Tuesday, July 7, 2015

... Week 5 Running Recap ...

It's hard to believe that this is week 5 of training. I must be honest I don't feel in training so obviously I am not training hard enough. I don't want to seem as I am playing the victim, however my Achilles pain is really taking a toll on me. I have been dealing woth some sort of issue I believe since last summer, so basically one whole year. I have gone to the Chiropracter, been semi-diligent with my exercises, I have gone to the acupunturist, aside from the relaxation, I do not think it is playing a significant role in my recovery or lack of it. I have now decided to take a break from both these treatments and just tke the time to rest and go back to deep tissue massages, Obviously, I am not stretching enough and thinking back I realize that the few times that I have felt true relief is when I have received a semi-painful and absolutely wonderful massage.

I had the recommendation of a friend I trust and while I love the anticipation of the massage with Adrienne, I need to deal with not being able to see her until mid-July.

I'm also going back to icing, something I have never been truly diligent with.

I will keep you posted.

And now for the weeks recap -

Monday - Rest

Tuesday - 4.19 m

Wednesday - 4.07 m

Thursday - 5.03 m

Friday - Rest (There was an evening race that I'm still kicking myself for not doing) I wanted to rest in order to do well in July 4th's race ... :( Still sad about this one. the medal was really pretty and Independance Day oriented .. maybe next year. Trying to channel my yogic ways and release this feeling ... hmmm ... not totally succesful yet.

Saturday - 5.10 m - I ran my first race in 2010, so this is my running anniversary ... it was organized by the same organization - Run for Your Life and it was also a 4 miler. So I celebrate my running and my progress here.

I wanted a PR, but that did not happen. I had a good race, however I normally have to slow myself down during the first mile ... this did not happen. I am hoping that through loosing the weight that has found its way to me and healing I can find light legs and some more speed.

I remember not knowing anything about running in 2010. I remember being nervous. I also remember and celebrate what I have learned through injury and through time.

Sunday - 12.17 m with the SLR crew - we were all very excited that our group did so well in Saturday's race. We took home 7 prizes altogether ... it was a proud day for the group.

Dante and I celebrated a lowkey 4th!

That's all for now ... a dopo ... J

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

... Week 4 Running Recap ...

I'm really trying to take my rest days and my rest days before races. It's not always easy, but I'm trumping to get rid of my pain.

Monday - Rest day.

Tuesday - 3.52 Track workout. 2 x 400s. Loved the track and it's 1.3 miles from my house. Perfect for warm up and cool down miles.

Wednesday - 6.22 with my running group. Felt hard until the last mile and the last very hard hill ... was strong and ran it hard. Loved it!

Thursday - 3.22 negative split run. My Achilles was really hurting during the first mile.

Friday - Rest day.

Saturday - Moonlight Bootlegger 5K - night trail race with friends. I really was about to back down. I was tired from cleaning all day and it was raining. I just wanted to curl up in bed. I'm so glad I didn't. I ran with my friends Nicole and Tom. We ran together laughing and talking all the way and then enjoyed some legal moonshine. OK, I had two sips ... but I tried it!

It was a very fun night. My heart felt happy and complete!


Sunday - 12.14 with the Sunday Long Run - SLR - the last mile was tough, by getting together with the group after the run ... just like MasterCard ... priceless ...

What is going on - My Achilles is still hurting. I am thinking of either changing my Chiropractor or just not going for a few weeks. I've spent a lot of money and feel no relief.

Acupuncture - I enjoy it, however it's not the magic that I was expecting. My pain is still there.

Other tidbits -

I enjoy running trails. Still saying it at a low volume, as I'm afraid I will actually here myself saying it!

My Achilles hurts ... I'm frustrated!

Still loving my shoes, my Hoka Clifton's, and my Pearl Izumi's N2 are unreal!

... 'til next time ... a dopo ... J

... quinoa pizza crust ...

Can't say this was a complete fail, nor can I say it was a complete success. I think my main problem was spreading the batter too thin. It was actually better the expected, but there is just something within me that wants things the way they were meant to be.


... that's all for now ... a dopo ... J

Friday, June 26, 2015

... Week 3 Running Recap ...

This recap come a little late ... lots of work and little time ... After my frustration came to a peak with my Achilles pain, perhaps it was a good thing that I did not write this recap until now.

Monday - Rest day ... trying to really have rest days! Bought two new pairs of shoes! Yeah!

Tuesday - 3.5 speedwork, in name ... sure did not feel like speedwork to me. There was a girl that ran beside my 2 last 400s and she helped me pushed myself ... I had nothing. I felt the Achilles, but not too bad.

Wednesday - 2 slow miles ... breaking in my new shoes ... painful! My calves my Achilles.

In the afternoon - Chiro - complete and utter desperation. My calves didn't even resist 3 minutes on the treadmill for the gait analysis test being performed.

Thursday - 3.9 - I was going to skip the tempo run with a new running group. Texted my friend at 4:45 AM, to tell him I was skipping the workout due to my whinning ... I mean pain. He insited I go and run whatever I could. I did and I was so grateful. It was a hard run ... humidity these days certainly does not help. But I ran, and my legs felt heavy, and my Achilles hurt (not too much), but I was HAPPY. Happy to be running, happy that my friends cared about my pain, happy that they let me whine.

Friday - 6.41 - again ... I had doubts of running with my usual running group when my alarm went off at 4:30 AM, but I did not want to cancel on them in the morning ... so I went. It was hot and humid, even at 5:30! It was not super fast, but it was good.

Saturday - 6.79 - I ran to one of my favorite running stores - Ultra Running Company - (I love the people and the store's philosophy) - for a good form/Chi running talk. It was very interesting and gave me some things to think about. This too I think helped me go back to my center!

I ran back in full humidity - feeling happy ... embracing my run for what it was ... that day and that time. I also love when I use my legs as transportation.

In the afternoon I went for my first acupuncture session. I can't say much about this yet. I'm just trying to be healthy again. I signed up for 5 sessions ... review to come later ...

Sunday - 10.57 with my SLR group. My legs felt tired, the Achilles pain was not so bad ... I was just lazy. I stopped to walk a little, during the last 3 miles or so. I think it was just my mind, not my body this time.

It was hot and humid ... VERY hot and humid! After my run, my tank was soaked ... like I have never seen before ... I quickly changed and went to Starbucks as we always do. I met my friends ... grabbed some water and delicious watermelon ... I started looking around at my friends, my tired legs and my messy hair ...

... and it was there that even my pain made sense .... running is not easy, but it is so much more than running ... it's the challenge, it's the sweat, the tears, the frustration, the beauty, my FRIENDS, the laughter, the feeling of accomplishment. So I trot along trying to improve my form, get stronger, get healthier, and run pain free. I hope, I wish and I pray that my mind and body remain strong and dedicated, so that I can have many miles and miles for years and years to come. I want to be running into my old age ... maybe I won't be racing anymore, but I want to be running!

... a dopo ... J


Saturday, June 20, 2015

... will I ever run without pain .. I wonder ...

Short post ... I'm glad I didn't write this post on Wednesday when I had planned it ... I was so frustrated and sad ... my Achilles hurt, my calves were tight and I my arch hurt too.

I had a moment when I for a second wondered if this is MY thing. Because I feel it's MY thing ... but it can't be this hard. I'm tired of my whining ... I'm tired of my pain. I have no problem running through pain, but the pain I feel stops me in my tracks.

I thought to myself I put in the time and the work. I have days where I leave my beloved heels behind for flat shoes just to help my pain subside. And yet it's there ever so present.

On Wednesday I did a gait analysis at the Chiropractor and ran for about three minutes on the dreaded treadmill. I was in pain, when the PT finally stopped the test, I thought I was going to cry. She was so sensitive and kind and helped me and let me vent out my frustration.

I did my session and I was able to release a little of my tension. On Thursday the alarm went off at 4:30, my legs still in pain I texted my friend to say I was not going to the group run. He insisted I come out and let the run be what it could be. I did. The run was not easy, but so necessary. It brought me back to my center, and reminded me that though difficult I adore what running brings to my life. My friends and their support ... Make it all worth while.

Since then I have relaxed a little. I ran with Kathleen and Rebecca on Firday. (That felt tough). Today I ran 3.4 miles to one of my favorite running stores to listen to a very interesting Chi Running chat and ran 3.2 miles back home.

Then I went to try my first acupuncture session. I don't know what to think about it. We will see. It's very expensive and not covered by insurance. But I'm willing to give it a shot. Keep you posted on this one.

So after all my frustration ... here I am, going to bed so that I can get my long run in tomorrow. Thank you running for the wonderful, hard, painful, humbling, fantastic, envigorating, and amazing ride.

... a dopo ... J