Indianapolis Marathon….

Well, I really have mixed emotions today. Today is the Indianapolis Marathon. The marathon I should be running…instead I am at home. I am pissed that I wasn’t able to run it, but I know it was the smartest thing to do right now. I want to wish everyone who is running today the best of luck! My boyfriend is running in Indy right now…I am so proud of him. I am in awe of his determination! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be there with him but I am cheering him on from home.  xo

I changed the title of my blog to Reaching My Goal…I know I have many races I want to enter in my future, but my ultimate goal is to be healthy! So that’s what I will focus on…

So for today…I will try to not beat myself up too much (notice I said too much). I have other goals I am chasing…SMART Goals.

Until Next Time…Good Luck Indy Marathon Racers!!! You Rock!

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.”
-Irish Proverb

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Well…damn!!!!

All I can say is damn it! 😡 The injury I had in July caused my training to come to a screeching halt. It was painful to run and I was pissed. I was hopeful it was going to be a short recovery, but it wasn’t. My trainer and I had a cut-off date. If I wasn’t back to my training schedule by a certain date, I wouldn’t run the full. He was worried I would injure myself if I pushed it too hard. With starting a new job, the holy hell humidity this summer and the injury…I couldn’t train adequately enough for the race. So the date came…and went. I hate not finishing what I started…I really do. Just not who I am!

I may run the half in Indy…or run the half near my house in November. Who the hell knows. So, I will continue with the tabata drills a couple times a week and run when I can. Hopefully build my mileage up again for the half this fall.

I give everyone out there a shit-ton of credit training for a full. It isn’t easy that’s for damn sure. You have my admiration or maybe it’s jealously…either way, kudos to you! You rock!!

I have been contemplating a triathlon. I love running and swimming…just the biking part has me worried a bit. That damn fall in college when I hurt my tailbone kills when I ride my bike. 😳 I have until next summer to find a bike that works….and when I say “works” I mean won’t hurt my ass. 😁 Lou…start thinking about my training schedule for a tri!!! 💪👍

Until next time…

Temporary Derailment

Well damn…I am completely amazed how a few knots in some key places can be completely debilitating and temporarily derail your training efforts. Tight hip flexors are to blame for this domino effect…it starts in my hip area and extends down the front of my leg.  Any exertion of those muscles causes sharp pains in my quads.  Damn muscles!!!   I usually have a high tolerance for pain…I really do.  But this has taken me by surprise.  Yesterday morning, I was bending down to clean something off the floor and ended up collapsing in pain…not fun! It hurts to walk sometimes…no way in hell I can run right now! So I am benched…temporarily.

Introducing the Foam Roller…

foam-roller

I have used the foam roller before; just not often enough and definitely not correctly.  Last night, my trainer showed me various foam roller exercises that will help break apart some knots as well as stretch my hip flexors and the rest of my body.  I now understand where the phrase “hurts so good” came from…holy mother of hell that kills! My hip flexors caused some serious pain…I had to use my lamaze breathing while doing it (at least I am using it now…sure as hell didn’t use it while having my kids! Ha!). Some of the exercises felt great…others, not so much! :-/ This video gives you a great visual explanation of the various foam roller exercises my trainer showed me…

I am determined to get back to my training program so off to roll I go!  As they say…no pain, no gain.  In the meantime, I will take long walks with Oz…I think he is the only one who is happy about my setback!

Until next time…so long!

Make or Break You….

I’m talking about shoes…running shoes.  Besides the humidity, it has been my constant struggle.  Trying to find a pair of shoes that work.  I have been to three running stores in the last year trying to find the elusive pair that work….no not just work, that feel fanfrickintastic!  The first store insisted I pronate and were hell bent on getting me into a supported shoe.  I tried to explain to him that supported shoes hurt my knees…I went against him and bought a neutral shoe.  My first pair was the Brooks Glycerin.  They were ok…ran my half in them.  My knee wasn’t hurting but my ankles bothered me some. As I said before, my IT Band decided to introduce itself to me early into my half last October.  I don’t know if that was shoe related or not…who knows.  The second store said Brooks updated the Glycerin so I tried those again.  Felt great in the store and walking was fantastic…lots of cush.  When I started to train again, I thought my legs were heavy because of the horrible winter.  I kept going but was getting frustrated with how difficult it was to run.  When my miles increased, I felt like I was constantly gripping my toes in order to balance (hello…lost toenails)…I had enough.  I decided to go back to the store to explain my situation…guess what he had me buy?  Supported inserts!  He wasn’t going to do anything else because he was convinced I pronated and the inserts would work.  At this point, I was willing to try anything and seriously began to doubt myself.  I was thinking maybe he was right after all.  Maybe I do need more support.  2 miles into my run…I stopped.  My knees hurt, my ankles were killing and I WAS PISSED!!!  Lesson learned…trust your body and your gut.  They are going back this week, and I won’t shop there again.  He lost my business.

I decided to try Barrington Running Company.  Mark, one of the owners, was fantastic!  He evaluated my walk and flat-out said, you don’t pronate…AT ALL!  When the other stores put you in a supported shoe, it made your feet go the other way.  That is why your knees hurt.  He also said my Brooks Glycerin are too much for my foot….plus way too wide. Then he had me do squats…well that my friends, was my downfall.  Weak hips and glutes…Damn it!  He went on to explain when a store only evaluates your walk, they are missing vital information about what shoe works best for you. Besides having weak glutes and hips, I have a narrow foot and high arch.  He had me try on two shoes, and I decided to go with Asics, Cumulus 15. I am going to test my new kicks today.  Cross your fingers…lets hope my search is over!

Made me start thinking…does everyone have this kind of trouble finding the one?  What shoes work for you?

Until next time…so long.

Shoe Update…my first impression of my new shoes….pretty damn good!  I only ran a short distance (4 miles) because I didn’t want to overdo it my first time out.  It has some cush, but my foot didn’t feel the need to grip the sole in order to stay balanced!  My heel wasn’t slipping around either!  Nice! I have a 5 mile run on Thursday then my long run this weekend…The true test!

Reward: Chinese Food and Wine…

Wow!!! Holy craptastic that long run was not fun today! Lack of sleep this week from being sick and having a very sick puppy didn’t help much…poor Ozzy…look at him…he looks as pathetic as he was acting.

Poor Oz....

Poor Oz….

Today was my only run all week…so I made it my long, holy crap, run.  The whines all night translates to no sleep so I was slow moving today. (and no, not wines…although I wish!  That will be tonight 🙂 )  I didn’t start my run until 12:45 PM.  Why the hell do I do that to myself?  I mean seriously, the middle of the afternoon? I was all ready to go…even happy to get out on the forest preserve path today!

Happy Before Run Photo...

Happy Before Run Photo…

Soon after my run started, I began seeing these messages written on the path.  Some were sweet, some were motivating, and some were damn funny…like the one that said “stinky”…well hell, I guess they were spot on with that.  Afterall, I was running in the middle of the afternoon for christ sakes! Stinky was an understatement! I took a couple of pics along the way…they were spaced out about every quarter mile or so around the entire path!

The first of many messages along the path!

The first of many messages along the path!

Why thank you...you too!

The last message of the day…Why thank you…you too!

 

Whoever did this…I thank you!  You Rock!  You made me laugh a couple of times as well as kept me going during my run!  I was glad I did my run today because by tomorrow, it would have been washed away from the rain!

 

 

Like I said, the run was hard, but it’s done.  I think a good reward will be Chinese food for dinner and wine…lots and lots of wine!

 

 

Until next time…so long!

Bank It…And Forget It!!!

Holy Crap did my long run suck yesterday.  At 8 am, the humidity was 89% and the temp in the 80’s.  It was brutal…truly brutal.  I definitely wasn’t sporting the “Barbie” look after my run was over. 🙂 As my trainer always says…bank it and forget it.  Although I still hate crappy runs, I will take his advice!  I was at the mercy of Mother Nature, and she was being a royal bitch!  Looking at this week’s weather, they are predicting cooler temps (highs in the 70’s and lows in the upper 50’s)…hopefully the humidity will drop as well.

Every single time after my long runs, the tip of my second toe (on both feet) always bothers me.  Sorry if this is gross…I lost both of those toenails last year before the half and I’m really trying not to do the same thing this year.  I tried to cover it up, but my co-workers laughed at my lame attempts of my at-home pedi. 😐 After yesterday’s run, I think I figured out what I am doing that is causing this pain (and subsequent toenail loss).  I am curling my toes as I run.  This could also be the reason why my feet hurt after my longer runs.  I seriously look like an old lady when I first get up to walk.  I don’t know why I am doing this…Is it the wrong shoe?  Bad form? Habit? Legs/glutes not strong enough so my feet are compensating?  It is my new mission…Operation Keep My Toenails!  I need to figure out why the hell I am curling my toes when I run, otherwise, the inevitable will happen again…ugly toes! 😦

Until next time…so long!

Music On…World Off!

I have always loved listening to music.  It can change my mood in an instant; pump me up for the day, or mellow me out after a long day at work. I can completely tune out everything while listening to music. When it comes to running,  I have to listen to music. PERIOD! It can get me through a mile when I didn’t think I could make it any further, and it gives me a boost to run a bit faster.  When we ran the half, it was pouring rain.  Obviously, my phone stayed in the car.  I thought I was going to struggle the entire time.  I have never run without it!  I seriously was stressing out a bit before the race began.  I vaguely remember telling my trainer to sing to me at one point but the scenery was fantastic so we just talked the entire time.  The race took you through a state park and the leaves were beautiful!  So I really didn’t miss my music…surprisingly.  I still can’t train without my music.  I need that motivation.  If I run with my trainer, Lou, we usually talk…but if I am by myself, forget it!  Music is cranked!

I have added a some songs in the last year, but to be honest, I am starting to get sick of some of them.  I need some new music!  I am the product of the 80’s  but have a variety of music on my playlist.  Below is my running playlist…Feel free to comment and tell me some of your favs!  I have a long training schedule in front of me…I need some new motivation and clearly this list won’t get me through 26.2 miles!

Until next time…so long!

Playlist: Running Music

  • Jane’s Addiction: Been Caught Stealing, Mountain Song, Superhero
  • Black Eyed Peas: Boom Boom Pow
  • Kid Rock: Bawitdaba
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Can’t Hold Us
  • Maroon 5: Daylight, Love Somebody, One More Night, Payphone, Lucky Strike, Stereo Hearts
  • Cheap Trick:  Dream Police, I Want You To Want Me
  • Taio Cruz: Dynamite
  • The Cure: Friday, I’m in Love, Just Like Heaven
  • The Goo Goo Dolls: Give A Little Bit, Slide
  • Pitbull:  Give Me Everything, Back In Time, Feel This Moment
  • Bon Jovi: Have A Nice Day
  • Train: Hey, Soul Sister
  • The Lumineers: Ho Hey
  • Motley Crue: Kickstart My Heart
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Relax
  • Sublime: Santeria
  • King of Leon: Sex on Fire, Use Somebody
  • Justin Timberlake: SexyBack
  • Fun.:Some Nights
  • Kelly Clarkson: Stronger (my theme song!)
  • will.i.am: #thatPower
  • Coldplay: Viva la Vida
  • Rihanna: We Found Love
  • Katy Perry: Part of Me, Firework, Hot N Cold
  • Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines
  • P!nk: Blow Me
  • Ozzy Osbourne: Crazy Train
  • Usher: DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love
  • Enrique Iglesias: I Like It
  • Modern English: I Melt With You
  • Lady GaGa: Applause
  • Tom Petty: Free Fallin’, Learn to Fly
  • The Who: You Better You Bet
  • Right Said Fred: I’m Too Sexy