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March 22, 2010

Congrats to Racers & PT Session Numero Dos

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:36

Hey guys, it’s been a busy busy day in MM land.  Going to try to make this quick as I just received a quantum take-home exam and I am going to have to devote all the time I can on it!

The first day back from break has been well so far.  I didn’t have any work over break, so there was nothing to procrastinate from and therefore as soon as I clocked out of tutoring last night at 2100 I promptly went to bed.  As you may recall I hadn’t been feeling so hot.  Although I am not one to discount allergies or dehydration as the culprit I’m suspecting a cold of some sort because after drinking more water than I care to think about and popping a benadryl I still (and pardon my language here) felt like shit.

So sleeping it off was my solution.  I don’t think there’s any validity to this approach at all (not the sleep but what I’m about to say next): I also turned my heat WAY up to “sweat out the bad”.  When I was little my dad always used to say that the cure to not feeling well was / is to curl up in a warm blanket and just sweat out the toxins.  Maybe it’s a mental thing but 3 pairs (!!) of pjs later and I’m feeling back to normal. Well kind of. Still a little congestion but THAT is likely allergies.

Good thing that my dad’s “trick” worked because, as I opened the post with, I had a busy day that started off with a run.  I was secretly hoping that my feeling better would translate to a good Monday run — at least time wise.  I did feel really good physically while running but wish that my pace had shown that.  I ran the miles in 9:28.  Eh. I’m going to chalk it up to sickness related and just move on.

I’ve been really hard on myself lately with how “fast” I am.  I know I shouldn’t be but I am. And I’m falling into the trap of comparing myself to others.  Especially when so many of you raced this weekend and put up STELLAR times.  A huge congrats to Sarah (washingtonranhere), Sarah (theshubox), Sarah (skinnyrunner), RunDateEatSleep, Nick (midpack runner), HurdlingHam (corre! run! run like a llama!), Erika (DrTriRunner, Flo (Girl in Motion), Lizzy (Healthy Bites conquer Athlete Appetite), Pen (penatpeace), Amy (secondcityrandomness)Mel (tall mom on the run), Kristen (therundown), Heather (with a side of sneakers)

So you can see where I’m coming from: these peeps are awesome! (Although I should have linked to their RRs where appropriate. Oops. But y’all are smart kids and can figure out how to show them some love!) Hopefully I didn’t forget anyone.  So many of you!! But such inspirational to read 🙂

Luckily I don’t have to wait the 4 weeks (!!) until Boston to get my race on.  I’ll be able to do that next week with the Eastern States 20 miler (with Lacey!)

But yeah.  So I wish the run this morning had been faster.  I’m kind of surprised it wasn’t just because of all the race reports I’ve been reading lately buttttt whatever. The weather was even close to perfect: upper 30s/low 40s, cloudy, a little damp (like you knew rain was coming).  Really nothing too taxing.  *LeSigh*  As you can see I’m failing miserably at not dwelling on it haha

I went to go hablar some espanol and I realized that I missed not speaking it for the week of break.  I’m going to need to find someone post-G day to keep talking to me in Spanish! And since I wasn’t lifting today (did the circuit yesterday) I was able to take a long hot shower before heading off to my second PT appointment which was cool.

Since I remembered to pack shorts, socks and shoes in my big ole bag of a purse (since no PM lifting = actually getting to wear real clothes!) my PT was able to get me on the TM and video my running.  It was interesting to say the least and in the interest of time here are the conclusions from the tape:

  • Yup the right shin in a-hurtin’.  I knew that it was “slapping” around but I guess I didn’t know how loud it was until I hopped on the TM and became very self-conscious about it
  • I’m a heel striker
  • My right hip is weaker than my left one, although both are pretty weak
  • My IT band in both legs are tight
  • I tend to rotate in my trunk more to the left than I do to the right
  • I have “chicken wings” when I run

While cool the video wasn’t really all that informative for me, I probably could have told her that before doing the video.  That said it was nice to see the evidence.  As a scientist I love having proof to back up my claims.

So after that we went to work on exercises for my hips.  And we stretched my legs.  The PT also massaged my (still) inflamed ankle as well as my IT band and calf.  It felt amazing.  No tenderness anywhere but I can tell (and obviously so could she if she broke out The Stick for my IT) that stretching hasn’t really been a priority for me lately. That’s going to have to change!

I left after some icing and e-stim (which by the time we got to this step it was past the time my appointment would end but I *really* wanted it so I decided that it was okay to chance running late for my PM class!) with printouts of the exercises and stretches.  I knew that if I didn’t request physical copies than I wouldn’t do them!

And WOAH it is later than I want it to be! I’m going to leave you with that.  I had wanted to delve into nutrition a bit but it will have to wait until another day later this week (yup I’m a tease 😛 ) and assuming I remember haha.

Also I have some intervals tomorrow to do.  I’m on the fence as to whether or not to do hills.  I’m leaning towards no.  The last time I did them (3 or so weeks ago) was a bit irritating to the shin/ankle area and my PT advised me against them and I’m inclined to agree with her.  I’m just hoping that I can fit another hill session in before Boston.  I’d hate to think that the last time I did hills was 7 weeks before race day! I’m sure that I have enough “oomph” in my legs to handle Boston’s hills but I still worry. Haha!

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25 Comments »

  1. LISTEN TO YOUR PT!!! 🙂

    And LOL – you do NOT have chicken wings girl haha!! …not that I’ve seen you to know I guess…but whatever – natch – no woman has chicken wings – all beautiful remember?

    Comment by eatmovelove — March 22, 2010 @ 19:44

  2. I’m glad you had another good session! 🙂

    And thanks for the shout out! But seriously, you have an awesome pace and I would love to be able to pull out the miles everyday like you! It’s just amazing- and I can’t wait to hear all about Boston after several more weeks!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 22, 2010 @ 19:50

  3. With all your hard core workouts, you’ll be fine on the hills even without doing them for 7 weeks. People make them out to be worse than they are. If anything, they suck just b/c they’re so late in the race. Just don’t kill yourself on the downhills 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about your 20 mi race next week. And that’s cool that your PT taped you running, although I don’t know if I’d want to see what I look like!

    Comment by Jenny — March 22, 2010 @ 20:00

  4. sounds like another good PT session!! i have a chicken wing too, but pretty much just one 🙂 it makes me crazy!

    Comment by aron — March 22, 2010 @ 20:09

  5. Glad the PT sessions was somewhat productive! The absolute best thing I’ve found for my IT bands (which also tend to get tight and grouchy) is a foam roller. You can get one online for like $12 and it will be one of the best running-related purchases you’ll ever make, I promise.

    Comment by runningmanz — March 22, 2010 @ 20:23

  6. what a cool thing to get your running video-ed. so jealous!

    and I know you’re not- but don’t stress about the pace. you are putting in so many miles, once the taper hits, i’m sure your legs will be warp-speed fast! good luck with the speed-work tomorrow~! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — March 22, 2010 @ 21:45

  7. Try getting a foam roller to get that gunk out. They are only about 20 bucks and worth every single penny.

    Comment by Matt — March 22, 2010 @ 21:49

  8. Nice stuff to get a video of you running. Don’t compare. Don’t compare. Just focus on your plan and you will be more than fine.

    BTW – lots of Sarah’s (heh!). Also, whatever happened to Spanish TA?

    Comment by a marathoner — March 22, 2010 @ 21:53

  9. Thanks for the comment! Yeah I actually had to split up the running into segments because my legs just hurt so bad. But I did it and got through and hopefully I will never have to run on the treadmill for that long again! 🙂

    Have a great night!

    Comment by feetinmotion — March 22, 2010 @ 22:57

  10. I’m glad the PT sessions are working for you.

    And I would love to be Jennifer Garner too, just so I can be married to Ben. I LOVE Ben. Maybe a little too much. 🙂

    Comment by Ameena — March 22, 2010 @ 23:30

  11. Karyn, my dear, STOP comparing! I think you’re doing marvelously. Running should be an enjoyment, not high school drama again, and certainly not a form of self-torture. If I were to compare my running times to others…well, let’s just say I would be a Loser with a capital L. lol.

    Comment by sophia — March 22, 2010 @ 23:35

  12. Glad the PT sesh went well. I’ll send some of my speed to you in 4 weeks!

    Like others have said, don’t compare! No matter how fast you are, there is always someone faster. I often compare myself to guys I ran with in HS. One of them is a 2x Defending NCAA (Div III) 800m Champ and another ran the 5000m at the Olympic trials in ’08. So I might seem to be quick, but I feel slow when I compare myself to them. Its all relative. My old coach told me, tough times don’t last but tough people do. And you are one tough runner 🙂

    That being said, reading your blog is a huge inspiration to me.

    Comment by Nick — March 23, 2010 @ 01:15

  13. I think we tend to get a bit too overly competitive…always comparing our paces/times to others. But seriously, try not to get in the mindframe of that because it can get a bit destructive and doesn’t help you deal with your own injuries/situation. So stick with your PT and go easy with your workouts a little bit. The worse thing you can do is push a little too hard in one workout and reaggravate an injury heading into Boston. Play it safe and good luck to you!

    Comment by The Laminator — March 23, 2010 @ 01:17

  14. That’s neat that you had a chance to see yourself run. Hopefully you can work on changing some of your stride issues (although I’ve seen some fast people with some funky strides) so you don’t get injured for realz. BTW, I would definitely not recommend the book Breakfast at Tiffany’s to anyone who’s favorite genre is action. Maybe I should have said that in the review, haha. You might like Sierra Madre, though.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — March 23, 2010 @ 11:22

  15. Hey! Thanks for the shout-out – although I didn’t actually race THIS weekend. But let’s pretend that I did and I was awesome 🙂
    That said, you know this, but comparing yourself to any other runner but YOU is incredibly useless. There’s always going to be someone faster, someone stronger, someone who puts in more miles, someone who puts in fewer miles and drinks more and is STILL faster, someone older, blah blah blah blah. It will drive anyone who tries to make any sense of it insane. Been there, couldn’t wrap my head around that. I say, compete with yourself. But be a good sport to yourself, mkay?

    Comment by sarah — March 23, 2010 @ 11:46

    • Haha, totally thought you were racing this weekend. Well regardless you’re still awesome 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 23, 2010 @ 20:09

  16. Sounds like an awesome PT session! I love learning how my body works and seeing my particularly kinks are “real” haha. I’m pretty sure I run like a goofball 😉 Yay for not 1, but 2 exciting races coming up!!

    Comment by Heather — March 23, 2010 @ 12:55

  17. I have weak hips too! Running actually weakens them just like it keeps our hamstrings tight. Its like running is so good for you but also its counter productive as it makes your body hurt!

    I sweat out all stomach aches, etc. Colds not so much but it does work!

    Comment by J — March 23, 2010 @ 14:50

  18. I swear that running on a treadmill gives me chicken wings. I feel like my hands are going to hit the front.

    Comment by runjess — March 23, 2010 @ 15:25

  19. Thanks for letting me know what those exercises are 🙂

    Remember when your comparing yourself to others there are probably loads of people comparing themselves to you, you’re one of the best, fastest and hardest working runners whose blog I read so be proud of your own acheivments 🙂

    I’m looking forward to your nutrition post, I love hearing what kind of foods work for people alongside exercise cause I have a really sensitive stomach when it comes to working out so it’s good to get some new ideas of what to eat!

    Comment by Laura — March 23, 2010 @ 16:03

  20. HA You better want some more carbs because that’s all up serving up girl! 🙂 Obviously the majority of my meals are carbs. But I’m not complaining! They are beneficial and very important to a runner! I like my muscles and don’t want to break them down for not having enough carbs for my glycogen stores. No sirree don’t break my protein down, take the carbs!! 🙂

    Comment by feetinmotion — March 23, 2010 @ 18:05

  21. Awww, thanks so much for the shout-out!!! 🙂

    Comment by runeatdatesleep — March 24, 2010 @ 00:23

  22. thanks babe!! even though i didn’t feel like i truly ‘raced’, it was a fun event! i can’t wait to read YOUR report when the time comes . . .i have a feeling it’s going to be epic!

    Comment by sarah (the SHU box) — March 24, 2010 @ 12:51

  23. Aw, you sweetie, I’m catching up on my reading and saw my name there! You’re a doll, thank you. As for the video, I’m jealous! That would so cool, even if you know most of it already, there’s nothing like seeing it in black and white before you. As for comparing, it’s human nature, we all do it, but it’s stupid and sucks. 🙂 I know you know that already.

    Comment by Flo — March 25, 2010 @ 20:24

    • Wise words re: comparing. I know it in my heart but you’re right, human nature and it does totally suck!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 25, 2010 @ 23:09


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