Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Went out for my midweek run this morning... was going to do 5, but ended up only going 4 as it was HOTTER than I expected. At the first corner, the wind hit me and was against me... I seriously thought about turning around, but then I thought... what if it is windy in PC or ST. George.. I can't very well turn around then... so I kept going...I ran at a SLOWER pace than normal, knee aching a bit... but completed my 4 miler and felt a sense of accomplishment.

I went for Assisted Stretching this morning, and that felt amazing! Roger, the assisted stretching guy, worked on my knee and couldn't find anything really wrong... perhaps my hips and pelvis is a little bit out of alignment, so with some stretching, maybe it will feel better. I am really starting to think my knee pain is all in my head, as I sit here with an ice wrap around it... just can't seem to pinpoint the problem. Some days it feels great running, and others I can barely make it home... What gives? Tomorrow is another day...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I believe in miracles... went out this morning for a long run... looking to do 8 miles. Still about 2 miles short of where I should be at this point in the training... however, I ended up doing little over 9 miles, that not being the miracle! The fact that I was able to run and not feel intense pain in my right knee was amazing! I ran slow, well, slower than usual, as I still feel the need to "favor" it a little, but I was still able to go further and that was a Miracle!!

It was HOT this morning... didn't get out as early as I would have liked, but nonetheless, finished! I found a few sprinklers along the way, I tried to "run" through them but they always seems to stop just as I got too close. Maybe that was sign I would slip and fall and have a new injury but the ones I got close enough to provided a refreshing splash on my legs!

I have a massage waiting for me in about a hour... I can't wait! That is what kept me going all morning long... maybe I should schedule one every week!!!
Have a great day!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

I have been so busy and TIRED lately, that my training has really suffered not to mention a wacked out knee! But, I got up this morning, determined to get at it again... I have a 1/2 marathon awaiting for me in month and a half, and a Full in 3 months... I won't be ready if I continue to prolong my training.
This morning was HOT!!! No sun, bit cloudy, but that made it a little humid ( for the desert it doesn't take much) and the air very thick. The knee hurt at the bginning, but at the 2 mile mark it started to feel pretty good, and it feels alright now. I do think I will make an appointment to see the doctor just to be I can get stronger and faster!

I took pictures this morning of part of my route... or the area I call Coyote Alley!

Monday, June 21, 2010

I thought I would try out my "rested" knee this morning and go for a short run... 3 miles, not bad. My knee hurts when I walk, I run and it feels pretty good...although, I favor it a little, something I know I shouldn't do... as that throws my entire gait off... but it felt ok... could I go 26.2 on it?? Hmmm.. I don't think so, but I have some time and I WILL make it over the finish line. Ice, throughout out the day and back at it again tomorrow!

I have keep thinking about the marathon, and forgetting I have a 1/2 coming up in a month and a half... I should concentrate on Park City right now!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

16 weeks till my first Marathon! I started my 16 week countdown schedule and yesterday was an easy 5 miler! As I agree, 5 miles right now is easy... try running that in the HEAT! I was up at 4:30 AM to get ready for work, so I knew I couldn't run in the cool AM... so I saved it for the evening, thinking maybe it will cool down some...hahaha!

I ate dinner early, without Vito, as I wanted as much time as possible for my dinner to digest some, and then headed out! I got outside around 7:10 PM, with the temperature at 102 degrees- a little too WARM for me... but nevertheless, I was determined to finish the 5. My knee felt ok, until about mile 2.50 and then started to ache... turned around and headed home.

Didn't need my sunglasses at this point, and was starting to slow with the ache in my right knee and cramping in my left calf... starting to get darker than I like, I decided not to run through any washes- I would have to take the long way home...

As I  neared my house, I saw Vito pulling out of the garage... he was headed out to look for me! ( I love him!) He looked at me and said you are late... I told him I would be back in an hour when I left... it was 1:08--- yes, I was late! I asked him which direction he was headed and it would have been the wrong direction... good thing I saved him from driving around in circles!
Came in limping, sweat pouring, and checking the temperature...a cool 99 degrees! 5.48 miles done!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Good morning! I got out there today after "nursing" my knee for a couple of days... I just wanted to run a couple of miles to see how my knee would feel. Well, the first couple of steps, I thought I am going to turn around and go home! It felt like my knee was going to collapse. But, as a few cars passed me, I thought well I'll go a little further and then turn around. I kept going, and thought, "run through it and see how you do!" I ran a 5K, albeit not my best time, but not bad for a sore knee!
I plan to keep it iced and wrapped most of the day. Go for another swim and strengthen it in the pool little. This will be my plan for the next 4 days... run 2-3 miles each day and then come Monday, I have to hit the training schedule I have set up- in order to complete a 26.2 mile run!! I can do it!! It is amazing what the mind can make your body do!
Have a great day!

Monday, June 7, 2010

This is how I have been spending my days... alternate between ice and heat wrap! I just bought a knee brace to keep my knee stabilized...

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Started out with a new pair of socks on, Lady Gaga on the Ipod, ice water in hand...about 1/2 mile in my knee began to hurt... slowed down to a walk to "baby" it and then knew I had a choice to make... turn around and go home or keep going... I decided to keep going and see how far I could go.
I tried to put the pain out of my head and just run. Didn't want to over compensate by limping or compromise running form, so I just ran. You know it worked for about 4.50 miles. Home with ice on my knee drinking a protein shake!
Of course this is not where I should be currently in my training, but I did want to nurse my knee this past week, and try and nip the damage early, as opposed to hurting now AND later.
I should be back on track this upcoming week! It will be a struggle to get my runs in, with a start of a new job and work schedule... but I will make it work!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Back from a 4 miler this morning...I felt pretty good! Appears that school is out for the summer here, so less traffic on my normal morning route-Hooray! Nothing worse than parents driving their Rugrats to school while talking on the phone or texting in school zones! I see it all the time!

Having some pain in my right knee- so its off to ice, ice and more ice today!