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It’s Been A Year

Hello and happy Friday. This short week has kind of thrown me for a loop but I feel like I’ve definitely crammed five days’ worth of activities into four. Though my week has been busy, busy I cannot complain because it’s been full of really good things…that I’m looking forward to sharing with you soon.

Brandon and I were talking about our dinner plans for the evening and discussing whether we wanted to go to the Greek Festival. I told him we should look at my recap post from last year to remind us how delicious all of the food is and that it’s worth dealing with the crowds. And while reading my old post did get me excited for a Greek feast, it also made me sad. The long run that I blogged about in that old post was the start of my hamstring injury that I’ve now been battling for a year. It’s been a year.

I know many of you are training for fall races (best racing season of the year!) and I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of addressing injuries at the onset and not running through the pain. I know this is hard. It’s easy to let a training plan feel like the end all, be all but your health and longevity are much more important. When my hamstring was first injured last year, I was only six weeks out from the Marine Corps Marathon. I immediately stopped running for two weeks and aggressively treated it. Don’t get me wrong. It was not easy. I cried more tears than I care to admit during that time and wondered how I would possibly be able to run the marathon but the rest and treatment worked. I was able to finish my training and run Marine Corps 100% pain free. It was an amazing feeling.

Clearly, I am still dealing with this injury on and off as most of you have read over the past few months. I am currently running pain-free again and committed to getting to the bottom of this so I don’t have to say “It’s been two years” next September.  I really, really don’t want to say that.

I drug my sore body out of bed at 5:45 this morning for yoga. I’ve been trying to up my BodyPump weights lately and really feeling the effects the day after. Yoga helped, like it always does. Especially since I took lots of chest, shoulder and quad openers during the seated poses. People always ask, “Should I workout when I am sore?” and I always find that it makes me feel better. I think I will add an in-depth look at soreness to the queue of topics to cover on PBR.

Breakfast was plain Greek yogurt with granola (can’t get enough of this granola – my hand has been in the bag all week!), bananas, white chia seeds, peaches, figs and almond butter. I had an unpictured breakfast part two at work (we’ll call it a midmorning snack!) when I found a big tray of pastries from Panera in the kitchen. I had part of a cream cheese Danish…mmmm…

I was getting all the ingredients out for my normal veggie sandwich when Brandon mentioned that he was making an Italian sandwich. I traded the avocado and sprouts for Italian meats and fresh mozzarella and made a killer sandwich. Whole wheat with light mayo, a slice each of salami, capicola and soprasatta, basil, banana peppers, spinach, fresh mozzarella and Dijon mustard. So good.

So I guess we’re going to get our Greek on tonight and then I’m running a 5K and attending Salutation Nation on Saturday morning. Can you believe that this will be my first race since the Thunder Road Half Marathon. I actually haven’t run many 5Ks and I hope I can pace myself and not die!

Have a great weekend! :mrgreen:

Anyone else racing or doing training runs this weekend?

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  • Lauren September 9, 2011, 4:33 pm

    This truly resonates with me right now. I’m training for NYC Marathon and two weeks ago on what was supposed to be a 13 mile run, I had the all too familiar feelings of IT Band Syndrome. I pushed through to 10 miles before I had to quit and then last week I made it to 9 miles (instead of 14 I was “supposed” to do). All I want to do is be able to run! Running a marathon is one of those “lifetime achievement” type of goals for me and I get so upset thinking that I might not even be able to make it to the start line, much less the finish line. Reading your post reminds me that I have to be patient and trust in the process. It may not be pretty, but hopefully I’ll make it. Thanks and have fun at the Greek Fest – one of my favorite events in Charlotte. I plan on going on Sunday.

  • Alaina September 9, 2011, 5:47 pm

    Have fun and good luck on your 5k tomorrow!! I’m running one in the morning too.

    And can I just say how SOOO excited I am for October? 😀

  • Holly @ Pink Runner September 9, 2011, 6:28 pm

    I’ve been trying to up the weights at BodyPump too!!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 9, 2011, 6:31 pm

    Swooning over that sandwich…

  • Jessica Clem September 9, 2011, 9:15 pm

    I’ve got a 10 mile race in the morning! Been battling a cold or allergies for the last few days and have been taking it easy. Hopefully it goes well!

  • Rhona@RedWineRunner.co.uk September 10, 2011, 10:18 am

    I hope you have a great race today! I love racing so much, especially shorter races.
    Today I did my final long run of my marathon training schedule – 23 miles! It was a tough run, in the pouring rain and on rocky trails; but now the hard work is done I feel so prepared for my first marathon in three weeks.

  • Jen September 10, 2011, 2:30 pm

    I’m so sorry you’ve been dealing with this a full year 🙁 I truly hope this is the end of it and next year you can say you’ve successfully ran a full year without injury!

  • Tracy September 10, 2011, 6:10 pm

    This post really hits home with me too – although I haven’t really gone into detail on my blog, I think I mentioned to you that I’ve been battling a hamstring injury since April/May. I’ve gone to 14 phys therapy sessions, quit running completely, (and a lot of cardio activity), had xrays, etc. Next step is an MRI – they are thinking it could be related to a back injury. Have you thought about looking into that?

    I hope you can fix the problem; I totally sympathize with the frustration you’re feeling!!


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