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I've been really quiet on Loopsters. A couple of things have kept me from coming around-- the fact that my injury continues to linger and the fact that someone questioned my injury if I could run several miles. 

KRG popped into Muskrat2020 today to see how everyone was and I posted a ‘pictures’ reply. Hmmmm, seems I've been up to more than I thought.

In January my friend C and I participated in Winter Warrior for the 3rd straight year. It was -7* on January 1st!

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It wouldn't stop snowing or being cold the whole month! One day I did a mile worth of high knees....in my jeans on a snow covered track.

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I went to the Eagles’ Super Bowl Parade. The smell of marijuana was everywhere!!

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Because I'm optimistic I convinced my friends to run a marathon relay with me. Two weeks before race day (sometime in February) I realized there was no way I was going to be able to run 2 legs for a total of 13+ miles. I enlisted my eldest son to take one of my legs.

 

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We....I had a blast! It was pouring rain with sideways wind and freezing!! The organizers changed the format to release the legs every 10 minutes because they didn’t want people to stand around and freeze. We did a quick shuffle of leg assignments. C ran legs 1 & 4, my son ran leg 2, N ran leg 3 and I ran leg 5. The wind was blowing so hard I had to take my hat off and stick it in my jacket before it ended up in the Connecticut Sound.

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I was pretty pleased with my splits in the wind and rain.

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I signed up for several 1/2 marathons after running Rehoboth because I thought I was on my way back.

March was my 1st one. It was the Philadelphia Love Run. My friend C signed up also since it fit into her schedule. Race morning was cold so we donned our best racing apparel. A lady in the parking garage asked to take our picture!

 

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Sadly along the course we saw a person having CPR performed. Crazy scary. I searched the inter webs the next day for more info. Couldn't find anything so I'm hoping he's okay.

The race had some good climbs in it. I managed to run them well - a goal of mine after blowing up on the hills at the Philadelphia 1/2.

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I told C I would stay with her because my leg had really been feeling horrible. By the end of the race she was slowing and all I wanted to do was get to the finish and stop the pounding on my leg. The struggle was real. Lol.

At this point I decided to have an MRI on my lower hamstring because I was in so much pain. Guess what. Not one thing wrong there. Doctor gave me another prescription for PT. I haven't done it because I really don't think there's anything else they can do. I already had 2 rounds of PT on it last fall. I do think when the PTs massage the scar tissue that makes a big difference. At $100/week I’m not ready to recommit.

At this point I decided I’d try giving up everything but running. So I cut out all lifting and crossfitting. The 1st week was awesome! I managed 25 miles and even threw in some speed. The injury sight has a bit....lot of difficulty with speed, but look at the beauty of those 8s!!

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My calves decided there was too much speed and miles in that week so then I had to sit myself down again. Harrumph!

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For Christmas I got my kids and husband each a race with a training plan included! Awesome, right?!

As each person was opening a gift they were warning each other "Don't open the small ones!!" Lol

First up was the Drake Relay 1/2 in Des Moines, IO. My husband and I flew out this past Friday. It was so great to see my son. I haven’t been able to give him a hug since Christmas!

He's doing really great in his job and had just received a promotion and raise that week! With work and only 10 months married he didn't exactly follow the training plan I gave him.

My DH, DS and I ran together. I tried to talk to DH and DS but both were wearing headphones. Sigh. As flat as you think the Midwest is this course went up and down. I tried running the hills at a good pace while trying to stay with DH and DS.

At the start:

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At the finish:

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I've got a whole new PW but a PB of 1/2s that I've run with my son!!

That pretty much catches you up! One other piece of big news is that I tried riding my bike for the first time in 9 months. (Last time I tried I ended up practically in tears.) I managed 10 miles and no tears!! I'm going to try to slowly add that back in.

That’s all for now!

Stay tuned for more ridiculous races I’m not trained for!

 

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Iowa is definitely NOT flat. No mountains, but it all rolls and rolls and rolls.

"...someone questioned my injury if I could run several miles."

I hope this was meant tongue in cheek, or someone owes you an apology.

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Training is overrated. Injuries suck. Keep trying all the angles,  something is bound to help.

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Not flat here either, unless you're actually running in the flood plain. I can't remember, have you tried a sports chiropractor? They also tend to be pretty good at the massage thing, and my appointments are way less than $100.

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It makes me so angry that someone questioned your injury!!

I'm glad to see you running!!!  I loved reading about your Christmas presents!! That's the most wonderful idea!!!

I hope we can hear about all the races you have coming up!!

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People are the worst. But glad you're back.

Scary about the CPR. Saw that twice down here last year. People at the Track Club got so rattled by it they offered CPR certification classes. 

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I'm thinking training plans and newlyweds don't mix.

Good idea, but I'd be banned from Christmas forever if i gave those gifts.

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Sounds like maybe it was something in the lifting and crossfit that wasn't jivving with the hammie!

So glad you are running more again - I know you don't feel like yourself when you aren't. 

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13 hours ago, Dave said:

Iowa is definitely NOT flat. No mountains, but it all rolls and rolls and rolls.

"...someone questioned my injury if I could run several miles."

I hope this was meant tongue in cheek, or someone owes you an apology.

I'm sure it was tongue in cheek but I'm really so aggravated with this whole thing that it doesn't take much to make me brood over the whole thing.

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12 hours ago, amarie2009 said:

Not flat here either, unless you're actually running in the flood plain. I can't remember, have you tried a sports chiropractor? They also tend to be pretty good at the massage thing, and my appointments are way less than $100.

It would be great if I could find someone like that! I'll look into it. Thanks!

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11 hours ago, Keep Running Girl said:

It makes me so angry that someone questioned your injury!!

I'm glad to see you running!!!  I loved reading about your Christmas presents!! That's the most wonderful idea!!!

I hope we can hear about all the races you have coming up!!

Well get ready for my next race in2 weeks. You'll be thinking to yourself "why didn't she just say yes to the Vermont 100?" Lol

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10 hours ago, Gonzo Runner said:

People are the worst. But glad you're back.

Scary about the CPR. Saw that twice down here last year. People at the Track Club got so rattled by it they offered CPR certification classes. 

I reached out to the RD the next day to ask if the runner was okay. He said HIPA laws prevented me from giving out the runner's condition. The really awful thing is that C's long time BF died from sudden cardiac arrest while they were on vacation about 5 years prior. I'm not sure how she kept on running and didn't lose it.

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1 hour ago, NavEng said:

I'm thinking training plans and newlyweds don't mix.

Good idea, but I'd be banned from Christmas forever if i gave those gifts.

In my defense I didn't sign anyone up who hadn't expressed some sort of interest. My 2 sons and husband got a half marathon. Whereas my daughter would have killed me if I had signed her up for that so I got her a Spartan race.

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10 minutes ago, eliz83 said:

Sounds like maybe it was something in the lifting and crossfit that wasn't jivving with the hammie!

So glad you are running more again - I know you don't feel like yourself when you aren't. 

I'm definitely not out of the woods yet. Lifting heavy gives me issue as well as sitting for extended periods. The 1/2 in Iowa after 7-8 hours of travel was pretty uncomfortable.

I keep trying to look on the positive -- I can run some and have no pain. A HUGE step from when it first happened. I can also sit down for more than 15 minutes without excruciating pain. So while in my head I'm so over it I know I'm headed in the right direction.

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I gave my mom some workout equipment one year for Christmas...it did not go over well, haha

I'm always cautiously optimistic for you when I see a run on Strava!

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I like these gifts. And of course you're doing all the halfs and the spartan with them!

Good to see you on here and doing some fun running. I've been quite absent for a while myself.

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4 hours ago, ocrunnergirl said:

Well get ready for my next race in2 weeks. You'll be thinking to yourself "why didn't she just say yes to the Vermont 100?" Lol

I  thought you did say yes to 100 on 100.  See you in VT!! :D

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6 hours ago, ocrunnergirl said:

Well get ready for my next race in2 weeks. You'll be thinking to yourself "why didn't she just say yes to the Vermont 100?" Lol

I'm already saying that!!  

(Though I do totally get and support your reasoning.)

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On 4/27/2018 at 10:43 AM, DrWhiskers said:

I gave my mom some workout equipment one year for Christmas...it did not go over well, haha

I'm always cautiously optimistic for you when I see a run on Strava!

I’m slowly getting there. Just a little too slow for my liking. Lol

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On 4/27/2018 at 1:54 PM, Slow_Running said:

I  thought you did say yes to 100 on 100.  See you in VT!! :D

I’m your alternate. Too afraid to commit and have to drop again.

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On 4/27/2018 at 6:10 PM, CompulsiveRunner said:

Great progress! Fun times with your friend and the rest of the 5S clan!

My oldest son is up next. Not sure if I “have to” run with him. 

Either way we’ll have fun!

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On 4/27/2018 at 8:30 AM, ocrunnergirl said:

I'm definitely not out of the woods yet. Lifting heavy gives me issue as well as sitting for extended periods. The 1/2 in Iowa after 7-8 hours of travel was pretty uncomfortable.

I keep trying to look on the positive -- I can run some and have no pain. A HUGE step from when it first happened. I can also sit down for more than 15 minutes without excruciating pain. So while in my head I'm so over it I know I'm headed in the right direction.

If it makes you feel any better, sitting for long periods (especially driving for long periods, since it's my right side) still aggravates MJ. 

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I'm so glad to see that you're able to work in some fun running even while still managing that *#&$-ing injury! You've been the most inspiring injured running though - I'm so impressed by how hard you've been working at the X-training and figuring out ways to keep moving in spite of your leg. But I do hope it continues to improve so you can get back to the kind of running you want to do! And yay for biking without tears! 

 

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