Sunday, December 20, 2015

Crazy Train

I am linking up today with my friends, Holly @ hohoruns and Tricia@ MissSippiPiddlin Link up and support other active women! ㋡ Check out the etiquette here


Lacey and Meranda over at Fairytales and Fitness organized their second annual blogger holiday card swap. I really enjoyed making a fun bundle for my secret pal, and I received a VERY sweet treat from Karen at ...Just Me and My Running Shoes


I love music when I run, so I truly appreciate the itunes gift! and your furry babies are adorable :) 
♥ (((Big hugs to Karen))) 


MondayRest!
Tuesday a.m.Morning Run - 3.40 mi (34:29)
Tuesday p.m. Biking w/my Honey - 13.24 mi (1:12:00)
Wednesday a.m.Bus Loop Speed work - 3.56 mi (33:25) 10 min. walking/stretching
Thursday p.m.Cycling 7.10 mi (32:00) - 60 min. upper body work
Friday p.m.4 mile run (37:12) - 1.28 mile walk (18:55) stretching
Saturday a.m. 5 mile run (47:47) - 1 cool down mile (9:51) stretching
Sunday p.m.Cycling warm up 4.2 mi (18:00) - 65 min. leg strength training and stretching 

This week I drove myself a little batty. Sometimes I hate to post this stuff, but this is the truth, so here goes...

I am sure you are tired of hearing about my foot issues, trust me I am tired of it too. 

I don't think I have mentioned that when I have pace issues it throws me into a bit of a panic.  Not because going "slower" bothers me, but because it fuels my fear something must be wrong with me. 

Last year at this exact time I was struggling with my pace, and I had been for a good solid month.

I couldn't understand at the time what was going on. When I tried to pick up the pace, I couldn't even crack a 10 min. mile. I eventually just settled into 10:30 - 10:45 ish and stopped worrying about it.  

When I was finally diagnosed last year (and ended up in the boot), my sports medicine Doc explained that lack of power in my legs was an indicator there was a problem. That was a completely new concept to me. It makes sense, but at the time it kind of blew me away. That little insight has led to a few freak out moments though. The foot pain coupled with a rough run can stir some nagging worry...

Monday I felt a bit rough after my run. I was aching and my foot hurt. 
Wednesday when I ran up to the bus loop to do my short speed work session, I wanted it to be easy so I could warm up, however, when I saw that mile was 10:25 I was surprised. I promise it felt harder than that. My fast laps around the loop that morning felt unusually tough. I had a time trying to pick it up, I just lacked stamina and power. It was just an off day I guess, but it really got my mind swirling that I am headed toward the same situation as last year. My feet felt tender and legs were sore all day. 

The swirling mess in my head. 

  • be patient 
  • rest
  • I have been resting
  • I am over reacting 
  • I miss running
  • my foot hurts
  • it feels better 
  • it hurts again
  • am I injured

Holly convinced me to make a doctor appointment and get checked, so I can stop making myself nuts.  My appt. is Jan. 20th. I realized after I made it, that last year the day I ended up in a boot was Jan. 21st, this all feels a little too deja vu. 

Worrying then spawned the need for me to run like a nut. Surely, if I can run hard, than I am not injured just over reacting

Friday I ran in the evening and it was really nice out. I didn't look at my Garmin and pushed myself as hard as I could...
9:48, 9:13, 9:25 8:40   
I was gasping like a nut on that last mile. That is all out for me. I felt spent, but my legs actually felt way better than they had earlier in the week. Thank goodness my splits seemed to be about right for my effort level or I may have cried. 


 It was 30 degrees when we ran Saturday morning and I am seriously in love with my Old Navy leggings. My tush was not cold a bit and they stay in place.

I went again Saturday morning...9:12, 9:07, 9:30, 9:35, 9:21 
I went to run with Robyn and her training team. This is easy pace for them, hard pace for me, but I was determined to hang on. I just needed to convince myself my legs would/could do it. I felt a little guilty I slowed Robyn down, but I really enjoyed the run. 

Even though I was breathing heavy, I wasn't completely on the edge like I had been the night before. The group helped me to pace much better.  I ran a mile by myself before I drove home just to cool down my legs...9:51

I am much more comfortable at that pace :)


Hopefully this was enough to convince my brain I am okay and I can get off the crazy train and relax a little next week.  
I need to work on letting my easy days be easy. 

Overall, the sensations and foot soreness have improved, not all the way gone, but better for sure. I am still going to keep the Podiatrist appt. though, I need it for my peace of mind. 

  (¯`•.•´¯)¸.•´ ♥ 
☆ ♥ `•.¸.•´ ♥ º ☆.¸¸.•´¯`♥ 
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train 

This is Karen, laying all my crazy out there...


Wishing you all peace, joy, and love 

Do you ever drive yourself crazy like this? 

34 comments:

  1. Running injuries suck. I know the "be patient" and "rest" are the best advice there is but it is so darn hard to take that advice when we want to be out there. I had one injury after another in 2013 (ITBS. Piriformis syndrome. Plantar Fasciitis.) and it took me a solid year to get back to where the PF didn't keep coming back. In that year I did run but spent a lot more time on the bike and in the water. Hugs to you, hope it isn't anything real serious.

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    1. Thank you Kelli :) Injuries do suck. PF is what I seem to be battling right now, it is a pain...literally. It doesn't hurt at all when I run now, but it still hurts after. I just don't want to end up with another stress fracture because I pushed too much. It is hard to find balance. I have been (indoor) cycling a lot more. I have race plans for the next few upcoming months- I hope they don't get screwed up!

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  2. You hit a fast pace this week! I've slowed down - maybe it's because of my meds. Running still makes me happy, but I've had to adjust my perspective and give myself more time to get in those runs!

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    1. I probably would have enjoyed my runs easier pace. I like hitting those paces but I am really working at a non conversational level to do it lol I hope to run a little easier this week and not worry so much!

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  3. You know I drive myself crazy! Hopefully nothing is seriously wrong with you...maybe mix it up and do some cross training? Give those legs a break. You've worked them hard this year!

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    1. I guess I just need to know there isn't some type of fracture causing all that discomfort so I can feel comfortable doing some longer runs. I do not want to worry I am hurting myself - I guess there are too many similarities to last year. The longer it goes on the more it seems it's PF and I will just have to manage it but I need to know. I started last night adding another leg exercise into my routine - I am going to try to work on more strength stuff :)

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  4. Congrats on your pace. I am having a hard time with my pace right now, I am attributing it to the holidays. Good luck with your leg and foot. As a podiatrist, do you try to ice and elevate your foot after your runs?

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    1. Thanks! Pace is a tricky thing, mine change a bit when I gain and lose a few pounds for sure and drop off depending on how much cycling I've done - my legs love rest. I have really tried to avoid defining my runs by pace - usually if I feel good I don't worry. Lately though this injury worry has been getting to me and based on last year I know this wasn't possible at all. I am a good ice person. I will often sit with a pack under my foot at work and I have been living in compression socks, started using a timer to be sure I am holding my stretches for at least a minute... I am trying to do the prevention :)

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  5. Karen, I make myself crazy all the TIME over stuff!!! I totally understand where you are coming from with all the thoughts that are swirling around in your head. Ultimately, I usually feel better after making a doctor appt.

    Hey I love your purple running tights!!

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    1. I am with you there, last year as soon as I made my appt. I felt better, yet still ended up injured - it is probably why I can not get my head to be quiet now. lol
      Thanks Megan :) I like something a little different from my standard black.

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  6. I totally get it because I live on that crazy train. Sometimes I struggle (like yesterday) to run a 12 mm pace. Then I'll run a race in the 9's.

    It looks like you are fine. But I would take it easy ... just in case. Injuries SUCK!!

    Every time I feel a twinge on the top of foot, I think OH NO STRESS FRACTURE! Then it goes away and I feel stupid.

    Good luck. Remember fast is overrated. As long as you CAN run, life is good. (I don't really believe that but it sounds cool!)

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    1. I am with you, injuries do suck and I am fearful of ending up in that same predicament. I have noticed the twinges make me worry much more than used too.
      You should not feel stupid. I think once you have been through that experience it is very hard to not have that reaction!
      I am happy as long as I am running, you are right life is good :)
      hahaha, I love your last comment :)

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  7. Oh man, I hope something is not up with your foot again! I am happy you made that appointment though, just to check!

    Be careful with pace! We all have slow and fast runs. Maybe there is something about this time of year that you slow down a bit and it's not injury related? I hope so. Be careful!

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    1. I feel a bit more relaxed now and I am actually a lot better, and I hope that continues :) I plan to go easy paced this week....if I get to run, lots of ran in our forecast and I am not really training, not sure how motivated I will be lol

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  8. You're not the only one, I do the same ALL-THE-TIME!! Mine is with my ITB and my PF. The smallest twinge gets my mind racing like crazy. Glad you're feeling better. Nice solid runs too.

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    1. Thank you Richard :) I hate how those twinges can make you worry, it is hard not to do it. It is funny how I felt so much better after I ran faster lol my aches all seemed to clear up.

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  9. Oh gosh don't tell me that about my paces. I am struggling sometimes to get in under 11 minute miles. I keep telling myself it's because of the long runs. I hope it's nothing underlying. I'm looking forward not only to this marathon but to be on the other side of it so I can have fun at my Spring half's! Merry Christmas to you my friend! I've really enjoyed keeping up with you this past year and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!!

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    1. I know sometimes I wish that the Doc had not planted that seed in me lol It can be so many things!! Diet, cocktails, the distance, the weather, life stress, but in my situation last year that was a symptom I missed. It is good you have your 20 done! you can rest now and will feel a lot better over the next few weeks ") I have lots of spring fun planned too. We will get there! Merry Christmas to you :)

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  10. Isn't it crazy how our little brains can wreak havoc on our well-being (and confidence)? Those hard runs happen to all of us, and they certainly can mess with our mental game. I hope your foot issues aren't anything serious...best wishes for a good report ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much :) It is crazy! It really messed with me, just because I did feel like I was doing a repeat of last year.

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  11. I like my current training plan because it is not centered around pace, but time and distance. Keeps the crazies out of my head.

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    1. Yes, that is good! I have been looking at a plan that is based on timed runs, with no target distance or pace for long runs, except for two drop weeks. I am wondering if I can really do it! It is good to keep the crazies out lol

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  12. My pace is really dropping off and my hamstrings feel tight when I run and my piriformis is nagging .... I am just trying to take it easy and not stress about it.

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    1. I think we all go through those moments where the legs will not cooperate. It is best just to take a little time and not stress. I hope you feel back to normal soon :)

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  13. I am definitely on the crazy train!! I always worry about how my legs feel. For me, I worry more that I am coming down with something rather than an injury. If I have a challenging run, I am always, "oh no, I am getting sick, I had better take vitamin C..."
    I am glad to see your fears waylaid! Great job! and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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    1. I know that feeling, sometimes the sluggish will make you worry. We could drive our selves crazy doing that lol
      Merry Christmas, I hope you can unpacked and settled quickly!

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  14. I am glad the injury is making progress! I know it's frustrating sometimes that it takes so much time, but you are on the right track! YES on the crazy train. Running, to me, is about 80% a mental battle and 20% physical. It's hard not to let the mind wander out of control during those tough moments!

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    1. Thank you :) The weather here has been yuck, pouring rain! I braved it yesterday but couldn't do it again today, so more rest for the foot - I guess it can't hurt :)

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  15. You are so right! We are both following in our paths from last year, but let's hope it's just a coincidence and not actual injuries this year. I would definitely keep the doctor's appointment just for piece of mind if nothing else. Here's to a healthy 2016 - for both of us!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

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    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you :)
      I sure do hope we are on a healthy start to 2016. I do think I just need to hear it now so I can relax. Run happy Deb and Happy New Year!

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  16. You did great on Saturday! Come again this week:)

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    1. It's like race pace for me lol i am not sure what we are doing yet, but I may do it if I am home!

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  17. Hope there's nothing wrong with your foot! Sounds like you ran well and fast on Friday and Saturday.

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    1. Thank you :) It is improving for sure, so hopefully it was just PF symptoms. The amount of pain I was having really bugged me though. I was nervous to keep putting miles on it while it hurt.

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