Running with the Hayneses

Weekly Training Update: 04/20/14

 

Thank you all so much for your encouraging comments on Friday’s post. I have been touched and uplifted when otherwise I might have sunk into a black mood and spent the weekend feeling sorry for myself.

For those who don’t know, there still hasn’t been any progress in the healing and recovery department. My physical therapist, says that it looks like we are dealing with something more than just cuboid syndrome since I’m not seeing any improvement after two weeks of treatment. In order to get a more accurate diagnosis, she’s sending me back to the orthopedic to get an MRI. She couldn’t speculate on what the actual problem might be, but she suspects that the only answer at this point is to stay completely off my foot for a number of weeks, since just cutting out running hasn’t made any difference. I think I’m in for a very unpleasant experience, but I’m ready to just get it over with as soon as possible.

It’s been a very discouraging week as I went from thinking that the problem had been identified and was being fixed to finding out that I’m no closer to healing now than I was 6 weeks ago when this all began. I kept up my training in the way that I thought was best at the time, but it may look very different from now on. Here’s a look back:

Sunday: Rest

Monday: Bike Commute (23 Miles)

I biked to work and then to my physical therapy appointment. I had a disheartening session with my PT–the words “walking boot” were thrown around as the next possible course of treatment. I came home determined to do EVERYTHING I could to avoid that outcome, so I decided not to do T25 this week with the hope that cutting out all enjoyable impact activities would make a difference.

Tuesday: Yoga 1.5 Hrs.

I didn’t get to bike on Tuesday because it was raining, so my only option for a workout that afternoon was yoga. I decided to make it count and did all three of my running yoga videos back-to-back. It was surprisingly difficult, and I was sore the next day!

Wednesday: Bike Commute (16 Miles) + Swim 1 Hr.

The rain turned to snow overnight, and we woke up to a winter-like (?) wonderland! It was only 26 degrees that morning, but I was feeling a little crazy (read: the lack of running was getting to me!), so I rode my bike to work anyways. Most exhilarating ride ever!

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I didn’t do my typical brick workout this week because I had a chiropractor appointment after work, so I went to the gym later that night to swim.

Thursday: Bike Commute (23 Miles)

It was 25 degrees on Thursday morning, but if I can do it once, I can do it again! It’s really not that bad except that I wish I had a pair of windproof pants–my legs are the only part that gets cold. Another PT appointment after work, where I got the news that I’d been mostly expecting: I needed to go back to the ortho. :/

Friday: Bike Commute (16 Miles) + T25 Dynamic Core + Rip’t Circuit

25 degrees again–will spring ever come back to us?! And I know I said that I decided not to do T25 anymore, but at this point I felt that it could hardly do any harm since you can’t have a setback if you haven’t made any progress yet. I did the low-impact version and that felt fine on my foot. I didn’t get much of a cardio workout, but it was still a good strength workout.

Saturday: Long Ride (29 Miles) + T25 Stretch

Peter and I had a great long ride together! We found a route that’s not too bumpy and has lots of hills–good training for IM Syracuse! I’m expecting that it was probably my last ride for awhile, but I’m willing do whatever it takes to get this foot to heal!

Training Totals:

I biked 107 miles this week, swam 1.5 miles and did 3 yoga and 3 T25 workouts. I’m happy with what I’ve been able to do so far, in spite of missing out on so much. This weekend was the second 50K trail race that I would have run if I hadn’t been injured, and I have withdrawn from the first race of the Granite State Trail Series on April 27th. I’m nervous about what’s in store for the next few weeks, but it is what it is, and I know the time will pass quickly (even if at times it seems like an eternity). I’ll keep you updated on what develops as the week goes on.

 

Five Injured Runner Problems

 

I haven’t run for 4 weeks now, and in a lot of ways I’ve come to terms with my situation and am making the most of it. There are times though when I succumb to one of the many problems that plague all injured runners. These are my top five nemeses right now:

1. Jealousy

I have to admit, I have a hard time listening to other people talk about their runs.

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2. Lack of Motivation

Why is it that I have no problem making meals and keeping the house clean when I’m running 50 miles a week, but don’t want to do anything but lay on the couch when I’m injured?

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3. Mental Instability

Thankfully I am still able to bike and swim, which keeps the craziness to a minimum. My husband is grateful for this, too. :)

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4. Mental Anguish

Enough said.

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5. Anger

If I think about all that I’m missing out of in terms of running and racing, I can definitely get pretty mad. I try to avoid this train of thought and just focus on the things that I can do.

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6. BONUS (just to keep things light)

Does anyone else feel like a shower is kind of pointless if you don’t do a sweaty workout first? ;)

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Anyone else injured right now?

How long has it been since you last ran?

 

 

An Injury Is An Opportunity To Learn A Valuable Lesson

 

You know you’re in trouble when your physical therapist admits that she’s at her wit’s end. Mine literally told me that if my foot isn’t any better by the end of this week, then probably my only option is to go back to the orthopedic for a walking boot. I think I went through about a hundred different emotions as I tried to process this news–disbelief, hopelessness, worry, desperation, frustration, depression. I guess I was pretty much at my wit’s end, too.

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The most frustrating thing (warning: rant ahead) is that I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Even after all this time, I don’t seem to be any closer to recovery, and no one seems to have any answers. I’ve been mis-diagnosed by the ortho, and I’ve gone through 2 weeks of physical therapy that has had no effect whatsoever. I’ve endured weeks of pain, missed 2 (so far) races, shelled out $$$ for multiple specialist visits and suffered a 2-month (at least) setback in my training. And after all that my injured foot is, if anything, worse than ever.

Yesterday in a last ditch effort I went to my chiropractor to have him try to adjust my foot. The PT has tried several times to do this, but the area is so tight and inflamed now that she couldn’t get the cuboid to budge. I had high hopes that the chiro would come through for me, and that once I left his office I’d be on my way to a speedy recovery. No such luck. He thought he got it realigned, but whether he did or not, I’m still in just as much  pain. I go back to the PT today, and I don’t know what’s going to happen next.

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It took me awhile to figure out the moral of this story, but over the last few days I’ve come to realize that every injury and every setback is a learning experience, and I need to look for the lessons that I’m being taught through this trial. It’s been almost unbearable for me to think of all the wasted time and money, but now I know that it’s only wasted if I fail to learn something valuable. I’ve often said that running has made me a better person. I hope that I will be able to say the same of this injury when all is said and done.

 

My First Run Post-Marathon

 

Yesterday morning, I did my first real run since my marathon last Sunday! I took a week off of running after the race to rest and recover and am now resuming my normal routine this week. I say it was my first “real” run because on Sunday, I did my typical 15-minute run after my long ride, but in my mind, a 2-mile run hardly counts as a run. :)

I woke up Monday morning feeling super tired (my husband has been snoring a lot lately, so I haven’t been sleeping well :/ ), and I seriously considered just going back to sleep. However, I told myself that if I didn’t get my run in that morning, I wouldn’t have a chance to run again till Thursday. That got me out of bed! :)

I wasn’t sure how my legs would feel since I was super sore and tired after my race. During my biking and swimming workouts, I’ve felt fine, and I was pretty sure that I was fully recovered, but it’s always hard to know until you actually get out and RUN!  My scheduled workout for Monday was 3 repeats of 8 minutes at half-marathon pace (for me that’s 6:59-6:23 min/mile). For fresh legs, this would be a piece of cake. For a recovering marathoner, I wasn’t sure. John told me to just start off with one repeat and adjust the workout depending on how it felt.

During my warm-up I was feeling pretty sluggish. (The 2 inches of snow we got over night didn’t help any! Side complaint: On Sunday, I ran in shorts and a sports bra. Two days later: Full tights, running jacket, hat, and gloves!!)

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The view out my back door on Monday morning.

Anyway, since I wasn’t feeling super perky, I decided I’d probably stick with 2 repeats and call it a day. I did my first one at 6:48 pace (the wind was at my back, so it was easy). I turned around and headed back for my second one. The wind was now a full on headwind, so I was nervous about how I’d do. I finished it with a 6:50 average pace though and still felt decent. Since I still had some energy after these two, I decided to complete the workout by doing the third repeat. This one I had a mix of headwind and crosswind, and even a hill, but I averaged a 6:43 pace for it! Not bad for 9 days post-marathon!

I was noticeably more tired than I typically would be for that kind of workout, but it looks like I won’t have any problem jumping back into my regular training.

Are any of you recovering from a race or injury and working back into your normal training routine? How is it going?

Running Mentors

 

Most of us probably had someone who inspired us to begin running, who encourages us in our daily training, who are the models for our running lives. That’s right, I’m talking about running mentors. Whether it be as simple as a person we follow on twitter, or someone we train with daily, I’m sure we all have mentors in this sport.

I’ve had several running mentors throughout my running life. My first running mentor was my dad. Growing up, he would take my sisters and I running on several occasions. This is how I got started running. He still maintains a very important mentorship role, thought it’s more of a moral support type of role now.

My second running mentor was the assistant cross-country coach when I was in graduate school. She was a former Big Ten 10k runner, and she was VERY good. She accompanied me and entertained me on many long runs, and even did some speed workouts with me early on in my marathon career. She helped me design good workouts that would improve my endurance, form and speed. I modeled not only my training after hers, but my running form as well. It was her mentorship that helped me qualify for, and then run in the Boston marathon.

My third running mentor was/is my friend who I ran with last year. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten the chance to run with her at all this year (we’ve actually been biking together a lot instead), but I still consider her my running mentor. When I first started running with her, she was leaving me in the dust! However, after struggling through her workouts with her for a few months, I finally improved, and was able to get a huge PR in my next marathon.

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Since I’ve had so many great running mentors in my life, about a year ago, I started mentoring a fellow runner myself! It kind of happened on accident. A co-worker started running and had signed up for a half-marathon. When I found out about this, we talked about it a lot. She started asking me questions, and before we knew it, we were friends. I’ve been able to encourage her in her training and give her tips on running, shoes and nutrition. It’s been so cool to see her progress. She’s now training for her first 50k!

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I may have dragged her into my triathlon training as well. :)

How about you? Have you had some pretty major running mentors in your life? Do you have the pleasure of mentoring another runner? I’d love to hear your stories!

How To Get The Smell Out of Your Running Clothes

 

I think it’s safe to say that if you’re a runner, or any other type of athlete, you’ve probably got some clothes that you just can’t get the stink out of, no matter how many times you wash them. And they’re probably some of your favorites, too–the shorts that you wear for all your long runs because they don’t chafe, the jacket that you wear every day in the winter because it’s the perfect layer, the shirt that’s your favorite color, ect. In my case, it’s the shorts that are as old as my running career that I wear for EVERYTHING. Or at least I did, until they started smelling so badly that even I couldn’t stand to be near them.

They’re still in good shape though, and I hated to just throw them away when they still have plenty of life left in them (especially since they’re expensive to replace!). So I started searching for ways to get the smell out of well-used running clothes. I’d heard a lot about using special sports detergents to prevent odor build-up (too late) or soaking them in white vinegar to remove the odor (can make your clothes smell like vinegar), but then I discovered the simplest home remedy of all: SALT.

It makes sense if you think about it. Salt is a natural anti-bacterial agent, so it will kill the odor-causing bacteria that have become embedded in the synthetic fibers of your clothes. No bacteria, no smell! I decided to give it a shot, so I soaked a few of my smelliest shorts in a bowl of salt water for several hours. I was pretty generous with the salt–it basically had salinity of ocean water. :)

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When I removed the shorts from the salt water, there was no hint of any foul odor, and they hadn’t even been washed yet!

I then washed them as usual with my other tech clothes and hung them to dry on a rack in front of the woodstove. If it’s sunny out, you could dry them on a line outside instead.

DSC02649Once they dried I wore a pair for a bike ride to see if they’d stay fresh or if they’d start smelling like sewer as soon as they got damp, and they passed that test, too! Since I’m injured, I haven’t been able to wear them for a good sweaty run yet for the ultimate test, but I think it’s safe to say that the salt has saved these shorts from an untimely death.

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Have you had this problem with any of your running clothes?

Have you tried different ways of getting the smell out? Any success stories with something other than salt?

Weekly Training Recap: 04/13/14

 

This week was good and bad for me. I felt good about getting started with PT and seeing some possible solutions to my problems, but I also have felt very discouraged to have this injury dragging on for so long with no improvement. I struggled to stay motivated in my workouts this week, especially on days when my options were limited. Here’s what I managed to do in spite of my inclination to be lazy and couch-potato-y this week:

Sunday: XC Ski 1 Hr.

Peter and I were up at my parents’ house on Sunday afternoon, and they had a lot more snow up there, so we took advantage of one last chance to ski! We had to stay in the more deeply forested areas because there wasn’t any snow left in the open areas, but we were pleasantly surprised with how nice the skiing was still!

Monday: Bike Commute (16 Miles) + T25 Core Cardio + Power Yoga

I started off the week really well with three workouts back-to-back. I’m trying to do yoga or T25 stretch 3-4 times a week to loosen up and lengthen all my tight muscles and tendons. So far so good!

Tuesday: T25 Speed 2.0

It was a rainy day so I didn’t get to commute on my bike, and then I had my first physical therapy appointment after work, so that ate up a lot of my free time. Those are my excuses anyways, the real reason I didn’t do much of a workout was that I was feeling particularly unmotivated. Thankfully, I had made plans with Jaime ahead of time to do T25 together after my appointment, otherwise I’m not sure I would have even done that much.

Wednesday: Bike Commute (22 Miles) + Swim 1 Hr. + T25 Rip’t Circuit + Core Yoga

I got my mojo back on Wednesday and went all out! I did my brick workout again–biked to work, then to the gym, swam, then biked home. I felt a lot better than I did last week when I did it for the first time, and I still had enough energy to do T25 and yoga when I got home!

Thursday: Bike Commute (23 Miles) + T25 Dynamic Abs

After work I biked up to see the PT again and got some deep-tissue massage, electrical stimulation and ultrasound therapy, then I biked home, fighting a fierce headwind the entire way. It was exhausting, and even though I forced myself to do T25 afterwards, it was a very half-hearted workout. I just wasn’t feeling it. :/

Friday: Bike Commute (16 Miles) 

I raked the lawn after I got home from work, and that was a serious workout (I was sore the next day!). No need for T25 when you have raking to do! Also, not training related, but we picked up 25 of these little guys on Friday evening!

DSC02648This is our fourth year of raising chickens for meat. We like to do 25 at a time–enough chicken to last us a whole year.

Saturday: Bike 26 Miles + T25 Stretch

Peter and I have started doing long rides now to work up to the 56 miles we’ll be doing during our half Ironman. This ride went pretty well, except that the roads are SO bad now from the hard winter that all the jarring killed our arms and shoulders. It was kind of the pits, literally. :) The best part of the ride was stumbling across this huge dam that we’d never seen before. It was amazing! We will definitely be going back!

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Training Totals:

This week I biked 103 miles, swam 1.5 miles and skied 4-ish miles. Plus, I did 5 T25 and 2 yoga workouts and a lot of yard work. :) Overall, I guess I had some pretty decent totals in spite of feeling very lazy and unmotivated. As far as PT goes, I’m starting to notice that my hip exercises are getting easier, and that my tendons aren’t quite so tight, so I’m hoping that my foot pain will start letting up SOON. I really want to be able to start running by the end of this week because the first race of the Granite State Trails Series is next weekend (April 27th), and I’d like to have a week or so to ease back into running first if I’m going to run that race. Not that I have any say in the matter–it all depends on how that little cuboid bone feels. :/ I’ll keep you updated!

 

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