Do You Have a Running Anthem?

Glo Marathon shirt and bib

I was on the treadmill for day number two. I can’t really call it post recovery since I’m still recovering, but it was my second day back running. Since it was cold and raining, I was inside on the treadmill and that’s OK. I really didn’t mind.  There is very seldom anyone in the employee gym, so it gives me the opportunity to crank up my headphones and enjoy my tunes.

Today one particular song seemed to reach out and grab me. I’m not even sure if it can be considered a running song, but as I did my workout, I had the opportunity to listen to the words which gave me the motivation to keep moving when I didn’t think I could. I only did two miles today. I need to run a quarter mile then walk a quarter mile until my planter fasciitis has healed.

I digress – Kelly Clarkson’s song, Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), reverberated through my mind over and over. It reminded me of where I’ve been and the new things I’ve had the courage to try – most importantly, running. My new accomplishments!

So many lyrics make me smile when I realize how far I’ve come.

“Bet you think that everything good is gone. Think you left me broken down. Think that I’d come running back Baby, you don’t know me, ’cause you’re dead wrong.”

 “Thanks to you I got a new thing started. Thanks to you I’m not the broken-hearted”

“You know, in the end, the day you left is just my beginning in the end”

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller. Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone. You heard that I was starting over with someone new. They told you I was moving on, over you.”

As many times as I’ve heard this song, I still love it. It has become my new anthem. I AM a fighter! I came back swinging. My footsteps ARE lighter.

Do you have a running anthem?

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Last Day of No Training, But Staying Connected

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I have one more day left of my “no training per doctor’s orders,” but even so I still can’t stay away from even the thought of running.  I had the most wonderful day in Washington D.C. hanging out with the family and doing a lot of walking. In fact we walked from the Air and Space Museum all the way to Chinatown. How fun was that! I’m not sure of the distance but it was a lovely walk.

First stop, Macy’s Nike Event where they had free smoothies, made with low fat milk of course. The free facials and makeovers, and massages were just what I needed to relax.  Macy’s was followed by another healthy jaunt to the running store. I didn’t purchase anything, but definitely made out a great bucket list of future purchases.  The day culminated in a early, light dinner at Ruby Tuesdays before coming to a close.

I’m so excited to have listened to the doctor’s advice and gave my foot a chance to heal. Tomorrow , however, it’s on.

When you’re Sidelined by an Injury

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Sometimes being a new runner can be a little frustrating.  You want to be running, but realize you have to start with running basics such as how to move and how to breathe.  Also, learning that while running is free, you do need to invest in the right equipment and sometimes that’s not cheap. All in all, you smile because you know that one day you may not be the fastest (especially this grandma), but you will be running.

What’s more frustrating than the feeling of “entry level”, is becoming injured a month after you begin your quest. I had suffered from plantar factitious last year before I even began running.  Fortunately it only took one shot in the left foot and all returned back to normal quickly.  This year, I have it in the right foot and it’s not recovering as quickly as I like – yesterday. While it’s so tempting to ignore the doctor’s advice, I found perhaps that’s not the road to travel. 

Sometimes we have to take a moment or two to let our bodies heal (and healing when you’re older does take a minute or two longer)  Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely chomping at the bit to get back out there and start running. I fear that when I do, it will be like starting over again – but you know, that’s okay.  The most important thing is not to be permanently sidelined by injuries. If I learn patience and follow the doctor’s advice, take the pills for a couple of weeks and do the exercises, I will be as good as new.

No worries, this grandma will be back at it and running in no time. In fact, I have permission to gently put toe to the road by the end of this weekend. I’ve got my running clothes and my sneakers waiting right there at the door…looking a little lonely, but ready! Getting sidelined by injuries is not fun. Listening to the doctor’s advice so that I can get back out there – priceless.

The Glo Run 5K – This Grandma Did It!

GloIt was a busy weekend. So busy, in fact that I’m finally able to sit down and ponder it over 48 hours later. If I must toot my own horn, I must say that I’m proud to have made it through – not only the race, but the weekend.

It started with rising out of bed at 3:30 am on a Friday to journey 25 miles into DC to attend an HR conference. Watching the sunrise over Washington, DC is a sight to behold. I often picture myself running along through the waking city. No running today though… While I attended the conference in body, my mind spent the day excited about picking up my race packet for the Glo Run 5K. As soon as the clock struck 2:00 pm, it was time to head out to find the packet pick up location. Even though it took me over an hour to find the place, with my sister on the phone guiding me through Arlington, and another 2 hours to get back home – I was still motivated and ready!

Saturday morning dawned, clear and crispy cold. The day started with my daughter, my sister and I renting a table at a church yard sale. Nothing like getting up out of bed at 4:00 am to brave the cold and sell household items (OK in our case, baby clothes) – especially when you have a race at 8:30 that night! The day passed quickly and suddenly it was time for the Glo Run, through National Harbor in Maryland. The sight was breathtaking, overlooking the Potomac River. The course – part in the dark, part through super-glow tunnels, uphill and through mud puddles was amazing.

I’m proud of the fact that I finished in the middle of the pack of thousands of runners; not bad for a grandma’s second race out. The most amazing part is that, except for the continued problem with my foot, not a sore muscle to be felt!

As always, after enjoying a moment, I like to reflect on areas to work on. Narrowing down a breathing technique is definitely one of them. Confidence building is another! No worries though, this grandma is going to get there!

Remembering Where You Were, April 15 2013 – Running

I had a post all planned today about my running, but the news of the Boston Marathon tragedy diminished my joy. I know that the lives of many will be forever changed today – runners celebrating their accomplishment, family and friends celebrating the victory of their loved ones. All the celebration changed so quickly, so tragically.

Today I had to take a late lunch from 3:30 until 4:00. Ironically enough, I was in the gym on the treadmill when the blasts exploded in Boston. I learned about what happened when I got home. It’s so hard to believe. I ask myself what’s happening to people? To the world? What is this world coming to? As I sit and reflect on the race I’m to run on Saturday, I can’t help but think what will be going on in the minds of the participants. I know I will run, to honor those affected by the tragedy in Boston, in the best salute I know how.

Making Lunchtime – Running Time

The last couple of nights I have found myself absolutely dragging when I got home from work. A full mind-bending day at work, followed by household activities including; groceries, straightening up (notice I didn’t even say cleaning), and fulfilling family needs often leave precious little time  or even the desire to exercise.  I read that one of the worst mistakes you can make is to go straight home after work instead of going directly to work out. Sometimes as psyched as I am about running, it’s been a hectic month at work.  Finding the balance between work and running is absolutely part of my journey.

Today I thought I would try something new, for me anyway. I decided to go to the employee gym to run on the treadmill at lunch, especially since the outside temperature went from the 50’s to the 80’s in less than a day. The good thing about the gym at lunch time is that there are very few people there at 1:00 in the afternoon.  In fact, there was only one guy dressed in jeans working on the Elliptical (it did look mighty uncomfortable). Perfect!

I was able to get in 30 minutes of my walk/run before I decided I needed to wrap it up to get back to the office in time for a  2:30 meeting.  Unfortunately in my excitement of getting the gym bag ready this morning, there were a few essential items discovered missing.  The nature of this oversight, however, required me to run home to take a shower since the thought of putting on certain sweaty garments was absolutely appalling.

The upside is that I found an overwhelming amount of energy to get through the rest of the afternoon. I was also able to go home at the end of the day ready to tackle some serious housecleaning, OK perhaps serious straigtening would be closer to the truth.  The downside? I haven’t found it yet, but I will definitely share should anything surface.