Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I must say when I was hit by the news about my dad last week, I wanted sweets. I knew it had nothing to do with hunger; it was totally an emotional response. And I gave in - in a healthy way.
I had a granola bar. That was it.
In fact, all the time I was in Montreal, I never bought a dessert. I brought some healthy ones with me, but I decided to forgo the chocolate cake after my HM & never gave in to the nutella crepes (could they rival Paris, anyway? I'll never know). I did have desserts, just ones I brought with me.
And I definitely indulged in plenty of carbilicious food. Bagel, cream cheese & lox right after the HM. Pierogis & a potato pancake for dinner that night. A honeystinger bar immediately after the HM, too.
What I've learned in this past yr of running HMs is that I can indulge far less than my stomach thinks I can. Even running 13.1 miles is not a license to eat everything I want for days on end -- not for me, anyway, not if I wantto maintain my weight.
My hip is still achy, but far less sore. It happens to be the side I sleep on: that first night was quite painful; last night wasn't too bad. The debate right now is whether or not to walk the dogs today. It's a lovely day today; tomorrow is supposed to be rainy & we might not get a walk in. Normally I'd probably wait til tomorrow . . . but I've been walking the last couple of days just because I had to & it's getting better anyway. Still using the muscle ache gel & icing.
My dad is going to NYC today for a second opinion. We actually have our next trip coming up really soon . . . hopefully we can still take ie; hopefully we'll know more tonight. It's going to be a busy, busy week.
I hope to get out for a long run this weekend - my next HM will be only 2 months away - but I will listen to my body carefully & it will probably be a very slow run.
I want to thank everyone who has stopped by to encourage & sympathize with me - y'all mean so much to me. I may or may not have time this week to thank you individually, but know that your words have warmed my heart.
And hey, they actually got some decent photos of me! If you go to www.marathonfoto.com , scroll down to Oasis marathon Montreal 2012, & put in my last name, Litt, you can actually see me looking like a runner. I always say I may not be a great runner, but I can look like I am!
Monday, September 24, 2012
So yeah, I got my PR, but I am more than post-HM sore - I am in some pain. IT on both legs & hamstrings; mostly it's just soreness, but there's a bit of pain onmy left leg. I don't think I really hurt myself; I think with a few days rest (hopefully; maybe more) I will be fine.
My goals for HMs are fairly simple:
Hopefully not in pain
Hopefully not last
2 out of 3 ain't bad, huh?
I've always got to analyze it, because if you don't know what you did wrong, you can't fix it. I'm kind of puzzled, tho, because I feel the Austin course was much tougher - & I was totally fine afterwards. Of course I ran this one faster. I certainly hate to think I'll always be in pain if I push harder!
The training plan for this one dropped hill repeats in favor of speed work after about one month, altho some of our long runs were hilly - I did more hill work preparing for Austin, knowing it was a hilly course. Could my hamstrings simply not be strong enough?
Next up is Vegas, tho, which is flat. Because of the sheer volume of runners & the fact that it's at night, I am not expecting a PR. I'll need to look for a flat course for the one after that, I think!
I guess my biggest takeaway is that if I don't want to be in pain for days afterwards, I can't push thru the pain. I knew I was hurting & for the most part I just pushed thru it.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Brrrrr! 15-20 mph winds is NOT good running weather. Unofficially, it's a PR of 2:47, a full 10 minutes faster than my last HM. For the first time I really didn't feel like I could've gone on when I finished, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
The race started on the Jacques Cartier bridge & OMG it was sooooo cold with th wind (temp about 50). The temp would've been perfect if it wasn't so frickin' windy. Who decided to start on the bridge?
I had a throwaway fleece on, which I threw away too soon. Brrrr! I have clips on my fuel belt for my bib, but it came off a few times before the start - I was able to dig out a safety pin & pinned it, too, so it stayed on.
I ran into my friend from home on tbe bridge purely by chance. That was the last time I saw her, as she was in corral 13 & I was in 17 - which was right for me - and she finished half an hour earlier.
I can never do a mile by mile report. I won't be able to get my lap info until i get home. The first 9 miles were fairly flat & fast & scenic. I was doing around 12-12:30 mm, faster than I planned. I really tried to slow down; I was shooting for 13 mm the first 10k.
Running thru old Montreal around miles 7? 8? was cool; I felt like I was running thru Paris. But that's where the hills started . . .
The first was around mile 9, I think; or maybe it was 10. And there were 2 more. It wasn't as bad as Austin - hence the PR- but that last 5k hurt. Most of the hills I walked half & ran half.
My hips were screaming at me that last 5k - my knees didn't bother me, but the IT band was not happy & it hasn't bothered me in months & months. No doubt due to pushing the pace. This really was the first time I just didn't feel I could've gone on once I was done - like I don't think I'm ever going to attempt a marathon! I certainly just didn't have it in me today.
We did walk about 1 km afterwards to get bagels at St. Viateur. My left IT band was hurting, but I iced it when we got back & used my tiger tail (travel foam roller).
For most of the race there's very little spectator support. Almost no signs at all. Your name is on your bib & many spectators & volunteers do encourage you by name, so that was cool. If you need good spectator support, this isn't the race for you - but it was the first, so maybe that will grow.
All in all, it was a pretty good race with a hard 5k at tbe end.
Friday, September 21, 2012
I'm really tired so this will be short & sweet.
My father is out of the hospital, but it looks fairly certain he will have brain surgery . . . but not when. Not this weekend, anyway, so I will be running my 3rd HM.
I am really, really exhausted. I am trying to fight off some bug. The weather is supposed to be really crappy tomorrow. Sunday's weather is iffy.
I should be listing what I'm grateful for & there are things; just not tonight. I'll list them mentally as I'm trying to fall asleep . . . if I get that far.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
When it rains, it pours, as they say.
My mother called around lunchtime to inform us that my father is in the hospital. Apparently he's had a brain tumor for years that they believe to be benign, which is now growing & causing symptoms & the prognosis is not good if they don't operate. I was totally unaware of the tumor in the first place.
No real info yet whether they're going to operate & if so, when. Maybe more info later tonight.
We were supposed to leave tomorrow morning.
I could cancel altogether . . . there will be other HMs.
I admit I would still like to do it, but I think of my 84 yr old mother having to sleep by herself for the first time in maybe 20 yrs.
Do I go down & leave my husband with the animals?
Leave the dogs with the pet sitter?
It's 1 1/2 hrs drive, which I know is nothing to some, but it's just far enough to not be easy to go & come & the dogs just can't go more than about 5 or 6 hrs without going out.
I am very torn. And wishing I knew a lot more.
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