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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Back in the Saddle Again

Today I took short slow run after 9 days of rest from running. This was intentional - I was trying to give my IT band a rest and see if it helped with pain. I had to try SOMETHING..... there's this marathon in like 12 days and it would be nice to be in some sort if injury-free state so I can attempt to finish it instead of sitting at Bratfest waiting for Mike to come over the timing mat. I could eat a lot of brats in 5-6 hours, especially if I am feeling sorry for myself for missing a race.

So anyhow I prepared to run by popping in my Yoga for Athletes DVD and doing about 35 minutes of yoga as a pre-run stretch. I took it very easy, did a little walking and waited for the familiar pain twinges to set in. Funny thing was they never really kicked in. I was a little sore from time to time, but nothing like the searing pain that has led to my extreme frustration these last few weeks that rendered me virtually unable to complete my final build in volume for the Madison Marathon. Now that I am feeling a little better, I should be tapering.

Anyone have suggestions where I should be going with these last 12 days? I frankly am at a loss. I am resolved to go for it, be undertrained, and hope for the best.

I also took the pups in for their checkups. Daisy, my 10 year old ESS, got a clean bill of health. They said she's old (DUH) and she has a chipped tooth (probably from holding rocks in her mouth from time to time). Maddy is also a pretty healthy girl too. She's about 3 1/2, and still acts like a dumb puppy, but age is catching up to her a little too. I noticed when I gave them their spring buzz cut that her hiney was a bit larger than when I shaved her in the fall. Well after setting Betty Big-Butt on the scale, we saw the cold hard truth - 56 pounds! That is an 11# gain (24%!!!) since her last visit 10 months ago. Time for Maddy to quit eating both bowls of food when her sister's not looking. Also started her on a little doggy Detrol to address her little "leakage" issues. We shall see if that works.

Getting to the vet was interesting. Maddy is a nervous car rider and requires an empty stomach and some dramamine for every trip, no matter how short. The last time we went to the vet, she barfed 3 times on the way there (the vet is about 6-7 miles away). Today, we got to within sight of the building before she let the first (and only) gutload loose. YEAH! AND she didn't puke at all on the way home. Double yeah! If your interested, the Toyota Matrix is a godsend for those with queasy dogs - when you fold the seats down, the surface is hard plastic - no carpet- making cleanup a breeze. On the downside, braking and turning sends them skidding across the car. It's also pretty little and one of my dainty girls was letting some RANK nervous farts, so it was kind of like rolling down the road in a mobile latrine.


blink140pnt6 said...

Sorry to hear about the IT. Heal swiftly.

MamaMaven said...

Hope that the IT band holds up. Sending you pain-free vibes!

Calyx Meredith said...

Continued good vibes for your ITB.
Had to laugh with empathy about your trip to the vet! I have a coonhound puppy who barfs and/or poohs in the car on the way to the vet - 4 miles away - every time! The one and only time she didn't foul the car (VW Rabbit) she howled the whole time as if she were being eviscerated on the pot. So hugs to your sweet dogs and best of luck in the marathon!!

Calyx Meredith said...

Er - 'pot' should have been 'spot'.

Mike said...

Have you considered doing the half marathon instead of the full? Going into a marathon undertrained and injured puts you at risk of serious injury. If you're feeling a little better, maybe you can get through the half without problems, take a little more time off afterwards and then run the rest of the summer injury free. It seems to me that if you push it too much and go for the full marathon you could come out with a serious injury that could take the whole summer to heal.

Good luck.

kt said...

I am with Mike on this one. Seems like my PT side may be coming through a little stronger than usual but conservative isn't all bad.

P.S. I really hope I see you at Racine. I am headed up by myself as my significant other will be on Mission Trip.

Anonymous said...

I'm cracking up at your "mobile latrine" and because of calyx's comment...I thought she was smoking pot with her dogs in the VW.

Brigitte said...

farts always make me laugh. Funny story. Good luck with the marathon. Hope you are all better by then.

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