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Getting injured during training can be very frustrating.  After I ate it on June 12th, the training became a little difficult.  The next day after my knees were badly bruised, my body was very sore and especially my back. I think it’s because I hit my left side of my body against a wall as I was falling down.  I felt like I had been in a car accident. Luckily it was my rest day and I had also made an appointment with my chiropractor. I went to the appointment after work and I described to my chiropractor my fall and she said that I had been whiplashed.  I receive a 50 minute massage well needed!  At one point I fell asleep and snored a little. It was relaxing. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a massage.

The following day on Thursday was my my 4-mile run.  I thought I was going to be ok with it but it was very painful on my knees. They were very swollen and it caused me to stop a lot and walk instead. I still managed to finish the run in 42 minutes.  On Friday I went to work and my knees hurt the whole day.  Friday was supposed to be a 3-mile run. After work I decided to instead take a walk instead of a run. What I did not want to do was to baby my knees too much but I also knew that they needed to heal. At this point my left knee had a huge scab that cause my skin to tighten up. It hurt every time I had to straighten my leg or bend it.  I was able to walk to Fresh and Easy which was about a total of two miles.  It was the first run I’ve had to skip since I started my 16-week training. I was bummed about it and worried that I was not able to run over the weekend.  Fortunately Saturday was a rest day and relaxed the whole day.

Sunday the 17th was my first seven mile run!  William and I wanted to run it in the morning and not wait around. We had oatmeal in the morning and by the time we got out of the house it was about 10:30am.  The day was clear and sunny with a nice California breeze.  Immediately when I started the run, I felt very heavy and tired. It wasn’t necessarily my knees that were hurting, it was just very difficult to run.  I wasn’t even lasting a mile without stopping! William was way ahead of me and did not seem to be having the same challenges I was having. I didn’t know why it was so difficult. I was so tired.  Then it started getting hot and felt that this run was taking forever!   The run was towards San Pascual and instead of stopping by the trail, this time we had to run to Arroyo Blvd and stop at Madeline Drive and come back. I didn’t realize that Arroyo Blvd was an uphill.  I was in hell!  This has been the worst run ever.  My body was rejecting every second of my run!  William was not being soft on me either. He kept pushing me (which I think helped me finish it) not to stop.  On the way back, probably on my fourth mile, I got very emotional and teary-eyed.  Too many emotions started running through my head and felt very frustrated and restrained from everything.  What a painful run.  My knees also began to hurt and felt like they were very swollen.  I don’t know how I made it back home but finally did. I didn’t even complete the seven miles. I only accomplished  6.23 miles. I don’t know what went wrong this time. Was it the time of day? I’ve been running only in the evenings after work. This one was my first morning run in a long run. Maybe I didn’t have that much energy in the morning, but I had my oatmeal!  Maybe it was the heat getting me tired.  I don’t know. I just know that it was awful! I was very disappointed with myself.

My fourth week of training started on Tuesday the 19th.  My knees were still bothering but I felt I did not feel I had room to slow down, especially about going through that dreadful run on Sunday.  It was only 3 miles on Tuesday and knees did begin to hurt by the end of the run. It was very had to run downhill.  My knees were getting pounded on the downhills and I don’t think it was helping the healing.  Wednesday was rest day and Thursday was five miles that I did a lot better.  I still had to stop to rest my knees from the pain but did manage to finish 5 miles. My running has been looking good now!


Tomorrow will be my first 8 mile run.  I’m a little nervous and I need to make sure that it’s nothing like last Sunday.  I hope I do better!

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This past Sunday was a beautiful day to start a morning run before the Super Bowl started. William and I woke up early and started the day with the “runner’s meal” as he referred it. It was oatmeal, banana, peanut butter, walnuts, and cinnamon. It was quite a treat! We knew it was one of our days to do a long run so I mapped the route and decided to run from my house to Arroyo Seco and Colorado Boulevard. It would be a total of 8 miles.

Off we went and my first challenge started within the first mile.  All of a sudden I really had to go to the bathroom. I had gone at home but recently I have noticed that in most of my runs, I feel I have to go to the bathroom.  It sucks!  I tried to walk it off but I really needed to go. So we stopped at the McDonald’s on York Blvd and left them some of my wastes, if you know what I mean…This is something that I will have to learn to time it right so I’m not constantly visiting public restrooms.

We continued our journey on York Blvd and I felt pretty good once we had the pace right. On the beginning of the second mile was already at York Blvd and San Pascual Avenue. This is when it starts getting pretty.  It’s the road that leads to the Rose Bowl. On the beginning of San Pascual Avenue, there is a downhill that I knew I would have to face as an uphill on the way back. I shivered a little when I thought about it. After the hill, there was San Pascual Park where we stopped to stretch our legs. Right after the park there was a dirt trail where other people were going to run. So William and I decided to try it out.  It was a nice trail surrounded by the Arroyo Seco bushes. It was very mountain-like. We passed an area called The Pasadena Roving Archers.  There were some people shooting with bows and arrows. I had no idea!  We also passed a horse stable where there were some people teaching kids how to ride horses. By this time I was tired but ran most of the time.  We stopped once we got near the 134 freeway and decided to turn around.  This is when William took off in front of me to go at a faster pace. We were happy to have found this new trail. It was about the same distance I wanted to do anyway.

Once we were back on San Pascual Avenue, I was faced with that hill.  William ran it very easily but I struggled.  I know that eventually I will have to conquer a hill. I know there will be a lot in Maui.  So I tried my best and went for it and made it running very slowly.  Oh what a beast!  I was so tired and couldn’t wait to get home. We ran and walked the rest of the way back to the house.  My legs were so tired from this run. Once I figured out the distance, we realized that we did a little over 9 miles within two hours.  I felt I had accomplished something.  We then got ready and watched the game at Molly  Malone’s. I pigged out on baked zitis, pizza, hummus, chicken wings, and some beer. I know it wasn’t the best meal to have after a run but it was a holiday!  There are exceptions to diets 😉


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