Foot is still being rested, but is feeling much better.

I’ve decided since I’ve missed two weeks of training for the Disney Dumbo Double Dare, I need to find a way to catch up.


This Runner’s World Challenge popped up on my facebook feed. Anyone else doing it?

Runner’s World Summer Run Streak 2013.

Here’s the deal:

Run at least 1 mile per day, every day, from Memorial Day through Independence Day for 39 consecutive days of running.

I’m gonna take it easy and only do the 1 mile on days I’m not “training” but will just sub in my training as scheduled.


Should be fun!


Race 5 Done!

Race 5 of the year is done!

This morning I completed a 5k in Grantville, PA called Movie Madness.

…against doctor’s orders. woops. :oP


Actually, here’s the whole story:


Back in April, I ran two races essentially back to back — the Hershey 10k and the Nike Women’s Half DC. The last leg of the DC race and for several days afterward, I had terrible pain in my foot. I had been having trouble with it for about 6 months or so, but just kept ignoring it because it would come and go. But after the race and looking at my schedule for the year, I realized I should probably go talk to someone. First things first, head to the family doctor. The nurse practitioner I’ve been seeing took at look at my foot (swelling had subsided by this point). She didn’t see anything obviously wrong, but sent me for xrays. I was able to go the same day and got the results a few days later. The good news is there isn’t a stress fracture (my fear) and nothing that showed upon the xrays. So she sent me to a podiatrist b/c the pain has been pretty bad.

Fast forward to this past Wednesday and my visit to the podiatrist. He asked some questions and then started looking at my foot. At first he was looking at the top and pushed a few places and asked if there as tenderness. I said no, expect one spot behind my ankle was a little tender, but not bad. Then he moved to my heel. Holy goodness I about kicked the guy in the face.

The good news is there isn’t anything too serious. The bad news is I have plantar fasciitis. womp womp…

Doctor’s orders:

No running for two weeks

Celebrex for 10 days

Ice every night for two weeks

Stretches every night for two weeks

Insoles for my shoes.


So…then I revealed I was signed up for a 5k in 3 days. He offered to do a cortisone shot and I said I didn’t think it was necessary. However, if the pain is not better in two weeks that’s what I’m looking at. He did say I could run if I did the other stuff and made sure to put my insoles into my running sneakers.


So then comes today. I’m not a big fan of the insoles b/c I can feel them. But maybe that’s the point?

The run went pretty well. I was working on taking it easy and concentrating on my form, especially in my right foot, where the problem is.


I finished. A decent time. I’m happy.


Anyway, any tips for Plantar Fasciitis sufferers? If you’ve seen my schedule for the year you know I’ve got a lot on the calendar and want to get this under control now.


Thanks for reading!

How much is too much?

So my mind and body are in a battle lately.

How many runs is too many?


I set a goal at the beginning of this year to compete in 13 events. I didn’t tie myself down to runs only or specific distances, just wanted to participate in 13 run/walk events for the year 2013.


I have the first 10 all worked out and signed up for already, but am still sorting out the last three. So far I have done 2 half marathons, a 10k and a 5k. I have 4 more 5k’s, a 10k and a half in the roster through labor day. The remaining three races will be Sept-Dec.

Somehow i got it in my head that I want to do a 4th half this year to round it out and put me at 5 total halfs before i head into my first full in January. That seemed totally do-able and still somewhat sane.

Now the competative (with myself) side of me is thinking of adding in two more half marathons to take me to 5 total for the year and 6 total in my lifetime. I promise the last race would be a 5k (I’m thinking 5k turkey trot locally).

My question is…is that too many half marathons too close together?

I got the all-clear from my doctor yesterday on my foot — no broken bones, but she’s sending me to a podiatrist to see why I am having pain (see my Nike DC post and I’ll do another post on the pain itself later).


I’m looking at the following schedule for Sept-Jan. Is it crazy? Will I hurt myself? Thoughts? Input??? Please!


8/31 – 10k Disneyland

9/1 – 13.1 Disneyland

10/20 – 13.1 Hershey, PA

11/17 – 13.1 Philadelphia, PA

11/28 – 3.1 locally

1/12 – 26.2 WDW Marathon