Butterflies in my Tummy!!

Something rare happened at work today..I finished up early and thought, “If I leave now, I could get a run in!!”  I instantly got butterflies in my tummy as I quickly grabbed all my stuff and headed towards the door!!!

I was home in no time flat…you know, because my commute is super short now.  I dressed, loaded up my water belt and out the door I went.  It’s a cool 85* here in Phoenix, gorgeous, bearable running weather!!

For today’s run, I laced up my old Pearl iZumi’s and my feet felt like they were home.  You know what I mean??  They felt great on my feet, like they were made for me!

Didn’t take long to get lost in my thoughts…

  • Shoes feel good, but I can definitely feel where my big toes have made indents in the shoes.
  • Walking pace is a lot faster than it was a week ago..feelin’ good.  Muscles in my left leg definitely feel less tense.
  • I bet people on the east coast would consider 85* too warm to run in and here I am, thinking this is perfect!
  • Running pace is definitely faster, but there’s that pain again.
  • The half marathon is 2 weeks from Sunday..I don’t see that I’m going to get in a long run before then.  Maybe a 10 mile walk on Sunday to prepare?
  • A 10 mile walk, are you insane??   I’d rather run and suffer than walk…
  • Okay…maybe no rehearsal run for this race and just go prepared to walk the course..
  • Interesting, when I try to focus on my form, the pain is noticeable.  When I just lose myself in the run, I don’t feel as much pain.  Wonder what that’s about?!
  • Maybe I should do some Pilates tomorrow and give my legs a nice good stretch.

I ran/walked 2.13 miles in 27:01 minutes, a 12:41 pace.  Last Wednesday, I did 1.79 miles in about 28 minutes, a 15:31 pace.  As you can see, there is vast improvement from last week!

All in all, I’d sum up the run as this!

There’s improvement and for that I am happy…but the pain is still there.  So the run gets an “eh” ranking!

After the run I immediately stretched and it really seemed to release the tension I was feeling in my left leg.   As I write this post, I am following Yo Momma‘s tips to ice my foot!

I don’t know what to make of this mysterious injury I have but I can no longer sit and do nothing.

Do you get excited to go for a run?

Any fun plans for the weekend?

Have you ever done a half marathon you weren’t prepared for?

 

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It’s Early…I’m Up..and other Random Thoughts..

Changing things up and went for a morning run this Wednesday since I’m normally wiped out by the time I leave work. I don’t like running in the dark but…you do what you gotta do..with caution, of course!!

Some random thoughts during today’s run:

  • I wonder what that flashing orange light is up there?  I could go that way and find out.  Um…hello?!?  It’s probably to attract you that way so the boogie man can get you!  Ignore the orange flashing light!!!
  • Aww…all these people in their cars on the road at 5ish in the morning..that use to be me!
  • Ha! I use to be jealous of the runners out on mornings like this…now I’m the runner out on a morning like this!
  • Speaking of “mornings like this”– the weather is fabulous!!!
  • WTH, leg???  You’ve felt fine all week and now you’re gonna act like we’re at the very beginning of this injury???  Why do you hate me??
  • If my leg would cooperate, I could go a whole lot faster. It is horrible to not take advantage of this lovely weather and run faster!!
  • Okay, so I have a half marathon in 4’ish weeks…I guess I’m about to find out what it’s like to walk 13.1 miles!!!!
  • Is this injury ever going to heal??
  • Maybe I should just quit running for good.
  • Maybe I should get a second opinion about this injury in my leg?
  • Maybe I should stretch more religiously and perhaps ice the foot?!
  • Why is the body so complicated?
  • Why isn’t this run over already?
  • K is going to KILL me if I get hurt today and jeopardize our plans this weekend.
  • Maybe a run on Friday isn’t a good idea?!

I ran/walked 1.79 miles in 27:48 minutes, a 15:31 pace.  Which is a LOT slower than my pace was last Wednesday. I honestly do not get it.  But I don’t have time to ponder all the mysteries that is my injury, I must get ready for work!

Have a great Wednesday!!!

Got any theories about my mysterious leg injury?

What is your favorite day of the week?

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?

Curiouser and Curiouser…and other Random Thoughts…

I was so busy today at work that I skipped taking a lunch and ate at my desk.  But then I ended up finishing my work by the “8 hour mark” so packed I up and headed out.  Normally, I would have stayed until my regular quitting time but since I had a date with the bike lane – I was really happy to be getting out earlier than expected so I could get my run on!!!

Can I just tell you how giddy and happy I felt racing home to go for my run?  Here are some random thoughts I had during today’s “supposed to be speed training” session:

  • Bald men in sports car convertibles make me giggle.
  • “We’ve become the walls we raise..” so true.  So deep, Matchbox Twenty!
  • Ah…I see the newborn pigeons are finally hatched just in time to crap all over the roofs in my neighborhood for the winter.
  • Why is it that I can seem to run the normal pace but my walking pace has drastically reduced?
  • My breathing is a lot more controlled today.  So thankful the lungs bounce back so quickly!
  • If you’re not supposed to drink and drive then how is it that there are so many broken bottles out here in the bike lane?  Or do people ride their bikes and then toss their bottles?  Or do people just hang out on the sidewalk drinking?  I am very curious.
  • The only crap part about putting dinner in the crock pot before work is that I am starving all day as a result.  So weird.
  • Dear Left Leg…you have never been a good running partner.  You’re the one always acting up.  Shameful!
  • I wonder if anyone just saw me totally rock out to that song?
  • Why is the grass at the park all brown? It was all green Sunday?  I wonder if it wasn’t grass but instead just green weeds?
  • I’m feeling very curious on this run today.
  • I hope that UPS man is heading to my house with D’s eye patches.
  • Hmm..I’m not liking my profile in that shadow.

I ran/walked 1.87 miles in 26:32 minutes, a 14:11 pace.  The leg wasn’t nearly as sore as it was when I ran on Sunday!

Do you have a leg that always gives you problems?  

Do you giggle when it’s time to go for your run?  

What’s for dinner tonight?

Do I Dare to Run??

I missed my chiro appointment on Friday because I had to work late.  So I do not have doctor’s clearance to run.

But…I’m thinking of going for a 3 mile run in the morning.  I vow to do the following:

  • Run slowly..it’ll be more of what I call a “runner’s shuffle”.
  • Head home the moment I feel any kind of pain.

I just gotta get back out there and run again.  The bike lane is calling my name – it misses me and I miss it!

Due to my extremely hectic work schedule this past week, I didn’t do any of the workouts I had planned to do.  Lesson learned…the last week of the month will require morning workouts – whether I like it or not.

Do you think I’m crazy to attempt a small run without doctor’s “okay”?

Nothing More Exciting Than New Running Kicks!

I had to leave work early this afternoon to take D to an appointment with her opthamologist.  We got good news there and I was relieved to hear it.  2 days in a row for good news…whoo hoo!  Yay for the home team.

After her appointment, we went over to my favorite running store, Run AZ!

I love supporting local, small businesses.  I bought my very first pair of running shoes here 2 years ago!  I told the sales girl that I didn’t want to stay in the brand they sold me last time, and the time before.  I am done with that brand.  She had me try on 2 different pairs of Asics.  Then she brought out a pair of the brand I refuse to wear again.  I tried them on, to appease the sales girl.  Even though they felt good in the store, it just nagged in the back of my head that I didn’t want to go that route again! So I settled on these babies!

Asics Gel-Nimbus 14.

I was stoked to see the store sells Honey Stingers!  These are definitely something I’ve wanted to try but haven’t seen anywhere.  So I picked up a packet.  They had a few flavors but I settled on cherry!

I love new running stuff!!!

Have you tried the Asics Gel-Nimbus 14?

What is your favorite flavor of Honey Stingers?

How was your Tuesday?  Any good news?

 

 

My Leg is Fired or Not!

I haven’t run since Sunday hoping the rest, icing, KT taping,  foam rolling and the compression sock wearing would beat my leg in to submission.

Fat chance.

Today at the expo I stopped by the KT Tape booth for more tape.  A very informative man at the booth helped me out, asked me about my “injury”.  BTW, it was like a stake through my heart for him to use that word – injured.  Am I injured?!?  I hadn’t thought of myself as being injured but I guess when you walk with a limp..you just might be!

So I described my leg issue and even though I talked about the pain starting in my foot, feeling it in my calf and settling on the inside of my thigh..he kept referring to the hamstring.  I had taped the back of my leg earlier in the week, okay, okay – K taped my leg, but it didn’t seem to help.  I love KT Tape…when I’ve used it before, it feels like the tape takes my little boo-boo and just holds it so tenderly, taking the pain away.  The guy at the booth told me to be sure to place the tape directly over the pain in my leg and use more than 1 piece if I don’t feel that relief.  So..I can’t wait to shower and strike the pose for K to administer new tape to my leg!

We run the Cars Land 5K Rally in the early morning.  D is finally excited for the race.  Yay!!!  I may not be back for a blog posting until after the weekend but if you’re following me on Twitter @RunsInBikeLane then you can keep up with me on our adventures.

Oh!  The weather here in So CA is actually rather warm and a lot of runners seem really concerned about the heat.  For once, I am so thankful for all my training in 100+ temps!  Score one for ole Jac’o!  🙂  But for the runners that aren’t prepared, I do hope they heed the warnings of taking it slower and drinking a lot more fluids!  Hydration is key..let me repeat, hydration is key!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!!

Are you running any races this weekend?

Are you on Twitter?

What’s the weather like where you are?

She’s Crafty!

M is the kind of person that if she can make something herself, she will.

I’m the kind of person that if I can buy something instead of making it, I will.

I’m not crafty.

M is very crafty.

When M saw the cost of pretty, sparkly, running skirts, she gasped and refused to pay that for something she said she could “make for a fraction of the price.”

M happily volunteered to put my money where her mouth is.

She made me this!

My VERY first pretty, sparkly skirt to wear to a race!!!  Originally, I was going to dress in full costume for the Disneyland half marathon but life has a way of getting in the way and so we’re resigned to just the skirt.  But the skirt is FABULOUS!!!!!   I am really excited to wear it.  I will feel like M is right there with me every step of the Disneyland half marathon on Sunday!!!

In other news…my left leg is not feeling better.  I repeat, my left leg is not feeling better.  I thought a couple of days of rest would be all it took.  NOT!!!!  (Did I just show my age with the “NOT!!!!”?)   I was whining to M tonight about my leg issue and she asked what I was going to do, to which I responded I may not race on Sunday since I “already have the medal”. It was like an out of body experience when the words flew from my mouth and good thing M was there to call me on it – Who was I and what had I done with Jac??  Anyone that knows me knows I will pursue that bling like a boss!  True Story!!!

Seriously though, I always seem to get “injured” before a big race.  What is up with that, Willis?  (Again, age shining through?!?)

So..between now and Sunday I will be rolling, icing, taping, compression sock wearing, massaging, and willing my stupid freakin’ leg to get in line or GET CUT OFF!!!!

Why aren’t any of you running the Disneyland half marathon this weekend? 

Are you like me or M?  Do you craft or not?

Do you race in a pretty, sparkly skirt your bestie made for you?