Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Happy Wednesday

Wow, yesterday was a whirlwind.  I started my day out with a nice 45 minute swim and enjoyed a long hot shower at the gym.  It was heavenly! lol.  I went to see a Doctor in Corte Madera who originally made my orthotics, and he made some adjustments to them and gave me hope for running in my future.  Apparently, he saw 3 patients just last week with some of the same issues I am having.  I was glad to hear  that I am not the only one.  I left his office and immediately went to a few stores and bought a nice Northface jacket and a running skirt and a pair of running shorts.  I think I feel better now!  Shopping always does that for me.  The problem is that I have nothing to wear except for running stuff!  I use to have a magnet on my refrigerator that says, "I feel like such a failure. I have been shopping for over 20 years and I still don't have anything to wear".  Hilarious, but true.

  Today, after work, I am going to try out my new refurbished orthotics and see how my toe does.  I am hopeful and hesitant at the same time.  Have a great Wednesday and make it a healthy one!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Falling apart

This was a beautiful weekend here in Sonoma County.  The sky was so blue and the air was warm.  It was the kind of weekend that made you dream of summer.  Spaghetti strap tops and shorts and flip-flops.  I even saw some people laying beside the pool when I was swimming this morning.

 Matt and I took Jada out for a long hike in the hills and she loved jumping in and out of the creek and chasing sticks as they rushed down the swirling streams.  A great weekend!

 Running has completely sucked for the last month.  One injury after another.  Frankly, it is really starting to get me down.  I just don't get it.  Right now I am dealing with a big toe problem.  It really came to a head two weeks ago after finishing a 27 mile training run.  It seems that I have arthritis in my toe and some bone spurs to boot!  I am unable to push off without tremendous pain.  I have tried having Rooster Comb injected into my toe and using strong anti-inflammatory meds. I have stopped running for 2 weeks and have gotten back into the pool.  I am trying to form a relationship with lap swimming so I feel like I am doing something to keep in some sort of shape.  Swimming just doesn't do  it, though.  It is so boring.  Yawn......I do keep checking my arms to see if I can see any definition because this swimming thing has got to be doing something!

 Yesterday was Lake Sonoma 50 mile, I was a DNS there.  (did not start).  That sucked.  Today, I went out for a 30 minute slow run, toe taped and fingers crossed, and I am feeling hopeful.  That is all I am going to say.  Tuesday, I see another Doctor for a 2nd opinion and a MRI on Thursday.  How much fun can a girl have in a week?

Next Friday, I am going to Zion to traverse the park with several of my running friends.  It will be about 50 miles of running fun.  I am going even if I have to crawl.  I have wanted to do this for a few years and I am not going to let this injury stop me.  I figure that I can go as slow as I need to go.  It is not a race so the pace will be comfortable.  I am really excited to do this.  So..... that is what has been happening in my world.  Happy Monday everyone.