And the preliminary diagnosis is….

So I finally went to the doctor this morning for my foot issues.  I had gone to a Patient First on Memorial Day weekend to get an X-Ray and rule out a stress fracture.  They said if it didn’t get better in two weeks to go see my primary care doctor.  Well, its been over a month, its still not better, so I went to my doctor.

As all good doctors do, she knows when she doesn’t know enough, and is sending me to a podiatrist.  Her preliminary guess based on my symptoms and all the lovely poking and prodding she did was that I have a neuroma.  I had honestly ruled that out in all my googling because typically it presents with ball of the foot pain, not top of the foot pain.  This is why you don’t self-diagnose!

So, the podiatrist will schedule an appointment with me and we’ll see how it goes – and if they agree with her diagnosis!

Have any of you had a neuroma (aka Morton’s neuroma) before?  What was the recovery process like?

So some things happened….

Did you guys think I disappeared forever? I know, felt like that to me too.

A lot of big things have happened since I last checked in with you guys:

  • We closed on our new house
  • We sold our old house
  • I had my first DNS
  • Hurt my foot – diagnosis TBD
  • I got a (temporary) employee

First off! We closed a chapter of our lives in the old house and have moved into the home we built! Here are a few pictures 🙂

I had my first DNS for a race when I injured my foot.  I had signed up for the race for Memorial Day weekend in late April.  The week before Memorial Day I started having pain in my forefoot on the top of my foot.  An X-ray reveal no fracture, but it hurt too bad and I decided to not do the race.  Still picked up my t-shirt though 🙂

I have a doctor’s appointment next week to get another look at it.  My foot had started feeling better, but in the last week it started hurting again.  I have a lot of swelling on the top of my foot again.  I’ll let you all know how it turns out!

This is a lot of why you haven’t heard from me.  I haven’t been able to do much of anything in terms of working out.  No yoga, running, walking, anything.  Once I figure out what is going on, I want to come up with a game plan of what I can safely do.

I have an employee!  Well, she’s a summer intern, but she’s fabulous and I want to keep her forever.  She is going into her senior year at Randolph Macon and she’s such a sweet girl.

So what’s coming up?  We have a trip to Seattle coming up and a trip to San Diego.What are the must do places to see and eat?



Thoughts on Shamrock

I posted the race recap to give an overview of the mechanics of the race day for me, but didn’t share a ton about how I felt about it, other than my thoughts beforehand.

I did 3 half marathons in 2014, and none in 2015 (mostly due to getting married and all the things that go along with that.  I was planning on doing the Dolphin Challenge (8k + Half) at Shamrock last year, but plantar fasciitis kept me out of it, so I deferred to this year.

My heart really wasn’t in it this year.  I mostly decided to run it because I had paid for it, I paid to defer it, I wanted to complete it from a Type A perspective.  I’ve been mourning the loss of a personal trainer (moved on to new opportunities), I’ve gained weight from being married and happy (its a real thing!), I had a less than mediocre training plan, and I had my fall a few weeks ago that interrupted my training.

I had already made up my mind well before Shamrock that this would be my last half for awhile.  I talked about that some last year.  I don’t see myself doing a half marathon anytime in the near future.  I don’t enjoy training for them, I don’t enjoy what they do to my body, they make me injury prone…so I don’t want to do them. At least for the foreseeable future.

That being said.  I’m glad I ran this past weekend.  Even though it was my slowest half to date, the weather was miserable, etc….I ran/walked a great mental race.  I succeeded so much mentally, and that is a huge win for me.

I’m very much looking forward to my race schedule for the rest of the year. I have a bunch of 5ks, a 7k (cool!), a 5 miler, and a 10k.  I don’t really plan on doing anything longer than a 10k for awhile.

I’m looking forward to training for shorter distances, for not feeling pressured to have this enormous training plan with long runs, the opportunity to mix up my workouts and not focus just on running, etc.

Thanks for letting me think out loud and process how I’m feeling.  I know that I’ll be much more engaged with my training and my running by backing off of distances I don’t love.  Thanks for all the support you’ve given me and continue to give me!

Love you guys!


Shamrock this weekend!

Well, its reckoning time! Shamrock is this weekend.  To be honest, I wasn’t terribly pleased with my training up until my fall.  While, the last 3 weeks of super light activity has served as an extremely long taper and a chance for my knee to continue to heal, I wish had an opportunity to keep training.

I’ll be doing the Dolphin Challenge this weekend – the 8k on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday.  I deferred this challenge last year due to my PF issues, otherwise, I wouldn’t normally be attempting it again.  But since I paid for it… 🙂 In all seriousness though, this was planned to be my last half marathon for the foreseeable future.  I’d really like to be able to follow through with it.

My plan for the 8k is just to walk with my friends from work.  Some of the girls here are doing their first race ever – and they are walkers.  It’ll be good not to be tempted to run and to rest up for Sunday.

Sunday is the half and they are calling for terrible weather.  Send positive thoughts toward Virginia Beach and hope that we get limited rain and wind! I know all the other half marathons and full marathoners would greatly appreciate it! I’m excited about the cooler weather (I LOVE cool weather for races), but I could do without the rain.

I’m hoping my knee holds up (I have nothing to indicate it shouldn’t at this point), but if it doesn’t, I am willing to DNF to protect myself from getting injured.  I will be employing a walk/run strategy and am totally ok with being one of the last to finish.  The half is relatively walker friendly with a time limit of 4 hours.  That would be a 18:19 mile.  Even walking most of the time, I should be able to beat that. I seriously don’t have any other hopes other than finishing.

Goals for this weekend:

  • Walk the 8k and have a blast with my work friends
  • Fuel well for the half (I have a bad habit of pretending I don’t need my chews till I crash at miles 7-9)
  • Be mentally strong during the half.  The weather conditions and interrupted training schedule could get to me
  • FINISH safely and uninjured

Would you mind sending positive thoughts my way this weekend? I’d really appreciate it!

Are you racing this weekend? Do you do any St.Patrick’s Day themed races?

Weekly Update – 2/29/16

This past week was pretty uneventful, as I was not allowed to workout at the beginning of the week, and the back half of the week was spent slowly getting back into my workout routine.  I know I could have done much more than I actually did, but I want to make sure to not push it and hurt myself worse before Shamrock.


Still on light duty on Monday, which meant no working out. My knee was still pretty swollen all day.  After work, I came home and mostly sat on my rear end in front of the TV.


Still not allowed to work out.  I went to vote after work, then went home and worked for a bit longer before being a bum for the rest of the night.


Finally allowed to work out!  I decided to take it super easy and see how everything felt.

Did a nice slow mile on the treadmill (3mph). Knee felt ok, but is still swollen, so it was a little uncomfortable just because it has that fat, tight feeling.  Did some strength training too.

Three Rounds:

  1. 10 overhead tricep extensions
  2. 10 bent over rows (each side)
  3. 10 overhead press

One Round:

  1. 10 bench push-ups
  2. 10 bench tricep dips


Worked out at home.  Just did a nice and slow 2 miles on the treadmill.


On Friday, we took my stepmom out for her birthday.  We went to Outback and had a nice time.


On Saturday, I had to work for a few hours in the morning.  After that wrapped up, we cleaned the house (it needed it bad).  Then Michael’s parents came to visit.  We took them out to lunch and to see a model home like the one we are going to build.  We had a pretty relaxing rest of the day


After church responsibilities on Sunday, we went to get a shower gift for my brother and future sister in law’s shower.  We also went to Home Depot and got a new kitchen light.  We did our normal Sunday shopping and cooking.

How was your week?  If you live in a state that had primaries this week, did you vote?

Injury Update – I Hate PT

physical therapy

HEP = Home Exercise Program, aka PT homework


You know how there are things in life you are supposed to do…things that are good for you, but you are too lazy to do them? That’s me and my plantar fasciitis PT exercises.  I know I should be doing them, and I know they help, but that is the last thing on my mind when I finally sit down at the end of the day.  I know they will make me feel better, but they are so uncomfortable to do, the idea of starting them is undesirable.

I have noticed that the shoes I wear definitely make a difference, and I’ve been trying to wear more supportive shoes.  However, there are some days that I have pain no matter how well I think I’m treating my feet.

I don’t really feel the desire to run right now.  There is a slight desire…only cause I’m not supposed to, but with the wedding coming up, I don’t really need to be running.  I don’t have any races until the fall, and I have nothing longer than a 10k, so I have plenty of time to get back up to speed.

After the craziness of the wedding and honeymoon, I want to come back and make recovering from plantar fasciitis my number one health goal.

Are you bad about listening to your doctor? Do you have a love/hate relationship with PT?

Injury Report: “You are just set up for issues!”

That is what my sports medicine doctor said to me after examining my legs and feet when I went to see him for all my foot/heel pain.

….Thanks, I guess?

Anyway,  I am  very good at self diagnoses.  I have plantar fasciitis and pes cavus; which is a really fancy term for high arches.  I have homework to do, in the form of PT exercises.  He says that if I do what he’s asked, I will have significant relief in 2 weeks, and hopefully very little pain by the end of a month’s time.  If at that point, I don’t have relief, we will resort to step two, which involves shots and specialists!  He’s also given me an anti-inflammatory, so hopefully that’ll help with pain management too.

He was explaining to me that people with high arches tend to have tight achilles which then pull on the plantar fasciia.  There are other structural things with high arches that lead to increased chances of plantar fasciitis, but its a little to complex for me to full digest and regurgitate to you.  So, good news is that he approved my running shoes and birkenstocks as great supportive shoes.  He did however, tell me he never wanted to see my work shoes again unless I had some major supportive inserts in them!  Sorry, my poor little cute flats.

I will continue working out like normal, but avoid running for a few weeks so as not to aggravate my feet further.  I will be at a work conference next week that will require a lot of walking and standing, so that will be interesting for my pain levels.  I’m hoping that if I do all he’s asked me to do that I will be able to keep the pain and inflammation at bay and slowly get back to running.

I also have a family friend that creates shoe inserts for people who have issues like me.  I will be paying them a visit and try to see what we can do for my work shoes.  Its hard to find good supportive dress shoes that are appropriate for work (we have a VERY strict dress code), so my hope is we can alter them in a way that will make them work for me.


To sum up: I have plantar fasciitis and high arches.  I have much homework to do.  We’ll see how I feel in a month to figure out next steps.

I’m sure many of you are no stranger to plantar fasciitis. Every person and every doctor are different and have different philosophies on treatment options.  How did you and your doctor choose to handle it? What stretches or exercises seemed to bring you the most relief?

(Probably) Injured and most decidedly stubborn

As you guys know, I’ve been struggling with suspected plantar fasciitis for awhile now.  I have a really tight back-line.  My hamstrings, calves, and achilles are all tight.  That is just a breeding ground for PF!

I like to self diagnose injuries, because who needs doctors?   Ok, ok, I actually respect doctors a lot and recognize that self diagnosis is often a bad idea. That being said, I also realize that sometimes you go to a doctor, they diagnose you with what you thought you had, and all the treatment options don’t require their help.

In the case of plantar faciitis, most of the treatment options do not require a doctor’s help. So, if I go, and that is the diagnosis, I’ve just wasted money on something I already knew.  So many of the signs point to it: pain in the morning, heel pain, cramping in the arches, etc. I have the cramping and the sore arches in both feet. Stretching and rolling on a tennis ball feels fantastic on both feet.

But, since the pain in my left heel is much stronger than in my right and in a slightly different location, there is a tiny sliver of me that thinks that perhaps this isn’t plantar fasciitis.  Part of me wonders if something else is going on and that I should go and get checked out.

I’m really starting to contemplate going because the pain is getting so bad at times (especially in the morning) that I really have difficulty walking.  It is extremely painful.  It has started to affect my workouts – I’m asking for modifications from my trainer. I’m even starting to compensate in my other foot too much and its causing pain in that foot.

I know what most of you are going to say (go to the doctor, dummy), but I wanted to get your thoughts on this. Are you like me and like to self diagnose? Or do you go to the doctor like you should?

Labor Day Weekend + A Silly Injury

I was super excited about this weekend because Michael and I went to Arlington to see my brother (Jaryd) and his girlfriend (Laura)!

We got up early on Saturday morning.  I hate getting up early on my day off, but it was ok because I got my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season!

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PSL, how I love you!

We got up there around 10am.  We checked out my brother’s apartment and then made a gameplan for the day.  We planned on doing a bunch of wineries, so we started heading west.  Let me just point out that I’m not a huge wine person.  I will drink it, but it is not my first choice.  Take all my reviews with a grain of salt 🙂

The first one we went to was The Winery at Bull Run.  Their wines were pretty good, but I really liked the atmosphere most.  They had both an inside and outside tasting bar (we opted for outside).

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Aren’t we cute?

Then we headed to Mediterranean Cellars.  This is a greek winery that is a favorite of my dad’s.  He sent me with a list of wines to pick up for him.  It was pretty good. They had a really good port wine that I bought for Michael and me. It had such a cool European feel.

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Overcast, but still pretty!

Next we headed to Marterella Winery, just down the road from Mediterranean Cellars.  I was not very impressed with the wines here, or the service, to be honest.  Maybe I was just grumpy because I needed food, I’m not sure, but I just was not impressed.

We went to a local Irish pub for lunch.  They served a nice bread for appetizers, and I got a chicken Caesar salad.  Jaryd and Laura split a shepherd’s pie that looked pretty good, and Michael got a shrimp Caesar salad.

We got back on the road for the last two wineries.  The next one we hit up was Linden Vineyards.  Jaryd and Laura were really excited to go there. It was one of the most beautiful views I’ve seen.  The wine was decent, but not as outstanding as any of us were expecting.

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Isn’t this place gorgeous!?

The last place we went was my favorite; the Winery at La Grange. I ended up buying a bottle of their viognier.  So good. I didn’t get any pictures and I wish I had.

We headed back to Arlington, got checked into our hotel and then headed out for dinner.  We met Laura and Jaryd and Laura’s parents at the Grand Cru. I had the most outstanding Rustic Mac and Cheese; I was so full I couldn’t finish it! We had a lot of fun getting to know Laura’s parents.  They are so wonderful.

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We fell asleep pretty quick and slept in a bit the next day(Sunday). We got up and found a Starbucks and got our day started off right.  We hopped on the metro and headed into Eastern Market.

This is where it all went wrong.

We stepped out onto the sidewalk after exciting the metro station and instantly I stepped wrong, rolled my ankle and fell to the ground.  I’m not sure how I gracefully ended up on my butt, because I definitely should have gone down sideways.  Don’t mind me, fellow pedestrians, I’m just an idiot sitting in your walkway.  Of course, when you roll your ankle, it hurts like hell for the first couple minutes.  I eventually was able to wiggle it around and get up. Bearing weight didn’t bother it so much, but walking did. I toughed it out and stupidly proceeded to walk around on it the rest of the day. Of course, walking around a city is about the worst thing you can do because the ground is uneven everywhere.  I stepped funny a few more times and made it angry at me.

We went to the Museum of Natural History and walked around the mall area to see some of the monuments and then decided it was time for lunch.  We went to a pretty cool beer/burger joint for a late lunch, then got back on the road (and off my foot!).

How do I feel about my injury?

Well, it doesn’t hurt too bad now.  Every once and awhile I’ll step in just a certain way that aggravates it.  I haven’t tried doing anything other than walking yet, but we’ll see.  Of course my mind immediately goes to my half-marathon.  I have not sufficiently prepared for this half thus far, and I can’t afford to back off now.  However, like I said, it doesn’t really hurt that bad.  I feel even a little funny saying I injured myself because I’m not really in pain. I have a workout with my trainer – we’ll see how that goes.  Not sure if I want to try to run just yet. I’m just annoyed more than anything else.  I’m the type of person that just is clumsy and hurts themselves by just walking around a city!!!

Have you ever gotten injured in a really silly way? Have you ever fallen in a public place and embarrassed yourself?

Hope despite Frustration

Before you read on, please read this post of my dear friend, Hollie.  Her post this morning inspired a lot of these thoughts.

If you had asked me about 6 weeks ago if I had felt ready for Shamrock, I would have told you “absolutely, I’m so excited!”  However, here we sit a few days out, and I’m extremely frustrated and apprehensive about what this weekend will bring.

Here’s the deal: last fall I decided it would be a good idea to sign up for the Shamrock Dolphin Challenge.  Runners who participate in this challenge run the 8k on Saturday and the 1/2 Marathon on Sunday.  Nevermind that I’ve never done a half marathon before.  Nevermind that I’ve never done races that close together before.  I decided it was a great idea.

And 6 weeks ago, I still thought it was a good idea.  Then I was plagued with shin splints, and sickness, and shin splints again.

As I said in earlier posts, I’ve decided to walk the 8k.  It’ll be significantly easier on my shins and allow me to put more energy and effort into the half.  My stepmom (who is doing the challenge with me) will run the 8k, and I couldn’t be more excited to cheer her on (from miles behind) as she seeks to finish in under an hour.

My shin splints feel significantly better.  I owe so much of that to the advice of you all, the magic power of ibuprofen, and the assistance of my trainer, Danny.  While they feel much better, I’m still being cautiously optimistic.

Despite all the frustration of the last few weeks and especially the last few days, I am trying to remain hopeful.  It may take me every second of the 4 hour time limit of the half to finish (if I get stuck walking more than I want), but I can celebrate the achievement of finishing my first half marathon.  And no matter how fast or slow I am, it’ll be a PR 🙂

So, if you think of it, please send positive thoughts, prayers, well-wishes my way this weekend, but especially on Sunday morning.

What drives you when you are frustrated or losing hope? What positive things do you focus on?