Friday, August 31, 2012

Two weeks, two runs

And a whole lot of slacking.  Started as post half pain, then it became post half let down, then it was just tired and didn't want to get up.  Didn't help that I had to do things several of the mornings I should have run.  But I did 3.3 miles today with warm up and cool down and signed up for a 5 miler.  I thought about signing up for 10, but I'm just not mentally ready for that. 

My Nike+ is still off I think.  I need to go run a mile at the track to calibrate it, but that takes actual planning.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tomorrow I begin anew

With  C25K and a Great Dane.  Hopefully she'll enjoy it and not try to kill me.  Giving her a week or two to figure out how to run with me.  Then I can take get to the pet friendly 5ks.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

13.1 slow miles

Actually, I think it was longer than that.  I mapped it out and came up with closer to 13.5 miles when I used the actual route as opposed to the posted route.  Add in the mile walk to the start and the mile after back to my car and the half a mile of walking in circles looking for people I knew from work and it was a long night.

Made a huge mistake right at the beginning, I tried to keep pace with the 2:15 group instead of the 2:30 group.  That worked out okay for about 3.5 miles.  At that point I dropped into my intervals.  That was going fairly well.  I made sure that I was able to drop into my walks without a lot of heavy breathing.  Unfortunately, I used up too much of my legs in that first 3.5 miles so when the 2:30 pace keepers caught up to me, I only stayed with them for about a mile.  Luckily I was more than half done by then.

I think my main problem after about mile 8 I just had no idea where the turn around was anymore.  I kept thinking it had to be soon.  Part of that problem was my ipod thinking I was 2 miles further along than I was.  Some was darkness.  Some was just being tired.  It just seemed like the run was never going to end though.  Finally the ten mile turn came, and there was no water.  Water stops on the race were just pathetic.  They had them every mile or so, but they were trying to pour as you got there instead of having a bunch of water ready.  So I ended up skipping water stops and using my camelbak.  This was also not part of the plan.  I was expecting to grab a cup of water or two at every stop so I'd have plenty of water to suck down right at the end when I was really dehydrated.  Instead, I was out of water around mile 11, leg cramps started about half a mile later.

Last mile I got blocked by idiots walking 5 abreast and ignoring my on your left comments.  I finally yelled MOVE to get them out of the way.  They gave me dirty looks, but moved.  I did manage to finish on the run, about 15 minutes after I'd intended to finish.  I think I can blame a lot of it on the leg cramps in the last mile and a half. 

I'm calling it it about 13:20 a mile for 13.5 miles.  I'm going back to 10k distance, hurts a lot less.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Four days to go

Weather report for Saturday hasn't changed so shouldn't be too hot.  My training this week has been thrown off a little due to oversleeping.  Tomorrow is going to be my only run.  Hopefully that will be enough.  I did walk Monday and today so it's not like my legs have completely atrophied.


My biggest problem Saturday is going to be pace.  And by that I mean not letting the adrenaline grab me and push me to run too fast right from the start.  I can do 13 miles if I maintain the pace I did Sunday.  If I try to shave too much off that time, I'm screwed.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Double digit distance

For the first time ever, I ran 10 miles. 

My biggest concerns were my soleus strain and whether my KT Tape would stay on the whole run since I'd been wearing it for 2 days.  The tape was fine, though it was pulling away at the bottom so not anchored as well as it should have been.  I may buy the fancier version of the tape that is supposed to stick better.

I was trying not to think about my leg and that worked for a while.  Until it actually got sore.  I pushed through it though, which I haven't been doing.  Also it was just sore/tight feeling and not sharp/shooting pain like it was a week ago.  I can ignore a dull ache, though when I get done with the half training I'll take a week off and just walk every day.  Planning to backtrack and redo the C25K to get myself back to running a full 3 miles instead of running intervals.  Not sure I'll I'll go to one hour runner or Freeway to 10k after that.

Run was generally good.  Didn't get that runner's high nothing hurts at any point, but no significant back or leg pain, other than the soleus ache.  I was definitely ready to walk when the walk intervals came up in the second half.  But I didn't cut any of my run intervals short to walk, I ran everything I was supposed to run, which hasn't happened in a month or so.  Every time I started to think I needed to walk, I'd hit the button that pops up my time and distance on the iPod and tell myself it was only a couple more minutes until the walk interval. 

Am starting to think my shoes are a half size too big.  It seems hard to get them tight enough and they always feel really loose at the end.  Of course I don't want to go buying new shoes so maybe some new insoles will help. 




Saturday, August 11, 2012

Long time off

Been walking more than running thanks to a soleus muscle strain.  For a while more than a mile of running caused some major leg pain that I couldn't just walk off.  Ace bandages did no good.  KT tape seems to help.  That or it was just basically healed when I ran Thursday.  Tomorrow it's 2 hours or 10 miles to see how ready I am for the half next Saturday.  If all else fails, I can walk 13 miles in the allotted time.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What was supposed to be an easy hour

Turned into a leg strain and a lot of walking. 

A little over two miles into my run, my left leg started hurting below the calf.  Thought I'd try to walk it off, but every time I started running again, it was right back.  Even walking the pain threw off my whole stride and caused a variety of other little aches to crop up.  I ran a little more near the end because I was running very late, probably a bad idea.  Hopefully some ice and advil will take care of it.