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Feeling Sorry for Myself

Monday, July 08, 2013

The next half marathon I plan to run is the Skinny Raven Half Marathon in Anchorage, AK on August 18. www.bigwildliferuns.org/pages/half-m
I ran it last year and loved it.

My last run was 3 miles on June 18 before going on a trip to South Africa. My left knee started aching a little as I boarded the plane. While on vacation, my knee was a little stiff. I walked quite a bit but didn't get a run in as planned.

On July 1, back home and getting back to my training schedule, I went for a run. I use the Jeff Galloway run/walk/run method and since I hadn't run in a couple of weeks and was basically doing a trail run, set my timer for 1 min. run: 30 sec. walk. After warming up and running only a couple of minutes, I felt a sharp pain going up my hamstring and down my calf. I immediately stopped running and decided to walk the 3 miles. No more pain, just a little tenderness.

At my husband's request, I made an appointment with an orthopedist on July 9. The next day, I walked 1.5 miles on the same trail without trying to run at all. I thought I would continue to walk until I saw the doc. But, on Wednesday, just a half mile from home, my right foot slipped, I heard and felt a pop in my knee and could not put my full weight on that leg. I managed to make it home (there was no one home to help me) by using both hands and feet on the rocky places and shuffling on the smoother ground. It took about 30 minutes and I was very relieved and exhausted. I immediately iced the knee which was hurting like crazy and swelling a little. After resting I could put weight on it as long as I was on a level surface and I have crutches for support on uneven ground.

I go to the dr. tomorrow and find out the extent of the injury. I'm afraid my running is on hold, but more than that, I'm afraid I won't be able to babysit my little grandkids in Colorado (hard to chase a toddler and a crawler when I can just barely walk myself) or run with my grandkids in Alaska.

So, that's why I'm feeling sorry for myself. Thanks for listening.

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CDRFLORES 7/10/2013 1:34AM

    So sorry to hear. Self pity can be therapeutic in it's own way. If only life could always go the way we want. I always tell my young students ---" It's OK to cry as much as you want and for as long as you need to so that you can let out the pain and frustration and make room for what you are going to do to begin to feel better. " When the crying stops we say "OK - so now what." I know that's not the magic wand answer but hope it helps.

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LINDAKAY228 7/9/2013 10:21AM

    I am so sorry about your injury and the plans you had made that are disrupted. Glad you have an appt with the dr to get it taken care of. Also glad you were able to make it home safely. You sound like me when it comes to finding a way to get back if something happens LOL! I haven't had anything like that happen out on the trails yet, but I know that I would crawl and drag my leg if I had to because that's the way I am. Glad it wasn't bad enough you had to do that. I hope it's something easily fixable and you can get back to doing what you want to do very very soon. Sending you big hugs and best wishes.

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JUNEAU2010 7/8/2013 6:26PM

    I'm hurting for / with you! I hope it turns out to be less than you fear!

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NikePlus or RunKeeper?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I went for a run today at my favorite place for long runs, The City of Rocks, a NM state park. Wishing I had taken pics, but I forgot.

The alarm went off at 5 am. My hubby, Randy, and I left by 5:30 and reached the City of Rocks at 6:10. I immediately started out for what was supposed to be an 11.5 mile run. Randy got "camp" set up for us. (water, gatorade, etc. left on the picnic table by the car) then started his run. His plan was to run 6 miles and then ride his bicycle while I finished.

The loop around the picnic areas is about 1.5 miles. It's quiet and we see lots of wildlife and so much prettier than running circles around a track, Today is no exception. We see jack rabbits, cotton tails, squirrels, lizards, birds, butterflies, and even a rattlesnake.

The sun was just peeking over the mountains as we made our first loop. Life is good! Set my gymboss for a 3 min. run/1 min. walk. By mile 3 the sun is getting higher and I've already wiped the sunscreen off my face along with all the sweat. Wishing I had brought some waterproof sunscreen to replenish. One side of the loop was in the sun, but also mostly downhill. The other side was shady from the rocks and mostly uphill, or so it seemed.

By mile 6, according to my NikePlus, it was getting hot and the shadows were quickly disappearing. Set my gymboss to 1min. run/1min. walk. DH finished his run and started exploring the park on his bike. I kept running and though my legs were getting tired, I still felt good. I kept well hydrated and ate sportbeans.

Mile 10, doing ok, trudging along knowing I had this run. I reached 11.5 miles and walked the .1 mile to the car where my favorite after run drink, chocolate milk, was waiting. Got my milk, started walking up the hill for cool down and to visit the out house, feeling great! Finished in 2 hours, 40 min. While walking, I got out the cell phone where I had started the RunKeeper program at the beginning of the run, then put it in my CamelBak and hadn't checked it since. It said I had only run 10.3 miles. So now I'm not sure how far I ran. I'm guessing somewhere in between RunKeeper and NikePlus. For any of you that are still reading all my ramblings, how do you keep track of mileage?

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LINDAKAY228 6/25/2012 4:15PM

    I have an older model Garmin and also use Runkeeper. The mileage on them never matches completely but usally aren't too far off. I've never tried the NikePlus.

Sounds like a great run out there! I would have to do it really really early because once it starts warming up it does get hot quickly. In the winter I like to go on the big loop outisde the area that goes up to the lookout up top and then circles around the entire place.

Not anywhere close to being able to do your distances LOL!

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MERRYMARY42 6/24/2012 10:21AM

    I just use a pedometer, an omron, mid price one, but accurate and sturdy, but I am just a novice compared to you, good job, when I walk 3 miles, I feel very accomplished.

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ZOORHO 6/23/2012 10:30PM

    oh no that would be tough.

I have no idea. I'm interested in getting a gadget thing but it isn't in the budget right now.

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Denver Color Run

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

This is a fun 5K run. No timers, just lots of fun and the proceeds went to Denver Children's Hospital. I ran with my husband, Randy, daughters, Heather & Rebecca, granddaughter, Angela, 5 other friends and 10,000 other runners.

The run is loosely based on a Hindu custom, Holi, where they throw colored power and fragrant water on each other to celebrate spring. During the run, at each kilometer mark, the volunteers throw colored corn starch on the runners. The runners wear white shirts:

And when they're done, they look something like this:

I would recommend this fun run to anyone looking to have a fun no pressure run. Here's a link to find one close to you:

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PAT4PROG 6/11/2012 1:26PM

    I so wanted to do this when it was in Atlanta...however, the price was a little steep; maybe I can participate the next time around. It's gotta be a great time!!!!

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LINDAKAY228 6/5/2012 1:51PM

    I just asked on your page about the run then saw the blog. Sorry, I'm a little slow ha ha. I read about them online and they do look like fun! Glad you enjoyed it!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 6/1/2012 1:12PM

    Sounds like a great time! I love the colored t-shirts at the end, what a fun tradition!
And what a great family event and way to stay in shape! emoticon

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KA_JUN 5/29/2012 6:24PM

    Looks like a great time! emoticon

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