Monday, June 23, 2014
Since April, I've been fighting plantar fasciitis. I finally had to break down and get a cortisone shot, then had new custom orthotics made for my running shoes. I also spent a few weeks in a boot cast. For the past week or so, however, my heel flared up again - auggh!
This morning, I headed out for my usual weekday 2-mile run route, electing to walk it. Less than 5 mins in, I decided that perhaps I should just shoot for 20 mins.
10 mins in, I decided I should cut it short, altogether, and only made it to 15 mins - ack!
My running season starts in 2 months and I have a half marathon in Sept. I've never had PF before, so this is most frustrating. However, if there can be a lesson in this for any of you - this is one injury you *have* to treat seriously, or, your running days will be over.
Now, to listen to my own advice...
Monday, June 09, 2014
was yesterday and so much fun! It could be called a super sprint, as the distances for all 3 disciplines are shorter than a standard sprint, and great for first-timers, rookies building experience, or advanced triathletes using it for training or conditioning.
My daughter and I had planned to do her first Tri together. However, the prior 2 planned events had been rained out, and I am currently recovering from an injury that has kept me out of my tri season to date. So, our focus was all on her.
She was apprehensive about the open water swim, as she had not been out with my team very often at all. I took her on an OWS the weekend prior to the tri, and she did very well. It was only 50m shy of the 300m for the event, and she's a good swimmer, so she felt confident.
I had also taken her out on a hilly bike ride, and did hill repeats to prepare her for the monster hill on the 11-mile tri route. Fortunately, the worst hill was early on, and she said the monster hill didn't feel so bad. As she's already a runner and experienced marathoner, the 2-mile run was fairly easy, although it was quite humid out.
There were 2 girls at the finish line holding a ribbon for anyone coming across, and my daughter was lucky enough to to run through the ribbon when she finished. Her BF captured the moment on video, as he had the more advantageous spot.
Her dad, oldest brother with his GF and his 4-yo son, grandma, BF and running buddies (some also doing their first tri), were all there to share her accomplishment.
So, my favorite running buddy and assistant coach has finally become a triathlete and has absolutely no reason to not do a tri with me. :)
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Yesterday, My Darling Groom and I celebrated our 36th Anniversary, and we've been together 38. We married a little later than our friends, lasted longer than our friends, even lived longer than some of our friends (somewhat depressing).
What has kept us together:
his sense of humor
we're best friends
he's the love of my life
he says I'm the love of his life
he's my rock
mostly, his sense of humor; he makes me laugh, even when I don't feel like it.
38 years together, a long time...and looking forward to many more :)
Monday, June 02, 2014
I didn't think I had been away THIS long, but, looks like I have! Finishing out 2013 was no fun:
- my Director was making my job miserable and I wanted out
- my Darling Groom was diagnosed with skin cancer AND emphysema (it gets worse...)
- my head injury from the August tri was just not getting better as quickly as expected
2014 has not been much better:
- my hubby is doing reasonably well, all things considered (but still smoking!)
- I asked to be moved to another area in my dept and managed to get my whole team moved and reporting to the new VP (a good thing)
- here's the but: but, I still wanted out
- my new VP tried to help get traction on an idea for a new role at the company that we thought would be perfect and a value to our community profile - never happened; my CIO said it's because the CEO and the President of the main business side aren't athletes like we are
- my younger son dropped into deep depression and is now staying with us while he works on his mental health and anxieties
- my health was deteriorating further due to all the stress from both the job and stuff at home
- after 13 years of distance running and endurance sports, I suffered my first ever case of plantar fasciitis - and it's a doozy! It has kept me out of my triathlon season :(
- today is my last official day with the company; they gave me all of last month to just take time out and regroup, and negotiated a nice severance so that I don't have to worry about things for a while - YAY!
- I made the most awesome business contact who will help me get that idea off the ground that my company wouldn't - AND, he loved the idea of our Slow Fat Runners (stay tuned) - WOW!
- our son started a new job today and has someone supportive there who helped him get it :D
- we're spending Father's Day with our older son and our grandson :D :D
- we're making a family event out of the hot air balloon festival in Sept: my daughter and I are running the half marathon, my son and his GF will do the 5K, our grandson will do the Kids K
- I have a team of recruiter buddies and a friend who was a career change counselor helping me figure out my next new adventure (needed to pay the bills while I build the business)
- I have new custom orthotics (made by the company I just left) and was able to do my first run in WEEKS last week - woo-hoo!
The really important thing: tomorrow is my 36th wedding anniversary :D
So, today is the first day of a new path in life, and I am back!
Saturday, November 02, 2013
November, already, time flies when you're either too busy or getting old!
After the planned last Tri of my season got rained out, I registered at the last minute for another one a week later. It was very short: 150yd indoor swim, 5.5 miles on the bike (5 loops around the campus), 2.25 miles run (2x1 mi loop around campus + 1 loop around the track) with a stadium finish.
Well…the bike route was very challenging - hard hills and speed bumps. My avg speed was only 9mph (ack)! There was no way to keep a good pace around the speed bumps.
The run route went up and down the hilly campus, 2x up a double flight of stairs, a bit cross-country and finally the track. egads! But, I made it, and took age group (AG) 1st place. That was easy - I was the only one in my age group, LOL!
So, now I have to finish my running season, which ends with our local - very hilly - marathon/half marathon. As I'm doing the half track of the Distance Challenge, I get to stick with the half marathon. But, that will be the last of 6 races in the DC, and #3 has yet to come. That one is another very hilly route, and a hard one.
Race #2 was one of my favorites, a 10-mi Run for the Water, 8 miles of hard hills before reaching the flat finish. My PR was only by 1 minute, as I walked 2 of the last hills, but, I'll take it. The way my legs hurt all week, you'd have thought I just ran a marathon!
After this season, I'm taking a break from running and focusing on preparing for a half ironman, since I crashed out of my last attempt. I have finally made peace with my bike and even bought my first aero helmet.
I think my Tri training is starting to pay off in my running, especially now that I'm not worried about my daughter. She's able to run her own race with confidence, and doing very well. Since january, she has finished every one of our races slightly ahead of me - as well she should be! This leaves me to gradually regain my own pace and benefit from the cross training for multi-sport.
There are times, though, when I think that triathlon is just too hard. I believe triathletes are the toughest endurance athletes around; certainly the most organized, considering the logistics involved in preparing and racing 3 disciplines within a certain time allotment. I'm consistent, my coach says - yeh, consistently slow, LOL!
All the same, the harder I Tri, the better I run…there must be something to all the X-training my coach has me doing...
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