Thursday, May 31, 2012


I have an intermediate goal to keep me focused between now and the Free Press marathon. On August 11, I'll be Running through Hell. Mid-August, 10 hilly miles, oh my.

I bet it looks and feels like this:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Baby steps

My yoga studio is called Yoga 4 Peace so it only seems appropriate that their new class is called Yoga 4 Runners. The class has existed all of 4 weeks, but I just noticed it last weekend. Tuesday was very hot, still in the 80s at 7:30. Justin Verlander was pitching, my ac felt so good, but my body was yelling to go try it. 

The class runs beforehand then does yoga geared more toward runners. The scheduled run is about 4 miles, but I figured I would go about a quarter mile then turn around and wait for class. It was hot and humid, my breathing was labored, but my legs and my ankle felt really good. If anything my ankle felt more stable than normal. 

I didn't want to stop, so I went 0.88 miles before turning around. I really wanted to push it and go for all 4 miles, but I didn't want to risk further injury. I iced it when I got home as a precaution, but it felt really good. There were some yoga poses that irritated my ankle, so I modified those to work better for me.

Wednesday felt even better. It was in the upper 70s and sunny. I wanted to run again, still a shorter distance, but a wee bit challenging. I headed out for a 2-miler and completed it with ease. No walking, second half was faster than the first. Everything was working right. Plus I found 26 cents on the way :)

I've been wearing my Mizunos all day long, regardless of my clothing and that seems to help with stability. I've stopped wrapping it. Swelling is very slight, pain is only when I poke at it, or roll in the direction that caused the sprain in the first place.

My running schedule calls for 6 miles this Saturday, perhaps 3 would make more sense. Maybe 3 in the morning and 3 in the evening.

It feels so good to be running again! I realized it's not so much what I do, but who I am! If I were a man, I would say running is my mistress. I don't know the equivalent for a woman. My friend suggested running is my pool boy? haha any better ideas?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I feel better?

I love shoes. I don't know how many pairs I have, but I'd guess somewhere between 200 and 300. I have every style and every color. I have different pairs of the same type of shoe (4 black dressy sandals, 2 different black knee high boot, etc.), I have the exact same shoes in different colors. Shoes shoes shoes, I can't get enough! The only problem....I don't like WEARING shoes!

Everyone dresses like this for work, right???
As soon as I get home from work, even before I take off my jacket or set down my purse, I take off my shoes right in the doorway. My feet don't like the hot, confined feeling of shoes. I'd wear house slippers to work if I could.

It was back to work day and I had to give an all-day presentation to a group of 17 teachers. I wore a really nice dress and... my Mizunos? My boss laughed at me but understood completely what I was wearing and why.

I was on my feet most of the day, but my ankle feels pretty ok. Not great, but the stability is helping, the cushioning underfoot is helping. I almost feel ready to run!

My yoga studio has a new class tonight called yoga for runners. They go on an optional run then do yoga afterward. It might behoove me to run in a group the first time in case I get hurt again. That way, someone would be able to help me back, or send help. Tempting...

Oh yeah, I didn't buy all the shoes recently. I've worn the same size since 6th grade and I still regularly wear shoes I had in high school. Aside from Mizunos, I haven't really bought shoes since my favorite shoe store closed 3 or 4 years ago.

Monday, May 28, 2012

On Memorial Day

It's Monday, which means no exercise of any kind, well except for going to the pool with my niece. I already warned her mom that I don't really swim. I'm much more inclined to slather myself in spf 45, put on a big floppy hat then lounge under an umbrella.

It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given us
Freedom of the Press.

It's the soldier, not the poet, who has given us
Freedom of Speech.

It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the
Freedom to Demonstrate.

It's the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the
Right to a Fair Trial.

It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag and
whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives the protestor the right to burn the flag.

~Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC

Thank you veterans (and families)!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sick of the boring half-@ss exercises

Thursday I biked, Saturday I did yoga, biked and ellipticalled. Sunday I ellipticalled. Yeah it feels good to sweat and breathe a little hard, but overall? BOOOOOOORING!!!! I'm sick of being at the Y, alone, with no one and nothing to watch. I feel like a hamster going nowhere fast.

I don't care how hot it is outside, I want to be back in the neighborhood running! I want to have to look out for cars and people and cracks in the sidewalk - anything to keep my mind engaged!

This half-@ss exercise isn't doing anything to help prepare for future races. Hurry up and heal ankle!!!! Bored, frustrated, spinning my wheels and getting nowhere :(

Friday, May 25, 2012

I'm doing everything right

Six days later, my ankle still doesn't feel right. On Saturday night I had told my friend I had every intention of running on Tuesday, but I would see the doctor on Friday if it wasn't better.

With race deadlines looming, I don't have the time luxury to repeat the "wait six weeks for it to heal itself" idea so I called my doctor at lunch. She's on vacation until Wednesday and if something IS wrong, I don't want to wait that long to start treating it. Her receptionist said to go to the urgent care clinic in the same building, that it's the same price as the office visit co-pay.

I went. 4 clear x-rays later, it's exactly what I thought it was - a sprain. I'm doing everything right and should continue icing and wearing flat sturdy shoes (tennis shoes will look GREAT with my suit when I give a presentation on Tuesday :D

Then came the important questions: Can I run? (not until it stops hurting, then start small and be gentle) Can I bike? (yes) Can I elliptical? (yes) Can I do yoga? (absolutely!) I went straight to yoga and class had already started, so the door was locked. No one heard me knocking or calling. Bummer, especially tonight. Classes over holiday weekends tend to be really small and I likely would have had only 1 or 2 other people in class with me.

It feels like a total waste of $25, yet I bought peace of mind and reassurance. I could do so much worse with those dollars.

Now I wait. That's never been a strong point of mine...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Crawling the Walls

I WANT TO EXERCISE!!!!! Thursday was the day to test it out. My ankle feels fine, especially when it's wrapped. I get an occasional twinge when I move it suddenly and laterally, but forward and back motion feels fine.

I read online that a sprain can take up to 12 weeks to heal, but it IS possible to run on a sprain, if the runner makes absolutely positive her ankle is stabilized to prevent ANY lateral motion, as that is the site of structural weakness. I don't have time to rest for 12 weeks. That would take me almost to Labor Day and I would likely gain 25 pounds in the process :(

I had to get back in the game today. Just to err on the side of caution, I found an AirCast and wrapped it tightly before trying anything. Headed to the Y and biked 30 easy minutes. Ok, it was actually a terrible bike. I wasn't breathing hard and the only reason I broke a sweat was because it was in the upper 80s. My ankle felt fine during the bike ride. I came straight home and iced it immediately, even before showering and repeated an hour later. I tried to keep it elevated as much as possible all night.

I can't tell if it feels any differently. The swelling seems down, but there are two more bruises. None of the three bruises hurt. I just don't know.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Call me Hop-a-long Bemis

Still not my foot in the picture!!! My foot isn't nearly as puffy (or fat, or hairy!), but the bruise is pretty much in that exact spot and about that size.

I babied it all day Sunday. Monday I wore an Ace bandage all day, and wore Keds tennies to work.

I thought I felt better, so I ditched the bandage Tuesday, but still wore flats. At the end of the day, it's sore again and seems to be getting puffier. So the Ace bandage is back.

I don't like this! I want to run! It's one thing to not run because I don't have time or energy or desire to do so. It's something else altogether when I have time, energy, desire AND the weather is perfect for running, but something as stupid as a mis-step has me sidelined.

I'm bumming :(

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Ever since October, Friday has been yoga day and Saturday has been long-run day. Stopping to run in Milford this Friday changed everything and on Saturday I didn't know what to do. It didn't seem right that an entire Saturday would go by without any running. All day long I had in the back of my mind the idea of going to the track and doing some speed work after the Tigers game.

The game ended, it was light and 83 degrees and it just seemed like a good idea to run consecutive 5 mile days. (Anything is better than speed work!) I was already wearing my Toledo marathon tech wick shirt so I laced up the shoes and was off. It was in the 80s and pretty humid, but it felt great! I was cruising along at a 9:15 pace over 3+ miles, marveling at how good it felt! How freeing it was that my legs knew what to do, so I could focus my thoughts and energy on my arms, specifically keeping them lower and straight back and forth.

At mile 3.6 there is a stop light to cross the street. I felt so great I wasn't walking into the light, but running until the last minute, until the last few feet of sidewalk. I went around a curve that I've passed hundreds of times. In a split second I mis-stepped and while my left foot stayed on the sidewalk where it belonged, the right one dipped into the dirt / grass, an inch lower than the cement.

Aaaaahhhhh!!!!! My foot rolled on its side with all the weight of my body impacting the twist. Instant pain!!!!! I waited out two lights, trying to force any weight onto my ankle, finally hobbled across the street and felt surprisingly good. I was still 1.4 miles from home, but my ankle felt fine so I jogged on home. The last mile time was significantly worse than the others, but whatever.

Showered and iced it, just as a precaution. It wasn't swollen and only hurt when I poked at it. Two hours later, however, the swelling and pain started. I spent the rest of the night RICEing and will do so again today, as it's most effective the first 24 hours.

R - rest
I - ice
C - compression
E - elevation

My immediate thought was how it's going to affect my training. The formal training period hasn't started yet, but any time exercise gets derailed, I worry about a race that's 5 months away!!!!

Sunday is cross-training / recovery day. I've been ellipticalling the past several weeks. Swimming is the only good option today, but I haven't swum since the Motor City Triathlon and I have no intention of lap swimming again, at least not in the near future. Monday is always a day off from any exercise, so I have a break built in to my schedule. I'll just have to be even more diligent about what I eat because I won't be burning any calories today.

What a bummer! Unhappy :(

btw, not my foot in the pic! Finding an online pic was faster than taking and posting a real picture.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Running with child

I was in Lansing for work on Friday and had planned to stop at Kensington on the way home. Instead I stopped to see my niece and nephew and wound up taking my brother along for a run. He would only come with if we did his 5-mile route and if we took one of his kids, to give his wife a break. I agreed to both accounts. Big mistake!

The miles were hillier than I'm used to, or what I've trained for, but I could have dealt with that. The miserable part was the stroller! It was a jogging stroller with a leash tied to my wrist. The idea was that I would lightly tap the handles and she would roll forward, but not too far. So much easier said than done!

The steering was super difficult and she kept veering off to the side. She did numerous baby wheelies and it destroyed any idea of a stride. It wasn't rolling nicely or in a straight line, so I couldn't tap the handles. No, I had to hang on to the handles with both hands. So my arms were completely out of whack. My legs followed and it was more of a shuffle than a run.

Little munchkin didn't seem to mind it at all, but I never want to run with a stroller again! I would have rather carried her in a backpack!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

5, 3, 0, 2

Work was later than normal on Wednesday and I had tons of stuff to do in the evening, none of it fun. It would have been so easy to ditch the running and one day off wouldn't kill me, but one day often becomes two, which becomes a week and I feel like a total slacker. I'm either improving or getting worse. There is no staying the same in training, so all day I kept telling myself I was going to run my 5. It had to be a priority.

All throughout work, however, I was absolutely dragging. It was sunny but I couldn't stop yawning and craving a nap. I should have run immediately after work, but I watched Dr. Phil and just had no energy.

I forced myself to change into my running gear. Generally getting dressed is the hardest part and once I manage that, the run happens. All day I had been planning 5 miles, but as I was setting out, I decided 3 was better than nothing. I would still work my heart and my lungs.

1:18 in to my run, however, I paused my iPod stop watch and said to heck with it, I'm too tired and allergies were interfering with my head. I turned around to walk home, but three houses later, realized I was already regretting not running and I would feel bad about it all night, so I forced myself to turn back around and run. Two miles was good enough for the night.

Running generally gives me energy, but Wednesday's run did nothing for me. It got done. The mental component was by far the hardest part, as is normally the case.

Monday, May 14, 2012

I should be running

It's sunny and in the upper 70s. I should be running! Mondays have never been exercise days and today's abstention is more about time than following a running program. Between both jobs and a few errands, there just isn't running time today. What a bummer :(

It always seems like days I can't run are the ones that I really want to. Naturally, the days I "have" to run are when I don't want to! Although if the weather can be just like today, I'll want to run every day forevermore.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Running like the wind

If I want to hit a 4:33 Free Press finish time, I know I need to work on speed. I got close to my spring time just doing what was comfortable, but it's time to step out of my comfort zone, otherwise I'll shave off a few minutes, but nowhere near the 35 minutes I want to lose.

As long as Hal has me at shorter distances, it's time to start speed work and make it a regular part of my running for the next six months.

I tried on Wednesday, got to the track and the first 200 meter were great. Then it started POURING! I think there was even a little hail. What's with me and the hail?! I had night school, so I gave up. Naturally by the time I was home and changed for work, it was sunny. It was also too late to change again and run.

Thursday I tried again. I had actually been looking forward to starting speed work. Why, exactly did I ever think that? It was awful! My goal was 4 x 400m under 2:00 each, with breaks in between. Yeah, I did it. My total finish time should have been 8:00 and I managed 7:35. That was good. What wasn't so good was my burning throat! I'm a mouth breather when I run and I was gasping for air, sucking it in quickly and violently so my throat got really dry really quickly.

The actual running wasn't that terrible. I got winded a lot more than I do during comfortable runs. There was no way I could have sung along, but that's ok. I have to push outside my comfort zone to improve, yet I'd rather run five 9:25s than one 7:35....

I'll have to work on this again next week. I want to hit 8 x 400m. Once I manage that, start dropping my target time from 2:00 per lap to 1:55 to 1:50 to wherever my legs take me. I need to find someone to come with me and yell out the time because I'm going too fast to check my iPod stopwatch mid-lap.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Goofy Plan

I'm not a huge Disney fan. I mean, I like Ariel and Belle, Eeyore is too cute, and I can watch Aladdin every time it's on tv. Yet I can take or leave Mickey Mouse, Tigger makes me cringe and I don't get the big deal about Pixar (not to mention I was BORED the only time I went to Disney World). Yet people keep telling me how great the Disney marathon is. I finally Googled it, just to see.

I found a lot that I like. It's a HUGE event. Last year 15,000 ish people finished the full marathon. That many people means lots of spectators, lots of entertainment, and no long stretches of alone-ness. Yet I can't really see traveling all the way to Florida for a race, when I can do several marathons practically in my backyard.

Then I saw an interesting link for Goofy's Race and a Half, a very appropriate name. It's not named after any other character because one has to be seriously goofy to even consider it. Entrants run the half marathon on Saturday (at 5am!!!!) then do the full marathon on Sunday. It's just crazy enough that I want to do it! I spent 6 months of serious training and 30-some years of half-@ss training to reach this point. I feel in shape and I know I could finish both races! It's an awesome goal and challenge, now that I've proven I can finish marathons at will :)

Training would be easy enough as well. I'll follow one of Hal's programs with two changes: switch my long run from Saturday to Sunday, and do half distances on Saturday. If he says run 14, I'll do that on Sunday and 7 on Saturday. As long as I do the half distance training from the start, my body will adapt.

The worst aspect is that I'm crazy and determined enough to do it in January 2013, I'm physically able to do so, but it's seriously expensive! The race itself is $320. Add in a flight and hotel for a few days and it's easily $1,000. What a drag! What an absolute bummer to see this huge challenge and say "I can do that!" then realize no, I have to postpone it just because of the finances. (Yes, I could charge everything, but it'll be expensive enough without paying interest charges. Definitely not an emergency, so it has to stay off the credit card :((((((

My car will be paid off in the summer of 2013, so theoretically I can run it in January 2014, or 2015 at the absolute latest. Such a long wait :(
One day this will be mine!!!!!
Even though I'll surely look and feel like this at the end lol

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I need a new goal

I'm goal oriented. Whether it's school, a job or running, I work best when I have an end goal in sight and very clear steps to accomplish it. Having a clear goal for the Martian gave my exercise direction and purpose for 6 months. It was great. At any time from October to April, I could look at my calendar, see what I had done, what I had to do next and where it was all going.

The race is over and I'm left with a big feeling of "now what....?" I'm following Hal's 4 week reverse-tapering program. It's designed to get me back running without doing too much too soon after the race. It's good. It's fine, just not very exciting.

My next big race isn't for 6 months! What am I supposed to do between now and then? It's hard to get excited about something so far away when I'm in shape NOW. I don't want to lose my heart and lung capacities.

There is a full marathon in Ann Arbor in June. I haven't really considered it because I know how hilly A2 can be and I don't like hills lol Maybe I'll do it though, just to break up the time until the Free Press.

I need someone to design my summer and my training from now through October 21. Any takers??? :)