I’m Back (again)

Okay. I went for about seven months without running, and frankly I had no desire to. Then last week…okay, but wait. The reason I’m posting again is to say that this will be my last post on this blog. I’ve decided to just lump everything together (except writing) into one blog, called Masquerade. Clicking will take you to it. The whole thing is on there. So I’ll see you there 🙂

Happy Running

>>africanstardust

nerve-ous breakdown

I’m sorry for the hiatus, guys, but unfortunately, my body is apparently not running-friendly. Pretty much three days after my last post I pinched my sciatic nerve, which is one of the biggest nerves in the body and runs from your back to your calf. I pinched it in my hip, which is kind of hinder-some to running. So. I’ve had some treatment and even though it still bothers me sometimes, I think it will be okay now.

Things I learned:

1. When running experts say, “Don’t over train,” they actually do mean, “Don’t over train.” When they tell you to run at a conversational pace (also known as a pace at which you can carry on a conversation) they mean it. Forget speed when you’re just starting out, because unless you’re from Kenya, you’re going to have some serious problems if you overdo it.

2. When you feel pain that isn’t normal to running, don’t be all brave and courageous and keep on going. It will make the problem much, much worse.

3. A good way to recover from an injury is to walk. Walk, walk, walk. Every day except one (on which you should rest completely), start walking for twenty minutes. Work it up to thirty, then forty, then an hour. Walk for an hour for as long as it takes; if you come back too soon, your injury will come back with a floor show. THEN when you feel ready, slowly start adding short running increments to your program.

4. After you hurt yourself running, it’s sometimes a little hard to get back into it, because you’re afraid it will happen again. If you can, get someone to go with you. My mom and I are partnering, since we both have hip problems, and it’s working out well. We haven’t had a day yet when both of us don’t feel like going, so one always pushes and pulls the other one out the door.

5. Learn to run for the sake of running. I was overdoing it because I was so obsessed with thinking I have to do the Two Oceans next year, I have to be fast, I have to prove I can do it. But if you just run because you want to run, not only do you automatically go slower, but it’s so much more fun. Yes, fun. It can happen.

Happy running

>>africanstar

Returning–>

ReturningI am VERY excited to say that I started exercising again today!! I’ve been out for a month now, so I’ve had to start my program all over, which as you can imagine is kind of (a lot) demotivating. It’s super hard to go from running for 15 minutes to running for 1 minute. But, on the plus side, my mom has started the program with me, so for all the days I don’t feel like oing, she’ll be there to get me out the door, and I’ll be there to motivate her, too. Now we just have to convince my dad that running is not a pointless and laughable activity. Not sure if that will happen, but anyhow…

It felt so good to put on my running shoes again and to get out there just after the sun started coming up. There’s something wonderful about being outside when no one else is (except other insane people with running shoes on) and getting to watch the light change. The air is brisk and cool, and it’s just so refreshing and inspiring.

There is, however, a downside besides the demotivation factor to me having to start from the beginning. It’s kind of a big downside, but anyway, I’ll cope. The problem is that now, I won’t have enough time to do a 5K training program before the half marathon training, which is really pushing it quite a bit. But I guess I’ll deal with that problem when I come to it…who knows, maybe it won’t be so bad after all.

>>africanstardust

Down and Out

All right. I regret to say that this wasn’t a cold to begin with, but a full-blown infection, which the doctor let me know rather alarmedly (is that a word?) yesterday…so I’m now on about six different meds, including antibiotics, to try and cure my cough/cold/fever/infection, and I won’t be running for at least the next few days. This iDown and outs super unfortunate, and I’m pretty bummed, but if I don’t take it easy now, I’ll be sick for much longer than just two weeks. Hopefully I’ll be back by Monday (5 days from now)…maybe, maybe not. We’ll see.

Happy running to you all – I’ll try not to be jealous.

>>africanstardust

Feeling Green

Feeling GreenSo as if being sick and not getting to run isn’t enough, Fate just had to dangle an unattainable carrot in front of my nose. I wake up this morning, look out the window, and see a group of six or seven Kenyans who are just short of sprinting down the road past my house. What is that?? In the first place, Kenyans are just built for running; their biomechanics are absolutely perfect for it. Not only do they have incredible natural speed, but they also have endurance, and they don’t easily sustain injuries.

And then they have to run by my house. I guess I should be a good sport and cheer them on…I would, if I could speak above a whisper.

>>africanstardust

Windsheered and Weary

ColorI. am. Annoyed.

We’re home. Which I was originally very excited about – you know, the whole running-at-sea-level thing. But of course the day after we got back, I got another cold. Except, unlike the one I had three weeks ago, this one is a totally below the neck, in the lungs, coughing, gross cold. Not only do I feel icky, but I can’t run.

This is frustrating. I could handle it the first time, because to be frank I was beginning to have a run-crash, but I was actually psyched for running again this week. And when I get this kind of cold it lasts much longer; usually a week or two.

Talk about de-motivation. It’s not such a hot feeling to know that I’ll be yet another week behind, possibly two weeks. My shoes are all ready and my gear is ready, but I’m in bed, writing a blog, and I may not get up for a week.

And now I suppose I should apologize for my melodramatic rant. Do colds put you in a mood? Because they put me in a mood.

On the bright side, now I have lots of time for writing. *sigh*

>>africanstardust

P.S. The title is a line from a poem by Ken Gire.

These Shoes Are Made For Running

I’ve been running with my new shoes for about two and a half weeks now, and I have to say, they’re incredible. I know I’ve said this before, but your running will be so much more enjoyable (and injury-free, which is very enjoyable too) if you have the right shoes. When I just started running I had pain and numbness in my calves, shins, and feet, and I thought something was wrong with me. Since I’ve had the shoes, the pain is gone and has been replaced by normal run pain:)

(and that's just what they'll do)

Don’t wait until you’re running many miles at a time to get good shoes. If you know you’re serious about running, even if you’re not going long distance yet, invest in some good shoes. And go to an actual running store, not just a sports store. At a specialty running store, like the Boulder Running Company, they’ll evaluate how your feet strike the ground and find a shoe that’s perfect for you. Not only that, but you get to run in all of the shoes you try on to make sure it’s right.

Happy running!

>>africanstardust

  • Quotes

    "Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn't matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be moving." - Maurice Greene

    "To a runner, a side stich is like a car alarm. It signifies something is wrong, but you ignore it until it goes away." - Unknown

    "If you run 100 miles a week, you can eat anything you want—Why? Because (a) you’ll burn all the calories you consume, (b) you deserve it, and (c) you’ll be injured soon and back on a restricted diet anyway." - Don Kardong

    "Run like you stole something." - Unknown

    "We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his spirit into our hearts, and there his spirit gives us hope." -Romans 5:3-5

    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13