Turkey Trot 5K 2016 – Race Recap

I wasn’t planning on running the Turkey Trot, but after the steroid shot in my hip left it feeling pretty good these last couple of weeks, I figured why not. I can’t make the labral tear any worse, so I might as well jump in a race since I love racing so much.

I didn’t have too many expectations going into the race since I haven’t been running for the past 5 months. Okay, so that’s a little bit of a lie because I always have expectations for myself–that’s the overachiever and perfectionist in me. I knew I couldn’t run anywhere near my PR pace of 5:58 minutes/mile, and I pretty much thought that if I could maintain a 7 minute pace I would be doing good. However, then I remembered last year’s race where the roads were incredibly icy. I wasn’t able to run very fast at all, so I looked up my time from last year–> 20:47, which is a pace of 6:42. I immediately thought, “I wonder if I could beat my time from last year.” I told everyone I was going to run a 7 minute pace, but secretly I was hoping to run around a 6:40 pace and set a course PR.

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It was very cold the morning of the race–11 degrees F, and it maybe warmed up to 14 degrees by the start. I had my down jacket on during my warmups, and I did not want to give it up before the start. This is not anywhere near my ideal racing temperature, but thankfully it was only a 5K.

As Craig drove me to the start of the race, I realized I forgot my GPS watch. Grr!! But then I figured that was probably better that way so I wouldn’t get so obsessed with my pace and splits the entire time. Plus, this was supposed to be for fun since I was injured, right? (Not really possible for a die-hard runner.)

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The race itself was pretty anticlimactic. Thankfully I’ve raced enough I know how to pace myself pretty well from the start of the race. It felt like I maintained a pretty even pace, and I tried to pick off as many girls as possible. The last quarter mile is when my labored breathing kicked in, and I knew I had pushed as hard as I could. There were three girls not far in front of me that I should have been able to get, but 6th place is still okay given the circumstances these past 5 months.

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Craig and Cullen were there to watch me run, well, more like see me finish since it was so cold out. I love that Cullen is starting to understand that Mom goes for a run a lot of mornings and he wants to watch me race.

I have no idea how long this steroid shot will last, but I will enjoy running pain-free while I can!

My Favorite Winter Staples: Running + Casual Clothes

While we don’t have any snow on the ground, it has been very cold here, so I’ve had to pull out all of my winter clothes. (Oh wait, I never put them away since I live in Alaska and the summers here are cold too.) I realized I have several pieces that I’ve had for several years and wear time and time again, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite go-to pieces in my wardrobe–those for running and some casual pieces as well.

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Downtown Anchorage in the background–January 2015

Lululemon Down for a Run Jacket

I live in my Down for a Run  Lululemon Running Jacket in the winter. Nothing has come close to keeping me warm like this jacket. I love the high collar, the ample length in the arms and body, and how nicely it fits. I would definitely purchase this again. It looks like this is the equivalent for this year–since Lululemon constantly has new items.

 

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Brooks Launch Running Shoes

I used to be a Mizuno Wave Rider girl, then for a while I didn’t have one running shoe I loved, but now I have find “my shoe”: the Brooks Launch. I absolutely love these shoes for anything and everything: speed workouts, intervals, easy runs, long runs, you name it, I would wear them every day. I also love that they don’t cost an arm and a leg. (Granted they will probably break down more quickly.) They fit my foot really well, and they are lightweight and responsive. Win! screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-2-36-18-pm

Nike Running Tights

I have literally owned these Nike tights for 10 years. I don’t remember exactly when I bought them, but it had of been during college or shortly after. I absolutely love these tights because the waistband doesn’t come up very high (I know, I am one of the few people who likes a low waistband.), my hips and knees can bend easily without any constriction, and they don’t slide down on my quads. I have tried far too many other tights and so many either fall down on the back waistband, or I am constantly pulling on the material over my quads. They still make nearly the exact same tight.

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Lululemon Hat

When it drops below about 25 degrees, I have to wear a hat to help stay warm. I purchased this hat from Lululemon last year and have worn it countless times. It was kind of an impulse buy–as I had other hats in my wardrobe already, but I love how lightweight it is, how well it wicks sweat, and all the reflective dots for early morning runs.

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BP Trolley Booties

I purchased these BP Trolley Booties several years ago and still love them. I love that they are a gray color, so I can wear them with black and brown clothes. The block heel makes them comfortable to stand in for long(er) periods of time, and they have held up over the years.

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J. Crew wool skirt

I ordered a J. Crew wool skirt online several years ago, but I’m never quite sure how something will fit since I’m not able to try it on. Thankfully I absolutely love the skirt. It pairs with a lot of my other clothes well, and it is a timeless piece that will be in style for a long time. The one pictured below looks identical to mine, minus the two slits, and it is on sale here at J. Crew Factory for less than $40.

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Fortress of Inca Booties

I only recently purchased these Fortress of Inca Cara Booties from our sister store and women’s boutique Her Tern, but I can already tell I am going to wear them often and for many years. They are handmade in Peru and are made of a beautiful leather. Originally I wanted a dark bootie, but I actually love the color even more now.

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Funnel Neck Shirts

There is something about a cozy sweatshirt with a funnel neck to help keep me warmer in the winter. I have this cowl neck pull-over from Lululemon (pictured below) that I bought last winter. Of course they don’t make it anymore. There is this sweater that is similar but more of a sweater than a sweatshirt. I also have a funnel neck sweatshirt from Gap that I wear often. This one is similar.

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I’m going to throw in a few makeup items that are staples in my daily routine because why not.

Stila Eyeliner

I thought I had shared my love of this eyeliner on the blog before, but when I searched in my previous posts, I had not. This Stila eyeliner is amazing; it has been long-time favorite of mine! I love that it glides on so easily, and you can easily draw a really thin line or a bolder, thicker line depending upon what effect you’re going for.

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Revlon Skinlights Loose Powder

I’ve had this container of Revlon Skin Lights Face Illuminator for about 10 years, and the container still has a ton of powder left in it. I’ve never been a blush person, so this bronze-y, shimmer-y powder is perfect for sweeping on my cheekbones. Revlon no longer makes this, but here’s a bronzer that I’m sure would do the same thing.

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Maybelline Full ‘n’ Soft Mascara

I have been using this Maybelline Full ‘n’ Soft Mascara for eons. I love that it does not clump and makes my lashes very natural-looking. It really does give them a full and soft look, and I will add layers of other mascara if I want a bolder look.

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Happy early Thanksgiving to everyone!! I am running the Turkey Trot here in Anchorage tomorrow morning. I have not run hard in 5 months, so it is going to hurt! However, I love racing, and my hip really hasn’t bothered me since the steroid shot, so I figured why not.

Appreciate the Now

I am beyond bummed that it will be months, many months until I am able to train and race competitively again.

This hip labral tear has definitely put a wrench in my training, but as much as I hate these periods of injury and time away from running, they really make me appreciate the days when training is going well. Those days when I’m nailing my workouts, and I can tell I am getting fitter and faster. Those runs when everything clicks, and I am on cloud nine when I finish. Those days that leave me exhausted but make everything worth it. Even though these days come with a lot of sore muscles, exhaustion from the beginning of the day, little sleep, and not a lot of time to do much of anything else, I wouldn’t trade them for anything else.

I vividly remember telling my friend Erin–in the midst of running 90 miles one week this past spring, that yes, I would love to be able to sleep in every day, have more time to “live life,” and not have to go to bed at 9 p.m. on a Friday night in order to get up for a long run before work at 8 a.m. on Saturday, but I was loving every minute of it. I was so thankful things were going well in training, and I was honestly enjoying every minute of it.

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Now the reality is that I have an injury I need to address, and after talking to several different people, it seems I have two options for healing this labral tear:

1.) I can go through with the surgery and have my torn labrum repaired, and then spend the following 6-9 months rehabbing, regaining strength, fitness, and endurance. I probably wouldn’t be able to get in for surgery for at least a couple more months, and if I want to see a highly sought-after doctor who is very reputable and has had a lot of exercise performing a hip arthroscopy, I could wait several months.

2.) I find a really good physical therapist who has worked with people in my same situation and rehab the heck out of my hips, glutes, and any other stabilizer muscles. However, this could take several months as well. I know a few other runners who have been able to avoid the surgery by doing PT work. My friend’s doctor even told her that if you had an MRI done on 100 runners, 50 of them would show up with a labral tear, which means labral tears are more common than we probably realize.

So either I could spend next year recovering from a surgery, or I could spend the next year rehabbing and working on strengthening exercises. Sadly I will not be dreaming of a sub-3 hour marathon next year or making new running goals for 2017. Instead I will be sitting on the sideline for most of the year.

I have passed my MRI results and medical records along to four doctors, so I am waiting to hear back from each of them on what their diagnosis is and what they recommend. After I hear back from each one of them, then I will decide what I want to do.

My message to those of you who are able to run, and aren’t injured: appreciate the ‘now.’ Appreciate that you are able to run, train, and run pain-free. Even if you have a tough run every once in a while, at least you know those are few and far between. Even if you’re training isn’t going perfect, appreciate that you are making progress towards your big goal. Appreciate the now and enjoy the journey.

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A few other recent highlights. . . . .

Even with the labral tear, I have been able to run a little bit here and there. I usually run 3-5 miles every other day. I was out one morning pushing Cullen in the stroller on a run, and we ran into a moose, who wasn’t too happy when I was Snapchatting him. I’m pretty sure he then tracked me down at work a few hours later.

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The only substantial snowfall we had melted. It has been cold though with temps in the 20s, low 30s. There have been a lot of boots, warm beverages, down jackets, and fleece pullovers worn to keep me warm.

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I know this doesn’t look all that appetizing, but I promise it was really good. This Sweet Potato and Lentil Buddha Bowl was a great combination of flavors with sweet potatoes, broccoli, rice, and lentils in a curry sauce, with a homemade pesto sauce for topping. I highly recommend it!

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I love it when Cullen wants to dress like me. He saw me put my vest on and wanted to wear his vest as well. He’s my little sidekick.

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Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (therunnersplate) as well! I have updates on them almost every day.

Water Damages Restoration Required Not Upset Your Insurance coverage Cases

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The price involved in recuperating the harmed home via a professional procedure certainly welcomes a substantial price. Usually, a bulk of the targets are not able to file their case to the insurance provider without risking of getting no negotiation at all. Insurance companies work with insurance adjusters to shield their passions the earnings of their investor however do nothing to help the plaintiff. Water damages restoration companies that provide Insurance Case Administration Solution are encouraged by a certified group of experts, fluent in the ins and outs of insurance coverage cases. Getting one of the most positive claim adjustment for clients is top concern for them.

What Happens to My Residence After Flooding? – Home Water Damage Solutions

Relying on just how much flooding you in fact have in your home and also where the flooding was in fact situated, will certainly have a lot to do with our residence water damage options. If the flooding occurred in the cellar as well as it wasn’t ever before finished, we could merely pump the water out and also ensure that the basement dries asap. We can do this by pumping the water out and utilizing fans to circulate wet air out of the home.

Suppose I resided in a solitary story residence as well as the entire house was flooded at once. This is mosting likely to be a challenging one. You may unknown the extent of the flood damages, until a long time has passed. If your home begins to smell musty, there’s a likelihood that you have a lot more damages as well as repair services to earn.

How you can Clean Up After Water Damages as well as Do I Need a Specialist?

Water spreads promptly to extra areas, rapidly increasing the scope and expense of the loss. Discolorations from furnishings can dye carpeting permanently. Paper items are damaged by moisture absorption and warping.

Furnishings in straight contact with water swells or divides. Drywall swells as well as breaks down; paneling warps. Odor becomes a problem.

Mold creates, in addition to the particular “mildewy” odor. Sensitive parts in pianos as well as body organs swell and malfunction with elevated moisture. Metal surface areas begin to rust. Doors and window cases swell and also distort or flake. Wood decking, joists and studs start to swell, warp as well as split. Electronic parts breakdown because of wetness condensation. Allergies escalate.

Are the Spots on My Ceiling From Water Damage?

There’s a very good possibility, that if you have spots on your ceiling that are larger than a baseball, you’ve obtained a water leak somewhere as well as it has to be dealt with asap. I’m not suggesting that every spot on your ceiling is going to be from water damage.

If you’re the just one living in your house, this could be the case. If you’re not the just one in your home, make sure that somebody else didn’t toss something on the ceiling, before continuing with your evaluation. Among the most awful things that you can do to water damage contractor is call them out to your house, only to figure out that you have actually squandered their time.

Many water damaged ceilings that are repainted white or even unpainted acoustic ceilings, will have light yellow spotting. Simply puts the spots will have a yellow or gold want to them Often bigger places will have rings of dark yellow around them.

Hip Update and MRI Results

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This was not how things were supposed to go.

I had everything planned out. I was going to train hard through this winter, have an amazing racing season new year, break 3 hours in the marathon next fall, and then hunker down and have babies. All I needed was one more summer of competitive running, and then I was going to be satisfied. (Never mind the fact I don’t know if I will ever be satisfied with my PRs. It’s the overachiever in me.) But I am finally sleeping 7 or 8 hours straight each night (after sleeping 5 or 6 hours each night with 2 or 3 wake-ups each night), Cullen is more independent, we are in a good routine, and I was on the upswing with my training. I didn’t clinch my sub-3 hours marathon this past summer, but I would have had it not been for the crazy hot weather at Grandma’s.

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But as with everything in my life, things never go as planned. My type-A does not like this. I like it when I have a plan, and all I have to do is stick to the plan and everyone is happy.

If you have been following along, you know I have been dealing with hip flexor pain since mid-June. It didn’t bother me during the marathon, but after taking a full week off, it started up after my return to running. I went and saw two different physical therapists, a massage therapist, and two chiropractors these last four months. All of them pretty much said I had the same thing: tendonitis of my hip flexor–and each one had a different approach to heal it, which I appreciated. However, I still wasn’t seeing results, so I took a full month off: no exercising at all.

I tried running after this break, but the pain was still there. My next approach was ART (active release technique), and I finally started to see results and thought I was on the mend. I started with a run/walk program and slowly increased from one mile of pain-free running to three miles and then four. But after several weeks of only being able to increase by 0.5 mile each week and still having pain/discomfort on every run, I finally decided to bite the bullet and go in for an MRI.

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I went in for my appointment on Tuesday and basically told the doctor I was just there to get a referral for an MRI. They did an x-ray, and the only thing he comment about it was the “socket” (of my “ball and socket” joint) did not completely cover the greater trochanter (“ball”). He didn’t say anything about this leading to injury or that I should do anything about it. He did a couple tests on my hips, but nothing bothered me, so he wasn’t really sure what was going on.

On Thursday morning I went in for my MRI. They injected a dye into my hip in order to see more on the MRI, and they also gave me a steroid to help with the pain. The doctor said the steroid would only help if it was a labral tear. During the MRI, I laid in a giant tube contraption for about 20 – 25 minutes while the machine sounded like it was breaking and there was a machine gun going off. They told me it would take a couple of days to get the results back, so I tried not to think about it too much and was pretty much expecting not to hear anything until Monday. Friday afternoon I posted on Instagram that I had finally gotten an MRI, but I didn’t know the results yet. Literally five minutes after posting that, I got the call from the doctor.

I was anxious to finally get an answer, but I also was scared and hoping for the worst: 2-3 months of physical therapy before I could get back to running. Then he revealed the news that was even worse than I had even thought possible. He said I tore the labrum in my hip.

 

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Say what?! A torn labrum. Every professional I saw had ruled this out because I didn’t have any of the classic symptoms. There’s no way. How can this be? I had been training for 1.5 years since having Cullen with no problems whatsoever. How did this develop out of nowhere, all of a sudden?

Apparently I have a cam lesion (bony protrusion) on the neck of my femur that caused the tear to the labrum. From my understanding, this tear would have happened eventually, so it wasn’t induced by over training or anything I did in my training. This makes me feel good that it wasn’t something I did; it would have happened eventually. However, since I have run so much already, the extra wear and tear caused the tear to happen earlier in my life.

So what does this mean? Surgery. Yes, arthroscopic surgery on my hip to shave the cam lesion down and repair the labrum. I had only heard of this injury a couple years ago when my friend had the same thing happen to her.

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This is how Cullen and I feel about this situation.

I am beyond devastated. I wanted nothing more than to keep training and capitalize on the fitness I had worked so hard to gain the last 2 years since Cullen was born. But life has to go on. There’s no sense is living in the past, kicking myself for not going in sooner or wondering what I could have done differently. Hindsight is always 20/20, and at the time I was making the best decision for me and my situation with the information I was given. Now it is time to figure out when I’ll have the surgery and who I should see to have it done. (I briefly thought about not having the surgery, but let’s be realistic, giving up running for the rest of my life is not an option.) The sooner I can have the surgery the better, so I can get back to running as soon as possible.

While I find myself wallowing in my situation, I then remind myself: this is not a career-ending injury! I will run again one day! So while this is a detour to my big, dream goal of a sub-3 hour marathon. I am still going to work my butt off to try and clinch that dream of mine. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t work out, but I am sure going to try!

My Postpartum Body – 2 Years Later

It has been two years since having Cullen, and I was thinking back on how my body has changed in those 2 years + 9 months. They say ‘9 months in; 9 months out’ meaning that after spending 9 months growing a baby inside your body, it takes 9 months to “get it all back” and for your body to go back to the way it was pre-pregnancy. However, I think it takes most women much longer than 9 months. And honestly, in many ways my body will never be the same: hello, stretch marks. . . .and then there’s my belly button that definitely doesn’t look the same.

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3 days before going to the hospital to have Cullen

During pregnancy, your body is growing another human being inside, so no wonder you’re tired, running is that much harder, and your body makes major changes to support the new life. Thankfully I had a relatively easy pregnancy. During the first trimester, there were 3 weeks where I had no appetite (but never any true morning sickness) and 3 days where I was especially tired. Otherwise I felt great up until the end. Running was tough during the first trimester as I lacked motivation and didn’t feel the need to go for a run. The second trimester or the “honeymoon trimester” went pretty well as I was able to do some longer runs and run a half-marathon of 1:38. But during the 3rd trimester I started to feel the effects of the added weight, and I had pain in my pelvis and back a lot of the time.

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Running a marathon relay 8 months pregnant

After having Cullen and taking a month off of exercise, I remember doing a lot of very slow runs with several walk breaks to slowly ease back into running. I could tell I had lost a lot of fitness, but I was also anxious to get back to running and training. And, yes, there was a part of me that wanted to prove that I could be that mom who “got her body back” after having a baby.

I specifically remember getting back into the swing of training 3 months postpartum while at my parent’s in Minnesota. At the time it felt like things progressed so slowly–especially since my coach, Nichole, had had a c-section 9 days before I did and had gone for a 4 mile run 2 weeks postpartum with no pain. (But in hindsight, she will tell you she jumped back into it too soon.) Now looking back on things, it seemed like I was able to jump back into training really quickly. Isn’t it funny how time works?

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Over these past two years, I have slowly progressed and rebuilt my fitness to a new level and have been able to run new PRs at every distance from the 5K to the marathon. It took a lot of early morning training runs on little sleep, hard work, and careful planning by my coach. During this time I’ve seen my body get stronger, leaner, and more fit than every before. I didn’t expect to feel as good about my body as I do. I still have some stretch marks on my stomach and my belly button is a deep crevasse now, which I don’t think will ever go away at this point, but I have to remind myself all of the amazing things my body has been able to do.

So while in some ways I’ve gotten even more of my body back, there are still things I can work that aren’t as strong as they were pre-baby. This past spring I saw a physical therapist to help me strengthen my core and specifically my transverse abdominis muscle. I’ve spent the past several months doing meticulous exercises to get this muscle firing correctly again, and while I have made big strides, I think there is still work to be done. I can also feel my c-section scar/incision area while engaging my core when doing certain exercises, so obviously this needs work as well.

I don’t know when a mom stops being a postpartum mom, but I do know that it can take quite some time to ‘feel like your old self.’ But you know what, I don’t know if I will ever feel like my old self. My old self didn’t know the love I could have for such a small human being who stole my heart the moment he came into this world. That’s life, people.