I Am Getting Faster

It was never my goal (or desire), but I am becoming a faster runner.   I won’t be challenging the likes of Allyson Felix or Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.  I don’t have an explosive start like them…  🙂  Give me some time to work on my start!

I am getting faster, though.  During my last long run (16 miles on 11/29  – the DAY AFTER Thanksgiving), my RunCoach plan was to run an average of 11:38 minute miles.  I ran it in 11:20.  I know that’s not a huge difference, but it’s a big deal when you consider that when I started training for this next marathon, my target pace was around 12:40.  Yep – a whole minute slower than the 11:38 target.  THAT IS A BIG DEAL to me.

My dh ran with me and I realized something else.  It can get a little lonely running for 3 hours alone.  I have been doing a better job of ‘enjoying’ my surroundings, but sometimes, it’s just plain boring – especially if I’ve run the route before.  It was nice to have someone else with me, even if it was just to know he was there.  Is that weird?

Something else that I’ve been working on is not looking at my GPS watch so often.

I’ve been told (by dh) that I look at it too much.  I will concede that I PERHAPS look at it a TAD too often, but since my runs are all at some target pace, I feel like I NEED to look at at least a little bit.  I have a terrible tendency of running out too fast or speeding up and going too fast and the coming to a sad, crashing halt.  But, I have been working on not looking just for the heck of it.  If I feel like I’m speeding up and that I can’t maintain that pace, I’ll look at my GPS to make a decision about going slower or faster.

On Friday, I looked at my watch and decided that I was going too fast.  I slowed down and eventually sped back up and basically kept that ‘fast’ pace until I hit a hilly area of the route.  I kept thinking “Oh, this isn’t good.  I should slow down” but it felt good, so I kept going.  I never really crashed or ran out of energy.  I slowed down pretty significantly when I hit the hilly parts because they made my hip hurt a little bit, but after I ran through that area, I sped back up.

The last mile of my run was downhill and it is GREAT!  Running downhill hurts my knees a little bit but last week, I ran downhill like I was on fire!  It was crazy.  I was in my own little world.  When I looked at my watch, I could not believe i was running 8:43 mm. I know it was downhill, but still…  It felt great even if it was only for a little bit.

So, I know that last mile helped with my overall 11:20 pace 🙂

Anyhow…  On to the next week of training.  I have been struggling with some knee pain for about a week.  I didn’t run today – trying to give it some rest.  I’ve been icing and using The Stick, too.

Marathon Stick

I’m doing some track stuff (5-6 miles worth) in the morning.  Wish me luck!

Until next time.

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Doubt is Not a Pleasant Position

Fifty five days to go til my marathon!

Now is not the time to flounder on training runs and cross training, but that is what I seem to have been doing.  Let me ‘splain…

Two weeks ago, something really important trumped my training runs for 3 days, then I was out of town and forgot my contact lenses, then it was raining.  Blah, blah, blah.  You get the picture, though.   I haven’t really had a good reason to NOT be doing what I KNOW I should have been doing.

I missed a long run.  Let that sink in.  I missed a 17 mile run.

I ate ALL last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky:  went to a “Hog and Barrel Dinner’, ate delicious pancakes, snacks, miscellaneous pastries, football game food, ‘adult beverages’.  It was a setback in eating and training.  I had a wonderful time, though.  I shall remind myself of this when the guilt starts to seep back into my head.

So, last week, I did a bit better.  I only missed my Sunday track run.  It was 10-11 miles of timed runs.  Not good, but I did do everything else as scheduled.  My long run on Friday was 15 miles.  I ran 15.38 and felt pretty okay.  I started getting a little achy in the hip and one knee around 11 but it kind of worked it’s way out by 14.  I felt fine afterward.  Friday was a busy day, so I really didn’t have any rest to speak of until very late in the evening.  I was a little worried that I’d feel stiff on Saturday morning, but I didn’t.  Yay!  That has to count for something, right?

I have had this uneasy feeling for about 3 weeks.  I am starting to doubt.  Yes, I know.  There’s no place for doubt in marathon training – or any other kind of training, I guess.  I feel it, though.  On the one hand, I tell myself that if all else fails, I can surely WALK when I can’t run and will still be able to have some fun and finish on time.  The whole point of this second marathon was to enjoy it.  On the other hand, I feel like I am not fully prepared.  I doubted the training program at first, but now it is more my own personal resolve that I doubt.

So, which is it?   Am I feeling the doubt that Shakespeare allegedly wrote about “doubt is called the beacon of the wise” or that of Khalil Gibran:  “doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother” ?

What is the point of all of this?  I don’t know, but I am trying to not let my feelings of doubt sink to despair.  It’ll all be over then.  I wouldn’t mind a little certainty, even if it is absurd.  😉

Until next time.

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I am THAT lady, now

Never say never.  I used to look at people running with bottles of water strapped on their butts and think “I would never run with all of that stuff on”.  I never wanted to be ‘that lady’.  Yeah.  Never say never. 

Look at what I got:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I ran 13 miles wearing it this morning.  I was worried that I’d feel the water sloshing around or that it would be in the way somehow.  Neither of those things happened.  It felt fine and I really wasn’t bothered by it at all.

Here’s the problems I had with it:

1.  I had to use both hands to put the bottle back in so I did have to slow down a little after taking a drink.

2.  Nothing to do with the belt/bottles:  I couldn’t ever decide when to actually take a drink.  I guess I need to decide before hand when to hydrate. 

So…  Two Fridays in a row of 13 milers.  I felt much better today than last week.  I kept a pretty good pace throughout.  I ran in two big circles – which I do not like.  I decided to stay in the park on softer surfaces because my knee started hurting early on.  I figured I’d give it a break! 

The second time around the loop I was a little annoyed.  I don’t like running around in circles…

I got home feeling proud of myself and that is a great feeling!

Until next time!

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I’ve Hit the Wall

I haven’t checked in for a few weeks, but everything is going just fine.  I am getting my runs done and am doing a some of my cross training.  I keep saying and promising myself that I am going to do them all, but…  It’s a work in progress, I guess.

Last week’s long run was 13 miles.  (I ran 13.1 just for the heck of it, though.)

It went okay.  I woke up a little late and got out later in the morning than I’d hoped but it wasn’t much of a problem.  It was kind of warm but not too bad.  It was actually a beautiful day – clear sky, sunny and a nice temperature for most of the run.

I had a few snags – ate a granola bar which made my stomach hurt and I started out running a little faster than I should.  I tried to prepare by bringing a small container of Gatorade G2 in a pocket in my spy belt.  I took one small sip of it while I was running, but that was about it.  In hindsight, I should have sipped more.  I think I got a little dehydrated.   I mapped out a run on MapMyRun.com but I got confused at one turn and went the wrong way.  it turned out to be a nice surprise, though.  I ran a new trail, one that I’d never even heard of!  It was nice, but more importantly, it was something different to look at.  Check it out here:  http://www.greatriversgreenway.org/trails/centennial-shaw-park-to-olive.aspx

I finished the run, took my bath in Epsom Salt and all was well.

BUT THEN…

I was fooling around with my profile on RunCoach and synced my runs with NIke+ IT CHANGED MY TRAINING SCHEDULE!  It went from having 4-5 long runs of 17 miles to TWO.  WHAT?????  I am completely freaked out.  I was already concerned that I wasn’t scheduled to run 20 miles but was slightly comforted by the fact that I would run multiple 17 milers.  TWO 17 mile runs don’t seem like enough.

I emailed (there is a ‘live chat’ option but it was late at night on Friday) a training coach to ask what happened.  Her response was that, based on my pace, I should only run 17 miles because that is how far I should be able to go in 3 hours and 45 minutes.  Apparently 3 hours and 45 minutes is the longest that RunCoach coaches advise runners to run in training – ever.

So… I am supposed to be physically and mentally prepared for a TWENTY SIX POINT TWO mile run after having run 17 ‘slow miles’ two times.  That makes me feel uncomfortable and scared.

There are a lot of articles explaining the logic and science behind this training theory.  Here are some of them if you’d like to read about it:

Are you Putting Too Much Emphasis on the Long Run…:

http://runnersconnect.net/coach-corner/are-you-putting-too-much-emphasis-on-the-long-run-as-part-of-your-marathon-training/

Marathoning the Hansons‘ Way:

http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/marathoning-hansons-way?page=single

A Shortcut to the Long Run http://running.competitor.com/2013/10/training/a-short-cut-to-the-long-run_32317

Marathon Training:  Rethinking the Long Run Part I http://beta.active.com/running/Articles/Marathon-Training-Re-Thinking-the-Long-Run-Part-I

Marathon Training:  Rethinking the Long Run Part II http://beta.active.com/running/Articles/Marathon-Training-Re-Thinking-the-Long-Run-Part-II.htm

So, I have to figure out what to do.  I feel like I mentally need to run 20 miles during training but I also realize that there is the risk of injury and/or fatigue.   I’ve been injured before (I fell while running – It wasn’t caused by running) and am very conscious of aches and pains, what might be causing them and resting when I feel like I need it.

I am not, however, prepared for this doubt and mistrust of my training program.  I keep seeing this sign in my head:

Not really!  I keep seeing this:

And there, my friends, lies the problem.  I don’t trust this new schedule that I’ve been given.  I know the trainers and coaches that put the schedule together know what they are doing, but…

I have to figure out what to do to get past this ‘wall’ of doubt, fear, conflict and skepticism.  On one hand, I am a routine driven person and this change of schedule is a disruption of the routine I already had.  On the other hand, however, I am a ‘rule follower’ so I feel like I should just run whatever this new schedule maps out.   I just don’t know if I want to, though.

Should I keep with this ‘new’ training schedule on RunCoach?

Should I add something to it?  If so, what?  If not, why not?

Oh, well – until next time!

 

totally forgot:  I have lost 37 pounds so far.  Go me!

 

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I Am Not Richard’s Wife

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Yep – I have eighteen weeks left to train for my marathon. It seems like a LOOOONG time, but I know it will go quickly.

I ‘made my mind up’ that I was going to add some things to my training: strength training and regularity. I’m still gonna do that. Not today, though. Ugh – I sound like an addict. “I can start something new any time I want.” …right…

But seriously, I AM GOING TO DO BETTER THIS WEEK!!! I have to go to the gym and do my intervals that I didn’t do today. While I am there, I am going to figure out an upper body weight circuit to start doing. It’s kind of a no brainier to figure out because all of the upper body stuff (and the lower) are lined up together. You just go down the line – when you’ve done them all, I think you’re done! I really want to pay a trainer to help me but don’t feel like the pressure to buy more sessions than I want or can afford.

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Okay, so they aren’t that bad. I am just extra cheap. If I can’t figure it out on my own, I’ll reconsider.

I had an interesting week of training last week. I did my drills and a short run. My knee started hurting and I skipped a drill day and a cross training day. On Friday, I RAN 9 MILES ALL BY MYSELF AND AT A PACE THAT I WAS SOOOOO HAPPY ABOUT!

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The weather was GREAT. I felt rested. My knee didn’t hurt. It was wonderful. I got out much later than I’d planned because
1. I lost my house keys and after looking for them for 40 minutes, I realized I’d dropped them in the garbage.

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2. I had to come back home after running down the block and my pants were falling down. I KNEW that wasn’t gonna work out. I should have changed underwear, too. They were a little ‘bunchy’ and slightly uncomfortable. I don’t know what the deal is with my panties lately!

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But I was determined to get my long run done and I did. It was a proud ‘me’ moment for sure.

Random: Some guy that I ran past started yelling “Aren’t you Richard’s wife?” He yelled it like 3 times.
No. I’m not Richard’s wife.

Until next time!<

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Yay! Meh… and UGH!

As you may or may not know, I am training for the Chevron Houston Marathon on January 19, 2014.  This will be my second marathon.  I ran the Galveston Mardi Gras Marathon in February of 2012.

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It was mostly a terrible experience but I finished.  You can read about it here:  https://rundedeauxrun.com/2012/02/06/i-came-i-saw-i-got-my-medal/

I decided to run another marathon because I am SURE I can have a more pleasurable experience this time around.  I got into the Houston Marathon lottery and was picked.  They offered a training program for lottery winners called RunCoach.  I signed up and have been doing my best to follow the plan.  It started off really slowly and included only 2-3 days of running really short distances.  I’ve worked up to 4 days of running:  2 pace run days that include drills and some sort of interval training, 1 easy run day and one long run day.  It has been fun and nerve racking to inch up mileage each week. 

I am trying to give myself the best chance at a good run in January.  I also decided to lose some weight to relieve some of the stress on my knees and other joints.  So…  I’ve lost 30ish pounds.  I’d still like to drop a bit more.  It is amazing to pick up something that weighs around 30 pounds and imagine that I was running around carrying that extra weight with me 6 months ago! 

Last week, my long run was 8 miles!  I haven’t run 8 miles since some time in EARLY 2012.  That makes me feel so shameful.  I don’t know what came over me and made me stop running for months and months and months and…  You get the picture.  Anyway.  I ran 8 miles on a hilly pace last Friday.  It went really well.  If you’d like to be my Nike+ friend, send me a friend request.  My user name is  RunDedeauxRun.  If you aren’t flexing shirtless with extra body oil, I’ll accept.

The drills have been okay.  I had to do one day on the treadmill because I overslept and it was too hot to run outside.  I’ve agreed with my husband that I need to get out and brave the elements, but I think that will only apply on long run days.  I’ve noticed that I am running faster lately.  Even this week, when I ran with all kinds of problems:  uncomfortable panties, stomach was hurting, felt like I was getting diarrhea, was tired from running drills the day before… blah, blah, blah…  But I ran that run just a few seconds slower than my original regular running pace.  That’s pretty nice!  So I felt crappy physically when I finished but I was proud of myself for running 5 miles with all of those problems.  It was a ‘meh’ kind of run physically but yay me for slogging through and finishing.

I’ve told you about the Yay!  I just went through the Meh!  So, It’s time for the UGH!  My right knee is hurting.  Boo…

I have no idea what happened.  On my easy run the other day (the one with the panty, stomach and diarrhea issues), my knee started hurting AFTER the run.  I forgot to ice it and today it hurts even more.  I skipped my pace run/drills this morning.  When I kneel, I feel a shooting pain right up the middle of my knee.  I am not happy about this.  I’m thinking about going to an ortho just to check it out. 

I have 129 days left to train.  I don’t really know what to do.  I DO NOT have time for an injury. 

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Feeling Hot, Hot, H..

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IT.WAS.SO.HOT.THIS.MORNING!

WHYYYYYYYYYYYY didn’t I get out of the bed when the alarm FIRST went off? 

This morning, I hit snooze three times.  What was I thinking?  When I finally got out of the bed, the sun was fully up and it was 80 degrees.  I was still (kinda) determined to get this run in and over with – even in the heat. 

I forgot ALL of my running clothes in the washing machine last night.  So, yep…  They are wet.  I threw a bra in the dryer and put on some less than favorite running shorts and a top.  I am getting this freaking run in if it kills me.

When I walked outside, it didn’t feel as hot as I thought it might, but there was no breeze and the sun was shining nice and bright.  Not a cloud in the sky.

I was cruising right along for the first few miles even though it was a pretty hilly route.  I stopped and walked a few seconds a couple of times – okay a few times!  Image

 

By the time I got to 4-1/2 miles, the heat was really bothering me.  I couldn’t get a rhythm going and every step was a task.  I took a few more walk breaks and finally ran the last 3/4 miles until I hit 6 miles.

Today, I didn’t have any knee pain to speak of.  Yay!  I didn’t really even think about it until I was halfway done.  It was just hot.

So, tomorrow is REST DAY!  I need it. 

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But first, I’m getting into my hot tub with Epsom salt.  I’ve eaten a banana, taken my vitamin and had a big glass of cold water.  My work is done.

Until next time, y’all!

 

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How Much Pain is Too Much?

 

 

This week I was determined to do ALL of my workouts – cross training and runs. 

Sunday, my husband and I went out and did the drills and pace run.  Image

Monday, I dragged myself out to the garage, got on my bike and rode.  Image

Tuesday, I drove to the gym, ran 5 miles on the treadmill.  Ugh, but Image

Wednesday, Jeffrey (husband) and I drove to the track.  Ran .75 miles to warm up. 

My knee started hurting at around .25 miles.  By .75, it was hurting with every step.  I started the drills (high knees, toe walking, heel walking, butt kicks, etc) to see if I could do them without pain.  Nope.  Toe/heel walking didn’t hurt but everything else did. ImageI ran the 3x 100m strides and felt okay until the third one. 

My pace run today was 12 sets of hard running for a minute and jogging/walking for a minute.

I did one.  Image

Started the second set.  Ran about 20 steps and had to stop.  At first it felt like my knee was hurting behind my knee, but I decided later that it really hurt around where my femur and tibia connect. 

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Yay me…

In full disclosure, I was hurting for the last mile(ish) on the treadmill yesterday.  It didn’t hurt as much as it hurts today, but it was a nagging pain.  It also did not hurt again for the rest of the day.  (Yeah, I know.  I didn’t run for the rest of the day, either.)

So now as I sit here, I am wondering if maybe the pain today was minor enough to just run on it anyway.  How much is too much pain?  Should I stop when it changes my gait?  Should I stop when it makes me wince?  Should I just keep going until I physically can’t go anymore?  (Okay.  I know the answer to that one is no.)

But seriously.  How do you know when the pain you feel when running is too much to run through?  Did I do this to myself by continuing to run yesterday?

Ugh.

Tomorrow is a cross training day.  Friday is my long run day.

I’ll ice today and tomorrow and see how it goes.

 

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I SHIPPED MY PANTS!

I am still struggling to get ALL of my workouts done.  I do my runs and drills, but some days I just am not in the mood for the cross training.

I set my alarm to wake up.  The alarm goes off.  I hit snooze a couple of times.  Then, it’s hot or it’s too late or I plan to do something different (that never happens).  I don’t know what my problem is, but I know I need to get that part of my training going. 

Here’s a recap of my last couple of weeks:

Cross training:  riding my bike (not often enough)

Easy Runs:  3-5 miles a couple of days per week at comfortable pace – I’ve been doing these at 11ish minutes per mile

Drills and Pace running days: 

They all start with an easy jog.  My husband is still doing these with me when he is not traveling.   We had been driving and parking at the Washington University track, but the other week, I thought I might have a problem since I’m not a student and I don’t have a parking permit – and school has started…  So anyway.  did the easy warm up jog on the street and just ran over to Wash U.  Easy peasy.

The drills are always the same.  I don’t like them that much, but I do them – except for the high knees.  That one kind of hurts so I don’t risk it.

The pace run part is really ramping up and getting kind of hard.  Here’s a few examples of what they’ve included (we only do ONE of these on a given day):

  • 3 sets:  Run 4 minutes at up tempo pace, walk/jog 3 minutes

  • 3 sets:  Run 5 minutes at up tempo pace, walk/jog 1 minute

  • 3 sets:  Run at comfortable hard pace for 10 minutes, walk/jog 1 minute

  • 10 sets:  Run hard for 1 minute, walk/jog for 1 minute

Our next Pace Run will be:

  • 12 sets:  Run hard for 1 minute, walk/jog for 1 minute

I’m not looking forward to this…

My ‘long’ runs are getting a little longer.  They’ve been a little faster than my easy runs – and not even intentionally.  Perhaps I am speeding up! 

Last week, I had a 6 mile run.  I was kind of worried about it since I haven’t run further than 5 miles in what seems like forever!  I’ve run further on the treadmill, but if you’ve ever run on a TM, you know that running on the street with hills, wind, sun, uneven ground, etc. is harder.  Or at least it’s harder for me.  So, I was concerned.

Here’s what I was thinking during my run.  (You know you want to know, right?)

  • mile 1:  I’m tired and feeling like there’s no way in hell I can run the whole distance

  • mile 2:  okay, maybe I was being dramastic.  I can do this.  I guess.

  • mile 3:  My stomach hurts and I feel strangely nauseated.  This is bad.  I’m not necessarily tired and my breathing is fine, but something is wrong with my stomach.  This never happens to me!  WTH??

  • mile 4:  I don’t know what is happening to me.  I’m trying to be positive – maybe it’s gas.  Maybe I took that stupid multivitamin and don’t remember (it makes my stomach hurt when I take it on an empty stomach). No…  I didn’t take the vitamin.  WHAT IS GOING ON??

  • mile 5:  I THINK I ‘SHIPPED’ MY PANTS.  This is an epic fail.  What the heck, man?  ugh.  gross. ugh. groooooooosssssssss…….

  • mile 6:  No, I think I’m just extra sweaty.  I hope I’m just extra sweaty.  Why can’t I tell the difference? 

You will be pleased to know that I did not, in fact, SHIP my pants.  I guess I was just a little gassy (sorry – tmi, i know) and extra sweaty.  Good thing no one was running behind us!

If you are trying to figure out what the heck ‘shipping’ is about, you have probably never seen this commercial for Kmart:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL4lSavSepc

This Friday, I have a 6 mile run again.  Hopefully, it won’t be so stressful.

Oh!  I forgot.  I’ve lost 28 pounds so far!  Woo Hoo! 

That is all.

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Where has the time gone?

I can’t believe it’s been a MONTH since I’ve posted.  As I look back on my training calendar, I guess not much has happened.  Life kind of got in the way a little bit.  I have missed 2-3 days of mostly cross training each of the past 4 weeks.  I know.  Not good.  I don’t really have a good excuse.  It has been a STRUGGLE getting out of the bed early in the morning.  The struggle is real, folks.  The struggle is real.

So anyway…  There is a bright spot in my training.  I’ve noticed that I am getting a teeny weeny bit faster on my long runs.  Yay!  I’ll take that!

The drill/pace run days are still hard.  Today’s workout was:

  • jog .75 miles easy, light stretch
  • drills/strides
  • run 30 minutes at a ‘comfortably hard’ pace
  • run .75 miles easy, good stretch

For the first 20 minutes, I was thinking that I was running too fast but I could talk so maybe not.  Starting at about 25 minutes, I was tired and had to really try hard to regulate my breathing.  I don’t know if I was going too fast or not but I was really tired after the 30 minutes.

I got some funky looking running pants.  They are black with green, yellow and grey random stripes.  I haven’t gotten up the nerve to run in them, yet!  I feel like I need to do something spectacular in them.  Maybe I’ll wear them for my long run this week, which, by the way, is 6 miles.  I am trying hard to not think about the day when a 6 miler was just a middle of the week sort of ‘quick’ run…

I am inching closer and closer, though.

150 Days

Well, I got nothing.  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time.

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