Thursday Thoughts – I am what I am

Hello, hello!

So, I totally dreamed about running last week.

I’ve never done that before.

Not even once.

I mean, I’ve had those nightmares where I’m trying to run but it’s like I’m slogging through the thickest mud ever and I can barely move but that’s not the same thing.

This was joyous and free and FUN!


I guess I’ve solved my potential identity crisis – I am DEFINITELY a runner!

(seriously, like I didn’t REALLY know that down deep inside. sheesh.) 😉

In fact, the desire for me to get out the door is pretty overwhelming these days.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to.  The doc says I need to wait and I’m going to wait.


I might even add a couple of extra weeks to the wait just to be safe.

That’s how important it is to me.

I don’t want to run on my foot until it’s ready to be run on.

But, boy oh boy, do I want to run!

I’ve even, and don’t everyone start yelling at me at once, started thinking about what 50k I might want to train for.

*ducks head*

Stop throwing things!  I’m not going to run until I can and then I’ll take it slow! I’m not talking about running a 50k in a couple of months from now.

Maybe Springtime – are there any 50ks (boy, that word looks weird but I refuse to make it ‘s because it’s most definitely not possessive!) in the Spring or are those mostly Fall races?  I’ll have to research! I definitely want to run the one that I can’t next month.

I just can’t imagine my life without running.

It’s been such a big part!

It’s given me so much and I love being outside and seeing the world (or my cute little town, even though there are bears). 🙂




And, I’m definitely going to be doing a CrossFit Endurance training plan once I start back up.

I really enjoy the blend of the two sports.


My running definitely benefits from CrossFit and my CrossFit workouts benefit from my running – hello, endurance! 🙂

I feel a little bit like I have a new lease on life, as silly as that may seem, and I cannot wait (but, I will. patiently, even.) to get back out the door with my running shoes on.


Talk to me: Do you dream about the sport you love? Are you a good patient? Are you patient?

– jennifer

50k training update – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Hi there!

You’re probably wondering why I’m giving you a random midweek update on my 50k training.

You might even be wondering what happened to Tasty Tuesday and Wine Wednesday this week.

Well, I’ll tell ya.

Monday started off bright and early at the track.


the good

I  had 800s on my schedule – 6 of them at 3:34 pace to be exact – and I was ready to go.

I loosened up per my norm and jogged a mile for warm up.

Then, I got started.

About 600-650m into the first 800, my right foot started to hurt.

Like OW.

I finished out my 800 and tried to walk it out.

Still OW.

Sat down, took my shoe off, massaged my foot a little.

More OW.

The top of my foot hurt and when I massaged, it didn’t feel good.

Put my shoe back on and tried to walk it out some more.


It hurt when I flexed my foot or during the “push off” part of walking.

Can’t run if it hurts to do that.

It was still really early – I didn’t have to be at work for about 2 hours still- so I went inside and hopped on a spin bike.

It didn’t hurt my foot. 🙂


the bad (it’s not running)

But, it wasn’t satisfying. :/

I hobbled into the locker room and started to get ready to head to work.

Yes, hobbled.

After my shower, I noticed that the top of my right foot just above my 2nd and 3rd toe was starting to swell.

And might have a little discoloration going on.

Is that a bruise?!


the ugly. Hey, I warned you!

That’s not good.

Localized pain, swelling, possible bruising, feels better when I’m not using it and worse when I am – my immediate thought was stress fracture.


I got to work and immediately called my doctor’s office.

By some miracle, she had an opening in just a couple of hours and I took it.

She sent me for x-rays and put in a consult for orthopedics.

Um, can I just pause here and say that I had the x-rays done IMMEDIATELY AFTER MY APPOINTMENT and that they are digital images so I got to see them IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEY WERE TAKEN!!!

If you’re familiar with military medicine, you know it NEVER works that way if you’re using a military clinic/hospital.

It gets even better.

My x-rays were read by the radiologist THE SAME DAY and my doctor communicated the results with me THE SAME DAY!!!

The results?

Well, no visible fracture (I expected that. Stress fractures don’t show up on x-rays until the healing process has started.), I still have that heel spur (dammit!), and I have arthritis near my big toe (news to me!).

Of course, Monday was also scheduled to be a double and the WOD was running. #karma

I did go to CrossFit. I did not run.

We started with bench press and strict pull ups (10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1) and I wanted to do those.

The worst part was walking back and forth between the bench press and the pull up rig.

Admittedly, I probably should have skipped it but …. I never said I was smart.

I haven’t been back though.

Emailed coach and let him know what was going on.

I just learned about an hour ago that Tricare approved my referral to orthopedics and the clinic should be calling me to schedule an appointment.

They have until noon tomorrow before I start calling and pushing the process along. 🙂

Oh, and my a/c went out at home.

The guy came out and fixed it on Tuesday. #bliss

Apparently, someone “harry homeownered” the capacitor and put in a smaller than required one. He said he’s surprised it didn’t blow the whole generator!

My first thought? The flux capacitor wasn’t working?!?!?


But, he changed it out and we’re not sweating anymore so life, on that front, is good.

As for my foot, though…… 😦

I’m not sure what this means for my 50k.

Or my future in running in general.

Maybe it’s a sign.

Hopefully I get into orthopedics soon and they do an MRI or a bone scan to see for sure if it’s a stress fracture.

The sooner I know, the sooner I can start the proper healing process.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I’m still hobbling around – I try to walk with my right foot as flat as possible – but the swelling has gone down some.

le sigh

Talk to me: Have you ever had a stress fracture in your foot?  Do you believe in signs? If you could travel back in time, would you? Where would you go?

50k training – week 3 recap

Hi there!

Happy weekend!

So, week 3 of my 16 week training plan for the 50k is in the books. Thank goodness!

It was a long week – a good one but tough, too.


I had track work on my schedule but I had to be at work by 6:45am so that didn’t happen. Such is life when you work at the Commonwealth’s Attorneys Office and last weekend was a 3 day holiday (read: drinking) weekend. It was all hands on deck for picking up the arrest warrants, creating and entering the cases, and getting things ready for court that morning. Good times.

I would have (maybe … okay, probably not) made it up after work but I also had CrossFit on the schedule.

Before you freak out about the doubles, I only have them one or two times a week (pretty much alternating weeks) so it’s not like I’m going crazy with the working out. 🙂

So, for Monday’s workout at CrossFit, we started with 20 minutes to find our double cluster max. Basically, how heavy we could do 2 squat clean thrusters (hence: cluster) in a row.

Mine was 85#. That’s actually a PR for me too! I tried 95# but I could only sorta get one squat clean and the thruster part just didn’t happen.

Then, the WOD was 3 rounds for time of 10 thrusters and 20 toes to bar.

I opted for 55# as my scaled weight and finished in 10:22.


Just CrossFit today.

We started off with a 10 minute EMOM (every minute on the minute) workout.

The odd minutes were 5 strict pull-ups (you had the full minute to get the 5 done and then you rested until the even minute). I used the purple band.

The even minutes were 30 second hollow holds. Oh, hello abs!

Then, the WOD was “the Ghost” – 6 rounds of 1 minute calorie row (count calories burned), 1 minute burpees (count the burpees), 1 minute double unders or attempts (count how many you did) and one minute of rest. (Um, hello, that’s basically 6 minutes of burpees!)

I knocked out 217 total! I really, really suck at double unders but Coach wasn’t letting us do singles instead. She said that we’ll never learn to do double unders if we always do singles so we were doing attempts. I got a few each round – maybe 5 or 6 so I’m pretty stoked about that. I definitely need to work on those some more though.


Just CrossFit today.

We did heavy Isabel.

The CrossFit “girl” WODs are benchmark WODs. You do them to see where you are, what you need work on, and then, how you’ve improved.

Isabel is 30 snatches.

Coach wanted us to do squat snatches instead and go heavy, making the workout slower and more intense than regular old already intense Isabel.

Of course, I can’t go heavy because my overhead squat is atrocious. I stuck with 45#.

Coach had me power snatch (like in regular Isabel) and then reset and do my overhead squat because I am a big awkward mess.

I can’t remember how long it took me but I was working hard!

The good news is based on the power snatch, I know I can do more than 45#! Just have to really work on that overhead squat.

Dear hips and ankles, gonna need you to work with me and get a little more flexible, please. Thanks! Love, me.


Tempo run!


Had 7 miles on the schedule.

1 mile warm up @ 9:30 pace, 5 miles @ 8:27 pace, and 1 mile cool down @ 9:30 pace.

Except, when I got out there, I forgot it was 8:27 and thought it was 8:30 instead. Oops. I blame early + no coffee.

My tempo miles were 8:29, 8:26, 8:32, 8:34, 8:32.

I cut my cool down mile a little short because, honestly, I just ended up back at my house sooner than I expected and I didn’t want to run down the street and turn around and come back or do laps in my yard like a dog. Besides, I had to get ready for work. #lazy 🙂

No CrossFit today.


Just CrossFit today.

We started with 20 minutes to find our one rep max of the push jerk.

I PR’d with 105#!!!! AND, I almost got 115# but I just wasn’t getting my body down underneath the bar. But, I’m almost there!!

Then, the WOD was 30 muscle ups for time.

Except, I don’t even have 1 muscle up.

So, scaling for that was 3:1 with pull-ups and ring dips.

That means 3 pull-ups and 3 ring dips per 1 muscle up.

If you can do math, you know that’s 90 pull-ups and 90 ring dips. UGH!

I planned on kipping all of my pull-ups but I set up a band just in case. 90 pull-ups and 90 ring dips is a lot of shoulder work! I have to use a band for the ring dips – not quite there yet with those.

I was moving along quite nicely – broke them down into 9 rounds of 10 until pull-up number 56 when my hand ripped. 😦

I tried to kip a couple more but couldn’t so I had to do the rest banded. I struggled to hold onto the bar because my hand hurt so it really slowed me down.

I can’t remember my time but it was probably 24-25 minutes.

Thank goodness I don’t have CrossFit again until Tuesday! My hand needs the time to heal.


Long run!

I had 17 miles at 9:34 pace.

Man, that run was tough.


Yeah, the 9:34 pace didn’t happen. My legs were tired and a little heavy feeling. I had to stop twice to take off my shoe and massage the ball of my left foot. (I have metatarsalgia and boy, did it decide to flare up. Massaging really helps.) I was drenched when I got home – looked like I had gone for a swim instead of a run. Something chafed my back the entire way – not sure if it was my sports bra strap or my Nathan Race Vest or a combination of the two since the vest had somehow gotten loosened where my phone pocket is – and now I have an really painful spot on my back. I drank darn near a liter of water while I was out there but still ended up dehydrated. And, I only went 16 miles. And that was only by sheer will because I was ready to stop at 14 miles.

I finished in 2:42.22 with an average pace of 10:09/mile.

I felt like crap, got woozy in the shower, had to turn off the water and sit down for a bit. My sailor brought me some chocolate milk and that helped some. Luckily, I kept it down and I could finish the shower! I ate a little, drank a TON of water and some IN Refresh electrolyte replenisher and I took about an hour nap. Whew!

Thank goodness that week is over!

Next week, I have a 20-miler on Saturday and a rest day on Friday. Hopefully, that will help me be more prepared for that long run. I definitely don’t want to be dehydrated again.

Talk to me: What did your week of workouts look like? Are you training for anything? 


– jennifer