Well it happened. And at the most inopportune time one could imagine – Just weeks before my destination Half Marathon! Yep. My knee started to hurt.

Here’s the scoop. On Saturday, I raced a heck of a 5 miler in 50:40 (that’s exactly what I was going for – 10 min miles).  I felt on top of the world, so I went out for a 6 miler on Sunday. Error #1.  On Monday, I didn’t plan on running, but I got irritated and went to the gym to blow off steam. I ran intervals for 3 miles (in 29 min.) I was running at 8.5 mph speeds on the treadmill. Error #2. Then, on Tuesday, I went out with the run club and I jinxed myself. It was as simple as that. I said “You know, I think these shoes helped with my knee. I didn’t realize that my knee used to hurt until it stopped hurting.” Then BAM! Mile 3, and I’m questioning what’s happening with my right knee. I jogged and ran the last 1.5 miles back to City Sports in Wayne, Pa. Error #3. I should have just walked. Then, I figured that I should give myself a break. (But it was not long enough.) On Friday, I decided to run the 5 mi loop in Valley Forge Park.  All was well till mile 4, and I knew I needed to walk. However, I jogged like a dummy. For real? Error #4. Here’s the kicker – I went out on Saturday for a long run. Error #5. I made it one mile down Route 30. Stopped. Walked back, throwing a hissy fit as I predicted my gloomy future of crushed Tennesseen dreams.

Yep, that’s the scoop. But here’s the good news. I made a bunch of mistakes, but I’m learning from them. I reached out to tons of runners  through social media, called up a friend that runs big time races, then I went to Runner’s Appreciation Day at Summit Sports in Villanova on Sunday. We did yoga and had a nutrition class, and I had the chance to talk to others about solutions for my achy knee.  So the real good news is, I’m 99% sure I’m not injured. I’m not running until Friday, on which I will JOG a SLOW 3 miles.  If I feel no pain, I will go out for my long run on Sunday. Back in action 🙂 Hoping this works.

Oh, I believe this is an IT band issue. I didn’t know what an IT band was – and it appears I should have paid more attention to it.  This is EXACTLY where I felt pain. Ex-act-ly.

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I have been doing the following stretches, and it was obviously that there was a knot that needed to be worked out.

All in all, I’m stir crazy without running. But I’m stretching, strengthening, cycling,doing laundry, dishes, working longer hours, spending money. You know – the things I do best when I’m not doing what I love the most. Running.

I can’t wait to get back on my feet!!!!

I struggle with maintaining this blog, but I’m regularly updating my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bexisrunning

So, what have I been up to? I’m running! Duh.

sneakersMy most recent adventure including picking the right sneakers. I knew I needed a new pair of kicks, so I picked up a new pair of Asics before I ran the 5K in Havertown a couple weeks ago. But, after joining the City Sports Wayne Running Club, I was told by a Mizuno Rep, Riley, that I was in the wrong shoes. I had picked out stability shoes, based on aesthetics.  I need a neutral shoe!

So, I went on the hunt for the right shoe on Sunday. I picked up a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 16s and the new ADIDAS Energy Boosts, and agonized over which pair to get. I ran 2.5 miles in each shoe that day. I couldn’t decide, so I took them for another test drive (on a tread mill of course!), 2 miles each, and was fairly certain that the Mizuno was the winner. Finally, today, I brought both pairs to City Sports and had a rep help me. It was clear that the Mizuno was the best fit for me after doing a test run in the store.  Although the new technology of the Boost is the latest and greatest and super cool (and made me go faster than ever before), it just wasn’t the best fit.

With that being said, I’m taking back the $150 pair of shoes to Bryn Mawr Running Co., which, by the way, is an awesome store with super helpful people. I noticed some cute clothes on the sales rack and can’t promise I will leave with $150 in my pocket.

5 mile race this weekend at Fairmont Park. I ran the 8 mi loop there, last weekend, and I think I’m ready to go!

 

 

 

Run, Forrest, Run!

Posted: March 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

I just had the opportunity to run in lovely and enchanting New Orleans last week. I fell ill on Sunday, but I still pulled a 4 miler on the treadmill on Monday and a 2 mile jog through the French Quarter on Wednesday. Honestly, I started to feel better after my outdoor run. It’s amazing what some fresh oxygen can do for a body!

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Today, I ran a 5K in Havertown called the Shamrock Shuffle. It benefited the Sacred Heart Catholic School on Manoa. I loved running with people of all ages, and everyone was showing their Irish pride by dressing in green. I loved watching the little kids dance to the Irish music after the race and it made me want to get more involved in my new community.  I think I’m going to look into local running clubs. I want to make some new friends (and maybe a boyfriend?!) who share my interests.

Anyway… The course today was a tough one with tons of hills, and my (official) finish time was 30:36. I was 13/42 in my division and 149/294 total. Not bad!! I’ll take it 🙂 My next race is a 5 miler in Philly for Back on My Feet.

And the feet go on……

p.s. I’ve lost 3 pounds! I don’t run to lose weight. I diet to lose weight. And my diet has been paying off 🙂

100milesI am long overdue to update the blog. I LOVE running so much, even if my poor legs are screaming for a break. (I think I may need to take one, in all seriousness.) I hit my 100 miles challenge goal within 31 days (one month) and it felt great. I feel super accomplished. The following day, I ran the Abominable Slowman 5K race in my hometown, Wayne, PA. I ran at a slow but steady pace and clocked in at 33:28. 

Realizing that I wasn’t even the least bit winded, I decided its time to pick up the pace. I have enough time to train for the Half in April to work on my pace right now.  The following day, I went to the gym and ran 2 miles in under 21 minutes. I took a day off, as I traveled to ATL, but I ran 2 miles in 19:29 my first morning out here in Georgia. Today, I ran 2 miles in 20:12. I felt a little winded and weak – Probably because I haven’t been sleep-eating, and I removed flour, refined sugar and starchy veggies from my diet a few days ago.

I’ve decided that now that I am not going to run every single day, I don’t need all those stinkin carbs. I already feel lighter and better about myself.  It wasn’t long ago that I was horrified at the doctors, when I realized my scale was 10lbs and off and I was just way too heavy (for me). I have another doctors appt this Monday, and I’m kind of excited to see if I have taken off a couple pounds (even though I’m still far above my ideal weight) – Progress would be greatly appreciated at this point.

Anyway – I’m still plugging away and I feel strong (I’ve been weight training as well), fit and healthy above all.

Till next time….

Bex (is running)

88I am on Day 28 of a 30 day running challenge and this morning I completed my 88th mile.  It just seems right to extend my challenge to a full month (31 days) and kill 100 miles in the mean time. I know I can do this and its too cool of an opportunity to pass up.

I think I understand why Forrest kept running.

Longest run in the past 28 days: 8 miles

Total mileage: 88 miles

21c_largeI’m still going strong and I SO love running! It just feels wonderful. I haven’t shed any weight.. I don’t think. However, I’m getting stronger and I feel like I’m back to where I left off after the Philadelphia Half Marathon. Well, maybe not quite there- but getting there. On Saturday, Day 18, I ran 6.55 miles. I ran 2 miles on Day 19, and I followed up with a 6.55 mile run last night. Today is Day 21 and I jogged 1.9 miles at the gym because I couldn’t stand my 59.1 total mileage. Now I’m at an even 61 miles over the course of 21 days. Hitting 100 miles by Day 30 is beginning to seem like a realistic goal. However, I don’t feel compelled to commit to that goal. Yet. We’ll see where this journey takes us….

Another thing to note: I really sweated it out last night. And I woke up several times… sweating. I immediately started sweating .1-something miles into today’s jog. I have no idea what this means but I’m going to make sure I drink plenty of water. Sweating is good, as far as I know. It feels great to sweat at least once a day. The last 12 hours have just been usually, sweaty. (Is this TMI?)

Day 14, Planning ahead…

Posted: January 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

14Two weeks into running every day and I feel wonderful. Even though I sometimes throw a hissy fit about waking up early – or I’m huffing and puffing on the treadmill, asking myself why I am doing this – It’s so worth it. My day just goes better when I wake my mind AND body up with a quick jog. I have been sticking to 2 miles runs in the morning. For whatever reason, it’s all I have in me. Perhaps its because I’m running every day… After this 30 in 30, I am going to run less frequently but with more distance. I am definitely going to Nashville for the Country Music Half Marathon and will need to start training in a couple weeks!! Here we go again…. In other news, I am up to 36 miles over 2 weeks. I’d like to put in 4 miles tomorrow to bring me up to 40 miles in celebration of 40 months cigarette-free. What a way to celebrate….. 🙂