Tuesday, September 18, 2012

running, not running, hips and rolling

Last Thursday I set out for a 5-mile tempo run. I was a little intimidated, but I was determined. I did a lot of positive self-talk. I told myself I could do this. I believed in myself. I mapped out my route the night before. I got up at 5:30am to make sure I had enough time to complete my run.

This was happening.

Warm-up went well. Hit the pace for the first tempo mile. And I wasn't dying. And then mile 2 came. Which ended up being almost completely uphill. It wasn't a steep uphill. But uphill nonetheless. It was hard. Really hard. I tried to keep the pace, I pushed. My pace was a little off, but not terrible considering the uphill factor.

And then it was the third tempo mile. Which was my fourth running mile. My legs were shredded from that fast uphill mile. I took a walk break to try to recover. But I just couldn't pick up the pace again. I kept trying but I had to just surrender. I did a total of 5 miles instead of 6. I figured at least I could get as many miles in as possible.

By the end of the run, my right hip was painful. It's a somewhat chronic issue for me and has flared off and on the last few weeks, but nothing real lasting. This run I guess, did it in. <insert sad face>

I woke up on Friday feeling overwhelmed. My hip hurt a lot. I was looking at a 100+ degree forecast for the weekend and a lot going on. And my hip hurt. So I decided I needed to take the weekend off. I needed to give my hip some recovery time. I needed to not worry about finding time to run in crazy heat.

Carrie is the best because she agreed it was a good choice! The best coach listens and honors how the coachee (is that what I'm called? lol) is feeling.

So I didn't run for 4 days. It was good. And it wasn't. Glory be, my chiropractor was selling a foam roller for $10! It's shorter than some online, but it does the job for like a quarter of the price! I've been rolling and icing, although I need to do more of it.

My hip was a lot less painful after the break. In fact yesterday, it hardly bothered me at all. So today, I ran. I have also been struggling with getting enough sleep. I set my alarm early this morning, but was not ready to get up. So I ran after school drop-off with Lily in the jogger. My hip was ok. It wasn't always comfortable but it also wasn't super painful for my almost 4 miles.

The rest of today, my hip has bothered me some. It seems to be my IT band. The pain migrates towards my knee at times, but it's mostly in my lower back/buttocks and hip. I'm icing right now and will roll next.

This week I'm keeping my runs easy and we'll see how it goes. This is probably an issue I'll continue to deal with during training, I just need to manage it well. I really hope I can resume some of my speedwork soon though. But, I don't want a more serious injury that makes running impossible.

That's where my running and training is at right now. I'm bummed. But glad I still have some time before my race. I want to be a runner for life, so if that means an easier training for the time being, then it's worth it to me.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

week 3 + week 4: trusting the plan

On my quest for a 2-hour half marathon!

Week 3 training:

Monday, 8/27: Recovery run, 3 miles, 31:41

Tuesday, 8/28: Temp run, 5.58 miles, 57:07. My body wasn't excited about this run, but I found strength in my head this time. 3 tempo miles with .25 recovery. Splits were 8:33/8:36/9:07. Last mile was hard & walked about 15 seconds. VERY slow cool down!

Wednesday, 8/29: REST!

Thursday, 8/30: Hilly route, 4 miles, 38:29. Route was super hilly but I pushed up the hills I ran. Felt pretty good and this was one of my first runs ever that was sub-10 pace without trying hard for it or with target paces.

Friday, 8/31: Rest

Saturday, 9/1: Long run, 10.88 miles + .95 walking, 2:02. I was supposed to run 12.  There is a long list of things that happened and went wrong and why. I had to take the attitude that it was better to have this rough of a run early in the training cycle than later. I will say that my shorts have never been so soaked with sweat as they were at the end of this run. They were stuck to my body and dripping. It was hot. And humid. And so many other things.

Week 4: Step back week (much needed!)

Sunday, 9/2 + Monday, 9/3: Rest (I was sick on Monday after eating bad food late Sunday night)

Tuesday, 9/4: Easy run, 2.6 miles. I needed to ease back. Not super strong, stomach still recovering.

Wednesday, 9/5: Humid Tempo Run, 4.36. Feeling much better, but oh so humid. Goal was 3 tempo miles but could only eek out 2. But good splits at 9:01/9:03.

Thursday, 9/6: Rest

Friday, 9/7: Easy run with only ONE kid in the stroller, 4.36 miles.

Saturday, 9/8: Long run. 8 miles in 1:19. I was happy to have the average pace be under 10 minutes.

This training plan (thanks Train Like A Mother and Carrie) is the most aggressive I've ever attempted. In 2010 when I trained for this same half marathon, it was the first time I had almost completely followed a training plan. I had great results.

But now I need, I want better results.

I'm scared though. I am feeling incredibly intimidated. Running the 8 miles today I felt good, but I was running a full minute slower than my goal pace for the half marathon. I couldn't imagine running those miles at that pace.

I've just completed 4 weeks of this plan. There are still 9 weeks left of the plan.

I need to trust the plan. I have hit most of my goal paces in my runs. I am training my body and my mind.

Just trust the plan. And enjoy the run.

Friday, September 7, 2012


The hubs just randomly asked me how many miles I ran last month. I popped on to dailymile to check it out.

The answer was: 69 miles in August.  That's my third highest monthly mileage this year. January was first with 86. My marathon was at the end of January, so there were a few long training runs and the race itself. I ran 72 miles in June, which was preparation for the 15k I ran in July.

Since I had the numbers up I thought I'd tally up my miles so far this year.

And the verdict is:


I have run exactly 500 miles today, which included today's 4 miles. Tomorrow, the total will be 508. I thought it was pretty cool though to be at exactly 500.

A while back I tallied my miles for 2011 and I think it was around 500 and so I set a loose goal to run at least 750 this year. I would love a 1,000 mile year but doubling my miles in one year seemed a bit lofty.

With almost three full months left of the year and two of them training for a target race and hopefully a PR, I have a feeling I will hit the 750 mark.

I like this.