Sep 21, 2011

I Don't Want to Talk About It.

But alas, it's time.

We are on Wednesday of week 10 and it's been pointed out to me on a couple of occasions that I'm behind on my blog. I know. The thing is, my foot hurts. Not like last time. In fact it's not even the same foot.

I'm guessing it has something to do with the peroneal tendon and where it inserts into the 5th metatarsal. I'm relatively sure it's not a stress fracture as it has once faded over the last two weeks.

Week 8
Monday - rest
Tuesday - 5 miles
Wednesday -  strength training
Thursday -  6 miles
Friday - 4 miles, strength training
Saturday - .62 miles
Sunday - 4.5 miles

Garmin Activities Calendar

I remember the distinct moment my foot started to hurt. I was about 3.24 miles into my run on the treadmill on Friday. Don't ask me why I was on the treadmill because I don't even remember. I do remember thinking "hmm this feels weird". I thought about stopping to stretch or shake it out or whether I should just stop running all together. It didn't really seem THAT significant so I told myself I'll finish at 4.  I know it felt uncomfortable when I was walking around the gym. I also know shit hit the fan when I tried to run on it on Saturday. I quit quickly. Hoping to save myself from hurting more. Sunday I ran small circles close to the apartment complex pretending like it didn't hurt and keeping close enough to get home quickly when I accepted that it actually did. 12 miler down the drain.

Week 9
I went into week 9 fully prepared to take the whole week off from running. If that's what it took I was going to do it. I wanted to play it smart and I was trying to think long term.

Monday - Elliptical 60 minutes, strength training
Tuesday - Elliptical 60 minutes
Wednesday - Elliptical 30 minutes, 2 miles (treadmill), strength training
Thursday - Elliptical 30 minutes, 2 miles (outdoors)
Friday -  5 miles
Saturday - 6 miles
Sunday - 6 miles

The itch to run crept in on Tuesday. My foot felt good and I would even go so far as to say it didn't hurt. Woohoo Megan, you made it a whole TWO days. It took all of my willpower to convince myself that one more day off would not hurt. In fact if anything it should help.

So Wednesday rolls around and as I sneak off the elliptical I tell myself "I'm just going to try it". Success!! It felt good but I definitely didn't want to push it. I wanted to do 3 but somehow I talked myself out of it.  As the week went on I didn't really feel anything.

This was supposed to be my 18 mile long run weekend. I wasn't really freaked out about missing it if that was the case because I missed the same run back when I was training for NYC in 2009 and everything came out just fine.  I even contemplated running Sunday evening to total it up for the long run but something in me said "just rest". So I did.

I have to say I was pretty surprised how fresh  my legs felt even on Sunday. I was working it hard on the elliptical and made those workouts count. I guess when you want to run and you're experiencing the verge of injury (either end) - you want to run - and it's a lot less about "this hurts/sucks" and more about "yes, I can RUN, I GET to run"....

This brings us to week 10. Seriously... 8 weeks away! Monday, the soreness kicked in my legs and they reminded me I hadn't taken a rest day in over a week. So I treated myself to one. Tuesday, I got 6 amazingly peaceful miles in on the trails. It was one of those runs where you lose yourself and find yourself at the same time. Cheesy, but so true. I wish I could savor those runs forever.

Unfortunately I woke up this morning and my foot hurts.. again. I took to the trail to test it out and made it about .4 miles out and turned around because it hurt like a bitch.

I've been icing and taking some Aleve. Here's hoping for a better day tomorrow. I'm trying not to think about how my training plan is falling apart. Mostly I'm trying not to think about it at all. It's not about losing the race registration fee this time if I can't run the race. I just want to run. I need to run.

Sep 5, 2011

Week 7 Recap

Overall it was a pretty good week. More miles in the bank. I really enjoy building my mileage and seeing the numbers climb and my endurance improve. My big plan is to keep building after the race and maintain through the winter.  Anyways...

The long run
Dear mile 7 and mile 9, please return my soul at your earliest convenience.  Love, Meg.

The Good:
  • All goals accomplished!
    • 30 miles  (16 long run)
    • Run 4 days
    • Cross-train 2 days
    • Strength training 2-3 x
    • Less cereal, more balanced meals
  • I haven't run 16 miles since I was training for NYC in 2009. This is huge for me! I felt good, not great but I suppose that's to be expected. It's overwhelming to think I have to build up to be able to do 10 more on top of that. However, I take comfort in knowing that I have, I can, and I will.
  • I think I'm starting to get my gatorade to water ratio down. Last week I felt like my teeth were going to fall out of my face with the gels, blocks, and gatorade. This week was MUCH better.
  • More pancakes
Compliments of the best mom/pancake chef in the world
Maybe I need to rethink the name of this blog. Pancakes > Bagels?!

The Bad:
  • My long run wasn't as super as I'd hoped it would be. I was aiming for a 9:10 min/mile average but I got very held up in the pace the first couple miles and it sucked. I knew if I kept my pace as the front runner in my head I was going to get nowhere, fast. So I changed my mindset from do 16 miles at a 9:10 to DO 16 miles, period. That switch was incredibly helpful.

The Ugly:
  • Struggles. I feel like I'm slower than I've ever been. I think that is reserved for another post and I'm just not ready to mull it over completely yet.
  • New *PURPLE* shoes. The same ones I've been wearing for a while now but they came out in new colors. SO exciting. 

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11 

It's the little things that make my day.
  • I said it last week and I will say it again. My new hydration pack. This thing is seriously amazing. I don't know how I ever trained without it. During some points of my long run the combination of sun and humidity was suffocating and I felt like I was overheating. I am very aware that without the amount of liquid this pack held it would have definitely been ugly

Monday - XT 30 min (elliptical), strength training
Tuesday - 4 EZ
Wednesday - 5 speed work
Thursday - XT 45 min (elliptical), strength training
Friday - 5 EZ
Saturday - rest
Sunday -  16 long

Total: 30 miles

Goals for Week 8:
  • 32 miles (12 mile long)
  • cross train 2x
  • Strength training 2x
  • Control the marathon hunger monster