You're in mile 18 and all you have to do is get to the next water station. Up ahead you see them. The group of happy cheering volunteers handing out half-filled paper cups of water. Only a few more steps and aawwhh! You're there! Take a break! Walk a few minutes! And enjoy the sights and sounds. You deserve it!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Big Run in the A.M. So...

Mommy I'm all dressed and ready for our run together! 
(sometimes you just need some humor during those tense moments)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Custom Kentucky Cow Bells - Bell Outlet

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Why does doing the right thing feel so wrong?

So it's almost 8 a.m. and I'm not lined up for my half marathon.  Last night over some Ben & Jerry's FroYo, I decided not to go.  My foot feels better and I know I could do the race, but would I be able to do the Denver Marathon afterwards is the bigger question.  So this morning I'm spending some quality time with my puppy and then later today I might try to get a few miles in.  Orthotics appt. tomorrow.

Since I'm not running, I provide this for your enjoyment - my 4 month old Rottie:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Caught in the Nick of Time?!?!?

Pain where the circle is...only when I walked or ran.
 Since my 18 miler on Saturday, I've had pain on the top of my right foot. It felt like I had my shoes tied too tight during the run. Unfortunately, the pain didn't go away. Even after the Race for the Cure on Sunday, it still didn't feel right. But like most runner's training for a big race, I didn't want to admit there was something wrong. I rested on Monday, but went on with my training Tuesday. I started icing my foot in the evenings; trying anything to put off going to the doctor. My new shoes arrived on Wednesday so I had to try them out. Only 3 miles though. Loved the new Asics GEL - Nimbus 12's (fantastic cushion). On the fence about the Saucony ProGrid Kinvara's (great lightweight shoe). This morning I realized that my right foot was actually swollen. So as soon as I got to work, I got an appointment with my primary physician. He was worried that it was a stress fracture so he called in an appointment with a podiatrist. So I left there to go over to that appointment. I sat waiting over an hour. You can only imagine how that felt and the emotions I was going through. I got my x-rays and in with the doctor. She explained it like this (my memory isn't that great so I may be off a little): my big toe is locked - something seen in arthritis patients - I'm using my other toes to compensate for it - there's a build up on my 2nd thru 4th toes to handle the weight - no stress fracture but if not fixed now it will happen. So she tapped my feet to see if custom orthotics will help. I have to wear the tape for three days (four if I decide to run my half marathon on Sunday) to see if the inserts will help my feet during walking/running. Showering should be fun!

I'm just glad it's not a stress fracture. Whew!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Embrace Your Inner Turtle!

A bloggy friend of mine - MJ - posted a topic I've been mulling over for almost 3 weeks now.  It's about being S-L-O-W!  I started running back in 2007 and I've gotten a little faster over the years - up from a 15 m/m to 11 or 12 m/m.  But I'm still not satisfied.  I want to be that girl who makes running look effortless, not the penguin with a stride of 6-10 inches.  I just don't know if I'm ever going to get there.  That's what is discouraging. 

This is what I wrote on her blog in response to her post:

We must be on the same wavelength. I've been thinking something similar. I wonder what the fast runners think when the see me out there chugging along. Do they see me "and my shadow" (my toochas) puffing along and think "look at the fat chick trying to run"? Do they feel pitty for me and my "efforts"? Are they wishing I'd give it up and clear out of their way?

Sometimes I get so upset with myself wondering "what the heck am I doing out here" since I'm not getting any faster. Other times I just want to scream at them "how many miles are you running today? I'm doing 18!" And I'm going to be out here for 4 hours! That was yesterday.

Then I do a run like today and I see these ladies who've battled breast cancer & won. And I remember all of the people who can't run. Like those who lost their live in 9/11. I figure I may be slow, but I'm out here. Running for them and others going through similar situations. Mile 1 for my BFF's mom would lost her battle with breast cancer, mile 2 for my friend fighting MS, mile 3 for my grandma who's 90, mile 4...a mile for each of them.

I hope it helps you and others.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K Colorado Springs

Course Elevation
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - Colorado Springs, CO

Set up & Pikes Peak
Garden of the Gods

Everyone lining up for the race

Two minutes to starting time

Second hill in the park

Another hill - oh water station!
Downhills - YEAH!

Cheer squad on the last hill leaving the park
Downhill towards the starting line - & FINISH LINE!
All done and it was so much fun!  36:06 timed on my Garmin