Saturday, April 27, 2013
For the last 6 weeks, I've been battling an upper IT band strain. Due to the pain, I was very depressed and withdrew from posting on SparkPeople because I felt I was not progressing. In fact, I was regressing! Inability to exercise without a burning pain wasn't something I wanted to post about.
Fortunately, I went to my local run shop - John's Run Walk Shop - to get a massage ball to try. John recommended a chiropractor who specializes in runner's injury therapy. He immediately diagnosed what was wrong and initiated a set of treatments which had me back to my training, just at a reduced pace. Meanwhile, my daughter - the real runner in the family - suffered a pulled hamstring. I immediately sent her to see Dr. Mike.
Mary Kate and I had both registered for the Kentucky Derby Festival Half Marathon earlier in the year. With both of us being treated for injuries, it did not seem likely that we could complete the race. Well, Dr. Mike said, "Yes, go ahead, but..." He told Mary Kate NOT to run it and me to slow my pace.
So we did both... walked and slowed the pace! I finished 10933 out of 11480 and 290th out of 343 in my age group.
Mary Kate at the beginning - waiting for our Corral to get to the Starting Line. BTW, she was to be a seeded runner had she been able to run... bummer!
8.5 miles into the race, we did a lap around the infield of Churchhill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby!
Proof I did it! My first BIG hardware!!!
Now to get completely healed up so I can do the Iron Horse HM in October!
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
In my last blog, I talked about the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon as a race I wanted to miss. Well, I did miss the race as a race, but not as the "event" it was. My daughter and her boyfriend and I waited at the starting line during a 15 minute fog delay. Because of the hilly course, the local police recommended a delayed start to let some of the fog burn off.
I decided to get in a 5K at least, so waited for my "wave" to start at 9:25.
I loved the scenery at the back of Keeneland.
Mary Kate and Bill completed the HM in record time - a PR for her and a first for him - he's a triple jump Track guy! His hip started hurting him at the BIG hill at mile 10 but he finished like a trooper! Their time 1:43:41! But the "race" wasn't over.
Then the fun began. It was Bill's 22nd birthday and Sunday was going to be Mary's 21st, so when he got the microphone from the DJ, she thought he was going to announce that to the crowd. Until the speech started!
And he went down on one knee!
Of course, she said YES!
The ring is beautiful!
She was glowing and he was just plain tired!
And now they can get back to studying for finals and start planning for the race of their lifetime!
Just wait til next year, Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon. I plan on having my name on the back of one of these:
For now, I'll just have my name listed as "Mom" and "Mom-to-Be"!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
My "race" blogs may make some of you more seasoned "runners" smile and chuckle to yourselves. I'm not fast and I know it. I do them to give myself goals to set and meet as a sign of progress.
This Saturday, March 30th, I am registered to participate in the Rookie Run the Bluegrass 7 Miler. I won't be participating. No injury is involved. It's a personal choice. I'm just too slow!
My daughter and her boyfriend are participating in the Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon. It's Bill's 22nd birthday and the day after (March 31st) is Mary Kate's 21st birthday. They will finish the Half Marathon in approximately 1 hr. 30-40 minutes.
It's a hilly course! Last week's 5K course (somewhat hilly, but less than this one) my time was just under 46 minutes. Over 7 miles, I'm looking at 1 hr. 45 minutes at that pace... probably closer to 1 hr. 55 minutes... and that's too slow!
Yes, they would wait for me and cheer me across the finish line on a normal day. But it's not going to be a normal day. Mary Kate does not read my SparkPeople blogs, so I'm sure she won't see this SPOILER ALERT, but Bill intends to propose to her at the finish of the Half Marathon... so you see I'm too slow to do my race and be at the finish line for the big moment and Bill wants family there!
For once, I want to miss a race! Stay tuned for pictures!
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