Sunday, November 8, 2015

Taper Week Blues

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I tried to make a quick video this week instead of writing my recap. Spoiler alert: my last 6 mile run Saturday with run buddy did - not - go - very well.

Disclaimer: I say "bag it" and "sad" too many times, but it was one take lol (2:37 video) 

   


I have a blooper roll already...
I had attempted to do a take before we went to the gym. Kenny ended making me laugh..I kept hearing the leaves rustle and wondered what the heck was coming for me...It is hard to see but he is sneaking up behind me.
You can see I get distracted very easily.
Look for Kenny in the background lol 




I ended doing video later after I blow dried my hair :)

I'll wrap it up here...
The big issue, my left foot gave me a fit on my Saturday run. My drop back week, 6 miles and I could not make it.
My left arch got unbelievably tight. 
I tried to do some toe stretches, which have helped the past few weeks, but the tightness across the bottom of my foot just kept getting worse. 
I was with run buddy, and as we were discussing the pain in my foot, and that I was going to have to stop running, my left calf developed a tug. 
It scared me. It was exactly what I felt during my runs before my stress fracture, so I called it a day at 4 miles. 
I have been doing non-stop ibuprofen, icing, rest, and softball rolling.
I really do not think I will be able to run this week, my foot needs the rest.
My race is Saturday! Am I freaking out?! Yes, I am pretty discouraged.
I dread the thought of starting an event, and not knowing if I will be able to make it to the end, but it is what it is...
Ugh...
I have obsessively read all kinds of articles about the plantar fascias...it seems mine is pretty irritated.

You know what is really irritating, my foot felt like it was improving last week. It didn't really ache during my runs. The real aching would start later in the day at work.



My Wednesday speed work went well, even though I was crazy hot...I was just having one of those days. Everything that touched me irritated me, so my light vest, my tank top, and my hand held, all ended up on the side walk while I ran my loops. 
Disclaimer: I hit pause for my water breaks...

My Thursday morning run, it was warm again 

In the flats I wear to work, which have some padding (Naturalizers) my left foot would just ache. Friday, I ended up wearing sneakers to work and it felt much better. I keep wondering if I would have worn the sneakers all week, if I would have been okay.

Guess, I'll be living in my sneakers this week.

On a completely different note, this is how my cat Otto sleeps. Ever see a cat do this? I always worry he can not breathe...







Sunday, marked 26 years with my wonderful hubby. I love him xoxoxo, he is an irreplaceable treasure. 


Ever start a race and have no idea if you were going to be able to make it physically? 
How was the past week for you? 

46 comments:

  1. Sorry about your foot! Hope it feels better in time for your race! Your cat is so cute sleeping like that. Cats sleep in all sorts of awkward positions. Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Thank you :) I am trying to not lose all my hair worrying it does no good lol

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  2. I am so sorry about your foot! :( I would hate the feeling of not knowing what to expect on race day. Try to have confidence that if you rest this week it will set you up to finish the race.

    You are absolutely a delight in videos- more videos please!

    Happy Anniversary!!!

    I have seen my cat sleep like that once in awhile. It is soooo funny!

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    1. I really screwed up this post lol I meant to break it up and say, watch it, or here is the write up...
      I am not happy with my small vocabulary choices for this one, so I am not sure if I will try again lol
      I am still trying to visualize my self running happy, I hope it works!

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    2. It was perfect! Listen, I don't even watch some of the videos I post with me talking because they make me cringe!I think they really only make ourselves cringe and everyone else likes to see the blogger in the flesh!

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    3. I cringe when I hear my voice lol
      Thank you :) I really do enjoy your videos.

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  3. OMG my cat sleeps like that too and it is the cutest thing, I take a ton of pictures of it !
    So sorry about your foot. I haven't had that problem, but if it were me, I would do whatever made my foot feel better, including wearing sneakers to work !

    Happy anniversary. Next year will be 20 for us.

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    1. I love the sleep pose, it just makes him like he has given up though LOL
      I read the comments while I was getting dressed today and you all inspired me to just put my sneakers on and not worry about it :) My foot is so much happier! I think it will help a lot. Congrats on the upcoming 20!

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  4. You are brave to do a video...I have seeing myself talk on video (we had to do it for media training at work and it makes me cringe!). I sympathize with your PF. I had it for a year (severity would ebb and flow). I finally got rid of all heels and started wearing flats - usually with some support or cushion. I also checked out Dansko and Alegria. Hopefully some icing and massaging the area and good supportive footwear will get you through.

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    1. Thank you Kelli! I am looking at both of the the shoes you mentioned. I have not been wearing heels for a long time, but even my flatter boots were hurting my foot. It is annoying, I imagine it will ebb and flow and you say.
      I am bummed i repeated myself in the video lol I may not be brave enough to try that again...
      I am going to have a massage this week! I just booked one :)

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  5. I feel ya on the foot pain. I've been struggling with PF for a while, and this weekend it really got ugly. I'm frustrated with it--I had this a few years ago and finally ended up getting shockwave treatments. I hope I don't end up there again.

    I think you'll be fine at your race--just take care of your foot until then!

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    1. The pain level is crazy, I am very surprised how intense it got and it came on fast. I had been struggling with the foot a few weeks, but this was a whole new level.
      I would be frustrated with it too :(
      Shock wave - ? I am not sure I know what that is,I need to read up on it.
      I hope I can still have a good run, but I f it hurts too much I don't want to risk a stress fracture.

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  6. Congratulations on 26 years! That is so awesome. Isn't it nice to be w/ someone that understands you, loves you and is a true friend and supporter.

    Hang in there w/ the foot. It's not worth risking more damage by racing and even though that would be hard, you want to run for years to come, right?!? There will be more races. You have my good thoughts coming your way.

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    1. Yes Susan, it is a blessing ;)
      Thank you for the sweet thoughts, and yes, I do want to run for years to come :) Some days I really think I just need to be a five mile runner and I would be happy, maybe long distances are not my thing! At least my body says so...
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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    2. I am not saying this is the answer for you, but I had to come to terms with being a 3-5 miler 2-4 x per week. I learned to embraced swimming, cycling, yoga and weight training. Do I sometimes miss the days of going out for 6-7 miles every day? Yes and no. I really have gotten into my other sports and my body does love it. Plus, when something comes up and I can't run...I just do something else so I can keep moving. Hang in there, lady. You will find the right answers for YOU.

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    3. I am feeling different since I am starting to battle some issues like this. The stress fracture I had really messed with my mind. I do enjoy other activities, none quite as much as running, but I really do see myself in the near future letting go of the longer distances. I know to a lot of runners an 11 or 12 miler does not seem that far, but it seems to put some wear and tear on me I don't need. It is great you figured out what works for you :) I think I am on my way...

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    4. Oh yes, I totally get it. I really love running most of all and that is why I have been so committed to figuring out how to keep it in my life! Long distances, running more than 2 days in a row, not taking rest or slacking on my PT and other self care activities only gets me in trouble. I have had to learn this lesson over and over (and I still sometimes flirt w/ my danger zone and push my limits). You are totally on your way. Who knows, this could all be nothing and you could very well go out and have am awesome race and then not have to change anything! But if you need to bounce any ideas off me, or vent or just think out loud...give me a shout! Chin up, girl.

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    5. Thank you so much! I will certainly do that.
      I am flirting with fire right now, but I have seen an improvement, so I am feeling hopeful I will be okay for race day. Hopefully the crazy tightness won't surface. I will have some kind of story to tell after this weekend, hope it is a happy one!

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  7. Can you see a dr? How about taping it?

    And yes, unfortunately, I have started races already injured. Tape helps a lot. So far I haven't had to DNF but a few were very painful -- I'm sending you run happy vibes!

    Remember, too, that sometimes these things happen during taper and the race is fine. You definitely don't need to run 3 x this week! Typically I might do a couple of short, easy runs the week of.

    I'm so sorry -- I have been there and it really, really sucks. I've got my fingers crossed for you.

    Congrats on your anniversary!

    And no, I've never had a cat sleep that way.

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    1. I have decided to leave my Doc out of it for now lol he gives me answers I don't like. We did watch the KT tape video and I will do that :)
      Last year I was in similar predicament for this race, I had been battling calf tightness like crazy and race day turned out okay! I keep trying to remember how surprised I was that day...I felt so much better than expected.
      Thank you for the encouragement :)

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  8. #1 - Don't run at all this week and don't stress about that
    #2 - Wear your sneakers all week. I'm on 6 weeks of that now! :)
    #3 - Keep that foot up at home, make Kenny do everything. :)
    #4 - Have a great race, you'll be OK.
    #5 - You do such good videos and I love the blooper! You've heard my bloopers (yikes)
    #6 - Otto is adorable. How does he breathe?
    #7 - Happy Anniversary!

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    1. #8 (I forgot!) Thanks for linking with us today!

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    2. I am checking off your list :) I think I have it under control lol
      I am growing very attached to my sneakers! Seriously, though I know you are tired of wearing them...
      I am always worried Otto is damaging his brain lol but he is 16, so it is all good I guess.
      I enjoyed your videos!!
      Thank you:)

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  9. Oh no. I hate foot pain. And I deal with it in most races.

    Yes, I ran a half where I was recovering from a stress fracture and my longest run was 6 miles. I was worried that I would get injured again so I walked half of it. It wasn't so bad and I had a lot of fun.

    In other words, a good finish time isn't worth the BOOT.

    Love your cat.

    Happy anniversary. You have such a supportive husband.

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    1. Truth Darlene! I do not want the boot again...ever. If I hurt I will do what I did at Disney, just run walk and take it all in. Richmond is a heavily supported race so there is always action to watch on the sidelines ;)
      Those first long runs after an injury are nerve wrecking!
      Thank you :)

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  10. Oh no... dang it... sometimes these things pop up at the WORST TIMES! :(
    Just take care of yourself - there's lots of races down the road - you dont want to ruin them all.

    Happy Anniversary!!!
    Love the videos too - I laughed at your little creeper behind you sneaking up :)

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    1. I kept hearing the leaves rustle LOL
      Thank you :)
      How is it I get through 11 and 12 miles feeling okay and then boom?! makes no sense..

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  11. Karen I loved your video!!!! You did so much better than I did too! Just love it, it is so personable. I'm sorry you are having issues with your foot but Holly has some great advice. Take care of it I am sending virtual hugs and will make a point to think about you each day this week, hoping it gets better. We will just see how it goes the end of the week. Let's not get too worried over it, for one, worrying will not make it any better anyway! Focus on your anniversary, Happy Anniversary btw, and I loved your comment "he is an irreplaceable treasure" exactly how I feel about my husband! Take care my friend and I'll check on ya!

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    1. Thanks Tricia :)
      I enjoyed your video!!
      I tried the video as a time saver, but then I wrote out the info anyway...I was rushing and I did not set it up how I planned in my head. There is always next week! I hope I have something good to report :)
      Thank you for the encouragement :)

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  12. I am hoping your foot continues to heal. I would keep wearing the sneakers! keep resting and stretching and don't make a decision until the day before.
    I have NEVER seen a cat sleep that way, it cracked me up.
    Happy anniversary--he's a keeper!!

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    1. Thank you Cheryl!! I am trying to be patient :) It is only Tuesday and it feels like eternity has passed...so silly. I am going to run 1.5 miles Friday and see what happens...that is the plan.
      Yep, he is a keeper :)

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  13. Bummer about the PF and the calf issues. I had PF flare up really bad about a year and a half ago. I did everything, new shoes, physical therapy, etc. Finally after a while (and did end up changing shoes) it started easing up. I would freeze water bottles and roll my foot from heel to arch over them. That seemed to help a bit. Finally I did get inserts to wear with my work shoes. I think that combined with my new tennis shoes did the trick. Now I research extensively before I casually pick up a new brand of shoe. I hope the pain eases for you asap. It is not fun.

    BTW, my cat Oz sleeps like that. We call it planking when he does. It's so funny.

    Happy anniversary!

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    1. A frozen water bottle sounds good! It is annoying pain and I have a feeling time is the key here.
      I like the name OZ - very cute :) Planking, that is funny!
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  14. Oh my. Plantar fasciitis is no joke. I have trouble with my arches too and I'm trying some supports that are helping. It hurts worse when I wear flats so I wear sneakers whenever I can.

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    1. PF is tough stuff, but my feet are loving sneakers this week :) I am feeling better, so fingers crossed :)

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  15. Oh man. Have you ever worn insoles? I use Superfeet Berry (super supportive), but I was fitted for them as a cure for my aliment. I had PF and it led to IT band stuff (trying to overcompensate). Anywho, you may already have an insole, but it really helped. I felt better after a week, fully recovered in a month or so (and I was still able to keep running the entire time).

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    1. In the past I have worn heel pads,. i was diagnosed with heel spurs years ago and they helped. I will check out the brand you mentioned- thank you :)
      I have felt tightness in darn hamstring each time my foot has hurt, it really is all connected! Your time line ( healing) is encouraging to me :)

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  16. Sorry to hear about your foot. Hope it feels better come race day. I always think I get nagging problems the closer a race gets too. But somehow I feel fine during it. It's like my body knows it's race day.
    Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Thank you so much ;)
      I have had the mystery pains for this taper beyond the PF acting up lol It is crazy how the mystery pains pop up!
      Last year I was in similar predicament battling tight calf muscle and race day turned out well. I hope that happens again!

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  17. Oh no Karen! I'm so sorry to hear this! You won't lose a thing by not running this week so don't worry about that . I'm praying your foot feels well enough to get you through the race this weekend. Fingers and toes crossed!

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    1. Thank you Marica :) I thank you for the prayers, I think it is working. My foot has improved today for sure :) I am trying to stop stressing and relax. I am also trying to resist the urge to run and "test" it out lol I know rest is the best answer!

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  18. Sorry to hear about your foot! It sounds like PF. I've had some of the same thing happen in the past where I felt it in the foot and calf and that tightness later made my shins hurt. It was actually around this time last year. Stretch as much as you can. It really helped me. Alleviating the tightness allowed my foot/ankle to stride more normally and helped prevent creating injuries elsewhere. Your videos are too cute! :)

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    1. Thank you EB :)
      I remember when you had the shin issue. I have been trying to stretch as much as I can :) It is crazy how fast that tightness in my foot started pulling up my calf and hamstring. I have battled some tightness this training cycle, but it never actually got to that stage before. I hope I can run the race, but I won't run through pain, I will stop if i have to.

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  19. Happy anniversary! One year, I started the Houston Marathon not knowing if I'd make it a mile, but I didn't have any problems after all. What a relief that was for me! I hope it's the same for you.

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    1. Thank you Tina :)
      I like how that worked out for you! Hopefully, this weekend will turn out well!

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