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November 12, 2010

T-23 days

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:44

Eeep.  And as I was heading to work this morning I was like “this time in 3 weeks I’ll be at Logan getting on a plane”. Double eep.

I can’t think of a good transition or opening for this BUT: when I got the confirmation email it was semi official.  When I got the acceptance email it was official.  Now:

OFFICIAL official. Hizzah.

Although I suppose that a snapshot of my bank statement with the registration fee extracted would be the most official news on that front 😉

But I digress.  This morning was a recovery run.  And a rough one at that.  After 3 nights of clinics (and thus getting up naturally without an alarm) my 5am alarm was a bit on the brutal side this morning. It was a decent run.  A bit warm, or at least I overdressed because my room was on the frigid side, but it was sunny for some of it.  I guess the sun might have made it warmer than expected too.  It felt weird to have sun again. It made me feel like I was running late for work!

I started out pretty slow because, as many of you guys noted, yesterday’s workout for 2 X 3 miles (and what ended up being  6X that HILL) was particularly brutal.  But what was surprising was that my recovery pace is much faster than it was last training cycle. Which is exciting.

Or worrisome as I could be going to fast but overall all my workouts are faster so I’m going with exciting.  The only annoying thing was that the ball of my right foot started bugging me at the end of the run today.  It’s happened before in the past, not on a regular basis and not in correlation to my shoes and/or mileage.  It’s never been serious but it still hurts. Ouch!

I guess now I have a reason to call that podiatrist up and harass ask him some more questions. I still have yet to go out and buy new socks.  I have some polyester ones that I’ve been using on the more intense workouts (aka the ones I know I’m going to sweat a lot on).  I guess this experiment is going to be an annoying one because the only way to know for sure is by failure of the solution to work: aka I get another infection.  Obviously not something I want to happen.

So that’s what’s going on today for me in the running department.  Fun stuff right? At least it’s Friday and we’re on the precipice of the weekend.  Although I’ve always felt that, despite working and school stuff on Fridays in the past, Friday is part of the weekend.  Let’s be honest: we’re all mentally checked out at this point.

 

Thanks google images

So if I get out of here at a reasonable hour (aka before the sun sets because it’s 100% different running in the dark in the morning vs. afternoon) I might get another recovery run in.  I did that a couple weeks ago because it’s another time to get the blood circulating.  We’ll see.  I’m not completely sold on it yet. I do want to actually calibrate and try out the Nike+ that I got in the mail this week (thanks Megan!) Maybe I’ll check with the person I occasionally run with…

Anyway yesterday meals for miles asked to play a short questions / interview game.  And since I love reading q & a posts from others I decided to play 🙂

Favorite restaurant and why?

The Chateau.  I don’t really have a good reason for why.  The food isn’t out of this world good (but it’s still excellent!) but I think it’s the sentimental value of it’s the first “fancy” restaurant that I went to as a kid.  I remember dressing up to go there and they have fancy after dinner mints. Of course as a kid that was my favorite part.

What’s at the top of your Christmas list?

Well, since my birthday AND Christmas gift is my flight and registration for WR, I don’t feel like I’m able to make a list for Christmas.  That said, I’d love a gift card to a bookstore or some nice clothes.  Funny how when I was a kid the idea of getting clothes for Christmas is heinous and now I welcome it.  I also desperately need a new clutch.  What you thought running gear was at the top of my list? While I can always use more running clothes or a garmin, it’s not really at the top because I’m happy with what I have to work with right now.

If you were given a free trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Spain.  I’ve never been there before but I’d love the chance to go and practice my Spanish.  I’d also love to go back to France, specifically the Castle at Versailles.  Maybe not a trip though, living there would be wicked amazing.

What do you like most about blogging?

The camaraderie for sure! I’ve actually met lots of bloggers to run and party.  I started blogging to meet other runners because no one in my real life (or at least at the time I started because I consider some of the bloggers I’ve met part of my real life) runs and I wanted peeps to bounce ideas off of. I keep blogging because I love that I can post something and get a quick lift saying “hey don’t be so hard on yourself” or “hey go get that checked out” or “hey push yourself HARDER”. 

I’m not going to tag anyone to re-post (although I’d LOVE it if y’all did!) but if any of the questions are something you feel passionate about I’d love to hear your responses as well 🙂

Plus I love answering questions so ask away! If I get enough I might try to do a questions only post, like 20-questions or something.

And be sure to check out the giveaway from Julie (Hotlegs Runner) and Sarah (Skinny Runner) and DC Rainmaker

November 10, 2010

Answers for my Feet, among other things

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 13:53

On Tuesday night the podiatrist volunteer was in the clinic and I had him check out my feet.  If you recall at the very end of August I got another toe infection and my PCP suggested I see a podiatrist.  Well due to lack of time and money I didn’t.  So when the podiatrist showed up I jumped at the chance to see him as “the last patient” and get his input on my feet.

Thanks google images because while I do have pictures of my icky toes from hospitalizations past butttttt I'll spare you. And don't think I'm a creeper for taking them: I was TOLD to my the doctors so that I could have a visual to compare to see if they were getting better hahah.

The long and short of the “appointment” and his opinion was that I run in cotton socks which, duh, hold moisture and also cling to my feet causing micro-abrasions on the toes which then get infected because I’m not aware of them and thus do not bacitracin them.  Since I’ve really only had this problem since becoming a marathon runner he thinks that the more intense pounding is just a lot of my toe-sies.

Anyway the podiatrist’s suggestion was/is to buy polypropylene socks to wear.  Especially during the hard workouts / during the marathon itself.  He did remove two toenails that were icky.  Nothing wrong with them but they were hurting me and he didn’t want them to cause me pain.  An angel I tell you!

He was AMAZINGLY nice and told me to call him if I ever had any questions or if the socks didn’t do anything.  Like for free. God’s gift to the Earth? For real.

Since he didn’t say anything about not running (In fact when he told me I could call him whenever he said that he had lots of runners in his practice so he knew how to keep us on out there!) I felt good going out for my recovery run from the tempo I did yesterday. Which I’m still smiling from all the nice comments from you guys.  Again, I know that the workout was good and something to draw from.  But, like the mile repeats over the weekend, it wasn’t how I envisioned the workout going.  I felt slightly like a loose cannon during the later part.  Not cool calm collect and in control like I wanted.

Thanks again google images. And a physics connection too! My lucky day

Anyway….back to today.  Ever since the time change over the weekend I’ve been sleeping sooooooo much.  I honestly don’t know what’s up with that.  On one hand I know I shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth butttt I never sleep as much as I have been the past few days.  Partly it’s because T/W/R this week are clinic so I don’t have to get up at 0500 but still: I’ve been falling asleep immediately and waking up to my alarm.  Plus we’re talking about ~9 hours a night. Sheesh.  Time change affecting me much? Normally I only get affected in the Spring when we spring forward!

I’m sure the extra sleep is aiding in my training, and running in general. Or at least making me focused to do what needs to be done.  AKA a nice “chilly” recovery run for me this morning. I think it only felt cold because it was cloudy and overcast and a bit misty as well as WINDY. I ran across a bridge / the canal and I honestly thought I was going to get blown into traffic.  No bueno.  But overall I got a solid run in.  It felt faster than it actually was but it was within the range I am for on recovery runs.  Not sure if that’s a good thing or not but since I wasn’t pushing the pace or out of breath I’m going to take it as a good thing.

Doubly so because my tempo yesterday was fast and my legs were tight all yesterday at work.  But no soreness in my legs this morning? I’ll take that thank you very much.  I could do without the arm soreness from those pushups from yesterday.  Whoops to not doing strength in forever.

It was also a creepy run when I was running along the river trail.  The leaves have pretty much disappeared from the trees and the dreary weather made it look like the environment was stripped of color.  Pretty freaking creepy indeed.  I actually got a little paranoid running too which *rarely* happens, especially in an area I’ve run so much and know so well.

 

Google Image #3 today

But all in all I’ve been very pleased with all my runs in this “cycle”. I can’t believe that the race is soooo soon AND it’s almost time for taper.  Weird.  But that’s what you get when you sign up and decide to run a marathon with 5 weeks to go!  In many ways I think that I’ve been so pleased because (and I don’t know if I’ve written it hear or just talked about it with a few of you via email and whatnot) I haven’t had the ~11 weeks of mental (as well as physical) beatings that I can give myself over a long training cycle and end up feeling burnt out.  I’ll likely feel slightly underprepared when stepping up to the starting line but not injured or hurt.  *knockonwood*

I have a hills (or tempo interval) workout tmrw because I’m doing what could quite possibly be my last 20 (and likely should be) this weekend with a friend.  Crazy.  Then it’s T-3 weeks.  Next week I expect to be intense but slightly cut back in terms of miles then a steep 2 week taper.

Then GAME TIME.

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