Wednesday, February 25, 2009

long time no post

I see that it has been a while since I've posted on Team Frye's blog, so here's an update. Last Saturday we ran a ten mile jaunt around the track at WCC, for those of you not in the know, the track at WCC is 1/8th of a mile so 10 miles is 80 times around that thing! Hopefully the snow melts soon because I don't know how many long runs I can do around that track. This week is a relatively easy week, five miles yesterday, three on Thursday and Friday, and then a seven mile Saturday. The body's a little sore, but for the most part I'm feelin' good.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

an excellent reason to run today

Paczki! Even though our spinning instructor, Lea, made us all promise to have a "Fit Tuesday". Yeah...that's what the running's for!

(Bonus reason: because I can. Yay!)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

believe in your dreams

I guess I forgot to post last week. What a crazy and confusing week it was! Almost as crazy as my favorite digital short (just watch it, I promise the zombie dance interlude at the end is worth it):

Saturday (2/7): I ran with the orthotics on and didn’t notice anything special – just some tightness in my ITB and that nagging pain in my hip flexor. I had gone to yoga a few days before which really helped ease the pain in my lower back. Saturday’s run was pretty successful – I ran just under 5 miles! I took stretching breaks every 1.5 miles and that seemed to really help. So of course I'm feeling all proud of myself and looking forward to running again on Tuesday morning before PT.

Tuesday (2/10): Here's where it gets confusing: I could barely run a mile without taking a stretching break. So, I abandoned my plan to run 4 miles and ran 3 instead because my hip flexor/inner thigh area was throbbing with pain. Looking back, I realize that I took a pretty intense spinning class at 6 p.m. the night before, so attempting to get out and run at 6 a.m. was probably not a good idea. But, I wasn't thinking so clearly at the time! I slogged through the run and went to PT during which I nearly cried when trying to explain everything to Dawn. She found that my hips were slightly out of alignment, probably because of the orthotics, so she fixed that. Although my overall core and lower body strength is really good because of all the exercises I've been doing, she found that my left hip flexor muscles were weaker than the right. So, we did some new hip flexion machines and I left feeling rather hopeless about the whole thing.

Thursday (2/12): Even more confusion! I ran a solid 4 miles, with stretching breaks every 1.5. I tried to keep the pace slower than normal but still ended up running under 9:30. It was a good run, which I was happy to share with Dawn. My hips were still properly aligned so we focused on doing some more hip flexor stuff. Talk about pain!! Those muscles definitely need some work.

Saturday (2/14): A long run with my valentine! 7 miles, with stretching breaks every 2. It felt great and I had to really stop myself from going the full 9 with Fred. The last thing I need is to overdo it when I'm making some real progress. Got a hot stone massage afterwards. It was heaven!!! Things are looking up...I think.

Monday, February 2, 2009

losing steam!

I'm thoroughly miffed. I don't even know where to begin. Well, for starters, I feel like crap. My hip still hurts, the injection site hurts on and off, and I'm feeling a whole new pain in my hip flexor area. The thing is, I HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN DOING ANYTHING for the last 7 days. My lower back is hurting, and my ITB feels super tight. Even sitting in my desk chair hurts right now. Yes, I'm whining!!! I think this lack of activity is messing with my head and making everything eleventy billion times worse. I'm definitely going to spinning class tonight.

In the latest chapter of my running injury saga, I got hooked up with some custom foot orthotics today. My PT was able to sneak me in during the guy's lunch break, avoiding the usual 5-8 week wait for an appointment. Nice. If only my PT would have warned me that I would be parading around the office in spandex shorts and a dinky camisole all bunched up so they could check out my "rib and hip alignmnent". Sheesh!! If the orthotics work, my IT band issues could have more to do with the way my foot strikes the ground than my leg length discrepancy. I'm still holding out a little hope that all of these different treatments will add up to some relief for me. Until then, I've been prescribed another month of PT!!!! Oh, the humanity.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

trochanteric burSUCKis

Cue the suspense/thriller soundtrack: today I made a last minute appointment with the sports doc and he gave me...the Shot! It pretty much hurt like hell. But, considering the pain I've been feeling every stinking time I run, the Shot was no big deal. I must have done a pretty good job practicing my yogi nasal breathing because I heard the nurse tell the doc that I was the best patient they'd seen in weeks. Yeah, I'm "one with my body" and all that.

However, there's really no guarantee that this is even going to work which is just craptacular. In fact, the doc said the cortisone could even make things worse. Superb. He cut me off from my last two sessions of PT (oh, darn!) and said I need to rest for as long as possible, as any activity could lessen the effects of the cortisone and cause damage. I'm going to give it a week. No running, spinning, cross-training, strength-training, nada! Just lots of stretching and icing. This would probably be a good time to finish watching the Pride and Prejudice A&E miniseries.

I'm trying really hard to be cool about it, but the fact of the matter is that I might have to stop running for a while. Like, weeks. Or, months. In which case I could pretty much kiss the Bayshore Marathon goodbye. Detroit, anyone?

Oh! I almost forgot! A little treat for the visual learners:

Monday, January 26, 2009

in case this "marathon thing" doesn't pan out...

I've got a plan B: the Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh, NC!! Dash two miles to the donut shop, slam a doz, and dash back. EASY. I could totally wear one of those paper hats, too. The scary thing is that over 1900 people have registered already. Do you think people have to clean up their own vomit or do they have volunteers for that?

rundown for the week of January 19, 2009

And I ra-a-an, I ran so far away-ay-ay-ay-ay, I couldn't get away. Seriously though I ran 4 miles on Tuesday, 4 miles on Wednesday, 4 miles on Thursday, and 4 miles on Saturday. We'll see how this week goes seeing that I teach a class Wednesday night at LCC so I'm going to have to juggle my running schedule.