Remember all that writing about Tendonitis I did back in 2011?  Well, I’ve had on and off pain in my foot since my first marathon in November 2010.  My Boston doctor had diagnosed it has tendonitis in my foot.  I’ve been dealing with it ever since and when I moved to SF the pain flared up again so I saw a doctor here.  After reviewing my MRI he told me I had a build up of scar tissue in my ankle and he didn’t think it was actually tendonitis at all.  He gave m a cortisone injection in my foot which made a tremendous difference!  I went back this summer and received a second one which once again relieved my pain.

I knew this wouldn’t last forever and when my pain came back late this fall I had to make a decision.  I could opt to have surgery on my foot and removed the excess scar tissue or try and keep running on it.  I decided to have the surgery to hopefully resolve this nagging pain once and for all.  It’s a minor surgery called a ankle arthroscopy and would need minimal recovery time.  (Crutches for 5 days and no running for 4-6 weeks)  I scheduled the surgery for January because I have no planned races coming up and I could recover stress free with no set timeframe to run again.

I had the surgery this past Thursday.  It went well and I’m now recovering.  I was told I would be put in a “splint” for 5 days while on crutches.  This is what my foot currently looks like:


It’s a bit more than what I envisioned as a “splint”.  Haha.  It’s been an interesting 3 days.  I don’t envy anyone on crutches.  I only have to be on them for 5 days and I can’t wait until I can walk again.  I should be walking out of the Doctor’s office on Tuesday.  Fingers crossed!

My friend Kate has been really great to me.  She brought me to and from surgery and hung out with me Thursday afternoon.  Yesterday was a beautiful day in SF and she drove me down to Fort Mason for a picnic lunch.  Our friend Kendra joined us and we just laid out in the sun people watching from 12:30-4pm.  It was a great day!  This afternoon I went over to her house to watch the Patriots and she cooked a pot roast.  (The game was depressing, enough said about that)  It’s great to have wonderful friends here to help me out!  I was worried about being so far from home but I did well!

So for now, no running, biking, swimming, walking, etc.  The most exercise I have gotten is up and down to flights of stairs on crutches which is actually much more work then I thought.  I’m hoping that I’ll be cleared to swim next week, I need to wait until my incision heals.  I’m also hoping that I can maybe get to the gym and do some upper body weights and maybe some legs at some point.  I think it will be hard to aerobically keep in shape if I can’t spin but I’m determined to get my heart rate up somehow.  So for now…just doing all I can to make my recovery go as smoothly as possible and stay positive.  I will survive 4-6 weeks without running….it won’t be easy, but I’ll survive.  As my mother says, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” so I’m hoping to come out of this stronger than ever!


Lots of Running….

It’s been about a week since I talked about my training so here is a quick catch up.

Saturday – 15 miles.  The rain finally went away and held off through my run!  We even saw a little sun.  I ran with the SFRRC again.  It’s great to have people to run with!  After the run, few errands and then out to celebrate St. Patrick’s day and my cousin Hilary’s birthday!

Sunday – Lazy Day!  Took me until 3:30 to finally get to the gym for some weights but I made it there!

Monday – 40 minutes of spinning

Tuesday – 8 mile run and track workout with the SFRRC.  It was a gorgeous night in Golden Gate Park, I wish I had my phone that night so I could share some of the flowers and beautiful birds I saw.  I did a 2 mile warm up on my own, 3 mile warm-up with the club and then 6×200 intervals with 200m recovery.  After that I finished up with another mile on the track and 1 minute planks with the club.

Wednesday – Great 5 mile run on a beautiful morning!

SF Exploratorium



San Francisco - Bay at Sunrise

Thursday (Today) – 2 mile run with about 20 min of spin (trying to baby my tendonitis a bit) and a 55 minute Burn (weights) class.

Tomorrow is my rest day but more importantly known as Hunger Games Day!  Really looking forward to seeing the movie in Imax at 7:15pm!

Eugene Marathon Training – Track Workout

On Tuesday I officially joined the SFFRC (San Francisco Road Runners Club).  I’m really excited to be an official member of a running club.  I realized how much I missed the L Street Running Club in Boston after running with the club on Saturday.  It’s nice to talk to people who have the same passion and love for running.  They also don’t give you weird looks when you say you are running 18 miles on Sunday – they get it.  🙂

Tuesday I went and did my first track workout.  It was raining so the group was small but it was a great workout.  I got to the track a little earlier so I ran a mile in Golden Gate park before meeting the group.  I met the group at 6:30 and talked with the coach a bit.  We did a 3 mile warm up in Golden Gate park as a group and then headed for the track.  Once we were at the track we did some different drills and then I ran with the group doing shorter sprints because it was my first workout.  We didn’t do a ton of speed-work just 4×200’s. It was great though, I was able to push myself and really get my heart rate up.  Jenni (the coach) said we’ll probably keep my speed-work similar to what I did on Tuesday until after I’ve recovered from the Marathon, then I can really try to increase my distance and speed.  I’m looking forward to being challenged and tackling some 5k and 10k’s this spring and summer!

Wednesday I did a 4 mile run at a slower pace, I was definitely a little sore from the speed-work.  I ran on the Treadmill Wednesday because it was really raining, it was miserable.  I officially hate the treadmill now.  That night I went to a weights class with my friend Kate on Wednesday night and it was a lot of leg work.  My legs were done – really tired and sore.   What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – right?  Yesterday I got up and ran 5 miles outside in the rain.  It was lonely, only a few people were out running with me compared to normal days.  I’m really adapting to this running in the rain thing – it’s a good thing because I’ve got 14 miles to run in the rain tomorrow.

Today, a much-needed recovery day after 6 days of exercise.  Happy Friday everyone!

“When it’s pouring rain and you’re bowling along through the wet, there’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and the others aren’t.”  -Peter Snell

Marathon #4

Friday I officially committed to Marathon #4. I’ll be running the Eugene Marathon on April 29th which is my 29th Birthday.  I thought it would a good way to celebrate my “Golden Birthday”.  It’s also supposed to be a beautiful marathon and more importantly flat!  I’m really looking forward to it and definitely striving for a personal best at this marathon.

Yesterday was a gorgeous day in SF.  It was close to 70 degrees and perfectly clear.  I headed out for 15 miles around 9:30am.  The plan was to run down along the Marina Green to the Presidio and over the Golden Gate bridge.  I knew I’d have to tack on a few more miles so I took a few detours along the way.  It was a BEAUTIFUL run and I think I got a little tan which is a nice little bonus.  The run was actually tough for me, given that I have added in a lot of weights to my workout my legs felt heavy.  I pushed though and finished the 15 miles at an 8:54 pace.

Golden Gate from Marin

SF from Marin

View of Alcatraz and the bay - busy day out there!

I’m nervous that I may have taken a little too much time off between marathons.  I maybe should have started training mid-February instead of the end of February.  The plan is to run 16-17 miles next weekend so I’m hoping that run goes better.

This week I got in 4 days of cardio, a weights class and a Bikram yoga class.  I missed out on a run and extra day of weights but I was sore and exhausted so I gave myself and extra rest day.

Brut Rose

In non-running news, last weekend I headed to Sonoma in a limo with my SF friends.  It was a great day!  We visited 4 wineries and had a picnic lunch outside at one of them.  It was a great success.  We ended the day at Gloria Ferrer, my favorite winery because of the Brut Rose Sparkling wine.

The Girls Wine at Kunde Winery

Cross-training day

Friday mornings are always rough.  I had to drag myself out of bed this morning.  I was in a really nice deep sleep when my alarm went off.  Tomorrow I’m running 15 miles with the Dana Farber team so it’s a cross-training today.  I did 40 minutes of weights both upper and lower body.  I then headed over to the spinning room and hoped on a bike and did my own spinning class for about 35 minutes.  The spinning classes weren’t fitting into my schedule today so I had to do my own thing.  Oddly enough, I feel like sometimes when I spin on my own I get a better workout. I push harder on my own.  Here is a breakdown of my 35 minutes spin “class”:

  • 4 Min Warm up
  • 4 minutes of 30 sec sprints with 30 sec recovery
  • 3 minutes of 4 sec jumps
  • 10 min hill climb (7 in the saddle, 3 out)
  • 4 minutes of 30 sec springs with 20 sec recovery
  • 3 minutes of jumps
  • 3 min hill climb (2 in the saddle, 1 out)
  • 3 min recovery

It was an awesome workout, my heart-rate was elevated the entire time and my breathing was heavy during the intervals.  Now time to mentally prep for 15 miles tomorrow morning.