Saturday, October 27, 2012
This morning we had a long run planned, 11 miles, but I figured from the start I wouldn't make it the entire distance. I was recruited by my kids' Principal to do a parent education class on Internet Safety for our kids and sexting and cyberbullying and had to get home and showered by a certain time to make it to the class a little early to try and get the computer set up and see if I could figure it out. I'm pretty comfy around computers, but everyone is a little different and I don't have a LOT of practice with projectors. So, back on point, I didn't have a lot of time this morning and knew I wouldn't get in the full distance, but I HAD to get in at least 6.2 and considering that my knee still wasn't completely happy with me I figured it would be good enough.
This morning was a virtual race we signed up for, the Zombie Dash. I signed up for the 10k option and they had already sent the shirt and the finisher's medal so I had to do it. :)
Got off to a great start and was having a great time. My knee felt great. I felt like I was making a decent pace and I was enjoying my morning :). Then....duh, duh, duh (creepy, suspense sounds)....the zombies nearly had a chance to catch me when my knee suddenly buckled. WTHeck? Just under mile 3 my knee decided it didn't want to do it anymore and just sort of gave up, only for a second and I recovered very quickly, but decided I'd better walk for a bit in any case. Quick check of the tracker on my phone confirmed I'd been making a decent pace, for me, at just barely over 17 minute miles. Also, my first mile is ALWAYS really slow as I warm up. Even though I've already done a great walking warm up it takes me a bit to get up to speed, even though my speed is still not fast :). As I'm walking down the road I could feel the muscle down the inside of my knee and shin complaining. Not too loudly, but complaining just the same. I thought I might be done for the morning and actually planned on getting in 3.1 and calling it quits since my sister's house was just ahead in any case.
As I walked though I found that the knee was relaxing and feeling better. When I got to my sis' I went inside, took a potty break and refilled my water bottle. After all that my knee felt fine, not a twinge, very strange.
At this point the route was supposed to head out of the neighborhood and into the wide world. I decided I would continue on, but repeat the three mile loop I'd just completed so that I wouldn't be too far away if I suddenly had to return. I started out slowly and it wasn't long before my sis doubled back and caught up to me at my current location and we ended up running the rest of the route together. My knee had no further complaints the entire time. Not one twinge, not one buckle, nothing, just happy running. Right at the end of the second three point one miles my sister was long finished with her 10k and just jogging along side or walking and building her miles for the day. Just before I was supposed to finish she turned into a zombie, dragging her foot and moaning and demanding brains. I sped up, just a tiny bit, finished strong and out ran the zombie :).
Then we went inside and enjoyed a nutter butter ghost (nutter butter cookie dipped in white chocolate with little chocolate eyes and mouth). So cute and so yummy!!
My knee felt great even after that. It wasn't until much later today that I could feel it tightening up and now that I've had time to sit and do nothing for a bit it is a little stiff, but feels better once I'm in motion. So, I'm icing and resting and will ice some more tomorrow and see what we have from there. I'm thinking it is going to be just fine and NOT come back to bite me, fingers crossed! In the meantime I'm going to enjoy my new medal and the joy of a great run. Oh, forgot to mention that the second part of the "race" I paced even faster than the first part. Came in with a pace just barely over 16 minutes per mile. My goal pace for the marathon. I was quite pleased that I was able to do that over 3.1!! Great day to run today :)!!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
So, after a week of almost no activity, except running from location to location, I finally tried a run this morning. Turned out I ran, maybe, a total of 1 mile, but still covered the entire route of just over 3 miles.
Knee felt really good during the workout, but I'm getting a couple twinges here and there now that it's done, but nothing that has me really worried about Saturday's run. So, I'm thinking I'm still on track and I'm in the process of hunting down some KT Tape. Might have to break down and order it if I can't find it local, but the stuff is so expensive I'd rather not have to pay additional shipping-lol.
Thinking we just need time to get used to the big miles again and a little Physio Tape on the knee probably won't hurt it :).
Okay, gotta jet....SO MUCH to do today!! Stopping by later tonight to catch up with my friends I've been neglecting :). Oh, and hubs can rub my knee while I read :).
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I've been SO lazy. My knee has not been co-operating, at all. The interesting part is that it is not the knee I expect to hurt, it's my right knee. In motion it does not hurt. Going from still position to motion it hurts. Interior of the knee, immediately around the kneecap. One more day of rest and it goes back to work again on Thursday. Hope it feels better and hope I can figure out the solution. I have a lot of training to do.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Yeah, that's about how it went. Nothing TEMPO about it, I was waaay off pace and took multiple walking breaks.
It was STILL a GREAT run though.
First off, I didn't sleep well and was awake well before the alarm. Don't you just hate that? I hate when something goes to waste, especially if it is minutes that should be spend sound asleep. I hopped right out of bed and could smell the rain outside through my open window. I was a bit concerned, but went and got dressed and when I went out the door I could see that it had been raining, but was currently not raining so off to my sis's for the run.
Got there, met up and off we went. Warm up and then the run, off to a fairly good start, but could tell I was "off" from the start. One shin was acting up, not exactly the shin splint issue, but more a shin splint/soreness issue and it just didn't want to shake out. So occasional walk breaks here to try and shake the muscles loose and get them to behave and enjoy this run.
I've been upping my mileage quite a bit and have new shoes and have developed this spot on the bottom of my left foot that likes to act up. I want to say it is a callous, but could just be a sore spot. It started acting up by around mile 2 of what should be a 5 mile run. Tried changing my pace a bit and it helped a bit. If I go faster or walk it isn't too bad, but my inbetween pace, where I spend most of my time, it is getting pretty obnoxious. My just past mile 3 I'd had it, my mom said she was done and heading back and I took the opportunity to join her. Run ended just under 4 miles. 3.9 something.
Saturday is another long, slow run. I'm going to find and wash my FAVORITE socks, find some Glide for that spot and see where it goes. Saturday will be a more casual day anyways. Mom will join me for a bit since she has to work, but sis will be camping so for most of the run it will be just little ol' me. If it acts up I'll call it quits short, better to have it healed and gone so I can push through training for the rest of the weeks.
So, it wasn't great, it had its reasons, but it was still better than doing nothing :).
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Last Friday was Fall Festival at school. It's a yearly thing. All the teachers put up a booth, they sell tickets and everyone has fun and the PTA and individual classes make some money for the school year. It's fun, the kids love it and we go even if we only are able to get a few tickets. This year my youngest got to play at her teacher's booth for free and youngest also got to hit a teacher in the face with a wet sponge. She LOVED that. She also went in jail and older daughter bailed her out. Son SHARED his tickets with his sisters (what? who is this child and what has he done with my son?). Everyone had cotton candy and we left happy, content and ready for fall and over the course of the weekend the fall that has been getting shoved out of the way by the never ending summer finally won the battle. The temps finally dipped from HOT to merely really warm. Today fall has finally made its first true appearance with a misty gray morning and temps calling for long sleeves or sweaters at least in the morning. REALLY hoping none of the kids lose their sweater today since it is the first time they actually need it and it is always when they get too hot on the playground that they disappear. So HAPPY fall has finally arrived, but still focusing more on the fall festival.
What makes fall festival so awesome is the VARIETY of things to do. We have 33 teachers, PE does a booth and sometimes the different clubs will come up with something as well as things offered by the PTA. Occasionally groups of teachers will put up one booth together so even though I didn't take a census it's safe to say there were AT LEAST 25 different things we could have done. I feel safe in guessing in all we did 10 different things. Less than half. We had a blast and we certainly don't miss the things we didn't do, but there was quite a bit we didn't experience.
Now, it is perfectly okay to assume that there is no way you can do EVERYTHING. That's just a fact of life. If you've ever been to Disneyland you realize that there is only so much one human can do. There is NO WAY one person is going to go through life and experience EVERYTHING there is to experience. Just ain't gonna happen. Sorry if I burst someone's bubble there.
Does that mean we can't try? hehehehehehe HECK NO!! My kids were given a set number of tickets and they did an excellent job of spreading those tickets around. Son even passed on some of his experiences so he could give someone else a better experience. That was sorta cool, well, no sorta about it, I'm downright impressed.
Get to the point. I've been spending TOO much time on pinterest. Did you know they have an "outdoors" category? Yeah, been there a lot lately. If life can be compared to having limited tickets then I want to do a REALLY good job at spreading those tickets around. I think it would also be worthwhile to use some of those tickets to help others have a bigger experience.
I LOVE running. I spend a lot of tickets on running and that is fine. Lots of kids found one booth they loved and spent a lot of time there. Go ahead and spend tickets on something you love. But, what if....oooh big question.....what if there was another booth around the corner with even better prizes and even more fun?!?!? Eeeek, what if you missed out on that?
Lately I've been feeling like there is another booth around the corner. I am not going to stop giving my tickets to running. That's just not going to happen, but I feel like spreading the joy. And, now that fall is here, and the weather isn't trying to actually bake me maybe it's time to explore a bit. I pinned a picture of some people hanging from a rock. They were chilling after a hard day climbing to an insane height. NOT a place I'm going to use my tickets. NEVER EVER CAN'T MAKE ME. I pinned it for the sense of adventure it portrayed. The idea to step outside of bounds and take a wild leap every once in awhile. What the leap will be? I have NO CLUE. Really feeling the urge to take a wildly long hike. I've been pinning all kinds of backpacking stuff. Maybe it is time to start planning what has been, in my mind, the ultimate adventure. A hike that lasts more than one day. Maybe time to find a place I can learn to paddle board. Maybe time to try zumba. I know a bunch of you just went "WHAAAT? ZUMBA?" I cannot turn while exercising. I get dizzy amazingly fast. I've avoided Zumba like the plague. Maybe I can learn to not get dizzy? I've learned to fall with dignity in any case . Maybe all I need is to get back on a bike . I need a new bike. My SIL "borrowed" mine a year ago. Oh well.
Thinking I'll start by shaking up the fitness front. There are SO MANY different videos out there and many available on Hulu that I can have a sense of adventure where that is concerned on a fairly regular basis .
Maybe I'll take a hike with the hubs next week while the kids are in school.
Life is one great big Fall Festival, I need to check out some of the other booths!
Get An Email Alert Each Time ITSHOWYOULIVE Posts