Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thirty-Two July Miles

My goal mileage for July was 30 miles. I made it!

I'm still running much slower than my previous, and I'm struggling with distances over 2-3 miles at a time. I've also been steadily gaining weight since I had to take off per doctor's orders, and I'm sure this is causing a lot of the issues as well.

I run most of my days off from work, and I haven't managed to run the mornings of the nights I work because after 12 hours on my feet, I'm either really tired, or I'm having hip/back pain/aching.

I haven't gotten the MRI yet.

Don't judge me. I have legitimate reasoning (mostly financial) that I'm not going to go into detail about.

And also, I'm still a chickenshit.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Running Still Sucks

.. but I'm trying to do it. I have nothing exciting, or even interesting, to tell you.

So I'm just going to share my Spotify running playlist with you.

What do you run to?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Whining Doesn't Burn Calories

Can I just admit that I'm not always the most brilliant person on the planet?

I haven't gotten an MRI yet, nor have I seen a spine specialist.  Why, you ask? A couple reasons, but one being I'm a bit of a chickenshit. As before, with both the knee and hip/back issues, I'm afraid I'll be told to stop the running. I've just restarted!

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

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.. 


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


"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:

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