|A very hot, steamy Great Western Half Marathon|
Staying injury free: I continue to be plagued with toe pain in my left toe. I talked with the sports medicine doctor at work, and he agreed that it is most likely arthritis in the big toe joint. It doesn't bother me much to call it arthritis anymore, nor does the toe bother me when I run, but when I'm done, it throbs angrily. I've been icing it after a run and that really seems to help. I think this is how it's going to be for me all the time now. Taking time off did not help the toe at all; in fact, walking really seemed to bother it more than running. It has to be all mechanics, the way I push off when I walk versus when I run. Anyways, I cut my 2 week break short, and started running again. Dare I say that the last week has been much better for me? Could it be that I'm back at the weights with Becky again? Fingers (and toes) crossed that it quiets down for marathon training.
I've also had issues with my tummy; I've written about my battles with IBS aka I'll Be Stopping, and this spring has been particularly challenging for me. No matter what I eat, I've been having problems. This past couple of weeks things have gotten bad for me. A few years ago, I took an antibiotic called Rifaximin, which is used for a variety of GI issues, including my type of IBS. I started back up on a 2 week course, and am already noticing a difference. While this problem doesn't stop me from running, and even though I joke about it, it's certainly annoying! I'm hopeful to get things under control before I start marathon training next month.
Grow the blog: I've had a few exciting things happening with the blog this month! I was approached by Gone For A Run to participate in one of their virtual runs along with other bloggers. Along with that, I was asked to guest host a race recap link up with Jessica of The Silvah Lining! Everything fell into place very nicely, and I'm hoping that Jessica will ask me to guest host with her again. I really enjoyed the recaps and the interaction with some new bloggers who linked up with us.
The book club was a hit this month and my big thrill was of course having my interview with Dimity McDowell. That post was probably one of my most read this month. Dimity could not have been more gracious to work with, and her answers were really thoughtful. She gave me great feedback on my book review as well. She also personally liked my Facebook page, and that was really exciting for me. Fangirl here!
I did have a little scare with the blog this month, tho. Someone spammed my linkup and tried to change my password in InLinkz. That really scared me. Luckily I caught it immediately--InLinkz sends you a message when someone puts their link up--and I took that link down as soon as I saw what it linked to. My dear friend Marcia from Marcia's Healthy Slice talked me off the cliff and introduced me to StatCounter which helps you see where your hits are coming from. It's a heck of a lot easier to figure out than Google Analytics, and for a numbers geek like me, it's really fun too!
Controlling the mama drama: Let's just sum this one up by saying that since the middle of the month, where I had some issues with my oldest (you can read about that here), things have calmed down. No, he hasn't gotten another job, but he's working on something for the summer. He's been much more pleasant since then too, and dare I say that we've actually had some normal conversations lately? You just never know tho, when the rug is going to be pulled out from under you, so I always have my guard up. My youngest son wrapped up his trifecta of sports for the spring (football, rugby, and gymnastics) and now has all this free time on his hands. Let the worrying commence. But summer sports start up soon, and that will keep at least one boy out of trouble. I hope.
Sub-4 marathon: My official training for the Chicago marathon hasn't started yet, but Becky is finishing up my training plan. She told me the plan will be 13 weeks long (last year was 14 weeks) but since I have such a strong running base and we're going to do a heavy lifting cycle prior to that, I should be fine. I'm not worried. I'm in good hands.
What's coming up? I've got a few virtual races coming up (a half in 2 weeks) and a few live races that I haven't registered for but am planning on--a 10k on July 5 and a half marathon Sept 13. I'm also riding in a 25 mile bike ride in July, the Venus de Miles. I'm excited to do that one with my friends Karen and Michelle. I don't have any running races with them this summer and it feels weird. So this is the next best thing!
I'm thrilled that I didn't have to DNS any races this spring due to injury. But I won't lie--I'm enjoying taking time off training, and just running to run. Sure, I'm throwing in a few speedy runs and virtual races, but this has been really enjoyable. And getting all my wonky body issues back under control is the main goal for now!
|Just under the wire!|
Miles run: 77
Miles biked: 48.5
Races: Great Western Half Marathon 1:55:37 PR, 1st in AG
BadAss 5 mile Virtual Race: 40:39 PR
How was your month? Any goals achieved? New goals set? How long is your marathon training plan?