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Quitting while I'm ahead. Sort of.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Went for a 4 mile run today, which ended up being a 2 mile mostly walk. I'm glad that I got out there and tried running for the first time since my disastrous 12.5 mile run last Sunday (see last week's blog). And I'm proud of myself for ending it early when my knee started to hurt.
But, I am still having a hard time accepting that I will not complete my planned half marathon October 16. My DH and completed it last fall by walking and I was looking forward to running most of it this year. But, with only 3 weeks to go and me unable to go more than 2 miles without pain, I don't see how 13.1 will be possible.
So, I am reluctantly, sadly giving up my HM goal. I fear that if I push myself too hard I will cause long-term or permanent injury. And I will set up an appointment to see a sports medicine doctor as soon as possible, as many of you have wisely suggested.
Although I am quitting the HM training, I am not giving up on running. DH suggested that we walk the HM, but I can't bring myself to do that. Beyond the fact that even walking 13 miles could result in further knee injury, I feel like I have turned a corner. I am not interested in just walking anymore. I want to run! And if all I can run for now is a 5K, then that is what I will do as soon as my knee is fully healed.
Instead, I will focus on building strength and flexibility and losing more weight, which I'm sure will improve my ability to resume HM training in a few months. My mind is ready for the HM, but my body is not. As Coach Nancy says - respect the distance! But it will happen - I will nail that HM sometime in the not too distant future.
Thank you all for the continued support. I could never have come this far without the encouragement, experience, and wisdom of my SP friends. And I won't make it through the next 5K, the next 10K, or the next HM without you.

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TREV1964 9/24/2013 5:36PM

    With an attitude like this you WILL get there - sometimes in life we have to be a little more patient. If you push too hard before you are ready you could end up doing permanent injuries and in my book a delay is far better than permanent no matter how long that delay is.

Even if you are moving through everything slower or even if you have stopped you are still facing in the right direction and you still have the drive to do this.

See you at the winning post.



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-SHAWN- 4/20/2013 4:17PM

  GF I think building strength and flexibility is key to health! I'm not sure about running and marathons though... I don't think my 21st century body cares for the 'jarring', especially now in my 50's. Plus think I'd have to have a double mastectomy before I could attempt to

I hope you heal, and if you decide to continue on with this particular dream that it brings you all you're hoping for.

I agree with TRANSFORMED123, this is NOT you quitting!

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TRANSFORMED123 4/2/2013 5:22PM

  That's not quitting since an injury forced you to stop. Instead of wallowing in self-defeat you've chosen to address the problem and keep going. You're a real go-getter!

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SAVANNAHZMOMMA1 12/10/2011 11:18AM

    I see it as a goal that you'd set to encourage you to stay on your journey. But your actual journey (health, body awareness and great self-care) actually continued at full pace! Now your goal to stay on the journey is to learn about recovery and how to work with that idea! You can definitely circle back to this one if it compels you and you learn what you need to about that knee.

I experienced a recent disappointment, too, with having to run a paid-for race after/during illness. I know how it feels, and how you have to comfort yourself about it.


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BLUESPYDER41 9/25/2011 12:56PM

    Btw, I love your background photo! I used to live in Fort Collins, Colorado and this reminds me of the foothills of the Rockies. Beautiful, Ann!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Susan emoticon

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BLUESPYDER41 9/25/2011 12:54PM

    First, disappointment sucks. I know that's a "duh" comment. It's true. Accepting the fact it sucks is important. Second, realizing that your recovery will be further away if you try to push it is important as you're protecting yourself from further injury and giving your knee time to heal.

Third, compliment yourself. Look where you started on this journey and where you are now. This is a side track for sure. Half the battle of what each of us is trying to accomplish is knowing when to back off and give rest and recuperation.

Fourth, you've obviously figured this all out on your own. I'm just good at restating the obvious! If I had to be superhero, I would be Restater of the Obvious!

I'm glad you shared your blog too because it's an important topic that we each need to remember. Dealing with the disappointment is not easy.

Have a great day!

Susan emoticon emoticon

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LIMASTAR 9/25/2011 12:39PM

  I wouldn't classify it as quitting, since you're still moving. Go see the sport doctor and get a diagnosis of what the problem is. Hope you get answers that help you return to running.

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CATHEMARIE 9/25/2011 12:34PM

    emoticon The important thing is to keep on moving.

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Learning my limits the hard way

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sunday , my hubby and I set out to finish 12.5 miles, in training for a half marathon on October 16. I was feeling positive and strong and enjoying the cool weather.
I was a bit concerned about right knee soreness I had last Sunday after 4 miles, so we started out slow and mixed in lots of walking for the first few miles. I felt some twinges in my left and right knees, but they seemed to go away with periodic stopping and stretching.
But around mile 8, my right knee was starting to feel sore. Not painful, but definitely sore.
Around mile 10, it was downright sore, bordering on pain. Like an idiot, I did not stop. I keep plowing through, thinking that I would just stretch it out afterward. BIG MISTAKE.
Just as I was nearing the end, my right knee told me in no uncertain terms that I needed to stop. It did that through a sudden sharp pain that virtually locked up that leg and required me to limp on my left leg for the last few hundred feet.
I dragged myself into the house, grabbed an ice pack, and a handful of ibuprofen. The pain lessened, but I hobbled around gingerly the rest of the day trying not to think about the fact that I probably won't be able to run again for days, maybe weeks. Which would pretty much kill my hope of finishing the race a month from now.
Today, I can walk, sort of, but resuming my training tomorrow is out of the question. Probably out of the question for the rest of the week. Maybe for the rest of the month.
I am a bit depressed about the whole thing, but I am more angry at myself for trying to "push through the pain." If I've learned nothing else from Coach Nancy and the other experienced runners here, I know that pain is a red flag that should not be ignored.
I have learned a lesson that I will not soon forget about recognizing the difference between ordinary sore muscles and the real pain of an injury. But the most important lesson I have learned is that I need to slow down, maybe get a few more shorter races under my fuel belt before I tackle a big one.
So, I'm down, but not out. I am a runner, but maybe not a marathoner yet.
How about a nice Turkey Trot?

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IMSMILEY88 9/24/2011 8:00PM

    A nice Turkey Trot would be lovely! And, very sorry to hear about your pain! It is sometimes hard to tell the difference between soreness and injury...and sometimes it's easy! Best wishes on a quick recovery. Rememeber, we're doing this for the long haul, right? So, no hurry on the Half! 5Ks & 10Ks, etc, are great!

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PAG2809 9/22/2011 12:32AM

    Well, its important that you're learning from your mistakes and that you're listening to your body now. Keep doing that and you'll make the right decisions.

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RELLIMTENAJ 9/19/2011 11:46PM

    Find out what is up with your knee by seeing a good sports orthopedic doc. If he gives you the ok after some rest, you will still be good to go for your race.

You have your longest run done and in the book. It's all taper from here on anyway.

When I did my full, I missed 2 full weeks toward the end of my training (including my longest training). I couldn't even get a shoe on one of my feet. Did I let that stop me from completing my full? NO!

So if rest is all you need to rehab your knee, then rest. Do cross training to keep your fitness, but rest. Then go do the race. You will be just fine.


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March means spring and renewed committment

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Looking out my window at melting snow, temperatures above freezing, and a bit of sun peaking out of the clouds. Which gives me the energy to bundle up and take my first walk in more than a week.
February was typical for me - feeling the winter blues and no motivation to stick with the program, to eat well, or to exercise regularly.
But, spring is around the corner and with the advent of the new season, I'm feeling a renewed sense of committment to my fitness and health. I am very close to my mini goal (being under 175 by my birthday on the 22nd) and if I can get back on track with journaling my food and exercising every day, then I will have no trouble reaching that goal.
Taking a deep breath and heading out the door.

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ELISA322 3/29/2011 6:52PM

    Happy belated birthday. Mine was also on the 22nd.

Good luck reaching your goals!

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VANB01 3/2/2011 7:33PM

    I hear ya! I am also looking forward to spring and have a renewed committment to a healthy lifestyle. The last few days have been great for walking outside. We can do this!!!
Hope your walk was wonderful

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-SHAWN- 3/27/2010 11:24PM

  You sound more motivated then me... Ever since my grandson arrived my life is upside down... And I've gained A LOT!

this winter was pretty much non existent, the last one was the worst I've seen in my life.

Just got a new exercise bike, hope it doesn't turn into a clothes rack.

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Boot camp off to a good start

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Tom and I completed (sort of) the 10 minute Boot Camp Day 1 video. Even Ellie joined in. Can't believe Coach Nicole can do that whole thing without passing out. Hoping that we will do better next Sunday.

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ANN5497 2/21/2010 2:39PM

    The momentum only lasted about a week. But I'm still doing well with my walking

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BTRFLY9IRL 2/19/2010 3:33PM

    how's it going?

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LAVENDERGIRLL 1/3/2010 10:06PM

    I know the feeling! I didnt think it would be so difficult. I watched it once before I did it. But wow, it was intense and I loved it! Just keep it up and it will get easier! Promise!

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Strength training revisited

Friday, November 20, 2009

Let me begin by saying that I do not like strength training. I find the exercises boring or difficult and the payoff is barely perceptible. By contrast, I very much enjoy a brisk walk, a lengthy bike ride, or a session of heavy housework. I feel great immediately afterward, and I can quickly and easily perceive my endurance improving.

That being said, I know that strength training is "good for me," so I tried it for a while back in August/September, then pretty much gave up.

Last night, for the first time in weeks, I tried strength training again. This time, I altered my routine by eliminating the exercises that I don't like, such as push ups, and concentrated on abdominals and other core routines. And I must say, it wasn't so bad. Can't say that I "enjoyed" it, but I felt good about starting it up again and am hopeful that I will be able to keep this going.

Wish me luck.


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