided to run a few miles as hard as I could. I had 20 free minutes. That's it. I can run 2 miles in 20 minutes no problem, right? Right. Now was this the smartest thing to do with my shin pain? I don't know. They hurt no matter what I do, so I might as well run...super fast!
I finished in 17:90 minutes. That's a 8:95 minute mile. Yeaaaa!
I have no intention of trying to run a 9 minute mile when doing my long runs. I just knew this was only 2 miles so I gave it my all...just to see what I could do. AND I think I probably could have finished even sooner but someone was burning leaves in the neighborhood and my throat and lungs were not feeling so great. Either way...I rocked it!
As fast as you can.
Monday, November 2, 2009
I didn't actually run the DRC Half but I volunteered at the Team In Training Station at mile 10. It was a great experience, handing out water and gatorade to the passing runners. "Water. Water. Water. Water. Water up front. Gatorade in the back. Water. Water. Water" That's what I said, over and over, for 3 hours. My arm is actually sore today from holding water out for the passing runners. Hard but totally worth it! I had a blast.
PLUS!!! I got to cheer on some of my awesome friends as they completed their first 13.1 miles. Woo Hoo girls! You rock! I was so proud! And inspired!
On to my run...
I was scheduled to run 10 miles on Saturday with the Team. Maggie and I have been battling the worst cold for the last couple of days. I didn't get any sleep Friday night and somehow slept through my 5:30am alarm. It was probably for the best. I don't think I could have handled 10 miles.
Sooooooo I decided to run Sunday night. I had really been debating this run all day. Do I try to tackle the 10 miles by myself? Do I just run 5 miles since my shins seem to be overworked? And then slowly build up to my 12 miles this weekend? What is the right thing to do?
Since it was super dark when I set out...I opted for the 5 miles. It was probably a mistake but oh well, it's done and I can't change it. So how did my 5 miles go? Pretty good. I stretched really well before I set out. Then I walked (super fast) for the first half mile to warm up my muscles. Then I ran. And with minimal pain. Yea me!!! I almost pushed it and kept running BUT I think that's what gets me into these painful situations in the first place. I just don't know when to say when. Ahhhhhh but who does really?
Take it easy.