Monday, September 20, 2010

Weekend Update (Marathon)

Happy Monday Everyone!

Wow!  This has been quite the weekend.  Should I share?  Okay, if you insist!  Friday afternoon I hopped on a plane with my husband to head off to Utah where he would be running the Top of Utah Marathon on Saturday morning.  This was the marathon that I was supposed to run, too, but I seem to have a heel injury, which we think is Heal Plantar Fasciitis.  I am going to get it checked out this week.  Until then, I have purchased my first pair of Dr. Scholl's Orthopedic inserts.  If I didn't feel like I was getting old before, now I really do!  LOL!  Bring it on!  4-0 ... here I come! 

When we arrived at our hotel we realized that we did not have any internet access.  That kind of made it a bit hard on me since I was planning on working on Pink Stamper stuff while he was running in the early am before I went to meet him.  So, I decided to sleep in (which was wonderful) and then wake up and head out to cheer him on.  On a personal note...  It was really hard for me at first to watch the marathon runners because I wanted to be out there running soooo bad!  After a few minutes of feeling sorry for myself I decided that I was there for a reason and that was to be a support to ALL who were running.  Let me tell you... I was the BEST cheerleader EVER!  If I am not able to ever run a marathon again, I am going to always be the person who cheers them on.  It was a very emotional and fulfilling experience.   I saw so many people who inspired me!  It was amazing!  I had a sign I had cut out before I left that said "RUN BRYAN" with a shoe on it that I put together that morning since it is hard to travel with a poster already made!  I was waiting in front of Joann's which was about 2 miles from the finish line.  Although, I never actually got to go in and shop.  (boo hoo).  

Once I saw my husband coming up I freaked out and grabbed his sign and yelled as loud as I could.  I then dropped the sign and ran with him the last 2 miles of the race.  It was so awesome to be able to encourage him at this point.  If you have ever ran a marathon, you know that the last stretch is the hardest.  Mentally you almost want to give up.  Your body definitely wants to give up but you have to just push through it.  Even though my heel paid the price later, it was so worth it being able to share this experience with my husband.  He beat his time from last year and finished in 3 hours 56 minutes!  That's pretty good for only running your first one a year before!  Next year I am going to run it, too.  Hopefully my heel will be better by then.

Here is my hubby after he finished the race.  Smiling even though he is in pain!  It is a GREAT feeling to finish the race!

This is my sweet sister in law Mary, who trained and ran her first (and last) marathon!  She is a mother of 6 children and such an example to me.  Go Mary!!  

I am trying to get everything in order today after traveling and being sick last week.  I actually have dinner already started in the crock pot!  Can you believe that?  I just threw a whole chicken in the crock pot, added 1 cup of water and a packet of onion soup mix.  Put it on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.  Yummy!

57 comments:

  1. I am sooo sure you will be running it next year! You go girl!

    Linda

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  2. You're amazing! Two miles or 26 miles, it's still an awesome accomplishment. You and your husband should BOTH be roud!

    I'm running my first 5k in two weeks, keep your fingers crossed. :)

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  3. That's awesome, congrats to your hubby and SIL!

    I also have dinner already going in the crock pot! It's chicken as well, but it's going to be shredded BBQ chicken sandwiches! :)

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  4. i UNDERSTAND THAT PAIN YOU HAVE rOBYN i TOO HAVE THAT AND HAVE HAD THAT PAIN FOR YEARS....I DONT KNOW NOW WHAT THE FIX FOR IT IS...BUT GOOD LUCK AND GREAT JOB!!!!!


    CATHIE

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  5. Congrats to your DH and SIL. Too bad you couldn't run with them, but at least you were an awesome cheerleader :-)

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  6. Wow! Great job Bryan and Robyn and Mary!!! So glad yu got to sleep in I know its a rare . Glad you enjoyed it. Wow what a great idea for supper. Have a great day. Glad you are both back safe and it feels good to accomplish a marathon.

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  7. What a Great story Robyn! Congrats to Bryan for beating his record & to you for cheering him on even if you couldnt do the whole race. I know how it feels with your foot. I have heel pain all the time. I quit going to the gym because I couldnt be on the treadmill for 30 min. Nothing seems to help. Hopefully you will heal up quickly.

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  8. The dinner sounds awesome. I'll be on the next plane out of here. LOL

    Hope your heel problem is what you think it is. Very treatable from what I understand.

    :)
    Erin

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  9. Dinner sounds yummy! Hope your heel gets better!! Glad your feeling better and back home!hugs ♥ sanwanya moser

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  10. Hi Robyn,
    I know what you're going through with the Heal Plantar Fasciitis. I too have it but have mine under control. I got custom made orthotics and it has helped alot... not in agonizing pain everyday... Hope the doctor figures something out for you to help you.

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  11. I totally admire marathon runners. I know I wouldn't make it a block before I just dropped dead. Congrats to the Hubby and sis in law!! You will be back at it next year!

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  12. Congrats to your hubby and you too for being such an encourager. I know your pain! I have not had a problem since wearing custom orthotics. Will be praying for you to get your foot healed up and back running.

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  13. Running a marathon is on my to do list also, I have a lot of training to do before I get there though. It's so great that you're doing this with your hubby even though you couldn't run yourself. Being the Cheerleader is an important role too. Congrats to your hubby and sister-in-law.
    Smooches...

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  14. Great job to your DH. As for the PF...cortizone shots helped greatly. And then wear a heel lift thing in your shoes...also works great.
    Also pull your toes toward you and stretch out the bottoms of your feet and your calf muscles. You will be running in no time.

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  15. I am running my first marathon Oct 2 in St. George Utah...very scared! Training has been hot in AZ!!! Best of luck to you and hope you have a speedy recovery! I am running on an injured knee! OUCH!!

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  16. That is awesome Robyn!! I feel your pain..I've had bouts of Plantar Fascitis and it's not fun! The orthodics work wonders !! Definitely made an improvement with mine. I also make sure I wear shoes that have great heel cushion in them and when they dont I put the orthodics in them..
    You will be back to running in no time!!

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  17. That is awesome Robyn!! I feel your pain..I've had bouts of Plantar Fascitis and it's not fun! The orthodics work wonders !! Definitely made an improvement with mine. I also make sure I wear shoes that have great heel cushion in them and when they dont I put the orthodics in them..
    You will be back to running in no time!!

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  18. I thought about you and your DH on Saturday. Here you were in Utah again, and I missed you AGAIN! I just live in Clinton, about 25 minutes out of Salt Lake. I wondered how you guys were doing! Thanks for sharing such an emotional story about your experience with your husband. I loved reading it!!
    Hope you feel better soon. Have a great day Robyn!

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  19. Way to go about dinner!
    I was supposed to run with my husband in the town where we met, but the kids had activities so I had to stay home while he went with his parents. I love cheering others on.
    I'm sorry about your injury, my husband's dad has been going through that for a few months but thankfully he was able to run this weekend.

    Take care of yourself and have a great day.

    Christi

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  20. A big CONGRATS for Bryan!
    I hear you about PAIN....:( I am here if you need me :)we can feel sorry for ourselves....nah! we just push it through! yay!!!!

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  21. Congrats to Bryan!!!!!I hope your heel feels better soon and I'm sure you'll get to run next year. Very cool going to cheer your husband on and running the last 2 miles to support:)

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  22. Good for you! I love that story! And I should break out the crock pot for dinner too! What a great idea. Congrats to Bryan and your sister in law and BOO to injuries! I hope they heal soon for you! Thanks for the update!

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  23. What a great story!! Being a cheerleader and a motivator is such an important role. I'm so glad that you were able to be there for that. I hope that your foot is better by the next one!!

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  24. I am sorry you couldn't run, but so glad that you decided to cheer everyone on... AND how exciting to run the last 2 miles with hubby. He looks so happy. Hope your heel is better soon. hugs

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  25. What a wonderful and inspirational story Robyn! As I was reading it... I felt like I was there with you.... Sorry about your heel.... They tend to heal in a few weeks if well rested... I know this because my teenage son is a runner and he has had that same thing at least twice now.... :o) It sounds like you had an exciting and fulfilling weekend.... :o) Thanks for sharing it with us! :o)

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  26. Congrats to your husband and you sister in law!!! Your expiriance you made sounds so awesome!! I have never run a maraton and never will ;) , but i am pretty sure you'll be able next year! At least i hope so for you!! :)
    Have a wonderful day,
    Cindy

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  27. Congrats to Bryan and your sister-in-law! That is awesome! Hopefully you be able to do it next time. Enjoy your dinner tonight. I've got pulled pork cooking in my crockpot today. :-)

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  28. What a great story! Congrats to Bryan and your sil!
    This weekend my entire family ran in a race--and it was my first ever 5k! At 48, I'm feeling pretty good about meeting that lifetime goal. I love hearing stories about others making and meeting goals like this. Who knows? Maybe a marathon is in my future? You all have certainly given me inspiration!
    Thank you...

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  29. it is a great accomplishment to finish a marathon & heartbreaking to train for one & not be able to run it. but to be there for your honey is a magnificent thing. hope that he has recovered from the run & that you feel better. enjoy dinner!!1

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  30. Yeah Bryan. that is awesome. Robyn so sorry to hear about your heal. Don't over do it on it and hopefully it will heal good for you

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  31. Thanks for sharing such a great story! Congrats to your DH, SIL, Yourself and all the other runners!
    Kim H

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  32. I am sure your Hubby loved you even more for what you did. Your great!!

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  33. WTG guys keep up the great work.
    Hope your heel heals well!
    Teresa

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  34. You will be running next year. Sorry you had to miss it this year

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  35. COngrats to your husband for running, and your SIL for running as well! Hope your heel feels better soon!

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  36. Hope you feel better but glad you were able to support your husband. That's all that really matters is being there for each other.

    Now as for your foot, forget Dr. Scholls. They are useless. I would highly recommend Crocs silver insoles. They are $20 but oh so worth it. Trust me I have tried them all and Crocs insoles are the best! I have plantar fascitis with the worst heel pain in the morning. Well, with the Croc insoles I was able to walk all over Disneyland for several days without a problem. I ordered them online and it was the best investment I've ever made. I did not think they would work but they really do. You will notice a difference. They really help. Okay my commercial is over. LOL. Take care, Robyn.

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  37. I was in Utah over the weekend too with Founder's Circle. It was sooo awesome! I loved St. George and Kanab. I want to go back! Also loved Tuachan.

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  38. Yeah for your hubby ! And yeah for you cheering him on too! Isn't it great when we get to cheer our love ones for a special event.

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  39. I feel your pain about the Plantar's I have it and it is miserable. Try wearing the Sketchers Shape Ups...they don't put hardly any weight on your heal!

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  40. Sorry about your heal injury, that is no fun. Hope you get some answers and relief from it soon. Glad you could be there to support your hubbie and SIL.:)

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  41. good for you Robyn! Hope your heel is better soon.
    Have a great evening!
    God Bless
    Lynn

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  42. Sorry to hear that you couldn't run, but what better way to participate than to be a chearleader...congrats to your husband that is wonderful!! Feel better!!

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  43. Congrats to Hubby and Mary! And what a great Wife you are to cheer them all on!! Your chicken dish sounds yummy!

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  44. Congrats to the runners...just finishing is wonderful. Glad you are feeling better and hope your heel heals soon :D
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com.

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  45. Thanks for the chicken idea too. I will be trying this one...it sounds good to me.

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  46. That is such an AWESOME story Robyn!!!

    hugs,
    Sarah

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  47. So sorry to hear about your Plantar Fasciitis. It is one of the most painful things I personally have ever been through. Mornings were the worst trying to stretch my feet back out. In addition to orthotics, my doctor had two off-the-wall remedies to help deal with the pain. 1. Freeze a water bottle, lay it on the floor, and roll your foot back and forth on it with pressure (the 16.9 oz Aquafina bottles work great b/c of their shape). 2. Massage your feet using a softball to apply a rolling pressure (my DH sometimes helps with this... and of course, I had to buy new clean softballs - in pink!). Both of these really help me on the days I wear the wrong shoes or have been on my feet too long.

    Good luck!
    ~ JD ~

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  48. Firstly congratulations to Bryan and even bigger congratulations to Mary, they both did a terrific job.
    Robyn I so hope you get your heel sorted and can run again soon especially as your daughter has now run her first cross country race, it would be great to see you run as a family.
    Kim xXx

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  49. I am so sorry for your heel pain. My husband had that about 2 years ago. So just knowing how much he hurt, i feel for ya.. Congrats to your husband!!

    Alissa
    alissaandjonathan@yahoo.com

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  50. WOW what a weekend, what an experience! Good times for all three of you! Congrats to all three of you, all of you are winners in my book!
    mhalford6 @aol. com

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  51. How inspiring! I have a group of Weight Watcher friends who should all read this story. You are a great wife to jump in there and support your hubby that way. Congrats to him for sticking with it too!

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  52. Keep the faith girl. I had plantar fascitis and it is horribly painful, but I got custom orthodics form the podiatrist and a few cordizone shots in my heal and now I'm back to normal and 41. Just make sure that you are wearing very supportive shoes. Sandals with no support like flip flops and such a killer.

    Good luck.

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  53. So awesome! Have a grandson who is a high school sophomore and is on the track team...I love seeing him being so active! Congrats to you for doing the last of the race with your DH!

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  54. Very cool Robyn! You gave me the warm fuzzies! I have faith that you will be running again next year!

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  55. You are such an inspiration!

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  56. Sounds like you had a great weekend, Robyn!!! :) Congratulations to your husband & sister-in-law (as if the run isn't bad enough, I remember not even being able to get up from the toilet the next day due to the lactic acid build up!)! Hope your heel heals quickly!

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