Saturday, November 17, 2012

Winning...and not winning

On the winning side of things...

The verdict has spoken, and it looks like the random winner of the Caitlin Chock "get chicking" tee giveaway is

Donna who blogs over at Tales of Roads & Trails

Congrats Donna!
Shoot me an email at with your mailing address and size and it'll get your info over to Caitlin.

For those of you who didn't win, you can still buy her "get chicking" tee in time for the holidays to spoil all those speedy ladies in your life.

Not to mention that next Saturday is indeed Small Business Saturday, and well...Ms. Caitlin DOES run a small independently operated business. So go on over and support the heck out of this creative gal even if this makes SBS take on a whole new meaning.

On the NOT winning side of things...

Tomorrow I'm running an impromptu 5k tune-up race that the running store I work for is helping support. That means within 5 calendar days I'll be running DOS 5k's, which is a bit crazy for me. I'm no where near the 5k shape I was in last time around, even though I wasn't really that prepared than either. It would be safe to say that expectations are nonexistent.

Shoot, and I thought I was out of shape than
Time has really showed me

Initially I thought that I'd be able to head into the Turkey Trot season with sharp speedy legs, but things have decided to play out quite a bit differently than I expected. I've been having this lagging pain in my left foot that is making me quite insane and has had me taking reservations with any type of focused training. About 6 years ago I did some pretty hefty damage to my foot where I had a tendinitis issue that never seemed to fully heal and has left quite a bit of scar tissue on the top of the foot, I dub this foot my "sausage foot" because when it swells it looks rather sausage like. Very ladylike looking in a cute flat or pump.

Even with the scar tissue, I haven't had any pains relating to this injury or in this area of my body since 2008 until the day after the Chicago Half in September. Than I chalked it up to the race being on LSD where the legs just had a hard time absorbing the hard concrete surface and just not being on the top of my game race-wise. The minor flare up seemed to keep itself in check through the marathon where with the week off afterwards seemed to fix itself. But in the past few weeks the foot has had good days and bad days where sometimes I have very limited mobility of it and random intense waves of pain (last Saturday being a prime example), and other times it feels like a normal non-sausage-like foot should (like today).

Staying clear from any and all types of speed work necessary to earn a wicked fast 5k split lately and going for record all time lows in the mileage category, I hope to get this fickle foot in check sometime before the new year. But in the mean time that means that those two 5k's are going to be light years away from where I initially hoped they would be, and I'm feeling pretty good about that.

There will be no watch worn.
No pace expectation.
No goal time to race for.

Photo taken this July by the amazing local endurance athlete photographer Ali Engin
This determined gal will most likely be no where in sight for sometime
Looking forward to her return in the future, whenever that may be
Just my wheezing breath and my fumbling legs enjoying being out there
and than rest.
Lots and lots of rest.

Who else is Turkey Trotting?
What races?


  1. Wow. You look positively FIERCE in that Ali Engin picture!

    I'm really sorry to hear about the foot problem. Stubborn injuries are the WORST. I wish you the speediest of recoveries.

    I'm running my first-ever Turkey Trot this year - the PNC Turkey Trot 5-miler in Pittsburgh! It'll be my first race in Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh is HILLY, too. So this will be quite an experience! No expectations for me on this race, either. Just fun!

  2. I'm sorry about your feet! I sprained a lot of tendons in my feet last year and it took months for them to heal. During the last few races I had to run without any expectations and to be honest, I kind of liked it.

    I'm living in Canada so Thanksgiving was last month for us which clearly means, the next themed races we have are Santa Shuffles.

    Enjoy the Turkey Trot!

  3. Hope your foot feels better soon!!!! Enjoy the Run! I'm running a 5k on Thanksgiving... We'll see how it goes after running a marathon last weekend! Running for fun and with no expectations is nice sometimes!

  4. I think I saw you at the Perfect 10 race last weekend. I was doing the 10 miler. Were you pacing a friend, or just out on the trail?

  5. Dang feet injuries! I just got over mine not too long ago, and now I'm reintroducing 20 mile weeks into the picture, to build a base. It sucks but they are not joke! Hope you heal up quickly and chase some fast times for next year!

    So happy to be the winner of your giveaway! :)

  6. I was hoping your foot would begin cooperating for you :( Tendon injuries are no fun- and seemingly never go away. I love your idea of running without expectation or watch or goal time. Just enjoying the moment! Thinking that might be a good plan for the Grant Park turkey trot next saturday for me.

    That photo of you at the bottom is spectacular! Good luck tomorrow :)

  7. Sausage foot! LOL! Britt! That is the funniest name ever. Seriously though, I do hope it loses it's sausage tendencies soon :(

    And I hope you are having a fun 5K today! I am pacing a friend at Long Grove on Thanksgiving and doing the Cool 5K the following Saturday with friends.

  8. I am signed up to run a Turkey Trot 8k but I have been dealing with laryngitis and sinus crap for a week I am praying that I am healthy enough to attempt running it! It will be such a bummer if I have to walk the 5k instead of running so I really hope I can run.
    This will be my 3rd year Turkey Trotting and I just love starting the day like that!

  9. Hope your sausage foot gets better :( I'm doing the Beverly Turkey Trot on the south side on 11/24.

  10. Love that photo. I hope your sausage foot starts behaving soon. I am doing a turkey 5k on Thanksgiving. It will be my second one in 11 days. Hoping to see improvement since the weather should be better and so should the running conditions.

  11. Have fun with that! Love your pictures--you look like the speedy fast girl you are!

  12. I used to really like your blog but I feel like you always have an excuse these days. Because you can't hit your goals you make excuses? Kind of sad.

    1. Sorry to disappoint. Not making excuses, just being honest. Can't be at the top of your game all the time, and cooked myself pretty good this year to the point where the goals I made became unrealistic where I spent most of the year feeling overcommitted and burnt out. Can really hit luck with much in that state.

      I'll be back at focused training when my body can actually handle it again. Until then, my running life will most likely be pretty average and lame. It is pathetic when you beat the hell out of yourself, but the only way out is to take a step back and start being realistic.

  13. Replies
    1. Well, thanks for being honest. Totally understandable.

    2. I wish more than anyone that I wasn't putting up such shitty splits this year, but sadly it just wasn't in the stars for me in 2012. Self care greatly trumps PR's, mileage, and speed right now. It is what it is.

  14. Ran the Lincolnwood Turkey Trot 10k today. Was considering running the 5k in Lincoln Park on Thursday, but look like that won't happen.

    1. How did the Trot go Pete? Never done that one before, but it was gorgeous out today! What a day for a fall race. Think the Lincoln Park 5k may be more of a headache than it's probably worth.

  15. Just found your blog..first of your name. Secondly..that picture of you running is UHH-mazing. Seriously one of the coolest running photos ever! Have fun with the Turkey Trot!! There's plenty of races to "race" so go out and run just because you can!

    1. Well thanks for the visit Ms. B. Always fun to meet another Brittany that spells their name the same! There will always be races to race the hell out of, so a few "fun runs" won't kill anyone ;)

  16. soo, i'm lame-sauce late and so *spoiler alert* u did an awesome job on that race girl! and power to the watchless racer, it's been aaaaaages since my last race but i wasn't big on wearing watches. tho these days most people think it crazy, call it the era of the garmin!! haha. anyways, absolutely stellar running shots u have by that photog, seeing one of them here again reminded me to tell u that again. cuuuuz, u're kickass awesome looking like that. :) and thanks again for hosting the's been a blast!! :)