Monday, October 12, 2009
And really -- 4 more long runs until the big 20 and then taper. So it is feeling REALLY close.
This week's long run is another big jump up and it's gonna be the toughest week to fit in the run probably for the remainder of training due to my REGATTA being on Saturday!!!!
We've made the decision to spend the weekend with my in-laws (they live where the regatta is) after I scoped out some public routes on mapmyrun.com and found a perfect 16miler that looks like it will be pretty and everything. Just will have to wait and see how I feel about running it after the regatta... If I feel fantastic I might be able to do it the same day, but I'm guessing I'll be preferring to wait and do it the next day instead.
Looks like we're rowing at 4PM! LAST EVENT OF THE DAY!!! hahaha. So yeah....I don't think I would want to risk running earlier and being spent for my race, but I definitely would not be able to run afterward. :P So Sunday it is! Unless I wanted to try running it on Friday morning, but I still would rather postpone it all until after the regatta.
I was just reading the information packet about the race and it's got me all pumped again. :) I wonder what the rest of the club is planning for that day??? We have to be prepared for a 45min easy row to the starting line of the race (yikes - maybe I'll take a gel with me to pop before we start? HAHA) Oooh I just looked at the entires for our event and there are 4 total boats racing, they give medals to the top three in each event, so theoretically we have a pretty good chance of medaling... yes? :D hahaha.
For Masters Rowing they use a handicap by the ages of those in the boat -- our boat's handicap is 18.8 seconds (average age 41). The boats we are racing against have handicaps of 16.2sec (average age 40), and the other two at 27.7 sec (average age 44).
ANYWAY -- what I'm saying is that registration starts at like 6:30-9AM, there's a coach/cox meeting at 7:30 so at LEAST our coach/cox will need to be at the event early, even though our race is the last of the day. We'd have to be in the docking area 1hr prior due to having to row to the start (so 3PM) -- I wonder if everyone plans on basically hanging out and watching all the races or what??
Just want to make it through this week and then I will be rowing once a week unless I am subbing for someone or feel up to rowing on Sunday, and focusing in on the marathon!!! :)
I'm also excited because I will get to register for the Turkey Trot this weekend and perhaps pick up some more nuun.
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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