One of the worst sounds is an alarm clock. One of the worst feelings is rising from the bed after hitting snooze one more time on said alarm clock. I’m a sleep snob. For me, sleep is a sweet escape. It’s probably the only time my body is fully relaxed. I’m sure if I wasn’t hypothyroid, sleeping wouldn’t come so easy to me. And when I was in tip- top shape this winter, sleeping was even easier! Read more >>
I started the week feeling like I was getting back into a groove, albeit slow. I was only fooling myself when I followed up my Sunday trail run with my ART appointment on Monday. The doc thought my consistent foot pain might actually be a stress fracture so he ordered an x-ray. It came back clean so I went back to running, only to find that something is still wrong with the foot. I can run but nothing faster than 10 minute pace, mostly 11s actually. I continued to wake up walking awkwardly, totally compensating for the pain. Finally, I decided to drop the slow running and enter into full-on cross training mode as that is what has worked in the past for my foot problems. Luckily, I discovered that I could get an alumni membership at Akron’s recreation center. The cost in savings was enough to soothe my aching runner’s soul as I feared that I wouldn’t be able to afford to use a pool anywhere and would just have to become completely out of shape until this foot sorts itself out.
Speaking of an alumni membership, I graduated with my Master’s degree this weekend, too. Three and a half years in the making. This time around, it actually feels celebratory because I have a job, a place to live, and a routine that I like. Not much will change except having a couple fancy letters after my name pretty soon here. Not only did I celebrate the traditional way, but I also cut my hair as well. I donated 8 inches to Locks of Love. It was a slightly random decision but also a representation of the confidence I developed during my grad school experience. I love the ease and feel of the cut, too! I do miss long locks but this style will sure be a pleaser for the summer! Now I just have to heal. In the meantime, I shall get back to my second love, swimming. It’s the only activity that feels the closest to a run’s exertion for me. It must be my Aquarius sign, the water bearer.
Sunday: 5 miles on the trails
Monday: 1600 yard swim
Tuesday: 3 miles at night
Wednesday: 4 miles at night. Foot pain just kept getting worse at this point.
Thursday: 1750 yard swim
Friday: 50 minute bike with James on his run
Saturday: 2000 yard swim with 10 x 50 yard sprints
Totals: 12 miles running, 3 miles swimming, 50 minutes biking
10 week pregnant and I’m feeling a tad better. My nausea medication ran out midweek. The first day with no meds I didn’t puke, but then puked on both Friday and Saturday mornings as soon as I got out of bed. Today I didn’t puke, had a great 5k “race” and felt pretty good most of the day. I even was able to poop almost normally today for the first time in weeks! (sorry-tmi!) I feel like I’m on the up and up. And my running reflects that.
I even managed to do a decent track workout on Tuesday. It was warm and I had a pretty bad morning, but somehow I felt pretty good once I got going. Ginger’s beau James is recovering from hernia surgery and he and I ran with our friend and teammate Barb. One day we’ll tell you all about her. She’s 61 and incredible. She ran an 85 400 on Tuesday!
Anyway, the workout was 2 x 800 (2:00 rest), 4 x 400 (1:30 rest) and then 8 x 200. I just made it through the 400’s. I ran 3:18; 3:12 for the 800’s. And then 93; 89; 92; 83 for the 400’s. It felt great to just GO the last one, but after I was done I was toast! Nevertheless I was really happy with the workout and the fact that it felt good.
With the track workout, the “race” a few easy runs I got out 5 days this week for 24 miles. Much better than the 8 next week. Can I hit 30 this week? We shall see!
M: 4 at 8:30ish on the mill at the Y during son’s class.
T: 6 with the track workout!
W: 4 easy pushing the kids. HOT but it went much better than expected.
Sa: 4 easy pushing daughter. I love single stroller runs! They feel so easy after pushing the double.
Su: 6 with 20:45 5k race! Report to come!
Despite coaches instructions that the party was over this week still didn’t feel much like real training. This is one of the only weeks in my life I let work get in the way of training and I sincerely hope it does not become a habit. For me I believe truly a lot of my success has been due to consistency in my training so I am not a happy runner when life’s other commitments keep me from my planned workouts!
This week I am thinking it may have been a blessing in disguise, I’m not sure I am fully recovered from Boston. The legs still don’t feel sharp and recovery is taking a little longer than I would like from the few workouts I did get in. But we might be able to chalk that up to work stress and less sleep from said working.
Without further ado or excuses here is what did get done on the training front.
42 miles for the week (out of a planned 60-65)
Monday- 8.25 miserable miles at 7:53. I felt awful on this run, worst I have felt in over a year.
Tuesday- 8 at 7:39 with a track workout (2*800, 4*400, 8*200)
Wednesday- 5.25 easy at 8:08
Thursday- 5.5 easy at 8:28 (quads were trashed, it was hot, and I had to get back to work)
Friday- Rest and massage (missed make up tempo)
Saturday- Rest aka working all day (Missed planned 12 miler)
Sunday- 15 with first 8 at 6:45 to make up for Thursdays planned tempo and the rest easy finishing out the run at 7:16 average (one mile shy of planned 16)
This is getting ridiculous. I know it feels good to run and to run fast, but I have got to do something serious about my injury. After so many people shared their experiences with me this week about their own medical issues I’m not nearly so scared of being financially crippled by treatment. I’m going to explore some options this week.
Sunday, 4/29: 5.5 miles up and down the hills uptown – Ran a beautiful trail through Central Park and absolutely killed it. Then right at the end I felt the twang in my knee again…
Monday, 4/30: Should have had the good sense to take this day off but I got ambitious. Wound up taking it slower to baby my knee.
Tuesday, 5/1: Went to the track for team speedwork but just jogged lightly 1 mile and did a little core work.
Wednesday, 5/2: Very slow 5
Thursday, 5/3: Walked 4 with a little jogging
Friday, 5/4: Took it easy at a 5 mile club run
Saturday, 5/5: 2.5 miles on some really tough trail terrain. Didn’t get too far because I kept running into 50 milers and cheering for them!
Training for the Vermont 100 officially kicked off this week, in spite of my lack of motivation. I got home from the Big Sur Marathon to wicked warm temperatures, which definitely kept things interesting my first week out; got a mild sunburn on Wednesday even with sunscreen on. I’m starting a four week build (80/90/100/100), followed by a 50 mile rest week that I’m already excited for. In other news, I lost one of those two big toenails that have been torturing me on downhills. 80 miles flat for the week.
Saturday: 4 mile shakeout run with the team
Sunday: 26.2 miles, pacing the Big Sur Marathon
Monday: Two back to back spin classes
Tuesday: 13 neighborhood/bike path miles, core/Pilates class
Wednesday: 21 relaxed but hilly road miles, single spin class
Thursday: 8 neighborhood miles with my morning run group, single spin class
Friday: 8 early morning neighborhood miles
Not too long ago, Salty used the Friday 5 to tell you five good reasons to turn the music off. Well, after spending the week dealing with (metaphorical) demons, we wanted to lighten the mood up here at Salty Running and get your weekend off to a fun start. And what better way to do that than to open our very own iPod vaults and let you in on the top five cheese-o-rific songs the “Salty Girls” can’t get enough of. Our apologies in advance for each and every one of these that are stuck in your head on your long run tomorrow. Read more >>
YEAH! (cue Mint’s supah loud Girls on the Run “YEAH”)
I am calm, cool, collected and ready to knock out a big fat PR, right? Read more >>
Monday night I was at a club run with Steve of NYCRuns.com, who asked me “Hey, how come you weren’t at the Verazzano Half last weekend?”
“Oh, you know, I didn’t really train for it…and my knee feels weird…I have this little injury that keeps coming back…”
I shouldn’t even have brought it up–I hate talking about it because I hate thinking about it. But oh, my poor knee! It twinges on the outside, a slight but sharp tug that tells me something is still wrong after five months. Every time it happens I want to cry a little bit from the stress of not knowing what it is, of worrying that it will give out, that I’ll strain it too much, that I could maybe never run again.
You might think I should see a doctor. Well, I’d like to. But I don’t have health insurance.
It is often said that there are few problems that can’t be solved by a good long run. Left alone with only your conscience, thoughts, and heart to guide you, you are quickly stripped clean. If you’re hurting, you’re aware of it. If you’re struggling with something, you can begin to unravel the knotted ball of yarn. If you owe amends, you can gain the strength to make them. Running at its best can cleanse us; strip us to our bare beauty and our ugliest character defects. And this done, it then begins to heal us with each new breath we take. I have left the house in a fog, heavy-hearted and heavy-legged, and returned a lighter being.
Those are beautiful days and beautiful runs, runs when, to quote George Gershwin, “the livin’ is easy.”
This is a different story. Read more >>
In the blogosphere it’s easy to portray the image that everything is like so great all the time. I am soooo happy and everything is perfect. All. The. Time.
While there is so much to be grateful for in all the Salty Bloggers’ lives, we’re all still human. Including me. To prove it (because I know you’ve all been secretly wondering) I want to share a (probably irrational) fear I have about my running. Read more >>
Earlier this week Ginger with a J posted about faith and running. Today I’d like to talk about a different kind of faith: having faith in your coach and your training plan.
Last year was a tough one for me. I had a couple of good races, but most of the year was spent dealing with burnout and injury. As I struggled through 2011 there were many variables that resulted in my eventual breakdown. Many of which were mental. A worrier and over thinker by nature I let myself get the best of me. A major issue was that I wanted control of this one thing in my life: running. I mostly listened to my coach and followed his program, but all along there was this side of me that had doubts. Some small and some big doubts and I let others influence those doubts and they grew as I faced injuries and struggled with workouts. By fall I was convinced that I needed to be in charge of myself and that I needed a break from coaching. Read more >>
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