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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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Speed Drills on the track

Yesterday’s track run was 2 sided. It was awesome meeting Lori, our new running coach, and a really nice group of fellow runners, and I was able to get a short run in,  about a mile and a half.

I also was able to do my MM, and it was 10:30 which is a lot faster than my usual 12 minute pace, so that was exciting. I’m really starting to feel stronger and is super exciting.

On the flip side, I wasn’t able to really do the speed drill for the night because caring for a  10 month old infant ain’t easy on a track at her bedtime.

We’ll figure out a way to manage it, but mike and I both enjoyed the experience and looking forward to getting faster.

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So many updates.

So I am running a lot, but writing very little. The amazing thing is I’ve managed to stay pain free. I’m trying to learn as much about running as I can to be able to train effectively.

Tonight we are meeting with a local running coach to learn some speed drills on a track. How awesome is that? I’m so glad I’m doing it now when I don’t feel like a complete beginner because at least I feel like I’ll survive the drills.

Over the last week, I feel like I’ve seen massive improvement in both my times and endurance. Now basically all my runs are 3 miles. I remember the days when 1 mile seemed crazy, lol.

One day I had to run on the treadmill and I was able to run 3 miles without stopping. My husband told me not to get too excited because running on the treadmill is easier lol. Always keeping me grounded.

I’m doing the Galloway method and feel like I’m having success. My last 2 runs have been running 2:30 walking 1 minute. I’m looking forward to increasing to 3:1.

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You can see in my last 2 runs, a big improvement running the same 2:30:1.

I’ll have another post from the speed drills tonight and another post coming soon about some gear I’ve recently bought.

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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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Tired of Resting.

Another day of soreness and no running, but some baby carrying and walking. I’ve got a doctor’s appointment tomorrow at 3pm where hopefully she’ll rule out any serious damage. I’ll be glad if the results are just rest. I’ve spent more of today researching my pain location and possible injuries, and I’ve come up with something related to my MCL. I hope it’s not bad. I guess we’ll find out. I am not a big fan of the doctor because they charge just to tell you something needs rest most of the time, but I want to make sure I didn’t break anything since we’ve got some serious training coming up soon. All I know is I’m super anxious to get back to running, I REALLY really miss it.

Here’s a babywearing pic of us, walking in the meantime.

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Still injured.

A quick Google of knee pain from running brought up pretty much 2 extreme results… 1. It’s no big deal, it’s common among runners, especially those who get excited and over ambitious, like me. 2. This is serious that needs to be seen by a doctor before it takes me months to heal and lots of rehab.

Since we don’t have great health insurance, I’m somewhere in the middle of thinking this will pass quickly and hoping for the best. Today my left knee was still swollen, so I applied arnica ointment and ice. I don’t want to take anything because I’m still nursing our 8 month old baby and I just don’t want to introduce anything else into my body

Hoping tomorrow gets better…

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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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2015 Disney Glass Slipper Challenge

I officially signed up for my first half marathon! I’m super stoked to be running the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon and 10K. I had to sign up through a charity partner (Children’s Miracle Network- Amazing cause!) since the race was completely sold out. That means if I don’t raise the minimum amount of $1200, I don’t race. So, with that said, would my online friends consider making a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network on my behalf?

PLEDGE

I’m asking for a pledge of $1 per mile, so that means a total of $19.30. Your donation will go a long way to helping me reach this awesome goal of running a 10K and a Half Marathon all in the same weekend!

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