Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ready or not, here I come.

I'd like to think I'm back "in the groove" of things. I've signed up for some races and I'm chugging away at them. Last year I didn't get to race as much as I enjoy. First, I had a tough time recovering from the Firecracker Triple. Second, I fell while trail running and broke my pelvis. Then, I kept running and struggling--not knowing what the problem was until after it had actually healed. Then I fell and hurt my back. (Not running related.) I was not allowed to run for awhile because of that.

But here I am ready for some running fun again. I've been faithfully doing strength training three times a week. I'm getting strong and I feel far fewer aches and pains during and after runs as a result. I can't say enough good things about being consistent about doing strength work as a master's runner. I realize in hindsight I was far too hit and miss about this in the past. I would do it for a season and then let it drop. I'm now subscribing to the year round schedule.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Overdue update!

It’s late, but this blog deserves an update. So here is my attempt to bring you up to date with my
running without belaboring events that are long past.

The Vancouver USA Marathon in June was my attempt at Boston qualifying. Training for that became a
little hit and miss towards the end as my left foot started having tendon issues. I actually made a trip to
the podiatrist for diagnosis since it had me perplexed. It was painful and I couldn’t figure out whether
I could run on it or not. The doctor was a bit perplexed too but said I could run on it, I just needed
to experiment with some things to try and alleviate the pain. (It had to do with the insertion of the
peroneal tendons.) Anyway experiment I did, and did my best to prepare for Vancouver with the time
I had remaining. I did not make it to the start of McDonald Forest 50k during that time and that was a

I ran Vancouver in 4:09. A personal best, but not what I was aiming for. I flat out ran out of steam at mile 22, part of it was a fueling problem and part of it my (lack of) training.

Fast forward to 4th of July weekend. I was signed up for the Firecracker Triple. Three days and three
marathons. I loved this! It was one of those events for me, in which the minute I knew it existed, it was a 'must do' for me.  The first two days were marathons put on by marathon maniac Steve Walters and the last day was the Foot Traffic Flat at Sauvies Island.

By the time the third morning rolled around I seriously doubted my ability to run a third marathon.
Standing in line at the porta-potties that morning I realized I was barely able to put any weight on my left foot at all. It was painful just to stand—how was I going to run? I flip flopped back and forth in my mind as to whether I should even start, but before I could make a decision I heard the race start. I hadn’t even got lined up. When I heard the race begin I just took off to find the start and figured I could change my mind and turn around at mile 1 or 2. I was dead last across the start line.

It was an absolutely gorgeous day! I was in so much pain, but I just kept thinking about how I didn’t want to go home and miss the day. (I must be crazy.) It was one mile at a time that day because I never felt any better. A friend of a fellow marathon triple runner rode by me twice on his bike and encouraged me, and that is what kept me from turning around early on. Whoever you are, thank you.

I’m really not sure how it works, how you can be hurting so badly and enjoying yourself simultaneously- but I did. Then of course, as I got into the last 6 miles I started thinking about the fact I was now going to be a Marathon Maniac. And of course, it doesn’t mean anything to anyone but me and that’s just fine. No one knows the personal real price paid for any achievement in life except the person who pays it!

It is now the beginning of September and I have not raced since. My body has not recovered well from that weekend and every time I attempt to push my body hard it protests. Part of it might be the kind of work I’ve done this summer has not allowed my body full recovery. (Without being specific, it was 6-7 hours in the sun doing very physical work.) Whatever it is, all I can do is do all the right things and wait patiently for my body to get back it’s mojo. I'd hoped to give another attempt at a BQ time but it isn't in me right now.

As much as I’d like to plan more, I am only registered for one fall half marathon. I really would have
loved to do the Seattle Quadzilla! Right now I’m working on building a foundation again, which consists of weight training, cycling and running. So there you have it—several months rolled into one post!

Happy training!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dr. Jack Daniels and the half life of training.

I love pushing myself and training hard, but this week I have two reminders relating to this video--an injury and a birthday....
(Which would also be why I was DNS at Mac Forest last week.)

"Everyone has limits." Dr. Daniels.
The principle of accelerating setbacks.