It’s been 13 days since the Jersey Girl Triathalon and I actually started this post 2 days ago. Life’s been a bit chaotic. The only form of exercise I’ve done in these last 13 days is just walking, some walks brisker than others but nothing too significant in distance, just a mile or two here and there. This has been a purposeful choice to finally give my tendonitis a chance to go away for good. And i’m feeling major improvements! But I’m getting antsy. My next event is September 6th. It’s a 4 miler and will be the perfect way to really ease back into a training program the way I should have last time around. #stubbornrunner. I’ve got 3 weeks to go from 0 to 4….that’s better than 0 to 13.1 or 0 to 26.2 right?!

I’m looking forward to a plan and some structure. It’s been really too easy for me to be lazy. I miss running but I’m so scared to go through another rollercoaster ride of injury. Normal or irrational fear?

Thursday I went to physical therapy and we worked on balance for a while using a computerized balance machine. I’ve got a lot more work to do. I actually had a good laugh as I leaned in every direction to click on various dots and all I could think about was that game Whack-A-Mole. =) I found this video that demonstrates the balance machine so you can visualize.

Then I popped into Panera Bread to grab an early lunch before driving down to the dealership to pick up my new car. They must know that I’m a big fan of Panera because they used my name on some signage in the store. It made me smile.

sally panera

The top is signage from the store. the bottom is my actual receipt and sandwich =)

I won’t go into details about the drama that was trading in the Jeep and buying the Forester. Let’s just leave it at this. The Jeep died 10 miles from the dealership and had to be towed there.

now she's got junk in her trunk

RIP Lady Liberty…now she’s really got junk in her trunk or shall I say her trunk is junk as is the rest of her.

They still gave me $1,000 for trading in a non-running vehicle. Fine by me. After 7 hours I was home and taking my first selfie with my new guy Forest(er).

Subaru Forester 2015

I like Forest


I love this angle. We both have cute butts!

I love this angle. We both have cute butts!

Subaru Forester

I put my running magnets on at the dealership! LOL! Wasn’t driving home without them.

And because I seem to be jinxed where cars are concerned—yesterday—not 24 hours later, I found a nail in my tire.

nail in tire

Forest being initiated into NYC

So i’ll be headed to the tire shop in a bit for them to fix it. Luckily that’ll only be a $20 repair.

OK back to my training plan. After the 4 miler on 9/6 I’ll be running as part of an ultra team for the Ragnar Relay (San Francisco to Napa Valley) 9/19-9/20. The total mileage I’ll be running for the 2 days will be somewhere between 25 and 30 miles. But each leg will be 10 miles or less. So I want to keep my distances short but plan on incorporating some twice a day runs to get ready for ragnar.

So here’s the plan:
• FOAM ROLL and STRETCH every day!
• Hip strengthening, core strengthening and proprioception exercise per PT 3X a week

August: The plan is just to have short easy runs and finish pain free

training schedule

August Schedule

September: I’ll start preparing for Ragnar with slightly longer distances and closer together including some “two a days” to simulate my legs of the race

training schedule

September Schedule

If I feel good when I get to 5 miles straight I might increase the distances of my last few runs before Ragnar, but I’m not going to jeopardize my foot and will be extra conservative this time around.

OH! And here’s our team logo designed by yours truly.

Created by Sally Stilwell

Created by Sally Stilwell

Well, I’m off to run 1 mile! I think I’ll skip the Garmin and just take a big smile with me instead =)

I hope you’ve had a good last couple of days.

What’s your weekend plan?

Anyone else get nails in their tires? When it’s brand new?

Anyone have their car towed for a trade-in?

Do you think I’m just unlucky lately with cars or do you think the universe is trying to tell me something?




  1. I’m gonna go with the universe telling you something theory. 😉 great plan on easing back in. For me, I just wanna get past this weekend.

  2. I know I’m late to reply to your post, but yes, I have traded in a towed-to-the-dealership car!

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