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