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March 5, 2010

Guess I Sure Like The Treadmill

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:22

Happy Friday all! Sadly it does not feel like a Friday. I just looked at my planner (BAD IDEA on a Friday!!) and it looks like I’ll be doing work the whole time.  Or at least all day each day. I have a whole lab to perform and write up, quantum physics problem set, spanish composition AND need to produce some slides for my capstone/independent study. Whew!

Luckily Matt, Mary and BostonRunner have passed on The Sunshine Award. So I kind of need to smile over that 🙂

This award was also MUCH needed because of the funk I was talking about yesterday (and still semi-feeling today).  So not  only did getting this award make me smile but so did your comments (yet again I thank you).  Sometimes I feel that my non-running friends (aka all my friends in “real life” because I consider y’all my friends too) don’t get it.  And I know they don’t.  So it’s nice to hear from people who understand why I run and why I push myself.  Because I feel like that’s what you guys are doing too.

Anyway I could probably go on and on about how awesome you are (and I know I’ve said all this stuff in the past too) BUT I think it’s important to let you guys know that I draw so much motivation from you.  I know a lot of you say that you get motivation from me but trust me: this is a two way street.  So in the spirit of the award I tag all of you: people who comment here, people who lurk here, people whose blogs I comment on, people whose blogs I lurk on.  Every. Single. One. Of. You.

But enough about the sappiness! And on to running! I hit up the TM this again this morning. It was a pretty hard decision.  The weather was nice and crisp and although there was snow on the ground from last night it didn’ t appear too bad out road-conditions wise.  That said, my ankle was semi-bugging me yesterday (no pain but a bit of stiffness) and I didn’t want to be caught in a situation where I was several miles away from home and in pain.  Sure, pain hasn’t happened yet BUT I didn’t want to chance it. The TM gave me the option to opt out of running if I had to and not have to push through pain or crawl in any attempt to get home.

Plus the TM belt is also a more forgiving surface and I’m going to try and baby my shin for a while.  That said, I’m definitely NOT hopping on that thing for my LR tomorrow. I’ve done LRs on the TM before and, while it’s totally doable, I’m just not going to.  The weather is supposed to be spectacular this weekend (*fingerscrossed*) and I think LRs should be done outside no matter what. Recovery runs, such as today, not so much but the LR is critical to get outside (barring of course extreme weather etc)

I guess also by using the TM I was able to be in close proximity to ice down right after.  Sure I could have walked to the dining hall to get some ice after running on the roads but with such a tight morning schedule I knew that, even though it was a possibility, I was HIGHLY unlikely to do it.  Right by the gym there’s The Cafe and they’ve been really nice about giving me ice when I emerge from the gym every day.  Yes I know that getting ice from them isn’t a big deal but their attitude is nice towards me and I appreciate it.

So that’s why I used the TM (TM guilt much? I talked so much about my justifications haha!).  And, despite my fears of being in excruciating pain from my shin and having to crawl home if I was outside, my shin/ankle didn’t bug me at all (it’s interesting how that area actually feels better when it’s being used and moving about) and I was able to get in a lovely recovery run.  Again, my one beef with staying inside is that it’s hard for me to listen to my body.  Outside there’s a natural cadence to the run and I slow down, speed up without even thinking about it.  On the TM I tend to just plug away at a set pace.  Not that I’m pushing really hard or anything but it’s just harder to be in-tune with the body’s natural pacing mechanisms.

Likely that resulted in a too-fast recovery run: clocking in at a 8:56 pace.  Not out of the world fast, but I know that if I had gone outside the pace would have easily been ~40 seconds slower per mile.  That said, I never felt like I was being pushed or that my legs were too fatigued. Who knows how accurate of a representation that is because I turned on CNN to watch the whole time (sadly the History Channel had a boring special on. Tear!) so I probably was concentrating more on that.

And I’m glad you guys all think that trying to see the trainers here is a good idea. I just feel awkward because I’m not an athlete here so I don’t have a rapport with any of them.  I was discussing this over lunch with my good friend (who I lived with sophomore year and is on the vball team) and she told me to email one of the trainers (she even told me the “nice” one hahaha) and just ask if that was something he’d do.  So I did that and I’m waiting to hear back.  *FingersCrossed* And like a bunch of you said, she even told me that my tuition dollars do go toward the athletics (or at least in theory who knows where the actual money goes!) so that I should be entitled to something.  So we’ll see where that goes. I’ve done as much as I can with it on my end.

And it’s refreshing to see me be proactive and preventative with this (okay so I’m sure that part of it was running in those shoes with a billion miles and running so many miles in general but hey, I’m trying to prevent it from getting worse 😉 ) My MO in the past has just been to grin and bear it.  Okay so I really have never had a real injury ever but in general I tend to let things get to it’s absolute worst before acting.

Okay it’s about 1830 on a Friday, too much writing here! Hahaha. Hope everyone has a great Friday night. I’m going to tackle a bit of work but there’s possibilities of going out tonight so I don’t think I’ll end up being a complete shut-in 😉



  1. Quantum physics! You are a wild child on a Friday night!!!! 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 5, 2010 @ 18:51

  2. Good luck on your long run tomorrow, hopefully your shin doesn’t act up. Yay for warmer temps too! Also, to answer your question about being a morning person, I’ve actually always been like this. In college, I preferred to work the early morning shift at the campus rec center (6:30am) but maybe that was b/c I also got paid more for opening! I will admit getting up at 4:30am every day does start to take a toll by the time Friday rolls around but I love being done with my run/workout before going to work.

    Comment by Jenny — March 5, 2010 @ 19:48

  3. You are nuts with the treadmill! I’m definitely not a treadmill hater, but can’t tolerate it like you do- sooo hard core you are!
    Enjoy your long run tomorrow. Take care of your leg. Advil is your friend! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — March 5, 2010 @ 20:05

  4. I am just like you with respect to grinning and bearing it. With my current issues, I finally decided I have got to get medical help. So I fully support you just going for broke to make sure your life is great! OK, not GOING broke, but you know what I mean. Keep us updated!

    Comment by EE — March 5, 2010 @ 20:25

  5. Smart move staying on the TM. The recovery run was not too fast. If you were outside, I’m sure you would have slowed the pace to a normal level. It’s good that you are babying the shin. Maybe test it out when (if?) it warms up this weekend.

    Comment by a marathoner — March 5, 2010 @ 20:38

  6. Smart move on hitting the TM. Did I just say that?

    I am sure one of the trainers will see you. We have a physical therapy office at our rec center and the trainers will see any student. They have helped me a few times!

    Comment by Matt — March 5, 2010 @ 21:59

  7. Love your treadmill recap…it is much easier on the joints and shins for sure.

    Don’t feel bad about being home on a Friday night cause thats where I am! The excitement around here is just too much to handle!

    Comment by Ameena — March 5, 2010 @ 23:17

  8. I’m almost always at home on a Friday night, and if I’m not I’m out training haha, I like it that way though I’m old before my time!

    I’ll keep an eye out in case I see the documentary available anywhere and I’ll let you know!

    Comment by Laura — March 6, 2010 @ 04:08

  9. Good for you for taking care of this potential-injury problem. I know the TM seems evil at times and taking time off / remembering to ice is annoying, but I’m really glad you’re taking care of it! And don’t worry about staying home on a Friday night. I totally do that. A lot.

    Comment by runningfiance — March 6, 2010 @ 14:00

  10. It sounds like you have tendonitis.
    *morning stiffness/pain that goes away or gets better as you move about
    *more stiff/painfull at the beginning of a run, gets better as you warm up
    You know what you need to do. Rest. You need to get your priorities straight. What do you want – a record breaking training journal or to acctually get to the starting line of Boston? You KNOW you are not doing yourself any favors by pushing through this. You can take a few days totally off now OR you can take many days off in a few weeks when it gets unbearable. Your choice. Be smart.

    Comment by Anna — March 6, 2010 @ 16:17

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