Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Week 1 of training complete!

I did my (short) long run on Saturday morning and aside from it being really cold, it went well!

I am feeling pretty good... not feeling any discomfort when I run, just some twinges. But I do still feel the discomfort now and then through the day. It's frustrating, but I'm just going to keep rolling and stretching and training!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday Cycling

We have had a spell of glorious, beautiful weather here in Georgia this week - and today is the last day for it. So I took advantage of the weather and took Frank out to the park instead of going to the gym to ride the stationary bike.

And I am SO GLAD I did!

The weather was beautiful, and I haven't felt so strong on the bike in a very long time. I was able to go up the hills without having to shift down into a much easier (lower?) gear! And my RPMs stayed just about the same, which is important.

The park was extremely crowded today, too. I guess if you weren't Black Friday Shopping then you must have been at my park! LOL I've never seen so many cyclists, or so many people getting family pictures taken! It was great though. And I managed a really nice pace for me, despite having to weave in and out of people.

I also lowered my seat a little bit, so I don't know if that's the reason for my improvement, or if my legs are stronger now (I have been doing more strength work), or what. But I was excited! I had 2.5 miles that were over 14 mph and that's really good for me!

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

First Half Marathon Training Run! :)

Today was the very first day of training for the Princess Half Marathon in 2013!

I am going to follow the Run/Walk a Half Marathon program from the book, Marathoning for Mortals. (And YAY my ability to make links is back thanks to my new mouse! WOOHOO!). I have used this book for all of my half marathons, though this will be the first time I've used the Run/Walk program instead of the Run program. Erg, there goes my ego again. @@

Today was the first run. I was supposed to run 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes and repeat that 7 times for a total of 35 minutes. I did this same interval during my run on Saturday and it worked well. Today went even better!

I went to the chiropractor on Friday morning and he did another adjustment on me - and this time he did my neck, too, which was a freaky feeling! But I think it is helping. I'm supposed to run this week and see how I feel. If I'm better, then I don't need to go back. During this morning's run I felt about 80-90%!

I need to take myself back mentally to where I was back in 2009 when I was training for my first half marathon. Back when it was just me running and there was no pressure to be fast or to run long or anything. Back when just being out there at all seemed like an amazing accomplishment. My ego needs to go away so I can get over the fact that I'm taking walk breaks and I relish the fact that I'm building up my endurance again. 

Basically, it's No Pressure Running, but with a training plan and a goal! And a sparkly medal at the end!

And don't forget, I'm running the Princess Half Marathon for a good cause! If you would like to support my fundraising efforts for Train 4 Autism and Spectrum Autism Support Group, just click here: Jennifer's Train4Autism Page

Thursday, November 15, 2012

When my ego attacks

I went to the chiropractor on Tuesday to ask about my left leg issue. I was really afraid that there was something majorly wrong - like a stress fracture. He is a great guy and newly certified as a Sports Medicine Chiropractor, so I knew he would get it. I described what has been going on and he said that he would adjust me, for sure, but not everything was chiropractic, so let's talk about some other aspects of my training.

We started with dietary. Um, yeah. I admitted to being a picky eater, though I am getting better. I even had zucchini in my salad on Monday! But he was concerned about my mineral stores. So he recommended that I take a liquid vitamin that he happens to sell. (For the record, it looks like mud. And it tastes only slightly better. But I am giving it a shot to see if it helps me feel better).

On to my legs. He felt for a pulse in my ankles. He couldn't find one in the right ankle... the leg that has such a hard time with circulation (and has since my last pregnancy). He found the one in the left ankle a little better. This did not make him happy. Then he felt the part of my shin where I have had discomfort. "One there - and there - and there - and there - and there - and there..." He was finding small knots in the muscles of my shin. 6 knots in about a 5 inch spread. He told me I needed to get accupressure from the massage ladies in their office, and demonstrated. I am going to roll the area at home with a ball for a little while to see if that helps, while I determine if my Trina can do accupressure. I am not too sure about seeing anyone else.

Then he did the adjustment, or as I like to call it - the medieval torture table. I think he pulled my leg so much that I am an inch taller now! But the discomfort I had in my right hamstring was gone immediately.

I am to run today (done!) and come back to see him Friday.

So I ran today. I did a 4/1 interval for 45 minutes. It was on the treadmill today because it was cold and drizzling and I wasn't feeling like much of a Tough Chik. But it did feel better than it has recently.

Now you may be wondering where my ego comes into play - since that's the title of this post.

Well, right now! :)

You see, I am going to take a bit of a step back and follow the Penguin's Run/Walk a Half Marathon training program to get me ready for the Princess Half Marathon in 2013. I had talked before about "No Pressure Running" but unfortunately, my ego didn't get the message. What my ego heard was "Get back to running double digit distances ASAP". And maybe I can still do that. But to what purpose?

I think my body is screaming for an "off season" and for me to build up a little more slowly again. And while my ego has taken a huge beating for the last year or so, in the end, I want to be a runner/triathlete for a very long time. So what difference does it make if I'm running 10 mile long runs each week in December, or if I do one in February? In the grand scheme of things, what will it hurt? (Yeah, ego... I hear you screaming LOL) My next few races are 5Ks and 10Ks, aside from Princess, and then in the spring it's time to get back into the triathlon training business again.

And maybe, just maybe, if I build up nice and slowly again... then I can plateau at that level while I add in an increase in my swimming and biking? And my body won't hate me and hurt me? One can only hope!

Or maybe, instead, after Princess I could try to build up to running nonstop again? Wouldn't that be something else?!

So for now, I think the best course of action will be to take this small step back - back to 3/2 intervals again for a little while, back to shorter 'long' runs - and let my body regroup. I'm still working in my strength training twice a week so I can be getting stronger during this time and maybe this will get me to where I want to be.

Now, if only my ego will cooperate! :D

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Race Report: Lanier Under the Lights 5K

Sorry for the silence on my blog for the last 10 days or so! My laptop died last week, and then we had a very busy weekend. I am back now using the desktop computer that my kids use for their school work... or at least the one they used to use before 2 of them got laptops of their own! LOL It is not a very fun computer to use because of the crazy mouse, but I will be fixing that ASAP! Now, on to the race report!

Lanier Under the Lights is one of my favorite events of the year. I would love to make a fancy link for you but the mouse won't let me so here you go: http://www.lanierunderthelights5k.com/ The course takes you through Lake Lanier Islands and a portion of their Magical Nights of Lights display. The money raised supports the Toys for Tots program as well as my own church's Secret Santa program. I had to miss this one last year because of my injury, so I was very much looking forward to doing it this year. Also, I had recruited a friend to do it with me and this would be her first 5K! She is mostly a walker, but we did end up running a few nice intervals and I was really impressed!

The weather was absolutely gorgeous! In fact, it probably could have been a little cooler, but I won't complain!

Here is the shirt and bib - love how the bib has the race name on it! That is always a nice touch!

 I wore my new Sparkle Skirt in the Dali print! It was very sparkly, especially in the lights!

I got a couple of good pictures of the lights... here is a sampling:

They just keep making this shirt more and more adorable each year! It's a nice quality Hanes shirt and the designs are so cute!

This is one race that sells out quickly year after year, so if you want to participate, you need to get on it right away! Another good race put on by this same race director is the Fallen Heroes of Georgia race that I have mentioned several times on my blog. This one is in March and is definitely worth attending. There are 5K and 10K options for that one. Click on this link http://www.active.com/running/buford-ga/fallen-heroes-of-georgia-10k5k1k-2013 to register!

Next race up for me is the Jingle Jog for Autism! My 5th anniversary running of my first ever 5k! I am so excited! :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Savannah: One Year Later...

Yesterday, the Rock N Roll Savannah Marathon/Half-Marathon was run in Savannah, GA. You may remember that this race last year was supposed to be my Marathon Maniac qualifier, but I was unable to complete the full marathon because of my injury. You can read the race report here, if you need a refresher.

In fact, I'm going to do the same. Why? Because I haven't read that post once since I wrote it a year ago.

Yeah, it's been that hard. (I still haven't read the one about MCM, and I didn't blog about the One Year Later because it was infinitely harder than yesterday was.)

But since I was coming here to report how I made it through yesterday without any tears or anything, I think I should go all the way and read how I was feeling right after the race. I'll be right back...

::insert Jeopardy music here::

Well, that was interesting. I wonder if I would have felt the same had I known that a year later, I still wouldn't be up to half-marathon shape still? I think I figured that if I only did the half, it would mean I would be healed up so much more quickly than I did.

But I had forgotten how much pain I was in. I had forgotten about the blisters and the pain on the top of my foot completely! Yeah, stopping at the half was definitely the correct decision for that day!

I'm really glad to be passed both the MCM and Savannah in terms of the whole "One Year Later" things. I think it will be easier from here on out. I'm really not where I thought I would be in terms of the distance I am able to run, but I'm really close. I have run 8 miles three weeks in a row now and I am not hurting. I will keep at 8 miles for all of November, and maybe December if I feel like I need a little more time.

But then once I am able to run in the double-digits again, I will feel like I'm really "back". I am ready to be back.

Friday, November 2, 2012

A DNS - but not due to injury

After much deliberation (just ask my poor husband! LOL), I have decided to skip tomorrow night's Anything is Possible 5K. This is a race that starts at 1:50 AM on the night of the time change so that you end up with a negative finishing time! The concept is great, and they give you jammie bottoms instead of a race shirt. I won this entry on Active Advantage so I'm not out any money. And with how far I'd have to drive to get there and back,  I can use the money I'm saving on gas and go buy my own jammie bottoms! LOL

The reason for the DNS is simple: I've been feeling tired and stressed due to family obligations this week, and we have tomorrow evening and Sunday afternoon/evening completely open. If I plan this right, I can get everything done on Saturday afternoon and evening and have Sunday to completely enjoy and rest up for another crazy week. And that will be worth more to me and my family in the long run!

I have been feeling quite good this week, physically! I was expecting to be incredibly sore after the hilly race on Saturday, but I really wasn't! I ran on Monday and Thursday as scheduled, swam Tuesday, and did the stationary bike at the gym today. Tomorrow I will run my now-regular 8 mile distance, and then it will be time for a cut-back week next week!

So far this No-Pressure Running/Training is going very well!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

October 2012 - By the Numbers

Swim = 4000 meters (2.49 miles)
Bike = 15.14 miles
Run/Walk = 47.38 miles

Yoga = 212 minutes (3 hours, 32 minutes)