Sunday, April 19. 2009
After an eight-day running hiatus, I decided to take my legs for a spin on Saturday morning. I ran five miles into a really, really strong, and at times very cold, wind the entire way which made for some loud cursing and some increased huffing and puffing but otherwise, it doesn't seem like I lost any endurance during my layoff.
I kept to a conservative pace and kept off the pavement, although running in the dirt on the side of the road is major ankle-rolling territory so I felt like I spent more time looking down at my feet than where I was going. I wish I had been looking down at my feet when I ran by the smashed deer on the side of the road. Disgusting. Aside from a few twinges here and there and a complete lack of stretching afterwards (dumb), it went pretty well.
This week's totals: 5 miles running (including a full mile climb at mile 3) @ 10:47, 41 miles cycling @ 13 mph.
Next week I'm supposed to do 25 miles with a long run of 12. Let me just say HAHAHA! Ha. There is no way I'm doing that and staying healthy. I guess I'll just play it by ear. I'd really like to get another double-digit long run in before the HM which is in 20 days, but we'll see. Ugh, 20 days. I've been training for this race since January, am in better shape than I've ever been in my life (I can knock off 10 minute miles easily and do 25 "boy" pushups in a row) and I'm still not feeling confident.
I whined about this to Josh and he said that if I'm ever at the point of starting a half marathon and not being anxious then I should be entering the full marathon. That boy is so funny.
A report from the food department. After a failed attempt at making chicken pot pie a few weeks ago, I decided to take another stab at it. This time: pure perfection.And, wouldn’t you know it, after a gorgeous 70-degree day on Friday, we got snow today. The forecast says 1-2" tonight with an additional 3-5" on Monday. Good thing I haven't put my shovel away yet because I just might need it.
Tuesday, April 14. 2009
Running Chick in Food and Drink, Injury, Training
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Happy Easter and all that.
I’ve been getting some good rides in the past few days while I’m nursing my shin splints. I rode to Josh’s place via M-203 on Saturday afternoon.
I swung through McLain Park on my way. It's opening at the end of the month.Despite the sun being out, it was cold and windy. My toes were frozen by the time I got to Josh's. We had James over for Easter dinner at my house. I made spare ribs, garlic & parmesan mashed potatoes and broccoli. Yummy.
After dinner, we learned that James has a talent for Wii Bowling. Josh came awfully close to beating him, but he crushed me every time.
No matter, watching James try to hula hoop made up for everything. He twirled everything but his hips and looked like he was having a seizure. Holy funny.
So, my schedule this week:
Saturday – 25 miles, 11 mph average
Monday – 20 miles, 13 mph average
Tuesday – no riding, turbo yoga (oh my aching arms - damn those dolphin pushups!)
Wednesday – 21 miles, 12.5 mph average
Thursday – planning for 10-ish miles plus turbo yoga
Friday – supposed to be really nice, maybe I’ll go for a little ride, but maybe not
Saturday – planning for 30-ish miles, but we’ll see
Sunday – turbo yoga
I’ll start running again on Monday and see if my shins appreciate their 10 days of rest. They’d better, the bastards.
Friday, April 10. 2009
The good news: my calf is all better.
The bad news: my shin splints (MTSS) are back
I did three runs this week, but it's become pretty obvious that if I don't take a bit of time off to rest them, there will be no Eagle River HM for me.
I was really hoping that this time I'd be able to make it through training without anything major, but it's just not to be.
At least it looks like it's going to be good bike riding all next week so between that, the elliptical machine at the gym and turbo yoga, I'll be able to keep my fitness level up. That's good.
But man, this is FRUSTRATING!