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Run slow, run long

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I've had something of a setback recently. Back in Feb. I developed a cough that wouldn't quit. I coughed so hard I strained a rib. I was in so much pain one night I almost took myself to the hospital. Through trial and error, I've learned that I can control the cough with antihistamine (allegra is my preferred tipple), which means it must be allergy. With that, some horse strength muscle relaxers and pain pills, I'm hopeful that I can start to heal... well at least until recently when I'm on an antihistamine free week, preparing for allergy testing.

Dealing with a strain in your core area is really challenging. You are basically always using it. They dont tape ribs anymore. So fitness and running has taken a back seat because I am so afraid of reinjury.

Today I decided it was time to stop babying myself. My next race is a 10k on June 2, the Orange County Classic. I've got a month to not embarrass myself. The stars aligned: DH was home early and leftovers on the menu. I bought new shoes that were waiting for me in a particularly shocking shade of purple.

I know some of you hard core runners out there laugh at 5 miles as a long run. It took me 56 minutes. I took 3 walking breaks and one wait for the light to change. I know if I do this more regular, I will get better, so it just has to be done.

The rib is better but not perfect. I am not perfect. The only thing I can do is slowly do it one step at a time and hope to do it a little better tomorrow.

I hope you are a little better tomorrow too. Run slow, run long, but get out there and do it.

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DOGLADY13 5/19/2013 11:05AM

    5 miles is 5 miles. It's long. I used to beat myself up a lot on when I'd take walking breaks. Now, I figure it's part of the run. At the end of the run, I look back at those breaks. Some of them I needed to just catch my breath. Others were more about being bored or mentally tired and I try to imagine myself pushing through them. Sometimes it helps. Other times, not so much. I'm convinced the mental effort is much harder in running than the physical effort.

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GINGERHAWK 5/9/2013 8:25AM

    Sorry to hear about the rib injury - it sounds painful! I'm impressed that you pushed and 5 miles IS a lot. Don't push too hard and listen to your body!

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    Rib injuries suck. I broke one, didn't know it and cracked it a few more times while excavating in my yard over a summer. Just thought it was a bad sprain and I should work it out! My MD said I could continue to shovel...with a teaspoon!
Baby yourself but continue your exercises. If it hurts, don't push too hard.
Good for you and I think 5K is awesome any day!

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PMRUNNER 5/9/2013 4:38AM

    Hope you continue to recover and have a great race!

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MESEATURTLE 5/9/2013 1:23AM

    Thats a loooong run for me:)

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KBEHNKE81 5/8/2013 10:53PM

    Rib injuries are the worst and there's not much besides pain management and time to take care of them. As long as your doc clears you, you kind of have to tough it out if you don't want to sit on the couch for 6-8 weeks. Chin up! It won't last forever. I admire you for getting out there and doing what you can. 5 miles in 56 minutes is certainly no embarrassment, so I think you'll go great!! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 5/8/2013 9:38PM

    It sounds like a long run to me! Especially with core issues and allergies. Hope that all gets straightened out and you start to feel better.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/8/2013 9:16PM

    Hey, speaking as someone who considered a 5K her "out" distance, I refuse to laugh at ANYONE's version of a long run. Long is whatever is long for you TODAY at your current level of health and fitness. It sounds like a wonderful day of testing your limits. You have to start where you ARE, not where you once were or where you wish you could be if you'd never got sick or injured.

You're doing GREAT, and you're worth it! Spark on!

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FITFOODIE806 5/8/2013 9:13PM

    I consider myself a hardcore runner. And you know what else I consider hardcore?? running with a strained core. ouch!! Plus, 5 is far after a break. Be good to yourself!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/8/2013 8:56PM

    Hey you are doing what you can. You are going to have a great race.

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The accidental vegetarian

Friday, May 03, 2013

Actually I had what I call a "Meat As Condiment" day:

Breakfast: Beans, egg and toast (no butter)
This is why I cant be a true vegetarian: I always use a bit of pork for flavoring my beans. In this case it was ONE Italian sausage for an entire pot (2 cans) of beans - roughly 8 servings.

Lunch: Rice & beans, salad, green beans from the lunch lady (fresh, in a butter sauce), an orange.

Snack: PBJ on wheat

Dinner: Eggplant Parm, salad and a mango for dessert.

All in, a pretty good day.

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DOGLADY13 5/19/2013 11:06AM

    You should read Mark Bittman's VB6 - Eat Vegan Before 6:00

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LILPAT3 5/6/2013 10:42AM

    Love it!

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LESLIELENORE 5/4/2013 5:26PM

    Sounds yummy! emoticon

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ANNE-ELIZ 5/4/2013 12:43PM

    emoticon Keep up the great work!

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    When is dinner? emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 5/4/2013 12:36AM

    Sounds good! I find the healthier I get the less meat I've been eating!

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JUJUMILLER 5/3/2013 9:28PM

    Great job!
My father calls beans: Whistleberries! Toot Toot!


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Somedays you need a smile. A genuine smile.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


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DOGLADY13 5/19/2013 11:20AM

    I just got lost for 20 minutes on reddit. Thanks for the smile.


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TRI_BABE 4/25/2013 10:42PM

    Great! Thanks! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 4/25/2013 1:28PM

    I smiled....

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GINGERHAWK 4/25/2013 8:30AM

    I can definitely say that I'm genuinely smiling. Thanks for sharing this - some really wonderful stuff on there!

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Not ready - doing it anyway

Saturday, April 20, 2013

In one week (exactly) I will be participating in my 4th endurance event. For the first time, I really am worried that my lack of training will overcome my will.

Fridays are supposed to be Brick days: Bike then run. I was so tired that instead I sat on a chair and drank water while I chatted with my father and sister. (They had cocktails and I couldnt even manage that) We had a bit of a walk about the yard surveying the garden, but I was so bloody tired because of work and the-middle-of-the-night-cough-that-wont-le
ave. I squeeze in exercise when I can: runs after work 1-2 days a week, Sunday's at the gym, usually on the stationary bike.

My bike is still in the SHED!! I havent even taken it out yet for the year. Ugh.

Still going to do this duathalon. (2 mile run, 12 mile bike, 2 mile run) but its going to be slow and I imagine quite painful. But I am desperately afraid that if I start making excuses for this one, its the beginning of a long slide downhill to where I used to be.

I cant go back. I'm too proud of how far I've come. Racing is what keeps me motivated at at least moving in place, if not moving forward.

My racing schedule is posted where I can see it. Next race is a 10K in June. Bought new running sneakers last weekend.

See you at the races.

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DOGLADY13 4/23/2013 6:31PM

    You are only competing against yourself. You'll do fine. The hard part will be that last run and you will get through it. Enjoy the work out and the camaraderie. It'll be the beginning of a great season of events.

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    Just do it but do it slowly. Finishing seems to be the real goal!

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JPONCIN 4/21/2013 5:37AM

    Your fear is showing but only a little bit! I felt like I didn't train well enough for my tri yesterday, but I got through it and finished! You will NOT go back to your former self...you've come too far to turn back now. :)

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GRAMMYRHONNIE 4/21/2013 2:50AM

Put some Vicks vapor rub on the bottom of your feet when you go to sleep, wear socks so you don't get it on the floor or your sheets. It really does help with the cough.
Good Luck with your race, you will do better than you think! We're rooting for you!!
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 4/21/2013 12:51AM

    You can do it!

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PMRUNNER 4/20/2013 7:45PM

    Well, good luck in the race anyway! It probably won't be a highlight for your racing season, but maybe it will give you a kick start to getting in gear for the other races! Happy running and riding!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/20/2013 6:14PM

    Ok, so it's not going to be a PR but you can do it! I have faith in you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/20/2013 2:28PM

    I hear you, but you know what? You haven't been "off" training THAT long. Focus on getting enough sleep and fueling healthy, and your will and your residual fitness will kick in. You may pay for it for a couple of days, true... but my observation, when I enter the first event of the year? I remember how wonderful it feels to be fit, and training resumes with a fresh purpose.

Rooting for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 4/20/2013 11:39AM

    You can do it! Just one foot in front of the other.

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ROXYZMOM 4/20/2013 10:46AM

    Drag that bike out of the shed today, dust it off and bike two miles. Then you will get back in the swing of it, you will see! That first step is always the hardest.

You can do this!!

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FITFOODIE806 4/20/2013 9:30AM

    You can do that! Think of it as a warm up for the season. Go have fun, don't worry about your time!

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Awesome quote

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

There are a million reasons why you can't. Focus on the few reasons why you can.

Kara Goucher

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TRI_BABE 4/16/2013 2:09AM

    Love it! Thanks!

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ANDY_54 4/10/2013 7:37AM

    Good quote!

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ROXYZMOM 4/9/2013 9:40PM

    That's right! You got it! Run with it!!!!

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MISSIFISH 4/9/2013 2:47PM

    Sometimes, there are a million reasons why you can!

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GINGERHAWK 4/9/2013 2:02PM

    Love it - so true!

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JPONCIN 4/9/2013 1:18PM

    Yes. Thank you. I needed this today. :)

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DLBROWN93 4/9/2013 12:28PM

    Great quote. Thanks for sharing.

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