Week’s Running totals: 25
Running Total for 2010: 255.45
Weight training: 2
Swim: a little
Wow, 25 miles for the week for me is rather sad especially since 51 was on the plan – but considering that agonizing cold that I’m *still* enduring some of the effects, I’ll take it and give this week an official title of “recovery week.” I had a full-blown sneezing attack this afternoon that literally left my stomach muscles convulsing and are still relishing in that little angry allergy attack. I think I need to market this, maybe make a video perhaps, as “The Best ab/core workout ever” cuz yeah, that sneezing sucker hurt! Anyhoooo, I’m still heavily medicated with allergy medicine and best I can tell, will be until about June. Let’s recall about 10 blogs back where I told you you’d be sick of me whining about my sinuses….little did you know it’d be mid-February when that hit. But I think the “cold” part of my illness is gone and has left me with my normal allergy crud.
Soooo back to the above numbers for the week and how I got there. Wednesday, I went to the gym feeling about 35% better and decided to just run a few miles. Ran 3.5 with the middle mileage at a somewhat faster than snail’s pace. Did about 10 minutes of weights and was exhausted so excited the gym feeling defeated. Thursday brought me a sinus headache the size of Texas and so slept in a couple hours and went into work late :). After work, a gorgeous afternoon and I ran 5.5 miles @ 8:00 at the state park. That’s a good pace for me on a good day so was stoked it was good pace for me on a bad day. Went to the gym after and got in about 20 minutes of weights - so yeah, combined Wednesday and Thursdays of weights gave me a C- average for the combined two. I’ll take it. Friday nothing physical so to rest the legos for a longer run Saturday. Went to the movies with Abbey and some girlfriends and saw “Valentine’s Day.” Um, I’ll admit it right now I’m all over chick-flicky, sappy, no plot, happily-ever-after movies but this didn’t do anything for me. And it about made Abbey, the artsy chick, almost gag. Still it was nice to have a girls’ afternoon together. Saturday…da da daaaaa…drum roll: it’s not often I go for a run with no pace or specific mileage in mind. I still wasn’t feeling overly great so the plan was to just see if I could go “far” and not push the pace at all so I wasn’t overly fatigued at the end and crawling home – like I like to do! Gorgeous morning, aside from a little too much wind, 47 degrees and sunny for the most part. Just took off slow and ran on the trails and barely looked at my watch and just thought about not much at all. I know, me who has to solve all the world’s problems, wasn’t really thinking. And time flew! I can’t say I felt awesome but I didn’t feel really bad either; I ran strong up the hills (yea glute work in the gym!!!) and found I had energy at mile 14 and I kicked in the last two miles at an 8:05 pace. This NEVER happens in a long run for me. Granted, it was 16 and not 21 and really, the tough parts of a long run really come around mile 16 on for me, but I was feeling pretty darn well – for once! I need more runs like these; runs where I just go and no pace is forced, no thoughts are pulling me down! Anyway, that’s how I ended up with 25 miles in 3 days of running for the week. Today I went to the gym and did a lot of glute and core work and then met Tara for some swimming. Triathlon man was there again today and his “coach” told Tara she should join the master’s swim team. You rock, Tara!!! After about 20 minutes of chit-chatting, we finally got down to business and swam and I was glad Tara felt a lot better today swimming than a couple weeks ago. I was feeling pretty lethargic today swimming and lifting, probably cuz I’m obviously not 100%, but I gotta fight through this stuff now cuz whatever I do have, I think it’s here to stay awhile. So take THAT nasty sinus and cold and lack of sleep crud - I'm gonna go out and run anyway!!!
So I’ve reworked my plan (again) and decided I need to scale back the recovery week from every 4th week to every 3rd week. 9 weeks left to Boston. NINE!!! Whenever the training program gets into the single digits, my heart starts to race a little quicker and panic mode scales upward some. I think this new plan is more feasible to all I’m enduring right now (I still cannot get this sleep thing down. And sinus headaches are constantly screaming. err). Let’s see what the ole legs got in me and let’s get this program going!!!!!!!!!!
Some time ago, I was reading Melissa’s blog and she was doing a Valentine bloggy swap; swapping Valentine cards and goodies, if you wanted, to get to know other bloggers out there. I immediately signed up, I’m that sort of girl that has to partake in anything to meet other bloggy runners - especially if it means something in my mailbox. Friday, I received a large envelope and inside was this, from Danielle:
How cool, eh? She’s so thoughtful. For those that knew me when my blog was overly …. well…pink, you know that these are just perfect for me :)!! Well, I’ll say that the blog wasn’t too pink for ME, but my friends closest to me who don’t really care if they hurt my feeling (ha) told me to get rid of it. Yeah, okay, I listened. Somewhere, though, I need to incorporate SOME pink in it…but that was just a sidetrack note cuz that’s what us A.D.D.ers do, get sidetracked…..but back to my awesome Valentine from Danielle – THANK YOU!!! I heart the socks and the adrobs card. You are the sweetest thing and I will enjoy getting to know you and become great bloggy friends.
I have to say, I am NOT into these Olympics much. I had to stick my head in the freezer to wake up so I didn’t fall asleep during the Opening Ceremonies (some of it was cool but not much) and now I’m finding it really hard to get psyched to watch much right now. Could it be because it’s not running ?? Hum…. My boys really do like the skiing parts though and are glued to that. It just looks so cold to me…and I’ve had enough of winter, thanks.
And finally today's random running comment: my friend, Adam, finished his first ultra marathon, a 50-miler (not a 50K, but a MILER!) yesterday. 2 weeks after running his second full marathon. Yeah, he totally is stud-man. I promise you the day I actually decide I'm running an ultra, you'll be heaing about all my anxiety doing so for about 4 months ahead of time. Check out his blog in a day or two when he gets his race report written. I can't wait!
Week’s End Gratitude:
- Danielle, her blog and the awesome socks she gave me
- My legs still are able to run after that bout of deadly illness
- Valentine candy (and ONE day to eat a few pieces)
- Swimming with Tara at the pool
- Girlies to go to stupid movies with