what to do, what to do

 

You know what I love – Google. Google can tell me almost anything I want to know. A quick google search told me that my “groin” pain, is actually my hip adductor.

 I hate the word groin; it’s weird. It sounds dirty and I just hate saying it. ick

Anyways, I took a muscle relaxer because my hip adductor was really bothering me when I went to bed Sunday night. I woke up Monday morning with no pain there, but my quads are sore – but that’s normal I guess.

I took Monday off from running, and I might take Tuesday off; depends on how my quads feel. I bought the Jillian Michaels yoga melt down last week, so I might try to do that Tuesday afternoon.

Let’s look at October

I am pretty proud of my training for the month of October – I reached my highest amount of miles ever for a single month. I had some really successful long runs. I feel like I’m prepared to run a strong half-marathon come the end of November.

Total miles: 109
# of days run: 16

The number of days I’ve run is really not changing all that much. I think I’ve run between 13 –16 days per month for the last several months. I had pretty good weekly totals during the entire month of October: 25,28,21, & 19.

NOVEMBER

I can’t believe that Tuesday is November 1st! How did this happen! I swear it feels like it was just Christmas!

I love November, I think it’s one of my favorite months of the year. It’s still warm enough to go to the beach a few days, but it also has some cooler days when we can wear sweaters and jeans comfortably. Yes, I do believe that is the perfect month.

November also bring RACE SEASONWhile I did run a half on Sunday, I officially start trying for a half-marathon PR on November 20th at the Women’s Running Magazine Half Marathon!

Planning November

The Women’s half is on November 20th, which is three Saturdays away. So I have two Saturday’s to do long runs before it’s race day again. This is kind of tripping me up.

David told me that I should do my last hard long run 2 weeks prior to race day. Well, that would be this coming Saturday. I think my legs should be fine since I ran a relatively easy paced Halloween Half.

I made up a tentative plan for the entire month. I don’t like making monthly plans. It feels like a lot of pressure – pressure that I put on myself, but pressure all the same.

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November feels like it’s going to be kind of tricky. I’m running two races in the same week, and I’m sort of recovering from a half right now. I’m feeling like if I navigate this month wrong I might end up injured. So this really is a very tentative schedule.

I know I can have a good race come November 20th, but I need to be smart until then. I’m not sure what I want to do for the Turkey Trot. There is also a 5k and I haven’t fully decided if I’ll run the 5k or 10k. I haven’t registered yet and I probably won’t  register until the week of the race.

I’ve been visualizing the course for my upcoming half for a few weeks now. I’m freaking out already. The course isn’t my favorite. In fact, I hate miles 10 – 12.

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I think I like out & back courses better. No turns. Just straight out & straight back is easier (in my head) than a course that that does a bunch of turns.

What’s your favorite type of course? Out & Back, or one like the Women’s?

Maybe I would like a course that takes you around a city if there was actually something to look at… like the Marine Corp Marathon – it would be cool to run around DC and see all the sites. There are no sites in St. Pete .. unless you count the pier, and I don’t. Once you’ve seen it, that’s it. It’s not amazing, it’s just a pier with a weird shaped building at the end of it. wow

I picked this race to PR at because I had such a horrible race last year. I need course redemption. I hope I get that redemption – otherwise I’ll cry. You should all say a prayer for my Mom if I don’t PR at this race. She is going to need it Winking smile  –

I hope this post makes sense. I was trying to write while my Dad & Chris were sitting at the kitchen table solving all the world problems. They solve world problems on a nightly basis, I pretty sure we’ve covered just about everything there is that needs to be fixed.

Maybe I’ll vote for Chris for the 2012 presidential election – He’s probably just as good as the rest of the buffoons that are running.

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Holy crap, the weather is amazing here on the West Coast of Florida!

I’m currently laying in bed snuggled under the covers watching netflix on my phone while I peruse the interwebz. What a lovely way to spend the rest of my afternoon.

On Saturday I headed over to Clearwater Beach to meet up with Jenny & Sherry @ Frenchy’s. Frenchy’s is a bar/restaurant right on the beach – sadly, the weather was not awesome on Saturday. It was super windy and pretty cloudy. Bummer. At Frenchy’s I had a very tasty turkey burger with a side of chips and a mint mojito. .. no pictures – cuz that’s not my thing.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. We just hung around until we went to pick up our race numbers & shirts. The race we were running is a small event, so there is no expo, just a simple shirt/number pick up. We walked right in & right back out. easy peasy.

For dinner we had whole wheat noodles w/ pasta sauce, grilled chicken, and spinach salad. annnnd a glass of sangria with a side of water. yum! Perfect pre-race meal.

DSC04304Race Day:

We got up at 5am, which is later than I ever get up for races – it was lovely. I live at least an hour from any race. Jenny only lived 30 minutes from the race – glorious. 

For breakfast I had a blueberry bagel (plain) with a cup o’ coffee. Jenny had some pumpkin spice creamer – crap, that stuff is good!

We arrived at the race around 6:40, for a 7:05 race time. It worked out perfectly. This was not a huge race (500 people + or –)  so there weren’t huge lines for the port-o-potties , and getting there at 6:40 also meant we didn’t have to stand around in the cold & wind for to long. It was in the high 50’s at race time, and the wind was blowing between 13 – 15mph (I looked it up).

The horn sounded @ 7:05 and we were off. Our goal was to avg a 9:20 – 9:30 pace. The three of us ran together for the first 3 miles, and then Jenny took off & Sherry I finished the last 10 miles together.

I came into this half-marathon knowing that I was there to support my friends and run at whatever pace they wanted to run. I was comfortable with this – what I didn’t anticipate was how difficult that actually was. My legs felt great, and I wanted to run – but that’s not what I was there for.

The wind was rough. We had a headwind for way to many miles. I don’t know how many exactly, maybe 5.5, but 1 mile in a headwind is to much in my opinion.

This is the 3rd time I’ve run this course so I knew what to expect for the course, but the wind was a whole different beast. The other 2 times I’ve run this course there has been some wind which gets worse around mile 7 when the trees taper off, but the coverage comes back and the wind dies down. When we hit the “no tree zone” it was like slamming into a brick wall – the wind hit hard- curse words were flying – it was brutal.

I can’t speak for Sherry, but I think the wind played a part in her mental defeat. It’s hard to be a motivator – I tried to be motivating and not be annoying at the same time, but that’s a pretty hard task. She must have rolled her eyes at me 100x over the course of 10 miles Smile with tongue out  .

At some point she said she wasn’t feeling well – lightheaded,clammy hands.. the works. So we walked. We walked for what seemed like forever – I have no idea how far it actually was, but it was a few minutes. We tried to run again, but her body wasn’t cooperating. It was frustrating for her, to say the least. She trained really hard for this half, and this isn’t how the race had played out in her head for the last few weeks.

It’s really hard to see a friend struggle through a race. 10 miles is a long way to struggle.

We ran/walk for about the last 3 miles of the half – at some point, around mile 11 I think, Sherry told me to just go ahead. Nope. Not doing it. I told her that I didn’t come to race, I came to support, and if that meant I had to walk the last 2 miles of this race then that’s what I would do.. and that’s what we did. We stuck together and saw the damn thing through to the end.

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uhm. yah
Not exactly the results that we were hoping for today.

I really like this race course; It’s perfectly flat and nice scenery. It goes along a trail near the beach, so you can see the Gulf for a little ways, then your blocked by trees until it opens up where you can see the Skyway – which is pretty, but horrifying to drive over (I never realized how much I don’t like driving overy very tall/gigantic bridges).

When we finished there were some bananas, and orange left – but no donuts or cookies… bummer, a donut sounded lovely. There was a pasta buffet thing, but hot pasta just doesn’t do it for me after a race so I skipped out on that.

We didn’t stick around for awards, it was cold, and we were hungry. We googled the nearest Cracker Barrel and headed there for a feast! Once again I pigged out – I had chicken biscuits, eggs, hashbrown casserole & coffee. YUM!

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Sherry, Jenny, Me

I won’t ruin Jenny’s fun and tell you how she did. I think she will write a recap – You can read about her race on her blog.

 

I’m having some soreness in my left inguinal (groin) area, so I’ll take Monday and possibly Tuesday off to let that rest. It’s worrying me a little, but I’m hoping it’s nothing a little rest can’t fix.

Tomorrow I have to figure out a training schedule for the next 3.5 weeks until the Women’s Half.

Congrats to all the Striders who ran the Marine Corp Marathon! (super glad I wasn’t in that chilly chilly weather! & Congrats to a friend from high school, Chase, who completed the Miami half-iron man today!

no motivation here

Oh my gosh, this week – It’s just taking forever.

I really just want it to be Saturday already – I’m ready to hang out w/ my girly friends! I’m ready to run this race (even though my right hammy is tight.jerk.)

I’m ready to see how all the Striders do at the Marine Corp Marathon this weekend.  (Wish them luck!) GOOD LUCK STRIDERS!

I know Chase is ready to kick ass at the Miami Half Ironman this weekend!
NEVER QUIT, Chase! You are going to kill it!

 

After work today I headed to Target to pick up a list of things that we are in need of. Good stuff, like toilet paper, paper towels, face wash, deodorant and the list went on & on.. Ugh. I hate spending my money on that kind of stuff, even though they are necessities.

then.

When I got home, Chris informed me that the bag of frozen chicken wings I bought on Monday only had about 10 wings in it. what the heck. This is why I should not go to the grocery store hungry – I buy random crap that I wouldn’t normally buy. Since I didn’t have enough wings for both of us I had to go back to town to hit up Publix

While I was driving to Publix I got this text from Jenny:

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she is so funny.

I called her to inform her that: I’ve only run 3 miles since Sunday, and I had no motivation in me today. A motivational speech wasn’t happening. We agreed that Friday was a better day for a run.

I’m a bad friend.

I swear I’ll run on Friday. I just don’t feel like doing anything this week. Next week will be better – I hope. Even though my mileage stinks this week, I will run 100 miles for the month of October – Do you hear/see that David?? 100 miles !!!

What do you do for motivation when you don’t feel like working out/running/whatever ??

If you call a friend, do they suck as bad as me?

I sure hope not.

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Wyatt is so busted. He tried to tell me that he wasn’t digging holes in the backyard.

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The sand on his face is a smoking gun. That is a crappy picture – the camera is old. I was in a hurry; he will only hold still for about 1/2 a second –

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Nice Wyatt, real nice. You are in trouble.
(I’m not squeezing his face. I’m just hold it so he’ll look @ the camera) Don’t call PETA.

boring is good, right?


yes please.

 

Have you read Ali’s post from Tuesday? If not – you should. Good stuff.  — I never want to feel like blogging is a job. I never want to feel like I have to post.

 

Life has been pretty boring lately, but that’s a good thing, right?

I’m really super amazing at tapering. So good in fact, that my first run of the week didn’t even happen until Wednesday – definitely not what I was planning, but what can I say? I like to take advantage of taper week.

Monday was a planned rest day after Sunday’s 10 mile run. I did nothing but clean the kitchen, and lay on the couch and watch Netflix. Chris didn’t get off work until midnight.

I had to take my car to Toyota on Tuesday and I spent 2.5 hours sitting in their lobby waiting for them to replace 2 of my tires and do an alignment. Honestly, why does that take so long?

Hallelujah for the Netflix iPhone app! I’m currently watching season 2 of the show Flashpoint – I brought headphones to the Toyota dealership so that I could watch Netflix without bothering anyone else that was in the lobby.

By time I finally made it home it was time to make dinner, which by the way, ended up being pancakes & eggs (yum!). Running was the last thing I wanted to do, plus, it’s taper week, so it’s okay to skip a run..right?

I finally decided that I could/should run on Wednesday. An easy 3 miles. Unfortunately it was still kind of hot when I headed out to un at 5:30. I ran with just a stop watch. I like to run Garmin free during taper weeks. It helps me to just relax and not focus on pace.  3 miles, 27:00, 9:00avg .  I struggled a little – my calves felt tight, and my IT band on my right leg was screaming. wah.

When I got home I made sure to stretch really good, and foam roll that cranky IT band.

I need to get that IT band under control before it controls me.

On Tuesday, in a fit of frustration I called bright house and cancelled our cable & home phone. It doesn’t actually turn off until I turn in the cable box – so I’m soaking up as much trash TV as possible in the next few days. I’m turning the box in on Saturday – after that I’ll be relying on HULU & Netflix to keep me entertained.

Have anything exciting to share?

 

Post run yucks

If you are a runner, or cyclist, or whatever, then I probably don’t have to explain to you what the post-run yucks are. Even if you don’t know, I’m not explaining it.

sorry.

Chris & I got up early this morning so that I could get a 10 mile run in. I asked him to ride his bike while I ran to keep me company, and also so I can run outside of our very small, and very boring neighborhood. I’m not totally comfortable going to the local trail by myself. It’s kind of rural, not to many people on it, so I felt better having Chris a long.

This 10 miles was supposed to be at an easy & relaxed pace. I told myself (and Chris) that I wanted to stay between 9:15 – 9:30.

uhm.

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Close, right?

I clearly struggled to keep it at a relaxed pace. 9:02/avg is more relaxed than a normal long run, but not quite what I was aiming for. It just felt so nice outside, and I was feeling good. Chris kept telling me, “I think you are speeding up again.”

This route is a little hillier than my normal route. Not hilly compared to routes my friends outside of Florida run on, but hilly for me just the same.

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Nothing serious, but check out the elevation on my normal Saturday route.

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Flat is beautiful.

After my run we came home, I ate scrambled eggs, drank coffee & watched netflix all while I was taking an ice bath – it was glorious! 

Once we were fed, showered, and dressed we headed back out to the shooting range. Chris just bought a new gun and he’s been dying to shoot it. We met Chris’ brother at the gun range and spent a few hours shooting…and this is where the post run yucks hit me. super convenient. yah. I’ve spent the last several hours wanting to curl up in a ball.

I can pretty much pinpoint why I got the post run yucks. dehydration. I drank a lot less on this run than I normally run – I also drank zero ounces of water after my run. Can we say stupid.

super stupid.

Don’t worry. I’m paying for it. I won’t make this mistake again.

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I am running the Halloween Halfathon this coming Sunday, with Jenny & Sherry so my schedule this week is going to be an easy week with low mide-week miles. I’m not running to PR, but I still want to have nice and fresh legs.

Monday – rest
Tuesday – 3 miles easy w/o garmin
Wednesday – 4 miles easy w/o garmin
Thursday – rest
Friday – 3 miles easy w/o garmin
Saturday – rest/beach with Sherry
Sunday – race day (13.1)

total: 23.1 miles    

I am really looking forward to some relaxed miles this week, and a great half-marathon next weekend!

incase you were wondering about the random pictures of scenery – they are from my brief trip to North Carolina.

I’m going to go broke

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excuse the dirt streaks. That’s the windshield of Chris’ truck.

Friday evening we drove to Clermont to celebrate my cousins marriage! It was a beautiful ceremony, and a really fun reception! – I tried Muscadine wine for the first time. Apparently I like it; Chris said I was getting loud. I don’t think so, but it’s what he says, so it must be true, right?

Saturday morning I woke up early(er) than I wanted to meet my BFF @ Cracker Barrel of r a gigantic breakfast! Whoa. I had the Old Timers’ Breakfast – I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know the calorie count of that breakfast.

I ate: 2 scambled eggs, hashbrown casserole, grits, bacon, biscuits & coffee.
can we say. WHOA. It was SO tasty, and I didn’t feel guilty about it what-so-ever. I rarely feel guilty about the food I eat. Maybe I should though?

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Recently (like Friday) it was brought to my attention that I could join the Half-Fanatics in December. To join the half-fanatics you have to meet various criteria. I am scheduled to run the Halloween Halfathon next weekend, then the Women’s 1/2 on Nov 12, if I run the Holiday Halfathon on Dec 11 then I can join the fanatics under the Neptune Criteria.

The criteria for the Neptune is:

  • 2 half marathons w/in a 16 day time frame
  • 3 half marathons w/in a 3 month time frame

The website says I have to complete one of the following, and lists all the various levels – So, I’m not sure if I have to complete an entire level, or just one of the bullets in a level. – If I have to meet both of those criteria, I won’t be eligible for the Neptune membership. bummer.

 

I think it’s about time that I plan out a race schedule. It is race season here in Florida, and I need to plan out which races I’m going to blow my life savings on.

So, here it is: – I’ll prob have a few 5ks as well, but nothing is determined yet.

Oct 30th: Halloween Halfathon
Nov 20th: Women’s Half-Marathon
Nov 24th: St. Pete times forum Turkey Trot 10k
Dec 11th: Holiday Halfathon
Jan 14th: St. Pete Beach Classic, 10k
Jan 22: Clearwater 1/2 (possible)
Feb 12: St. Pete RnR
March 3: Gasparilla 15k
March 18th: Florida Beach Halfathon 

Obviously all of these 1/2 marathons depends on my knee health as each race approaches. I am only registered for the first 2 halves. Each one after that will be dependent on the one before it. This will probably cost me a little more in race fees, but not as much as if I register & then can’t run because of an injury.

So, Florida runners, or anyone: Are you running any of these events?
Let me know!

I guess I’ll never learn

last night before I went to bed my tongue was numb

I didn’t eat anything new, or that I think I’m allergic too, so I don’t think it’s an allergic reaction. but, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little scared to go to bed.

I clearly have issues.

I’m 26, about to be 27 in December, and there are some things that I’ll never learn. Like, eating oatmeal before it’s cooled down will burn your mouth. Or, drinking to many drinks will get you drunk no matter what your drinking. Or, the one that I seem to do the most often – eat before a run will always lead to a side pain which will eventually turn into a massive cramp.

It’s a fair evaluation that my 6 mile run was worse than my 5 mile run on Wednesday. After I got off work Thursday I ran into the grocery store to grab one potato – I also grabbed a little bag of trail mix because I was hungry. I knew before I even picked up the bag that this was a bad idea. I’ve been down this road before, at least 1,000x.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different outcomes, right?

I’m insane.

side note: I just looked up the definition of insanity. it doesn’t say have my definition, but I swear I’ve heard that before… further proving my point that I’m a little bit off.

So I set off on my run and all was well for about the first 2 miles, then this little side pain came creeping in. It hung out under my ribs on the right side. It progressively got worse. I stopped to walk twice (I think) and stopped to stretch 2 or 3x.  At mile 5.5 the side pain creeped it’s way across my stomach into a gigantic cramp. I couldn’t take a deep breath. It sucked.

I hope I’ve learned my lesson. Don’t eat immediately before a run, idiot.

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whatever. 6 miles is 6 miles.
it could have been more productive
I also hate the socks I was wearing
won’t wear those again

What’s your policy on eating before a run?

Happy FRIDAY!

say it ain’t so

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The week is winding down.

The weather is starting to turn cooler, at least this week, and it feels amazing!

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Get outta here with the high of 70 for 2 days in a row, WHOA! That’s great news! I’m so sad that I don’t get to run with the group on Saturday morning! The weather is going to be PERFECT! — I just hope the temps stay cool for a few weeks so that I can have nice weather at both of my upcoming half-marathons.

When I got home from work today I putted around the house for awhile until I could get motivated to change into clothes and go run. The cooler weather should have motivated me, but the wind was blowing around 20mph (I looked it up) and that counteracted any motivation that I might have had.

I had 5 miles on my calendar today, so that’s what I did. I went out to fast, and every mile was pretty much a struggle, with the exception of mile 5, when my legs finally decided they wanted to cooperate.

I wore the Brooks Pure Cadence today – I’m not sure if that was the culprit of my calf pain or if my legs were just tight from not doing much for the last few days. I stretched at 1.5, 2.5 and re-adjusted my shoe laces. They were pretty loose so I tied them a little tighter.

to tight.

then I loosened them. I felt like I was playing a losing game today. Thankfully the wind wasn’t a head wind, it was blowing at me from the side, so I guess that  was one thing working in my favor.

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I can’t complain about my pace, it was a pretty great run pace wise, but dang if my calves didn’t want to explode the entire time (except mile 5).

Tomorrow: 6 miles, in delightful temps.

I can’t wait.

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Cold, hot, wet, dry? a combination?

Great week of training

I’m still awake.

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Last week was one of the best weeks of training I’ve had, ever.  I had a 28 mile week, that’s the most miles I’ve ever run in one week. Generally I top out around 25 on a really good week, like really good week. I’m doing good to reach 17 miles/week.

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I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that those number are weekly totals, not daily.

As you can see, lots of mileage isn’t my forte. I guess I’m a little bit of a lazy runner…

Last Week: Oct 10th – Oct 16th

Monday – 4
Tuesday – 5
Wednesday – R
Thursday – 6
Friday – R
Saturday- 13
Sunday – travel

Total- 28 miles

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This week is definitely not going to be as stellar as last week.

Monday – longest 14hrs of my life in a car
Tuesday – ha ha ha ha ha
Wednesday – 5
Thursday – 6
Friday – wedding
Saturday – out of town for wedding. possible short run
Sunday – 10 miles easy

total- 21 miles

At the end of last week (Sunday) I was at 69 miles for the month, at the end of this week I will be at 90….

OMG! I’m definitely going to break 100 miles this month! That is great motivation to make sure I stick to my self-made training plan for the next 2 weeks!

I’ve never topped 100 miles – I actually don’t think I’ve ever broken 90 miles/month, I checked. I haven’t. 88 miles is the most miles I’ve run in one month in the last year, and I’m 99.9% positive I’ve never run more than that.

What’s your highest mileage for any given month?   I know those of you who are in training, or just finished training for marathons probably have huge mileage, right? What about a normal month when you aren’t training?

I’m going to bed now.

for real.

ew shut up

Holy crap, I’m tired.

I hate to keep talking about the fact that our ride yesterday seemed like an eternity, but dang, it was long. We pulled into my Grandma’s driveway around 10pm, and we pulled into our drive way at home around 12.

I’m so tired I’m getting on my own nerves. The Dr. is getting on my nerves, and that doesn’t happen. He’s always so nice, but today, I’m just over it. I even almost just started crying on the phone w/ another Dr. office because she said I was being rude. I totally wasn’t. Like really, I wasn’t. I don’t even have a clue why she thought that, except she kept asking me to repeat myself, and I guess she thought I copped an attitude after telling her my name, twice. but I didn’t. swear. i’m just effing tired dude.

I think it’s safe to say I won’t be running today. I’d probably fall asleep putting my shoes on.

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