Great News and Miami!

I have some great news.

NO STRESS FRACTURE!! I am so relieved. SO relieved that I ran every single day while I was in Miami over the weekend. In the flaming heat and humidity. On the sand. It was the best.

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According to my doc, I have the beginnings of mild shin splints, which is what I thought but ALWAYS better safe than sorry. It is never, ever a good idea to run with a stress fracture. At least now I know that I can still run but I just have to take it easy for a little bit. Whew.

Other great news: I found a store that still had my Wave Rider 16s!!! I found a pair at RUN by Foot Locker. This is one store that I have never set foot in but pass on a regular basis. To be honest, I just didn’t think they would have a good selection of running shoes but I was wrong. They also have a very knowledgeable staff so I will definitely be going back there for my running shoe needs. I thought that the staff was more knowledgeable than these “specialty” running stores throughout the city. Good job, RUN.

Look at these beauties:

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I have been to Miami too many times to count and am always excited to go back because of this ONE restaurant: Puerto Sagua. It is the best Cuban food in the city. If you go to Miami, you must try it. Reasonably priced, big portions, and yummy. Another amazing place to try is Yardbird. Hands down some of the best fried chicken. The place is super cute and everything we got was delicious. My faves were the fried chicken and waffles and the fried green tomatoes. Not a very healthy weekend ha!

Chicken n’ Waffles:

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And now I am back to the daily grind- at least I can run!

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Anyone ever been to Miami? Favorite places to eat?

Who has had a stress fracture?

 

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Another 5K

Are 5Ks my new favorite distance?!? Maybe but probably not. I still love putting my body through 23 mile runs in the grueling heat every summer so that I may put myself through 26.2 grueling miles every fall. The things we do for love. Sigh.

I podiumed in my second 5K race- 2nd place in my age group. I also PRed with a 22:29 (ish) – I forgot to stop my Garmin. I was hitting around 7:16s until mile 3. Then came a mini bridge and my pace slowed to around 7:30. Other than two mini bridges, the entire course was flat. I love flat races.

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my plaque and messy hair/sweaty outfit.

3 reasons why I am starting to love 5Ks:

  1. GREAT for speed work: If you are tired of running laps around the track, doing pick-ups/intervals every week, switch it up and just run 3 miles..fast.
  2. Perfect way to gauge progress: Running a few 5Ks before a big race is a great way to see how your pace has improved. The distance is short enough to not interfere with longer runs/get injured but long enough to be challenging at a hard effort.
  3. More races! There are wayyy more 5Ks than longer distance races. You can find a race almost every weekend and often during the week as well.

In other news, I went to the doctor for my posterior shin splints to make sure I don’t have a stress fracture. Even though I’m glad I raced that 5K, was probably not the best idea :( I will hear on Thursday.

Other other news/impt questions: Has anyone ran in the Brooks Glycerin 12s yet????

 

It’s that time again…

KT TAPE. I wrote about this before and how much I love it. I have posterior shin splints AGAIN. I think my legs/feet are trying to tell me something: time for new shoes. My last pair of Mizunos were in JANUARY before the NJ Half. I definitely think it’s time. I am still obsessed with my Wave Rider 16s and am sad I can’t pick them up at my local running store anymore. I have been thinking of switching to Sauconys because they are pretty similar to the Mizunos. I’ll keep you posted.

Back to taping. I really do think it helps. There is no scientific evidence and some believe it might just be a placebo effect but I’LL TAKE IT. As long as it doesn’t hurt you, why not try it? Advocates of taping say that taping helps improve blood circulation in/around the affected area, thus alleviating the pain. I taped my ankle/shins for my morning run (10 pick ups at faster than 10k pace with warm up/cool down) and felt pretty good. My (very) short term goal is to get through this 5k I am racing tomorrow. I want to PR or try and place again haaaa. I joke but I would be so happy and amazed if I could.

In case anyone is wondering where I learned how to tape, this is the video I used for my shin splints. I’ve followed the other KT videos in the past and they’ve all worked! Also if you are wondering (because I am SURE you are) what my taping looks like right now, here it is (I had to wear a pant suit today to cover up the hot pink)- you’re welcome:

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Has anyone tried taping before? Tell me your story!!

More Hurdles

As runners, SOMETHING always comes up that tampers with our marathon/race training, whether it is a nagging injury, a health issue, a life event, weather (ok, this is a bit extreme), etc. We know our bodies and we know how much we can sustain. Therefore, we will also know when something is wrong.

These past few months of training have been hard for me. Not because of the weather and not even because of my foot. My training runs have become progressively hard to run, as in the more I run the less stamina I have. Weird, right? Because usually the more you run, the better your stamina, but for me it was just the opposite. I found that I had to stop and catch my breath a LOT and it was difficult for me to maintain a pace that should be easy for me. So finally, I decided to get a physical and my doctor told me that I am “extremely, extremely” anemic. Apparently I have so little blood that he is surprised I am able to run for more than 5 minutes. My doctor attributes this feat to my runner heart and lungs (they have been working overtime). Therefore, I am SO thankful that I have been able to run this far for so long. Long story short, I am waiting on more test results to see what the next step is – I am beyond the point of just taking iron supplements because my blood count is that low.

What’s next? I am still waiting to hear back but for now, it doesn’t look like I will be running NJ next month. My training has not been where it’s supposed to be and I don’t want to jeopardize my health. That being said, I am thinking of registering for the Philadelphia Marathon, which opens tomorrow! Has anyone run Philly before??? I would LOVE your thoughts and any advice on the course!!!!

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Tell me about some hurdles you’ve overcome as a runner, big or small. Inspiration needed!

My First DNF and…Metatarsal Bursitis.

I had my first DNF (did not finish) on Saturday. I dropped out of the half-marathon because of foot cramping and pain. I was really upset because I had never dropped out of a race before, no matter how much pain I was in. But I knew that I wasn’t going to finish in a decent time and I sure as heck wasn’t getting anything out of that race, training-wise, so I just had to drop out before I injured myself even more. And I’m sure glad I did.

I went to the podiatrist today and was told I have metatarsal bursitis (pain and inflammation in the ball of my feet). It’s basically because my second toe is larger than my big toe and all the pressure that is supposed to be absorbed by my big toe is really getting absorbed by my second toe (or second metatarsal, rather). If I continued running this way, I would probably have a stress fracture. I got me some metatarsal padding and some over-the-counter orthotics. My doc said to try this out and see if it alleviates the pain but that I should be able to keep running. I am super excited (about being able to run pain-free) and wish I went to the doc sooner because with a month left til the marathon, I am very nervous. This is not going to be a PR race for me so I am just planning on having fun.

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Have you ever had this injury?? What did you do?

Anyone ever DNF? Share and make me feel better!

ANOTHER Storm!

One perk of snow storms is that usually before/after the storm, the parks are empty and the snow is so pretty. This was from my easy run last night:

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On Monday I did this workout: IronStrength. It is a 50 min strength workout that is targeted at runners, working on the key muscles we use and also to prevent injury. In case you don’t want to click on the link or go through the videos, I have listed the workouts here:

  1. 2 mins: 30 second sets of jumping jacks, squats, and lunges
  2. 6-8 sets of 15 plyometric jump squats
  3. 5-6 mins: As many sets of 15 rows from plank, 15 push-ups, 15 sit-ups (in that order, then repeat)
  4. 5-6 mins: As many sets of 10 plyometric lunges and 10 plyometric squats
  5. 5-6 mins: As many sets of mountain climbers and legs down (lie on back, legs straight, bring them up and down)
  6. 5-6 mins: As many sets of 15 deadlift high pulls, 15 overhead presses, 15 bicep curls
  7. 5 sets of 10 burpees
  8. 1 min side plank on right, 1 min side plank on left, 1 min regular plank
  9. Stretch!

I am STILL really sore from this workout. I didn’t have free weights in my room so I just used my kettle bells.

On Sunday during my 16 mile long run I started having this soreness in the ball of my right foot. This is something I sometimes experience after long runs and is very annoying. Of course I googled what it might be (Metatarsalgia or Morton’s Neuroma!) but really, I think I just need a good foot massage. Aside from that, I ran negative splits (albeit still slower than my 14 mile). I also was an IDIOT and didn’t fuel the entire run. Not a smart thing.

Anyone ever experience this ball of foot soreness?! What should I do???

Massage and Running Injuries

I am an avid believer in getting a massage once a month during training and I firmly believe that this has helped to prevent injuries (knock on wood). I started doing this when I was training for NYC and continued during Chicago and THANKFULLY I was able to make it through both marathons injury-free. I am hoping this will hold true for Berlin.

As some of you know, I’ve run the gamut of injuries, suffering from IT Band Syndrome, misaligned kneecaps, runners knee, and a torn MCL (we won’t count the sprained ankle from TRIPPING). A lot of these injuries sidelined me from scheduled marathons (including NYC and Twin Cities). After my IT band fiasco, I started foam rolling after (almost) every run and started getting monthly massages to relieve the stress in my legs. I am too poor to get a “sports massage” so I discovered tui na- a Chinese massage technique, which is way cheaper and more effective than the massages you get at these fancy spas. They really dig into your muscles and relieve the tension that builds up and causes a lot of injury. See this article. This study also shows how massage reduces inflammation and speeds recovery, key to prevent injuries.

Anyway, yesterday I discovered this tui na spot in the West Village. $39 for 75 minutes of beneficial torture (there’s a first time special). SARAH was my masseuse and she was a foam roller on crack. I literally teared up when she was going at my legs, shins, and IT band. It was like, she just KNEW. I will definitely be going back here.

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Anyone ever get tui na or a deep tissue massage??