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Member Since:

May 01, 2008



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

One marathon: 4:08; Half marathon PR: 1:48:30; Ten-miler PR: 1:23; 8k PR: 39:00; 10k PR: 46:51


Short-Term Running Goals:

Lose 10 lbs. to get in shape to run faster and --> Qualify for Boston!

Race calendar:

May 18: Capitol Hill Classic 10k (50:23)

June 14: Lawyers Have Heart 10k (48:20)

July 12: Caribbean Sounds 10k (50:23)

July 14: Bastille Day 4-miler (30:55)

July 27: Riley's Rumble 1/2 Marathon (1:48:30)

(Stress fracture/broken jaw break)

Nov 9: Veteran's day 10k (46:51!!!)

Nov 27: Alexandria Turkey Trot 5-miler

Dec 6: Gar Williams 1/2 marathon

Dec 14: Jingle All the way 10k

February 14, 2009: Myrtle Beach marathon? (goal: 3:40!!!)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Finish a 1/2 Ironman before I'm 40 years old

Finish 10 marathons in 4:00 hrs or less by the time I'm 40 years old.

Run the JFK 50-miler


Just another single 30-year old Argentine girl living the American dream in Washington DC and trying to run faster. Graduated from Southern Utah University in 2003, then moved to DC. I have a full-time job as research economist for an association in the transportation industry and I'm attempting to get my Master's degree in Economics from Johns Hopkins, part-time, while keeping my sanity!

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The doctor cleared me to run again! HAPPY HAPPY, JOY, JOY!

They took an X-ray of my leg and he showed me the new bone was forming. It's interesting: he told me the actual stress fracture wouldn't show on an X-ray, and that's why they order a bone scan. However, once the bone is healed, an X-ray shows the recovery and new bone forming.

Also some coaches told me that I absolutely had to find out how I got the fracture: bad shoes, maybe I need orthotics, bad form, or overuse. But my doctor told me there's really no way to tell, that stress fractures do happen even if you train properly, have the proper nutrition and shoes, etc. It makes sense to me. Still, since when I first started feeling the pain I was just starting to wear new Saucony's with Superfeet insoles, I decided not to wear those shoes and inserts again and stick with my good old Asics. I'm going to pick up a new pair soon to celebrate my return to running.

Of course I brought my clothes and will go for a run after work in the park today, starting slowly, 3 min. run/2 min walk for about 30 minutes - I can't wait!!!

Thank you SO MUCH to all of you bloggers who kept on encouraging me and putting up with me during these past dreadful 8 weeks. You really kept me in check and motivated. THANK YOU!!!


Alright... and off I went! 3.5 miles in 40 minutes. Ran for 4-5 minutes, walked for 2-3 in between... I must say, it was easier than I thought it would be (to run really slow and take walking breaks)... meaning, I'm not in as good a shape as I thought... I could really feel my quads and my breathing wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, even after the 50 biking miles yesterday... So, a slow re-entry it will be indeed... It felt so good to be out there and enjoy a bit of the beautiful DC weather though! I love fall!

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From paul on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 10:03:11

Congrats. Enjoy your run today!

From Nevels on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 10:24:52

I, too, got a stress fracture shortly after switching shoes, and being the superstitious runner that I am, I am too scared to wear New Balance shoes any more.

Congratulations on getting back to running, and good luck throughout the rest of the healing process.

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 10:27:38

Lucia, That's great news!!! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to go for a run with you again. Let me know when you want to run and we'll hop to it!!. Congratulations on your recovery and re-introduction into the world of running!!!!! :)

From Lucia on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 11:04:29

Thanks Paul! Absolutely, Aaron! This week I'll go super slow at it, but next maybe I'll be able to speed up a bit.

Nevels: where was your stress fracture, and how did you resume training after you healed up? Any recommendations?

From Nevels on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 11:29:30

My stress fracture was in my third metatarsal on my left foot. I made the egregious mistake of continuing running on it for about a month, but then sat out for the next two months or so. When I started back, I was back to doing significantly shorter mileage at a significantly slower pace than when I had stopped. I did manage to rev my training back up after only a couple of weeks, which I knew was risky, but after a couple of recurrence scares, I got back into the swing of things. I would definitely not recommend ramping back up too quickly. If I were you, I would keep doing what you are doing; ease back into it with a good run/walk routine, and as you get more comfortable on it and feel that it is strengthening up, reduce the walking and up the mileage. In a month or two, you'll be right back where you were before the fracture. I guess the only thing I would recommend doing differently is paying special attention to stretching/icing/generally paying more attention to where the fracture was. You were most likely not working the muscles around that area, so they are liable to be a little weaker than they were in the past, so just monitor the area, and you should be fine. Again, best of luck with your return to running!

From Lucia on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 11:32:03

Thanks Nevels! I'm glad to hear you recovered well too. I'll definitely do more stretching and cross-training from now on. I've learned my lesson!

From marion on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 15:13:03

YEAH!!!! WOOOOO HOOOOO!!! I just got home from work! GREAT NEWS!!! Take it easy and enjoy every step!!! :D Big smiles and (((((hugs))))) Yeah!!!! Is that enough exclamation points?????

From Kelli on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 18:59:30

Oh, I can not wait to come back and see how that run went! I bet you will be loving every minute of it, that is so awesome!

HAVE FUN!!! And get in gear so you can qualify for Boston and join us all there!

From Metcalf Running on Tue, Oct 07, 2008 at 12:52:44

YAHHHHH!!! So glad you can run again!!! Just take yoru time getting back into it. You don't want to re-injure! Fall is fantastic! Have fun!


From Marion\ on Tue, Oct 07, 2008 at 13:52:05

You're rockin' your rollin' your AWESOME!!! Great miles :)

From dutch on Wed, Oct 08, 2008 at 09:52:07

holy crap! congrats!! just in time for autumn goodness.

From josse on Wed, Oct 08, 2008 at 10:04:35

That is so great!!! One thing I did when coming back from injury was do a bike/run thing. I would bike first to make my legs feel tired then run. It would make it seem like I ran farther than I did and I wouldn't over do the running.

From Lucia on Wed, Oct 08, 2008 at 10:08:42

Thanks guys - that's a good idea, Josse. I'm planning on mixing runs with bike rides, pool jogging and elliptical for at least a month. It feels so good to be back!

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