Sunday, September 17, 2017

It's Race Week!!!

I've been nursing an "area of concern" on my right foot since Wednesday so last week's "taper week" was more of a rest week. This morning I decided to do 2.62 miles of leisurely walking in honor of Race Week and the 26.2 miles I will be run:walking in 7 days 😊...


During my "leisurely walk" I actually threw in a few short bursts of running and surprised myself with a sub-10 best pace...
(It was probably for only 0.00427365 miles but I'll take it)

I'm definitely not in the best physical shape for this marathon (please remind me never to attempt a running streak again) but I know my body can do the distance and I've spent way too much money on these non-refundable Air Berlin tickets to go over there and not get the job done. Plus I already have my racecation apps organized so I need to put them to good use 😉...

It may not have been an ideal training cycle but regardless, in seven days I'm going to #BeatBerlin42...

My race weekend actually comes at a great time. Not training-wise of course, cause I would love to have more weeks to train; but weather-wise since there is another hurricane that looks like it's coming my way (just as I finished all my hurricane snacks)...
Apart from potentially dodging another hurricane, one of the things that I'm most looking forward to is taking Kai on her first European trip. I think I was about her age when I went to Europe for the first time (though that was not my first transatlantic trip) and I place great value on learning about and experiencing different cultures. I'm even looking forward to sampling "Jamaican food with a European influence" at RosaCaleta while I'm there (sometimes you need familiar food when you're in an unfamiliar place 😉)...

In other marathon related news, once I get back from Berlin I will be standing sitting on egg shells eagerly waiting to hear if I get into London 2018...

What do your marathon plans look like?

Have you ever run Berlin or London before?

What's the farthest you've traveled for a race?

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tapering In Time For Hurricane Irma...

I sit and wait for Hurricane Irma to come (and go!). It's been a busy, and as you can imagine hectic, past few days trying to get ready for this storm. But, I've done all the preparation I can: shutters are up... extra water and food... flashlights (and batteries), candles (and matches) are ready... "go bag" in case I need to leave in a hurry... and now I wait...

I'm two weeks away from the Berlin Marathon so technically I'm supposed to be tapering. I did a 12 mile taper run yesterday with a few members of my running group. We actually did two 6 mile loops so some did 6 miles and others did 12...

And now that we are getting closer to the main event of my Fall running season, I'm getting both nervous and excited as each new email update comes out...

Blogging and running will go into "wait and see" mode until after the Hurricane passes. Until then I hope everyone that has been and will be impacted stays safe!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

I'm Only Three Weeks Away...

Three weeks before the marathon typically calls for your last "long run"...

So I set out to complete 20 miles of running (in reality it was mostly walking) very early this morning...

I'm feeling a little more confident about Berlin now. I'm not anywhere near the pace I need to be, but I hope I have the ability to finish the 26.2 miles in the course's 6:15:00 time limit...

Of course I want to be well within the limit (don't we all), especially since Garmin thinks I can do it...

But training has been riddled with injuries so even if there are no marathons PRs on the horizon, I want to finish strong and mark another World Marathon Major off my list (Berlin will be #3)...

Whenever I'm feeling really down about training and pace I remember some of the words of wisdom found on Jeff Galloway's website...
And considering I mostly walked, and it was really humid, I think I will be in good shape for Berlin and the non-humid running weather September will bring over there.

One thing I realized about running, now that I have my braces, is that I'm going to need to figure out a way to get a small burst of sugar energy that does not involve anything chewy. I normally use skittles, but I'm not supposed to "taste the rainbow" with braces on...

Besides my lack of a sugar boost this morning, I was really glad I was able to complete the 20 miles because I've spent the past few months gearing up for a major event at work (which is one of the things that limited my training this season). The work theme this Summer has been...

But now that the "event" is over I'm beyond happy... and apparently so is my administrative leadership team...
(feels good to be appreciated)

What's the nicest thing that has ever been done for you at work?

What are you looking forward to the most in September?

Which World Marathon Majors races have you done?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Reactions, Losses & Deferments

There have been lots of changes to my 2017 running plan in the past few weeks 😔. If you read my last post you already know that my running streak is over. The last time I ran was July 12th, so it's been over a week since I've been out there on the road...

I ended up going to see my orthopedic surgeon and he did a quick check of my leg/ankle and told me I definitely have a "stress reaction" but I needed an x-ray to rule out a stress fracture. Fortunately the x-ray was negative (i.e. no fracture seen) but I still had a left medial tibia stress reaction.

A stress reaction is what the bone undergoes before a stress fracture occurs. Which means if I had continued to run through the pain I would have ended up with a stress fracture... 
Typically stress fractures require a minimum of 4-6 weeks off of running/other impact activities. The recovery time for stress reactions is much less (thankfully) and so I was told to take 2-3 weeks off. 

Fortunately while I'm off running I got the clearance to continue my marathon training on the elliptical and rowing machine, or with cycling, swimming and/or pool running. The variety is key since in isolation none of those activities provide the same amount of thrill as running does. I'm trying to stay focused on the fact that I can still train, because in the grand scheme of things this is a setback but not a road block.

In addition to losing my running privileges for the next few weeks I also lost my wisdom teeth (all four) yesterday. So since yesterday morning I've been dealing with pain and swelling and trying to drink my calories. You don't realize how much you love chewing food until that exact moment when you can't 😩. My wisdom teeth weren't impacted but were causing crowding and needed to come out in preparation for the braces I'm getting next month. Because they weren't impacted I think the worst of the pain is over, despite the swelling being worse today. The pain and swelling are forcing me to stay in bed and take it easy, so that's been benefiting my leg as well...

With all the recent changes to my training plan and mandatory rest days that I've had to take, I made the difficult decision to defer my Chicago Marathon entry until 2018...
The plan to run both Berlin and Chicago was a tough feat to begin with. One which required an ideal training cycle without injuries. Even before my injury my training wasn't going according to plan, so there's no way I'm going to be ready for two back-to-back marathons. As much as I love Chicago and the marathon (it was my first after all) I've never done Berlin before, and the Berlin trip is already paid for (and 100% non-refundable). I'm going to lose the money I paid for the Chicago Marathon registration but I can cancel the hotel and I didn't book my airline tickets so deferring Chicago was the most logical decision. I'm still bummed about it but... it could be worse right?

So between my stress reaction, the loss of my wisdom teeth and my Chicago Marathon deferment, the past week has been busy. I'm taking it easy tomorrow as well (although I plan to go into work) and then hopefully I'll be back in the gym doing my non-impact cross training on Saturday...

What's your favorite non-impact cross training activity?

Have you ever had to defer a major race?

Do you still have your wisdom teeth?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Consecutive Days of Running...

I completed 193 consecutive days of running. One Nine Three. But now...

I made the decision to listen to my body and not my stubborn desire to be a part of the Running Streakers Hall of Fame (I'm actually not sure if they have one... but they should). So I haven't run since Wednesday, in order to rest my ankle, and today was my first attempt at cross training since the streak ended...

I've also been icing my ankle on and off for the past week and it's wrapped up with an ACE bandage most of the time...