Monday, April 24, 2017

One Step Closer

To an answer? To a fix? I'm not exactly sure.

I just completed 6 weeks of PT without any improvement. My PT (and doctor) thought it was my SI Joint and pirifemoral muscle.

I don't think they're wrong.  They just aren't right.

I went to the doctor today for my follow up appointment and we did an xray of my lower back and hip.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Here's to Starting Over: Take 2

As I said in January, I was ready to make the sports doctor appointment. So I did it. And I've been officially sidelined for 2 weeks now. I'm bitter. I'm angry. I'm depressed. And I'm in pain. I have a love-hate relationship with running, as you know, but it keeps me sane. Somewhat sane. But I'm not going to talk about my lack of mental health today, I'm going to talk about the running injury that I have been stricken with.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Here's to Starting Over

I've decided to start all over with running, so I've gone back to the C25K. Instead of walk breaks, I'm doing slower runs.

For example, as in Week 1:
1 minute speed
90 second slow run (instead of walk)
1 minute speed
90 second slow run
Etc.

Today I did Week 1 Day 1 (W1D1). Here was my initial trek with the C25K W1D1 4+ years ago.

I have to admit it wasn't as rough this time around as it was 4 years ago. I can't say, though, that it's much more fun at this point.

It's incredibly frustrating to be where I was, however slow that may have been, back to where I am now. It's no surprise considering I've been seriously slacking in the running area (all work out areas, to be honest) and only ran around 11 miles this month.

Eleven miles! I've done more than that in ONE RUN before.

Add some weight gain to that.. and, well.. 

*sigh

Anyway, I'm running for Stray Rescue again this year in St. Louis (year #4!) and if you're so inclined to sponsor me (it ALL goes to the doggies!), please do. You can reach my fundraiser here or in the sidebar.

I love the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon. As you recall, it was my first half ever.

One month until my next half. I'm going to be as ready as I can.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I've Almost Done It & Goodbye 2016

Worked up the nerve to see the sports doctor, that is. Every time I try to run I spend the next few days trying to walk. The hip is that bad. And even though I haven't been running, it's getting worse. So I'm going to do it, I'm going to make the appointment.

Unless I talk myself out of it again.

I'm not going to backtrack and see if I achieved any of my 2016 goals, I'm just glad it's over. Goodbye 2016, you miserable piece of shit.

Welcome 2017. Let's do this one right, shall we?

My only two goals for 2017 so far are these:

1) Don't Skip Any Race I Sign Up For
2) Do Better Than Last Year

Sounds good? Good.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Races Completed

January 23rd, 2016 :: Battle of the Bean, 5k
 February 6th, 2016 :: Stupid Cupid, 2 mile
February 14th, 2016 :: Not 4 Wimps, 10k (2nd Year)
March 19th, 2016 :: Run2Believe, 5k (3rd Year)
March 26th, 2016 :: Easter Sun Run, 10k (3rd Year)
April 2nd, 2016 :: El Dorado Half Marathon
April 10th, 2016 :: Go! St. Louis Half Marathon (3rd Year)
April 16th, 2016 :: Great Plains, 10k (2nd Year)
April 23rd, 2016 :: Emma Creek Classic, 5k
May 1st, 2016 :: Prairie Fire Spring Half Marathon (3rd Year)
May 21st, 2016 :: Wine-O Trail Run, 10k  
 June 4th, 2016 :: Head for the Cure, 5k (2nd Year)
June 25th, 2016 :: Firecracker, 5k (morning) (4th Year)
June 25th, 2016 :: Glow Run, 5k (evening) (3rd Year)
July 4th, 2016 :: Stars & Stripes, 5k (3rd Year)
August 27th, 2016 :: Nebraska State Fair Half Marathon (2nd Year)
 September 5th, 2016 :: Labor Run, 5k (2nd Year)
September 10th, 2016 :: Race for Freedom, 5k (4th Year)
September 18th, 2016 :: Old Town, 10k (2nd Year)
September 24th, 2016 :: Susan Komen Race for the Cure, 10k
October 9th, 2016 :: Prairie Fire Fall Half Marathon
October 22nd, 2016 :: Monster Mash, 5k
December 31st, 2016 :: Resolution Run, 5k 
December 31st, 2016 - January 1st, 2017 :: Run in the New Year, 5k

Thursday, October 13, 2016

I'm Not Funny

Wait... What?

I got told that this weekend. Not in so many words, but more like, "you're totally down on running, and so-and-so's blog is hilarious"  or something close to that. Now this person is a good friend, so I took this to heart.

She's right. I'm in a dark space right now, I have been for awhile. There I said it. It's not all cocaine and hot tubs around here. I don't honestly know why, but I can pick a few reasons with the biggest being the loss of my baby, Dingo. He took a piece of my soul with him. I miss him so much.

Running hurts physically. I mentioned before that I've been having hip pain. This is getting worse. I ran a 10k on Sept. 18th and a week later ran another one with a time increase of around 18 minutes because of hip and knee pain. I took two weeks off and ran a half last weekend, adding about 20 minutes to my last half time. I tried KT Tape for the first time on my knee and felt a huge difference in the knee pain. I just started a new job (surgical-trauma) and insurance hasn't started yet, but I'll see the sports doctor when it does.

I love running, and I want it to love me back again. It doesn't fix my problems, but it helps make them manageable.

Things will get better. And until they do I need you all to just remember that I'm pretty fuckin' funny, damnit.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Nebraska Half, 2nd Year

Photo taken by NSM
This half was on RSD30 (the run streak ended last night on day 33) and I don't know if that's why I hurt so bad during this race, but I did.

Non-Stop Mom and I were chauffeured by Muttski (AKA Texas Guy) to Nebraska, leaving home at 12:30 a.m. Fortunately NSM and I got to sleep some on the 4ish hour trip. The race began at 6:30, starting relatively well despite the fact that I had been having some of my relatively usual knee pain which had been joined by a new left hip pain.

(This is part of why the streak ended, evaluation of the new pain.)

The miles seemed to move pretty quickly, until the double digit miles which were beginning to seriously hurt. By a bit after mile 10 I was doubting that I would be able to finish without walking.  By mile 11, I was moving by sheer will alone, and only wanted to cry. Strangely, the miles continued to feel as if they were passing pretty quickly. Slower, but still faster than expected. Thankfully.

Anyway, I finished, beat my 2nd best half time by a whole 23 seconds and last year's NE time by about 27.5 minutes. Pain and all.  This race was 5:03 slower than my half PR.

Afterwards, taking account of everything, I noted left hip, bilateral knee, and lower back pain.

That said, I'm pretty pleased with this race. It is as claimed, "fast and flat".  And I look forward to running it again.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

#22KILL

"Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. started the #22KILL movement in 2013 after learning about the staggering statistic that an average of 22 veterans are killed by suicide every day."

I was challenged to a 22 day run streak (actually, I think it was 22 days of push-ups, which if you know me, you know I do not cannot do) for the number of veterans that commit suicide every day. 

I started my streak on July 29th. Tonight will be Run Streak Day (RSD) #27. 

I'm pretty stoked. I chose not to post about it here until I completed my 22 days. And here I share the mileage:

Friday, August 5, 2016

I Have a Confession to Make

I have only seen the first two seasons of Breaking Bad. And it's been a minute.

So this is all I'm doing today.  Starting Breaking Bad from the beginning.


Friday, July 29, 2016

The Race that Ruined it All

On August 2nd, 2014, I ran a Race That Never Happened. This race got into my head so badly, that I blame it for every bad race, or race I've walked in, ever since it happened.

You may have heard that runners are superstitious. Typically, that means clothes, shoes, a good luck charm. I have all those, too. But my stubbornness, my willpower, and my Mojo all took a hit that day that I honestly don't feel I've fully recovered from.

This race is coming up again in about a week. I'm signed up. I'm dreading it. I'm honestly freaked out I can't run the entire thing and will damn myself to another year of poor performance and damaged Mojo.

It sounds melodramatic. I know.

So much depends on this race.

Here's Where I'm At & Heat and Mosquitoes

We've talked before about my hatred of mosquitoes. The other day, I was minding my own business at my computer, perhaps even typing a post here, and I received 4 mosquito bites. Four. In my own home. I never even saw the little fucker. What's their purpose for existing, anyway? They're ugly, they're evil, I don't think they pollinate anything. I just can't take this. My legs are (again) covered with mosquito bites in various healing stages, just as in the aforementioned posts, and even when I go outside to run in spite of the vile, un-cute, evil, nasties it's too hot to run very far.
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