“I am the Doctor”

“Are you kidding me?”

These words rang out from my mouth this morning, not 100 metres into my run.  

I twinged my back.  I stopped.  Did some stretching and wondered whether to continue.  I’m not amused with this summer’s running journeys.  First, broken arm in May, then strep throat in July, then a twinge in my back today.  It’s become the lost summer of running for me.  Training hasn’t been consistent and I find myself going backwards in terms of pacing.  I hate to be negative, but c’mon!!  The running plan has been deviated against, again, and again.  Enough!

On top of the above mentioned moments, cue the humidity.  This morning was no different.

 Caption Humidity at 88%

 

After the back twinge, I decided to go for the run.  If my back got any worse, and it decided to give out, I’d be hobbling home in a hunched back position, but it was worth the risk.  I turned my Garmin back on, and pushed forward.  

I was able to keep a comfortable 12 to 12:30 pace with the humidity situation.  7.5 kilometres was my overall mileage.  Not terribly far, but with a twinged back, it’s was as much as I felt I could run for the day.  There are limits to my insane choices.  I made it home and started a series of stretches.

The twinge is still there, so it’s time to bring out the heat and beats.

SunbeamThumper Thingy 

The green thing above sits on my shoulders and is an electrical heating pad.  While it can’t reach the twinged area, I’m hoping it loosens up some of my shoulder area that might be causing some of the muscular pull in my middle back.  The Thumper is amazing to help loosen up the back muscles as well.  I’ll be turning to it a few times today.

I’m no stranger to having a muscle twinge in my back.  However, it’s happened less and less over the years, as I have seemed to have gotten it under control for the most part.  Every, now and again, it occurs. 

On the upside, I went into a shopping mall on Friday and picked up this….

dr who

It’s light, made out of polyester, and I said to myself, “You know what?  I could wear that while running”.  I have no idea when that will happen, but it will happen sometime in the not too distant future.

Happy Running.

Do you ever get back pains?  What’s your remedy?  

 

 

 

Midsummer Night’s Run Race Recap

To run or not to run?  That was the question of the day yesterday.

Despite my hesitations, the answer was a definite “YES”.

My expectations going into this race were low. The goal was to finish. The one month I had to prepare for this race was not enough time to improve anything but the cardio I lost this summer. As well, the week leading into the race I was suffering from some pains due to last weekend’s long run. I know I’ve been pushing my mileage, perhaps a little too much to make up for lost time this summer. I have two half marathons coming up in September, and I really want to do well. Alas, I know from last night’s race, I am far behind my running goals. In fact, due to my injury this summer, I am behind where I was last year, when I wasn’t even working hard.

Mother Nature decided to give us a break from the rain yesterday as it had been raining prior to the start time.  We weren’t really sure what we were going to get. Due to limited parking, we arrived early to find a spot, and then sat in the car for about 20 minutes before making our way to the start area. It was raining at this time, so it was for the best. When we did leave the car, the rain decided to stop, and it remained clear until we arrived home last night. Lucky for us, eh?

The Midsummer Night’s Run is a flat course. It’s a great race to do for those who are ramping up for a half or full marathon in the fall as you can test your training efforts. There is a 15K or 30K race, as well as a 5K family run. The proceeds from the event go to Sick Kids hospital.

I have only run this race once back in 2012. For each race you run, you build up the mileage and receive a pin at packet pick up. Because I did the 15K in 2012 and 15K in 2014, I have a 30K mileage pin. My spouse has done it a few more times, so he is up to 75K on his pin collection.

Once we left the car, we opted to do our pre race pee. There was one long line up for the port-o-potties.
2014 MSNR Washroom pic

Lucky for me, I had my hardcore girl, race survival instincts on. Prior to leaving the car, I packed some tissue for those ‘just in case’ moments. That’s right….port-o-potties lacked TP! I was prepared! ;)

By the time we finished at the P-O-P’s we had about 5 minutes to corral ourselves. We found an adequate place to put ourselves in the midst of the runners, based on the pace bunny signs we saw. I knew Kari would zoom ahead and I’d probably fall back a bit, but it was a fair area to stand.

2014 MSNR Go Time

The race started with a horn to signal the start. The race didn’t put up it’s usual start gate as it was pretty windy outside. I would assume, the wind would have blown it over, as the start gates are usually a ballon (blow up) type material.

Kari took off, as expected, and I began trudging along the road.  I realized I ran my first two miles under 11 minutes, so I knew I was going too fast.  I slowed it down after the third mile, to just under 11:30 however, I was not getting into a running zone.  Somewhere, shortly after the 5K marker, the pain in my left glute area was intensifying, and I knew I was in for an uncomfortable race.  This pain has been an ongoing ailment of mine, and prior to breaking my arm, I had been keeping it in check, however, I suppose with the extra training over the month, it decided to come back full force.  Lucky me!

I dropped my speed for the next few kilometres, and hit the 10K mark at 1:12.  No records here boys and girls!

In the last 5K of the race, it really was just a matter of survival.  The more I ran, the more pain I had.  I broke my intervals between the 11K-13K and started to speed walk.  I seemed to have felt a little better after that, and then I began running again, and finished the race.  I finished just under a 12 minute mile average.  Yeah, not my best effort. (in 2012, I finished this race about 7 minutes faster)

On the upside, Kari did fantastic, with a time of 1:27 and change, beating his 2012 time by over 10 minutes!  WTG!

I learned a few things after reviewing my Garmin upload.  Firstly, going out too fast killed my recovery zones during my intervals.  Although I did not feel winded -In fact, I felt really good in that respect- my Garmin says otherwise.  My heart rate, did not really go down to my regular levels on my walk intervals and my average heart rate overall was way too high than all my recent training runs.  I can only surmise it’s because I went out too fast.  Secondly, I have got to work on my leg strengthening. Bring on the Glute/Hips/Hamstring exercises!  I’m not sure how I am going to fair in the next half marathon which takes place over the Labour Day weekend.  I was hoping to improve over my Niagara time from last year (2:25) but with this time, based on the McMillan race predictor, my half time would be 2:41.  Which basically means, I will have fallen back to pre 2012 times. *Sigh*  Lesson learned here – Don’t fall and break your arm during running season!  hee hee!

Happy Running.

I had good intentions

I really did have plans to get up early for my long run.  Alas, at 5am I awoke to our house guest, aka 6 month old kitten Wasabi chasing around our cat Le Chat.  I then realized I would not be getting up in an hour when my alarm was to go off.  So, um, yeah, I did what any unrested person would do.  I turned the alarm off and went back to sleep.  Finally got up around 8:30am.

Oops!

And yeah, I paid for it today during my long run.  I finally got out about 11am.  Not the most ideal time to go running.  According to my Garmin, it was about 77 degrees and humidity was at 39%.  I was feeling sluggish, so I took it easy and lowered my intervals way down to a 2 minute / 45 seconds.  I don’t usually lower my intervals but my lower back is giving me some pain on my left side, similar to what I feel at the 15K mark of a run, so I wasn’t sure if I could maintain a long run for a 5 or 10 minute time frame without a gait/recovery change. I’ll be doing some extra stretching and rolling today.

It was not a great run, but I enjoyed being outside today and felt accomplished that I got it done.  Next weekend is the 15k race I’m scheduled to run, and although I know I’m not ready for this in terms of getting a time I will be happy with, at least, I know I will finish.

 

 

Well Hello, again

I realize it’s been some time since I posted a blog.  Last we met, I was whining commenting about not being able to run and show-and-telling my battle bruises.  I am happy to report, I have spent most of June and July reporting to physio therapy.  My arm is almost back to full extension.  I’d say I’m about 80% there in terms of recovery.

I was also given the go ahead to run in early July from my doctor, so I’ve been back at chasing pavement.  No trails for this girl though. (for now). :)

It’s funny how much I missed running when I knew that I couldn’t.  It’s different than just not running because I don’t feel like it.  Because I couldn’t, or at least shouldn’t, I missed it everyday.  It just reinforces to me, how much I can take for granted what I can do as a person; because I am fortunate enough to be healthy and fit.  It reminds me to take advantage of these gifts, and push forward with my running goals.

Speaking of which, I had lofty goals this summer.  Prior to my running accident, I was concentrating on my speed.  I had started to pick up the pace back in May, and then the accident occurred, so I’ve had to re-adjust my running goals this summer.  July has been spent getting my cardio back so that I can concentrate on my training for a handful of races I have coming up in the late summer, early fall.  The first race is on August 16th called the Midsummer’s Night Run.  I’ve run this race in the past, and it’s a really great time.  It was originally going to be my ‘A’ race, to test out my speed progress over the summer, however, now it will just be a fun run.

I’m looking forward to this race, as well as two other half marathons in September.  I may also register for another half in October, although, I haven’t yet decided where that race will be .

I know I’ve mentioned I will be running in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January 2015, however, I haven’t yet mentioned that we have also signed up for the Disneyland Star Wars Weekend the following weekend in January.  So excited for this race!

All things considered, I’m glad to be back.

Happy Running.

Broken Down Running Girl

It’s been 19 days since I fell and fractured the radial head bone of my arm while running.  I went back to the hospital on June 6th for a scheduled appointment, had the half cast removed and the doctor gave me a sling to wear when I am out in public.

The arm looked pretty gnarly on June 6th. (one week after the accident)  As you can see, there was a lot of bruising in the wrist and elbow regions.

June 6th - One week after accident

June 6th – One week after accident

It’s been difficult to keep up with my regular routine.  Of course, the arm is broken.  I don’t have a lot of strength to do anything with it, nor should I do anything with it.  Opening jars, doors, or cutting food is out of the question.  Secondly, I do not have full rotation.  At this point in time, I can bend my arm at my elbow to a 90 degree angle, but nothing more and it does not fully extend.  As well, my wrist does not rotate around like normal.  Therefore, I can’t eat with my right hand as I don’t have enough bend in the elbow to actually reach my mouth.  I’ve wasted a lot of shampoo in the shower as I can only hold the bottle over my head with my good hand and squeeze it out.  Oops, way too much gets dumped on my head.  Nor can I brush my hair. I have to say, blow drying my hair and trying to style it, is probably the hardest thing I do every day.  It’s pretty awkward as I’m constantly swapping out the dryer for the brush.  I haven’t had a good hair day since May.  Oh, and speaking of hair, making a pony tail is out of the question.  If you are a girl like me who regularly puts their hair up, this is the WORST!

Sleeping has become difficult as I don’t get much quality sleep during the night.  I can only sleep on my back, and as of just recently, I can sleep a little on my side if I prop my arm around a pillow.  The problem is not so much the positioning, but my conscientious self, keeping me awake so that I don’t roll over on my arm, or fearing my cat might jump on the bed and walk over me.

I start physio on Thursday, so I am hoping I start to see some progress.  I have done some small exercises on my own in the last week and I’ve had better movement, but of course, I haven’t pushed myself.  I’ve mainly done some rotational exercises that look almost Tai Chi’ish in nature.

The bruising is definitely going away.  These two pics were taken today.  But overall, the arm is weak, and it will be a long healing process before it is normal again.

When I go to physio, I will also ask them about my hand as I’m getting some pain in tendons/ligaments (not sure what they are) in between my thumb and index finger – In the ‘V’ between.  It extends a bit upwards towards my lower arm region.  All part of the fall.

I am of course, not running which has made me a cranky girl these past couple of weeks.

Ok-enough of my cranky broken-down-running-girl rants….I hope you are doing much better than me, running the great outdoors and enjoying this soon to be summer weather.

Happy Running.

Tree Root 1 – Deb 0

It was a beautiful night for a run last Friday.  I got home from work about 7:30p and quickly got out for a planned 5K.  Almost a mile in, I tripped over a tree root on my usual trail and went down HARD.  In less than a blink of an eye, it was quick decision time.  Do I land on my head or break my fall with my arm?  Well, instinct to break my fall kicked in and I landed, smack, dab on my elbow.  The initial blow to my elbow hurt like pain I’ve not experienced.  I’ve had a few breaks in my lifetime and one dislocation.  This was way more intense.  I quickly rolled onto my back to get off my arm.  I’m not sure what I said during this time but I am sure there were a few expletives thrown in there.(sorry kids)  Just seconds before, I had run passed a lady and her dog and she came back to see if I was ok and also helped my up.  Once I was up, I was quickly able to figure out, (with exception of a couple of scrapes) the rest of me was intact.  My Garmin, iPhone and iPod were also safe.  So there I was, covered in trail dirt, holding my arm with my other hand, and walking back home; all the while wishing for an instant do-over to take those few seconds back in life.

After making it back home, I grabbed an ice pack from the freezer and assessed the situation for an hour.  Do I, or don’t I, go to the hospital emergency room? Did I hear a crack, or didn’t I?  At about 10pm, I came to realization that a hospital trip was on the agenda.

Several hours later, I was given the bad news that I have a radial head fracture. Basically, it’s a fracture of the head of the radius where it meets up with the ulna and humerus at the elbow.  I was given a half cast, a prescription for tylenol 3, and informed that a specialist would call me Monday to make an appointment for my arm. (usually 10 day wait)

hospital

And so begins the healing process…..