Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WWU - 7 Miles!

I finally had a decent long run on Saturday.  Honestly, with my ankle hurting like it has been, I was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to happen.  Now, my ankle still bothered me during the run, but I taped it up beforehand with RockTape (like KT tape but stronger, so I don't sweat it off right away), and that seemed to help - the ankle didn't start giving me stabby pains until I was around mile 5, which is a big improvement.  Sure, I wish it didn't hurt at all, and I am a bit worried about why on earth this started up again, but I'm going to my ortho today for a shot in my other foot, so I'll ask him to check the ankle.  I'll just leave my prediction as to what he'll say right here:  stop running.  Why is that usually the medical profession's answer?

Anyway, the run.  The weather was nice - it was 59 degrees, with humidity in the low 70s, which doesn't sound all that low until you remember that we've been in the mid-90s percentile for months.  We had 10 miles on our schedule, but I'd already decided to just run 7, in hopes of feeling like I'd accomplished something when I finished, instead of feeling like a failure because I hadn't run the full planned distance.  Diane started early so she had 3 miles done by the time I arrived; we met up and set off on the run.  Not only was it a nice morning for a run, but our route had several points where we crossed paths with the other Renegades, so that was good - it's always fun to see our group out there.

I planned our route to run through the park where the Rotary Club always puts flags out for Veteran's Day.  They place 1,000 flags and it's really moving to run by them in the early morning; we did an out-and-back so we got to see them twice.  On our way back, we stopped so Diane could take a picture:
Beautiful, right?  

We paused our Garmins while she took her phone out, took the picture, and put it back in her running belt, and then started running again.  We'd exited the park and were running on the main road when Diane's Garmin beeped for the mile, but mine did not...and that's when I looked down and realized that I'd forgotten to restart my Garmin!  Thus began the forking minute (makes sense if you've watched The Good Place, and if you haven't, you should, it's really good).  Motherforker, I was mad and the curse words were flying!!  I wanted full credit for my run, dang it!  We figured out that I was half a mile behind Diane, so although my Garmin only says I ran 6.5 miles, I really ran 7.  I did, I swear!  Sigh...

We finished up and except for the stabby ankle, I felt pretty good.  It's been quite a while since I've not felt like death warmed over after a long run, so I'll take it.  Oh - I got to wear my new shoes for this run:
Our running store finally got their shipment of the Brooks Levitates!

I've only worn the shoes for two runs so I don't have a real review of them yet, but I have to say that it's the strangest thing - when I put these shoes on in the store, it felt like I wasn't wearing anything.  Like (and I know this sounds so new-agey) my shoes were one with my feet.  Anyway, after the run, I'd taken them off and when Karen came in, she asked to try them out - she wears the same size as me.  She put them on and went for a little run up and down the street and came back saying the same thing - it's like you don't know you're wearing shoes!  Needless to say, she bought a pair.

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While we were sitting around on the driveway, cooling down, we had three cars stop and people get out to come to our not-garage-sale.  It was comical, actually - and that was before we pulled out a box of sample sizes of shirts to try on for our new running shirt.  I almost feel like we should make a sign saying we aren't having a garage sale!  Although, maybe we should go ahead and have one - it's only open from when the first runner returns to when we get hungry and need to go to breakfast.  Hey, we might make enough to cover some race fees!

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One more funny thing from Saturday - Cary was inside and happened to look in the backyard and saw Abi staring at the fence:
Do you see her through the blinds?

Cary went to the other window and saw that sure enough, Abi was staring through a crack in the fence:
This wasn't even Tucker's yard - who knows what she was looking at so intently?  Cary thinks it might have been a squirrel, but whatever it was, Abi was fixated.  Dogs are so funny and I can't help but laugh every time I look at this picture!

14 comments:

  1. Good job on your7 miles. That pain in your ankle has me worried for you hope your doctor can figure out what is wrong and that it is a simple fix. Do you have access to a sports medicine doctor? They usually don't spout the standard party line of quit running because quite a few of them run. Please keep us updated I hope this isn't a "injury".

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    1. My ortho is part of a sports medicine team, which gives me more confidence when I go in, that he at least understands the mindset of a runner.

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  2. I love that you prefer Rock tape to KT tape. It is a different material and I do think it holds up better (especially in humidity and in the shower). I've been raving about Rock tape for years vs KT tape but no one else seems to get it...lol

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    1. YES to Rock Tape! I don't know who KT tapes works for, but it's never stayed stuck to me.

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  3. Maybe your doc will say stop running for a little while instead of forever. (Bwahahahahaha! I kill myself!). Seriously though I hope this ankle thing is something easily resolved.

    We discovered Rock Tape when Mr. Helen was testing for his 4th degree black belt. It stayed on through 2 days of testing - amazing!

    I'm jealous of your Levitates - no one around here has them. Maybe I should just give up and order them from Brook directly. Funny, but true story: I did buy a new pair of Asics Cumulus and the color is nearly identical to your Levitates.

    Feel very, very good about that 7 miles - I haven't done much more than 3 in so long I'm trying to work my way up to 5 for the weekends!

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    1. Thank you for the 7 miles praise. I need to remember that I'm doing good!

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  4. You know why medical professionals tell runners to stop running--the pain will go away. That's my issue with medical folks--let's treat the cause so that it doesn't keep happening! Ugh. I hope your ankle feels better.

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    1. Interesting take on the cause/pain and why they tell you to just stop doing something vs finding a fix. I'll have to remember that motivation whenever I visit a doctor.

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  5. Congrats on getting in 7 miles! I hope you received encouraging news on your ankle. I hate it when I forget to turn my Garmin back on!

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    1. Thanks! I used to use the auto-pause on my Garmin, but it seemed to take a while to catch up so I stopped it. Really should turn it back on so I can get full credit, LOL!

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  6. Abi looks like she's been put in a time-out, there in the corner! I would love to try on those Brooks Levitates. I'll have to keep my eye out for them.

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    1. She does look like she's in time out! And she's the best dog, really - so well-behaved and such a sweetheart. Yes I'm giving old barkey over here the stink eye. ;)

      I hope you get a chance to try on the Levitates, I'd love to hear if you like them!

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  7. Ugh about that ankle pain! What did the ortho say? :(

    Yay for 7 miles though. Those flags are lovely! You can totally fix your Garmin stats to show 7 if you edit it on your app or computer. ;)

    LOL Abi! And LOL that people think you are having a garage sale!!!

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  8. Such a pretty blue for your sneakers! When you see your ortho doc, maybe you could ask for a referral to one of the sports docs in the office just to check your ankle. Or maybe you could say something like - "Should I see one of the sports specialists about my ankle?" Often times the doctors in an office will just do a quick chat with each other and it's possible if someone is free that they could pop in and look. Anyway, this is probably after you've gone there seeing as I am so behind in blog reading. :P

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