So… I’ve considered shutting this blog down for the past 4-5 months. I, obviously, haven’t posted anything – mostly because I don’t know that I’ve had much to say. Instead, I started to go in and delete posts. In some cases the links were broken or the images weren’t loading, but really – I felt like I didn’t need to share certain parts of my life anymore.
I do want to geek out about running though. I have some big plans for 2017 — some of them already in motion. More on that in a bit.
Where have I been (asked the one person who reads this blog!)? Well, I struggled with another flare up of Plantar Fasciitis (PF) for most of the summer and early fall, which sucked. It happened after I tripped on the sidewalk during a 2-mile run (ugh, how freaking stupid of me!). I ultimately discovered that my injury triggered some insanely tight calf muscles (specifically my soleus) and it was killing my foot. I did everything under the sun to help and in the end the simplest thing in the world — stretching my calves — is what led to my recovery (I wrote a little bit more about that here if you are struggling with similar issues!). I also switched shoes again – and I’m back full circle to wearing ASICS. It’s not even funny how fickle my feet are.
Unfortunately, because the recovery took so long, I really didn’t have a chance to train for any of my fall half marathons (Lighthouse Loop and Space Coast). I did run with my friend Kendra as she PR’d the shit out of her half at Space Coast. It was such an awesome day! Kendra actually introduced me to our running group and I am eternally grateful to her for introducing me to so many fantastic people.
In December, I practically walked a half marathon (still not my Personal Worst though!). It was great bonding time with a few of my friends who were recovering from running the Ragnar Trail Ultra (I have some badass friends) — and it was also really challenging. I almost DNF’d at Mile 3, but my friends wouldn’t let me. Damn them! In the end, I finished my 30th half marathon. And it sucked. Which, yet again, proves to me that no matter how many races and miles I run – it’s never easy.
And that leaves me to 2017.
I AM going to PR in something. I’m hopeful it’s a half marathon, but it could be a 5K, a 10K, or *gulp* a marathon.
I am currently in the middle of training for the BDR Orlando Half (Pssst — you can still use my code CRAZYRUN for $5 any race — for NOLA too) — and I’m hoping to smash my current PR (1:54:something – from BDR Orlando 3 years ago) (ok, so even a 1 second PR would be awesome!).
AND I am registered to run the Chicago Marathon in October, again. Truthfully, I’m in a little bit of denial about this race — and I don’t even know if I CARE about PRing, but deep down, I know I can, as long as my foot can stay healthy.
So that’s where I am right now. Big(ish) goals. More (?) blog posts forthcoming. Maybe even some pictures in them (not this one though, I’m too lazy tonight).
And with that…. peace, love, and palm trees my friend(s). Happy (or scary) 2017!