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TSFM Half Marathon Training Begins, and How I Injured Myself: The Truth

Happy Friday runners!

I am just over half way through my first week of training for The San Francisco Marathon! I will be running the First Half of the race this year, and this will be my FIRST race since last July! After injuring myself in October, I took a long hiatus from running. I have to say, after much rest, patience, PT and strength training-IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE BACK!

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View from the top of Bernal Heights #seenonmyrun

To prepare for this race, I am using a fairly traditional plan for training: Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 Half Marathon training program. I am running 4 times a week, combined with 2-3 classes at Burn Pilates in SF. Burn is a fusion workout studio that combines Pilates, weight training and HIIT drills in one, 55 minute workout. I have to say, my cardio is ON POINT right now, which I will credit to the high intensity training. So, don’t neglect your cross-training!

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Spring has been lovely to us in SF!

I don’t have any concrete goals for this race just yet, besides STAYING HEALTHY. That means getting plenty of rest, proper nutrition, general maintenance (warming-up, foam rolling, icing, and the works), and listening to my body. The truth is, the real reason I injured myself so badly, is that I pushed through an emerging injury. I had noticed an unusual pain in my right foot while running, and I did rest for a week. When I tried to run again, the pain returned and I rested from running again. However, I took a jiu-jitsu class and during the warmup, I ran barefooted around the room. During that first jog around the mats, I felt a shooting pain through my foot and up my leg. The stubborn marathoner in me took over, and I simply pushed through the pain! It was my first time taking jiu-jitsu, and my pride took over and I didn’t want to remove myself from the class. I regrettably kept training for an hour and a half in pain, and after that one class I could barely walk and needed months of rest!

We endurance athletes are taught to push through all kinds of uncomfortable situations, but there is a great difference between being tough and being stupidly stubborn. Lesson learned! Or, so I hope 😀

-J

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Journey Back from Injury

Blog, how I have missed you! I took an unintentional hiatus from writing, perhaps it was the nagging tendon injury that sidelined me for two months, the taking on of a second job that has cause my work/life balance to completely fall out of whack, or just run blogger’s block (it’s a thing); but excuses aside, in just TWO shorts weeks I will begin my training for the San Francisco Marathon! With the running and writing juices flowing, I’ll be tracking my training here once again.

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Promo shot for TSFM (I’m in the front row 😀 )

This is my 5th year participating in TSFM events, and I have decided that I will run the First Half Marathon. I was once again selected as an ambassador for the race, and you can meet all of the rest of The Team here!

About that injury…In October, I suffered a severe tendon strain in my right foot. Healing a tendon is no joke: it took weeks of doing nothing on my feet just to stop limping. Once I could walk properly again, I started slowly rebuilding the strength in my leg. I began taking yoga at my gym, and worked up to 3-4 classes a week. The difference in strength between my right and left leg was immense at first, and my balance was completely off. However, slowly but surely I regained strength.

I also began to supplement my cardio training on the stationary bike. I almost died from boredom (no joke), so I never peddled for more than a half hour at a time, but it was good a start. Just after the New Year, I started to run/walk again. At the advice of an Athletic Trainer, I began running on a treadmill rather than outside. SO! I worked my way up to running about 20 minutes on the hamster wheel. Then, it was finally time to take my runs to the streets again!

I always side with caution, and steadily increased my run/walk mileage over the course of two months. I am now capable of running for miles again without walking breaks, but it was quite a journey to get to where I am now. Thus far I remained uninjured, and I am SUPER stoked to get my training underway!

-J

 

 

The San Francisco Marathon 2016 Race Ambassador!

I am so happy to announce that I am returning as an ambassador this year for The San Francisco Marathon! This is my FAVORITE running event, and it is such an honor to represent such a world class (and fun!) race!

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TSFM will be held on July 31, 2016 and offers multiple races distances-a full marathon, TWO half marathons, a 5K and even an ULTRA marathon. As an ambassador, I am able to offer registrants a discount: Use TSFM2016JAMIE to save $10 off the full marathon or either half marathon, and TSFM2016JAMIE5K for $5 off the 5K.

I want to help motivate as many as people as possible to line up with me on race day! I personally haven’t settled on which distance I will run, but right now I am leaning toward the First Half Marathon for several reasons.

First, I ran the Second Half Marathon last year, and running the First Half this year would qualify me for the Half It All Challenge medal. Additionally, if I then participate in the Berkeley Half Marathon in November, I will have completed the SF/Berkeley Challenge, which I missed out on in 2015. So more medals=better, amIright?

Second reason: the course runs over the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Need I say more?

Lastly, Irish coffee at the finish line! Yes, this IS a motivating factor for me. I found that the mix of whiskey and caffeine give sore legs at the end of a race a much needed nudge to get you where you’re going! (A celebratory brunch? A nap? Both perhaps??).

But I haven’t fully committed to this specific race just yet, as each of the distances has something to offer. For instance, the Second Half Marathon is much less hilly and faster if you are itching for a PR! I’ve participated in TSFM every year since 2012, and have a collection of race reviews for anyone interested in more details about individual events:

TSFM Second Half 2015

TSFM Full Marathon 2014

TSFM First Half 2013

TSFM First Half 2012

If you live in the Bay Area and already consider yourself a runner, this event is a must! If you do not live in the Bay Area, San Francisco is a fantastic venue for a runcation, offering up a stunning and challenging backdrop for a run! Don’t consider yourself a runner yet? My debut race was at TSFM in 2012! As you are planning your race schedule, or working on your list of New Year’s resolutions, keep July 31st on your calendar; The San Francisco Marathon is an experience I promise you will not forget!

So, who is running with me??

-J