Monthly Archives: December 2010

>On Hold…..AGAIN

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas…..I know I did. Santa visited our house and brought me all kinds of running and cycling goodies. More on the later.

Last week, I became a woman on a mission. A mission to break 1000 miles. And that mission may have caused another running layoff. Looking back, I was being completely stupid. I had it all planned out. Get a bulk of my remaining mileage in, and run conservatively for bonus miles. But greed got the better of me. I got a message on Facebook late Wednesday from my BRB (best running buddy) “trail girl” Ashley, inviting me to join her on a 6 mile jaunt on the Greenway. I happily obliged, as we haven’t run together much in the past several months. I also planned to do a 20 mile ride that same day. It was cold, it was slow, it was a struggle, and it was on asphalt. I began to feel the effects of the run 4 miles in, and should have pulled the plug then, but against my better judgment, I plugged along and finished the 6 mile run. That is the longest I have run on asphalt in a very VERY long time. MISTAKE. I was super tired and was at least smart enough to call off the 20 mile ride I had planned for the afternoon.

The next day was Christmas Eve. The hubs and I decided to meet up with a new trail running group and run one of the toughest trails (but most gorgeous view at the top) in the area. We had tons of fun. Us chicks were feeling festive and showed out with our “costumes”. The fellas were a little blah if you ask me. For what I lack in speed, I make up for in tackiness.

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apparently, showing off my socks and ribbons on my shoe. Please do not look up my skirt!

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My knee was sore from the very beginning of the run, but I thought if I ran conservatively, taking lots of walks breaks on the hills, I would be fine. Just after this picture was taken, I stopped for a short walk break and when I tried to resume running, my breath was almost taken away with sharp shooting pains in my knee. I knew then this run was over and quickly turned into a hike. I was little less than 2 miles in and no where near the top of the trail. I was pretty disappointed. I decided I shouldn’t even attempt to continue up the trail because its pretty steep, it would only make matters worse. Luckily, as I turned back on my walk of shame, I ran into one of our group organizers, Marcus, who was hiking the trail with his pup. He was unable to run due to a recent shoulder surgery. Thanks for keeping me company Marcus and keeping my mind off the disappointment I was feeling.

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I took Christmas Day off….I’m not a complete exercise-aholic!!!! But Santa (aka hubs) was oh so very generous, and brought me some bike shoes and pedals, so I HAD to get on the bike yesterday. I felt pretty good. I admit the knee is a tad stiff, but not so much so that I don’t think I’m safe to ride. I will probably not run for a few more days and see how I do. I am hoping and praying that this is just a minor flare up caused by stupidity pushing myself a little too hard too fast, and not a re-injury.

I have only ridden with my shoes in the trainer. I am scared to death to ride on the roads with them. I am not the most coordinated person in the world. I fear that I will tip over and end up on my face…..with my bike on top of me in a tangled mess. Hopefully that won’t happen……Wish me luck!!!!

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>Runnin’ (and ridin’) Down a Dream

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Goodness, getting back into the blogging grove has been harder than I thought it would be. I guess I have just gotten out of practice. And what the heck was I thinking trying to make a comeback right before Christmas???? DOH!!!!

At the beginning of 2010, when everyone is making their New Years Resolutions, I saw lots of runners set a goal of running 1000 miles in 1 year. That sounded absolutely ludicrous to me. How could that be possible???? I could only run 1-2 miles at a time at the beginning of the year, so 1000 miles seemed so far fetched. But then as I got more and more miles under my belt, my total mileage started piling up. All of a sudden 1000 miles didn’t seem so ridiculously hard. I was on target to break 1000 and then BAM….trail running fall + preexisting runner’s knee = 11 week layoff. My dreams of breaking 1000 were dashed.

But today as I faithfully logged my mileage on Daily Mile after a trainer riding session, I glanced at my total mileage. 911 miles……what tha??? Could it be possible to break 1000 miles in 2010. Now granted, its a little different to run/bike 1000 miles than to solely RUN 1000 miles…..but it is 1000 miles that I traveled using my own blood, sweat, and tears. I did the quick math….I need to log 89 more miles in 9 days. Not entirely impossible, but will take a lot of effort on my part. I have a 20ish mile ride planned for tomorrow, a trail run of unknown distance Christmas Eve. I probably won’t do anything Christmas day. It feels a little like cheating, but I will probably log most of the remaining miles on the bike. I want to get to 1000 in 2010!!!!!

So send me some encouragement and wish me luck. I had all but given up hopes of breaking 1000 this year, but now I am SOOOO close!!!!! Next year WILL. be. my. year. to break 1000……ON FOOT (the bike miles will just be icing on the cake!)

And a little Christmas cheer to all my bloggy friends, have a wonderful and safe Christmas!!!!

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>To Come Back….or Not to Come Back…..

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…..that is the question, that I have struggled with for the past 1 1/2 months.
I have to be completely honest. This break has been…………..nice. I really REALLY needed to reevaluate my priorities in relation to how much time I was investing in my fund raising campaign “Jog 4 Joubert Syndrome”, how much of that time was spent wisely, and was I accomplishing what I originally set out to do?
Although I would consider the J4JS campaign to be fiscally successful this year, truth be told, I was spending an ENORMOUS amount of time on blogging. In turn, it was wreaking havoc on my personal life. I was not entirely concentrating on my “mission”. I got caught up in some of the negative aspects of the blogosphere. I found myself becoming unproductive, negative, pessimistic, resenting my “cause” and hating blogging. Like I said when I went on sabbatical, I did not wish to stir up blog drama, so I will keep my grievances to myself . But I’m sure most of you know and share some of the same frustrations about blog culture.
When I went on bloggy vacation, I thought I could just be a lurker and read a couple blogs here and there. But I have a GINORMOUS blogroll, I had a hard time keeping up with them all. So after several weeks, I decided to go cold turkey….NO blog reading…..period. That lasted all of about….oh, a week. At first it was a breath of fresh air, but then I began to wonder what was going on with a couple of my virtual friends, so I cheated and read their blogs. It was nice to hear about what was going on. Then slowly the urge to broadcast my ramblings out into the interwebs crept back in. And suddenly….…….I wanted to BLOG again. So here I am, back again to document my (boring) running life.
So what have I been up to??? Well, nothing very exciting to be honest. I am still running, although my weekly mileage is pretty low….often around 10 miles (sad, I know!) My knee is still holding up, no major pains. But I am always worried that it will only be a matter of time before it blows up again. I am dabbling a little in barefoot running. I know, bad time of year to get that bug! I am falling more and more in love with cycling, although most of my time in the saddle lately has been indoors on the trainer. I have met a new running/cycling buddy and hope to get involved with a local multisport group soon.
I am working on my 2011 race schedule and excited to announce that I have 3 triathlons, (tentatively) on my schedule….including 1 OPEN WATER SWIM….YIKES!!!!! Also on the schedule are the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K, a trail half marathon, a couple other shorter trail races, and a biathlon.

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I am working feverishly on, yet another, fund raising project which involves my alter ego……the crafty chick. I am crocheting these cute little guys….my special edition Joubert snakes (the rainbow colors are the JSF logo colors). The proceeds go towards funding my family’s registration fees for the upcoming JSF conference in July. This will be an ongoing fundraiser and I will be adding different projects to the mix soon (believe me I am getting SICK of making snakes). I am not currently taking orders, as I am up to my ears in snake orders. But if you are interested, stay tuned. I will be opening up order slots in the next month or so. (Shameless plug…I know)
My 1 year blogiversary came and went earlier this month….I hate I missed it. But with that passing occasion, I realize that I need to get back in the saddle of fund raising. Our inaugural fund raising race last year was the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K in Charleston, SC. I would like for this race to be a J4JS annual tradition. Race day is quickly approaching on April 2nd. I hope our fund raising efforts will be as successful as last year’s. But I need to come up with fresh ideas, I don’t want to burden the same donors over and over again.
I have set up a new blog space for the J4JS campaign that will be strictly related to J4JS content. Follow it if you like, it won’t really be like a blog per se. I want it to be more of an informational website and posting occasional J4JS news….less random ramblings that you find here. It is a work in progress. This space will now be all MY space….where I can talk freely about whatever I want to. I pretty much did that anyway, but in the back of my mind I was always worried about how something I said would be interpreted and how it would reflect on J4JS and, in turn, the JSF.
So, that is it in a nut shell…..my life as it relates to running over the past 1 1/2 months. I hope that most of you stuck around and will welcome me back to the blog world. I have honestly missed you all!

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