Friday, October 30, 2009

Day 102 - Taking It Easy

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

So tonight was supposed to be 6 miles. I ran 2 miles. I know. I know. But I'm trying to take it easy on my shins. They hurt like a mother after my 2 miles and I knew if I pushed it to 6, it would be bad. Soooooo I just ran 2. I iced and took ibuprofen.

What's gonna happen on Saturday when I run 8 miles?

Daily Mantra:

Don't over do it.

Distance:

2 miles

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Day 101 - Just trying to keep up

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday night Team run - Love them and hate them. Again, I don't know why Tuesdays are so hard. It's strange really. I love Team runs. I love getting to hang with my fellow TNTer's. So what's the problem? Who knows. I'm sure it's just in my head.

As I've mentioned before, it's dark when we set out. We all try to run with a buddy. My buddy tonight was Sarah. Sarah is the former North Cities Triathlon coach. She is fit. She is fast. I can not keep up. But she was my buddy tonight SOOOOOO I tried. She talked the entire 4 miles. Not is a bad way or too much or anything. She's very nice and very interesting. BUT she was NEVER winded. Ever. I just tried to answer her questions without huffing and puffing. "Yes" and "No" was about all I could give her. Our time was 40:48. That averages to 10:12 minute miles. Not too shabby. Pretty sure she slowed her pace for me. Well, not pretty sure but positive. But I'm thankful she was there. It was a good run.

Daily Mantra:

Just keep up.

Distance:

4 miles

Monday, October 26, 2009

Day 100 - I will not take the elevator.

Yes. I know. I am repeating myself. I have mentioned said elevator before. Every step is a struggle today. I am in pain. My friend, ibuprofen, is letting me down. My shins hurt. I am still doing all the things I mentioned yesterday in hopes that it will help. I think it will eventually. I've just got to get through this week. Today - off. Tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday - 4 miles. I will not skip any of these runs. I truly believe this is why I am in pain now.

We will see...

Daily Mantra:

Take the stairs...one step at a time.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Day 99 - 8 miles, not 10

I missed the TEAM run yesterday because Jeff had to work. I've taken Maggie with me in the past but there was just no way I could push that jogging stroller for 10 miles. So I ran today...

I've been having shin pain for the last 3 weeks. Some days are better than others but everyday there is pain. I'm pretty sure it all stems from the fact that my life has been so busy and I just can't seem to get my weekday miles in. Then I go out and run 6 or 8 on Saturdays. My muscles were just not prepared for it and I've been paying the price ever since.

So I've been in fix it and prevent it mode all week. I looked up every possible reason for the pain. It's probably shin splints but who really knows. One website told me certain stretches to do every morning and night. I've done those. Another told me to do strengthening stretches. I've done those. Another told me to take ibuprofen and ice. Did that. Another told me to work on my form. Did that. And one told me to apply heat before I set out to run. I did that this morning too.

So what worked? Who knows but something did. Don't get me wrong...my shins still hurt. But I was able to run without huge discomfort. I will continue all of this stuff until I get myself back to where I was before. AND I will get my miles in this week. I know. I know. I've said that before but I mean it this time. Some how. Some way.

Now on to the run...I mapped out 10 miles. And I set off! Right into the middle of one of Stonebridge's 5K/10K fun runs. The side walk was crowed and I was going the opposite direction so I changed my course. Whew! That's good. Nope because there they were again. I turned. They turned. I backtracked. They backtracked. These runs attract a lot of runners and they were EVERYWHERE! I'm coming up Ridge Road thinking I lost them, turn behind the YMCA and realize I'm about to cross their finish line! Crap! So I off road it, go around the huge crowd, and get back on track. Problem is I lost track of mileage. I figured if I ran up Virginia and back down through Peregrine to Falcon View and back to my neighborhood, it would be about 10 miles. Once I got near my house I glanced at my watch. No way was that 10 miles!! I haven't been running long enough. Crap. I try not to look at my watch too often during a run. Time passes by soooo slow when you do that. So crap. I just couldn't make myself pass my house and run 2 more miles.

BUT! It was a good run. I will NOT beat myself up about it. I ran 8 miles in 1 hr 25 minutes. I shaved 3 minutes off my time. For that, I rock.

Daily Mantra:

I will not hurt. I will not hurt.

Distance:

8.1 miles

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day 94 - This can't be right?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

4 miles last night. You would think after the 8 I ran on Saturday that this would be a cake walk. It was and it wasn't. My shins were still hurting from Saturday. Just overworked maybe? Normally I would have taken a couple of ibuprofen and iced them before I set out but Maggie (and Daisey) made sure that didn't happen.

I have a check list I go through before I set off for a run. Watch. Check. iPod. Check. Fuel Belt. Check. Ibuprofen. Check. And so on. While I was changing into my running clothes I heard a commotion in the kitchen. DAISEY STOP IT!!! MAGGIE NOOOOO!! I come running. My first sight....Daisey and Mag's butts sticking out of the turned over trash can. Grant was trying his best to get them out but they were both not budging. I pulled them out. Picked up the trash. Stuck Maggie in the bath. I get why Daisey was so excited to be in the nasty trash but Maggie? Not so sure why that would be appealing. Hmmmmm.

Anyway, I rushed out to meet the Team on time and forgot to take my ibuprofen. My shins were hurting before the 1st mile was up. I stopped at mile 1 with the rest of the team to stretch. I'm not fond of stopping during a run but it was dark and I'm even less fond of running by myself in the dark. I had trouble starting up again because of the shin pain. I pushed through and ran the remaining 3 miles. My time was super slow but I wasn't winded when I finished. If it wasn't for my shins the run would have been a cake walk. Again, hmmmmm?

I woke up last night around 2:00am with horrible shin pain again. Does anyone else have this? What am I doing wrong? Am I pushing too hard? How can that be? I'm not running anymore than anyone else. It can't take me a week to recover from each long run. That doesn't make sense. Somebody give me advice.

Daily Mantra:

It's only 4 miles. Just finish.

Distance:

4 miles

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Day 91 - I am awesome.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I am the KING of the world!
We are the Champions, part 2
Who needs toenails?
I'm officially a runner.
Rock on!
Really?! Did I just do that?
I am awesome.

OK. So I had trouble deciding on a title for this post. Because seriously, I am the KING of the world! We are the champions. I am officially a runner. I will Rock on. And Really?! Did I just do that?

I decided on I am awesome. Because I am. That's right folks. No point in beating around the bush. I am awesome.

I ran 8 miles in 1 hour 28 minutes 53 seconds. WITHOUT STOPPING! Not 8 miles, running 1 mile intervals. Not 8 miles, taking a break of any kind. Just 8 miles. Running.

Again, I am awesome.

I felt great at mile 1, so I kept running. Same with mile 2 and 3. When mile 4 came around it was downhill. Who's gonna waste a good downhill run by walking? Then 5 and 6 went by. Mile 7 was tough. I wanted to stop. I knew if I did, I would never start up again. So I ran. When I saw that purple Team In Training tent up ahead, I ran harder. I did it. I am awesome.

I am still sore today. My calves are sore. My arms are sore. My neck is sore. I swear, even my face is sore. Tomorrow night is just 4 miles. I am sure I will still be sore. But ibuprofen is my friend. With him, I will make it through. Thank you ibuprofen.

Not so awesome though...I lost 2 toenails. Yep. It's disgusting but it just happens sometimes on long runs. My shoes are fine. My socks are fine. It's gross but it happens. I took pictures and will post them tomorrow. They really are disgusting so beware. I have this little bit of nail just hanging on but they're dead so they look all yellow and sick. I told you...gross. They were black from the blood all pooled up under the nail but that's gone now. Now I'm just left with the nastiness of the stubs. Goodbye open toed shoes. I will miss you.

Daily mantra:

Just run. Don't stop. Just run.

Distance:

8.2 miles

Total Miles Run So Far:

120.58

Friday, October 16, 2009

Day 87 - I'm Baaaaack!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I'M BACK!!! Yes, it's been a while. Grant was sick. Maggie was sick. I was sick. Jeff was sick. Grant was sick again. But I'm back. Better than ever? No, I wouldn't say that. But I'm back just the same.

So after many days off, I attempted to run 4 miles Tuesday night with the Team. It wasn't horrible. It wasn't great. I made it. Probably because Serene ran next to me. I stopped more than normal but that's ok. It had been forever since I pounded the pavement.

Now, my big worry is the 8 mile run tomorrow. What do I do? No miles in this week besides Tuesday. Can I do it? That's a stupid question. I know I can do it but how do I do it? Do I run 10 minute intervals since I haven't run much? Last time I did that I really didn't need to. Do I just run until I can't run anymore? I don't know. Whatever. I'll figure it out. What I do know is that I'm not going to miss my miles during the week anymore. Well, I'm going to try at least. That counts for something.

Daily Mantra:

Just keep swimming

Distance:

4 miles

Monday, October 5, 2009

Day 76 - No problem

Saturday, October 3, 2009

6 miles today. No problem. Really, it was no problem. I can't believe I can run 6 miles with no problem. That's just crazyness.

It was cold this morning. I stepped in a huge puddle 2 minutes in so my toes were numb for the first mile but other than that it was great. Wow! What a difference the change in temperture makes. I decided to run 10 minute intervals (run 10 minutes/walk 1 minute) since I haven't gotten any of my miles in this week. I didn't need too. I was fine. I don't know why I don't give myself more credit. If I've done it once, I can do it again. From now on, no matter what my miles are...I'm running. I'm running until I can't run anymore. And if that makes me struggle towards the end, so be it. It just seems stupid to do it any other way.

Daily Mantra:

Just run

Distance:

6 miles

Total Miles Run So Far:

108.38

Friday, October 2, 2009

Day 75 - Goodbye friend

No real running update today. I haven't gotten the miles in this week that I needed too. Sick kids. Sick husband. It just wasn't meant to be. Tomorrow is a 6 mile run with the Team. I'm sure it will not be easy but I'll be glad to get back at it.

On a different note...

I wore heels this week. It was not good. I love heels. There was a time when you never saw me without them. This has been a lazy summer at the office. A jeans and flip flop summer. We had clients coming in on Tuesday so I had to be somewhat presentable. I grabbed a pair of my fav black pumps and ran out the door.

Ohhhh the pain! Seriously. My toes hurt. My heels hurt. I wanted to cry by the end of the day. But why? Because I have nasty runners feet now, that's why. I ran in the door and straight to my closet, throwing my shoes off in the process. Will they all hurt? Or is it just this pair?

They all hurt. I think maybe they've always hurt and I just put up with it before. Now I walk around worried if the blister on my toe is going to give me trouble during my long run. Ohhh what have I become?