Not Meant to Be

This non-runner thought she could tackle the half-marathon in October...

Custom fit running shoes?



Cute running skorts?
Wide array of moisture wicking workout wear including specialty running socks?


Garmin Forerunner 305 with a heart-rate monitor?

Half marathon training schedule that includes walk breaks?

Unseasonably cool and non-humid weather for the Midwest in August?


Body with no injuries?

I was so prepared.....and my awesome husband used his own "fun" money to get me the Garmin just a couple of weeks ago. I was also making great progress on my long runs.

Then my ankle started swelling...... I first ignored it because it wasn't excruciating and the swelling reduced when I iced it. But it kept happening. And then it was aching on non-running days. So I decided to self diagnose using WebMD and Google and came up with tons of possibilities. All involved "stop running" so I chose to ignore them.

Finally, after talking to my best friend who is a PT and told me "don't be stupid and really injure yourself," I grudgingly went to the doctor. A week, two office visits, x-rays, a bone scan (and I admit some long runs before the final results), we have a diagnosis-

Stress fracture in the ankle

Guess what that means? Yep, no running for 8 weeks. Guess what else.....8 weeks is exactly the half marathon which pains me even more that I won't be ready.

I am been really bummed lately because running was so not my thing but I was making a lot of progress and actually sticking to a workout plan. But in the grand scheme of things it is really not so bad (at least I keep saying that to myself). It doesn't require a cast, and I am walking normally. I also can continue to ride my bike, swim and do anything that does not cause pounding on my ankle. I can even continue to wear my non supportive summer shoes to work. (Before the orthopedist had figured out what it was, he was not impressed with my choice of "supportive" shoes I wore to the appointment. He just does not understand that "support" and "cute sandals" do not belong in the same sentence.)

So sadly there will me no half-marathon for me in October. I took a week off from working out to mope but now I am back on my bike so hopefully come 8 weeks I can gradually get back into running without re-injuring my ankle. Just in time for freezing temperatures and snow. Oooops since I am being positive I mean just in time to add another challenging dimension to my running.

I guess there is always biking gear......

Call Me Crazy

OK before you think I have totally last my mind....that should read "half-marathon" which is not nearly as cool but at least attainable. If you would have told me six months ago that I would be paying money to run 13.1 miles I would have laughed at you.

I have not updated the blog on my running progress because honestly I thought I could not keep it up and did not want to admit that. But I finished the Couch to 5K program four weeks ago (with all the boxes checked off) and moved onto higher mileage. The other thing that has pushed me is my new running partner. It is so much easier to get out of bed early when you know someone is waiting for you. It also helps that your running partner has completed a full marathon and you don't want to look weak in front of her so you push yourself to the point of feeling like you are going to puke. Not that it has happened to me:). If I was on my own on the short runs during the week, I so would have stayed in bed and would have starting walking wayyyy before the puking point.

I told myself that if I could successfully run five miles last week then I would consider signing up for the half. Well I did that on Sunday and even felt like I could have gone farther. So with my friend Sarah's urging, I decided to take the plunge. Barring injury I will be running 13.1 miles in October. I decided that even if I have to walk it Biggest Loser style that I am going to be able to do it.

This is not to say that I am converted to running. The girl who hated P.E. with a passion is still in there. My Achilles is aching and while I am strangely looking forward to running 6 miles this weekend, I looked at every bike that passed me while I was jogging last weekend with jealousy. Also that whole "going back to work thing" might put I slight crimp in my time for training. So we will see what the next weeks hold and how I continue in my training. But since I committed I have no choice but to keep going. Especially now that I admitted it I really am crazy.

Good News/Bad News

I guess actually I should say Bad News/Good News since I am going to start with the Bad first. But it just does not have the same ring to it.

Anyway the bad news is that today was my first day back at work. In some ways I love the a new school year with all the excitement and resolutions that things are going to go differently this year. Everyone is in a great mood. I am thinking about posting my personal new school year resolutions but I don't think that they would mean anything to anyone but me. I will spare you the time it would take to read that pointless post.

I actually was OK getting up this morning and work was a nice change of pace because it did not involve painting and I actually showered before six p.m. But it does not change the fact that I am back at work and do not have another day off until Labor Day (or maybe tomorrow and next Friday because we are still on summer schedule, but that does not sound as pathetic). I am sure all of you out there that work 12 months a year are really not feeling my pain (like my husband) but I can still call it bad news because it means slowing down on the ambitious projects. I keep arguing that since I worked summer school that I only had 2.5 weeks of vacation and in the education world that is nothing. But still no sympathy.

On to the good news- since I am back at work my blogging should return to its regular schedule. You would think that when I have all day to work on projects that I would be cranking out post after post. But I was surprised to learn that this was in fact the opposite. It is hard to blog when you are wearing paint clothes all day and cannot sit at a computer long enough to type. So stay tuned because I have a lot of material to cover in the next couple of weeks. I have been busy and all the projects are at about 90% now so I better get my butt in gear over the weekend to get them all finished for your reading enjoyment.

Stay tuned!


OK so I am not the most athletic person. Growing up we had all the PE tests at school which I dreaded. The worst was (cue JAWS music)....the mile. Every spring and fall I would beg my mom to let me stay home "sick" on the mile day. Even with tears and promising to clean my room every day she never budged. So I dreaded it for weeks and always came in dead last. My aversion to PE also influenced my choice of high school. Most normal people choose a high school based on academics, athletics, reputation, and maybe even because all their friends are going there. But for me I took into consideration another factor-the fact that a particular school did not require PE (you could take dance instead) that is how I found my high school. While my brother and sister played every sport imaginable, I took art. Definitely got the shallow end of the athletic gene pool.

This doesn't even take into account my klutziness. I have successfully broken my foot three times in the last 10 years while not playing sports. The first time was at a amusement park and the second on a trampoline in front of my entire family at my high school graduation party. The third I hate to admit was very recently (like in March). I was salsa dancing, I mean ummm walking down the hall at work and turned to walk into a door and splatted myself. Face front of a large group of water or anything else on the floor. In my supportive husband's words "well at least you weren't wearing a skirt. " Yeah that incident did not make the blog.

But in recent years I have tried to overcome my dislike for activity in the name of things like swimsuits and getting old. I have been moderately successful in weight training, running on the elliptical and riding my bike. I actually surprisingly really enjoy my bike. One thing I have still not been able to conquer is running (you know on the pavement). I would try once, my knees would kill me and then that was it. But running a 5K was put on my to do list for a reason. Yeah a 5K is puny but considering where I am coming from, it is progress. So I found the program Couch to 5K. It is prefect for me because it gets you running a 5K in nine weeks so you make slow progress. I also downloaded podcasts for free that tell you when to run and walk so you don't have to worry about about timing yourself or tracking distances. That way your mind can be free to think about how much you hate running and lots of chocolate.

So this is what I see every morning as I get ready. The lone upside of having incredibly ugly wallpapered walls is that you can thumbtack things to them with no worries. So I am on week 3....and yes I am already a week behind. But I blame it on a week of rain. I don't think I will ever be that dedicated to run in the rain. So why am I posting this since it obviously does not fit the "theme" of the blog? Because if I post it I will have to follow-up with it. So since everyone now knows about it, I can't be a baby and just go back to my bike. If I was really techno-savvy I would add something to mark my progress but I don't know if I can figure that out (or if anyone really cares). I am already thinking to extend the 5K to 10K or even a half marathon....until I go running and realize what a long way away that is. But by the 4th of July at least I should be close the the 5K....keep me honest.