Monday, September 22, 2014
Since February, after switching to a different make of running shoe, I've been fighting plantar fasciitis. Not a good thing for a runner/endurance athlete! Not that I'm at all talented as an athlete, but, I do have trophies, rankings, a feature article in USATF National Masters, and a wall of medals for all my efforts. So, I'd guess you can say I've done as well as I could.
This weekend, my daughter and I did the Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon (HM), which promised to be a lot of fun. Well...watching the balloons launch while we were out on the route was a lot of fun.
Problems with the race began with the packet pickup. My son and girlfriend didn't get their race shirts or our grandson's cape for the Kid's K because they were out, and that was at one of the 3 pickup locations. How can you be out of gear for registered participants? They had to pick up their gear on race morning. My daughter and I had no problem where we picked up our packets. Proposed solution: 1 pickup location that's fully staffed and organized; let the sponsor have a booth. All participants registered prior to pickup day to be provided their gear (we paid for it!); late registrants to be as supplies last.
Next, the race started late. Was supposed to start at 7:30am, but, got held up a few minutes (don't know why). The hot air balloons were late getting organized and ready for launch, was supposed to be around 7am. And the race announcer didn't know where the starting line was - he actually said that! What??? His stand was right next to it!!!
The weather forecast was for thunderstorms, but, we got brilliant skies - and heat, and humidity. There were not enough water stops, and they were stretched too far apart. One of the fire station crew on the route also commented about this, as there were people succumbing to the heat at least around mile 8 (ironically, in front of the fire station). My hubby said there were quite a few people carried away on stretchers and in emergency vehicles; he kept looking to see if I was among them (I suffer heat exhaustion).
Because of my plantar fasciitis, I told my hubby that I wouldn't be running much, if at all, but not looking forward to walking around 3 hrs. It was my worst time ever - 3 1/2 hrs; I slowed down around mile 9 due to the heat. Mile 11 became excruciatingly slow; mile 12 seemed far too distant.
The route was mostly on concrete paths that wound through a lovely park; very hard on the feet and joints. Were it not for random conversations with other walkers, or runners who had also slowed down, I might have just called it quits.
Worse, my phone got fried after a woman with a pitcher of water doused me (I asked her to and blame myself for my race belt getting so damp).
On the route, I told myself that one more HM, my 21st, will be my last (magic number for my family). I'm not even sure I'll be able to do the full marathon in Feb (will be my 8th if completed), and I'll be content with having completed 7 (of 10 attempts: 1 DNF (collapsed at mile 10, heat), 2 finished as HMs (heat)).
I also decided that, now that I have my certification, it's time to focus on being a Race Director. I have a race in mind that I've been wanting to put together.
So, it was a very long walk, made to feel more so by the conditions. But, I finished, and have my big shiny medal to show for it that needs a place on the wall.
So, now, plan the next phase of my athletic career, but, not as an athlete. My body is done.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
June: quit my job, but, hubby won't let me retire
July: my 4yo grandson spent the month - he learned to swim, ride a bike, how to color, play with clay; started a wellness program
Aug: went on Fed gov't contract, lower pay, longer commute, no benefits, but pays the bills, they want me long term; the commute will be my undoing
Sep: running season started and am coaching again, half marathon in 2 weeks; played Candy Crush for the first time (it's addictive) and am somewhere on the chocolate mountain; harvest moon was absolutely beautiful
Tomorrow is the anniversary of 9/11/01
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
and sometimes you just need to share it with someone.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
The Plano Balloon Festival HM is on Sep 21 and I need my feet ready! As I've only been able to walk just a few days all month, I've only been doing 2-3 miles on my weekday routes, swimming on weekends. So, this morning, I decided to see how my foot would do, and didn't wear my custom orthotics for my running shoes.
Start 8:38a 76F 96% humidity (yikes) cloudy
Finish 10:04a (1h24m)
5.16 mis walk only
pace 16.67M (slow, but steady)
All things considered, not too bad. I saved the final 1.5 miles in the shade for last and was very glad I did. When the sun comes out, it gets intense here.
Next weekend, I'll do a 6mi route.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Since July 3, I've had our 4yo Grandson in my charge. He returned home with his father today, and My Darling Groom and I are feeling the emptiness in our home, We had so much fun: watching the 4th of July fireworks, teaching him how to swim, working on his basic academic skills, building sand castles on the beach at the lake. He learned how to play with our new little rescued Chihuahua, and how to color (he had totally refused to try, before).
Meanwhile, I was hoping to enjoy a longer break before having to return to work. Alas and alack, a recruiter buddy of mine talked me into taking on a government contract - and the paperwork, etc. has been intense! Fortunately, I was able to put off my start date until after my grandson left.
My plantar fasciitis issue remains an annoying condition. Swimming has provided some relief. How do you stay off your feet when 1) there's a 4yo running around the house, and, 2) there's still the matter of daily life to contend with? It's so difficult to refrain from the running urge when the new fall training season is about to begin.
On top of all this, for the entire month, I've been on a doctor controlled wellness program, undergoing a series of tests for heavy metals and a battery of other things to determine what's going on with my immune system (besides lupus). This is forcing me to be vegetarian for another couple of sees - not easy with a family of carnivores. It has also forced me to clear out the pantry cabinet! I haven't been able to keep the weight off that I lost at the beginning of the wellness program, another goal; but, still trying.
So, July has been quite a busy month. I feel as though I now need a vacation, ROFL!
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