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Today is the race day that did not happen.  My original plan for today included running the Kiawah Island Half Marathon.  This was the first race that I knew I would have on my race schedule for 2015.  It was actually decided in the summer of 2013 (sitting pool side with cocktails)…yeah, a long time ago. 

At the end of my tri season, I had switched to a run focus and had a great plan to follow.  I was working hard and running well overall.  As of my last running update here on the blog, I knew my goal (and stretch goals) were completely attainable.  That is one reason why it is so frustrating.  Despite the best laid plans, they unfortunately have to change sometimes.  To my dismay, I have deferred my race registration to 2016. 

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About seven weeks ago, I was having some lingering leg pain.  It was originally in my inner thigh where I felt the most.  I finally had the run where I knew I had to stop and give it a break.  I iced, stretched and rested it for a few days.  Then after this initial break, I gave it another go.  I still had the pain.  So, more resting, stretching, icing and ibuprofen.  This time I gave it a week without running in hopes that would be enough.  I was still optimistic that I would be able to race on December 12.

Upon my next try at running, I was not feeling the pain in the inner thigh.  I was able to get a mile, but I gradually felt pain in the upper hamstring/inner abductor.  After that, I gave it one more go, but decided I needed help.  The basics of rest, stretch, ice, ibuprofen was not doing the trick. 

I have read about ART (Active Release Therapy) and my friend Tim was undergoing treatment when I started battling these issues.  He had good luck with the treatment (he was supposed to run the marathon distance at Kiawah Island, but had to defer his registration as well).  I started seeing the same doctor and have had four treatments so far.

My last training run occurred on October 24 and had not tried had a “successful” run since then……..until this past weekend.  After my third treatment, I was given the green light to go for a run.  I was able to get in three miles!!!!  I did not have pain, but still felt tightness in the same area.  I was very excited to get it in and how I felt.  I WILL say that it was surprising how my run fitness has dropped in the weeks that I have had to that this break.  That’s okay though, just happy to run!  Baby steps…..

It seems that the pain problem are weak hips/hip flexors which has caused me to compensate in other areas during my running resulting in the issues I am currently experiencing.  I have added hip strengthening exercises to my regiment as well.  So, when I do get back to a regular running routine, my hips will be ready!

Fortunately, I really wanted to focus on my swim after Kiawah, so I have just pushed that up in the schedule.  On average, I have been able to get to the pool three times a week. Regular swimming during the off season is a goal of mine and I have gotten off to a solid start.  I have also continued to bike on the trainer, which is what I opt for when I need a good sweat session!!  I have incorporated core and lower body work without any pain, so I have plenty that I CAN do!

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This is the first  race of any kind, that I have signed up and was not able to participate.  I know that listening to my body, focusing on treatment and getting my weaknesses stronger, are in my best interest.  It is still a bummer that I had to put it on hold and not go for my open half marathon goal this year.  No worries….I will be healthy and determined when the 2016 race season rolls around!    

My friend Nicole is racing this morning…..she was the last one standing after Tim and I had to defer.  (Tony had considered this race at one time, but never committed.)  Her training has gone really well and I know she was prepared to have a great day.  Sometime soon we will all be able to race together….I guess we can plan this next summer while sipping cocktails by the pool!  

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Since my last triathlon of the season in September, I knew my focus would immediately turn to running.  Since the summer of 2014, I have had my eye on the Kiawah Island half marathon in December 2015.  That is quite some time ago, and is fairly atypical for me, but that is what happens when you are hanging out with other runners one beautiful day at the pool while having a few cocktails!

In all seriousness, I was totally on board for this race.  I have never raced in an open half marathon (they have all come as part of the 70.3 distance) and I had firm goals in mind.  Our friends that were part of this discussion are Tim and Nicole, who are going for races in all 50 states.  Plus, Tim had his sights set on a race that would be a Boston Qualifier course and Kiawah seemed like a great choice!  So, it was decided back in the summer of 2014, Kiawah Island would be on our calendar for December 2015.

I was looking forward to going into run focused training after the Outer Banks Oly back in September.  At that race, I had a really good run and that gave me a boost of confidence for what I might be able to race for in December.   Tony helped me select a plan and it is a program called “FIRST” (Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training), which is three runs a week and cross training on other days,  This seemed like an obvious choice in training plans, as I always want to get bike trainer time and need swims as often as I can get them.  The three runs a week include the three biggies…speed work/intervals, tempo and a long run.  I opted for a lighter training week after Outer Banks Oly and then the following week started up with the new training plan. 

Running has been going well.  Unfortunately, at the end of September/beginning of October, we had a TON of rain (something like 14 days in a row), so there was plenty of this:

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Treadmill TIme!

However, the last two weeks have been more typical fall weather, so running outside has been a treat with pleasant temperatures and just the desire to be outside (I LOVE FALL!)  I have also been hitting the track, which is something I have not done in quite some time.  For the last couple of years, speed work for me has been on the treadmill, which really is a challenge, but there is just something about those track workouts!!!

Since my training is going well, I have begun to adjust my goals, which I will share soon.  I was bummed, as this last weekend’s long run was not good, but I was able to get my mileage of 13 total and add to the pool of mental toughness.  I have not run 13+ miles since Raleigh 70.3 at the end of May, so it was still good to get the mileage tucked away. 

So, other than 13.1 training, a couple of weekends ago, we also participated in the last Tri Throwdown of the season.  If you have not read my prior Throwdown recaps, check them out here (from September and August), since it is a unique race set up.  As I have previously described, there are only three rules, (1). Be Safe (2). Have Fun and (3). Go to the after party.  However, with the rain and cool temperatures that we had been experiencing, wet suit legal was a must for me!  The weather on race day was looking really dismal.  We had finally crept out of the continuous rain period, but it was planned to make a re-appearance for pretty much the entire weekend.  For me and Tony, it would be a race morning decision (a cold and rainy race day would zap a lot of the fun out of the event). I had planned my run training accordingly during the week and moved my long run from Saturday to previous Wednesday and would use my run at Throwdown as my tempo run for the week.

Saturday morning, we woke and checked the weather.  It looked clear up until late-morning!  It was a go for us!  The extra fun thing about Throwdown this go-around was that Tony was racing and the handicap system had me starting 10 minutes before him.  Automatically, that makes me his “rabbit”….essentially his mission was to chase me down and make the pass!  This would be interesting!

Throwdown Wetsuit

Getting Tony all ready to go in his wetsuit!

The swim was cool…temperature wise.  It was around 68 degrees, which is not to my liking (I am a wuss with cold swims!).  Despite this, I had an okay swim (750 meters), but felt chilly most of the time.  I was looking forward to the bike, because I had a new toy to try!  For my birthday, Tony REALLY spoiled me and surprised me with the Garmin Vector 2S (power meter in the pedals). 

Garmin Vector

This was the first ride where I would be using them.  The out and back format allows you to keep an eye on how people are progressing behind you.  So, when I passed Tony on my way back into the T2, I knew that he was making up the time gap. 

 Throwdown Bike

The run is also an out and back and is fun to see everyone else during the 5K.  I also knew where Tony was in his mission to catch me and the last time I saw him, I told him to SLOW DOWN!  I had this strong feeling that I would see him again and it would be as he made the pass! 

Throwdown Run

I was nearing the finish line and as I passed one of my buddies that was volunteering, I asked him if Tony was behind me within sight.  He said “YES”!!!  Our friends that were out racing or volunteering knew of the fun challenge Tony and I had going on, so everyone was cheering for me to run faster because he was really gaining on me!  I was determined to cross the finish line first and I turned it up a notch for the last bit!  I did it and crossed just a few seconds before him!  It was a lot of fun and the friendly challenge between me and my hubbie made it even more fun. 

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Three of the ladies of Team Trilife!

After the race, we headed over to the restaurant for the after party and rain started to fall literally as we pulled into the parking lot.  We really got lucky with the weather for the race!  It ended up raining for the rest of the day.  While at the after party, we all ate, drank and started watching the live coverage from Kona of the Ironman World Championships.  Afterwards, we headed home, cleaned up and continued to watch the coverage for the rest of the afternoon.  What a fun day!