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10 Things Never Said by an Injured Runner

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Injury update: Still injured. Still not running.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way…

Are you sick of me talking about injuries yet? Well, I am. Actually I was sick of it the moment it happened, but this is the situation I’m in.

Right now it feels like I never was a runner. I’m not even sure my legs remember how to turnover.  My foot is feeling better, but it still isn’t 100%. It’s just something that I’ve been dealing with. I’m not even sure what normal is anymore. But I’m trying (again) to be hopeful that this new additional diagnosis and treatment plan will be THE marvelous miracle that gets me back on the road.

It was quite funny yesterday while I was out on my bike, I passed a few runners. I did the “Good morning!” thing but I wanted to scream, “I’m one of you too!!! I really am a cool runner. I’m just doing this because I’m injured!”

That wouldn’t have been too weird or anything, right?

Earlier this summer, Christine posted a list of things of why she was glad she wasn’t running. Of course, she really wants to be running, but it was more of a reverse psychology thing to make herself feel better about being injured and having this forced break.

She made some valid points, but I would gladly take the most suckiest running conditions EVER just to be able to run right now.

So here are 10 things that you will never hear this injured runner say.

1. I’m so glad I can’t run.

2. I’m happy I’m missing my sunrise runs. You’ve seen one sunrise, you’ve seen ’em all!

3. Being injured means I have more free time to work on cross word puzzles and watch paint dry.

4. I’d love to hear about your long run this weekend!

5. Spending money on physical therapy and orthopedic co-pays is way better than new running gear or race entry fees.

6. I love pool running!

7. Cross training is so much better than running.

8. I love that my mind and stomach still think I’m running long distance. I needed to gain some weight.

9. I don’t miss my running friends at all. We barely talked while we ran anyway.

10. I guess everyone was right. Running is bad for me!

What would make your NEVER said list?

Lessons from Marathon Training {So far}

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Hey guys!

I’m so excited to have my cadet for this year’s Saucony 26 Strong, Marina, guest posting for me today. She has been absolutely killing her training plan for Chicago. To go from never doing any formalized running workouts to now Fartlek-ing, hill repeating and tempo-ing like a boss, in just 11 weeks, is pretty impressive. And she just crushed her 18 miler last weekend. The thing that I most love about guiding Marina through training? Watching her confidence in herself grow. I knew she could do it. I think she’s seeing that now.

Without further ado, here’s Marina’s lessons from marathon training {so far}.

Here I am, eleven weeks into my marathon training plan. YIKES! That means I am more than half way through and the numbers of miles that I need to run just keeps growing…and its intimidating…sort of.

When I first looked at the plan, it looked doable because the amount of times a week I would be running was the same that I always run-4x a week. All I really had to add in was yoga two other days a week before work, and it really didn’t seem to overwhelming, The overwhelming part was looking at the long run miles-16, 18, 20 miles in one run! I tried to tell myself just to go week by week and not to get too ahead of myself with worry. Could I really run that far? How would I fit it in? Was I crazy to take this challenge on?

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Well eleven weeks into training and I have learned a few things! Here are 5 things I’ve learned so far…

1. I can fit it all in. Its not easy and it definitely takes planning, but it is possible. Just like anything else, it has to be a priority. So for me, early mornings before most people wake up is the way that I fit it in. This works best for me as I try to impact my kids and my husband and our family plans as little as possible.

2. Be flexible. I’ve had to switch around runs and cross-training in the last few weeks due to working a little extra. I was also on vacation one week and I didn’t pressure myself to follow my plan exactly. No yoga, no strength training, running only.

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3. It’s a lot easier when you have a cheering squad! Support from my coach, family and friends helps so much. I can email or text Angela anytime for expert advice when some sort of running question comes up. My husband is so encouraging and helpful with the kids while I get in my workouts. My family and friends have been so supportive! They are always asking how training is going and are always positive.

4. I love the running community! Everyone is so positive and helpful. I love meeting other runners and hearing their advice or ways they do things.

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5. This is probably the biggest one…Self-confidence. How could I not feel awesome?! I just ran 18 miles and felt amazing! Eleven weeks ago I remember thinking “how the heck will I do that?” So as I look ahead at my plan for August, the long runs are 16, 18 and 20 miles. But really, 20 miles is only 2 more miles than what I did over the weekend. I CAN do that!

I can only imagine what the next seven weeks will bring!

I’m so excited to see Marina cross the finish line of the Chicago Marathon in October! Btw – All photos (except for the third to last pic) are courtesy of Nils Nilson who was our awesome photographer from the Saucony 26 Strong photo shoot for Competitor Magazine. Be sure to pick up or look for the August Competitor issue in print or online – Marina and Michelle are the featured track stars for a speed work article! How cool is that?!?!

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5 Ways to Be the Best Race Spectator

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Not running sucks.

It’s a fact. You know it. I know it. Damn, do I ever know it.

You would think I would want nothing to do with racing right now since I’m injured. While it may kill me to see so many people doing exactly what I love, I really do enjoy spectating a race.

Watching a race may seem boring to some. Standing on the side of the road watching people run by.

B-o-r-i-n-g.

That’s the problem. You are watching, not spectating. What is boring about spectating athletes of every size, shape, age and walk of life, race by with hope, grit, athleticism and determination? Absolutely nothing.

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Go watch a race and I can guarantee you’ll be inspired.

For a runner, having spectators on the course to support you is huge. There is nothing like the sound of cheering and clapping to keep you going. Crowd support can be a game changer when your mind is screaming “You CAN’T do this!” But then a simple, “You’ve got this!” or “Looking strong!” from a spectator can be enough to keep your legs moving.

They convince you that you CAN do this. It’s a marvelous thing.

In some ways, spectating a race is just as hard as actually running the race. Spectating involves cheering for everyone you see, traveling from point to point to watch your runners and if you do it right, acting like a fool. There’s logistics, strategy and planning. Cheering, clapping and of course, MORE COWBELL, are all good ways to support the athletes. But why not have some fun with it? Those athletes are deep in the pain cave. You job is to make them forget it, even if it’s for 10 seconds. You want to be the best athletic supporter there is out on the course.

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5 Fun Ways to Be the Best Race Spectator

1. Be a Sugar Mama/Daddy.

What makes everyone happy? Candy! Gummy bears, jelly beans, licorice or anything easily digestible and sweet. Another option is orange slices or pretzels. The athletes will flock to you. During the Honolulu Marathon I was craving salt around mile 21 or so. An awesome spectator had a bowl full of the best damn pretzels I’ve ever tasted.

2. Make it rain.

If you are spectating a race in the heat, bring along squirt guns or Super Soakers to cool the runners down. If the race just so happens to run by your house, hook up a sprinkler for the athletes to run through. That’s sure to bring a smile to the runner’s face.

3. Play dress up.

Get crazy with feather boas, wigs, hats and glasses. Wear a banana costume. How can you not smile at someone wearing a banana costume?

4. Bring in ‘da noise. Bring in ‘da funk.

Hook your iPod up to speakers and blast some tunes. The Rocky theme is always good if you are spectating on a killer hill. Bonus if you choreograph a routine to the song.

5. Signs, signs, everywhere signs.

Signs are a sure fire way to distract a runner from the pain cave. Motivation and inspiring words are great but funny signs are way better. Laughter really is the best medicine.

What sight during a race gets you out of the pain cave?