Thursday, October 4, 2012

Good & Bad

I'm feeling a flat-line of emotions about the fact that the first few weeks of my marathon training went from a steady build to a dead halt during the last two weeks.

11 days ago, on Sunday, I felt the first sign of pain that kept me off my feet.  Since then, only two slow runs, and one long trail run.  Speed work out the window.

The more time I spend away from running, the angrier my body seems to get.  My legs feel heavy.  My buttcrease feels sore.

My mornings are so, so boring without running. (I've been sleeping in a little--6:30-ish--but still have been setting the alarm because I wake up each day hopeful that it will be the day that my hips popped into happiness overnight and I can run without any issues). I would normally jump on the elliptical while taking a running break, but I've taken a few days of total rest.  I spend the morning stretching, foam rolling (especially that upper hamstring/buttcrease area), doing deadlifts, push-ups.  Ugh, my day feels so empty without that invigorating morning run.  This is the first time I have been so bored that I actually thought I understood why people have babies.  I needed company.

But I'm tolerating it like a big girl! I've had a sneaking suspicion for weeks that this was not going to be a smooth build for the Califiornia Int'l Marathon.  It will be a big mess.  I think there is like 8 weeks or less left.  I'll be very happy and lucky if I make it to race day with any sort of confidence and steady training behind me.  The big three-hour goal is slipping...slipping away.  But I assume my body needs the break, so here you go! now heal!

My doctor thankfully was confident that no stress fractures are going on here on my new hip problem.  He dug into the tendons and muscles that were all tangled up on the inside of my right hip bone.  He even managed to bruise whatever muscle runs right over the pubic bone.  So I've got that going for me.

And now, the $100 I dropped on San Jose Rock 'n Roll half marathon is taunting me for this Sunday.  I think I will run it, and if I have to drop out, at least I got to experience the newest trend that is obstacle races.  Rock 'n Roll races have the obstacle of trying to finish without being poisoned by the water.  Amiright?  Las Vegas urban legend?

If anyone wants to buy my bib, you name the price.  If no one buys it, I will run it and probably continue to ruin my body.  That's a threat.  The race is this Sunday, San Jose. 

So that running talk was kind of a mix of good and bad, right?  Good: I'm listening to my body, I'm not feeling too bratty about not getting to run.  Bad: I don't get to run, my body continues to betray me, I feel so much more whole when I can run.  Let's do some more goods and bads?!  (this is really just a cutesy way to categorize some random thoughts that I felt like writing up).

Good: Peter Gabriel concert on Tuesday night.

This is kind of a terrible picture.  Gripping my tix.

Yup, I have connections in HIGH places; row 5,0000.

Sir Gabriel puts on a great show, has a voice that withstands time, and can still kind of dance even though he looks increasingly like a Wizard.  (His Wizard phase was actually the early 2000's).

Still cute

He kept us up 'til 1:00 a.m. on a "school-night" (including the drive home) which was rough, especially since the Gentleman and I both have a mild cold right now.  I can't wait to sleep until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Bad: the blogger who cried Gluten-Free

Memo to all the peeps who go “gluten free” or “dairy free” as a diet trend while claiming to suddenly discover an intolerance:  you’re ruining it for the people who actually have celiac disease or lactose intolerances.  Because I don’t believe any of you.  I believe you may have found some legit benefit from the trend, such as "more energy" or whatever, but I mostly believe that y’all want a beard for your disordered eating.  “I eat whatever I want, but I don't eat gluten or dairy because my stomach is sensitive, I can’t eat meat because I am environmentally aware, and so I the only thing I can eat is sugar-free syrup and egg-whites and zero-calorie yam noodles!”

Go on, you buffoons, and coddle each other with low-calorie internet love and support.  I can’t believe the cheerleading of this unhealthy lifestyle.  “Your recipe for the fiber-one truvia bean brownie looks SO GOOD I can’t wait to try it tonight!”  No, no no no no.  It does not look SO GOOD.  Unless you haven't eaten anything but gum and diet coke for the last 24 hours.

Good: So many of you are racing this weekend and I am so excited for you!

Bad: I wish I was racing too and am jealous of everyone whose body is behaving when you run hard.

Good: All of our 11 Television channels are broken for some unknown reason so we haven't been able to watch the presidential debates.

I consider this a good thing because I believe that not getting too invested in politics is good for your blood pressure.  Call me apathetic, or call me sane.

WHAT could possibly be this funny? 

Bad: facebook....my mom literally posted ("shared") 9 political images right after the debates ended.  I guess this is a step up from the chain emails.

Good:  read this piece about runner Kip Litton if you haven't already.  Gracie pointed me in this direction, and I lost about 30 minutes at work because I could not stop reading it.

Kip.  


Bad: I've been getting so much spam in my blog inbox lately! Luckily, it is screened out by Blogger and never published, but it has really increased lately.  I think it is because I included the word "workout" in a recent post.  So much of the spam and email offers I get is related to diet pills.  So fucking shady.  Who buys diet pills?  Seriously check yourself.  Before you wreck yourself.

Good: this quote that I found, from Hannah (Lena Dunham) on the TV show Girls, which I have never seen, but now know is quotable: "I just want someone who wants to hang out all the time, thinks I'm the best person in the world, and wants to have sex with only me."



Not only is this a splendidly accurate quote for probably most women I know, but if I can get real mushy here for a second, reading it made me smile and feel giddy-happy to think that I got what I want out of "someone."  I'm going to speak on the Gentleman's behalf when I say that he fits the bill for that description (or at least he makes me believe it is true!).  Honey, you can confirm or deny by commenting for the first time ever.  It might get real awkward in here if you deny.

And let's end on that Good note!

Tell me how your butt/hip running issues are doing; whether you want to buy my race bib; and what you look for in a partner.  Did you find what you were looking for? 

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  1. Confirmed.

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  2. The Gentlemen labeled himself Admiral. That is so hot. You've got a keeper.

    I'm upset that your injury is persisting. Your workouts were so strong. If I were you I would still run the half because I am stubborn and if I pay $$ I want my t-shirt and 8 free energy bars I'll never eat. Then think about trigger point release therapy. When I have it done, I am on the table whimpering in pain, then two days later my body feels half it's age. Get that baby healed!

    Needless to say, you know I agree with you on the diet issue. I read so many of the healthy living blogs and my momma side comes out and is concerned for these girls. Why is it only obvious to a few of us?

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    1. I'll be looking up trigger point therapists, sounds worth a try. I wonder if it's much different than ART?

      the 8 free bars post-race? I totally eat them! They are work snacks for two weeks.

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  3. Bummed that you're not feeling 100% but you're being smart about it so hopefully there is justice in the world and you will heal up soon! Totally can't read HLBs because I can't get past the pictures of so called food...to each their own but I don't get it nor will I support it by adding page views. Totally precious that The Gentleman commented! Good luck to you if you decide to run this weekend. Happy Friday. :)

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  4. Stupid buttcrease injury. Glad to hear they don't think it's a stress fracture.

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  5. Checked for a certain gentleman's comment. #sexmighthappeninthefuture
    Like the rant bit about blogger who cried glut-free. My take on it is that they are (almost) all attention whores. Who don't need any more attention paid to them here.
    My butt hip issues are just fine, thanks for asking.

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  6. My butt feels great thanks - especially because I identified my foliage correctly when I had to go in the woods. I'm sorry you're not getting better. But yeah for no stress fracture, that's good news!

    Can I go on a gluten rant?
    I take your lack of response as a yes.

    So my sister is legitimately celiac. Can't have gluten. It makes her sick and makes her more likely to get some sort of gut cancer. It INFURIATES me that she ends up suffering because of dipshits who say they can't have gluten in a restaurant, then find out that that means they can't have what they really want to eat, so they say "ah don't worry about it...it isn't that bad" or something like that. Because it means that the average person in the restaurant then doesn't take gluten issues as seriously as they should. No, my sister will not go into anaphylaxis because you put croutons on her salad, then took them off when you realized you shouldn't have put them on and she her throat won't close up because you accidentally gave her a flour tortilla instead of a corn tortilla. But she will spend the night puking. And that's not fair.

    I'm getting tonnes of spam too. Mostly about xanax and valium. I'm thinking the spammers really get me.

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    1. Your sister should rightly be frustrated. a night puking because of a restaurant's "oversight" of someone's "diet" sucks.

      I'm glad to hear your butt is poison oak free!

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  7. I cannot stand 'healthy living blogs' because I don't get all the weird fake foods they eat. What's do bad about real sugar? A real brownie? Pasta? Eat when your hungry, try to eat lots of fruits and veggies and you will probably be okay. It's gross that bloggers fixate so much on what they eat and their followers think they are amazing for creating all this fake food. Yuck.

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    1. Poor real pasta. Spaghetti squash, yam noodles, low-carb noodles, all think they are sooooo much cooler than real pasta. At least there is more of the real stuff left for me!

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  8. your man's comment kinda made my day. Very sweet, the two of you.

    I hope you run the 1/2. I don't want you to screw up your bod, but you seem to thrive when racing. I'd love for that to be a positive turning point in this whole mess. Probably wishful thinking...

    The only exception I'd like to note in the Bad Blogger issue encompasses as small *few* people. Those who cannot get to the root of their GI issues (esp during races) and try cutting out culprits (gluten, dairy), as a last resort. I think if I were near crapping myself every time I ran fast, I'd try just about anything to fix that, too.

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  9. If you have a stress fracture you will know it, because the pain will feel like it's in your bone. Has your doc bothered to do an x-ray, bone scan, or MRI? I have one now, so I can describe exactly how it feels pain wise (intermittent and not especially bad once you get past 20 minutes of running, which is why I kept putting off going to the doctor).

    The Kip Litton scandal was among one of the most interesting things I ever read. I did know about it a while ago as it started breaking since I live in Delaware and followed the blog of the Delaware Marathon director, however, I had no IDEA he even went as far as to make up his own races! How do you think he did it? My guess is the same as the article (biking) but so much logistical planning must have gone into places like Boston. At least in Delaware he didn't have to plan as hard, because he didn't hit the timing mats ;)

    Lastly, HLB's all suck. 90% of them are written under the auspices of health but are really just eating disorders in sheep's clothing. Just stay away!

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    1. The pain has been fading by the day, but the reason I was so paranoid is because it kind of DID feel like it was in the bone!? No x-ray/bone scan/MRI done. I am hoping to schedule one soon, but I'm kind of getting worn out of leaving work early/coming in late to check in on my bod. I'm surprised to hear your fracture feels better after 20 minutes of running...makes me think I'm still not in the clear.

      Kip Litton. What a story.

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  10. I was just sitting on the couch lamenting a little niggling pain I've been having in an area I couldn't quite name, and I read your phrase "hamstring/butt crease" and YES that's exactly where it is. Time to foam roll and stretch. I'm in denial that it might be an actual issue but I have been taking the week off ever since I had to cut short my last long run--I have a half on Sunday too.

    I have a friend who is allergic to gluten and hasn't eaten it (willingly) since high school. She says the good thing about gluten free getting so much attention is that there are a lot more products in the stores that she can buy and that restaurants make more options. The bad thing is, yes, people don't take it as seriously but she tries to be very clear when ordering that she WILL get very very very ill.

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    1. Hope the foam rolling and stretching helps! Good of you to catch it early. I'm going on 1 year with this pain now....bad.

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  11. This sounds kind of where I'm at with my running right now. Though I've decided to take off some serious time. Hard but needed. I am happy for everyone racing but I would love to be racing myself. Glad your doctor is confident it's not a stress fracture!

    I've been getting blog spam lately too. Hmm strange. Have a great weekend. :)

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  12. How fascinating is the whole Kip Litton debacle? I heard about it through Gracie too and could not tear myself away.

    Also, this is kind of awkward, but...I did just recently "discover" a gluten (and soy) intolerance. Turns out having parasites, amebic dysentery and leaky gut syndrome will do that to you. The funny thing? Since going gluten-free, I've GAINED weight - because now my body is functioning properly and I can absorb fat when I wasn't before.

    Hopefully it will be a temporary thing, but if the damage is done and it's a permanent intolerance, so be it. But it infuriates me when I dine with someone who think it's part of my "diet" and tells me, "a little won't be too bad, you look great." FUUUUCCCKKKK that is not the point!

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  13. Definitely a lot of good and bad things going on right now. I've been wondering where you were -- haven't seen you around the lake this week. Hope everything clears up quickly, because I want to see you rock CIM!

    Love the Lena Dunham quote. As for the gluten-free thing - I completely agree. Moreover, as someone who is officially a lactard (lactose intolerant), I feel annoyed at people cutting out all dairy just because they feel like it. (OK, unless they're vegan and then I can sorta understand). But seriously -- I agree with the commenter above who thinks it's an attention-seeking mechanism.

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    1. Jen--I tried to run Tuesday morning but ending up mostly walking around the lake. I saw you pass me from behind, and realized, of course you wouldn't have recognized me! You're not used to seeing me walk! It sucked. Hope your training has been going great!

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  14. How fascinating is the whole Kip Litton debacle? I heard about it through Gracie too and could not tear myself away.

    Also, this is kind of awkward, but...I did just recently "discover" a gluten (and soy) intolerance. Turns out having parasites, amebic dysentery and leaky gut syndrome will do that to you. The funny thing? Since going gluten-free, I've GAINED weight - because now my body is functioning properly and I can absorb fat when I wasn't before.

    Hopefully it will be a temporary thing, but if the damage is done and it's a permanent intolerance, so be it. But it infuriates me when I dine with someone who think it's part of my "diet" and tells me, "a little won't be too bad, you look great." FUUUUCCCKKKK that is not the point!

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  15. OMG I STOPPED EATING _____________ AND HOW DARE YOU CLAIM IT WASN"T FOR A

    Bored with that already.

    I have found, the people who have true allergies tend to not bring it up unless they have to. The people who cut things out for dipshit reasons tend to be the people who talk about it all the fucking time. I get it. Cavemen didn't eat flour tortillas. Can we talk about something else?

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  16. I don't read a lot of HLB's because I think are BORING. I cannot believe that so many people read them (yawn). Anyway, I also have a butt issue-- I think I have piriformis syndrome which just means I need to stretch my hamstrings more often. And sit less.
    Good luck at SJ Rock n Roll if you decide to go for it!

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  17. Actually, I really think that at least 70% of babies are conceived out of boredom! Love your blog, it shows what a smart and ironic person you are. Wish I'll run as fast as you one day, even if for now I'm more in trail running than marathons.

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    1. I think there's some element of "my life doesn't feel complete yet" in choosing to have a baby. Or needing a "greater reason" in life. Are these the same thing as boredom? I dunno. Kind of, right?

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    2. Yes, definetly kind of, I think.

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  18. I want to say this very very quietly, because I don't want my assorted paleo/ED/diet trendy friends to spend the next 6 weeks lecturing me about it, but THANK YOU!!!

    Egads people, I was diagnosed with Celiac last year. It's horrible and it sucks and it changes your entire life. For someone to randomly decide to become semi-GF because some book or trendy exercise group (ahem, Crossfit) told them to really pisses me off. I know we have better GF products because of increased awareness and woohoo and all that, but

    1) Who in their right ever-loving mind would CHOOSE to cut a critical group of nutrients? Because that's what you're doing - you are cutting out nutrients. Celiacs have to take hella handfuls of supplements because cutting out all wheat, barley, rye and sometimes oatmeal means you don't get a lot of essential vitamins and minerals - vitamins and minerals that are incredibly difficult to get from other sources.

    2) You gits aren't *really* going gluten free, you're just cutting out the easy stuff, like bread and pastries and what have you. You don't have to find gluten free cosmetics and medications and seasonings. Have you ever tried to find gluten free sunscreen?? How about shampoo? Is the cajun seasoning that the chef used in the back of the restaurant gluten free or did the company use wheat-based maltodextrin to keep it from caking? You aren't really gluten free unless you are actually going to deal with all of that crap as well. And you won't, because, once more, IT SUCKS. Which brings me to

    3) You do not know what it's like to have be gluten free because you diagnosed yourself with a tummy ache and subsequently dropped gluten. Tummy aches do not equal Celiac or an actual wheat allergy. I was chronically anemic for over 15 years because my gut was so torn up. I don't remember 80% of college because my hormones were completely cracked out from the cascade of imbalances that follow from actual Celiac. As Kristen said above, no, I will not go into anaphylactic shock from getting glutened, but I will be horribly ill for four full days and it will take my gut another 2 weeks to fully heal. Gah!

    Sorry bout that. Looks like my pent up raginess stemming from being surrounded by paleo freaks and goofy "healthy eating" blogs just escaped. I promise I'm actually a nice person and am not out to stab innocent passers by with gluten free forks. Thanks for the opportunity to vent a bit though, without that I probably would have ended up taking it out on the next person who texts me to tell me she thinks she has celiac and what should she do now?

    Happy Friday!

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    1. Beautiful, splendid, fantastic, well said rant.

      Such an interesting point, that fad dieting due to "allergies/intolerance" means you can pick and choose at your convenience when to actually do the hard work of selecting only gluten free or ______-free items. Gluten free spices or shampoo!? Definitely not on their radar.

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  19. I hate this news. From my buttcrease experience and what I have noticed the past 2 weeks ish:

    -TP/NMT therapy - nipped mine right away when done for sciatica/piriformis syndrome
    -the heat therapy 4x a day
    -I have not been using the roller or ball bc that seemed to irritate it a little. so I backed off and have seen more improvements. Mine is practically gone.

    Hope you get it sorted out... it sucks donkey.

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    1. Heat and trigger point. Got it.

      I have a couple Q's because I'm curious if your issue felt similar: I can ignite the buttcrease pain by doing two things. One is swinging my leg forward while standing--when my foot reaches up about knee height, I feel a twinge in my buttcrease. The other is if I lie down on my stomach, and then lift my heel up on the one leg a few inches, I feel the twinge. Sciatica? What do you think?

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  20. The evolution of Peter is fascinating. In the early 70s he looked like a teen girl. And he kinda is just morphing into a wizard at this point.

    And a total tangent: A couple years ago I saw a early Genesis cover band where the "Peter" was just uncanny voice and stage presence wise. It was freaky. Then he started talking and sounded like a douche like "WHATS UP ARE YOU ALL DRINKING BEER?" Bummer.

    Also: LOL LOL LOL at the diet portion the post

    Also: I'll be at CIM. This is not yet widely known. I'll be in awful shape. I can't explain it either.

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    1. This Genesis cover band sounds fantastic/hilarious. I guess he just couldn't nail the personality....he should have tried softly discussing political issues in Africa, women's equality, etc.

      CIM!!??!??! yay! I will be in Sacramento that Saturday & Sunday, please let me hunt you down.

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  21. Dude…I can't even eat egg whites :(

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  22. So happy I already read the Kip Litton craziness already, it ate up my entire afternoon when a friend sent it to me. Knee shit is not great, but it's runnable and I'm being a giant baby/ lazy ass and haven't run more than 6 miles this week. Going to do 10 Saturday then 13 Sunday to make up for it, might do an easy 4 tonight. My goal for this marathon is turning into just do better than last time.

    Can't bring myself to bother with reading anyone's recipes or their lifestyle choices of eating. I stay far away from food blogging because it's boring. If I take pictures of food it's because it's interesting visually, and it's usually a dessert. No I don't want to see another goddamn picture of oatmeal.

    It was my wedding anniversary this week, to sum up the day, I kicked ass in crossfit, we had a delicious brunch, after work we ran 6 miles with our running club and enjoyed drinks and cheap mexican while hanging out with friends, we both thought it was awesome. 100% found what I was looking for, my guy constantly tells me he can't live without me, I feel the same way about him.

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    1. Happy anniversary!! You're not being a lazy ass in the slightest. Kicking ass at crossfit and 6 miles in one day = the opposite of lazy. I love that you both celebrated the day with a run. So sweet, you two lovebirds have it all figured out.

      Hope your knee is feeling good this weekend

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  23. I feel you on the marathon training. I'm supposed to run CIM but I haven't run since 09/01 due to stupidly hitting the inside of my knee on the door jamb of the bathroom and then running the most awesome 19 miles only to find out after that something wasn't right. Now I can go half a mile and the knee swells, my cousin who is a PT says it is probably my knee capsule. Your knee capsule is the fluid sac that encompasses the interior of your knee and is wrapped in tendon. It provides a cushion to the knee joint from impact and also supplies nutrients to the rest of your knee components. This thing should heal fast but for some reason it hasn't yet and I am going insane not being able to run! It's funny you mention having babies because my wife has really be on me to start ASAP and I've been thinking maybe now is the time because it will give me something else to think about other than the depressing fact that I will probably not make CIM and have no idea when I will be able to run again period. Ugh.

    I haven't finished reading the Kip saga yet but he sounds like a real pile of excrement.

    I guess I get to pat myself on the back because this December will mark 13 years with my wife (5 years married) and although I find that quote much to fairy tale it is basically true in our situation. Neither of us has had a relationship with anyone else; we both got lucky on our first try. At least that's what I keep telling myself, ha ha.

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    1. The origin of your knee issue is so heartbreaking. From walking by a door! Crap. For the sake of both of us, I hope 6-8 weeks of training is good enough for CIM...and that your knee feels better asap.

      You guys have been together 13 years! I guess baby talk was going to happen eventually. I'm sure once it happens you'll be fully on board and excited. Keep living the fairy tale :)

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  24. I hear you on the frustration of the hip issue. I've been having problems in that department (only it's the front of my hip and seems to have extended down to my quad/knee). My marathon is in three weeks and I am totally depressed and uncertain about what's to come.

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    1. Something has ALWAYS happened to me at about the 3-week prior to a marathon mark. And I always end up at the starting line thinking there is a 50/50 chance I won't make it past mile 15. Marathon magic tends to happen though...pain acts very differently in that heightened state. I have confidence your marathon will go well!

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    2. That does make me feel better - thanks!

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  25. I hate injuries -- big time. I went to the gym for three hours today because I was crying over not being able to do my long run today and felt compelled to make up for it by thrashing around on the bike/pool/rower. My body actually produced tears over running. Gross.

    That Kip Litton story kept me up extra late one night, but I was annoyed that by the end of the 10 pages of story, no one had figured out how he did it. How on earth am I supposed to copy him if I don't know how he did it?


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    1. There's no crying in running!! Or in baseball!! Injuries make me furrow my eyebrows, but not cry. I probably look pretty pissed/confused when it's happening.

      At least your sad three hours at the gym probably was a good endurance workout and a good break for your injury.

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  26. I'm late to this post so you may have already sold your bib...or run the race. If you did run, I hope it went really, really well! (ie no pain!)

    My hips hurt after a long run, but its no surprise because my leg alignment is f*ed up. Should see a PT about that...later. Gotta run my marathon first.

    DJ Research is, by far, the funniest person I have ever met. I'd say I found more than I was looking for when I met him. Plus, he's such an awesome dad. And now an ultrarunner!! We've celebrated both our wedding anniversaries by going for a run. Some day I want to do one of the ultrarunning adventures together!

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  27. Oh, RR-- if only I were lightning-quick like you are. I have fantasies of running with you the next time I'm in SF. In this post alone, you've warmed my heart with your pretend gluten allergy rant,(AGREED, 100%) your reference to the Kip Litton tale, (fascinating and so entertaining! I read it a few weeks ago and sent it to all of my loved ones, even the non-runners) your Peter Gabriel love, (he is The Man) and your Hannah quote. Also, I'm so sorry you're injured. As someone who took 7 months off for an injury, my heart goes out to you. Still a baller time in the Rock and Roll Half, though, but I know it wasn't satisfactory for you, you speed demon. ;)

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    1. You took 7 months off??! wow. Let's run in SF next time you are here. I'll make us a Peter Gabriel playlist :)

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    2. I did. It sucked. I became a miserable wench. I would be honored to run with you next time I'm in SF. However, I have a love/hate thing with SF. Which is another reason why I think you're the bomb (your post on the same topic.) But I'm sure I will find myself there again sooner rather than later!

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  28. Longtime stalker, not really one to comment on blogs... but I had to say thank you for calling bloggers out on their "gluten sensitivities". As a celiac who was diagnosed after thinking I was dying, people who think it's a diet drive me crazy. I just don't get what they think makes it healthier?? Eat what makes you feel good, and enjoy it.

    That said, I also don't believe celiacs have a right to whine so much either. It can be an inconvenience, but it's also an incredibly manageable disease. I thank my lucky stars every day that I didn't wind up having stomach cancer, or crohns, or something of sort. Cutting an ingredient out of your diet to save your life is not such a bad fate.

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    1. Before this blog I was a never-commenter too :) way to deal with your diagnosis with a positive perspective. You have my permission to whine just a little.

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  29. Admiral Gentleman! I love that the most of this post.

    And I have to say, I love the show Girls. You should try it out.

    And the gluten free thing is whack. I was told many moons ago that I have a wheat and gluten allergy. By a doctor that is, not just by some random person. Anyways, so I go through phases where I try to stay away from it, and it does make me feel better (or is that just in my mind?) but I haven't ever really committed. It's so stupid though when you talk to those people who act like they are, when they've never been tested. They just have some sixth sense I guess that they have a "sensitivity". Those must be the kinds of people who require certain foods that obviously never had wheat or gluten in them to proclaim that they are indeed gluten free! I don't need a label on an avocado telling me that it is gluten free.

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