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Advice? March 19, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Fitness, Injury, Other Runners, Running.

Fellow runners; someone needs our help!  Connie left this message on my “Worth. Less.” post with the following question:

“Dear runners,

I get severe stomach cramps after my long runs. Today I ran in my first half marathon (it was GREAT!!!!); however, my stomach has cramped off and on ever since. I drink lots of water…I just do not know what causes this. I am training for the marathon, and I just hope that my stomach will not start hurting before I actually finish the race. Any suggestions would be very appreciated.

Many thanks!”

 My question for Connie is this: what are you drinking during your run, how much, and how often?  Also, are you “eating” Gu or any other type of performance food?  Hopefully with some more info we can answer the question better.  Do any of y’all experience anything like this?

Extensor tendonitis March 13, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Injury, Running, Shoes.

The 25K went well, but I think I may have laced my left shoe too tightly.  The result: extensor tendonitis?  Maybe?  I’m keeping ice on my foot all day, so we’ll see if that helps.

Yesterday after work, I changed into my running clothes and laced up my shoes…or tried to lace up my shoes.  With a not-so-dull pain on the top of my foot, I knew I wouldn’t be running far.  First though, I stopped at The Runner to see what they thought.  All prepared to buy some new shoes, they sent me away with nothing!  Instead he told me to try and run (I did 2 miles) to see if that would help.  He also said to ice it and take some ibuprofen, so that I did (and am doing). 

No run today, no run tomorrow and I’ll try a short run on Thursday.  Maybe the tongue of my shoe is too thin?  Seems like it might be much thinner than when I bought them. 

I’ve got about 250 miles on these, so maybe it’s time to start breaking in a new pair?  I think I may stop and buy some this afternoon…I mean…if I’m not running, I’ve got nothing better to do right?  🙂

Beacon on the Bay, 25K March 12, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Marathon training, Race, Running.

copy-of-dsc00901.JPGLast Saturday was the race out at Lake Hefner, a 25 K (that’s 15.5 miles for you non-runners)!

Before the run, I figured that I’d come in at about the 2.5 hour mark.  Sure enough, actual time was 2:33:44, coming in 50th of 96 females with a 9:55/mile.   I was able to finish strong with a decent sprint, but I’m afraid I need to start breaking in a new pair of shoes!  My knees and hips are hurting a lot more than normal, so it’ll be off to The Runner some time this week for me!

Most of the run I was along side of Prabhu, whom I ran with out at Lake Overholser a couple of weeks ago.  We’re fairly evenly matched and ran side by side for almost the entire race.  He most likely helped me decrease my time, as we didn’t walk at all until after we passed the 20K mark.  In all actuality, the help was likely mutual, as I provided him with my extra Gu pack as well as incentive to outlast a girl!  -)

We started off at 9 AM, a beautiful day for running.  Not very windy (can you believe it!?!) and a bright clear sky.  A little chilly to begin the race, but that’s fine with me as it warmed up to a very comfortable 70 degrees or so.  Since the sun was shining, I got a 2.5 hour tan so my legs aren’t quite as pasty white as they show in this first picture (it’s amazing what 2.5 hours in the sun can do for your complextion)! 


Since it’s been so very very dry here in Oklahoma, you’ll see red dirt instead of water as the background in the picture of Prabhu and me.  Under normal circumstances it’s a pretty place to run, but this photo doesn’t quite capture that!

And here I am at the finish, gulping water after inhaling a banana… (more…)