Thursday, January 31, 2008
What a marvelous day!! Perfect temperature (59) , the sun is out, I'm not too tired and I was really motivated for this run!! It took about 1 1/2 miles for me to warm up and for my foot to feel good and for Velcro to get all her sniffs out of the way! But once we finished that warm up it was smooth sailing. We ran half on the road and half on the trail at White Point Park-so that Velcro could go off leash. Luckily it wasn't muddy this time!!! It was a decent run-the second half was faster and had less stops than the front half. But all in all I'm somewhat pleased!!
By the way Southbay Girl has paid her fees for the Country Music Half Marathon-which basically guarantees I get a job! ha ha!!
RUN: 4.15 Miles with my trusty companion, Velcro
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
So now onto my exercise for the day! I went to Pilates this morning-the calf actually feels a bit better!! Nothing like a little pilates to get the heart rate going in the morning-along with my cup o tea! Then this afternoon I decided I was really going to try to hurt myself and went for a run. I justify it by the fact that I did nothing yesterday~and I'm going out for a social evening with a few of my fellow unemployed co-workers!
55 degrees and sunny here today... B E A U T I F U L! Perfect running weather!
4 Days until I run in my first race in over a year!! WOO HOO! I can't wait!
RUN: 3.35 Miles with my running partner Velcro
(275 kcals burned)
PILATES: 1 Hour
( 229 kcals GONE)
Monday, January 28, 2008
Exercise: HA! Not today...OUCH!
Tonight I will test my shins, as I'm scheduled for a 3 mile run. At least the weather is going to be a wee bit warmer than last week!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
RUN: 1.9 Miles with Velcro...up a long hill then down a long hill....
I timed it perfectly. I had a good sleep, got the animals fed and fed myself-a yummy egg sandwich-and then an hour or so later headed out to Paseo del Mar for this weeks long run! I was mildly concerned because my calves were screaming from my pilates class yesterday! I rubbed them a bit before the run-but basically hoped they wouldn't freeze up when I was the furthest away from my car! They didn't (but they hurt now!). It was a busy day for runners today-at least one marathon training program was coming back from their 16 mile training run-so i was able to piggyback with them on my way back~which was the hardest part because I was running into a pretty strong headwind. Yes the wind picked up because the rain was coming. I consider myself pretty darn lucky to have missed the rain! When we got back to Pt. Fermin Park, which is where we started, I decided I was going to treat myself to a beer! SO I walked across to Walkers Cafe and had a tasty Coors Light with the longshoreman! I sat in there and watched the wind whip up and right when I was leaving it started to piss down! Velcro and I were very lucky!!!
RUN: 5.1 Miles with Velcro then a Coors Light right afterwards!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I just wanted to share these pictures-it's so beautiful here today-amazing what it looks like right after rain....but it should be pissing down rain tomorrow when I go for my long run! But today I headed to my pilates class -this is a rest day for me but I had to do something-it's hard for me to be inactive especially when I'm not working. I feel I must do something constructive with each day!!! I'll probably take velcro to the park so she can get a work out as well!!!
It was nice doing pilates this morning. I forgot how much I've missed it. I didn't do any classes this week-I was having pilates withdrawls~I had to cut back on paying for exercise when I can run for free-all the things you must think about during a WGA strike!!
By the way the University of Tennessee B-ball team plays Georgia tonight...GO VOLS!!!
PILATES: 1 Hour
( 217 Calories burned)
Friday, January 25, 2008
I seriously should have put on trail shoes-but I didn't think I was going to dump off onto the dirt trails until i realized velcro was being a right pain in the ass on the leash! So trails it had to be. There is nothing worse than dragging a 47 lb weight behind you-ok dragging a 80 lb weight would be worse. So after heading east on paseo del mar we went into White Point Nature Preserve which overlooks Catalina Island. It's a great place to run, no concrete!! I love it but with all the rain we've had the paths were saturated and the dirt/mud attached to the bottom of my shoes and stuck there-it was nasty. I felt like I was running on a pancakes or something! Luckily the majority of the run was not in the mud. Mind you I had no pains once i was running on the dirt trails! It's so much better than sidewalks and the street!!
RUN: 3.25 Miles with 46lbs of Velcro weight attached to my wrist!
I think my child may think I'm crazy. Last night as I was leaving to run, I hand her my running route map and tell her, "This is where I'm running. If I'm not home by 7:30pm, call my cell phone. If I don't answer call 911, your Dad and your Grandparents (who live down the street). " She looked at me like I was crazy, but I say we gotta be safe and I wouldn't want her home alone wondering where I was and why I wasn't home yet! Now, as she gets older will she extend the same courtesy to her Mom? HA! Probably not!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I guess I'm glad i got my run in early since I'm thinking of going to see the Marathon Documentary tonight at 7:30pm.
So I got a nice run in with a hyper dog!!!
RUN: 3.84 Miles with Velcro
( 357 Calories Burned)
WALK: 1.8 Miles
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Pissing down rain!!!! And it's going to be chilly tonight. It was fine this morning-but since my morning was occupied being a kitty mom I didn't get a run in...and now that I have time-PISSING down with rain. Mind you I love the rain and would normally jump at the chance for a run in it ...but it's a little too hard and lashing! I'd be soaking wet and probably get sick.....not worth it! So I'll stay at home, cuddle up on the couch-maybe motivate to do the Fluidity bar.....who knows.
On a happier note-I got a work call today.....yeah I know send up the fireworks!!!! It's not a definite yet~I'll know tomorrow around lunch~and it's only for one day either friday night or monday night-but just getting a call during these incredibly lean times has upped my professional self worth just a bit! It actually put a smile on my face. Of course it will probably ruin my unemployment for the week but who cares!!! A day of work!! WOO HOO!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Yeah...it rained all night-I woke up in the middle of the night to listen to it! I had wanted to run and or go to pilates this morning-but did neither. But I did get out for a quick run this afternoon in between rain storms! Not that I haven't run in the rain-but today just wasn't in the mood for it. So Velcro and I got a quick run in. Good thing it was short-my foot hurt, my arch hurt...I had NO ENERGY! Not quite sure why! I only had 2 glasses of wine last nite! I'm debating going out for another short run tonight-as long as it's not raining too hard! I really want to do some pilates-I have one of those Fluidity bars-it's pretty good but I haven't used it awhile-yeah right now it's a large paper weight~I spent the money on it when I was working I might as well put it to use while I'm not working! maybe I'll do that tonight!
RUN: 2.2 Miles ~Velcro was an anchor until i let her off leash
Here are words of wisdom from my zen calendar of 2007
"A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in all the world" - Paul Dudley White, M.D.
I think these are good words. One could replace the walk with run, bike, swim or any other form of exercise. EXERCISE IS SO GOOD FOR YOU IN SO MANY WAYS!
South Bay Girl please stop wasting your energy and thoughts on that loser that left! Focus your energies on you! YOU ARE WONDERFUL! And lets hope the WGA gets off their A** es and comes to terms soon. It sucks that so many people are out of work because of them!
Monday, January 21, 2008
With my ever so constant and dedicated running partner, Velcro,I mustered the energy to depart my warm toasty house...venturing out into the chilly, wet, wilds of southern california for a run before it got too late, too cold and dark....it's 54 degrees here-I had to wear a long sleeved shirt and my capri running tights! What is the world coming to! We headed off downhill first towards the harbor area-my foot hurt for about the first 2.5 miles-so it made for a GREAT run!Then the last half of the run was all uphill. HA! But I did it-my head and heart feel better-I have a clearer purpose.....to get fit, look hot and run into that a-hole ex-boyfriend looking positively stunning!! Or meet the man of my dreams....whichever comes first! Or neither of them. I'm just enjoying the fact that I've lost all the weight I gained being with the a-hole ex-boyfriend!!!
Today I probably could have run quite a bit further-but decided not to let the endorphines that were running rampant loose!!
RUN: 4.1 Miles with Velcro- so a few stops to smell the roses!
(377 calories burned-woo hoo!!!)
Saturday's run was a bit chilly, it was in the 30's, but good. I'm still at the back of the group, but I don't care! I'm out there and I'm running. Being some where by 7 am on a Saturday morning truly sucks though! We did 4 miles Saturday and I think I may have had on one layer too many. I need to figure out the right balance.
SATURDAY 4 miles
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I came home and ate breakfast-I was so hungry! made a cup of tea and then an egg, black bean, corn burrito~yummy!!!!! (I'm a pescatarian-only eat fish)
PILATES: 1 Hour (217 Calories)
Friday, January 18, 2008
My arch hurt a little bit at the beginning of the run(didn't burn which is good~and the blistering stopped right after my last prolotheraphy appointment) and so did my legs, and I was a little cold-it's dropped down to about 55 degrees here in southern cal-BRRRRR...chilly.....not cold enough to put on a long sleeved shirt to run in. But still a bit brisk! Like I said to maryland girl-snow...what's that? I see snow on the mountains far far away!
So my run was ok. Nothing great-but I got out there and did something. I was very tempted to bail on it but I thought that Maryland Girl might kick my ass and I looked at Velcro and had to take my constant companion out on a run!!
RUN: 2.62 miles and Velcro made a poo stop and a few pee breaks
By the way-she kicked my ass today!!!! I'm stiff and sore already!
PILATES: 1 Hour
I wonder what tomorrows 7 am run will be like besides cold! I hope it won't be slippery! I don't want to fall! LOL
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Not the greatest of runs today-a little tired~tired for no reason whatsoever I might add. I had a great sleep last night. I blame the sun! The total time from when I walked out my door to walking back in my door was 45:47 with numerous dog stops! Not bad considering I'm just getting back into my running. Of course lets not be silly, I was never a very fast runner. I just love to run!!!
On the arch subject-didn't really hurt or burn today-maybe it's finally adjusting to the orthotics.
Hey www.Mapmyrun.com says I burned 308 calories-how cool is that!!
RUN: 3.4 Miles and Velcro had 1 poo stop, 4 pee breaks and maybe 1 or 2 sniffs
The trainers gave us a schedule for the program. For the rest of this week, I am to: rest today (Wednesday), run 3 miles on Thursday, rest on Friday, the group meets at a way too early 7 am on Saturday morning for a 4 mile run (and it is supposed to still be VERY cold!), rest on Sunday and then a 3 mile run on Monday. Despite the cold, I think this is doable. My thighs hurt today a bit, but then that is what I get for being so very lazy for a month!
RUN: 3 MILES
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I did just go for a walk with Velcro~which seems to have loosened up the strained muscle in my back!
WALK: 2.4 Miles
Monday, January 14, 2008
Prolotheraphy ROCKS! Don't get me wrong-there is slight discomfort involved in the actual injections and then slight residual pain afterwards-but you know what even the pain lessons after each appointment! If you notice, my foot isn't as swollen as it was on the past pictures~Not as many injections today. I'm absolutely thrilled with the results so far! I can't tell you what a feeling it is to go for a run and be out of breathe instead of being in tears because the pain in my foot is so bad! Each day gets better and better.
As for the burning in my arch and the blister-Dr. Fields thinks it might be because there are changes occurring in my foot~he gave me a very thin wrap to wrap around my foot in the arch area and that should help. I won't know anything for a couple of days~not running tonight nor am I running tomorrow...must give my foot a rest! But I do have a pilates class tomorrow~no pressure on my foot there!
Thank you Dr Fields. You are a rockstar!
On a side note-yeah I know I have big feet! No telling anyone!
For all of you that are wondering...what the hell Prolotheraphy is:
The treatment is useful for many different types of musculoskeletal pain, including arthritis, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, unresolved whiplash injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic tendonitis, partially torn tendons, ligaments and cartilage, degenerated or herniated discs, TMJ and sciatica.
First, it is important to understand what the word prolotherapy itself means. "Prolo" is short for proliferation, because the treatment causes the proliferation (growth, formation) of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak.
Ligaments are the structural "rubber bands" that hold bones to bones in joints. Ligaments can become weak or injured and may not heal back to their original strength or endurance. This is largely because the blood supply to ligaments is limited, and therefore healing is slow and not always complete. To further complicate this, ligaments also have many nerve endings and therefore the person will feel pain at the areas where the ligaments are damaged or loose.
Tendons are the name given to tissue which connects muscles to bones, and in the same manner tendons may also become injured, and cause pain.
Prolotherapy uses a dextrose (sugar water) solution, which is injected into the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. This causes a localized inflammation in these weak areas which then increases the blood supply and flow of nutrients and stimulates the tissue to repair itself.
opps...developed a blister on my left arch from the rubbing. It's so strange because I've had these orthotics for about 9 months-changes are definitely happening to my foot. Or maybe I'm finally running properly because I have no pain and the foot has never adapted to the orthotic properly!!!
RUN: 3 Miles w/ Velcro having a poo break and a few pee breaks
I do have one concern as the mileage starts increasing. I still have some nerve damage from an episode of Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and Miller Fisher Syndrome (MFS) in March 2006. I notice when I hike, after the 4-5 mile mark I start getting some intense nerve pain in my feet. I just keep going, but the pain and numbness can be quite intense. It will be interesting to see what happens after running for 4 or 5 miles and longer. I did complete the sprint triathlon in Sept. 2006, six months after my hospitalization, with more residual issues than now, and I survived. I'm sure I can do this too! Strength through adversity!
RUN: 3 MILES
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Appt #1 about 15-20 shots in my foot!
Appt #2 about 12 shots in my foot!
I'll take a picture tomorrow of my lovely left foot! Well on it's way to getting better-finally!!!
Since that out of work CA girl talked me into running the Nashville Half Marathon with her, Tuesday, Jan 15 I will be starting a training program for the half marathon. The program is offered through a running store called Fleet Feet. I hope I can keep up with the others that are training! Once we get started Tuesdays will be speed work and Saturdays will be distance runs. Of course I will be doing some other runs and cross training in between those days.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Today was a busy day. At 9 this morning I went to my Pilates class. I started doing Pilates right before Christmas and now I'm hooked and try to go 3x a week for an hour~ it's awesome. So I did Pilates this morning and I just came back from a 4 mile run at sunset! I have always been a morning runner but have fallen back into running at night. Not quite sure why. I'm sure once work kicks back in I'll get back to my early morning runs before work. My constant running partner~my dog~ and I had a very nice run. We stopped a few times for a pee and poo break. But considering how crappy my running has been up until the prolotheraphy started helping my foot, I'm thrilled! 4 miles twice so far this week is better than I've done in over a year! And I go back for another prolotheraphy appointment on monday! the only pain I'm noticing is in my arch-it seems the prolotheraphy injections are changing my foot a bit so now my orthotic is rubbing my arch. When I go for my appointment on monday I have to draw on a diagram what and where the aches/pains/burns etc are-so I'll mention the arch issue to Dr. Fields then.
RUN: 4 Miles and Velcro, the ACD, had at least 1 poo and pee break
PILATES: 1 Hour
Ok, South Bay Girl, here we go.....
I have been running for years-I thrive on races or I had until about 6-7 years ago when I began having this horrible pain in my left foot. It didn't stop me from running but it definitely curtailed the distances i could run! I had so many tests done to figure out what was wrong with my foot-bone scans, xrays-you name it and no one could tell me what was wrong with it until I went to see the world's best podiatrist, Dr Dan Altschuler, in Santa Monica-I call him my first Rock Star for as this story continues I have found another doctor who I've elevated to rock star status. Dr Dan as he's called by his staff and patients saw me in October 2003-after I had cancelled my acceptance into the 2003 NYC Marathon. He diagnosed my problem-Divergence in my left foot. Basically the tendons and ligaments that hold the first Metatarsal and 2nd Matatarsal are screwed! The years and years of pounding sports: gymnastics, ice skating, volleyball and running and numerous sprained ankles had finally caught up to me. So I was given vet wrap-which is the most awesome thing in the world-and told to wrap my foot constantly for 6 weeks. WOW! It made a difference and the following year, 2004, I was able to run the one marathon I had always wanted to run, The ING NYC Marathon!!!!But once I stopped wrapping my foot the pain would come back-it was like a viscous cycle until the pain got worse and worse even though I was wrapping my foot. I couldn't take it anymore~ so I went back to see Dr. Dan last summer (By this time my running had gone from 6 miles a day to struggling to run 2.5 miles without crying~I was with an alcoholic, lazy ass boyfriend who didn't like running and I was getting FAT!) Well the divergence had gotten worse....GREAT I said! And he said I could do one of three things: surgery-which means 3 months off my feet, wrap my foot with vet wrap for the rest of my life or I could try an alternative theraphy called Prolotheraphy. My boyfriend walked out on me in September 2007!in hindsight a blessing in disguise because I dropped about 15lbs of the oh lets say 30 lbs I put on while I was with him~ and two months after that depressing but blessed event I opted to try Prolotheraphy! Welcome to my meeting with Rockstar #2, Dr Peter Fields of Pacific Prolotheraphy and Wellness Center. I scheduled my first appt with him November 2007....I had put it off because prolotheraphy involves injecting, with needles, dextrose into the affected/injured area....and since I'm on my feet for 12-13 hours a day I had to pick a time when i wasn't working much-thanks WGA strike! This is the only good thing to come out of the WGA strike!
All i can say is prolotheraphy has returned my body to running! I've only had two treatments, I go for my 3rd this coming monday, but already the difference is amazing! I went on a 4 mile run a couple of days ago-and it's not my foot that's stopping me but being out of shape!!! Thank goodness for being out of shape!! Of course that will be the first and last time you hear me say that!
Prolotheraphy has given me back the running that I love, thrive on and that would take a scowl off my face and turn it into a smile!
So here I am...back to running and preparing for two races for the first time in over a year! I've missed it SO MUCH!!!! I plan on running at least the 5K at the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday race on Feb 3rd and then my long distance training partner on the East Coast and I will be running the Nashville Half marathon in April.