Friday, January 29, 2016

Oh, Hey 2016

I kept meaning to write something about the start of the year, but it took a while for any words other than "ugh, this sucks" to want to come from my fingertips.

BUT! Happy to report that everything has turned around. 

So when the year began I was sick. Not deathly so, but sick enough that I couldn't do anything more than the bare minimum that needed to be done each day. Running and other workouts were out of the question. My plan after the Deception Pass 50k was to take three weeks off of running-- and I did! That worked out well! But right before those three weeks were up I was sacked by The Crud. For TWO WEEKS. I was sick for two weeks. 

On top of all of that, there was the question of what the heck was going on with my right hip. Before the 50k I was having bursitis-like symptoms, but only at rest. I had zero hip pain while running (even after 31 miles!) but my period of rest after the race proved to not alleviate my hip pain at all and I started to get more worried. 

It was time for an MRI.

I got the MRI (with arthrogram, which means they take a needle and inject dye in to your hip before doing the MRI). 

MRI results-- "moderate to severe bursitis".

A week later I got a cortisone injection.

Now it's a week and a half after that injection. 

I feel . . . . 50% better. Maybe 75%? 

Unfortunately I had to bag the Chuckanut 50k in March, but I have been building up my mileage a bit, and should end this week at over 30 miles. Woo hoo! Sort of making it up my training as I go as I am still not completely confident in my hip and how recovered I am from being sick. The 50 miler in May is no where near a given at this point.

There has been some awesome runs-- a wet run in almost complete solitude at Discovery Park:

Lighthouse in Discovery Park.

A very, very wet 10 mile run at Cougar Mountain last weekend! No pictures. But imagine jumping in the lake in your clothes, that's how wet I was. And side note: guess how waterproof my fancy new rain jacket is?! (Answer: not very! Grrr! Review coming!)

This week I got a beautiful mid-week run in at Cougar again. It was partly sunny with no rain, plus I only had to wear shorts and a t-shirt! 

Lake on the trail at Cougar. 
I stood here contemplating how to get across for far too long. 
Normally I would charge right through, but my shoes were dry and I was 
close enough to the end that I didn't want to soak them.

Strength workouts are all getting done, trying to do yoga or PT exercises 6 days/week. All is looking solid, so let's hope I can keep it up! 

That's my January . . . how has yours been???

Friday, January 01, 2016

Start of a New Year

Ugh. Just like in 2015, I am starting this year sick. Yay for new traditions? I was excited to throw on my trail shoes and head out for a run on Saturday morning, but now I'm not sure that is going to happen. Oh, well.

But I DID start the morning out doing something very exciting-- I registered for my first 50 miler! Hooray! It's at Sun Mountain, the scene of my first 50k. Last night I went in to full-blown freak-out mode because I realized they changed the 50 mile course from last year so now it follows the exact same 50k course, then 20 more miles of the same course. That isn't nearly as exciting to me as running an almost 100% loop course (there was a small section that was repeated). After going back and forth I decided to register, anyways. The race will sell out quickly and at least I know I really love the course. Plus it helps A LOT that friends have also signed up for the race. So, that's all set! Yay 50 miler in 2016!

2015 was a huge year for me . . . . can 2016 top it? My biggest concern is being healthy enough to reach my goals. I didn't have any side-lining injuries in 2015, which was HUGE. Can only hope 2016 will be as good to me. 

I have some smaller goals for the new year, other than run a 50 miler. Last year I focused hard on doing my stretching/PT exercises/foam rolling as many days of the year as I could. Remember my beautiful chart from last January?

Here is what it looked like at the end of the year!

I am proud of my efforts. Definitely room for improvement, though. Ideally I would do them 6 out of 7 days a week (I did enjoy one day off from all exercise). The days I did my stretches/exercises/foam rolling it took at least half an hour, so it was a significant amount of time on top of my regular training. 

So, my 2016 goal is to aim to do my extra stuff 6/7 days a week. I am not sure I will track with a calendar again, but maybe. I do know having it right on the wall where I see it several times a day made me accountable! 

Here's to a big year!