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.

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Run Disney makes BIG announcement

Today at 11:35 EST/8:35 PST Disney made a HUGE announcement.

Another race has been added to the series of Run Disney events.

Where is this new race you ask? Here are the details :

The Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon
Where : Disneyland
When : November 14-16, 2014
Registration Date : March 25th, 2014

This obviously may put a wrench in some of your upcoming Run Disney plans. Perhaps you had your mind set on registering for Wine and Dine 2014.

California or Florida? Which will you choose?

Walt Disney Half Marathon – Oh Donald..You sure were a hot one!

It’s Day 3 of the Dopey Challenge.  The half marathon was upon us.  We headed to the bus stop for 3am.  As much as I enjoy a good name for a challenge, I was beginning to think it should be called the ‘Sleepy Challenge’.  Boy, was I sleepy.

My running outfit for the day was ‘The Goofy’.  I wore a blue Sparkle Skirt, orange running shirt, and had made a light vest and green band that would represent Goofy’s hat. I didn’t want to wear a hat as I was worried about the heat.  Boy was I correct.  On this particular Saturday it was really humid.  Uncomfortably humid.

We got into the Race Retreat relatively early and munched on a bagel with peanut butter and a banana.  I limited my water intake as I had already hydrated in the resort room. That didn’t stop me from making a few trips to the washroom.  😉

Before we had to leave for our corral, we saw Tabetha and Greg.  This time I didn’t forget a photo op.

Raring to go in the Race Retreat

Raring to go in the Race Retreat!

The bracelets you see are the magic band, the race retreat band, and the 5K and 10K bands we were to wear until the Dopey was completed. After each race, we had to get a band to show we ran it! Our collection was starting to grow!

We headed for the corral, and waited for our turn.  We were in K corral, so it took several minutes until we were up.  We spent our minutes taking pics, and listening to the announcers talk about the race.

And then we were off.  The course starts outside of Epcot and then proceeds towards the Magic Kingdom just inside mile 5.  By the time we get to mile 6 we are already leaving Main Street and the Castle behind.  It’s such a rush entering Main Street and running towards Tomorrowland and Cinderella’s Castle.  The energy is truly magical.

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There’s about 5 miles of road before going towards Epcot. I think about mile 9, the humidity was starting to take a toll on me. I love the heat, but I prefer to be sitting by a pool when it’s humid. We trudged on.  By mile 11, I seemed to channel Merida, so I was raring to battle on towards the finish.  Of course, by mile 13, we were practically there.  Donald makes it look so easy! 😉
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The finish was a welcome sight indeed. I grabbed a picture with Mickey before crossing the finish line. Before I knew it, the medal was placed upon my neck and we were back at the Race Retreat to enjoy our lunch.

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It was a difficult day in terms of the humidity. I saw many runners humbled on the race course. Some even leaning on their friends for support. Humidity can really hurt a runner if they aren’t accustomed to running in it. It slowed us down a bit, but so did the bottle necking on the course. It’s hard to say how much the humidity played in the extra time. We were about 20 minutes slower than the half marathon I ran the following weekend, so it surely had some part. I was on fresher legs after all! I also struggled with some hamstring/quad issues near the end of the race, so I was feeling a bit of the burn near the end. I had hoped to get a massage at the Race Retreat, however, they were full by the time I got there. My strategy before the marathon bombed big time. I had to rely on some really good stretching back at the resort and some compression socks to get me through the day to be fully charged for the full marathon on Sunday.

Funny thing about the Dopey Challenge. After racing 3 days, we still weren’t at the halfway point of the total mileage of all 4 races.

After the race, we made our way back to the resort. Cleaned up for the day, and made ourselves over to Animal Kingdom to be a part of their daily parade. We had just enough time to find Donald and show him our well earned hard ware. I can tell you from personal experience, Donald is a really funny guy!

Good times with Donald Duck

Good times with Donald Duck

We got to the parade meet up for 3pm and met the other people participating in the parade. We were put on the Rafiki float. Essentially, it’s a safari like truck that we sat in. We were the front float! Rafiki stood behind us. We made our way through Animal Kingdom waving to all the people side lined along the parade path. We sang along with the song that was blaring and smiled till our cheeks hurt (and they did). It was a fantastic way to cap off our half marathon day, and it also allowed for some well needed rest for our legs. I can’t help but wonder what the people viewing the parade thought of these random people in the parade…hee, hee.

Hey look, I'm a cast member!

Hey look, I’m a cast member!

Rafiki on our safari float.  Our view in the float during the parade.

Rafiki on our safari float. Our view in the float during the parade.

After the parade, we wandered around Animal Kingdom. We stopped for dinner at Flame Tree Barbecue, and then headed back to the resort for a quick dip in the hot tub. One more sleep till marathon day. The day we were to put it all out there and receive our well earned Dopey Bling! (Mickey and Goofy too!) We were so close, we were dreaming of it that very night!

Did we get it done? Stay tuned….Marathon Recap tomorrow.

Walt Disney World – 4 More Sleeps!

Are we excited yet?  I can’t believe we are just days away from making our way to Walt Disney World, to begin our 2014 Dopey adventure.

I started preparing my packing today.  Putting clothes in several piles from “may take”, to “must take”.  Of course, my running costumes, have a special pile of their own.  I may just pack them in my carry on for safe travels.  “Yes, sir airport security man….this is what I run in.  A pirate wig and a sparkly skirt.”  I’m fine with a little embarrassment if it beats from my costumes being lost in baggage check.

So much to do in the next few days.  I’m not sure if I’ll get much rest.  I have to finish packing tomorrow as I have two full days of work (and then some) Monday and Tuesday, so there is no telling when I will get home.

I was able to get on the treadmill today and got 5K in.  Legs feel pretty good.

Then I was looking for some inspiration, and I went to my 2010 and 2012 Disney World videos.

I’ll be reminiscing the next couple of days, envisioning the finish of each and every race.

Where do you find your inspiration when preparing for a race?

Happy New Year!

I was reminded by a friend the other day of a great quote from A League of There Own.

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.”

This is the perfect quote for me as I get ready for The Dopey Challenge in January, but better still, I think it’s an awesome quote to take into 2014’s running journey.

I’ve started to think about some of my running goals for 2014 and what I want to accomplish.  In the coming days, I’m going to have this little saying in the back of head, urging me to aim higher, just a little bit more as I begin to write them all down.

Tonight, I will be running a 5k at the stroke of Midnight at Toronto’s Midnite Run to celebrate the beginning of the New Year.  It’s cold outside, so I’ll be bundling up.  It’s icy out, so I’ll be taking it slow.  However, it’ll be a fun way to say goodbye to 2013, and welcome in new beginnings.

What are some of your favourite inspirational quotes? 

I wish you all a safe and Happy New Year!  All the best in 2014.

Christmas Eve 2013

Twas the night before Christmas, When all through the streets.
Not a runner was running, not even a Garmin.
The compression socks were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there…..

Holiday CardWishing you a joyous Holiday Season 
May all your running wishes come true!

Urban Running Girl

Electro Dash 5K

About a week ago, a friend of mine forwarded an email from one of those group buy-in sites that was advertising the Electro Dash 5K at Canada’s Wonderland for half the price.  It was $30!  So we opted in and registered.  We thought it would be fun to run around an amusement park decked out in our Sparkle skirts and Glow necklaces.

The staging area was well organized in front of the parking lot.  They also had packet pickup for those that could not get their kit on Thursday.  I had picked up our kit at the Metro Convention Centre in downtown Toronto.  It also was well organized.

This is what we got : T-Shirt, Light up bracelet, bibs and Glow Glasses

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There were 3 waves advertised for the runners-although, I think they did more.  We had opted to take the first wave.  The organizers were above us at the start line, along with the DJ who played music.  They kept us entertained, even throwing handfuls of glow sticks to the crowd.  The Go-Go dancers standing on a platform just outside the corral were a nice touch to set the ‘dance’ mood.

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Once we were off, we hit the pavement and within minutes we were running through the park. It was fun going through the park at night, however, I felt there were a few dark patches that could have used some lighting or a glowing pylon to indicate ‘danger’.  At this time of year, the park is closed during the week, however, the Electro Dash organizers had a few areas on course that were pretty eye catching by way of lighting and special FX.

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We finished the race by going through large blown up arches, and hearing loud dance music to energize the crowd during the finish.

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We had fun.  It wasn’t a serious race.  I went to support a friend and try something new.  However, hmmm.  I do have one little complaint about the course.  It was only 3.5K long!  To confirm this, as we walked back to the car, we saw a woman who also wore a Garmin.  She was running towards the start line to run the race again in a later wave.  So, I guess, the upside was, if you were up to it, you could run a 7K course!

We didn’t go to the after party, however, I’m sure those that did had a blast.

Happy Running!