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April 12, 2010

Finally Have My Computer Back

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 09:00

And in kind of working condition.  Part of the restore that had to be done means that I don’t have any programs anymore so I need to find a copy of Microsoft Office (definitely NOT re-buying it and hemorrhaging more $$) and re-download a ton of stuff.  But it could be worse.   A lot worse. And my speakers don’t work, I get sound but only when I plug in headphones. Weird.

Anyway in some respects it’s been a good week to lose access to a computer: my homework has been light on the essays and math programing stuff (I’ve got problem sets and workbook stuff) and my running has been well…pretty much non-existent.

I’ve basically given up hope of really running between now and Marathon Monday.  I guess I’m just too worried about all the possible “what-ifs”.  I’m trying to trust myself (and you guys) that I’m not going to be a lazy slob come the 19th of April haha.

This week I only ran 3x.  Sure I did get in upper 20s in terms of mileage (which my plan has the range of 30-50 for Week 2) but none of them were “quality”.  I’ve nixed speedwork for so many weeks (it’s been 4) that I’m a bit afraid that my body doesn’t know what speedwork is anymore.  Completely irrational I know but it’s taper time.  Irrational supposedly defines it.

On Wednesday I wrote that I was going to try to get a run in on Thursday. Totally happened.  Totally rocked.  It felt good and fluid.  Not wicked fast but not slow either.  I was really happy with it and would have LOVED to go further but I was really time crunched.  I hate it when that happens.  Everything just clicked: the weather was sunny and warm (but not too hot) with a slight breeze and my body just felt good.  I really wish I had the opportunity to go more BUT it’s taper time so it’s a blessing in disguise that I couldn’t.

Friday I attempted a run.  Well I guess I completed the run.  It just wasn’t as fun as Thursday.  Nothing bad about it per se but I was so excited and inspired by how easy the day before felt that I think I had too high of expectations.  Which made the “eh” run very disappointing.  I also had PT on Friday and there was more inflammation in my left shin than I would have liked.  So my PT did extra soft tissue work which felt amazing!

Because of the sub-par run and the inflammation I decided to skip running on Saturday.  Kind of sucked because the weather Friday was iffy and Saturday was BEAUTIFUL out.  I hit the gym for a spinning workout.  This Saturday was the first Saturday in a VERY long time that I did not do a long run.  It was sooooooo weird.  Even though the spinning was more intense and speedwork-like I figured it was okay.  I’ve nixed so many speed stuff lately that it felt good to be sweating a ton and feel so powerful.  All the arc trainer leaves me feeling a little wimpy.  Maybe it’s just the stereotype I associate with the girl at my school’s gym who I see on it.  But spinning? Hardcore haha.

I’m actually enjoying the whole spinning (well is it technically still spinning if I’m on the upright bike?) that I think I might keep it in my routine in the future. Not as a weekly thing but every once in awhile thing.  And I’ve only gotten 2 workouts from you guys.  I KNOW that there are some way cool spin instructors here (plus the rest of you cool amazing people).  *HintHint*.  Plus I’m looking for ways to make the arc trainer/elliptical less boring too.  And I also know that some of you guys XT wayyyy more than I’ve done in the past.  I feel so whiny asking for this stuff over and over buttttttt please? Haha 😛

And on Sunday I went for an AWESOME short run.  I kept it short because I was time crunched again but it felt like Thursday’s except it was faster.  Much faster.  But it didn’t feel that way.  I highly suspect that it ‘s due to the fact that I ran in the late afternoon.  I really like running in the mornings but my body responds better in the afternoon. Oh well.  The only downside was that the food I had eaten prior was like a ROCK in my stomach.  I just wanted to vomit the whole time (attractive, no?).  I know it’s not the food I ate because this happens with a wide variety of food.  Bummer. But it was still a great spectacular run.

Just an update on my toe because I think I left you hanging.  It’s getting better.  It’s still a little inflamed and I’m not sure what the deal-io is with that.  I don’t have a fever, the redness is 97.6% gone, I’m doing warm soaks (which feel amazing) and I’m elevating my feet (that is: whenever I find time to sit down) My game plan is to finish my antibiotics (which as SO STRONG.  Seriously.  I don’t want to get into detail but let’s just say that when I go any where I need to make sure I know where the bathroom is) and if there’s still some swelling and stiffness (from the swelling) go into the health center and see what’s up.  If I remember correctly, the last time this happened it took about 10 or so days total for everything to work out and it’s only been 6 so far. So I’m not worried, but I just wish the healing process took faster!

Also: not to let you think I’m all drugged up either: I only took that one percocet that I was forced to at the ER and haven’t taken any ibuprofen post-procedure.  Holler for a high pain tolerance 🙂

Hmmm I had more to “say” but this is getting on the lengthy side and I feel like my sentences are really choppy hah. Hopefully I don’t go on this long of a blogging hiatus anytime soon.  Although I will say that when I got my computer back I totally did not have the urge to fire it up and check my email and other various things.  It’s really nice to not feel tethered to technology.  I’m actually really hoping to not get that strong a sense of attachment back haha 😉


April 7, 2010

Broken. But Spinning is Fun?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 20:37

And no, this isn’t a downer post. Haha.

Who knew that “just having a virus” (one, mind you, that the Geek Squad said they had seen frequently recently and that it should be easy to remove) would turn into a week-long ordeal.  Gah. Basically I had to sink A LOT of cash-money into this, dipping into and clearing out my emergency fund.  And I still don’t even have the damn thing yet.  Apparently overnight shipping of a part to get here Monday means that the part is still in Mexico today. So I’ve been stressed on that front.

And anyone want to guess how I spent my Saturday night? In the ER. Why? For my infected toe from a blister. UGH.

According to the doctor I had/have (since I’m still on wicked powerful antibiotics now) paronychia.  Which is basically an infection of the nail.  I had something similar a year or so ago with cellulitis in a toe which I let go unchecked and had to be hospitalized but luckily I tracked down a friend Saturday night and she drove me to the ER.  The doctor said I was smart to go in when I did and that there was NO WAY I could have waited until Monday (when I wanted to go to the local medical center).  LeSigh.  So I’m not missing my toenail as well as a good portion of the skin surrounding it.  Yes it was that bad.  My toe was easily 2x it’s normal size. And when the doctor drained it? Lots of fluids in there.

Oh and I’m not longer a narcotics virgin as they forced me to take a percocet before leaving to help me through the night.  And remember: I’m the girl who doesn’t take aspirin for headaches so the experience was interesting to say the least.  “Luckily” this was all at 0200 so I got to sleep it off.

I was on bedrest Sunday per doctor’s orders.  Ergo no running.  No running either on Monday because the toe area was sore from the procedure (plus the doctor told me no running for a few days. Blahhhh) Although the one good note was that the nurse that took care of me was wicked hot.  He’s from the area and actually frequents the local bar on occasion. Hollerrrr, too bad that at the time he was taking care of my disgusting toe haha.

BUT on Tuesday I got to do a spinning workout that I found in some old fitness magazine I had laying around (I’m such a pack-rat when it comes to non-tabloid mags ha).  And I think I’m on the verge of taking back everything bad I’ve said about biking. I chose to not use the spin bike in the gym simply because the magazine used revolutions per minute (RPM) as a guideline and the spin bike doesn’t have any sort of display monitor.  Regardless I’m sure I had a good workout on the upright bike.

I was sweating hardcore and was able to get my heart rate up to 160-170, compared to the 130-150 on the arc trainer and I was happy.  The time passed really fast too because it was a “Hill and Sprint” type workout:

If you look carefully at my notes on the paper, you’ll notice that I did MORE than the original workout entailed and thus the time column is wrong. Oops.  Apparently when it says to do something twice (like with minutes 17-29) I think it means twice more for a total of 3 times.  And then since I knew that I just tacked on 12 extra minutes (for a new total of 52) I figured I’d add 2 more of minutes 30-33 and have a 4 minute warm down.  So much for being able to follow directions hahah. But I felt good the whole time.  Sure it was really hard and challenging but I never felt like I was in over my head.

I’m not sure how my “stats” (60 minutes 16.58 miles) compare to others.  For me I think it was a good workout.  I’m sure that for a more serious spinner or cyclist that my stats are dismal but hey, it’s all relative. Since I don’t know anyone who does regular biking I don’t have anything to compare to and my good feelings and happiness can stay that way 🙂

And I was happy that I didn’t have to be on the damn arc trainer again.  Like today (Wednesday for those of you who read my blogs in the AM after I post).  I did another 2 hour stint on it.  I guess it’s not soooooooo bad.  But I just hate the monotony and after a certain point the way my feet are “pressurized” makes them get all tingly.  I swear I’m developing something on them, not blisters but something. I would have done another spin workout but….my butt was sore. Ouch haha. I’m still looking for good workouts for BOTH the arc and bike so email them to me please? As of right now I have one spin that Lizzy sent me and the one from the magazine and for the arc I rely on “manual” or “hill interval”.  I’m sure you can imagine how boring that can get.

I’m hoping to run tomorrow morning.  The weather here has been insane (today hit 90*) so I’ll try to head out when it’s cool(er).  I’m thinking 10 miles? I guess it depends on how the toe feels (the shins *knockonwood* are pretty much 100%) but I’m optimistic.  I’ve been able to walk around without limping so I don’t think that running will hurt me.

Again, sorry for not commenting that much (actually at all really) but I still have been reading. Just with limited computer time I can’t comment 😦  Hopefully I can get my computer back tomorrow and can start commenting again.  But I’ve “run out” of computer time here and need to take off.  There’s this silly little thing called homework. I will say that the longer I’m without my computer the less anxiety I feel over being without it.  It’s freeing in a way although it totally sucks to be checking my email once a day.  What did the world do before the internet?! Hahah

And here are some giveaways from Marcia, ShutUpandRun, ErikaH, & EatMoveLove

April 3, 2010

Long Run Dehydration. Boo.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:20

Hey everyone. Just a quick update as my computer is having issues and is at the Geek Squad.  Since tomorrow is Easter it’s looking like I will be sans computer until Monday night or so.  I *could* post from a computer at the cafe or library (like I am now because I needed to check my email so sorry if there are typos or grammar stuff) but it’s a hassle so I’m not dying or something 😉

I did, however, feel like dying today on my run.  I spent all morning at the Geek Squad so when I was ready to go for my run it was already noon. And being the stubborn chica I am I went out anyway.  I had planned for 16.5 with the option of pushing it to 18 (accoring to the plan today was 15-18) but I had to cut it short.

I was SO dehydrated.  I had debilitating stomach cramps and drinking water was the only thing I could think about doing.  I’m really happy that at the beginning of my run I changed my mind about the route I was going to do and rather than doing one big loop I opted for some smaller loops as cutting it short was totally the right call.

I think I went into the run dehydrated and 70* is not something my body is used to yet. C’mon Mother Nature let us adjust! The funny thing is that I was going to run early (like first thing) but chose to lay in bed longer (the whole lack of sleep thing).  This caused me to watch tv online and subsequently get the intense virus that crappola’d my computer.

Oh well.  I’m not to bummed about the run itself even though I just spent the last few hours lying on the floor in agony. I did get in the minimum suggested by the plan and my shins did not bug me once. I’m icing down regardless but it’s a totally positive note. I didn’t even have to wrap them during the run for applied pressure.

And I broke out the shoes that I will be running Boston is.  They’re 100% comfy and worked wonderfully.  To bad my body didn’t want to do the same ha!

But don’t worry about the dehydration thing.  Yes it was scary, I’ve only been more dehydrated than today once in my life and that was terrifying. But I’ve drank TONS of water post-run and I’m starting to perk up.  My next stop will likely be the dining hall for some food.  I ate some cereal after the run but my stomach wasn’t happy at all with anything.

So I’m off to do that.  OH and my computer being gonzo means that I likely won’t be able to comment much (if at all) but I still love you and will do my best to catch up once I’m all hooked up again 🙂

But check out Erika’s giveaway 🙂

April 2, 2010

March = Crazy Life. April = Crazy Nice Weather (well so far. this is new england)

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So before I forget Lizzy’s having a great giveaway and so is ErikaH. I keep meaning to link up to them butttt obviously I haven’t yet hah.

I was going to post a March recap yesterday but, as usual, life got in the way.  And since I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to really tally and keep a recap updated this month (I tend to start the recap at the beginning and fill in the deets as each week passes) I think I’m just going to share March as a whole:

  • 432.4 miles
  • 64 hours 57 minutes 3 seconds
  • 9:00 pace

First off: HOLY MILES BATMAN.  This is definitely a monthly mileage PR.  Granted the first 4 full weeks of March (the 1st – 28th) were all in the “Monster Month” of training and thus each were 100+ miles.  I think that’s impressive to say the least.  Also impressive (or maybe not depending on your P.O.V.) is that the shin situation was at it’s worst this month and the last few days on March were all XT’d.

I was also thinking lately about March as a whole in terms of my life and I’ve come to the conclusion that March as a test of my strength across all disciplines.

  • School: Well I’ve been very busy on this front.  It seems that any time I’m not running (or blogging ha) I’m doing work.  Before spring break it was basically: every time I’d turn an assignment in another one came straight at me.  Like a rotating door.  Especially with experimental physics; each week was a 10+ page lab write up, and once we finished one report we had to start the next experiment.  Spanish has been more of the same, lots of busy work.  And remember last week? Yup, quantum took over my LIFE with that exam.  Plus I can honestly say that I haven’t really worked on my Capstone research much but only because I’ve been doing all that other work not because there isn’t any.  Blahhhh
  • Running: Monster Month really took it’s toll on me.  By the end of the month not only was I worn physically down but mentally as well.  All this culminated with the 20 miles from HELL
  • Body: I think my shins and PT deserve their own bullet and if you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that I’ve been battling shin aches all month which are frustrating.  But the upside is that as of this week (which I’ll talk about below) I think *knockonwood* that I’m on the upswing. Also under body: sleep.  I can’t remember the last night I got a “good” night sleep: defined by at least 6 hours in bed — I’ve totally changed my standard of sleeping well, at this point even 6 hours of interrupted sleep is a blessing.
  • And bullet # 4 is just because 4 is my lucky number.

(And sorry if this sounds complain-y.  In my head it’s not but rather a physical list of things that I’m proud I’ve gotten through.)

And speaking of the shin: I just got back from PT and the right shin (the one that the Rx is actually for) is 100%.  Sure I can feel a bit of bruising when I really press hard on it but my PT said that she doesn’t feel any damage and we didn’t stim it today. Hizzah. The left shin? Well it’s still got lots of edema there and my PT is just “amazed” at that.  BUT that’s what she said about the first shin when I first saw her.  So I’m hoping (and genuinely believe) that the swelling will go down very soon.

Also, the left shin is pretty much pain free.  On Wednesday I wrote about my test run and how I was paranoid about any pain or aches or whatnot but regardless I was going to run on Thursday.  Well I did and it went well.  I ended up with 10 or so miles, all VERY SLOW, and with some aches in the left shin.  No pain and it was such a relief not to feel the way I did over the weekend (aka in MUCHO pain).

I kept the pace slow (which damn near killed me because Thurdays are tempo) because

  • The shins hurt a bit when I go fast (like speedwork fast).  Obviously faster = more pounding = more impact.  And even if they didn’t hurt in the moment, it was the smart choice because this way I’m likely to be able to run more.
  • My body (aka my leg muscles) just didn’t want to go faster.  I think that this week I’ve worked HARDER  than ever before with all the XT and earlier this week I was going for the same time (roughly) that I would spend running which tuckered out my legs.

So like I said my shins ached a tiny bit after running yesterday.  Maybe I was overzealous with the miles but whatever. I do what I want 😉

I also hit up the weight room because in all my woe-is-me sans running I realized I hadn’t lifted in a week! It felt good to be pumping iron again even though I can sometimes find it tedious.

Anyway, this morning (well really the realization came last night) I knew that I should arc train again.  But the INCREDIBLY nice weather was tempting me.  So I made a compromise: half the workout on the arc and half outside running (as I had PT today I figured I could get away with it as she was going to work me good with massage and stim at the end of the session) .  I think it worked out well and there was no pain running and went a bit longer than planned 😉   I even ran pretty fast too.  The pace felt natural and smooth.  Most excellent.

I’m hoping that this feeling keeps up over the course of the weekend.  It’s suppose to be GORGEOUS out.  And, if it’s anything like today, it’ll be some amazing weather.  Maybe not the best for running (likely on the hot side) but still I will take the sun and warmth where ever I can get it.  BUT (and many people have been putting this out there on their blogs lately) WEAR SUNSCREEN!! Wicked important.  I am sooooooo bad with this but, as a runner who will run in the midday sun whenever I can, I need to be more diligent about it.  In fact, it’s one of my 2010 “resolutions”

So get out there and enjoy the weekend! I was watching the national forecast at PT and I think almost everyone is going to have some spectacular weather tomorrow and Sunday 🙂

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