Bad Bassin’ and Expo Crashing.

It has been a very long day… But a fun day!

It started with another Brazen Race this morning at “Loch Chabot” – a Scottish themed race complete with bag pipes and runners in kilts.

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I thought I was registered for the 10k, but I was actually only registered for the 5k. There was a brief moment that I pondered only doing the 5k, because I was just feeling super tired and quite honestly not in the mood to run today…

For that exact reason, I upgraded to the 10k. I’ve done Bass Bass for the last 3 years, and this course a million times – but have never done the 10k.

The 10k harbours a ginormous hill that’s slightly over a mile long. We are experiencing some summer temperatures here in Nor Cal – and it was already hot at 8 this morning. By the time I reached the giant hill at mile 2, it was even hotter! And with little tree cover along that portion of the trail – I thought I was going to melt! I walked the hill, because it’s almost non-runnable – but ran the rest of the race. My overall time was okay, but not the best. I’m okay with it though. Next week’s course is flat so I’m hoping to do better there.

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I enjoyed the 10k course overall and I’m glad I upgraded…

After the race, we headed out to the Presidio in San Francisco with hopes of going to the San Francisco Marathon Runners Expo.

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We parked at Sports Basement, and ended up walking a mile and a half to Fort Mason. At that point, I was starting to regret my 10k, because I was feeling all  (now) 8 miles in my hip. Thankfully we made it to the expo in time to hit up the two vendors I wanted to go to: Nuun and KT Tape.

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Also by the time we left the expo, we were able to catch the free shuttle back to Sports Basement, I was so thankful for that! I felt like we lucked out today in our timing. We did some shopping at Sports Basement as well, and then called it a day.

I’m so ready for bed, and have decided that tomorrow I am not doing anything but sleeping in, and hitting the gym.

It’s been a long day, but it was enjoyable…and the Brazen Streak Continues! 

Good News and Not So Good News.

Can you believe it’s already Thursday? It seems like this week has not only been completely packed – but it’s just flying by.

In my “attempt” to stay on track with my half marathon training I did yoga on Monday and threw in some body weight exercises after. I think I actually did pretty good with my made-up-mini-circuit because I was super sore on Tuesday and Wednesday!

On Tuesday I had to work late, and then had to head to the local hospital for my MRI appointment to check for a possible stress fracture in my hip. I now know the x-ray report actually says there is “sclerosis of the femoral head” which is why a stress fracture may have been possible per the radiologist.
The only good thing about this whole thing was that it would finally explain why I’ve had hip pain for soooo long
(if in fact it was a stress fracture.)

The MRI process is kind of weird. I spent almost 45 minutes in a tube strapped down with my feet tied together. It’s loud and sounds like an angry bumble bee going crazy with a jack hammer. Definitely not my idea of fun. Within 24 hours of my MRI tube fest, my doctor called with the results – no stress fracture.

As great as this is, my disappointment lies in the fact that I am basically back to square one. I still don’t know why I’m having so much pain all the time. So, I will just continue with the regimine I’ve had and continue to try and strengthen the areas that seem weak.

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Wednesday was basically another rest day, because I had tickets for another major league baseball game. This time, I was with the guy that I’ve been dating.

(BTW – insert ginormous smiley face here!)

We had excellent seats! So close to the diamond that I could actually see the faces of the players!

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The A’s won this time and it was fun to watch. Plus the weather was great, so it made for a nice summer night.

Today, I had a super long work day. And intermittently missing my workouts for the last two weeks is really catching up with me. I’m feeling the difference! I feel fat, sluggish and just unbalanced. With the MRI clear, I decided I needed to run. (I am ignoring the arthritis issue that I still have…I will figure that out next week.) The first 2 miles kind of sucked,  both physically and mentally – but by the end of my 3.55 miles I felt much better.

Thankfully during the run my hip felt okay. It’s a little sore now, but it’s not too bad. I turned off my Nike+ during my cool down, I didn’t feel like recording that today because I didn’t want it to slow down my average pace time.

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3.25 of my 3.55 miles.

Overall I’m pretty happy with tonights pace. I still need to upload it to see the splits, but I know they were negative because it was a progressive run. (I increased the speed every 5 minutes.) It’s not fast, nor is it even my fastest – but it’s pretty good all things considered. I also got some weights in tonight and felt pretty good with that.

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I finished my night with a healthy dinner of asparagus, chicken and quinoa…because my eating has been totally off lately…and bad-for-me-food and weight gain doesn’t help hip pain. Or my overall health for that matter!

Tomorrow is already stacked full of things to do, but I’m hoping to hit the gym for some stair action and upper body weights.

Wish me luck.

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Well…F@$%.

If you recall last week I went to the doctor to (once again) complain about my hip pain. My doctor didn’t seem to concerned because I didn’t have pain when he wiggled, poked, and bent my leg in all kinds of ways. I pointed to my spot and told him, “this is exactly where it hurts. It feels like an ice pick is jabbing me right here every time my foot strikes the ground. And if I keep pushing myself to run, the pain begins to radiate out from here and goes all over here” (imagine me pointing to my whole left hip, leg, and lower back….in a very exaggerated fashion.)

He said that due to my age it is not really customary to do an xray because most likely nothing will show. I told him I wanted the xray because in actuality – I have been complaining to him since the Brazen New Years Day race. And, have been dealing with it off and on since then. It hasn’t gotten better, so it was time to do something more than icing, Motrin, and foam rolling.

He gave in, and I had my xray done the following day.

I received a call today from my doctor which I already knew was bad news. Normally if the xray was normal, I’d get an email saying so.

But nope. It wasn’t nornal. They see a “linear lunacy on the xray, which represents a stress fracture of the hip.” But to be certain, I now I have to go in for an MRI tomorrow evening.

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There’s still a small chance that what they are could be something as innocent as xray light streaks – but the doctor is pretty certain it is a fracture. Either way, I will know for sure after tomorrow.

To top it off, I have developed arthritis in my lower back. The doctor said he doesn’t want to tell me to stop running, but advises that non-weightbearing exercises would be a better option to help slow the progression of the arthritis. I’m going to research this, because I have heard differently in the past.

But either way – arthritis already and I’m not even midway through my
30’s?!

SERIOUSLY THOUGH…

WTF?!

Thanks mom and dad for your crappy arthritic genes!!!!

I busted into a box of mike and ikes because that is how I cope most of the time when things suck.

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But then I not only felt bummed about my medical news – I also felt fat and sluggish.

Per week two of my half marathon training plan, today calls stretch and strength…so I did 25 minutes of stretchy yoga and then did 20 minutes of body weight exercises…you know like squats, lunges, push ups, tricep dips, planks, sit ups, Russian twists, and of course burpees. Which totally made me sweaty and made me feel like throwing up.

I’m definitely going to have to completely modify my training plan because my goal is to still be able to run RNR in October. Hopefully.

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Weekend Training Fail

I’m just going to be straight with you.

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The first week of half marathon training has pretty much been a bust. With success on Monday and Tuesday I felt pretty good.

But then Wednesday happened.

I got back on the horse on Thursday with a great run…but by Friday I was just completely exhausted. I had a list of things I needed to get done. Instead I went to bed before 9pm. With intentions of heading to the gym on Saturday, I felt it would be okay to catch up on rest. But I was way more exhausted then I realized and when it came time to wake up for work on Saturday (I worked a 6 day week) I just couldn’t get up on time.

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This delayed my work start time. Which pushed out my work day. Which delayed everything else I had to do.

I’m sure you can guess what got sacrificed…

I was invited to a major league baseball game, so around 4pm we all headed out. The game was sold out because it was a reunion of the 1989 Championship team. Truth be told – 1989 was when I was actually an A’s fan due to influence from all my boy cousins. We’d go to games all the time, collect baseball cards, play the game, and I actually knew the players of the day.  I haven’t been to a game in about 7 years, so it was interesting to go.

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My baseball face...

It was fun. I ate nachos and enjoyed the summer evening. It got cooler as the night went on, but that’s normal for Oakland.
Afterwards the friends I was with wanted to go to a local bar so they could sing karaoke…it was hilarious. Especially because I was sober. (Afterall I had 4 miles to run on Sunday.) Unfortunately the night went on…

and on…

and on.

I didn’t get home until after 2am and exhausted didn’t even begin to describe how I felt at that point.

Needless to say, when my alarm went off at 6am – it was quickly turned off. I had other plans early in the morning to meet up with friends to head out to Fort Mason in SF and I needed the extra 2 hours of sleep in order to make it through the day.

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There was a Renegade Craft fair happening and we were going to check it out today. I’ve never been to an event like this. It was interesting to see all the local, hand made products.

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I found some tea, a print, and chocolate covered salted carmal bacon pieces that are a mazingly delicious.

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After the fair we headed over to PF Chang’s for lunch. They have a gluten free menu!

After that we went to Ikea and shopped for random things for my friends who just moved to a new place.

Getting home after 6, I was just completely done. I literally just fell asleep on the couch for about 2 hours. It’s now 10, and I cannot wait to get back to bed.

My life has shifted in the last few weeks and I realize now that it’s going to take real effort to balance my new life and training.

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Here’s to better success in week two.

Doctors and Training plans : when they collide.

Again…I’m totally lagging on my blogging!

Sorry followers!

I have legitimate excuses reasons which I will get to soon….

So, Lets get to it!

Monday was the start of my latest half marathon training plan. image My fifth half marathon attempt should be fast and flat!

(PS : by fast I mean my kind of fast…and that’s actually pretty SLOW)

So, that’s right folks – 12 painful more weeks of Hal Higdons wise words and then I will be standing in the corrals of San Jose Rock and Roll waiting to run another 13.1 crazy miles … Yay.

In preparation for this venture, I went to my doctor yesterday to have my hip checked again. Because even though it has calmed down since Double Dipsea, the pain still comes back sporadically.

And, it’s annoying.

I know resting is probably the only option, but with my Brazen streaker status and 2 more half’s coming down the line – I don’t really have time for that. 

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Well. There I was without my pants – as the doctor poked, prodded, yanked, pulled, bent and wiggled my leg all around.

It’s not ITBS.

He does not think anything is torn.

He thinks I may have an overuse injury with some scar tissue build up…but he’s not 100% sure.

Basically I walked away without any answers and little hope. X-rays were ordered but by the time I got down stairs the department had already closed. I had a second medical appointment today, so I was able to get the x-rays done, so I should know the results by Monday. He said after x-rays, I may be referred to an orthopedic doctor, so I’m hoping that happens.  Oh. He also said although he doesn’t want to tell me not to exercise – he thinks I need to cut back on training for a while.

Except I can’t.

(That’s exactly what I said to him too!)

So that brings me to this week… Monday and Tuesday I was successful in my half marathon training regimen. Monday was Yoga, and boy could I tell I haven’t done it in a while! I was pretty stiff and my balance was back to terrible. :/ Tuesday I made it out to my Lake to run 2 hilly miles. The training plan said 3, but I figured after running a 10k on Saturday, and feeling strain in my hip on the hills at my park – I decided mid run to cut it a little shorter.

Wednesday I was super exhausted, and ended up falling asleep on the couch after working 12 hours. 

Thursday I had another extremely long day, but after 8pm I made it to the gym and ran 3.3 miles, Thankfully my hip didn’t hurt at all during the run. 

Here we are, on Friday Evening – and I have to be honest… After working, running to another medical appointment, then the mall, and now having to clean my house – I am not in the mood to work out. 

This weekend, I started out with no plans, besides running. Now, It’s completely filled up, and I am kind of in a panic. AAACK, 

 

Brazen Racing and 100 Races.

We all know that Brazen Racing is my absolute favorite race company. I can honestly say, they even beat out Run Disney. I mean, there local, super good at what they do, and they make you feel like family at every run.

Well today we celebrated their 100th race. Spanning over the last 5 years Brazen has grown exponentially, and each year just gets better. Today was their annual 6 and 12 hour endurance race at Point Pinole Reginal Park. They also hosted 2 5/10k races at 10:30 and 4pm.

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We opted for the 10:30am race. I decided to upgrade to the 10k this morning because last week was so crazy that I barely did anything active at all. Even worse, I ate so much food! Good food – but too much of it.

After a quick distance change and a fun morning of hanging out with my sister, cousin, and a gang of really awesome friends I’ve met though running and The Brazen Nation – it was race time.

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Due the the endurance runs, our course was slightly modified in comparison to when I’ve run this course before at Nitro Turkey and Nitro just a few weeks ago. For the 10k, I actually had to do a 2nd loop of the 5k course which I’ve never been a fan of. I don’t like courses like that for a few reasons, but the main one being – I dislike seeing the same things over and over again.

But today, I was there to have fun. I didn’t wake up thinking today was the day for a PR. Nope. I woke up thinking I was gonna run a 10k and then get free BBQ.

Whatever motivates me, right?!

The first loop, I ran with my sister and kept her pace. It was fun, because we really haven’t run together in a long time. It also really helps to make the miles go by faster. When we hit the 10k split, she headed off to the finish line, and I made a hard right back onto the course. I also enjoyed running by myself today. It gave me some time just to take everything in, and to just be thankful for everything I have going on right now. I received encouragement along the way, as well as told others how great they were doing. It was fantastic.

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As soon as I crossed the finish line, we headed over to pick up a plate of the free BBQ brazen brought in to help feed all the hungry runners.

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It was some pretty delicious BBQ.

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I topped it off with an ice cream – it was awesome.

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Today some of the Brazen runners presented race directors Sam and Jasmin with a book. It’s a compilation of 100 personal stories from Brazenites – telling how Brazen has touched our lives. My sister and I both contributed. I feel like we are a part of history. :)

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It was a great day! And I’m looking forward to 100 more races – and even more after that.

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The Brazen Streak Continues!

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Racing the sun…

This week has been a whirlwind! I can’t believe it’s already Thursday night!

It started out with my childhood best friend coming to visit me with her two young daughters in tow. My best friend lives in Hawaii, so I don’t get to see her often. Unfortunately, I was on vacation last week, so I was unable to take time off this week. So, I had to work while they were here. If you remember…I work from home. I woke up at 6am on Monday and worked till 230. They arrived around 4. We went to get ice cream and then played at the park.

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So. Yum.

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The girls also found interesting ways to entertain themselves with all of my “toys.”

I ended up staying up way too late that night because these two monkeys wanted to hang out instead of sleep!

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My alarm went off at 5am the next day, and I accidently turned it off…and over slept by 2 hours! Oops. I started work late and had a hard time staying focused because everyone wanted to hang out – so I had to try and catch up before the end of the day. After work we went to another park for the girls to play. They wore themselves out because by the time we had dinner…they were both asleep.

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Nap time.

Wednesday came around and it was time to say good bye to my BFF. I felt bad that I had to work, but there wasn’t much I could do. After they left I had a ton of things to do. Work, appointments and getting ready for another date!

The guy I’ve been dating asked me to go see one of my FAVORITE singers ever. It was awesome that he had already had tickets for the show! Chris Isaak was playing last night at Wente Vineyards. My night consisted of a wonderful dinner with yummy wine

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and an amazing show! Chris Isaak always puts on the best live shows! He’s so talented and hilarious too. The shows are full of energy and entertainment. We had awesome seats too! So up close!!!

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Mr. Isaak!

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He loves to sparkle.

I had the best time!

This morning…starting work was a little tough because I had a slight hangover due to my enjoyment of all the delicious wine the night before. It literally took me all day to finish my work. It was pretty much torture! Work really gets in the way sometimes…
By the end of the day I was exhausted and feeling guilty because I actually ate a ton of food today. I think I was looking for quick energy.

Or something.

Because of that – I decided today would be a good day to run. I headed outdoors to get some sun and fresh air. I actually had a great run, it was tough, but great. And the view was awesome.

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Good Night sun.

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I should sleep well tonight!

When things change.

I’m having a really shitty not-so-good-day. Just when I thought things were going well, in the blink of the eye – it seems that has all changed. Isn’t that so like, life? 

With a head full of frustrations, I grabbed my shoes and headed out to run.

This run was already off to a bad start considering I didn’t bring anything with me. No Garmin, no IPod, no hat, sunblock or handheld water bottle. I had no clue where I was even headed. I just knew I needed to run to stop the tears flowing from my eyes.

I ended up on a flat path at a Marina not to far from my house. I used my phone and a broken pair of earphones to track my run with Nike+ …and to try to drown out the chaos in my head.  It was super hot and super windy. The trail was crowded.  There’s a one mile loop and another trail that spans 7 miles. I basically just got stuck on the loop. Going around and around trying to sort out my thoughts and run through the bull shit and pain swarming inside right now.

On top of everything that has piled on me this weekend – I found out last night that my high school Track Coach had passed away yesterday. It actually affected me more than I thought it would.

Coach Will Matthews was a great coach, who basically planted the “sport minded seed” into my head. He taught me a lot in my first year of high school competitive sports. Although I was only able to do track for one year, it stayed with me through the years and I still have very fond memories to this day.
In fact I was just telling one of my favorite track stories to a friend on Tuesday.

Todays run was probably one the worst runs I’ve had in a very long time. My mind was all over the place. The weather sucked. Things hurt from head to heart toe. I didn’t want to be there… But I pushed through the 3.28 miles just like Coach would have encouraged me to do.

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So. Today’s run was dedicated to him, and the great life he lived. Inspiring and pushing students to find their potential – and to run/do their best every time.

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RIP Coach.

As for everything else…well I can only pray it will all work out.

Running on Clouds.

Happy Wednesday!

This week, I have been on vacation. I’ve been overly busy – but in good ways.

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On Sunday I went out to Sacramento to visit my best friend who is visiting from Hawaii. We spent the day at the pool, and our night drinking a little too much alcohol and playing card games and dominos. We laughed so much it was completely ridiculous! But it was also the best thing ever. :)

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After sleeping late on Monday and having breakfast, I headed back to the Bay because the 108℉ temps in Sacramento were just a little too much for me to handle.

Yesterday I spent the day at the beach with the Guy that I have dating. I had a wonderful time! :) :)

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Mr. Seal approves.

Today I had an appointment I had to go to, but afterwards I hit the gym. I received my Running Warehouse order the night before, and I couldn’t wait to test out my new Brooks Transcends.

From the moment I put them on, once again I could feel the difference in these shoes. They have a glove like fight, and it feels like your standing on a cloud. My hip is still relatively sore, so I knew if they didn’t work, the pain would increase very quickly.

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Slightly over 3 miles later, I was pleasantly surprised while wearing these heavenly shoes. I actually had no hip pain during my run. Afterwards, I was able to step off the treadmill without pain. The pain that I did have after was the same pain I had before the run, with the exception that it felt less tight. It’s been a few hours and I have since lifted weights, and did other exercises as well as thoroughly cleaned my house. I still feel Okay. I’m going to have to take these shoes for an outdoor run this week, but my initial impression is: I really love these shoes and they are extremely comfortable.

Of course I am not miraculously better, but a more comfortable run is always awesome, and I literally Ran Happy today.

Oops…I did it again.

After Thursday’s post Dipsea treadmill foray, I woke up on Friday…in pain.

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I expected it, but at the same time hoped it wouldn’t be as bad as it was.

I’m becoming more and more frustrated with the pain I’ve been having pretty much all of this year. I’m planning to see my doctor again, but since I’ve already asked for physical therapy and was pretty much shot down, with the words “you’re already doing everything they would tell you to do, it would be a waste of your time…”, I feel less than hopeful. I actually thought of trying to find a doctor that may also be a runner…because then it would be so much easier to explain all these oddities that keep happening.

A while back, I read posts from other runners about the Brooks Transcend. They pretty much raved about the support and the guide rail system. I then googled reviews and read through a bunch of posts from overpeonators across the states that were satisfied. My sister and I went to Sports Authority and tried on these shoes. They felt…different. But with a steep price of 160.00 and a million other shoes in my closet – I put them away.

Today I went to a small “amusement” park with my friend and her kids.

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Walking around the park was torture, and I found myself finding nearby benches with a vengeance.  Throughout the day I became increasingly frustrated, and also bummed out. With another half marathon training plan starting in two weeks…I don’t want to have to deal with the same issues I experienced one month into Dipsea training. I really want to be able to complete a training plan for once. And also would love to run a half marathon in my goal time…and not in pain. 5th times the charm….right? 

So I ordered these today with hopes that it might help. If not, I will just have to send them back. :(

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And maybe take up swimming.

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