Columbus on the brain – 5 mins of fame

It’s almost time for another big race for me… the Columbus half marathon!  This one is big for me in general because it’s kind of where it all started.  It was my husband’s first full marathon, and mine as well.  We used to live in Columbus, so it’s also a nostalgic trip when we go there too.  It was also the scene of two pretty dang good races last year too!  My husband got his first sub 3 hr marathon, and I crushed my half marathon time!  You can read my race recap here.

We are HAPPY runners!!

I say “crushed” my PR because I am still pretty amazed that I pulled off the time that I did.  It came out of nowhere.  I’m hoping to have a repeat performance of that again in less than 2 weeks, but I won’t be too disappointed if I don’t because like I said, it was just so unbelievable for me!

Imagine my surprise when I opened up the participant newsletter from the Columbus marathon this year and I saw my own picture in it!!

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Just imagine all of the Columbus runners seeing me! Yep, that’s my 5 mins of fame (in my own mind).

That’s me hitting the PR Gong.  Funny thing was that I remember the race photographer taking this picture, but I never saw it after that.  I thought maybe it would be part of my race photos, but it never surfaced… until now.

I’m guessing they used my picture because I think I was the happiest runner in the whole post-race area!  happy happy happy!!!  (I think I have exceeded my allocation of exclamation points already in this blog post so I will scale it back some now)


Anyhow, I’m still wondering a bit about my foot and how it will fare at the race.  Sure, a smarter runner would just stop running now, and wait until race day to evaluate the situation.  But, me, I’m kinda dumb about running situations and will keep training on my foot until  it really bothers me – in exchange for taking time off AFTER race season.

I did make a modification to my shoe insole that the Dr. had suggested, which was to cut out a hole underneath the inflamed area, so it gets less pressure on it.  I guess it feels OK.  It feels a little odd actually, but it doesn’t feel any worse, so I’m giving it a go. Luckily I have about 8 pairs of these  shoes so there is an ample supply of insoles to go around in case further modifications are necessary!

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And lastly, a funny video that I had to share about waiting to be accepted to Boston… so funny, and yet so true!  My favorite line: “don’t tell me there’s always next time – I worked so hard for this BQ.”  🙂



Q: Have you ever worn special insoles, orthotics, or made modifications to your insoles?

Q: If you have a favorite race, it is based on location, or previous performance results?

Q: Are you getting Fall weather where you live?

I’ve gone for some “chilly” runs, and I can’t say I’m disappointed with it yet!


Everything is going to be OK

Exciting foot news – I almost canceled the Dr. appointment that I had scheduled for my foot because the pain was pretty minor on Thursday.  But after he poked around at my foot, ouch!, it hurt the rest of the day!!  And then the most exciting thing happened… he did say that I had Sesamoiditis, just like I thought!  Sadly, that was the most exciting thing that has happened to me on Thursday!!  It was still another slightly sad day for me.

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I still have that “Boston good luck” nail polish… which apparently really isn’t a factor in the decision process at all!! 😦

I surprised my Dr. when I blurted out – “that’s exactly what I came up with in my Google search!!”  I think he was impressed with my correct diagnosis 🙂  Then he laughed at me when I told him I have a half marathon in two weeks.  Guess he didn’t know I was a determined runner.  Good news is that he said I should just take it easy, cross train when I can, take Ibuprofen, and keep wearing the PF night splint if it helps.  I should be good to go.

I took my Dr.’s orders and headed out this morning on my long run!  I pretty sure that’s exactly what he would have wanted.  I had a hard time getting out the door because it was windy and cold.  We’re talking 48 degrees.  It chilled me to the bone to think about running in that!

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But I was well rewarded in heading out to my trail by the river.  It was like a good friend just waiting for me, opening it’s arms to shelter me from the wind.  I didn’t even notice it was windy at all while I was there.

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Funny thing about that picture, it took me a whole lot of time to get a picture that looked even that good.  I have to give kudos to all of you out there that regularly take pictures of yourself running.  That is hard!!!  Most of my shots were just random blurs of me like this…

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and this….

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I think my run was just what I needed to process the week, and you know, that disappointment of getting cut out of Boston next year.  I was trying to think if it was more disappointing/heart breaking to get cut after registration, or my three failed efforts at getting a BQ.  Final decision, equally sucky!!!

During my run I was rewarded by seeing a group of three deer walk across the trail.  That’s super cool because I typically don’t see deer here!

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Yep, that brown blob is a deer!

My run also turned out pretty great because I did negative splits on my run – 13.1 miles.  I stopped at 13 miles, but then had to start up again and finish it a 13.1 because 13 miles is just not right.  I had a lot less clothes at the end of my run!

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I was also rewarded for a run well done with a Starbucks treat on the way home.  I found out that I could get a refill before I left the store, which worked out really well because I sucked down that small size within 5 mins of receiving it.  I guess I needed to rehydrate.

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Well, that sums it all up for today.  See, everything is going to be OK after all 🙂


Q:  Coffee – hot, iced, or no thank you?

Q: If you had 13 miles on your run, would you make it 13.1?

Q: Got any good weekend plans?

It’s going to be cold, windy and rainy here.  I’m staying inside as much as I can!!

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog!!



The waiting game

The BAA announced yesterday that for sure they would not be able to accept all runners who registered for the Boston Marathon.  They are crunching numbers and verifying finish times right now, and by Weds we’ll get to find out who made it in.  My mindset has switched from sad to disappointed, because I’m pretty sure I didn’t get in.  That lightens the blow some I guess.  But as I wait out this week, I have been finding a few things to entertain me.  Wednesday I met with some friends and we got to enjoy this awesome view on the water.  Wouldn’t that be great to see that view everyday?

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Wednesday also greeted me with the reality that a little pain in my foot on Monday was more than just a little pain.  Remember that great workout I had on Monday?  Oh, just a little too soon I guess.  And maybe not the best idea to try to keep up with the XC team.  AND, certainly not the best idea to go for a run on the pain on Tuesday, even though it was with my bestie and we haven’t run forever.  Although I very much enjoyed seeing her again and catching up with each other, it did my foot no good.  At this point, my best self diagnosis is that I have Sesamoiditis.


When I say “best” self diagnosis, that means the one that looks like it is hopeful to heal on it’s own, and won’t require surgery.  I found many other scary diagnosis that range from removing bones to “it will never go away”, so I’m putting my money on the one that I found which will heal in the shortest amount of time.  And will allow me to still run.  But, if my foot is still feeling this way next week, I will be visiting my Dr for a session of this dialog:

  • Dr:  So, have you been running marathons?
  • Me: Yes!  And now I hurt myself again.
  • Dr:  Do you still have that boot?  Put it on, and you’ll need to stop running for 6 weeks and let it heal.
  • Me:  Ouch.  That hurts more than my foot, or getting rejected for the Boston Marathon!

It’s odd because my foot will hurt annoyingly a lot when I am lying in bed in the morning, after resting it.  It feels like someone is pushing on the spot with a pencil.  A very specific pinpointed pain.  Huh.  I guess that is from stretching my toes and some swelling?  Well, if anyone knows more about this issue, please leave me a comment!

Here’s another thing I’ve been doing to occupy my time lately.  Going to the gym!  I’ve always wanted to attend my gym on a regular basis for weight lifting during my training plan, but that never seems to happen.  But now I have new health insurance that will give me $20 in “health rewards” (good towards my insurance premium) if I go to the gym at least 8 times during the month.  What?  Sounds like a challenge to me!

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I’ve got to say I’ve been doing a great job considering I just started going after the marathon (the 14th) this month and I’ve already been to the gym 6 times.  I’ll make my goal after all.  I took this stealth selfie just to prove that I was actually working out.  So sly!!!!

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Q:  Have you ever had any running injury that required something more than just “stop running and rest it?”

Q:  If given that challenge, (I mean “opportunity!”), would it be easy for you to go to the gym 8 times a month?

If the gym was the primary place I worked out it would be no problem.  Too bad I can’t just turn in my Garmin logs and show them I’ve been running!  

Q:  Got any fun plans this weekend?

We are heading out camping this weekend.  Should be beautiful weather!

Happy Friday everyone!!