Monday, February 23, 2015

Enough with the Training

So I think I'm done.

Training, that is.

I'm injured, AGAIN.  No fracture (thank goodness!), but strained muscles and tendons across the top of my foot and associated nerve compression (ouch!) from the swelling.  All in all, it's actually not a bad injury.  It's soft tissue and it will heal itself with rest and probably a new pair of shoes.  Fantastic, right?  Minus that rest part anyways...

I am also four weeks out from the Shamrock Half Marathon...where I'd planned to PR.  I haven't been blogging much but, foot pain aside, training had actually been going really well.  I'd averaged about 40mpw in Jan and was rocking some speed sessions.  But now it looks like I'll be cross training and resting for a couple of weeks, instead of pounding out goal-paced tempo miles.  Bummer.  I am still planning to run the half.  My husband, parents, friends and coworkers are all running it, so it'll be a fun weekend.  I'm fairly sure I can cross train my way to a finish line, at least!

But all the same, I think I'm done training for now.

I've been chasing finish lines and PR's for the last three years.  My weekends have been dictated by long runs; my work schedule has accommodated 3:30am wake up calls to fit in 10mi before 7am meetings and lunch time runs; my husband has shifted weekend plans around my training plan.  Yet every time training really starts taking off, when that intensity rises, I get injured.  I'm tired of it.

And for the first time, I don't feel like training is improving my health.  For the last year, my thyroid has been out of whack.  I've struggled with overtraining.  I've struggled with my diet - cutting out things in the name of "performance."  I get terribly stressed out when I miss a workout or don't hit my goal paces.  I get frustrated by missing my goals.  I'm terribly unbalanced...I always prioritize one more mile over yoga, strength training, hiking, or other activities.  I'll be honest...I miss some of those other activities!

So I'm done "training" for now.  I'm not done running.  Running-gods willing, that won't ever happen and I'll be that crazy 90 year old finishing a marathon.  But for now. I'm going to take a health-based approach, not a PR-based one.  An approach that lets me run as much as I like, but also has plenty of room for backpacking, yoga-ing, spinning, and sleeping.  One that allows for strength training without the fear of "what if I'm too sore for my tempo run tomorrow?"  One that allows for trail running, without an obsession with my "too-slow" Garmin pace.  One that incorporates veggies, but also leaves plenty of room for sea salt nutella cookies.  One that looks for more adventure and fun than target paces. 


And with that, I'm off for an evening yoga class and a glass of wine...

I think I'm going to like this. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Training Recap: 01/05 - 01/11




Hey, I'm training again!  And I have a lot of work to do...

Monday:    6.3mi with 6 x 10 sec hill sprints (9:36 pace)

I wasn't 100% recovered from being sick the previous week, but figured an easy run would be ok.  Took it nice and slow, then ran the short hill sprints in my neighborhood.

Tuesday:    7 snowy miles (9:49 pace)
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View of the W&OD Trail
Ended up with icicles in my eyelashes!
Ran a freezing cold, snowy set of miles.  It was 20*, snowing hard, and the ground had a solid 2" covering.  It was a little bit like running in sand, but actually was a lot of fun. 

Wedesday:   8 treadmill miles (8:47 pace) with 8 x 30sec @ 10k pace

Ran on the treadmill in my office gym at lunch.  Definitely not my favorite, as one of the treadmills kept skipping while I was doing my fartlek portion.  Fortunately, after 4mi, another one opened up so I switched over for the latter half of my workout.  It was a fun way to break up the work day...

Thursday:    Hot yoga

Haven't been to yoga in over a month.  Holy crap, I am out of shape!

Friday:     7 treadmill miles (8:56 pace) with 2 x 10min @ HMP (sort of)

Plan: 2mi w/up, 10min @ HMP (7:05), 5min easy, 10min @ 10k pace (6:43), 2mi easy.

Actual: 2mi easy; 10min @ 7:03 pace; 5min easy; 5min @ 7:03 pace...then 1min of sucking wind, another minute at 7:03, another minute of sucking wind, and finally gave up, finishing it up with 5min @ 7:30. Wow.  So now I know...my HMP is seriously ambitious, as I currently cannot run 20min at it.  But I was close.  Next time, if I start to fall off the interval, I should just slow down a little bit instead of trying to force my way through it.  Lots of work to do before March...

Saturday:      4 easy treadmill miles

Tried to do a long run on the treadmill, but it sucked and I quit.  Probably still tired from Friday's death workout. :)

Sunday:     10 miles, last 20min hard.

Finally, an outdoor run!!  Yes, it was 16* when I left my house and I was covered in fleece, head-to-toe, but it was still better than being on the treadmill for 90min.   My legs were tired and sore, but they warmed up pretty well.  I lost some time dodging snow and ice on the trail, as it wasn't entirely melted, but oh well....last 2mi @ 8:20 and 7:56. 

TOTAL: 
Running:  42.3mi
Yoga: 75min

Friday, January 9, 2015

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I have so many goals this year, so many plans for 2015.  Some of them are part of long-term objectives; some are small, more immediate goals.  Of course, I've thought about them, written a long list of them.  Everyone does that on New Year's Day.  Fired up by the thought of clean, promising calendar pages, confident with a whole year stretched out in front of us, hopeful...we list out shiny new goals, objectives.  "We have so much time!"  we tell ourselves.  "We can do it all!"

And I'm an optimist, so I say, "yes, yes we can."  But will we?  When it comes to the actual "doing" of the things, we often miss the mark.  At least I do.  I can't even tell you now how many times I have resolved to qualify for Boston.  And yet it's 2015 and here I sit, with a dusty old 3:37 PR (most definitely not a BQ).  

I think this is because the achievement of almost all goals takes change.  If you didn't need to change anything to get there, you would've done it already, right?  And change isn't sexy.  It doesn't happen suddenly.  It takes work, often over a long period of time, to make it happen.  So yes, we have a year to accomplish all of these things, but the time alone is insufficient.  As Lauren Fleshman recently wrote:

Time fixes nothing. Time is a facilitator but you still have to do the fixing; Dig into the difficult conversations; Look hard at yourself in the mirror and ask if you’re doing everything you can do to get healthy. If you aren’t currently living the life you want, there is no other way to get there. Time won’t make it happen. So you can either adjust the goal, or give yourself a swift kick in the ass. Those are your only two options unless you enjoy the feeling of eternal tug of war.

So this new year, for me, isn't going to be about achieving those goals, but rather about the changes I need to make.  It's about the day-to-day decisions that - eventually, ultimately - lead to goal achievement.  It's about asking myself every single day, "what did I do today to help me reach my goals?"

It's not about the new half marathon PR, but about the workout that I had to do early this morning.  It's about yesterday's yoga class.  It's about the chapter of a classic novel I read nightly.  It's about the water (not diet coke) that I am currently drinking.  

Change is incremental.  But I'm working at it, day by day, workout by workout, water by water.

What did you today to help you reach your goals?


Time fixes nothing. Time is a facilitator but you still have to do the fixing; Dig into the difficult conversations; Look hard at yourself in the mirror and ask if you’re doing everything you can do to get healthy. If you aren’t currently living the life you want, there is no other way to get there. Time won’t make it happen. So you can either adjust the goal, or give yourself a swift kick in the ass. Those are your only two options unless you enjoy the feeling of eternal tug of war. - See more at: http://www.oiselle.com/blog/year-i-take-chances#sthash.4R50AZry.dpuf
Time fixes nothing. Time is a facilitator but you still have to do the fixing; Dig into the difficult conversations; Look hard at yourself in the mirror and ask if you’re doing everything you can do to get healthy. If you aren’t currently living the life you want, there is no other way to get there. Time won’t make it happen. So you can either adjust the goal, or give yourself a swift kick in the ass. Those are your only two options unless you enjoy the feeling of eternal tug of war. - See more at: http://www.oiselle.com/blog/year-i-take-chances#sthash.4R50AZry.dpuf
Time fixes nothing. Time is a facilitator but you still have to do the fixing; Dig into the difficult conversations; Look hard at yourself in the mirror and ask if you’re doing everything you can do to get healthy. If you aren’t currently living the life you want, there is no other way to get there. Time won’t make it happen. So you can either adjust the goal, or give yourself a swift kick in the ass. Those are your only two options unless you enjoy the feeling of eternal tug of war. - See more at: http://www.oiselle.com/blog/year-i-take-chances#sthash.4R50AZry.dpuf

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Virtual Coffee Date

For the last few weeks, I've been entertaining the idea of coming back to this little blogspot. It's been a year without social media and I've certainly enjoyed that. But I've also started to miss this community of runners and triathletes. So, if you were sitting here with me at Peet's, I'd tell you that....

I completely and totally bombed the Richmond marathon. In a huge, planned to BQ but went out too fast, hit a wall, and barely eked out a 3:54 sort of bombed. I was so bummed. There were tears, lofty redemption race thoughts, and finally acceptance.  I was not in any shape to run a redemption race just a few weeks later so I let it go.  Guess I'll have to run another one next year.

I am training for the Shamrock half marathon in March. I haven't PRd at any distance since 2012 and I am more than ready for a PR race. I've chosen Shamrock, as I loved it last year - good weather, nice flat, fast course, and friends to visit afterwards! I'm using Higdon's Run Faster Level 2 training plan and I am excited for some very hard work this winter. Those plans are no joke.

I'm starting to get tired of training alone for things. But I'm also an introvert and dislike strangers. It's a problem. But in 2015, I am going to check out - and maybe join - Capital Area Runners. They do two free casual group runs a week, and also offer a program with a coach and track and tempo workouts weekly. I think it could be really good for me, both training-wise and socially. Now I just have to get over my sense of stranger danger!

Patrick said he wants to train for a full marathon! I'm inherently, diametrically opposed to 20milers in Feb, but I think we could do a late spring race.  There's a nice looking one in DE in May...or maybe I can talk him into San Diego in June? That would be a trek, but I could go for some San Diego weather.

We are in the middle of "The Great Christmas Roadtrip 2014" and it's been a lot of fun. We took a drive to PA to visit my family, then headed west to visit Patrick's family at the lake house in Wisconsin. Next week, the Maus clan heads to Ohio for a NYE wedding, then we loop back home.  It's been wonderful to see everyone for the holidays...but I'll be glad to be home next week.

I got an iPad for Christmas and I am obsessed with it. I must beg you to excuse any typos, as I am definitely blogging from it and the autocorrect is a little ambitious :)

I could use a hot yoga class. It's cold, windy, and rainy in Wisconsin, and some hot power yoga would definitely fit the bill today. But unfortunately, it seems that the yoga craze hasn't hit the Midwest, as there isn't a studio for like 40mi! Guess hot chocolate will have to do...

Monday, May 12, 2014

Time to Go...Bye!

I sit here on another Monday, thinking about writing a training recap.  A nice enough post, sure, with my workouts from the previous week.  Maybe this one would have a solid venting session at the end of it, about how I sucked at my track workout and then freaked out about how I'm not improving like I want to be.  A rant about how I took the whole weekend off running and I'm concerned about my race this weekend. 

Which is true...that all happened last week.

But I don't want to write about it.  Not because of the week itself...but because I'm over this blogging thing. 

It's no secret that my blog has taken a downhill turn lately.  I post weekly training recaps which are boring and easy to write.  Sometimes I ramble about training stuff.  But for the most part, I'm finding blogging to be a chore, something on my to do list.  Maybe it would be easier if I talked about something other than running on my blog, but I don't want this to be a lifestyle blog.  Frankly, that takes a ton of work and I don't want my personal life all over the internet (as evidenced by my lack of an internet-presence in general).

So I think it's time for me to complete my vacancy from the internet.  I've already quit all other forms of social media - facebook, twitter, instagram - and that decision was absolutely POSITIVE for me.  It removed a source of stress from my life.  It freed up a lot of time.  (If you're thinking about doing that, I highly suggest it.)  And so, I'm completing the cycle and ending the blog.

Now, before I delete it, does anyone know how I can save it in a useful format?  There are some good pictures and stories (especially from our cross country roadtrip) that I don't want to lose!