Aww thanks guys for all the support and encouragement yesterday. Obviously the whole situation is a positive one but still, I really was expecting a lot of “what are you thinking?” stuff. Or maybe I was just worried that my plan of action wasn’t a good one and you guys wouldn’t let me b.s. it hahah.
Anyway. I had another busy day on tap?! What is it with this week? I have yet to not wake up to an alarm. I mean, yes it’s partly my own doing because I want to workout before I start my day but sheesh. It’s spring break yo. I hate that I go to school far enough away that I can’t space these kinds of appointments out over the semester. Oh well. One more half semester so I guess that it’s the last time I’ll be dealing with it. Scary.
But, yeah, I woke up before the sun again. I didn’t place my alarm (aka my phone) where I normally do so when it went off I was all blurry eyed (hello 24 amazingness and staying up too late with my friend! So worth it though ) because of little sleep so I couldn’t find the damn thing. And this was pre-family getting up too so I was extra crazy because I didn’t want to wake anyone up (not that they would do the same for me…)
I hit up the TM again today (third day in a row!). First it was pitch black and I just don’t feel safe running in 100% darkness. I think, as a female, that too much paranoia runs through my mind. Girls are just taught to be on the lookout for creepers more than boys growing up so I think that’s it. I get paranoid at night too.
Second, even though the monsoon had stopped: the flooding? Yup still there. So many roads are still closed and I would have been running in knee deep water at points. No thanks. When I was driving to my appointments later today I had to “ford the river” many many times. Ugh. (Anyone with that reference? aha)
Third, I wanted a softer cushioning for my shin. I mean, even though I’m not in pain, I do want to stay smart. And seeing as how I had intervals (hard enough for me to get outside because of point 2 but I shy away in general from doing intervals outside) the TM just was what I wanted.
I feel the need to list those reasons because it was (and still is) BEAUTIFUL outside. After downpours for 3+ days the sun was glorious to see. My mood perked up about a billion points. So now I feel a little guilty for not getting out there butttt when I had the chance to run this weather wasn’t there. Boo. Oh well.
On schedule for today was 1600m aka the mile. I’m iffy towards this distance in general. It’s obviously a longer interval and yet, as soon as I start to feel good in it, the damn thing is over. But I grinned and beared it. Going into the session I was kind of scared. I mean, yes the doctor said I could keep running but at this point it really does become a cost vs benefit deal.
Therefore I nixed the traditional hills portion of interval day. In the 11 full weeks of Boston training I’ve only not done hills 2x. That’s a lot of hills. So even though one of those skipped days was last week I figured that it didn’t matter. Like a lot of you mentioned I’ve done so much work already this training. And since the last time I did hills the shin was a little aggravated (and I’ve read that hills aggravate shin splints and tendinitis, my two possible diagnosis) I’m okay with my decision. I am, however, going to try for hills next week and then have that be it for hills. I figure it takes 3-4 weeks for a workout to show up and next week is T-4 weeks.
But here’s the workout. Kind of non-exciting because I didn’t do much adding or craziness haha:
- 2 mile warm up
- 6 X 1 mile (5 @ 7:13, 1 @ 7:03) with .4 mile recovery between
- 3 mile warm down
Total time: 107 minutes
Total distance: 13.5 miles
Average pace: 7:56
Okay so I’m sure that many of you are scratching your heads and wondering how 13.5 miles can be considered lower-key (or maybe not if you’ve been reading for awhile hah) BUT it’s 4 miles less than last Tuesday. A start to say the least.
The last time I did this workout was about a month ago and figured that I’d play it safe and keep it at 10k pace (current pr pace = 7:15). I tend to like to increase pace every time I repeat a workout (especially if it’s 4+ weeks since the last time I did it) buttttt yeah. I did go faster on the last one because I knew that if I kicked up the pace I could hit 8 miles in 60 minutes on the TM timer which was cool. (I go warm up. Hit reset. Then start the intervals)
No shin pain. Well no pain. During the warm down I could tell that my shin was getting fatigued which strengthened my resolve to nix the hills. I tend to go wimpy brained during the beginnings of workouts when my body is adjusting and tell myself I can stop early and then by the end always want to add more. I probably would have done that today too if the shin didn’t tell me otherwise. Again: NO PAIN. But I was “listening to my body” and *wicked* paranoid about anything happening to my shin so I was hypervigilant is paying attention to it haha. Guess paranoia isn’t always a bad thing
So all in all a great workout. I’m happy with it and I felt really good afterward. I always think how amazing it is that I always want to avoid these sessions before they begin but once I’m done I am so happy with myself. I just feel so accomplished. I’m sure that you guys know what I’m talking about
And yes I know this is a(nother) lengthy post. But I do want to write a bit about a “second opinion” I got re: my shin. My sister is on the track team and, although I didn’t get along with the head T&F coach in HS, he is knowledgeable about distance running. So I went to pick up my sister and chat with him for the last 15 minutes of their practice.
Basically I told him my situation (including going to the sports med clinic yesterday) and relayed my fears of going into a taper this far out. He told me that even if I took a full week off (like this week) that I shouldn’t be worried about my fitness and the race. Although he agreed with the principle of going into taper now (and preventing a potential stress fracture) he said that what I’d likely be comfortable with is to back off this week, go up to 60 or 70 for one or two then hit the taper hard.
He also suggested pool running to be the best thing for me. I agree but my access to a pool is non-existent. Yes my school has a state-of-the-art facility but it’s only open to the public for 4 hours a day. 4 hours that I have commitments. Boo. I can try to find a pool for this week but will likely pay through the nose for a daily, or even weekly, pass. I do have unlimited access to ellipticals and bikes though which I’m sure would be good if I really feel the need to hardcore nix more miles.
Beyond this week (which he did suggest to be cut back by 40-50%) he said the words of the cycle: play it by ear. But I left the school feeling better knowing that both the sports med doc and the coach said the same thing independently of each other. The coach (which I am on a first name basis with but because this is the internet I’ll just keep calling him anonymous stuff like “the coach”) also said that I could email him if I had anymore questions (because I did pepper him with q’s for a half hour!!) or if things went arry.
Interestingly he told me that he would advise running marathons at my age. Nothing against me or anything but he would have suggested that after Boston focusing on halfs and 10ks. Speedier stuff. He said that it would be good for me to let my body mature more before plugging into such heavy mileage. It totally wasn’t said in a negative way or anything like that but I thought it was an interesting point. Maybe I’ll elaborate on my thoughts (because I wasn’t totally opposed to the idea and despite my wanting to run an ultra I have been thinking along those lines too). But in the interest of the fact that this post is VERY long I won’t.
Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday! I’m going to try to have a low-key night and grab a glass of wine while watching NCIS and LOST. A perfect way to unwind after running around all day!
[ And I apologize for any typos or sentence/grammatical mistakes. I was gone all day and don't want to proofread my novel haha!]