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April 13, 2010

Cleared To Go

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Yes you read that right.  And some of you may be scratching your heads. At least when it comes to the real reason behind the title of this post.

I had a doctor’s appointment today to make sure it was 100% okay for me to be running 26.2 miles on Monday.  With all the stress going on in my life, physical and emotional, I honestly wasn’t sure if I was ready to run.  I know that part of that is the taper talking: who hasn’t had doubts with 6 days to go?

But because I’m a paranoid freak I made a doctor’s appointment to check out:

  • Shins duh they’ve been bugging me on and off for awhile.  Pain free now with one PT session to go before the race and I’ve got one scheduled for post-race in case anything major happens
  • Toe Because the infection was so serious.  Good news though: the infection is 100% gone and now all that’s left is ugly damaged tissue. It looks hideous and scary but there’s nothing wrong with it.
  • Electrolytes and other lab work I’m on some serious antibiotics right now that are really dehydrating.  I’m obviously upping my water intake but I was worried that things would be out of whack.  Not the case though

I was having serious anxiety over all these things.  I probably didn’t *need* to go but my brain wouldn’t rest until I had the proof (I am a scientist after all) and hard data to tell me that it’s okay. I still haven’t even ordered the jacket yet or made plans for the weekend because I didn’t want to jinx myself. But guess what I’m doing tonight?! Haha (By the way I still have no idea on sizing and fit.  Or whether I should get a man or woman one. Help?)

And just to fend off some worries you might have: this appointment was 100% voluntary and to silence my own doubts. There wasn’t any event that caused me to rush into the office.  Just my own brain and confidence (or lack thereof). I even had a dream that I had to pull out of the race on Sunday night.  That was how high my anxiety level was.  I started to cry because I was wound so tight when I got the go ahead.

But enough about that.  My mind can now rest (somewhat) easy the next few days that I can handle the 26.2 miles.  Or at least when I have doubts I can battle them with concrete facts.

Like on my run today which was on the slow side.  It wasn’t very long (just a few miles to blow off some steam) but my legs weren’t feeling very springy.  I highly suspect that my 100% voluntary rest day (as opposed to rest days that I’ve taken off for injury or my toe which are really the only rest days I take) is to blame.  I firmly believe in Newton’s First Law: A body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest stays at rest.  Okay, I may take things to the extreme with all running all the time but I’m a huge proponent in moving EVERY DAY.  So to do nothing yesterday (while I’m sure my legs overall are happy and are storing those carbs) really made today really hard.  Even getting out of bed to go to class.  But, like I said, my legs need to soak up energy and training to race is different than moving to live day-to-day.  So I’m not too upset about the lack of  pep in my step today. When I think back to my last taper I don’t remember my legs feeling very springy either and that’s comforting.

Also comforting is that recognizing that my lack of nerves or excitement over the race is normal for me too.  I honestly do not have those butterflies that others get in the days before a race.  One of my good friends reminded my the other day that this is how I was during the days leading up to my debut marathon last spring.  But once I got to the race and could feed off the crowd things changed.  So I’m anticipating more of the same.  Especially since I’m not going to be on my own this year.

Yes so many people are running Boston that I’m sure I’ll be even more amped that usual on race day.  Lots of people from the marathon daily forum at RWOL as well as a bunch of bloggers.  Plus a bunch of my friends are skipping their morning classes to come see me. One of them even downloaded the spectator’s guide for the marathon to set herself up in prime seeing spots.  And my PT place is having a banner at Heartbreak Hill AND my doc (the one I saw today) will be there as well (on her own not with the office or anything).  I also think some of my family is coming, my sister is even skipping an exam!

And I know that I’ll have you guys rooting for me (or at least I hope so haha).  Gosh I’m getting all sentimental here 😉

Okay I know this is getting lengthy — per usual BUT I was tagged from MarathonMummy with

So the point is to say 7 things about yourself and then tag a bunch of people. But I’ve done these posts so much in the past that I think I’m running out of new things to say to you! So here are the links to things similar to this that I’ve done in the past and I tag anyone who wants to do this because over the course of these things I’ve likely tagged all y’all

Kreativ Blogger Award from 3-October 2009

Beautiful Blogger Award from 13 – January 2010

Gorgeous Blogger Award AND Creative Writer Award from 28-February2010

Oh and before I forget: thanks for the suggestions re: Open Office. I did download when I got my computer back per suggestion of the Geek Squad but I HATE the way it looks and feels. Maybe I’m just not used to it yet? I have the feeling that I’m going to end up spending the $$ to get Office.  Because I’m a name-brand brat like that 😛

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Tuesday.  It’s LOST tonight.  And it’s starring Hurley.  I’ve been so impressed with the past 4 weeks of episodes that I really didn’ t have any doubts that tonight would be a good one but it’s also Hurley.  So I’m anticipating fantastico stuff! 🙂

April 12, 2010

Finally Have My Computer Back

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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 😉

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? 😉

And checkout this giveaway from Have Faith

April 29, 2009

T-4

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Til the marathon. Yippee!

Plus there may or may not be a light at the end of the semester.  I’ve been so busy the past few days! But I’ve finished up my last two lab reports and they are ready to be handed in today.  Hooray! School is winding down, this is the last week of classes, and I’m ready for the summer to start.

Weather-wise it has felt like summer lately! I wouldn’t mind if I didn’t have to go to class and could lay outside all day long.  My body isn’t used to the heat, and running in the heat hasn’t been the greatest.  Sure, I’ve been able to finish my workouts and run them the way I want to, but my body isn’t used to regulating its electrolytes yet because the temps have jumped up and down with no adaptation period.  I’ve been getting really dizzy and lightheaded lately (and sometimes very disorientated) and sometimes it happens when I’m just sitting down and not moving! I asked my doctor about it last night and she thinks it’s salt depletion because of the weather as I’m not dehydrated.  Now I get to pile salt on all of my food. YUM 🙂

The taper is winding down too.  I’ve put in more miles than called for but I don’t think I’m overdoing it.  On Monday, I ran 6 (which was 1 more than I wanted) and yesterday was only 4.  This morning was 6 with 4 at tempo and my legs actually felt pretty fresh! It was weird though because I finished at 7 and yesterday I had “slept in” until 730.  Yes 730 is sleeping in for me, my body does not recognize that I am a college student! Not sure what the rest of the week is going to hold for me running wise, but I’m starting to get the butterflies in my stomach.

It’s so close and part of me (the really irrational part) wants to just drop out because I’m nervous but I know I’ll be fine.  People keep asking me about it, like when it is, how long it is, how long I’ve been training. A couple of my friends are even showing up to cheer me on and one of them asked for the race map so she and other friend can go to different spots on the course! ❤  With each person I talk to, I get more and more nervous because, even though I tell them the goals I can live with, I feel like the more people I tell the more people will want to know how I did and if I didn’t do well I will want to crawl under a large rock and never come out.

But enough doubting! I’ve put in the work and I need to keep telling myself that.  Or I can just go watch LOST 🙂

April 26, 2009

Another week gone

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“Man I don’t know

Where the time goes

But it sure goes fast”

I can’t believe that there are SEVEN days until the marathon! I remember starting out week one and now I’m on week 16 as of tmrw.  I definitely need to step back and admire the work I’ve put into this training.  I thought that 20 miles would never happen, but my longest run was 22.  I didn’t think I’d be able to put in high miles when I was in school, but I hit 70 a few weeks ago.  If you had told me a year ago that I would be running a marathon, I would have asked you where I could get the drugs you were on.  So I must say that I’m happy that I’ve been able to push myself in this aspect of my life.

I am a little sad because today was the Groton 10k road race.  I won my age group last year (in my first 10k!) and I really really wanted to do it again this year.  Stupid 10k and marathon too close together! Obviously I’m hoping for a really good marathon time so I shelved the 10k but I just checked out the results and I definitely would have placed 2nd and had a very good run at 1st. LAME.  Hopefully missing out on this will pay dividends next week.

Also hoping that short runs will help me out.  I finished my last “real” run yesterday: 9 miles.  And I’m not going to be running anything over 5 this week [EDIT: I have a 7 on Wednesday, but I may chop that down].  GAH. I can’t believe that I’ve gotten this far in my training.  Very very nervous for this upcoming week, I need to keep telling myself that taking it easy is what my body *needs* (and very much deserves). I had my first test yesterday because I really wanted to push out an extra mile to get double digits plus I was running so smooth.  And with the weather, that was impressive to me. (on the weekends I head out late morning when the sun is bright)

I ended up getting a little burnt (note to self: WEAR SUNSCREEN) after running in strong sun and laying outside for most of yesterday and today, but it’s already turning into a nice tan.  I’m Scandinavian, I tan, however, like I’m Dominican.  Sooooo terrible, I know.  I really need to get better at wearing sunscreen, I don’t want to end up all leathery and wrinkly.  Yup, I’m vain enough to have my looks be an impetus over say, cancer.  Even though I’ve had numerous spots checked out for cancer. Ugh, I’m lame. Note to everyone reading, wear sunscreen and protect your skin!

But this weekend was soooooo nice, yesterday high of 76* and today it was 89*. Hooooooller! The only bummer is that there really hasn’t been *spring*; it’s gone from winter to summer with nothing really in between, hopefully this week chills out a bit and mother nature wakes up and recognizes what season it is.  And don’t get me wrong, I ❤ the heat but when I’m trying to push through the last week of classes (this week!) and finals, I don’t really want summer.  I’d prefer rain to keep me inside.

Time to start doing all the work that I avoided for my time in the sun!

April 22, 2009

Messy, messy, messy

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… Frosty anyone?

I’ve been musing lately over life and how messy it is.  Like, there are moments when it seems all neat and tidy but then there are moments when you feel like you have no control over events or anything else that goes down. Now I’m not going to turn this into a philosophical post or anything but like the saying goes, when it rains it pours.

A week ago I felt on top of my game: running, school, social stuff, sleep (hmmm almost all alliteration there!) all seemed to come pretty easy.  I’m a pessimist by nature I suppose so I knew it was a matter of time before the cycle of life brought me down.  Usually, though, the ball only drops on one aspect of my life. Right now it feels like everything is stressful.  I have formal lab writeups, papers and problem sets due very soon as well as another Orgo test on Friday.

Now I’m not writing this to illicit sympathy OR to have a “look how much work I have” competition with other.  And I’m semi-grateful that my taper is going on. I can’t imagine putting in a heavy physical week as well as such a mentally draining one. That said, I wish my legs would get the memo that they aren’t supposed to be so heavy and get out of the molasses they’re in! I had a tempo run this morning  and all I’m going to say is that thank god it was on the treadmill where my pace was pre-determined. I’ve been having some runs lately that have been wayyyyy less than par.  I sure hope it’s the taper thats making me feel this way, I definitely don’t want my legs to be so yucky come game time!

This awful feeling lets doubt creep into my mind as to whether I’ve bitten off more than I can chew with this marathon.   I need some positive thoughts! I *know* that I can do this.  I’ve put in so much time and energy and I’m damn proud that I’ve been able to keep everything together this semester.  But it’s just that time of year when everyone feels run down.

Hmmm so not much running related stuff but everything in my life is blurring together. But I did catch up on 24 as well as a couple of episodes of LOST (still season 3!) and watching that bamf-ness makes me happy for awhile. Small pleasures in life.  But that should give you an idea how much stress I’m feeling, I only watch t.v. *before* my hw is done when I’m feeling paralyzed by my stress.  Usually I have my early runs to look forward to but this taper is driving me crazy.  Guess that’s why they call it Taper Madness

But before I wrap up this post (which was a huge debbie-downer post) I’m going to plug http://nhershoes.blogspot.com/2009/04/bobbis-birthday-giveaway.html. Awesome giveaway!

April 20, 2009

Wooo Taper!

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Week 1 of the taper is done.  Don’t really know how I feel about it, mentally or physically.

I feel like I pushed myself too hard for what needed to be done.  Oh well live and learn I guess.  Hopefully I can reign myself in this week.  I knew going into this taper I was going to be bad at it, and while I haven’t failed yet, my legs don’t feel as fresh as I thought they would.  Is this normal? I went for an easy 5 this morning and my legs just did not want to go at it. Prolly going to contribute to a little bit of taper madness, but I always thought that the madness came from feeling like a caged beast raring to go.  Definitely not a sluggish feeling and its making me nervous.  I know I can do this marathon; I’ve had stellar runs in the past and I know that my runs now shouldn’t be that same awesomeness.  But I thought that an easy 5 would really be an easy 5, not an lets-go-so-slow-you-might-as-well-be-walking-pace (well almost).

In another aspect of my life, I received a Spanish Excellence Award tonight.  I feel bad that I’m prolly not going to be taking the next level in the fall.  I might audit it because I really want to learn how to speak Spanish but I don’t want to deal with the B.S. work that comes with taking the learning languages classes.  It was also really awkward to speak English with the professors after the ceremony but hey, it was 630 at that point.  I was hungry and had only had one half hour break for lunch since 9am! Mondays suck a lot.

Off to finish up some work for tmrw, then curl up in bed with a good book and rest my body for my run tmrw.  It’s supposed to be raining pretty hardcore when I get up so I might hit the treadmill to get my pace-run done.  I usually do speed / tempo / pace on Wednesday but the weather might force me to change my routine.  I guess its a good thing, as the workout will be one day further removed from game day.  Right?

April 15, 2009

Crunch Time

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In many more ways than just one.

First the running, because I guess this supposed to be a running blog.  Whodathunk, right? Its TAPER TIME right now.  I’ve just begun the taper and technically wouldn’t crunch time have been the past 4 weeks when my mileage was sky high? Maybe, but anyways the taper is underway.  Or is it. My plan for today had me scheduled for 11 miles, 4 of which were in the form of mile repeats.  So basically a speed session. I did ’em, and every last bloody mile was on the treadmill.  And by bloody, I mean it in the British way, not the blood spurting everywhere way.  Felt ok, but I was thankful that I was on the treadmill, I mean the weather was really really nice out, but I needed the pacing of the good ole ‘mill because I could just feel all the glycogen in my legs being depleted.  My idea of a taper was, like, no running.  Or something.  Heh, guess I was wrong? Then again, I’m only in my first week of tapering and shouldn’t speak too soon.  I’ll let you know in a week in I feel the same 🙂

I suppose the crunch time is more so school stress related than running, because taper doesn’t really feel like it should be a crunch time; the hay is already in the barn (and yes I really do whip out these type of expressions in everyday speak.  You know you want to be me).  BUT I got an email yesterday informing me that my marathon is 19 (well now 18) days away.  I wanted to vomit.  It’s that close? Thinking about everything that’s going down in the next 3 weeks (aka the rest of the semester) is stressful enough. I don’t really want to think that I’ll be hauling ass for 26.2 miles on top of it.  Am I going crazy?

I am soooo busy from now until next Friday, at the earliest.  I have two full formal lab write-ups,  two Orgo exams, and  a Spanish composition.  Ok so typed out it doesn’t look like much, but the labs are going to be terrible because I have to *gasp* do research for each of ’em.  Plus to top it off, this weekend is Spring Weekend.  AKA lets-be-100%-drunk-Thursday-through-Sunday.  Yup, I go to one of *those* schools; where the people who drink to get drunk ostricize people who don’t.  I fall into the “don’t” category.  I mean, I’m all for a good time but I’m not willing to sacrifice *anything* so I can be drunk all day, for 4 days.  Ugh.  I think my game plan is to utilize the library during the day and then chill with the drunkards at night.  A good compromise, no?

To make school and the future even more of an issue, I got a letter in the mail saying that I need to start planning for graduation.  Like May 2010.  Seriously people, let me deal with the next 3 weeks before you tell me that I only have one year left and need to plan.  Anyhoo, off to go start tackling this monsterous mountain of work that is stressing me out.  Like anything in life, ( running, lab reports etc) the law of inertia comes into play; the hardest part is the start.

April 12, 2009

Make ’em say UGGGGH

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Da Na Na Na. Oh Master P in the 90s.  Believe it or not but there was a period (middle school) where I shunned my beloved country music to be in the “popular” crowd.  Blech. Stupid middle school.

Anyways, the song doesn’t really have anything to do with my running, except that I am saying “UGH” this morning after my long run yesterday.  Twenty-Two miles.  Los doces.  It was one of the hardest long runs to get through actually, no I don’t think it was.  It was difficult yes, but when I finished time really did not have seemed to pass.

The weather was icky.  I started the run in between the two rain storms that were passing through the area but it started raining around mile 12.  This cold rain lead to my fingers going numb around this point too.  I have Raynaud’s syndrome, which is a fancy way of saying bad circulation.  Not life threatening in any way, and truth be told kind of cool that in 50* weather I can show people my freakishly blue/purple fingers haha.  But all these factors lead to be getting agitated and I even started getting really discouraged around mile 18!  I had to remind myself that I am a strong person who CAN finish this run. At this moment I made the decision to commit to 22 miles rather than the planned 20.  One mile for every year of life on Earth.

Those last 4 miles weren’t fantastic but they went by really quickly (maybe because I had just completed an 18 mile loop haha).  Finishing that run made me appreciate the amazingness that is running.  I was a little disappointed with the “slowness” of it, but I ran 22 freaking miles.  My pace was only 15 seconds slower than what I wanted it to be, but it was just with so many miles covered those 15 seconds add up pretty quickly to multiple minutes.  And seeing how much time really had passed, it didn’t feel like I had been out there for all that long despite all I wrote above.

I had fully intended to do work yesterday but all my body wanted to do was eat and watch Lost.  Ok so maybe my *body* didn’t want Lost per se, but my mind sure as heck did! I had to periodically get up and move about because I could feel my legs tightening.  It got better as the day went on but right after my run when I sat down for lunch I didn’t think my legs knew how to work when I tried to get up!

I really wish I had access to an ice bath, but since I’m not an athlete for my school that was out of the question.  Unfortunately that meant trying to use cold water in the shower and I am not disciplined enough to make that worthwhile; thus I ended up with a hot shower to warm up from the rain.   That prolly was a bad idea in hindsight, as my legs are just a bit sore now.

I’m currently sitting on 67.5 miles.  I may try to get out there and shake-out my legs and hit 70 for the week.  Seems hard to believe that exactly 4 weeks ago I was hitting 60+ miles for the first time and I thought that I wouldn’t be able to repeat that effort this training cycle! I may, or may not, hit the pool later today depending on when it’s open.  My legs need some shaking out.  Luckily it’s taper time, and it could not have come at a more needed time.

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