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One hour run.

I was supposed to do 6.5 miles today but I stopped at 4.66 because of a niggling pain in my Achilles. I’m so disappointed and not sure how I can keep myself injury free.

I’m trying to stay positive and keep the faith that I am still getting stronger each run,  but my splits this run were not good. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Maybe because I was running on the track? Or because I could see our car from the track and I knew my husband was waiting for me with the baby? It feels like it’s turning into a mental battle and I’m not able to run in the carefree way I was running before I injured my knee.

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Flanigan’s 10k Recap

So, I feel like a rock star! I’ve had a couple of days to recover and process that I ran a 10k. It feels like an awesome accomplishment, but also just the tip of the iceberg because I have to jump right into 10k and half marathon training for Disney in February.

So here’s my race recap  (so cool that I’m writing that after reading so many other people’s!) :

We spent the night at my brother and sister in laws the night before since she was watching the baby for us and we didn’t want to have to put her in a car seat at 5am. I know those who have babies will understand. I barely slept… Probably a combination of reasons like not being in our own bed, nerves, excitement, plus the baby still wakes at night to nurse. So when the alarm went off at 5, I was ready to get up.
I had a banana and half a bagel with peanut butter for breakfast since that seemed the safest to not upset my stomach. I normally have coffee every morning but I actually skipped it for the same reason, my sensitive stomach.
We rode to the park in the pitch dark, I was so happy it was only about 15 minutes away. We got there around 6am and it hadn’t gotten super packed yet so we were able to park close. It was freezing! Since I never get up that early, I honestly had no idea how cold the predawn hours are.

We made our way over to the main announcement pavilion and it was so cool to see runners of all ages, shapes and sizes. I was super excited to be a part of it finally. At 6:45, we got the instructions to head over to the start line and we started somewhere in the middle. I’d heard from a passerby that there were 1000 runners.

They sang the national anthem and we were off. I started my garmin and started my first race ever.

We ran the first 1.5 miles. We talked about feeling it out and see how we felt and maybe do intervals the whole time , but I wanted to run as much as I could to warm up and challenge myself. 1.5 miles was pretty good for where I have been in my training, so I was happy with that. After that we stayed doing intervals of like 2 minutes running and 1 minute walking. The miles ticked slowly away.

At about 2.5 miles, we saw the guy in first place running back already. I was floored… He was really hauling butt! After that, it was a steady trickle of people already on their way back and I had a sobering moment realizing how slow I actually am, lol. It lasted for a second then I got back to my own business of putting one foot in front of the other.

The best feeling was heading down the stretch where I could see the finish line, just knowing that was it, we had done it. The best part of the entire event was that I ran it with my husband, and that made the entire day incredibly special.

The after party was awesome too… Nothing like ribs, beer and wine at 9am!
My recovery has been easy. I haven’t been too sore and didn’t injure myself. Amazingly, my knee didn’t bother me at all. My right Achilles did start to get sore towards the very end, but I just ran through that and it’s not bothering me now.

Obviously lessons learned are to train more and maybe get some coaching on how to stay injury and pain free for the half Marathon.

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I am completely unprepared.

My 10K is on Sunday morning and packet pickup is tomorrow. I’m feeling so unprepared and undertrained. The fact that we got rear ended yesterday in a minor car accident doesn’t help because I woke up this morning with a very stiff and sore neck. I honestly feel like I am going to simply will my way through 6 miles to make it to the ribs and beer at the end. I now know that 6 miles isn’t much in the grand scheme of distance running, but I’ve never quite ran that far, and I’m not sure how my knee is going to hold up.

I have a laundry list of regrets. Not enough running. Poor diet. Not enough nutrition or hydration. No discipline. I will take this as a learning lesson and keep chugging along and training for the Disney Princess 10k and half marathon with a renewed sense of purpose.

But first, I’ll slog through Sunday’s 10K and enjoy my ribs and beer.

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Still recovering.

A feverish teething baby and recovering from a knee injury makes for no running yet. I guess it’s a good thing since I should probably recover as long as possible, but I am really getting antsy to get back to training. Our 10K is coming up soon and I want to be in much better shape than I’m in right now.

I plan to get back on it by this weekend at the latest. It’s hard because we’re a 1 car family right now, so there are usually errands to run when Mike gets home, and lately he’s been working the night shift at one of his jobs, which means there’s no car around the house from 3-11pm. Not easy to adjust to, but it should be short term. Once we move, it should be much easier to walk around to places close by.

Here’s my sad baby yesterday, where she slept most of the day and I spent most of the day being mommy and carrying her.

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FINALLY! Pain Free.

Over the weekend, I had to buy several things. A knee brace and a pilates ball, with resistance bands. I am using the bands and ball to strengthen my legs and hips and the brace was recommended by my doctor. The doctor didn’t think I’ve done any serious damage other than a strain from overuse, but she did order an x-ray (which I haven’t scheduled yet) and 800 mg ibuprofen (which I won’t be taking). She also recommended a brace, which I did find at Ross for $16.99 (score) along with physical therapy.

Today was the first day I was mostly pain free, 2 weeks later. I’ve been doing various leg exercises to try and get stronger so this doesn’t happen in the future. I think I’ll be able to walk a little tomorrow, and I’m SUPER excited!

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Rest Day #2

I’m going antsy resting, but my knee does feel like it’s getting better. Today I’ve spent 20 minutes in a hot Epsom Salt soak and applying Arnica gel for the inflammation, and I’m not in agony every time I step on my left knee. The baby is giving be a break from carrying her all day, praise God.. And she’s seems to be staying busy with all her toys.

The extent of my walking today will be to the mailbox and back, and hopefully with yet another day’s rest, I’ll be on the road to recuperation.

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No 5.5 Mile Run. Injured.

So… Today should have been a 5.5 Mile Run. Our long run which I was really looking forward to. My mom even offered to watch the baby for us and about 5 steps into a light jog, I knew 5.5 miles was not happening.

I was so upset walking back home but Mike thinks this is a good thing. I have a really sore knee, the inside of my shin bone under my kneecap is very very sore.  I can still put weight on it but the actual walking around is what hurts. It’s also a little swollen. See photo.

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I have a feeling it’s tendinitis and I pray it’s something that will go away after a few days rest.  I’m really upset… I was in such a good groove. I wanted to walk the 5 miles today but Mike talked some sense into me and I really don’t want to injure myself further or take longer to heal. In the meantime I will be doing some core strength workouts and leg workouts since I read knee injuries can be caused by weak leg and hip muscles. 

Until then,  I’ll keep sulking.

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4 Miles. Fastest Mile. Knee Pain. Annoyed.

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I ran my fastest mile yesterday by nearly a minute! I ran an 11:27 mile during my 4 mile run/walk, and my fastest 5K in 43 minutes. I hustled on purpose knowing I wanted to run my best mile and improve my time on each run. Now I can’t help but wonder if I pushed it a little too hard. My knee was giving me little twinges the last 2 days (since Tuesday) and I was hoping my rest days Wednesday and Thursday would help it go away. It did help somewhat, but during my run it was definitely bothering me. I hope it’s nothing. Mike says if I can put pressure on it, it’s not too bad. I can put pressure on it, but the pain is when I move it, so I’m trying to move gingerly so it doesn’t get too stiff or too injured. The constant squatting up and down to pick up the baby isn’t doing me any favors either.

My 4 mile run felt really good, although since I was pushing myself at the end, I didn’t run the entire last mile and a half, I had to stop and walk a couple of times, but I didn’t let myself walk too much (just a few steps at a time) and then picked it back up running. My audiobook is riveting, so I look forward to listening to it each run.

I took a picture of my shoes and socks because I laughed at myself that I feel like a real runner since I don’t care how my shoes and socks look anymore when I go out. It’s all about comfort. I’ve found a sock length I like and my shoes feel comfortable, although now I wonder if I will need a shoe with more cushion than my Brooks so my knees and ankles don’t take such a pounding.

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I’m mildly annoyed today because my Garmin running watch isn’t syncing to the app (and thus uploading online). It was working just fine before, and I switched phones, and now all of a sudden no more uploading. ::sigh:: I guess there are worse things to be annoyed about, but I really like uploading the map/times with each post.

I’ve started my Indiegogo Campaign to raise money for the Disney Princess Half Marathon and 10K, you can check out this post for more information on how to support me!

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