Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Week 2 Down!

I am back into the swing of training again!  I am actually very excited to have a training program again that I have to follow and a coach to be accountable to!  It's been tough to get back into the swing of things and I have to be much more organized to be able to fit everything in but I am loving every minute.  Week one and two were a success.  I completed all planned workouts and met all current targets! Woo!  Last week I even logged almost 12 hours of training! I'm ba-ack!!! :)  

Now though, I am faced with a minor set back!  If you refer back to my previous post you will see that I mentioned turning my ankle at the fun NYE 5km run I did.  I hoped it was just a sprain, but alas, injury hits me again.  The top of my foot ended up getting bruised and caused some concern for me.  If I sprained my ankle, I would have expected my ankle itself and the area around it to be bruised like my other one did back in September.  But this bruise was on the top of my foot on the baby toe side.  I did initially get it checked out and got an x-ray and it was clear.  I was told to not run and give it a couple of weeks.  Yesterday I had a follow up and the news was not so good!  I ended up getting put in an air cast!  Noooo!!!!  The doc assessed my foot and there is still pain over top of the 5th metatarsal bone.  He said there are no ligaments or tendons in that area so it is a bone injury.   I have very loose ligaments so I either turned my ankle so far that I landed on the top of my foot to cause this pain or the ligament was so strong that it pulled on my bone or I plain and simple just broke it.  He said there was no point in getting another x-ray at the moment since nothing may still show up.  It may or may not be fractured.  Either way, he said the treatment will be the same.  If it isn't broken, it is a bone bruise and a stress reaction of the 5th metatarsal.  And I am not to weight bear because I can risk making it worse.  So I am in a walking boot for two weeks and then I will reassess at that point.  He actually also wanted to put me on crutches but I must have given him some look that he decided not to.  My plan right now is to replace my run workouts with water running.  I am very determined not to fall too far behind in running.  I can keep cycling and swim training as long as there is no pain.  Getting around will be a challenge with it being winter though.  I just ordered a waterproof cover so I can be more mobile without getting my poor foot wet or freezing it to death.

My new footwear!  Didn't plan on starting 2017 in this!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!!!

Yay!  2017 is here!!!!  I am quite happy to say farewell to 2016 and bring on 2017!!!!

I decided to start the new year with a fun 5km race which started at the stroke of midnight!  I went full out and dressed up in pink and purple tutus and even won best costume for the night!  So I guess this is my first race report of 2017!  I went into this knowing it was a fun race and had no expectations.  Well, my competitive side got the best of me and I went out quite fast.  Too fast for my lack of training.  Haha!  I quickly realized that I was going too fast and tried to reign myself in.  I ended up running a 5min/km for the first kilometer and I was quite happy with that!  I still have it in me! Haha!  I tried to settle into a steady pace but with icy roads all along the way I played it safe so I wouldn't hurt myself.  Unfortunately, I did turn my ankle in the last kilometer and now I am hoping it's nothing more than a sprain.  Fingers crossed!  I clocked in at 23:43!  Not bad at all!  But my hamstrings were also not too happy with that effort!  Oops!  Next time, maybe a bit more training! Nonetheless, I had a blast and enjoyed running in downtown Toronto in a tutu at midnight!  Check out my outfit below!

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Operation Kona 2017 is in full effect now!  I got my official first week training plan from my new coach.  I am officially signed up for my Ironman this year.  I was originally planning on Lake Placid, but my procrastination in signing up caught me in the butt and it was sold out!  So, onto plan B - Whistler!  I am actually quite excited to go back to Whistler so I can spend some time with a good friend.  I am also officially registered for the Legacy program.  Hopefully, all works out and I will be officially in the race of all races, the big kahuna, the big show on the big island of Kona.  I will find out on my birthday!!!

Soooo.....Happy New Year everyone!!!!  I wish you all a fabulous 2017 full of health, love, happiness, joy, food, warmth, and fast times!!!!  Cheers!!!