Monday, July 30, 2012

Training Log July 20-29

This covers a little more than a week.  Including my first run after 5 weeks off!  
I headed to the orthopedist on Friday the 20th to (finally) get the results from my MRI two weeks after the test was run.  Results showed a stress reaction and mild tendinitis in the gluteal tendons.  Since, by the time we were actually reading the results, I had already had so much time off, he said I was okay to go ahead and start running again!  My instructions were to build up gradually and back off if I had any pain or achiness like before. 

Now, the orthopedist is over an hour away from home in a much larger town than the one I live in.  As in, shopping trips to this town are planned regularly by the locals here.  I even had some shopping I could have done myself.  But did I?  Heck, no!!! He had just cleared me to run...I went straight home and went for a run!!!

I've been icing my leg religiously, foam rolling, and making sure I remember to take my vitamins (especially the fish oil, the one I tend to forget because it's in the fridge.)

So here we are, 10 days after that first run back, and so far so good (knock on wood- yes, I'm superstitious).  I'm still out for my intended 'A' race at Rev3 Wisconsin Dells.  I will be volunteering there instead.  BUT, I am happy to have been able to transfer my registration to Rev3 Cedar Point!  I will still get to race my HalfRev this year!  No, I won't be as well trained as I had planned.  I may still PR, I may not.  I had intended to smash my time from my first half last year, but oh well.  I GET TO RACE!!!

Coach Wendy has got me building back up over these next few weeks.  Mostly just time on the legs.  This past week was kind of a 'listen-to-your-body' and a "why-won't-my-kid-nap-so-I can-workout" kind of week.

Fri 20- Ran 3 miles, 33:00.  Made myself walk part of it at the 2-mile mark just to be safe.  Felt GREAT to be back out!
Sat 21- 1.5 mile walk on our prairie trails with some family.  We had intended to do the whole 3 mile loop, but the ticks!!!  I don't know that I've ever seen them that bad in the middle of the summer.
Sun 22- Bike/run brick.  16 miles on the bike, 58:??; 20 minute run, 1.82 miles
Mon 23- Planned day off
Tue 24- Unplanned day off
Weds 25- 3 mile run with stroller, 38:22.  Liam wouldn't nap so I could get my trainer ride done so we went for a run.  At the hottest part of the day, with 2 miles of new mushy gravel.  That was exhausting!
Thurs 26- Potty-training boot camp for Liam, mental toughness training for mom. 
Fri 27- Day 2 of PT boot camp (see above).
Sat 28 - And again, he doesn't want to nap.  6.25 mile run with stroller, 72:38. 
Sun 29- Long bike ride: moderate pace, "ass-in-seat" time.  37.1 miles, 2:19:18

I'm excited to be back in it, but cautious.  This next couple weeks is going to be tough to get workouts in as planned.  Dave is out-of-town for work and Mom & Dad are having their farm retirement auction.  The running shouldn't be a problem, Liam does well in the stroller, and my leg seems to be handling the extra resistance just fine.  Swimming is always hard because of the lack of a place to swim locally.  The biking is what has the potential to really suffer.  If Liam won't nap, I can't get on the trainer.  I just don't trust him yet to keep his hands out of it and no workout is worth my kid losing his fingers.  If I workout after he goes to bed, I'm too energized and I can't sleep.  And getting up before him?  Hmmm...if you're about to suggest that, then you don't know me very well!  I am most definitely not a morning person. 

But I will do the best I can.  He will only be two for one year.  Next year he may be old enough to rationalize with about fingers and bike wheels.  If not, then the next. 

And now all this talk about napping and sleeping has me ready for bed!  Good night all, I've got a morning date with a handsome 2-yr old, a stroller, and my running shoes! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Garry Bjorkland Half-Marathon 2012 "Race" Recap

This wasn't really a race for me.  I was supposed to run the full marathon, but was injured.  So what did I do?  One week before, I begged the race director to let me step down in distance (usually against their policy because the half is the more popular race) so I could run with my dad and my sister in what is likely to be my dad's last half-marathon.  They were wonderfully nice and let me in (thank you Grandma's Marathon race management!!!)

For those who don't know, my dad was diagnosed with primary myelofibrosis several years ago.  Basically, it's a bone marrow disorder that causes a blood cancer.  He is on oral chemotherapy meds and manages pretty well on a day-to-day basis.  But he fatigues REALLY easily.  And he's a runner. 

At his fastest, he ran marathons under 3 hours.  Dad's goal for this race was to finish under the cut-off time of 3 hours, 4 minutes.  Quite a change of pace for him.  My and my sister's goal was to help dad reach his goal. 

Well, we are happy to report that we did it!  It was a PU (Personal Ugly- a term coined by my dad) for all of us, but we finished the only race where we've all run together under our goal time- 2:53:42. 

I wish my brain could have taken pictures as we were running along the course... instead, here are the pics from the race photography peeps...

At the start
Lift bridge in the background...I love Duluth...
My Dad!
Getting ready for our big finish.  One of my favorite pictures.
The finish line!!!
Three happy finishers!
LOVE this picture!  If only Dad weren't so tired...

Monday, July 23, 2012

If you don't have anything nice to say...

Well, you know how the saying goes. 

Except for my last couple of posts about Bia and GOTRIbal, I really have been in a funk and have not had anything nice to say.  I have fighting an injury for most of the spring/summer and it has really put me in a foul mood as far as talking about my training. 

I have had a couple great moments, that I do need to recap on here (running a half-marathon with my dad and sister, doing an open water swim with my hubby and some friends on  hubby's birthday), but it's been hard for me to even get excited about those when I've been painful afterward. 

BUT, after 5 weeks almost completely off (just some super easy spinning and a little swimming) and an MRI that shows NO FRACTURE but just a stress reaction and some tendonitis, I am ready to get back at it.  The 5 weeks off led my doc to give me the green light to start running gradually again and I promptly came home after my appointment and headed out for a run! 

I am still out for the HalfRev at Wisconsin Dells.  There's just no way I'd be ready, nor would it be a good idea to run that far on the leg in just 3 weeks.  I'll be volunteering instead. 

And there are all sorts of other things going on around here, too.  We're getting ready to move into the family farmhouse a mile from our current house.  Mom and Dad are having a retirement auction in just 2 weeks.  We've started working on the house a little bit, but after the auction, there's really going to be a lot to do.  I spent a dangerous amount of time on Pinterest while I was injured ;)

The garden is starting to produce as well.  Last night they picked 5 bags of sweet corn.  My kitchen table is covered with onions.  There are a ton of peppers...I wish the tomatoes would ripen so I could get to making salsa.  The green beans and the zucchini are just starting to come in.  Eggplant should be ready soon. 

To that end, I suppose I'd better get off the computer and get crackin'!  Half-marathon and OWS posts coming soon!

Saturday, July 14, 2012


They did it!!!  Bia made their funding goal in the final hours of the campaign yesterday, and thanks to athletes like me and you, Bia will be a reality!!!  It was a nailbiter, folks, coming down to the last few hours. I was away from my computer all day and I think I snuck a peek at my phone a thousand times to check the progress!

HUGE congrats, Cheryl & Sylvia!  Can't wait to rock a Bia!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Clock Is Ticking...

...for Bia!

Only 8 days left to reach their goal!

Go check out their new backer rewards:

Add a shirt to a watch pre-order for an additional $30 pledge!

Check out the reward levels packages that include one of these ladies coming to run a race with YOU! Or, if you're a reseller, doing an in-store demo in YOUR store!

There's even a pledge level to support your favorite charity with it's own custom watch band!

PLEASE support Bia now! Only 8 more days to reach their funding goal or the project does NOT go to production! If you EVER want one of these, DON'T WAIT! They will only be available if we invest in Bia to bring them to production NOW!

If you can't tell, I REALLY want one! I backed Bia!

FYI: I have no financial interest in this project other than my own Kickstarter pledge. I just think this is a great product and a company I would love to see succeed.

Sunday, July 1, 2012