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Injuries and expectations! 2015 in a nutshell.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

I started 2015 strong, I trained hard all winter, even finding myself on snow days running up to 8 miles in the gym. Lost some ground due to an injury, but made up for it biking and using an elliptical. I completed my first half marathon injury free in April, my 2nd in May. In July I visited a foot doctor with the expectations of having a stress fracture. Plantar Fascitis was the diagnosis. Stretching and steroids, icing and a few days off seemed to be the cure.

I continued my training, the big goal was the Columbus Marathon. I ran a half marathon in August pain free, but very dissatisfied in my performance. I struggled with the heat, no excuse! In September I revisited Adams County Half Marathon and struggled with pain in my foot. I had been gradually seeing the pain come back and becoming worse. I had been telling my husband I didn't know if I would be able to finish 26.2 miles with the aggravation of the constant pounding and toothache like pain.

I forged ahead, complaining as I ran. Finally my final long run of 8 miles and I told my training partner that after Columbus I was taking time off. I needed to heal and I was burnt out. That was the most awesome 8 miles I had ever run, I was virtually pain free and on cloud 9 when we finished. After showering I laid on my bed and registered for another half for 2 weeks after Columbus. *SIGH* lol

Columbus was everything I remembered it to be! Despite the slight weight gain of about 10 lbs I had experienced (very normal when training so much because of being constantly training) and then there was that pounding pain in my foot. I complained to people around me from about mile 20 on. I lost 7 minutes at a Johnny on the spot and came shy of my goal, but I did everything I had set out to do. I ran when I was suppose to run and walked when I was suppose to walk! I finished in tears of 100% satisfaction!

I took the 2 weeks off between the full and the half, running none at all, yet continuing to eat as if I was training. Ran the half with my friend Tanya, her 2nd half ever and she felt so under trained, but she did great! I wasn't happy with the time, but it was very painful from the first step. I ran a few 5k's after taking some time off, the first couple were ok, then I ran of that was terribly painful. So again I took some time off, this time I started wearing the custom inserts that I had been putting off.

After 2 more full weeks off I attempted the final 5k of the season, without the inserts. Bad idea, the fasica tore in the bottom of my foot! Off to the Podiatrist, a steroid injection and the realization that the inserts had to become my friend, if not for life, at least a very long time!

The holidays were spent not running, but eating and gaining! I tried following a low carb cycling plan that a doctor friend of mine put me on and ending up gaining 10 more lbs. I can't do low carb anymore clearly! As much as I am ashamed to admit it, my weight topped off at 172, that is 32 lbs above my goal weight emoticon .

The good news is I am running again! I have been for 2 weeks, then I got sick, but I'm confident that I am still on track to reach my 2016 goals! I am registered for 3 halves a a full!! I started back to "MY" way of eating and following my plan that I have been following for years and am happy to report that since Sunday I have already dropped 5 lbs.

Here is to another year, continued healthy living and restarts! It's a lifelong process!
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    Just catching up here when I saw your Columbus Marathon picture. I love that course. Not because I run it (HM is my max distance) but my daughters often do. I love the course since after living in Columbus (1972-83), I know the area well and could see my kids 6 times on the course.

    Amazing that you could finish in light of your pain. Congratulations! You are one determined woman.

    1809 days ago
  • NHES220
    Glad you are back running and focusing on your goals. Good for you!
    1828 days ago
  • BH63935
    Sounds like your getting back on track, way to go and congrats on your weight loss.
    1833 days ago
    I hope you can continue to run, take care of yourself. You can do it!
    1833 days ago
    Everyday is a new one and a new start way to get after it
    1833 days ago
    What a roller-coaster ride you've had. Here's hoping you will be without pain as the year progresses. Keep up the good effort! ~~ Lou
    1833 days ago
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