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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.

yo yo, etc

11 Apr

Good news. I got a killer haircut and color today. Also, I’m back to my normal level of crazy vs. bedridden crazy. The darkness ran its course and is in the background until next time. That’s just the nature of it. My entire body is sore though and I feel stiff and creaky. I think mostly from doing a lot of walking at work in inappropriate footwear, and I guess the rest is just from being almost 40 or something. In other medical related news, I’m on a new asthma medication that I take daily instead of just relying on my inhaler, which I was borderline abusing. So far it’s working great. I’m well on my way to pill boxes labeled with days of the week and gallon ziploc bags full of meds. Womp womp.

Speaking of work, this grant that’s due first part of May will be the death of me. I’m learning a lot though. Mostly that I don’t like project management of grants, ha. Its going ok overall with some general frustrations over my emails not being read and feeling out of my element. But its keeping me busy and that’s a plus. The other big aspect of my job I truly like, however. I’m coordinating a weekly workshop and am in charge of all aspects. A bit stressful but such a high when all goes well and I’m finding my groove.

I totally bailed on a 5k today. Kid wasn’t feeling good last night and that got me off kilter, but to be honest, the main reason was that I just didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. I do what I want ya see. I did make up for it later this afternoon and got in a 4 mile wog. I’m freaking out a bit because I have a 1/2 marathon in a month. I just want to do it in 3 hours and I’ll be happy with that. Tomorrow we bike. Monday we wog. Tuesday we weigh and hope to hit the 10 lbs lost mark. But now we sleep.

mish mash

15 Feb

Whew, it’s only Saturday afternoon and this weekend has exhausted me already. In all good ways though.

On the job search front…I applied for what looks like an amazing position and got a very positive response the next afternoon. The HR representative said they were interested in talking to me about it and she sent me an official application to fill out and asked for my references. I have the paperwork all ready to scan and email back to her tomorrow. I don’t want to get my hopes up but this looks promising and I am crossing my fingers for an interview with them very soon. In the meantime, I continue to look and apply. Something great is going to happen. I just know it.

Cuban Black Beans and RiceFriday I stayed home and did housework stuff and made a Cuban black beans and rice dish in the lazy cook’s favorite appliance, the ever amazing crock pot. It turned out really yummy and I’ll definitely make it again. I’ll try a new vegetarian crock pot dish next week. This seems to be my new thing.

That evening, Valentine’s Day exploded all over the kitchen. Kiddo had a great day with Valentines 2014school parties and such, and hubs and I had one of our sweetest and best V-Day’s ever, right here at home. Although I think I have made an unfortunate discovery…I am about 75% sure that chocolate is causing me some headaches. I know chocolate is a headache trigger for some people but I had hoped the Universe would never be so evil as to curse me with this particular malady, given that chocolate is one of my main food groups. I assure you that I will continue to test this theory in the name of science and will keep you posted.

That night I tried my best to go to bed early because I had to be up by 5:30 to get downtown to do a 5K with some friends. So of course, knowing that I needed to get rest psyched me out and I didn’t sleep worth a dern. But I still Hot Chocolate 5K Feb2014managed to get up and ready in time to meet mah peeps and get to my designated corral. I think I’ve mentioned a few posts ago that I haven’t ran in months so this race was strictly for the social aspects alone. Oh, and the hot chocolate of course since it was the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K after all. Here are a few pics from the grand event, minus my friend Nat who left early afterwards and another friend who bailed altogether because of the cold. Boo. But y’all it was COLD. So very cold. I walked a bit and jogged a bit more. I was on track to get a better time than expected until the hill from hell rose up in front of me and it was a long one. Hello glutes workout. I was huffing and puffing up that crazy hill and spotted my friend Leland coming to join me. He’d finished already and had come back to pull me to the end. It really did help a lot too and I ran the rest of the way. My time still sucked mind you but I didn’t care. That’s what happens when you don’t train. There was, as the name promised, hot chocolate at the finish line and chocolate fondue even! Yes, I now have a headache but it was worth it. Hot Chocolate 5K Feb2014a

Still on the running and racing topic, every time I do a race I get re-jazzed and want to sign up for another one. If I could just be consistent with training, I know I could kill some finish time goals and get some PRs. Maybe with the warmer weather and spring coming up (if that ever happens) I will be motivated to get out there more.

Happy weekend and here’s to ushering in springtime a little bit faster!

It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  ~Mark Twain

 

 

the 1/2 marathon that almost wasn’t

13 Oct

MiddleHalfCollageSometimes I think too much. I almost talked myself out of doing this race for a couple of reasons. My running partner was benched and my training had fallen apart over the last few weeks. I was disappointed in myself that I hadn’t stuck with my training plan and knew I wouldn’t be able to run most of it like I’d wanted to. But I also knew that I was in better shape than I had been for the 1/2 in 2012 and so I decided to pick up my bib the day before and make it a last minute decision. The scale finally tipped in the direction of going for it since I knew in my heart that I would feel worse about myself if I bailed completely for no good reason. Sometimes I take some serious convincing.

I’m so glad I did. Well, I mean, I’m glad NOW, but at 4:30am that morning I was cursing myself for committing to it. Ha. But I got out of bed, dressed, choked down 4 scrambled eggs and a granola bar, then battled mad traffic and porta-potty lines and settled into a spot in the very back with the walkers.  My goal was basically to go fast enough to not get thrown off the course by mile 6 (you had to pass mile 6 in 1.5 hours/15:00 pace) and not to pass out. I’m an overachiever, I know. Shut up. I wore my trusty Garmin and kept the walking pacer person well behind me and a close eye on my watch. I decided to just go a mile at a time and keep pace below 15:00 even if my feet fell off and I was walking on stubs. Which didn’t happen literally, but it sure felt like it. I walked and jogged the entire race and maintained a sub 15:00 pace throughout. Yay!

I was feeling good through about mile 8 and then I’m pretty sure my entire body from the waist down started hating me. My bum foot was getting pretty sore and my hips felt like they needed a serious dousing with WD-40. I saw The Accountant at mile 7.5 and that gave me an extra boost of energy that lasted until about mile 10. I was dying inside again but really, who’s gonna stop when you’ve already tortured yourself that far? I saw a couple of friends at various points on the course and that was super nice, plus all the people cheering and yelling from the sidelines. It was a very supportive crowd! My favorite sign…”You’re running faster than our government”. And 2nd favorite…”Run like you hear banjos”. One water station was handing out slices of oranges and it was for real the best food I have ever tasted in my life.

I noticed that I had maintained a consistent pace and starting thinking that I was going to hit the finish line around 3 hours and some change. Official time 3:12:08, much better than I’d hoped for given that I was mostly walking and better than my last half (at least I think so, but I cannot find those results online to save my life). Anyway, I’ll take it as that time is better than it would’ve been if I’d stayed home and sat on my couch. Now granted, a day later and I’m hobbling around like a 95 year old, especially if I sit still for too long. Even my toes hurt. But its a good pain.

What this race gave me is something I thought I’d lost. The desire to run again. It was a reset for my brain in other ways as well. Regrets, if there are any, are that I dropped the ball on training those last weeks. Because I know that I can run more and break into the 2+ hour time at my next attempt. Which will be soon. As in, as soon as I can move again without groaning and get back out there. 🙂

 

snippets

6 Aug
  • My workouts haven’t happened in about a week. Remedied that tonight with a 5K run/walk. I didn’t eat well today and kind of lost energy and heart about midway through. Meh. Hot, humid, and slow, but done.
  • I got a direct message from our county library (or at least the social media person) that kind of made my day…”Just wanted to let you know I really enjoy having your feed sandwiched among the politicians and newscasters I follow.
  • We hired a housekeeper. First cleaning happening Thursday. I do not feel guilty for this and you can’t make me.
  • Bike window shopping got postponed until next week because, reasons. Although I might hit up a bike shop over the weekend just for kicks.
  • Met with big boss today. I think I make him nervous. Wouldn’t be the first time I’ve made a man nervous.
  • I am not perfect. I’m sorry. I flip out sometimes. I can’t just make my feelings disappear like poof. If I could, I would because that would be a super handy skill that I would use frequently.
  • Crossing fingers for a run in the park after work tomorrow. But for now, dreamland. Or at least laying horizontal while staring at the ceiling.

Pac-Man is cooler anyway

17 Jul

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 10.14.19 AMSo, I’m old. As if you didn’t know. I did not run last night, but instead fell asleep AGAIN with the offspring. However, I hear you tsk-tsking at me and you should know that I DID get up at 5:15am and get my run in this morning. Nanner nanner nanner.

It was much better than Sunday’s run. I went very slow and very easy. Like, a turtle’s great-grandma with a walker kind of slow. I didn’t want the body and mind to shut down on me like it did last time. I forgot my earbuds but was able to mentally replace the Alt-J that’s been on maddening repeat in my brain with some Ke$ha and hit the road.

Three and a half miles, the sunrise, three deer (does), one baby bunny, and a nice “Good job on making it happen this morning” from a friendly neighbor out for a morning walk.

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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