Silence

Ok, so did not even realize it had been over two months since my last post! Wow. Guess I have really been laying down on the job. Hopefully I will be able to catch everyone who doesn’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook up to speed.

Well, for those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, I ended up having bursitis in my both hips. Something in my stride was definitely off and even after a shot in each hip I was still having some pain so my doctor referred me to a specialist. (The doctor he was planning on referring me to actually couldn’t get me in for four weeks so I said to hell with that and called the Sports Medicine department at OSU and they got me in two days later.) The doctor at OSU told me I could run but just no hills for a while. He also recommended that I go to physical therapy because my hip muscles were weak and that is why I was having all of these issues. I guess weak hips is pretty common with runners.

I went to physical therapy for about five to six weeks starting at the end of July. It seemed like it did help however I was absolutely exhausted during that time, especially during the week. I would feel like I finally felt better by Sunday then be exhausted by Tuesday or Wednesday again. It was rough and I was very thankful when they finally discharged me at the end of August. My hips are still sore at times and still hurt off and on during runs but seem to slowly be improving. After the Dresden Marathon I am definitely taking some time off and maybe just doing some minor workouts. My body definitely needs to heal.

Obviously as I said it has been over two months since I the last time I posted on here but sometimes I have taken a while between posts on Facebook/Twitter as well. It seems like the hip injuries have messed with me mentally a little more than I would like. Sometimes I would think of writing an update and just wouldn’t write it. I don’t know if it is the pain, frustration or exhaustion that really does it or if I have just been feeling the pressure of the Dresden Marathon and going to Europe. I have had a few issues here and there during my training the past month but it didn’t seem like that was really the problem. It has been a little odd at times and I don’t feel completely back to normal yet but hopefully I will get back on the bandwagon again soon.

Hope everyone has been doing well! Hope everyone’s training and races have been going well!

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A Short Break

The past few weeks have been fun, stressful and exhausting. The little amount of sleep and stress finally got to me this past weekend and that is why you haven’t heard from me on here or even on FB and Twitter for a few days. I still don’t even feel like I have recovered now but work has calmed down some so life is somewhat better.

I still have electricity if that is what everyone is assuming is one of the issues since it is all over the news how many people are still without it. I did loose electricity on Friday, however it was only for four hours, I was one of the lucky ones I guess. I did however have some flooding in my basement on Sunday night which caused some water damage to a few things that were stored down there but nothing I was really upset about. It was just stressful trying to save a few things.

Now on to the bigger issue at hand. On Sunday morning I went out for my 13 mile run and only made it about 1.5 miles before I was having quite a bit of pain in my right hip that I could not stretch out and didn’t seem like it would get better if I pushed on. I decided to call it quits there and just swim later in the day at the gym. I didn’t really feel any pain when I was walking just when I was running and occasionally when I was sitting. I iced my hip on Sunday and took some ibuprofen but still decided to take off Monday just to give it some more time to hopefully heal. I was still feeling some discomfort on Tuesday morning so I decided to try cycling instead which went very well however it still didn’t overly feel like it was healing. Since I have two big races in the fall (Air Force Marathon and Dresden (Germany) Marathon) I called my doctor’s office shortly after they opened because I wanted to hopefully figure this out quickly so it would heal quickly.  They ended up having a cancellation yesterday so they were able to fit me in which was wonderful. I discussed a few different symptoms I have had over the past few weeks to my doctor and he diagnosed me with trochanteric bursitis. Basically one of the sacs that protects my muscles, tendons, etc from being damaged by my hip joint is inflamed probably due to either my change in workout or change in my stride/cadence due to my numbness in my left leg. He gave me a shot of steroids right into my hip and told me to rest for three days which is a little rough to take but hopefully this will help and I will be back training this weekend.  I hope!

Germany Here I Come!

I am very excited to announce that I received a phone call this afternoon from Darris Blackford (Director of The Columbus Marathon) inviting me to run in The Dresden Marathon in October! Of course I said yes so I will be heading to Germany in October. I am so excited I could barely focus to get back to work. I am really looking forward to running this marathon, seeing Germany and possibly some other countries as well!

Want To Run A Marathon In Germany? I Do!

Last night I put in my application to be considered to represent Columbus, Ohio in an athlete exchange program being put on by The Columbus Marathon and The Dresden Marathon in Germany. If I would be chosen I would run The Dresden Marathon on October 21st instead of the Columbus Marathon. When I heard about it I thought it would be an awesome opportunity that I just couldn’t let slip by so I applied. I won’t know anything for probably a month so trying not to get excited about it but just think it would be such a great experience. Keeping the fingers crossed.

Great News Before The Marathon

I wasn’t planning on writing anything until after the marathon but ended up receiving some great news today. (Other then I am feeling back to normal now) I found out a few weeks ago that my insurance wasn’t going to cover the Rituxan so I applied for assistance through Genentech Access Solutions. I found out this afternoon that they will be covering the entire cost of the Rituxan! I will still have to cover the infusion clinic costs which the insurance will help cover but that was such a relief to hear! Just great news to receive two days before my marathon!

Just 5 More Days!

Wow, I can’t believe I am finally just 5 days away from the marathon! It feels like it has been such a long journey since I wasn’t able to do any full marathons last year.  The mixture of my MS issues and running injuries just kicked my butt in 2011. Pretty excited for Saturday. I will admit there is a small part of me that is saying “And why did I want to run 26.2 miles again?”. I do remember some pain from the first marathon but overall I really enjoyed the experience.

Speaking of that pain…I never got to tell the story of my first marathon last year since I was saving it for the next time I ran a full marathon. Well, the first marathon I ran was the 2010 Columbus Marathon which was on a Sunday in mid October. I had trained throughout the summer and was pumped for the marathon. Then came Friday morning just two days before the marathon. I wasn’t feeling well as I was getting ready for work and all of a sudden threw up in a trash can. I was a little worried at this point but thought it was probably just food poisoning. I stayed home from work in the morning and just tried eating the basic things like crackers, toast, and chicken soup. Was feeling a little better so headed to work in the afternoon and then had a basic dinner Friday night.

I woke up the day before the marathon and now things were going right through me. Not really helpful when you need to build up nutrients for your 26.2 mile run the next morning. I was pretty upset this time and called my Mom to discuss things since they were planning to drive me the next morning. We decided to go to the store to get some Pediasure (suggested by a running friend) and few other things packed full of nutrients that we thought I would be able to handle. So my lunch before my big marathon was Pediasure and I believe I also drank some juices in the afternoon. By dinner time I was feeling a little more normal and attempted some pasta which seemed to do just fine. Looks like I was back in the race!

The morning of the race came and I didn’t really get much sleep (not uncommon for most people) but I was ready to go. I had my cereal and yogurt and felt great.  We live about a hour away from Columbus so we had to get up pretty early and made it to the starting line a little later then I had planned but we made it. The first 13 miles were a little frustrating because there were just so many people but then when the half marathon turned off and the full route kept going straight you all a sudden felt very lonely. I felt pretty good until about the 19thmile where I stopped and stretched for a few minutes. I was starting to hit that infamous “wall”. It was hard but I was able to push myself through the remaining seven miles and finish in a time of 4:23:43. I was really hoping to take no longer then 4:30 and I made it with little over six minutes to spare!

Relaxing after the race in my sweats trying to warm up.

Right now it looks like I shouldn’t have any issues this week but who knew I would be sick with food poisoning or something just two days before my first marathon! Just hoping that I don’t have any issues leading up to the marathon and definitely hoping to beat my time of 4:23:43!

Swimming Pool 3, Me 0

Ok, so I think I mentioned before that I started up the swimming classes again. I really find them helpful and keep me practicing my swimming. I am currently in the middle of week three of classes and have noticed that I am little more clumsy this time.

First week did great during the first class, felt like I didn’t even take off the few months from the last set of classes. During the second class I pulled a muscle on the bottom of my left foot while I was pushing off the wall. Wasn’t anything terrible but I wasn’t able to do a few things during the rest of class.

Second week we did a lot of back stroke work. During one exercise I was trying to go fast and ran my head into the wall. Didn’t learn from this and shortly after hit my forearm on the edge of the pool. So I might have been trying to go to quickly and not slowing down when I should have.

This week I actually have bruising and pain that didn’t go away a hour or so after class. Last night we were working on IMs (all four strokes) and I was determined to try to do the Fly for the entire length of the pool. (Before I would have the rhythm down but lose it about half way) I started really good and seemed to be keeping the rhythm this time. When i had about a third of the lap done the women in front of me were coming back down the left side doing the back stroke. I didn’t want to hit them so I was “hugging” the rope more and smacked my hand into the plastic about three or four times.

Knuckle bruising from hitting lane rope

Needless to say it didn’t feel very good. I did better the next few times doing the fly but ended up hitting the rope a few more times. Then later I also noticed bruising on my wrist. Don’t remember when I did that but it showed up around the same time.

So lesson learned…try to avoid rope/plastic lane dividers as much as possible. I had hit them before but never had it hurt more than a few minutes. Hoping I won’t be so accident prone for my remaining seven classes! Off to ice and take more ibuprofen!.

PS – Yes, I have always been the girl who is proud of her interesting bruises, scrapes and scars. Always had to show off my soccer ball imprints on my legs, my bruised sprained ankles, and large scrapes from slide tackling during the soccer season. Drove my mom nuts. 🙂