Limping my way to 400 Miles

Last night I hit the 400 mile mark in my 100 mile iPad mini challenge.  Sadly I was not running triumphantly through a park or jogging confidently on the treadmill as I hit this milestone, though.  Nope, instead I was cross-training on the old beat up elliptical in my garage because my left foot hurts too much to run.  Boo!

After running the Run-A-Muck 5K on Saturday, September 21st I felt AWESOME!  Empowered by the completion of my first adult distance race I was unstoppable and super motivated to run, run, RUN!  And so I ran like crazy:

…on Sunday Matt and I ran 6 miles at Valley Forge National Park,

…on Monday before work I ran 2 miles on the treadmill,

…on Monday after work Bailey and I ran the 4.3 mile loop at Ridley Creek State Park in 38 minutes (a new record!!),

…on Tuesday after work Matt, Bailey and I ran the 4.3 mile loop at RCSP again, this time in 40 minutes.

Then I got home on Tuesday night and said, what the heck, I’ll run another mile on the treadmill, just for fun!  And that’s when I realized that the outside bottom of my left foot really REALLY HURT!  Uh oh…

Bailey was my running buddy during both days of Ridley Creek loops.  I had her secured to me with a waist leash and I think she pushed me (or pulled me, actually) to run a little too fast for my own good!

Bailey was my running buddy during back-to-back days of Ridley Creek loops. I had her secured to me with a waist leash and I think she pushed me (or pulled me, actually) to run a little too fast for my own good!

Ignoring the stabbing, cramping pain in my foot, I woke up early on Wednesday and ran 2 miles on the treadmill before realizing that I might actually be injured.  I then did some internet-aided self diagnosis and determined that I am likely suffering from Peroneal Tendonitis.

In short, Peroneal Tendonitis means that the tendons that go around the back of my ankle bone down along the outside of my foot are inflamed and irritated.  This is apparently a classic “overuse” injury which makes perfect sense considering I ran over 20 miles in 4 days of 5K-induced euphoria.  Oops!

My Peroneal Tendonitis (or whatever it is) was causing some pretty intense pain along the outside of my left foot last week, so much so that I realized that it would be stupid to keep trying to run through it.  I had previously had a 4+ mile a day (walk, hike, or run) streak going since July 23rd but that came to an abrupt end last Wednesday.  On Thursday I slowly limped my way out to the old elliptical that we retired to the garage after getting our treadmill and I’ve been cross training on that all week.  😦 At least I’ve been able to keep my 1 mile a day streak going – yesterday was day 94 of that.

In addition to logging some quality time on the elliptical I’ve also been icing like a fiend (even under my desk at work!), and taking Ibuprofen.  My foot is feeling significantly better now but I am a little nervous about running.  I might start out with a really slow jog on the treadmill in the next day or two and see how that goes…

Here’s the official tally for this week.  Not quite what I wanted, but hopefully by my next post I’ll be back to running!

Miles since last post:  41.8
Days since last post:  12
Average Daily Miles since July 18th: 5.23
TOTAL MILES: 403.0

 

Related Posts:
•  Run-A-Muck 5K (9/22/13)
•  300 miles and a 5K in my future (9/9/13)
•  200 miles!  (8/26/13)
•  100 Miles in 21 Days! (8/7/13)
•  100 Mile iPad Mini Challenge: 49 Miles to Go! (7/29/13)
•  The Challenge Begins: 100 Mile iPad Mini Challenge (7/23/13)

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300 Miles! And a 5k in my future…

This afternoon I hit the 300 mile mark in my 100 mile iPad mini challenge!  Over the last 100 miles I’ve run a lot on my treadmill and I’ve also had fun hiking in Ridley Creek State Park, Valley Forge National Park, and at a rural central PA destination we fondly call “the Hunting Camp” (more on that in my next post).  Here’s the official tally:

Miles since last post:  86.3
Days since last post:  14
Average Daily Miles since July 18th: 5.57
TOTAL MILES: 301.0

I am now running with an official purpose… in less than 2 weeks I am going to run a 5K!  I haven’t run a distance race since my ill-fated attempt at Cross Country my freshman year of high school so I’m a little nervous (OK, actually a LOT nervous!).  Still, I’ve been working hard and last week I actually beat my best high school 5K time by about 30 seconds!  (I was running on the flat, even treadmill, mind you, but it was a victory nonetheless!)

The 5K that I’ll be running on September 21st is a true off-road cross country trek, complete with rolling (BIG) hills and a possible stream crossing.  We’ll see how it goes!  🙂

The 5K will take place across these beautiful rolling farmlands

The 5K will take place across these beautiful rolling farmlands in Willistown Township, PA. [cell phone pic]

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•  100 Miles in 21 Days! (8/7/13)
•  100 Mile iPad Mini Challenge: 49 Miles to Go! (7/29/13)
•  The Challenge Begins: 100 Mile iPad Mini Challenge (7/23/13)

200 Miles in 37 Days!

Guess what?  I completed 200 Miles in 37 Days!!!  Back on July 18th I challenged myself to run and walk 100 miles by August 28th.  I reached my 100 mile goal on August 7th, hit 150 on August 15th, and ran through my 200th mile on August 23rd.  After today’s 5.6 mile run I’m at 214 miles total with 2 days still left to go in my original challenge!

iFit 200 Mile Banner

Miles since last post:  113.6
Days since last post:  19
Days until Deadline: 2
TOTAL MILES: 214.7

If you had told me in mid-July when we got our treadmill that I would soon be averaging over 5 miles a day I would have laughed (or actually cried) at the thought of it.  I started out slow with some 2-3 mile days in the beginning and a lot more walking than running but as the weeks have gone by running has gotten easier and I have even had a few 7+ mile days!  I’ve continued to track my progress on my Excel graph and I’ve also started to track my best treadmill times for 1, 2, 3, and 4 miles.  I’m not ready to go out and run a race or anything, but I’m still pretty proud of how my times have fallen during the past month.

Top Treadmill Times 8-26-13

So where do I go from here?  Forward!  I’m going to keep tracking my miles and I will continue to set mini mileage goals for myself since that has worked thus far to keep me motivated.  I’ve now decided that when I hit 250 miles I get to buy these Athleta running tights for myself.  They will be just in time for the Fall weather that I hope September brings next week!

Running....!

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100 Miles in 21 Days!

I did it!!!  I completed my goal of 100 miles in just HALF the time I originally planned!  My 100 Mile iPad Mini Challenge officially began on July 18th and this afternoon at 4:45PM after just 21 days I breezed by the 100 mile mark on my treadmill.  Woohoo!

Miles since last post:  50.4
Days since last post:  9
Days until Deadline: 20
TOTAL MILES: 101.1 !!!

Matt helped me make a cool Excel graph that charts my daily miles, shows my total miles completed so far, and (my favorite part) predicts out my future miles based on my current pace.  I love graphs and charts and it’s been very rewarding to enter in my miles each day to see my progress.  Here’s the graph as of today:

100 Mile Challenge Graph (8/7/13)

So… this means that I can get an iPad Mini now!  Of course now that I’ve ‘earned’ it I’m a little worried that Apple is going to announce the release of an iPad Mini 2 right after I invest in the old model.  I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about this (I’ve had a lot of time to think on the treadmill!) and I have decided that I’m going to wait and purchase a new iPad Mini 2 when it comes out.  The release date has not been revealed yet so I will spend a little more time reading ‘real’ books until then! 🙂

So where do I go from here?  I am going to increase my original challenge since apparently 100 miles was too easy.  My new goal is to complete 150 miles by my original deadline of August 28th.  Full speed ahead!

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100 Mile iPad Mini Challenge: 49 Miles to Go!

Last Tuesday I challenged myself to run 100 miles in 42 days and I’ve been running like crazy ever since!  Wednesday will mark the end of week two of my challenge and I’m currently on pace to complete 100 miles in just 24 days!

Miles since last post:  31.3
Days since last post:  6
Miles until iPad Mini: 49.3
Days until Deadline: 29

I realize that my timing is sort of backwards with the whole fitness thing… most people would have started working out before getting married to get ready for the big day but I, on the other hand, waited until after our wedding to get back into a serious exercise routine.  In my mind the reasoning is very simple — there’s no way that I had time to run/walk 5 miles a day in addition to all of the DIY wedding projects, vendor coordination and planning that I needed to get done before the wedding.  Now that our wedding is over and life is returning to normal I feel like I have oodles of free time and I’m happy to spend some of it working out!  🙂

Oh yeah… I got new purple running shoes on Saturday because my old sneakers were woefully worn out.  Like ’em?

New Running Shoes!

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100 Mile iPad Mini Challenge!

After 205 days of streaking our old Schwinn elliptical machine is starting to fall apart.  We have taken this as a sign that it is time to retire the elliptical and invest in a more serious piece of fitness equipment… a treadmill!   After some online research we settled on a NordicTrack and our new treadmill arrived by truck at 9:20PM last Wednesday night (gotta love that “12-6” delivery window..!).  Undeterred by the late hour, we happily pushed, pulled and heaved the 350 lb. machine up a half flight of stairs and carefully maneuvered it into the spot that the elliptical had occupied in our little home gym.  After some minor assembly we were good to go!

My new toy!

Our new treadmill!

My workout routine has completely changed since the treadmill arrived.  Throughout the first half of July I had been faithfully sticking to my mile a day streak, but now over the past six days I’ve been averaging more than THREE miles a day!  I’m sure the novelty of the treadmill’s map-based workouts and HD video runs will wear off eventually, but for now I’m going to keep my extreme workout schedule going by setting a goal:

If I complete 100 miles on the treadmill by August 28th I can buy myself an iPad mini!

Why an iPad Mini, you ask?  After lugging three books along on our honeymoon (and reading all of them) I came to the realization that a tiny eReader capable of housing dozens of books would be a great investment.  I looked at various options and determined that an eReader that also happens to be an iPad sounds pretty awesome!  As for the origin of my August 28th deadline?  Easy.  We’ll be going to a hunting camp in central PA for Labor Day weekend and I hope to spend lots of quality time in a rocking chair on the porch reading books on my iPad mini!  🙂

So… 100 miles by August 28th.  Including the miles that I’ve put in since last Thursday, this leaves me with 35 days to complete 80.6 miles.  That’s about 2.3 miles a day.  Think I can do it?  I’ll be posting updates that look like this:

Miles since last post:  19.4
Miles until iPad Mini: 80.6
Days until Deadline: 35

Wish me luck!!