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thenancyrd

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Post Master Runners October 2019
on: October 2, 2019, 04:30
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I really need to make an effort to visit here more, such a pain to log in 😉 hope all is well!

PT is progressing, I am healing. Able to walk independently/no crutches. Left knee remains numb, I do not know if that will ever go away?? time will tell. Hamstrings/quads/glutes are weak, no surprise there. PT is working on making them stronger, hint hint to Erica! I am staying (mentally) active by working on credits for my RD credential, reading (ok, some of the books are junky but what the heck!), scrapbooking, etc. I keep telling myself to be grateful for this time off, especially now that I am feeling better. Unfortunately being home means I eat more, and I've gained a few pounds so that is next on my list to conquer once I stop feeling sorry for myself.

It was neat to hear your voice last week Erica on the podcast I am sorry for your pain but enjoyed listening to you. Any news on Stanley?

How was the 50K, JC?

Have a great October!

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: Master Runners October 2019
on: October 2, 2019, 06:44
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Hi!
Thank goodness it’s October! September was a tough month...although I have one more wake and funeral to go to on October 8th. My brother in law’s 100 year old sweet Aunt Dolly passed away in her sleep last week. I’m pretty sure she died of a broken heart because her favorite niece Carol (Brother in laws mom) passed away. Carol took care of Aunt Dolly and she was devastated when Carol passed so suddenly.

Nancy, so glad PT is working and I hear you. Just getting through all of my other appointments and then I’ll call. I promise, lol! I have an appointment for Stanley tomorrow. Hoping he’s the same size but he feels bigger. I think this podcast was better than the last one for me. When I was on before, I felt like I talked too much and didn’t let Sarah get in a word or a question. I was more relaxed this time so I didn’t carry on too much. It was fun although the subject wasn’t, lol! I’ve realized that after a year, I’m still not quite mentally or physically over that DNF. I’ll get there. I think I really needed to step back for a bit and am enjoying other things.

Keto diet is coming along. I haven’t been this weight in almost 2 years although I’m only talking a few pounds. I don’t fluctuate too much but the weight had been creeping on. Down 5 total from my highest weight with another 10 to go.

I had a really good couple of runs too! Went for an easy 3 Sunday night with my husband and had no stomach issues and felt much better. It was cooler so I think that helped. Monday I went out and decided to try for 6 miles. Felt great!! I stopped a few times to take pictures but otherwise it was a good run and I felt strong. Not sore at all after....well, except for Stanley. Going to run again today but just a few and I’ll do some weights and squats.

JC, race report?
Lisa, hope you are well.
Have a great day!

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: Master Runners October 2019
on: October 3, 2019, 18:04
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Hello again,
So, I did an easy 3 miles yesterday and then 2 sets of 15 of squats, biceps curls, and triceps. Not a lot but better than nothing.
Today, I had an appointment with the podiatrist and I was right. Stanley has a friend. GRR!! Next step would be custom orthotics to help better offload the pressure on Stanley and Kevin (trying out his new name). If that doesn’t work, maybe cortisone shots. It might help reduce the inflammation and possible but not probably reduce the size of the plantar fibromas. Last resort is surgery but there’s a 50% chance they’d grow back. Ugh. They are checking my insurance coverage since the orthotics are $475. Said they’d call next week and I can decide what I want to try next. Part of me just wants to get them cut out and be done with it...at least for a little while. Sigh.
So, I basically had a pit party for myself this afternoon. Otherwise, all is well.

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners October 2019
on: October 7, 2019, 14:08
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Mt Taylor 50K RR:

Oct 27 -- Friday (day before): Decided to get a short 3 miler 'shake out' run on trail near home. There's a decent hill for about 1/2 mile up, got to the other trail, ran another 1/2 mile, turned around ..... down the hill. All the while, I'm feeling grateful that I'm at least 'healthy' (knee is a chronic issue), had no injuries, feeling great ....... then I ROLLED MY LEFT ANKLE!! I screamed and held onto the nearest tree. REALLY?!? That's what you get for 'praying' I didn't hear the 'crunch' of the ankle bone ...... stood there for a few minutes, started to walk, felt ok, then jogged and walked the rest of the way home. Immediately, got bag of ice and wrapped ankle, elevated it for almost 2 hrs. I'm already late in leaving for NM ...... I had my running and camping stuff packed and in car that morning. Took quick shower, put on ankle compression sleeve that I bought last month. Then I drove to NM, about a 4 hr drive. It's dark by the time I got to the race briefing already in session at the Knights of Columbus location, I missed the pasta dinner though. Carpooling is strongly advised and I don't want to drive my car to the race location due to the need for high clearance vehicles. Picked up race packet and a RED "I need a ride" sticker that I put on my shirt. At the end of the briefing, the RD asks for raise of hands for runners still needing a ride. I'm the only one, A female runner offered and as we exchanged information, she asked where I was staying. Told her I am camping. She invites me to stay with her at the hotel...... just like that!! That's the great thing about trail runners. Told her "I will only if you let me pay half." As she checked into hotel, I went to store to buy food I can microwave since I missed dinner. Iced my ankle as I ate and we talked. Got our hydration vests ready. It is "Jen's" first ultra, she is from Albq, NM, late 40s. I'm excited for her!! As it turned out, we ran Pikes Peak marathon in August!!

Oct 28 -- Saturday: Got up at 4am, ate light breakfast. Ankle is feeling ok, slightly swollen but no pain. We followed each other to the end of the paved road to Mt Taylor, about 13 miles. I parked my car. There are other runners who are asking for ride to the race location and we got another female runner. The other female runner decided to take her SUV and picked up 2 other runners. It's still quite a ways to the race location, followed the volunteers' direction to park and I was SO GLAD I didn't drive my car. It was so ROCKY.

Put on hydration vest and headlamp but Jen forgot her headlamp so I let her borrow my small flashlight. We made our way to the start. Got our drop bag ready for 16.5 mile AS (which is the start/finish location). The race bib has our number and the profile of the course is also on the bib but upside down so we can look down and 'see' where we are. Pretty COOL!!

6:30 am - race begins. It's still dark, around 40 degrees, perfect!! The breeze kept me chilly so I wore my pink windbreaker. It's a gradual incline for about 1/2 mile, then it starts to get steeper. I should have gotten my trekking poles!! It's in the car! Ankle is feeling ok but I will see how it feels at halfway point. Passed the first A.S., and we are still climbing. Around 3.5 miles, the sun peeks over the mountain tops. Just incredible!!

Finally the first 'summit,' then its slightly downhill, then up again, then down, then up, up, up......then down again. Around 10 mile AS, Jen catches up with me. My ankle is swollen so I have to loosen up the laces as it feels 'tight' on top of my foot and making it feel numb. I'm overly cautious on the downhill especially the technical portions. I slow down ALOT. I told Jen to "go, and run your race" ........ We get to the Continental Divide Trail (CDT)and follow that till we turn to the 16.5 m AS.

I need to sit down to redo my bandages for my blisters and re-lace my left shoe ........... but the volunteer who had my drop by keeps telling me to "not sit down" ....... "you don't want to do that, it'll be harder to get up" ..........kinda irritated me.....I knew he meant well. Anyway, I saw Jen leave as I sat down, ate, redid my laces, dropped off headlamps and windbreaker and gloves. I lost time here but I wasn't worried about it. I caught up with a female runner with trekking poles, she is a fast hiker!! I kept up with her by walking and jogging till we got off the CDT, onto forest road, then up another gradual hill. I'm jogging and suddenly my hamstring muscle cramped!! OMG!! I dropped to the ground, tightly holding the muscle area and begin massaging it. That HURT!! The female runner kept going but yelled if I want some pickle juice ........I yelled "no, thank you, I'll be ok" The 20 A.S. is about 1/2 mile away. I walked and reached the A.S and the whole crew swarmed around me. The female runner told them what happened. I gave permission for one of the male volunteers to massage my hamstrings. Lost about 10minutes here I had the best frozen hydrating Popsicle!!

From here on, it's up to the 11,300 summit, Mt Taylor. And I mean UP, UP, UP, UP.........for about 1 mile, it's straight up. My ankle is swollen but I keep moving. Finally a reprieve of slightly flat portion that I jog/walk till another incline. It's steep and switchbacks ..... endless. You can see other runners hiking up ........

Finally the summit!! It's cool and breezy. A volunteer is sitting in a lounge chair and offers to take photos. So I had one with a ridiculous grin, HAHA!! Then, I sat down and ate a couple of pickles and hydrated. Then it's down, down on pretty rocky, technical portion to the 25mile A.S.

Ankle and knee are not happy. I ate watermelon with salt and refilled my bottles and took off. It's a loop and we return to this A.S. before the last 2 miles to the finish. It's down, down, down on pretty hard forest road with small rocks ...... the bottom of my feet are pretty sore but I kept running, passed about 5 runners ..........till I got to another hill. It's steep for about a mile, OMG!! It seemed endless but I powered on. Stopping for thirty seconds now and then to stretch. Finally the last A.S. Grabbed a couple of watermelon and dipped them in salt and kept jogging up the hill.

Reached the top of Heartbreak Hill .........and the downhill, holy cow!!........it's REALLY steep and technical with deep narrow ruts, combined sand and small rocks......... for a just a short portion. I tried to walk but the gravity of the steepness pulled me and my ANKLE ROLLED AGAIN!! It made me fall and my right calf seized/cramped up ..........I screamed as I grabbed hold of the calf muscle and squeezed it. I was in that rut for awhile till calf muscle calmed down. I was so mad, I screamed at myself to "GET UP!!"

Then I laughed as it reminded me of the commercial "I've fallen and I can't get up" .............

I was surprised to NOT see any other runners. I shook it off and walked to make sure my ankle was able to go on.

I lost about 10 minutes here........

I started to jog and ankle felt ok.

Those were the LONGEST 2 miles to the finish. No other runner passed me.

I finished around 9 hr. 11 mins.

Overall, My goal was to finish upright. Between 8 hrs.15 min-8 hrs. 45 min. OH well.

I made it.

This was tougher than Pikes Peaks IMO.

Jen finished about 30 minutes ahead of me.

We were both happy with the effort.

Blisters were did not pose any problems. YAY!! Tummy issues were at a minimum.

Trader Joe's provided post-race meal. The ICY can of regular coke was just amazing!!

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners October 2019
on: October 7, 2019, 14:10
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So it's been 9 days since the 50K. I have NOT run at all. Been mainly keeping the ankle wrapped and elevated. It's not painful and the swelling has gone down quite abit.

I will try a few miles today. On the flattest trail I can think of in the mountains, ha!!

Dilemma:
I have the Soulstice trail HM this Saturday, Oct 12, on other side of the Peaks from where I live. The first half of the course is LESS technical that the second half which is up and down technical rocky portions of hills.

Due to the Museum Fire this summer, some portions of the trail course have been redirected and the 'long course' of 11 miles increased to 13 miles. I've always wanted to run this but either I forget when to get in on the lottery or my name was never drawn ...... till this year. Was happy about it till now....... considering my ankle issue.

I have another 50K on Oct 26 in Utah (AZ/UT stateline). I would rather be healthy for that than risk another injury this Saturday. I've volunteered for the HM before and know how technical the trails are ....... seeing runners with bleeding knees, hands, elbows, and shins and sprained ankles.

Sounds like I made up my mind, right?
Sometimes you just have to say it out loud ....... or type it to others.
Thanks you ladies, you have been so helpful :()

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners October 2019
on: October 7, 2019, 14:28
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Nancy: Gosh, I feel so bad for you. But you are keeping yourself busy. Those credentials are a pain sometimes ..........I have to keep up with mine for only AZ and CO (use to have ND and TX and NM, that was crazy!!) for my RDH. I do remember you are into scrapbooking. That sounds like fun but alot of work. You must be very creative!! It's tough to not eat but I'm sure the extra weight will come off as soon as you start being more on your feet. Just get healthy. Big HUG!!

Erica: I'm so sorry to hear about another loss in the family. Big HUG to you too.
"Kevin" is NOT what you need at this time in addition to Stanley ......that really sucks. Is it the same area on both? What is the success rate that it 'may not' reappear if you continue to do exercises...... if you decide on the surgery? The cortisone shots can just be a 'band-aid' I've heard but it works for alot of people. Yeah, it's a tough dilemma ....... I'm like you, do the surgery and get it over with ........ Hope you get good news.

Lisa: yoohoo? Hope you're doing well.

thenancyrd

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Post Re: Master Runners October 2019
on: October 8, 2019, 04:42
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WOW what a 50K, JC! and how nice Jen was so friendly, that is awesome. I am sorry about your ankle, and glad you are resting it. Hopefully you had a successful few miles yesterday and didn't re-injure it. I hesitated to type that, don't want to put that negative thought out there. So happy to help you make your decision for running or not this Saturday 😉 in all seriousness I think you made the right choice. Can you volunteer at the HM this Saturday since you aren't running? Or defer to next year?

Well Erica I hope Kevin and Stanley are cooperating with you. Hoping the insurance helps with the orthotics. I think it would be better to try that then go under the knife. Glad you are able to get some running in, and good for you with the cross-training! I am sorry about your BIL's aunt.

I'm plugging along...

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: Master Runners October 2019
on: October 8, 2019, 18:29
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Hi!
Holy moly JC!!! I can’t even believe you ran such a tough and technical ultra marathon on a sprained ankle! You are such a badass!!! So glad you were able to finish. Super impressed! I think you made the right decision to skip the next race and get better for the one after that. Glad we could help, lol

Nancy, glad you are plugging along. Do you think you’re going to be ready to go back to work the end of the month? Feels like time is flying!

Yesterday I ran 5 miles and it wasn’t pretty. I did a loop from my house that has a few hills. I did a walk/run and had trouble keeping my heart rate down. When I was about 4.5 miles in, almost home, a woman drove past me ringing a cowbell out her window. She had a 26.2 sticker on her car and she put a smile on my weary face. Loved it!

JC, Stanley and Kevin are on the same foot, in the arch, right next to each other. The condition is called Ledderhose Disease and is rare. I seem to be the queen of rare disease. Joy. My friends from the Little Rock AMR running retreat convinced me I really need to follow the path of least invasive to invasive so I’ll do the custom orthotics first. Sigh. I’m also going to look into PT to help loosen up the muscles around my foot which may help ease the pain and tightness.

Last night I packed an overnight bag after dinner and went to stay at my parents house. This morning we went to my BIL’s great aunt’s wake, funeral, and lunch. Small crowd...about 20 of us. She was 100 years old and outlived everyone. Sweet lady. It was nice spending the day with my family so there’s the silver lining.

Ethan’s coming home from RPI this weekend for the long weekend. Can’t wait! Heading to Maine for part of it. So excited!!
Have a good week!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: Master Runners October 2019
on: October 12, 2019, 07:27
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Happy weekend! I'm sure you are enjoying having Ethan home and being in Maine, Erica 🙂 How is your foot doing, are you able to continue running a bit? and/or gone to PT or starting anything at home? I am curious how running with an orthotic will feel.

I hope your ankle is doing better, JC. I know today is the Soulstice Trail HM that you (I think) talked yourself out of not doing. Did you decide to volunteer?

So today I walked .81 miles in 16:50 at a blistering 20:48 pace... small steps. PT said I should increase my walking GRADUALLY, do not want any setbacks. Once I can walk 3miles I can then start incorporating small amounts i.e. 1minute of jogging. Goals! Fred just got back from his 10mile run, tapering for the MCM two weeks from tomorrow (day after JC's 50K).

Waving hi to Lisa 🙂

Enjoy the weekend, stay healthy!

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: Master Runners October 2019
on: October 17, 2019, 06:35
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Ugh, hi everyone!

I had a really long post and lost it, I will be at my inlaws this weekend so will try to post again.

Have a good weekend! 🙂

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