Injury Free No Longer

I swear, if it’s not every 12 months it’s every 15 or so I end up at the orthopedic doctor. This time I went quickly instead of avoiding it. I had heel pain in one foot. It was minimally uncomfortable about 10 days ago. I thought it was just from all the time on my feet after my fun weekend in Madison, then I didn’t think about it for a week. I kind of noticed it after this weekend’s Badger game. I wore the same shoes both weekends so was going to blame them. Then suddenly in the past two days it got really painful so I called the doctor and finagled my way in today. My favorite descriptor I gave the doctor was that the 8 pound cat sat on my foot in the middle of the night and it was really painful.

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Can’t believe this little ball of fluff caused my foot so much pain.

Two things: I have a bone spur on my left heel and I have plantar fasciitis. This could be related to the bone spur but it also could be random. They have no way of knowing. Thankfully it was nothing worse and he didn’t say no running (sports medicine docs only)! He recommended a bunch of stretches and to wear shoes that are good for my feet (better arch support). I guess I have to go shoe shopping so I’m not just wearing old running shoes around. He did mention the possibility of a stress fracture which of course freaked me put, but the X-Ray turned up nothing.

I went to a different doctor than I had seen previously and I think I have finally found an ortho doc I like.

So basically it’s annoying, but not terrible. And I get new shoes.

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Madison Marathon, Spectator Edition

Cheering at a marathon is way more run than running one. At least in my opinion. This past weekend was one of those wonderful, felt like way more than two days weekends. Madison will always be a special place to me and this weekend was no exception.

We started off the weekend cheering on my favorite team, the Wisconsin Badger Football team. It was tons of fun. Met up with friends and family before the game. Enjoyed some yummy Wisconsin beers.

Camp Randall
Camp Randall (Photo credit to Jen)
Jen and Me
Jen and Me

Funny story, Jen and I actually first met in real life in 2011 to go to a Badger game together. Glad neither of us turned out to be crazy murders.

My happy place
My happy place

The game was a blast and our beloved Badgers beat BYU 27-17.

Jen and I had big plans for Saturday night: make marathon cheering posters and make a spectating plan. We had a bunch of friends to cheer for and I was going to get to finally meet Jeri in real life! Turns out neither Jen nor I are artists, but I tried.

Krista! Jeri! Annie! Steena!
Krista! Jeri! Annie! Steena!

With a nice 8:00am race time Jen and I didn’t have to get up too early to go cheer. Jen had the brilliant idea to use B-cycle to get around to different points. B-cycle turned out to be super easy to use and well worth the $5. We rode on out to about the 8.5 mile mark to cheer for our friends. Managed to just catch Krista, while Steena spotted us and then Jeri came by.

Our next stop was the half marathon finish where we got to watch Annie finish an awesome race and set her PR! I was so, so happy for her. I know how hard she had been working toward this goal. In addition to watching Annie finish I got to see an old friend finish as well. It was so great to run into friends from my Madison Multisport triathlon days.

Spectator spot #3 was around 22.5. We found a nice spot in the sun and waited for our friends to come by.

Monona Lake (Another photo stolen from Jen)
Monona Lake (Another photo stolen from Jen)

Krista came cruising by at an awesome pace and looked happy. We cheered for her, did some running math and were pretty sure she was going to crush her PR (she did!). Next up came Steena, followed by Jeri. It was great to see Jeri still all smiles. From there we ventured to the finish line to find Krista and Annie. We then waited for Steena and Jeri to finish.

Post race celebration was celebrated over burgers and beer. It was great to get to hang out with everyone and enjoy the food and beer. The Packers certainly didn’t give us anything to celebrate.

Me, Jeri, Jen
Me, Jeri, Jen
Yay running friends!
Yay running friends!

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend. It was wonderful to spend the time in Madison and so great to see so many friends. I have to once again wonder what I would do without twitter. Everyone I hung out with this weekend was met through twitter. So thanks social media for giving me these awesome people.

Tyranena Half Barrel

I love this event. It is so much fun. I first ran it in 2011 when I barely knew any of my awesome Wisconsin running friends. It was the first race Sara and I ran together. Who knew how awesome that running relationship would turn out to be. One of my very best friends ran her first half marathon that year.

In 2012 I had to switch down to the sixth barrel thanks to a stupid hamstring injury. It was still so much fun. And began the awesome gathering of Wisconsin running friends.

This year, it was my half marathon comeback. I ran the Brewers Mini a little over a month earlier and was not trained for a half. This time I was. And I beat my goal. Initially I just wanted to run a sub 2, but then based on the two races I ran the weeks previous to this half. Sara and basically came up with our race plan while running the Discovery run the week before.

We drove over to Lake Mills, saved lots of table spots, bought some beer and waited around for friends. I love getting to see so many friends. It’s a blast every time.

13.1 miles goes a lot quicker when you chat with friends the whole time.
13.1 miles goes a lot quicker when you chat with friends the whole time.

Sara, Mo and I had a great race. It wasn’t too cold once we started running. We caught up, we gossiped, we (I) asked random spectators for the Badger score (what? you can’t be surprised I did this). I am thrilled with how my race went. As I mentioned above my race goals changed as we got closer to race day. I exceeded all my goals and ran a 1:56! That is 10 minutes faster than the Brewers Mini (not that I should have been running a half then). I am back in half marathon shape and I am so ready to train for my spring goals!

While we were waiting for everyone to finish we got our beers and enormous pieces of lasagna. I love this post-race spread. So much fun to catch up with everyone. Love my running buddies!

Tyranena 2013
Tyranena 2013