So it turns out I'm not that good with this whole blog-streak thing.
It just got so boring for the two weeks when I wasn't really doing much. Kind of like how I started this blog right before I hurt my ankle and then stopped writing anything until I was able to run on it again.
But it's Week 15 and it's almost over. I have done two 5 mile runs this week along with an awesome strength training session on Thursday that left me feeling sore in a good way.
Not sure what I'll do tomorrow, honestly. I'm going to re-work my plan (again) because I don't like doing the bike on Sunday. In fact, I think I only made that happen once. So tomorrow might be a rest day in preparation for a big week next week culminating with the Griffith Park Trail Half (#2) on Saturday.
Going to make it a hard ten-miler today because I need it - my other two runs this week were really easy.
Yes, I took a little break. It fell at a good time since my foot was starting to get sore and tired.
But we jumped from 73 days to 66 days while I was away! That's kinda crazy, right?!
I had a great little vacation and there wasn't a lack of walking so I was definitely still moving around a great deal. But it certainly wasn't running, so it's back to that ASAP.
Tonight and tomorrow are 6-mile easy runs. Nothing much to say about those.
The rest of the week includes 2 bike sessions and a 13-miler. And next weekend I have the Griffith Park half marathon! That came up ridiculously fast, but if I get in these two tonight and tomorrow I think I will be ready. I didn't get in the hiking I wanted, but it's a little too late to cram it in. I'm still pretty much in shape from the last one, and I did well, so shouldn't be an issue.
Next week is week 15 which is a race week. And then week 16 is when crunch time begins. I have a goal to hit 100% of my workouts from weeks 16-21. I will consider it a success if I do 6 workouts each week without missing a run. Even if I can't hit the exact mileage!
It's 73 days to go until the Lincoln Marathon!
Yesterday was a 45-minute walk/run that was mostly walking but I tried to insert a little pep in my step. Also my dog likes it.
After that I did some free-weights while I wrapped up the daily convo with my sister where she tried to explain a series of complicating-sounding squat moves that I would never do.
Today I have 17,000 errands but I hope to do SOMETHING later. We'll see what I get up to tonight after all that winds down.
Today's MilePost quote:
"Keep varying the program. Your body will tell you what to do."
Hurray for validation.
Here's a list of things that hurt (a lot): abs, pectorals, obliques, hamstrings, every other muscle in my upper leg except my quads, inner thighs, and every muscle in my back. I did a 20-minute strength training session that I couldn't even finish. My sister did it with me, and she finished it, plus showed me all the moved multiple times. I did have the additional burden of only owning 8-lb free weights, but if you're going to go, you may as well go all out.
Today I slept in til 7 because I have been doing that a lot lately, but I was up a bit later than usual. I will try to either do the bike tonight or just take a long walk with my dog in this amazing February record-heat-wave weather that leaves the evenings after the sun goes down the most perfect temperature.
As I mentioned, I'm taking the week off of running. My tendon is sore and I'm resting it for a week in the middle of my training. I think this is a good idea and I won't be swayed.
I spent some time last night stretching everything in my legs and doing my "nerve glides" which, as I've mentioned before, are supposed to "loosen up" the "trapped nerve" so it doesn't cause pain. I admit it feels a little better today. The other part of the equation is strength training, which I'm going to tackle with more intention starting yesterday.
I also yesterday made my own cashew butter in my new NutriBullet. The NutriBullet will turn raw cashews into creamy cashew butter in approximately 19.3 seconds. Mind-blowing.
This morning I did a rockin' 20-minute abs/arms set with my sister, who, yes, lives 1,000 miles away. FaceTime is the shit.
This week is really busy, and I probably won't run much, if at all. I would like to do the bike tonight or tomorrow morning and again Wednesday morning. I'm worried that it has been contributing to my foot pain, but I can't imagine it's worse than actually running on it, so it's probably the right thing to do.
My sister and I discussed fueling plans this morning and started thinking about what we need to try in training before the big day. Our current strategy for her race is to just do one caffeinated gel at mile 8. The caffeine should kick in around mile 9 and easily carry her through to the end. She shouldn't need any other fuel, and will test this strategy on her two longest runs which are ten miles, but by having the gel at mile 6 in order to test how it holds up for four miles.
Our current strategy for my race is a non-caffeinated gel at mile 8, caffeinated at mile 13, non-caffeinated at mile 18, and a caffeinated at mile 23. If it's REALLY hot out, I'll try to get in the fourth one before I feel too thirty, else I won' t be able to get it down, no matter how early that is. When I ran LA it was just too miserable to try to get down another one after about mile 16.
Speaking of LA, yesterday was the LA marathon and Olympic trials. I have no commentary on that really... except this. My first thought, obviously, is that will RUIN their times. Did they have to wait in line for that? Did they do it really fast? It would have been way better if they did it while running. To each, his own.
I feel lazy and gross. I wanted to run this morning so badly... and while my tendon isn't as sore as yesterday morning, it's still sore.
I could probably do ten miles or so. Ten miles wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. It's not 18 but I have plenty of time for that I think. I can easily shorten by first of three twenty milers.
I don't know that rest will help much, so I'm not convinced that's the best thing to do either. Hiking would be really beneficial for preparing for my trail half in a few weeks. I could even hike the uphills and run the downhills.
The day I didn't do my long run
I woke up at 6 and before even getting out of bed, my peroneal tendon(s) was aching and sore. I have no idea what I did this week, but something really aggravated it. Could it be my 16 mile run last weekend? HA, probably. But it wasn't so bad after I did it. It wasn't so bad really until this morning. Is it because I had a couple of glasses of wine last night?
Regardless, I'm taking it easy today and not doing my 18-mile run. Which SUCKS.
SUCKS. SUCKS. SUCKS.
I have been dealing with this injury for over a year now. It got a bit better - obviously, it got better to the point where I can run 16 miles on it. But it's not all-the-way-better, which is what I would have expected by now. Why is it so sore? What did I do so incredibly incorrectly that it never healed? I use compression on it almost every day. I ice it for a few minutes after the long runs to prevent any major swelling (which I haven't noticed any), and I have been taking Naproxen occasionally as well to keep the inflammation at bay since I started running longer. I have also been stuffing myself with all the healthy fruits and veggies I can manage, eating big handfuls of spinach every day. I've even been drinking tart cherry juice and eating handfuls of dried tart Montmorency cherries because that's supposed to be this inflammation-inhibiting wonder-food. WHEN IS THIS GOING TO IMPROVE?
Do I still have tearing or did the tearing heal? Is it JUST tendinitis? Is it still tenosynovitis? I spelled that right on the first try, so take that, world.
Am I even going to be able to do this marathon?? I mean, will I ever be able to do another ultra?
I'm going to have to revisit my orthopedist even though I think he's useless. Sorry that's just how I feel. He forgets me every time. He hasn't been able to offer any timeline for when it might get better. This would be a perfect time to rant about how all doctors are useless, but that's a long rant and better if I don't work myself up.
I have the Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon #2 in 3 weeks... and I should be ok, but I really need to get in some hiking before then. I would love to go for a nice hike today, but maybe something light instead and a nice hike tomorrow morning. I'm acutely aware that I've been biking and wondering if the bike can make my tendon worse. This is a good question for a doctor, right? I'll just have to see if he can answer it.
Obsessive planning has begun.
My sister and I are officially obsessively planning. Whatever. Dwight D. did it.
We are planning our weekend. When to go to the expo. When to take a run on the Saturday before. What our paces might be and how much of the race we will be able to run together. Where on the course our family can see us. It goes on and on, because my sister and I are both obsessive... I mean, dedicated planners.
Yesterday I did my five miles (yay!) and it felt pretty good except for painful side-stitches-turn-full-on-cramps. Pro tip: don't eat a bowl of lentils 2 hours before a run.
Today I'm hoping to get in a short run after work for three run days in a row!!
My ankle is tight and sore, but not in pain. So I think I should be ok!
It's now 79 days until the Lincoln Marathon. It's approaching quickly. I'm in the middle of training week 13. It's not really that lucky after all.
My foot is a little sore, so I didn't go out for my 8-miler yesterday. I went out for some speedwork instead and it felt great actually. I only did three miles, so I would like to split that up and get in 5 more tonight.
This weekend calls for an 17-miler... and then I get to go a weekend without a long run after that. It's kinda like a big push before getting some rest. I want to do the 17 miles, and I think I can I just have to be ready for it, and not go into it already feeling worn out.
I haven't mentioned it much, but I also have the Griffith Park Half Marathon #2 coming up in only three weeks! It would be beneficial for me to get in some hiking this weekend as well. It might not hurt to try Las Virgenes again I can get in some rolling hills for Lincoln and some hiking for Griffith Park. I guess I will see what kind of time I have this weekend. It takes an entire morning to get out to the trail for 17 miles!
We not have 80 days to go which is 10 8-day weeks!
Good thing weeks have 7 days so we have more of them to go.
I did a ride yesterday and a few glute moves. My arms, abs, and chest are sore from Monday still. Nice!
I also got on the bike for a quick 30-minute ride at moderate to above moderate effort. It felt really good. I'm possibly more motivated to bike at the beginning of the week. If I could run two days in a row I might change my schedule to bike Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday so I could get in three days, and then run three times between Thursday and Sunday, but I think that would be more harm than good right now.
My tendon is sore and tight still in my ankle. Tendinitis is a bitch. And not my bitch, more like the bathroom-scene-at-Comiskey-Park in MBFW where Kimmy finally lays into Julianne.
I want to run today, but I don't know if that's the best thing. I guess if I did 5 miles instead of 8 it would be better than not running with less likelihood of injuring myself further, as if that's possible. Oh, it's possible. It's always possible.