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Wait, can we go back in time?

I knew the past couple months that the month of March was going to be really busy for me. I prepared myself as best I could but lost my steam pretty quickly. I was prepared to be busy and not have much of a life, I was not prepared to be completely exhausted. Some days I woke up early and got my workout in then. Other days, I was working from home so that I could squeeze in a run during my lunch hour. The rest of the days I was resting because I burnt the candle at both ends and the candle disappeared.

“burn the candle at both ends is an idiom meaning to exhaust oneself, esp by being up late and getting up early to work; to work extremely or excessively hard; to work too hard for good health or peace of mind. Worsened by also “partying hard” on top of working hard

burning-the-candle-at-both-ends

3/11-3/17

Sunday –  Orange Theory 3.1 miles and 0 splat points, then went to the gym to run 5 more miles on the treadmill
Monday  Rest
Tuesday –  Outside – 1 mile WU, 2×3 miles, .25 recovery, 1 mile CD – 8.2 miles @8:15 pace
Wednesday – Strength Training and Stretching
Thursday – Inside 7 miles @8:07 pace – I think this was supposed to be a tempo but who knows.
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – Outside – 3 Miles easy @8:52 pace

Total Mileage: 21.35

3/18-3/24

Sunday – Outside -20 miles @8:44 pace.
Monday  – Rest Day
Tuesday –  Rest Day
Wednesday – Inside – 3 Miles @8:48 pace
Thursday – Outside – 1 mile WU, 3×2 miles, .25 recovery, 1 mile CD – 8.5 miles @8:17 pace
Friday – Inside – 1 mile WU, 5@tempo, 1 mile CD 7 miles @8:09 pace
Saturday – Inside – Inside – 7 miles @8:53 pace

Total Mileage: 45.5

3/25-3/31

Sunday –Rest
Monday – Orange Theory – 1.5 miles during class
Tuesday –  1 mile WU, 2×2 miles, .25 recovery and .25 CD – I was really crunched for time this day. 5.5 miles @8:11 pace
Wednesday – Orange Theory – 2 miles during class – I cheated a little in this class so I could get my heart rate up. Instead of the .25 intervals, I did .35. I’m such a rebel! I earned 3 splat points though.
Thursday – Rest Day
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – Rest Day

Total Mileage: 9

So I would like to go back in time to rearrange my schedule. Not to get in all the workouts I missed but so I could get workouts in that are much shorter. I think I stressed about getting workouts in and I think that added to my exhaustion. Looking back at my month, I can honestly say I did what I could, with the time I had and I am happy knowing that. I probably stressed out more than I needed.

I had some scary hamstring issues at the end of last week that I was pretty sure was going to end my spring marathons. I tried really hard to remain calm and took extra rest days. While I may have had to miss getting my last long run in, I do have a much happier hamstring. Sometimes you push through the pain and sometimes you rest.

REST

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Cleveland Marathon Training Week 9: Hanging in there

Injury Update: I’m still being annoyed but this pain in my feet BUT I can still run! I cannot run 20 miles but I can run 14. Hopefully my feet get their act together so we can go crush Marathon #12. I broke down this week and parted ways with my Nike’s and welcomed home these babies.

ASICS!
ASICS!

I haven’t worn Asics since I first started distance running in 2006! However, they feel great so far and I look forward to breaking these babies in!

Monday: 3.07 easy miles in the am
Tuesday: SpeedWork, 1 mile WU, 5-800s, 1-400 and 1 mile CD
Wednesday: 3.08 easy miles in the am
Thursday: 1,200 meter swim
Friday: abs and arms
Saturday: 14 mile long run (Jig and Jog 5K in there too)
Sunday: 1 hour spin and rolled dough for a couple hours.

Rolled dough AND I got to hang out with my little sister. (Not so little anymore)
Rolled dough AND I got to hang out with my little sister. (Not so little anymore)

Total Mileage: 25.65

I had not 1 but 2 graston appointments last week and another one this week. Hoping to keep the scar tissue and other junk from building up in my feet. My original training plan had me doing a 20 miler last week but I decided I’d play it safe and run 17. However, the pain was so bad at mile 11 that I decided 14 would have to be it. Fingers crossed for a miracle and a 20 miler soon!

On my runs I try to smile and wave or say good morning to everyone I pass. Sometimes I zone out and forget but 98% of the time I try to say something because I would rather be the one who waved and said good morning than the one who didn’t.

Darling, be daring.

Do you say hi to those you pass on your runs?

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Injury Update

I wish I could tell you that I am all healed and can start running again. Or at least tell you I know exactly what is wrong and when I will be running again. Sadly, I can’t tell you either of those things 😦 All I know is that I am still having IT Band and Piriformis issues, both of which are not getting better with rest, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

I cannot begin to tell you how frustrated I am. I can tell you that I never imagined that I would have a “runless” summer and that I would miss all my favorite summer races. It’s crazy to think that I can’t run a single race this summer, yet prior summers I raced every weekend, sometimes twice in one weekend. I even planned vacations and outings with friends and family around races. I was crazy about running….still am.

Hard to believe that last year I ran 5 marathons with little to no problems. Yet this year, I can’t manage to do 1.

Towpath Marathon 2011

I will tell you that, I will get over these injuries and come back stronger. Even though I am not running now, I am still a runner. It’s not just who I am but it is my part of my life.

Disclosure: I promise this will be the only sappy/sorry post I will post. Back to regularly scheduled non sense tomorrow.

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RiteAid Cleveland Marathon Week 11: Uh Oh Pain In My Piriformis

Last week I said I was going to scale back a little this week and give my legs a break. By scale back I meant 35-40 miles, not 15! Last week I felt the tiniest little pull in my hamstring. It was weird but didn’t feel like a hamstring injury. By Monday I could feel that something wasn’t right but I wasn’t in pain and could still run just fine. Tuesday I went to run and instantly knew speedwork wasn’t going to happen. The rest of the day Tuesday I was in pain. Pain in my piriformis (buttcheek)

So I took off Wednesday and got a massage but was still in pain. I stretched and foam rolled, rolled on tennis balls and frozen water bottles and still wasn’t better. Friday I was going crazy and having one of those “I will do anything/make deals with the devil to be able to run again”. Some of my running friends were also having problems Kristy (buttcrease), John (piriformis) and Paul (hip) and all went to see the same “voodoo” massage therapist. I decided I had to go see her, I would try anything at that point.

So I went to the voodoo butt lady and felt so much better leaving there. Still have no idea what she did. I swear she just talked to my muscles or something. It was weird. Paul explains it a lot better in his post, The hip bones connected to the…

Sunday: 6 miles
Monday: 4 easy miles
Tuesday: Supposed to be speedwork but my butt felt funny so I just ran 5 miles
Wednesday: Rest and a massage
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest and Butt VooDoo

Total Mileage: 15 miles 😦

The most frustrating thing about this, besides the whole not being able to run thing, is the stretches that you are supposed to do to prevent it I do all the time! And the strength exercises to help it I do all the time!

Good news is the buttcheek is a lot better, still not 100% but I think it will get there soon. I even ran a half marathon PR yesterday (post coming soon) and a couple more miles to get 20 in for the day and it was the best I have ever felt after a long run.

Anyone else dealing with injuries while training? Anyone else impressed that I was able to go so long without running? (I was pretty cranky which is why I didn’t blog last week)