So this weekend, I had big dreams of crossing the marathon finish line with my cadet Andi at the City of Oaks Marathon as members of the #26Strong Team. Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. As you know, she’s recovering from a stress fracture and I’ve been dealing with Plantar Fasciitis. Neither were expected and both were pretty discouraging. Instead of looking at the negative though, I am still excited about heading to one of our favorite cities in the world and will be running the half instead of the full. Even though it’s not what I pictured, it’s still always exciting to run a race, especially in a new city. Andi is determined to run the half as well, but I honestly don’t want her to run to prevent further injury and to have a full recovery before she starts training for a full in the new year. I feel responsible for her injury and want her to get to 110% before she starts to run again.
With the work she put in towards the full, she is now even more determined to run a full! She is planning on running one next year, which I hope to run with her as well. She worked really hard while training and I am so proud of her, even though she has a hard decision to make. To know that we both won’t be starting the full together on Saturday is disappointing, to say the least.
It was also really hard for me to make the decision not to run the full because I felt like I was letting down the entire #26Strong Team. While they are all training, both my cadet and myself are trying our best to recover. Two years ago, I would have made myself start the full and pushed through it with little training because of the guilt I feel about not doing it. But this time, I know that my health is important and even though I feel bad, it’s no reason to push myself to run 26.2 miles. What is it proving? Nothing. Though I really wanted to run the full, my sights are obviously on Boston next April and I don’t want to do anything to injure my foot more.
I am changing my bib to the half at the Expo this weekend. I know it will be a great race for me because I’m so excited to be able to be back running again and feeling mostly injury free. I have been doing so much for my foot lately and am so thankful that I’m feeling almost 100% again.
This medal will definitely be bittersweet, but I’m more thankful than ever for running injury free.
After this weekend, I plan on taking a few more slow weeks getting back into the swing of things before I start training for Boston come January.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.
I am all about a variety of workout clothes. I pick up pieces everywhere I go because I have to wear workout clothes to coach; it seems like I can never get enough. I also love bright colors and fun prints because they always make working out more fun. One thing that is super important to me is clothes that are reasonably priced and durable. With all the washing you have to do to keep them clean from using them so much, it’s important that they hold up well and don’t cost an arm and a leg. I recently teamed up with FitSugar to head to Target® (one of my favorite stores) to get some new gear from its C9 activewear line, which is both affordable and fun.
I am obsessed with these tights for winter. I cannot wait to do some running in them when the temperature gets a bit cooler, and the print is so fun. Another good thing about these tights is that unlike many tights, they are not sheer and give complete coverage without being super thick. They also are long enough to go to my ankles and have a nice pocket in the back for a key. They were $27.99.
The sports bra I got is a thin-strapped razorback bra that had removable cups. It has good coverage, is soft and also is moisture-wicking. I like the smaller straps because I’m in the sun a lot, so I try to keep my sports bra tan to a minimum with skinnier straps. I loved the pink color, and it was on sale for $9.99 from the clearance rack, too! Love a good bargain.
Lastly, I got a great layering tank that will be perfect, as the weather gets cooler to wear under a jacket or long sleeves. I love longer tanks because they seem to fit better and don’t ride up when running. I also love layering because I start out being very cold in the mornings when I run and as I get further along in my workout, I warm up and can tie the top layer around my waist. I thought the straps were cute and different than just a tank, and the back of the shirt is mesh to keep you cooler. The tank was $9.99.
I love affordable workout clothes, and these totally fit the bill. Target® is always on my list of places to head to when I need something functional and fun. Now, if it would just cool down so I can wear the pants!
This past month I was honored to hold my best friend’s bachelorette party before she gets married on November 15! Because she loves the Angels, we had always planned on going to an Angel game in the suite that her work has for the evening and spending the night in a hotel in the local area to make logistics easier for everyone. I started planning roughly 4 months in advance. Booking the hotel room, starting to plan the decorations, the food, everything that we wanted to do. It was a lot of fun to plan and I reached deep into my crafty side to make almost all of the decorations! The day was seriously amazing, everything came together perfectly!
I went with a black and pink theme because I thought it would be different than her wedding and is more from the “bachelorette party” color scheme. I looked long and hard on Pinterest to get ideas and see which direction I wanted to go. I started designing the invites on Photoshop and really liked how they came out! Included with the invites, I placed a little card asking each guest to bring a pair of underwear that ‘represented them’ so Shea could guess who brought each pair and on the front of the card was her sizes for lingerie.
Andi is now in her third and final month before the marathon. Unfortunately, this past month she has suffered some kind of slight stress fracture in her knee. This is been discouraging for both of us. We both seem to be somewhat injured. We’ve been struggling with motivation and cross-training and I know deep down, both of us are wondering about if we are going to be able to start the marathon. Her last long run was 15 miles and it was painful for her but she still completed it. All she has done since that long run is biking and staying off her leg as much as possible.
She went to the doctors when she first started feeling pain to see what was wrong and they did an x-ray and there is a slight crack in the bone above her knee. I really hope that we are both able to head to the start line with me on November 3rd.
This month I would’ve had her going up to her longest run before the race and then tapering for the race the week before. I know it will be a race weekend decision for what she will be running due to her knee issues. As for me, I’m planning on taking my mileage up to 16 before race day, which should be a challenge for me since I have been dealing with injuries as well. Here are the previous months in this plan.
Here is what I had planned for her this month. Unfortunately, she won’t be running according to this plan, if anything because of her knee, but I wanted to share what I had on board for her. Hopefully we both make it to the starting line on November 3rd!
After a great month in August, September actually started out really rough for me and didn’t get any better. I have been having problems with planter fasciitis and even though I am trying to do everything possible to heal and get better it seems that the only way to have 100% percent recovery is to not run at all. I’ll be posting more about working on healing the heel soon. School started again so practice most days is now in the afternoon, so no more running through the empty halls!
After running through it most the time in August, I only ended up with 45 miles this month, which is pretty small compared to my big month last month. It was frustrating to me because every time I ran I felt terrible the next morning. I was doing everything possible for injury prevention and to make sure it was healing, but it didn’t seem to help. With rolling it out, wearing a special sock at night, heat and ice therapy and going to physical therapy, it’s pretty time consuming and not getting better faster. It’s also difficult to coach cross country when you can’t run as much as you used too.
In the middle of the month I was really getting frustrated I would get out of bed in the morning and my heel would be on fire. Towards the end of the month I decided that I was going to take two weeks off to see if that helped and then work on doing my long runs before the marathon in November. I have come to the conclusion that I can’t really do much else.
On the flipside, this month is really exciting because I got into the Boston Marathon. I am so thrilled but yet, it’s a little scary because I want to be able to train well to run that race in April. I’ve come to the conclusion that after the City of Oaks Marathon in November, I am definitely going to take around two months off and do as much as possible to help my heel recover. Another exciting thing is our cross country season is officially in full swing. Our team had quite a few races and it’s been a lot of fun to watch the kids grow and actually race! They have a lot of talent and it’s exciting to see many of them realize how fun running and racing can be.