Monday, April 14, 2014

Never Give Up (1 week to Boston!!)

The one week countdown has officially begun. Yep! One week from today, I'll be running the streets of Beantown. Maybe then it will finally sink in that I really worked my booty off, believed in myself and qualified last September. Maybe.

It has been difficult to get excited since I'm logging all my miles on the elliptical and the stationary bike. I might go crazy and ride an actual bike tonight and brave the waters of the swimming pool tomorrow to mix things up a little. I'm planning on making the most of the race, no matter how my leg is doing. I think I might steal my mantra from Dean Karnazes:

This week is a busy one. But I plan on posting about my Boston adventures, so stay tuned. The adventure officially begins on Friday!

In the meantime, it is (past) time to announce the winner of the Spartan Race Entry Giveaway!

And the winner is:

Greg Pochron!!!!!

Please email me at candice@runnerd.com, and I will send you the information to register for the race of your choice. Congratulations!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

There is good in every day

I've been thinking a lot about injuries as I try to nurse my leg back to health. This is the first time an injury has impacted me this much. It isn't just a physical inconvenience. It has messed with me mentally. Not just because running is my release and my feel-good drug. It has affected my confidence in myself as a runner.

I'll admit it has been hard to see running posts on Instagram and to hear about people's runs and races. I have a friend who suffered a stress fracture last winter. At the time, she expressed how hard it was to see running posts and hear her friends talk about running. I now understand that feeling. The feeling is a little bit of envy mixed with a whole lot of sadness and longing. But I'm trying to focus on being happy for others and their accomplishments; I'm trying to be supportive and encouraging. This ultimately makes me happier. It's truly amazing what focusing on the positive can do in any situation.

Yet I soooo long for that feeling of just running. Getting lost in a run. Having the miles pass without thinking about pace or distance because all that matters is that feeling of moving forward, of putting one foot in front of the other. When there is constant pain, there is no getting lost in a run.

So here I sit with ice wrapped around my leg, reminding myself that this too shall pass. I will be able to run pain free again. I don't know when, but until that day, I'll continue to do the things I can now that will make me a better runner in the long run.

I'll spend time on the bike. I'll swim and ellipticize my heart out. I'll strengthen my core. I'll get caught up on my Runner's World issues that have been stacking up. But mostly I'll just keep finding the good in every day.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Because I'm happy...and a giveaway

I had a happy run this morning. I love those kinds of runs!

My leg is on the mend and letting me run without too much discomfort. The fact that this was only my second run this week has helped give it time to heal. After my little five miler on Tuesday, I got sick and spent Wednesday and Thursday feeling lousy. I finally feel a little more like myself today. Here's hoping we can all stay healthy around our house for a while. We're certainly due.

So I didn't tell you much about my Saturday run. In a nutshell, it was hard. That morning, I did something that caused my SI joint in my back to lock up, and then I attempted a long run while in serious pain.

Then there was the wind. I ran the first seven miles against a serious headwind, so I asked the hubs to take me up the canyon in hopes that the wind would be heading in a more cooperative direction for the rest of the miles. Nope. The wind was gusting up the canyon, so I ran another eight or so with a headwind. I had a little relief the last three miles, once I got on a different trail, with only a few unpleasant gusts.

The canyon also gave me this little obstacle...

I don't know who the guy in the picture is, but he is standing on the avalanche that covered and blocked the trail at some point this winter. For the record, it is much higher on the side you can't see, so it was impossible to climb over. Especially in running shoes. So I had to climb through it (see stars in image). Fun times!

During my 18 miles, there were tears, and I may have said some words that we don't say at our house. But my family was there every few miles to keep me going. I probably wouldn't have made it even five miles without their constant encouragement. I did cut the run a little short, but that is was what my body needed.

My back, after multiple efforts this week to get it unlocked and relaxed enough to stay unlocked, is doing much better. So today's run was bliss by comparison.

Plus it's Friday, so what's not to be happy about. Need another reason, then enter to win a free entry to a Spartan Race. Yep, I saved the best for last. You can win an entry to the Spartan Race of your choice (in the U.S.) by doing the following:

  • Visit the Spartan Race web site and leave a comment here telling me which race you want to run.
  • For a bonus entry, post about this giveaway on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter. Please leave a comment letting me know you posted or tag @ihaverun on IG and Twitter or the I Have Run page on FB.
  • Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on Friday, April 11.

While you are in the Spartan mode, be sure you check out the new Official Shoe of Spartans!

The new Reebok All-Terrain Series is strategically designed with drainage ports that drain water quickly and easily and have 360 degrees of traction to shed mud. It's the shoe that can handle any abuse a Spartan can give it so you are unstoppable on any course.