Sunday, August 26, 2012

Week 1 Training Recap - Challenge Accepted!

 

Week 1 of Training for the RunDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon is in the books. The verdict? It could have been better, and it could have been worse. I am grateful for what my body did this week, and I am proud for the work I put in. I have a long way to go, but I am getting there one mile, one workout, and one choice at a time.

Training

Monday – Gentle Flow Yoga Class (60 minutes) + 2 fast-ish treadmill miles (faster felt better on my foot) + Physical Therapy (60 minutes including soft tissue work, core work, and hip and glute exercises)

Tuesday – Spinning Express Class (45 minutes) + Foam Rolling

Wednesday – Physical Therapy (75 minutes including soft tissue work, lots of squats, core work, and some light upper body. The squats had me hurting.) + Foam Rolling

Thursday – Foam Rolling + Stretching

Friday – 4 slow miles on the track + Foam Rolling, Stretching

Saturday – Foam rolling, stretching, plus some family fun: frisbee in the park, monkey bars with the kids (I made it across the monkey bars for the first time in more than 15 years and was thrilled).

Sunday – 2 miles + Foam rolling, Stretching

It was less than I originally had planned, but I listened to my body. That sometimes meant a day of just physical therapy or just foam rolling and stretches. Oh, and lots of compression sock wearing. And while it was less than I originally planned, it was more than I’ve done in a long time.

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Quick photo during Sunday’s 2 mile run on the Appalachian Trail.

Body

My body is hanging in there. My muscles are tight no matter how much I foam roll and stretch. I am hoping to schedule a deep tissue massage to help with that soon. I did something to my calf between Monday and Tuesday that had me sit out of my planned spin class on Wednesday. With a little extra attention, it was totally fine by Friday.

My knees have been virtually pain-free. I’ve got tight spots in my legs that I know will irritate my knees so I am working on them like crazy. My right foot is a little tight but pain-free. My left is unhappy, but I dare to say no more unhappy than last week. Immediately after runs, it tightens up and hurts. After stretching, foam rolling, Stick-ing, icing, and compression, it feels by the next morning.

Mind

I am getting used to “training” again. I know this schedule is not a full training schedule, but it’s more than I’ve been doing. The aches and pains of just working harder along with the fatigue of working harder have sent me to bed early many nights. But I’m getting used to it again, and I am hyping myself up for 11 more weeks.

Spirit

Somewhere in me, I just know I’m supposed to be doing this. I know I’m injured, and I know the training will be iffy. But I’m really certain that this is the next step for me in the recovery process. Taking on a goal, big but not huge, and walking the fine line between pushing and listening to my body.

One week after the Wine & Dine Half marathon, I am supposed to run with my sister as she finishes her first half marathon at the Philadelphia Marathon. She is understandably nervous about my ability to do that for her and thinks I am more than a little crazy. It should be at my normal long-run pace opposed to a race pace so I know it’s possible if my body tolerates the training. While I respect her nervousness as she is a ball of nerves for her first half marathon (despite that she is rocking her training thus far!), I have to say…. I know it’s a little crazy and it’s going to take a lot of dedication and work… but….

Sunday, August 19, 2012

On my way to the Wine & Dine Half Marathon (aka trying to not be injured anymore)

It’s hard to believe we’re going into the end of August! Where did the summer go?

For me the summer started out fabulously in all the way that summers do with the added bonus of me running! I earned a new 5k PR and ran up a mountain. But after two months of scattered running, my body decided no more.

I am still going to Physical Therapy twice a week. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for FOUR months! I’m not really going into the details of my messed up body because it make no sense. I continue to stump the PTs. I had plantar fasciitis bad in the right foot. My left knee flipped. Those began to get better, and bam my left foot flared up with some serious plantar fasciitis! It’s totally lame, and we have addressed everything from diet and supplements to Lyme Disease along with all the standard stuff. I actually have a list of additional blood tests they want me to talk to my doctor about. 

At the same time, it seems to be moving it’s way towards under control. The danger with that is that things seem to flare up without rhyme or reason so I have little warning, but I’m going to keep on trucking. I’m cautiously optimistic at the moment, but try me again in an hour.

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Well, I’m going to try to hold onto that optimism because tomorrow marks the first day of training for the Walt Disney World Wine & Dine Half Marathon!  This is a giant leap of faith, but I am thrilled to be taking this on with a friend who is doing her first ever half marathon. I am so pumped for her to accomplish this despite her own training obstacles. Of course, I’ll be continuing physical therapy and listening very carefully to my body. I am 12 weeks out, and I’ll be starting with some very low mileage this week combined with spin classes at my new gym (SO thrilled to have that as a resource for this training cycle!) along with yoga and strength training.

We’re just going to have to see how it goes. It’s odd to be starting a training cycle like this, but at the same time I feel like I need to go for it. I haven’t ran consistently in 6 months – WOW - and yet, I am still as invested and in love with running as ever. I’m really surprised by that. While it has made this all the more frustrating, it has really made me appreciate the miles I do get to log.

Tonight, I foam rolled, stretched, ultrasound-ed (is that a word?), and used my fun little stim therapy unit. That’s a whole different post coming up – as a result of EVERYTHING I have tried to get my body working I have quite the at home physical therapy stash going. I’ll do a post giving you a tour through all my toys and gadgets soon! But in the end, I am as ready as I’m going to be for tomorrow… a measly 2 miles is on the schedule so let’s hope it goes well.

And, of course, I’ll be working on a fun Disney costume for the occasion featuring a Team Sparkle skirt as always!

You can expect a few more running posts around the blog in the next few months, but I also have some life, parenting, and other stuff rolling around in my brain that I hope to get out sometime soon.

What’s up with you??? Any good costume ideas for me?