It's a very slow process - two steps forward, one step back - but I'm inching in the right direction. - Rob Reiner

May 10, 2011

Rockin the Ages and the Corporation!! - UPDATED!!

UPDATE:  I hit 100 as promised...stay tuned for an AWESOME Giveaway later this week!

Thursday night I went to see the Broadway Musical Rock of Ages.  Have you seen it?  It's AWESOME!!  If you love, love, love 80s hair bands, you will love this show!  There were alot of people at the show who I'm pretty sure did not enjoy it however.  It cracks me up sometimes that people don't actually double check to find out what a play is about - they just buy tickets to "The Theatre" or a "Broadway show" to say that they did and then I think they are a little surprised.  Anyway, if it's in your town and you love old school rock - I would highly recommend it.  If you are an American Idol fan it stars Constantine Maroulis - from a few seasons ago.  And gentleman - it also stars lots of scantly clad young ladies - so there's something in it for you too.  It was seriously alot of fun and I think if we could have gotten tickets my girlfriends and I might have gone to see it again.

Yes, that's three Grown Women - Trying to be all Rock N' Roll

Me & my BFF Cindy

Yes, Here we go again!

Saturday morning I got up bright and early to compete in the Corporate Challenge 5K.  I said to Jim in the morning "Hey, do you know how you know you are a real runner?"  -  "When you run for your company in a 5K race"......then I started laughing, because this is totally not true, but it sounded funny.

Pre-race....ready to run


Cheesy pre-race grin

I was still feeling a little under the weather, slow and sluggish.  I had trouble breathing and getting into any kind of rhythm during the entire 5K, but I completed it.  I went out way too fast (for me) and finished my first mile in 10:27.  Of course almost the entire first mile is downhill; the problem with that is you pay for that downhill the rest of the race.  It is a very, very hilly course for a 5K a total of  220 ft of elevation (which all happens in miles 2 and 3 - seriously mile 1 is almost all downhill).  Comparatively speaking my half marathon last week had 342 feet of elevation for 13 miles.  Anyway, the first mile took it out of me completely - my own fault, and so my last two miles were both 12:24.  I finished in 36:16, an average pace of 11:41.  I ran this same race in 2009 (oddly enough exactly one week after my first half marathon) and completed it in 36:25.  Well I guess I improved, but I would have liked to see more improvement than that :(

This past week, I started having some toe pain again.  I had this pain about 2 years ago and I ended up in a boot for 6 weeks.  It is the exact same pain.  The diagnosis was Capsulitis, which is basically just an inflammation of the toe joint.  I was also diagnosed with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (yes similar to Carpal Tunnel) - it's a nerve that runs through the arch of the foot and ankle.  Luckily I am only have the toe pain.  I am worried that it will get worse but I'm trying to push through it, but also be good to my feet when I'm not running i.e. wearing my custom orthodics again.  Yes I am an OLD woman!!  I need my feet to be well because.........

This week I start my Hyvee Triathlon training plan.  I am a full 3 weeks behind schedule already and I need to hit my training hard!

Has anyone else ever had serious foot/nerve pain that was recurring?  Ever find a cure that worked for you?


  1. I am doing a corporate cup race in a week and a half. My recurring foot pain was PF and I tried everything. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Good luck.

  2. I want to see Rock of Ages so badly, I'm jealous! Great job on the race, especially by not feeling 100%! I've only had foot pain for like a week and then it was gone. Hopefully you'll figure it out and it goes away quickly :(

  3. It looked like you had a lot of fun at Rock of Ages!
    Nice job with your 5k! I hate when they put hills in races!Wouldn't it be nice if all races were flat? Ha ha!
    I'm sorry about your foot pain. I've never had foot pain, but my sister has and it was so frustrating for her. I really hope it doesn't develop into anything serious!

  4. Congrats on the 5K and getting it done! Hope you are hanging in there with the no sugar - it's tough but we can do it!!

    Sorry about the toe issue and hope it gets better soon. Good luck on your training!

  5. I haven't seen Rock of Ages but my sister just seen it and she said it was great to. Way to go on your race when you still are not feeling up to par. I hope you are able to get the toe issue resolved soon. Take care. Happy Mother's Day to you.

  6. i heard Rock of Ages was great from lots of other people too! looks like you had a blast ( :

    hey, you're at 99 followers!!! just ONE more!!!

  7. Hey, it's extra awesome when you finish a run that sucks! Plus, you improved even though you still felt under the weather. Way to go!

  8. Rock of Ages sounds like fun! I'm going to have to see if/when it comes to Denver.

    Great job on the 5k! I hate hills...

    Crossing my finger that nothing is wrong with the foot/toe.

  9. Thanks for the comment! I think I just pushed you over to 100 followers, haha

    I've definitely read some of your posts, I probably should have been following your blog a while ago, haha

    The race recap from the OKC half marathon was awesome, you guys have a great family!

    Nice job on the 5K! That is a bummer on the toe pain, didn't Jim have something similar develop a while back? It might be different, but I could be wrong. All I can think of is to maybe make sure that you toes aren't always jamming the toe box when you run, and make sure you're in the right shoe?

  10. 100 followers!!! Giveaway time!

    Oh, and hilly 5k's suck --- great job!

  11. I think I want to see "Rock of Ages" now. It sounds like it would be right up my alley!

    Great job on the run and good luck with your tri training!

  12. Ugggg, toe pain! What is it with the universe and foot pain!? I've had a stress fracture on the outside of my foot but nothing else really. I feel for ya! You want to push through but then you're wondering "what the heck!?"

    That's awesome that you beat your time from last year! I'm ready to start tri training too! :)

  13. I cant believe I am about to say this, but I am interested in this Rock of Ages

    Yes, tri training, so freaking fun, just dont stop on the bike at a race.

  14. CUTE pics Michael! You are adorable! Good luck as you focus on tri-training and hope you keep feeling better!!!