A Tale of 2 Runs: 4/4-10 Weekly Wrap

It was a week of before and afters: before & after the snow, before and after PT, before & after a haircut, and before and after my first sports massage.

Join us at the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin. You don’t have to be a runner — just healthy minded people supporting other health minded people.



Workouts update

  • Monday: PT Appt (gait analysis) -1 TM mile, Final Fat Meltdown, PT Exercises x 3
  • Tuesday: 3 1/2 easy miles on the TM in the AM, 2 1/2 easy miles outside in the PM, Dogwalk, PT Stretches x 3
  • Wednesday: PT Stretches x 3, Final Fat Metldown, Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, Easy 5 miles, PT Stretches x 3
  • Friday: Dogwalk, PT Stretches x 3, Final Fat Meltdown
  • Saturday: YFR Hips, PT Stretches x 3ish (didn’t do my squats), 10 mile LSD
  • Sunday: PT Stretches x 3, Dogwalk

Mileage: 22 (+2)

TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners
WU = warmup
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief


My second (and last?) PT Appointment
This one was the gait analysis. Ray at Positive Motion Fitness doesn’t like to do the gait analysis when you have an active injury.

I’ve had a gait analysis in the past, and the results were pretty much the same: I don’t have a lot of imbalances, although of course I’m not perfect, and I do something really strange with my right foot where I swing it out and then in front of my left foot. It looks so bizarre, like I’m walking down a catwalk, and I’m totally unaware of it as I’m running.

Most of the rest of my form is good, with a few oddities here and there, like how I twist my body around on the left hand side — he said it looked like I’d had a shoulder injury, but I haven’t. Although I’ve basically had a kink in my right shoulder for almost a year now –either it caused the weird thing that I do with my left side or I caused the kink by the weird thing I do on my left side (chicken or the egg?). You can actually see it, sort of, in the photo Darlene took of me on our run Saturday (above, I’m on the right).

We went over the exercises he had given me last week, to make sure I’m doing them correctly, and then added in three more to address my gait issues. He said my runs this week might feel sluggish. And that we’re done.

My runs haven’t been very sluggish, although I can’t say as they were super speedy either. My ankle does feel a lot better and I didn’t tape it this week. Still need to keep working on it because as I keep saying, it’s better but still not normal.


Treadmill AM, Cold Run PM (photo from dogwalk)

Running update
I split up Tuesday’s run because it was bitterly cold in the morning and the roads still seemed a bit icy from Monday’s snow storm, so 3 1/2 on the treadmill and then 2 1/2 outside in the afternoon.

Thursday I was meant to do hill repeats. It had warmed up, but rain was in the forecast, so I rushed home from my meeting, hoping to beat it, and forgot to tape my IT band. I ended up just doing an easy 5 miles, and my IT was a bit tight, so dropping the hill repeats was a good call (it felt fine the next day). I did throw in a fartlek down by the college where there’s a nice row of trees.


Yup, we had to climb over a tree — not the first time I’ve had to do that!

On Saturday I met up with Darlene and a another friend. My friend and I ran 4 miles together — she’s training for the Venice Half Marathon, lucky girl — anyone ever done it? She’s looking for any information she can get on it! Darlene joined us after her race (where she won her age group) for the last 6 miles.It was a pretty day, although a bit chilly and windy — still miles better than the previous weekend. And then we hit up Leah’s Cakery again. Good thing I’m running in the double digits again!

I taped both knees, taped my IT on the left leg, but didn’t tape my ankle. The IT was not a problem at all; the ankle is just a tiny bit irritated this morning, but pretty good for a 10 mile run and I continue to make steady progress with it.

Hair before/after the haircut

Favorites of the Week
Above you can see how the hair looks after being pulled back in a ponytail and under a hat for run on the left — and how good it looks after a haircut. I wish I could make it look that good all the time.

Had to show you the full s’mores bar

Leah’s Cakery is dangerous and we’ve decided we need to try everything there. I only have about another month of really long runs . . .

Saturday we rented “Bridge of Spies”, which I really enjoyed despite falling asleep here and there.

Sunday I had my very first sports massage. I do massages every month, or every other month, but I’ve never been brave enough to try a sports massage. It seems like everyone loves them (or loves-hates them), so I decided since I have several issues going on, it was time to suck it up and try it.

It was painful. Not all of it, and not like coming to tears painful, but flinching and could you please stop that soon? painful. But I knew to expect that. I have to say the ankle did feel better afterward. But right now it’s hard to tell how much it helped — I still plan to get another before my race in May.

And that’s a wrap!

Do you do sports massages? How often?

How often do you get a sports massage, if you do them?

Enjoyed a good movie recently? A good book?

28 thoughts on “A Tale of 2 Runs: 4/4-10 Weekly Wrap

  1. I really should invest in massages more often…and I’ve never had a sports massage (yet). I know I have a strange gait thing, too. Both of my knees kind of turn inward (my right more so than my left), and I swing my right foot kind of awkwardly (at least it looks awkward from my line of sight). I would be willing to bet ANYTHING that’s why most of my issues are on my left side (hamstring/glute/piriformis) because I’m over-compensating in some manner. I’m a lot more conscious of it now, and am much better about stretching/rolling things out…but I still need more discipline with that.

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    1. I must say, my ankle & shoulder felt a lot better after the sports massage. Enough so I think I’ll do it a couple of more times before my half.

      I actually wish I could afford to keep going back to PT to address ALL my issues!


  2. I’ve never had gait analysis done. When I started with Becky, because she isn’t a running coach, she had me do some squats and other maneuvers. She determined that I had weakness in my left hip and glutes. So we’ve worked on that for the last 2 years. After Big Sur, I’ll be starting PT. It will be interesting to see what I learn there.

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    1. I wrote a reply on your blog that blogger ate again — the short of it was I’m glad that you’re feeling a lot more confident now that Big Sur is getting close.

      My PT mainly focused on my specific issues. I’d love to address some of my other issues, too — maybe someday in the future. Right now it’s all time consuming enough as it is!


  3. Your hair looks great! So does that s’mores bar. I have a sports massage once a month. I used to go every two weeks but the prices went up and that’s just a little too much money (and time since I get 90 minute massages) to spend.

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    1. Ooooh, a 90 minute sports massage sounds really painful.Although I am considering just that so she can continue to work on both my legs and my shoulder — it definitely helped! I just wanted a swedish massage afterwards. 🙂


  4. Kind of a boring running life – which is the way I like it. no massages, no exercises, no PT, no gait analysis. But since nothing hurts (knock on wood), I’ll keep it that way. I know from the way my shoes wear that I drag my outside heel but according to Fleetfeet, I land on my mid-foot perfectly. I think I’ll use my $$ on races for now.

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    1. I’d be getting regular massages whether something was bothering me or not. I love massage! I’d rather spend my money on that than getting my nails done (which is admittedly much cheaper, but you get my drift).

      Where I strike was very interesting from the gait analysis — which he played in slomo. It looks like I’m going to heel strike, but somehow I correct myself at the last minute and land on my mid foot. Just another bizarre thing I’m not even aware of doing!


      1. Everyone is different. I have no desire to have a massage. It creeps me out. But getting rid of the gray and having my nails done make feel great. Especially since I am around people all day at work and touching their computers (nice looking nails are important – the hair is just vanity).

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  5. Okay, your before and after hair both look good!
    I have done gait analysis too with my PT and it is a tricky thing. After the last book I read, I deiced to try to work areas I knew I needed a little more strength in. It is a moving target trying to figure all this stuff out. That is great the tape helps you. I used the tape briefly after my stress fracture and was amazed how it could make a difference. I wish tape would help my feet lol not so much…
    I say about my feet what you said about your ankle, it is better, but not normal, that is exactly where I am at. Improvement isn’t enough, i want to forget it is there.
    Great mileage this week Judy 🙂

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  6. Sounds like PT has really been helping you! Glad you tried a sports massage – I just got a 90 minute sports massage last week. Wish I could go more often!

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  7. I had a sports massage recently and I so agree with your comment about the painful can you stop please soon… but in the end it was SO HELPFUL. Everything that was tight was no longer tight. I can’t wait to have another one.

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  8. I’ve had a few sports massages and do find them painful. I’ve never had a gait analysis though. I probably wouldn’t like my results. I have a little trick about my form. When I cast a good hard shadow right in front of me, I use it to check my form. Many times I can see what’s off (unlevel / askew / wonky) and I take that opportunity to work on it. Your hair looks great in both pictures! I always tease my hairdresser about coming to my house every morning to style my hair…sigh…if only. PS. The smores bar made my stomach growl. YUM. Thanks for linking with us Judy.

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  9. I miss watching movies every now and again. It doesn’t seem to fit into our life right now, but every once in awhile I’ll stay up late (hard as it is) and watch a movie with the child. I used to have all day movie days with tons of movie-type munchies… ahhhh, so fun. One day I’ll get to have a movie day again… hopefully soon, hehe!

    I would love, love, love to have a sports massage! I’ve only ever had 2 regular massages in the past, but oh, they were wonderful. I know the sports massages are different (and as you said, can be a bit painful), but I’d love to work all the kinks out of my muscles. Gonna have to try it!

    Loving the yumminess of those s’mores!! And congratulations on the great training cycle! You rock!! 😀

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    1. We actually watched part of the movie again last night, so I was able to see most of the key parts I slept through — and surprisingly stayed awake this time, as I’d had a pretty sleepless night the night before.

      If Mr. Judy ever hits the lottery, I’m getting me a massage therapist for sure!

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  10. Congrats on your PT graduation! I hope the ankle continues to improve until it’s totally back to normal. Your haircut looks great. I’m always frustrated with how great my hairdresser makes my hair look, yet I can never achieve the same look myself.

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    1. How are you feeling now?

      My ankle has been back & forth a lot lately, until yesterday for some reason I decided to wear compression socks. I was living in them at first, but I got tired of it after a while.

      It was like a miracle! So I’m back to doing my PT stuff AND wearing compression socks & hoping it gets back to normal for good one of these days.


  11. I would love to have a full gait analysis done. I’ve gone to like Fleet Feet and they’ve looked and told me what shoes I needed but that’s it.
    So does he thing the exercises he gave you to do will fix you ankle?
    I do like your haircut and yup you can’t ever fix it like they do. Although I cut and fix my own. Yea it’s kind of hard to mess mine up cause it looks messy all the time, lol.
    Movies: we watched both 21 and 22 Jumpstreet. We really want to watch this movie with Denzel Washington called Equalizer maybe? But it wasn’t on Amazon or Netflix when we looked.

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    1. I could never, ever cut my hair. Heck, they’re always asking if I cut my own bangs & no, I don’t — I’d be too scared too! My hair looks messy a lot too. I guess I’ve kind of gotten used to it.

      The PT thinks that with time, yes, the ankle will go back to normal. I think so too, but dang, these things take sooooo long.

      I’m very grateful that it doesn’t really effect my life much and that I don’t have to stop running. It was never extremely painful, but it’s just kind of there and you want it to be gone!

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