Up Next - Berkeley Half

I'm registered for the Berkeley Half Marathon on Sunday, but for the past week and a half this race has been up in the air for me. In perfect marathon peak week timing, I managed to be a klutz and sprain my ankle two Sundays ago while running in Steven's Creek County Park. I limped the 3 miles back to the car, and walking hurt for the first couple of days. Luckily it's a minor sprain, but I have been babying it to try to heal for Berkeley and CIM. At this point most of the swelling is down and the bruise is basically gone; only certain movements make it feel sore.

In better news, the trail run that resulted in this injury was gorgeous.

 After we crossed into Fremont Older Open Space Preserve.

Maisie's Peak in Fremont Older.

After going nuts using only the elliptical for over a week, I finally had my first run back this evening. (Don't worry, I checked in with a doc to be sure I wasn't doing any worse damage and I'm cleared to start running again and even to do CIM if I take it easy.) I didn't have any pain while running, so I think it'll be ok to run Berkeley. I've been super excited about this inaugural race and don't want to miss out. Plus, I missed my last CIM long run this past weekend and feel like I need something long-ish this weekend if I'm still going to run CIM. I'm feeling not-so-confident right now after missing that key training week.

Kevin, being the supportive husband he is, sent me this get well gift of favorite Midwest beers (Founders Breakfast Stout and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald) plus some new East coast beers to try.

Best husband ever!

Back to the race. I have lots of friends running Berkeley who I can't wait to hang out with, and I'm also looking forward to meeting more San Francisco Marathon Ambassadors and Oiselle teammates. It should be an all running, all fun weekend!

Who else out there is running Berkeley? Excited?

Comments

  1. I'll be running the half, though I'm currently hampered with a cold and calf issues. :( Hope to see you at some point though! Are you picking up your bib on Saturday, or did you go for the mailed bib option? Mitch's mom arrives on Saturday afternoon, so I'll probably go to Pyramid in the morning.

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  2. Awesome that you ran at Stevens Creek/Fremont Older! Though not awesome on the sprained ankle. Hopefully that heals up soon. Fremont Older used to be my home turf - I ran on it in high school all the time for XC and track practice. I still try to run there sometimes, though since I've been on and off injured I haven't been able to for a bit - maybe in 4 months I can get back there.

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    1. I hope you are healed soon so you can run! I really enjoy Fremont Older. :)

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  3. I hope your ankle will be okay in time! Nothing wrong with still giving it some TLC. Sometimes we need longer to heal than we think...

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    1. Thanks, I think it will be. Already doing much better thank goodness! Almost 2 weeks off was good for me.

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  4. I'm running the 10k - if I see you I'll def say hi! Hope the ankle heals - the views almost make it worthwhile! (Adds Fremont Older to her list of places to run).

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    1. Yes add it! Definitely enjoyable. :)

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  5. Sorry about the ankle, but the run looks beautiful! Sounds like you are healing fast and should be ready for the half. Good luck! And awesome recovery present by the husband!

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    1. Thank you! Half was good today, thank goodness. I feel so much better now! I'm still glad I took 10 days off. :)

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  6. I'm so jealous of your beers! We can't get any Smuttynose, Founder's, or Great Lakes in Seattle. When I go to Michigan to see family, I always bring back a beer suitcase full of Bell's, Founder's, and Short's!

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    1. We can't buy them here either - husband had them shipped from LetsPour.com! It's a great website where you can sometimes find beer you can't get in your state. :) Also, we do the beer-in-a-suitcase thing when we visit home too, haha.

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    2. Oh my goodness, this is the best website ever. I can't believe I didn't know it existed!

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    3. Yay glad I could share it with you! Good way for us Midwesterners to get our home beer fix. :)

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  7. Good luck at Berkeley! Glad to hear your ankle seems better and up for the challenge.

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    1. Thanks! It went well! Fun race too.

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  8. Nice recovery drinks. Safe and speedy recovery to pursue your next race!

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    1. Thanks Patty! I ran it today, it went well and I really liked the race too.

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  9. Founders is awesome! My favorite Troegs beer is Nugget Nectar, which is hard to get when it comes out. Hope your ankle gets better!

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