Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Vacation, aaaaahhhhh!!!

It's vacation week, Yeah!!! It's a not-going-anywhere, stay-at-home-and-get-things-done-before-school-starts vacation, whew! What that really means is I'll actually have time to write and post my blog on time! So prepare yourself, this is going to be a longgggggg one!


  • I did my run before karate class, running from the dojo to 62nd street and back, then out to 56th street and back for 3.1 miles in 28:19. I was very pleased with the time since every mile was under 10 minutes. And with the Florida August heat and humidity, I was a huffin and a puffin to make that time! My face was so red and stayed that way for quite some time. No matter how good in shape I may be, my face always gets red. I guess it's my fair Irish skin!!!

  • After the run, I went into the dojo to SWAT. Changed from my running clothes to my gi and realized I didn't bring my belt. Starting the week off well aren't I?!?!?!? I like SWATting the adult novice class because it's only 45 minutes and the time just flies by.

  • In my class, we did a decent warm up. Then the class was split off and I went with the demo group. Everyone got assigned to different things. I was with the black belts doing bookset. For the "finale" we did X-block and then went right into 2 count kicking with a staggered crescent kick.


  • It's so nice to be able to go to the morning karate class!! We did our warm up, partner work and then finally got to do American Bo Form. We do it so irregularly that it's hard for me to get it down 100%. After class, Jonathan stayed to work on it with me and 3 others.

  • Next we dropped the girlie off at her friends house. Then the little guy and I started staging the house. He helped me move some furniture around and make things looks more "saleable". We took a break and went swimming in the pool. Ryan and I decided to race and halfway through, here comes Ali (our dog) jumping in to "save us". She landed right on my back so I now have a nice scratch across my back. Ali is a great dog, but any activity in the pool (eg. splashing, going down the slide, going underwater) and she thinks we are in danger and it is her job to save us.

  • Later on, we ran out to Target for a few things and then picked up the girlie. For dinner, I made coconut-mango chicken with black beans; it was yummy, although neither kid liked the mango part. Ryan was psyched because he made fries and they came out great.

  • After dinner we finished our "staging" work in the living room, family room and office. Then it was "chilax" time. Kids on the computer, mom with a class of wine. aaaahhhhh


  • My foot doctor appointment finally arrived. About 2-3 months ago, I started having pain in my heel. This was around the same time I bought new running shoes. I was looking for a lighter pair and ended up switching from my trusted Brooks to Nike air pegasus. The back of the heel area on the Nike felt "taller" and I thought maybe that was the cause of the heel pain. But, I figured that was probably just a coincidence and I kept using the Nikes.

  • The pain was in the back part of the heel and after doing some research on the web, it looked like it probably was bursitis. Rest and anti-inflammatory drugs were the usual recommendations, but it also suggested wearing open-backed shoes, which I did. About a month ago I finally made an appointment because the heel wasn't improving.

  • And as fate would have it, once I made the appointment, the heel finally started getting better. But, it didn't completely go away so I went ahead and kept the appointment. The running store had recommended the podiatrist I ended up seeing and he was awesome. He took a full history, listened to everything I said, asked lots of questions and did a full foot examination. He spent a good amount of time with me, which was very nice.

  • For the diagnosis, heel spurs brought on tendonitis/bursitis which most likely was caused by the Nikes. The doctor explained that the nike "air" is causing my heel to "drop" down lower, which means my calf (which is chronically tighter from last years injury) is being overstretched and causing the tendonitis/bursitus in the heel and subsequent bone spur.

  • I'm sure I butchered his explanation, but it all made sense when he said it. He asked about my NSAID use and I said I use IBU after my long runs; that's about it. I explained to him that I am OK with taking meds PRN, but I'm a terrible "regular" medicine taker. He recommended I take Aleve BID x 7 days to really try to knock out the inflammation. He also suggested I increase my calf exercises/stretching and use heel inserts. He then asked about any other "running" pain and I mentioned my knee/IT and we discussed that for a while. Overall, I was really impressed. Now we'll just have to wait to see how the aleve and heel inserts work.

  • I went to the early (5pm) karate class. I was kind of surprised that there weren't more people; there were probably only around 6 black belts there. That night, I ran 4.04 around the neighborhood in 36:59.


  • Started the day with a 5.08 run in 49:33. Then it was off to morning karate class. I stayed after class again to get in more renshu time on the bo. I think I actually have it down pretty good. Now I just have to work on the details.

  • I met 2 friends who I used to work with at Aetna for dinner. It was great catching up on everything. Plus, the philly steak wrap was awesome!!


  • I had thought about doing my long run this morning, but decided to sleep in instead since I rarely get the opportunity to do that. When we finally got up, YAWN!!!, we decided to go to the beach. I had a good time watching them boogey board. After the beach, we stopped at Kilwins for some ice cream. Once we got back home, all the kids went into the pool.

  • Candidate class was on Friday night again this week (instead of it's "normal" Saturday morning time slot). We started out with the katas; appreciation form, short 1, long 1, short 2, short 3, bookset, XMA form 1, and XMA form 2. Then we did partner work on kicking skills. We did a "circle" bag workout; with 3 different kick combos. We finished class with weapons. First was chucks; XMA chuck form 1 and then Chuck form 2 for the black belts. I totally screwed that one up. I had reviewed Chuck form 1 and confused them. Ugh!!! Next was Kamaset form 2, I bonked on the double crescent kick but rocked the rest of the form. Then, all the people who remembered Kamaset 1 performed that kata; I love kamaset 1!!! I had 1 little misstep, but otherwise did really well. The last weapon work was American Bo Form. Only the black belts did this and it was done at performance speed. I made it through the kata, but I don't have all the details down at that speed. But overall, I was very happy with my performance tonight.

  • At the end of class, Master KC reminded everyone of the timed run for Saturday. I told her that I was running a 5k in the morning and depending on timing, may or may not show up for the timed run. She said I could just give her my time for the 5k.

  • Then finally it arrived! The Olympics Opening Ceremony. I was so happy to see Sarah Brightman, she's one of my faves!!! Seeing all the nations in the procession, with their garb and smiles, was awesome. The lighting of the torch was impressive; the gymnast "running" around the rim of the stadium was so cool!


  • Today was the ING Kick Off 5k at Birch State Park. I got there about 15 minutes before start time. I parked up front and had a mile to walk to the starting line. The starting area was narrow so I walked to the back of the group and there I saw John and Summer from the GFLRR club.

  • The race was just shy of 2 laps in Birch State Park. The aroma from the mangroves was pretty nauseating at times, but overall the race was great. I finished in 27:53 and was very happy with my time. It wasn't a PR, but considering the heat and humidity, it was a solid time.


  • Long run day! I had thought about doing the GFLRR Sunday run at Deerfield Beach. But I was slow to get up and dressed. So, I did my old "beach run", starting at the Sea Ranch Lakes Publix and going south on A1A to the Yankee Clipper and then back to Publix. I ended up with 12.04 miles in 2:23:32.

Vacation Ends.....

  • For the week, I got in 5 karate classes, 2 SWATS, 4 extras, and 5 runs for 27.89 miles!

  • The kids and I did some fun things and I had time to do a good amount of cooking! But as usual, the week went by too quickly!



  1. That was a great post. Sounds like a good foot doctor and I am glad you are following through with the diagnosis and treatment plan. I am amazed at how much a fraction of a difference in a shoe can make. You are the American Bo girl. Go, Dani!

  2. How are the heel inserts doing? I was just thinking about your coconut mango chicken and stuff while on a shuttle in beijing. You are awesome.