Saturday, July 28, 2012

Up North

My legs have been cooperating  (some what) since Monday. Unfortunately, now I am trying to continue training while running at altitudes I am not accustomed to. I have spent most days feeling pretty dehydrated and have finished most of my runs completely destroyed.
Everyone adjusts to changes in altitude differently, and I do not handle it well. Most of the time running my legs feel heavy and sluggish. I shuffle through most runs...amazed if I find myself hovering around 7:00min per miles. Most days I have just forgot the garmin and just run for time.
As for workout paces, they have needed to be adjusted. Houston and I discussed that the conversion was probably 10 seconds per mile, which is fine...on the flats. Most hills I feel myself gasping for air and barely being able to come within 30 seconds of goal pace. For those of you that follow training, my not-so-exciting log is below.

Monday: short jog, travel all day
Tuesday: 75 minutes in Edmonton (starting to get my legs back)
Wednesday: 62 minutes, hilly (Athabasca, dehydrated, tired)
Thursday: 84 minutes w/ 20 min @ progressive tempo 5:50-6:20 pace (chest cramp, had to stop to stretch it out for a few seconds) + 8X30 seconds hard (Athabasca)
Friday: 90 minutes w/ 4 X5min @ marathon pace w/ 90 sec jogs (6:15ish) after an hour (Edmonton)

Sunday, July 22, 2012


I'll spare you many of the details but obviously things didn't go very well. Oh Well!

By 800m in I already felt weak. By 3 miles I was still on pace but dizzy and light headed. By 4 miles I realised I was going to have to drop out or end up in a medical tent.

When I met my husband and Maddy at just over 10k, I was already running 6:50 pace.

I fried myself a few weeks back. Live and learn, time to get recovered and focus on the fall. Hope everyone else had a successful weekend of training and racing.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I'm still here.

I've been told I need to update my blog. I guess I was kind of surprised someone noticed. Lets just say that I have not had the best two weeks of legs have had a hard time coming back after the Rez Run this past Saturday (it made Mount Schmidt look like a speed bump). Unfortunately it was not the relaxed tempo I had expected (I got to the race just before the gun went off) and definitely not in this heat.

So here we are, sitting in our over-priced hotel room in downtown Chicago waiting for Maddy to wake up from her 2 hour afternoon "nap" (must be nice). Tomorrow I race Chicago Rock 'n' Roll half,  and Monday we are attempting to fly to Canada to visit family ( that's another complicated story). I would have said three weeks ago that I was looking for a PR. However, after how the last two weeks have will be what it will be.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and good luck to anyone racing.


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Lesson learned!

I would like to say that this week was the best week ever, but then I would be lying.  The awesome week I had last week was about opposite to what I had this time around. Sure I still got in some decent miles, and Saturday’s workout was acceptable, but I suffered a bad bout of dehydration and spent the whole week recovering from it. Live and learn I guess.

If anyone is wondering what the heck happened to the time trial, we rescheduled until late/early fall because of the heat. Last week we were experiencing record highs across the state and temperatures were hitting over 100 during the day and staying above 90 until late into the night. It would have been a death march. Therefore I preceded to get in some major miles…in the heat. And, like I said, probably had one of my best weeks ever.

After last Saturday’s 20 miler I started to feel like I could accomplish anything, and so I continued to run many miles and not doing the things I needed afterwards.  Honestly, when it comes to the nutrition/recovery after long runs and hard training sessions, I sometimes get lazy. I want to train like crazy and then drink coffee and eat a candy bar. I need to do better about these things. And so, I signed up to run the Watermelon Classic in Jackson, MS on July 4th on pace for another 90 mile week.

Because the drive to Jackson was a little over 2 hours, we were up around 3:00am Wednesday morning. We took Maddy because we heard there was lots of watermelon ( her favorite food ever) and a tot trot for children under 3 years old. She slept most of the way there.
 After the warm-up that morning, I knew something was wrong. My legs were heavy, my hands were shaky and I had a headache that I couldn’t shake. Standing on the start line I started to feel cold and light headed. I still thought that things would go away once the race started but I should have known better.

But things got worse after the gun went off. By the first mile I was already slow. My breathing was labored, my legs were wobbly and I felt pretty useless. And so I made the decision to throw in the towel early (and just run, not quit) knowing that I was doing more harm than good. Being that the second place female was already pretty far behind, my goal was just to win the race. I think this was best (I did end up winning, but it wasn’t pretty). When I was done I had a hard time walking, I quickly grabbed two Gatorades and drank them both before trying to cool down. I struggled there, too.
When we finally got home, I slept for two hours… but the headache and lightheadedness just stayed with me.
Then I spent the next few days trying to recover. My legs cramped badly all week so  I over consumed water, SaltStick and Gatorade, and salty foods. By Saturday morning I felt half way decent.

Being that we (Houston and I) typically run at Boardtown Saturday, I drove out there and ran a random loop with a hill in it. I didn’t expect Saturday to go amazing because I was alone for this session and it was a million degrees + humid as crap.
It went better than I expected but it wasn’t perfect. The 1st and 3rd interval took you up a nice size hill so they were typically slower towards the end. The second and last interval should have done the opposite. Things were going pretty well until the last 800m of number three. I got a stitch in my chest and started to cramp up again. I told myself that I would run as long as I could on the fourth one. I made it about a mile until the same symptoms returned.  I stopped before I really did some damage.

So “jogging” a road race and not finishing a hard session was not how I would have liked to finish this week, but it is what it is. I am not a machine, I am human…and every once and a while we are going to have rough patches. In the end, I really should have seen this week coming. (Just for the record, the few minutes it took me to type this, my legs are cramping up like crazy! Still have some ways to go!)

This week’s log:
Monday: 13 miles w/ 5X45 seconds at 5:20-5:10 pace during the last mile
Tuesday: 9.5 miles w/ 4X30 sec @ 5:13pace
Wednesday: 3 mile w/u, Watermelon Classic 5km road race, 1st (suffered dehydration before/during/after, not recovered) 4.5 mile c/d with the jogger
PM: 4 miles
Thursday: 8 miles w/ Kelly…felt terrible but got it in
Friday: AM: 20 minutes (Maddy was awake from 1:00am-5:00am so I slept in)
PM: 8.5 miles at good pace (felling bit better)
Saturday: AM: 3.5 miles, 4X 10min @ HM pace (2-3 rest) started to feel the dehydration/lightheaded on the last interval so I stopped at a mile, 4 miles (hot, humid). Not my best but still positive.
1st 10 min - 6:02, 5:58 (pace)
2nd 10 min - 5:51, 5:56 (pace)
3rd 10 min - 5:51, 5:59 (pace)
4th 10 min - 5:54 (stopped at the mile) ~14.5miles
Sunday: AM: 30 min PM: 45 min

Miles for the week: 81

Monday, July 2, 2012

This past week's log

Monday: 11 miles moderate/good pace
Tuesday: 3+ mile run to track, 6X400m @ 75-76 sec w/70 sec recovery, 3+ mile run home
PM: 3 miles easy
Wednesday: 11 miles (treadmill) 7:03-6:49 pace
Thursday: AM: 2.5 mile w/u, 42 min progressive tempo (10 min @ 5:56 pace,10 min @ 5:52 pace, 8 min @ 5:49 pace,14 min @ 5:46 pace) 2 mile c/d  
PM: 25 minutes 
Friday: 10 miles easy
Saturday: 20 miles progressive treadmill run in 2:09:40 (5 miles @ 6:53-6:40, 5 miles @ 6:31, 3 miles @ 6:15, 6 miles @ 6:11, 1 mile  @ 6:07)
Sunday: AM: 50 minutes PM: 49 minutes

90 miles for the week.

Ok so I'm not about chasing miles and typically I don't like to run more than 10 miles on Sunday....but I felt so good running this afternoon (and it was actually not 100 degrees for once) it was just too easy to keep going. Here it is, my first 90 mile week ever! If things go as planned, there will be many more of these to come!