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Off the Rails

17 Apr

As you might have guessed, my spring marathon plans have taken quite the detour. Detour is putting it nicely. This train is completely off the rails. 

I wouldn’t say training had been going well but I was remaining positive that I’d be able to string together some solid weeks of training and see where that got me on May 3rd. 

Then winter stepped in. 

For anyone living in the Northeast in particular, you know how brutal this winter was. I’m not really going to complain too much about that because there was never any day where I decided not to run or didn’t complete a planned run due to temperatures. I had no problem using the treadmill if need be. My first 20 miler was scheduled on a day where I knew the temperatures were supposed to drop dramatically; I still decided to head outside for it and prepared by packing extra layers in my car in case I needed them later. 

What I didn’t expect was the precipitation. Which started coming down in the form of ice. Do we all see where this is headed?

  

At first I thought it was just a bad bruise – I actually thought I would be able to salvage my 20 miler the next day. Well, here I am 4 weeks later and I still cannot run completely pain free.  Every time I would try to run, I’d end up with intense aching in my shin which would freak me out and lead me to cross train for a few days. At this point now, that pain has disappeared and I mostly just feel very tight (and very out of shape).

So that’s that. I probably should’ve rested completely and maybe I’d be in better shape today – hindsight is always 20/20. It took me about 10 days to realize that the marathon was probably not going to happen, and a few more to mentally come to terms with it. At the end of the day, there was nothing I could do – sometimes, shit happens. 

I was able to struggle bus it through a 5K last weekend with my girls (<– I really hate that phrase but I can’t think of a single other way to say it, someone get me coffee) and ended up not doing too terribly. 

  

21:50, which is not where I wanted to be right now, but it is a time I would’ve killed for just a few years ago. So the only thing I can do at this point is try to safely build my base back up and start making plans for a fun summer racing and training season. 

My only closing sentiment is to deliver a hearty fuck you! to Winter 2014-2015. You sucked, and nobody liked you. The end. 

Back from the Dead

22 Feb

I kind of can’t believe how fast time flies, but the Lake Effect Half Marathon is tomorrow.  I have been looking forward to this weekend for months now, due to these wonderful ladies coming out for the race.  It feels like a million years since I’ve seen Hollie and Laura, and it will be so great to meet Britt for the first time.  Basically, it’s about to get real obnoxious all over Twitter and IG, so I figured I should poke my head out of the hole it’s been buried in and say hi.

Update #1: Running

See: how fast time flies.  I took some time off after CIM, and quite honestly, in the month prior to CIM, I wasn’t running very much due to injury mitigation.  All in all, I was running negligible mileage for about 8-10 weeks.  So I knew when I started up again, I needed to build slowly.

I realized that a big part of my problem last year was trying to mash a bunch of different training methodologies together and never really committing to any one program.  I decided I need to go all-in with ONE training plan and see where that gets me.  I’m back running with my group and have been following the coach’s plan.  6 days/week, 1 speed, 1 long run.  My base runs started out at 15 minutes.  It’s really hard to make yourself go run for a measly 15 minutes, but I did.  Every day.  Until I had an injury-free base under me and could start increasing.

It’s hard to believe I have 6 weeks of running under my belt since I started back up and I’m happy to say that I’m comfortably at ~30 miles/week right now, with 1 speed workout and a long run of 10 miles.  I’m feeling pretty good, and I’m excited to start increasing my mileage a bit more in the upcoming weeks.

Update #2: Racing

I decided I will not be running a marathon this spring.  Between the brutal winter, and really wanting to commit to getting myself a solid base while running injury free, I felt it was counter-intuitive to try and ramp up my mileage super fast to get in any sort of marathon shape.

I do have a goal half marathon for the spring, and a pretty aggressive goal time.  I’ll talk about that a bit more in a different post.

lake-effect-half-marathon-2014

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The Lake Effect Half will be the first time I pin a bib on this year and I’m really excited – but I won’t be racing.  A couple friends from my running group are planning on running ~1:50 and I decided to run with them.  I’m hoping this effort will feel like a long tempo.  I want to be tired but not sore or wiped out at the end.  We’ll see.  A lot will depend on the weather; as of right now, it’s threatening to snow a bit and be on the windy side.  The unfortunate part about running at the parkway is that you typically deal with a pretty good breeze ripping across the lake which can make it challenging to hold a steady pace.  The more important goal for me is to finish feeling uninjured and ready for post-race shenanigans with my friends.

Update #3: Weather

Hey, guess what.  I live in Upstate New York and it’s fucking winter.  Surprise: it’s been snowy and cold and awful.  You don’t even know fun until you try to do speed work in -10 degree weather.  My lungs have threatened to jump ship on many different occasions, but what doesn’t kill you, right?

These roads are a lot of fun.  And I'm improving the safety of this situation by taking a picture while driving!

These roads are a lot of fun. And I’m improving the safety of this situation by taking a picture while driving!

Update #4: Dog

She’s still an asshole, and she still gets away with it because she’s pretty.  Typical female.

Look at me, I'm beautiful.  Forgive me for my sins of 2 seconds ago when I peed on the carpet.

Look at me, I’m beautiful. Forgive me for my sins of 2 seconds ago when I peed on the carpet.

 

I trust that you are so distracted by my physique that you will not notice as I slowly creep towards this Christmas present.

I trust that you are so distracted by my physique that you will not notice as I slowly creep towards this Christmas present.

 

Update #5: Beer

Although I am actively trying to cut back, I have been enjoying a few good brews as of late.  My recent favorite: Tröegs Perpetual IPA.  Holy YUM (<– jk, that’s my favorite overused and ridiculous HLB expression).

Put some of this in your face-hole immediately.

Put some of this in your face-hole immediately.

And there you have it.  Now that I am back in the running game, I do hope to talk at you from behind this screen more frequently.  Honestly, as corny as I feel writing here, I do like to look back on not just the hard data of my running/races but how I was thinking or feeling about a particular event.  Also, I have to say, I’ve met some absolutely amazing people over the past year of “blogging” (<- I’m sorry, I can’t say that seriously without laughing or puking.  The word just makes me want to gag, I don’t really know why.) and they have changed my life for the better (sappy moment).  Some of my best adventures last year were with people I didn’t even know the year before.  So in that spirit, as ridiculous as I feel sometimes writing here, I don’t really want to stop.  I can’t wait for another year of fun with both new and old friends.

Happy running, y’all.