Thursday, August 31, 2017

Page 3

On the last full page now. Feet didn't hurt after the first 0.13 miles. No fall 2018 full marathons, probably use a different program for the Piggie. Hansons is amazing, but I'm on my 4th time using it. Variety and all that. The last time I switched programs from Hal to the Hansons, I ran two consecutive PRs.

Friday, August 25, 2017

44 days

Chicago is in 44 days. No part of me feels ready for it, I feel this every single time I start a race.

There has been a lot of bad - boredom, apathy, heat, forgetting shoes and breakfast... Sometimes my right heel hurts. Experience says there is nothing wrong with it, it just hurts. I know how to manage that. Other times, my left Achilles hurts and I wonder if it isn't getting ready to tear. Some runs, especially at the start of a run, it feels like it doesn't want to support weight, or it just hurts.

Stamina is a problem too, but the best way to build stamina is to build stamina! To say "This is horrible, keep going!" Or "This is a shytshow of a run, keep going." I'm starting to understand the depth of all those inspirational quotes about never giving up, Run when you can, walk when you need to, crawl if you absolutely must, but never stop. Etc.

Other parts of training have been good though. Last Saturday I was supposed to run 16 miles. I did it in bits and pieces, 6.2 at a race in Farmington Hills, +/-3 at the trail where I finally said it's too damn hot! 2 hours later I did the last 7 on the treadmill. Unconventional, certainly not the same as doing all 16 straight through, but they got done after every part of me was screaming to quit after 9.

Wednesday I was scheduled for 9 miles at race pace. My gym membership expired and we bought a new house (with a treadmill in the basement that they're leaving!!!!) but we can't move in yet. It was humid, but not terribly hot. I got through it, with an average pace 1 second slower than goal.

I'm trying. I'll never again be in the shape I was in during the spring of 2015. No fall marathon for me in 2018. I'm too old to do multiples a year! Yes, it completely boggles my mind that it was only 4 years ago when I did 4 fulls in 4 weeks. Crazy girl!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2 month slump

The race is exactly two months from yesterday. Two months from right now it'll all be a memory. Every training cycle, right around the halfway mark, I reach the point I'm at now - bored, not wanting to train anymore, fatigued by the daily grind of training, sick of the time commitment, sick of so much laundry. It's not fun anymore.

I need to make it a few more weeks, then in the last 3-4 weeks, the end is in sight and I always get a second wind. This stretch though - make it go faster!!

Something to look forward to: Chicago is bringing in a number of former winners to help celebrate the 40th anniversary, including the woman I've been wanting to meet ever since I started with marathons in 2010 - Ms Paula Radcliffe, who set the women's marathon record way back in 2003 and while the men's record has fallen several times since then, no woman has been even close to breaking Paula's time.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

I wasn't meant to run

I've been wanting to switch to trail running, especially for the longer runs, for a change of scenery and to get a break from the constant pounding on cement. My feet haven't been feeling 100% and I need to baby them however I can.

I know there are trails around here, but I have no idea where. Everything seems too short or it's paved. I found one a half hour away that meets my criteria - mostly shady, packed dirt surface, 4 miles point to point, so 8 if I do the whole distance, there are smaller offshoots as well to tack on distance. Pretty much perfect.

On Saturday I had been wearing my 5 Fingers around the house and drove in them, with the Hokas in the trunk. Parked the car, went to change my shoes and realized I didn't bring socks!!!!!! The Hokas rub blisters and cut my feet without very thick socks. Not happy! I was already there, though, so I ran 1.5 in the Vibrams then switches to the Hokas without socks and ran until my feet were crying. 4 miles, not the 15 the Hansons wanted.

Sunday. I wore knee socks so I wouldn't be scratched or bitten, so I definitely had socks for the whole drive. 25 minutes into the 30 minute drive I realized I hadn't eaten breakfast! Duh! I had had a chocolate chip cookie then left. The Luna bars I bought last night specifically for the run were on the kitchen counter.

So I did 5.15. No food = no energy. I could have run / walked (mostly walked) the whole distance, but why? To be on my feet for 4 hours? The Hansons say there's no benefit beyond 3 hours. To prove I can go 15 miles? I know I can. Two attempts at a long run, two fails! Wasn't meant to run this weekend, I guess.

Anyone have suggestions for trails near me? Unpaved :)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Page 2

Page 2 of the Hansons. The runs pass slowly but the months pass quickly.

Good: no "red" boxes
Also good: the "yellow" days are consistent. I seem to have converted all my Thursday easy garbage miles to biking. The two Sundays I biked were weather based and bc we had other plans that kept us occupied all day.
Bad: nothing especially alarming


Sunday, July 30, 2017

No pint glass this time

The last Sunday in July is always the Electric Bolt 5k. I've done it twice and gotten second place twice. I really want to score a first place finish one of these days!

Today wasn't it :(

As soon as I started a warm up jog, I could tell I was wearing my slow shoes. Some runs are amazing and others are a lot of effort.

As I lined up near the front (no timing pad so we all have the same start time), I looked around and thought that within the 15-20 people near the front, there were 5 women I would guess to be right around my age, all of whom could potentially/probably beat me. They did.

It's a hard course, very hilly, with a monster hill of a traffic bridge at the end.

And somehow it's always extraordinarily humid. Within two minutes of finishing sweat was pouring down my face, then it got in my eyes so those started gushing as well. I was a mess!

The results went up and I finished 6th out of 13 in my age group. Overall I was 14th out of 84 women. I would have won the 30-34 age group, I would have won the 40-44 age group. I was just in a really competitive group today.

There were some good parts though:
I finished and didn't get injured
I sat down at the finish and watched other runners and walkers finish, seeing the joy and the pain in their faces
Almost immediately after finishing, a man said he had been following my pace for a long time and I had a strong fast start. That was the highlight of the race - No one has ever followed my pace, I'm always the follower, not the followee.
The run is done nice and early so I have the whole day to finish my book and binge a CW show without exercise hanging over my head.
I won't do another 5k until Cincinnati in May 2018 :D

There's always next year.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A great 10

Saturday's prescribed mileage was 10 easy. The forecast was horrendous - upper 80s and high humidity, a "feels like" temperature in the 100s. Yet heat can't be a reason to skip the mileage, especially on a "Something of substance" run. It was pleasantly cool in the morning and I saw several runners outside, yet we had things that needed to be done and couldn't be rescheduled. By the time it was run-time, I needed a different answer than running all 10 outside.

The boyfriend and I went to mom's house for a bit and my solution was to run to the gym - exactly 1 mile, run 8 on the TM then run back to her house. It was so crazy hot the first mile kept me slower and served as a warm up then later as a cool down.

On the TM, I ran ladders increasing from 11:40s to 10:30s then back down again. The TM makes it way too easy to go faster than the Hanson want. On a long slow Saturday they recommend 60-90 seconds slower than race pace.

It felt easy. My legs wanted to go so much faster than my brain was holding back. Halfway, I knew I was in the downswing and would be done in 50-55 minutes. No sweat, that seemed easy. At mile 7, I hit a groove and kept the pace at a steady 11:14 and started laddering the elevation.

When I finished my miles at the gym, I rinsed my washcloth in cold water for the run home. I was hot and pouring sweat, but I felt incredible! The next day my feet are good, my quads are good. My right calf is a little tight so I'll need to roll it. I was pouring sweat so I was wet the whole time and my thighs chafed a little as a result, but with body glide, that, too, is easily managed.

What a great great run!