FOMO realized

warning: this is going to be one of those venting / whining / personal-resolution blog posts.

The Saturday before last I was driving to and from the south of Illinois to pick up my oldest at the end of her summer session.  (Saturday is the group long run of the training week.)  The original plan was to make up my long run on Sunday; but my running partner was not feeling up to 12 miles back to back.  By the time this was all figured out the sun and humidity had risen to a very undesirable level and I settled for some speed work at a track near by.

The good news is that I noticed a faster pace during my subsequent weekly runs, the bad news is that the speed work and possibly the “give” of the track caused a large blister to develop at the back of my heel.  I noticed the discomfort but the the blister felt deep and fully encapsulated with skin so my internal direction was to wear socks with more cushion and continue with training.  Because I had just missed a long run the previous week and the next long run was a half marathon I was determined to stick to training and all was going well.

BAND-AID BLISTER GEL GUARDTraining went very well but after Tuesday’s run I decided I should add one of these wonderful gel bandages for good measure (these things really are heaven sent when it comes to shoe caused blisters); my blister was larger than the bandage.  I ran anyway on Thursday.  Despite the size of my sub-dermal blister I didn’t feel it much while running so I kept running.  After Thursday’s run I knew that there was a problem; not only was my blister no longer sub-dermal it had also burst.  I also noticed that the interior of my shoes had a tear in the fabric behind my heel.

The good news is that at the end of the day the store where I had purchased the shoes replaced them (I was sold a pair that was too small for running).  The bad news is that I now had a brand new pair of shoes (read NOT BROKEN IN) and a large blister the day before my first 13.1 mile long run.  I did my best to “break in” my new shoes by wearing them the night before the run.  Morning of I got up, got ready and headed to the lake.  Upon my arrival I took a quick and short jog and felt as if my new skin was tearing.  I came to the resolution that I could not run.  :(  Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day, maybe a tiny bit warm but gorgeous!  Instead of running I volunteered to man the gear check for the team.  The worst part was being there as everyone came back and knowing that unlike all the other newbies, I had not run my first half marathon (in opposed to having a “now infected” patch of skin that would keep me from running, possibly walking, for a few more weeks).

first of many DeAnne, “first of many” I remind myself

Hiccups (injuries) during marathon training are par for the course and if a large blister is the worst thing that I will have to deal with I consider myself to be very blessed.  My current goal is to be ready to run next Saturday and to be back on track for the remainder of my training.

I am a large advocate of listening to my body, I always have been and I always will be.  What really sucks is that I can walk and possible run just fine, so long as I am wearing footwear that does not touch my heel . . . moving forward I will baby my feet a little more:

  • I will keep them moisturized (dry skin is more prone to friction blisters).
  • I will check the inside of my shoes for fabric tears (the fabric rolls up and creates hot spots that even cushioned socks cannot compensate for).
  • I will apply body glide to my feet before every run.

It’s almost funny how much I am missing running.  Two Saturday’s in a row with no long run and I’m experiencing some serious FOMO.  Next Saturday we have a charity “6k for Water” (3.72 miles) followed by a six+ mile training run for a total of ten which means no half for me until the mileage jumps to fifteen miles two weeks from now on August 12th; it sounds like a lot but I know that I’ll be okay even though my current longest run is ten miles.  I will continue to stick to the training schedule, STAY HYDRATED and will eat (fuel) responsibly.

My mind wants to do this and my body can do it!



what just happened??

NeoCon, corporate entertaining, alumni events, graduations and training derailment. 

I have missed two morning runs and a couple of workouts. I might be too tired to really feel bad and I know that after this week I’ll be back on track:

I need to get a (multiple) good nights sleep, stay hydrated, eat vegetables, wear flat supportive shoes and get back into my training routine. This time next week – I’ll have a whole new story!

now what?

The race isn’t until October 8, 2017 and training won’t begin until the spring, so now what?

I need to get in shape.  I am not going to start training to run before the official training begins this spring; but I am going to get in shape.  The current situation is “skinny-fat”: by no means am I overweight; but I am not necessarily fit and while I eat healthy-ish I can definitely eat healthier.

ffcEarlier this year I tried run interval sprints on the treadmill at my gym (this may have been a low key test to see if I enjoyed running enough to join my father in the marathon), I enjoyed this a lot but developed a pain in my hip.  As it turns out this hip pain is actually a common problem with runners who have weak hip muscles.  In my more recent research on what to do in the winter before marathon training begins I have noticed that most articles that I have found about base-training suggest strength training for the core & legs with an emphasis on hips and glutes.  Okay, maybe I read between the lines a little on the emphasis based on the exercises that showed up most but as luck would have it these are my favorite vanity areas to work on ;)

My goal is to get to the gym at least 3 times this week.

The muscles of the hips and buttock help to stabilize your body while running, this cuts back on injuries not to mention that the glutes are the strongest muscle group in our legs.  You see more developed glutes in sprinters because their moves are more explosive; however in distance runners these muscles are not activated as much by the activity itself and because of this the quads can become disproportionately stronger throwing the body off balance.  Personally speaking I was very quad dominant; once I learned that this was a “thing” I made a conscious effort to work the back of my legs resulting in not just a better looking physique but one that had better stability and functioned better when engaging in exercise.

In addition to my various leg exercises I will incorporate a Pilates mat class (this class keeps you from feeling physically old) and once I feel like I’ve woken the muscles of my body up I may even throw in a group cardio.  All and all I’m very excited, really to be fit again, to feel healthy and strong . . . I’ve missed it.

I’m a purple Wildcat!

Yesterday I got the news (by way of a large envelope) that I had been accepted to the MSC program at Northwestern University. . . . wow.  I was actually nervous for a while but always had a good feeling about this venture and now it will appear that my “make a plan and follow it” motto can continue with no need for a  “re-plan as necessary” clause.  Yesterday I spread the news a little bit and today I’m set on a path for self improvement, that and I need to get some loose ends tied up ASAP.  The cool thing is that I contacted the school about next years class and as luck would have it there were some available spots for this year / the less than ideal part is that I contacted the school about next years class but since I got in this year I have a very short amount of time to get everything together.  Is it impossible, not at all; will it take a true effort not to waste any time, yes it will; am I up for the challenge, but of course!

Thankfully I applied for FASFA in the spring; but I will most likely need to get a few immunizations and I need to make a decision about which laptop to get (that one is a fun decision for me despite the fact that I’m sitting on the fence right about now).  I also need to inform my employer . . . I’ll have to fill you in on how that one will go because to be perfectly honest I have no idea what the overall vibe will be.

I’m not sure if there was a shift in my overall mindset or if things just changed for me but turning 40 has been a great blessing, I have really felt great and things seem to be working in my favor.  Perhaps this is all the result of a change in attitude but be it as it may; I intend to take this “can do” attitude with me as I embark on the next phase, the one that I haven’t finished planning out just yet but that I have a really good feeling about.  I’m following a lot of faith, I’ve started meditating again and have been trying to eat more healthy and make a renewed commitment to the gym.  Does any of this have anything to do with me getting into grad school, I’m not sure and I’m not superstitious but I’m going to keep it up if for no other reason because I feel great right about now and I’d love for this to last as long as it can!


I can do anything

so long as I think/believe that I am properly prepared.

there have been some accomplishments in my life, that I can tell, that the people around me didn’t think that I could do or that they minimized the effort that such a feat would require (on occasion I have watched them fail while trying to help them).  nope, I am not always respected and since some of the nay sayers have been very close to me I’ve learned to take it with a grain of salt and forgive them for the insult.

but between you and me, I can do anything that I think I can do

just so long as I am prepared.  I once knew someone who would frequently recite the “12 P’s”  piss poor preparation produces piss poor performance.  piss poor performance produces pain.  I don’t need pain as a motivator.  I used to allow it to motivate me; but when I think of all the stress that it created I can’t help but to wonder how much further I would have gotten if I had been more nurturing to myself.  pain is officially no longer in my equation, so I guess it’s just 11 . . .