Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Down for the count

Haven't heard from me for a while? There's a good reason. That sore hip - well, it went from bad to worse. It finally drove me to the orthopedist, who diagnosed me with bursitis. She offered several treatment options, including injections, pain meds, and physical therapy. Wanting to fix the problem, I opted for PT.

I've now spent several early mornings in physical therapy, and I have to say that so far I love it! It's a bit like having a personal trainer. And they aren't taking it easy on me for sure. The goal is to strengthen the hip muscles so they will do a better job supporting me while I run - I never knew there were so many ways to exercise your hips! By the end of the workout I can barely walk. Fortunately it's all muscle pain, no bursitis pain.

I am enjoying being the rock star of physical therapy. This is partly due to the fact that I'm about 30 years younger than the average patient. I'm also in pretty good shape from all of that running, so I'm able to do the cardio portions of the workout with no difficulty. For the kid who was always picked last in gym, being queen of PT is an honor of which I'm pretty darn proud.

This is one of the exercises I do. Look easy? Think again.
And I do it with no hands.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Did you wonder what happened to me?

I'm still here. I took a bit of a break from running for a while. This was partly due to major home improvement projects, and also to rest my sore hip.

I did run once on vacation - nothing like running at 20 knots! I tried out the jogging track on our cruise ship!
(I have no idea who these people are - just the Carnival stock footage people.)

It wasn't my favorite running experience. As you can imagine, it was incredibly windy and rather cold. I really wished I had had earmuffs, because after a mile or so my ears were freezing! I gave up, but B ran for quite a while. Had I run again on the ship, I would have stuck to the treadmill in the gym.

After that long hiatus, B and I went for a run last night. I was pleased at how quickly I'm coming back - I managed a 5k with only a two-minute walk at the midway point. I was pretty pleased. I'm thinking about running a rack this weekend!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Slowing down

After that first 5k, I was really looking forward to getting into the runner groove - running 5k three times a week, hopefully starting to actually enjoy it, and getting my time down to 30 minutes. And just as I was getting there...


Nothing major. I have some pain in my right hip, and more disturbingly, and clicking/popping sensation in it when I walk or run. It's not awful, but the popping/clicking is unsettling and uncomfortable enough that I'm favoring the other hip. I think this mean running is on hold for a while.

Dr. Google has found several diagnosis for a snapping/popping hip, and none of them are too pretty. Included in the list of possibilities is a cartilage tear. Joy.

Other than rest, I'm kind of at a loss as to what to do for my hip. Ice? Heat? Doctor visit? I'm just not sure. One thing I am sure of, though. I'm older than I think I am.

Friday, August 20, 2010


I was a smart kid in school. I always did well in classes, and I was used to seeing A's on my report card, maybe with a B in math here and there. The first C I ever got was in 4th grade, first semester, in PE. Why the C? It was the first time we had to do the mile run. I think it took me about 15 minutes. It would have been faster to just walk the thing. I'm pretty sure 4th grade PE was when I began to hate running.

Looking back, I'm pretty certain that I had exercise-induced asthma (which I was finally diagnosed with at the age of 26). I also know that we didn't do any sort of training for this - we were just sent out to the track to run. Maybe if we had done something along the lines of Couch to 5k, I might have done better. But the mile run was always a terrible experience for me all the way through school. I was the kid who couldn't do it every single time. Running was painful and embarrassing, and I had no desire to ever do it again once I was out of school.

After my asthma diagnosis I started running, but once I actually ran a mile and proved that I could do it, I lost my motivation. The mile was where I stopped.

So imagine my sense of achievement, not to mention my surprise, when I ran 5.11k on Wednesday in 32:00, and 5k today in 34:30. I feel like a runner, and I can't believe that it happened so quickly. I'm on top of the world and so proud of myself - I want to tell everyone that I can now run 5k!

There's a race on Sunday, and I think I'm going to enter. There's no fee, it's local, and pretty small. It seems like the perfect place to put my new 5k skills to the test!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Haiku Thursday

Weeks of training hard
A cool and rainy morning
Ran my first 5k

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A few of my favorite things

Sweatbands and short shorts and sneakers with laces,
Sports bras that keep you from bouncing in races,
Shirts that wick sweating, an iPod that sings,
These are a few of my favorite things!

As I've mentioned before, I'm a sports accessory junkie. I love the gear that goes along with sports. I blame this addiction on Girl Scouts. There are so many cool camp accessories - does it get much better than a mess kit, which has a plate, bowl, cup, and fry pan all in one little package? But I digress.

Running has its own set of accessories. Yes, I know the saying that all you need is a pair of shoes (and I say for women a good sports bra) but even if that's all that you NEED, there are some great things that help (or are at least a lot of fun.) Here are a few of my favorites (so far).

Running shoes are a very personal thing. Of course the most important thing is fit, so what one person recommends might be a disaster. But for what it's worth, these days I'm running in the New Balance WR 760. I'm really happy with the shoe, and will probably get it again. A close runner up was the Nike Pegasus, which I might also try in the future.

Sports Bra
Yes, I know I wrote a whole post on these, but it's a subject near to my heart. (Get it? Near to my heart?) Anyway, much like shoes, fit is everything. But my favorite by far is the Jockey C-Cup and Up Bounce Minimizer. It only comes in black and white, which is too bad, but it's a great bra for high-impact sports (if you're a c cup or up).

(No, that's not me in the picture)


Sure, you can run in anything, but running shorts really are more comfortable. I prefer the type with the brief lining, which keeps them from riding up when you run. I'm struggling to find the perfect pair. Many that are too short ride up in the legs and cause that nasty chafing. I have one pair that a love, made by Duofold, but I can't find them anywhere now. I suspect that they aren't making them anymore, which makes me sad. They're great shorts, and I would love to buy a few more. I may try compression-style running shorts next. While I hate the way they look, I'm not finding the traditional style to fit me right now.


Yes, you can run in any T-shirt. And I often do. But when it's really hot, it's nice to have something that wicks away moisture. No favorite brands for this one, but look for something that proclaims that it wicks on the label. I'm cheap and bought my most recent running tops from Wal-Mart. Shhh, don't tell.


This is one way that modern technology has really helped the runner. Much like GPS for your car, you can get small GPS units for running and biking. I can thank my husband for this - he already owned one and I get to use it. It's great for keeping track of time, mileage, speed, and even how to get back home (more or less). When the battery on ours died mid-run this weekend, I was really bummed. Now that I'm used to it, I can't imagine running without one.

We have a Garmin Forerunner, which has been great for us. It's a few years old, so I'm sure that the newer models have more bells and whistles and I know that they are much smaller - like a big wristwatch. I really just care about the time and distance, so I'm fine with ours.


You know that this is already. I find running (especially on a treadmill) to get a little boring, so bringing along my favorite tunes really helps. I'm sure that the tiny nanos and shuffles are great for running, but I just strap my big old classic to my arm and go for it. I suppose you could also use another brand of MP3 player. Does anyone actually have another brand of MP3 player?

So there you have it - a few of my favorite running things. Be sure to stop back when the weather turns cooler, as I'll be reviewing my running in cold weather favorites (once I have some).

Oh, and my updates - I had a crazy early morning at work yesterday and today, so I skipped running. And I have an appointment after work, so I can't go tonight. Tomorrow, I promise!

Monday, August 9, 2010

My sneaky husband

Well today was a surprise, especially for me! B and I went running like we usually do on Monday mornings. Today I grabbed a banana first, under the theory that I needed some fuel for a long (for me) run. My goal was 28 minutes, no walking breaks.

When we run together, B is always the time keeper. He has this super-cool GPS unit* that he wears on his wrist to keep track of time and mileage. I also helps if we get turned around in the neighborhoods around ours. Anyway, I was doing really well. As I was nearing the end of the run, I began my usual round of complaining about how much I hate running, how bad I felt, etc. I told B to let me know when I was at some "inspirational" amount of time left, like less than two minutes. Not long after, he told me we were a 1:30. "Sweet!" I thought, "I can do that! I'm going to finish this run!"

A minute and a half past, and I thankfully slowed down to a walk. That's when Brian showed me the GPS. The time read 30:02! He pushed me to 30 minutes! He said that I didn't start complaining until 27:30, so he knew I could push through. I can't believe that I actually did it. Amazing how well deception can work!