That’s right, Salty friends, the time has come once again for the highest, most coveted literary honor in the universe…
Who will win the coveted badge this week? Read on past the jump to find out!
But first, the roundup:
What do you get when you mix recovery from a 100 mile trail race, 600 iu’s of Follistim and 5,000 iu’s of Pregnyl? Clove’s Training and Fertility Treatment Log: Week 2, Cycle One
Mace returned to us this week to discuss how to play nice with cars When the Only Safe Place to Run Is the Center of the Road
Salty is 12 weeks unpregnant and finally feeling like herself again; although she’s still really glad her maternity leave isn’t over. Postpartum Running Update – 12 Weeks
Are you Boston-bound this year? Several Salty bloggers have raced the course, and who better than our resident marathon aficionado, Mint to tell you What You Need to Know if You are Training for the Boston Marathon
Ginger had A Breakthrough, Thirteen Years in the Making this week, just by using the power of a simple affirmation and letting go of her fears. What can you do when you let go?
And if you’re having a hard time letting go, Salty‘s got a great way to help you convince yourself of your awesomeness: Fake It Until You Make It
Salty Confidential is back for more girl talk this week, and Clove explains How Your Menstrual Cycle Affects Your Running Performance in simple, easy-to-understand science. Next time your period comes around, you just might jump for joy. Seriously!
Cilantro proposes that our age isn’t always measured by how long we’ve been alive, and we all mature in our sport the longer we keep with it. How about you? What Is Your Running Age?
And Licorice brought us a more practical-type Friday 5 this week, giving us 5 Reasons to Hit the Trails
And now, without further ado, this week’s COTW winner is….Amy, for her awesome comment on Clove’s Salty Confidential post this week!
Awesome post! Anecdotally, I figured out that period = happy running by tracking things through several years of our own fertility frustrations. My friends thought I was NUTS when I figured out that I was going to have my period for a huge goal race AND WAS PUMPED ABOUT IT. Always good to know there’s data backing you up!
There’s something to be said, though, for those end-of-the-month, progesterone-laden efforts, both in training and in racing. Guaranteed (forced) monthly mental toughness training! Since the secret’s out, it might be tempting to fudge the schedule or forgive some slacking. Who wants to head out for a long run knowing that her running shoes are going to feel like lead boots every step for the next 3 hours? Or go into a track workout knowing that the intervals that just about did her in last week are actually going to be finishing the job this week…and be slower?
The scientist in me wonders if the changes in metabolism lead to different gains for different efforts at different times of the month (and then relishes the fact that my expertise lies in a field far more concrete and controllable than this mucky biology stuff!!!).
But the runner in me knows that there are gains made by mentally pushing through tough runs and races. Period or not, race day doesn’t always looked like I dreamed it would. Weather forecasts, mysterious aches and pains, travel and lodging woes (ever share a Murphy bed with someone who has pre-race nightmares?), nursing a newborn, sick kids, sick me, family emergencies, last minute changes to my favorite course, a group that votes for pre-race sushi (personal, I know, but ewww!): all things I’ve known about heading to one starting line or another, and all things that have made me work to keep my head in the game. I’m glad I had a few hormonally trying training runs in my bag to call on when I needed them.
Race day on a progesterone high? Please, please, PLEASE not when I’m going for my lifelong goal; otherwise, bring it on! (Especially if the alternative is muttering the words, “I can’t. PMS.”)
When notified of what is surely her thus-far greatest achievement in life, Amy was overjoyed! She even said, and I quote, “Sweet! Thanks!”
When asked to share a little about herself she had this to say:
I started running with my dad when I was five. Six foot him and little me in my boys’ shoes (we couldn’t find girls’). We’d do a mile loop together at my speed, and then I would hop on my bike and ride the rest of his run…probably also at my speed, now that I know more about parenting. This culminated in his goal race (Tulsa Run, 1980 I think) and my mom bravely depositing me in the start corral of the accompanying 5k. I think we did that race two years in a row, then I went on a 20+ year running hiatus. I swam in high school and college and loved it, but anyone you ask is more likely to remember a bookworm.
I returned to running to escape lab in the dog days of grad school and have never looked back. I’m a research chemist on semi-permanent sabbatical with my two little training partners. My body and mind love the 10k to half-marathon range, with a sweet spot right at 10 miles, but I’ve spent some quality time with the marathon too for street cred. I find it easier to train hard than to train smart, and between that fact and two pregnancies, I’m a little too familiar with the rehab/comeback side of things.
Long-term, I’m aiming for happy kids, a one-car household, a deeper understanding of the physics controlling reaction kinetics, a sustainable way to keep gifted classes and sports in our schools, a sub-1:30 half, a trip to Boston with my sister, a nostalgic go at the Tulsa Run, and a return to Sunday morning trail running (sans stroller or its occupants) with my best friend and favorite training partner.
Congratulations, Amy! We wish you the best of luck in all your goals, and thank you so much for sharing with our community. Because of readers like you, we had such a great week and can’t wait to see what the next one brings!
How was your week?