Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bringing in 2010

Hope everyone has a happy and safe new year! Its raining today, and I doubt the fireworks on the Needle will look like that this year. I am still planning on running in the rain at Alki (or maybe going on the dreaded treadmill, we'll have to see how bad it is out there).

Happy 2010!

Image found here

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Running in the rain.....

Alki Beach has one of the best running routes in the city. Not only is it over 5 miles (depending on where you start) but it is off the main road, includes a running AND biking path, and is about 95% lit along the route. For all of these reasons, I decided to go running last night.

I knew it would get cold, so I wore my new black running shirt from Island Sports (thanks LJ!), long leggings, mittens and my new LuluLemon headband. (PS, headband is now on sale!) I was warm for the entire run, even through the sleet, rain and snow that I ran through:

At the old Luna Park Viewpoint w/Seattle in the background

Next time I might not wear only black. I love the headband and tech shirt though. Both items were "wicking" and kept me warm AND dry in the weather. Maybe Ill go again tomorrow!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Im trying to get back into running on a daily basis, but its hard during the holidays. I was going to start after the new year, but it was such a beautiful day that I decided to start on Christmas. Nothing better than running a few miles on Bainbridge!

I have to say, its a LOT colder now than it was a few weeks ago, you cant tell from the picture, but the ground is frozen.



Sunday, December 13, 2009

Jingle Bell Run 5k Results

Location: Seattle, WA
Official Time: 31:26
Chip Time: 29:03
Pace/Mile: 9:21

Overall: N/A
Gender Place: N/A
Age Place: 172/385

Over 12,000 runners up 5th Ave all wearing bells!

Last hill before the finish line

Casey and I with bells on

JJ and I with the crowds in Westlake Center

Longsleeved t-shirt to add to the collection

Benefits: Arthritis Foundation

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Seattle Half Marathon Results

Location: Seattle, WA
Official Time: 2:18:39
Chip Time: 2:16:59
Pace/Mile: 10:25

Overall: 1989
Gender Place: 382/839
Age Place: N/A
Split: 1:06:41, 1:11:58

Over 12,000 runners at the start of the half

Mile 2 in the International District

Final stretch in Memorial Stadium

Exhausted after the race

Full and half course map

Seattle Half t-shirt

Half marathon finishers medal and bib

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Greenlake Gobble 5k Results

Location: Seattle (Greenlake), WA
Official time: 38:37
Chip time: 29:31
Pace/mile: 9:10/mile

Overall: 307/765
Gender Place: 140/497
Age Place: 68/164

Waiting for the race to begin

I made the event promo page for the run with this photo!

First annual Gobble t-shirt

Benefits: Family Works Food Bank

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Visiting the "Good Doctor"

After my new PR from the Dawg Dash this past Sunday, I started to notice my right hip hurting more than normal. It felt like the bone was rubbing against itself inside the outer hip socket. I looked up the pain that I was feeling and thought it might have been hip bursitis, but I was thinking that it might go away on its own. By the end of the night it was completely stiff, and I was having trouble walking. I thought that it might be best to take a few days off from running, then start back up. By Wednesday, I was limping horribly around the office and had to do something. I had never felt pain like this before.

Since I have my goal of running in the Seattle Half Marathon on November 29th, I looked online for a Seattle specialist that could help me with my injury. There was no way that I had put these months of training only to go to a bad doctor who didnt know what they were talking about. I decided on going to the Virginia Mason Sports Medicine Clinic. After reviewing online, I noticed that they were the team doctors for the Seahawks AND the Seattle Sounders (our new pro soccer team, which I happen to have season tickets to). With credentials like that, I decided to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chun.

The Sports Medicine Clinic is completely remodled and has memoriabilia from the Seahawks and the Sounders in their waiting area. I am terrified of hospitals, so I found this to be very relaxing and comforting to see sports magazines and picture of familiar faces rather than doomsday articles on horrible diseases. The lighting and decor was also much brigher and friendlier than I expected.

I was greeted quickly by Dr. Chun, who took me into the room and asked what was wrong. He heard my story about the Half Marathon, my training schedule and my lack of prior injuries. He had me perform a few tests to try to pinpoint what was wrong with my hip (bring athletic shorts and shirts to do this!) After a few painful squats and leg lifts, he determined that I had nothing wrong with the bones in my leg or with my hip joint (yay!!) but that I had completely overused my piriformis muscle. For those of you not familiar with this, it is a deep glute muscle that runs from the spine to the inner hip socket, and is a VERY common injury among runners and athletes. (Yes, this is a butt muscle, but you wouldnt be laughing if you felt this much pain in your hip!!) He also said that I have extremely flexible hip muscles, which could be why I cannot feel a stretch (which could have led to this injury).

Dr. Chun continued to talk to me for over a half hour, and even told me this:

"I know you are and athlete and want to continue to train. I can tell you not to workout for a few weeks, but I know that wont happen. Try the eleptical machine or the bike to keep up your endurance for a few weeks, and you should be able to run in the half marahthon. I know no matter what you will finish, I just want to see you running a few miles AFTER the race and not injured."

Basically, he is my favorite doctor of all time, or actually the only doctor that I have ever liked. I hope that I never have to go back there, but if I do, I will make sure to go back to Dr. Chun. I am entirely impressed with the whole appointment, and I encourage anyone with a sports related injury to go there.

So the moral of the story is:
  • Add miles to your training VERY gradually
  • Make sure to stretch your piriformis muscle
  • If something hurts, DONT RUN ON IT!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dawg Dash 10k Results

Location: Seattle (UW), WA
Official time: 53:03
Chip time: 52:43
Pace/mile: 8:31/mile

Overall: 355/874
Gender Place: 100/428
Age Place: NA

At the start waiting for the 5k racers to go

Casey and I after the 10k

Posing next to the Husky Helmet

Start of the race w/ Casey

Coming down into Husky Stadium

T-shirt from the race

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Alki Beach Run 5k Results

Location: West Seattle, WA
Official time: 25:28
Chip time: 24:58
Pace/mile: 8:13/mile

Overall: 152/1021
Gender Place: 7/119
Age Place: NA

Alki Beach, West Seattle

Sunny but COLD run!


T-shirt to add to the collection
Benefits: Breast Cancer

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Brew Ha Ha 5k Results

Location: Fremont, WA
Official time: 27:52 (estimate)
Chip time: 27:12
Pace/mile: 8:45/mile

Overall: 325/944
Gender Place: 61/229
Age Place: NA

Start of race in downtown Fremont

LOVE this shirt!

 Tiny mugs for tasting after the race

Images from Brew Ha Ha website and the Seattlist.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Iron Girl 10k Results

Location: Seattle, WA (Greenlake)
Official time: NA
Chip time: 59:30
Pace/mile: 9:35/mile

Overall: 189/539
Gender Place: 34/96
Age Place: NA

Focusing on 6.2!

Mom and I after the race!

Iron Girl dry-fit t-shirt

 Finisher's medal and stuffed Aflac duck