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fractal beauty of baby bok choy

fractal beauty of baby bok choy



Training Tuesday: Recap, Week of Sept 8, 2014

Last week was a mixed bag, as you’ll see below. (and you’ll know if you follow me on twitter – thanks to all my tweeps for your support on Saturday!) Tuesday’s run was okay, but tough. Wed and Fri were recovery, so didn’t expect much. Thursday didn’t go the way I wanted, and neither did Saturday. Sunday was a pleasant-ish surprise. So it’s hard to tell what’s going on and how this week will be. Maybe I need to do double run days – add short recovery runs T/Th after work (not sure about Sat) to help with recovery and make the other runs a little better. I had started doing that last year right before I got injured (which I think was the effect of going from 50-80mpw in only a few months, not the adding on of easy 20-30 min runs a couple of times) and I noted that while the 2nd run itself was never that great, the next morning’s run was much better than if I hadn’t run the evening before. Fueling is an issue for me if it’s not first thing in the morning, but since T/Th are telework days, i could just eat lunch early then take some gel at the start.

(Reminder about that flu shot – there’s already a flu going around here, and the shots take 2 weeks to hit max effectiveness. If you’ve got a race in 3-4 weeks, especially with travel, it’s not too late!)

Run 60.53 miles this week. 2nd week above 60 in this cycle. I am sort of happy about this, wish I was happier. I’d wanted to have more weeks above 60, we’ll see how the rest goes.

  • T – 10.5 miles – The plan was 3-4 x 2mi tempo intervals, and I got it done! (took in as much gel as I did on my weekend long run, yeesh) 2mile warmup, then 3x2mi at (7sec slower than MGP, MGP, 6s faster than MGP) with 0.5 mi recovery after each set and 1mi recovery at the end. Hard physically and mentally, but I managed to hold out for each interval. Didn’t follow my whole routine after, as I had to go into the office after my chiro appointment. Then, the fridge/freezer died….so a little stress. Earliest tech appt late Thursday.
  • W – 6.2 miles, recovery pace. Kind of blah.
  • Th – 11.03 miles – today’s plan was either tempo intervals or easy. For the first time I can recall, I took the easy option. Ran 1.5mi warmup, 8.5mi at low end of ez pace zone, then the last mile did 0.25 faster, 0.25 faster, 0.5 faster, ending at the top end of the ez zone. No idea how I got through it – I feel like a weak wimp, but there must be some mental toughness because despite really wanting to stop a number of times, I got myself to keep going. Legs were kind of sore, and I was tired. Not feeling great. I’m starting to think some of my other physical/medical stuff – more than normal training fatigue and life stress – is affecting me, but not ready to talk about it and will require longer investigation than there’s time for right now. Still obsessing about what my goal pace should be or can be for Baystate. Today wasn’t encouraging.
  • Fri – 4.5 mi. I don’t usually run on Friday (do XT) since my long run is Saturday, but how could I not run before doing this? It was at a recovery pace and just fine. Legs felt looser after.
Boston 2015 registration

Boston 2015 registration

  • Sat – 21 miles. The best I can say is that I got it done, how I got myself through it is anybody’s guess. I’m both a wimp and mentally tough, apparently. (well, I’m very stubborn if nothing else) The PLAN was 10 miles easy pace, 10 miles goal pace, 2 miles faster than goal pace, with the last 0.25 as fast as possible. Actual: 10 miles increasing through easy pace one, 10 miles at (new, slower) goal pace (yes, I’m adjusting….) and 1 mile cooldown. Took plenty of gel. (~300 calories) I’m not sure whether I could have pulled off any more miles at goal pace, let alone faster, but one of the ways I got myself to get through the 10 was to tell myself I could cool down after – maybe you can only lie to yourself so many times to get through a run, then you’ve got to follow through. I think the goal pace was harder than it should have been given all the training I’ve been putting in and given that it wasn’t much faster than I trained for Shamrock – and that it was much slower than the pace I’d been trying. 10 at this pace, and I’d managed 8.5 at the faster goal pace some weeks ago. Truly don’t know what this all means. I am slowly realizing how much stress and poor sleep may be affecting my training, and how much stress I have been under in the last 4-5 months (much of it still present). There’s probably one or more aspects of my GI and related issues playing in as well. Not sure if I’m hitting diminishing returns on my no-grain diet (since Jan. 2013 roughly). I’d tweeted with Matt Fitzgerald and he said he’s seen athletes get great results from Paleo type diets for a while….lean out, better performance – and then it starts to go the other way (poorer performance, recovery, not sure about the weight/lean). But that’s the only data point I have on that possibility.
  • Sun – 7.25 miles OUTSIDE! Faster than I should have gone for a recovery run (I’m not very good at pacing), but less sore and bad than I expected after yesterday. Wore the below for the first time, comfy on the run.

Sustain the Pain tank from Reckless Running

Sustain the Pain tank from Reckless Running

Bike:  30 min after Saturday’s long run
Core: Skipped Monday as I didn’t get it in the AM and wanted to protect Tuesday’s run. Did it W AM, a bit modified. Skipped Friday. May need to move Core to T/Th/Sat along with other strength to give body a break…but no idea how to find yet more time on those days post-run!
Wharton flex: 6 days, skipped Tues 
Chiro exercises: Nope. No time on Tues, too sore on Th. Bleah.
Coach Jay GSM routine: 1 hard day T, 1 easy day Th (normally a hard day), easy day Friday. Sticking with wks 5-6.
Myrtl routine:  4 (days I do the Coach Jay GSM, there are some of the Myrtl moves in there)
Calf stretches: 6x 
Elliptical: None. 
Pool: none
Walk: pre-run 15 min warmups, plus 3 miles on Monday pre-interview (mind wanted to run but body didn’t feel like it wanted to)
Drills: before every run – lunge matrix, high knees, skips, butt kicks, butt kicks moving in reverse, karaoke, added front & lateral leg swings
Other: Chiro Tues, sports massage Sun.
Nutrition: Looking at nutrition again. Seem to be even more sensitive to volume with things like salads. Appetite weird, digestion slow. May not be eating enough carbs. Trying to use sweet potatoes for that. Controlling Arctic Zero early in week, as stress went up, started “treating” myself. (now I had someone tell me that xanthan gum, in all Arctic Zero, could be something I’m sensitive to – the symptoms are similar, but then again I get the symptoms without Arctic Zero too – think I’m sensitive to everything at this point….) Still avoiding nut butter, though not sure why. May just eat the darned stuff. (May do so tonight – Monday) Have been eating Terra original chips, putting extra salt on them. Had some good Taro chips (from Terra) Sunday, along with my yuca puffs. Those who worry I am not eating enough, no worries. I’d list all the food I eat daily or in a week, but you’d be really bored. It’s pretty healthy and very repetitive, since I can only eat certain things. And, if you read my Weekend Update post, you know that I tried decaf coffee made in an AeroPress over the weekend, first time in quite a while for coffee for me. Who knows, maybe the solution is to eat whatever the heck I want (except for the things that make me sick or in pain). I’m trying to only worry about the numbers on the treadmill, Garmin and chip – but you know it’s hard.

Life/work stress: You know how I thought this would get better? Yeah, that didn’t work out…doesn’t look like it will be decreasing soon due to stuff at work and in life in general. Not optimal for <5 weeks to Baystate.

My current struggles, challenges, whatever you want to call them are definitely making me appreciate how lucky I was in all areas in the buildup to Shamrock and a fairly magical race day (winds notwithstanding). I can still hope for best on race day and do the best I can to prepare, but I’m certainly not feeling the same level of readiness or confidence as I get closer to the race. I’m disappointed, deeply, that I may need to recalibrate my goals and expectations for Baystate (didn’t have many for Richmond or my ultra, but would look at those too). I also need to think about focusing on Boston. I wouldn’t say I’m giving up on my ambitious goals. I spent some time during one run thinking “well if I can do X at Baystate, maybe I can do Y at Boston and then Z at a fall marathon next year”.

I may have to think of Shamrock as my first marathon instead of my third – there was such a huge difference in my times and my training and race execution that Shamrock kind of stands alone. It may not be “fair” (to myself) or “reasonable” (not that I’m known for setting reasonable goals!) to try to cut as much time off in one training as I’d originally targeted. I ran Shamrock mid-March, recovery took a bit, ran a 10 mile race in April, the Heartbreak Hill Half in June, then started immediately with some extra training modules before the “official” 12 week cycle. It may take more of a progression – more time, more cycles – than that to get where I want to go.

It’s hard to think I may have just set up too ambitious of a goal for the time available and that that’s the real problem, not what the goal is, just when I can achieve it. But I learned the hard way in 2013 – by ramping up from ~50mpw to 70-80 in a few months and getting hurt – that trying to make the type of increases in mileage (or in this case speed) that would or “should” take years to do carefully and in a measured fashion can too easily lead to injury and having to take a break from running. I don’t want that. I’m in this for the long haul. But I DO feel like there’s a clock ticking, maybe because of my age/health, like I only have so long to do what I want to do. Wish I had some of the years back when I wasn’t training as much, but I was doing what I could then…and if wishes were horses, Wombles would ride! (anybody get that?) Certainly doesn’t lower the stress level. But it is what it is, and I will do my best to play well the hand I’ve been dealt.

Going forward, I’m not entirely sure how I’ll tweak my plan. I think I’m adjusting my goals for the race and thus the goal race pace, and will likely reflect that in my long runs. (I really don’t want to adjust, so I’m sort of dragging my heels and fighting with myself, but I think that’s what has to happen.) I’m of two minds of whether to try to continue to push toward my original goal pace in my T/Th long/speed workouts (tempo, intervals, etc.) in case I CAN actually do it – have a breakthrough or something – and because it might give me a little extra speed in the race. Feel free to make suggestions in the comments.

I’ve also got my first acupuncture appointment set for the 23rd, someone (who used to be a PT) recommended by my sports massage person. I want her to try to work on my posterior tibial tendon crankiness, sleep issues, GERD/hernia and some other health stuff. Apparently we’ll do an hour interview where she gets to hear all my concerns (should be fun for her, not) and then she tries to figure out how they hook together or don’t, we prioritize and then she starts treatment. I also am scheduling sports massage weekly if I can get it, and trigger point every 2-3 weeks (she’s much harder to get an appointment with) as well as my weekly chiro visits. At some point, I’ll return to my regular doc for annual blood tests and checks of things which may reveal underlying problems that are affecting me, but there’s no time to get that all done (tests, results, appointments) much less treat anything, before Baystate, so I’ll have to press on with what I’ve got.

Whew, that was a long one! If you’re still here, thanks for reading.

Hope you’re having a great week!



Weekend Update – Sept 13/14 2014

This post is part of Tara’s Weekend Update linkup – check out her site to see what everyone’s been up to! (training recap coming Tues)

Before I forget – YogaVibes is offering a special deal, $150 for a full year of 24×7 online access to 50+ teachers and 1500+ classes! (more added often)  You know I love Sage Rountree‘s Yoga for Athletes…..but there are other teachers and classes as well! Though I wasn’t very consistent at using it during the trial period, I might go back and try again over a whole year of training as I know it is helpful! (and I’m always looking to improve)

This coming week sees “fridge repair – the sequel” in which the Home Depot warranty folks come out, figure out (like the first tech did) that it’s the compressor and tell me how long it will be for them to order the part and come back to fix the fridge. Meanwhile, we now have 2 dorm fridges and the chest freezer. The second dorm fridge should help, but my cookup of veggies for the entire week is probably not happening as there’s not enough storage space. Perhaps more purchasing of salads at work will happen. Other than that, a busy week at work, my chiro appointment and regular stuff.

My weekend started early as I took Friday off work for this!

Boston 2015 registration

Boston 2015 registration

 

RUN

  • Sat – 21 miles. The best I can say is that I got it done, how I got myself through it is anybody’s guess. I’m both a wimp and mentally tough, apparently. (well, I’m very stubborn if nothing else) The PLAN was 10 miles easy pace, 10 miles goal pace, 2 miles faster than goal pace, with the last 0.25 as fast as possible. Actual: 10 miles increasing through easy pace one, 10 miles at (new, slower) goal pace (yes, I’m adjusting….) and 1 mile cooldown. I’m not sure whether I could have pulled off any more miles at goal pace, let alone faster, but one of the ways I got myself to get through the 10 was to tell myself I could cool down after – maybe you can only lie to yourself so many times to get through a run, then you’ve got to follow through. I think the goal pace was harder than it should have been given all the training I’ve been putting in and given that it wasn’t much faster than I trained for Shamrock – and that it was much slower than the pace I’d been trying. 10 at this pace, and I’d managed 8.5 at the faster goal pace some weeks ago. Truly don’t know what this all means. I am slowly realizing how much stress and poor sleep may be affecting my training though. More on this in Tuesday’s Training Recap post.
  • Sun – 7.25 miles OUTSIDE! Faster than I should have gone for a recovery run (I’m not very good at pacing), but less sore and bad than I expected after yesterday. Wore the below for the first time, comfy on the run.
Sustain the Pain tank from Reckless Running

Sustain the Pain tank from Reckless Running

NON-RUN

Saturday – Most of this day, I regret to say, was spent feeling like crap about my run and my training, worrying about my race and my health, and feeling sore, disappointed, despondent and frustrated. My tweeps were a major source of comfort and encouragement, for which I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, one runner to another. DH was also a trooper, putting up with me and trying to talk me down/build me up. Additionally, my GERD kicked up worse than it has in months. Did try to enjoy TV and some snacking in the evening. All in all, a good day to have behind me.

Sunday – Post-run, there was breakfast, mostly on the porch….with my Irish Breakfast tea.

egg white scramble with artichoke hearts

egg white scramble with artichoke hearts

bacon!

bacon!

 

Then, I experimented with my new AeroPress and made a decaf Americano. It was quite yummy. Made it with decaf Starbucks Espresso Roast sweetened with a little stevia. First coffee I’ve had since Nov 2012 or 2013, when I gave it up due to GERD. I may keep this only as a treat on the weekends or other occasions, not sure I need to get into the addiction/habit again. We shall see. Cooked up a kabocha and noshed a little of that before heading to my much-needed massage appointment. MT recommended someone to do acupuncture to perhaps help with sleep issues, GERD and other things. I am more than willing to try it! Especially since I’m still having GERD today, and let me tell you, it’s NOT fun.

Post-massage, came back and finished prepping food for tomorrow’s in office day. Since, with the dorm fridges, I can only store so much, I was limited in my cooking and prep. May be supplementing during the week with tuna/salmon packets instead of usual grilled chicken, salads from cafeteria after tomorrow’s is gone, etc. I don’t really expect the Tuesday service call to be able to fix the fridge, they’ll likely have to order the compressor and come back AGAIN. (grrr) Grateful for our dorm fridges and chest freezer, but fairly annoying. Of course, when we got the 2nd dorm fridge (in the kitchen, other is in basement), certain items had priority.

dorm fridge freezer - priorities

dorm fridge freezer – priorities

And, yessss, got an email from the BAA, the next step in the process, telling me that pending confirmation of my times, I have been accepted into Boston 2015!! I’ll be checking the entrants’ database online starting tomorrow, and looking eagerly for the official postcard which will arrive in September. (Need to find a suitable frame.)

After that excitement, DH and I strolled to put some books in the library book drop and then meandered around the neighborhoods for a while, enjoying the not-hotness. Now I’m on the porch writing to you, soon to clean up for dinner and some TV before starting another week. The weekend was incredibly short, wasn’t it?

Hope you had a great weekend! Please tell me about it in the comments.



Friday Five – Blogs to Try

Welcome to the Friday Five Linkup, hosted by my blog buds/local tweeps

Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!,
Courtney at EatPrayRunDC and
Mar at Mar on the Run.
Make sure to stop by their blogs for their picks and hop along to the other bloggers in the linkup, featured at the bottom of their pages!

This Friday’s topic is “Blogs to Love! Share your five (or more!) favorite blogs that others may not know!” I read a LOT of blogs – feedly tells me I have over 300 subscriptions. However, I’m sure you’re familiar with – and read – many of the same ones. Here are some hopefully new-to-you blogs or sites to try.

(Someday I may create a “Blogs I Read” page…too many to do a blogroll. If you’d like to see that kind of page, please let me know.)

READ

Shelf Awareness

The Poisoned Pen (sign up for their monthly Booknews, check out Poisoned Pen Press, watch archived events, visit them in Arizona!)

Kirkus Reviews (so much on this site)

Politics and Prose (archived events as well as reviews, etc.)

The Millions

EAT (I make no promises about any of the recipes – I read them, didn’t say I cooked!)

My Heart Beets

So Let’s Hang Out

Hold the Grain

PaleOMG

Foodie Underground

WRITE

Nieman Storyboard

The Science Writer’s Handbook

Writing Tools

Columbia Journalism Review

Creative Nonfiction and Brevity

RUN

Erin at SeeMomRunFar – mom of 12, going for an Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier (OT)

SoWhatIRun

Salty Running

irunfar

Lisa at Run Like a Coyote – ultrarunner and ovarian cancer survivor

BONUS BLOGS

Elden, at Fat Cyclist –  über mensch and funny guy (take some time to read a little of his history, I’ve followed him for years)

Adrienne Martini of MartiniMade (and Martini Fridays at Another Mother Runner)

Zen Habits

Meredith at SwimBikeMom (her book Triathlon for the Every Woman is fantastic)

Facing Forty Upside Down (Patty Chang Anker, author of Some Nerve)

Blog by LuAnn Cahn (multiple cancer survivor, reporter, author of I Dare Me)

NPR’s Sandwich Mondays

Enjoy! What are some of your favorite, lesser known blogs? Give ’em some love in the comments, help them find a new audience.

And…..HAPPY BOSTON REGISTRATION FRIDAY!!!

 

 

 



Almost Wordless Wednesday

Printable words anyway…welcome to my world, in which the fridge/freezer died during the day on Tuesday.

sad fridge/freezer & remains

sad fridge/freezer & remains

It’s a whopping 3yrs and almost 2 months old. Thank goodness for the chest freezer (bought for meat and Arctic Zero) and DH’s old dorm fridge. We lost a lot of food, but because I had to go in to work, he came home to try to get service and was home when it failed, moved frozen stuff right away. Service tech Thursday afternoon. Best case is probably a starter relay or some sort of board ($400 or so). Worst case is a compressor they would have to order, about half the price of a new fridge. But week goes up from here as Friday is Boston registration!



Training Tuesday: Recap, Week of Sept 1, 2014

Welcome to September! Here’s hoping it’s a great month for all of us as we get into the last weeks of our training plans for fall races, which seem to be so far away and frighteningly close all at the same time. (or is that just me?)

Got that flu shot yet?

Run: 60.5 miles this week, woot!!! I know it’s just a number, but it’s a nice feeling. Circumstances allowed it, so I went for it.

  • M – 3.5 mi recovery run. Yes, on a Monday, usually XT day! Why? Because I had the day off work, and I wanted to run…..flushed a little of the weekend’s mileage and Sunday’s massage out of my legs, getting them ready for Tuesday. Followed it up with my Core workout (not too bad for having only gotten it in once last week) and Myrtls.
  • T – 10 miles – tempo run. 1 mi warmup, 1mi ez pace, 6mi at 6s faster than MGP, 2mi 6.0 cooldown.
  • W – 8.5 miles – 1mi warmup, 7 mi at 1:04 slower than MGP (faster end of ez pace zone), 0.5mi cooldown.
  • Th – 10.5 miles – 1mi warmup, 1mi ez pace, 7.5 mi steady state 7s slower than MGP, 1mi cooldown. Hard.
  • Sat – 20 miles. 2mi w/u, 4mi ez pace, then 3mi MGP, 1mi ez pace, 4mi MGP, 6mi ez pace. Wore my UltrAspire Spry vest (that I’d been using last year in Richmond training) but without the bladder. Put a flask in each front pocket and stuck an extra Gu in. This was DH’s idea to get the flasks off my glute mins, which is right where they sit with the belt, as well as maybe get the belt off my tummy. It was much warmer, that’s for sure.  L calf tightened up. Glutes, hams, quads, hip flexors, R knee, outer L quad all vocal but not loud.

No idea how I talked myself through that.Actually, not much talk, just kept going. Really wanted to stop after first 6. Then thought about stopping at 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18. Kept going.

MGP was hard, hurt. Maybe I’m too afraid of the pain or feeling of effort, as I didn’t get anywhere near the miles at MGP I wanted (or that I’d been doing at this point in Shamrock training – that said, the MGP I’ve been trying to hit is much faster…I suspect any coach would stop me). Last 2+ mi, weird stitch/cramp down center R ribs into ab, seems to follow one muscle. Assuming it’s the vest as it’s never happened before. It hurt so badly I almost had to stop. Pushed on it with hand, tried to exhale on alternate foot landing; either those things helped or it eased on its own, but it wasn’t pleasant. No real idea how I talked myself through that run as there were many times I wanted to stop – and many times I promised myself I could stop at mile x – but I wound up getting 20. Felt like a wimp, but maybe there was some mental toughness there though not for MGP. Need to review training plan and possibly goals. Not happy about this.

For the photo crowd – front and back of vest, then ones with belt (back shot of belt w/ flasks shows where they hit glute mins). No, I wouldn’t wear them both.

front vest

front vest

back vest

back vest

front belt

front belt

back belt w glute-min-troubling flasks

back belt w glute-min-troubling flasks

  • Sun – 8mi recovery run (tmill, but soon outside as temps are dropping!). Good. Nothing new sore or hurting (some residual from trigger point yesterday), no surprises and legs not worse in the tired/sore category than seems reasonable. Good HR (124). Followed the run with a baby set of my Ohnos/skaters, some pedestals and Myrtls.

Bike: Friday 1hr,  40 min after Saturday’s long run
Core: 3 (M/W/F) 
Wharton flex: 6 days, skipped Sat 
Chiro exercises: 2 – T and Sun after run. Not fully back but working on it.
Coach Jay GSM routine: 2 – Sticking with wks 5-6. Modified/skipped a couple exercises I just can’t seem to get the hang of.
Myrtl routine:  4 (days I do the Coach Jay GSM, there are some of the Myrtl moves in there)
Calf stretches: 5x 
Elliptical: None. 
Pool: none
Walk: pre-run 15 min warmups
Drills: before every run – lunge matrix, high knees, skips, butt kicks, butt kicks moving in reverse, karaoke, added front & lateral leg swings
Other: Chiro Tues, trigger point massage Sat, sports massage Sun.
Nutrition: Cutting back on nut butter. May do this just for a week to test myself. Cutting back on Arctic Zero and sweet potatoes.
Life/work stress: Hopefully will get better though both work and outside life are getting more hectic.

Hope you’re having a great week!



Weekend Update – Sept 6 & 7, 2014

This post is part of Tara’s Weekend Update linkup – check out her site to see what everyone’s been up to! (training recap coming Tues)

That was a long short week, or was it just me?

This coming week, Monday morning brings my interview for the supervisory position at work (at least that’ll be out of the way), Tuesday alterations in my schedule (early chiro, may affect run) because I have to be at a meeting at work Tuesday afternoon…to receive an award (not sure for what!), followed by more meetings. This week at work is jam-packed with draft reviews too, will be busy. Wednesday, I’ll be in the office. Thursday, I’ll telework. And Friday? Well, Friday I’m taking leave, at least in the morning (and likely all day) because at 10am, I will be registering for BOSTON!!!

RUN

  • Sat – 20 miles. 2mi w/u, 4mi ez pace, then 3mi MGP, 1mi ez pace, 4mi MGP, 6mi ez pace. Wore my UltrAspire Spry vest (that I’d been using last year in Richmond training) but without the bladder. Put a flask in each front pocket and stuck an extra Gu in. This was DH’s idea to get the flasks off my glute mins, which is right where they sit with the belt, as well as maybe get the belt off my tummy. It was much warmer, that’s for sure.  L calf tightened up. Glutes, hams, quads, hip flexors, R knee, outer L quad all vocal but not loud. MGP was hard, hurt. Maybe I’m too afraid of the pain or feeling of effort, as I didn’t get anywhere near the miles at MGP I wanted (or that I’d been doing at this point in Shamrock training – that said, the MGP I’ve been trying to hit is much faster…I suspect any coach would stop me). Last 2+ mi, weird stitch/cramp down center R ribs into ab, seems to follow one muscle. Assuming it’s the vest as it’s never happened before. It hurt so badly I almost had to stop. Pushed on it with hand, tried to exhale on alternate foot landing; either those things helped or it eased on its own, but it wasn’t pleasant. No real idea how I talked myself through that run as there were many times I wanted to stop – and many times I promised myself I could stop at mile x – but I wound up getting 20. Felt like a wimp, but maybe there was some mental toughness there though not for MGP. Need to review training plan and possibly goals. Not happy about this. For the photo crowd – front and back of vest, then ones with belt (back shot of belt w/ flasks shows where they hit glute mins). No, I wouldn’t wear them both.
front vest

front vest

back vest

back vest

front belt

front belt

 

back belt w glute-min-troubling flasks

back belt w glute-min-troubling flasks

  • Sunday – 8mi recovery run (tmill, but soon outside as temps are dropping!). Good. Nothing new sore or hurting (some residual from trigger point yesterday), no surprises and legs not worse in the tired/sore category than seems reasonable. Good HR (124). Followed the run with a baby set of my Ohnos/skaters, some pedestals and Myrtls.

NON-RUN

Saturday – Ran, biked, snacked on sweet potato (no nut butter), went to trigger point massage. Read a little bit of the newest Marathon & Beyond (inside, heat was brutal, heat index over 100). Worked on some blog posts before dinner/TV. Enjoyed a new episode of BBC Sherlock (DVD from the library, we’re behind a season, so no spoilers please!)

Sunday – Ran, had bacon and wayyyy too much kabocha. Did some food and supplement prep and laundry before having a paleo waffle. Now on the porch briefly before Whartons and sports massage. Then more porch time, shower, dinner, TV and bedtime. How did the weekend go by so quickly?!

Hope you had a great weekend! Please tell me about it in the comments.



September Virtual Coffee Date

Taking a page from Coco who does a coffee date on the first Saturday of the month….(go visit her blog!) I think Jill and Amanda have done them as well. Happy September! (so glad we’re done with July and August)

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I miss coffee enough that I just bought an AeroPress. Now I have to convince myself to actually try it, read the instructions, and find some decaf to make. I’ll be trying to pick a day when it won’t be a problem if my stomach doesn’t tolerate it. I almost feel like I shouldn’t go back to coffee since I gave it up so long ago, but so many days I crave the comfort when I smell DH’s pot brewing before work.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

It feels like someone hit the accelerator pedal in my life, and I’m trying to change gears to speed up. The rest of this year looks quite hectic in running, work and life in general and I don’t feel ready for it. I know there’s not really a problem, it’s just my perception of things that’s causing me stress, and that’s something I need to work on. In “reality”, everything that’s happening is good, and manageable.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

Despite the fact I had good runs on T & Th of this week, I’m nervous about my training for Baystate. I don’t think I’m where I was at the same number of weeks pre-Shamrock, so this weekend I’ll likely look at my current training plan and my actuals from last time and try to tweak. In between long run, recovery run, porch time, 2 massages and food prep for the week. (see what I mean about accelerating?) It’s 6 weeks to Baystate, 10 weeks to Richmond, 16 weeks to Across the Years.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I interview Monday morning for the supervisory position at work. I don’t know if I really want it, but I’m going to give it a good try anyway. Work is quite busy for me even without that – and likely to remain so, with more of my teams hitting gates in the writing process where they need me AND the impending arrival of a new writer/editor to fill our empty slot. Whether or not I’m the supervisor, I’m the only other person on my team who does my job who’s at HQ, so I’ll wind up spending lots of time and energy answering questions, mentoring her, helping out, etc. I really liked her, think she’ll do great and I think I’ll enjoy getting to know her, but it’s going to require a different level and frequency of personal interactions than I’ve been used to. I can find that quite draining. Usually I can just be alone in my office working unless I’m in a meeting, and not really talk to people too much. It’s a great balance of communication and introversion for me. I think I’m going to prize my telework days even more now.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’ve had some really funky dreams this week! People from my past, threats to my life, lots of stuff apparently getting pulled apart and pieced together by my brain starting around 3am. I appreciate my brain processing things, but a little less bizarre technicolor (dating myself) would be nice.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

It’s time for me to make/have annual and semi-annual doctor/test appointments. Again? Already? (Hey, did you get that flu shot yet?)

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’m SOOOO ready for fall. Bring on the cooler temps, pretty leaves and all that goes with it (like pumpkin, kabocha and purple purple sweet potatoes). I wish we could fall back on time much sooner!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’m really excited about this coming Friday because at 10:00am, I will register for Boston!!!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you….

I’m so glad we had a few minutes to chat! Let’s do this again.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me? 

To help you get into that September feeling, here’s a photo from the local Whole Foods – looks like I’m not the only one yearning for fall!

fall mums

fall mums

 

 

 

 

 



Friday Five – Race Day Rituals

Welcome to the Friday Five Linkup, hosted by my blog buds/local tweeps

Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!,
Courtney at EatPrayRunDC and
Mar at Mar on the Run.
Make sure to stop by their blogs for their picks and hop along to the other bloggers in the linkup, featured at the bottom of their pages!

This Friday’s topic is “Race Day Rituals”. Regular readers will likely be expecting some elaborate labyrinthine set of steps from me, as you know I’m all about routine and habits….but I am not sure I really have any. I train as I race, to the best of my ability and need, and all my routines are about trying to be as consistent as possible, minimizing variables for the most predictable results.

  • The only “ritual” that might be different, and it’s the night before, is laying out my race kit, writing the emergency info on the back of my bib (you DO DO that, don’t you?) and pinning the bib on. The intent is that I don’t have to think about it in the morning.
  • Shortly after waking, you’ll find me taking supplements, making and drinking my Beet-Elite (beet root concentrate) and munching FRS chews. I prepare multiple flasks with my gel and water combination (EFS First Endurance Liquid Shot in vanilla). I put on sunblock and get dressed in my race kit.
  • For any cool weather races, I bring throwaway clothes. Some expos (I think Richmond is one) have a vendor selling clothing items cheap, so you can pick up new items and know they’ll be going to a good cause in good condition. I always bring my own though. (sometimes it’s an item my DH is ready to donate) Have to keep in mind that it needs to come off easily, so open bottoms on the legs (will still have to sit down to take pants off) and button/zip tops instead of over the head styles are best. I’ll wear gloves that I get at races or the expo and may or may not ditch them at the start.
  • Depending on where the race is versus where I am (usually at a hotel), I may walk to near the start line to do a jogging warmup, or I may jog to the start line and back to the hotel briefly. (Rule – use actual bathrooms till the last possible moment)
  • When he’s able to come to my races, DH stays with me till close to the start, often encouraging me to move up in the corral, taking my throwaway clothes or gel flask, etc. away for me. He’s great support for my nerves, but at some point, I need to either get in my own head or start chatting to other runners and get in “race mode” so he wishes me well and melts into the crowd to reappear at the finish.

What are your race day rituals? If you’re racing this weekend, have a great race!

 



Tagged! 10 Random Facts

The Friday of Labor Day weekend, I got tagged by talented artist (and runner) Marc Lutz to provide 10 random facts about yourself, tag 10 people you want to know more about, and tag the tagger back. Here we go!

1. My first name and my sister’s first name mean almost the same thing, but have origins in different languages. It wasn’t intentional, AFAIK. Bonus fact: We also have the same confirmation name, which was intentional, and also our mother’s confirmation name.

2. The summer between 8th grade and freshman year of high school, I grew 3 inches and gained 30 pounds. Ow. And stretch marks at 13.

3. I have a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a minor in …. Literature. (specialized in Shakespeare, which I love)

4. I really don’t like heights.

5. I am nervous with sharp or hot things around my hands. Why? Put my hand in a fan and through a glass door as a kid, burned the heck out of my right hand when I worked in a restaurant, burned the heck out of my left in an unpleasant towel fire incident. Very lucky all was ok.

6. I have little to no tolerance for physical/slapstick comedy, with few rare exceptions. I just don’t get it and it kind of annoys me.

7. I once marched in Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade…as a cheerleader for my grade school. The fact that I was a cheerleader would be more shocking than marching in the parade if you knew me well.

8. I am left-handed in handwriting (the kind of left-handed where you smear the ink with your hand) but right-hand dominant in all else.

9. I am incredibly allergic to cats.

10. At birth, I was 4 lb., 9oz. It took 6 weeks in the hospital to get me to the 5 lb weight where they’d let my parents take me home.

Tag, you’re it!

Deb

Tara

SoWhatIRun

Jessica

Christine

Kristen

Carilyn

Kristin

Kate

Lauren

And of course Marc!

Feel free to share one or more random facts about yourself in the comments!