3 Things Running Taught Me

1. Without Running I will go insane

2. I need running in my life more than I ever knew

3. I cannot continue to eat like a 300lb man and have bacon ranch sandwiches for lunch everyday when I don’t run.

 

I haven’t posted in a while because I was in a running funk and I thought I’d save you all from my pity posts about not being able to run. Three weeks ago I found out I had posterior tibial tendonitis. Which basically means I had really bad pain in the arch/heel of my foot whenever I walked/ran.  The first two days of not running weren’t so bad, I pretended they were rest days( see I’m really good at mind games), but when the pain was still there I started to FREAK. Was I going to lose everything I worked for?  Was my endurance going to be affected? If you didn’t know this already, I’m completely mental about running.  I think it’s because I went from not being able to run a half mile to running a half marathon in such a short period amount of time that I constantly freak out about losing my endurance just as quickly, crazy I know.

 

After speaking with the PT she thinks I either amped up my mileage too much in such a short amount of time or that I don’t stretch enough.  Personally,  I think know that  I don’t stretch enough.  Actually I rarely stretch at all.  I like to still think I still have my gumby 16-year old dancer body.  Shockingly I don’t, darn it. So a week goes by of not running and I’m starting to get so antsy.  I feel like everyone around me is getting their runs in– I swear all of a sudden people were running past my window at work throughout the day.  So I decided to ask the Acupuncturist who works at my job if she could help me out.  Turns out she could.  I’m not going to lie, the need she put in the bottom of my foot and my arch KILLED me.  She used STM on the needles in my knee, arch, and bottom of my foot. Twenty minutes later and BOOM I was back to normal.  Crazy right?  I tried running New Years Day, I did about 1.5 miles and my arch started hurting again. Womp,Womp. First thing Monday I got acupuncture again and my foot felt great.  We think the taping the PT did was forcing me to pronate which was causing another injury, so we decided to take the tape off and see how I felt.

Last week I went full force back into running.  What a stupid, stupid idea.  Can you blame me though?  I was SO excited to run again. My foot felt great until Saturday.  I had a long run planned, but only did 5 miles because my foot was bothering me. So far I’ve taken off Sunday & Monday, I’m trying to be a good little runner but it’s driving me insane.  I feel like my runs suck now from taking off and I feel all flabby and gross.  Am I crazy?  On a lighter note, I finally joined Daily Mile. Woo-hoo.  My goal for 2012 is to run 1,000 miles, do-able? I think so!

Some goals I’ve made for myself that I’d like to achieve in the next 6 months

1. Run a sub-30 5k

Clearly I was hot and took my clothes off and threw them on the ground.

2. Suck it up & Join a local running group, which hopefully will help with goal number 1.

3. Run the Jersey Shore Half Marathon with Rebecca & Kailey. Oh, and hopefully have some crazy PR like 45 minutes or so.  Gotta be ambitious, right?

Maybe I'll actually keep up with Rebecca this time

Maybe I'll actually keep up with Rebecca this time

 

I’m going to use the Mcmillan running calculator to get my booty in gear.  Has anyone else seen results from it? What are some of your short-term goals for 2012? It doesn’t have to be running related! Also, is anyone running in the 10 mile to the Brewery run on January 28th in Sayville? I don’t think I’ll be running , damn foot, but I’ll be cheering everyone on 🙂

 

Until next time,

 

Run Hard. Run Long. Run Strong.

My love/hate relationship with Track Workouts

Last night, when I got home from work, my mom greets me with ” He’s waiting”. I look into the kitchen and see Coach/Brother Ryan suited up in Under Armour waiting for my arrival to head out on a run. Before getting ” HI” out I hear ” Hurry Up!” as I crawl/walk up the stairs to get my running gear on.

Don’t get me wrong, I love running with him BUT he’s SO intimidating. Did I mention I was doing a speed work out because HE had to do one. I guess I could of BS’d running around the track but how boring and monotonous would that have been? Alright, first speed workout since September (I know I’m bad right? Running fast freaks me out.) shouldn’t be too bad… right?

My goal was to sprint 300m & jog 100m for 2 miles. Hence I said my goal. I ended up running that for 1.5 miles and the last .5 I sprinted 200m with a 30 sec rest in between. My times were completely shit-tastic. IDK what I expected after pretending that just doing long runs will make me faster. Reality check, they don’t and I need to suck it up and RUN FAST.

My times: 300m- 1:17 (yikes!) 200m :47

My brothers times: 800m: 2:17, 400m :67, 200m :27

See, I wasn’t too far off from his…

Prior to my boycotting of speed workouts I was hitting 300m at :65 AND I thought I was slow. I guess I should incorporate some more into my workouts? If you were wondering, it was completely awesome running my ass off and having my brother sprint past as he was lapping me.

On a lighter note, there are a lot of cool things happening in the running world right now.

1. On Januray 26th, @seedouglasrun blogger at www.douglascassaro.com, is hosting the FIRST Twitter Road Race. Email/DM him to sign up and check out his site for more info.

2. If you didn’t know, December 17th is Bart Yasso’s birthday. As a birthday present, let him know how much he’s either impacted you or the running community. Check out www.pavementrunner.blogspot.com to learn more about Project Birthday Bart!

3. As a reminder, tonight is the women’s running chat on Twitter at 6pm PST. Last time I attended, I was able to meet some great new runners and a few awesome blogs to read.

Will you be joining? Let me know!

Run Hard. Run Long. Run Strong.