Seen on the run (October 31, 2017)

Running, how I’ve missed you.


I went to see Dr. Wilder last week and he confirmed my suspicion that I have bursitis. But there was some really good news. He gave me the go-ahead to run as long as the pain isn’t so bad it causes me to limp.

I bought a little Achilles protector sleeve online (from a figure-skating store, of all places) and with it on, I’m far from limping. So, I ran three miles on the treadmill on Sunday and four miles on the Monticello trail this morning.


The bump on the back of my heel isn’t getting any smaller. In fact, it may be getting bigger, but it doesn’t hurt as much. I’m using a topical NSAID, stretching twice a day and wearing a night splint for at least 30 minutes each day.

If it’s not any better in a month, I’m supposed to go back.

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West Virginia Trilogy 2017

Two years ago, the 50 miler on day two of the West Virginia Trilogy was my first ultra. This year, in a rare moment of bravery, I registered for the whole thing (50K on Friday, 50 miles Saturday and 13.1 on Sunday.)

Then, 13 days before the race, I sprained my ankle.

I was able to run the 50k on Friday, but I’m not sure that I should have. 

I did two short, easy runs on the road the week before the Trilogy, but hadn’t felt ready to test it on trails. The 50k would be my test. It didn’t go so well. The uneven trail and slippery rocks took their toll. I was feeling the ankle just enough to make me worry. So I ran timidly trying to protect it, and ended up with some compensation injuries.

By the last six miles of the 50K, I could only run a few steps at a time before my knee would start burning. I hoped that by morning, everything would have settled down and I’d be able to run. But I don’t think I believed it because I was already feeling pretty bummed.

Saturday morning I got up feeling a little better. The back of my heel hurt in my shoes, but I had tied my shoes tighter than usual the day before hoping that would give my ankle a little more stability, so I didn’t think much of it.

Unfortunately, as soon as I started running, my knee started hurting again. I spent about a mile and half running a few steps and walking a few steps, hoping it would work itself out, but it didn’t. I knew there was no way I would make it 50 miles if I could only run a few steps at a time at the beginning. I was in tears when I decided to turn around and walk back to the start.

I finished the 50K, but I’ll still get a big fat DNF (did not finish) because I registered for the full Trilogy. And it feels like a big fat DNF. Actually, it feels more like a DNS (did not start). I feel like I didn’t even get a chance to try. It’s the second year in a row that a fluke injury has kept me from doing a big race that I’d trained for.

I’m not sure how my knee is doing because my heel ended up being a bigger deal than I’d thought. There’s a bump on the back that hurts too much to wear shoes. I can only wear clogs and flip-flops. I’ve self-diagnosed it as Achilles bursitis. Whatever it is, it’s keeping me from running and I don’t like it.

Registration for next year’s Trilogy starts February 2nd. I know what I’ll be doing that day.




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Zooma Cape Cod with my cousins (October 7, 2017)

It’s always nice to spend some time with my cousins, especially when we get to run and hang out at Old Silver.

IMG_20171006_164045924_HDRwp-image-1491058024jpg.jpgwp-1507411723527.jpgwp-image-430590811jpg.jpgkriszoomaI’m not sure why Kristen didn’t want to swim with us.

My ankle didn’t hurt at all during the run. It did swell up a little more afterward, but it seems to be going back down now.

If I can do 6.1 easy miles on pavement, I should totally be ready to run 31 miles on mountain trails by Friday, right? I mean, Scott Jurek not only ran, but won and set a course record at Hardrock (a really tough 100 mile race) four days after spraining his ankle. Surely that means that a normal (not super-human) person should be able to run 31 slow miles twelve days after spraining an ankle.

That’s what I’m hoping, anyway.

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The swelling is slowly going down. 

I ran a half mile on the treadmill at the gym, but the ankle felt like it might not quite be ready for that.

Think I’ll stick to the bike until Zooma on Saturday. I had planned to switch from the half marathon to the 10k even before I rolled my ankle.

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Well, I’m definitely not running today.

It looks a lot worse than it feels. I guess that’s good?

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Seen on the run (September 30, 2017)

I turned my ankle pretty hard and fell about three miles into my fourteen mile run. I felt the ankle snap and was pretty sure my run was over for the day and that I probably wouldn’t be running any of my races either. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as bad (pain-wise, anyway) as it first seemed. My pace was excruciatingly slow as I timidly picked my way over the leaf covered rocks, terrified that I would do it again, but I finished the run.

My ankle has swelled up quite a bit now, though. I’m icing and taking ibuprofen and hoping for the best.

Why do I feel like that’s the story of my life lately?



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Seen on the run (September 28, 2017)


At one point I felt like I was pushing a little too hard, so I checked my Garmin. My pace was 10:58. Um, guess not.

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