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Running away...week of 11/16/08

Jolt2010-05-01 16:26:55 +0000 #1
Nobody had started it yet, so I thought I'd do so. I don't have much to report other than I am slowly but surely getting back into running now that my IT band is loosened back up. I'm up to 1.5 miles at a time now (adding 0.5 mile after every three runs, on the recommendation of my PT) and so far so good other than a few random twinges in other places, which are probably from not having run for so long and now getting back to it. Hopefully things continue going well. Now my only problem is getting rid of some lingering trigger points in my legs (which seem to bother me more at other times as opposed to running). I think I will try taking magnesium and see if that helps keep them from coming back (they were getting better and them some of them came back a few days ago)--I was doing some research that made me think low levels might be a contributing factor especially based on some of my other annoying issues lately (menstrual cramps that Aleve doesn't help that much, PVCs around the beginning of my period). Can't hurt (well, unless one took really high doses) and seems likely to help--should be an interesting little experiment. I'm sure being stressed out and sleep deprived this semester isn't helping matters either. How's everyone else's running going?

michelem2010-05-01 16:30:53 +0000 #2
Jolt, Thanks for getting this started. I've taken the majority of this week off due to IT problems myself! It's the outside of my right knee that is giving me grief. Last night I did some speedwork on the treadmill and everything felt fine while running -- especially at faster speeds -- but as soon as I slowed to about 10 min. miles for cooldown, and especially when walking afterward -- OWCH!!! I rolled on the gym's foam roller afterward and down toward the knee was really painful.

I'm in taper mode now. This weekend I'll do 13 miles for my "long" run and I'm planning on doing the 5k Folsom Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning as a tempo run. Depending on how the knee feels after the long run, I'll decide whether or not to do some speedwork on Tuesday.

Still struggling with gastro stuff and figure I'll do what I did leading up to the 1/2 (clean the system out and then consume very very low residue in the days before the race -- nothing after 6pm the night before until I'm 30-60 minutes into the race and then start consuming gel and electrolytes, 1 each per hour in 20 minute feeds). Just need to go into this with the full awareness that I may have to stop and use the port-a-potties along the way. Thankfully the "distress" usually doesn't start until about mile 10 or later, so the lines shouldn't be too long at that point.

Oh, Jolt, go easy on the magnesium -- too much can cause diarrhea.
Jolt2010-05-01 16:50:28 +0000 #3
Sorry to hear you're having ITB problems--that bites!! I hope to never have that issue again (and at least now I know what to do for it if it ever does happen again). As far as the magnesium causing the runs, I am a little concerned about that but got a formulation that is supposed to be well-absorbed which should reduce the chance of that particular problem (hopefully) as well as increase the chance that it will actually help. Plus I am being fairly conservative with the dose (starting with 200 mg at night) and planning to concentrate on increasing my dietary intake rather than just taking a large dose of the supplement. I guess we'll see what happens...
michelem2010-05-01 17:04:30 +0000 #4
Time to taper . . . Did 13 miles for my "long" run this morning and it went pretty well. I felt various aches and pains in the legs along the way, but the IT band gave me no trouble at all -- yay!

Of course, it gets really tight if I sit in one position for too long now that I'm done running, but it doesn't hurt as long as I keep moving. Only other problem was recurring side stitches -- first on the upper right side, then the lower left, then the lower right . . . weird that they kept moving around, and very uncomfortable! I really worked on my hydration during this run and it was really hard. I really don't like to drink while running and it makes me feel kind of sick for a while after I take a drink. Just when I start feeling good, it's time for another drink! UGH! But, no potty stops needed during this run -- another yay!

The weather is beautiful today -- started out around 9:45am at around 55 degrees (the low was 41) and it warmed to about 60 by the time I got back home. The high was 66 today, sunny and clear - no fog - nice!

It's supposed to rain this next week, but I am hoping it stays dry Thanksgiving morning for the 10k Turkey Trot. I'm wanting to do it as my tempo run. DH will be playing flag football at that time and he'd be thrilled if it rains so he can get all muddy and stuff.

Hope everyone else has a great Thanksgiving week!

How's the magnesium working for you, Jolt?



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