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Keep on Running Week of 11/09/08

michelem2010-05-01 18:42:24 +0000 #1
So, you all know I had a crappy 20-mile treadmill run the weekend before last. It took me almost a week of no running to get over it. My legs were absolutely fried. I couldn't even get through my ballet class last Wednesday night.

I posted in last week's thread about my good Saturday morning 10-miler. It got me excited about doing my long run today.

Had today off work for Veteran's Day and awoke at 5:30am to get ready for my long run (planned to do 20). I was really hungry ( actually woke up around 4am with my tummy growling and made myself go back to sleep). Did not eat or drink anything before heading out the door. Planned to get out the door around 6:30am, but due to potty issues did not get out until almost 7:30am. It was pretty chilly and foggy this morning. I'm still trying out different fueling/hydration plans and this morning headed out with my Nathan again. In 2 of my 10 oz. bottles I had 1-1/2 Hammer Gels each mixed with water. In the remaining two bottles I had 3/4 scoop of Sustained Energy and 1/2 Hammer Gel in each, mixed with water. All was well until about mile 10 and then I got hit with diarrhea -- GRRRRR. I just don't know what to do anymore! It seems no matter what I try I get the runners trots!

The other big problem I had today was leg pain! My right leg was HURTING big time. Basically what I had been dealing with all last week after the treadmill fiasco. I had to walk some hills due to the pain and cut my run short. I ended up around 18 miles, but it took me 3-1/2 hours.

So, looks like I'll be taking more time off this week. I am getting really worried as the marathon is just about a month out.

I'm thinking my shoes may be part of the problem. They are over a year old now and I feel my right foot kind of slipping around. But, I just don't know what kind to get now! They don't make the ones I have anymore (New Balance 767's -- the 768's do NOT feel the same and I don't like the feel at all!). I went to our local running shop tonight and had the same problem as usual -- they only had two styles in my size for me to try on. In AZ we had a great running shoe shop that would video tape the customers on the treadmill and analyze what type of shoe was needed. It's been almost 8 years since I've had that done, and I think I need something like that again but don't know where to go. I tried Fleet Feet once and I got a complete idiot. He said I need a shoe a full two sizes larger than what I wear and when I said I felt like they were going to fall off my feet he said he GUARANTEED that was the size I needed and wouldn't bring me shoes in my size. So, I left.

Okay, enough from me. Let me hear some encouraging stories from all of you this week!

teigyr2010-05-01 18:45:01 +0000 #2
I know there is a great running store in San Diego but I think you are more north than that?

I did a 5 mile run today. It's a rest week and one of my legs is acting strangely but it's mostly ok.

I did a great trail race on Sunday! DH went out with me and for a non-runner, he did a great job. It was muddy and slippery and there were trees across the trail. It was FUN.

I hope things get better for you. There is enough time to investigate shoes I think. And I bet new shoes would help a LOT.
Grog2010-05-01 19:18:33 +0000 #3
Sorry michelem about your soreness and shoe problems. Considering the mileage you're putting in, I'm pretty sure you need new shoes. The shoe stores around here (Vancouver, BC) let us try the shoes on (running outside on the sidewalk). I know I need neutral shoes (you can make the test for yourself, you'll easily find instructions on Runners' World website for example) and from there I try the shoes and find a pair that works for me. No injuries (connected to the shoes anyway) so far!

I had a great trail run (14 km) on Sunday morning and this morning at dawn (i.e. 8 a.m. these days!!) I got my running partner out for a 35-minute run in the POURING rain. It was also very windy and her hat kept flying off. Quite the adventure. I am increasing mileage and feeling a bit sore right now, but finding pleasure in running too, which feels nice.
alpinerabbit2010-05-01 18:58:04 +0000 #4
I had two 30min runs within three days, concentrating hard on form which ends up with my thigs fried, because they take most of the load.

Also been working hard with the massage balls on thighs, front and side, butt, calves&shins.

Loads of trigger points that radiate. I hope to get a handle on them like this, else my running will never progress.
OakLeaf2010-05-01 19:36:53 +0000 #5
Michele, I don't put in the mileage in a year that you do in a month, but thought I'd share my recent shoe buying experience, just because (1) I have long toes, which means that most shoes that fit me per a size measurement and don't cramp my toes, also are way too big for my actual feet; and (2) I was in NB 766s.

I'm now in Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 in Wide, a size and a half bigger than my old Regular width NB 766s. My heels don't slip, my arches are supported, my toes aren't cramped, my toenails aren't getting pressure, the big callus on the outside of the ball of my foot isn't getting aggravated. At age 49 it's a total revelation to me that shoes can fit this well.

I'd tried Mizunos years ago... these fit way differently. I tried out the Wave Rider 11 also and they were an equally good fit, just not supportive enough for me. So. Might be something to try if you haven't given the larger sizes a chance. Warning though, the Inspires are breaking down VERY quickly, and I'm not that heavy - I've read that complaint about them on 'net reviews, so it's not just me.

My own running.... well, I'm still slacking off

After Indian Summer last week and four good-length rides in 70 degree sunshine, we now have highs in the low 40s, cloudy and miserable. I'm giving myself the week to mope, work out indoors, generally get my head around the idea of cold. Next week I'll crack the running whip!
Urlea2010-05-01 19:17:30 +0000 #6
Alpine: If you have a bathtub and don't mind using it you might want to consider putting Epsom salts in your bath water. It seems to speed up my recovery after runs.

As for the rest of you: Thanks for inspiring me to get out there and run.

Keep at it!

And for me: I think I'll have to take today off. Woke up during the middle of the night with a headache and sore throat from sinus junk.

Why is it that when I pre-register for races I get sick??? It's only a 5k race tomorrow and I'm pretty sure I could do that if I were mostly dead. Hopefully some rest, tea and silver supplement will do the trick.
yellow2010-05-01 19:06:25 +0000 #7
michele, do not panic! You've run 20 on the will be fine at the marathon. I firmly believe that the treadmill can be harder on your body because there is no variation, and that gets compounded when you run for really long distances on it. Just let your body recover during your taper. I repeat YOU WILL BE FINE!!!!

Re: the potty business, rest assured that the CIM has about a gagillion potties in the first 5 miles. At least that's how I remember it from years ago. There's a reason they have so many. I don't know how long (period of time) you've been running consistently, but it probably took my GI system 2 years to "adjust". What you are experiencing is not fun, for sure, but common. I still have moments, but they are few and far between. That is why I always carry TP!

And being the shoe queen that I am, I add support to the "buy new shoes" push. I am currently rotating through 4 pairs

. Did you go to the Fleet Feet on J Street? Is that the store that only had a couple of pairs in your size? Their 30-day return policy even if you've worn the shoes outside is hard to beat (at least they used to do that). And I'm pretty sure they have a filming system. There's a Fleet Feet in Davis, too, so it might be worth your drive to that store if the J Street store doesn't have anything for you to try.

I had an easy (rest) week last week and am not sure how this week will go. I'm dealing with some hip and back issues that don't bother me when I run but are starting to affect Life. So I'm currently working through some stuff with my sports medicine doc. I ran an easy 4.5 last night but should get some more direction today re: how the next couple of months might go. Whatever happens, I know that his prescription probably won't include being sedentary; he's already said that the best thing is to keep might just be at a less intense level.
Grog2010-05-01 20:48:30 +0000 #8

Originally Posted by michelem

I tried Fleet Feet once and I got a complete idiot. He said I need a shoe a full two sizes larger than what I wear and when I said I felt like they were going to fall off my feet he said he GUARANTEED that was the size I needed and wouldn't bring me shoes in my size. So, I left.

By the way I'm sorry this happened, but if you have another chance, give it a try and actually run in them. Then you can know for sure. I find that in some shoes I wear one or two size bigger than I normally do. That's especially true for bike shoes of certain brands and I wouldn't be surprised if it also applies to some brands of running shoes...



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