Sunday, January 22, 2017

It's Always Something (WW # 77)

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After running two marathons 13 weeks apart, my mission was (and still is) to make sure I took plenty of time for recovery.  I felt I owed it to my body.  It took care of me...now it was my turn.  My left ankle was a little tender a few days after the race (too much Disney parks fun?) so I didn't want to do anything that would make it worse.  I ran 4 miles on it one week post marathon.  Although it felt better while running, it still bothered me walking around.  So I did not run nor do anything at all during the work week.  Total.Slug.



By Saturday, my ankle felt back to normal.  After a morning of torrential rain and storms, I went out midday for a slow five mile run.  The ankle held up great!  Whew!  But...I realized I have an issue on the top of my right foot.  So, yet another piece of paper to put in the IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING file.  I'm staying positive.  Hopefully I've caught it early enough to not be down for a lengthy amount of time.  But I am sad that I'll need to skip my beloved Callaway Gardens half marathon on Saturday. 



Before the storms started again, I found my Sanity on Sunday morning.  Yes, I admit that bike name will always apply!  I rode 20 thoroughly enjoyable miles.  {My training has started for our half century -- or dare we say century -- ride findingfabulousatfifty.}  It started raining in mile19 and by the time I cut through the woods on foot to get home, I was soaked.  But, anytime spent outside is a win in my book.  I did not use my new Garneau cycling shoes and Shimano pedals I received for Christmas for fear of falling and breaking something further aggravating my foot.  I hope to try them soon.

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86 comments:

  1. Oh man, I hope the top of your foot feels better quickly! And I have to agree, it always seems to be something, and I'm noticing it more and more the older I get... I think you're smart to take it easy this week.

    Thanks for the linkup, Holly!

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    1. Unfortunately, this never-ending aging process is causing my file to become quite overstuffed. I may be required to take a few weeks off of running, I'm afraid.

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  2. My next event is a small 5K next weekend ;-) Oh Dear Holly, I heard some awesome things about you from Wendy and Marcia...I can't wait to meet you in person someday ;-) And, I LOVE that Route 66 shirt <3

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    1. So that's why my ears were burning! LOL. It would have been so fun to run with you guys! That Route 66 tee is one of my all time favorites but ending up being quite warm on that day.

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  3. Oh, how fun--a century? Hmmm. I may need to do that this summer!

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    1. There's a popular Backroads Century Series in my state held starting in spring through fall. I only learned about these rides last year. The local one was the same weekend as Chicago. I think it would be fun.

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  4. Silly me is kind of glad you didn't get your new bike shoes wet! Sorry to hear the foot is not 100% but pulling the plug on your half is wise. Better safe than sorry. xoxo

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    1. I know, right? And since I have to cut through woods -- they would have gotten muddy too. No.Can.Do. Yeah, I'm a little bummed over the foot. But, I've rehabbed much worse injuries and lived to tell the tale.

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  5. Oh man I'm sorry to hear about your foot. Hopefully it heals quickly!

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    1. Fingers crossed on that. I hope I caught it early enough to prevent a long, drawn out healing process.

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  6. Or as I like to say, you fix one thing and then something else breaks. I'm really sorry you're missing your half, Holly. I think you are a better person than I, no doubt I'd try to run it anyway.

    Next weekend we have a 15k (it's one of the supported long runs, not really a race). I'm a bit intimidated by it -- these things attract the faster runners; I've never done this particular run before & I'm afraid of there being no course marshals left and being stuck out there forever!

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    1. After having a stress fracture in my other foot, I can't take that risk. As many half marathons as you've run, I think you will do fantastic at this race. I'm sure there will be runners of all types there. You have nothing to be intimidated by.

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  7. Sounds like you are being smart about recovery! I feel like post-marathon lots of things pop up. Im sure some rest will help alot, but its too bad you will be missing your half!

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    1. It's funny how the things I worried about hurting or getting injured didn't happen. But random stuff just popped up out of the blue with no hints at all.

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  8. That's a lot of riding! Hope everything heals up quickly for you - no fun waiting on injuries!

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    1. I'm not a patient person so I hope my foot problem is short lived. At least cycling helps fill the void and I do truly enjoy it. I'd go crazy if I couldn't do something.

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  9. Hope your ankle and foot feel better soon!

    You're right - anytime spent outside is time well spent.

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    1. I hope so too! Being outside is good for the soul.

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  10. Sorry to hear that you will be missing your half this weekend, but better safe than sorry if you have been having some pain.

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    1. This half marathon is definitely not worth the risk of further injury. I'd rather play it safe.

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  11. I feel ya with the "it's always something" - ugh! I have a weird arthritic bone spur on the top of my foot. So nice of the doctor to throw that word - arthritic - into the mix...as if I don't feel bad enough! Hope your foot behaves itself and gets better...your ankle as well. :)

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    1. Thankfully, my ankle has healed. It was just a minor sprain I think. Having a bone spur on the top of your foot sounds very painful! What can you do about that?

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    2. Not much - I get a lidocaine injection when the pain becomes unbearable, I lace my shoes so they don't cross over that part of my foot, and I can't wear certain shoes because of where they hit/press on that part of my foot. :(

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  12. Oh, bummer on your foot! Do you know what's going on? I wanted to ride this weekend, but it was too wet - and I'm too scared to ride on wet pavement. I hope you have a great week!

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    1. I haven't been to my podiatrist yet. I'll probably decide on that later this week, depending on how it feels. I got a little worried about slippery pavement on my ride today after the rain started.

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  13. That "it's always something" feeling is so frustrating! But it's probably still your body working out post-marathon kinks. Stay positive! And nice that it led you to find Sanity! :)

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    1. I've had much, much worse injuries. I know I'll get through this problem. Sooner rather than later would be nice though!

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  14. I hope your foot feels better soon! Hopefully it is nothing, I know when I've been injured and am coming back, every little pain or niggle scares me that it might be a potential injury. It's just paranoia. But, smart to just take it easy this week especially after the marathons anyway. Your body needs a break and hopefully with rest, the issues will just clear up!

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    1. I do too. Having been injured several times, I'm trying to err on the side of caution. Nip it in the bud. I've got things to do this year!

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  15. I'm sorry your foot is hurting and hope it gets better fast! I love your mailbox pictures! I hope you have a great week!

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    1. My neighbors must think I'm crazy...waving and smiling to the mailbox like that. Over and over (to get the right shot). LOL.

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  16. Hope your foot doesn't keep bothering you! I always seem to have some minor thing or another bothering me.

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    1. The older I get, the more I realize I've adapted to all the little things that hurt. It's just becomes the new normal. I hope this is just another minor issue.

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  17. Sorry to hear about your foot and you have to miss your half! Hope the issue goes away soon!

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    1. This half has always been one of my favorites because of the gorgeous scenery and no traffic. I'll be sad to miss it again this year.

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  18. Oh geez! Your ankle or foot, I hope everything feels better! Good luck with training for your half century. That is one thing I don't do, ride a bike! But it seems like it would be perfect cross training for running!

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    1. Cycling is great cross training. Plus, here where it gets so hot in the summer, you can make your own breeze. I really enjoy riding. I do wish I had some great trails to ride on.

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  19. Glad you ankle is doing better but sorry your foot is bothering you now. Always something for sure. I wish I liked my bike better, but for some reason it just bores me. Maybe it's because I have a crappy bike, but it is good cross training, when I do it.

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    1. I think I love my bike because it gets me outside! And I always love working up a good sweat too.

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  20. Sorry to hear that your ankle was bothering you, but definitely better to play it safe than sorry. There's no need for you to think that you're a slug after all of the races that you just ran.

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    1. After putting in all those miles and running on so many days, doing nothing feels very strange. It's such an abrupt change.

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  21. Rest up! That is a lot of miles you have put on those feet! I have the Celebration half on Sunday and all this storm activity might just bring some cooler temps! WOO HOO! Have a great week!

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    1. I hope you'll get perfect weather for your half. I know you're going to crush it!

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  22. Oh I hate that "it's always something" feeling. Congrats again on your marathon, too bad you can't do the half you signed up for, but rest sounds like the way to go! I'm jealous of your weather...I would love to go cycling but I need to invest in a bike, let alone any nice gear!

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    1. The investment in my bike has certainly paid off. My Sanity has been worth every penny. Ha Ha!

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  23. "It's always something" is right! UGH. It's amazing how awesome are bodies are and what they can do for us, so rest up and hopefully things will be ready to rock n roll soon!

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    1. I sure do ask a lot from this aging body, and it comes through most of the time. LOL.

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  24. I hate to hear this. I hope it is nothing serious. You are smart to rest it. I wish I had your weather instead of the ice & snow that is coming today.

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  25. Have you biked with cleats // clips before? I found that even when I had a stress fracture it didn't bother me because of where it forced me to put the pressure on my foot. Plus, while one foot is pushing down, the other is always pulling up, which seems to make biking MUCH easier.

    I agree - any time spent outside is well spent. :)

    Thanks for hosting Holly!

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    1. I'm not worried about the pressure on my foot, just getting accustomed to the new pedal release (aka falling down!). I need to practice on my trainer first.

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  26. oh no! I hope your foot is feeling better soon! and I'm sorry to hear you will be skipping your half marathon, that's a shame.

    Right now, my next race is Washington DC RnR half. I'm slowly working up my miles.

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    1. It's for the best. RnR races sure are a lot of run!

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  27. It is always something. If my knee's feeling OK, my foot starts to act up. Why? I have no idea, but I think my body likes to make me panic.

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    1. I often wonder if I had run in my earlier years, would I have still experienced all the aches & pains? Or, would I have just run without any issues? I'll never know.

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  28. I hope your ankle feels better soon!! I hear ya, it always IS something isn't it?!

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  29. Glad to hear your ankle is ok but sorry to hear about the top of your foot! Hoping it is ok and will be back to normal soon! You're right, anytime spent outside is a win!

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    1. Fresh air and sunshine are good for the soul! So is fresh air and clouds, if that's all that's available. LOL.

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  30. Ugh. I can totally relate to "it's always something!" I am sorry you had to miss your race but you did the right thing and listened to your body. I hope the ankle heals up soon. Glad you were able to get your sanity over the weekend. LOVE that name for your bike btw. Very fitting!!
    Hope you have a good week ahead. Sending healing thoughts your way!

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    1. Sanity has definitely helped me keep my sanity too many times to count. I enjoy riding too but it seems to always take a back seat to running. I'm not sure why.

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  31. I was a total slug the week after the Dopey challenge as well! I think that we owe it to our bodies, they did so much work! I'm getting ready to start training for my ten miler in April, and I've been having "too much fun in Disney parks?" pain in my left foot. I hope you recover rapidly and it's nothing serious!

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    1. In hindsight, maybe we shouldn't have gone to the parks for 4 days after this race. I would have been better served by putting my feet up for a few days. But, oh well -- we had a lot of fun!

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  32. Sorry to here about your foot probs BUT I will say you are so wise in knowing when to take time to recover and when to push it! Your body has been through a lot and you have a ton to be proud of! Way to rock your marathons... and then bike 20 miles just because it's fun ;) Keep it up & heal quickly, Holly!

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    1. I do find biking fun, as long as there is not a lot of wind. That's a whole game changer!

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  33. 2 marathons in 13 weeks is pretty impressive. Nurse that foot.... I hear wine helps. ;)

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    1. Should I soak them in wine? Or drink the wine? Bahahaha...kidding! Tequila is considered a pain relieving drug. Not that I would know -- I read that somewhere. (wink)

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  34. i also took real time off after the marathon/light side double. It helped that the weather sucked too. I am feeling good and ready to get back into it!

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    1. A double is so impressive. I can't imagine doing that though. I don't like recovery time and I'm afraid one of those would require me to take a lot of time off.

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  35. Oh no! I hope your foot heals quickly and it's nothing significant to speak of. xxoo

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    1. I've got to be good for a few weeks and then hope to be right back in the game.

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  36. uuugh not another nagging injury ;(-I hope it feels better.

    Way to get out on the bike....looking good!

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    1. Hopefully, nothing nagging. I hate those lingering issues that seem to last forever! I love riding my bike.

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  37. I really hate you are going to miss the Calaway Gardens run, I know how much you like that one. One day I'm gonna get over there with you to run it!

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    1. You should! It's all about the scenery and the serenity. Beautiful course.

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  38. Lawdy!! You know I get it is always something LOL
    I am glad it isn't seemingly a lingering issue for you. Your body did hold up and do great things for you :) I would rest all you can.
    I am sorry you missed your half, FOMO is the worst when it happens, but you nailed a marathon so there's that!
    Are you riding with Ladybird??

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    1. The deeper question is WHY is it always something? I must not be living right! LOL. Teresa and I are thinking about an Alabama Backroads ride. Want to join us?

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  39. I love the pic from the mail box!!!
    It really is always something when you're an avid runner. I hope your ankle will be okay. I had my share of injuries the last 12 months as well. You know about my foot pain... Running 2 marathons 13 weeks apart is a lot on your body and you're absolutely right about taking it easy, at least a little bit for right now. You had a phenomenal running year HoHo. Truly inspiring!!

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    1. My neighbors think I'm nuts waving at or jumping in front of my mailbox. I wish we could all run as much as we wanted whenever we wanted. Sadly, that doesn't seem to be the case. So, we must appreciate what we can do.

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  40. Oh... I hope your foot starts to feel better! Good thing you have sanity ;-)

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    1. Sanity has been a life saver on many occasions. It gets me outside -- which is always a good thing.

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  41. I hope your feet feels better soon! I'm glad you were able to get out in the fresh air a little, but take care of yourself.

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    1. The fresh air (and hopefully a little sunshine too) does a person a world of good!

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  42. Since I did not have time last week to do a Weekly Wrap, I missed this! That's what I get fir not visiting regardless of linking up😉 ...lesson learned. I'm excited that you are seriously interested in doing this ride. I looked at the series a few weeks aho and they've actually changed it up quite a bit. I'll look again to see which weekends may work best for me, you do the same then let's discuss. Get my cell # from Tricia so we can text rather than trying to discuss via blog. I'm excited!

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    1. I think it would be fun to ride "out in the country" versus my typical neighborhood routes. I really enjoyed the triathlons I did that had a rural route. Hopefully, we can work something out.

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  43. Featuring this post at Sunday Fitness & Food today! Congrats HoHo!

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    1. Thank you! I'll be back to your linkup soon!

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