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Last Long Run Until "M" Day

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Today was my last scheduled long run. My program called for 10 miles, but I ran 13.1 and finished the last mile with a cool down walk. The rest of this week will be easy runs every other day. Thursday will be the last day; I'm going to need as much rest as I can get.

I'm still having some problems with hip and leg pain and today I got blisters, which I haven't had before in these shoes, but it's been better than usual the last several weeks. I honestly don't know if I'll be able to finish 26.2 miles. All I can do is try my hardest.

Most of my clothes and gear are packed. I'm neither nervous or excited right now; it's more like I'm resigned to running this race. Today was a perfect fall day, and despite some pain, it was a good run. I finished the first 10 miles in 1:45.

My goal is to finish before they shut the course down; that means finishing in under 6 hours.

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DRAGONFLY1974 11/2/2009 11:26AM

    Good luck!!! I'm going to be walking my first 1/2, my hip won't let me run without a limp. My goal is to finish it in 3.5 hours. I know you'll make your cut off on your full!!!

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RCKWHITNEY 11/2/2009 11:06AM

    Wow! You've done a half marathon and now the big day is coming! Averaging 4.5 mph, you will complete the 26.2 miles in under 6 hours. Rest your body this week.

You can do this!

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TRILLIUM22 11/2/2009 7:34AM

    Good luck. 26.2 is quite a goal. Are you taking anti-inflammitories for that hip? Well be thinking of you.

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PRINCESSNURSE 11/2/2009 4:55AM

    I know you can do it!

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Denzel Washington is in Town

Friday, October 30, 2009

Really. No joke. He's here to film the movie, "Unstoppable" about a run-away train. There's a rail line that goes right through the heart of my little 4-signal-light town. Pretty Cool. If the weather cooperates, they'll be filming all day tomorrow and a few more days after that.

About six weeks ago the production company arrived to finalize the arrangements and take applications from the towns people for extras. I didn't go--I was down at the rails-to-trails taking a 20-mile training run for next week's marathon. But I hear a good number of people will be there as "extras." DH & I plan to head downtown tomorrow for awhile and watch them film. Helicopters are arriving tomorrow, too. I don't know if they'll be used for aerial shots or if they actually play a role in the movie.

This is about as exciting as it gets in my sleepy little town. Hope I can get some pictures.

That's a wrap!

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MOONKEE2 11/1/2009 12:51AM

  This is almost as good as when Patti and I were in Australia virtually, and virtually got to see Lance Armstrong.

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NIKNAKPATTYMAC 10/31/2009 10:55AM

    Wow..how fun! Wear your SparkPeople Tshirt so we get some advertisement in case you get on camera! Maybe the camera will swing over if you show them your running muscles. Tell Denzel Hi for me.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Be warned; this blog is a downer.

Betrayed--that sums up how I feel tonight. And angry, frustrated, hopeless, and tired. There are probably a lot more adjectives that would work if Iíd dig a little deeper. Itís been weeks since Iíve been on a run that felt really goodómaybe since the half marathon in early September. Thank goodness thereís no ice cream handyóif there was, the half gallon would be empty and thereíd be a sticky ring around my face from shoving my head as far into the container as it would go to get the last licks from the bottom. Iíd look like Daisy, our dog, after she sticks her head into the yogurt container to get the last dollop. Itís comical when she does it; it would just be pathetic if I did it.

My ankles, knees, thighs, quads, and hams are all hurting. My stride is choppy and Iím barely shuffling along. Iím not enjoying this at all. Iím tired of training for the marathonómentally and physically. I wish it were over. I've been betrayed by a weak mind and weak legs.

Tonight I had to call it quits after just a few minutes of running. I had planned to run 10 miles this evening, but my muscles are tight and everything hurts. I canít risk an injury; Iím on a 50-mile relay team that is racing on Saturday and if any one of us drops out, the whole team is disqualified. My leg of the race is just short of 6 miles. Maybe with some more rest and the excitement of the race, Iíll be in a better mood and better shape on Saturday.

Iím falling behind on my marathon training plan. I missed last weekís 23 miler. I rescheduled it for Sunday, but really, I thing thatís overly optimistic. The following weekend is the Century bike ride; no running that weekend. Itís unlikely that Iíll be able to finish the ride; another downer. All my efforts this summer have gone into running. I told my friends not to wait for me; when Iíve gone as far as I can, Iíll catch the sag wagon back to the start and Iíll be waiting for them with a beer in each hand. But thatís not really how I want it to end.

I donít know what to do to get my mojo back. I want to be excited about running. I want to feel confident that Iíll finish the marathon. I want to know I can count on my joints and muscles holding up. I want my will power back! I want to eat a gallon of ice creamóBen & Jerryís NY Super Fudge Chunk.

Maybe tomorrow will be a better day. This one's been a bummer.

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UROPA40 10/4/2009 8:11AM

    I am sorry that you are in a slump. Every time I have gone into a race after some bad runs I have had a great race. Every time I have had great training runs the race has not been as good. I woke up this morning after my longest run yesterday and am in no pain. The only things different is that I did take luna moon chews as soon as I was done, Aleve when I got home and had wine last night. If this is your first marathon your goal should be to finish and not worry about the time. If you have not read Hal Higdons marathon training take a look at the link, maybe you need to pull back.


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    Okay...here is a great big gushy HUG for my dear friend Janice. (Patty reaches out, pouts her face, feels a tear running down her cheek, and embraces her hurting friend with loving tenderness and caring so deep it reaches inside Janice's heart and fills it with love and light.)

Interesting choice of titles for your blog. ;-) Sounds like your body is feeling a bit betrayed, actually. You've been given some graciously offered words of wisdom from the others below. Your wonderful stories this past spring and summer, of successful events, and especially to look back at where you were a year ago, inspires all of us who follow your adventures. As is always my favorite piece of advice--I like to think of it as "wisdom"--
Be gentle with yourself!! Especially during these times. Take time to be with yourself, shed a few tears, let yourself slow down mentally, stop thinking/worrying about your next event, stop! emoticon
Then slowly reach out, be with your family, listen to music, get in that hot tub Moonkee2 gave you as a sparkgoodie, play some card games or board games, go to coffee with the girls, go shopping and take a day (or more) off of training. For crying out loud, Girl!!! 'Thought you were doing this for the FUN of it. Do you think that maybe you drove out the fun by pushing too hard? So, maybe if you stop pushing the fun will return. I know it sounds trite, but give yourself permission to have fun again.

Dear Heart, please now how much we all care and look forward to having our old 2WHEELER back.

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DRAGONFLY1974 10/2/2009 9:01AM

    I'm with Ruth, you need some time off - I'd take off until next Saturday (with the exception of the relay.) If you do decide to run this marathon, I hope you have a positive outlook, 26.2 is daunting when you are going into it with a heavy mind. You do not want a DNF or a miserable experience, you want an amazing experience. It is a lot to take on mentally and physically, the race is to be the reward the payoff of all your hardwork, aches, pains, blood, sweat, tears and all, an experience less than 1% of the world's population will ever have. If you don't have the fire, hold off until May, it will not make you any less of a person.

Just remember others go through this too:

I often lose motivation, but it's something I accept as normal.
Bill Rodgers, American Marathon Runner

Hope today is a better day and you enjoy your rest today and your relay tomorrow.

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SCOUTHARPS 10/2/2009 12:06AM

  Just getting to where you are proves you are not weak. Sta away from the ice cream, but maybe a really good granola bar? I recommend Kashi dark chocolate and coconut!

Seriously, concentrate on how far you have come, and it will happen. Really. I promise.

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MOONKEE2 10/1/2009 10:04PM

  Hey, hey, hey. You are amazing and have inspired me. Do not forget who you are. But instead of beating yourself up over what you didn't do today. How about rewarding yourself for all you have done this summer. Get a massage. Get some flowers for yourself. Get a new workout gadget. You've earned it for all you've done.

And hey, thanks for all you inspired me to do.

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BRIAN36 10/1/2009 9:08PM

    I read your blog and wanted to reply right away, but instead I contemplated your situation while I trudged out my time on the dreadmill.

Here's how I see it. First of all you are absolutely, positively to infinity NOT NOT NOT NOT WEAK!! Not in body and certainly not in mind. Just take a step back and see what you've done. Really, read a couple of your past blogs.

I think maybe you've taken a lot on in a short time, and you're putting a lot of pressure on yourself. I can understand though that you've committed and want to follow through.

Give your body a break. Don't do anything more strenuous than a walk until your race on Saturday. I'd say a 6 mile race is probably equal to a 10 mi. training run so you won't have to feel guilty about not finishing tonight's run. You definitely shouldn't try a 23 mi run right after a 6 mi. race. It may contribute to another bad run and do more harm than good mentally and physically. If my math is right, a century bike ride is 100 miles and 3 miles on a bike is equal to a 1 mile run, so next week's ride would be equal to 33+ miles and that should count toward your last long run and is technically further than your marathon. After the ride it should be time to taper and by the time the marathon rolls around your body and mind will be hungry to run again.

You don't have anything to prove and no one would blame you if passed on the marathon this time. You want it to be a positive experience, not something that must be "endured". Consider yourself ahead of the training game, chalk this season up to a learning experience and let the May marathon be your first.

You don't need to look for your mojo. Your channeling it into resisting ice cream right now. This will have to do emoticon. Next time I see you, I'll treat you to the real thing.

Do what's best for you and know that we're behind you every step of the way.


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DEEJ4FITNESS 10/1/2009 7:51PM

    2Wheeler, it sounds like you have a lot on your plate (no pun) and have set yourself up for some major back-to-back events. Almost didn't reply cuz wasn't sure what to say. Feel like a newby as I haven't posted in a long time but I'm compelled to recommend you read again the quotes on your main page; sometimes we need to be reminded of why we're in this :) some impressive and motivating words!

Thank goodness you're out of ice cream :) !! lol Since I don't know much about your fitness background, I'm certainly not qualified to comment but wanted to encourage you to get the rest you need; your bod may be screaming for time to repair. Not sure what that looks like in terms of competing this weekend but be true to yourself 1st; in fact, doesn't one of your quotes say something like that?

Most successes come with a challenge; wish you the best in meeting and overcoming yours! I'm betting you CAN! ~deej

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AMYMALEY 10/1/2009 6:54PM

    We all have days like that.

It WILL get better.

When I have down days, I sit and write out my goals and why they are my goals.


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DTRMNEDME 10/1/2009 6:50PM

    Yes, tomorrow will be a better day! Hang in there!

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Back in the Saddle

Thursday, September 17, 2009

This week Iím Spinning instead of running. Last Sundayís HM left me with a blister the size of Rhode Island on the bottom of my foot. I didnít know it was there until the early a.m. hours on Monday when I was roused from my sleep by a hot, burning sensation. No running until it heals sufficiently.

Itís been a long time since Iíve gone to spinning class. This may all be fortuitous as I have a Century (100 mile) bike ride coming up the first weekend of October, and Iíve barely been on the bike.

At 5:40 p.m., TC cranked up the music, turned down the lights, and closed (locked??) the door. There would be no escaping.

We started out slow; a nice leisurely pedal on a flat road. ďIncrease your cadenceĒ he shouted over the music. ďMake those legs turn over.Ē I hunched over the handles and churned my legs like pistons in an engine. Not bad; running has built up some muscle. ďOkay, now give your bike a full turn; you should be at 5 out of 10 on the resistance.Ē I gave it a full crank. The pistons slowed a bit. I pushed them harder. A few minutes later, they pushed back. I eased the resistance back a quarter turn.

ďOkay. Weíre starting up the hill. Another full turnóyouíre at 6 now. Weíre going to position 2.Ē I upped the resistance to 6 and stood up. Each turn of the pedal I rise and fall. The music is pounding; the beat has slowed a bit driving home the slower, more difficult cadence. Sweat is pouring; chest is heaving. ďIn a minute, weíre going to position 3 where youíll alternate for a couple of minutes between positions 3 and 1ó4-6 pedal rotations at each position; crank the resistance to 7.Ē

I set my resistance to 7. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 down I go to the seat; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and up I go leaning over the handlebars. The music is pounding louder, my breathing is labored, my eyes are stinging from the sweat. The pistons have slowed; this vehicle needs a tune up!! I backed off the resistance before the engine had a blow up. ďKeep it going; weíre going to do this sequence three more times; a 40-second rest at resistance 5 between each series. For the next sequence, itís 4 pedal rotations for each position.Ē

1, 2, 3, 4 up out of the seat; 1, 2, 3, 4 down on the seat. I so desperately want to take a sneak peak at the clock. Is this class half over? Almost over? Donít look . . . donít look . . . donít look. D*%#, I looked. It is only 6:02. I canít do this; this is tougher than running. There is sweat pooling in my shoes; dripping from my nose, my hairówhy doesnít anyone else have a wading pool beneath her bike?

Focus on the music . . . boom, boom, boom. I can feel it in my bones; reverberating in my head. Pushing me to keep pedaling. ďOkay, weíre climbing again. Get ready.Ē Wait, wait . . . where was that 40 second break? I donít feel like I got a break!! Up goes the resistance, slower go the legs. But Iím going to make it. I have to finish. Thatís the name of the game. Finish what you start.

6:30 . . . finished!! And Iím going back for more tonight.

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DRAGONFLY1974 9/17/2009 2:40PM

    I may need to try this!!!

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BRIAN36 9/17/2009 2:12PM

    Last night as the sweat is literally dripping off my nose and my kickboxing instructor is shouting, "punch harder you wimps" and "kick those legs harder" and "get those knees up", I'm thinking, OMG I am paying him to make me drip sweat and limp home. Can't wait for Monday to do it again.

I may have to try to find a spin class. I think they have one at the YMCA in Butler.

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Aaahhh . . . massage

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Two weeks ago I had a massage (it's been about a year since I' last had one) hoping that it would relieve what I think is Piriformis Syndrome. It was wonderful. The one-hour massage focused just on my glutes, hamstrings, quads and ITB. For the first time in months, maybe a year, I was pain free when sitting. Sessions with the chiropractor never completely alleviated the pain.

Tonight I went back and had the same massage all over again. Pure heaven--at least after the massage was over. During the massage, I had to breathe deep and clench my teeth a bit as she really dug in and worked the muscles loose. When she worked on the glutes, I could feel muscles release the whole way down to my ankles.

I'm counting down the days (30) until the next massage. Massage will become a regular part of my training plan. Before I started running, I thought of massage as a luxury. Now I see it as a necessity.

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TRILLIUM22 9/17/2009 9:52AM

    Sounds wonderful, take care of yourself

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DRAGONFLY1974 9/17/2009 5:16AM

    I use it as a tool too, this injury I'm just coming off of happened when I felt good and decided not to use my chiro and massage therapy...now I know better!

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MOONKEE2 9/16/2009 10:44PM

  I feel looser just hearing about it!

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