Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The little things

These days, it's the little things that make me happy. Yesterday I ran a little over 2 miles before I felt any pain. Last week I couldn't even do a mile. Obviously this is better. Is it where I want to be? Definitely not. But it's something. Who would have thought that I would be dying to run even 10 miles per week? I was running 25! Oh wait, that's what got me here.

I don't really have anything exciting to report. I saw the orthopedist last week. We'll just say I was underwhelmed with what he had to say and leave it at that. My PT continues to be awesome.

I believe I ran a whole 20 something miles this month. Dare I hope for 50 next month?? With any luck I will be back very soon with a really exciting report about my running.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

11 Days

That's how long it has been since I ran last. I finally gave in completely to the fact that I am injured and asked the PT if I should take a break. I'm pretty sure I heard a sigh of relief. She tried so hard to let me keep running and I think she was aware that until it was my idea I wasn't going to rest. Yeah, I'm a little stubborn. So, she said yes. Take a break. It has now been 11 days. I have permission to run again Friday, but only 1 mile. I can do that 2 days a week for a couple of weeks, then increase to 1.5 miles. Rinse, repeat. The goal is to build up slowly and hopefully without pain.

Unfortunately, we still aren't 100% sure of what is wrong. I had right hip pain for several months. Then I started PT and the left hip started hurting. The right one quit. That makes it pretty hard to diagnose. Since rest improves it dramatically, it is pretty obvious that it is an overuse injury. Hence, the rest and slow build up.

So what am I doing when I'm not running? Well, I rejoined the gym. I didn't want to. I don't like the gym. I particularly don't like the gym I joined. It's kind of my only option though. There is another gym in town, but it is more expensive, the location is inconvenient and so are the hours. So, back to the gym I go. I went yesterday to enroll and I'm pretty sure the guy didn't care if I joined or not. These people frustrate the heck out of me. Oh well, I don't care if they want my business. I need a gym and they fit the need. So there you go. Wanna hear something creepy? There is a closet by the managers desk. The door was open and I looked that direction and see a computer screen. Yep, he's watching the cameras. I can't help but wonder if he just sits there most of the day watching people work out. Making fun? Admiring people? Who knows. I can't imagine he's watching for security reasons all the time since it's a small gym and his office is right off the workout area.

Ok, back on topic. I went to the gym to work out today. I can only do 10 minutes on each cardio machine so I don't overwork my muscles. I did 10 minutes each of elliptical, rowing machine, bike and treadmill. And then I did some weights and the stretches the PT gave me. I think I worked out a little over an hour. Then I ate entirely too much, so I did the boot camp workout on my iPad app during lunch. I got a pretty good workout today! It's not running, but it's something.

Remember my last post about what I'm doing this year? It looks like some of the races I wanted to do are on the same day. The 10K in Bartlesville is the same day as the Snake Run. I still haven't decided what to do. The Oklahoma Aquarium Run, which was my first half marathon last year is on the same day as the Lake McMurtry trail race. I wanted to do both, but will likely do Lake McMurtry. I'm sad though that I can't do both.

I had a goal of running 1000 miles this year. As of now I think I've run 12. I'm trying to remind myself that it isn't my fault, I'm not lazy. I'm not doing so well at that.

A friend of mine started running this week. She wants to run a 5K, then a half marathon and eventually a marathon! I'm excited for her and can't wait to follow her progress. She asked if I would run a half marathon with her and of course I said yes! I think it will be fun. If you want to follow her too, her blog is: http://itsmymarathon.blogspot.com/

I can't wait to run on Friday!!!!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What's up for 2012?

I'm sure thousands of people are on the edge of their seats just waiting to find out what I'm doing in 2012. You are excited, right? I'm making your dreams come true by posting about this, huh?

Ok, so here goes. My number 1 goal is to fix my hip issues and not get hurt again. Everything else depends on that. Assuming that happens, here is what I want to do:

1. Run 1000 miles. A little over 80 miles per month. Definitely doable if I don't totally wimp out on summertime again.

2. Do the Run the Ville 10K again. This has been my favorite race of all time. I'm a little scared to run it again because I loved it so much and what if I'm disappointed? Why do I overthink things so much?

3. Snake Run!! Unless something miraculous happens I will be doing 3 hours, not 6. Now, who is shocked that I want to do this race? You all know about my little aversion to snakes. In fact, I have a code name for them I hate them so much. What do you think are the chances of getting the name changed to the Waffle Run? Someone from TATUR, are you reading this? I know why it's called the Snake Run. I just don't know if I can actually run in a race with the name Snake. We shall see. I do think a race called Waffle run would probably draw more participants. Call me if you would like more fabulous suggestions!

4. Lake McMurtry Trail Run  Again, unless we see a miracle, I will be doing the 25K. If I do it, perhaps I can improve my previous 25K time. Is there anyone who can tell me more about the course? Compare it to Turkey and Taturs or Flatrock? Or both?

Numbers 3 and 4 are sort of dependent on timing. There is a chance that 2, 3 and 4 are 3 weekends in a row. If that is the case I will have to drop one of them.

5. Flatrock  Ok. I will admit it. I'd like to do the 50K here. There is probably no way I could do it under the time limit, or even at all, but I'm thinking about it. Why go through only half the pain and misery of this great race? Also, one of my goals is to run 33 miles, sometime around my birthday. In theory, I could run 2 miles early in the morning of this race, then do it and accomplish two goals at once. Crazy? Absolutely. We will see. Any volunteers who want to run this with me??

6. Run 33 miles. All at once. I've talked about that before and probably will again, so I won't say any more now.

7. Run on trails more. I love running on trails, but I'm scared to do it alone. I'm scared of falling and getting hurt, or just getting hurt in general. I'm scared some psycho is waiting on the trail to kill me. I'm just scared. I wish I could talk someone into running with me. I also want to go down and run with the TATURs a couple of times.

So, that's all I have for now. Well, that's a lot. I'm thinking I MIGHT run a marathon this year. Why is it a marathon scares me more than a 50K? It's not as far. The road is easier than the trail. But trail races are just better. And I don't have any expectations on the trail except to finish.

I'm excited to see what the year brings. So far, so good. In fact, I broke my 5K record on New Years Day! I finally ran a sub-30 5K! I then sat down in the middle of the road and didn't move. Rick had to pretty much drag me to the truck.

Happy Running!