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Sunday Observations

Two things I’ve observed this morning.

1) I ran 14 very hilly, very hot, humid miles yesterday. I am not sore at all today. I have a slight tightness in my right hip, and a little tenderness in a tendon i tweaked going up the last hill, but I’m walking perfectly normally today. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜†

2) The Strassburg sock is the most amazing invention ever. The PT yesterday recommended I try one out for my achilles issue, so I got one while I was at the store and tried it on last night. Admittedly, it’s a little awkward to sleep in, especially for someone who naturally points their toes, but it’s not uncomfortable. The only time I really noticed it was when I stretched my leg out completely straight. But, the best thing? This morning when I stepped out of bed, I didn’t hobble once! I haven’t done that in nearly a year!!ย ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

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โ˜€๏ธ Hope y’all have a good Sunday! โ˜€๏ธ

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Weekend Wrap-up

I had made my peaceย with my decision to sit out Philly – until I got my bib and corral assignment email Friday night. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Skipping the race is the right choice, and I know this, but I’m still not completely okay with it. I know it’s not worth the potential long-term achilles injury. But it still kinda blows.

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I had hoped to get out for a run yesterday, but due to way too much time at the mall that just didn’t happen. Today was my usual Sunday trail walk with the beast. The best part about going out in the cold? No problem finding parking! There were four cars in the lot – two of which belonged to me and Aaron. It was overcast and pretty chilly (41 degrees), butย we certainly won’t the only people on the trail.

This guy was walking along, reading a hardback book

This guy was walking along, reading a hardback book held open with one hand

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We ended up going over 6.75 miles (my mom went out this morning and ran/walked 5 miles with her running buddies – I couldn’t let her do more than me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Beast was, as always, a well-behaved dog – that is, until she decided to snag some road apples for a snack on the run :-X Ugh… dogs can be so gross. She looked so happy after her not-so-clandestine snack, though…

I've been past here dozens of times, but today was the first time I noticed that this sign has been eaten by a tree!

I’ve been past here dozens of times, but today was the first time I noticed that this sign has been eaten by a tree!

I’ve decided that since I’m not running Philly, I am doing a Turkey Trot (courtesy of a local Rotary chapter!) and am using that and Celtic Solstice to springboard me into winter training season. This time frame will be used to build my base back up gradually and to focus on strength to help stave off injury. I’m on the fence about putting my name in the hat for the NYC Half Marathon (March) but am planning on racing the Brooklyn Half, assuming I can get in, late in the spring, followed by a fall full marathon. I’ve got a lot on the line this year – I really need to focus on safely building my base and adapting my body to the new challenges it’s going to face this year.


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Recovery week

I do love recovery week.

Monday I saw my PT and got Grastoned and a good, long massage on both lower legs, followed by some ice.

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And had a good carb-y, protein-y meal.

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Yesterday the full and half training groups met for our post-race celebration.

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And tonight I’m going to do a nice, easy workout on the elliptical.

What do you do the week following your big race?


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I do love free things

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Aside from winning a free entry to the Philadelphia Half Marathon, one of the best things about it is it’s the only race I’ve done that has half marathon pacers!!

The ClifBar Pacers Team sent out this wonderful little care package which I can’t wait to try out! I just might have to give their recovery drink a shot after my half on Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚


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Freedom

I’ve been set free!!! No more PT!!! *happy dance* I actually enjoyed PT and really liked the people there, but I’m happy to be done with them.

I am still limited in my activity – only short bursts of running with plenty of strength training for now, building up my running time week by week. But, on the bright side, my therapist okayed a half marathon in the fall. Looks like my first full will have to wait until 2015, but I’d rather wait than end up injured again. Although I still have the walking boot, I have no intentions of ever using it again (unless I’ve got a seriously awesome story to go with it).


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First legit run!

So I’ve been in physical therapy for five weeks now, using the super awesome Alter G treadmill to retrain my running form and doing all sorts of strengthening exercises to fix my biomechanical inefficiencies – and I was finally set free to run in the wild! I still have two more weeks of PT, but my therapist thinks I’ve made enough progress to safely add outdoor running into my routine again! Woohoo!

I went to a local track tonight (nice and padded) for my first real outdoor run in ages. My dad and I are training for a St. Patricks day 5k and his training has been on hold while my running has been on hiatus. It felt really good to get back out there, even if it wasn’t much. We walked four laps, and ran the straight sides of three laps. No pain, no aches, no problem ๐Ÿ™‚ It did feel a bit weird to be running at a faster cadence (I’ve been at 160-166 bpm) than I’m used to, but it felt good. I’m really looking forward to the next!


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The bib I will never get to wear, take II…

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Went down to DC to get my packet for the Army Ten Miler today – and got another reminder of how maddening this stress fracture has been. I have been looking forward to this race for about five years now, and this is the second time I have registered and DNSed it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The expo at least was enjoyable and pretty empty, so it was possible to actually look around and not feel super rushed. Got lots of free water bottles!

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I am planning on completing 10 miles in some upright fashion on Sunday, even if I have to be on the elliptical through the entire Ravens game (and judging by the way they’ve been playing lately it might be a better use of my time). I know I should be happy that I’m healing and working on making myself stronger for the long run (ha, no pun intended), but that’s just so damn difficult to appreciate right now when all I want to do is complete one damn race, even if I’m the last one across the line.

I know it would be foolish, but there’s a part of me that really wants to get up at 4:00am on Sunday to drive down and at least attempt to walk the race. I know that part of me needs to be beaten into submission, but I’m having a very hard time refuting its argument right now.