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Saturday, February 28, 2009

To pee or not to pee?

If you Google "running" and then click on the Wikipedia entry this is what you find under "injuries":

"Due to its high-impact nature, there are many injuries associated with running. Common injuries include "runner's knee" (pain in the knee), shin splints, pulled muscles (especially the hamstring), "jogger's nipple" (irritation of the nipple due to friction), twisted ankles, iliotibial band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, runners bladder, and Achilles tendinitis. Stress fractures are also fairly common in runners training at a high volume or intensity."

I laugh at "jogger's nipple" now but I wonder when I'll get it... And I think I may know what runners bladder is. Especially if it's related to "I birthed two huge children and my bladder will never be the same" bladder.

I've heard tales of ultra runner's just peeing their pants when they are in a race because they don't want to ruin their time. So I have to ask myself, "am I that dedicated?" The answer is no. I might however get to the point where I can squat behind a tree but for now I think I'll just take that extra minute or two on my total time if I really have to go.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Gaining perspective

I've learned some new things in the past 12 hours. I got The Courage to Start by John Bingham and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it - in fact I finished about 3/4 of the book in one afternoon/evening. He's enlightened me to some rookie mistakes that I'm making. First and foremost - I'm forgetting about the simple joy of running by focusing solely on distance and speed. I dread my running work outs during the week because I only look at that goal and I don't appreciate just how fun and good it feels to run. Which is what made me get into this sport to begin with.

Two - I need to come to acceptance about my skills as a runner. This doesn't mean I can't set goals but it does make my goals more realistic. Like - I can't run a 10k in under 60 minutes yet. Who am I kidding? I'll be good to finish it in 66-67 minutes. Why was I so determined to blow past those 6 minutes? This is my first 10k for goodness sake. There will be a ton of people that will blow past me but I'm not competing against them. I'm competing against myself.

Three - I've been using my long runs as my tempo runs. And I've been using my tempo runs as my speed runs. You'll see this when you see my weekly results (to be posted every Monday). No wonder I'm exhausted. I must learn to go slower - it really is more enjoyable.

Four (and final) - if I don't meet my weekly training schedule I'll just deal with it and move on. After all I've made it this far without adhering to a strict schedule. I'll use my schedule more as a guide than a must.

So all that being said I decided that I won't run in the rain and I won't run inside for 6 miles this weekend. Instead I got my husband out early this morning and ran an easy 2 miles with him. I enjoyed working out with him and running just for the sake of moving. If I get a chance I'll do another easy inside run either Saturday or Sunday but if this weekend's plan doesn't allow me to do that then I'll just give my body a chance to recover. I'm dealing with pains and aches so I should allow myself to heal rather than have the mindset of no pain no gain. Maybe next week when I do finally get to a long run I won't think "this sucks" the whole way through as I did last week.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Flaw in the master plan

There's rain in the forecast this weekend. My three options are:
  1. Run in the rain.
  2. Run inside.
  3. Don't run at all.

None of these options sound good to me. This weekend calls for 6 miles and that's incredibly hard for me to do indoors - in fact I've never done much more than 4 miles inside (4.2 to be exact). It's boring to run on a treadmill or around and around on the indoor track for that long. I get bored and start focusing on how tired I am, or how that little pain is becoming a big pain. There's little to no motivation.

I've never run outside in the rain. Will I get pneumonia? Will I slip on the wet pavement? Will people look at me and think "crazy person!"? I'm still a very self-conscious runner.

But not doing any running? Or running less than 6 miles. Ugh the defeat of that. The self-hatred that you didn't accomplish your goal. The pent-up energy that never gets released. The extra time at home with two young children when you could have been having "me time".

I don't know how things will end up.

Current Training Schedule.

On April 11th I will run the 10k Purity Moosic City Dairy Dash. I hope this means that all runners will receive ice cream at the finish line - perfect motivating tool. But I digress (that will happen often on here). Here's my current training schedule - created just for me through the SmartCoach tool at RunnersWorld.com.

Week 1 -
Monday, Easy Run Dist: 2mi @ 12:43
Tuesday, rest/xt
Wednesday, Tempo Run. Dist: 5 mi, inc warm; 3 mi@ 11:04; cool
Thursday, rest/xt
Friday, rest/xt
Saturday, Long Run. Dist: 6 mi @ 12:43
Sunday, rest/xt
Total: 13 miles
Week 2 -
Monday, Easy Run. Dist: 2mi @ 12:43
Tuesday, rest/xt
Wednesday, Speed Work. Dist: 5 mi, inc warm; 3x800@4:58 w/400 jogs; cool
Thursday, rest/xt
Friday, rest/xt
Saturday, Long Run. Dist: 6 mi @ 12:43
Sunday, rest/xt
Total: 13 miles
Week 3 -
Monday, Easy Run Dist: 2mi @ 12:43
Tuesday, rest/xt
Wednesday, Tempo Run. Dist: 5 mi, inc warm; 3 mi@ 11:04; cool
Thursday, rest/xt
Friday, rest/xt
Saturday, Long Run. Dist: 7 mi @ 12:43
Sunday, rest/xt
Total: 14 miles
Week 4 -
Monday, Easy Run Dist: 4mi @ 12:43
Tuesday, rest/xt
Wednesday, Easy Run: 3 mi@ 12:43
Thursday, rest/xt
Friday, rest/xt
Saturday, Long Run. Dist: 3 mi @ 12:43
Sunday, rest/xt
Total: 10 miles
Week 5
Monday, Easy Run Dist: 2mi @ 12:35
Tuesday, rest/xt
Wednesday, Tempo Run. Dist: 6 mi, inc warm; 4 mi@ 11:03; cool
Thursday, rest/xt
Friday, rest/xt
Saturday, Long Run. Dist: 7 mi @ 12:35
Sunday, rest/xt
Total: 15 miles
Week 6
Monday, Easy Run Dist: 2mi @ 12:35
Tuesday, rest/xt
Wednesday, Speedwork. Dist: 5 mi, inc warm; 4x800@4:55 2/400 jogs; cool
Thursday, rest/xt
Friday, rest/xt
Saturday, Long Run. Dist: 8 mi @ 12:35
Sunday, rest/xt
Total: 15 miles
Week 7
Monday, Easy Run Dist: 2mi @ 12:35
Tuesday, rest/xt
Wednesday, Tempo Run. Dist: 5 mi, inc warm; 3 mi@ 11:04; cool
Thursday, rest/xt
Friday, rest
Saturday, race day
Sunday, rest/xt
Total: 13 miles

*Speedwork: 6x800@3:47 w/400 jogs means "run 6 repeats of 800 meters (2 laps around the track) each, with a 400-meter recovery jog after each repeat."

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Running vs jogging

I think this says it all:

http://www.runtheplanet.com/trainingracing/training/beginners/proudpenguin.asp

Perhaps I'm a running penguin...

Inaugural Post

If you're a parent do you remember back in the days before kids how you hated when your "parent" friends would go on and on about their kids. Every sniffle, dirty diaper, sleepless night was documented in excuriating detail and you smiled or tried to be sympathetic but all the time said - thank God it's not me and when is he/she going to shut-up already?

Well I've begun to wonder if my friends are thinking that about me talking about running. Not that they aren't supportive - they are and that's HUGE to me. But they're not doing it so they don't quite understand.

So here's my blog - completely separate from my parenting blog (where I now bore people to tears about every sniffle, dirty diaper, & sleepless night of my own two children). I might occasionally mention my children on here since they are, after all, a part of my life - but that's not what this blog is about. This is about me and running - and the only people that have to read it are people who truly want to know. Of course this may mean that only I read this but at least it's a way to document my progress.

Who am I (for those who may not know)?

My name is Judy. In a couple of months I'll be 31. I work full time and have two kids (a three year old and a one year old). I am not an athlete by any means. I've spent most of my life being overweight and underactive. But last summer I started a wellness program to shed the baby pounds and as part of it I was introduced to running. For the first time in my life I ran more than a half mile at a time without stopping to walk. Soon I made it a mile, then two, then three, then more.

I ran my first 5k in January (documented here) and decided that the next step was to run a 1/2 Marathon.

But that isn't until October so what to do in the meantime? I found a few other races to help me prepare and I'm trying to keep the motivation to keep on running.

I once was one that thought "I can't run." But now on days that I don't run I see other runners (as I'm driving to work or to pick the kids up from daycare) and I get runner envy. I live for my long runs on the weekends where it's just me, my accelerated heart rate, and the sound of feet on the pavement. It is a rush.

I might sound crazy but if you run you completely understand.