Wednesday, November 09, 2011
This is my last week of training for my first half marathon this weekend. I've been experiencing some knee issues and I'm just hoping that this isn't going to be a problem. I only have to run 9 miles total this week, and last night was a 4-miler.
Started out pretty good, but by mile 3 my knee was tweaking, I finished the last mile really slow as not to push my knee. I got home and did the usual ice thing. I think the devil is working overtime on me. I was doing so well and now a cranky, tweaky knee, causing pain and now causing me to just plain ole doubt myself. Will I be able to finish with a bum knee? Why, why, why now? I'm so close, but after last night's run I can see that 13 miles is really going to affect my knee.
I have resorted to desperate measures now. A friend loaned me some Kinesio tape, I tried that last night, but the tape was old and didn't stick very well, so I'm headed to the sports store today at lunch to purchase some, hoping this helps. Going to test it out tonight with a 3-miler.
Last resort is a knee brace. Hoping the tape will do the trick, but I do have a brace, just in case. It's really going to stink having to run with a brace on, but.... I am determined that nothing, even a little pain is going to stop me from this race. I have been training for 14 weeks and I'm not about to throw in the towel. Run, walk, or crawl I'm crossing that finish line.
I've never wanted anything so badly. Cross your fingers SPARKERS, this race is so important to me. I've trained for it, I've worked very hard at it, I dedicated myself from start to finish with each and every run and now.... the moment of truth. I want that mermaid medal, I want that 13.1 sticker for my car, I want to wear my new 13.1 tee-shirt, I want the feelings of elation at the finish. Want, want, want and I'm going to... DO IT PERIOD !!!!
I don't doubt my ability to run this race, I'm just not able to count on the knee cooperating. Any advice? Words of wisdom ?????
Monday, November 07, 2011
I was off on Friday so took advantage of that and decided to get in my last long training run before next weekends race. Set out to run ten miles, did great until 7.5, then my knee starting getting really cranky, it was hurting so I walked for a few minutes, then decided to call DH to come get me. I didn't want to push the knee this close to the race. I was soooooo disappointed, but it feels fine now. I told DH that if this happens during the race, I will be crawling to the finish line, but I"m really hoping that this was just a freak incident. Cross your fingers.
Saturday - went to the mall to spend my JCPenney coupon, holy ham no one told me that they were having a pre-Christmas door buster sale, the place was mobbed. So after all that craziness I glad I had already decided that Christmas shopping wasn't going to happen this year, I'm not going to stress myself. And I'm definitely convinced it's not worth it after that experience, but I did pick up a couple new items to add to the wardrobe. Here's a new outfit.
I ended up getting a sweater dress, two shirts and two pair of boots (the boots I'm sharing with my daughter, lol)
I cooked another new SPARK recipe. Three Cheese Macaroni - OMG was it tasty. The DH and DD gobbled it up, it really was delicious and a perfect way to disquise whole wheat pasta, lol. YEAH, I slipped some healthy stuff in on them.
Couldn't resist one last pic, isn't he handsome?
DH and I drove my half marathon race route yesterday, the nerves starting kicking in after seeing how long it is, and three bridges, oh my. Just praying my knee holds up. Only have a few short runs this week, tapering down before the big day.
Hope everyone is off to a great start to this week.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
I complained, moaned and groaned at the thought of spending $20 on Halloween candy, sheesh inflation. Any how, you know you can't buy the cheap candy or someone may slash your tires these days, lol so I at least bought the good stuff (reese cups - my total weakness, hershey's, kitkats) and some nerds and airheads because not all kids like chocolate. I decided I was going to mop the kitchen floor while waiting on the millions of tricker treaters that were expected to show up, so at least I was a tad productive in crossing off my "to do" list.
Well we had 5, yes, FIVE kids show up. Holy ham, what happened to the droves and mobs of kids? I think it's safe to assume that trick or treating has become a thing of the past, gone are the good ole days. True, but sad that the traditions we enjoyed as kids are slowly being done away with. Well some things are still tradition like carving pumpkins. The grandkids came over Saturday to carve their pumpkins, they did a great job. I usually carve a celebrity pumpkin but just wasnt in the mood this year to do it, so I was the pumpkin carving supervisor, lol.
My grandson was going to a Halloween party and decided to sneak up behind me and scare the bageezies out of me. I owe him one, gonna get him when he least expects it.
And then there is the cutest pea in the world. My baby grandson, the pea pod.
Don't have pics of the other kiddos or I would certainly post.
Well it's the day after Halloween and I'm left holding the bag.. of leftover goodies. But guess what????? after snitching two reese cups for myself, I handed over the leftovers to hubby to properly dispose of....pass it out to the fellas at work. No candy in my house now. Yeah.
Hope everyone enjoyed a Happy Halloween
Monday, October 31, 2011
I wish I would have discovered that my area has a running group a lot sooner than last Thursday. I signed up last Thursday and they had a run scheduled for Friday morning at the oceanfront. Boy was it windy and cold but I went anyway, I had to run a 9-miler as part of my training so I figured I might as well get out there and just do it. I met the ladies at 5:45 for a 9-mile run, so nice that they run the same pace as I do, so we headed off. I did pretty good, not too bad I don't guess. I wasn't in it for time, just to see how 9 miles felt. I only slowed down for two brief walking rest breaks and then I was back at it. The whole time I was running we were talking. She was sharing her running experiences and I learned a lot of great tips from her. She has ran several marathons and has been out of running for a while but now she is back into it, and guess what???? She is running the same half-marathon I am on Nov. 13th, and she is going to check to see if there is a pace group running also. How wonderful is that. I won't have to run the half marathon by myself, I get to run with a pace group. I am sooooo excited, I was really dreading running alone.
I felt great after the run but my calves were on fire, I was in pain, I have never had calf pain before. I went home, jumped in a hot shower and stretched across my bed, ouch my calves were killing me. I decided to call an expert runner to find out what could have caused this pain, so I called my dad. He said I probably had running edema and to prop my legs up above my heart and the pain would go away. Sure enough, that made me feel so much better, and no more calf pain.
This was definitely a new experience all around. I ran a 9-miler, had horrible calf pains, and I learned a lot of neat tips and tricks. Can't wait to put all the new stuff into my workouts. This is the last full week of half-marathon training and I might say that I am soooooo ready to run this race. So this set my weekend off to a great start. Going to meet up with the running group on Tuesday evening for a 4-8 miler. I think I might like this.
Hope everyone enjoyed a great weekend, Happy Halloween.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Last night I came home late from my hair appointment and DH had dinner ready. I was expecting leftover frozen chili and a grill cheese sandwich because I was going to eat light so I could get in a run, well the DH had other plans.
I came home to new york strip smoked to perfection on the grill, baked potato, fresh peas, italian bread and a blueberry muffin for dessert, wow all for me. I was so grateful that he cooked and that he did it all on his own, but I certainly did not feel like a big meal, however I couldn't disappoint him since he had put so much TLC into the meal. We ate, dinner was absolutely superb. I was feeling really full but I knew I had to get my run in, so I piddled around for about 45 minutes before I headed out the door.
DH stopped me and said it was too dark and dangerous for me to go out for a run, so I was really gonna blow my stack since I had this planned already and I was bound and determined NO ONE was gonna stop me. I mean after all I am a grown woman, and I've been running at night plenty of times, so why should now be any different.
I said... you could go with me, well right away I figured the answer would be OOOHH HECK NO, but he asked how he could possibly keep up with me while I ran. I suggested he get the beach cruiser out and go with me riding the bike. And again I figured this was going to end in another OOOOOHHH HECK NO, but to my surprise it didn't.
He got the bike out, put a flashlight in the basket on the handle bars as a makeshift headlight and off we went. I got in four miles with DH blazing the trail in front of me, sometimes riding beside me and then following behind me. That my friends, is TRUE LOVE. Someone who hates exercise was out making sure his wife was safe from the boogie man, being the protector, and I think he really wants to just spend time with me. Sooo sweet.
It sure was nice not having to watch all around me, I felt so much safer with him with me. I asked if he would mind doing it again, he didn't say OOOOOHH HECK NO, but he didn't answer anything, so I'm taking that as a YES. Only two more weeks of training before the big HALF, so I'm pretty confident I have my own private security for my runs for the next two weeks. Thanks Hubby.
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