Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's August 1st, I can be a bad girl now!

  • In early July, I made a goal that I would make NO running goals in July. I needed to CHILL. Well, it's August 1st now, which means I can be a bad girl and start scheming toward some fall goals, especially since...
  • I broke down and got a cortisone shot for my plantar fasciitis. Everyone warned me that it would hurt like hell but let me tell you, those 3 seconds of burning sensation were uncomfortable but NOTHING compared to the Graston torture I endure at PT every one to two weeks.
  • My first post-shot run was a success. No pain for now but I will continue to take it very easy. 
  • I ordered myself a new commuter bike! My friend designed this Boda Boda cargo bike and I am so excited to get something that represents a friends' DREAM: to build a practical, functional, but stylish lifestyle bike that facilitates living without total reliance on a car:

I'm getting the one on the left. Cork handle bars, bamboo rack with flip-down foot rests on back wheels for giving a friend a ride, accommodates "baguette bags" which hold 2 grocery bags each, and double-sided kick-stand that keeps it from tipping over when you have a heavier load on one side of the bike, wide range in gears. You can also had a child seat on the back rack or a surf board rack. The perfect commuter bike!
 It will be delivered in early Sept. and you can count on me blogging all about my new commuting after it arrives. First new bike since 1993!

  • Still congratulating myself for getting two co-workers to spontaneously jump into a 5k fun run with me in Chicago last week, even though they don't run & had never done a 5k!
  • Another co-worker here in Seattle is completing a coutch-to-5k program but hadn't planned on doing a 5k. Today she signed herself AND her tween daughter up for the Athleta Iron Girl 5k in September! Score 2 more!
  • I'm still working on building a running base - moving slowly because I still have had pain from my PF but am having a hard time fighting the urge to pick a training plan for my October/November half marathons. Stay calm. Chill out, A! 
  • I have a work trip to Kodiak, AK scheduled for sometime in September but I am doubtful I can find a fun run to squeeze in while I'm there. There may be 1 or 2 possibilities but they are long shots. Not giving up hope yet though! Need to check AK off my list! 
  • Speaking of raced states list, I removed VT. I completed a virtual run while I was in VT in 2010 but I'm thinking I should only count officially timed/sanctioned, public races. That means I must go back to that beautiful state.
  • I am resigned to being sleep-deprived for the next several weeks while the Olympics are on because I can't help staying up late to watch the games. Am I the only one who thinks Lotche is a bit of a punk? Seems like he should be more respectful of Phelps and what he has accomplished, and the role he played in giving Lotche someone to chase after/motivator. 
  • Wishing the track & field Olympic events would start already! 
Don't forget about the new, fast & flat 10k / half marathon race coming in October: Snohomish River Run!! Use this code to get $10 off your entry: AVERAGESRR12


  1. Ooooh, can't wait to hear all about your new bike - it's a beauty!!

  2. Hope the injection helps and you can get some good running done! I am loving the olympics - lucky for me it's all on during the day while I'm home with the kids!

  3. Cool! I was going to sign up for the Snohomish half, nice to have a code. Off I go to sign up:) Hope to see you there:)

  4. Yeah for August! Something about turning the page...definitely looking to fall races and how to train for them. It's going to be fun.

    Oh, and I like that bike. Very neat.

  5. MJ MandreanAugust 01, 2012

    Found your blog through the Snohomish River Run fb page and used your coupon code. Thank you! I have a question about your PRs. You have a "MR" for 2 year Mark Remy. What does that mean?

    Thanks for writing such a fun blog to follow and get inspired by!


    a fellow Seattle average woman runner

    1. Thanks for stopping by! The "MR" is a silly thing I added after reading Mark Remy (of Runner's World magazine) little red book of running rules in which he says that you can claim a PR for only 2 years. It's a good way to keep yourself chasing your old times but pretty hard to maintain as you age :)

  6. Yay to coming back to VErmont!

  7. I have to admit, I cried when I got my cortisone shot in my shoulder. That needle was HUGE! Hope your pain stays away!

    1. Yes, I think I was spared the doozy b/c I've heard horror stories about how much worse they can be. Plus, location makes a big difference I'm sure. I have thick skin on the bottom of my heel!

  8. I'm so glad to hear you say that about Lotche, he doesn't sit well with me for some reasons but I've just kept quiet because everyone seems to like him.

    I never had the Gastron stuff done, I hear it's pretty painful. Fingers crossed your foot is going to start allowing more mileage for you. 2013 here you (we!! :)) come!!!

  9. That is an AWESOME commuter bike! I am SO impressed that you make time to bike commute, esp with having a family. I would love to start bike commuting... you should do a post with tips on how to get started and what you have learned (it would be much appreciated!).

    Also, super jealous you get to be up in Kodiak for work. Try to enjoy Alaska as much as you can (even though it is for work).

  10. i need VERMONT! let’s discuss in a few weeks. yes, a few weeks. WAHOOOOO!! EAT,RUN, EAT, EAT. :)

  11. LOVE the Olympics, but I don't like the way NBC is showing the games. It starts too late (8pm). I also didn't like how they showed Lochte/Phelps. But watching those athletes is soo inspiring!!

  12. I have had three cortisone shots in my heel for plantar fasciitis, over 3 years and it just reoccurred. I could just kick myself for being complacent. Last year I had a cortisone shot under my knee cap...yikes!! I'm determined to get through this with my specialized inserts, new stability shoes, ice, bio freeze and massage.
    Good luck to you!!

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