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Running Week 5/18-5/24

ElizabethAdams2010-05-01 12:06:51 +0000 #1
Running, Running, Running….

I am just loving it these days. As the weather gets better it so wonderful to be out in the sun shine. Yesterday was 80 degrees (in Portland, OR) and I just had to run. We went to the Springwater Corridor (paved trail that runs along the water – no roads or cars, just foot and bike traffic) it was hot and sometimes felt unbearable, but we did our 4 miles. The high after is always the best especially when you can get in the car to go home and crank on the a/c.

Planning to run:

Tuesday 2.5 miles

Wednesday 2 miles

Thursday 3 miles

With my long run on Saturday’s 5 miles this week.

I am also running the Half Marathon that Susan is in October, so getting up to the distance needed is important. Happy running to all!
Susan Otcenas2010-05-01 12:15:22 +0000 #2
Yay, Beth! I'm so glad you're enjoying running so much!

The Girlfriends Half Marathon in October is going to be SO much fun. I'm so excited to be able to do it surrounded by so many of the wonderful, supportive women I know.

And hey - did you know that they feed the runners CHOCOLATE at the end?

I'll run for chocolate. Heck yeah.
Crankin2010-05-01 12:50:45 +0000 #3
I decided to work on speed a bit today, after 2 weeks of trail running and/or increasing my mileage up to 4 miles.

First, I went to see my rheumatologist. It took him about 3 seconds to diagnose my neck problem as a disc issue/pinched nerve. He didn't feel it's related to any sports issues. I think the fact that I now sit down a lot, at the computer, studying, or in class, as opposed to standing up teaching has made my already degenerating discs kvetchy. Well, I got my PT scrip. My therapist is no longer at the place I went to last year. They said someone would call me back, but I am not thrilled. There's a new place, more sports oriented I want to go to, but I can't remember the name. So, tomorrow, I will drive by and scope it out, since I know where it is.

Back to the run. I warmed up for 1/3 mile and ran 2 miles in exactly 20 minutes! Yay! It might have been a sub 10 minute mile, but the last half a mile is up a 3-4% grade, which slowed me down a lot. Then I walked the rest of the way home, about another 1/2 mile.

Going on an easy ride tomorrow (I have dental work in the AM), perhaps followed by another short run.
Urlea2010-05-01 12:32:26 +0000 #4
Wow, you ladies picked the right half marathon to run. Chocolate at the end?Yum!! Great incentive.

Since the car needed to have work done & it was a sweltering (to me anyway, not acclimated yet) 76degrees out today I decided to drop the vehicle off at the shop & run home.

It was close to a 3mile run. Nothing really exciting to report. As I said it was boiling lava hot (to me) and windy. The wind was actually a good thing though as it helped keep me a little cooler.

Overall physically the run felt pretty good, this is the longest consecutive run I've done since the marathon. My muscles, especially the quads, feel like they fatigue easier right now. I did close to a sprint tri in training today so that probably has something to do with it though.

Still awesome to run again! My legs might actually get color this summer.
Susan Otcenas2010-05-01 13:33:53 +0000 #5
Urlea - glad to hear you are recovering from your marathon and not trying to do too much too quickly.

I had a big weekend. 4 mile run Saturday morning plus 30 miles on my bike. Followed on Sunday by an 86 mile bike ride in the Columbia River Gorge - plenty of hills there. So it was no surprise that - even after having a total rest day yesterday - this morning's 8.3 mile run was sloooooow. Total time was 91 minutes.

I really need to get out of the house earlier on these long run days. I left at 5:45 which got me home at 7:15. I can't manage to eat, shower and get to work by 8:00 when I finish my run so late. And I hate being late to work! Still, getting started at 5:00 seems soooooooo early. But I guess a girl's gotta do what a girls' gotta do!
Crankin2010-05-01 13:20:48 +0000 #6
Well, my little bit of replacing old dental work threw me for a loop. I always get nervous with novacaine, because I have reactions to everything. The actual procedure went fine, but I felt wiped out, let alone my mouth aching just a bit. So much so, that when my DH came home at noon, to work at home, we were going to go on a ride later, but about an hour before we were going to go, I had fallen asleep on the couch up in our loft. The printer started going, it woke me up, scared me, and i rolled off the couch, onto the hard wood floor! Oy, was I out of it for awhile. Finally, we ended up going on a 3 mile walk, totally abandoning my plans to ride and then run.

I have an appointment with a sports medicine specific PT on Thursday, to start working on my neck and spine.
roadie gal2010-05-01 13:25:41 +0000 #7
Cranklin, the sports medicine PTs are definitely the way to go. They know what athletes want out of themselves and push you a little more than the PTs that don't deal with *driven* folks.

My new stride is working well for me. I went out on the local multi-user path that runs along the river and did a little over 6 miles in 60 minutes. It's a nice, flat, paved path. So the going was pretty easy and I could get into a rhythm. I swear though, I am the GODDESS of the headwind. It was blowing in my face on the way out and then it switched directions and blew in my face on the way BACK.
Jolt2010-05-01 15:40:16 +0000 #8

Originally Posted by roadie gal

I swear though, I am the GODDESS of the headwind. It was blowing in my face on the way out and then it switched directions and blew in my face on the way BACK.

That sounds like what happens to me on the bike!! Especially when I have a load on the back. As for running, I did about a half hour in the dark tonight around the neighborhood. Got off to a less-than-great start but then got into a better rhythm about halfway through and didn't want to stop!



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