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12 AMAZING miles today!!!

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!!

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    It's amazing what our bodies do for us! I love listening to my body because I know it is for the best!
Keep up the excellent work! So happy for you!

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CAROLCRC 5/1/2011 8:51PM

    How funny! I ran 12 miles today too! So nice to be back at it after struggling with injuries. Congrats on the painfree run.

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SEEHOLZ 5/1/2011 5:21PM

    I love running, too. I hate that I'm so unsure about my future/present with it, as stuff always seems to flare up.. for 2 yrs straight. I'm working on the "issues" etc, but still... it's like I'm fine for a month and something and so on. But, oh well... neatless to say, I'm super happy for you- because I know how much it means to just be able to run as much as you want to!!! That's HUGE!!!

Can't wait for the 30K... it'll be here before you know it.

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AMOHAME2 5/1/2011 1:16PM

    Awesome, I'm so glad your foot trouble is GONE!!
I agree, long runs are amazing!!! Although I don't always love them during the last 5K of a 20 miler LOL!
I'm still keeping my foot taped up too, and now that sandal weather is here I'm getting lots of comments about how cool it looks!

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JUNEBUGABEE 5/1/2011 6:57AM

    So happy to hear you had a good, pain free run! Props for taking proper rest and care of yourself when you first got injured; now you get to reap the benefits!

I am leaving for my first marathon right now... it starts in two hours!!! Can't convey my excitement.

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LOGDIVA 4/30/2011 10:19PM

    Great blog....great rock!

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LOGDIVA 4/30/2011 10:17PM

    Great blog....great rock!

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    emoticon Your energy is contagious!!! emoticon

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MOMONTHERUN1 4/30/2011 5:20PM

    emoticon I know that you will do awesome in 7 weeks!

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Here's my Pep-talk Plea!

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!

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PLUMERIA26 4/29/2011 5:52PM

    Thank-you for sharing! I am signed up for a half-marathon in June and I'll take your advice not to indulge afterwards. I know how you feel, after you eat bad for a week or two it's hard to get back to eating right. Don't get down on yourself, you will get back to eating right. Do you have a goal run to work towards? I'm going to sign up for a half-marathon or possibly a full marathon (we'll see how the half goes!) 6 months after so I will constantly have something to train for. It's so hard for me to stay on track if I don't have a goal like a triathlon or run. Start helps SO much! Give yourself a goal to lose a lb and a reward to give yourself after you reach it, after you lose that lb you'll be energized to lose more! Good luck!

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MOMONTHERUN1 4/29/2011 7:55AM

    I can so relate to your issues with eating. That is why I am committing once again to logging everything that goes in my mouth after my race tomorrow. It is a struggle and a challenge for me everyday as I am sure it is for fellow Sparkers like you. My mom also wants to sabotage me by bringing sweets to my home, but then I give them to the hubby to take to his work so that I don't indulge.

I am one of those people that have that attitude of "Well, I ran 5 miles so I can eat that double scoop ice cream cone." I know that I shouldn't, but I look at it as a reward for hard work done.

Hang in there I know that you will conquer your issues and that you will be back on track in no time.

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IGSBETH 4/27/2011 9:14PM

    You know what to do, and you can do it!

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TRUETOMOLLY 4/27/2011 7:47PM

    Girl, i think you READ MY MIND! I am there right now as well! it's such a dark slump. It started during the wkds a few weeks ago and this past wkd started Thurs and didn't end until Sun night. Serioulsy I probably ate the average of two adults and nothing was off limits. Actually if it was healthy for me forget it not on the menu. So usually starting back on Monday is a peice of cake. Well not this time. I haven't overindulged or binged but the temptations/cravings have been CRAZY CONTROLLING. The inner battle in my mind is so strong to resist, but the urges are so strong. Ofcourse I have TOM too! DOES NOT HELP. But stay strong and find accountability. It's hard sometimes to stop when "the calling" is so strong, but write down your struggles and see if that helps.. Make a list of why you can't binge or over indulge. Hey it put off the binge for atleast 8 hours for me on Friday then I talked to my motherin law and she got my bad eating wheels turning-DONE! So be encouraged this will end and the path of treating our body well iwth great clean eats with be strong! ONe day at a time

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ELISAMLW 4/27/2011 7:24PM

    I always go in cycles when it comes to eating. I gave up sweets for Lent, not for the health benefits necessarily, but to force myself to make new habits when it comes to food. I feel like over-indulgence of food keeps me farther from God sometimes.

I always strive to find a balance, but it's hard. You'll get back on track!

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KLT5057 4/27/2011 7:23PM

    OMG I COULD NOT HAVE WRITTEN THIS BETTER MYSELF. Girl, I'm SO in your boat! I have literally gained 15 lbs in like 3 months. i have been binging myself to death every friday saturday and sunday. Its been so awful. I, too, run a lot, and ppl really can trick you into thinking you can 'eat whatever" but really, WE CANT! we still have to watch, we still have to track. I was so happy with my body and it will probably be half way through summer before im happy with it again. Girl, if you need an accountability partner, message me. I know that we CAN get through this. it is hard, hard work, but we can do it! I hope today was a fantastic day for you! Keep up all the hard work. Our bodies will come back to us if we show them the love they deserve!

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AMOHAME2 4/27/2011 4:01PM

    I am TOTALLY feeling your pain with the eating issues!! I seem to be finding excuse after excuse after excuse, and then I get so angry with myself for letting the excuses get the best of me. We've made some tremendous changes in the last few years and it's not going to be easy to keep the old habits from occasionally popping up. You are strong and determined and I KNOW you're going to get through this tough spot! It's temporary, and life is a very long time and you cannot be perfect the entire time!!
One thing I've found very helpful was reading nutrition books for athletes. Even though the information in them was nothing new to me, just reading it makes me want to EAT like an ATHLETE. Healthy food, and lots of it. I just finished Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, and it was fantastic! Again, none of the information was really new to me, but it really helped me to visualize myself eating healthy and to imagine what I would feel like with the proper fuel!
The only other thing I can say is to just keep starting over if that's what you need to do. I've had so many "Day ONEs" you can't even imagine! Just don't ever be too hard on yourself and don't ever give up!!

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NYC_NATIVE 4/27/2011 12:04PM

    Aw, we are all entitled to a whiny blog. I'm so with you on the marathon-aftermath and eating - I did the same thing, too. I like to eat until the cows come home, lol. But at least you KNOW you've slipped into that pattern and have acknowledged it. So you have already begun taking action against that negative behavior.

Though to be honest, I wouldn't worry too much about the less-than-stellar eats. I just call them "refeeds" and then move on my merry way. I'm sure you'll be fine.

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CALLIKIA 4/27/2011 12:00PM

    "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."

That's HUGE for me. When injuries have my sidelined, it's so much easier to eat myself happy because I'm so angry and frustrated over the non-progress fitness wise. I agree, we've got to stop feeding this mentality that we "earn" bad treats. Why can't we "earn" a healthy life?!

As for those days when you do good to a certain point and then it all falls apart? I've taken to building upon them. Each day I try to get an hour more of the "good" day and an hour less of the "not so good" day. For me, just knowing I'm getting better makes me think that full good days and full good weeks are ahead.

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CAROLYN1213 4/27/2011 11:54AM

    You can do this girl! You are a strong woman! You know what you need to do and you can do it! Fuel that body the way it deserves to be fueled. It works hard for all that you do!

I'm glad you got your feelings out and can look at them in writing. Don't look at the days that lead up to now, look at what is ahead of you that you can make choices about. You got this!

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MARATHON_MOM 4/27/2011 11:49AM

    I get into the whole "crap eating" thing after every marathon! I don't know why... I don't think I get into the mentality of thinking it's ok to reward myself... although I DO eat a burger right after a marathon just "because I can". After that, I just feel hungry ALL the time. I mean ALL the time.
You have SO much going on with trying to get back to the states and school, and everything else... but you know what... I BELIEVE IN YOU!
I KNOW you can beat this demon and get back on track. I have managed to do it (I still consider it a miracle, but I DID!). I know you can too!

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KKINNEA 4/27/2011 10:04AM

    I was in a similar position when I started seriously using Spark in Feb. I had let my weight creep up and my training creep down until I was up 10 pounds and I couldn't run as well as I had. I was working a lot of 24/7 straights and just doing poorly.

I had to rally myself every day about logging food, and not beating myself up. I joined the boot camp challenge and tried to eat as well as I could with only the occasional break for junk.

I know everyone says "fake it til you make it" but that's what I did and continue to try to do! You can do it :)

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MARLIMOO 4/27/2011 10:00AM

    Girl - I feel your pain. I am in the SAME boat sistah. I am trying my damndest to cut this crap out. I just am on this wacky spiral of eating. No clue why? I am trying to do a redo or a recheck on where i am at. I adjusted my calories, went back to tracking, and trying to drink more water. WE CAN DO IT GIRL. Congrats on the foot pain leaving, for focusing on the positive, and hopeful for the move to the States for you and your family. YOU GO GO GO GO GO GO GO !

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JOYINRUNNING08 4/27/2011 9:55AM

    I have so been there. Rewarding with food is such a slippery slope that eventually you're in the bottom of the trenches. The only thing that gets me back is the idea of fuel for my body...knowing and being in tune with how food makes me feel. That crazy surge of energy is GREAT with sugar, but the not. Just remember that you treat your body the way you want it to treat you. Substitute some of your "treats" with better for you "treats". It's a daily struggle, but you can do it.

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BLUESKY_321 4/27/2011 9:40AM

    you are so right to start off with the positive - way to go on taking care of your foot and getting back into running!

starting over can be sooo overwhelming after a set back, but starting over doesn't just happen at 8 am. It's every choice all day long! So where can you put a reminder to yourself? Do you check email before lunch? How about a sticky not that reminds you that you *want* to have a healthy lunch & dinner on the computer? How about one on the fridge reminding you that snack is a yogurt (fruit & cheese, whatever you plan) with a smiley face? Can you put gum & packages of tea out on your table or work area for when you want to put something in your mouth but it isn't time to eat?

I'm starting over today too and doing some of the above :) My start-over has more to do with the baskets of chocolate rabbits and jelly beans that have infiltrated my house though.

Anyway, you've already done the first, and most challenging, piece: you've honestly addressed the issue with yourself (and us!). Can't wait to hear about your successful day!

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BOWERMJA 4/27/2011 8:12AM

    I second what Carol CRC wrote. What's done is done, but what's now is what's possible!

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JOPAPGH 4/27/2011 8:01AM

    I am right there with you. My injury led to a overeating pity party for weeks, and even since resuming running my eating is not controlled or thoughtful and I am gaining.

I'll be checking back, looking for words of wisdom...

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CAROLCRC 4/27/2011 8:01AM

    And when you are running long distances the non-runners around you encourage you to eat! They don't understand that running that far doesn't mean you can eat everything in sight (at least my relatives don't!)

A lot of people go through "post-race slump" where it takes a while to recover. Emotionally you put yourself through a lot of stress and there is a let-down afterwards. This is often reflected in a fall-back to bad eating habits (having your foot issue make it worse, I'm sure).

Venting and posting here is a great first step to getting a grip on this and moving forward again. Is there another race in your future you can focus on? Maybe not a marathon, but something to target being in shape for? That helps a lot of people re-focus.

Don't worry about the days you've already spent. Every day is Day One of the rest of your life. So just focus on healthy eating/running TODAY!

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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!

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CTRACIN 4/20/2011 9:37PM

    Way to go!!

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ELISA322 4/18/2011 3:47PM

    That's great you had an awesome run! I've been meaning to try that KT tape.

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TAMTAM64 4/18/2011 3:22PM

    So good to see you back running! Yea You!

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REFOCUS92711 4/18/2011 10:24AM

    Good for you :) Glad you are feeling better!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 4/17/2011 3:53PM

    YEAH!!! So happy for you!

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AMOHAME2 4/17/2011 3:12PM

    YAY!!!! I'm so glad you're back out there doing what you love! There's something so incredible about being out running after a few weeks off, it's like all of a sudden running is a small miracle!

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MARATHON_MOM 4/17/2011 2:49PM

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope to post a blog like this really really soon!

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Injury, running, and KT tape

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!!

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SEEHOLZ 4/19/2011 5:30PM

    Sorry I missed this- sounds like you are doing better

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GRRRRR!! Injury!

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.....

emoticon emoticonBut I am going to cancel that half marathon in 2 weeks. It makes me so sad, but I do NOT want to risk it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonWithout 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!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

With sadness in my heart, I must change my running plans.

emoticonBut 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!

Happy Sparking!

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SEEHOLZ 4/19/2011 5:34PM

    WOW, so much going on- exciting though! Good luck with the move!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 4/16/2011 9:19AM

    You are doing the right thing listening to your body! You need to rest or you might not be able to run ever again. Biking is a great form of cardio! I started doing it after injuring myself while running. I love that I can easily do more miles biking than I could running.
I have not been running since February. I have Achilles issues which keep me from running but not cycling!
Hope you have a great day and best of luck with the house and the move.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 4/16/2011 6:50AM

    Your body is talking to you and you need to listen to it. Do you know where in the states you will be going?

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ELISAMLW 4/9/2011 8:59PM

    So sorry for your injury.. glad it didn't happen during marathon training though! Hope you recover quickly and best of luck with your transition to the States!

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MYTURN11 4/9/2011 11:47AM

    I hope you heal fast. I am not as knowledgeable as the more experienced runners here on SP, but as I read through their blogs where injury is involved I truly see how much their running means to them.

I do have piriformis pain that is an issue. Deep tissue massage brought a few days of relief, but yesterday I went to my Chiro and mentioned it to him and he did a deeper adjustment on my left and right side and he adjusted my ankle, and the length of my right leg. Immediately after and this morning, there was no pain in my tush or right knee. Have you considered Chiro?

Keeping you in my prayers so that you return quickly to your beloved running.

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LAUROCHKA 4/9/2011 11:41AM

    So sorry to hear about you foot. I think it's probably wise taking it easy on yourself to help recovery and avoid making your foot worse. Sad though but hopefully for the best.Sounds like your move plans are going well - GREAT!

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ELISA322 4/9/2011 10:00AM

    Oh I am so sorry about your injury. :( It's a good idea that you're canceling your half although it's a bummer, sounded like it would have been very stressful. Gas prices are definitely ridiculous these days, I can't imagine what you're paying over in Germany!!

Woohoo you're moving back to the States!! Did I see something about Ohio? If so, you won't be too far from me!

Praying it all works out for you!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 4/9/2011 9:24AM

    I'm so sorry you're injured but I think you made the right decision. You'll be back in no time.

Until then, I think making up a new secret handshake is a good idea! :D

HAHA ELYMWX:Cycling doesn't turn my crank and I want to run!" club

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APIRLRAIN888 4/9/2011 9:00AM

    so sorry for your injury! I still haven't long run since my half!
next half in 3-4 wk

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LASHERTHECAT 4/9/2011 8:50AM

    I'm so sorry about your injury. Congrats on your marathon though (I haven't been around in a while I guess. ). Good choice on skipping the half. You definitely want to give yourself time to heal.

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AMOHAME2 4/9/2011 7:49AM

    I'm so sorry you're going through this too! You know I totally understand how you're feeling about this injury! The fact that the initial pain didn't start until after you were done your 16 miler, or that the pain was "not so bad" definitely makes it harder to keep away from running. I know it must have been a very very difficult decision to back out of your half marathon, but I think you make the right choice.
Cycling isn't nearly as much fun, I agree, but at least you still get to be outdoors for spring!
I'm finding the most frustrating thing is not being able to pinpoint exactly what happened. I didn't roll my ankle or feel a sudden surge of pain during my run, it just started to hurt for "no reason". So I kind of half expect the pain will just go away as suddenly as it started.

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MARATHON_MOM 4/9/2011 7:21AM

    You are doing the right thing cancelling your half. I was supposed to be doing one tomorrow, but I had to cancel it. Just rest a week or two more, bike, and take it easy... the strained ligaments will be as good as new in NO TIME!

Where are you moving to when you come back to the States?? If you say Georgia, I will be all giddy and do cartwheels and stuff. ;)

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ELYMWX 4/9/2011 4:16AM

    Great! Another member of the "Cycling doesn't turn my crank and I want to run!" club. We're still trying to figure out the secret handshake; do you have any suggestions?

Take it easy, enjoy the bike and the outdoors, and heal up so you can get back to running.

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