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RUN FASTER! Anesthesia Nurse Completes LMC Governor’s Cup

Lexington Medical Center was pleased to be the title sponsor of the 2010 Governor’s Cup Road Race, featuring half marathon and 8K races in Columbia on November 13th. Our hospital enjoys events that encourage healthy lifestyles. Several Lexington Medical Center employees trained for the half marathon. We followed anesthesia nurse June Duggan along the way. Here is her latest post on her race day adventure.

The weather was perfect for the Governor’s Cup Half Marathon on Saturday. Clear and crisp at the start. I had hoped for 2:06:?? for the 13.1 mile course, but didn’t know what to expect after taking time off so close to the event. I knew I needed a maximum of 9:40 a mile in order to come in below 2:07:00 and when my first mile registered at 9:10 I knew I needed to slow my pace. I remembered the advice from Health Directions Kathy Hunter. “Break the run up into smaller segments”. So I decided to go one mile at a time using the split time feature (or lap feature) on my Timex. This is psychologically beneficial since you only have to think about the lap you’re on. The next seven laps, over a flat smooth course, were between 9:18 and 9:30. Somewhere around mile eight or nine the terrain began to roll and I lost about 30 seconds on my pace. The next three miles dropped back down to the 9:20 pace and the final 1.1 (The Hill) crawled by at 9:56. The large events, approximately 1500 registered participants, always draw such a variety of people. Along the course I saw grandparents, children, parents pushing strollers, high school athletes and first time half marathoners. I love the group dynamic of such an event. The opportunity to run with people I may not otherwise meet. Encouragement from strangers and the chance to offer encouragement to someone I may never see again. I was pleased with the consistent pace and more pleased that I was able to run pain free. My son, who placed eleventh in the 8K, would say I was pain free because I didn’t run hard enough. While there is some truth to that, it amazes me that two people can enjoy the same sport from such opposite ends of the spectrum. Perhaps that’s the beauty of running.

P.S. My chip time was 2:03:51.

Congratulations, June!

RUN FASTER! LMC Employees train for Governor’s Cup

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be the title sponsor of the 2010 Governor’s Cup Road Race, featuring half marathon and 8K races in Columbia on November 13th. Our hospital enjoys events that encourage healthy lifestyles. Several Lexington Medical Center employees are training for the half marathon. We’re following two along the way. Between now and race day, our blog will bring you the stories of their training.

Here is the story of June Duggan, Anasthesia Services Manager at Lexington Medical Center and her latest blog post.

I have rested. Then I rested. Then I rested some more. About a week and half ago I bruised my right achilles tendon. I’m calling it a bruise. I began to ice, rest, stretch and massage. At the end of four days the pain was gone, so I tried a short run. At the end of 5 miles it was no longer a good idea to run. It’s too bad I couldn’t get that message at the beginning of the run. It never works that way. I took another five days off. Rest, ice, stretch and massage. Stretch and massage, stretch and massage. Did I say stretch and massage? Oh, and ice! I ran this Saturday. I joined the group for a long run. Not the brightest idea after a “bruise”. I had been pain free for 3 or 4 days and hadn’t run in almost a week. At that point I either had to run or spontaneously combust. Either option would be acceptable. I ran. My achilles tendon was tight, but it no longer hurt. There are times when the area that hurts is not the area that needs to loosen up. A knot in your lower back or gluteus can cause iliotibial band syndrome. A tight quadracep can cause knee pain. I’m always amazed by physical therapists and licensed massage therapists who can pin point the “real problem” in a matter of minutes. Though my heel hurt, it was the upper portion of my calf muscle that had knotted up. I’m grateful it was nothing serious. This morning we met for 4.5 miles and it was a good run. My pace is still not what I would like. My goal is 2:06:59 for the Governor’s Cup Half. Can I get there from here? Not if I take another 9 days off. However, I know if I don’t rest a “bruise” I won’t get there at all.

RUN FASTER! LMC Employees train for Governor’s Cup

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be the title sponsor of the 2010 Governor’s Cup Road Race, featuring half marathon and 8K races in Columbia on November 13th. Our hospital enjoys events that encourage healthy lifestyles. Several Lexington Medical Center employees are training for the half marathon. We’re following two along the way. Between now and race day, our blog will bring you the stories of their training.

Here is the story of June Duggan, Anasthesia Services Manager at Lexington Medical Center.

I had not planned (trained) for the USMC Mudrun this year. It was a last minute acceptance of an open slot on a coworker’s team. I had done the event a number of years before on the old course. This course was new. This course was longer. This course had more obstacles. This course would be more fun! It was longer (0.3 miles) and a little more challenging. It had more mud and a much larger field. An estimated 14,000 people participated. Run, run, run, wait for the obstacle to clear. While you’re waiting, evaluate the risk to benefit (injury to challenge) ratio of each obstacle. You’re covered in mud. The poles, ropes and walls are covered in mud. “Get a grip” takes on new meaning. We lost our team captain to a broken foot early in the event and while attempting The Weaver I heard someone hit the ground. As the air was forced out of his lungs I heard a loud crack. I love EMTs, Gaitors and functioning ambulances on standby. The enjoyment of this type of event is always somewhat diminished by the logistics, or potential consequences, of participation. We had an awesome time! I had taken a rest day on Friday in preparation. Saturday’s Mudrun (a total of about 6 miles) was followed by an 8 mile run on Sunday. No broken bones or ambulance rides. Monday, being a cross training day, was a 10-12 mile bike at a recovery pace. I’m not sure what that means. Recovery pace. Is that a picante or salsa? Can I have tortilla chips with that? Tuesday morning I joined the group for a 6.6 mile hilly run. On Tuesday afternoon I met with my trainer. A few scrapes, a few bruises and a strong desire for a long nap. I know I nailed that workout! That’s what she meant when she said “I didn’t tell you to do the Mudrun”. No matter how long I’ve been active I still have to struggle to remember the simple logical rule. To grow you must rest.