10-20-2014

Philly Half Marathon Training Week 12

Another week down. I actually had a decent week of training minus 2 days missed due to some pain which I’ll get into below. Here’s how things went last week:

Monday: Lifting. I hadn’t lifted in like 2 weeks so after this session, I was SORE. My glutes were sore for days. I did this leg workout.

Tuesday: Track workout! I really do look forward to “Track Tuesdays.” I love running on the track and feeling fast (well, fast for me). My mom and I warmed up with 3 miles, then did 6×400 at 2:00 min. per lap. That was the goal, we actually did: 2:01, 2:00, 1:56, 1:54, 1:57, 2:01. I think I could have gotten the last one in sub-2 as well but it got dark out fast so I actually was just following the white lines and also didn’t want to sprain an ankle. It’s the first time I have consistently been able to do several 400s under 2!

 

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Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 3 mile group run at FitBlogNYC. This event was put on by Fitness Magazine and was awesome! So many goodies given to us bloggers, including sneakers. Will definitely be going back next year. We ran 3 miles along the West Side Highway. It was great meeting a bunch of new fitness bloggers!

Friday: 9 miles. This was a decent run. Didn’t feel amazing but didn’t feel awful. Just felt tired starting mile 5ish. Average pace was 10:33 per mile. I’ll take it.

 

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Oh yeah, so the pain I told you about…that’s the reason I didn’t run Saturday and Sunday? Well, after my 9 mile run, I walked around to cooldown, then sat down to stretch for 10 minutes. When I got up, as soon as I took a step with my left leg, there was this really sharp pain on the side of my foot. I couldn’t put weight on it. I was kind of scared I broke a bone in my foot or something. I took a shower but it wasn’t going away. Took some Tylenol and then after an hour it subsided a bit.

Now it is not hurting me when I walk around but it hurts when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or something, and hurts when I first wake up. I decided to give myself two days off to rest it and hopefully it’s nothing. Has anyone experienced anything like this before?? I wear orthotics in my left shoe (it’s my left foot), and sometimes the outside of my foot hurts a bit, I guess because of the arch support – but it has never hurt that bad. Hmm…

Anyway, tomorrow is another track workout so I hope my foot is fine by then!

How’s your training going? Have you ever felt pain and immediately assumed the worst?

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10-18-2013

Nervous…and Paranoid

We are 16 days out from NYC Marathon…and I’m really nervous.

I haven’t ran the past 4 days. One of my friends was like, that is not a big deal! Muscle memory, etc.

But I am really worried! I missed a 4×1.5 mile workout and a 10 mile tempo workout. I plan on doing the tempo run tomorrow…but I hate that I low on my mileage this week, and had to skip runs due to my shin pain. I did do cross training. Monday, I rode the bike, and yesterday I pool ran for over an hour (SO BORING).

I am going to lay out my worries, because I think writing/expressing them will help:

1) I’m worried that I’m losing fitness…I know that I really wont in just 4 days BUT I’ve had to miss a few days in the past 2-3 weeks due to this pain, and I’m scared of it all adding up.

2) I’m scared that I won’t be able to finish in less than 5 hours, which is my ultimate goal. I feel like missing these runs are going to affect my overall time.

3) I’m scared my shin will hurt during the race and I won’t finish. Surprisingly, this is the least of what I’m worrying about but it’s still in the back of my mind.

Basically, I just want to run this marathon and feel good. Like I’ve said a few times before, in 2011, I ran my first marathon and was miserable. I was done by mile 17 and had to walk/run the rest of the way in. We were on track for a 4:55 marathon and ended up in 5:20. I felt bad that I held my mom back.

I know it had to do with fueling and hydration. I just want to finish this race feeling strong. Obviously I will be tired by the last few miles, but I want it to be “normal” tired, not exhausted and puking at the finish line, like last time.

This post was really random…and I just wanted to get these worries out there and hopefully hear from other runners who have gone through the same thing.

Did missing a few days affect you in the end? Or not really?

Were you really worried? How did you get over that?

I’ll leave you with something the Hanson’s tweeted me (I’m following their training plan). I needed to hear this!

Screen shot 2013-10-18 at 11.25.46 AMI will certainly try to remember this!

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10-07-2013

NYC Marathon Training Week 14

4 more weeks!!! So close…but it needs to get here already because my body is ready for a break.

Had to skip some runs again due to my shin pain. So I’ve officially seen a physical therapist, an athletic trainer, and an acupuncturist. They think it’s adhesions (I have these weird bumps under my skin). I’m going to see a sports specialist to hopefully get an answer. I needed to run 7 miles today but that’s probably not happening. Sigh.

Here’s last week’s training:

Monday:

off

Tuesday:

1 mile warm up, 2×3 miles at 10 sec. faster than goal marathon pace, 1 mile in between each, 1 mile cooldown.

Felt ok…second 3 miler was uphill so pace slowed down a bit.

Wednesday:

off

Thursday:

Supposed to be a 9 mile tempo run with 1 mile warm up and cooldown. Ended up only doing an 8 miler because of the humidity. We felt miserable. Our tempo pace needed to be 10:18 and we could barely do 10:45. Awful run.

Friday:

Recovery 5 miles. Also got my first kinesio taping, which I think did help!

Saturday:

Easy 7 miles. Still feeling meh…

Sunday:

Needed to do 11 miles, but guess what…did zero. My shin pain is coming back. This SUCKS.

I don’t know what’s going on but the marathon needs to get here. I’m starting to feel blah about runs and probably because I’m just frustrated with my shin problem. Hopefully I get an answer today.

How is your training going?

Have you ever had to see a physical therapist?

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10-02-2013

Training With Marc: “I’m Injured, Now What?”

I’m starting a new series on my blog, called Training With Marc. Marc Pelerin is a running coach, and runs TrainWithMarc.com. He provides runners with personalized plans to help them achieve their goals. Oh and he was also an awesome runner in high school and in college…so he’s got a lot of experience! Visit his website for more info on the coaching he provides. I worked with him for over 2 years and was very happy with the results!

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injured

So, you’re injured and your big race is coming up… What do you do?

You are faced with a tough decision – do you take time off?  Do you run through the pain?  Or do you do some type of cross training?

Unfortunately, there is no clear cut solution that fits for every injury or every runner.  Sometimes, you should take time off; sometimes you should run through; and other times you have to put time into cross training.

Since there is no clear cut guideline for what to do and when to do it, these are my 4 suggestions to getting back on your feet running.

1.  Be as strong as you can be; both mentally and physically.  For your mental side, surround yourself with positive people.  Do activities that don’t delay your recovery time and keep busy.  A busy mind will keep you distracted from missing running.  Physically, begin doing appropriate rehab exercises to not only heal your injury, but to also prevent injuries from creeping back.  This is where general strength comes in handy.  The stronger your can be, the less likely you are to get bit by the injury bug.

2.  Find a cross training routine that you enjoy and don’t mind doing.  We all know that cross training is never “fun”.  But we also know that not everything that is good for us is fun (think vegetables!)

3.  Eat healthy.  There’s nothing worse than taking time away from running and eating like you are still running.  Switch out some of your guilty pleasure foods with fruits & veggies.

4.  When in doubt, or an injury lingers, be sure to check out a specialist.  They will know what to do to get you back on your feet.  Don’t be afraid to find multiple opinions.


For more tips, tricks, and all things running, be sure to visit trainwithmarc.com.

Check out the first Training With Marc post!

How do you handle being injured? What’s the hardest part for you? For me it’s missing schedule runs in my training plan which makes me paranoid!

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09-30-2013

Motivational Monday!

I can’t believe it’s almost October! Fall is my favorite season and I’d like it to slow down because I hate winter…

I found a great quote today for something I can definitely relate to after the past week:

As you may have seen on Twitter or Instagram, I had to take a few days off of running last week due to a shin pain/inflammation. It was hard and it sucked, but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to stay healthy.

Sometimes it’s hard for us to take necessary rest days, whether it’s running or at the gym. Once you get into your groove/flow, missing a day feels weird. Every plan has rest days built in to them (or should), but the rest days that aren’t planned are the worst. So many questions were going through my head – “Will I lose some fitness?” “Will this affect my marathon?” “Should I just try to run and see what happens?”

Remember, it’s important to listen to your body. If it’s hurting, it’s giving you a sign. I’m talking about more than just a little soreness or fatigue. As the quote says, take care of your body! If you want to make it to the starting line healthy (or continue lifting), take rest days. It’s better to miss a few days than be side-lined for months.

Do you have a hard time taking rest days when you’re hurting? How do you cope?

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04-10-2013

So Frustrated!

Yet again, I couldn’t complete my long run yesterday. I was supposed to do 12 and only did 4 miles. Usually, the reason this will happen is because of shin pain, but the past few days it’s been something different.

Right when I start running, the area in my lower calf/achilles area starts burning (feels like lactic acid buildup?). I have to stop and stretch to “release” it but it comes back immediately once I start running. It gets really tight. This has been happening the past few runs and I have no idea why. I made an appointment to see a sports medicine doctor here at Rutgers next week.

I was going to try to run 10 miles today but my running coach thinks it’s better to skip a long run again this week and run shorter distances. Now it just sucks because I will have 2 weeks of no long run, and need to do 11 miles next week. I’ve still kept my mileage up so I think that I should be ok next week.

Has anyone experienced this before?? It is seriously the most frustrating and annoying thing I have dealt with. At least with shin pain it’s a dull pain and I could run anyway. With this I had to stop and walk multiple times just to complete 4 miles.

Help!!!

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