Monday, December 11, 2017

Posterior Tibial Tendinopathy

Otherwise known as Dream Killer.
Ok, maybe it's not that bad.

Let's start with the doctor visit. After some x rays and some painful prodding, it was determined that there was no fracture, but I have posterior tibial tendinopathy.
Basically, the way I run (I pronate) is causing strain on the tendon that runs along the inside of my ankle. I have to ice it and rest it until the pain goes away and then I can resume running. I have some fun exercises to do that will help strengthen the area.

What does this mean for my future plans?

No Mount Dora Half Marathon this weekend...

No Goofy Challenge in January. Ironically, these arrived today...

Most likely, no Trail Gnome Run on New Years Day...


I can start training mid January for my 50k, as long as I behave myself and do my exercises.
I will be able to run Spring and Fall races.

Luckily, I went to the Doc in time. The longer I waited, the worse it could have been. I could be in a boot, or in a cast, or on crutches!

So my winter is suddenly a little less crazy, and I will be getting a lot of rest. I guess that's a good thing!

If you're running Disney, especially the marathon, look for me! I'll be outside of Animal Kingdom, right around mile 14... and outside of Hollywood Studios, cheering my loudest and making as much noise as possible.
I might weep a little weep, but I'll tr6 to keep that to myself.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kiawah Half Marathon Recap

Last week I tweaked my ankle.
Isn't that a great way to start off a race recap?

I don't even know when I did it exactly, but walking around after the GOTR Reindeer Romp I realized that my foot was not ok. I skipped runs all week and did yoga instead.

It still didn't feel quite right, but a huge group of people from my running club were going, the condo was paid for, so I decided to at least go for the weekend and decide about the race once I got there.

Let's be real, here. We all know I was going to run.

So, I drove down with some of my amazing running group buddies and we had a really great drive. We left early enough that there was practically zero traffic getting onto the island.

We checked in super quick, and then walked across to the expo. Benefits of staying at the golf course where the race is held!
The expo was small, so we were in and out in no time.

Our condo was gorgeous! The weather was miserable so I didn't get to see the view, but the living space was incredible!

We had a group pasta dinner that night and all met up in the morning for the race. Most were running the half but we had a handful of marathoners as well.

What a great bunch!

I love my running family!

We all lined up and soon we were off. The course wound all around the island, and the scenery was amazing. Luckily the rain had stopped, but it was very cold and damp!
By mile one I had ditched my sweatshirt but kept the gloves. My foot was low key sore but not too bad.

I was running for 2 minutes and walking for a minute, and as the miles ticked by, those 2 minutes became very painful. My goal was to keep it slow, maintain a 15 minute easy pace, and start walking at mile 10.

I made it to mile 9.
I spent the next 4 miles torturing myself over the severity of my injury and what that might mean for my goals in 2018. I won't know the answer to those questions until I see the doc!

I limped my way to the finish, collected my medal and looked for my people.

Turns out that one of my runners, who completed her first ever half marathon, placed 3rd in her age group!

The amazing man who runs the program I coach for won his age group in the marathon!

We all had some food and went back to the condos to shower and warm up before meeting for dinner.

I did eventually ice the foot, but it still hurts if i walk on it too much, and it's swollen.


Of course, this didn't stop me from taking advantage of the low sign up rate for next year.
I registered for the marathon.
Of course.

I'll keep you posted on the foot. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Flat Mama Friday

Tomorrow is the Kiaweh Half. We have all been stalking the weather reports all week and now it is snowing in parts of South Carolina! Ugh! It is just raining here and really cold! It looks like it will rain.... Right up until we are done.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Flat Mama Friday, Reindeer Romp Edition

Tomorrow morning is the Reindeer Romp, the 5k that we run at the end of our Girls on the Run program! I am so excited to see the girls finish their 5k, some of them for the first time.
As a team, we made tutus. I thought that I had 2 matching tutus at home for my assistant coach and I, but I only had one! I am lending it to her so that she and her daughter can match. I will sparkle instead!

I'm also bringing the usual fun stuff... red and green hair spray and face paint crayons.

Afterwards, I get to run around ChristmasVille, which is such a joy!

I will take as many pics as I can, that don't have the girls in them. I try to avoid posting kids' pics on my blog as much as possible!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Today is Giving Tuesday, a day to stop shopping and give to those in need. If you don't have a favorite charity, or you want to combine giving to charity and shopping for handmade gifts, please consider donating to MDA Team Momentum.

I will be running the Marine Corps Marathon in honor of my Dad, so I'll be fundraising all year. I have been making some crafts and having people make donations in exchange for it!

$15 for an owl hat in your color choices.

$20 Mermaid dress for your AG doll in your choice of colors

$15 minion hat

$10 messy bun hat in your choice of colors

$5 for a headband, I have a bunch of Choices!

I did not make these...

$20 for Mary Poppins. She would look great framed or made into a pillow

$20 for a fox cowl for kids

$20 for Captain Jack Sparrow

Many of these are already made, but some will require a few days to make. Shipping is on me, so long as you live on the U.S.
Just make the required donation and then email me at