Saturday, April 30, 2011
Ok, so in light of the fact that I ran a full marathon 2 months ago, I guess 12 miles doesn't seem like much.
But in light of my foot issue that flared up over a month ago, that's GREAT!! I have not even felt a single twinge of pain or discomfort or weirdness from my foot in, well, so long I can't remember!!!!!! Last Saturday I ran 14 miles, and no problems then either!! I have continued to keep it taped up with KT tape for the past 2 weeks that I've been running. At first, I would feel a little "something" during my runs, but never really pain, and it never started hurting afterward like it did in the beginning.... And it only continued to lessen and lessen. But for several days, I haven't felt A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G!
I think it was best that I cancelled my half marathon that I was supposed to run last weekend. As it turned out, I was so busy with Easter stuff, and school stuff, it would have nearly killed me to try and pull that race off. So, in a way, I'm thankful for the foot issue that flared up....
Anyway, just awesome!! I think I'm still high on endorphins from my run this morning! My last mile was 9:23! I felt so strong finishing that up!
I. LOVE. LONG. RUNS!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously, anything over 2 hours is just AWESOME!!! Hahahaha! And yes, I'm a little crazy, it's true.
So, my next race on the radar is a 30K here in Germany on June 18th.... 7 weeks!! Ready to do some serious training for that, AND the Make It By Midnight Marathon in July!!!!! OMG I'm so excited!
And I just wanna give a special shout-out to my SparkFriend Elizabeth Wilcoxon for finishing her first marathon today!!!!!!! I'm so proud of you, girl! You rock!!!
Ok, that's it, folks. Running rocks. You hear that, Sparkers? Running is awesome. Running is a passion. I love it!
Spark on, Friends!!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Let me just cut to the chase here.... I am REALLY down on myself right now... I'm sorry for posting a whiney blog, but I really need some encouragement. Before I start my whine session, though, let's talk about the positive:
First off, getting back into my running swing is going GREAT! My little foot issue has nearly entirely disappeared, EVEN after my 14 miles on Saturday - no problems or flare-ups, nothing. So, that is SOOOOO encouraging! Keeping it taped up with KT tape seems to be really helping! WOOOHOOOO! I LOVE RUNNING!
Secondly, we are moving forward with our moving plans to go back to the States - the house is officially up for sale, and we have started the whole process for my husband to get his visa/permanent residency again... It's all very exciting, but at this point, for both things, it is just a waiting game. Waiting, waiting, waiting.... But hopefully, we will be able to leave here by the first of November. That is what I am praying VERY HARD for!
But here's my issue -
((((((( SIGH ))))))))
My eating has been HOR-RIB-LE!! I have CONTINUED to eat so poorly since my marathon.
Let me just stop there, and insert a few thoughts on that:
You know, a lot of people say that you "deserve" to eat whatever and celebrate after a marathon, but the more I have thought about it, the more damaging I think that mentality is. First of all, I spent months training and pushing my body to the limits. What my body REALLY deserves is for me to pump it so full of good, wholesome, nutritious food, to aid it in the whole regeneration and recovery process. That is what my body really deserves.... Not to stuff it full of junk. But anyway.
I just know for me, the worst thing to do is to get into the mentality that I "deserve" to eat this, or I can "afford" those extra calories from junk.... I SOOOOOO buy into it, and the longer I eat that way, the HARDER it is to get back on track!!! That is the EXACT recipe for weight loss rebound - telling yourself you can reward yourself with the junk that got you into trouble in the first place!
So, I have continued to eat poorly. LOTS of sugar, lots of sweets, lots of just nibbling, lots of over-eating, way past the point where I am really full and I know it.
Part of it is stress. I have been so busy. School projects and seminars that I have had to go to, preparing for my huge exam coming up, planning and organizing an Easter function at my church.... Crazy busy. Busy usually leads to stressful eating for me, stemming from a lack of time to prepare and keep healthy options around, and just plain stress eating - when I am stressed, and hungry, I just cannot seem to stop eating anything and everything within reach, regardless of how unhealthy!! And tracking???? Yeah, that flew out the window weeks ago.....
Then there is my foot issue I had. I love running, and when I can't run, it usually leads to bad eating..... Gotta get those endorphins somehow, right?? I just am so much more weak when it comes to food and craving control when I don't run.
All I know is, my weight is up, and I feel like crap from all my eating, my clothes aren't fitting right, and I just can't seem to "start over" and get back on track. So many times, I have tried to start afresh, resolve to eat right, and get back on track, but those days just turn into crap-eating days.
Yesterday was one of those - I started out good, then endulged in _______ at lunch time (doesn't matter what it is, everyone has their weakness foods, and that is what I had - my weakness food!), and then I just wanted to cry, I was so upset with myself. (That might have a little to do with TOM too, since that is going on right now, but still, seriously on the verge of tears!)
UUUGGGHHHH!! Yes, today has been yet ANOTHER "start-over" day, and it is going well so far. But seriously, the damage is done, and it will take weeks to get back to where I feel comfortable with myself. It's not like I don't know how to do this, I mean, I am not new to the whole weightloss game... It's just so tough to get back on track after letting so many bad habits back in....
Again, I am sorry for a whiney blog, but thanks for reading!! Any real words of encouragement or sharing of ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
So, I went out for a run today. I just had to. I couldn't help it. I had even thought about getting up this morning, but then when my alarm went off, I felt lazy and tired, so I went back to sleep....
Went to work at the cafe today, which was FUN!! I am SO gonna open my own cafe one day, hopefully in the US, like a little German cafe.... LOL... But that is off topic.
CONFESSION TIME: I ate a couple of pieces of delicious hand-made German Torte. I can't help it. Those ladies I work for make AWESOME Torte!!
So, I had to run because of that.
PLUS, the fact that I have rested for 3 weeks, and barely run.
PLUS this week I had a cold, and didn't do much exercise at all.
PLUS it was just plain and simple a GORGEOUS EVENING! Sun was shining. It was warm out.
I just HAD to GO! So, I told me son to grab his bike, and we set off together. I picked a new loop that I didn't know the exact distance of... I just set out nice and slow and EZ, in my Vibrams, with my KT tape all over my foot! LOL
We went off exploring, and had a great time. It ended up being 12 km!!! 7.5 miles!!!! I say that is really decent for me at this time, and my foot did NOT bother me AT ALL!! No pain. No discomfort. No tightness. No twinges. No weirdness at all.
So, I don't care how slow I have to run, but I have got to get my mileage back up. I miss it so much. I am sitting here just feeling AWESOME after my 7.5-mile run!!!! WOOOHOOOO!!
Happy sparking, everyone!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Here's my update, lovely Sparkers!
It's been more than 3 weeks since my foot started acting up. I have only run 3 times since then, including today. All 3 runs were between 3-4 miles. I AM DYING TO RUN FOR REAL!!! Seriously, I cannot wait to get my mileage back up, and be doing some decent long runs. I have been missing my long runs so much!!
This last week has been another rough, rough week, though NOT due to my foot issue!! I came down HARD with a bad cold that has not decided to quite leave me alone yet. At first, I thought it might be allergies, then it quickly turned to straight cold symptoms, which my kids also shared. Then just when I thought I should be over it, I went to the gym, biked there and back, and through the night, it got WAY WORSE...... VERY sore throat, tons of congestion in my throat and sinuses.... Not cool.
But on the positive side, it forced me to rest even more. I had already planned not to run this week, but that really solidified the decision. I actually haven't had ANY pain or discomfort AT ALL from my foot nearly the ENTIRE week, so I am sure the rest did me good.
I WENT RUNNING TODAY, though!! 3.25 miles... VERY slow and easy. And to be honest, it was more in an attempt to clear my sinuses, which worked like a CHARM! I felt really crappy, and all stuffed up this morning, but I couldn't sleep past 6:30, because I couldn't breath. So, I got up and just went. And I am SUPER glad I did!! I didn't have ANY pain or discomfort, and it didn't feel tender at all afterward.
THEN my KT tape came in the mail today!!! YAAAAAAYYY!! I have been waiting for it ALL WEEK, but it was coming from the UK, so it took several days. I didn't hesitate to tape up the foot for "peroneal tendinitis" (thanks for the tip, AMOHAME2), even though I didn't have any pain or anything from my run. I will keep it taped for a while, just to ward off any reoccurances....
So, off to spend some quality time with my man! Have a great weekend, SPARKERS!! HAPPY RUNNING!!
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Ok, y'all, here's my "waaahaaaa-booooohooooo" blog:
I'M INJURED!!! Here's how that went down - I trained and ran the marathon, no major issues. Had a little ITB trouble in the first part of training, but then it disappeared.
Then after the marathon, I felt really great. I recovered quickly, and started back running very slowly and easily. Then I felt ready to try a big run, so I thought. So I set out for 16 just about 4 weeks post-marathon. I guess maybe I took it too fast, or maybe 16 was too much, too soon, or maybe my body has been a little compromised because of the switching back and forth between Vibrams and regular shoes (because I have been running a LOT in Vibrams, though NOT for this 16-miler).
The 16 miles felt AWESOME! I mean, it felt so great to run that distance again. I love those long runs! And my foot totally didn't hurt throughout. I didn't notice any pain or discomfort until afterwards when I was showering, and my foot felt a little funny on the outside edge, and hurt to put weight on more on the outside of my foot..... Though walking wasn't really an issue, and the pain wasn't SOOOOO bad.
So, I iced it, and babied it a little, and it felt better. So, 2 days later I did 7 miles.... and it hurt BAD after that. I've had aches and pains here and there with long runs, and heavy training, and I have had my IT band act up, and piriformis pain plague me, but something about this pain really worried me.
I decided to take some time off running, and just do cycling. And I made an appointment with an orthopedic doctor to see if it was a fracture.
The doctor took X-rays, and all possibilities of a fracture were ruled out. After nearly a week, my foot was feeling much better, but something was still not quite right. But NO FRACTURE!! YAY!!
But it IS strained ligaments, he said. And after 2 weeks, it's still not completely better. I ran 3 times this week, but once doesn't really count, because it was only a little more than a mile. I ran 3 miles, and 4 miles. During both runs the foot did not hurt, but it was a bit more tender afterwards.
I was hoping to get a 10-mile run in today, because I was signed up for a half marathon is TWO WEEKS!! But I just did NOT feel that it was a good idea!! So, I went for a long bike ride instead.....
And I have decided....
I hate to do this.....
I mean, I REALLY hate to do this....
It pains me deeply to, but.....
But I am going to cancel that half marathon in 2 weeks. It makes me so sad, but I do NOT want to risk it!!!
Plus the race is a about 2.5 hours away from where we live, and I do NOT want to spend all that money on GAS just to get there and "see" how my foot holds up!! You guys in the US think gas prices are bad??? We STILL pay about twice what you all pay over here in Germany!! So, in addition to being on the road for about 5 hours, and paying probably nearly €150 in fuel, my husband will have to be there watching after the kids for 2 hours (NOT an easy task!), just for me to see if my foot can hold out long enough for me to run this race???!!!??? NO, I won't do that to my family.
Without the pressure of running that race, I will be more relaxed about my biking, and can take the necessary time off for my foot to get REALLY better. I REALLY do NOT want to miss the 30K I have planned in June, so taking the necessary time off now is VITAL to be fit and ready for that.
So, that's where we are at the moment, my fellow Spark runners. I have hit a bit of a snag in my running. And I am quite down about it. I do not feel NEARLY as motivate to go biking. Cycling is fun and all, as something on the side, or to change things up a bit, but I WANNA RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN!!!!
With sadness in my heart, I must change my running plans.
But on a happier note, about our potential move which my husband likes to call Project "Pursuit-of-Happiness".... LOL.... My husband and I found out we should be able to get exactly what we had in mind for our house!! I know it all depends on the right buyer though, so we are praying for that. It will take about 3-9 months to sell, the agent said, which was also EXACTLY what we were thinking!! We would like to be all moved by Thanksgiving, but we will see. It will NOT be an easy transition back to the States!! It will be far more difficult than coming here, but we are just going to take one step at a time, and tackle one thing at a time, and.... hopefully be "home" for Thanksgiving!!
Thank you all for all your prayers, and positive thoughts during this time! Will keep you all posted!
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