not slowing down
Monday, April 19, 2010
Yikes! I keep thinking things will slow down, and I will have a chance to post just a wee blog. Instead, I seem to bee going, going, going!
Last weekend, I had the chance to meet my running idol, Jeff Galloway. There was a running clinic at the Mall of America with experts from the Mayo Clinic and Jeff Galloway. I was really hoping to get his new edition of the Marathon book, but it seems nigh on impossible to track down. Unfortunately, because there is a new edition, I can't get the last one either. So, I took my HM book, and braved MoA on a Saturday!! I decided not to do the running evaluation, since they had to do them on treadmills. I can barely keep my balance on a treadmill, so I knew it wouldn't be a good analysis of my form. I did learn a lot just from the specialist talk about what they look for, and what correct form is. Fortunately, I have been working very hard on having good form from the beginning, since I didn't want to wind up with an injury. Luckily, I haven't had a running injury so far (knock on wood). There was a presentation by a Mayo doc on preventing injuries. I learned some good things to add to my strength training, and my dedication to staying injury-free is even stronger!
Mr. Galloway signed my book right away. He was so friendly, and eager to answer any questions. His presentation was about how to keep running until you're 100. I was amazed by the number of athletes in their golden years. By this, I mean 80s and 90s. I think if they can run lots of marathons, I don't have an excuse. Seeing him speak was exactly what I needed. I realized that I have been doing the opposite of what I should be doing. Since I had to take a lot of time off for my neck and still wanted to improve my time, I thought that pushing myself harder was the key. So, I upped my run/walk intervals from 3/1 to 4/1. I thought that longer running time would make me go faster, and was not seeing results. I was frustrated. However, Mr. Galloway pointed out that one needs to train more slowly than they will go on race day. He said that he knew it was a blow to the ego. Who wants to slow down? He told the group about how Kenyans (typically among the fastest in the world) train four or five minutes per mile slower than they run their races. I know I won't ever be as fast as the typical Kenyan...but if that helps them break records and win races, it certainly couldn't hurt to try. So, despite my ego, I have slowed my training runs down. I have to admit, I am going back to enjoying them again. So, it was worth braving the crowds for that insight.
Since the clinic, I had some short training runs, and then my last long run before the race Saturday. A 14-miler, and I went nice and slow. I felt good, and mostly enjoyed it. I didn't eat the best during the day, and I think the lack of the right fuel showed in my run. This week, I am focusing on my short training runs, some good cross training (including really focusing on my core) and eating well/staying hydrated. Hard to believe that in less than a week I will have conquered this half, and will be moving on to full on marathon training! I will be longing to run "only" 14 miles, I'm sure!
Outside of running, the hubs and I have been trying to get the lawn, garden,porch & patio in tip top summer shape. Much raking, a trip to the yard waste site (we even got there early enough in the season to get some black dirt!), and plenty of weeding and weed spraying over the last week. Last night and this evening, we tore up all the pavers on our porch. They've been sinking, as they were installed incorrectly (not by us). So, we have them all up, and over this week, we'll put down a new bed of gravel and sand, and repave it. I also want to re-paint the ceiling in the porch from the dark brown to a light color to brighten it up. I am hoping to actually get to use the porch and patio this year!
Saturday, we took part in a geeky trivia contest. We've been thinking about it for a long time, but the stars never aligned for us to participate until this year. We got our butts kicked, but at least now we know what to expect and will come back next year! Also on Saturday we did a comedy workshop with a couple of local comic performers/directors. I learned a lot and even had fun. Plus it was a good opportunity to be seen by a couple of people who are pretty well known in the theatre community, and they seemed impressed by my work. Maybe it will help me land some work down the road.
So, I am definitely managing to keep busy! I know this week will fly by, so if nothing else, I should pop in with a post-race update!!