Friday, May 22, 2015

Hip STD. That's a Real Thing.

I'm off.
Come here often?
Which, in any other moment we'd all know is related to my general...discombobulated-ness. But this training cycle has been strange. I've felt "off" for more than I'd like. For the last two weeks I've had some strange pain that started in my right thigh and moved around to my hip and groin. I've gotten really good at pimp walking.
The most annoying thing about this pain is/was that it's hard to nail down. I ran all last weekend and felt 100% fine. I mean, general "running is hard" soreness but no actual pain. Then on Tuesday I nailed my treadmill hills workout and when I woke up Wednesday I was a hot mess.
Because this pain has been traveling around my right leg like a band of stabby gypsies , I am convinced one minute that I have a stress fracture in my femur, and then the next minute I have bursitis in my hip. It's maddening. Also, thank you google for always making everything the worst case scenario. (HOW DO I HAVE AN STD IN MY HIP????)
Just as I suspected...
Why wouldn't I just go to the doctor? Well, I just didn't think it was going to do much good and I was also a little scared they'd say it was a stress fracture. I hate paying co-pays in order to pay more co-pays, ya dig? Plus, I have done this before, I get pain, freak out and then the doctor says "I see nothing wrong."
Last night I went and got new running shoes (because OBVIOUSLY it's all because my shoes are old) and a new gait analysis. I told the store owner (a seasoned runner) about my issues and he pointed out that my hips were not aligned and gave me some stretches and movements that he thought would help.
I discussed all of this with Coach Jon (AKA The Voice of Reason) and he told me to stop pushing it and stop "testing" it. Which of course, I was still doing. After waking up with weird hip pain this morning I decided I needed to do something. Fortunately, a teammate named Megan told me this morning after swimming that there was a walk-in ortho nearby. If I was desperate...   
I got to the clinic before it opened and made sure my insurance was good to go. They got me in quickly and took some x-rays. The doc came in and did some assessments and pushed and poked all around my hip and legs. She concluded there was no stress fracture but could be a strain or pull in the Sartorius muscle. And advised I see a chiropractor because, again, my hips were a bit off.
Jazz hands.
So where does this all leave me?
Well I suppose it doesn't really do me much good other than to try all the hip and glute strengthening exercises I know to see if I can't rehab myself some before Grandma's Marathon. I'm not throwing in the towel just yet but if things stay weird, I'll have no choice. I'm feeling optimistic right now. Again, I've had this sort of moving pain before and it clears up near race day. Plus, optimism helps with healing right?
Have a fantastic long weekend everyone!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SLS3 Compression Giveaway & Discount Code

Sometimes life is funny. But not in like a "I tripped and chipped a tooth" kind of way. Funny in a "life IS rainbows and butterflies" way.
You all know that I was having very cranky shins and calves lately so I opted to purchase some compressions socks and sleeves. I got the socks on my way home from a terrible run a couple of weeks ago and they made a HUGE difference. I don't care if it's placebo or not, they made my angry shins and calves so much happier. After the run I knew I'd be wearing the crap out of those socks so I figured I'd order some calf sleeves because I'm running a lot in the summer and I may want to take them off mid-run if I get hot.
I wound up ordering a pair from a brand called SLS3. While I loved all the bright colors, I figured ordering a safe-matches-everything black pair was the way to go.
As super-awesome-yay-email luck would have it, I got an email from SLS3 the next week asking me if I'd like to do a review and giveaway*. To which I answered, "Does a fat baby poop?"
I told them I had ordered a pair but they were swell enough to send me another pair to review. And this time I chose the butterfly print that I had been eyeballing from the jump.
Could only better if they were unicorns.
I busted my new calf sleeves out on my long run on Sunday and they felt super supportive and compression-y. Plus, again, butterflies. They were comfortable enough for the entire 2 hour run and my shins and calves weren't nearly as sore after as they were on previous long runs. I wore them again last night for my treadmill "hills" workout. (And had to awkwardly ask another gym patron to take my photo.)
And not to skip the details of theses bad boys, they feature:
20-30 mmHG of graduated compression
Seamless TekWeb technology Muscle Stability Increased Bloodflow

Cooling effect and UV protection
SLS3 is allowing me to host a giveaway for a pair of free socks or sleeves! You can enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway It will end on Monday, May 25, 2015. I'll announce the winner and they'll hook you up.  
In addition to the giveaway they are offering a discount of 40% (HUGE) using code Beth40. This is a seriously generous discount.
Good luck and Happy Hump Day!  
*Giveaway ends May 25th, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Residents of the US only.  Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes.  Winner will be selected by Rafflecopter through SLS3 and be notified by email. Winner have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that Discombobulated Running is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.  I have represented the sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsor, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.  The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone.  I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The People I See on My Morning Runs

As a woman being cautious, I run my weekday runs on the exact same route. I run super early in the dark and feel a bit safer in my chosen route. Not to mention that I sometimes have company and at least meeting someone to start a workout with is nice. We meet in the same marina parking lot that has bathrooms. Woot! It's not the most exciting route but it's not completely flat and again, safety and running buddies trump anything else.

Every morning that I run, I see the same people around the same times doing the same things. I always wonder if they have nicknames for me as I have do for them. "There goes that running lady at 5:30 in the morning again."

I'm a people watcher and I've never met a stranger so I have spoken to or at least said hi to all of these familiar faces. And being paranoid about running in the dark, unless I see a person more than a couple of times, I am suspicious. I can't help it. Too much Dateline.

Anyway, here's an example of the people I see on my morning run:

1. The SUPER early dog walker. I see this nice, older man every morning at 5:40ish when I hit my first or second mile. He's walking a large, breed-unknown black dog. We always exchange "good mornings" and I like knowing he's out there. With a very large dog.

2. The older male jogger. He's new-ish on my path but he shuffles along and we also exchange hellos. He's another dude I'm happy to see on my route.

3. Various fishermen. There's a little bridge almost to the first mile marker of my run and there is pretty much always at least one guy fishing off of it. I don't normally exchange any pleasantries with them though. I don't want to scare the fish.

4. Triathlete guy replete with compression socks and all the gadgets. Now, I'm not knocking compression because I've recently been wearing them but this guy just screams triathlete. You know the look, tight shorts, compression socks, headwear of some sort... He always gives a little wave because he's always running hard.

5. Older lady with a strange gait who appears to be hauling ass. I always find myself in awe of the women who get up and run in the dark by themselves. Again, I'm in a SUPER safe area but I'm such a chicken-shit. I always wonder how fast she is going and one of these days I will turn around and chase her just to see. For some reason we are always running in opposite directions.

6. The not-scary-to-me-anymore-guy-with-the-hat-who-never-makes-eye-contact. The first time I saw this man I was scared of him. He's a big, burly dude with a beard and a ball cap. He seemed to just be strolling along. He isn't exactly in workout gear and he didn't make eye contact when I said good morning. He freaked me out pretty good that day. But, I've seen him several times since and he's moving a bit faster these days. Still no eye contact. Maybe he just hates mornings and exercise?

7. Jim Henson with the limping dog. So, he isn't really Jim Henson but he says "Good morning to ya!" as if he were a man who voices puppets. That's how expressive his voice is. He's seriously the most outgoing of the whole bunch. I tend to see him a bit later so that could be why. He's already had his coffee. I spoke to him one morning on my cool down walk and he happens to have a son who raced Kona. And his dog had surgery but even with the limp she's super happy to play fetch and is so sweet. I need to get their names.

8. Mysterious Flutist. One morning when it was still dark I heard what sounded like a flute or a recorder (remember those?) coming from the nearby gazebo. It was sort of haunting to hear that music at God knows what time in the morning. My buddy Jen and I looked at each other and wondered what horror movie we had walked into. I hear this musician on many of the days I run and still have yet to see him or her. It's not creepy to me anymore, just another back drop to my AM workout.

9. The Pier People. As I finish my run there's always an assortment of older folks who hang out at the pier where I park my car. I think they like to drink their coffee, watch the sunrise, and just enjoy the views and each other's company. There's a guy with a little fluffy dog, there's a guy who uses a walker, there's an older lady with a little poodle, and on occasion, one or two other older gentlemen with or without dogs. I talk with them the most. They ask about my run or comment on the weather. I like seeing them and after I retire (in a billion years) I will become a pier person. After I've finished my morning run that is.

Who do you see on your run?

Monday, May 11, 2015

So Twenty Miles, we meet again.

I did it! I made it through my 20 mile run on Saturday. I know this shouldn't be a big deal at this point in my running career because, hello, ironman and seven marathons, but 20 miles will always be a BFD.
I had a little help along the way of course. My friend and ultra triathlete/ultra runner/physician/wonderful mom of three (Seriously. HOW does she do it?) was in taper for the Keys 100 this weekend so she ran 16 miles with me. Yes, 16 miles is taper for a 100 mile race. Insanity. No sooner did my ultra friend leave than another friend pulled up for her run. This was completely unplanned and I was thrilled to have company for the last four miles. They were tough, not going to lie, but I did it and my average pace was 9:20.
This was my first 20 miler of this training cycle and much like other training cycles, it gave me that little bit of extra confidence I need heading closer to Grandma's. (I like saying that I'm going to Grandma's to run a marathon. It makes me giggle.)
So about that BQ (Boston Qualify) thing. I've not given up, but I'm not exactly feeling super confident about going sub 3:40. Race day will be a big factor on what I decide to shoot for. I am very tempted to say eff it, let's go and crash and burn spectacularly. The weather for June in Duluth, MN, looks freaking ideal and ya'll know how I love a cold marathon. (Who doesn't?)
In non-running news, the S.O. and I went out on Saturday night and had some dranks! We went to a charity gala for the Brain Tumor Alliance. It was a 1920's speakeasy theme and it was FABULOUS. Obviously it was also amazing for such a worthy cause. The S.O. even got into the auction bidding fun. We left with an assortment of gift cards that we will definitely be using.

Sadly, not our car.
It was so fun to dress up, even if my feet were furious at me for wearing heels after a 20 mile run. Beauty is pain, right? Once again my triathlon teammate Lindsay did my makeup (she is AMAZING) and I rented the dress from Rent the Runway. I highly recommend both!
 I hope you all had gorgeous weekends.