Sunday, November 19, 2017

Recovery week + FLU????

This week is brought to you by the letter R and F or maybe V.  As in RECOVERY and then FLU/Virus!  Remember last week when I was thinking about staying or going as Andrew was sick and then I went hoping I wouldn't get sick on the way to the race or at the race? Well, that worked out for me at the race.  Unfortunately for little man, he was finally after a whole weekend of fevers, diagnosed with the Flu.  Part of me wanted to take him to Convenient care on the weekend, but he had no other symptoms and I didn't want to look like that parent that took her kid in even though it was a viral thing and basically untreatable.  Then Sunday night, he threw up again and just couldn't keep his fever down, so I made an appointment for first thing Monday morning to see his Dr.   After it was confirmed flu, I had the choice to take Tamiflu or roll the dice and see what happened.  I took Tamiflu last time and didn't get sick, but felt horrible as the Tamiflu really kicked my butt in itself.   Then fast forward to a few hours later, I got a call from the Dr's office that the test was mis read and he didn't in fact have Flu.  What???  Okay, glad it was a mistake.  The Dr did say that he had seen several others just like him that morning, so something viral is going around.

Okay, so I am seriously still on cloud nine.  We got our photos from the race, and yes I am smiling or trying not to smile in every shot.   Yes, these were at the beginning, and I think it would be funny to see my face after running the same circle for 6 straight hours.  

 It's pretty easy to spot myself in the pictures.  Hot pink stands out on a background of the grey day!

Not sure why I had such goofy looks on my face the entire time.  Right now, the worst aftermath of this is the blisters.  I have never had blisters so bad and one popped on it's own and let me tell you, I can barely walk!!!!  I have it covered now because it was oozing so much fluid that it was grossing me out.  I don't know how these ultra runners run with these things popped open, because I can barely walk right now and this one is only about the size of a quarter.  I haven't popped the other one on the other foot and it hasn't on it's on and I am hoping it doesn't pop . I guess every race brings forth a new challenge and new aftermath!

ALERT!  I have included a gross foot/blister pic so  if you don't like that kind of thing scroll down fast!!!  I will keep it super small.  It actually looks way better than it did but it still super hurts.  And yes, I have two huge calluses too but I usually have those.

As the week went by, it was obvious that this viral mess was not going anywhere.  While it was nice to be able to recover from my race by lots of resting, drinking lots of water, and lots of tv/movie watching, I am a do-er.  I was ready to pull my hair out by day 6 of this mess!  I did get to get out briefly and see other humans on Wednesday night.  I signed up to take a freezer meal class.  

We each were tasked at making one meal for the entire group.  I am NOT a cook or a preparer of food, and I was very honest with the leader of the class about this fact.  She quickly found me the easiest of all of the recipes.  Basically, I had to put a pre portioned 1 lb of steak in a bag and add half a package of fajita liquid mix.  Easy peasy!  I walked away with 10 meals, which adds up to about 14 dollars per meal for a family of 4!!!!!  I can't wait to do this again and I can't wait to dig into some of these recipes!  They all looked incredibly yummy, except maybe the fish, BUT I am willing to try something new.  I wish we could get a group together in the community and do this.  I hear these freezer prep parties are fun and very doable if you get a good group together and find some good recipes!

Thursday found us with much lower temperatures in the morning and mostly fever free the majority of the day.  I had hoped that we would be ready to go back to school Friday, so I could actually get back to being a normal non feral human being.   When he woke up Friday morning, he was fever free, but still coughing horribly.  I decided another day off and weekend was probably the best.  Plus, he had technically spike a small low grade fever before bed, so not in the whole 24 hours fever free zone yet.  

By Saturday, it was obvious that all of my attempts to thwart this virus from attacking me was all for naught.  Luckily, I just had the congestion, coughing, and snot blowing versus the high fever.  Thanks to airborne and Zicam for tempering this mess down.  I had plans though for Saturday nignt and I was not going to miss.  With good drugs on board, I headed out to see Bad Moms 2 with my bestie.

Not only where we going to see a super funny movie, BUT we were in the dine in theater that also included some adult drinks.  I had had a super late lunch, so I opted for some dark chocolate churros with amazing whipped cream and a mango Margarita.  I couldn't really taste the drink, but I could taste the dark chocolate and it was AMAZING!

Sunday dawned with little man and I sleeping in.  This whole week has been nothing but sleeping in and going to bed early.  Next week is going to be super tough getting back into the grind, but I miss people and my beetles and life in general :) 0 miles this week minus a little wogging with my GOTR girls, but that is okay. I needed some down time and obviously my body had plans of it's own.  Looking forward to some wogging next week and my first official turkey trot!

Have a great week and stay virus free!!!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Spring Racing 2018

Okay I thought I had this written down somewhere in a post but I can't find it.  I really, really need to go back and tag my posts so I can search them :) . I needed to make some decisions on races for the spring, so I could figure out a nice break to heal up my hip for good, and work hard on strength so this doesn't happen again!

A race for the Spring!  Flint Hills 50 and Trail Marathon April 21st, 2018

Credit: Flint Hill's 50 FB page

The Flint Hill's 50 and marathon is my A race.  At this point, I would like to do this race as a marathon and not the 50 miler.  I need some recovery time from the past few races, and in order to do this race and be totally recovered, I need most of November and some of December with no structured training.  That is a long way around saying I don't have enough training time for this to be my first 50 miler.  This race is about 10 minutes from my house, so no need for a hotel room.  My family can be out on the course at the crew stations to wave and say hi and at the end.  This is typical to what I train on and I am pretty sure I can bring Stella.  It will be her first marathon and while weather will decide ultimately if she gets to run, I am counting on her being there.  This race is April 21st and is my goal race.  My actual goal is to be determined, but usually it is to finish in one piece with a smile on my face :)

PsychoWyco 10 miler, February 24th, 2018
Credit: Trail Nerds FB page
This one is a maybe. This is a race I have been wanting to do for years.  The only problem?  It's in February in Kansas and over 2 hours away. You know me, miss snow driving freak out.  The entry fee is 85 bucks, so a little much if the weather is bad and we can't get down.  The course is difficult and tough but SUPER fun, and one that I would have done at the Chili run (that I now can't do because of the Girls on the Run 5K being the same day).  I would like to do the 10 mile race, but the 20 mile is tempting, although I probably won't be up to my 20 milers by then.

The Bill Snyder Half May 19th, 2018

credit: Manhattan Running Company FB page

This is my other maybe,  but I am strongly leaning towards it.  I would like to either pace this one or run it for a PR:).  The problem?  There is a trail half marathon the same weekend in Omaha NE that is for dogs and their owners.  It's going to be a hard decision because I loved running this race last year and it's in my own backyard, so no hotel room or gas for drives, BUT the Bill allows dogs due to the amount of runners present.  Decisions.  I wanted this year to be about as many races as I could get to with my dogs, but it seems that most if not all dog themed or dog friendly races conflict with my schedule of just plain old life.  It makes more sense to stay local and save money (and put my money towards local charities) so in the end, I will probably be pacing or running the Bill.  

What I won't be running this year but would love to?

My beloved Wicked half and full that I have either volunteered at or run for the past several years or since it's inception conflicts with Andrew's spring break.  We had planned on heading to Jackson for his spring break to spend time with his grandmas.  At this point, our trip is still a go, but if anything changes, I will be running this race as it is my backyard.  Please, if you want a fun race, do this race!  March 24th in beautiful Wamego Kansas!  Plus the pasta feed this year is down at Iron Clad which is a beautiful old preserved building smack dab in down town Wamego!

Running With the Cows, May 12th 2018

 This is the weekend before The Bill Snyder Half.  This is the race where I have my current half PR.  I love the course and love the swag and the post race party.  If I am pacing the Bill or if I can pace this race, I might move this up to a do race :) . I am going to apply for both Running with the Cows and The Bill and see what I get pacing wise.

What about a 50K?

I haven't really looked at all the close 50Ks yet, so there is always a chance I could find one to slide up and mix things up.  The two "local" 50ks that I have done are on March 24th (spring break) and May 5th, which is too close to The Bill and RWTC.  While I love the distance more than any other, probably not a bad thing to take a break and just do a marathon this spring.  I am not saying "No" at this point but I am saying probably not:)

Okay there are my ideas about spring races.  Come say hi if you see me pacing or running!!!!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

6/12/24 Week! Race Week is here!

More random pictures for the week:).  Enjoy.

First off I am SO excited to say that I am a Honey Stinger Ambassador for 2018!!!!  I am so excited, because I totally LOVE their products!  I use their waffles on all of my long runs and love the flavors and how they sit in my tummy post consumption.  I honestly didn't think I would get this because well, unlike the prez, I don't really do twitter.  This was a very pleasant surprise to be picked!

I totally forgot to talk about this in my last blog since this technically happened last week, but another season of soccer is done.  We are still on the fence about spring soccer.  I am not sure I can coach due to my running schedule, as it was during the majority of my spring races last year, and I am sure that won't change this year.  I love, love coaching, and Andrew kind of likes playing a tiny bit more as he has gotten older.  We shall see closer till time for starting back up again.  

We are now starting wrestling season and are doing the free clinic again this year before the season starts.  He has talked about nothing but wrestling for some time now, and was delighted to be 30 minutes early for the first night (whoops that one is on daddy).  As you can see, he was pretty much smiling the entire time.  Many of his friends showed up and also tried the free clinic, and from what I have heard, thoroughly enjoyed it!!!!

The time change has all of us totally confused.  The dogs are dying for food at their normal times (TOO EARLY) and Andrew has been falling asleep randomly.  This was post wrestling meeting on Monday.  He INSISTED he had to go to the meeting, even though I knew it would be super boring for him.  He had a hard time sitting still and then promptly fell asleep when we went to dinner.

Ah, running.  Well, I did a practice 5K with the GOTR group I coach on Monday.  I was assigned the coach for the speed walking group.  Even with some brief slow running sprinkled in, my girl who stayed in my group did not finish the full 5K distance.  We got about 2.2 miles done:( She didn't seem too bummed, and i am sure she will complete the entire 5K distance come race day.  On Tuesday, since I really didn't run per se on Monday, I did the group run with the Manhattan Running Company.  Tuesday night was safety night and we did a 5 K with the group.  My hip felt fine during and after the run, go figure.

Wrestling season started!  New singlet, new head gear, and new shoes!
I had my final check up with my chiro Dr. Needles on Wednesday.  He gave me the green light to race with the caveat that we have a ton of work to do post race.  My bursitis seems to have cleared up with the help of my low mileage, lots of tart cherry juice, and my stretches he prescribed.  I wish I could be as religious about strength and stretches when I am not hurt. Anyway, we will probably have to start over at square one post the race, or maybe I should be optimistic and think we are in a better place.  Either way I am super excited to run this race now and feel super positive about my time goal!

I was suppose to leave Friday mid day to head down to Wichita to check into my hotel room and to chill till bib pick up and race start on Saturday.   The school called when I was at the Manhattan Running Company getting fuel for the race to tell me that my kiddo had puked.  In her words, a copious amount of vomit came out of his mouth and nose.  YIKES!  He was also running a low grade fever.  Luckily daddy was in Wamego and got him before I could even leave the store.  I headed home with much trepidation.  I had woke up not feeling 100% myself, but not GI issues, more head cold issues.  I had already taken my temp a few times just to convince myself I was fine.  So the decision became, leave and get down there and then get sick, or stay and run the risk of nothing happening and drive down early, early in the morning.  I don't know about you but when fluids are coming out of me like that, I prefer to be at home praying to my own porcelain god.

Fast forward to the night time.  Andrew finally passed out and was resting and I wasn't sick YET.  I made the decision to eat first, then head out to Wichita. I got in around 9:30 pm and after some unwinding time, was out like a light at 10:30.  Up at 5 am and out the door by 6.  I am going to do a separate post for the race which will probably come out before this post posts so stay tuned:)

Sunday we woke up pretty early, courtesy of little man's fever spiking.  I was sore but nothing horrible. I actually feel the best when I am up and moving, not sitting.  Spoiler alert:  While I didn't make the 6 hour cut off, I still was able complete the distance and get a huge unofficial PR (unofficial since it was via my watch and not via their timing).  I sent Tony out to go to the grocery store to get provisions just in case both of us were stuck in the house all week.  We have a super busy week this coming week, so I am praying this is just a bad cold and nothing else.  Seriously every single night we have something and I have a huge experiment that should be coming to completion this week.  Sigh.  Life with kids. 

Have a great week this week!  I am looking forward to some recovery time, lots of sleep, and hopefully NO ILLNESS!!!!

6/12/24 Run 2017

When I found out about this race a while back, I have to say I was intrigued.  A 1.356 mile loop, done 23 times, with aid station and crew tents at the start/finish was a very interesting idea.  Would I be bored to death? Would i mentally go insane?  Would I have friends to run with?  The premise is that you have to run a 50K in 6 hours a 50 miler in 12 hours and 100 miler in 24 hours to qualify for the respective buckles.  You also would get a 50K buckle in the 12 and 24 hour race if you got a 50 K inside that time (which I would think most would).    Let's begin with the start of the story :)

If you read my weekly blog post or if you know me, you will know my kiddo came home sick Friday unexpectedly.  The plan was to head out in the daylight to avoid deer and such, and get to my hotel to eat and chill.  Unfortunately, until I felt like Andrew's fever was under control, I refused to leave.  I kind of set an ultimatum for myself in that if I couldn't get out by 7:30 pm, that I needed to stay home and get up at 3 am and drive.  Lucky for me, Andrew finally went to sleep around 6 pm, and I was able to eat and get on the road.  The drive was a little slow as my GPS took me down some 2 lane highways in back woods KS that had 0 amount of lighting, and I don't like guessing which way the road goes at 70 mph, so I kept it slow.  I got in around 9:30 pm and took some time to unwind and had no issues falling asleep.  As with some low key ultras, we didn't have packet pick up the night before.  Instead, we had to be at the park and checked in by 6:45 am and my hotel was 7 minutes and one weird U turn away.  I got up, fueled, sat around and checked social media, took a few bathroom breaks, and then hit the road.  Checking in was easy, and I got my shirt, coffee mug and number, and still had almost an hour to kill.  I just sat in the car and read a book via headlamp.  I was a little worried though at first.  I wore my Mizuno winter tights, mizuno long sleeved shirt, and my brooks light weight coat.  I had lobster gloves (gloves where your hand is all together except your pointer finger and your thumb) courtesy of Mizuno, my head band that covers my ears, and my balega socks. I felt I was dressed for the wind and cold appropriately.

I also had some hot hands in my drop box and some other goodies too.  Again, totally spoiled with drop boxes at ultras. I can put as much junk in there as I want to and no one cares :)

When I got out of my car to check in, most people were in shorts and tanks.  Hmmmm....Must be an ultra thing?  I will go ahead and say here, most everyone put on more clothes as the day went on, so I feel like I dressed correctly, but I was a little worried maybe I was over dressed at first.  That is the beauty of light layers though, you can take things off and push up sleeves if need be.  Anyway, as I was looking for a table to put my drop box on, one of the other runners told me to just set it up by the trail.  Okie dokie, done. I grabbed a chair from my van and set my box in the seat.   I will say this is the part of the race that made it so much fun.  I didn't have to carry anything, as I was by my very close drop bag every lap (~1.3 miles).  I never had to worry about not having X or Y or when the next bathroom break might be.  There were porta potties right past the start/finish, as well as at another area of the trail.  I could just concentrate on running and nothing else.  

I don't have any pics from the race because soon after we started, it started drizzly rain and it didn't stop the entire time I was there.  The wind blew, not sure how hard, but hard enough to be uncomfortable and make me feel like I made a good decision on my clothes.  I was quickly drenched from head to toe, which once again made some super creative chaffing.  Both of my feet had huge blisters and callouses on the big toe and below my big toe, I guess from being wet for so long.  Live and learn.  Okay, another reason why I so love ultras, especially looped ones now and out and backs.  Every time one of the fast ultra runners lapped me,  they would call out something like "looking strong!" or "good work!" or something inspirational or something to make me laugh.  I LOVE that!  Anyway, my phone kept dying, even thought I had it in an internal jacket pocket, and it had a hot hand in it.  Stupid Iphone 5 batteries!!!!!  Apparently on the second time it died, my head phones also shorted out and burned a black spot in my coat.  

Boo head phones!  I have some wireless ones, I guess I just need to use them more often.  I listened to some Another Mother runner podcasts that I had kept just for this race.  Those ladies gabbing seems to take my mind off of the pain and monotony.  After one of the times my phone died, I hooked up with a girl going a bit slower than me  and talked for a lap or two.  I needed to talk for my mental health and didn't mind going a little slower.  She had just run a half and decided that this race sounded like fun.  Might I add she had never run a full!!!!  SUPER SUPER GIRL POWER!  My plan at first was to run everything including the two hills and try and stay under the 11:20 pace that I needed to in order to get a 50K in 6 hours.  I started out great and kept battling, but overall I just couldn't do it fast enough.  Even though the time shut off as I was on my 22 lap of 23 (so it only counted what I had up until the 21 lap, since that was the last lap completed), I saw that I wasn't too far from finishing up the total 50K, so kept running until I did.  My watch says i hit 31.11 miles in 6 hours and 8 minutes.

Okay here is the weird part.  I only ran maybe a quarter of the third lap and I hit 31 miles.   Technically, each lap is 1.356 miles and you should complete 23 laps to get a full 31.07 miles.  I have calculated, poured over data, and double checked everything.  Usually when my watch hiccups, you notice, because I will have a 5 minute mile or a mile that is unusually fast.  I don't see that on the data on my watch or on garmin connect.  I only left the trail to go to a porta potty that was maybe 5 feet off the trail, and to my drop box which was in a chair that was also maybe 5 feet if that much off of the trail.  I honestly don't know how I could have gotten 31 miles without the full 23 laps.  Oh well, what do you do? That is a HUGE PR for me, but I felt like it was doable with the weather being on the cold side.  Even if I had finished the entire lap, I would have still had a pretty big PR since my previous PR for the 50K is 6 hours and 50 minutes (thanks to the heat that day and me peeing blood) I guess I am going to go with my watch and celebrate, and try not to figure out why I was so short on laps, but full on miles.  I need to find more fall or late fall 50Ks to do next year!  I am for sure a winter weather runner!

Even though I didn't get the buckle, I did get a PR (I think) and I got a super cute blue pull over and a new coffee mug.  I loved the race (minus the rain) and I loved the concept.  I was never bored.  I liked the looping because I knew where I could make up time and where I would have to walk.  There was no cover, so if it were a sunny or hot day, you would roast, but that wasn't an issue.  The aid spread was amazing and I tried Mt. Dew for the first time while running and loved it.  Honestly, I can't do races anymore that don't have coke or mt dew at the water stops, or I need to start carrying coke in my handheld!  I should have signed up for the 12 hour race, as there was an option that as soon as you hit the 50K mark, you could quit and get your buckle.  It looks like only 1 person actually did that, and I would feel horrible for doing that, but it was an option.  I would like to say that I would be back but I kind of like trying new races every year (with the exception of Chicago:) .  I am really, really glad I tried this race and would highly recommend to others! We shall see how next year plays out!

I had to get in my car and drive back to Wamego post race, since my crew wasn't with me.  While it wasn't the most fun thing in the world, I did it and am super sore as I type this.  My hip isn't happy, the chaffing sucks, and my blisters are popped, but I am still smiling!!!!   A PR is a fun thing to help carry you home!!!!  I got a large sweet tea and drank every drop of it, and then ate the ice to stay awake and engaged while driving and when I got home, I took a nice long epsoms salt bath.  I hate to say my kiddo is still incredibly sick and I am hoping my post run immune system can fight off whatever he has.  If not, this is a nice long recovery week and if I have to spend it in bed, so be it.  Looking forward to the pictures I saw them out taking and looking forward to some down time before my next training cycle picks up!  Congrats to all of the runners who got buckles and won awards and a HUGE congrats to my new friend Jacalyn who battled through and got 104 miles in 24 hours!!!!

            5TH ANNUAL
                           KUS 6/12/24 HOUR RUN
                       CHAPIN PARK, WICHITA, KANSAS
                             NOVEMBER 11, 2017
                       USATF CERTIFICATION KS15022KH
                               6 HOUR RESULTS

Place Bib Name               Ag S City         St Laps Dist       Time       
===== === ================== == = ============ == ==== ======= ======= 
    1 108 RYAN HAHN          28 M BERRYTON     KS   32 43.3984 5:52:14 
    2 106 MATT DORSEY        36 M GRAND ISLAND NE   30 40.6860 5:49:02 
    3 117 ERICH RANZ         40 M WICHITA      KS   27 36.6174 5:49:48 
    4 118 ELLA REUSSER       31 F WICHITA      KS   26 35.2612 5:53:14 
    5 122 MIKE STOUT         39 M WICHITA      KS   25 33.9050 5:44:49 
    6 107 ZACK GINGRICH-GAYL 38 M WICHITA      KS   25 33.9050 5:48:05 
    7 123 CURTIS WHITTIT     29 M WICHITA      KS   25 33.9050 5:51:42 
    8 121 MINDY SELF         31 F WICHITA      KS   24 32.5488 5:54:51 
    9 116 TYLER PATTERSON    33 M WICHITA      KS   24 32.5488 5:57:43 
   10 101 AARON ASHWORTH     35 M WICHITA      KS   23 31.1926 5:45:00 
   11 111 ELIZABETH MACKENZI 44 F WICHITA      KS   23 31.1926 5:51:14 
   12 112 JOEL MACY          18 M WICHITA      KS   23 31.1926 5:52:43 
   13 113 ADAM MONAGHAN      34 M WICHITA      KS   23 31.1926 5:52:43 
   14 110 GARY LIND          44 M INDEPENDENCE MO   23 31.1926 5:53:07 
   15 119 DONNA SCHMIDT      54 F WICHITA      KS   23 31.1926 5:58:24 
   16 105 CASSONDRA COLEMAN  39 F WAMEGO       KS   21 28.4802 5:46:22 
   17 109 MICHAEL JOHNSON    55 M SALINA       KS   21 28.4802 5:49:57 
   18 120 LYNDA SCHULTZ      54 F WELLINGTON   KS   19 25.7678 5:51:58 
   19 115 JESSICA PARKER     39 F ANDOVER      KS   19 25.7678 5:57:01 
   20 103 DAVID BOLE         34 M WICHITA      KS   18 24.4116 5:47:58 
   21 114 JESSICA MORIN      50 F HALSTEAD     KS   12 16.2744 3:13:18 
  11/11/2017  1:00PM

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

6/12/24 Countdown. T minus 11 days and Bursitis?

Get ready for some random pictures and some not so random whining :)

Halloween party at school
Welcome to another week's episode of a runner in denial.  Let's welcome our host, Michelle the runner.  Sigh.  I really thought things were much much better.  I had pretty much 0 pain coming into my chiro visit this week, yet I had run a 3 miler, a 4 miler, a 2 miler with the girls, and then a 4 miler right before the visit.  I still am not really in pain per say, maybe a little sore from the treatment on tuesday, but overall much better.  Unfortunately, Dr. Needles was not impressed.  Apparently my trochanter bursa sac was very puffy.  He thinks i have a touch of bursitis, and he is worried that if I run the 6 hour race and don't get this under total control, that I will have to have steroid injections.  The word steroid injections makes me want to vomit.  I have heard wildly different reports on how painful they can be, from nothing and quick, to super painful and slow.  I know for sure I am running the 5K this weekend no matter what, but I am still kind of on the fence about the 6 hour race.  Dr. Needles says that i can't do more damage, once it is inflamed, it is inflamed. So there is that.  I have also read varying reports on running through this type of issue that of course say slow low mileage is okay to NO RUNNING PERIOD.  How do you navigate this?  Especially when for me the pain has gotten pretty much down to 0?

I kept it low and slow all week (except my race) with me just running Monday with the girls (around 2ish miles), 4 miles on Tuesday, 3 miles with the girls on Thursday (although my stupid phone said we did almost 5), and my 5K at Tails on the Trail in Topeka.   I took my off days completely off instead of biking, and I hope this strategy pays off with this stupid hip.  I may be taking a bit of time off post my 6 hour attempt and it is what it is. I want to be 100% going into my next marathon training cycle.  Remind me I said this when I am whining about wanting to run. 

The hallways we had to run for GOTR when it was icky outside.  At least i get to talk to the girls and we can look at art work!
As I always do when I am dealing with some sort of injury, I research and I ask around to see who has dealt with this type of injury.  As pretty much always, I have found TONS of people that have battled with bursitis.  I have heard success stories and I have heard horror stories.  I had heard people that love the shots and say they work, and have heard the complete opposite.  While I am doing things to fix the imbalance and weakness that caused this, I am really nervous about doing anything with steroids.  I think my favorite quote is band aids don't fix bullet holes.  I am glad that i have a great chiropractor that also has a million certifications in sports medicine and things I don't even understand to take care of me and my stupid body.  Seriously, check out his page.  I have to trust him, but my stupid scientist brain is always asking a million questions.

Today as I sit here and wrap up this post, I am sore all over due to running trails, but strangely enough, my feels tight, but not sore.  Who knows how this is going to play out.  Stay tuned for more obsession and reflection LOL!  I have an appointment Wednesday to re evaluate and then I can make a decision on running next weekend.  After the race saturday, my hip was fine, and actually I felt really, really good during my race.  I am leaning toward running the timed ultra race again and dealing with what ever comes :) . Damn runners high is clouding my judgement.  Feel free to smack me!

Have a great week!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Tails on the Trail 2017

Okay, this is one of my favorite races of the year!  Tails on the Trail 2017 was an amazing, though short experience (thanks to little man and his activities).  Let me tell you all about this fun race!

Credit: Helping Hands Humane Society
First of all, this race benefits the local Topeka shelter, Helping Hands Humane Society.

Credit: Helping Hands Humane Society

They have a mobile adoption unit that is at the race that includes dogs and cats.  There are tons of vendors there selling pet products and services.

Credit: Helping Hands Humane Society
 There is always a free photo booth with props for pics.  Stella never knows where to look.

Credit: Helping Hands Humane Society
There is also a very large silent auction.  You can even bid to have your dog's picture on the back of next year's t shirt.  For entering, you get a goodie bag full of treats including socks, your long sleeved t shirt, dog treats, and human treats.  One year we even got a super cool dog food container that I still use on the daily.  

I mainly love this race because I can run with stella.  That is so important to me, since I train with her every day.  She loves to race and pretty much pulls me the entire time.  She also keeps a smile on her face the whole time.  

Credit:  Stella's best running friend Brue
 This year was a little cold and overcast, but perfect for running.  Let's just say Stella pulled like an ox the whole race.  The race starts in a field, runs through another nice open field, circles a ball field and then heads out into a trail area.  The trail has some nice and up and down hill, nothing too bad, and they mark the roots and trippy things with paint.  There are a ton of volunteers on the course, but anywhere you could go wrong, they have it either roped off or blocked.  There is also white painted arrows or lines to keep you on course on the grassy areas.

Credit: Helping Hands Humane Society.  I was trying to hold her back and keep from killing me at that point!

My plan was to wear my gypsy runner shorts and a tech t with my gypsy runner arm warmers.  I felt like I might need the coat, which was stupid, I didn't.  I quickly shed it and tied it around my waist.

Credit: Helping Hands Humane Society

I wanted to take several pics of how amazing the course is, but I was worried that my phone would die due to the cold, so kept it in my gypsy runner shorts pocket.  Plus, I was really pushing it to try and get a nice PR.  Everything other than my bum hip was lining up to be PR worthy.  Unfortunately, due to stella pulling SO hard, we had to stop at every water station and let her drink, because I was kind of worried about her.  There was slobbering going everywhere and she pulled HARD for at least 2 straight miles before settling slightly.  I kept telling her to settle and she just couldn't.  I am imagining that we took at least 10-15 seconds if not more per water stop.  I am  pretty sure we would have been VERY close to 26 something if we hadn't had stopped, but I needed to take care of her and make sure she was okay.  I mean, look at that tongue in the picture below!

Credit: Helping Hands Humane Society

Credit: Helping Hands Humane Society
Honestly, I love this race for so many reasons.  Even though we didn't win anything in our age group this year due to some SUPER speedy ladies in my age group (22:21 won it this year followed by a 22:30 and a 24:13 by Stella's BRF), I was SO pleased at how the race went for Stella and I.  I finished in 27:48, only 8 seconds slower than my last attempt at this course.  Figuring in that it took me at least 10 or more seconds per water stop, I would have had a PR for my 5K!!!!!  I am really excited about that, especially with a bum hip and just having done a marathon and a half marathon!!!!!  I love this event, I love this course and  I will be back next year!!!!  I couldn't stick around for the awards and the fun contests after wards due to a birthday party I had to make it back for, but they do amazing little awards including embroidered scarfs and dog treats for the dogs and little trophies for the humans.

We did indulge in some bagels, some coffee, and some muffins post run in the nice warmth of the building.  Yes, the dogs are allowed in the building, so they can post race recover with you!  

See ya at Tails on the Trail 2018!

Monday, October 30, 2017

6/12/24 countdown! Come on hip!

Here are some pics from the race!  Enjoy!  Another week of babying the unhappy hip and another week of some trigger point therapy OUCH.

Michael and I.  He works for a prison in Missouri helping prisoners get their GEDs!
Sunday after my race I could barely walk I was so sore.  My stupid hip was not happy yet again, but this time I could point to the exact muscles that were not happy, whereas after Chicago, I could not.  After having a rather painful session with Dr. Needles, I felt so much better.  Of course the trigger points he worked on were super sore, but overall, my hip felt loose and free!  Unfortunately, I found out that my insurance had changed and that I no longer had a co-pay with my chiro, so I will be paying for all visits out of pocket, until I hit my rather large deductible. Sigh.  Doesn't matter, that seems to be the only thing helping right now, so I guess I will go a little in debt getting this fixed.

Me yelling something to my group!
I decided to be cautious and give my hip a few days to recover.  Dr. Needles said I could run as soon as I wasn't feeling any pain at the walk.  Well, it was hard to tell the difference because the pain from trigger point session was pretty bad.  I could tell the front part of my hip felt better though and that felt thoroughly released.  I figured it wouldn't hurt to try a short run Thursday.  While the trigger points he worked on were very sore during the run, I felt fine post run.  We got four done, even if my watch says we didn't.

I also helped with girls on the run that afternoon.  I was really worried that my hip would be angered by any extra curricular activity.  At first, the girls were running and resting and didn't need me, but when they turned to just laps, I saw a few struggling and had to jump in.  Surprisingly, post running and even on Friday, my hip felt better (knocking on a huge piece of wood).  I still wasn't super sure of what type of long run to do for the weekend though that wouldn't anger the hip, but still would give me some sort of confidence leading into the timed ultra.  

Saturday Andrew and I had a full docket planned.  We had soccer (got canceled due to cold), a play date, and then an agility play date.  Many of the women who held andrew while I tried to run Deuce and do agility were going to be out at Alice's house (where I use to teach) and I wanted to see everyone. I also wanted to get a run in somewhere.  A short one.  I decided 3 or 4 miles would be perfect and the cold made it magical.  I sure do love running in cold weather, but a nice slow transition would have been nice ahem, KS.  Post running and play date, we headed out to the agility play date.  We signed up for one run and we just did individual obstacles.  Deuce forgot his release word a few times, but overall, he looked great!  Andrew tried his hand at handling and did pretty good!  It's hard for a 5 year old to think when the dog you are handling is so fast.  We need to find a slightly slower dog for andrew to learn with I think.


Post agility and throwing stuff for the dogs for hours, we headed out for a nice hike around the property. Deuce and Andrew loved walking and andrew walked for over an hour without a single complaint about walking.  It's a miracle!  Maybe we are ready for some hiking out at Konza!

pic curtesy of Jen!
Sunday I decided to do a few miles just to see what back to back runs felt like.  You know when you have an old injury and it's kind of still there but doesn't hurt per se?  That is what it felt like.  No pain just kind of tight and stiff.  I made sure to do a dynamic warm up and did all of my stretches post run. 

Stella had pouted the entire day before and into sunday, so she and I just had some girl time to ourselves :) . She was SO happy the entire run!  4 miles of her smiling and jumping and barking at me.

Well, not going to lie, after this week of again low mileage, getting pretty nervous about conquering 31 miles.  I wish my body would have let me do at least one long run post Chicago, but I guess I will have to settle for a 13 miler as my last long run before tapering yet again.  Fingers crossed that I can do this and finish!  Have a great week!