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March 21, 2010

Circuit Time & Relaxation on Sunday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:08

Hope everyone is enjoying Sunday.  Finally a Sunday for me that is relaxing.  Granted it’s the day before classes start up again and likely the last relaxing one for the remainder of the semester but still. Relaxing = good.

Kind of.  I’m a firm believer that staying busy (and dare I say it stressed?) is a great way to avoid being sick.  Yes I know that stress = taxing on the immune system BUT during the moments of craziness I can keep the germs at bay.  And since my spring break really wasn’t all that relaxing I expected the typical “break illness” to be avoided.

But damn you nice weather and relaxing all afternoon yesterday! Now I’m not saying there is a direct link between relaxing and getting sick buttttttt I find it suspicious that after 48 hours of relaxing I’m battling congestion, aches , headache (although I suspect this is from drinking practically nothing after a really hot LR) and a sore throat.  Nothing to knock me out (yet at least) but enough to make me feel slightly irritable.

I think the nosebleeds I was having Friday night is related too.  I get “seasonal” nosebleeds.  None of them are ever serious but I know that winter is on it’s way when I start getting them in the fall.  Same with the spring.  Maybe it’s related to the changing of the weather? I don’t think that the congestion I’m dealing with helps any, and probably makes me think that there’s more blood that actually present because my snot is coming out too.  But I don’t want to alarm anyone (and I think a couple of you were worried) and the nosebleeds that night are, while I don’t want to say normal because nosebleeds in general shouldn’t be normal, they’re….typical? Annoyance? In any case I mean not serious.

Also: I’m definitely sticking with PT.  My insurance covers something like 15 sessions per RX and  I plan on using all of them.  I mean, after G-day in May I don’t think I’m going to have insurance so I need to take advantage now.  The co-pays are going to kill me though.  I don’t know where I’ll get the cash-monies to do it.  But I plan on keeping up with PT because I want to fix the root cause. I’ve also been doing the stretches that my PT has already given me.  I haven’t noticed a difference yet but I like that I’m following a plan even though I was already doing these stretches, albeit intermittently. My type-A personality likes having a plan 🙂

So now that I’ve taken care of questions / updates onto today.

I woke up a little stuffy and felt sooooo hungover.  Last night with my friends I didn’t drink a drop.  Of either alcohol or water.  And hangovers = dehydration. Lucky me, I get the after effects without the raging glory.  Not that last night was out-of-control.  But still.

I wasn’t sure how my body was going to feel during a run but I knew that I wanted to take advantage of cool-ish temps. The past two days, despite running first thing, I’ve been hit with ~70* (mid-60s Friday and in the 70s Saturday) and according to this morning was suppose to be low 40s.  Lies but I’ll still take mid-50s over 70 anyday 🙂

The run felt slow and creaky.  I’m not sure how much of my aches were due to the LR, dehydration or sickness.  Maybe a combo of the three.  I took it easy and I know that, despite not having a garmin, I was going no faster than granny shuffle.  My feet probably didn’t even come far off the ground! I was about to turn around and just bag it when I started getting some fluidity and…not quite “pep in my step” (as I still felt semi-geriatric) but my feet started clearing the ground so that I didn’t have to worry about tripping over an ant hah!

I finished the run at a very respectable 9:33 pace.  I guess I wasn’t as slow as I thought.  Given the stiffness of the early miles I was thinking I could walk faster.

When I got back I knew that, since spring break had messed with my lifting sessions, I wanted to get something done in terms of strength today so that I had 2 sessions on the week.  Plus my lifting session tomorrow is canceled due to my scheduling a PT appointment during my usual lifting chunk of time.  And I didn’t want to go Wednesday to Wednesday with my lifting.

Since the gym is closed (spring break hours, gotta love ’em) I made up a circuit as I was eating my breakfast to do later in the afternoon.  Something to tackle the major muscle groups but not be very time intensive.  I don’t think I got as good a workout as my typical lifting but it was a good “placeholder”.  Not that I need to be working on gaining lots of strength in the next few weeks.  It’s all about maintenance.

Here it is (it’s pretty much the same thing that’s under the circuit link on the right side of the screen):

  • Russian twists (ab work with 12 lb weights)
  • Lunges (with 12 lb weights)
  • Push-ups (real military ones)
  • 90* legs (ab work with 12 lb weights)
  • Squats (with 12 lb weights)
  • Bear Push-ups
  • Supermans (back work)
  • Dead Bug (ab work)
  • Calf Raisers
  • Dips

I worked through this circuit 3x.  Each exercise was :45 and essentially no rest between the exercises (probably was like :05 or something).  I also took ~2 minutes between each set.

All and all it was a good workout.  I doubt I’ll be sore tomorrow as most of the exercises I’ve been doing all along.  Maybe a bit in my arms.  I liked the circuit and I had forgotten how nice it is to mix up workouts.

I also did quick warm up/downs and I did them SANS watch! I figured that since these miles don’t count in my mileage totals or pace calculations then why bother tracking how fast I’m doing them? It was very freeing.  That said I know that I will NEVER go watchless for an actual run (way too much of a numbers junkie here.  I really do like to keep track of all the data in my notebooks) but it was fun today.  Although I did try to “stop” the watch when I was done hah!

Alright. Time to get back to “relaxing”.  Hopefully lots of water + backlog of magazines = less headachey MM.  Hope y’all are enjoy your Sundays.  With the sun shining and the temperature just shy of 60* I know I am 8)


  1. Seasonal nosebleeds, huh? That’s neat. You should replace the groundhog to let us know when spring is coming… jk. 🙂

    Enjoy the rest of your relaxing day!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 21, 2010 @ 16:54

  2. So far behind on my blogs … sorry. Okay – I hear you on the dehydration thing w/o booze. Our bodies become so accustomed to routine that any little change throws a monkey wrench into the program. Still glad you are fitting into some social stuff into the end of year craze and training.

    Nice pacing on the recovery. Letting the body do what it needs to do!

    Comment by a marathoner — March 21, 2010 @ 17:16

  3. Could it all be related to allergies? Headaches, sore throat, congestion, I get them too.
    Great job on the work out though, and enjoy the last bit of your spring break!

    Comment by BostonRunner — March 21, 2010 @ 17:25

    • I think it’s a bit of both. Allergies definitely have been a big deal for me since coming to college. So annoying because I never was a sufferer before!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 22, 2010 @ 22:38

  4. Hope you feel better soon!

    In your circuit, what are 90*legs, bear push-ups and dead bugs? I’m always interested to learn new moves!

    Comment by Laura — March 21, 2010 @ 18:41

  5. Ugg I hate hangover mornings when you havent even drank the night before! They are not fun! I think besides staying busy, exercising helps you to not get sick. I know that my roommate doesnt work out and it seems like shes sick at least once a month! lol

    Comment by J — March 21, 2010 @ 20:28

  6. Aight. I really don’t know what you mean by the non-hangover hangover. That’s probably a good thing, I guess.

    I don’t lift for running purposes. It is ALL vanity.

    Comment by sarah — March 21, 2010 @ 21:37

    • Ha, since a hangover = dehydration a non-hangover hangover is just my “special” way of saying dehydrated. It gives me the aura of being a “normal” college kid haha 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 22, 2010 @ 22:39

  7. Long runs suppress your immune system, so that is probably why you are sick.

    My insurance covered PT, but the copays were killer!

    Comment by Matt — March 21, 2010 @ 22:05

  8. My brother used to get really bad nosebleeds all. the. time. They had to cauterize that schnoz twice I think. Never did figure out the exact cause but they always suspected it had to do with dry air and they seemed to get better when he slept with a humidifier in his room.

    When I was running mileage that almost approached yours, I always felt kinda run-down. Like I was just on the verge of getting sick but it’d never get full blown. I think drinking heaps of Emergen-C and getting at least 8 hours of sleep (A LOT for me) was the only thing that got me through alright. Your taper should help a lot with this, although when you do start tapering, don’t be alarmed if you feel MORE rundown at first. With enough rest and reduction in training, your body will refresh itself by race day.

    Comment by RunningManz — March 22, 2010 @ 00:12

  9. I get nosebleeds too…usually when it is very dry outside. Which is often here in LA.

    So glad your insurance covered your PT. You are a very lucky girl to have such good insurance. I am jealous of your insurance! Yes, I am crazy. 🙂

    Comment by Ameena — March 22, 2010 @ 00:36

    • You are totally not crazy. I think I lose my insurance when I graduate and then i will join you in being envious of others!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 22, 2010 @ 22:40

  10. Seasonal Nosebleeds DO occur!!! your body’s reaction to allergies is expressed through dilation and then constriction of the blood vessels surrounding your sinuses and nasal passage ways (the MOST common collection site for IRRITANTS!) at night when your CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM relaxes, so do the constricted blood vessels, and then BAM…a NOSE BLEED! Don’t worry girlie! however I do suggest taking an antihistamine either in the morning or before bed…(like zyrtec or Claritin)…I hope I didn’t just sound like an extremo nerdo 🙂 I study the body 😉 I HOPE the water+MAGAZINE LOVIN’ has you feeling much better today, and that you are already off to a GREAT start to your monday! xoxo!

    Comment by Lizzy — March 22, 2010 @ 11:40

    • Hahah that is exactly what my doctor told me! But I LOVE the “nerd” that you just expressed. As a fellow nerd I got all giddy when you started talking about the CNS and constriction etc. I think taking an antihistamine is a good idea and will start pronto! 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 22, 2010 @ 22:41

  11. Ewww, I get nosebleeds, too. Nothing like a gigantic blob of bloody green snot to start the day.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — March 22, 2010 @ 11:41

  12. Feel better girl!! Nosebleeds are the worst. 😦

    Comment by feetinmotion — March 22, 2010 @ 15:31

  13. hope you feel better soon!

    Comment by Tricia — March 22, 2010 @ 18:19

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    Pingback by Congrats to Racers & PT Session Numero Dos « MarathonMaiden's Blog — March 22, 2010 @ 19:36

  15. I think you need more relaxing! One week of Spring Break was obviously not enough for you…

    Comment by The Laminator — March 22, 2010 @ 23:25

    • From your lips (or fingers) to the administration here at school’s ears!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 23, 2010 @ 20:07

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