Gastroc Strains and Football Games

Why hello there! I’ve missed you guys.

Have I told you how thankful I am for all your positive comments regarding my decision on Philly? THANK YOU for the support. You all are fabulous. I mean it. I felt 100x better after hearing from you all. Sending love your way!

So, I’m not running a marathon this month and the world is still turning. Imagine that! Although the consensus was that I’m not ready, I’ve still been doing a lot of running this past week. Which is good, because this is and all. And I’m not giving up; just taking it a bit more slowly.

As seen on my run. Not your stereotypical NJ!

Now that I’m in for the Philly half (the race organizers confirmed), I’m really working on making the most of my time running. Speedwork and tempo runs (and lactic acid buildup), oh my! One small little speed bump, though. I went back to my orthopedist this week to follow up on my MRI results…and apparently I have  a gastroc strain! It’s not bad, but he recommended I go to physical therapy 2-3x per week. Now I just need to figure out when I can find the time (and money) for that…with my commute and work, I’m tied up from 6:50AM until 7PM every day. Yikes. I cannot keep doing this.

Here’s what we’re lookin’ at.

Tennis leg? Who knew.

As far as I know, I’m still okay to run. He knows I’ve been running, and never told me to stop…but I also didn’t ask because I was afraid of what the answer would be. Ha. I’ll let the PT people tell me. He kept repeating that I would be fine and that it’s not bad at all, even after I told him I really want to be running until I’m an old lady. He seemed pretty confident that I would have plenty of running days ahead. And he also was really excited that my meniscus is intact. Fab. Good to know.

Actually, all things considered, I’ve been feeling pretty good; I’ve been adding an extra day of running and so far so good…obviously this isn’t a serious strain! I don’t feel much pain at all, but I’m looking forward to the physical therapy just to be stronger and make sure I’m as good as I can be.

I had a nice, easy 10 miles yesterday, and went to the disastrous Jets game today. The only good thing about it was that they retired Dennis Byrd’s jersey, and he gave a very moving speech:

Football, glorious football.

I spent a decent amount of time stalking Brendan:

Found you!

So official with his clipboard right? I also got his brother in the photo- he has the ‘K’ on his back! Love it.

Lora’s post on my Facebook page pretty much sums up the game:

Not even mad.

Now, I’m hunkering down with the roomies and preparing for Hurricane Sandy. I already have the day off tomorrow! Best wishes for a safe (and dry!) week!

Oh and last thing: I’m having a fundraising event at Uplift Studios! Come join us for a sweat-filled workout led by one of Uplift Studios’ amazing instructors, followed by wine & snacks. Yes, wine and snacks is underlined and bolded. Most important fact. What’s not to love?!

COST: $40 in advance – All proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

DATE: Wednesday, November 7th

TIME: 6:15PM – 8PM

LOCATION: 24 W. 23rd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), Floor 2

DETAILS: I’m participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program & am currently training for the Lake Placid Ironman on July 28th! (That’s a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, & 26.2 mile run. Yes, ALL IN ONE DAY!) My goal is to raise $10,000 for cancer research.

TO RESERVE A SPOT: Please donate $40 here, and you will receive a confirmation email from me! Questions? Let me know!

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  1. October 28, 2012 / 7:18 pm

    who knows what this storm will bring, hope you stay safe!

  2. October 28, 2012 / 10:22 pm

    Stay safe friend! Ill be home from work tomorrow… Hope I can just keep power. Anyways hope your gastroc heals up and you’re good to go for Philly. I didn’t know Brendan works for the jets!!!! So cool

  3. October 29, 2012 / 11:45 am

    Ahh I hope the strain feels better! There are some PT clinics that are open later so hopefully you find one near your work that you can go to. :)