Thanks to all of you who have left comments and sent email about my achilles. I actually saw a physical therapist this morning. My youngest son, Noah, is two and has cerebral palsy and he has a PT that comes to the house once a week to work with him. The PT is also a runner and a triathlete (and a crazy nice guy), so he is great to have around. :) He looked at my heel and said that it isn't actually the Achilles tendon that is irritated but the sheath that is around the Achilles (less serious). He said the fact that there is no pain and that it is improving even with running is a very good sign. He also knows me well and knows I tend to push things, so he cautioned me NOT to do any speedwork or hills for the rest of this week and to try and scale my miles back a little. He gave it an ultrasound which is supposed to speed up healing and recommended I stretch it lots, keep it loose, and ice a few times a day (which I have been doing). I am really trying to be smart about this and keep my focus on the BIG picture of my running goals. So, I am listening to my body and praying for quick and complete healing.
This morning was "Track Tuesday" and I went to the track since the girls meet at my house at 6am on Tuesdays, but I didn't do my interval workout because I had read that speed work wasn't good for an upset Achilles area (I saw the PT later today who confirmed that). I did six miles, with the first one super slow and then five at my marathon pace (7:50-8:00). It felt really good, although it was only for five miles and not 26.2!!! :)
Here is a fun quiz I stole from Christy over at My Dirt Road Anthem who got it from http://www.runningusa.org :) I love this and thought it was really interesting.
- Average Age: 38.5 I am 34.
- 63.2% Married Yes- I am the most married person you know ;)
- 78.2% College educated Yes
- 70.3% Earn a household income of $75,000+ Some years!
- Average number of years running: 9.9 years I am way less on this one. I have been running for two years and almost three months.
- Average number of running events participated in during the last 12 months: 7.2 events I have done 9 which is pretty good considering I live FAR from almost everything.
- 51.8% have completed 1 marathon or more in their lifetime I have finished three so far and have at least four more in the next six months. LOVE ME THE MARATHONS.
- 70.4% Run/Jog 4+ hours each week I spend 7 to 11 hours a week running
- 77.7% run 12 months a year Yes
- Average number of days run per week: 4.0 Six or Seven (so I guess average is 6.5)
- Average number of miles run per week: 21.9 50-60
- 66.1% describe themselves as ‘Frequent/Fitness Runners’ I think I am slightly more dedicated and competitive than that
- Favorite race distance is the Half-Marathon (39.0%) No way. Give me a marathon any day.
- Interested in entering next year: Half-Marathon (77.0%), 5K (57.3%), 10K (56.0%), Marathon (43.3%) Half- yes, 5k- yes, 10k-yes, marathon- yes. I love to race.
- Primary motivation to start running: For Exercise (25.0%), Weight Concerns (14.5%), Needed a New Challenge (9.3%) All of the above, and I really enjoy racing and competing
- Motivation to continue to run: Staying in Shape (76.8%), Staying Healthy (74.2%), Relieving Stress (64.4%) Yes, Yes and Yes! I continue to run for all of the above reasons and because I love it. It is part of who I am and something I believe I was born to do.
- Average number of running shoes purchased in last 12 months: 2.9 pairs I go through 9-10 or so pairs a year, running over 200 miles a month. I always have two pairs I am rotating and keep very good track of the number of miles on each pair.
- Last running shoes purchased: ASICS (26.4%), Brooks (16.6%), Saucony (14.2%) BROOKS ALL THE WAY!
- 65.3% spent $90+ on their running shoes and 47.9% purchased their running shoes at a specialty running store Iget my online at Roadrunnersports.com or Runningwarehouse.com
- Favorite brands of running apparel: Nike (64.8%), Under Armour (45.7%), Champion (34.3%), adidas (30.7%) Brooks, Under Armour, Champion and North Face
- 80.4% spent $100+ on running apparel in the last 12 months and 59.6% purchased running apparel at a specialty running store Um yeah. I definitely spent more than $100. Quite a bit more i dare say. And I have bought a few small things at a specialty running store, although I buy most of my stuff online (and on sale or with a coupon code or discount).
- Average Weight: 137.6 lbs I am 133 right now - I am not sure what my ideal weight is, although I think I have a few more pounds to lose
- Average Height: 65.01 inches / 5 feet, 5 inches 5'5"
- Average Body Mass Index (BMI): 22.9 22.1
- 40.9% are content with their weight I am mostly content but I do think I could lose a few more pounds
- 42.3% are content with their fitness level I always see areas that could be improved. I know I am in very good shape but I also know that with continued training I can be faster, stronger and have better endurance and I want to keep improving.
how do you compare to the average female runner in the US?
One more cool thing... Gore-Tex is offering the chance to TWO people to get to spend a day running with the one and only Dean Karnazes during the 2011 TransRockies Run in August 2011. You can find the details and how to apply (super easy) here. How cool would it be to run with Dean??? (yeah... I sent in an application. Can't hurt to try, right?)