Saturday, April 3, 2010

Ups and Downs

Welcome to all the new readers! Thanks for taking time to stop by my blog and see what I'm up to!

This week has been a bit busy and I haven't been making my usual rounds in the blogosphere, but I'll be back on track soon!

Yesterday was a pretty spectacular day. The weather was incredible, I met some interesting people, and things were just generally good. That all changed in the evening. On my way back from picking up my Scotland Run 10K number at the NYRR office, my heel started to ache. Badly. It was feeling a lot better earlier in the day so I was feeling optimistic. While Woody and I watched Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (another inspiring episode), I had to make a disappointing decision. I couldn't run the race. By that time, I was in quite a bit of pain and I knew that if I want any chance of running the half at the end of the month, I couldn't make it worse by running today. Is a runner who doesn't run still a runner? That question has been racing through my mind all day. This morning was pretty bad too, but I went to the gym with Woody and started on the stationary bike, which seems to help a lot. The pain is on and off, sometimes very painful and sometimes I feel absolutely fine. It's incredibly frustrating. Ice. Stretch. Massage. Ice. Stretch. Massage. I really didn't enjoy seeing runners still wearing their bibs after the race this morning. I admit, I was jealous. Well, really, I was just disappointed in myself. I just want to run.

On a nicer note, I was able to try another new recipe last night. I made a tomato gratin from the Food Network Magazine. It turned out well and was pretty easy to make. I usually shy away from recipes that call for breadcrumbs, but I figure by putting a slice of my whole grain bread in the food processor, it would be fairly healthy. Plus, the combination of olive oil, grape tomatoes and garlic is nutrient packed. With the thyme from the cupboard and by using the feta we had on hand rather than parmesan, we had all the ingredients in our kitchen already! Very simple. I'm sure we'll make this again.

Across the street from the farmers market this morning was this scene:

Definitely don't see a bagpiper playing on the street every day! Even in New York.

We'll be watching the Spartans play Butler later on this evening. What are you up to today?

I'll leave you with one last picture from the farmers market.

Workout Stats -
18mi bike
3x10 ea. bicep & hammer curls on bosu ball
3x10 side arm raise
3x10 seated row
100 crunches
lots of stretching


Robyn said...

So sorry you're hurt but as frustrating as it is, sitting this one out is def the right thing to do. Get better and relax tonight. Gorg flowers!

TRS said...

Hi, stumbled upon your blog. Please let us know what your doctor says about your heel. I have the same injury with my left heel.

I have not run in two weeks, just alot of eliptical training, the pain is on and off again but after two weeks has improved.

Go MSU, not alum, just from Detroit area.

Tim said...

So sorry about your heel. I know you had thought it would be better by now. Glad you have podiatrist appt Monday.

Go Green ! It's CRAZY with traffic here in Okemos and East Lansing. Rained , blowing hard and the temp dropped 20 degrees. Bet the East Lansing and Campus police appreciate that. Obiously , a lot of out of towners just cruising town.

Anne said...

Sorry to hear about your heel. Good job on working around it with the's hoping you figure out what's happening and can start an action plan!!

Injured runners are still yes, you are a runner!!

misszippy said...

You are smart to rest it--so often we neglect to listen to our bodies and pay for it.l Feel better soon!

Mooze said...

Good on you for making the gutsy call and not racing. Really hard to do!

And as for being a runner but not being able to run - being a runner/triathlete/cyclist etc is a mindset as much as it's activity based. You're definitely a runner!

Marathonman101108 said...

Heel pain sucks. I've been there. I'll keep my toes crossed for you for Good Luck! Yes, a runner who doesn't run is still a runner, since that runner doesn't have to run all the time to be considered a runner. Got that?! I'm looking forward to two weeks from today when I'll be back in NY City to run the 6K. This time I'm taking the train and subway so I don't get any parking tickets! Happy Easter.

baker said...

sorry to hear about the injury! better to be safe for sure. and YES you are still a runner!

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said...

I'm so sorry that you're in pain and that you had to miss the race!!! But you made the best decision in the long run, as difficult as it was!

Julie said...

So sorry you weren't able to run :( But I'm glad you're resting up to be able to run in a few weeks!! Can't wait!