Totally Trials! Totally excited!

This photo is from Mt Humphreys Peak in Flagstaff, we climbed to 11,000 feet (not the top).

Prehike latte at Macy’s Coffee Shop in Flagstaff, the best!!!!!!!

My husband and I just celebrated our 16th anniversary. I am so blessed to have such a loving and supportive husband. Without his support last year I could not have come close to reaching my goal of qualifying for the trials. We have had many great adventures, happy times and good memories together. We were able to go on a short weekend trip to Flagstaff. One of our favorite things to do together is go hiking and explore new trails (we often get lost losing the trail entirely). Mt Humphreys Peak in Flagstaff is also home to Snow Bowl skiing in the winter. It was a very steep hike starting at 9300 ft and peaking at 12,637. The trail is twisty and fully of roots and rocks, great for turning an ankle. We went slow! We did not make it up to the top (huge fear of irritating my adductor). It was a beautiful morning.

Last week was awesome!!!!!!!! I was able to run more and continue to work on my physical therapy exercises. I am slowly increasing time so here is what it looked like ( I am not trying to run a certain pace just letting it all come back naturally):

Sun 6 miles 8:09 pace

Tues 6 miles 8:27 pace

Thurs 4 miles 8:09 pace

Sat  7.5 miles 7:57 pace

My muscles/joints feel like they are getting used to running again. I am foam rolling, rolling on tennis balls, sticks, etc to keep everything feeling good.

I was starting to think maybe I can just work on my exercises myself instead with my physical therapist Nicole but then my knees have been a bit sore this week. Nicole is so good about listening to my feedback on my body and making the necessary changes. She watched me do some exercises that were causing the discomfort and we made some minor tweaks. I enjoy working with her she is very dedicated to getting me back to running and with proper form. I am still dropping my right hip a bit, which turns my right knee in and flips my foot out to the side this will only add to my adductor pain. When I am running I find myself really focusing on keeping things in alignment!

see the foot flip!

Some days it still seems frustrating to be a work in progress but I only want to make forward progress. I have my appointment booked with Nicole the day after I get home from Oregon/Washington trip.

Totally Trials!!!!!

I am so excited to be going to the Track and Field Olympic Trials this week and to be meetin up with the Oiselle racing team ladies. Like bouncing off the walls excited!!!! I checked into rebooking my trip to get up there sooner but too much $$. We have been watching all of the trials so far and it is really exciting to know the athletes that are racing. All us Oiselle gals will be reporting on events and various topics at the Trials. I picked “My trials hero: Lauren Fleshman” and the 5000 meter final. See the link to read more about Lauren, my heart goes out to her. Her prelim race is Monday night so catch it on NBCSN, raise your arm in the air and make a C for courage in support of Lauren.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-blogs/track-and-field/lauren-fleshman-refuses-to-let-tribulations-keep-her-from-trials.html

I wish I could stay through Friday night when Oiselle is throwing a Fashion Show and party. Check out their website http://www.oiselle.com/ I will be reporting all details next week!!!!

The reason I can’t stay Friday is because the rest of the family is flying in and we are driving to Yacoult,WA Sat. morning for the Bigfoot Run. Last year we did this race as a family and had a blast. It was my niece Clare’s 1st 5k and y brothers too. My son Josh placed 7th overall and Katherine was right on his heels. Kevin and I did the 5k and I won the whole race by a few minutes (ok this is a small town race but still it was fun to have the police escort). Also the trophy was laugh out loud huge and cool.

Bigfoot Run

Given the fact that I am just returning to running after almost 6 months off I decided to run the 5k instead of 10k which means I will be in the same race as the kids. When I signed us up for the  race I thought I would have been running more by now so I just plan to go out and have fun. I am excited about wearing my Oiselle apparell for the race too! My son Josh has a 5k PR of 22:01 from a few months back. He usually drops 30+ seconds every time he does a 5k so I have not told him yet but he might be beating his mom. I will never live that down! I will be sure and post photos, results and an entire story about the race.

I never really watch much tv but am addicted to Tour de France and the Olympics and now the Olympic Trials. I have to watch gymnastics, Track & Field, marathon, and swimming, triathlon, etc. Not sure how I will find the time so I am thinking of setting up a banquet table in the living room and all meals will be consumed in front of the tv for maximum sports spectating! My kids would love it since I enforce the strict rule of “all food is consumed while sitting at the table” at our house. We have white carpet in that room so might as well book the carpet cleaner now for the end of August!

Visualize racing in my Oiselle racing shorts!

It has been a while since I updated my blog.

Around 8-9 weeks post PRP treatment I had an awesome week and thought I was finally making a huge breakthrough. But then out of nowhere the abdominal and adductor flared up again, and I felt I was set back a month. I made the decision to get another PRP treatment. The thought of having to take more time off after the treatment was very discouraging but felt that time was not going to heal me at this point.

May 4th I had my 2nd PRP treatment. In the morning I was dropping off my kids at school and tripped on the sidewalk crashing hard on my right knee and then my right forearm (where it previously had a broken bone). Really???? I still cant believe this happened. I got up and limped to the car to head home and ice it. Dr Wolff was a bit shocked to see me limping into the office. I explained what happened and they brought me more ice to keep on it while the needles were stuck in my adductor and abdominal.  Ah what a mess I was! My mom drove me home and I practically crawled into the house in pain physically and mentally. Let the healing begin!

I have been physically doing whatever I can each day to maintain my fitness and make my way back to running. Bikram yoga, elliptical, spin class plus all my physical therapy exercises to strengthen my core and legs. Some days it is hard to stay motivated and it is boring other days I feel inspired and 1 step closer to running.

Memorial Day weekend in Phoenix we had a rarity, cool weather. I was out on my “walk” Sat morning and very frustrated about all the setbacks, injuries, frustrations, etc. and finally decided to try a 1minute run 1 minute walk combo for 5 minutes. Hmm not too bad. Little sore at the attachment point of the adductor.

The other thing I started doing is visualize racing in my Oiselle racing team outfit. Last year I was so focused on qualifying for the Marathon Olympic Trials and I was always visualizing the next race on a daily basis. It is giving me something to look forward to!!

I spent the next week every other day doing these little test runs and slowly increasing the running time. Since it had been almost 6 months since I did any consistent running I needed to ease back into it (easier said than done!).

Every day I am doing 60 minutes or more of some type of cardio followed by about 60 minutes worth of physical therapy, strength and core exercises. I am doing this usually between 530-730am so I wont be distracted later in the day.

Monday June 4 I did my 3min run x 1min walk twice and felt more discomfort in the adductor (again!!!). Oh this was so frustrating. This date also marked 6 months since my last race at the California International Marathon. When I got home I told my husband I can’t take this anymore I am recruiting the whole village this week. My village being Dr John Ball, physical therapist Nicole, massage therapist and Dr Wolff (PRP man).

My son Josh took some pictures for the Oiselle Racing team website of me running in the apparel. I noticed right away that I am still dropping my right hip, dumping the knee inward and flipping my right foot out. This causes lots of strain on my adductor! I knew I had to keep working hard on the physical therapy and do lots of running drills with proper form.

One other little issue was my si joint on the right side got aggravated about 2 weeks ago during yoga. I have a bit of history in this area dating back to my pregnancy with Josh in 2002. This put me on red alert to get this taken care of.

Dr Ball ran me through some mobility and range of motion exercises. I still am not squatting properly so we worked on that. He also did some work on oblique muscles, hips, and hamstring. After an hour I felt much better. He gave me some positioning exercises to focus on.

My regular massage therapist moved so Susan Loken connected me with Heather Mann her therapist and I was very happy. I learned my muscles on the outer right side of my leg are pretty tight and the sacrum area is pretty inflamed. I felt great when we were done and very happy I had gone in to see her.

I had told Nicole after the 2nd PRP treatment that I would work on my own for a few weeks and then be back with her. It was definitely time! I was glad to learn I only needed a little tweaking on my form with my exercises. We went over what I had been through the last 6 weeks and got a plan going with some new exercises.

By the end of last week I was feeling like I had a plan and was moving forward rapidly!! I attempted a 5min run 1 min walk x5 for a total of 25 minutes of running on Saturday.  No pain! I repeat no pain! I noticed focusing on driving my knees up help keep my form good and reduce any discomfort in the adductor.

Mon-3×10 min run totaling 4 miles (i am running by time but was curious how far I would go so wore the Garmin). Everything felt great! Patience and physical therapy, PRP are all paying off.

Wed- I ran 35 minutes straight with no stopping and felt great. Well my si joint area was  bit sore but not really concerned about that at the moment.

The last few months have been a long haul, it has been difficult to stay positive. I am so thankful for my supportive husband and awesome kids and all the encouragement they have given me. We are a houseful of athletes so it is always sad when we have a “man down” but looks like we are on the upswing now!

I plan on steadily increasing over the next couple weeks and joining my team from Mesa Community College to prepare for cross-country season.

 

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