My Worst Injury

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I have been somewhat lucky when it comes to injuries. Oh sure, things have niggled. They’ve been achy. They’ve even been somewhat painful. For the most part I’ve been able to keep on running through those aches and niggles. Except one.

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My post race photo. Proof I can smile for the camera no matter how bad it is.

The Perfect Race?
I remember the weather on the day I ran my half marathon in Rhode Island. It was just perfect: beautiful blue skies, not too cold or too hot. I lined up with the rest of the runners full of hope — despite the fact that a mysterious pain had sidelined me from running a couple of weeks before the race.

I was relatively new to running, and relatively new to running half marathons. This was my fifth half. I knew I felt pain when running as I entered my taper, and I didn’t know what to do (nor did I have the village I have now) so I just stopped running, figuring my training was done and rest would solve everything.

Which seemed to be working; for the first six miles. Then things got painful. Then things got really painful. By mile 10 I was walking. It’s the only half I’ve run so far (knock on wood) where I’ve had to walk the last few miles. It’s also the only half I’ve ever phoned Mr. Judy during — to let him know I’d be far, far later than expected.

I did finish. We went on to Cape Cod, where we’d rented an AirBnB (and we had the dogs with us). We were near the famous Sundae School Ice Cream shop, but I was in too much pain to join Mr. Judy when he went for his ice cream sundae. I curled up on the couch with Chester as my heating pad.

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Walking was sill painful (post race). Running — forgaadaboutit.

What went wrong?
I know now that it was an IT Band injury. Here we are 7 years later, and I feel like I am just now getting back to the paces I was running back then. Which are not particularly fast. I thought I had trained smart, but clearly I did not.

The minute it was too painful to run I should have sought help: from a chiropractor, from a physical therapist, from a running coach. Even though I trained with a group with coaches in the summer, it was not our training season and it didn’t occur to me that this was an injury.

I should not have run that half. I know many people say they are happy that they completed a half, no matter the pain, but it left me in pain while running longer distances for months. I came very close to giving up on running longer distances all together. I do not think running through an injury when it leaves you unable to run without pain is the right choice — but hindsight is 20/20.

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Same jacket, much better results!

How did I fix it?
I started out by wearing a knee brace, once I’d figured out what was wrong. Notice that I still didn’t seek out professional help — which of course would have helped. I was lucky; I only took a couple of weeks off running. Running was painful after just 3 miles when I did start running again Although I was running with my group again that Summer, I didn’t sign up for a half initially because long runs were still painful.

Finally I ran 7 miles without pain. I signed up for Smuttynose Rockfest, which billed itself as one of the flattest halfs in New England. Which is true. Which is also not to say that it’s flat.

Still, on a rainy, raw, cold day I had my redemption half and a shiny new PR to boot. I discovered KT Tape (and eventually Rocktape) before the next half, which wasn’t a PR, not even close — but it was pain free. I have taped for every half since then, 6 years ago. There have been other niggles and aches, but so far, knock on wood, my IT Band stays pretty quiet.

Of course I have also worked on strengthening my glutes and hips. I’m a dedicated foam roller. There’s never just one thing that gets you through an injury. I learned my painful lesson from that disaster of a half, and I have sought out Chiropractic help and on occasion Physical Therapy for other niggles and aches before they derailed my training. It truly does take a village to race for most runners.

Run through the pain or live to run another day? It’s a highly personal choice. Don’t listen to the people on the Internet telling you you can do it — they don’t know you, and they don’t know your body. Only you know what the right decision for you is. — Chocolaterunsjudy

Final thoughts
Running through an injury is a personal decision. For some people it’s worth the pain. I’d rather live to run another day, rather than risk serious injury. I want to keep running the rest of my life. I still have many states to run in.

What was your worst injury?

What did you do to help heal it?

What was the longest time you had to take off running due to injury? 

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.

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Running & Watering: 12/10 -16 Weekly Wrap

Training Week 2: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

The week went sideways on me (read more about that in favorites, although it wasn’t a good thing) and I didn’t get as much activity in as I wanted — but I got my runs in and the bonus is my legs are feeling pretty good again.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home and wrapping up my second week of training for BDR Savannah.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: YFPR Flexibility & Flow (30 minutes), 5 miles easy
  • Wednesday: Balanced Life Pilates (30 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  Rest Day
  • Friday:  8 Mile LSD, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: 4 miles easy, YFRHQ Yin Yoga (15 minutes)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Balanced Life Pilates (30 minutes)

Mileage: 17 (+2)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

River is frozen over enough for the geese

Tuesday
Unlike last week, I ended up losing the sun on this one. It was out earlier, but I had errands to run and by the time I actually ran, it had clouded over. I had to pick up something at the vet, so I ran at one of my favorite paths I almost never run at — it’s very close to the vet.

It’s partially road and partially unpaved paths and a tiny bit of trail. I didn’t tape anything, and while my piriformis was really talking to me when I got up this morning and during the run (DOMs, maybe?), everything felt fine after. Progress.

Much more snow when I started running; by now it had mostly melted

Friday
We got unexpected snow yesterday — not much, but then there was some freezing over during the night.

Temps rose throughout the day, though, so I headed to the bike path with some screw shoes on. When I started the path was partially snow and maybe ice, so the first few miles were quite slow. As I ran, and the temps climbed, most of it melted and I was able to get to an almost normal pace.

My feet were soaked though — I swear it was worse than running a half in a Nor’easter!

Not sure what made those tracks!

The bottom line is that these 8 miles took far longer than they ought to, but they got done.

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Snow is completely gone — but more on the way

Saturday
Another group run. Unfortunately the group tends to not run long, which is why I’ve moved my long runs to Friday (when I can), so this was a recovery run.We were finally blessed with some warmer temps.

Doesn’t everyone have a cat IV set up? Thanks to Mr. Judy

Favorites of the week
It definitely wasn’t a favorite, but maybe there’s a happy ending. Wouldn’t you know after I picked up the supplement for Giz on Tuesday, that night he got very sick? Sick enough that I really debated taking him to the emergency vet.

I didn’t, which was the right call, but the next morning he clearly was still not himself so I managed to make an appointment at the vet for that afternoon. For those that don’t know, Gizmo is 17 and has been in kidney failure about a year now, although only diagnosed 6 months ago — it’s not my first time at this rodeo, though, so I knew what was going on before his diagnosis.

We started him on subcutaneous fluids. They are helping, although as he’s felt a bit better he’s fighting more so he’s not getting much, but feeding has gone from hard to really hard. The good news is that he is still eating. So the silver lining is he’s hanging in there.

I told Mr. Judy I am both ready and not ready for him to go. He’s had a really good, long life, and was never sick a day in his life until this year. His brother has been waiting at the Rainbow Bridge (if you don’t know the Rainbow Bridge, read it here) for almost 6 years now. But he’s my sweet boy, and I can’t even begin to imagine my life without him on my lap first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening.

We got the bloodwork results back on Friday: his kidney values are actually slightly better than 6 months ago. No explanation for what’s going on.

It’s rare for them to lay next to each other like this

The snow/ice/rain today made some interesting designs.

Let’s get the conversation started:

How are you squeezing in some activity with the crazyness of the season?

Go-to winter tights?

Have something fun to share with us?

Back in the Groove: 12/3 -9 Weekly Wrap

Training Week 1: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

Let’s just say it wasn’t an auspicious start to my training for my next half: I finally felt like I got back into the groove. The taping was helping my hamstrings tremendously, my paces were normal, I had a great run Friday and Saturday last week, and another great run on Monday.

Then Monday evening I felt like I’d been run over by a truck. Thankfully it ended up being just a very run-down feeling, not a real illness (knock on wood!), especially as Mr. Judy was out on the West Coast visiting family Tuesday – Friday — which in some ways actually helped, since I only had to cook to please myself and could watch the movies he doesn’t enjoy.

I took it easy — you’ll notice I ran Monday and then not again until Saturday. It’s early days in training, so better to nip this in the bud with some rest and chicken soup.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I’m listening to my body while starting to train for my next half.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: YFRHQ Glutes, 5 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Balanced Life Pilates (30 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Balanced Life Pilates (30 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk x 2 (both quickies!), YFPR Strengthen & Stabilize
  • Friday:  Rest Day
  • Saturday: Balanced Life Pilates (30 min), Dogwalk, Last Run Albany 5k
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, 7 mile LSD

Mileage: 15.1 (-3)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

I really thought I was going to get rained on  . . .

Monday
I do wish the weather people could get things right, but I’m so glad I #optedoutside despite potential rain. I was rewarded with a sunny run and no rain and another run that was pretty normal paces without trying to make it so.

. . . but as I ran it got sunnier and sunnier

It’s kind of sad how grateful I am for even an hour of sun because it’s been so lacking here lately!

Most of the Sole Sisters who ran Wineglass showed up — and a few more

Saturday
Some of the best weather we’ve had for Last Run — no snow & ice, thankfully, unlike last year. Winds calm. Chilly, but not terrible. Thanks to Darlene @ MyFirst5k for picking up almost all our bibs! And thanks to Running Buddy S for driving! Because a not favorite of the week was my car battery dying on Thursday.

A good “time” was had by all and I’ll recap it in Tuesday’s post.

Sunday
Several friends were doing the first Winter Series (supported long runs from a local running club). The distances were 3, 5, and 15k — and none of them really jived with what I wanted to do. Not to mention it’s a really boring place to run, so I decided to go out later, because while the paths remain free of snow, there are still better options.

I carbed up at breakfast, a bit too much for 7 miles, and by the time I got out there the sun was on its way down again and it got chillier and chillier but I had a nice strong run.

A few of my favorite things . . .

Favorites of the week
A potluck was planned after our 5k yesterday, with some knitting lessons thrown in. We had at least 4 experienced knitters and then all different levels from a little knitting knowledge to none. While I’ve been knitting on and off for longer than I’ve been married — which is a long time! — it has been off the last few years so I figured I better pick up some needles to figure it out again.

I had trouble teaching, so I just knit. 🙂 Yes, it’s supposed to look loopy like that!

I’ve never tried to teach anyone to knit before, and usually I’m a good teacher, but not so much this time. I tried, and then I just knit.

Lots of chicken noodle soup (farfalle is all I had!)

I was feeling super run down after my run on Monday, so eventually I decided to make a big batch of chicken noodle soup. It seemed to do the trick, I felt better after I had some! And yes, I made it in the Instant Pot.

Miss Lola. Just cause.

I left some towels warming up on my towel warmer before I went to run, with the clothes I planned to change into on top. They were so nice and warm when I put them on!

Congrats to Running Buddy J on her first indoor triathlon today!

Let’s get the conversation started:

Go-to soup when you’re not feeling good?

Do you knit or crochet?

How’s your running going?

Don’t Patronize me!: 11/26 -12/2 Weekly Wrap

On my Friday on my long run, this guy passed me, calling out passing on the left. No biggie, right? Only he also said older, slower runner passing. Well, you’re passing me, so obviously you’re not running slower than me.

I get it, he said he was 69 (no idea why he felt he needed to share that info), so I’m sure for him he’s slower. He also felt the need to say “you’re out here doing it!”. Oh really? I didn’t notice that (insert snarky inner voice). Hrumph. Just call me Scrooge.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how this slow old gal is still getting it done.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Gaia YFR Conditioning (20 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: 5 TM miles, Gaia YFR Post Run (20 minutes)
  • Wednesday: YFRHQ Hamstrings (20 min), Balanced Life Pilates (30 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  YFPR Align & Alleviate, Dogwalk,
  • Friday:  YFRHQ Glutes & Hamstrings & Stretch (45 minutes), 7 mile LSD
  • Saturday: YFPR Rebuild & Restore (30min), 6 miles easy
  • Sunday: Yogaworks AM (10 minutes), Dogwalk, Balanced Life Pilates (30 minutes)

Mileage: 18 (+1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

Tuesday
I knew Tuesday was supposed to be messy, but when I had the opportunity to finally see “A Star is Born” on Monday, I took it (I thought it was good, but not quite the rave everyone seems to think it is).

So treadmill Tuesday it was. I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time on my treadmill this winter. I ran a mile, stopped, did some prehab stuff, ran another mile, and so on. I wanted to get 6 but frankly 5 seemed to take forever!

The shoes are actually orange, but the jacket was just gray!

Friday
That’s more like it. My runs have been slooooow lately. I’ve just been running easy, by feel, and until today, apparently that meant super slow. Today was a normal pace, without trying, for 7 miles, which I haven’t done in a few weeks.

Of course when I heard gunshots about halfway through I sped up and saw some paces I definitely hadn’t seen in a while . . . realizing the only orange on me was my shoes. When I got home Mr. Judy said with that many gunshots (there were a lot) it wouldn’t be hunters, and found there was a gun club not far from where I was running. I’ve run there many, many times and this was a first.

Dunno why we all look like we need a bathroom. It’s the only sun we’ve seen in days!

Saturday
I met up with the group again this week and even got to share my run with someone again.

Always peaceful by the river.

Skipped a local 5k because my legs are not up to racing (or maybe they are?) and I’ve heard it was hilly, too. I also taped my hamstrings — talk about awkward! — both Friday & Sat. And my legs feel a whole lot better. I’ve been doing a lot of things for those hamstrings, but why didn’t I think about taping sooner? It seemed to help tremendously.

My lost skirt found. And yes, that’s our wedding picture. We’ve never hung it in the 4 homes we’ve had so far . . . 

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I found the elusive Wonder Wool Skirt today (read about my problems finding it here)! I store off season running clothes in boxes in the closet in my spare bedroom, and turns out it had somehow fallen behind those boxes. Of course I had to drag out every box and completely go through them before I found it.

I’m happy the big blizzard totally missed us. We got rain, but you don’t have to shovel rain and what snow we had left has washed away — which means more places to run. It’s going to remain cold, but let’s hope that the snow stays away a bit longer.

Let’s get the conversation started:

What sort of “encouragements” rub you the wrong way?

Finish your Thanksgiving leftovers (we freeze our leftover turkey, or most of it, I’ve been enjoying some turkey sandwiches after my runs)?

Do you enjoy snowstorms?

5 Ways I keep My IT Band Happy

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ITBS: Illiotibial Band Syndrome. Stress fracture might be one of the most feared runner injuries, but ITBS is right up there with stress fractures. It can linger a long, long time and opinions on how to treat and/or cure it vary widely.

I have struggled with it, and the truth is, while it’s been rather quiet recently, you never quite know when it will raise its ugly head.

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Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share five ways I keep my IT Band happy. I think there might actually be a part II post at some point.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, a physical therapist, or a coach of any sort. Use your best judgement when trying my suggestions.

Strength Training
While knee pain is never fun, when it attacks, you really have to look at the big picture: is running your only form of exercise? Do you work on strength training? How about mobility, balance, and flexibility?

Many common runner injuries are due to imbalances in the body and/or overtraining. So it’s really easy to fall into the trap of only working on your problem areas — because they hurt and it’s kind of hard to ignore them!

But the body is all connected: muscles to tendons to ligaments to bones, or the proverbial the thighbone is connected to the . . . you get the idea. Working on strength training will not only help you be functional in your life, it can help make you a better runner, too.

And you already know that I’m working out with Killer Bs right now (read about it in this post).

Prehab/Dynamic Stretching
I totally get it: we’re all busy and seriously, who has time to stretch or warmup? Especially when it’s hot as Hades outside?

Wouldn’t you rather prehab than rehab, though? Rehab often means no or limited running.

One way I try to keep my IT happy is by throwing in exercises geared towards it as part of my dynamic warmup. A few of my favorites:

  • Hip Hikes
  • Step Ups
  • Iron Cross
  • One Leg Squats
  • Lunges (front, back, side)

Many of the above are covered in Strength Running’s ITB Rehab routine here.

Also read Kim @ Kookyrunner’s blog post “My Physical Therapy Routine” here for more exercises I include frequently.

Usually I pick a couple of exercises and include them in my warmup, using different ones each time.

Foam Rolling
People will tell you that foam rolling hurts. And it may — initially. Eventually, though, it should feel like a form of self massage. It doesn’t have to be done immediately following a run, although I find if I wait it’s less likely to happen.

I have read varying opinions about whether or not foam rolling is good for the IT Band. I’m going with it feels good and it doesn’t seem to be hurting me.

Taping
I will never forget the first half I ran with taped knees: Heartbreak Hill Half. Other than the cramps at the end (a sudden heatwave), I had never felt so good after a half. I was sold.

I started out using KT Tape Pro, but eventually switched to Rocktape (Amazon affiliate link), as I found it adhered better — although even Rocktape can come off during a hot, humid run (hello, Best Damn Race New Orleans!).

I would love to get to the place where I don’t have to tape my knees. I don’t tape for every run or every race. But if you’ve ever dealt with IT Band issues, you know how scary it can be. Taping gives me peace of mind.

Protein Post Run
Not being a scientist or a medical professional, and knowing that the IT Band is not really muscle, I’m not so sure that getting in protein post run really makes a difference here. But . . . I very much doubt it could hurt and we all know it’s important to get in some protein post run, right?

Actually, I did come across several posts saying that staying well hydrate — before, during, and after a run, could help with recovery — posts specifically aimed at dealing with ITBS.

And if you have been living under a rock somewhere, according to this post from Runner’s World, getting in protein post run has these benefits:

Protein repairs exercise-induced muscle damage, reduces the response from the stress hormone cortisol and even helps speed glycogen replacement

On a slight tangent, what about your beloved chocolate milk (not for me — chocolate shake, sure, chocolate milk doesn’t do it for me). I happened to find an interesting post on Runner’s Connect (read it here) that shows that a protein shake will do your body more good than chocolate milk — chocolate milk tends to have a lot more sugar than protein shakes (although that can vary widely) and is missing some of the amino acids that are important to recovery.

You are your own best doctor. I am not a doctor. And you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. I am just sharing some of the things that have helped me.

So let me know in the comments:

Have you ever had IT Issues?

What helped you overcome it?

What are your thoughts on post run protein (and its role with ITBS prevention?

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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5 Things that got me through . . .

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. . .  My first trail race

I love you free spirits who just go out and run. I’m a girl scout; I believe in preparation! Maybe that’s why I’m not usually super nervous before a race. I was a little nervous before this past half (read the recap here), but chatting with Skirtsisters before the start took my mind off of it.

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Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy and sharing five things that helped me run a successful first trail half.

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Still gushing over the hydration pack

Hydration Pack
This is obviously beating a dead horse, since I devoted last week’s Friday Five (read it here) to the subject. Most runners didn’t seem to be carrying water at all. And yes, it was a very chilly day. I need my hydration and I just love my hydration pack and am glad I finally tried one! And then another . . .

A similar one from Amazon (affiliate link) here.

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They were so cute before they got all muddy!

Dirty Girl Gaiters
Do you need gaiters to run a trail race? Of course not. Will they help? Obviously, I think they do.

Where I ran in training had several very sandy patches — like running in the unpacked sand on a beach. I would get home and empty what felt like the entire trail from my shoes. My feet would be dirty despite my socks.

The first time I ran with gaiters only a tiny trickle of sand needed to be drained from my shoes. I was immediately sold.

Gaiters cover the bottom of your legs and part of your shoes, and their purpose is to keep all that trail debris out of your shoes. Unfortunately, since I had to return my trail shoes, I now have to dig out the velcro (wherever that might be) to attach gaiters to my new trail shoes (when I buy them).

The good news is that they since they send along more than enough, I don’t have to buy new velcro — assuming I can find the leftovers.

You can buy your Dirty Girl Gaiters (not an affiliate link, although they are available on Amazon) here.

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Love these compression socks!

Mudgear Compression Socks
I think I may have found the perfect cold weather compression socks. One of the reasons I run in compression sleeves instead of compression socks is I hate that tightness around my toes — it feels like they’re being squished together — and the fact that there’s so little padding.

Mudgear targets the OCR and Tough Mudder crowds. It’s mildly compressive around your lower legs, but the feet are regular socks and nicely padded. I bought a medium, but I will say that they actually felt a bit too loose around my toes. I wonder if the small might be a better fit for me?

They got wet . . . again, and again, and again . . . yet they would dry out between dunkings and I didn’t get blisters.

Get your Mudgear Compression socks from Amazon (affiliate link) here

Rocktape
No, of course, this is not something you need for a trail race. If I hadn’t taped both knees, though, there might have been a lot more pain, a lot more walking, and it might even have derailed my UT half. Rocktape rocks; no joke!

You can buy Rocktape (Amazon Affiliate link) here.

Honeystinger Waffles
My race started at 9 am. We left at 7:30 because it’s a half hour drive and we knew parking would be limited (we could have left a little later). I ate my normal prerace breakfast of overnight oats at my usual time, around 6 am.

I know lots of runners run half marathons on very little fuel. What can I say, I like to eat, and I know that with 3 hours between breakfast and the start of the race, I needed a little somthin’ somethin’ — Honeystinger Waffle to the rescue!

You can buy them here (I’m a Honeystinger Ambassador, but I don’t make any money off of your purchase — just sharing the love here).

So let me know in the comments:

Do you need a prerace snack if breakfast was several hours prior?

Have you ever attempted a race that pushed you outside your comfort zone — if yes, which one and why?

Would you try a tough mudder or OCR race (me: no thank you! The trail race was enough tough mud for me!)?

Disclaimer: I am an Ambassador for both Skirtsports and Honeystinger. I make no money from the links in this post, and I was not provided any items for free. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Taping does a body good: TOLT

I’m Thinking Out Loud about why people are so resistant to taping and why it’s such a godsend to me. And how I think I’ve finally figured out that nail polish remover actually kills my nails. And TOLT wouldn’t be a TOLT without a furkid photo, of course.

The Catch-22 of Taping
I am constantly surprised at how resistant runners are to using kinesiology tape. Course I resisted at first too. And then I tried it; I had never felt so good after a half!

Since that day, several years ago, I have taped all sorts of areas of my body.Sometimes multiple areas. Sometimes my husband has to help me (ever tried to tape your back?). The goal is always to strengthen your weakness so tape is no longer necessary, of course, but without tape, I doubt I would be running. Not kidding!

Sometimes it takes a while to figure out the best way to tape a body part, and while it never causes further damage if you get it wrong, it can cause some aches.

I tried running with a knee brace, by the way, and while that did help, I found it that it locked my knee into a certain position, and that didn’t allow me to make the minor adjustments I need to make while running — tape does.

Like with my ankle. When it first started to bother me, it didn’t bother me during a run, only after. Then I started taping it, but I was only guessing. It helped, but eventually, it began to bother me during the run, sometimes afterwards, and then feel pretty good the next day.

Even after I got some guidance from the chiropractor, it was still bothering me sometimes during the run, but getting better all the time.

Then I finally made a slight adjustment and voila! It felt fine to run on. Usually fine the next day, too. Often it felt almost completely normal and that led to my forgetting to tape it altogether for one run last week. I was quickly reminded it wasn’t back to normal yet, but I must say, I bounced back from a hilly race where I worked hard this weekend with virtually no pain.

I wish I could say the same of my elbow (where I’ve had tendinitis for years) . . . .

The Last Wash?
I remember last year, I kept doing what I thought of as “the last wash” for my thermoball jacket. As in I won’t need this jacket again this season. And I kept repeating that last wash, because I kept needing it.

I performed what I hope was my last wash on the thermoball last week. I’m pretty sure I won’t need it again this year, but you never know.

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And Speaking of Clothes . . .
I took a trip to the mall, and stopped into The Gap. I swear they have the best sales. Ignore the crazy hair and very weird facial expressions. I’ve sort of mastered the selfie, but not the dressing room mirror selfie, apparently.

Anyhoo, I bought the sweatshirt on the left. What you can’t tell is that it has a subtle sparkle. And it was $6.

I didn’t like the sweater on the top right (also sparkly, btw); much too boxy and itchy to boot. I was pretty sure the dress on the bottom right wasn’t going to fit — it was a M — but I figured for the price, I had to at least try it on, right? I have the same dress in a light gray, but in a much thicker material; I love that dress. I love dresses all summer long!

Sadly, it was, indeed, a M and therefore way too big on me; I couldn’t find it online, either. I might have to stop at the Gap in the other mall. I tend to be an XS in Gap dresses; I find they run large, usually.

The Nail Destroyer
I used to think that my nails became very brittle in winter. They seemed to do just fine this winter, and I attributed that to the mild winter.

Until I had my nails done for my birthday, and a week or so after I removed the polish all my nails started to break. I now think it’s the nail polish remover!

Senior Moments are Getting Out of Hand
I plugged my ipad in to charge it up when I went out for several hours last week.

Or so I thought.

When I came back, I saw that I had, indeed, plugged the charger in. Except I hadn’t plugged the charger into the Ipad.

Have You Ever Made a Balsamic Reduction?
Basically, you simmer balsamic vinegar until it thickens. And I screw it up every time. It doesn’t look like it’s thickening so I cook it way longer than it’s supposed to cook, and I end up with balsamic candy almost.

It still tastes good.

Maybe I’ll learn next time.

 

Obligatory Lola photo

 

You’re Leaving Me!
This was the face Lola made last week before I stepped out to do a neighborhood run. I’ve been doing most of my runs outside the neighborhood the last few months.

She was like what, no kong?

Happy with my results (although this is a start photo)

 

I Ran a Half Marathon Relay, Did You Hear?
Outfit fail: I did not need that jacket and it spend the entire race wrapped around my waist, but thankfully it didn’t bother me on a very, very hilly course. Hoping to have my recap up this weekend.

Outfit fails? Cooking fails? Spill!

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud