Third times a Charm

It’s been nearly a month since I last posted and I can happily say that I only have good news to share, the first being that running has gone well. I am almost afraid to type that out, but it has. We eased into it slowly and four weeks later I am still at low mileage and zero workouts. I have had no residual soreness. As you have probably guessed my past “residual soreness” was not actually soreness at all, it was a fracture that wasn’t healed! I won’t be so stubborn if that arises again but luckily I’ve only had good runs.

My favorite run was a practice 5K with my 9 year old daughter. I am her “Run Buddy” for her Girls on the Run race next week. On practice day I was so surprised to see bibs made for us (pictured below). What a great organization! We ran the 5K on a freezing day and Kelsea (my girl) never complained once. Together we finished in 34 minutes and I was smiling so hard the entire time watching her compete. Not everyday for me has been that fun though, some of the runs have been difficult and slow-going but each day is a bit better than the last. In a way, this is my third comeback and I’m hoping this one finally sticks because I have big plans.
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What big plans do I have? Well the second bit of news I have is that, if my comeback goes smoothly (fingers crossed), I will be running the Boston Marathon on April 20th, 2015!!! This was not something I had planned at all. With my last injury and the setback I never applied on registration day. I was hesitant to make any marathon plans but a spot became open to me and I was only given a small window of time to accept that invite. As you can imagine, I have my work cut out for me! The good thing is that I have run Boston twice before. I know the course very well. It’s a tough course, but the truth is, I’ve always done well on the tougher courses. Different leg muscles are used and the down hills can be a short respite from those gritty up hills as opposed to the same leg muscles used again and again on a flatter course. At least this is what I am telling myself. The crowds are phenomenal and I thrive off that. After experiencing the heartbreaking 2013 with some amazing friends, Boston will always be close to my heart, so I am thrilled to be going back. I’ve run well there twice but I am hoping to really knock it out of the park this time. Third times a charm?!? The only downside to Boston is that I don’t know many people who are entered into the race. I’ve never run a marathon without a big groups of friends to travel, eat, & celebrate the day with so if you are running Boston, let me know!

The last news I have is that I’ve completed my first 30 day EnduroPacks nutrition supplements. I mentioned before that a friend recommended this brand to me and when they sent me the supplements I admittedly put them in the back on my pantry thinking, how great can they be? A few days later I opened the box and read the informational sheets.
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Enduropacks are a system with four steps.

Step 1.) Daily Liquid Multivitamin.
The liquid form makes absorption easy on the stomach.
Contains everything you need except Calcium & Iron.
Tastes like wild berry & apple fruit concentrate

Step 2.) Electrolyte Spray
Spray into water
(or imo, flavored water)

Step 3.) Amino Acid Patch
Worn on the skin for 4-8 hours.
Amino Acids are absorbed transdermally.
Muscle Replenishing.

Step 4.) Glutamine Recovery Complex
Two before bed help nitrogen depletion.
Replenishes glutamine levels.
Reduces soreness.

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I’ve been using all of these products daily and while I don’t have any concrete proof, I feel as though my improvement over the last four weeks has been stronger than my last comeback to running pre-Enduropack. I’m sleeping well at night and waking up without any soreness. The first time I tried the liquid vitamin I was amazed at how good it tastes. It contains brown rice syrup, wild berry, and apple fruit concentrates which taste fantastic.

The easy 4 step system makes it easy to remember. The vitamins I keep in my fridge, the spray in my pantry with my water bottles, the patch next to my shower, and the recovery tablets next to my bed.  I love these products so much that I am going to keep using them throughout my Boston training cycle. They can be purchased here. Initially the cost is shocking but the truth is you are receiving an entire nutritional system made exclusively for the daily needs of endurance athletes. Please do no hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about these products. I’ve been sharing my patches with friends in Virginia Beach. We look like we are trying to break a nicotine habit ;) So if you are close, let me know.

Thanks for reading! Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!

Fracture Follow-Up Take Two

Just a quick update to let you all know that I am running again. Not much and not far but it’s baby steps in the right direction.

It’s interesting to me how this injury has thrown me for a loop. When I fractured my sacrum it was quite severe and after 8 weeks off I was back on the roads, without even a blink of hesitation. There was no wondering if I was healed. I simply never felt that pain again. This time my “barely a fracture” tibia fracture took 9 weeks to heal. 9 very long weeks and with each step I am hesitating, wondering if the pain is going to come back. So maybe the bone is healed but mentally I’m not quite there yet.

My first run back was on the roads in my neighborhood. I was too worried to go far in case I had to stop and turn around. My second run though I ran on the soft trails near my house and was instantly reminded why I love the run so much. It was a Saturday morning and I was the only runner there.That was a first. Whole trail to myself. Like a mini-welcome back gift. Since it was such an easy run I brought my phone along to take pictures. A gorgeous morning.

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So what do I have planned? Absolutely nothing. It was difficult to give up my pacing position at the Harbor Lights Half Marathon but there were plenty of great runners willing to pace that group so it wasn’t fair to keep it and honestly I was paranoid I wouldn’t be fit enough at that point to pace properly. I have no races planned at all and I’ve actually told Coach Hadley I don’t want to write up a plan yet. 5 weeks ago I started back running only to have to take another break, so I want to make sure this is the real deal before we get started.

One thing I have begun is taking a better multivitamin and mineral supplement. EnduroPacks was kind enough to send me a 30 day trial set. After reading the positive post by my friend Tina Muir, I was intrigued. I’ll let you know what I think after my 30 day trial is finished. So far I am loving the daily liquid vitamin. Even though my bone scans and nutrition levels came back great from my test results, I’m still trying to cover all my bases to stay healthy in 2015.

That’s all I have for you all now. Since I don’t have much exciting running news to share, I’ll leave you with posts I loved. Here is a race recap written by my friend Marci Gage about her race in the elite field of the New York City Marathon. Look at how cool that picture of her with Kara Goucher is!! Here it is. Also big congrats to my friend Kellie for her new PR and 2nd place finish at the Virginia Running Festival Half. She wore our new Running, Etc. singlets and made it look so good! Here is her post.

Have a great week everyone!! Thank a Veteran for their service tomorrow!