Thursday, September 22, 2011

three things thursday

1. All right, so even running a half marathon as a training run is a pretty rude thing to do to your body.  Mine has been pretty cranky this week.  During my swim on Monday, my back tightened up quite a bit on one side and later in the day kind of went bizonkers.  I saw my PT on Tuesday and he made it feel about 100% better, but then I had a swim on my schedule for Wednesday, which I had to shut down about 1/3 of the way through because everything locked up and got tight again.  I spent most of yesterday rotating on and off the heating pad and it's better again today, but my Friday swim might get the hand tomorrow.


The other very scary repercussion of the half is my bruised foot.  When I saw my PT, he did the "does it hurt when I do this?  push here?  here?" test and said that he was pretty sure it wasn't a stress fracture, just a bone bruise, but of course logic took a major hit yesterday and I spent the day convincing myself that my foot bones had all collapsed and I wouldn't be able to do anything for 8 weeks and so on.  However, I'm pretty sure it doesn't hurt in the stress fracture place.  It hurts here:
And that's behind where all the metatarsals tend to break.  I had a Chinese-whisper conversation through this girl last night and I think we all agree that my cuboid bone is just a bit stiff and bruised.  Something was mentioned about whipping and throwing it but I had a hard time following it, so I'm just going to stay off of it as much as I can, except to run 3+ miles off the bike this morning, which felt fine.  A little sore when I was done, but nothing that could be described as "popping," "stabbing," "sharp," or "crunching."  


2. I'm getting very close to a bike decision, mostly due to the incredible kindness of lots of complete strangers who are helping me out in a variety of ways.  I'm going out to Bonzai for one last test ride tonight, but I'm pretty confident that I've already decided what I'll be bringing home with me.  Well, ordering to bring home with me in a few weeks.  


3. I got a ton of responses to my post last week about Poconos, and I really appreciated it.  It solidified what I already thought in my mind - that I shouldn't be doing that race.  It looks like I'm not going to get my race registration refunded, which basically sucks.  I think it's pretty important for me mentally to have a really well-executed 70.3 race this fall, and I feel as though Poconos is not going to be set up very well for that to occur.  I am pretty disappointed in the way things have turned out, especially in the single response I received, but I've decided that it's more important to move forward and find a place where I can have a great race.  After lots of research and discussion, it looks like I'll be racing a 70.3 which coincidentally falls on my birthday: Waterman's Half at General Smallwood State Park in Maryland.  It doesn't have nearly the same amount of climbing on the bike course as what I've been preparing for, but all other factors should be about equal.  I'll be heading down there this weekend to ride and run some of the course.  


Lots of big decisions going on over here.  Happy Thursday, all!  Where are you running, riding, or racing this weekend?  

25 comments:

  1. Good for you on the Poconos decision. Sounds like you're confident it's the right call.

    I'm doing Clarendon Day 10K (preceded by 4 miles to run there) with a friend who's returning to running and weight loss, so it will be quite leisurely. and then TAPER!!!!!

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  2. Glad you came to a decision ahead of time on the Poconos, now you won't taper, then get out there and find the road conditions unrideable and have wasted that week +.

    I'm no real help on the bike conundrum, but is it possible you just haven't found THE ONE? And perhaps you should look a bit longer?

    Of course, this from the girl who looked for a road bike for almost two years because she couldn't come to a decision ...

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  3. Good choice on the Poconos decision, I'm sure that couldn't have been easy, but it sounds like you are confident it's the right decision.
    Good luck on the bike buying expedition tonight!

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  4. Sucks, but you're being smart. Those are by far the hardest decisions to make. Now be CONFIDENT in your decision, and go take Maryland by storm!

    And puh-lease remember ALL of this bike research you're doing, bc I WILL be picking your brain shortly :)

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  5. Just imagine how much faster you are going to finish on the bike now that you have the fitness of an uber mountain woman. Smart decision. Nice roads = AWESOME.

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  6. I am excited that you will be doing waterman's! I doing the run leg in a relay.

    What day are you riding the course? Jason (who's doing the bike leg) and I were going down on sunday to ride it! Come join us!!!

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  7. I've heard great things about that park and it will be an awesome way to celebrate your birthday.

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  8. That is a really hard decision to opt out of a race. Congrats on the bike! I feel so much different on my TT bike when I got it last year - it was awesome!

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  9. I had a freaky pain in that same spot a few weeks back after a long bike ride. I was convinced I was doomed to some sort of stress fracture as well. It hurt to touch it, just sort of a dull background kind of pain and was slightly swollen for a couple of days. Anyhow, I decided it may be related to my bike shoes. I ended up buying one size larger in the bike shoes have had not had issues since. Just a thought...

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  10. Boo about the injuries, but glad it doesn't seem like anything serious.

    Sorry about Poconos, but it seems like you made a good decision. I think it will be a good birthday :)

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  11. I'm glad your foot was feeling better this morning! And it sounds like a good decision on the 70.3. No need to have to worry about anything other than executing your race strategy!

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  12. you are so right about all the decisions going on with you right now. good call on the race, you gotta take care of you. speaking of...hope the body/foot issues are mended soon!

    not running or racing anywhere....:(

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  13. Scary about the foot and annoying about the back, but it sounds like you are getting everything under control. Smart decision to do a different half IM!

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  14. I had a similar melt down with some foot pain and luckily it ended up being the wrong shoes and support I just need to change a few things and it all worked out. Just get it checked out and I'm sure you'll be fine!

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  15. What the heck is a Chinese-whisper conversation??

    Foot, be healed! I hope it has something to do with that.

    Smart choice (imo) on nixing the Poconos. Disappointing that they were so negligent, but I think it's pretty badass that you'll be racing 70.3 on the birthday. :)

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  16. Oh my I hope this foot thing clears up soon. It's no good at all. Everything else will work itself out in time.

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  17. Birthday races are the best! My husband is doing his first 70.3 for his birthday and we are both doing a half marathon for mine. Great way to celebrate and this one sounds like the race is a much better fit all around. Good luck!

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  18. it sounds like you are making decisions and moving in the right direction. why you go miss katie!

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  19. I think a major race on a birthday would be great! I am doing a half in New York this weekend.

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  20. If the cuboid has slipped out of place, chiropractors who do extremity adjustments could actually help. Hope you're OK!

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  21. Glad you found a replacement race.

    I'm so jealous of you and the new bike. Instead of a new bike, I get to take down a dead tree before it takes out a piece of the house. Lucky me.

    Are you gonna be at the Clarendon race this weekend? I'm volunteering. No way am I racing that downhill with what my achilles is up to these days...

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  22. Will the new bike be home in time for the new race? Just think about the speed on the new bike on a course with nice roads......better have a fire extinguisher at the bike in mount line to cool you off......

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  23. Sorry about your hurty foot girl but I sure hope new bike excitement helps take your mind off of it!
    And, who needs a janky Poconos course? Puhleeze. Good for you finding a race that won't send you careening off a mountain due to jacked up roads!

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