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Good Long Run and Other Good Things

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I got up really early this morning so I would have time to get in my 10 mile run before we have to start our running around stuff. It was sort of grey and cool when I started, and not a soul on the trail! The sun came up and it was just all sparkly and bright out. A little farther on it became foggy, but it was just perfect for running!

I was just determined that I was going to make it through all 10 miles today. I pretty much had to if I was to have any chance of making the Seattle Half on Nov. 29. So I warmed up good, and stretched, and warmed up some more. Then I headed out the door, forcing myself to start out SLOWLY!

I walked at strategic intervals, so I would be sure to give the muscles a chance to relax and not cramp up. By about the 7 mile mark I felt the need to look for a place for a potty break. I knew there was a park with a port-a-potty about a half a mile from me, while home was at least 1 1/2 miles away. So I took a detour!

Back on the trail, I was getting tired, so in one of my walk breaks I rehydrated, and had some GU Chomps and some protein bar, and then felt a lot better! I ran and then walked on and off until I got off the trail, and then ran the last couple of tenths to home! By the time I got there the legs felt a little wobbly, but NOTHING CRAMPED UP!! Boy did that make me happy! So, I was pretty slow, but I made it!

Yesterday, Hubby and I took a walk to go pick up the Smartie Car, which was finally all fixed and ready for us. All at once he says "Hey - You are keeping up with me! I usually have to stop and wait for you to catch up!" You have to understand that my Hubby isn't a man who can give a compliment or positive reinforcement easily. So when he then says "When you were running yesterday, and I was coming from the other direction, at first I didn't realize it was you - I thought it was a much YOUNGER runner!" Well, I just about fell over! Strong praise indeed, coming from him! It makes me realize just how much all this is worth it - even on days like today, when I am REALLY tired, and probably going to be pretty sore tomorrow - I know all my hard work is paying off, and gives me motivation to keep it up!

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JOYYAK 10/25/2009 2:59PM

    Nice to be able to keep up with your hubby, I'm sure! You are doing great!

Glad to hear you finally have your Smartie back...that took awhile!


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ETHEL_MERMAID 10/25/2009 11:00AM

    Wow, Shirley, what a thrill to hear those encouraging words! And you really do look like a kid these days. Running seems to be your fountain of youth!'ve got a Smart car? I can't tell you how badly my husband wants one of those! They are just adorable - good for you! What color is it? - Susan

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LIGHTHEART09 10/23/2009 7:46AM

    That is so wonderful Shirley, 10 miles is a loooooooonnnnnggggg ways...and Yes look how far you have come...You are passing up DH and he is starting to notice...way to go!
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ONEKIDSMOM 10/22/2009 7:33PM

    I am so proud of and inspired by you! emoticon

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MARILYNIM 10/22/2009 3:50PM

    Glad that you made the run, & that your husband gave you positive remarks.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wow, thanks to all my Spark Friends for their encouragement, advice and good ideas!

I am taking it easy today, and for the next few days. When I do start running again, it will be short and easy to be sure I don't start to cramp up again. If I DO cramp, I will STOP and walk!

I have been trying to add potassium through diet. I have found lots of things that are high in potassium. Bananas, potatoes, sweet potatoes. My protein powder. Wine (both red and white) soy nut butter has a lot. Prunes have a lot. (Note to self: prunes are NOT compatible with distance running!) Molasses.

But even with all that I have trouble getting up to the minimum. Oh - I COULD do it - but my calorie count would be off the chart! So I try to maintain a happy medium.

I am being very careful about hydration - dehydration can cause cramping too!

I am stretching and icing, and resting.

I saw my chiropractor this morning and talked to him about my cramping. He is a runner - a triathlete - and has considerable experience with running injuries. Speaking as a runner, he suggested it could have been caused by the cold weather. Our weather here changed from quite warm to cold pretty dramatically. He suggested I get a neoprene sleeve to compress the muscle and keep it warm. And BOY, what a pep talk I got from him! By the time I left I was feeling pretty good about running again! He also suggested that it is too early to decide not to do the Seattle Half. So I will withhold my decision there and see how I do.

So, for now - taking it easy is the way to go!

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JOYYAK 10/17/2009 4:25PM

    That's good that your Chiropractor was able to give you that advice! I hope that makes a difference for you!!


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LIGHTHEART09 10/15/2009 8:06AM

    Great...I agree it is too early to can the upcoming race..and Yes the weather being cold now could have lots to do with it...
It is nasty out there...The most important thing is rest your injury and go easy on it when you start get as much potassium...yeah load up on wine I can help you on that we can have a potassium
Get better...I like your doc...
Rainy Windy Hugs today...a good day to snug up to DH and read a book with a big glass of potassium... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FINDINGMEIN2012 10/14/2009 2:52PM

    I'm so glad you are still thinking about doing the Seattle Half - it's so much fun!!
I hope you are pain free soon!!!!


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Long Slow Run and the Agony of Defeat (Or the Agony of d' Calf!)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

For the last couple of weeks, I have been struggling with a calf muscle that keeps cramping up. Just when I think I have it under control, I go for a long run and it cramps up yet again.

Last week when I ran the Issaquah Rotary Run 10K, it really cramped up hard. I did finish the race, but I hobbled the last mile. (I couldn't quit - a woman I thought was in my age group kept trying to pass me. I had to speed up every time I heard her get close!) **

So for the last week I have just tried everything I can think of to get it healed up. I have increased my potassium intake, I stretch, and ice every time I work out or run. I alternate heat and ice. And yet it does it again!

Today was supposed to be my 11 mile run in preparation for the Seattle Half Marathon on Nov. 29. I warmed up, stretched well, and started out nice and easy. It was cold and windy out, but felt really good for running. I felt like I was doing just fine, and then, BAM, about 3 1/2 miles out it tightened up again. I stopped and stretched, and squeezed the muscle to get it to relax, and then walked for awhile. Then I ran some more, got to my turn around point and headed back up the hill. It tightened up again, so I walked again. Eventually it became clear that it just wasn't going to quit, and it would be foolish to keep it up. Since I really didn't want to really injure it more, I decided just to walk on home and quit running for the day. I did make it a total of 7.44 miles according to my trusty Garmin, just a bit short of the 11 I wanted!

I also decided to give up the idea of doing the Seattle Half this year. I hate the idea of that - but I am afraid it is going to take too long to get this healed up to even try.

I just don't know what else to do to get it to get better. If anyone has any ideas, let me know. I feel pretty discouraged right now - completely bummed out. I guess for the next few days, I will try to take it easy and then gradually start out with some short runs and see if it will take it. I did recently get new shoes, and I am starting to wonder if there is a connection. I think I may go back to that running store with the shoes and see what they think. Gotta get this to stop!

Ok, enough whining for now! I think I will hobble to the kitchen and find me some lunch!

Spark ON!
**(That woman turned out not to be in my div. but she never did pass me!)

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JOYYAK 10/14/2009 1:44PM

    Wow - I am sorry to hear you are having this problem on a more chronic basis now (how long has it actually been?). You mentioned taking Potassium. Have you had labs done? You need to be careful not to take too much as that can cause definite cardiac irritability. Maybe you are only doing dietary potassium, though? That's sometimes pretty hard to get enough if you are deficient.

Could you have a mild stress fracture that may not be symptomatic except for compensatory cramping?

Are you on diuretics or any BP med that may have diuretic in it?

How is your hydration? And you also should take a look at your sodium and magnesium and calcium. If the doc can do electrolytes he can give you an indication of where you sit with the K and Na. I do know that when the Na is down (either dietary or through dehydration) this can be a causative factor. I have seen that, particularly in my elderly patient population.

Just some thoughts.

I am sorry you are still struggling with this,


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FHAMWEY 10/14/2009 11:27AM

    I would definitely give it a rest for a few days and then try those old shoes again. If everything seems ok, then bring those new shoes back! How long does the pain last after you run? Is it always there? If you can get this resolved in the next week or so, you shouldn't have to give up your plans for the half. You still have plenty of time if you are already at 11 miles. Good luck. Praying for a speedy recovery for you!

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LIGHTHEART09 10/13/2009 9:01PM

    Yes it may be the shoes...try your old shoes and see if that helps...see a still may have time...but I agree if it continues why injure yourself...You are in my prayers...
Miss you

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/13/2009 5:59PM

    Wise move to stop before injuring yourself worse. Rest? Rest? Rest? Ask a trainer?

Hang in, I'm rooting for you!


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Alki Beach Run 5K

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Today my daughter and granddaughter and I ran the Alki Beach Run 5K. It was a beautiful, if chilly and windy day! It was the first 5K for Caitlin, my Granddaughter, and the first in several years for my Daughter, and certainly the first time we had run together! So a momentous day, any way you look at it!

In the past, I would never have been able to run at anywhere near the pace my daughter runs, but since she ruptured her achilles tendon, she takes it a bit easier than she used to! For a long time she didn't think she would ever be able to run again, never mind play soccer (what she was doing when it ruptured). Today we all started out together, and after about the first couple of tenths of a mile, I sort of pulled away. Didn't mean to do that exactly, but those people ahead of me were in my way-so I went around them!

Got to the half-way turn around point, and couldn't see Tammi (daughter) or Caitlin anywhere. Finally saw Caitlin, running along (actually smiling!). About 1/4 mile or so from the finish I felt a touch on my arm, and there was Tammi! She had finally caught me. We ran along together for awhile, and then when we were close to the finish I started my "kick". "Hey!", she said, "You are speeding up!" So then SHE started to pour it on, and I had to kick it up a bit more! She passed me, and finished 2 seconds ahead of me! Several minutes later Caitlin crossed the finish line too. I was SO proud of her! She is only 14, but she did very well, I thought for her first 5K!

After we had gotten our post race munchies, and water we stood in line to check the results. You just can't imagine my total astonishment to discover I had finished FIRST in my age division! So astonished that I didn't see where I had finished over all, and I still am not sure of my total time. It said 33:23, which would be the fastest time for me ever, and a sub 11 minute pace! WOO HOO!!! I was (still am!) really jazzed about that!

Any way you look at it, it was a day to remember!

So now this next week I need to get in a 9 mile run in preparation for my half in November, and next weekend I will run my first 10K.

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IWILLBE145 10/4/2009 1:09PM

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How great is that to bond with your daughter and granddaughter in a healthy and competitive run! This is a day you all will remember and look back on as a new milestone in getting and staying in great shape! You are an inspiration to the rest of us, I'm so proud of you, thanks for sharing a motivating experience!
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LIGHTHEART09 9/28/2009 11:26PM

    Wow Shirley that is soooo cooooool! Wooooo Hoooooo first place...Boston Marathon here you come!

I got your call...been in services and left my phone in the car...duhhhhhh .... it is being charged up as I write this...

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SJORDAN7157 9/27/2009 7:17PM

    What an accomplishment!!!!

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ALB@ATIME 9/27/2009 5:51PM

    way to go...woohoo

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Look on the Bright Side!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

In all the yuckiness, and sadness of having our little Smart Car broken into, and our "stuff" stolen, there is a bright spot! I had to get a new driver's license, and a new Costco card. Both of these require a photo. The new photos show only ONE CHIN! Kind of nice for a change to have just the requisite number of chins! Not a big thing - but I really don't mind looking at those new photos!!

Spark ON!


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ONEKIDSMOM 9/27/2009 7:16AM

    That is so funny... I have a new driver's license photo myself, and it's a good 40 pounds lighter than the last one, from five years ago... you're right, it's a lot easier to look at that photo than the old one!

emoticon - Barb

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FHAMWEY 9/26/2009 8:26PM

    What a positive attitude! I know exactly what you mean. I so want a new driver's license! I hate my "fat" picture and I always want to start explaining when they stare at me and then back at the photo and back at me. I don't......but I want to. At least something bright did come out of your bad situation.

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JOYYAK 9/26/2009 12:13PM

    LOL -- what a great way of looking at things!!


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LIGHTHEART09 9/25/2009 12:29AM

    You are too cute...I think I had my last swim today...brrrrrrrrrrrr is all I can say...

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