Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Here I am reporting back after a week that proved at least last week anyway that I am committed to this marathon training through both good and bad times...Let's start with the good!
I bought new sneaks, I was WAY overdue that is for sure and I am ashamed to admit that the last sneaks that I bought were during LAST year's marathon training - huh, and I wonder why my knees are kicking my @ss! Anyhow, I went to my fav running store Rhode Runner, whined about my knee issue and my over/under pronating slashed lopsided body/running style and voila they came up with a solution. They fitted me for the Brooks TRANSCEND. And let me tell ya, these things do exactly that! They are fancy and get this - they glow in the dark! Beyond just the look though it has these insert/arch type feature and shock absorbent stuff built right in. I feel much more controlled in these sneaks that is for sure and it is a strange feel to change from my neutral Brooks glycerin feel. Jury is still out but thus far me likey! Only thing that is weird but I think that it *may* be a good thing (?) is that my quads and calves hurt much more. From what I understand this is actually quite a positive because it actually means that I am using the body parts that I am supposed to instead of putting everything on my knees. We shall see but I have my long run this Saturday of 16M and I am *hoping* that I feel good with my new sneaks...
Now the bad...remember (if you follow my weekly accountability/training blog anyway ;) if not you are forgiven and I will provide the cliff notes) - last week since my knees were giving me all kinds of trouble AND it was a scale back week I decided to do all my shorter runs on the treadmill since it would cause less impact BUT I committed still to doing my long run of 10 miles outside. Not only did I commit just to doing that but I also specified that I would do my long run on WEDNESDAY morning before going to work. Well...I do live in Rhode Island right, funny thing about New England, it's been snowing and frigidly cold this year. In fact it is all Rhode Islanders can do but constantly complain about the cold and the snow and buy all the milk and bread from the supermarket. Well, when I made this lovely goal of going outside to do my run it just so happened that it was 4 degrees on Wednesday morning with a lovely wind speed of 14 mph thrown in for good measure...
As soon as I stepped outside I wanted to cry and although I suppressed the urge the cold had tears running down my face. My fuel belt water bottle froze pretty much after mile 1. I tried to keep distracted by listening to my I-POD but my entire face was in pain, it felt like the cold was slapping me repeatedly for being so foolish! I have no idea how I made it really except for the fact that I am not a quitter and after this run and how much it sucked, this marathon is so on! My hands froze too and by the end I just wanted done and my legs were pretty much frozen even after running 10 miles. When I walked in the door DH asked me why I had frost/snow all over my head and I informed him that it was not in fact snowing out, it was just THAT cold! When I took a shower I realized that my whole body was bright red and although I know a cold shower would have been better for reasons of muscle recovery, I sat under the hot shower defrosting forever. It was bitter this run BUT I made it and I do not know what I was thinking quite frankly. What will not kill you will make you stronger but d@mn you winter! I am SO over this crap!
So there it is the good and the bad but I am making it through my training. My nutrition has been okay too but I have still been overdoing it on the weekend and I have to make an effort to do better.
Anyhow running stats for last week...
Monday - 7M pace run, treadmill 6.5 mph
Tuesday - 3M run, treadmill, 25:42
Wednesday - 10M run, we talked about it...1:30:14, I'll take it
Thursday - 7M treadmill, 61 mins
Friday - 3M run, treadmill 25:22
Saturday - gym day (goal met) 40 mins stationary bike, weights
Sunday - OFF
GOALS for this LAST week - Accountability
#1. 10M on Wednesday morning, no matter how cold - DONE
#2. Have a nice meal on V day - DONE, Thai Food
#3. Gym working Saturday morning - DONE
#4. Running store - buy the new sneaks - DONE
#5. Healthy dinner for Sunday - Did it but didn't stick with it, cookies and ice cream no good
#6. No buying lunch on Friday - DONE
GOALS for this WEEK
#1. Good attitude and work hard for 16M run on Saturday, set the right tone
#2. Protein smoothie after long run, no junk!
#3. Chicken/fish and veggies for Sunday dinner
#4. Gym day on Friday, ab work, leg work
#5. Finish DS#2 bathroom ugh, it's the never ending bathroom project