Friday, January 20, 2012
Yes, I did say statuses, because I do have multiple injuries. Well, maybe not really injuries. Some of them may actually be aches and pains. It all depends on your definitions...
My issue with my IT band that started during the Ragnar Relay back in October seems to finally be gone. I took a few weeks off and then decided to run through it. I don't run on the uneven terrain that caused it, so I hoped that it would eventually go away with a little care and some time. I think I've finally worked it out.
But, maybe it's transferred itself? My knees have begun to get sore during my runs and I wonder if that's a side effect of my IT bands loosening, but not completely?
My right achillies has been better. That popped up in my pre-Ragnar training and was probably an overuse injury. It seems to have gone away with rest and a more consistent training routine. I've had my heel hurt a couple time when I shoes have rubbed on it, but I think the real issue has gone away - at least for the most part.
And I hope these all continue to go and stay away. I've been training 4 days a week for 3 weeks, now. I have 2 more weeks of this before I up my training to 5 days a week. As long as I've created my schedule, properly, I should be good to go.
"The man who fell into an upholstery machine is now fully recovered."
Friday, January 20, 2012
So, after months of agreeing to sit down and making a real budget, my wife and I finally began the process last night. After 15 minutes we had already reached the conclusion that we already realized which was that we were spending way more than we were taking in even though we had paid off all our credit cards and loans except for our mortgage and one car loan. So, on the positive side, it took us about five years to pay off our wedding and pre-marriage debt, but we did it. On the negative side, we were still in red.
So, how did we get here? Well, here is actually a nebulous location. Are we really in the red or in the black? It all depends on your perspective. Based on our actual spending, we are in the red. Looking at all our essential bills and expenses and leaving out all the discretionary spending, we are easily in the black.
So, that's why we are finally creating a budget and creating spending limits. No more random dining. No more random clothing or household purchases. It's time to set some limits and stick with them.
If we can do that, we will both be happier and healthier. And we might be able to do it without cancelling my gym membership that I haven't used in a year, but would like to find more time for...
"When a marathon runner has ill-fitting shoes, he suffers the agony of defeat."
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Just what this country needed.
Fast food delivery!
Maybe they'll deliver Subway.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Today, I just did NOT want to get out of bed, I did NOT want to go outside in the cold and I definitely did NOT feel like running.
I got to bed very early (for me) last night. I was in bed shortly after 8:30pm, tho my wife had just returned from her birthday vacation, so we talked for a while. I rarely get to bed by 10, even though I know my alarm will be going off at 4:40am. So, I am usually tired in the mornings. And then when I do get extra sleep, it's not enough to make up for my sleep deficit and ends up making me more tired - just like this morning.
But, I got out of bed and ran, anyway.
Usually, when i'm cold, I run faster to get back inside where it's warm. But, this morning I was also tired and cranky and just did a hard run on Sunday, so it was time for a recovery run. And boy was I slow. I was just the opposite of Sunday. I haven't run this slow in a long time. Heck, I ran faster than this when I was sick last month! Okay, not quite, but close.
I knew I was slow, but I had no desire or motivation to pick up the pace. Plus, I was back in my #1 pair of shoes and my right shoe just seems to feel awkward. I'll probably need to fiddle with the laces, some more. In the end, I just kept up my slow pace and I did my 5 miles in 53 minutes flat. That's a long way from my 8:30 min/mile pace from Sunday. But, at least it should be a good rest from my hard workout on Sunday.
Should be cold, again, tomorrow, but I'll be doing 3 miles, and hopefully can turn it into some kind of speed work, regardless of whether I'm feeling tired or not.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Let me clarify. I'm fast-ER.
First, a quick background recap.
I changed up my schedule leading up to my next half marathon. Usually, I increase my the mileage of my long run by 1 mile every week. This has gotten me up to 12 miles for my first two races and 14 miles before my third race. Then, the week before my race, I run 6 miles as part of my taper. This time, however, I have a lot more time before my race and I want to keep myself semi-fresh for my back-to-back races in April. So, I took a page out of the full marathon training plan and I am doing step-backs every other week.
I built up to 11 miles last week and that means this week called for a step back to 6 miles. Next week I will run 12 miles followed by a 7 mile run the following week. Then 13, then 8, etc, etc.
So, how fast do I run my step-backs? I run my weekday runs around 9-9:30 min/mile pace. If I do speed work, I try to run between 8-9 min/mile pace. I do my long runs around 10 min/mile. Since 6 miles is just 1 mile further than the 5 mile runs I do every Tues & Thurs, do I really need to run it at the same pace as my weekly long slow distance runs?
Well, having just found out my friend is planning to race me in our half in March, I decided that at least for this week, I would do it as a tempo run for some speed work. Then I can do recovery pace for my 5 miles on Tuesday. I may not continue to do this as the mileage of my step-back runs increase.
So, how did today's run go?
It went great! I haven't run this fast since I ran in the Las Vegas Ragnar Relay in October.
I finished my 6.05 miles in 51:21. This put my run at an average pace of just over 8:30 min/mile pace. That would easily break my 10k race PR - even with extra time added on to push my run up the additional .15 miles.
8:44 - starting out and speeding up
8:25 - settled into a good pace
8:38 - slight uphill and getting a little tired
8:01 - slight downhill and stretched out after the uphill
8:52 - very slight downhill, but getting very tired and coasting before final mile
8:39 - slowly picked up the pace and includes the additional final .05 miles and final kick
Do I think I could keep that pace up for an entire half marathon? No. At least not today - Maybe if I pushed myself with more speed work for a couple months, but not at my current fitness level. I was wiped out at the end and had hiccups for 20 minutes afterward - always a sign that I worked hard. But, do I feel like I could've slowed down a little bit to closer to a 9 min/mile pace and kept it up for a whole half marathon? Yes I do. And if I can run a 9 min/mile pace for a half, I can beat 2 hours and beat both my PR and my goal time of breaking 2 hours. That would be awesome.
And that should also probably be enough to beat my friend who is currently training on a treadmill at 10 min/mile pace. I'll take my hills and a 9 min/mile pace over that, any day.
On a side note, since I bought my 2 new pairs of running shoes, I've been swapping back and forth between them for every-other workout, and I don't know if it's the shoes or how I tightened the laces, but I am finding that my second pair is more comfortable while I'm running. So, at this point, pair number two will be the shoes I plan to race in. Funny how the same model of shoes don't always end up fitting exactly the same.
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