Tuesday, June 16, 2015

My Misbehaving Molars & Tangent Training Thoughts

I had to see my dentist yesterday. Worst. Monday. Ever. My molars are misbehaving and have decided to deviate from the traditional vertical growth path. And while they should probably be commended for their self confident expression of uniqueness, they are causing a problem for my other teeth...
So they have to come out. Well, the wisdom teeth do. As in, ALL FOUR OF THEM! I wonder if my wisdom is really connected to my wisdom teeth? If so losing all four is going to be a real problem...
Monday was a rest day, which is typical for me after a weekend of long(ish) runs. I always have these grand plans to do yoga on Mondays, but recently that hasn't really been happening. Plus after my dentist appointment I didn't want to do much. I'm not a big fan of going to the Dentist (is anyone?), but after seeing the estimate for my treatment plan I realized that I probably should have become a Dentist ($$$$$). Oh well.

My training plan is changing again. I know, I know... If you had a penny for every time I've "said" I'm changing my training plan you would have... well actually you would probably only have about 37 cents. But, flexibility is an important component of training so I'm not feeling too frustrated (yet) about the revisions I'm making. I'm taking a new "refill the glass" approach this time...

This week I'm running on Wednesday and Thursday and attempting running 16 miles on Saturday. My 16 mile run needs to happen this weekend! It's an absolute must. So I'm mapping out a strategy and a route that will hopefully make it possible.

So far this is what I've come up with:
1. Find a podcast/audiobook to listen to so that my mind will be distracted for the 3.5+ hours it will probably take me to finish

2. Run with a hydration belt and identify "refill" locations along my planned route (before I start)

3. Walk for a mile (minimum) to warm up properly before I start my run

4. Carb load properly on the days preceding my long run

5. Remember that I'm supposed to carb load

6. Avoid binge watching Netflix shows the night before my long run

7. Hide my iPad so I actually do #6

8. Enjoy my run. Stay focused only on the mile I'm in, while remembering that each mile gets me closer to my goal.

Do you have any other tips for me?

What helps you get through your really long training runs?

Have you ever had to take out your wisdom teeth? How bad is it from 1-10 (10 being the most horrifying excruciating pain in the world)?

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