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feet frustration

25 Aug

The best laid plans…

CaptureI seem to fail a lot. And this time it’s not even because I’m being lazy or procrastinating or anything like that. Its because I can barely walk in the mornings and throughout the day after sitting for a while, and although the foot pain eases, I can’t go more than 3 miles before I have to stop. At first I thought maybe it was poor circulation, but now I think it’s classic plantar fasciitis. Friends have passed along exercises, stretches, and the recommendation for a special sock thing to wear. I’ll try all that and maybe a doctor appointment, but my imaginary running career, and specifically the October half marathon are fading fast.

It’s to the point where my kid keeps saying, “here mommy, use this”, and hands me a decorative walking stick which only makes me grumble at her and proceed to stubbornly limp through the house without help. Sigh. I blame old age, flat feet, and weight gain. Bleh. Sigh. Bleh. Sigh.

If all my blehs and sighs didn’t clue you in, I’m really bummed. The Accountant asks me why I insist on trying to run over the years when I just seem to always hurt myself and I don’t know. Its just this THING I’ve always wanted to be able to do, but has always eluded me. I don’t look like a runner because I can never stay injury free and/or couch potato free enough to make it part of who I am. I’ve never broken 30 minutes in a 5K or 3 hours in a half. Those were always goals I wanted to achieve but maybe I just need to let them go and move on to something else. So dramatic I know.

There’s always the bicycle I guess. Bleh.

Days 3, 4, 5, and 6

11 Jul

IMG_20150708_181603_263~2I’ve obviously missed a few days of posting so am just going to combine things here to catch up. Never fear for I am still on track y’all.

Day 3 was a cross training day so I did some weights and hopped on the bike at the gym.

Day 4 was a rest day and I totally nailed that one.

Day 5 I actually missed because of some life happenings that screwed up my plans. BUT I am nothing if not flexible and made up for it today (Day 6) by getting in 3 miles on the treadmill, leg and arm weights, and some serious shoveling of gravel out of the bed of a pickup truck for a yard project. BAM.

Tomorrow is a 4 mile run/wog and Week 1 will be history.

Problem: my eating is still HORRIBLE. I’m not really doing this to lose weight though…I’m doing it to be able to run a 1/2 marathon with a PR…but weight loss would be a huge bonus of course. Yet, that aspect is my trouble. I just love junk. Yet I know that eating healthy is a key component of training and you can’t really be successful, much less healthy overall by eating oatmeal creme pies for dinner. But I’m still gonna whine about it anyway.

Day 2

7 Jul

It’s 11:30pm and I have to work tomorrow but I refused to crash and burn on Day freakin’ 2. So, 3 mile wog done. Humid but breezy. Walked into a zillion spiderwebs. What is up with that?

Summertime

6 Jul

Here we are, in the throes of summer. It’s been a whirlwind so far. Austin with our friends was fantastic and I should share pics but I always say that and then never do it. Bad bad blogger. I had a solo work trip to the ATL which was alright as far as work trips go. Kiddo’s dance recital came and went and was deemed successful. She tried a new camp which turned into an epic fail. I remember hating camp too. The Accountant and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary by attending a baseball game and a Buddy Guy concert, both spectacular. I should REALLY share pics of the Buddy Guy concert as he was inches from me and was rockin’ out in the aisles. It was awesome. MC Hamster kicked the bucket after a year of living the good life. A good friend moved to Kansas. The pool has been seeing lots of action. Polly Prius is fabulous and I’m spending way less on gas, just don’t ask me to race. And random other life events that no one cares about but me.

That was the worst paragraph ever.

I’m in one of my restless stages. Bleh. Have a TON to do but no motivation or desire to be productive. Sometimes it seems to me that I was meant for more than this. But what that is, I have no clue.

Half marathon training officially began today. Day 1 is “Stretch and Strengthen” so I hit the weights at the gym this morning and went to a yoga class at lunch. Bam. Batting 1000. Tomorrow is a 3 mile run. Which in my case means a 3 mile walk/jog (wog). Close enough.

End post.

Rainy run

30 Jul

Rainy CentennialToday’s run was much much much better than my last one. My only goal was to finish the scheduled training day (5 min run/1 min walk for 48 min, plus warm up/cool down) without crapping out.

Goal accomplished.

4.1 miles in the rain. Have I mentioned how much I love running in the rain? Minus any lightning of course. It just feels…good.

Oh, and the foot…did just fine! *happy dance*

I know I am such a dork for taking pics of my runs but I like noticing things as I plod by and thinking, that would make a nice photo. And then I share them with you crazies. I figure, if I’m writing about my life with words, why not write about it with pictures too?

Four miles

21 Jul

GreenwayCollage072113Run/walk/sweatfest/triednottodie on the greenway today. I got four miles in and was happy with it for the most part.

I didn’t make it out the door at 5:30 as planned, as I’m not good at plans apparently. So it was hot as blacksmith tongs by the time I did get out there. I did decent for the first couple of miles and then psyched myself out a bit and walked more than I would have liked. But hey, I felt good afterwards so I’ll take it.

Hey, someone please remind me to buy a visor or a headband or something besides a cap. I think my head gets hot enough to nearly blow my brains out the top of my skull. Oh, and I need to bring a towel next time. Sweaty gross girl.

That is all.

sleep trumps most everything

16 Jul

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 3.55.52 PMNo workout or run last night and I’m ok with that. I intended to but instead fell asleep with kiddo around 9:00. Got up once to move to my own bed and slept till 6:00. This is unusual and qualifies as a restful night for me. I’ll take it.

Tonight however…it’s on like Donkey Kong. I’m going to redo my bad run from Sunday. I got sleep, I ate food, the foot feels ok. I am hopeful for a good run.

In reading news, I finished Tina Fey’s Bossypants the other day. Meh. I guffawed a few times but it wasn’t hilarious or anything. I’m now reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. This was one of my book club’s selections a while back that I started but never finished for some reason. I have a habit of doing that. Its really good and I don’t know why I didn’t finish it months ago. I guess sometimes the time isn’t right for certain things.

Tonight…kiddo’s dance class, supper, laundry, a run, reading, sleeping. The End.

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