Posts Tagged With: long run

Oh, hi! Remember me?

Hi-lo! Missed me much? (that had better be a nod yes…)

Yep, I’m back!

The last several weeks have been SO crazy and busy, and I’ve gone through many ups, downs, emotions, etc.  So, instead of boring you with all the nitty-gritty of my life, I’ll share the big ones.

  • Marine Corps Marathoning fear.  Yep, it’s alive and well.  And whats even worse is that I’m fearing my long runs as much as I’m fearing the race.  Last year I had the 18 miler from hell, and that broke ALL my confidence.  And I’m TERRIFIED its going to happen again.  I’m planning to do 16-18 this weekend, so let’s all cross our fingers…
  • Long run nutrition.  Along the lines of marathoning fear we have the inability to consume food/gels/chews.  Yes, I’ve used them in the past, but everything has always messed with my stomach.  And I’m not planning on stopping by the port-o-potties this year, so I’ve got to find something that works.  So far, I’ve managed to do all my long runs with just a bit of water and gatorade.  As much as I would love it, I dont think that’s going to hold me together for all 26.2 miles.  Any and all suggestions welcome!
  • Roommate transitions! A new roomie moved in in July, old roomie moved out in Aug, another new roomie moved in in Sept.  A lot of transition, but it’s all working out!
  • Unemployment! Sadly, I was laid off (whomp.) BUT it is certainly a good thing for me.  I had been telling myself I need to start job hunting for a while now, so now I have the chance to get SERIOUS about it.  And I don’t think I fit with the organization as well as I had in the past.  I’m pretty excited about what my next opportunity will be – but hopefully it comes soon! If anyone wants to do a lunch date in DC, let me know! My schedule’s pretty open right now 🙂
  • Ragnar Relay DC! Oh yeah, I joined a team for this year’s race! I saw a tweet, and jumped at the opportunity! I did Ragnar DC last year, and Hood to Coast the year before that, so I’m no newbie to relay races.  I am a newbie to a leg that’s long (20 miles total) and sorta hilly.  Oh yeah, and its next weekend (realized that on my run today).

As things start to smooth out a bit more, I will certainly be back to (more) regular blogging and blog reading! I miss hearing from you all!!!

Any big things happen to you in the last several weeks?

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Back to loving running

So I have pretty big news: I enjoyed my workouts this week! I LOVED it! And even more surprising, I WANTED to do each workout! It was great! After spending the past 2 weeks in a funk, it was so refreshing to actually WANT to be out there running.  🙂 I really hope this continues! Here were my workouts last week:

Sunday:

I don’t know if this really counts, since it was supposed to be my long run from the week before, but I’m counting it because it felt like a turning point.  I did about 10 lovely, relaxing miles.  It was fantastic.  I truly enjoyed myself, and finally I felt like I was myself again.  Runs like this are so rewarding.

Monday:

Cross training – went swimming with my roommate.  Since we live like 2 blocks from the community pool (it’s free!) we decided to check it out.  I don’t know how many laps we did, but we swam for like 40 minutes.  I really enjoyed it, and I think we’ll try to make this a habit.

Tuesday:

Run club! I did the 5 mile loop, but on the way back, we discovered some road closures that were also closed to pedestrians.  So we had to figure out a new way back, which added a bit more mileage.  Total for the run ended up being 5.5 miles.  I should add that I spent the entire time trying to catch up to the 2 guys I was running with.  Needless to say, it was a harder run than I had planned to do.

Wednesday:

Rest Day.  My legs felt super tired from playing catch-up yesterday, so I decided not to do the planned speed work.  Instead, I went home and watched the Olympics!  In retrospect, I should have done an easy recovery run instead.

Thursday:

Hills! It’s a hard thing to really WANT to do, but I somehow convinced myself that it wouldn’t be too bad.  Started with about a 2 mile warm up, and then ran up Capitol Hill 5 times.  I originally told myself I was only going to do 4, but I decided to tack on another for mental toughness (i need to start proving to myself that I’m stronger than I think).  Followed by a mile-ish cool down.  It was a hard work out, but one that makes you smile as your making your way home.  “Yep, i DID just do that.” 🙂

Friday:

Rest Day.  Another rest day to get myself mentally ready for my upcoming long run.

Saturday:

Long run! Left my apartment at 5:30 to meet my friend downtown (about 4 miles away for both of us).  Then we continued to do 8.5 together AND to finish at Iwo Jima.  It was a pretty hilly route (about 3 of it was straight uphill) but it was a nice challenge.  And finishing at Iwo Jima will help prep us for the finish of the Marine Corps Marathon (it’s a pretty tough uphill right at the finish).  The pace for this run was a bit slower than I would usually like, but I think it’s important for me to do these at an easier pace, and make my other runs faster.  So overall, I was very happy with this!

This week doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for someone that was struggling to get in 2 runs a week, this is a huge deal! I really hope it continues! I’m also going to try to squeeze in one more running workout a week.  It will have to be something easy-ish, but I think it will ultimately make me stronger.

Also, huge thanks to Claire at Let’s Go On A Living Spree and Alli at See Alli Run for the blogger award nominations! I’ll post on those this week!

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Weekend (and last week!) recap

Boy, it’s been a while since I last posted! Last week was crazy busy, but I’ll try my best to catch you up!

  • Hot, hot, hot.  I’m sure everyone else is feeling this, but boy is it hot.  I’ve been trying my best to stay strong in the heat, but also stay smart about running.  Which means, I’m carrying my handheld water bottle on basically anything over 6 miles.  I’m pretty sure my biceps will show evidence of this in a few days

  • Track Party Wednesday actually happened on Wednesday! Woohoo! On the schedule was 6×800 @ 3:55.  I managed to do them in 3:55, 3:50, 3:50, 3:51, 3:49, 3:43.  I’m not going to lie, but this makes me feel good about MCM training!  Hopefully, I can keep this up!
  • Crazy storms this weekend!  Luckily I spent much of the storm in  Metro train car, on my way from Foggy Bottom to Cap South, so I had no idea until I emerged!  There sure is a lot of damage! My parents & sister are still without power finally have power back.  Which is awesome, bc oh yeah, and it’s still HOT. 2.5 days without AC is moooore than enough.

  • Made 2 attempts at a long run this weekend.  First on Saturday morning- only got to 4ish miles before I called it quits.  My legs weren’t into it, and neither was my head.  Physically and mentally, I wasn’t ready for a long, hot run.  Attempted again on Saturday morning, but didn’t head out until 7:40, and it was quickly starting to heat up.  Did about 8, so it was close to the planned 10.  It was miles/strides above my attempt on Saturday, just really warm and sunny.  Have confirmed that long runs now need to start during the 6am hour.
  • My calves have been bothering me a bit, and my shins too, so I thought I should bust out the compression socks again.  But since it was above 80 degrees, I figured it was too hot to wear them during my run.  So I opted to rock them after. 🙂 It sort of matches, right?

  • I’m heading to South Carolina in less than 2 weeks!  My friends and I are going down next weekend to spend a few days in Charleston, SC! I’m super excited! I’ve been working on my “beach body” so I’m pretty sure I’m only a few crunches away from perfection.  And by crunches, I mean crunches of the chips and guac I’ve been snacking on 🙂  Any suggestions on places to eat/things to do/see while in Charleston are welcome!
  • PROBARS! I ordered some ProBars (to split with a friend) and they came! I’m def going to use them as my pre-long run fuel.  Although, I read this article the other day, which has me reconsidering breakfast…

  • The beginning of July means… official beginning of MCM training! I’m excited, nervous, anxious, terrified, pumped, etc.  My training partner and I have decided that our motto for this training cycle will be “No Excuses. Play Like a Champion.” (name the movie- this should be easy)

How has the summer heat been treating you?  Are you ready for fall like I am? (well, after my trip to Charleston, of course!)

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Don’t forget…

Part of my base training is a long run on the weekend.  Since this is my first week of the “plan”, I decided that my long run should only be about 6-7 miles.  After spending most of my Saturday morning, flopping around in bed, I finally got the motivation to get up and get dressed for my run.  I pulled out my clothes and all the running accessories I would need: ipod, gloves, house key, knee strap.

I grabbed everything, locked the door and left.  Within the first few minutes, I started to feel some pain in my shins.  I was not happy to find something else wrong, but I decided to go a bit further to see if it persisted.  Just before the 1 mile mark, by the Capitol (not the Hunger Games one…) I realized I left my knee strap sitting on the floor in my room. (cue dramatic sigh)  I literally stopped, and thought for a moment about my options.  I could go back and get it, I could attempt to do all 6 without it, or I could just run shorter.  I decided that my best option would be to just cut my run short.

I was certainly angry/disappointed with myself for leaving the knee strap at home.  I had these grand plans on completing a great 6 mile run, and then going home to ice, and possibly do an ice bath.  And all of that was ruined bc I forgot a silly strap. I guess I turned my anger towards my run, so my pace was pretty fast for me (right now).  I only ended up cranking out 3 miles with an 8:39 pace.  I might try to do 5-6 tomorrow, depending on how I feel in the morning.

The one good thing about cutting my run short is that I didn’t aggravate my shin pain.  I’m definitely one of those runner’s that will run through almost all pain, until it basically cripples me.  And if I had not forgotten my knee strap, I can bet you $100 that I would have done the 6 miles regardless of how my shins were feeling.  BUT, this year is supposed to be different.  I’m trying to listen to my body more, and treat it well.  That requires stretching, strengthening, slow build-up of miles, icing (and ice baths – thanks to Melissa @ Hungry Healthy Happy for the recent info!), and resting when things hurt.  I sometimes forget that I shouldn’t be feeling pain with every step.  Sometimes, its okay (and a good idea!) to just call it quits and go home.

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Anyhow, to make up for my long-run-that-wasn’t, I decided to torture my abs.  Because I want to be RIPPED, but also just want a strong core. 🙂

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I got this workout from Meghann @ Meals and Miles.  And its HARD.  Like, really, really hard.  It says to do 6 sets, but so far I’ve only made it up to 3.  Clearly, my core needs a ton of work.

Now that I’ve stretched, iced and food-ed, it’s time to watch the UMD vs Duke game! Go Terps!

-daph

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