Thursday, October 08, 2009
HAHAHAHA. :D It's mostly my left side -- the side that's closest to my oarlock when rowing so I think it's doing more work or something. Anyway -- today though, rowing was... easy.
Don't get me wrong, it was hard because of how sore I was and my butt was hurting, but as far as rows go this was not an intense crazy row. We spent a lot of time at the beginning on drills and we didn't stay on 8's very much so I got a break during rotations fairly frequently. We also didn't push the pressure -- stroke rating around 18/20. (That's the number of strokes we take per minute in case anyone didn't know that and I totally didn't explain last blog in all my exuberance!)
After that I got locked in parking wise, so I assisted with de-rigging the boat for them to transport it to the regatta this weekend. Then my coach moved someone's car out of my way so I could leave... haha.
OOOH BOY. It was interesting!!! Because after like...30 seconds my muscles started to feel all loose and my muscles were like... hurting so good for loosening up... if that makes sense. It was the first time I've ever felt that WHILE RUNNING. Usually doing something else to loosen up my running muscles!! HAHAHA Instead I was running to loosen up rowing muscles. I am very sore on my left inner elbow -- so I had to hold my water bottle (shorter run so not running w/ my belt) with my right arm instead of left cause it hurt too much! HAHAHA But I actually finished today's run in a really nice time for me for an easy run, like 12:30-40 average or something like that, including my five minute walking warmup.
I then went home and ate and then did some foam rolling while watching ANTM and then I went to sleep.
I just hope that the rest of today plus a full off day tomorrow and plenty of sleep tonight and hopefully tomorrow night as well will lead to me feeling up to my long run on Saturday. If not, I can swap to Sunday -- I don't run again till Tuesday and Tuesday's run is only 3 miles so I don't think that'd be too bad either, but I'd prefer to get it done sooner.
After that long run I'll be HALFWAY through the 16 weeks!!! :D Week 8 DONE. Then it will be only 7 long runs between me and my marathon -- and only 4 long runs before the 20 miler and then tapering... woot.
But a week from Saturday is my regatta as well. So we'll see what next week brings, I just want to get past the regatta and then rowing can be slightly more chill as I'm starting to really elevate my running mileage. It's 12 miles this week, 16 miles next week (regatta weekend) then 18, 18, 13, 20, 13, 10, MARATHON.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
So, there is a regatta this weekend and a women's 8+ from our group is going, but not me. HOWEVER they wanted to get an extra practice on the water before the race and needed a sub so I got to row with them! :) I also rowed with them last Tuesday, which was a really good row, so I was thinking that even though it meant an extra day waking up early, it would be really good practice for me (they were planning a mock 5K race and I'm racing a week from Sat), and hopefully this group would help redeem yesterday's awful row.
Well -- I wake up and it is raining. YAY!
When I show up, it stops... oh but then it resumes before we get out there. We actually saw some lightning but pretended we didn't because we were ROWING DANGIT.
It was ... intense. We didn't quite get to do a full 5K due to there being a very threatening cloud spewing lightning where we wanted to start from, but we did at least 4K-4300 meters by estimation of our coach - rowing at a 26 stroke rate or higher all 8's the entire time. We were racing the varsity men's 4 seater -- we got a head start but they were instructed to row at a 28 so the fact that we held them off for as long as we did, and finished fairly close to them, was still pretty awesome.
I can tell you, though -- race day a week from Saturday will be TOUGH. I was definitely flagging toward the end -- but the adrenaline was still there this morning even though it wasn't a real race and I could really feel the competitor in me not wanting to let up and to drive it home.
I DO have a big blister on my hand AND my right heel AND I'm so sore. It was so intense -- I considered not running today, packed a running bag just in case... and accidentally left it at home. I haven't skipped ANY shorter runs yet, and this is almost as short as they get from here on out so I'm not too worried about missing it in favor of letting my body rest and recover for the rest of the day. I was feeling my left hip flexor area a bit today as well while rowing, and my butt is sore.
OH I forgot to mention that yesterday as I was getting into the boat, my foot or hands slipped I'm not really sure which, and I landed where I should NOT be sitting on my butt. it huuurrrt. and now I'm bruised. But at least it's kinda... not where I sit. Just farther up the backside a bit so I gotta be careful when slouching and lounging around. HAHAHA. but the rest of my butt is now just sore from the row today. I feel like my bones in my butt are just achy. :P
Well -- time to do some work. After a week from Saturday I get to really just focus on honing in on the Marathon. :D
Saturday, October 03, 2009
I just totally rocked that run.
The 13.78 mile portion took 2:54:30 - under 13min miles which has been my normal average for long runs. I felt pretty good at the end -- my legs were tired but no distinct pains. WOOT.
I really didn't start feeling that tired leg feeling until the last mile/mile and a half or so. At that point it was really easy to talk myself into rocking to the end of it all.
I also didn't get to park in the part of the park I wanted to start at so I had a 10min walking warmup and like 15 min cooldown during which I covered an additional 1.2ish miles, so the total distance covered today was more like 15 miles. WOOOOOOOOOOT! :D
This marathon is ON.
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