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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I can't hardly believe it!! The improvement is so drastic! I took the "elephant tranquilizer", as my hubby jokingly calls it, last night before bed, just like the Dr told me. Now I am able to move virtually pain-free!!

My hubby calls it a tranquilizer, because it is a very strong medication that knocks you out. The Dr stressed that I was only to take it at night before bed, and that I was ABSOLUTELY NOT to drive after taking it!!

Anyway, the only pain I have is that the tissue and muscles in the problem areas are a bit tender, I am thinking, from (too) agressive massaging (out of my desparation to make it feel better). I am continuing to ice the area to help that as well. Hopefully by tomorrow, or even Friday, I will be good as new.

I might go for a short run this afternoon, if time allows. Since I don't think running really caused or contributed to the issue, I am thinking I should be ok, but it is up in the air. Though I definitely will NOT do my usual BodyPump class tonight, nor ride my bike for the rest of the week. Tomorrow, I am thinking I definitely should be able to get that run in. Seriously, even though I am only taking today off, it feels like FOREVER!! I am itching to get out sooooooooo badly!

WOOHOO! So glad my back is so much better!

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AOGOAE 10/28/2010 12:09PM

    phew, glad you're feeling better. seems like everyone has back issues at one time or another!

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ROOT4HOME 10/27/2010 9:15AM

    Glad you're feeling better too!!

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MARATHON_MOM 10/27/2010 7:13AM

    YAY for the "elephant tranquilizer"!! So glad your back is feeling better!!

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Went to the Doctor today...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I thought I would just get my back checked out. First of all, I don't want to waste precious marathon training time trying to nurse something that I am not sure really what it is. And secondly, I wanted to rule out serious things, like kidney problems.

The pain has just been on the right side, and is intensified if I move a certain way. It is not terrible, so that I have to pop pain meds every hour or anything... Just quite annoying, and uncomfortable.

Well, the doctor said almost exactly what I thought - my pain is due to cramped up and VERY hardened muscles right along my vertebrae on the right side, most likely due to simply improper form while exercising. I asked him specifically if he thought something was torn or injured, and he said most likely not. (PHEW!!)

I think it might be largle due to my biking - sometimes I ride with my backpack to and from the gym, and that is when I first noticed this pain. Maybe I had my backpack unevenly packed, and was compensating for it with improper posture. I am pretty sure my strength training class might be a contributing factor, maybe not the root problem, but a contributer.

But I think the ultimate triggering factor for the problem this weekend was trying to push my twin stroller one-handedly, while leading my daughter by the hand. I remember trying to turn the stroller, and it felt very ackward and felt like it required a tremendous amount of effort from my back and core muscles. I think this ackward movement is what triggered my pain on Sunday and since.

So, I have been perscribed a strong muscle relaxer and some pain meds. The "elephant tranquilizer," as my husband already loves to call it, will knock me out, so I am only to take that at night, just before bed. I will also nix the biking for the next week, since that seems to stress my back a little more, as well as my BodyPump class. I will take tomorrow off running, but see how I feel on Thursday. And I will DEFINITELY try to get my long run in on Saturday.

In other words, my first week of marathon training is gonna have to be changed up a bit.... Bummer. But I want to get my back back to normal! That is most important!

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SMILESRME 10/26/2010 10:59AM

    Yep...sounds like you need to have a bit of R & R from some of your activities. Bummer. But needful. I injured my tailbone by landing on my bicycle's middle bar, when I attempted to ride up a steep, short hill and fell off my pedal. Hooboy did that hurt. I overcompensated for the pain by walking differently, which in turn, stressed my lower right back. It's amazing how we protect the injured part of our bodies, and then something else goes awry!

Prayers that you will heal soon, and get on your merry way to that marathon training!

With a halleluyia heart!
Julia : )

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MRS_LOOMIS 10/26/2010 9:18AM

    good plans all ounce of prevention......

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LIFE-OF-LEISURE 10/26/2010 8:52AM

    You did the right thing by going to see the DR! It was probably the combination of the two, the biking and the They both made me cringe a bit. I did something similar years ago, pulling my daughter in a wagon while trying to walk. I ended up hurting the cartilage in my ribcage. Which flares occasionally 22years later...

I still thinking icing it would help. I'm not a Doctor, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express. emoticon

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Marathon Training Wk 1 of 18

Monday, October 25, 2010

Here's my plan:
Monday (today): 5 miles (4 miles easy, 1 mile @ 10K pace) (DONE!!)
Tuesday: X-training (biking), 30-45 minutes
Wednesday: 4 miles easy, plus 3x 20 sec. strides (20 sec. sprints, with 20 sec. rec. in between)
Thursday: 6 miles (with intervals packed in there)
Friday: Biking 30-45 minutes
Saturday: 9-10 miles, with last mile a bit faster.

My 5-miler this morning was really cool - the moon was SOOO bright, that I almost didn't need my light! I could even see the stars in the sky. It was really beautiful.

I am going to be following a specific training plan that came out of a Women's Running magazine. I feel it would be best to follow something, not just my own whimsical plan, especially for my first marathon. However, I am planning to change up my long runs a bit, and push the mileage (not including during the tapering period) up a bit higher than the plan calls for, so I feel more confident come race day. But then follow those extra long run weeks up with a bit less mileage the next week...

I feel SUPER after my 13 miles I did Saturday. I did feel a good bit ache-y and fatigued on Saturday evening (duh!), but actually felt great even when we were out shopping on Saturday. I used to have some pain in my hip (butt cheek?) and behind my left knee that I was dealing with pretty much constantly before this summer. (Long story short: I got very sick in July, and didn't run for 2 weeks, and was VERY weak starting back, so I have had to slowly work myself back in. But the break, I think, was really good for me.) So, on Saturday, I put a LOT of focus on stretching, and taking care of myself after pushing my mileage up like that. I think part of my troubles before were caused from not adequately stretching after my runs, especially the long ones. I plan to put a LOT more focus on the stretching during my training.

This week's long run will only be 9 or 10 miles, so a bit shorter. I figured it would be smart to pull the mileage back this next week.

I am a little concerned about some back pain that has really been bothering me since Saturday. I have noticed a little bit of back pain in this area several weeks ago, and here and there since, but it wasn't bad, so I didn't think much about it. However, over the weekend, it got really bad. I am pretty sure it is the muscles (not kidneys, and not just that something is out-of-place in my back), and that I am experiencing severe muscle spasms. The pain is only on my right side, and ranges from the lower side of my shoulder blade to my waste. You can actually feel the muscles that are causing the problems. My husband tried to massage the problem area yesterday, which helped a little, but they returned to their spasm-ing session, I guess. Anyway, I am now using those Thermacare pads, and hoping this will help clear it up quickly. I am also taking Magnesium, which I was told would help too.

Well, off to prepare some lunch for my kiddos! Wishing everyone a happy Monday!

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ERIC_ANDREW 10/25/2010 4:03PM

    Your schedule for 18 weeks out looks a lot like mine did when I was 15 weeks out from the marathon! Very aggressive but quite doable. If you continue to suffer from your back injury, I would also suggest icing the area daily for 10-15 minutes at a time (or do the ice massage that Warrior-Woman suggested, that sounds like a great idea!)

Also don't be afraid to drop out a few workouts here and there if your body seems to be telling you to do so. I suffered through about 5 minor injuries this summer, but I got through all of them by taking extra rest days as needed. I also found that the long, slow distances were more important than the speed work, so if you do drop any workouts, maybe look to take those out first? You can always get your initial PR at your first marathon and then work on beating that time in the second one!


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LIFE-OF-LEISURE 10/25/2010 10:43AM

    DH had a really bad muscle spasm a few years ago. Here is what his therapist had us do...

Fill a plastic cup with water and freeze it. Slide the ice out of the cup and use that to massage the muscle, for as long as you can stand it. Do it a couple times a day. It's amazing how it helps.

As long as you can survive the initial contact of the ice on your warm skin!

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BIKERDIANE 10/25/2010 6:42AM

    You GO girl! emoticon

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HELENA260 10/25/2010 6:25AM

    Good Luck with your marathon training

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CHRISTMAS is coming! (Photos)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Yep, that's right. Christmas season in the stores is back in full force. Yesterday, after I ran my 13 miles, we all went to this HUGE department store here in Germany, called Dodenhof. Dodenhof is awesome. They have EVERYTHING - from a massive (and expensive) furniture store, clothing store, sporting goods store, Apple store (yes, I mean Mac products), grocery store, electronics store... seriously, everything. They even have a daycare where you can leave your kids for free.

This is an attempt to take a picture of the store(s) from our parking spot, but its just too massive. Seriously, I think Dodenhof takes up more space in the little village of Posthausen than anything else.

So, off we were. I wanted to get some new running shoes. So, we went to the sporting goods store. I was just going to get some cheap ones on clearance, like last season's models, but the darn sales kid talked me into these.....

I LOVE sauconys! I've been wearing a pair of Pumas, simply because I got them on clearance, but they are getting a bit worn. And I know I will be needing new ones soon. Since I am starting to train for the marathon, my sweet dear hubby thought it best to get me the ones I really like! I LOVE him!

Here's me sportin' my new shoes... emoticon


There were about 5 rows of kiosks going back to where the guy is standing....

They were about that wide....

And across the isle, were more rows/kiosks of chocolate and goodies!!!

More chocolate....

Aaaaahhhhh, Hachez, some of my FAVORITE chocolate!! That and Lindt! Hachez is made right here in Bremen, a large town I live near. =) LECKER!

We did end up coming home with 6 Advents Calendars for all of us. Those are "calendars" where you open up a little surprise (in our case, chocolate) every day of December leading up to Christmas Eve. I'm already in the Christmas spirit! LOVE IT!

That wraps it up for yesterday. Until next time, lovely SparkFriends!

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STEFFIROCKSIT 9/19/2011 7:13AM

    Hahaaa! Love Dodenhof, too (and yes, the furniture IS expensive)! I like Adventskalender so much, even our pets get one LOL.

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SEEHOLZ 10/25/2010 5:16PM

    Hier warten die Geschaefte wenigstens bis nach Halloween, hahaha!
Ich finde es trotzdem noch viel zu frueh... aber es sieht alles soooo lecker aus... ich finde es immer toll wie jede Marke ihren eigen Stand hat...
Ich glaub am meisten vermiss ich aber den Duft vom Weihnachtsmarkt, da ich ja immer im Sommer nach Deutschland fliege- vielleicht kannst Du ja ein Bildchen fuer mich schnappen?!
Wo verbringt Ihr eigentlich Weihnachten- Deutschland or USA?

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ERIC_ANDREW 10/25/2010 4:09PM

    O ja, sicher schmeckt die deutsche Schokolade sehr lecker! Auch freue ich mich auf Weihnachten, aber zuerst....Halloween!!!!


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MRS_LOOMIS 10/24/2010 9:21PM

    I'm a Ryka girl....but those chocolates look divine!

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SMILESRME 10/24/2010 4:58PM

    Ah....Chocolate; how I love thee!

I was so impressed by the chocolate offerings when my husband and I were in Germany this summer. And that was before the Christmas holiday started!

Have fun breaking in those new shoes!

With a hallelujah heart, Julia : )

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ROOT4HOME 10/24/2010 11:34AM

    Woohoo!! I just got saucony's too!!

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13-Miler This Morning? CHECK! (Photos)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

So, I kicked off my training with that promised 13-miler this morning!! WOOHOO! Feelin' GREAT about my 13-mile run this morning? Double check!!

Got up early this morning (5:30), and already had my route planned. I knew it would be dark for the first half or more, so I chose to take the trail along the busiest roads first. It always makes me feel safer! I drank some water, ate half a banana, grabbed my gear, and hit the trail.

I knew I needed to keep it slow and easy. I have only been running 8 or 9 miles for a long run for a while, so bumping it up to 13 is a little bit of a jump. I started out, found a pace that felt like I could keep going on FOREVER with, and locked into that pace. I also tried to focus on keeping myself relaxed, keeping my knees soft, and letting my feet hit the pavement softly... I kind of went on autopilot after that, letting my mind wander, and just enjoying the ride.

I had thought I would take breaks every couple of miles or so, a quick walking spurt. But after 3 miles, I did NOT feel the need at all, so I just kept going. A while later, I looked at my Garmin, and had just passed 5 miles, so I took a quick walking break. Then picked it up again. Took another quick walk at 8 miles, and then a few breaks to take a couple of pics in the last 3 miles. All in all, I was VERY pleased with myself. Though most my miles ranged anywhere between 10:30-12 min, my last 2 miles were around 10 minutes each, so I finished very strong (without even really meaning to!).

The BEAUTIFUL sunrise I witnessed this morning!! This picture does not even give it justice, but it was the best I could get.

These dark-colored adorable sheep were really checking me out as I passed! Too cute!

Another attempt to capture the BEAUTIFUL pink sky, with the small village of Klein Meckelsen up ahead.

Leaving Klein Meckelsen, Only 3 more Km to go 'til I get to my little village of Ippensen!! Almost there!

Next week, I will be really starting my training, an 18-week training plan that leads up to my Marathon on February 26th. WOOHOO! So, I guess that is all for now.

Auf wiedersehen, all my lovely SparkFriends!! (Oder "Auf wiederhören" in this case... LOL)

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MEMOBE 10/23/2010 12:11PM

    Glad you had such a great run today, I hope to do a long one sometime this week myself. Did 9 miles last Sunday and hope to add a little to that maybe Tues or wed.

Beautiful picutres too, thanks for sharing.


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LOREENYK 10/23/2010 11:08AM

    Beautiful! I'm in maintenance mode myself- going to keep my long runs between 7 and 13 miles until January. Then I will start ramping them up for my marathon on March 20th. Today will be 10 miles.
Have a great day!

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