Monthly Archives: April 2012

Hurt

Wouldn’t you know it, as soon as I start writing about running and sign up for three half marathons in the coming three months, I get injured. I mean, really injured. I was able to run through my shin splints last spring. I could barely even walk with peroneal tendonitis.

How did this happen? I blame my new Vibrams- not the shoe itself, I felt great running in them. Too great, really, since I ran way too much in them and never let my feet truly transition (I’m trying to sound like I know what I’m talking about). Also, I think the switching back-and-forth between my Vibrams and more cushioned Brooks shoes may have aggravated something. My feet never knew what to think. The result of this confusion was peroneal tendonitis.

I happened during a 10.5 mile run on April 7th. At exactly mile 9, my right calf and ankle seized up and I couldn’t move my foot. I stretched my calf out and that helped for about five minutes. At mile 9.5 I decided to swallow my pride and walk the remaining distance to my car. Something was definitely wrong, but I stupidly thought a good night’s rest and plenty of rum would cure what ailed me.

Well, to make a long story short, I spent most of the rest of April sitting on my butt and pouting because I couldn’t run. I’ve been doing some strength training and even made it into the pool for a swim, but nothing feels as good as running. I’m happy to report that things have felt back to normal for the past week now, so I’m going to tempt the gods of running by attempting a short run tonight.

In other news you don’t care about, Randy and I are finally in our NEW HOME! That’s right! Time to buy some mace because it looks like I’ll be running in some sketchy areas. Hey, that could help my speed!

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How’d you get so big, how’d you get so strong?

Looking back at my running history on Daily Mile, I’m amazed how much my speed and endurance has improved. My average paces this time last year were between 11-12:30 minute miles. Now I’m averaging 9-10 minute miles. I could lie and say I made a concerted effort to get faster through research and speed training, but I know it all has to do with kicking the cigarettes for good. Even a social smoking habit can slow you down.

One thing I need to improve- nutrition. Being a typical body-dysmorphic girl I equate eating big meals with growing an even bigger butt. My tendency to not snack has been affecting my after-work runs. A tiny microwaved meal consumed at 12:30 will not adequately sustain a six-mile run at 5:30. I got some great advice from DMers yesterday on how they fuel up half an hour before a run. My favorite idea- Clif Bars. I once caught my husband stealing a Peanut Butter Pretzel Mojo bar from my stash and I almost cut him.

Treadmill run tonight, long run on the Paint Creek Trail tomorrow. I will experiment with gels and hopefully that will help me reach 11+ miles. Good Friday, indeed.

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Here I go Again…

I am a horrible blogger. I love writing, and have started many blogs in the past, only to abandon them after a few posts for having nothing else left to say. I see the fault now- I never really had a “theme” to these aborted blogs, or I tried to be too clever, or tried on a persona that didn’t fit me.

As a member of Daily Mile I enjoyed reading the blogs of fellow runners: their racing adventures, tips and advice, beautiful pictures from their running routes, etc. These blogs would often energize me and force me out the door when all I wanted to do was sit on the couch and eat fritos. So, finally, I thought, “Why not have my own running journal?”. Despite my horrible blogging history, I figured it would be a great way to track my progress and to let my friends in on one of my major addictions (other than rum, which they are well aware of).

I’ve approached running with a newly found enthusiasm this year and I hope it reflects in this blog (did I mention I also hate the word “blog”? Ick). I can’t wait to write about my upcoming races. First up- Let’s Move Festival of Races Half Marathon in Mt. Clemens, MI. Lots of bars in Mt. Clemens. I will definitely enjoy some rum after the race.

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