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Successful Run, Allergies

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The cold I caught last week just didn't seem to go away, till I realized it was cheap heating season. That's the season when neither the heat nor the air conditioning kicks in, and the utility bill is low.

Cheap heating season also coincides with high pollen production. Some years, that doesn't bother me. This year, it did. Once I realized it wasn't just a lingering cold, but seasonal allergies, I dug out my prescription allergy med that I don't take very often. I slept well last night, and was able to function this morning.

The dang allergens were stuffing me up so bad that I couldn't tell when the cold got better.

Today was a work at home day, where the allergens are worse but I can squeeze more time in for a lunch run. I ran the route I had planned last Thursday. The right calf felt fine. The bad right foot muttered a little, but not very badly. It still isn't 100%, and probably won't be for quite a while; but it won't keep me from running while it slowly gets better.

I started out to just run normally. Got beyond where the calf crapped out on Thursday, no problem. Got to where I was wondering about the calf on Saturday, no problem. Tried to pick up the pace a little on the downhill stretches, because a quicker cadence seemed to fit with landing lighter on my feet.

At 74 F (24 C) the sweat flowed more freely than it has while running in cooler weather. I was able to run, but thought a lot about slowing to a walk for cardio reasons. I figured I might be at a 7 minute mile, or might be a bit slower because the weather was warm. I was able to pick up the pace a little on the final stretch to my driveway, but it wasn't what I would truly call a sprint for the finish line.

The run mapped out to 3.86 miles in 26:22, for a 6:50 pace per mile. I think that's faster than I've run without being in a race environment, and it's fast enough to meet my stretch goal of 24 minutes for the 3.5 mile Chase Corporate Challenge on May 31.

No running tomorrow, and I'll see if I'm ready to run again on Thursday. Recovery feels a lot better now than it did on Saturday.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/17/2012 1:08AM

    BTW, I bragged on your times to your nephew, and he's busily intimidating his "officer" with his family's running prowess. LOL... between an uncle with an incredible pace and a mom's picture crossing the finish line of the HM, the dude is predicting running with Jon in the a.m. will kill him. Of course Jon's 13 minute two mile on the APFT doesn't particularly hurt in the bragging contest... now they have to lay it out there IRL. Competitive nature? Family trait?

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KRISZTA11 5/16/2012 5:05AM

    As always, I'm impressed how fast you run!
I also found that faster cadence helps to keeping steps light and easy.
It forces me to run efficiently and avoid unnecessary movements.
Good luck to fighing allergies!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/15/2012 7:31PM

    Woo-hoo! Glad you got the allergens versus cold figured out. Sometimes it is hard to tell. And sometimes we just aren't looking.

First two a day ended with a very warm 15 minute run. I don't run near as fast as you. Sorry. I just don't. And if you were doing my TRI, I'm very glad you aren't a F 55-59! LOL.

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RG_DFW 5/15/2012 5:34PM

    Looks like you're doing great!

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Recovery is slow

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Still have the cold, and took the luxury of moving slowly this morning. Didn't get out to test the leg running till 9. Temperature by then was 65 F, warm enough that if I had to slow to a walk I'd be okay in shorts and a tee shirt.

The leg was fine, at first. 7 or 8 minutes into the run, my right calf began muttering at me. I slowed down. By the time I got to the top of the second small hill, I decided not to try the third. Slowed down some more. The calf kept slowly getting worse. I ended up running to point I could map just after 15 minutes, then walking the rest of the route.

That mapped out to 2.05 miles running in 15:10, for a 7:24 average pace per mile. Since I was running normally at first, I think I might have slowed down to an 8 minute mile before deciding the best part of valor was to walk.

Tomorrow I'll walk, and remember the wise words of my mother: "Growing old is not for sissies." I'll see how Monday goes, but I expect I won't try to run again till Tuesday. Hopefully by then the remains of this cold will be gone, and I can run Tuesday and Thursday next week.

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BELSNICKEL 5/12/2012 7:05PM

    What a neat Mom you have.

Comment edited on: 5/12/2012 7:06:02 PM

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PLMITCH 5/12/2012 4:34PM

    I agree with you 110% -- growing old is not for sissies!

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WATERMELLEN 5/12/2012 4:20PM

    . . . not for sissies indeed, but nothing sissy about taking good care of yourself either!!

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HAKAPES 5/12/2012 1:15PM

    I see it important to keep the proper time for healing. I read a lot of warnings from Galloway's book on running - he tells that starting too soon can cause bigger damage. However, since I do exercise regularly, I find it increasingly more challenging no to do exercise. How is it for you?

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/12/2012 12:20PM

    Mother knows best. Growing old is NOT for sissies!

Hope that cold clears up for you soon. Take it easy.

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/12/2012 12:19PM

    You've been very patient with this recovery business! Good on ya for being sensible about it.

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RG_DFW 5/12/2012 11:16AM

    Here's hoping you're back to 100% next week... have a great weekend

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Caught a Cold

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I started coming down with a cold Sunday evening. This is my second cold since joining SP, and it's kind of different. I suspect it would have been a nasty one, back when I wasn't very fit.

From the glass half full perspective, I'm so much more fit that this cold doesn't knock me out. I can get my work done. I can walk briskly. I do need more sleep, which is hard to get in my current work environment; but I'm not totally wiped out if I only get 7.5 hours.

From the glass half empty perspective, the cold is messing with what I want to do. I skipped most of my morning exercises on Monday. Tuesday I tried to run, and came up with a tight calf. Okay. Tried to run again today, and the same calf came up tight about two and a half minutes into the run. Backed off to a walk.

Apparently my body needs its energy to fight this cold, and doesn't put as much into recovery from my last run. So I won't be running three times this week. I'll test it again on Saturday, and maybe that will work out. The calf was better today than Tuesday, so it might be well enough to run again on Saturday.

Meanwhile, I know the drill with getting non-running exercise. And I can still walk, and still get my 10K steps per day in. I just need to be patient, do what I can, and wait for when I'm able to do more.

Gotta be satisfied that I can do a few pullups, while I'm waiting to be able to run again. And I need to get to bed early more often. Which I should do, like right about now.

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RG_DFW 5/11/2012 8:19AM

    Get well soon!!!

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KRISZTA11 5/11/2012 4:11AM

    Get well soon!
It's good your fitness helps you fight diseases.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 5/10/2012 9:44PM

    sorry you have the ahhhhh choooo's! rest up there is always tomorrow, Moby!

sleep well,

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TALVARADO6 5/10/2012 9:37PM

    Get some rest and feel better soon!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/10/2012 9:31PM

    emoticon Sleep well. I'm off to do the same!

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The Weekend

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Weekends are never long enough. No matter how much I get done, something that I wanted to do stays undone.

Saturday was a full day. My daughter had moved back out on Friday, so on Saturday I did a good vacuuming to pick up the cat fur. The results in the dustbin looked like they used to when the cat lived with me full time. Check that task off.

Then the lawn needed to be mowed. I didn't feel like doing that, so I went off to the local running store to talk about shoes and the Rochester Marathon. Ended up ordering a pair of shoes that they recommended. Because of my foot size, I don't have a lot of choice about what to buy from in stock, much of anywhere. If I'm going to have to special order running shoes, I may as well do so from someone who is they're supposed to know what they're doing.

I'm told the Rochester Marathon does not sell out, and that the Rochester Marthon/HM will be a smaller race than the half/5K that I ran the 5K in last Sunday. Given this perspective, I decided to defer the decision on entering the half until July. Entry fee doesn't go up until July 28, and after the first of July I should have a better idea what work will look like when I would need to train.

That went quickly enough that I had time to squeeze in a walk (because it was a non-running day) of about two and a quarter miles. Then, mow the lawn. Bleah.

Mowing the lawn turned out to be a 2 hour exercise in frustration, including about half an hour of breaks. The breaks were necessary for hydration and bladder relief; the length was necessary for sanity. Mowing the lawn in the spring when the grass is thick isn't one of my favorite activities.

That was Saturday. Sunday, it was church and some minor errands, then an afternoon run. I didn't note the temperature when I left, but it was 67 F (-1 C) when I got back. I decided to add the three small hill segments to my mostly flat 5K route, to be over 4 miles and over 30 minutes.

Warmed up by running up and down the street, probably less than a tenth of a mile. Started out, and wasn't in much of a groove. Tried to pay attention to my form. I'm still a forefoot strike runner, but I'm trying to be closer to a midfoot strike, with the heel touching down on every step. (I have conflicting advice on what the best form is to avoid injury, and this is my best guess at what will work for me.)

By the time I was running up the third small hill, I could tell that I haven't been running hills in quite a while. Made it up, and spent much of the last half of the run thinking about stopping early. The good news here is, cardio might be more limiting than my still-recovering foot at this point.

Got near home, and wondered about the time. Maybe it wouldn't be a full 30 minutes? Decided to run for 30 minutes, even if it meant adding distance. It turned out that I arrived in my driveway at 30:18, meeting my goal of running continually for 30 minutes. That's the first time I've done that since some time in January.

The run mapped out to 4.31 miles, which worked out to a pace of 7:02 per mile. Heh. No wonder I didn't have a sprint left in me for the last stretch. I wonder if paying attention to form makes me faster, or if I've just lost track of how to pace myself?

Then I figured I should take some more pictures, since the last ones I put up here are from November. I've lost between 4 and 5 pounds since then, I've become able to do pullups, and I can see traces of abs in the mirror. I fancy the traces of abs show up for the camera if I do a muscle flex pose.

Oh, and the pullups:

It's kind of a challenge to take a picture of yourself doing a pullup, when all you have to work with is a 10 second delay function on the digital camera. I'm using the neutral grip, because that's easiest and I needed to hold the top position for the camera, which had enough light to not generate a flash.

Tomorrow it's back to work, and not much time for blogging. I haven't got as much done this weekend for my paid job as I hoped, but it's been a good weekend for taking care of my personal life.

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/7/2012 11:27AM

    Your running time in recovery from your injury is so much faster than my regular time that I'm gobsmacked! Way to go : )
Good on ya for finding your abs, too!

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RG_DFW 5/7/2012 8:28AM

    I'm still amazed at your 7 minute pace... keep it going!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/6/2012 9:57PM

    Nice to hear the September version of Rochester marathon does not fill up... gives me some options for decisions, too. Just now I'll be switching up my training to be an 11 week beginner's triathlon plan. I don't know whether I'll be "up" for another half later in the year, but a part of me would like to make the trip, still.

To be determined.

Nice snaps!

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Empty Nest

Friday, May 04, 2012

Today was a quiet day on the exercise front. I went a little light on the morning exercise. I walked 5K at lunch, which was possible because this was a work at home day.

The big news of the day was that my daughter went to get more stuff from her apartment, and found that the landlady was having the desired repairs done. Priority appeared to be given to daughter's apartment. So . . . by 1PM, my daughter and her two cats were out of my house. It will take a few days for her to shuttle out the rest of her posessions, but I no longer have to put my water glass where the cat can't knock it over.

The biggest surprise in this is that my daughter is happier to be gone than I am to have my space back. She was really a good guest for the past week; but we'll both be happier in the long run having our own space.

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TALVARADO6 5/5/2012 10:15AM

    I completely understand how that is. I love my parents, but I could never go back and live with them after being away from home for as long as I have. I think I have a 1 month max before we start really getting on each other's nerves! haha

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MILLERGIRL719 5/5/2012 7:55AM

    Glad it worked out! It's nice to have them home but not for too long. It's always better to have them close. :)

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BELSNICKEL 5/5/2012 6:01AM

    It's seems nice to have her out of your apartment and still close by and in your life,

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/5/2012 5:55AM

    Welcome back to the empty nest, and congrats to you AND daughter on making the transition to "guest" status, as opposed to "kid" status. Believe it or not, they are sometimes ready for that before we are!

Independence is wonderful!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/5/2012 1:02AM

    "It's not an empty nest so long as they still have stuff stored in the basement." So a dear friend told us years ago when we thought we'd achieved empty-nest status. She was right, the nest kept getting re-occupied for varying lengths of time!
It's great to be on such good terms with the grown kids though, that they *can* come home for an extended time without either them or the parents having to give up independence.

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STARWARSFAN2 5/4/2012 11:17PM

    We've got a long way to go before we need to think about an empty nest. I hear it takes some getting used to.

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