I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! I spent the day at my cousin Angel and Brent's house. Also in attendance were my Aunt and Uncle, my parents and a few "strays" (their word, not mine!) They always invite a former neighbor. This year there was also another strange man there. I still don't know which family member he knew and I don't even remember his name. Since it was a small crowd this year, it's always nice to have a few more people there. There was the usual Thanksgiving grub. I managed to only make one trip to the table. I thought I did pretty well with the food except an hour later, I felt like I ate 4 lbs of food! I didn't even eat the pie (I took it home because I can't pass up my Aunt's homemade pumpkin pie and homemade peach pie with peaches she picked herself)! How does this always happen?
I did have a turkey trot run on Thanksgiving morning. It was a hilly 4 miles. I decided that I was going to take it easy. I wasn't trying to break any records. So I just jogged along. I don't even remember my finishing time right now. I'm sure it's just a click away on the computer but when you know you did crappy time-wise, you really just don't care! My pace ended up about 10:50's. Eh...
Friday, I went into work ALL day. Technically we were closed but my boss was going on vacation the following day and we needed to get stuff finished for a deadline.
Saturday, my friend Brenda invited me over to her house for a late Thanksgiving. When she asked me on Friday, I really didn't want to go for more turkey! I was still stuffed from Thursday's meal! But I couldn't refuse as I don't see her often and I'm godmother to her 8 month old daughter. It's a good thing I went because her mother cancelled and her brother and his family cancelled! So it ended up being just Brenda, her husband Anthony and myself! Oh, and let's not forget the 20 pound turkey! FOR 3 PEOPLE!
Sunday, I had a baptism to attend for one of my other cousins Tina. Her baby Nicholas was born a month ago and I hadn't seen him yet. One word: Adorable!
Also on Sunday, I went to my other cousin (whoa, lots of cousins!) Jessie's house. We want to start eating healthy again (although she is pregnant and has some leeway here! lol) so we made a vegetable soup and a roasted red pepper hummus. Two words: SO GOOD! The hummus is the best batch we have ever made!
Now for running. On Saturday, I went for a run in the morning. I've done 6 miles on Saturday recently so I thought I would keep with the 6 for my long runs for now. Needless to say, when I started running, the same old issues arose. The IT band around my knee area was bothering me immediately. Also, my ankle has never felt better for the older issues I was having. As I have been doing lately, I thought I would just run through the pain. It usually goes away or I just run anyway. I noticed after a mile that I was running slow (about 10:30 min miles). I thought about shortening up my run, thinking of doing 4 or 5 miles (instead of 6). Since my knee was continuing to bother me, I decided to just do 4 miles, 2 out and 2 back. When I got 2 out, I decided to walk for a minute. While walking, this is what went through my mind:
Why are you running? Your knee and ankle aren't any better! If you keep running for the next month, it won't get better and you will not be able to train for the spring marathon like you wanted! You should just stop right now! Don't be stupid and injure yourself more!
So I decided to walk home. After cutting some corners, it probably ended up being about a 1.5 mile walk. Needless to say, I was pretty depressed on my walk. After thinking about not running for a month and possibly seeing a doctor in the meantime, I started to cry. (Unfortunately, this wasn't going to be the only time that day I cried!).
Now, I feel like such a big baby when I cry over little things. But I was frustrated and I have a tendency to cry when I'm frustrated. And having to walk 1.5 miles home, I was left with my thoughts, which were pretty depressed at that moment! During the walk, I did stop crying. But 5 minutes later, I said to myself, "All I want to do is run!" And I started crying again! Haha! I can laugh now because it is pretty funny looking back on it.
So the plan is to be smart. I'm going to stop running temporarily and contact a doctor. I asked my marathon pace leader for a recommendation and she mentioned a doctor not far from where I live that she went to before who is also a marathoner. I might look into that.
By the way, the other time I cried that day? Let's just say it involved me and my tire. Again, nothing serious. Just frustrated!
Today, I'm so sick! My stomach is so upset. I've barely eaten anything all day. I would have stayed in bed but I have to finish up work for a deadline today. I'll probably skip out a little early. I'm also contemplating not coming in tomorrow. I'll see how things go. All I want to do right now is curl up in a little ball in my bed and not move! Guess I have to cancel my personal training for tonight.