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4 Bridges: Runner’s Blues

If you follow Brown is the New Pink, you may have noticed that I didn’t post my weekly half marathon training plan. I have been training for the 4 Bridges Half Marathon for the past 2+ months, and I am incredibly bummed to say my ability to race it is now up in the air.

A few weeks ago I started having trouble with my right foot. I have a history of plantar fasciitis, and it has returned. It can be painful, especially in the mornings, but it’s manageable with lots of ice and stretching. Then last Sunday I went out for my long run and had to stop after 5 miles due to intense pain in my left calf. I actually had to call Derek to pick me up because I was hobbling around on the trail. I’m guessing it’s a calf strain likely caused by me compensating for the problems with my right foot. (Something similar happened with my left IT band when I ran cross-country in high school.) I stretched and iced and rested during the week. No training runs.

This weekend I ran 1 easy mile on Saturday, and things went well. I was feeling hopeful that I could resume training. However, I made it less than 1 mile on Sunday before I experienced the same intense pain in my left calf. Unfortunately, it seems worse than last week. I limped around at work today because it hurts to walk, much less run.

I am frustrated and heavyhearted. I was really excited about completing my 3rd half marathon, and now I’m not even sure that I’ll be able to run it. I’m less than 2 weeks out from the race, and I haven’t been able to train for the last 2 weeks due to injuries. I will continue to rest, ice, and stretch, but my ability to complete 13.1 miles feels very uncertain now. I’ve put a lot of hard work into training, and I would hate not to be able to achieve the goal I’ve been working toward for months.

At the end of the day, I know it’s just a race. There will be others. But today, I’m just bummed.

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Favorite Posts: September 2014

Happy fall y’all! It’s hard to believe that September has already come and gone. I spent the first weekend of September in Kentucky celebrating my grandfather’s 90th birthday. It was such a great trip! I also completed weeks 6 through 10 of half marathon training, though I’ve been dealing with a lot of injuries.  Derek finished his family medicine rotation, and he started pediatrics this past week. (Side note: he’s loving pediatrics; perhaps we have a future pediatrician on our hands?) Overall, September was a relatively quiet month for us. It’s a good thing, too, because October is going to be crazy. We’ll be traveling a lot with the half marathon and a few weddings. Anyway, here are my favorite posts from September 2014:

90th Birthday Celebration {Weekend Recap}

Health Equity {Social Justice Issue}

A Swift Kick in the Butt {Fun Friday}

In Case of Accident Bring Cheese and Crackers {Fun Friday}

Never Miss A Chance to Celebrate Life

4 Bridges Training {Week 10}

Greetings! How was your weekend?? I had one of those great, rare weekends when you have fun AND get a lot of things done. I spent Friday night over at my best friend Jenna’s house drinking wine and watching the Shonda trilogy– Grey’s AnatomyScandal, and How to Get Away With Murder. Saturday was spent around the house with Derek. We did a lot of cleaning and organizing, which was much-needed. We also started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It absolutely cracks me up; I definitely suggest checking it out if you haven’t already. Today we had our friends over to watch the Panthers game. The game was not pretty, but we had fun and ate a lot of delicious food. On Tuesday, I will be sharing a vegetarian chili recipe that I tried out for the party. NOM.

On a sad note, I did not run last week. My foot wasn’t doing well, so I decided to rest and just do my long run today. At first I felt great. My legs were much better than they have been in a couple of weeks. Then, around mile 4 of 10, my left calf suddenly started to hurt. It wasn’t bad at first, so I kept running. By mile 5 the pain got so bad that I couldn’t continue. I actually had to call Derek to come pick me up. (He’s the best.) I’ve been limping around since then because it hurts just to walk. I am so bummed. I’ve been training for 2 months, and I really hope things will get better so I can run on the 19th. 😦

Needless to say, I’m not sure how running will go this week. I’m hoping this is just a strain, and I’ll be good to go in a couple of days. Cross your fingers for me, please! Anyway, below is my tentative plan for this week.


4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 10

Monday: Yoga + strength

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: 5 miles or cross-train

Thursday: 3 miles + strength

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 50 minutes

Sunday: 10 miles

4 Bridges Training {Week 9} + Meal Plan

Less than a month until race day! Last week’s training was just OK. As I mentioned in my Week 8 post, I’ve been having some trouble with plantar fasciitis. I ended up lowering my mileage substantially last week. I ran 2-3 miles on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, and I ran about 5 miles today. I’m still experiencing some pain, but it’s definitely improving. I started doing some Runner’s World yoga classes, and it seems to be helping. I’m glad I rested some last week. I’m going to attempt to get back to my normal mileage this week and see how things go.

On a good note, I finally have a gym membership again! Derek was able to get me an inexpensive gym membership at UNC since I am the spouse of a student. We worked out together 3 times last week. I am SO sore, but it feels great to lift again.

I’m keeping things pretty simple on the food front this week. The latter part of the week is forecasted to be cool and rainy – perfect for breaking out the crock pot. I’m really excited for next Sunday. Derek and I are having friends over to watch the Panthers game, which of course means delicious food is in order. Also, I promise to share a recipe this week. I’ve been really bad about that lately. I keep forgetting to take pictures while I cook. Whoops!


 

4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 9

Monday: Yoga + strength

Tuesday: 4.5 miles

Wednesday: 3 miles or cross-train

Thursday: 4.5 miles + strength

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 50 minutes

Sunday: 10 miles (Double digits!!!)

Meal Plan- Week of 9/22/14

Monday: Homemade Hawaiian/Veggie Pizza + Salad

Tuesday: Turkey Meatballs + Sweet Potato Tots + Green Beans

Wednesday: Maple Glazed Salmon + Couscous + Broccoli

Thursday: Provencal Beef Stew

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Fiesta Chicken Enchiladas + Salad

Sunday: White Chili + Cornbread + Snacks + Beer

4 Bridges Training {Week 8} + Meal Plan

Whew! Another week of training down. Last week went pretty well. I shifted all of my runs back a day because I was too exhausted from traveling to run on Tuesday. I’m back on track after my long run (8 miles) today though.

Unfortunately, I’m starting to have a lot of trouble with my right foot again. I have very high arches, which makes me prone to plantar fasciitis. If you don’t know, plantar fasciitis is a common problem among runners that causes pain in the heel and underside of the foot. The pain is especially bad with first steps in the morning. Fortunately/unfortunately I am quite familiar with plantar fasciitis, and I know what helps me. I wear orthotics, but it might be time to break out the old night splint. I also need to increase my stretching and start icing my heel at night. If the pain doesn’t subside some, I will cross-train more this week to give my foot a break.  It’s a bummer, but at least I know what to do about it.

On a good note, I’m back to posting my meal plans. I’m going to try to post a recipe on Brown is the New Pink soon. It’s been a while!


4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 8

Monday: Yoga + strength

Tuesday: 4.5 miles

Wednesday: 3 miles or cross-train

Thursday: 4.5 miles + strength

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 50 minutes

Sunday: 9 miles

Meal Plan- Week of 9/15/14

Monday: Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Sandwiches + Homemade Sweet Potato “Fries” + Salad

Wednesday: Maple Glazed Salmon + Couscous + Broccoli

Thursday: Slow Cooker Chili

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Sunday: Leftovers/Wing It

90th Birthday Celebrations {Weekend Recap}

Hope you had a great weekend! Mine was absolutely wonderful. I flew into Lexington on Thursday night to spend a long weekend with my family.

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I spent Thursday night talking and catching up with my parents. After all of the chatting and a glass of wine,  I was exhausted and went to bed early. After a restorative, glorious 8 hours of sleep, I woke up and went for a 4 mile run through the neighborhood.

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I enjoyed running in the morning. It was a lot cooler, and I liked being done with the workout early in the day. Maybe I should try running before work?

I spent most of Friday relaxing and helping my parents get ready for hosting my grandpa’s birthday dinner. (Friday was his actual birthday.) Some of his nieces and nephews (my mom’s cousins) flew in from Colorado to surprise him at the dinner. He was so shocked and excited when he saw them. It was a great way to kick off the birthday celebrations. 🙂

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We celebrated with some delicious food and drinks.

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It’s not a Friday in the Brown household without vodka tonics. Cheers!

We started out with snacks: olives, veggies, ranch dip, beer cheese, and crackers. If you haven’t had beer cheese yet, you need it in your life. It’s one of my Kentucky favorites.

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For dinner we had pork and chicken barbecue, slaw with apples, green beans, baked beans, and potato salad. I was lurking in the kitchen while my dad cooked, getting tips on how he made everything.

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I forgot to get a picture, but we had chocolate silk pie and banana pudding for dessert. I’m not usually a big dessert person, but holy cow the desserts were awesome.

On Saturday morning I went on a 3 mile walk around the neighborhood with my parents and then ran a few errands with them.

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I love driving around Lexington because of views like this.

We spent the afternoon watching the UK vs. Ohio University football game. Scooter and I took a nap during the first half.

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That evening we watched movies and rested up for the big party on Sunday.

I started off Sunday morning with a 7 mile run. The weather was perfect. It was in the low- to mid-60s, cloudy, and breezy. I felt fantastic, and the views on the run were beautiful.

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Oh hey horses.

It was the best long run I’ve had since I started training for my half-marathon.

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Still smiling after 7 miles! It was a good run.

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Excuse the blurriness. I guess I fogged up my phone camera during the run.

After the run, my dad had another gourmet breakfast waiting for me. Can you believe he makes breakfasts like this everyday? I am spoiled.

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Small omelet with apple chicken sausage and oat bran pancakes with blue berries and whipped cream.

I showered and got ready for my grandpa’s big party. We headed over a couple of hours early to set everything up at his house.

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Ready to party.

Some friends from church catered, and Ms. Kim, who also made my wedding cake, made a delicious lemon-flavored birthday cake. I’m sad I forgot to get a picture of it!

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Over 90 people showed up to celebrate my grandpa. It was amazing to see how many lives he has touched in his 90 years. I can only hope that I will be as healthy and as loved when I’m 90.

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Left to right: my dad, grandpa, mom, and brother.

I’m sad to leave my family, but it was a fantastic weekend and celebration. Happy 90th birthday, Pop-Pop!

4 Bridges Training {Week 7}

I am officially half way through half-marathon training! Other than missing my 2 mile run on Wednesday due to crazy thunderstorms, I completed all of my workouts. My long run this week was glorious! It was in the low- to mid-60s, breezy, and cloudy. Perfect running weather! For the first time in my training, I got in the zone and felt like I could keep running. Don’t you love that feeling? I’m hoping my good running vibes will last through this coming week. I’m bumping up my mileage a little bit on every run compared to last week. Bring it on, week 7!

If you’re interested in the 6 previous weeks of training, you can find the posts here:

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, and Week 6.


4 Bridges Half-Marathon Training – Week 7

Monday: Yoga + strength (My brother, who’s training for a full marathon, suggested I start doing yoga. He said it’s really helped his legs recover fasts. Figured I’d give it a shot.)

Tuesday: 4.5 miles

Wednesday: 3 miles

Thursday: 4.5 miles + strength

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train for 50 minutes

Sunday: 8 miles

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