Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: Running Edition

Today John and I ran another 10 K at Disneyland.  I had not trained much, as I was trying to heal what is developing into a chronic case of plantar fasciitis.   I'm now icing my foot and hoping for a speedy recovery.  Here is my quicker-than-my-run Ten Things of Thankful:


Photo:  Tinkerbell and Captain Hook show their finisher medals


1.  I'm thankful that the weather cooperated.  As we left the hotel room this morning to report to our corral, we were greeted with a steady rain.  Though I love rain, and the concept of running in the rain was novel and somewhat appealing, I imagine that in reality, the novelty would have worn off somewhere in the first mile. Fortunately, the rain stopped before the race even started.

2.  I'm thankful that though I hadn't done a lot of any running in weeks, I could breathe and run--even on the uphill stretches.  Gotta love living at a higher altitude and running at sea level!

3. I'm thankful for comfy running shoes.  Good cushioning makes a huge difference with my feet.  

4.  I'm thankful for costuming help.  I ran in wings again--it was the Tinkerbell run--but this time, I learned there is a "proper" way to run in wings.  It involves tying the straps to a racer-back, and pinning the wings to your shirt.  I didn't feel the wings at all.  No more wing bobbing!

5.  I'm thankful for Ivy, who shared information with me on how to care for my feet--even though I ignored the "ease back into running" part.  If she decides to chide me for making a 10 K my first run in weeks, she will certainly be justified.  I'm hoping, though, for the "How to Heal and Train for Your First Half-Marathon Before September" lecture.  

6.  I'm thankful for the encouragement of the little buzz of a Fitbit, alerting me that I had completed my 10,000 steps before breakfast!

7.  I'm thankful that the health expo held the day before the run had a booth with the BFF Miracle Body Buffer.  That sounds so unlike anything I would buy, but it is fabulous for sore legs and feet! John told me to pick one up, and it makes a huge difference.  (The link is simply to their website; it is not an affiliate link.  If you ever want to purchase one, though, I would recommend finding them at a health expo; the savings is considerable.)

8.  I'm thankful that John and I were able to post a good-for-us time.  I have to look at our past race times, but this might have been a PR for us.  

9.  Though not run related, I'm thankful for my mom, John's mom, and my grandma. Happy Mother's Day!  I'm also thankful for my children.  They make me proud to be their mom!

10.  As always, I'm thankful for John.  He ran with me in the Tinkerbell run.  Of all the Disneyland runs, the Tinkerbell run is the race with the fewest men, but John was happy to be Captain Hook to my Tinkerbell.  






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10 comments:

  1. awesome - hope you heal quickly my sister suffers with that and it is painful. Hope you have a lovely Mother's day - :)

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    1. Thank you. I am feeling better today than yesterday. Happy Mother's Day to you, too! :-)

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  2. Kudos for finishing the race with a possible PR! That's fantastic.

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  3. Happy Mother's Day, Kristi. Hope the chronic plantar fasciitis gets under control fast, I know it hurts as my good friend suffers from it. She claims running doesn't hurt as much as walking does.

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    1. It is an odd thing; the first few steps are the worst. Yesterday after the race I could barely hobble around. Fortunately, today is much, much better. I think I need to make sure to give myself adequate time to heal and then EASE back into running.

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  4. It seems you just had a bit of a taper before your big 10k, as all good runners do. I'm quite impressed by your ability to just jump in and run a 10k without completely training for it.(Even though you shouldn't have.) Hope those feet feel better soon.
    Running in a warm rain is fun. I always liked it. It's the cold rain that is miserable. Have you ever even been in a cold rain?

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  5. I used to have problems with plantar fasciitis years ago, but then it stopped and kind of never came back. I'm very glad for that, although I really don't understand why. Hope your feet feel better fast!

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  6. Congrats on another run and a belated Happy Mother's Day!

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