Week 12 recap and sidelined in Hawaii…

After my 5K on Sunday the 29th, I didn’t run again until Friday when I squeaked out 5 miles with my running buddy.

I totally forgot to take a selfie at the end of that 5 miles. It was a rough one. I still had sore gluts from my post-race deep tissue massage, and my foot was numb for half of it. Then my IT band acted up for the last 1/2 mile. I was a mess! But guess what? Another 5 miles in the bank, just before I started my travels.


Later that day, I flew to Phoenix for a certification course, and was itching to get outside for a run that Sunday. 

However, it was a tough, disappointing run. I felt winded at first, then once I got into a groove at the 1 mile mark, my left shin/ankle cramped and I could barely dorsiflex my foot. At the same time, my right foot went numb. I just walked the 0.8 mile back (which was a struggle) and called it a day. I think it was a combination of wearing heels for 3 long days straight (which I rarely do), and then running on uneven sidewalk.  


I continued with pain, so I didn’t try to run before I left for Hawaii on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning, I got up bright and early for morning yoga. I walked 3 miles round trip to the meeting site, and my leg started to feel better.

But, despite soaking and massaging all week, I kept being awakened by excruciating pains at night for the remainder of the week. Last night, I got the great idea to use my TENS electric stim machine along my tibialis anterior muscle. It was my FIRST night with no pain!

I have, however, been enjoying my time here in Honolulu.

I’m taking it easy with this left leg now, with the hope that I can get a run in tomorrow.

New kicks & the squat challenge

I am excited for tomorrow’s run, mostly because I get to rock my new running shoes!


I have been running in my Nike Pegasus sneakers from pre-injury, with A-Line insoles (which were a Godsend when I had IT Band issues). However, given the pains I’ve been having lately, I suspected that my feet/ankles had changed since the injury with respect to supination and pronation, and maybe even size, and that I needed new kicks.

After an hour of measurements, and running outside and around the store in various brands with the owner of my local Fleet Feet, I now have new kicks: New Balance FreshFoam 1080v7, in a 1/2 size bigger and wider than the Nikes. I also threw in a pair of the currexSole insoles. Tomorrow, I get to take them for a spin!


Today was a rest day, so I did day 2 of this 30-day squat challenge that a few runners I know are doing. I added on 10 pushups and 25 sit-ups (to match the number of squats I did).