I’ve stopped writing updates about training because my training kind of went to shit in the last couple weeks. And rather than give you all the boring details and timeline of everything, I’ll just give you some bullet points.

Training update:

•I have a quad strain.

•I haven’t run in over a week.

•I’ve been going to PT for it.

•It’s been very hard to stay positive.

 

Also, some general life updates for ya!

•I’ve picked up a 2nd job at a Beer and Cheese shop, 2 blocks from my apartment!

•I start tomorrow.

•I’m going to be working a lot between these 2 jobs, so maybe I’ll actually make some real money.

•My job description: pouring beer, talking to customers about beer, and tasting beer i.e. #dreamjob

•Also, I can teach you how to get a job without showering and without a resume. ;)

 

I’ll be sure to pop in and blog again when I have an update on my quad. Until then, trying not to be depressed.

nycmcancellationThis happened yesterday. Even though I had already accepted it and moved on, it definitely hurt to put the final nail in the coffin. I got nervous, sad, and unsure all of a sudden. All I had to do was push a button on the computer and it’s gone, no more New York City Marathon for me.

It sucks to think back when I initially got injured and how I thought I was kind of lucky because I wasn’t going to be missing any races or losing any money, I always thought it could be much worse, and granted it DEFINITELY could have been much worse. But, anyway, how wrong I was. I suppose it was for the better when I think about it. It allowed me to go through my injury period with hope and gratitude, rather than negativity.

Anyway, I’m not going to dwell on this, it’s done and over, I’ve officially cancelled my entry and I WILL be there next year.

What do I have lined up for the Fall? Sadly, not very much. I’m so used to racing so often, and not only all year long, but Fall is the prime racing season, so it makes me kind of sad to not have several races lined up. I’m definitely living vicariously through my friends who are racing the shit out of some marathons this Fall.

I keep considering signing up for one of the many half marathons in the area, but then I remind myself how out of shape I am. I mean, yes, I can cover the distance, but I much prefer to return to racing with some amount of confidence and speed under my belt.

In a little under 3 weeks, I am racing the

Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff (5M)

It will be mixed into a 9 mile training run, but I do plan on racing those 5 miles. I cannot wait to wear this beauty again!

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I haven’t worn my singlet since VCM, which was 4 months ago at this point. I don’t think I’ve ever gone so long without racing before. I’m sure my bank account appreciates it :) Err…minus losing $235 for NYCM.

As of right now, the 5 mile race and the Rehoboth Beach Half are all I’m signed up for. I’m considering the Race To Deliver, which is a 4 mile race put on by NYRR on November 24th. And I am also considering doing the Hot Chocolate 10k put on by NYCRuns on December 15th, the weekend after the Rehoboth Half. We shall see. :)

My focus right now is only run races that I plan on racing. Having this goal helps with saving money and learning to appreciate a race again. I love running races as part of training runs, but I’m not in that mindset right now. I want to race these races and start pushing myself again.

Anyone else running these races? What’s your Fall race season looking like? Are you signed up for several races?

Usually when things aren’t going well, I’m quiet. It’s hard to admit things on the internet and sometimes it’s hard to not be in denial about an issue. Despite my amazing first week of training, I am feeling a bit sidelined already. I blame the stupid Nike Training Club thing that I went to last Monday. I definitely should not have gone, there was way too much jumping and my foot was not ready for that kind of stress. Dumb.

I mentioned in my recap that it left my foot feeling wonky and up until Sunday, it felt the same all week, no worse, no better, not really pained, just something there that I could feel. After Sunday’s long run, I felt like it got worse, but still not actual pain, just discomfort.

Yesterday I lifted and today I was supposed to run. I woke up this morning to run, but decided against it because my foot kind of hurts. It doesn’t hurt to walk, but when I twist my foot around, it feels weird and not good. And yes, it’s the foot that I had my stress fracture in and I’m feeling it generally in that same area.

Cue meltdown.

I was finally feeling 100%. My feet were feeling great and I was just getting back into it. I don’t think I’m actually injured, but wtf this sucks. I feel like I shouldn’t run until my foot is back to 100%, I’m not risking anything.

And for now, I’m just going to focus on the fact that today is Derek and I’s 2 year anniversary! We have also been together for 10 years as of yesterday, which is crazy, but amazing.

We are going out to dinner tonight at The Astor Room in Astoria. It’s literally 1 block from our apartment and we have yet to go. It should be a great night.

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Best wedding ever.