One Word | Tuesdays on the Run

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Link up with Erika Marcia and me for this week’s Tuesdays on the Run!

We are asking you to tell us, right now, at this very minute, what ONE word describes your running?

Ahhh, I know.  Bloggers asked to narrow something down to one word.


Nah, you can do it.  Pick the one that first pops into your head and let us know what’s up with you.

I can’t wait to see what’s going on with the runners out there this week.


One Word

My past two runs can be summed up in one word:

Painful: adjective  1.  affected with, causing, or characterized by pain

Saturday’s run was mentally painful.

I was slow.  I was bored. My mind kept drifting and I just wanted to be entertained.

I called it short because I just couldn’t focus.

It was painful on multiple levels.

did you die

When I came home earlier than expected, Mr. Shenangians grimaced and said, “Not the day, eh?”

Nope.  Not the day at all.

but wait

Monday’s run?


Somewhere around mile 6, my plantar fasciitis started making itself known.  Luckily I was at home on the treadmill, so I stopped, rolled my foot, put some Rock Tape on the area, and kept going.

Because, duh, I’m a runner and why would pain stop me?

runner pain

And then it got a teensy bit worse.

My IT Band, who hasn’t said BOO to me in a few years, decided it was time to have a chat.

That jerkface.

That one actually had me concerned.  Mostly because I know this won’t end well. The last two times I’ve had ITB flare ups, I ended up in PT for weeks on end.

Weeks, y’all.


I got off the treadmill (again) rolled a little, took some Tylenol, and pressed on.

Because, duh, I’m a runner and why would pain stop me?

So here I am.  Less than two weeks away from my last running weekend of the season.

And it’s painful.

Don’t worry; I’m not all doom and gloom.  I am however going to take the next two weeks cautiously and just go with whatever happens on race day.

My game plan is as follows:

Six Steps

Do the Plantar Fasciitis voodoo that seems to work for me.

I’ll roll every day on the Moji, wear the PF Sleeves, and the flip flops go back on at all times.

Hey, sounds like a good excuse to buy some Oofos everyone loves, right?

foam roller

Roll like it’s my job, man.

I haven’t been on the foam roller as much as I should have been.  So it’s time for use to get reacquainted.

Goal adjustment: to finish the Dark Side Challenge in the upright position.

I hope this will be enough for the few training runs I have left (yes, I’m totally behind and yes, that’s probably what caused both these issues to crop up again).

The good news? The Dark Side weekend will be my 20th half marathon and my last one for the season.

After that race, I’ll dial back mileage, focus on the strength that I’ve neglected, and hopefully be back strong in the fall.

What’s the one word that describes your running lately?

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Patty Holliday

If she isn’t chasing her four kids around Northern Virginia, Patty is chasing four bars on her phone to share her authentic and fun stories on social media and her blog, My No-Guilt Life. She’s also one half of the Marvel Moms, an online community for discussing the Marvel fandom. You can catch up on her runDisney fun at No-Guilt Disney.

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