Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year ~ Same Old Story

Hey hey, I had to start the New Year off biking instead of running, but I was so thankful for the mild weather so I could get some riding in because winter is already back.⛄



I’ve been trying to give my legs a little extra TLC and have taken lot days off running in December.  I actually only ran 11 days the whole month.

I took a much needed blog/social media  pause, so I wouldn’t get distracted and try to jump into running too soon…I have  FOMO bad…and I needed to clean some stuff out and boy, am I slow! If I start reading blogs I can talk myself out of cleaning my closet quite easily, so I felt the need to take the temptation away. 

I am not sure if I tweaked my stress fracture area again, aggravated some scar tissue that may have built up there, or if I did something to the muscle, but there was a slight pinch in that area and in general my legs have just felt off (off and heavy).  I rest a week, have a good run, but the next attempt my legs are back to feeling off, so I have been trying to give them a break. I typically do not struggle like this when the weather is nice and cool so this has been an odd experience for me.

I have started the past few years off injured right out of the gate, with a few months off. I am a bit paranoid for sure, and a bit leery of pushing myself too much and ending up in that predicament again. I am trying really hard NOT to write that story a third year in a row. 
I just want to go through 2017 with healthy legs! Hopefully my little self-imposed break will let whatever I tweaked heal up.  The rest is good for my feet, but it is also scary to feel like I am starting over again.  I have my first race to run on January 22nd, the Frostbite 15K, so hopefully I can start a regular running routine soon. I have a feeling the Frostbite won’t be much of a “race”.

I’ve also been battling a nice deep pain in right gluteus.  I am always intrigued that as I rest one area and it starts to feel better, that other things start to hurt. 
Maybe that is what being 50 is like??? hahahaha…😏

That pain in my tush was hurting when I ran so that was also motivation to just take a breather and see if it will settle, because that butt cheek is a hard area to work on…

I guess I aggravated it doing squats, I really have no idea, it just kind of showed up and hurt one day and wouldn’t go away.

Anyway, I mostly feel like I am on the mend now.  It just feels like it is taking forever and of course I want it all better yesterday.

I have plans I want to make so I can get rolling on 2017, but I have been hesitant to sign up for anything.  I just want to be sure I am healthy and able first.  I guess that is what the past few of injury have done to me…I am just a little gun-shy to jump in and start signing up for things until I actually start running happy again.

I hope your year has started off well.💛

Have you come out the gate running or are things getting started a little slower for you? 

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  1. Oh yeah, it ALWAYS seems like I fix one thing, and something else breaks. I'm not sure it's age-related, probably just body biomechanics.

    Good for you for taking that break and getting stuff done. I am really bad at that. I know it needs to be done, but I'd much rather be reading blogs . . .

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    1. I have tried to work on weak areas, but that seems to be backfiring against me too lol
      I have so much that needs to be done! I barely made a dent but it did make me feel better.

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  2. I'd say you are smart for resting.

    I don't think it is age. let's hope not or I am doomed.

    Hope to run with you again this year too.
    Can't wait until you are out there running with no pain.

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    1. It is hard resting! I probably need more time after running today, but part of me wants to get back out there again in the morning lol I am not sure if I am ever get to be totally pain free or not.

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  3. I"m glad you're back. I sure hope that all these things are just due to age. We can deal with that, right? Keep me in the loop as to how you're feeling...

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    1. Thank you :) I will - I have been neglecting going back to the doctor because it seems like there is always something I don't want to hear lol but I will soon, if I get back to normal.

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  4. I am glad you are resting self imposed rather than being forced to. I am just like you- as soon as one thing feels good, something else bugs me!

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    1. I am trying to be patient, I suck at it lol
      Omg, this PIMA is brutal - it started twitching again a little tonight while I was shopping.

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  5. My friend, I hope you get to write some exciting new chapters to your story in 2017. And I selfishly hope I get to be a tiny part of the story. I can certainly understand the blogging/SM break. I know first hand how hard it is to read how others are doing exactly what you want to be doing. I hope your legs will feel better soon. Do you think you should consult a doc perhaps? At least rule out worst case scenarios? Just a thought. Thanks for linking, Karen! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, I hope I get to see you in 2017 :)
      Sometimes I feel like what is wrong with me, I just want to run about 20 miles a week and my body just can't seem to hold up. Hopefully soon.
      I did call around trying to find a new sports med doc, but as a new patient the appt. will be awhile so I just decided to rest, but if lingers much longer I will try to find someone who can do a scan.
      I hope you have a great run at Disney :)

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  6. FOMO is the worst! I hope a trip to the doctor isn't in order to get check out.

    I have done some runs, and I have a 10K coming up next week, but I've been sidelined by post-holiday plans. And thunderstorms. I am hoping to get out tomorrow for a nice run.

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    1. I am starting to call around trying to find a new sports med doc. If things much longer I will have to go in I guess.
      omg, FOMO is the worst lol I am so bad sometimes if I read about someone racing I will be signing up!

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  7. Welcome back Karen! The holidays are a perfect time to take a break.

    I agree with Holly, talk to your doctor. Get some good rest and feel better soon!!

    I'm sure your body will remember all the running you have done and will not struggle with the 15k.

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    1. Thanks Ana!
      I get really sad to take a break this time of year, this is much harder on me than summer. I ran this morning and my run was good, but I feel achy now...not sure of I should wait another week or just try to get back to every other day and keep my runs short.
      I guess eventually I will have to go the doctor, I have been avoiding that.

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  8. You are being so smart taking time to rest and heal now while you can before your next training cycle starts! I hope you're back to 100% soon!

    I feel like I have not hit the ground running with much gusto in a while, but finally I am hitting my stride again and feeling great about training. I hope this means 2017 will be my year to PR again!

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    1. Resting sucks though lol
      I hope 2017 is your year!! I feel like I am due a healthy year!

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  9. Welcome back, friend! I am glad you are staying active but giving your leg time to heal. Have you thought about going to the dr. to get it checked out? Call me paranoid but I always have a consult with my PT or doctor is something lingers on. In fact, with my tendonitis I wasn't fully satisfied it was gone and nervous it could be more. My PT said it was just taking time to heal but my doctor (not the original one to treat it...which is a whole other story and bottom line I should always just stick with my own dr) said it could be more and so we did an MRI on the last day of 2016 (whew got that in just under the wire). I will find out results tomorrow. I am still running and had a typical month in December. Not starting 2017 completely healthy, though: I got shingles (UGH) and a sinus infection (UGH). Super. Trying to just accept it, though, and see the big picture! Hang in there my friend. I know you are so strong and you will be back to it once your body decides to cooperate.

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    1. That is good you had the MRI - that should answers any questions you have.
      I need a new sports med doc so I decided to just try to rest on my own and see how things go. I may need to call around and just go in and try to have another scan done.
      I tried to keep my post light, but I am really truly over this aching crap. I just want to run and feel good.
      That stinks to be sick :( I hope you feel better soon!! Let me know how your test results go.
      I hope I can get back to a routine soon, I am starting to feel a pretty looney lol

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  10. I know it's so frustrating to start the new year especially with not running, but you're being wise and listening to your body. I'm right there with you with this PIA high hamstring. I want to sign up for stuff but I'm going to wait as well. See if you can sit on a LaCross ball to get to that butt pain.

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    1. Thanks! I will try to work with a ball and see what happens.
      Today I went to the PT room and tried to do some kick backs with the bands. It felt great earlier when I ran and started hurting again at work, I swear sitting is going to kill me.

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  11. Sorry to hear about the little twinges, but your doing the right thing by resting.

    2017 has started out pretty slow. I haven't been waking up early so I've been scrambling to get my runs in during the day and evening. Kids go back to school next week so our house should be on a better schedule

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    1. Thanks Richard :)
      You needed some rest anyway, you earned it bud!

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  12. Girl, forget 50 - at 45, I'm always getting new injuries or aches & pains from doing basically nothing. UGH. Gotta keep fighting.
    I'm getting ready to start my training next week for my next half marathon & am so nervous flaring up injuries & my meniscus in my knee. It's always going to be something - I've learned that much over the years.

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    1. You are right - never give up :)
      I admit my motivation waivers when I can't run to do other things and my mood suffers, but I am trying to roll with it, because you are right..it is always something.
      I hope your training goes well!

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  13. I'm planning to start training for my spring half at the beginning of February, so for right now just trying to stay in decent shape and have some fun - not put too much pressure on myself to run, but to not lose all my speed either.

    Oh man, I've had a stress fracture & every once & a while I'll get a twinge & I pretty much immediately PANIC, which I know is silly. It was just such a miserable experience, that I never want to repeat. I hope you feel better soon!

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    1. It is nice to have a break to just run at will :) Enjoy it.
      Thank you! Stress fractures are a terrible experience and I know that panic! I have been trying to breathe deep and not freak out, but it is so hard to not worry.

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  14. Oh, that is SO true about resting one area and another ache cropping up!! My calves were starting to feel better and now suddenly my hamstrings are sore?! Oy. Maybe it's 50, but maybe it's just aging in general!

    I took some time off from blogging, too. So welcome back!!

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    1. Welcome back :)
      My hammies will get sore too after I have been off awhile, but hopefully a little extra stretching after running will help! I hope you get to run happy now :)

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  15. I am starting my running year off very slow. I was pretty close to burn out after training for 2 marathons. So I am doing on line bootcamps with lots of lifting, HITT and some running. The variety has been good for me. Running at zero dark thirty does not motivate me at the moment.

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    1. It is good to change it up if you are feeling burnt out! and the HITT is working for you - you look fabulous!
      The dark mornings are more challenging in the winter for me depending how cold it gets, I actually like to run after work in the winter :)

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  16. Fingers crossed that things start feeling better soon!

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  17. Happy New Year, Karen! Hope those legs feel nice and light soon. 😂

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    1. Thanks Clarinda :) I miss "normal" legs - they are finally getting there!

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  18. Happy New Year! I feel like I am off to a slow start too- but hey, it is ok! A clean closet is important- a girl has to do what a girl has to do! I hope you are feeling fine and rested- loving the snow pics! Stay warm!

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    1. I am okay with a slow start I just don't want to be at a halt again! It was really cold LOL

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  19. Well boo - I hope some rest is doing you well. I was trying to do some glute work last year, and with my sort glutes/hamstrings it really did no good for me. It's a catch 22 it seems!
    My year is also starting out slow. A lot of people are full marathon training now, and I do feel FOMO! However I feel like I really couldn't start a full training plan right now, so it's for the best.

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    1. I know all about the FOMO- I am dying to just start on something but I know I am not quite there yet! Hopefully soon :)
      OMG, the glutes are a pain lol literally.

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  20. You're definitely doing the right thing by giving yourself a break. Maybe this is what you need to get through 2017 without further injuries. Here's to a healthy 2017!

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