Saturday, June 29, 2013

Not your typical week!

I followed orders from the podiatrist to not run this past week (other than of course a 5.5 mile run last Saturday with TNT).  I used this week wisely because I went to the Harrisburg Inside Track to purchase new shoes that work well with my superfeet insert.

I have very cool new shoes called Brooks Glycerin 11.  I'm fairly brand loyal, but I wanted to have an open mind about what shoe would be best.  I looked at this purchase as extremely important because I'm looking to come back stronger after this Plantar injury.

I typically buy my shoes online, but I wanted to support the local running store and reward him for the time he spent helping me find a solid shoe.  I will spare you a lot of the details, but I have been running in a Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12 for the past two years (at least).  It is a "support" shoe which means it has lots of bells and whistles.  Bottom line: it's a very different shoe.  If you want to learn more about what shoe might be right for you Brooks has a cool website that you can answer a few questions and they will give suggestions.  Nothing replaces going into a specialty running shoe and trying the shoes on to see what fits best.

I must say that these Brooks Glycerin 11 fit better than any other shoe I've had in the past.  I've only run about a mile with them so far, but the fit really well.

Today I tried out my new shoes on the treadmill at the YMCA in Carlisle.  Cindy was working so I took Emma to the "Child Watch."  She seemed to really like it and the ladies that work there are mom's themselves.  I felt very comfortable having her play there.   It was a quick workout, but it's good to know that it is an option to still workout if Cindy's working and I have Emma.  The Y's website is

I've been listening to a running podcast called The Extra Mile Podcast for a couple years now.  They are doing a new podcast on the Half Marathon and I'm one of 3 runners selected to be a part of the conversation on a regular basis.  The coolest part is that I will be receiving personal e-coaching from Chris Twiggs who has been able to qualify for the Boston Marathon using the Galloway Run/Walk/Run.  I'm honored to be selected as a part of this I'm extremely excited about it.  This is even better since I'm coming back from an injury and I'll be able to get more specific suggestions to gently get me to the finish line of the Bird-in-Hand Half marathon in September.  Technically, I'm no longer trying to break 2 hours, but I predict that I'll be able to still break my own personal record of 2:18:40.  If you would like to subscribe to the podcast and see what it's all about then go here.

.  BMen's Glycerin 11
Men's Glycerin 11
Men's Glycerin 11

Saturday, June 22, 2013

WiIdwood Run 6/22/13

Today I met with my TNT buddies at 8am.  This run was my first run since I met with the podiatrist.  He taped my foot and said that I could run today.  I was originally going to run 7, but decided to cut it down to 6 instead.  Overall it felt good.  I had great company (as always).

I did some walking for a couple of reasons.
1.  I wanted to make sure I took it easy.
2.  One of my fellow TNT alumni was having a hard time so I stuck with him and helped him get to the end of the run.  This is what it's all about for me.  Obviously I want to get faster (and get a sub 2 hour half marathon), but the point for me this season is to encourage others.

This week my plan is to go to Inside Track and get fitted for the correct shoes.  I've been told many times that I should have two pairs of shoes that I'm rotating.  I'm now going to listen.  I'm going to take it easy with impact related exercise.  I hope to swim on Friday (if all works out correctly).  Also I am going to start working on my core and upper body strength more by starting a plank and push up program.  It technically started 3 weeks ago, but I'm just going to start with today as the first day and go from there.  The program I am using is taken from

Here is the plan.  I know it's going to be a huge challenge as I have very little upper body strength and my core is not where I want it to be.  I'm excited about it.  If you want to join me you could either save this photo or go to This very long facebook link

Overall, I am going to take things easy this week.  I'll work on core, upper body, stretching and overall strength.

The way that I am most successful in what I do is when I have others who are doing it with me.  Who's in?

Friday, June 21, 2013

plantar fasciitis offical update #1

I have been having pain on the bottom of my foot for about the past two months.  At first I wasn't sure what was happening.  About a month ago I called the podiatrist that was recommended by my Team In Training coach, Coach Mike.  If you search Podiatrist, Etters PA you will find Todd M Pelleschi, DPM.  He came so highly recommended that I had fairly high expectations of him.  He exceeded those expectations in every way.

He let me know the primarily the issue was due to the lack of support of my arch.  I have high arches.  I think this is also due to the reality that I didn't replace my shoes quite as often as recommended.  He suggested (like I've heard from others) to have a second pair of running shoes that you rotate.

I brought my running shoes (brooks adrenaline), my sandals and my work shoes with me so that he could evaluate them for me.  My sandals are about 5 years old and they had no support so tossed them out (at the podiatrists office!)  My shoes were decent, but he suggested that I get an insert from the company "super feet."  In the next day or so I'm going to inside track to buy those inserts which I will use in all my shoes.

He took an x-ray of my foot to determine that my fascia is inflamed and that it needs to heal.

He had one of his associates do the ultrasound on the specific parts of my foot that he thought was the biggest issue.  He drew on my foot so that she would know specifically where to apply the ultrasound.  I didn't really feel anything other than the gel that she put on my foot.

He also taped my foot which really helped a ton.  It feels a lot different when I have my running shoes on as compared with my work shoes.  My guess is that this means that I have more support with my running shoes.  I will try to keep this dry for the next several days.

After I take off the tape he has a few stretches that he wants me to do.   One of the biggest weakness I have in my training is that rarely (if ever) stretch.  I want to be more flexible through this so I'm going to focus on this much more.  I want to enlist YOU if you're reading this to also give me a hard time about this.

So to say the least this was extremely helpful.  If you live anywhere near Etters PA and have foot issues I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Todd M Pelleschi, DPM.  564 OLD YORK RD
ETTERS, PA 17319
  Phone: (717) 938-5200.  He is a runner himself and this makes a huge difference.  Be prepared to wait for a month to see him, but it's very much worth it!

What next?  
- I'm able to run tomorrow (Saturday) as planned.
- He wants me to take about a week off and rest it so that the arch support can allow it to heal.
- Back off on my speed and distance and gradually build back up
- Go to the pool and do other cross-training to keep my cardiovascular system in shape.
- This means I will be figuring out how to put joining the YMCA as a part of our budget :-).

Thanks for all of your support.  I truly believe that this is going to help me become a better, stronger and more well-rounded runner.  What I trained for the Marine Corps Marathon I did minimal cross-training, essentially no stretching.  This time I'm going to do all of those things.

I'm excited :-).  Running happy for those that can't! 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

6.15.13 HACC run

Today was my first real run in the past month or so.  I'm not exactly sure when my foot started hurting, but I know that my last real run was 5.13.13.  That's when I ran my Hiltop Road run which didn't cause the issue, but didn't make things any better.

Anyway, it was really nice to get back out there this morning.  I met with my TNT buddies.  It was the first official long run for the fall races so there were some new participants that came out for this training run.  It can remember what it was like to first start running and I made sure I introduced myself to as many people as I could. 

I ran most of the time with a new participant who I know from church.  Right now, I'm just trying to get back into the swing of things and remind my body what it's like to run longer distances.  It's good to know that I didn't loose all my conditioning, but I was reminded very clearly how important it is rest and allow my foot to get better.

I meet with the podiatrist this coming Friday.  I'm looking forward to hearing what he has to say. 

The biggest lesson I'm learning is the necessity of consistency.  I have not been consistent in my training and I know that I have a lot more potential than the results I've seen so far.  First and foremost I run because it's my therapy and it keeps me sane.  Now, I'm trying to get faster.  I still have a goal of a sub 2:00 half marathon as a reach goal.  These next few months will determine whether that's a possible or not.

Swimming and biking... I did not do much cross-training during my training last season.  This year I am going to be adding more biking (outside on my "mountain bike").  I tried aqua jogging yesterday (Friday) and I really enjoyed it.  Plus I did kicking drills using the kick board to strengthen my legs.  The most fun drill was when I put an adult Pull Buoy and just coasted on the top of the water.  This drill went much better than expected and I knew it was working when I was out of breath at the end of a lap.  Good stuff.  Not sure when a triathlon would be able to happen, but I'm willing to learn the other two sports.

My debate about swimming and getting a membership at a gym where I can swim.  Currently, I am a member at Planet Fitness in Shippensburg.  This costs 10 bucks a month and you get what you pay for, but it works because it is on my way to work.  They have treadmills, bikes and some other equipment (obviously no pool for swimming).  The problem is that I don't go as often as I want to/should or could.  There are other gyms that have a pool, but they tend to be somewhat expensive.  It I do join a different gym it would need to be based on whether or not I actually go or not.  If I'm not going then I don't want to donate my money to the gym.  If I get a gym membership to the YMCA, Gold Gym, or LA fitness it would need to be based on me actually going.  Again, consistency is KEY!

Thanks for reading.  I would love to have feedback on all of this.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Inspiration from the Spirit of the Marathon 2

I wasn't a runner when the original Spirit of the Marathon came out.  When I heard through Facebook that there would be a second film I knew that I would be clearing my schedule to make sure I could go see it on the big screen.  Mind you that I only go to one move every few years.  So me spending money to go see this is a big deal.

The purpose of this post is to give my reflections.
1.  I appreciated seeing marathon runners spotlighted that were from different counties (Rwanda, Ukraine among others).
2.  I have been following Julie Weiss (Marathon goddess) on Facebook and so it was incredible to see her on the big screen.  Her passion to raise one million dollars for the Pancreatic Cancer research is inspiring.  If I weren't running for blood cancers with TNT I would join her cause :-).  I'm pretty sure that the research LLS/TNT is doi g is also helping with Pancreatic cancer.
3.  The older guy who lost his son to drug addiction hit me since that taps into my day job.  It was awesome for him to do run a marathon to help him cope with this tragedy.  
4.  I appreciated how they helped us fall in love with Rome and the Rome marathon.  The Rome marathon is officially on my bucket list.
5.  I all be buying both on DVD when it comes out.
6.  After watching it I wanted to go run a marathon ... Even though it was 9pm at night :-).
7.  The spotlight on the importance of countries like Rwanda having clean water.  Go to to find out more.
8.  It was awesome o see so many marathoners that I've seen and so many that I never saw before. :-)

There are a few thoughts.  I have many more but I wanted to put I down for all of you to see.  Thanks for reading.

I plan to have my first real run Saturday with the team.  I'll be taking it easy.  I'll let you I is how I goes.  

Friday, June 7, 2013

Why do I run?

Why do I run?

I've written other posts about this but in honor of National Running Day I wanted to post my top 5 reasons for running.

1.  I run for those who can't.  Most times I go out and run I keep in mind those that I know are struggling with cancer.  Some of them can't run so I run for them and raise money to find a cure.

2.  I run because I enjoy it.  I've been doing this long enough that most runs are enjoyable.

3.  I run for the stress relief.  I have a fairly stressful job and this helps me to cope.  It is my primary coping skill for stress so when I miss too many runs it impacts the rest of my life.

4.  I run in groups for the social benefits.  This is so cool because we all have different walks of life but we can come together and support each other.  

5.  I run to inspire others to do the same thing.  If I can do it... And clearly I can then I believe many more of my friends can do it as well.  It's a process just like it was for me.

This is the short version of why I run.  Thanks for reading and feel free to comment!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Manheim 2013 Rock and Glow 5K race report

Yesterday, I wrote a brief introduction to the race that I ran last night 6.01.13.  I wanted to quickly update you on how it went and share a picture before the race.  I ended up having the opportunity to see a few friends at the race.  The picture below is my friend Kristie and her brother-in-law Steven.

I also saw my friend Jodi and her husband and two of their friends as well (no photo).  We had an awesome time.  I can't say enough good things about this race.  It started in the square in Manheim.  This picture is all of us before the race.  I'm WAY in the back since I walked the first 2 miles.

Starting completely in the back was very difficult for me.  I knew that I was walking most of the run/walk so I decided that it would be best for me to be in the back.  I was joking with the walkers around me.  Later, someone was talking about being "too slow" and I stated... "we're lapping those on the couch."  I also said "all that matters is that we get to the finish line... not how fast we get there :-).

I was walking at a fairly decent pace for the first two miles (14:00, 13:55).  I can hardly believe how fast I ran for the 3 mile.  I ran a 9:02 mile.  I think the last time I ran that fast for any individual mile was back in January when I got my PR for the 5K.  The nice thing was that I had two miles to warm up and then I ran the rest of the race.  It was so encouraging to be able to finish it strong as I was passing a bunch of people on my way to the finish line.

I am so glad that I found this race and that I more than made the best of it.  A day later my foot is feeling fine so I'm thankful that I did the race... that I walked two miles of it and ran in the last 1.1 miles.  I am hopeful that I will continue getting better and will be back at running regularly soon.

This coming week has a little bit of a challenge to it.  I will be able to work out Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but I'm getting my wisdom teeth out on Thursday AM.  This means that I must get out there and either run here at home or get to the gym the next three days without exception.  Read my previous post to see what I have on the line for this commitment or go and see my stickK commitment.

My hope is that June will bring much more enjoyment for my running and that I will get some answers from my appointment with the podiatrist on June 21st.

I am so glad that I found out this run from my friend Jodi.  We all had an awesome time and it was very well organized for a first time event.  I'm very impressed :-).  Thanks again for reading and feel free to leave your comments.  Running/walking for those who can't.  Walking/Running happy!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Rock and glow 2013

Today I am going to be walking my first 5k since the foot injury.  I'm typing this part before the race.  I wanted to just reflect what I've been feeling.  

First I have felt sorry for myself.  Today I'm just thankful that I can walk the 5k.  

Second, I'm really hoping that I find a few cool people to walk with tonight.  Regardless it will be a different run because its in the dark with black lights.

Starting Monday I have made a commitment to getting to the gym 3 times per week in the AM.  In addition I will be spending at least 15 minutes 3 days a week doing yoga, stretching, core work.  Now if I do this then I will get stronger.  If I don't then for each week I don't then $5 goes to OAR.  My running friend Linda's charity.  If she doesn't then her $5 goes to TNT.

This begs the question if I know how much it helps then why do I need this extra incentive?  Bottom line with this is that I have gotten out of the habit of getting up at 5am and this has made it very challenging.  I want to do this at most times I day except 5am:  I hope this will change this and give me that extra push I need.

Off to this race!  It's weird to not race it, but on the other hand it makes it less stressful.  I will post a race report about this on Sunday.  Thanks for reading :-).  Walking for this who can't.  walking happy!