Thursday, August 31, 2006
Good news- my ankle feels almost 100% again- even though part of the side of my foot has felt numb for the last week. My "foot doctor" (who ironically was my friend at happy hour the other night) says it might be a nerve being pushed by a muscle or something. The way I look at it, I would MUCH rather be able to NOT feel my body parts as opposed to feeling pain in them. Wimps.
On to more important topics- the OFFICIAL KICKOFF OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL. Now a tropical storm might keep me from going to the gym and running on the treadmill, but it will NOT keep me from driving across town in flood conditions to watch my Gamecocks kick off the season against Mississippi State. Buckets of beer? Check. Gamecock outfit? Check. Way to get home through the flood and a couple drinks? Ummm... no check. I could always stay at my friend's house downtown and just wear my Gamecock gear to work.
Let's just hope they don't lose.
I want to give a shout out to the blogger known as "Mike"!!! Sure I do not know him other than his blogs about drinking and running and running and drinking but I definitely recognize the genius in his comment, "Is it just me, or are runners also good drinkers?" Rock on, Mike!
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
So, the waking-up-early-and-running plan has worked beautifully… until now.
I decided to go out for a little post-work happy hour last night. After a couple (and by a couple, I mean six dozen) Coronas and a runner-up effort in the trivia contest (yes, I love useless knowledge), I found myself crawling into bed around 1:30 AM. Hmmm…. Did I set my alarm? Yes. Did I actually wake up? Not a chance. I totally would have gone if the world had not been against me and forced me to that happy hour last night.
And the best part? I feel MAD at myself… not because I was a total lush… but because I just feel better when I wake up and knock it out. I almost feel like taking to the parking lot here at work in my skirt and heels and getting at least 2 miles in.
No more excuses.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
The funniest part was when an 80 year old man and I got into a sprint-out during the last 1/10 of a mile (OK, I let him beat me) and then I see him light up a cigarette right after the race. I just had to laugh at that one!
Couple quick observations about road races:
- People that are going to walk/run intermittently should probably stay to the left. I always tripped over several people that would just randomly stop to walk mid-stride
- I don't like to see from a faaaaar distance where I am running to. Today's race was ideal- the right amount of turns so you don't always see what is next. Bad example- the 4 miler I did a couple weeks ago on the beach. No turns, no twists. All you see in the distance are the mileage flags and finish line and they are too damn far away!
- Don't throw your water cup BEHIND you- it hit me! Ha ha... although it felt pretty good... but I don't like random people's spit
- I love when people are there to have fun and not take running too seriously. We are all out there to get in better shape and achieve some sort of goal. I love the camraderie!
Looks like my next race is 9/23- another 5K. Unfortunately (but fortunately), I will miss 2 great road races (10Ks) while vacating in the Caribbean in September and October. Can't wait for it to cool off a little bit too!
Well, that is all for now. Cheers to you!
Friday, August 25, 2006
I open my front door. It is POURING. The normal Tiffany would pack it up and settle down to a nice night of watching TV. But not now. I grabbed my raincoat, hat, and stopwatch (waterproof, of course) and headed out the door with gusto. I am glad I did! It still was about 85 degrees outside so the raincoat felt like a sauna after a couple miles. But DAMN... was I proud. Ironically, I saw no one else on the road :)
Ankle status- still a little sore. Debating whether to run tomorrow in the 5K- think I might run it at a moderate pace and now worry about 90 year olds beating me!
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
The back of my ankle (archilles area) started to hurt earlier this week... but I decided to ignore it and run yesterday morning in Baltimore. Now it hurts like HELL and I am worried I might have to sit out of my race on Saturday. It feels like I have dull pains coming up my calf to my knee.
Well... I am going to give it a shot tomorrow morning and see if it feels any better.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Looks like night running tonight... as IF the writing was not on the wall when I stayed up until 2:00 AM watching how to make sushi on TV.
Fortunately, I am traveling to DC and Baltimore this week with one of my runner co-workers so the running opportunities will be plentiful (and hopefully cooler weather!)
Couple 5Ks coming down the line... and then two 10Ks before my 1/2. I am shooting for my first marathon next year- either the Myrtle Beach or ATL Marathon in the spring and I would loooooove to do Chicago in the fall... but only if Oprah is there.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Quick disclaimer: if you only care about running, you might not want to bookmark my blog. I tend to frequently get sidetracked and talk about various non-running topics. Take it all with a grain (or better yet, a pinch) of salt.
Nonetheless, my return to running has been a fun journey so far... even with 90 degree weather! I finally have brought myself to hit the road IN THE MORNING before work which has helped with the high temperatures AND my procrastination problem. Strangely enough- I have even bypassed a worthless night at the bar in lieu of hitting the sack early for a morning run the next day. Wow.......... if only I was disciplined enough to NOT stay up all night watching Saved by the Bell marathons.... one can dream.
Next race is a 5K next weekend with Edi, my marathoner friend extraordinaire. We will also have a little cheering section out there... always nice :)
16 weeks til the Kiawah 1/2 and you can bet your A$$ that I will be there!