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Author Topic: MAY 2019 - runs and everything else
Erica-
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Post Re: MAY 2019 - runs and everything else
on: May 14, 2019, 08:05
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Maine Coast Marathon Race Report:
This was my 7th marathon and because it went horribly wrong, I’ll give a brief race report and then tell you what went well, what I learned, and what I loved about this past weekend.
I was on BQ pace until about mile 6. At mile 7, my right calf started to seize just like it did in Richmond (where I DNF’d). I was bound and determined to finish this race so I eased up and tried to just keep moving forward. When I got to mile 24, fueled by my last GU at mile 23, I picked up the pace a bit too much and felt something pop in my calf. Ouch! I texted everyone and began a long, slow hobble to the finish line. Mark and the kids met me at about mile 25 followed shortly thereafter by Ariel and Michelle and they all walked me in. As I crossed the finish line, I was asked if I needed the medical tent (YES!) but that first I wanted my medal! I yelled to my family and friends that it was my fist time in the medical tent but the guy checking me out said, nope, this is the ortho tent. So, first time for that. Pretty much sums up my race.
What went well and what I loved:
I convinced (Guilted) my family to come along since it was Mother’s Day weekend and having them there was a joy! For long races, it’s motivating to see a familiar face and I got to see them a million times on the course. ❤️ Having Ariel and Michelle at the cottage for the weekend was fun. Always good to talk about all the running with people who never tire about talking about all the running. Having Dawne, Amanda, and Jaime’s mom and friends also cheering me on was the best. Every few miles I had 9 enthusiastic people cheering for me and boy, did I need that! After the race, it was fun to go out to lunch With Amy, Haley, Ariel, Michelle, and my family, and just relax, eat some yummy fish tacos, and sip on a margarita and discuss the race.
What I learned:
Always have someone help you put sunscreen on your back especially when you never know how long you’ll be out there in the sun. Ouch!
Running marathons is much more fun than racing marathons.
Something is mechanically wrong with my running since this is the second time this has happened. I’m guessing it’s weak glutes so that I’m running with too much calf and not enough whole body.
A good training cycle doesn’t always translate to a good race. Shit happens even when it seems like it’s your day. It wasn’t my day and I’m fine with that.
A bad race doesn’t mean your training was wasted. I always learn something and there’s always a lesson.
What’s next:
After healing, I’m going to concentrate on losing weight (hard to do when training), getting stronger (cross training, yuck), and running for fun. No one cares about my pace. Why should I?
Lastly, loved the woman in line at the porta potty before the race who was saying this might be her last marathon because she was 52. When I told her I was turning 55 this year, she looked at me and said “you don’t look a day over 38!”. When she passed me on the course, she said, hello again and said she told her daughter about me and how young I looked. Made my day!
The end.

JCtrail

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Post Re: MAY 2019 - runs and everything else
on: May 14, 2019, 17:19
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Erica: Loved your RR. OMgoodness! 😮 I felt the pain when you said the right calf seized up and then you heard a pop! So what did the ortho tent people say it was? What do you think it was that 'pop?' Maybe pulled a tight muscle/tendon? What motivation and determination on your part and from your family/friends!! It can be so disheartening when you're alone and hurt or hurting, for sure. But I'm so glad you had good people there to cheer you on.
I love the 'what you learned' list. Sometimes we need to step back and reflect on each race and note what we have done, could do the next time.
Totally get the "Shit happens......." even to the most experienced runner. Seen that, been that too.
You have such an incredible healthy attitude, that's what gets you back on the road to recovery.
The only time I care about 'pace time' is when I'm in a trail race and need to be at a certain aid station. Sometimes I think we are too hard on ourselves. Just trust your training. But yes, even that can backfire.
You have very positive and do-able things to work towards strengthening your body. Cross-training takes so much planning and time, LOL!! But I need it too so I've been trying to incorporate that when I can. It's easier to just run, HA!!
This is definitely a memorable race. I'm so happy you made it to the finish. YAY!! and CONGRATS!!
You earned it!!
What a lovely compliment. I agree with that lady! 😀

JCtrail

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Post Re: MAY 2019 - runs and everything else
on: May 14, 2019, 17:20
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Sun: 5 miles on trails.

Mon: 4 miles on different trails.

Tues (today): hiked up Mt Eldon early this morning, about 2.5 miles up, 2200 ft ascent.
Did great! Jogged when I could up and back down. Then took a trail that most hikers take instead of hiking to the summit. Ran that trail and then took a turn to run another trail. Clouds moved in and it sprinkled for about 10 minutes, NICE!! Finished 10.6 miles.

While running up, another runner was running down. Then as I was running down, he was running up AGAIN!! He looks like an elite runner, just amazing!! One another area, as I was running up, caught up with a couple, male was faster than the female who was really struggling. I ran past them but then heard the male hiker running behind me. SO typical, it always happens, no kidding!! But he couldn't past me, he says, because he has to stay with his female hiker. OK. And then, as I was close to finishing, I run past another hiker who is lugging a pack. Next thing I hear, he's running behind me!! REALLY?!? I "let" him pass me by standing to the side, he just laughed. Annnyway, it was a great run overall. Felt good even tho this is the third day of running. Will take tomorrow off and rest.

thenancyrd

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Post Re: MAY 2019 - runs and everything else
on: May 14, 2019, 18:07
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Congratulations, Erica! I am sorry your calf did that to you. But you stayed with it and finished... you are awesome!

Great runs, JC 🙂

Good luck this weekend, Lisa!

Erica-
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Post Re: MAY 2019 - runs and everything else
on: May 14, 2019, 19:00
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JC,the ortho guy said I didn’t rupture my Achilles which I knew. Said it was probably a tear in the tendon or muscle. I iced it there briefly and then again during lunch and back at the cottage. I elevated it and have been wearing compression socks. It’s tough to walk but he told me to angle my foot out so I didn’t engage the calf muscle. It’s better today but I keep tweaking it every now and again. Hopefully it will calm down so my massage therapist can work on it on Thursday morning. She said pretty good at assessing the damage and making recommendations.

JCtrail

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Post Re: MAY 2019 - runs and everything else
on: May 18, 2019, 17:38
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Today (Sat): met with group for a 5 or 8 mile run on part of the AZ trail I haven't run on near here. About 5 miles, leader suggested that anyone needing more miles than 8 can get a 13+ miles on a different trail. I was planning on a 10-12 mile run so myself and a male runner left the group. The male runner moved to AZ from Idaho about a year ago. He just finished his first 50k and is training for a 100 miler, WOW!! Anyway, about 6 miles, I tripped on a short root jutting out, didn't see it because it was in the shadows of the trees. I was going slow anyway but right knee got skinned and it will be bruised for awhile. Decided to turn around. Told male runner to get his miles in and he can catch me on the return. Trail has some pretty good technical rocky areas, couple of good long hills. Walked now and then, still feeling the sting of the bruise but finished 11.5 miles. I iced it once I got home. Hope it feels better tomorrow so I can get in a short run. It was a beautiful sunny day for a run in the forest!!
DH is flying to MN to check on house and his dad who will be visiting him from ND. LONG story. DH is retiring end of July and will be moving back to MN in August to continue working part-time and attend car shows, LOL!! I'll be flying back and forth to MN, keeping AZ as my home base. Another LONG story.

Erica: a 'tear' doesn't sound too good but I hope it's not too severe. I'm still dealing with the tear in my lateral part of the right calf from 2015. I'm glad you have a MT who can help you manage it. You have an amazing healthy attitude so I know you'll be back on the road in no time.

Hi Nancy!!

Hi Lisa! How was the race?

Erica-
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Post Re: MAY 2019 - runs and everything else
on: May 20, 2019, 15:09
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JC, oh my goodness! Sorry you fell and hurt your knee. How is it now? Were you able to run on it the next day? So, lots of life changes going on for you and DH. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? You both certainly travel to and fro quite a bit.

My calf is finally getting better. Took longer than I thought. I’m just now walking normally without favoring it or needed to walk slowly so as to not cause pain. Have to saw I’m not missing running. Last week it pretty much rained all week and was cold. This week, super hot and humid. Last week I was able to hobble and finish cleaning out my gardens. They are now ready to be edged and mulched. I hope the company I hired will come soon. No date yet. Yesterday we cleaned out the garage. Not a deep clean but enough to gather 2 large bags of trash and a car load of stuff to be donated. We cleared the way for the electrician to be able to wire in a plug for Mark’s new Tesla and for me to be able to get to the side door to paint it this week.

Speaking of the Tesla...Saturday afternoon, we were heading to a 60th birthday party for a friend and Mark wanted me to drive. I agreed even though I find all the bells and whistles scary. So, I slowly backed out of the garage. Mark was messing with the display screen, setting up my profile, and the door garage door started to automatically go down while Ethan was coming out to take stuff out of the station wagon. I got so distracted, I back into the new Audi A3. I chipped the paint on both cars and I think the Tesla will need a new bumper. I was so upset. I cried but Mark was very understanding. Ugh. Needless to say, he drove to the party. I did drive to the cottage after the party (which was in Maine). I think he understands why it’s difficult for me to drive. It’s so different and I’m not used to all the controls, warning signals, etc. He’s had more practice driving it.

Lisa, how was the 10k? Did you go?

Hi Nancy, hope work is back to normal now and not as stressful.
Ok, need to go prep for dinner. Have a great week!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: MAY 2019 - runs and everything else
on: May 21, 2019, 18:21
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Hello and happy Tuesday evening! Hope all is well...

JC, how is your knee doing? Have you been getting runs in ok? That will be interesting having the two houses, I guess you won't be bored traveling between AZ and MN, and running and such. I hope everything is ok...

Erica, hasn't the weather been crazy?! It was so cold and rainy so many days. Then this weekend was beautiful, I'm not complaining, but it was so warm here 85 we put the AC on. Now today the temp dropped, beautiful but so windy!

UGH, sorry about the Tesla. I would be crying too.

Yep, things are back to normal around work, thankfully! Though last week I had an intern so did a lot of talking! I am not used to that. This week she is with the food service director so things are totally back to normal for me - yay!

Fred works for Express Scripts which was bought by Cigna. They are sponsors for the MCM, and are offering employees a spot in the marathon (still have to pay). So Fred is planning on signing up and hopefully getting in. I told him I am happy to drive and support him!

Not much else happening around here. Take care!

JCtrail

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Post Re: MAY 2019 - runs and everything else
on: May 22, 2019, 16:04
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Hi everyone! I'm still here!

Erica: OH NO!! I would be upset too!! And bawling ......I can't imagine. You deserved the 'me time' at the cottage. There is so much 'bells and whistles' to vehicles now, I'm amazed we aren't more distracted. I miss just turning the knobs to up the volume when I listen to the Sirius/XM, LOL!!
I'm so glad your ankle is feeling better. It's funny how much we can do around the house when we are recovering, HAHA!!

Nancy: DH gets his RX from Express Scripts .......I'm wondering how it will affect us now. Bummer, they don't at least a discount on the entry fee. I keep MCM on my 'to run' list.

Yeah, it's a really long story but DH knows I don't want to be in MN if I don't have to. He is working on getting some part-time work in MN while he attends 'mechanic school' to expand his know-how on working on engines, etc. A total gear-head. Apparently, the only 'mechanic school' is in MN, LOL!!! But the house in MN needs to be lived in. We have a renter there but he is a workaholic and doesn't really take care of the huge yard, gutters, flower beds, etc. You'd think he would as he also rents out a couple of his properties where he lives (about 2.3 hrs away). DH is there this week. Says the house is clean indoors.........
I don't mind flying/driving back and forth ....... but not in the winter. Things change all the time so this isn't written in stone. Right now, this is what it may look like but I'm sure it'll be different AFTER he officially retires .........and reality hits.

WIND, RAIN, SLEET, HAIL, light SNOW all this week. CRAZY!! So it has cooled down, need the moisture. Pretty snow capped mountains.

So the knee incident was a little worse than I thought, darn it!!

I had to do some errands so I did a good amount of walking on it later in the day, after my run. Maybe that didn't help. I was kinda limping by the time I got home. THEN, later that evening, I couldn't bend my knee. Just could not believe it!!! It was difficult to put weight on it to even walk, OMgoodness!! I iced it again, wrapped and elevated it. The throbbing pain was getting worse by bedtime. I couldn't find a comfortable position. Couldn't sleep, I wanted to cry .....more out of anger than feeling sorry for myself, HA!! Finally by 2:30 am, I gave in to taking ibuprofen!! It makes me sleepy so that helped and the throbbing pain subsided enough to get in about 5 hrs sleep.

Sunday: difficulty in walking, but can bend the knee abit. Iced it again, massaged it, applied PERFORM on it which really helped, and wrapped it again. Kept it elevated and massaged it often most of the day. Caught up on my reading. And I would walk on it now and then just to keep it from getting too stiff and achy.

Monday: So much better!! Can bend it and walk on it but very slowly. Iced it again. Massage. PERFORM applied, then wrapped it again. Painted the rest of the master bath. Some yoga and stretching.

Tuesday: Even better, walking on it is easier than bending it. Now I'm applying some heat and massaging it. Lots of indoor de-cluttering and organization. More yoga and stretching.

Wed (today): Finally got of the house!! Had meeting this morning and another one later today. Knee is so much better. Kinda stiff if I sit too long. Massaging it. I can bend it but straightening it out fully has to be slow and easy. So I was lucky to get my upcoming race switched from the 50K to the 15 miler . Yeah, not sure about that distance but with really no cut-off time (compared to the 50K), I know I can jog/walk it to the finish. I don't want a DNF. I'm really optimistic, huh!?!

I'm going on the fact that I had turned my ankle at the Moab trail run at 2 miles (couple of years ago) and still finished it. Then 2 weeks later, ran the Monument Valley trail race with the 'not quite healed' ankle and the knee issue......and still finished.

thenancyrd

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Post Re: MAY 2019 - runs and everything else
on: May 26, 2019, 04:21
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Happy Memorial Day weekend! Hoping it is enjoyable for you all. I think we are supposed to have occasional passing t-storms, but otherwise good weather. Went for a 6mile run yesterday then cleaned my house; today I am a little sore (the house really needed it!) but feel good.

Your weather is crazy JC, considering it is late May. Though apparently Denver had 2" snow early last week (my good friends daughter lives in Denver). As beautiful as the area is I am sure, I would not be happy with snow on May 20th!

I am glad your treatment of your knee worked out well, thank goodness. I will have to google PERFORM to understand what you did to it. I am guessing your race is soon, if not this weekend? Optimistic thinking is better than pessimistic, that's for sure. I tell my daughter Katie that all the time. You have to think, why not think positive thoughts?! Put good energy out there.

So not sure I had told you ladies but my Dad had been declining in health, accelerated so after his 98th birthday on April 22nd. We put him on hospice, he still resided in the same room at the nursing home I work at. He passed away this past Thursday at 3:55am, very peacefully in his sleep. I knew the day was coming but it was still a hard phone call to get. It's been a busy couple of days with my sister, had to go in to Pennsylvania on Friday to finalize the funeral (Dad had pre-arranged/paid everything years ago). Tomorrow we are getting together to make up some photo boards, then Tuesday is the wake and Wednesday the funeral. I am ok, he lived a good long life. But still sad.

Well anyway, enjoy the long holiday weekend - run and have fun foods!

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