Monday, April 21, 2014
Tuesday: 7 miles (6:44)
Wednesday: 4 miles (6:37); 10.5 miles with 9.04 mile moderate progression. Ran to Gallatin and Rd.x2 and then up-and-down Bison Way, which I figured would be at least nine miles. Goal was three miles in 18:30, 17:15, 16:00. Ended up running 18:08, 16:56, 15:47, with an extra 10s of running at the end. Normally I will struggle a bit on the faster portion at this point of the season but it felt really smooth. I'm more fit than I thought.
Thursday: 7 miles (6:32)
Friday: 3.7 miles (6:58); 11 miles with 10 miles at medium effort. Goal was to start around 6:00 pace and work down to 5:30ish. Averaged 5:36 and felt smooth for most of the way, except for getting really thirsty the last mile or so, which made me work a little bit harder.
Saturday: 9.1 miles (6:49)
Sunday: 13.4 miles (6:04). Was going to run 15 miles but left a few minutes late and was already pressed for time. I was then going to make-up for it and run an easy 3-4 miles in the evening but I was feeling too lazy.
Week Total: 75 miles. Felt much better this week, than last. While I can tell I lost some of my motor, my basic endurance is still good. This week, I'll run about 90 miles and take it pretty easy most of the week because I may be a complete idiot on Saturday.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Monday: No running
Tuesday: 1.1 miles (7:13); 2.6 miles (6:58)
Wednesday: 3 miles (6:43)
Thursday: 5 miles (6:31); 4.2 miles (6:40)
Friday: 8 miles (6:36)
Saturday: 9.1 miles (6:33)
Sunday: 6.8 miles (6:49)
Week Total: 39.8 miles. I had a little more planned but I got pretty lazy with some second runs. It's hard to go from no running, to running again. But at least my hip doesn't hurt when I run anymore. I'll have some random twinges when I'm walking around but mostly, the pain is still gone despite the fact that my left butt is still swollen. I'll probably add a moderate run or two this weekend and run around 70 miles or so. Glad to be somewhat back at it.
I also get bonus points for not being too far off Mo's time. I predicated he would run 2:07:30. He has way too much horsepower and burns way too much fuel. The dude ran 3:28 for 1500m less than a year ago...And the men's marathon is also the most competitive event in distance running right now.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
1. You have a ton more free time. Well, technically I wouldn't call it free time, since there's always stuff to do. But freeing up 2-3 hours a day gives you much more time to do stuff you need to do (cleaning and yard work), stuff you want to do (spend time with my family) and catch up on new TV shows you just started, such as The Sopranos, which may sneak into my top 5 all-time TV dramas.
2. You have to watch what you eat. Man, this is my biggest struggle. When I'm running a lot, I just eat whatever. Eating is a habit/hobby because I constantly snack throughout the day, whether I'm hungry or not. Food is fuel, right? Yeah, I get grief from some coworkers, being in I'm a school with only two male teachers and over 50 ladies and hear about how they wish they had my metabolism. Rather than say, "you could if you ran over 100 miles a week", I just tell them I have to fuel the furnace. But right now, the furnace is broken. I'm literally burning 1/2 as much calories a day than I was when I was running. But I still find myself in the constantly snacking habit, which has resulted in a few gained pounds and I went from having some abs slowly sneaking their way in to having them jiggle. Since I should curb that as quickly as possible, I need to have the willpower to shut it down. But being I'm a fat man in a skinny man's body, it's tough. So I've resorted to eating more filling things like non-fried chicken and those things people call vegetables. Maybe in the big picture, my injury will work out for the greater good because it will force me to eater cleaner, which will hopefully carryover to when I start running again. But I definitely learned that it's very hard to not gain weight when you're not exercising. Two thousand calories isn't much food!
3. I'm pretty lazy. Sorry, no cross training for me. If I tried, it would probably hurt my hip but even if it didn't, I just don't have that much motivation to head to the gym and sweat away on the elliptical machine. Maybe one of those fancy ElliptiGO things would be fun but I'm not doing my cardio indoors.
4. Out of site, out of mind. In college, I would freak out while I was injured. I constantly worried about how much fitness I was losing, how I would get back in shape, etc. Now, I don't care as much. Yeah, I felt like I was a couple months away from being in sub 63 half-marathon shape and taking some big scalps at the 25k Championships in May. And since I'm a few months away from turning 33, I don't have very many peak spring racing seasons left. But life goes on and when training hard and running big races are temporarily out of the picture, I lose a lot of focus. When I'm training hard, I'm training hard. Most of the time, I don't want to head out the door twice a day. It's mentally draining and there's other things I'd rather be doing. But I make myself because I understand each run has a purpose and if I slack off, my goals won't be met. I live a busy life, so when running isn't a priority, I forget about it. Right now, I don't have much motivation to resume training and when I do, I'll start back over and build for the fall. And this time, I won't race my marathon with a moronic race strategy.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Thursday: 4 miles (6:51). Butt/hip didn't hurt but my hamstings hurt at the attachment by my butt.
Friday-Sunday: No running. Friday, I was limping like an old man again and Saturday and Sunday, I was still in some pain.
Week Total: 4 miles. Lowest mileage week since May 2011. This is really starting to bug me and I think the Spring season is about done. It hurts when I have to balance on one foot or do anything that uses the extensors in my butt (and it's still pretty swollen). It's frustrating because I wanted to run well at the US 10 mile and 25k championships. After Gate River, I really thought I was going to be in sub 48 shape this past weekend, so it was tough seeing everyone else duke it out at Cherry Blossom. I was really impressed with Tim Young's sub 48. That dude is running really well this year. And congrats to Newton teammate, Tyler McCandless, who qualified for the US 12k (assuming they have it again) Championships with his 8th place finish. Hopefully I will be joining him, Stephen Pifer and Fernando Cabada, there if I can qualify at the 20k this September (we also had Jeremy Freed qualify as a Newton runner but that chump is working for Nike now) . Wade Oliver also ran really well. We were shooting for at least sub 61:00 with 60:00 as a huge goal but he ended up running 58:45.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Tuesday: 10.1 miles (6:33); 6.1 miles with 4xhill blasts (6:58)
Wednesday: 1 mile (7:40). Was going to do one of my favorite long speed workouts: 4800m, 4000m, 3200m but my hip was absolutely killing me.
Thursday: 3.3 miles (6:47). Went to the doctor and he said it was Greater trochanter pain syndrome. He injected some Lidocaine in the area I thought it hurt in, and he wanted me to run a little bit to make sure he injected in the right spot. I guess it was because the run didn't hurt at all. But he also found some calcification around a tendon and stabbed it to death with a needle 50 times or so. I was getting more sore as the day went on and at night, couldn't walk at all. And I know I can be whiny, but this absolutely killed.
Friday: No runnin. Just limping.
Saturday: No running. Same as above, Slightly less limping though.
Sunday: No running. Still gimping.
Week Total: 30.4 miles. Game over for this season. Hopefully I can run soon.