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.

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…..

Who’s training for Dopey?

It’s been an amazing August in terms of weather for running.  This past week I’ve had several runs, logged in around 40K and feeling pretty good about it as I’ll be starting my Dopey training very soon.  If there are any other Dopey challengers out there, do let me know.  Would love to hear about your training over the months.

I plan on sticking to my marathon training program I used for Goofy 2010.  I modified it to incorporate two LSD’s back to back on the Saturday and Sunday so that I would get used to the fatigue.  Whatever distance I ran on the Saturday, I would run double the distance on the Sunday as it was a half marathon on the Saturday and full marathon on Sunday for the Goofy.  This time around, my plan is to also incorporate an emphasis on training from Thursday-Sunday, as the Dopey is a 4 day event.  As well, training runs and/or cross training Monday and Tuesday.  My goal is to finish upright and standing.  I want to enjoy the course(s) take lots of pictures, and enjoy my vacation so that I can participate in other activities in between races.  I’m really looking forward to January 2014!!

As the weeks progress, I hope to talk about my training, and share how it’s going along.

In the meantime, I came across these little dandies in the Loblaws grocery store recently :

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These have been a refreshing treat I’ve enjoyed after my run.  If you are in Canada, go check them out!  They are made by an independent company called Chapman’s – A few years ago they had a terrible fire, but they rebuilt back their business and seem to be growing strong!

You be the judge.

I’m pretty open to advertising creative.  I really am.  In fact, I went to school for it.  Studied 3 years, and made my career out of it.  Ok, so I fell into the media area, outside of the actual creative side of things, but I still think I have a pretty good understanding of creative objectives & strategies.  However, I won’t say I am the be all and end all when it comes to judging a company’s creative.

I’ll leave that to my readers.

Today, I came home and found in my mailbox the latest edition of Canadian Running Magazine.  I truly love this magazine for the articles and awesome in depth knowledge for all running related topics.

Then I saw an ad on page 7.

Google it!  It is a picture of a runner giving CPR to a dog.

The Copy Reads as follows :

“Run Longer  Project E:MOTION isn’t for the faint of heart.* That’s because our new midsole design forces your stride into fluid submission.  This undeniable smoothness translates into less work for your legs, so you get into your zone faster and feel like your could stay there forever.  Sure, not everyone will appreciate your increased efficiency, but, ironically, not everyone was born to run like an animal.”

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As a reader, my first reaction was utter shock.  From an advertising perspective I thought it was negative.  I didn’t get it.  I wanted to know more, so I went to the link above to investigate.  This new shoe is apparently so awesome that as a runner, you will run faster, quieter, longer, farther and smoother.  However, because of this, there will also be a negative side to running.  The website calls these the ‘downsides of efficiency’.  There are videos illustrating these downsides in short videos, called Runner’s Pulse.  For example, you’ll outrun your dog to the point you will have to perform cpr.  You may be attacked by wildlife if you don’t make noise during your run as the shoes are so quiet, animals may not be startled by your presence.  You’ll run so far, you’ll run out of food and starve to death or eat a plant in the wilderness that could kill you.  Or finally, because your gait has improved you might be confused for a deer and be shot by a hunter.

Obviously, now that I am seeing the videos, it’s obvious the advertiser is taking a stab at humour.  I won’t judge.

I’ll leave that to you.

Any additional thoughts welcome.

Tinker Bell Race weekend – Video Recap

It’s been a rainy and snowy day in the Toronto area so I’m still running on my Treadmill.  Here’s hoping Mother Nature brings us some warmer temperatures soon.  It would be awesome to have something above 5 soon like we did in early January.  Even if only for a day or two. *Crossing fingers

I finally finished my video of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend at Disneyland this past January.  Hope you enjoy it!

P.S. Urban Running Girl’s 20% off shrug sale is still on til Friday.  Enter code : URGFEB If you dislike the thought of tying your jacket around your waist one more Spring during a run, now’s the time the order!  Don’t miss out!