I will not be running Buenos Aires Marathon

Wait, what? When did that even come up?

Well about mid-summer, I found out I had a chance to work in Buenos Aires on a coaching rotation for work (it’s my tax job related  so if you want to know more, let’s chat!) for 8 weeks.

Coincidentally, it was also around the time Buenos Aires marathon is happening.

That would be amazing, so I kept the hope of being able to run in the back of my mind.

But in case you haven’t noticed, because you’re new to my crazy world of running, or maybe cause I haven’t been whining enough but yea… I broke down.

Yup, and after Wisconsin Marathon I have pretty much stopped running besides 30 minutes here and there at a slower than normal pace for me (10 min miles versus 7:30s/8s I normally did).

I am getting better. My plantar fascia is under control and aside from running I am pretty functional. That being said, I am only up to 6 miles runs and they don’t really feel magically easy.

I  know sometimes it might seem that I have a natural talent for running.

Secret…  I really don’t.

Taking four months off and then trying to run… feels like I am starting from couch to 5K. It’s hard, and kinda uncomfortable. Weird things get sore that never got sore before. I get tired and frustrated that things don’t feel as easy as they once did. It actually kinda sucks and I don’t know if me and running get along now as well as we did. We just have to rebuild our friendship over time I guess like we did before. I did it in 2011/2012 and i can do it again.

Furthermore, the  number  one cause of injuries is a history of injuries. I guess I can now say I have an injury history. Yay go me.

Anyways, I would like to stay on my road to being able to run distance at some point in the future and running this marathon is just not worth my high risk, regardless of the fact that I won’t know if I’ll ever have a chance to return to Argentina again. Sometimes, the extra bling that’s a notch on the belt, will have to be let go.

Marathons seems like they were just an easy thing to do half a year earlier, but I’m starting to understand more than normal people that call them hard. They kinda are =(.

Luckily, aside from running, I love traveling! Tony will be coming to visit me that week and I decided that instead of being depressed about not running and jealous. I’m sorry, I’m a scorpio, when I see people doing what i love, or used to do, I get jealous! I’m happy for them, but I’m miserable for myself. So instead we’re going to Mendoza!

Yes, if you can’t run marathons, why not do a wine drinking marathon instead?

So here is my question of the day, or month since that seems to be as often as I post lately?

Have you ever been to in Argentina:

  1. Mendoza

  2. iguazu falls

  3. El Calafate

  4. El Chalten

  5. Ushuaia

  6. Buenos Aires

Tell  me things! I am excited! II am working on convincing myself that, life goes on beyond running. I will keep seeing the world and who knows, maybe soon enough it’ll be through  my running shoes again.

Weekly Recap and an updated MRI results

So I whined and I whined and eventually I went for an MRI to try to figure out what exactly is going on in my heel. And all in all, only thing they found is a very angry inflamed plantar fascia, so I am now officially, one of the many runners plagues with the horror and nightmare that is plantar fasciitis.  I didn’t want to believe it since the pain wasn’t in my arch and was just staying in a very acute place in the heel, but I guess MRIs can’t lie.

Speaking of MRIs, have you ever been in one? It’s one of the most archaic looking devices. It reminds me of what the 1960s thought the future would be like! Now the less, they are pretty cool. Most of the human body is made up of water molecules, which consist of hydrogen and oxygen atoms.. During a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, you lie in a strong magnetic field and radio-frequency waves are directed at your body. This produces detailed images of the inside of your body. It took about 30 minutes as I tried my best to lie still and not move my foot. It would make these loud beeping sounds, about 5 different kind, and each of these sounds represented different images it took.  It was a pretty cool experience! Yay for health insurance!

Anyway back to the foot…. PF it is and it is one of the most frustrating running issues in the world since once your half it, it can get soo chronic and just refuses to go away! A PF flare is usually the result of tight muscles around the calf. I think when I was cross training on the arch trainer and bike trainer, I let my calves get tighter then I would normally running and when I went back to running, it probably resulted in a flare up. Or as the nasty Physician Assistant lady put it, “an error in my training.”

I know at some point, I will have to take a running break, again! I’m not looking forward to it. In the meantime, I am trying to stretch as much as I can. Foam roll. Ice and cry in pain. Do my toe and calf exercises. Use my little ball thing on my foot and just hope that it magically goes away. If there’s one thing there’s no shortage of on the interwebs it’s PF advice, half of which contradicts the others. Wear more cushion, go barefoot, don’t go barefoot, stretch, don’t stretch.. everyone is full of opinions when it comes to PF… but I prefer to sticking to listening to people’s experiences instead.

Races and running.

I am still running Boston.

It’s going to be very ugly, not as ugly as 2012, but it’ll be a tough race.

I am going to run Wisconsin marathon two weeks later because I’ll be in Chicago for work and the opportunity to get another state is too good to pass up. Speaking of which, come run it with me! Code LIANA15 gets you $5 off either the full or half marathon!

I might be passing on Fargo after a tough decision. Short story is that I applied and got an “elite” entry into the race. It’s not so much elite as probably more complimentary. With that, I was hoping to break 3:15 in a marathon. I have a 1:31 half (unofficial) and on a full flat course, I really believe I have hope of that in me. That was before my PF struggles and 105 inches of snow destroyed the city I am in.

Long story short, while I really hate giving up this entry, and another state, the expenses of flight and lodging might not be worth to run a race in pain. I’ll give myself a bit more time to find a reasonable flight, but if I can’t, it will have to be moved down to another time when I’m running fit again. I know that’s somewhere in my future, I just don’t know if 2015 is it.

So for the most part, I’ve still been running in my attempts to train for Boston. The treadmill running for the most part doesn’t hurt too much, but running outside definitely flares me up more. So maybe more cushion and stretching is the way to go for me? I’m still debating.

Anyway, the on and off weekly recap. Please note the times are faster than my running in the past, because the treadmills I used now versus at my old job are easier and less “inclined” or maybe, my old treadmill was more “inclined.” Either way, less inclinement, faster time.  I use the 3 setting at healthworks and on my home gym, while 2-3 at Planet fitness, but who knows what that even means.

Monday8 Miles, average pace 7:45 was a more eased in run after my 10 mile race on Sunday.

Tuesday10 Miles, first 8 at 7:33 pace, last 2 at 8:45 pace for cool down. I find that adding a few slower miles has really helped when I do my “Faster” runs.

Wednesday – Rest… I got paranoid that I was pushing too hard so I took a rest day

Thursday – 9.2 Miles I ran first 8.15 in an hour, 7:21 pace, and did a cool down 1.05 in about 8:34

Friday – 8 Miles another 7:45 average pace run. I was planning on only running a 10K but then decided to go for 8

Saturday – Rest day, I wasn’t planning on it, but the early 5:30-6Am wake ups caught up to me and I just ended up napping away half the day.

Sunday – 15 miles, average pace around 8:15 which includes walking on icey patches.  My friend invited me with him on his run in Newton on the carriage roads. It’s pretty much that most runnable place in Boston and part of it is along the Boston Marathon course.  It’s about 3.7 miles out and 3.7 miles back. It might go longer, but we (or maybe just me/I) weren’t sure where.  Ran 7:50-55 average pace for about 7.5 miles together and then I took it easier on a second loop alone. Surprised that I was able to run without music, but the company on half the run helped a ton!

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Total Miles – 50 miles and one tight left foot with a fiesty heel from Sunday’s run

 

And I will almost end this post on the fact that every time I type plantar fasciitis, my computer wants to auto-correct it to plantar fascist… which seems to be a more accurate description. Happy thoughts!

Tell me something you’re looking forward to this week? I’m going to a foodie blogger event at Ostra on Tuesday that I’m super hyped up for!