There’s Always a Silver Lining

Hi Friends!  I hope you all had a great first week of November.  It still does not feel like November.  Our temperatures have stayed up in the upper 80’s and the sun is hot!  I’m not complaining at all, because I would rather have this than cold weather.  But, it doesn’t really feel like fall yet. 

I don’t even know where to start with this week.  I have a lot of mixed feelings about it.  First of all, I found out that I am not going to be able to run the half marathon that I was training for.  The timing of it just doesn’t fit into our schedule.  I knew this was a huge possibility when I started training, and that’s why I haven’t actually registered for it yet.  Even though I knew that going into training, I’m still pretty disappointed.  Second of all, my back has really been bothering me this week. It does this every now and then.  It will just be really sore for a few days and then it will feel better.  But, this time it started out being sore and then it went to actual pain.

While it is very disappointing that I’m not going to be able to run the race, there is a silver lining.  I’m still glad that I have been training.  I have been able to get my mileage back up where I want it to be, and I’m really happy about that.  I will find another race (or 2) to run before the year is over.  Once I found out that I couldn’t run it, I was actually a little relieved too.  Now, I don’t have to stress and push myself to get the miles in while my back is still so sore.  Once my back feels better, I will continue to follow the training plan that I’ve been using.  Until I find another race, I may follow the last couple of weeks so I am continuing to keep my mileage up.  Then, I may start moving towards marathon training again.  The jury’s still out on that one though.  Part of me wants to do another marathon next year, but another part of me doesn’t want to go through the training again.  I still have plenty of time to decide. 

Monday – When I woke up today, I felt extra energized.  I love when I wake up like that.  I am usually dragging myself out of bed and wishing that I could stay and sleep.  Not today!  I was wide awake!  I tried another new to me “yogurt” for breakfast.  I liked the looks of this one because it had 6 grams of protein, but I wasn’t as impressed with the taste.  I really can’t even describe it.  It didn’t taste like strawberries, and it was just an odd taste and after taste.  I dressed it up a little with some chia seeds and some Special K cinnamon pecan cereal and that helped.  I don’t think I will buy the strawberry flavor again. 

There's always a silver lining run and live happy

On Sunday I meal prepped, so I had a really good lunch.  I had a salad with chicken, roasted Brussels sprouts, shredded carrots, avocado, and Skinny Girl balsamic dressing.  I also had some grapes on the side.  I had cut up a kiwi too, but it was too sour to eat.  I may or may not have had a couple of mini Reese’s too. 

There's always a silver lining run and live happy

After work, I decided to go run.  I knew that Tuesday night we were going to a ballgame, so I would really be pushing it to try and get in a run and a shower before the game.  Since today was a rest day, I thought I would go ahead and get it done.  I had 5 miles scheduled for Tuesday, but I wasn’t paying attention to my watch and was a mile from home when I hit 5.  So, I ended up getting 6 and then another one with Jake.  My back was feeling better during the day, but I could definitely feel the soreness when I ran.  I made sure to stretch it good when I got home. 

There's always a silver lining run and live happy

We didn’t have any trick or treaters Monday night – we don’t live in town, so we never have any.  So, we just watched TV and then actually went to bed early. 

Tuesday – I woke up wide awake again on Tuesday morning, but for some reason I was really slow getting ready.  I was almost late leaving for work, and I didn’t have time to fix any breakfast.  So, I had a Cliff bar that I had stashed in my desk.  Lunch was the same as Monday. 

Since today was November 1st, I started the Pile on the Miles challenge. (You can read all about it and join here.)  My goal was to walk or run 30 minutes each day.  I knew that I probably wouldn’t have time after work, so I used my break to walk my 30 minutes.  Tuesday night I went with Jeremy to his first high school basketball game of the season.  It was rivals playing, so it was a good game.  Plus, one of my best friend’s sons was playing so I got to see her, and we always have a good time wherever we are!  Another one of my good friend’s husbands was coaching, but she sits on the bench to keep the scorebook so I only got to see her at half time.  We didn’t get home until after 10, and I went straight to bed! 

Wednesday – I mixed it up today and had some pumpkin pie yogurt for breakfast. 

There's always a silver lining run and live happy

I had a salad again for lunch.  I love my lunch this week!  After work, I had to go to the post office to pick up a package.  It was my new Momentum Jewelry bracelet!  I was so excited that it came! 

Of course I wanted to wear it on my run, so I went home and got ready.  I started out pretty good (said with sarcasm!)…for about half a mile…and then my back started reminding me that it was still sore.  I was planning on running 8 miles, but my back had other plans.  I tried to go slow in hopes that I would make it, but at 2 miles I was done.  I tried to just walk and thought I could do 4 or 5, but the pain kept getting worse.  It was shooting down my back and into my legs, so I had to quit.  By the time I got home, I had 2.5 miles done.    

There's always a silver lining run and live happy

When I got home, I spent a lot of time doing some stretches that the doctor had me do when I first hurt my back.  It did help some to relieve the pressure.  After that, I parked myself on the couch for the rest of the night to watch the final game of the World Series. 

Thursday – I woke up 30 minutes before my alarm rang today and was wide awake.  I love waking up like that!  So, I went ahead and got up and stretched my back some more.  I had some pumpkin pie yogurt for breakfast again.  Then for lunch, I had a half of a chicken breast and some grapes. 

I really debated on whether or not I should try to run today.  Usually when my back gets sore like this, it just lasts for a couple of days.  But, since it actually hurt, I was very leery of doing anything to hurt it even more.  It’s crazy because when I first hurt it I ran for a month before I finally gave in and went to a doctor.  I still don’t know how I did it!  Even though it was feeling a little better during the day, I was very nervous about trying to run.  So, instead I took Jake for a long walk.  It was killing me to not run.  The weather was the perfect running weather.  Jake thought so too.  He ran while I walked behind him. 

There's always a silver lining run and live happy

Friday – I had another pumpkin pie yogurt for breakfast.  I love that flavor!  I will be sad when pumpkin season is over….or I may be so sick of I’ll be glad.  LOL  Lunch was a salad.  I didn’t prep enough food on Sunday, so I just grabbed an already made salad at the grocery store on my way to work.  It had romaine, corn, spicy chicken, tortilla strips, and a salsa ranch dressing.  It was really good!  
There's always a silver lining run and live happy

After work, I went for a walk.  My back was still really hurting.  It’s really annoying me now! So, I went for a long walk with Jake.  Even if I couldn’t run, I still wanted to meet my Pile on the Miles goal each day.  So, walking it is…..

There's always a silver lining run and live happy

There's always a silver lining run and live happy

Saturday – Ok, today I had finally had had enough!  When I woke up, I could hardly get out of bed because of my back.  I finally got out my medicine.  You’re probably wondering why I waited for a week to take anything, and it’s just because I do not like to take any kind of medication.  I am bad about putting it off until I absolutely can’t do without it.  I had some anti-inflamatories that I took and by Saturday night my back was feeling a lot better.  (I probably should have just taken it on the first day that it hurt…) I didn’t run or walk today so I could give my back time to rest.  

Sunday  – I felt a little better today.  The pain was gone, and it was just sore.  So, I stretched and headed out for a slow run.  I ran 4 miles.  I could still feel some soreness and pressure in my back, so I didn’t want to push it.  The weather had finally I made sure to stretch really good after my run too.  It’s been a few hours since I ran, and I’m still not feeling any pain so I’m hoping that’s a good sign that maybe next week I can get back to my regular running schedule.  I guess we’ll see.  

There's always a silver lining run and live happy

Now I’ve got to go get ready for Jake’s birthday party!  He turned 7 on Friday, and tonight he gets to open his presents.  🙂

I hope you will join my in the Pile on the Miles challenge.  I love this challenge and I think it’s an awesome way to stay accountable during the holiday season!  

For this weekly update I’m linking up with Holly of HoHo Runs and Tricia of MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. 

I am also linking up with a Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup hosted by:

Ilka from Ilka’s Blog and

Angela from Marathons & Motivation

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20 thoughts on “There’s Always a Silver Lining

  1. Kimberly Hatting

    What a bummer about your back! I don’t have back issues very often, but when I do, they always seem to be very low, just above the tail bone, and I can feel them in everything I do. UGH. I can understand the “relief” in not having a race workout with your schedule LOL I usually have guilt, but often times it is a relief to NOT have to worry about getting the training in with the time frame.

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      Tara

      I am having major guilt! I wanted to run so badly but I knew I needed to rest my back. Mine is right above my tailbone too. That’s actually what started it – I fell and broke my tailbone and ended up with a bulging disc too. But it does hurt in my tailbone and all the way down my right leg! It just sucks! LOL I am relieved about the race because I would be stressing out majorly if I thought I had to run in two weeks and right now I’m doing good to walk each day!

  2. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy

    It’s so frustrating when our bodies don’t cooperate with us. 🙁

    I’ve had races I put off signing up for which in the end turned out to be a good thing. Here’s hoping there’s a better one out there for you!

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      Tara

      It is so frustrating! Especially when my mind is in the right place and wanting to train, but nothing cooperates! I’ll find another race, and there’s always next year for the one I was training for.

  3. Coco

    Too bad about the half, but maybe it will take the pressure off your training so you can take it easy on your back. Have you tried physical therapy or a massage?

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      Tara

      I haven’t tried either. When I hurt it, the doctor said therapy wouldn’t work. He wanted to do injections, but I wouldn’t let him. He gave me some stretches to do, and eventually that seemed to help. Anytime it gets sore I can do those stretches and it fixes it. This time it’s just dragging on a little longer. A massage sounds heavenly! I may have to look into that!

  4. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin

    I so get the part about not being so quick to sign up for another marathon because of the time for training.
    I could not be so disciplined if I did not have a race to train for. I’m afraid that is why I do so many half’s ok a few of them, the other reason I haven’t figured out yet! Thanks Tara for joining us each week!

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      Tara

      LOL I enjoyed the first part of training last year, but towards the end, it was just hard and not fun. I just don’t know if I want to go through that again. But, I’m sure I’ll decide to at least try and see what happens.

  5. Lesley

    I’m the same way, and don’t like to take medicine for things that I know it could help. I have anti-inflammatories, but they normally don’t get used.

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      Tara

      I thought I was weird! LOL I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one out there. I just don’t like to take anything.

  6. Christy Gerdes

    I am really bad about taking medication as well and I am sitting here with a grumpy back thinking I ought to just give in and take some already! The weather has been divine here, definitly not Novembery its been in the high 50s and 60s. Loving it for running weather! I need some more momentum bracelets, I love the two I have and wear them all the time.

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      Tara

      I want to get some more Momentum bracelets too! I try everything else that I can before I take something. Our weather finally cooled down a little yesterday and today and it’s awesome! It’s in the 60s and it’s the perfect running weather!

  7. Ilka

    It’s totally fine you put that marathon off for a while and listen to your body Tara. At least you have some mileage under your belt from all that training. I’m sorry about the back pain and I totally understand when you don’t want to take medication for every little ache. I’m the same way.
    Happy Birthday to Jake!!
    Have a great week and feel better Tara!

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      Tara

      I hate taking anything…even though it does help sometimes. LOL Jake had a great birthday and has already torn the squeaker out of three of his presents!

  8. HoHo Runs

    As you may have noticed, I typically wait to the last minute to register for races (if possible). The reason is, I never know how I’m going to feel and I’d rather wait and pay extra than waste my money completely. There is still plenty of time left in the year for you to run other races. I think it’s a smart plan to keep up with your current training. Hopefully those meds will help your back and you can get back at it! Happy Birthday to Jake! Thanks for linking, Tara!

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      Tara

      That’s a great way of looking at not registering until the last minute! I guess that’s why I do it too. I just never know where we’re going to be or what we’re going to be doing, so I would rather not waste the money. This particular race was $130 so I didn’t want to pay that and then not be able to run. I’m glad I trained though, and I will definitely find something else to run before the year is over.

  9. Karen @ Fit in France

    Hope your back is feeling better. I find massage or a chiropractor visit usually helps me when that happens. I really should chang emy mattress too, I know that negatively affects mine.

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      Tara

      Massage sounds so great! I need to look in to that! I want a sleep number mattress!

  10. San

    Sometimes we have to make hard decision (like delaying a race), but it’s good to listen to your body.

    I got the same Momentum Jewelry saying btw – love it!

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      Tara

      I love the Momentum bracelet! I am giving some for Christmas gifts….and of course buying myself some more! 🙂

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