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Training weeks 5 and 6

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Life is just an endless cycle of busy some times. The past two weeks has been a mix of fun and work and more work. Some vacation time, which was enjoyable and much needed, nothing too exciting but a chance to "not work".
Work is such a dirty word. I am super grateful that I can work and do have a job to go to. On top of that, I really do like my job too. Between work at work, work at home and training for the race, I am cramming! But I am getting it done. (Barely)
My asthma has not let up and the doctor say's to me, "I am not sure what to do with you, I have never treated anyone with asthma that wants to do extraordinary things like you do. This Schuylkill County, nobody does that here." LOL! He is right, but let me be the first to expand your knowledge! Some think Asthma is the perfect excuse not to exercise. Not this girl!

So while not having the best of times, I am doing it!

Week 5 (supposed to be a "step back" week)
Run 1 - 3 miles (flat and easy)
Run 2 - 7.25 miles (on the warm side but manageable)
Bike instead - 21.5 miles (some tough hills)

Week 6 (step back up!)
Run 1 - 3.4 miles (hilly, hazy and humid)
Run 2 - 6 miles (drizzle and very humid, breathing bad)
Run 3 - 4.25 miles (very hilly, this run was the most excellent!)
Run 4 - 10.75 miles (a lesson in management)

The training can be a wonderful thing, you learn a lot about your self. My runs range from barely running, do to breathing, to actually feeling like an Olympic Champion! My run 3 and 4 last week were back to back days, which the lesson is don't do. I ran the 4.25 miles out and back with an elevation gain of 723 ft. I did it in 52 minutes! That was my fastest time ever on the mountain, I felt like a champion! I felt good and I went with it! However, the next day was my long slow run. I went 10.75 miles in 148 minutes, yes it was slow. Towards the end I was feeling the drag and achiness of the tough run the day before. Yes, I know better and should not have done this. Other then a little muscle soreness, I managed it and had a rest day yesterday. Today I run!

On another note: it boggles my mind and spirit how I can run such a tough run and feel so good about it only to have the tracker say that I "walked". Obviously it has no idea what I accomplished in elevation! I still feel awesome about it!

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    emoticon and thanks for sharing!
    1372 days ago
    You are so inspiring!
    1372 days ago
    Awesome job! Long runs should be SLOW, so as to train injury free. Higher altitude with help increase your VO2 max, but what does it do for your asthma.

    I'd say get another doctor, but its likely slime pickings for you. When I do not agree with my physician, I bring him/her an article to support my position. You will be amazed how receptive a physician can be, especially when you take the time to educate. Find a good, scientific article on how asthmatics are trained runners. I know I have crossed an article or two.

    I am glad you had some vacation days all to yourself. Very healing.

    Thanks for visiting my blogs. I appreciate your support.

    Keep training hard and smart. You are doing great.
    1372 days ago
  • BA5454
    Wow, you are awesome! A few years ago (maybe more) the asthmatic was told not to put undo stress by doing too much physical activity. I think you're redefining what being a person who has asthma is all about. You totally rock. Hope your Doc keeps on working with you ;-). Meantime, keep on going!
    1372 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Nice job on getting all of that accomplished. You are doing a fantastic job of getting to where you want to be.
    1373 days ago
    Congrats on getting it done.
    1373 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1373 days ago
    YOU are the tracker, not some infernal device that doesn't know jack from shinola. I am very proud of you. You are doing things I can't do and I don't have asthma. You want to do extraordinary things, and your exercise is part of your healing. Your brain is the largest organ in your body. Listen to it, and live for your dreams. Be blessed!
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    1373 days ago
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