Tattoo You

7 Feb

It’s the name of an album by my favorite band.  It’s also somewhat relevant to a portion of this post.

So, I had a fun weekend in DC with T during which I got zero runs in (which is sad, especially since DC is such a fun city to run in.)

And I got a hell of a lot of these in:

Oh Bell's Two Hearted, I heart you so much. But sometimes you don't heart me back...

And that rendered me pretty miserable on Sunday.  Oops.

But one good thing that we DID do on Sunday was hit up this fun little running store we stumbled upon!  It’s called Metro Run & Walk and it’s in Springfield, Virginia.  We may or may not have found ourselves in the neighborhood because we went out of our way to find a certain restaurant to soothe our hungovered-ness in shame style.  That restaurant may or may not rhyme with “slob heavens.”  Ahem.  Anyhow…

Methinks our pilgrimage to good ole Bobby’s was meant to be, since this little store was so awesome!  It’s small and family-owned and chock-full of great stuff and they were really friendly and helpful in there.  I urge anyone who finds oneself in the DC area to check it out!  T was in the market for some running shoes and the shoe expert there gave him lots of attention and helped him pick out a pair of Saucony Mirages.

I, meantime, was enthralled with the entire WALL of OTC orthotics for my barkin’ dog.  Over the course of the past 65 days, (but who’s counting???) I’ve ordered a ton of inserts and orthotics online, and everything I’ve tried was on this wall, (by the biggies– Spenco and Powerfeet) and then some!  I bought an orthotic by Powerstep and wore it in my little ballet flats to work yesterday.  And they felt good!  They look like this:

OK, it depresses me just a bit that I am now so well-versed on this crap, but I like to think that someday when I’m all recovered and running again, all of this will provide a useful reference for other runners who will no doubt experience this b*tch of an injury  (Not that I wish it upon ANYONE!)

Anyhow, I also bought one of these

I’m not sure if it’s helping all that much, but I’ve been rolling the hell out out of my foot and it kind of gives me that “hurts so good” feeling, akin to that of a foam roller.

Finally, on a much more positive and much less depressing note, I got one of these!  A PACE TAT:


A few things to be noted here.  First of all, THEY MAKE PACE TATTOOS?!?!?!  How did I never know this?  This is the coolest thing ever!  When I ran Columbus this past fall (the only marathon I’ve run with a pace band) I had the thing taped to my cell phone and it looked ridic and was kind of cumbersome.  And it was pretty shredded by mile 21.

Secondly, yes if you’re real good at reading backward, you will see that this is a 3:30 pace tattoo.  I’ve said before and I’ll say again that I definitely want to a run a 3:30 marathon this year (or at least a sub-3:35, but the closer to 3:30, the better, to ensure entry to Boston.)  As I’ve acknowledged before, this is a lofty goal for me, but one I think I can achieve… at least with a proper amount of training.  And that is where it is sadly out of my hands.  Because there is only so much I can do for this PF and I’m pretty sure I’m doing it all.  Have I mentioned that I have plantar fasciitis and it sucks?  Just checking.

Anyhow, so my foot is hurting today.  BOOOOO.  But I have PT this evening, so that should make me feel better.  Also, I got up at 5 AM this morning for a 6 AM Flywheel class on the UES and I think I deserve some props for that.  This is an extremely poor-quality and blurry picture I took with my Blackberry when I was leaving my apartment to grab the train this morning.   The glowing orb furthest to the left in the pic is the MOON.

I also want you to take note, past UES running buddies, that I can and will gladly get out of bed early in the morning and make the trip to the UES for fitness purposes.  Please remember this when I am recovered and running again.

Which I hope is soon.

W’sup with you?  Ever had Bell’s Two-Hearted?  What’s your favorite beer?  Ever seen or used a pace tattoo?  When will my PF GOOO AWAYYY?  (I realize no one knows the answer to the last one, but I’m posing the question anyway since it’s always on my mind.)

9 Responses to “Tattoo You”

  1. Kristy February 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    yes, it will go away. it cannot hang around forever!

    so you went to bob evans?! ha ha grease is THE best hangover cure!

    oh, my favorite beer (and please don’t laugh) is good ol’ miller lite. yup, the same stuff i drank in college (although back in those days it was considered high end beer).

    i love pace bands and use them all the time. i always tape it upside down on my bib (to the side) so i can quickly glance at it during the race.

    • Katie February 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      Oh, Kristy… just when I thought we had so much in common. MILLER LITE?! 😉
      At least we can agree that grease is the end-all, be-all cure for hangovers!

  2. kimretta February 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    Bell’s! My husband is from Michigan, but we live in California and can’t get Bell’s out here. We made up for it over Christmas, though, and even bought special padded bags for our luggage so we could bring some back. My favorite beer would be too hard to pick, but my go-to is an Aventinus.

    • Katie February 9, 2012 at 10:25 am #

      Haha! I love it! Padded luggage for special cargo. 😉
      I don’t think I’ve ever had an Aventinus, so thank you. Now I know what my goal for the weekend is. 😉

  3. Meggie February 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    I use powerstep!!! My brother has the weirdest feet every and he has had so many custom orthotics and you know what works best? These Dr. Scholls inserts – you go and put your feet on this thing (in the store) and it tells you (based on pressure points, I guess) which inserts are best for you.

    Hope you’re back to running soon!

    • Katie February 9, 2012 at 10:26 am #

      Ooh I have some Dr. Scholls inserts, but I’ve never seen this device you describe! I am intrigued!

  4. Josie February 9, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    I love little running stores!! They’re the best. One of the best thing about small towns… that are candy stores.

    Have you been to a podiatrist? I had PF back in year 7 (equivalent of junior high) and I got fitted for orthotics. I was an over-pronater… I still wear them today (albeit updated versions).

    I have faith…. you will get better soon!!! 😉

    • Katie February 9, 2012 at 10:28 am #

      Thanks for keepin’ the faith, Josie!
      I have thought a lot about going to a podiatrist, but I have read so many comments on custom orthotics and they really run the gamut. Some people swear that they are what cured them of PF, but others claim they were a complete waste of money. Everyone is on the same page that they are uber expensive, though… which is why I’m loath to try them. I would shell out the cash if I knew for sure they would work, but I hate taking a gamble like that. Ugh.

  5. Jocelyn February 13, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Where did you find that pace tattoo?? I’m thinking about getting one and wearing it for the next 3 months….until my marathon. Too much? Just want to focus on the goal.

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