Torture Report: Diligence & Have You Seen My Keys?

(G): I have been running for about three weeks and I have some great days where I am sure my foot is back to normal. And I have other days post-run that my foot remains sore for the rest of the day. Sometimes I walk around barefoot and feel great and other days that doesn’t…

Torture Report: Gimme Five & No Trespassing

(G): Today’s report  is brought to you by the number five. Since I was cleared to run two weeks ago, the maximum number of miles I am allowed to run at one time is five. But, as I may have mentioned previously, that would prove to be difficult for my out of shape body and cardiovascular…

Torture Report: Walking a Tightrope & 4 Saturdays

(G): Last Tuesday, after my wild rant with all of you I was cleared by my physical therapist to run. That clearance came, as you can imagine, with all sorts of restrictions, caveats and parameters but offered the chance to run all the same! This is what I have been working toward for weeks and…

Torture Report: Snarky Smoothie Slurper & Flying Pigs

(G): What a week. It’s been so full of nothing, something, and everything that I feel at a loss for what to tell you first so I guess I will start at the beginning. I experienced gait analysis and a physical therapy assessment last Wednesday. It was eye-opening, slightly shaming and makes me want to bar…

Torture Report: Focus, Detox and Determination

(G): Last week I told you I was going to double down on strength, flexibility, rehab and my diet while I am not running. I did and it made a big difference in my attitude. I felt much happier with an intense workout of another sort and a renewed focus. I worked hard and being tired…

Torture Report: Easing Back In & What I Can Do

(L):  It’s safe to say with all of the rest I have given my back that I am feeling much better.  It sounds ridiculous, but now I am wondering why it was so difficult for me to actually rest.  I kept walking or running just enough to keep my stamina up, but at the same…

Torture Report: Patience, Grasshopper & Wax On, Wax Off

(G): The recovery process is proving to potentially be my greatest teacher and my undoing all at once. I am impatient. I do not like to wait, typically. It’s one of the reasons that I like ultra running because it requires patience. It teaches me to relax and let the distance unfold. That sounds all…

Torture Report: Renewed Hope & Baby Steps

(G): I spent all weekend doing some sort of rehab work and I am not exaggerating when I say the struggle is real. I barely get all the stretch, strength and ice/hot foot baths done and it’s time to start again. I am beginning to think running 50-60 miles a week is way easier on…

Torture Report: Back to the Ashes

(G): Just like any good David and Goliath inspired movie there has to be an underdog. A character who seems unable to rise above the challenge and succeed. Right now, I am that character. I have denied, complained, purchased contraptions and inserts, stretched, iced, had acupuncture, deep tissue massages, and rested and my foot is…

Torture Report: It’s Been a Long, Hard Week

(L): It’s been a long, hard week since we last spoke about working out.  Since then I can safely say all I have done is walk this little pup.  Ella is my middle daughter’s puppy and she is about 16 weeks old.  She is a sweetie and she loves her walks everyday. I had to…

Torture Report: Two Steps Forward …

(G): Let’s call it what it is — torture. It seems I have developed a nagging case of plantar fasciitis that threatens to either make me lose my mind or take up all my time with stretching, icing, rolling and the like. After last week’s 5-hour run my foot was a little banged up. Not…

Torture Report: Day Six and that 4-Letter Word!

(G): The sixth day s-u-c-k-s. These words came out of my mouth so many times on Sunday that it’s possible even my husband, who has saint-like patience, was ready to club me. But it doesn’t make it any less true. As I mentioned last week, I am running six days a week and my longest…