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Plantar Fasciitis January 23, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in boston marathon, Injury Prevention, marathon, Plantar Fasciitis.

I ran outside this morning along the waterfront in Kirkland. I had a gap in my schedule and it was the only time I could fit it in. Although the route was beautiful, it was on concrete.

I am paying for it now, with a painful left heel. Ouch! Hello plantar fasciitis. What a huge difference it makes to run on trails and softer surfaces!

The good news is I am seeing my podiatrist today. I am looking forward to ordering some orthodics. I want to put this behind me and move forward with my training.

Back On Track January 18, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in 2007 Resolutions, boston marathon, Fitness Goals, marathon, running, yoga.
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Getting back on track can be one of the toughest things. Sometimes you just have to accept what you have done and what you haven’t done, and go from there. There is no use beating yourself up over things you cannot change right?

My goals for the month of January are:

Run 3-4 times per week (at least 15 miles total)
Lift Weights 2 times per week
Yoga once per week
Stretch & Ice (recover from Plantar Fasciitis)

Progress for the Week:

Monday-30 min Elliptical Trainer
Tuesday-30 min Spin Class(Taught myself, I am an Indoor Cycling Instructor)
Wednesday-52 min Run of 6 miles
Thursday-Lifted Weights

Okay, I’ve got 3 more days to run 2 more times and take a yoga class. No problem, I can do it as long as we don’t get any more snow!

Running In The Muck In Seattle January 17, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in boston marathon, fitness, marathon, running, Winter Fitness.

Is anyone else out there sick of this *#!*$! snow? I have been so excited to get outside and run. I wake up every day thinking about Boston and training for the marathon. My coaches tell me not to run on the treadmill if possible. The treadmill isn’t as good as running outside because it’s too repetitive. It stresses the same muscles in the same way. It seems to aggravate my plantar fasciitis. I really need the variety of running outside on softer surfaces.

We have just had the weirdest weather this year here in Seattle. I went out to Greenlake on Saturday and Sunday and was able to run on the path there. The snow was beautiful and I was able to get in some good hill training.

Now we are back to the slushy stuff. School was 2 hours late and all extra curricular activities were cancelled. I rearranged my schedule for a special Honor’s Society Event. My daughter has a 3.9 GPA and is in Honor Society. We are really proud of her and hope she keeps up the good work. A scholarship would be nice! The meeting was rescheduled, due to the snow and ice.

I hate this #*!$! snow! I called my friend Michelle and told her that’s it, I am hitting the treadmill. I am dying to get a good run in. I am not insane, although my family thinks I am sometimes. I am just addicted to running! I can get pretty grumpy if I miss a work out.

Back From Texas January 14, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in boston marathon, marathon, running.

I took a week off running when my 99 year old grandmother passed away. She would have been 100 if she made it until May 26th. The funeral was in Abilene, Texas, which is about a 2 and 1/2 hour drive from Ft Worth, Texas.

My last trip to Texas was about 25 years ago. I noticed the dry, dusty land and mesquite everywhere. I remembered chasing lizards and horny toads as a child. We used to run barefoot and play kick the can in the evenings. I remembered laying out in 107 degrees trying to get a tan, as a teenager. I received the sunburn of my life and still have a wierd patch of freckles on the back of my shoulder instead of a bronze tan. Don’t forget the suncreen!

I was sad that my grandmother was gone, but glad that she was no longer suffering. She had osteoporosis and macular degeneration. Despite this she never lost her sense of humor. She was able to transcend circumstances and make the best of her situation. She lost 3 sons and her husband to cancer. My grandmother was a strong woman. She would say things like “I wish the Good Lord would take me, I’m ready to go”. Maybe she stuck around to teach us all a thing or two.

What struck me most about the trip was the history of my family. There were close to 100 relatives at the funeral. My grandmother came from a family of 11, 8 girls and 3 boys. My grandfather, passed away 22 years ago in 1985. Many of these people lived near Abilene or Winters, Texas their whole lives. I saw the graves of my great grandparents and many aunts and uncles. Many of my grandmother’s sisters lived well into their 90’s. They were farmers and ranchers and their lives were hard compared to mine.

This is a reminder for me that family is important. Sometimes we get so busy doing our own thing that we forget to take time to be with our families, to sit down and have a meal and share our lives. The other thing I am left with is there is strength in community. I was amazed at how people step up and help each other when they can. The last thing I think about is longevity. A lot of us are going to be on the planet for a long time. Therefore, we need to take care of ourselves and our surroundings.

Last but not least. I think I have some pretty strong genes in my family. My grandmother was one tough lady. If she can make it to 99, I can make it to Boston….

2007 Resolutions January 12, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in 2007 Resolutions, boston marathon, fitness, marathon, new years resolutions, running.

Fitness Goals For 2007 are:

1) Qualify for the Boston Marathon. I will need to run 3:50.59 or faster on a certified course to qualify as a 41 year old female. I basically need to run 8:45 pace for 26.2 miles. I’m shooting for the Portland Marathon in October.

2) Run The Vancouver Half Marathon in May. This is a warm up for my marathon. I want to run between 1:45 and 1:50, which is 8:00 – 8:30 pace.

3) Stay Injury Free! I have struggled with various injuries in the past. Right now I am dealing with plantar fasciitis. I need to get it under control before I add extra mileage. I may need orthodics.

4) Lose 5 Lbs. Isn’t this on everyone’s list? I won’t tell you what I weigh, but getting a little bit leaner should help me run faster again. It’s all about performance.

My last marathon was the Rock N’ Roll Arizona in 2004. I think I was overtrained going into it, and ended up having a bad race. I hurt my lower back and went to physical therapy for a while. I wasn’t sure if I would ever run another marathon.

…..But, This is the year. The marathon is calling my name. I am stronger now from cross-training. I just hope the stars align to help me acheive my goal.

Wish me Luck!

A Runner Tries Hot Yoga January 8, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in boston marathon, fitness, Injury Prevention, marathon, running, yoga.
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About 3 years ago I tried a class my husband dubbed “Sweat Hog Yoga”. Everyone was raving about this intense yoga class. So, I decided to give it a try. How hard can it be? I walked into a room with a temperature around 101 degrees. There were nearly naked people all lined up sitting quietly on their towels. The towels were really close together, maybe 4 inches apart or less. The instructor moved them even closer as more people entered the room. There were probably 60 people in a fairly small space. There were ceiling fans up above, but they didn’t make the room any cooler.

We all stood up and began a breathing exercise called “Pranayana breathing”. You are supposed to inhale through the nose and suck in all the air you can, then you exhale making this loud “Ha” sound. We were told that there would be scheduled water breaks in the class. We were also instructed not to leave the room, but to lie down if we felt light-headed. The class is 90 minutes. Can I make it? What have I gotten myself into?

We went through a series of exercises where we were standing on one leg, wrapping the other leg around. “Turn your legs to the left, eagle pose, right arm under left, twist your arms to the right, sit down into it.” I am desperately trying turn my body into a pretzel and avoid falling down into the person next to me. I am amazed that everyone can do this. I’m imagining if one person falls, we’ll all go down like a row of dominos. Somehow we don’t fall. We continue twisting in ways that are completely foreign and perhaps unnatural.

All the while sweat is rolling down our faces and into our eyes. We are literally dripping wet. “Don’t bother wiping the sweat off your face, it will just come back” says the instructor. We are 1 hour into the class and I my head is starting to throb. I was determined not to lay down though. I am thinking I’m a marathoner. I’m tough and I not going to quit!

Finally, we get to lie down in Savasana, which is corspe-pose. This is good, I think, because I am beginning to feel like a corpse! But, we are not done. We do a bunch of sit-ups and a rabbit pose. Each pose also has a sanskrit name, that I will never remember. At the end we fininsh with another seated breathing exercise and a Namaste.

I somehow made it through that first yoga class. They give you the second class free, so you’ll come back for more. I went back for my second class and have been going ever since. The yoga helps keep me flexible and balanced. It takes a lot of strength. Hot yoga is not for whimps!

Day-4-Running With GPS January 4, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in boston marathon, fitness, GPS Training, marathon, running.

Today I had a great run out on the Burke-Gilman trail. My friend Michelle met me and we got in 4.4 miles on a nice soft surface. Luckily, the weather cooperated. No rain or wind, just nice cool running weather.

I brought out my Garmin Forerunner 301 GPS Unit so that I could track how fast we were running and have the exact distance. In 2004 I had the opportunity to run with a friend who had a GPS, during the Rock N’ Roll Arizona Marathon. I broke down and bought one this year so that I could get a little more feedback from my training. One thing I like about it is you know what pace you are running at all times. It’s amazing how your pace can change throughout a workout. It has a heart rate monitor on it and a virtual trainer. You can set it to beep at you when you fall off pace. Since I purchased mine, they came out with another unit that is a little more advanced, the Garmin Forerunner 205, this one tells you how many calories are burnt during a workout.

Technology can be great, especially when you are running in unfamiliar surroundings. It’s also fun to have the data to track your progress. I know I hit my speed target today, thanks to my GPS!

One day closer to Boston. One run at a time….

Day-3 Massage for Injury Prevention January 4, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in boston marathon, fitness, Injury Prevention, marathon, Massage, new years resolutions, running.

I happen to know the best massage therapist in Seattle. Her name is Rita Bojorquez and I used to work with her at Bellevue Place Club. She was rated number one massage therapist in Seattle, in 2004. Rita started out as an instructor at Brenneke Massage School in Seattle. She has a background as a dancer, and knows what it is like to push her body. She has worked with a lot of runners and has a clear understanding of how to keep us moving and injury free.

Rita has helped me prevent injuries by keeping my muscles from adhering to each other. She says that musles get stuck to each other and this prevents normal range of motion in running. My calves get really tight which can causes plantar fasciitis. This is inflamation of the plantar fascia, or connective tissue that runs underneath the calf musle. I also experience tightness on the outside of the knee. This is caused by tightening of the illiotibial band, which runs down the side of the leg from the glute to the outside of the knee.

Massage keeps my body in balance. This is important as I am getting ready to push myself towards a new goal. She is definitely on the team of people helping me make it to Boston.

Rita Bojorquez
911 Massage
Licenced Massage Therapist

Day 2-Motivation And Inspiration January 2, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in boston marathon, fitness, marathon, new years resolutions, running, triathlon.

I recently watched a movie called “What it Takes”. This documentary tells the story of 4 world-class triathletes training for The Ironman World Championship in 2005. Triathlon has become such a big sport, like running it is very inclusive. Over 400,000 people finish marathons in the US every year There are new races popping up everywhere. Over 110,000 women have done the Danskin Triathlon, since it started back in 1990. It’s inspiring to see people of all ages and genders doing triathlons. I was in Kona recently and ran along Alii Drive, part of the Ironman course, so I recognized a lot of the landmarks in the film. The thing that struck me about the athletes is how much I can relate to them. They go out there and give it their best shot. Sometimes they have good days and sometimes they have bad days. They are just like you and me.

Next time you need a little motivation to get out there and train check out the movie “What It Takes” http://www.WITmovie.com.

What motivates you? Movies? Music?

Day 1 – The Training Begins January 1, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in boston marathon, fitness, marathon, new years resolutions, running.
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I am feeling the effects of last night’s New Years Celebration. I consumed too much wine and too many calories! I just had to finish the year with a bang!

My training for Boston begins today. I plan on getting my dehydrated body out there like a lot of you for the first run of the year. I’m just waiting for the sunrise.

Phase #1
Cut out junk food, alcohol and mochas
Establish a running base

I changed my screen saver to an elite runner from last year’s Boston marathon. I have pictures of myself in tip-top running shape on my nightstand and on the refrigerator. Hopefully, this will keep me on track!

I’ve got my new shoes, my coach and my motivation. I am excited about this journey. I’m going to take it one run at a time!