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Week 10 Training – River Run Ambassadors

Ruth – Did You Miss Me?

FloridaRunLast week, my blog was absent…that’s because I was in vacation last week.

We went on a Disney Cruise and I managed to work in two runs while we were gone.  The first one was along Coco Beach and the other was aboard the Disney Dream. Neither run was super long, but I got in about 2 miles each run.  I also tried to take the stairs on the ship whenever I could (which was quite a bit of the time) and walk as much as I could. Of course there was a lot of lazing around in the sun and amazing food, which I am pretty sure I managed well. I tried real hard not to over eat and to make somewhat healthier choices (are there really any healthy choices?)

A have friend that is also signed up to run this race and she posted the other day about how she had no idea how she was going to complete it. I told her I felt the same way.  The Run is only a few weeks away and it feels like there is no way I will actually be ready in time. The next few weeks will be buckling down and getting in as much running as I can.

CruiseShipRunSmall victory: at the park yesterday my kiddo & I ran up the steps from the park to the road…I got all excited because not only did I make up the steps without stopping or slowing to a walk….I was barely winded after running them!

 

Lori

IMG_0161Week 10. Hey, I made it! Three more weeks to go AND I achieved my goal of a comfortable 6. Well 7 miles actually. Did the practice River Run this weekend at the Double Tree Hotel. I think my GPS Map My Run might be a bit off. Says I did 7.78 miles, I always start it at the start when we all start moving. Kept a 14:37minute pace, took only (ha ha ha only) 1 hour and 53 minutes to walk/run the 7 miles. I’m there! I’m where I was hoping to be, injury aside, and feel WAY more confident to make it across that bridge on May 6th! And big plus I didn’t feel like I was dying afterwards. No huffing and puffing, gasping for air. The next day just a tad sore but hey I DID 7 MILES! The next three weeks are making my time better, more running than walking and just get to that comfortable point where an additional three miles won’t hurt too bad! AND a shout out to a new “treadmill” I tried at Bob’s gym. Have you heard of the curve treadmill? Dynamite piece of equipment for training. It’s non electric and is run by your pace. I’m sure it got me where I am now. So until next week.

Nikki

20170411_170851After fighting this weird sickness, yet again, I went ahead and got an antibiotic to finally kick-it and started to slowly feel better. I started my week avoiding the high impact and instead, went to Bob’s Gym and rode the stationary bicycle for an hour. My goal was to try and ride the bicycle for 13 miles, my goal for my race on May 6th, and ended up being able to reach that goal without problems. I have to remind myself that riding a stationary bike is different from running so continued to work on increasing my endurance.  I ran a couple more times thro ughout the week as much as I could, between soccer, baseball, archery, and tennis it has been hard to get the mileage in. I also met with Tia at the gym to work on weight training as well. My goal this coming week is to try to get out and increase my mileage without causing further injury.

Week 8 Training – River Run Ambassadors

Katie – No Pain, No Gain

IMG_6782I started out this past week by using the urgent care at OA for some pain in my left hip. Ever since the Run of Luck last Saturday, I have had a clicking sensation in my hip, as well as lot of pain. I couldn’t hardly walk on Saturday night after the race, and this continued through Sunday. By Monday I was feeling better, but I wanted to get it checked out anyway. I was diagnosed with “clicking hip” which I didn’t even know was a thing. I’ve had this “clicking” issue for most of my life, but I never really thought anything of it until now, as it’s become very painful. I went walking on Tuesday with Ruth and Lori, and we walked the Henderson Riverwalk—and let me tell you, it was miserable. The beginning was okay, but by the end of it, I was limping from the pain. I woke up on Wednesday unable to walk without a limp, and was told that I need to give it some rest, and ease back into my training. So I took the rest of the week to rest my hip in hopes of continuing training this week.

I’m quite devastated to be honest, because I’m still having pain. With the River Run coming up in about 7 weeks, the group trainings have progressed, and I don’t know how I can ease back into it when they are up to running 6 miles at a time. I made it 4.5 miles and couldn’t walk for two days. This means that I have to continue my training at my own pace, probably by myself. Most everyone around me has told me to quit and I’m not going to lie and say the thought hasn’t crossed my mind. But I signed up to be an ambassador and I’m not going to let my team down. In the end, I’m going to do what’s best for me—but  I’m going to give it everything I’ve got; and unless I’m told by clinical staff that I shouldn’t continue, or I  physically can’t go on any longer, I’m not going to quit. I’m hoping to start some physical therapy to help work out my hip issues so I can continue to train. I’m just going to have to take it step by step, and do the best I can. That’s all I can do. No pain, no gain, right?

IMG_6785Because of all this, I may end up choosing to do the 12k instead of the 10.1 mile come race day, but no matter what I choose, I know that I’m giving it my 110%. Although I’ve had my struggles throughout this experience, the fact that I even signed up and have pushed myself harder than ever before is an accomplishment in itself.

 

Nikki

Nikki_week8It wasn’t until this week did I realize how close it was until the River Run, as I write my journal entry I am six weeks from race day.  I have been trying to push through my aches and pains, was even motivated to run after work on Tuesday at USI which was actually nice since I got to see the new additions they have added to campus. The issue I face is trying to motivate myself to run when I am running with only my Pandora playing. When I am running with the group on Saturday or during races, I am running with/against other runners so it does not seem to take as long. After a couple miles on Tuesday my knee started to really bother me so I was forced to stop. Since that time I have been wearing a knee brace for stability, or for mental purposes, which has seemed to help but I have to keep telling myself to keep running.

I tried to meet Saturday with hopes that with me running with a group, that I could build my endurance back up to where it should be but instead of going to North Park Nursing Center, I went to North Park Apartments and was not sure where to go so I ran a few errands then ran at home. It has become frustrating that I cannot mentally get myself to push through but this upcoming week I plan to make adjustments to my work-outs to include cross training to help with my knee and hip pain so I can go for distance this coming Saturday with my group run.

Ruth – GRRRRRRRRRR ARRRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!

20170321_181359My next few weeks are jammed packed with training, taekwondo, soccer practice & games, another trip to Louisville, work…basically life of  an active family.

This last week has just been trying to get in as much movement as possible. Walking, running, exercise anything to not lose my momentum.  I did get in a good run earlier in the week with Katie & Lori on the Henderson River Walk. I also got quite a bit was walking in, while we were at the Kentucky Science Center (steps….lots of step).

This coming week  is going to be a bit of a challenge for me. With our crazy schedule, I am not sure how much training I can fit in. Which I find to be extremely frustrating. Wanting to do more, but not having enough hours in the day to get everything completed.

So I have been trying to do little things to keep even a smidge active. Standing when I can, toe raises, stretching, taking a little walk around the room at work, any little bit I wiggle into my schedule. All those bits add up throughout the day.

Lori

Week 8.  Took a full week off to let my ankle heal, still went to gym and did upper body and tried to keep active.  And the cool thing is I really missed running!  Yes you can change habits.  A mere 8 weeks is all it took for me to get to the point where I felt lost if I was not running or walking or something that kept me physically active.  One week off was torture, I’m more than ready to get back to a full work out but still a bit sore and will take it easy.  Only 5 week to the big day and I want to be ready.  Now the hard part of getting back to where I was.  I had FINALLY got past the 17 minute mile and now feel like I have to catch up.  It’s going to be a tough week but well work it.  No pictures to post this week, I’ll definitely have some for next week!

River Run Ambassador – Meet Katie

Week Four – Just Say No

Katieweek4_shoesNow, if I’m being honest here…the thing that caught my interest the most about joining the River Run Ambassador team, was the free pair of shoes from Orthopaedic Associates. I mean, who can pass that up, am I right?! Especially when they’re pink and blue, like the pair I got *insert heart eye emoji. Truthfully speaking though, I’ve never felt more support in a pair of shoes than I do in these. And I have some good friends over at Swift Athletics on Main Street to thank for that! From minute I stepped into the store to the second I stepped out the doors, they gave me their full attention, asking me questions about my running history (or lack thereof), and running goals. I was given some different pairs to try, and they watched me jog around the store to see which ones worked best with my running patterns. I could already tell a difference in just the few steps I took in the store and know that these new shoes are going to maximize my training’s and help me reach my goals.

Fast forward to my first training with my new running shoes: For those of you who don’t know me well, things are about to get real personal. As a small prelude, I’m going to give you some advice to take with you throughout your life journey. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT eat wings the night before you plan to go running. Don’t do it. Just say no. Because it’s going to lead to quite a…crappy experience (pun intended).

mockup-b1077972_grande[1]I KNEW it was a bad idea, but I did it anyway. And let me tell you, I paid for it. I learned my lesson. The minute I stepped out into the very cold, 34 degree, I-just-shaved-my-legs-and-the-hairs-are-growing-back-already weather, my stomach started doing somersaults. We took off running, and less than 5 minutes in…that’s when I knew. “Why? Why do I do these things?” I continue to scream at myself over and over (in my head, of course). I told myself to suck it up and hold it in. A very long, excruciating, 2 miles later…I was really struggling. By this point, I needed to go to the bathroom, and I needed to go pronto. But I was right in the middle of literally nothing but neighborhoods, and no public restrooms. I looked around—houses everywhere. I would have to go almost another mile before reaching Donut Bank—and we ALL know, there’s no way I’m going in there! Donuts are my absolute weakness, and I wasn’t about to put myself through that torture.

So I make it past Donut Bank, and that’s when it hits me—I think I might actually go in my pants. On the side of the road. “No! Who are you?! Katie, GET IT TOGETHER.” This time, I literally screamed at myself—not in my head. I no longer cared who heard me, I needed a pep talk, and I needed it NOW. The bitter cold air has caused my limbs to go numb, so honestly, I felt like I had no control over myself. “No no no no no, this can’t real life,” I moan to myself…tears rolling down my face, not to mention snow flakes flying into my eyes—I was absolutely miserable. I came so close to walking up to a random house and knocking on their door, but let’s get real; most people sleep in on Saturday’s. Most people don’t get up and go for a run when it’s 34 degrees outside. Most people know that it’s a bad idea to eat wings the night before a morning run.

I swear, ya’ll, this continued for the next MILE. A whole mile! But you know what? I made it. AND I still maintained an 18-minute mile average, bum cheeks clenched and all—the first of many goals my new shoes have helped me reach in my journey.

Week Three – Boom, Clap, The Sound of My Thighs

IMG_2085Over the last week, we had the opportunity to meet with ProgressiveHealth and partake in PhysiMax Assessments. We were given a brief explanation of what we would be doing during this assessment; things like jumping off a small box, bending, and squatting, while they evaluated our movements. “Oh that sounds super simple,” I tell myself.

Have you ever tried to do one legged squats? Let me tell you, IT AIN’T EASY. I was wobbling all over the place, not to mention the burn in my butt was unreal. I hate squats (which is why my booty is not poppin’). I’m not going to lie, I really struggled. But boom, clap, the sound of my thighs cheered me on and kept me going. I was surprised at how much of this assessment had to do with our balance—it makes sense, that our core strength is a huge contributor to our over all balance and endurance, I just didn’t expect to feel like a gymnast; trying to hop and stick my landing. If only my younger years of gymnastics would have prepared me better. However, as a 6 year old, I think I was more excited about the sparkly leotards than actual gymnastics practice; I spent way too much time twirling in front of the mirror than practicing my bunny hops on the balance beam. I’ve always been a diva—I even got a spray tan the night before our Physimax Assessments because I knew I’d be wearing shorts. But according to Queen Bey, “A diva is the female version of a hustla’” so… there’s no shame in my game.

I swear, technology completely blows my mind these days. The ProgressiveHealth team showed us our movement readings on their computer, and the system pulled up individual exercises for each of us to work on to strengthen our weak areas. All from just hopping up and down! Isn’t that cray?! It was very cool to watch them replay our movements in slow motion, analyzing what we should be doing instead of how we were doing it. I’m super excited to start working on my new exercises—especially to strengthen my core. I know that as I become stronger, I’ll be able to run farther, and grow my muscles in the correct way, to decrease soreness and fatigue. I’m also very prone to injury, and the last thing I need right now is to twist or sprain my ankle because I’m not training properly. One time, I fell down the steps at the river front on the 4th of July, sprained my ankle, and was escorted out by an ambulance—but that’s a story for another time.

Week 2 – Dairy Queen Dreams

KatieRuthSaturday morning, 6:00am, my alarm goes off. I hop out of bed and start getting ready for my first training; I grab my freshly washed yogas from the dryer and lace up my shoes. I grab my headphones, stuff a water bottle into my fanny pack and head out the door. “I am READY, this is going to be a great run,” I think to myself.

Fast forward to 7:00am, as all the runners take off. I see everyone ahead of me keeping a good pace, and I decided to start out with a brisk walk. I slowly start drifting to the back of the crowd…so I pick up my pace and begin to run. I feel the burn in my lungs and my heart feels as though it is pounding out of my chest. I see a Dairy Queen up ahead and decide to make that my goal; “Just get to the Dairy Queen, you can do it” I tell myself. Once I arrive, I check to see how far I’ve made it—a whole TWO BLOCKS. My family likes to tell me that I’m overdramatic, but I am not kidding when I say that I at this point, I am huffing and puffing and ready to fall over. I’m ashamed to say that the thought of an Oreo Blizzard may have inspired me to run a little faster to my goal, but hey, at least I made it, right?

It’s safe to say that I power-walked the rest of the training course.

 

IMG_6325I made it to the end (again, passing that dang Dairy Queen, dreaming of Oreo Blizzards) and I actually felt pretty good. That feeling, however, did not last long. As the hours passed, my legs began to grow increasingly sore. It still feels as though my body is screaming at me for putting it through such agony. I spent the rest of the weekend recovering from my very short, 1.5-mile training (I may have had a beer or two to help ease the pain).

I’m not going to lie, I definitely underestimated how far I have to go to prepare for the River Run. But I’m not ready to throw in the towel! I will not be giving up, and I will not be giving in to any Oreo Blizzards. I plan to hit the gym hard this week—preparing for my next training, which will be double the length of this one. I also plan to spend many of my evenings watching inspirational YouTube videos and soaking my sore muscles in plenty of bubble baths.

 

 

Katie’s Story

Front Desk, Orthopaedic Associates

KatieAmbassador

Growing up, I was the butt of the jokes in my school years. I still remember the things people said about me, and to me, regarding my weight and full figure shape. “You’re just like an apple; big, round, and fat” (a joke not only making fun of my weight, but as well as my last name: Applegate). “You bring the meaning to ‘obese.’” “Boys don’t hug you because they can’t fit their arms around you.” The words still have a bit of a sting as I type them out. Although I know that kids will be kids, and bullying is a part of adolescent years, this does not excuse these harsh words, and in no way justifies this behavior. I spent most of my childhood hating myself, and I’ve spent most of my young adult life learning how to love myself. I am so blessed to have found a caring and passionate man who I can now call my fiancé, and I cannot wait to say “I do” and become his wife. Each day is a fight to love myself as much as he loves me.

I have done every crash diet you can think of; I’ve been “dieting” since I was nine years old. One issue with my choice of weight loss programs is that I’ve done them on my own. I have never had an accountability partner, or group of people to help push me to my goals, and I believe that joining The River Run ambassador team is the best decision I can make towards my goals of becoming a healthier me, and also to my goals of growing stronger both physically, and emotionally. This is definitely not an easy decision, I know training will be hard, and I will shed plenty of sweat and tears, but I am ready to challenge myself. I am ready to become the best version of myself, and I am ready to work hard so I can look super fly on my wedding day.
river-run-640x322Orthopaedic Associates is a proud title sponsor of the 2017 River Run, and we’re even prouder of our three River Run Ambassadors. These three ladies have committed to training and crossing the finish line together in May. Each ambassador will share their weekly story and provide insight to training as they build mileage and inspire each other. Check in each week to learn more about Katie, Ruth and Lori and cheer them along to the finish line.

Meet the OA Team, 2017 River Run Ambassadors

river-run-640x322Orthopaedic Associates is a proud title sponsor of the 2017 River Run, and we’re even prouder of our three River Run Ambassadors.  These three ladies have committed to training and crossing the finish line together in May.  Each ambassador will share their weekly story and provide  insight to training as they build mileage and inspire each other.  Check in each week to learn more about Katie, Ruth and Lori and cheer them along to the finish line.

Katie’s Story

Front Desk, Orthopaedic Associates KatieAmbassador

Growing up, I was the butt of the jokes in my school years. I still remember the things people said about me, and to me, regarding my weight and full figure shape. “You’re just like an apple; big, round, and fat” (a joke not only making fun of my weight, but as well as my last name: Applegate). “You bring the meaning to ‘obese.’” “Boys don’t hug you because they can’t fit their arms around you.” The words still have a bit of a sting as I type them out. Although I know that kids will be kids, and bullying is a part of adolescent years, this does not excuse these harsh words, and in no way justifies this behavior. I spent most of my childhood hating myself, and I’ve spent most of my young adult life learning how to love myself. I am so blessed to have found a caring and passionate man who I can now call my fiancé, and I cannot wait to say “I do” and become his wife. Each day is a fight to love myself as much as he loves me.

I have done every crash diet you can think of; I’ve been “dieting” since I was nine years old. One issue with my choice of weight loss programs is that I’ve done them on my own. I have never had an accountability partner, or group of people to help push me to my goals, and I believe that joining The River Run ambassador team is the best decision I can make towards my goals of becoming a healthier me, and also to my goals of growing stronger both physically, and emotionally. This is definitely not an easy decision, I know training will be hard, and I will shed plenty of sweat and tears, but I am ready to challenge myself. I am ready to become the best version of myself, and I am ready to work hard so I can look super fly on my wedding day.

Read Katie’s blog here: Coming Soon

Ruth’s Story

RuthAmbassadorFront Desk, Orthopaedic Associates

Let me start by saying … running is not my forte. I always thought I could/maybe be a runner, but have made excuses as to why I can’t or won’t; I am too old, my feet are a lot wonky (pigeon-toed), there is no time in my schedule…this list could go on and on. So here I am at 42 years old and ready to make a change, to go from a completely non-experienced distance runner to a trained runner. To have a healthier me, a more energetic me, & setting a better example for my son are just a few things I will gain from being a part of the River Run. Maybe by sharing this, another 42 year old will decide they are ready to make that change as well.

While I have never been a great athlete, I am active (with an 8year old who moves at the speed of run, ya kinda have to be). I have played sports as a competitive team mate and recreational. Running, however, was some thing to be shied away from, definitely not in my comfort zone. The River Run, quite frankly makes me nervous. What if I can’t work in the training, what if I am the one person who doesn’t make it across the bridge in time…what if, what if, what if? Even though this makes me nervous I want to challenge myself, I want to achieve this goal

My goals for The River Run: To challenge myself, to get healthier, and to have fun.  Over the weekend, we traveled to Cincinnati for my son’s Taewkondo tournament.  I had hoped to run on the treadmill, but when that wasn’t an option, my son encouraged me to run up and down the hotel stairs to still keep my training.  He said, “”cuz you got that run coming up mom.”  At the end of the day, I wasn’t as winded as I thought I would be.  This run will also help me with Taewkondo, I am on my home stretch to my 1st Degree Black Belt!

Lori’s Story

LoriAmbassadorCoder, Orthopaedic Associates

I just celebrated my 60th birthday and want to encourage people of all ages it’s not too late to be active.  Why not run into your 90s?  I hope to show people they can do something wonderful for themselves at any age.  I’m going to get out there are run for myself, for my health and for the pure joy of it.  Nothing better than being healthy, in shape and active.  On Saturday I went out for the first official River Run training run.  Success!  I made it through the 1st step in the 10 mile run!  While I did not do the full 3 miles I did manage approx. 1.5 (mad at myself for not taking my iPhone with my mileage app) and while I was very sore I felt great.  AND it was cold!  Did I mention it was cold? 16 degrees to be exact!  But the sun was out, lots of people there and it was a great experience.  I walked back to our starting point, not wanting to over stress muscles that had not seen a gym since before Thanksgiving, and was encouraged by the people who were heading out for the second time (say what?!) who gave me words of praise for making it through the course.  Lots of energy from this group.  Tonight I hit the gym for a 2 mile run, I’m following the novice training by Hal Higdon.  I’m excited to be getting back in shape, gearing up for the many long soaks in the tub for sore legs and ready to make running a part of my daily life again.

 

Nikki’s Story

NikkiAmbassadorScribe, Orthopaedic Associates

I was born in a family where my father was still running marathons when I was a newborn. As family priorities and jobs came first, my father lost the motivation to continue what he loved to do, and that was to run.  Being active throughout my life, I loved the feeling of being around fellow players/runners that had the same aspirations. Now as I grow older, I understand why my father faded away from running. Between having a career, helping to take care of five children, and remodeling our home, I feel I do not have enough time in the day or energy to put on my running shoes and train.  Over the past couple of years my family, to include my father, have participated a couple 5k obstacle course races. The best feeling was running alongside my dad, sisters, brothers, and nieces through the mud, swinging on rings, climbing up hills, and crossing the finish line together. I want to get back in shape and be a role model my future stepchildren to be active and healthy, like my father did for me.

Nikki_WeekONe

Between a sick dog and kids, my training plans did not go to plan. However, knowing I have an upcoming date where I needed to be able to run 10 miles my fear won over and so my training started on 02/05/17. My lungs aren’t used to the cold air so I figured I would start off with 2 miles and see how I felt after. I started by walking my dogs as a warm up and after I gave them their treats and stretched, I was ready to go. Although it was warm, I still had the familiar burning in my lungs as they got used to the chilly air. My run went well, but the next day I paid the price. Between my groin strain and right plantar fasciitis, my Monday run was put on hold. I am recovered now and plan to continue my training full force.

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