"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race." Jay Foonberg

Weekly Running Log

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Pursuit of Fun 5k & Shoulder Injury

It's been a while since I posted mostly because of the trouble I've been having uploading photos.  Not sure what is going on.  So here goes...

We had the opportunity to participate in our last race while on the road.  It was so good to see our Gulf Coast Running Club running family.  This was the first time we'd run this one...at least the way it is done now.  Kent ran it years ago when it was put on by the Police Department and was run downtown.  But in recent years, it was changed to the Pursuit of Fun 5k at Gulf Islands Waterpark.  The best part is the cost of the race included admission to the Park.  Woo-hoo! 

It was a hot morning as for as we're concerned.  We've gotten to where we abstain from running in the heat.  It is really hard on both of us.  The only pics I have are the two taken by the Club.  My camera was left in the car since the awards were inside the Waterpark and I didn't want to leave it with our towels waiting to be stolen.  Though we tried to enjoy the water, all I could do was grimace with shoulder pain.  I would like to do this again...but bext time with no pain. 

We saw our friends, Tommy P. and Bob C., before the race begun and had a nice visit with them.  Afterward we found another friend, Nestor A., who came in First Place in the Racewalking Division.  He is super fast!!  Kent grabbed the 2nd Place Award.  Nestor's boys ran and also enjoyed the Waterpark.

I ran terrible...for me...as my shoulder was giving me fits.  But I came in First Place in my age group and was pleased with that. 

Within a week of getting home, my shoulder became more and more painful.  While cleaning, I reached up to make a swirly motion and experienced a very sharp pain.  That was all that it took!  I could not move it in any way, shape or form.  I had "done" something and didn't know what.  Having some medication from a previous time, I began taking it for relief.  It worked fine but as soon as the effect was over, the pain returned with a vengeance.  I called and got an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon...and with a blessing...got it within a week!! 

He could hardly touch my arm.  At that time, I couldn't raise it above my waist without bringing tears to my eyes and a close call to yelling out.  Upon examination of the x-rays, it was found that I have Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendonitis.  He wanted to do an MRI but I refused for the time.  They are so hard for me to do.  He was afraid I had a tear.  I told him I would consider it next time I came. 

I left his office with presciptions for a steroid pack, anti-inflammatory and pain medications along with orders to begin physical therapy.  Within 24 hours, my pain was so much better as well as my range of motion.  Obviously, I had a lot of swelling that these strong drugs began working on and relieving.  In my initial physical therapy evaluation, he came to the same conclusion as the doc in that he feels I may have a tear, too.  Though my range of motion was so much better by the time I got to him, I am still pretty limited. 

I am feeling much better and hope things work out okay.  I'm to return to the doc in three weeks for another evaluation and a possible MRI.  Due to the pain and lack of detail information that an MRI gives, treatment has been on a limited basis until they can tell what is exactly going on.  I hope and pray I do not have to have surgery and that it is NOT a tear.  And, the second worse thing that might happen is to have a frozen shoulder!  These are NOT good things to dance around with.  Maybe they will find another partner.......fingers crossed!

The downside to this is that I can hardly run now.  I mean, I MIGHT can do a half mile before I feel some pain and fatigue in that shoulder which means I stop immediately to eliminate any further damage.  Mostly, I've walked this week and though I'm not too happy with that, I am happy that I can do "something".  So, until the next post, I want you to do me a favor and go

Run 4 It...for me...please!

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2017 Races

  • 12/10/17...MS Coast Half
  • 12/09/17...MS Coast 5k
  • 11/25/17...Kaiser Half
  • 11/18/17...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/11/17...Rotary Oyster 5k
  • 10/14/17...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 02/18/17...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/04/17...Double Bridge 15k
  • 01/29/17...Big Beach Half

2017 Bike Rides

  • 10/01/17...Southern Magnolia Ride [25.85]
  • 05/13/17...Good Life Ride [26]


  • MS Coast Double Down...5k & Half
  • Run The Beach...3 Half's

2017 Goals

  • Back-to-Back Races [Done]
  • 3 Half Marathons [Done +1]
  • 1,000 Miles-No
  • First Half Marathon Series [3 Done]
  • Work on core/strength 2-3 times a week-No
  • Lose 25 pounds-No
  • NEVER give up! YES!!
  • Control/Eliminate refined sugars-Good

2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half

2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

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