A possible hiccup

Happy Monday.

Today is my birthday (happy birthday to me!) so I am not at work.  That was my gift to myself.

I had a wonderful celebratory weekend thanks to a bunch of surprises by my great significant other.  I’m definitely happy to have today as a day of recuperation.

So here’s what’s new in my running world…

After my good 3+ mile treadmill run in CA i didn’t get a run in on Friday.  I had made the red-eye back to the east coast and a 5:30am arrival doesn’t exactly make for a well rested individual.  I thought about doing my long run on Saturday but was feeling really tired and decided I’d do it Sunday.

Sunday didn’t happen because of the surprises on Saturday that I wasn’t expecting.

But that aside, a run also didn’t happen for another reason.  On Saturday morning I was in the bathroom getting ready and stretched and felt a weird pain in my stomach.  I took note of it and kept moving.  It wasn’t a stomach issue, it just happened to be near my stomach.  Unfortunately it didn’t improve and it may have even gotten a bit worse on Sunday.

6-7 years ago I had a weird bump near my navel that hurt when I put pressure on it.  I went for a CT Scan and was told that I had a fat containing hernia (sounds great, right).  The doctor said that as long as it didn’t bother me there wasn’t any need to do anything about it.  I had my suspicions that my current pain was due to that.

When it didn’t get better on Sunday I decided that I’d go to the doctor on Monday.  I secured an appointment and noon and off I went.

Well, now i’m waiting to be scheduled for another CT Scan and have an appointment with a surgeon next Monday.  Not to say that it will require surgery, but a surgeon would be the one best to determine what I need (after seeing the CT results).

I was told that I shouldn’t run, so it looks like things are on hold.

Of course with the half looming less than two months away i’m a bit worried, but since there’s truly nothing I can do about it, I’m trying my best to just roll with it.

Will update when I have something to share, but in the meantime no running.  Boooo.

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1 Mile High City

Good morning!

I’m travelling for work at the moment but had a few minutes as I’m enjoying my morning coffee.

I’ve been bad about posting so I’ll do my best to get back on track.

Running last week was OK.  I got 2 of my weekday runs in and then missed the third (I think).  My long run was 8 and was planned for Saturday.  My running partner however was away for the weekend so he asked if I could move the run to Sunday and we’d do it together when he got back.  Mind you he was about 3-4 hours away, so waiting for him meant forgoing a 7am run.  Unhappily I said OK.  He said he’d be home by 10a.

On Saturday I had nothing to do and it was great.  I left the house around 9:45 to go to the supermarket and was struck by how hot it was.  Running at this time was definitely not going to work.  But I told him I’d wait, so i wanted to keep my word.

Saturday night I was trying to hydrate like it was no ones business.  I woke up early on Sunday and he called me around 6 to say they were just leaving and that he slept poorly so I should go without him.  Done.

I got out there around 7:30 and even then it was HOT.  The 8 was tough.  I was good through 5 and then took a walking break during 6 and 7 (I think).  But I did it, and that’s all that mattered.

Even though he and I don’t speak when we run, it was weird to do a long run solo.

I got home and assumed my usual post-run position on the deck.

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Those are one of my Athleta pants and I LOVE them!  They just came out with them in green and i’m toying with getting them for the half.

Speaking of the half…it’s less than two months away and my motivation during the week is eh.  I need to work on that!

My birthday is Monday so I’m allowing myself this weekend to celebrate and then seriously kicking things into high gear.  It’s time!

So to this week…

I needed to run three times.  My plan was to take off Monday and then run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Well, of course things never work that way.

I got to Denver on Monday night and slept horribly, so Tuesday morning a run wasn’t happening.  Tuesday was busy with customer visits and then a trip to red rocks (and a little hiking in heels), so no run.  Wednesday morning after a great night of sleep I woke up early and hit the treadmill.

Um nope.  It was miserable.  My knee hurt, and my breathing was horrific. I pushed through and managed a mile.  Out of breath and as sweaty as if I had just sprinted (and I hadn’t).  I wasn’t sure if it was the altitude or just me.  I hopped on the elliptical for about 15 minutes and then called it a day (a

Fast forward to today and i’m in CA and back at sea-level (thankfully),  Woke up early and hit the treadmill again, only this time it worked.  When I got down there both treads were taken, so I did 10 minutes on the elliptical before doing a little over 3 miles.  I could have done more but was running out of time.

It still wasn’t easy (I find the treadmill never is) but it was a thousand times better and yesterday and I feel so much better knowing I completed it.

On the schedule for this weekend is 8 hilly and i’ll be doing it Saturday morning so the rest of the weekend can be all about birthday celebrations. 🙂

Have you ever ran in Denver?  Or somewhere else where altitude plays a part? I was told of a person who did an ironman here and had to make periodic visits here just to acclimate.  That’s dedication.

Have a great week!!

Weekend recap

Good morning!  Happy Monday!  (blech)

This past week of running was an “easy” week, so my long run was only 6 miles.

Woke up Saturday morning wanting to do anything but run.  I probably would have chosen vacuuming over running (and I don’t clean).  We both felt the same way but knew we should just do it.

I’ve become INCREDIBLY tired of my usual route (making a left at the end of my street, and then a right), so I didn’t care where we went, as long as it wasn’t that route.  So we made a right and headed towards our 10 mile route.  (How many times can one person use the word “route” in a paragraph.  It’s excessive, I’m sorry.)

I guess he wanted to mix things up, so we took a right where we’d usually go straight.  Then at the end of that street he took a left.  Why?  Why?  Why?  I knew what was there, so I probably would have made a right.

See the first green section below.

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That was just NASTY.  Nothing quite like running but realizing you aren’t going much faster than if you were walking.  But we powered through and then it was done.  While hills can be miserable, I actually don’t mind them and have found that my recovery afterwards is always improving, which is great.

I keep thinking of this:

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So is that better or worse? I’m thinking the hill on Saturday was worse.  A rough incline gain of almost 100 feet in half a mile.  Well now that I look at it, that gain around 2.5 looks pretty intense.  Oh well, it is what it is.

I digress.  The run was pretty rough.  Although I did start to feel OK around mile 2-3.  He wasn’t feeling so great though so we took a couple of walking breaks.  The last mile…miserable!

We made the decision to take a certain road for a stretch at the end of the run.  it’s one of those roads that we’ve driven a hundred times and assumed was flat.  Not so.  Nothing like a persistent steady slight incline to kill you at the end of a run.

So it was a really rough run, but we finished it, and considering how hard it felt, our time wasn’t too too bad.

Just over two months to go to the half.  Crazy!!  I’m already thinking about my outfit.  Of course it’s a good excuse for something new…and i’m thinking COLORFUL!

Have a great Monday!!!!

4 > 10

Is the number 4 greater than the number 10?

No?  Really?

Then why did my four mile run this morning feel harder than my 10 mile run on Saturday?

According to my sis the running guru, that’s just how running is.  Some days you wonder how you’ve managed what you’ve done in the past.  She had a great time in the Boston Marathon and told me how at one point she did a 10K (6 miles!) and couldn’t come close to her Boston pace.  I guess it just happens.

I used to joke that for me to run, all the planets had to align.  Of course I was kidding, but it’s kind of true.  For me to get a good run in, magic has to happen.  Magic I apparently have no control of.

This morning I needed to get 4 miles in.  Alarm went off at 5:15 and I got out of the house just after 5:30.  The temperature was about 63 degrees, so there was a bit of a chill in the air.  I decided I was tired of my usual route, so I made a left where I’d usually make a right.

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As you may have noticed, nothing around here is flat.  Nothing.  As a driver in a car, I thought these roads were flatter.  Nope!

Today’s route wasn’t the best.  It took me on a stretch of a very main road (which was thankfully quite empty at 6a).  It’s not ever day that I can say I ran past a Lowe’s.  Then it took me on a street that I hate.  I hate this street as a driver, biker, runner.  It’s a curvy street that isn’t that well maintained and it’s just overall eh.

Because there are some sharp turns, you really shouldn’t always be facing traffic as you run, so I did what I never do, and ran on the right side of the road.  Again, thankfully there were no cars.  Well, maybe 2.  And lucky me, one of those stopped to talk to me.  I was thrilled.  A yellow volvo!  My dream car and clearly my dream man!

I’m not really sure what he said to me, but he was a little persistent but once I said “i’m good, thanks” he drove off.  That was a first for me, and even more reason to avoid this street in the future.

But back to the run.  it was tough.  My lungs felt the slight chill in the air (why am I such a wimp).  I felt like I was going at a decent pace but tried not to look at my watch too frequently.  My goal now wtih my shorter runs is to do them faster.

Like I said, it was tough.  The last mile was really tough.  I wondered to myself how I ran 10 when 4 was so hard.  But I kept going and I finished.

Saved my run and checked the Garmin.  Fastest 5K!  Hooray! Still nothing to brag about, but it’s the little victories.  I looked at my lap times and had two miles at 9:59, which for me is HUGE!

It was no doubt tough and not at all fun, but it did feel quite good once it was done.

In other news, my knees still hurt 😦  They’re pretty much OK but hurt after going up and down stairs.  Need to work on that.

In the best news ever, it’s Friday!  Thank goodness!!!!!!

A running survey

I used to do blog surveys and then I stopped.  I’ve always enjoyed reading them though, and so when I read this one, it piqued my interest and I figured I’d give it a go.

It’s running related and since i’m a new runner, I may not have good answers for all the questions, but I’ll try.

1.  Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?

I’d say beach…although I’m not sure I’d like to run on sand.  How about a paved path near a beach?

2.  If you could choose the flavor of gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?

Hmmm.  I always think I like the Lemon/Lime Gatorade but it turns out that I don’t.  That said, I haven’t yet found a flavor I like, so I’ll have to skip this question.  I really just like water!

3.  If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?

Clothes!  I love running/gym clothes, especially when they’re colorful!

4.  Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?

As a new runner I’d say the training plan.  It’s best for me to just be told what to do.  I don’t want to think.

5.  Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?

Really, I’d like it to be towards the beginning but not at the very beginning.  And I think i’d prefer to end the run on a flat, not a downhill.

6.  When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?

Haven’t really  been too successful with this.  It used to be spinning and hopefully it will be again soon, but I’d say biking and hopefully boxing again soon too.

7.  What is your preference—>  Out and back, point to point or loop runs?

I’ve never done a point to point (how would I get home?).  Out and back is my preference.

8.  If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a—>

Good pair of sneakers and an outfit that makes you excited to get out there.

9.  Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?

Wild turkeys, rabbits, chipmunks, maybe the occasional deer.  One morning I smelled a skunk but thankfully didn’t see him/her.

10.  Ever gotten lost while out on a run?

No.

11.  If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days… what would that meal be?

Hard to say since I never know what i’m going to want to eat.  After my 10 mile I swore that I wanted pancakes (something sweet) and once I got to the diner I really wanted something salty.  Maybe just a really delicious smoothie?

12.  Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?

Always capris (or pants in the cooler months).  I hate myself in shorts and everything is just too free to move.

13.  At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?

Probably around 3.

14.  What do you do with your key when you run?

Back pocket, belt, or tied it into my shoelaces.

15.  If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one what it be?

Seeing as I’ve run exactly three 5Ks, I’m not sure I’d relive any.  If I had to, it would be the last one where at mile 3 I threw up.  Good times.

16.  What type of run is your least favorite type of run?

Lately it’s the midweek shorter ones.  I blame work.  I blame work for everything lately.

17.  What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to get your run on?

The fact that I have to run 13.1 miles in October.

18.  When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start?

Usually right from my home, sometimes I’ll drive down to the beach.

19.  When running in daylight—>  are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?

Don’t have sunglasses currently, but I do run in a hat and like that option.

20.  When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?

I’m usually good during the run.  Even if I get tired I can just tell myself to keep going.  The bigger problem is being tired before the run, that’s tough to overcome.  (I blame work) 😉

Feel free to share your two cents on any of these.

Double digits!!

Last week wasn’t a great running week for me.  I was away for work Wednesday through very late Thursday night.  It was a short trip, but those are the worst, and the most tiring.  3 flights in just over 24 hours really isn’t so fun.

I did bring my sneakers and gear, but just couldn’t make a run happen.

After my 8 miles on Tuesday my knees were really hurting.  My left knee got better but my right continued to hurt.  I’d say it was Friday by the time it felt significantly better.

So no running other than 8 on Tuesday happened.  I thought about running on Friday but got persuaded by dinner plans instead.  Oops.  Now that the half is in sight, I need to try my hardest to really stick to the plan.  There, I put it in writing.

Next long run was 10 miles.  Wow!  I had been doing all my long runs on Sundays because I had spin on Saturday mornings.  I no longer have spin, so I figured I’d move my long run to Saturday.  So we got up Saturday morning, got all our gear set and hit the road.

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The route ended up being a bit hillier than either of us expected, but there really wasn’t a whole lot we could do about it.

It was a slow 10.  I will admit that I’m way slower than I would have thought, but I guess that’s OK because it gives me something to work towards in the future.  I think most of my miles were around 11:16 or so.  Maybe a couple around 10:45.

For the first time I had two fuel breaks.  Fuels du jour:

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The verdict on both:  Eh

I had the Vanilla first, around mile 4 and it wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t great.  It had a honey-ish flavor and I guess some vanilla too.  While I didn’t love it, it definitely did the trick and I felt quite good shortly after consuming it.

I really didn’t care for the Lemon Sublime.  I don’t tend towards fruit flavors but it was all we had in the house (I hadn’t had time to buy more).  This one I took around 8.5 or so.  Maybe it helped, but it didn’t really feel that way.

Back to the run…

I felt pretty good for the first 8.5, so so for 8.5-9 and then the last mile was SO HARD.  Most of the run was in the shade, and the last mile was in full sun.  My right knee and the area behind my knee into my hamstring was really hurting.  I was just spent.  I took a couple of walking breaks and then committed to running the last .25.  Phew.  So tough.

But, I was happy that I felt good for 8.5 miles.  During my 8 mile run, I felt good for about 6-6.5, so maybe that’s the trend…feel good for 2 miles less than the total distance.

I need to look into this knee thing.  It’s Monday and it’s still bothering me a bit.  Most when I go up or down stairs.  Has anyone dealt with something similar, and if so, what is it?  I hope it’s nothing that can’t be overcome!

Per my latest schedule, this week is a slow week, so only two runs and then a long run of 6 miles over the weekend.  This means I should be doing other activities on the non-running days.  That I need to work on.  So I will try.

And with that I’m off.  Happy running (or jogging) to all!!

And let me just say that I never in my life thought i’d be able to run 10 miles.  Never!!!!