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Running comes to a screeching halt :(

Monday, May 28, 2012

So my last post was a while ago... I decided to stay in the walking group and found I could still challenge myself doing my own intervals. I also found someone that was a good pace buddy for me. She and I helped each other through our minor aches and pains.

Week 9 was a great walk/run... I found myself in the zone and really enjoyed it. That was Wed. night..... 2 evenings later I decided to take my motorcycle out for a little ride and less than a mile from home, I laid it down. When I leave my house on my cycle, I ask God to watch over me.... That He did! I am a newbie rider and there were all sorts of warning signs for riders.... hill, big curve, RR tracks and loose gravel. Needless to say, I didn't make the curve. Thankfully I was wearing a full face helmet and all my gear. After vividly remembering my helmet bouncing on the asphalt I came to a stop. I sat up and found my left leg pinned under my back wheel. Good Samaritans came along to call 911 and 2 kids (my son's friends actually) got the bike off my leg. I know God was with me because I came home the next morning from ER with a broken thumb and sprained knee!

I remember thinking in the ER that night how this could have been so much worse... but I also remember thinking.... "How will I run that race on June 2nd??---- Oh... I'll be ok... i will just walk it!!" Sat when I knew everyone was getting ready for the Sat morning run, I teared up knowing I wouldn't be able to finish this up. For ONCE I was accomplishing something and enjoying it. Monday I followed up with my Dr. to confirm it was only a sprain, I asked her if I could walk the 5K, she said "no" :(

I visited my group of fellow runners & walkers on Wed. night and received my New Balance running jacket.( our "graduation gift" for completing the course) I talked to my coaches and mentors and will be joining them at the finish line to watch my team-mates come through. I may not have physically finished this race, but there was more growth along the way than I ever expected.

My hope is that I will be ready to start the fall session in August and try this again!! emoticon

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    Glad you are ok. Don't forget to get a new helmet to keep you safe. God was definitely watching over you.

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67CAMARO_SS 5/29/2012 8:14AM

    OMGoodness-How scary & disheartening! But you are so right when you say it could've been worse. Could''ve been a whole lot worse! I'm glad your injuries are fairly minor....take care of yourself now so you can completely heal. It always seems to take way more time than we want, but be patient. Keep logging in SP, keep a positive outlook, & keep smiling!!!
June :)

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    Oh, wow! I'm so glad that the injuries were not any worse. That must have been very scary. I know it's probably frustrating, but it's definitely wise to take the doctor's advice and opt out of your 5K. I hope you'll still have a lot of fun at the finish line, and that you'll be ready to go by the time the course is offered again.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/29/2012 12:25AM


Even if you can't run or walk it with them, being there at the finish line and cheering each and every one coming across should be fun. And it may very well be that all that training is what had your body in good enough condition to come through as well as you have.

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Walkin' Wednesday

Friday, April 27, 2012

This week I didn't get out to do my " interval training" on Monday night. Instead I did a 75 minute Hot Yoga session. This is new for me too. I do enjoy the yoga but find I am getting cramps in my feet. The yoga instructor told me that is normal for a newbie and told me a few things to try to alleviate it. The next morning I woke to aches in my chest and shoulder area. UGH... why does anything "good" for me seem to hurt so much. HA!! (age, maybe??? --LOL) My good friend Lisa, is a massage therapist. I called her to see if I could get in for a quick 30 minute massage to get rid of the "icki-ness" I was feeling in my shoulders and chest. She didn't have room in her schedule but told me some things to do and she too assured me that it was normal to feel that way from all the cobras and downward dog positions. **sigh**

So Tuesday night I decide to get out to do the 7 intervals of 4 min run/1 min walk. Ummmm.. Yeah.. Right! Mental or not, it was not happening. I tried. I walked and ran but not necessarily those intervals. Later that evening my knees were really bothering me. Ok.. so when does this get easier????

Wednesday night I decided to give myself a little break and participate in the walking group. It was nice... a change of scenery (the different groups go off in different directions), got to chit chat with new people and was able to listen to my body a little better. I found myself still challenged. Intervals are bit different... 11 intervals of 1 minute run and 2 min walk. Easier but still was out about 2 miles and definitely got my "work out"! As much as I want to challenge my body and my mind, I think I might stay with this group the duration of the class.
We'll see!!

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    Variety is great. Very motivating to read how much exercise you're getting! Hope your muscles stop rebelling so much soon though!

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    I'm impressed that you still went out for intervals Tuesday night when you were already so sore from Monday night. That takes determination! It's good that you're listening to your body and not overdoing it, though. You'll make a lot more progress this way!

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67CAMARO_SS 4/27/2012 1:30PM

    OMGosh - this could've been written by me! I echo all of your thoughts & feelings - right down to the foot cramps!!! I get them so severely all the time it's crazy :(
But, like you - I'll keep plugging along at this...keep trying new things. Keep challenging ourselves. Keep your great attitude going girl - I like it!!!
June :)

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The mental side of running

Saturday, April 21, 2012

It's been a while since I have updated this with my running. It's been a couple of weeks with a cold thrown in the midst of it. This WI weather is crazy. Our first few weeks of the NOBO running class were HOT and now this morning I went out to frost on the ground! No wonder why everyone has been sick!

I missed one Wed. night because of the cold I had, but still tried to keep up with the training schedule. I am finding that it is hard to get out and do walk/runs on my own just because of my schedule. My daughter is playing high school fast pitch softball, so I am at her games on Tues. and Thurs nights. I find that if I don't get out to walk or do some kind of cross training between the Wed. night class and Sat morning class, I am out of sync.....

Which brings me to my latest realization.... RUNNING IS A MENTAL ACTIVITY. I really didn't come to that conclusion till last night. It is mind over matter! As I am now officially half way through my 12 week program, I am really being challenged by the upped intervals. This past Wed. night I had the worst run ever! I had a bad attitude and was dreading the now 3.5 min run/1 min walk X 6 intervals run/walk I had facing me that night. I have to admit... I whined! I complained and guess what? Everything hurt that night... shins, knees and hips hurt. When I slowed to a walk it still hurt... but I persevered and got through it. After that night and then looking ahead at the training schedule I was certain that I was going to go walk group. The walk group has different intervals of walk/ fast walk & running shorter times. I know I can do that and figured I could still be challenged by that group too. So, as I planned it out in my mind, this Saturday (today) I was going to switch groups and finish off a walker.

Friday evening I had a talk with my friend (Cathy) that is doing this class with me. She is loving it and seems to be running faster and with less trouble than I. While we talked, we agreed that it is mind over matter, she cheered me on and FILLED my "half empty glass" attitude to being half full again. Shortly after we talked, I went out for my little 1.46 mile neighborhood jaunt. No intervals reminding me to run or walk, I just did what my body told me to do. I was happy to have arrived back home in 22 minutes and realized that I ran quite a bit more than I was expecting to. Why??? Cuz I heard the words of Cathy say "I am not going to let this running defeat me!" I saw myself a runner... I was half FULL and had a positive attitude.

Today was soooo much better.... It was a frosty, chilly morning with the NOBO friends that I have been making. I knew we were out to run the same times (3.5 run/ 1 walk) but we were up to 7 intervals today. Some how with my more positive attitude, I DID IT! I will say, I walked a bit of the run time but for the most part, I DID IT!

So, it's not just the breathing that I was worried about, it's not just the legs (and pain) I was worried about.... as I become a runner, I am learning it is all about my attitude... and that positive attitude is going to make running & many things in life easier to tolerate too.

On another note.... the confidence that is being built out of this has encouraged me to take on another new "sport". I have signed up to play Women s Softball in the rec league in town. I am so looking forward to playing again and being part of this team. Oh... yeah... and the One Tough Cookie mud run in Sept.... I decided to participate in that too with some friends. Now really, what was I thinking........ : ) emoticon

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    emoticon You are really getting athletic! How fun!
Since I'm reading this so many days after you posted it, you've now had time for another group training run. I hope that you were able to keep up with the positive thinking and have a good run.
I've been really considering changing groups for my summer training program to lessen the pressure, but hmmm.... I think I'll be like you and stick with it! emoticon

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SHALDERMAN 4/22/2012 2:23PM

    I agree! Running is so mentally challenging at times. If you aren't in a good mindset it can throw the whole run off. I've also realized that its what sometimes makes me stop running and feel like I have to "take a break" during a run. Since working with my personal trainer I've been seeing how I can mentally get in a zone to push through a point when, on my own, I would have given up. I've been working to apply this to my runs and my home strength training. Yes sometimes there are physical issues that we should be in tune to (and stop running when they happen!) but so often its all in our brain :)

So proud of you and the progress you are making! :) Maybe I can come your way to run a 5K sometime. There's actually one up here in our little town in fall (I think Sept or Oct). Its nice cause its not real busy or crowded. Dave's run it twice now and I plan to do it this year with a friend. You can come up and join the fun if you want! :)

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    I remember the pain as I trained for my first 5k. I ended up doing much better on an indoor running plan so I wouldn't hurt. Then found out I had somehow gotten my knee out of alignment. So that was fixed. Still did better indoors. When it came time to do the 5k I chose to run a path at a nature center's trail. My husband went with me to keep track of it all, and I actually had someone encourage me ( a stranger), and though I wondered if I could keep breathing all right, I said "I can do this" over and over and over, and I did. I didn't want to go too slow, to have a bad amount of time recorded (according to me- comparing myself to others' time they'd done it in), but I knew not to go too fast either. I did non-stop all the way to the end, and my time was pretty decent. I also realized that running isn't for me. I don't enjoy it, and it is too much on my body (my knees are nearly bone on bone), and so have given myself permission to not have to go on with running, but to do other things I like instead.
*new teammate at ~Fit by Fifty

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BLUE42DOWN 4/21/2012 9:39PM


Well done getting the mental part on your side!

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April fooled.... a few days later

Saturday, April 07, 2012

We are officially now about a quarter of the way through my No Boundaries running class. Week 4 has proven to be a little bit tougher to get through. We were running 3 min - walking 2 min (5 sets) this past week. I am not quite sure how I did it. But for the most part... I DID! There were a few times I found myself walking when I should have been running. Still, the fact that I am running for 3 minutes at a time is HUGE for me!

I have to mention my April Fools joke that my GPS played on me! Last week Sunday I decided to go out on the walking path nearby. I thought I had enough time to get in my half hour walk/run before the sun went down. I set my "jog tracker" on my phone, I set my interval timer on my phone, got my music going and took off. (oh yeah... I even got to see HERD of deer(like 10 of them) cross my walking path a little ways up front of me) I felt really good out there that night.. I kept up with the intervals and as it got darker faster than I thought it would, I decided to run a little bit more to get back to my car asap! Once I got back there, I stopped my tracker... WOW, really??? 2.46 miles in 30 mins! I got home and logged into SP and entered my mileage.... that was a 13 MIN MILE "walk" that I did! Let me just say, I was rather pumped about that. UNTIL.............................. last night! I went after work to do the same path, and came back at 1.86 miles in 30 minutes. OK.... I thought about this... how was it 2.46 one night and the next time it was 1.86. So I zoomed in my my maps and realized that some little "gremlin" took over my gps on APRIL 1st and in some areas... it went back and forth and added on an additional half mile! LOL yeah... April Fools to me a few days later!

So, as I am going through this journey I am learning some things..... time doesn't matter, what matters is that I am out there. Running doesn't matter either... I am doing the best that I can. I push myself at times and other times I take it easy. Wed. night's group run wasn't fun! I was DEAD last in returning and was just not "into it" that night. I am learning that too... some runs are just better than others. Oh... and one more thing I have learned... CHECK MY MAP BEFORE I LOG IN MY MILES to make sure it's accurate! I will not be fooled again! emoticon

Easter Blessings to all!! emoticon

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SHALDERMAN 4/9/2012 1:00PM

    That's too funny on the gps thing - I have a gps watch and sometimes it does crazy things like that too! But I love using it.

I think you are doing amazing at this! You are so right that some times you just don't have the running mojo. It is what it is. When I have days like that, I just do what I can. The important thing is that you are out there and doing SOMETHING. :) And as hard as it is sometimes, don't compare yourself to others. Remember you are never the slowest and there will also ALWAYS be someone faster! :)

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    It sounds like you are doing really well! It's great that you are learning so much about your running personality early on. I think that will make it easier for you. Hopefully your GPS will be more accurate from now on!

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67CAMARO_SS 4/7/2012 4:33PM

    Funny! Don't you just love technology sometimes? Lol.
I think you're doing awesome. And the sights & sounds of nature are an added bonus-in my opinion. I should say usually nature is an added bonus...because there are some smells out there sometimes that aren't so pleasant....hehe.
Happy Easter my friend!
June :)

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Yep.. still running (well, trying!)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Last Wednesday was another class and we ran 2 minutes, walked 2.5 minutes with 5 intervals. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be to run 2 minutes straight. (Gosh, that sounds kind of pathetic! LOL)

I did it on my own Friday night... although I walked a bit more of the running time without having people along side of me pushing me. Since I was out of town chaperoning my son's drumline show for the weekend, I missed out on Sat. mornings' run. Unfortunately I missed out on my Sunday walk too. So, I am feeling a little "behind schedule" with the training. I need to get out there tonight and start with this week interval training schedule.

However, I am dragging today, (long weekend with messed up sleeping schedule along with a Sunday night wine tasting and dinner at Samba Brazilian grill) I am not feeling very motivated to get out there and do this. But I will! I am in this game!! :) emoticon

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BANKER-CHUCK 3/27/2012 1:58PM

    Practice makes perfect. Keep up with your training and you will be surprised on how quickly you will progress.

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67CAMARO_SS 3/27/2012 6:29AM

    I'm impressed with what you can do already....keep up the determination & motivation. You're inspiring others as well as challenging yourself :)
June :)

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THEHONESTME 3/26/2012 9:52PM

    I hope you made it out for your run. I'm sure you'll be happy that you did. I remember those feelings of not being able to run 2 minutes when I started 5K Your Way last spring. I teared up the day I finally ran for 10 minutes without stopping! It's such a great feeling of accomplishment! You're doing it!!! YAY! Keep up the good work :)

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    Definitely stay in the game!! I think that 2 minutes is great, and I don't think you're pathetic at all. I know what you mean about losing a little bit of motivation after your off-track weekend, though. I get like that, too, and sometimes let it get me down...but tonight I AM getting on my treadmill and putting forth my best effort!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/26/2012 2:16PM

    Mondays are sort of like that for me too. I slow down the day after I drink too. That is why I don't like to drink the night before a hike. emoticon

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