Sunday, October 22, 2017

Weekly Wrap...October 22



This weekend was a big weekend for races. The Baltimore Running Festival was this weekend, as well as the Runner's World Festival, and today is the Marine Corp Marathon.  Then of course lots of  friends were running local Halloween races and such.

My area had their big race festival going on this weekend too (5K on Friday night, 10K on Saturday, and of course the half marathon today). I probably could have gone to spectate for the half marathon like I did last year, but I decided to just hang out here at home and recovery from my busy weekend in Baltimore!

As far as workouts go this week, I took it easy and did NO running. I was very concerned about my nagging knee/IT band issue.  I haven't felt this pain in over 2 years so I wanted to be cautious for sure! I did a fair amount of stretching and foam rolling as a precaution.

I also had some reflexology done this week. This is the first time I've ever had this done and I'm not sure if I'm a fan. I enjoyed when she worked on the soles of my feet, but I did not enjoy when she worked on my toes, that hurt. I did not tell her that though because I wanted to get the whole experience since it was my first time. I did tell her I was having a slight issue with my knee and she worked on the part of the foot that effects the knees. I was hopeful it would feel better after that, but it really didn't. The pain actually started to feel worse. I could feel the pain thumping on the side of the knee just when I would be sitting still.  My only saving grace was that when I would run up and down the steps at my house, I did not feel any pain.  This gave me hope that just maybe I would be able to run a few miles pain free too.

I took it easy the rest of the week and then Friday we started our girls only race weekend. I picked up Megan and Ana and then we drove to Baltimore and met Lacey and Heather.  We don't live terribly far from the city but we wanted to be there and spend the night so we could just relax and not rush.


The race expo really wasn't anything to be excited about, same old stuff.  Since we were going to be doing the Marathon relay, we got to spend some time studying the large wall map and looking at our individual routes and exchange points.


After the expo we walked to the Inner Harbor and found a nice place to have dinner.  We got a great table outside and we watched the race tents and signage go up for the following day!

I will stop here and leave our race day recap for tomorrow since I'm sure it will be a bit lengthy!

Did you run this weekend? Have you ever had reflexology? -M


We are linking up with Holly and Tricia for their weekly wrap!

39 comments:

  1. Sounds like fun! I can't wait for the recap!

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  2. Reflexology sounds interesting! Thats one thing Ive never tried. Glad you enjoyed your time in Baltimore, but its too bad we didnt get to meet up!

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  3. I'm open to reflexology, but have never had the opportunity to try it. Will you be doing it again?

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    1. I think I'd rather spend a little more $ and just get a massage instead. I like what they do to my feet!

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  4. Reflexology sounds kind of scary...but chiropractic care also kind of creeps me out LOL

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    1. Chiropractic care kind of hurts too but I have lots of trust in my Chiro that he wont break me!

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  5. I ran Baltimore last year. It's such a great race. Hope you enjoyed it!
    The inner harbor is beautiful. I always have to go to the blue moon café for captain crunch French toast when we go there! SOO good!

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  6. Reflexology sounds scary! I've never done it, but thought about it. I've been having hip issues recently and I know I should probably see a chiropractor, but I'm scared! Haha

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    1. Well the chiro may get your hips aligned for you if that's what you need. It may be worth it!

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  7. Oh, it was great weather for running in Baltimore - can't wait to hear about it. I haven't tried reflexology but hadn't heard that it can hurt - if you try again, speak up!

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  8. A friend of mine ran Baltimore this weekend! She came all the way from Mississippi! Said she did not get to start until 9:45! That’s a late start for a half! Hope you had a fun girls race weekend!

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    1. Yes that really is a late start for the half. The marathon didn't start till 8 am and we thought that was late too!

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  9. I believe I did have a reflexology massage at a spa a number of years ago. I remember liking it. I hope your IT/knee issue has already calmed down. I can only imagine that the girls weekend was a huge success! I'm looking forward to the details! Thanks for linking.

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    1. I thought the weekend went very well. I'm a little sore now but I know that is just my normal post race feeling!

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  10. I had a reflexology session at a spa several years ago and I enjoyed. No toe pain at all. Maybe it was just the way that lady did it. Can't wait to hear about your relay!

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    1. My mom really enjoyed it when she got it done and didn't say it hurt. Perhaps I'm just sensitive in that area...lol

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  11. I have never tried reflexology, but I am interested in doing so now!

    Ugh, IT band pain is the worst..it sneaks up on you too! I hope a few days off helped!

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  12. The marathon relay sounds fun! I've never heard of reflexology. Hope your knee issue is better!

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  13. A bunch of my friends did that race look forward to reading your recap.

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  14. We had such a great weekend! Lots of races this week, but we had the best one!!

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  15. I haven't had reflexology, but I've had acupuncture and everyone told me it takes more than one visit. Looking forward to the recap!

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  16. It was definitely a very busy weekend for running!

    I've never tried reflexology but I'm pretty ticklish on my feet so I don't think I would enjoy it!

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  17. Ooh a marathon relay = fun! I did that once and I actually really enjoyed it. I've never tried reflexology but I wouldn't be opposed to it! Can't wait to hear the recap and see how the race went!

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  18. I haven't done reflexology, and am wary of that area. I had a massage last year on my back that made everything tighter, and my chiropractor had to do extra to get me back in alignment. I do hope your IT band feels better.

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  19. How can you leave us hanging in suspense like that?! LOL! I will definitely be back for the race recap. Praying you didn't have any discomfort on the race. Have always been nervous to try reflexology but would definitely be interested to see what its all about and if it works for me.

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  20. Reflexology should help break up tissue that could be causing you an issue, so maybe it is good you could feel it...but who wants pain right?? It is a fine line. I can't wait to hear relay details!! You had a fun crew ;)

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  21. There are actually a ton of reflexology and foot massage place in Chicago. I've kind of wanted to try one. I REALLY wanted to try one when I was still working and my feet were killing me!

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  22. It sounds like a smart idea to rest up before the race and hopefully that helped with the IT band issues! I've never done reflexology but that sucks it seemed to make the knee pain worse :(

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  23. I hope you had a great time enjoying all that Baltimore has to offer. There are so many great restaurants at and around the Inner Harbor.

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  24. I have never done reflexology, but I do go to a chiro who practices ART and I swear it is a game changer for runners. Hope your back to 100% soon.

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  25. Hope your knee behaved during the race. I haven't had reflexology, I've always wondered what it would be like.

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  26. I look forward to your race recap! Hope your knee is healing up - sounds like you have been smart about taking time off to recover. I've never tried reflexology before and not sure I ever will! It would be hard to let someone touch my feet in general :) Too ticklish! Ha!

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  27. I'm a bit behind catching up with everyone (offline much of the weekend) but I'll get there!

    I've never done reflexology, but I've always been interested because I'm into alternative stuff like that.

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  28. I've never done reflexology, but it sounds like an interesting practise to be sure! Hope the race went well, I look forward to reading your recap :)

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  29. I haven't ever tried the reflexology. I'm glad to hear your thoughts on it. I don't much like people pulling on my toes so I'd be with you on not liking that part.

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