Month: July 2014

Just TRY Pushing Another Exercise Program….

So, I’m layed up for a few days with a sore knee. No running for a while. I’m not sure how long; it doesn’t feel great, not horrible, but I don’t want to make things worse, so taking it easy this week. 

I’ve been running over 20 years and this is only my second injury. I’ve followed all the rules to smart running….I swim, I spin, I weight train, I don’t run too much, wear the right shoes, yadda, yadda, yadda….

AND…I post most of my progress on Facebook. Just last week I posted about what a great weight training session I had with my trainer at the Y going over some leg strengthening exercises we did. But tonight, I realized that some people on Facebook don’t care at all about others. I know, this is nothing new, but I’m not talking about the self-centered, myopic types out there, I’m talking about those who don’t mean to be that way, but they still are. 

I’m talking about the exercise-obsessed maniacal types who think that you CANNOT LIVE without hearing about either their 1) workouts 2) weight loss methods or 3) self esteem programs. 

We all know the types. We all have them on our friends lists. Maybe some of them are very good friends, or maybe they are just friends of friends. And we’ve all thought of deleting them. I HAVE deleted a few. Once they start pushing weight loss programs, they’re gone, gone, gone, baby….

If a friend wants to hock a business once in a while, that’s fine, I have no problems with that, however, when it turns into all they’re doing it, I have major problems. Because it turns into SPAM. They no longer read anything myself or anyone else is writing. They do not care. All they care about is broadcasting their message, whatever it is. And I no longer care what they are saying. 

So their whole point of being on my friends list has disintegrated. 

Why don’t we try to be better friends. Pay attention to what each other is saying, make an effort to CARE what each other is saying, even on Facebook and other social media outlets and stop merely thinking of we can push our own agenda. 

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Extreme Positivity

I have to be honest, because I know no other way. But sometimes the way some runners encourage other runners scares me. 

Let me explain….

If a runner had a difficult run, let’s say they felt bad pain, or got sick or something similar during a run, when clearly, they probably should have (for their own good), stopped the run, turned around and gone home, yet, they chose to continue the run, either from sheer stubbornness or not knowing what else to do, when telling their stories to other runners in a Facebook running group, most, if not all members will give them nothing but great encouragement. 

Let’s say a runner is sick but he has a race coming up very soon and still wants to run it. Most, if not all other runners will encourage him to still run the race, rather than get well, even if it means the race may lead to a secondary infection or worse. 

This constant, non-thinking, dogged cheerleading in running drives me crazy! Yes, I too want everyone to do well all the time, but this isn’t possible. I am a realist. If someone has, let’s say an ear infection, as someone told me they have, and yet they also have a triathlon coming up very soon, why in the world would they risk it by continuing to race? So, they want to get into ocean water and risk losing their hearing for a race they could participate in next year??? I don’t get it. 

We Weekend Warriors sometimes don’t think before we leap. If you know you are slightly injured, take care of it before it gets really bad. If you’re sick, get well before you compete.

I myself, have been having slight knee pain, so I’ve scaled my running way back to deal with it. Do I like it, Heck no! I want to run. So, I’ll go out tomorrow, run 2 miles and see how it feels. 

Please understand, I’m not saying don’t encourage your running friends. By all means, cheer them, give them all your support, but give them the truth when necessary, in a kind and gentle manner. They won’t hear what they need to hear from strangers. Sometimes the best things to hear isn’t what we want to hear. We need to hear what’s real not what’s pretend. 

Unplanned Rest Day

Yesterday during my long run of six miles, my left knee started hurting after 3.5 miles. I had had slight knee pain before with that knee, but usually only while sleeping, after very long runs, or after intense weight workouts. This was the first time I felt pain during a run. It came and went during the run, so fortunately didn’t happen the whole time, so I was able to finish the distance.

But, I decided it was best to take the night off my spin class. I’m disappointed because I love my Monday Spin class. I’ll go to the Wednesday one instead. It’s a different instructor, so I’ll see how that one is.

I’m also going to run my usual two miles tomorrow, but with my knee brace on. I’ve been wearing it more and more, especially at night. It feels so much better sleeping with it that I wore it all day at work today.

I’m building up to my Half in September and I’m worried that my knee will get worse. So, for now I’m’ cutting my runs back down to three a week. I’ll keep doing my strength sessions and spin classes and stick with the brace.

I’ll check back soon.

See Krista Run 5K

The skies were relatively clear for my race last night. It was windy, though, as it usually is in China Basin, with few trees along the water to block to gusts. I was both nervous and excited as I rode Lightrail N down to Mission Bay Resort, hoping that I wouldn’t be the slowest runner there.

View of the SF Bay from Mission Rock

View of the SF Bay from Mission Rock

 I signed in and got my bib. I took a seat on the back balcony which was protected from the wind and have a nice view of the southside of the San Francisco waterfront. I had been to this place once a long time ago, but I don’t remember it well. It was nice meeting some of the other runners. Everyone was fun to talk to.

The City Beer Runs happen once a month, or thereabouts. This one was a fundraiser to help out a runner who through a bad infection lost her arm and her leg. It was the least we runners could do. There was no showy bling, no t-shirt, but everyone got a free beer at the end and the chance to help someone get closer to running again, which to me, means much more.

“See Krista Run” was the race’s official name, and it included a raffle and silent auction for things like yoga instruction and massages afterwards.

Here’s the Facebook page that will give more information about it:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1465649617011603/?ref=br_tf

The course was flat and fast. It started and ended at Mission Rock, going up the course of the Bay, along Third St, over the Third Street Bridge, past AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, up the Embarcadero and back down.

I started slow, the way I usually start races. Most people pass me up when a race starts. It used to bother me a lot until I realized that starting slow is not a bad thing to do. I kept a steady pace, finding my rhythm, breathing in time with my footsteps, going in a good pace, faster than my long run pace, but not fast enough to tire me out too quickly.

And then I felt good and knew I could keep this up for a while. It was then when I started passing up runners, runners who had started too fast out the gate. I passed up about nine total in the race. I was still more towards the back of the racing pack than the front, but I wasn’t last and for that, I was satisfied with my time, which was 33:05. Considering this was an evening race and my first 5K race since last fall, I’ll take it.

City Beer Runs is a great group of people, I’ll definitely be doing more runs with them. I want to thank Steve Snyder for inviting me and the ride home. I’ll see you at a race soon, Steve!

Unless I sign up for another race, my next race is the Giants Step Half September 7th and my running is gearing up!

Cheers!

Me and my friend Steve

Me and my friend Steve

New Week, New Goals

   I’ll admit that I was more disappointed than I thought over my finances a couple weeks ago. That’s why it was harder than ever to get back into workout mode, but I have this week. And I am so happy I did. I started running late last week and following my healthy eating plan this past Monday and feel better for it.

   Even though there’s no racing bike in my future, I have chosen to train for long distance races and next year go for the San Francisco Marathon!

   Before then, I have the (San Francisco) Giants Step Half in September. I also plan to sign up for: the Mermaid 10-miler in October (even though I vowed not to do another race with them again. I’m hoping the 10 mile race is long enough to get me away from all the walkers. I also plan to do the Hot Chocolate 15K in January and yes, the dreaded SF Rock & Roll half in late March. It didn’t kill me this year, so why not let it kill me next, right? But I figure it’s a great introduction into a marathon that’s known to be very hard and filled with lots of hills.

   So instead of the challenge of a three-sport race, I’ll go for more miles, more running and see if I can overcome the boredom of the long run.

   This week has been a great start. Sunday was a 6-mile run. It felt good, even with a slight migraine attack in the middle of it. I was able to run through it and rewarded myself with a cool shower afterwards. Monday is spin class, which I love, love, love, and Tuesday I had a training session with one of the trainers at the Y to help give me some exercises to strengthen on thighs and core so my knees don’t get all the brunt of my runs. Wednesday was a rest day because I have a 5K race after work today.

   This will be my first midweek race and my first evening race. I’m nervous, while looking forward to it. Wish me luck!