Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ramblin' Rose 5 miler

Well I did it.  

I ran the Ramblin' Rose 5 miler and actually finished in an acceptable time and pace.  I had originally signed up for the Ramblin' Rose half marathon but had to downgrade to the shorter distance after I broke my wrist and underwent corrective surgery.

So after a month of almost no running (I think I jogged a total of 5 miles during the month of September) I went to the race on Saturday with a goal of finishing in 1 hour.  Ryan and Mason were waiting for me at the finish line so I wanted to finish faster than that.
best cheerleader EVER
It was a gray day in Charlotte ... humid, misty rain, and temperatures hovering in the high 60's.  I was worried about the slippery roads and kept thinking that I was going to trip and fall and hurt myself (again). 

After way too many walking breaks I finished the race and was ready to head home. 

my mile splits:
mile 1 - 8:35 minutes
mile 2 - 16:59 minutes (8:24 minutes/mile)
mile 3 - 26:41 minutes (9:41 minutes/mile)
mile 4 - 35:49 minutes (9:08 minutes/mile)
mile 5 - 44:35 minutes (8:46 minutes/mile)

Official race time - 44:49 minutes (8:58 minutes/mile), 
10th in my age group, 
29 out of 294 runners overall, 23 out of 281 women
great view of the skyline
Overall I had a great time running this race ... sarcasm much?  I would've had a better time running this race if I wasn't injured, if it wasn't partially rainy and super humid, and if I was better prepared for the distance.  I'm so happy that the lovely people at Run for your Life allowed me to change my entry from the half marathon distance to the 5 miler. Hopefully I'll be ready to run the half marathon next year.  

In the past 6 months since I gave birth to Mason, I've run 2 5k's, a 4 miler, a 10k, and a 5 miler (and I broke my wrist running but let's focus on the positive).  Not too shabby for getting back into the whole running thing.

VBGB Beer Hall & Garden

Friday night I had a cheeseburger, like normal pre-race tradition states.

Ryan, Mason, and I met up with our friends Lori and Brandon at a "new to us" location, VBGB Beer Hall & Garden.  Located a few miles from us in an area called NC Music Factory, VBGB is the perfect type of place to sit around with a few friends sampling some delicious beer and food.

I ordered the 1/2 lb certified Angus beef burger ... although the menu says you can choose from 3 types of bread, I was not given an option so I'm assuming it was a kaiser roll (maybe the pretzel roll and brat roll are only for the sausages and hot dogs?)

Toppings included a slice of pepper jack cheese, pickles, onions, lettuce, and tomato.  On the side were ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard.  

The burger was big and pretty tasty.  The patty itself lacked flavor but fortunately was juicy.  Overall a good pre-race meal but not my favorite burger in the Queen City.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Halfway there

This morning Mason and I headed out for a slow jog.

We kept a nice steady pace for the first mile, keeping it at 9:17 min/mile. Then we took a short walking break, jogged a little more, and finished the second mile in 19:26 minutes.

The last 0.55 miles were a little rough but we made it home in 24:50 minutes.

I always thought it was a little hard running with Mason while he was in the jogging stroller, but nothing compares to only using one hand to push the BOB the entire time.

Today's jog hopefully will be enough preparation to finish the 5 mile race on Saturday. My goal is to finish in under 1 hour.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A new type of work out

Today was my first official day of physical therapy. Sigh. It was anything but fun. My wrist is still sore from the work out it endured in that short hour.

I'm supposed to do a series of exercises for my wrist and fingers multiple times a day. I try to, I really do, but I guess it's not as intense as when the therapist is pushing me through the same moves. Her goal for me is to make a fist in the next few days. Baby steps ...

Ugh. I'm far from being "fixed." I'm starting twice a week therapy sessions next week. I may never regain full motion of my wrist which saddens me. Things like going to yoga classes seem like a thing of the past.

All I can do is keep trying to heal my arm and hope for the best. I would say "fingers crossed" but currently that move is a little difficult right now ...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Best way to experience a new city

This past weekend I was super lucky to have two of my good friends in town to visit. Meghan and Karen arrived around 2pm on Friday and were excited about seeing Charlotte for the first time.

The best (and only way in my opinion) to experience a new city is by trying different restaurants.

Our first stop was happy hour on Friday to a new spot in our neighborhood, the Peculiar Rabbit.

The view from their roof top is incredible. We all chose small plates from the menu to try a bit of everything.

I stuck with a local Natty Greene's beer, the Buckshot Amber Ale, and tried the "Devils on Horseback." Both the beer and food were awesome.

The following day the girls and I headed to Owl's Eye Winery, in nearby Shelby, for some wine tastings.

The wine was delicious and I left with 2 bottles of their red wine. We had such a great time.

For dinner I took the girls to "Soul Gastrolounge" which is also located in my neighborhood. We sampled a few dishes and loved the pork belly tacos and sushi. For dessert I insisted we order the salted caramel and buttered popcorn cupcake.

It was heavenly. I could've eaten five or six more.

Breakfast the next day was enjoyed at Amelie's (sorry no pictures ... I was too busy inhaling my croissant and cup of French press coffee).

I highly recommend doing a food tour if ever visiting a new city.

I even managed to run off some of the calories on Saturday and did a slow walk/jog with Karen and Mason. We knocked out almost 2.25 miles and felt better about all of the over indulging :)

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Return to running

Correction ... Today marked my return to jogging. I did a very easy jog with Mason today. We went to CVS and wandered the store for a short break.

Total mileage was a little over 1 mile and man was I slooooow. I stuck to running on the street and shunned any sidewalks. I also tried to stay as focused as possible. Baby steps right? 5 mile race in 9 days = scary.

Earlier today I had a doctors appointment and got a custom fit splint. Recovery seems long and hard, complete with weekly physical therapy sessions.

My plate with 8 screws.

My gnarly scar in the making.

My custom fit brace in boring beige.

Me and my peanut.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Will work out for cheeseburgers

Ryan only has to say one word for me to forgo making dinner at home ... Cheeseburger. Last night it worked like a charm and we headed to Pinky's for some greasy (but delicious) burgers.

I really planned on trying to jog today but it's been raining non stop so Mason and I have been stuck indoors.

While he hung out in his "cage" I decided to do a short leg work out.

I did 30 lunges, 30 squats, 30 calf raises then started abdominal work. After doing 100 crunches I took a stretching break.

Check out my awesome UCF Nike dry fit running shorts. Can't wait to wear them to run one day soon!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Napping solution

Lately Mason has been struggling with taking his daily naps. Whether he's outgrown taking 4 short naps a day, or my patience level is at an all time low, we've had some issues this week.

As soon as he starts fussing in his crib during what should be his first nap of the day, I ask my mom to take him out and get ready for a neighborhood walk. He instantly cheers up and looks forward to the fresh air.

Today I (actually my mom) laced up my sneakers for the first time in weeks. It's sad that I can't even tie my own shoelaces.

Mason and I set off on our walk and within 15 minutes he was asleep. At this point it's my job to continue walking for an additional 30 minutes (his usual nap length).

Things I saw along our 3 mile walk included the above squirrel going to town on a bird feeder.

We also saw a family of plastic deer hanging out in someone's yard.

And just like clockwork my little monster woke up after snoozing for 30 minutes.

At least I managed to get 45 minutes of walking in and enjoy some awesome almost fall weather.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

A doable downgrade

For those of you who still read this blog, even though I haven't run in almost 2 weeks nor eaten a cheeseburger, here is an update.

On Friday I had surgery on my wrist to fix the break. They "installed" a plate and 8 pins and left me what will probably be a 2-3 inch scar (haven't seen it yet).

Fortunately the anesthesia kicked in before I even made it to the operating room. They used a block form of anesthesia that kept my entire arm numb for 12 hours. It was nice not feeling anything for the entire day. Only problem is that the numbness doesn't fade slowly as it stops working. Instead it abruptly stops, sending you into a downward spiral of despair. I have never felt so much constant intense pain. There was absolutely no break in the pain for 3 hours as my pain medicine slowly started working.

Anyways I'm left with a bandaged arm until my next doctors appointment on the 20th. I still have not ran, nor do I plan to any time soon, since my arm still hurts so much and I'm supposed to keep it elevated to reduce swelling.

I emailed the lovely people at Run For Your Life (typing one handed on my MacBook sucks) and asked if I could downgrade my half marathon entry into the Ramblin Rose race on the 29th to the 5 miler, and they said YES.

I know I can run 5 miles with no prior training so at least not all is lost this month. Just trying to make lemonade out of lemons I guess :)

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

One week

And no I'm not talking about the song by Barenaked Ladies ...

It's been one week since I took that terrible spill while running and broke my wrist. It's been one week of only using my right arm to accomplish so many every day and mundane tasks. It's been one week since I've been able to carry Mason without having someone put him in a carrier.

And worst of all it's been one week since I've gone running.

Mason and I have taken daily walks as our exercise. We've also done some sitting around and watching Elmo.

I don't think I'm ready mentally to start running again. I'm truly afraid that I'll fall again. I really hope that fear goes away soon.

As far as the half marathon scheduled for this month goes, I'm going to contact the race people and ask if I can downgrade to the 5 mile race instead. I'm disappointed but I honestly don't think I can pull myself together in time.


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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Things not to do while running

There are plenty of things I could tell you that fall on the list of "things not to do while running." I'm going to stick to the 3 things that most recently happened to me.
1. Trip on a crack in the sidewalk
2. Fall from tripping on the sidewalk
3. Break my wrist from trying to catch myself while falling from tripping on the sidewalk

One of the most terrible things that could possibly happen to a person, especially a stay at home mom who is still breast feeding, is break an arm. You need both arms to do basic things like carry your 18 pound baby and change a diaper.

Let's talk about the kindness of strangers for a minute. A woman saw me fall and stopped alongside the sidewalk to see if I was all right. Clearly I wasn't, so she drove me the 3 blocks back to my house. From there Ryan and Mason took me to the emergency room where I stayed as they cleaned all of my scrapes and then x-rayed and put a splint on my broken wrist.

Since Wednesday night Ryan has been helping me deal with Mason which isn't easy while working full time. So mad props (do people still say that?) to dad for being awesome.

Before my doctor appointment on Friday I found the only way to carry Mason was using my Bjorn carrier. It makes me sad that I can't just pick up my little boy anymore, at least not for awhile.

At the doctors appointment I was told there might be a need for surgery since my break wasn't a "clean" break. Awesome. I'll find out more on Thursday but until then check out my awesome cast.

As the bruises and scrapes down my legs and arms begin to heal, so too will my ego. Right now I'm embarrassed and really sad that I ruined doing the one activity that kept me sane ... Running. The doctor said I could run in a couple of days but I'm scared and traumatized. We'll see how long it takes before I lace up my sneakers. Until then there will just be cheeseburgers and not so much running for them.

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