Thursday, November 07, 2013
WOW! What a journey I have had since 8/31/2013! I should really say prior to this, when I injured in June 2013. During my marathon training for my Columbus Marathon in 10/2013 I tore my fascia in my right foot! Training continued in spite of the injury, under a physicians guidance. My medical insurance company did not want to pay for my MRI, which would have saved a lot of time and healing for me. However, as they say, everything happens for a reason!
August 31, 2013 the insurance company finally approved and allowed my MRI, which I went and did after a 17 mile run (yes, I know... crazy.. however what a lot of people do not understand is that us distance runner have is an extremely high pain tolerance).
3 days later I had the follow up appointment with the orthopedic to find out that not only had i partially tore my fascia, I also had a broken 5th metatarsal. This fracture was a result of compensating for the damage in my foot. So here I sat, sidelined in a lovely hot pink cast for 2 weeks.. waiting to see if the fracture would heal or if I would need a pin/plate to make the bone heal. Now, remember my initial problem was all about torn fascia. Well that still had to be addressed once we determined if I needed the bone surgically repaired. So bottom line, I was having surgery.. just didn't know to what extent.
2 weeks had passed... pink cast cut OFF! I now had to meet with the orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot/ankle and athletes, especially runners. Well, SURPRISE!!! Not only was I having the fascia completely cut (not uncommon in runners), I was having my achilles repaired which had started to tear, 2 nerves cut that were damaged, a heel spur with bone growth removed!! What the heck!?!?!?!? I went from a tear in my fascia to a complete overhaul!
On October 1st, I went in at 6am and had the surgery! I am now in my 5th fiberglass cast! I will get this final cast off on 11/13/13!!! This has been an EXTREMELY long 6 weeks! I am also stuck on crutches! It is my right foot as well! Lets just say, one does not realize how LITTLE they can do alone when on crutches. Sure, I'm home, but when you take someone who is used to running just about daily and plant them on the couch! OUCH.. the result can be quite the test of patience! I have had an awesome support system with friends and family! Not to mention, the BEST possible boy friend, who was next to me pre, during and post surgery! And YES, he's still here! I haven't driven him away with my "craziness"! He, too, is a runner, so can appreciate my desire to get "back at it"! And VERY soon, he and I will be running/training together! If it wasn't for him, I'm not quite sure how I would have made it through this very trying time. I have had some fun in this all. He ran my bib in Columbus, since I couldn't! This was his first half marathon and distance ever! And he ROCKED it!
I will be put into a "boot" to gain weight bearing back on 11/13/13! I will start rehab the next day. If things all go as planned I will be back to work in 2-3 weeks and back at running sometime in January!
I will say that I can not wait to just swim, bike and core train! Running will come! Heck taking a walk or hike will even be really welcomed! I can not wait!
So here I sit..... Less than 1 week until I get this crazy fiberglass off my foot/leg, that I have been in since 9/4/13! FREEDOM! A shower and going to bed with nothing on my leg will be such a treat!
Soon I will post my return to workouts and running! 2014 I am aiming for all endurance and distance! Rebound here I come!
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Well... I'm at it again. I am just finishing week 8 of 18 weeks of marathon training. I am Columbus bound! I will be running my second full marathon this year (and to date) on October 20th. I am sooooo excited.. now that I have one "under my belt", I am feeling so much better about this one. I have taken on Trail Running as well.. and let me tell you... I LOVE IT! I was a bit leary of them after fracturing my pelvis last year on a trail run, but now... I'm full go at them and loving every minute. They have been awesome with the canopy shade from the trees when it is hot and they are a little "softer" on the body. They also build agility, endurance, and speed. I run so much stronger on the paths and roads (and even the treadmill) now that I have been conquering the trails. I, also, have built up the ability to tolerate heat so much better. I have never been one for heat and humidity, let alone running in it.
Weight management.. that's a constant work in progress. I'm currently holding at 138-139 steady and would like to get to 135. It is very difficult when you are doing runs of 14+ miles a week plus an additional 15-20 during the week. So I'm going to go with my weight and if I drop the few pounds.... GREAT! If not, I accept where I'm at until after the marathon.
Tendonitis/Fascia issues in foot.... today I had a steroid injection into the fascia of my right foot. It's torn from all my running and a heel spur. I will be able to have something called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections. They will cause rapid soft tissue healing. However, that plan will wait until after my marathon. I will have to be injected and casted for a week.. then no impact for 3 more weeks. So I will tackle that as soon as Columbus is done. I typically scale back in November and December... so this will work perfectly. I will take on core/weight training and more biking for the 4 weeks.. then slowing reintroduce the running and come January head into marathon/ultra training!!
Forward Movement is what it's all about!
Monday, May 27, 2013
Well, I did it!!! I'm sitting down a week after my first full marathon to tell all my fellow sparkers about it!
First, training... what a commitment! I followed a Higdon training program and stuck to it this year. I didn't deviate from any mileage that the program stated! I incorporated yoga into my training program after I was released to run after my pelvic fracture.
Second, the Marathon!!! What a trip! It is the experience of a lifetime!! The first half went AWESOME!!! The temperatures were warm but it was overcast and a slight breeze from the lake. Then came that time.... turn left with the half marathoners (my mind wanted to go there like a security blanket) or turn right and keep on trucking with the other full marathoners (my mind also wanted that, knowing how hard I worked for it)! I made the right!!!! I did it!!! This was it... forward to the finish.. whether I ran, walked or crawled to that finish! Things were going smoothly...... a nice steady pace. Then it happened!!! They red flagged the course at mile 15 (green-->yellow--->orange--->red--->black)
! I wanted to cry.. the sun was out with no clouds, the humidity had risen along with the temp creating a heat index of 85+ in which they red flag the course for conditions. Black flag is shut down!! Now you have to understand.. I do not get along well with high humid heat! My body say... "f*&^K you" and shuts down and then my mind goes with it. So at this point it became a mental game for me! I kept moving forward and reached mile 21 , looking and feeling completely delirious at this point! The course support was awesome, every water station helped you... gave you water, filled my hand held and sprayed us down with water mist, all while I kept moving! However, at mile 21 I also started to have cramping in my left foot (dang tendonitis), so I started to run/walk interval (walk 0.25/run 0.75 mile). I made it through with another runner doing the same thing as me! We both pulled through it together! I also had a friend that had run their first half come to mile 22 with my "fuel" to help me finish. What a moment... it was like a jack pot seeing their smiling face! they also stayed with me until right before the finish! The finish.. what a feeling! I can not even put into words!!! Miles 21-25 are definitely challenging (training doesn't go beyond 20), they aren't kidding when they say you "dig deep". I can say that the mental thought process that occurs is incredible! Unexplainable.. a place I've never been. And the feeling of crossing that finish line... WOW!
Third, recovery!! I followed the recovery guide to the very last point! I took the ice bath, wow what a trip! I think that was more painful than parts of my run. Laying down for a couple hours then showering.. eating! You wouldn't believe how difficult that actually is. My stomach shuts down for hours after I run! I forced myself to eat.. then took a shower and took a short walk like the recommend. I was a little slow...lol! The next day I woke up like a truck had hit me! My feet were sore and swollen and my shoulders from the swinging and pounding on pavement! Then I realized that it hadn't even been 24 hours since I crossed the finish line! I kept icing.. and resting! Then Tuesday... I woke up and wow!!! I felt great... feet were 100% better as were shoulders.. I headed to the gym and rode the bike and walked as part of recovery.. I did the same Wednesday with the edition of a massage!!! Recovery was going well! I returned to work Thursday (took 3 days post marathon vacation). I also returned to running!! I ran 6 miles at a nice slow (slower than my normal pace) and felt good! Then took the next day as rest. Saturday I paced a new runner at a slow steady pace for 5 miles! Went awesome. Then Sunday I ran a 5K race with another new runner (her first ever, never running before 3 weeks ago). That went awesome! Today..... Got out for an 8 mile run!! Wooohooo Back in the game!
Now... if you had asked me at mile 22 if I'd do another marathon... you wouldn't have wanted to heard the expletives coming out of my mouth! The day after by noon the decision was made..... Columbus 2013 here I come! Yep, I'm going for it again!!!!!
Marathoning.... just another runners addiction and now having done it.. I completely understand so much more!!!!
Monday, October 22, 2012
WOW WOW WOW!! I can not say Thank You enough to all my fellow sparkers and supporters! I know this is a little late, work and kids have kept me CRAZY busy! I can not say how amazed I was the day I logged in to my computer that I had found out that I was a Spark Motivator for a day!!!! I can not tell you all how much that it meant to me, as I have been down with an injury and a little down on myself! You ALL picked me right up with your awesome, supportive and motivating comments. I love that I can "touch" any of you and help motivate you but the simple fact is that you all motivate me to keep on going!!!
Now onto my update!!!! Well, I've been cleared to run again after a pelvic fracture. YES, you read that right.. I fractured my pelvis on a trail run (and did not know it for 3 weeks) and from a combination of over training! So, on that note, I will tell everyone out there.. listen to your body.. don't give up, don't quite but maybe scale it back some! Trust me... it's not worth the weeks of down time!
I did manage to heal and was allowed to cycle and elliptical during my down time. I will say, however, it is definitely not the same as running indoor or outdoor! I am currently in the process of regaining stamina and endurance. I am also starting a program to adhere to, to lose the 8 pounds I gained during my downtime!
I have been back to running for 5 weeks and feeling pretty good! I am doing my first race post injury on November 4 (my son's 15th birthday, he's running the 5K that day), I took the plunge... I'm doing the Half! This one is not about speed/time, just about finishing and crossing that finish line... Forward Movement!!!!
Less than 2 weeks!! I am nervous and excited all at the same time! I will blog and post pics after the Half Marathon. My son is going to be there to run his 5K and wait for me... my daughter will be there waiting at the finish for all of us. I am running with a dear friend that has helped to pull me through some tough times! She has been an awesome support system. Steph and I are running the Half together, we will conquer this one! It is her 2nd Half and my... well I'm in the double digits but sure does feel like my first after this injury!
Again... Thank you to EVERYONE... and keep motivating and Sparking!
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