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

Weekly Running Log

Monday, August 18, 2014

Good Week

I was going to write a post yesterday and I wish I had before today's run.  But, regardless, I wanted to write about last week's training.  First off, I am still working through my calf pain that I've gotten as a result of a cortisone shot I got two weeks ago for my shoulder.  TWO WEEKS!!  My shoulder is doing well but my running has been hard.  It is obvious that I have several side affects [see last post] but one in particular is still hanging on...tendon pain in my calves!  It is much better but I'm still not "normal".  So when I'm running and begin to feel tightness or pain I stop right then and stretch my calves.  And, yes...it has been often and until the calf is stretched enough, there will be pain. 

With that in mind, here is the breakdown of my training last week. 

Mon:  4 miles
Tues:  2 miles on TM followed by good overall workout
Wed:  4 miles followed by different overall workout
Thur:  XT
Fri:  7 miles...7 hilly, beautiful miles. 
Sat:  3.1 miles
Sun:  Rest
Total miles for week:  20.1

On Friday, 6.2 miles of the 7 were counted as the Howl At The Moon Virtual 10k.  I felt it was a good run especially with hills.  Beside that, it was the first time in a long time I had run 7 miles and I ran it all...whoop-whoop!!  Here's my cool medal.  The picture part swings around and says US Road Running.  It is really nice and heavy.  I plan to do more of their virtuals. 

On Saturday, these 3.1 miles was another virtual race I'd done.  It was the Pinky 5k Virtual.  I had one of the best overall paces I've had in a long time.  AND, I had stomach issues and almost didn't do it.  So glad I took a stab at it!  I haven't received my swag bag with my goodies in it, like the medal and shirt, and will post that when it comes in.  Until then, here is our running bibs.  So pretty.

Now for today.  Well, it was pitiful.  The heat and humidity was awful!  I was drenched with sweat within the first mile.  Then, my right calf was painful again and plagued me for a while, even having to walk some.  After stretching several times, it finally let up and I was able to finish the last 1.5 miles of my 5 miles running.  I'm glad I didn't stop at 3 miles because I was not doing well at that point and really just wanted to get back into the car and leave.  I'm going to do everything I can do get through this time and stay on my marathon training schedule.  I even have a Marathon Program B selected I can switch to in case this one is too aggressive [it runs 5 days a week where "B" only runs 4 days] but I will keep at the one I'm on now as long as I can.  I want to do this for those precious children no matter how much it takes out of me...because I CAN do it. 

With that in mind, I hope you stick to whatever program you may be doing and if you're not doing one, stick to your guns when you run.  This heat and humidity will eventually subside and we WILL be stronger.  Now, get out there and

Run 4 It

Monday, August 11, 2014

It Is What It Is

This year continues to be a challenge.  It seems when one thing lets up another takes its place...just like in the previous post.  First off...I WILL not give up!!  I know you've heard me say this a lot in the last year and half, but it is the truth.  Unless I have a legitimate reason to hang it up, I will not stop trying to overcome the obstacles placed before me even if my goals or aims are not done precisely as I had planned.  Thankfully, my mental game is stronger than I ever thought...well, at least most of the time.  Sometimes it really beats me up; but I regain control and give it another shot...thanks to some of the best running friends, too!!   

About a month ago, while I was exercising with weights at a Fitness Center, I did a great workout!  I was so proud of myself and was beginning to feel on top again.  Later my right elbow was in so much pain.  Since I had done heavier weight than I'm use to, I figured that was it...and it possibly was.  It was getting about normal when about two weeks later, my workout included weights...and [guess I'm not that smart], I injured that elbow AGAIN.  What gives??  Can I get over anything before something else happens?  It wasn't much of a move nor was it many repetitions but it was back to doing a little more than I'd been doing.  Okay...now, I've injured my elbow...that is, RE-injured that thing!  It hurts sooooo bad now.  Thankfully, I don't run on it, ha!  Okay, that's not "really" that funny. 

After finishing PT for my shoulder about a month and half ago, my therapist told me that I am as good as I will get unless other things are pursued, like maybe surgery.  Well, this is NOT going to work for me.  My left shoulder is still pretty limited and is NOT acceptable to me...for life, that is!  Hence, another visit to the doctor.  He persuaded me to get an MRI...which I had turned down again and again.  I've not had good success getting those as I am so chlosterphobic!!  But he gave me the meds I needed which really helped.  It also wasn't as confining as those I'd had before due to it being an open air.  Both helped me get through this.  A follow-up visit showed that no surgery was needed.  There wasn't a tear in my rotator cuff, which I never thought there was, and the bones healed closer in place than the previous x-rays showed.  So, the next step was an injection into the shoulder.  After saying "let's do it", he whipped out a needle, the nurse brought in the necessary items for him, and before I knew it I was "shot".   There was NO pain whatsoever and immediately he was able to move my arm in positions I haven't been able to since summer 2013 [over a year ago]!  Well, I can tell you this was wonderful.  I was really encouraged that this was going to be my ticket.  Because it had healed some time ago, it was explained to me that I may need another couple of shots to break down the scar tissue that had formed.  Since this seemed to be a breeze, I was elated and have been more mobile, even a week later, than I had been in so long. 

The down side:  Weeeeellll, nothing was told me about the side affects of the injection juice.  After being told that I could run the following day with no problems, I headed out the door.  It was not long before my calves were on fire.  I couldn't understand that.  I stopped and stretched two or three times.  I had planned 4 miles that day but struggled a lot through 3 of them.  All in all, I got in four but had one mile walking.  I just couldn't figure out what was going on.  THEN...I looked up the side affects of the medication in the syringe and there it was......possible tendon tears.  Oh, no!!!  I am reacting again!  This happened the first of the year when I got a cortisone shot for severe allergy attack and bronchitis.  It took me down for about a week...of NO running!!  Here it is again!  Why do pharmaceutical companies insist on changing products that WORK??  Though my shoulder was much better, I am not able to run. 

Today is a week since the injection and I am gradually getting over this.  Four miles were on my program and decided to give it a try.  I walk/ran 5.5 miles on Saturday and had no intentions of running any but doing .25 mile increments felt good two days ago.  The first couple of miles today were a little tough.  Tightness and pain made it harder than usual.  I slowed down [not that I was going that fast to begin with], and tried an extra half mile running after the two I had just done and did much better.  I think I ran "through" this thing.  It turned out that I did all four miles running and had no pain or issues to deal with afterward.  I think I'm about to whip it...dang juice. 

Training for the St. Jude's marathon has proved to be more of a challenge than I ever expected.  While I was pushing through the tough part of my run this morning, the thought came to me that this race was NOT about me...it was the children.  After refocusing my thoughts on doing this for them, I became stronger mentally.  Even felt ashamed that I was more in cue with my ability than the fact that these children cannot run and play like their little selves would do if it wasn't for the cancer that they are plagued with.  Thank you, Lord, for reminding me of this.  Remember that you can make your donation to St. Jude's here to help defray the cost of these children's treatment and family stay. 

I have planned ahead in the fact that I have two programs I can work with.  They follow one another pretty good except that one has you running five days a week and the other four...and the aggressive one has you running two 20-milers where the less aggressive one has one 20-miler.  I'm hoping to stay with the first one, which is the St. Jude's plan, unless I just have to make a change to Hal Higdon's...which I'm alright with that, too. 

For now, my aim is to work on getting this elbow back to normal and continue to do my PT exercises for my shoulder.  I'm not sure that I will get another injection until after the marathon in December because of the side affects, which I had two or three MORE that I didn't tell you about; but I felt the "no running" is the major one...well, duh!!  I AM a runner!   

Summer has always proven to be tough for me as well.  I'm hoping my persistence in running as much as I can outside will prove to be to my advantage when the cooler temps arrive.  It has in years past and I'm going on that. 

With all of this said, I've had to change some racing hopes again.  But on the flip side of that coin, I've signed up for a couple of virtual races.  Though it won't push me like a race would, I'm hoping to use it for speed training.  It, also, won't be as embarrassing to be in front of others because of my slowed pace either...hee-hee. 

I will say this again...I will NOT give up.  Things may not go quite as expected but I won't quit for those kids!!  It is for "them" that I push onward.  I will run because they can't.  Until the next post, go

Run 4 It 

2018 Races

12/09/18...MS Gulf Coast Half Marathon
12/01/18...Honeybee 5k (cancelled-weather)
11/17/18...Seville Quarter Turkey Trot 5k
11/11/18...Battleship 12k
10/20/18...Hope Haven Run for Hope 5k
10/13/18...Shrimp Festival 5k
09/29/18...Don McCloskey 5k
09/01/18...Bloody Mary 5k
01/27/18...Casino Bridge 5k

Through December...200 Mile Fall Challenge
Through August...175 Mile Spring Challenge
Through June...150 Mile Spring Challenge

2018 Goals

Bike 500 miles.
Improve gear shifting.
Strength training 2 hours/week.
Run 600 miles.
Improve running without walking.
No processed sugar 75% of time.
Improve positive thinking.
NEVER give up!

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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