Run: This magazine cover is everything

I have been a part of the running world for around 15 years now. I am not always active (like now) but I am always aware and always consider myself a runner. During that time I have read/browsed a million running publications. They always offer some good advise and present lots of advertisements and they always, ALWAYS, have a skinny runner on the cover. Until now!

This cWRover for Women’s Running is amazing. A runner on a magazine that is large and in charge. She is plus-size model that is actual plus-size (a term I hate) not a padded out size 6. And she isn’t in a special “plus-size” issue, she is simply the July cover. She is simply a runner. She is awesome.

Lately, I have been feeling too fat to run. I have felt like I needed to get a little lighter before I did that to my body. But I am inspired now. I may be slow and labored right now but I can run. Well if my ankle will hurry and cooperate that is.

Well done, Women’s Running. Well done.

Run: Interrupted

The running is going poorly. Last Tuesday, I had a little motivation and I got up at 5:00 AM to go out for a bit of a walk/run. I was ready to get back to it after a  long battle with Plantar Fasciitis in my right foot. THe PF hasn’t gone away but has lessened in severity.*

Out I went, it was already miserable hot and humid at 5:00 AM so there was a lot more walking than running but I put in about 40 minutes and made my way back towards my house. At two houses away, I stepped off the curb to go around a car that was parked across the sidewalk (a particular pet peeve of mine) and lost my footing. Down I went, I tried to stand up quickly to maintain some pride and realized that things were not ok with my left ankle. I hoped I could walk it off but walking hurt, really bad. I somehow hobble back to my house (if I had been any further away, that couldn’t have happened). I collapsed into chair, removed my shoe and sock and watched my ankle swell to a nauseating shape and size.

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A trip to urgent care and a few x-rays later, I was diagnosed with a sprain, outfitted with a  splint and told to stay off my ankle with a full recovery taking about 4 weeks.

F$^* %W*(#)( #(*&%)9!!!!!

I did not have time for this. I had work, I had plans for the weekend that I had been looking forward to forever. But my ankle did not care. My ankle had its way. I did make it to work that first day and that was an enormous mistake, trying to get to my office from our parking lot on crutches in 100 degree heat was torture. Knowing that I had to make the return trip at the end of the day was depressing. The next day I got smart and stayed home.ankle knitting

Bright side, since I was confined to my chair with my husband waiting on me hand and foot, I was forced to do much knitting.

A week later now and the ankle is much better. Still sore but I can put weight on it and get around. No running or long walks though. Naturally, I have never been more motivated to workout than when I can’t.

* I have to thank my Vionic shoes for the relief from my PF. They have and aggressive arch support that takes some getting used to but has really helped me. Not sponsored, they don’t know I exist.

Plantar fasciitis

Irony maybe? I don’t know. You start a blog with “run” in the title because you are excited about spring and getting your butt out there to run and get in shape and boom, you are struck with the most horrible Plantar fasciitis episode ever.

Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.

Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.  – Mayo Clinic website

I can hardly walk much less run at the moment. So I guess, right now I am sew_knit_hobble.

Anyway, hello. I am Laura. Wife of one, mom of 3 (2 mine, 1 step), worker, sewist (sewer?), knitter, out of shape former runner who desperately wants to return to just being a runner. I don’t think I am particularly good at any of my descriptors but I do them and I love them. So I made this here blog to talk about it.  And really to talk about whatever. I intentionally made multiple topics because I tend to shift my focus periodically and randomly.