Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Have you ever walked a marathon?

Let's see - where did I leave off?  Oh yes, Kevin's surprise 30th birthday went off without a hitch!  We went to Lake Tahoe on Friday night and some friends "surprised" us and joined us Saturday night!  The perfect way to start off a new decade!


Thanksgiving we stayed local and went to my in-laws house, but no Thanksgiving is complete without a turkey trot!  Every year since I started running I have always run the Run to Feed the Hungry 10k in Sacramento but since we no longer live there had to find a new local race to run and settled on the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 10k in San Jose.  Run to Feed the Hungry was truly one of my absolute FAVORITE races of all time and while the new turkey trot didn't quite compare it was fun to go out and try something new.  Despite the fact I got a PW (personal worst - details below and the reason behind the title of this post), I enjoyed keeping the Thanksgiving turkey trot tradition alive!


So, I know the question that is on your mind - why would someone walk a marathon?

I mentioned in my last post I have been battling some tendinitis in my right foot and it still doesn't seem to be easing up.  I have also mentioned countless times on the blog that I struggle with back issues which I used to think was Sciatica but further research has me thinking otherwise although I have yet to determine what it is.  Maybe a severe case of Piriformis Syndrome, although I have been dealing with this for almost five years now and while it has substantially improved it has not gone away all together.  It all started to flare up again the day after my last post, on November 19.   

Well, what does this mean?  
I have not been able to run (let alone walk - hence the PW) in over a week - not good when my marathon is in 4 days!  I have been doing my best to walk the mileage, but there has been no running.   

And?
I have cried, moaned, whined and screamed.  2010 has not been a great running year for me.  From lost PRs, to not being able to complete all the races I set out to do it has been frustrating.  I know I have had "bigger" life changes happen to me this year (moving, the bar, leaving my old job, the bar again, etc) but through all those hard things I always had running and cycling to relieve stress.  Even though I moved to a new place, had to leave a familiar job, and study for something I think was invented to be a torture device, the road was always familiar, and was always there - any time of day when I needed to escape.  Thus, when things started to go wrong there, the familiar place I turned to for comfort and to get away, it was disheartening.

So, what's the plan?
As with everything in life, you have disappointments, but no race is the "be all, end all" race.  Yes, I will not PR, and yes, I might even PW but I am going to go out there Sunday and will give it all I can give on that day.  I saw my chiropractor Monday, got an adjustment and got all taped up.  I am going back tomorrow for one last adjustment and tape before race day.  I have been foam rolling and doing as much yoga as humanly possible to stretch my back and the tight muscles in my legs that I think are contributing to the pain.  I am noticing improvement and while I am not 100%, I am feeling 110% better than I did last week.  

I need to finish this race for myself and unless something goes terribly wrong with my back between now and Saturday I will be out there, slow, but out there.  I have had some awesome training runs up until November 19 so I know I can mentally and physically go the distance as long as my back and foot allow me too. 

Our Fleet Feet coach sent out his final email to us before race day on Monday and the quote he included really stayed with me - 

"If you never try you can never succeed.  If you try and do the best you can, you will never fail!"
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11 comments:

  1. Love the quote. Good luck this weekend!

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  2. Good luck!

    Relentless forward motion :)

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  3. Way to persevered, and best of luck to you :-).

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  4. I was going to say the same thing that RoadBunner said---that was the best advice Jen ever gave me.

    Also, just think there are plenty of people out there who would never even dream of getting to a start line let alone have the determination to finish.

    I'll be thinking of you call me if you need to!

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  5. Sometimes all we can do is just try and at the end of the day that means more than anything.

    I would walk next to you every step of the way if I could!

    Good luck this weekend! :-)

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  6. ugg i am sorry, i hope the back works itself out before sunday! just keep a smile on your face and try to enjoy the race :)

    hope to see you sometime this weekend!!!

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  7. You will do great on Sunday! I will see you out there.

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  8. Love the doggie window pic :)

    I can totally sympathize with you on the back/piriformis pain. Mine still continues to bother me and it's not letting up. Keep doing what you're doing and I know you will finish on Sunday! Stay strong and keep moving!

    I'll be at the expo sometime around 1 on Sat and at the start on Sunday. Hopefully, we can see each other :)

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  9. I'm glad you're going to give it a shot! There is nothing wrong with a PW or a DNF - both of which I have! But don't push it too much, I want to be running with you for a very long time!
    I'll text you tomorrow, maybe we can see each other at the expo!

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  10. Good luck!!!

    Nice photos...

    --I prefer running without shoes. My toes didn't get cold. Besides, if I'm in front from the start, no one can step on them. ~Michelle Dekkers - saucony running shoes

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  11. Great quote and good luck!! Hope you continue to feel better.

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