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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 🙂

March 14, 2010

Pi Day

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I was facing a bit of writer’s block (I know crazy right considering how much I ramble in my posts! Ha) but I was re-reading some of the comments over the past few days and I figured that I’d talk a little bit about the next 5 weeks.  Because Boston is 36 days away.  AKA 5 weeks from tomorrow.

My plan has me set up for a 3 week taper.  Meaning that the next 2 weeks will be wicked intense.  I’ve thought about tune-up races and honestly had a couple penciled into my schedule.  Unfortunately time and money made this impossible.  Both Kristen and Rebecca mentioned that running a tune-up race would help with any jitters and give me a realistic goal of what to expect. I 100% agree.

Last cycle I didn’t do this at all and really wanted to incorporate it this time around.  But like I said….life sometimes just gets in the way. There was (well is I guess as it’s still going on) a St. Patty’s 10k that I was thinking of doing with a friend this weekend but again, time and money.  Always the story.  Plus, I wasn’t comfortable committing to a race when I didn’t know what was going on with my ankle / shin (hopefully I’ll have more info after tomorrow) and I missed the deadline to register. I am registered for this 20 mile race at the end of the month though (with Lacey!).  That’s at the end of Week 4, just leading into the taper.

Speaking of. Heh. But first the next two weeks are going to be intense.  Now, I’m not one to peak ahead during my plans so I can’t tell you without looking myself what exactly I’m facing, but obviously: 2 very hard intervals (I do believe though that this upcoming week is either mile or 2000m repeats. I did look but I forgot ha!), 2 hard tempos, a LR of about 17-19 miles and another one of 20-23 (which will be that race).  So the second half of Monster Month is going to be intense.  But then again, the whole damn cycle has been intense. What else is new?

The plan calls for a 3 week taper with the first of those weeks being more of a cut back and the next 2 being much more so. I’ll be upfront here and say that last cycle I didn’t really do the taper all that well. Yes, I did cut way back but not as much as people would advise. So I can probably say right now that I likely will suck at the taper this cycle too.

That said, I’ve been thinking about the taper a lot more lately.  Mostly because I’m really feeling the intensity of my training at this point in the cycle.  As much as I think my funk two weeks ago was a result of school stress and weather I’m sure my huge miles played a role.  So I’m sure my body is eagerly awaiting the taper (and the massage I had scheduled for tomorrow. Holllleeeerrrrr). My mind? Yes that too.

I’m also wondering what constitutes a taper for someone who is running as many miles as me.  Obviously a cut-back is necessary for the taper but to what degree? I’ve never heard (or maybe I have but it never sunk in) about how much to cut back. I’m peaking at 100+ miles (done 3 weeks of them already over the training cycle) sooooo does my taper look like a 30% reduction (to 70 miles? Likely not, that seems like a lot), 40% (to 60?). Do I go by half? Like I’ve already said, I “sucked” at tapering last time around.  I think that my peak was 72 miles and the 7 days before my marathon (which didn’t suck at all btw) was 42 miles (that works out to a 40% reduction)

As Amarathoner noted: I’m a very go-go-go person who thrives on being busy.  I know this and I also know that the weeks of the taper will be very busy school wise as I try to piece together my capstone project in order to graduate.  So I know I’m not going to be sitting around twiddling my thumbs.  I doubt that taper madness will take over or anything. I definitely didn’t experience that last time around and I think that part of it was that the semester was gearing up for finals and I had plenty to keep my mind occupied on.

So there you have it.  I guess I don’t have anything definitive in this post.  Mostly musings haha.  But it was helpful to get some of these ideas flushed out and to form some ideas on them.  Any thoughts and insight would be appreciated as like I’ve continually said: I’m a very inexperienced racer.

As for a quick blurb (maybe) about today. First off: Happy Pi Day! Yes I’m a nerd.  And yes I’m disappointed that Pi day has ALWAYS fallen on spring break so I cannot celebrate with my fellow nerds.

It’s also DST.  Hopefully y’all remembered to set your clocks ahead an hour.  I did but apparently my phone (which have always automatically reset itself in the past) decided to not last night.  No biggie as it’s Sunday and I’m on break but it was annoying to wake up when I thought I wanted to but really have it be an hour ahead.  Now my brain is all confuzzled.

It’s also monsooning out.  The drizzle from yesterday has turned into a monsoon.  Not cool.  I’m glad that I went outside yesterday and had a kind-of-crappy but kind-of-awesome run (BTW: Thanks for all your  kind comments about that run.  It made me feel really good and perked me up a bit. And I just calculated my average pace for the week and the “crappy” LR didn’t impact me as much as I thought! And yes numbers obsessed = that being important to me ha) because there was no way I was getting out there today.  Treadmill time (and likely tomorrow. Boo. Send some good weather vibes my way?).

I’m pretty sure I pushed a little too hard pace wise for a recovery run (started at 9:00 pace and ended at 8:15) but I wasn’t feeling bad.  A little calf soreness and absolutely nothing with the shin (I was a bit sore last night because after my run I did not move my body once so everything stiffened up as I headed to bed haha). And Tmart: while it wasn’t a rest day it was a severe cutback from my normal Sunday routine.  A start, no? Which I haven’t run the total numbers yet BUT this week was a monster of a week!

Hope everyone is having a very relaxing Sunday.  There’s something about the rain that makes productivity go right out the window so I haven’t gotten much done.  I think I’m going shopping tonight though? That counts right? 😉

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