Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I'm getting back to my stretching again, and I can tell I need it!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
I walked another 7 minutes back to my car, and it felt great to get a 50 minute workout in. Since I didn't hit the roads til 10:00, things were pretty warm here by the time I finished. If only I'd gotten out earlier....
Friday, April 25, 2008
As I'm starting to run a little more, I'm feeling the plantar fasciitis again, trying to be good to my foot and stretch things out.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Speaking of George, he came down with a 103 degree fever after we got home from the walk, no fun. He thought he'd try to go into work later today, but I hope he stays home and gets well.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I returned to physical therapy yesterday, and was sore after that! Glad I've got three more weeks of sessions to go.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I ended up with 3.61 miles for the week.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I returned to the orthopaedist yesterday, a follow-up appointment about my groin strain. The doctor could see improvement, and was encouraging about my 5K last Saturday. She did prescribe 4 more weeks of physical therapy, which will help. I was sore last night from the extra stretching during the appointment!
Meanwhile, I'm thinking about signing up for a Jeff Galloway Training Group that's starting near here next month. I'm especially intrigued by the emphasis on training and staying injury free. Advice is welcome!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
After work yesterday I went by 9th Street Active Feet and got some new running shoes. I've learned along the way that taking my old running shoes along can speed up the shoe fitting process, as the common thing to do at specialty shoe stores is to watch the patron walk, discuss shoe use, stuff like that. When I pulled out my old Brooks Adrenaline shoes, the sales person said, "Oh, that's a great shoe, has that worked well for you? Any problems with it?" I told him I'd enjoyed the shoe. He had me walk a little, balance on each foot, and said the updated version of the Brooks Adrenaline would still be a good shoe for me. I was in and out in, oh, 15-20 minutes, which worked for me! (It beat driving to Raleigh, where I got the last pair of Brooks. I was tired!)
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I got to the race area at Regency Park in Cary in plenty of time to pick up my race packet and chip. I didn't get a t-shirt for this race, as they cost extra. (I shy away from paying extra for race t-shirts unless they're particularly good, since I already have a pretty good collection of t-shirts. I do regret not buying the CRR t-shirt from two years ago, since it was the race that I first entered in my journey toward getting back in shape.) While I was putting the chip on my shoe, I overheard a lady giving some race advice to some friends running the race for the first time. She told them not to go out too fast because there's a hill early in the race, but after the turn-around, there's a big downhill and a lot of flat course after that. She said she went out to fast last year and was sorry! I was glad to be eavesdropping, and took her advice to heart. (I'd forgotten about that hill from 2 years ago!)
Anyway, the 10K started at 8:30, but the 5k didn's start until 9:45, so I returned to the car, and read and dozed a little bit. I'm glad I didn't oversleep, but I wish I stretched a little more! I found myself trotting toward the start line and getting just a few stretches in before the start of the race. It didn't even hear the starting "gun," but I was in the back of the pack, so when the crowd surged forward, I knew the race had started!
I started the race slowly, and walked up that early hill, which helped. I was able to pick up the pace on the level and downhill stretches, even passing a handful of people. The course took us around a small lake in Regency Park, a pretty picture. The temperature was pleasant at first, but was heating up toward the end of the race. It was also windy at times. I noticed that my Garmin was 10-15 seconds behind the timers along the course, probably from the start that took me by surprise. (I didn't start the Garmin until I saw the surging crowd.)
Injury-wise, I didn't feel my knee much at all during the race, probably in part because I took 3-4 walk breaks (some on flat ground, toward the end of the race). I did feel the plantar fasciitis starting to make a comeback in my left foot, which surprised me a little, but I am nearing 300 miles on my current running shoes, so maybe it's a nudge to get a new pair.
I finished the race a bit under 40 minutes, though official results haven't been posted yet. My Garmin time was 39:30. I was thrilled to finish, and was very surprised to get a finisher's medal at the end! It's the first medal I've gotten at a race, and eventhough it's not an age-group award, it was better than a t-shirt to me now, and just what I needed. With the injuries I've had and recovered from in the first quarter of 2008, finishing this race was indeed a big deal for me. I feel like I'm "back in the race," so to speak, and that's done a lot for my spirits. :)
I'm sufficiently sore today, so I've been doing some extra stretching, and didn't run this morning at the gym. I did go in to keep the routine going, but only did 20 minutes on the elliptical machine. I've gotten a lot of R & R since returning from the gym, as yesterday's race wore me out more than I expected.
I'll post official results when I learn of them. Thanks for all the encouragement.
UPDATE: The official results are in! My official time was 39:47, finshing 247th out of 265 runners in the competitive division. In my age group, I was 14th out of 15. The top female finisher overall was a 43 year old, which rocks! There's hope for me! I'll probably never be the top finisher anywhere, but age matters less and less.
Friday, April 11, 2008
So today's workout was pretty light. I did 11 minutes on the elliptical, then walked for 21 minutes on the treadmill. No running today, saving my legs tomorrow.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
I have a meeting tonight (go figure!), but I''m heading home after that and getting to bed nice and early.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
I did 50 minutes on the elliptical for 4.28 miles, which felt great. I decided to try the treadmill for a little while, and when I got on I noticed a lady I know from the Rice Diet Program across the room! I'd been running about 3 minutes with a little less pain than yesterday, when I noticed her get off her machine and head for the front door. After trotting a total of 3:14 minutes for .21 miles, I stopped the machine and sprinted after what turned out to be TWO Ricers, and we had a nice visit outside.
After that, I decided to call it a day in terms of the exercise, and take advantage of the hot tub and sauna. The heat felt really good on my back and legs!
Friday, April 04, 2008
(I did get back on the treadmill after that, and did another 35 minutes.)
Any suggestions for my knee, anyone?!