Running Week In Review – February 11 – 17

It’s hard to believe that we are here at the end of a week already.  This one flew by.  Another good week of running – even with a few hiccups.

To start off, my costochondritis has been acting up this week.  It started last Monday and hung on until the end of this week.  In case you’ve never heard of it (I hadn’t until I was diagnosed 2 years ago – here’s the definition:

“Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage in the rib cage. The condition usually affects the cartilage where the upper ribs attach to the breastbone, or sternum, an area known as the costosternal joint or costosternal junction.

Chest pain caused by costochondritis can range from mild to severe. Mild cases may only cause your chest to feel tender to touch or some pain when you push on the area of your chest cartilage.

Severe cases may cause shooting pains down your limbs or unbearable chest pain that interferes with your life and doesn’t seem to go away. The condition often goes away within a few weeks, but some cases may require treatment.”

I had my first bout of it in November 2015 right before a marathon.  Here’s a link to the blog post that I wrote about the non-marathon.  http://www.thestreakingrunner.com/outer-banks-marathon-non-race-recap-is-a-did-not-start-better-than-a-did-not-finish/

Now, I did have a stress test the next week which proved my heart was healthy.  Also, 2 weeks later I ran 30 miles for my 30 year streak anniversary.  Then, I was diagnosed with costochronditis.  Last week was the first flare up since 2015.  Kind of hope it’s the last.

I did go to the doctor on Thursday just to have my heart checked out.  Even though I knew everything was fine – just wanted to make sure.  And, of course, since it’s February and heart month, every other commercial you see is about women and heart being their #1 killer.  Everything checked out fine – and it’s a lot better today.

Anyway, on with the week in review:

Sunday – 6 miles.  Waited until the afternoon to take advantage of 60 degree weather!

Monday – Easy 5 miles before heading for weekly trip to Mom’s.

Tuesday – 4 rest day miles

Wednesday – Long run day.  15 miles.  Weather was a little chilly at the start – but, overall a good run.

Thursday – 4 early, easy miles before going to the doctor and spending the day with Hubby.  This is the day that we celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Always busy at the DQ with ice cream cakes – so we usually celebrate a day or two later.

Friday – 5 rainy miles

Saturday – 7 miles.

46 total miles for the week.  Good miles, so-so weather, heart strong.  Yep, it was a good week!

 

 

I’m a Heel Striker And Proud Of It!

Heel strikers.  We don’t get much love out there from a lot of people.  Many runners consider heel strikers to be newbies who don’t know the correct way to run. Well, I’m here to help you fellow heel strikers feel better about yourselves! I am a heel striker.  There, I’ve said it.  And, I’ve been a heel striker since I started running back in 1978.  There weren’t books, videos, self-proclaimed running experts on every corner telling us how to run.  We simply laced up our shoes and ran.  And, ran.  And, ran. Then, all of a sudden – runners were being told how to run.  If you were a heel striker, heaven forbid!  You were told that you needed to change your form and run more on your midfoot and toes. Well, I’m going to tell you that if you are a heel striker – and you are not having … {Continue Reading… }

Running Week In Review – February 4 – 10

Well, this was a week that I really pulled up my big girl panties for a couple of runs!   Monday – An easy 4 miles.  Nothing unusual.  Just a nice rest day run. Tuesday – 16 miles for long run day.  Normally I’m at Mom’s on Tuesday but I had just taken her back to her house over the weekend.  So, changed up my long run to today.  A little chilly – but, the run felt great!  Afterwards, went by the DQ and had Hubby fix me some lunch! Wednesday – 5 mile recovery run.  Another run that was pretty normal.  And nice and easy. Thursday – Easy 4 mile rest day.  Pretty cold, but run felt great! Friday – A frigid 6 miles.  One of those days that I normally would have hit the treadmill.  But, I decided to pull on a new pair of shoes and hit the road.  You know … {Continue Reading… }

I Am SO Ready For Spring!

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Wow! That Was A Quick Month!

Where the crap did January go?  It seems like just yesterday it was the first of the year and I was planning for our annual trip South.  Then, boom – now it’s February! January was a pretty good month for running.  This is the month that I usually cut back a little on my mileage.  I believe that everyone should do that every once in a while.  You need to give your body a rest from hard training and to recharge your batteries. So, I started off the first week and a half or so of January tapering for a half marathon.  For several years now, I’ve planned a marathon or half marathon in Florida for January or February.  I was doing the A1A Marathon in Fort Lauderdale every year until I found the Key West Half.  Now, I’m hooked on that race.  It’s a lot of fun and, come on, … {Continue Reading… }

Wow – What A Year! Looking Forward to 2018!

Happy New Year! Well, here we are at the beginning of 2018.  This year has really flown by.  And, I blinked and December was almost over.  I was so happy with getting decorations and everything done right after Thanksgiving – thinking I had all the time in the world to enjoy.  It absolutely flew by! This time of year is the time to reflect on the year past and make goals and plans for the next.  This year, overall, was a really good year – running wise.  It started out rather slowly, but ended great. January 2017 race season started out in Key West as it has for the 3 previous years.  However, after 3 consecutive years of doing the half marathon – I changed over to the 5K.  I had tweaked my knee – and kept tweaking it on the ice.  (Not running – but, just sliding while walking).  So, I … {Continue Reading… }

Ode To The Stuff Holder

Yesterday was a big day for me – it was the 32nd year of my running every day!  I can’t believe that it’s been that long – it’s hard for me to believe that I’m that old – but, I am! I went for a 10 mile run and spent a lot of time during the run reflecting on the past 32 years of my streak running – and the 7 years before that when I started running.  I thought about the runs, the races, the ones that I’ve run with.  It was a great time of reflecting. One of the things that I thought a lot about was my wonderful Hubby.  I couldn’t run every day and run in some of the places that I’ve run without his support.  There are so many runners (male and female) that don’t have the support of their significant others.  This makes me … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 6

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A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 5

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A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 4

Wednesday, October 4 Usually I am up before the sun to get my run in for the day.  Today, I had an early doctor’s appointment to do a retest – so, I decided to be lazy and sleep in until 6:15 and do my run after my appointment.  Yep, that’s sleeping in for me! After my appointment, I had to do some things for Hubby for the DQ, so I didn’t get out to run until almost 11:00.  On the positive side – it was in the mid 50’s by then instead of the lower 40’s of the morning. Today’s schedule was an easy 5 miler.  Went to my “trail” and did part on the trail – and part on another side road that is close by.  This road is where I do my hill work outs.  But, today, I just did the half mile uphill and then back down. … {Continue Reading… }