I have something on my chest that I’d like to discuss, something very close to my heart. Two somethings, in fact. What I’m going to talk about today is a factor that weighs heavily on some of us but is a light topic for others. I’m sure you’ve been sore on the subject and wanted to keep it locked up, but maybe you’ll feel better if you just…let it all out.
Cinnamon made Salty Running, takes lots of pictures and drinks lots of coffee. She has 8 more minutes to knock off her marathon for a 3:40 BQ, and will get there or die trying. Her writing is an eclectic mix of finding wholeness as an average runner, news reporting, curious reactions, satirical humor and more.
This week was marked by many things. Lots of fast running, a goal to up my mileage, and then a reminder that you’re not supposed to do both of those at once. Oh, and mud. A LOT of mud.
Sunday: 5 miles fast fast fast
Monday: Took off. I have since learned Monday is the wrong day to take off – It’s the day before speed work! If I don’t pack in some mileage here, what happens when I’m tired on Thursday and try to run anyway?
Tuesday: Had a massage/torture session with my MT Crystal. Then in the evening ran a pretty solid track workout! 2x 200 @ 0:50 (200), 2x 400 @ 01:45 (400), 2x 800 @ 3:45 (400), 2x 400 @ 1:45 and 1:50 (400), 2x 200 @ 0:52, 0:48 (200). That last 200 is my fastest recorded time ever. I took a chance wearing my Brooks Pure Cadence, figuring they might be better suited for a track workout, but nope. Something about those shoes just does not suit my gait – I felt a little tug at my knee again while starting my second-last interval and had to double back. However, I felt good when I got home so I added a little 2 mile shakeout for a total of 5 miles.
Wednesday: 5 miles with my club. I ran with the front of the pack – big mistake after yesterday because…
Thursday: DNF’ed my training run. Damn those shoes! I managed to eff up my knee blasting through Wednesday too hard after Speed Work on Tuesday and my little training run on Thursday suffered for it. My easy 6 turned into a super easy 3.
Friday: Took off after yesterday’s foul, just to be safe.
Saturday: Well…I guess…7 miles? So I did a 4 mile “run” through bramble bushes and a muddy stream with my running club. It was SO FUN, and although I definitely did not run the whole time I think I put in more effort than a simple run would have taken. Seriously, if you ever want to run in the mud, skip the fabricated races and just plunge through some backwoods terrain with some friends. Totally different. Totally amazing experience. I’ll get deeper into it in a future post.
After it was all over I went out for a quick 3 miles by myself just to make sure I piled on a few “junk” miles this week.
It’s happened more times than I can count. I’ll be walking or running down a city street and suddenly some jerk will tell me to smile. As if I care what he thinks. This is New York! People should be minding their own high-stress lives, not bothering me with trite lectures about positive attitudes! What am I supposed to do, run around with a vacant grin on my face like some kind of idiot?
Well…yeah, actually. Read more >>
After last week’s near-DNF I was ready for a very proactive approach to my tight muscles, aided by the great therapists at Massage America in Union Square. Since my last gig just ended I now have time to rest my legs, so this is a great time for me to heal! I pushed it a little far on Tuesday with some awesome speed work, but I wanted to take advantage of my time off from work and participate in some non-race team activity. I told myself if it got too hard I’d ditch out and just finish with an easy run but I managed to keep up with the fast group the whole time and knocked out some of my fastest paces to date! Followed by a day of rest and then my second massage this week it was a pretty good deal – I feel about 200% better than I did after the Scotland Run!
Sunday: A DT massage and a 5.5 mi. club run. Managed to actually take it easy this time instead of racing my friends like I usually do!
Monday: 6 mi. in Prospect Park
Tuesday: Speed work with my team in Central Park! 2x 1/4 mile @ 1:40, 1x 1/2 mile @ 3:30, 2x 1/4 @ 1:45, 1x 1/2 @ 3:40, 2x 1/4 @ 1:50, 1x 1/2 @ 3:40. This is some of the fastest running I’ve ever done!
Wednesday: Took the day off. Ohhh sooo sorrrre!
Thursday: Another massage (wow, did this one hurt!) followed by a 3 mile easy run.
Friday: Off, with a side of R.I.C.E. on my sad little hamstrings
Saturday: Another club run, this time an unexpected 8 miles (including the 1.5 miles I ran to get there). I barely even noticed the distance though since an old friend showed up and I spent most of the run chatting and hamming it up with him. It’s so nice to have running friends!
When I heard that last Sunday in the wake of an epic hamstring fail all I could think was “I wish I’d listened to my body when it was whispering!” With both Ginger and me on the injured list I figured now is a great time to talk about prevention methods.
And no, I’m not going to shake my finger at you for not stretching enough, you already know you’re supposed to be doing that! Instead let’s discuss how to coax your beautiful muscles into becoming the strong athletic machine they were meant to be.
When I was about 13 I read a trashy novel about a slim, attractive woman who had lost a great deal of weight and was in love with her best friend’s boyfriend. The part I remember is the man’s private thoughts toward this woman. He knew it was shallow of him, but he couldn’t help the idea that once a person was fat she would always be fat.
I don’t know if that’s why I started running the next year or not, but I do know I became fat sometime around age 7 and that I haven’t felt un-fat since. Read more >>
Well I sure jumped the shark.
This would be a really cool picture if I didn’t look like I was in excruciating pain, wouldn’t it? I was in excruciating pain! Silly me attempted to run the Scotland Day 10k today and my hamstrings totally blew up at the 1 mile mark. At about 3.5 miles I really thought hard about quitting, but instead I just slowed the heck down and pushed through – I didn’t want a DNF for my team!
So this is it. This is the part where I accept that I have Piriformis Syndrome. In fact I think I can trace what’s going on with my knee back to these tight hamstrings which aren’t getting any less tight. I rested and iced today and I’m rolling my butt on a tennis ball as I type. Tomorrow I go for a sports massage at a place that specializes in runners.
I just got my bike all tuned up so there’s definitely some cross training in my future!
Sunday: Wrapped out from work early and ran 6 miles in Prospect Park
Monday: Rode my bike (slowly) 4 miles to a 5 mile run (Superstar!)
Tuesday: 5 mile bike ride
Wednesday: long work day!
Thursday: Another long work day – the pilot I was working on wrapped!
Friday: 6 miles with the running club
Saturday: 10k slooooowww: 56:09
I raced out of the subway station and dashed across four lanes of traffic on 14th street, desperate to make it to JackRabbit before they closed. We wrapped early–8:00–on a Thursday and I had called at lunch to make sure they had the beautiful Brooks Racer STs I’ve wanted for months (but hadn’t had the money to buy). I knew they were discontinuing the color and were sold out online, but I’d made sure to have them hold a pair for me.
I bounced on tiptoes, grinning wide as the saleswoman set the box on the counter. “You sure are excited!” she remarked. I beamed back at her as I opened the lid and–
These weren’t the shoes I was looking for.
The announcements. The anthem. The gun. The Great Shuffle. 20 minutes later I reached the start line.
I felt great the first mile, targeting a nice slow (for me) 9:45. I ran what I felt to be that pace, and was really pleased that the course opened up about twice as wide as the corral, meaning I didn’t have to climb over people for the first stretch, as is usually the custom at NYRR races. Just as I was marveling how easy it was to weave through the pack, BAM! I hit the one mile mark, clocking 8:24.
“Whoa,” I thought, “I’d better slow down.” But I felt great. The pace felt easy, my feet felt light and I was really happy! I slowed down nonetheless, thinking maybe 9:15 for my second mile, but it was 8:42. Read more >>
The only real running I did this week was the NYC Half on Sunday. Coming off an injury my legs felt pretty weak, so I wanted to make sure I gave them lots of room to recover. My new job with the camera department provided me with plenty of running around to shake the lactic acid out, and I made sure to stretch every day and used The Stick to help massage my legs. After almost a week, I feel great! I’m ready to go meet my running club this afternoon and attack some hills! Uh… attack some hills slowly, I mean.
Sunday – 13.10938 miles FAST!
Monday – Off
Tuesday – Off
Wednesday – Off
Thursday – Off
Friday – Off
Saturday – heading off to a 4 mile urban trail run with some friends!
Look out for my race report this week! I’ve been so busy I could barely squeeze in time to write it but it’s coming!
The first and greatest principle of professional filmmaking is that efficiency and haste are not the same thing. It’s crucial to ensure that you get things right the first time, otherwise you’re going to have to spend extra time to do it all over again. What’s great about having this lesson drilled into me time and again is that I’ve learned to translate my sense of urgency into many areas of my life. A little research can save a lot of hassle, whether you’re lighting a scene or shopping for running shoes. Read more >>
This week I’m working up to the NYC Half, so I took it pretty easy, wanting to rest up. Hey, I guess that means sometime this week I’ll be writing saltyrunning.com‘s first race report? Neat!
I felt a little slow and heavy this week…my meniscus feels better, but my leg muscles in general and especially my hamstrings are still stiff and sore. I’m trying to stretch a lot, but it’s an uphill battle when you’re on your feet as much as I am. In other news, I’m going back to work full time starting Monday, so training is about to get much more difficult for me. Good thing the Half is tomorrow!
One of the side effects of working long days is having to cram all my errands into the weekend alongside my long runs. Laundry, appointments and shopping absolutely must take place on one of my few days off, and I prefer to get them all at once if possible. So how to fit in all the weekly tasks and a 9 miler? Running errands! Read more >>
This week I didn’t work as much which means I got to run more! I retired my low-profile Brooks PureCadence because of a suspicion (untested, unproven) that they may be the cause of my knee issues, so I’ve just been swapping between my tried-and-true Mizuno Rider 12’s and 13’s. I’m holding out until the NYC Half-Marathon Expo next weekend, hoping I can find a good deal on some new kicks!
Oh, did I mention that I made the lottery for the NYC Half this year? I did – I’m in and running it next weekend! I’m planning to run pretty mellow because the aforementioned issues disrupted my training but I’m still excited – a bunch of my running club friends are manning a water station so I’ll have a whole cheering section even!
Sunday: 6 mile club run
Monday: 5 mile club run
Tuesday: 6 miles in Prospect Park – ran into my (now former) coworkers at Person of Interest who were shooting close by!
Wednesday: 5.5 mile club run – ran into my coworkers AGAIN, this time in Long Island City!
Thursday: Went back to work for a day with Person of Interest and gave my legs a day off.
Friday: Filled in for a friend at Gossip Girl-didn’t get out till 1 am so no running for me!
Saturday: A great 9 miler from Brooklyn into Manhattan to run a few errands
Hey Salty Runners!
This is Cinnamon, Salty’s sister. I’d like to take a quick moment to thank all of you gals (and guys too) for following this site. Not very long ago, this online resource and community was still a crazy idea, then Salty’s New Year’s resolution, and now to see a concrete version of it taking shape is really amazing! We never thought it would grow so fast, but because of you Salty Running is gonna need a little more room…
With all the great articles Salty’s been cranking out, you may be surprised to hear that this is just the beginning. Pretty soon we’ll be rolling out the red carpet for the real deal, and we just know you’re gonna love it.
In the meantime, the current site and its content will continue to be available at saltyrunning.wordpress.com. And don’t worry – we’ll be posting new content when we conduct our full launch of the new improved site very soon! Stay tuned!
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