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Running Week of September 14, 2008

michelem2010-05-01 17:44:39 +0000 #1
Sorry I couldn’t think of a more creative title for this thread.

Anyway, on Sunday, September 14, I went for a 16.2 mile HILLY run. I had lots of trouble with urinary incontinence on this run, so I’m glad I was alone for the most part. Anyone else experience this, and what do you do? I’ve got a dr. appt. scheduled for next week . . .

The other eventful thing that happened on this run was that I tripped and fell in the gravel shoulder of the road and skinned my knee and arm up pretty badly. I was running along the left side of a narrow two-lane road and saw a couple up ahead. They were walking along and taking up the entire left lane of the road. When cars would come toward them, they would move to the other lane and then back again – never on the shoulder where they should have been! Anyway, as I was coming up behind them, I noticed the man started moving closer and closer to the left shoulder, so I said, “On your left!” as I approached. Wrong thing to say! He immediately took a VERY WIDE step to the left and tripped me and I went sprawling. It really didn’t hurt at the time and I just got up and kept going. Still had about 4-5 miles to go though, and toward the end I had to walk the steep inclines. Got back to the car and that’s when I noticed that my tights were ripped and there was lots of blood. Fun. I’m having to keep it bandaged so it doesn’t stick to my clothes as it is still oozing some.

Other than that, I was really impressed that I made it that far, as it is the furthest I’ve ever run (jogged? It took me 2-1/2 hrs. to complete, and I only stopped for a few minutes to fill my water bottle at about the 1/2-way point, maybe a minute or so for my fall, and then the bit of walking toward the end). I was also amazed that I wasn’t really sore afterward. Used my brand-new Nathan 4-bottle fuel belt type thing and while it was helpful to have the fluids along the way (two 10 oz. bottles of water and two 10 oz. bottles of Accelerade), I wasn’t happy that it’s a bit too big and kind of chafed my back. Yes, it’s adjustable, and I moved the velcro closure over, but then the rest of the closure sticks out and flops around. Probably not explaining this well, but suffice it to say it’s annoying.

Monday, took a rest day (but did my pushups!). Tuesday did upper body weights and core exercises and about 40 minutes on an elliptical-type machine at the gym. I think I had the setting to high because even though I kept lowering the resistance, when it would go up too high my legs still felt rather fatigued.

Wednesday evening I took two ballet classes and then attempted my tempo run on the treadmill. I say attempted, because right from the 1 mile warmup my legs were really aching. When I got into miles 2-6 I was only able to ramp up the speed for a 1/2-3/4 of a mile at a time and then walk for a 1/4 mile or so in between (supposed to stay ramped up at LT for the full 5 miles, which I did last week after 2 full rest days). Even the cool-down mile hurt. So, lesson learned is that I shouldn’t run after fatiguing my legs with ballet right beforehand!

Gonna rest and stretch tonight and tomorrow as well so that I’ll be fresh for my next long run this weekend. Aiming for 18 miles . . . wish me luck!


limewave2010-05-01 17:55:32 +0000 #2
Don't you feel tough when you get done with a run and you have a new chick scar? I had a run like that: tripped on a pot hole and skinned my knee. I had some nice blood streaks going down my leg by the end.

So, no running for me yet. I think I will attempt to run next week. Ankle is feeling better, but it feels fatigued and I still have limited range of motion.
KSH2010-05-01 18:08:42 +0000 #3
Michelem, great job on the run! With the fall and all! Gosh, hardcore lady!

Ballet classes? COOL! I wish I could find some for adults in Dallas, TX. Haven't been able to. I was never great, but I just enjoy doing it.

Yeah, when I have to carry water, I use a hand-held water bottle that is made to strap to your hand.

So... I started running again yesterday. I hadn't run about 2 weeks before my Ironman (on 8-31-08), didn't run at my IM thanks to my Achilles tendons (had to walk the marathon), so it's been like a month since I ran.

Went 2.5 miles. OUCH! My right hip is in extreme pain today. Really stiff. Hurt to sleep on it last night even. My quads and hamstrings are very sore. It's like I never worked out a day in my life.
kacie tri-ing2010-05-01 18:35:04 +0000 #4
Hello! I am going to jump in here!

I am training for the disney marathon in january!

Three miles on tuesday, five wednesday, three today. I have a 10K planned for saturday with a friend and a 9 miler planned for sunday.

What a story for the 16 miles! I was imagining you running back bloodied and torn tights! What an image
kelownagirl2010-05-01 19:27:26 +0000 #5
I had my first good run since my triathlon. If I can have another good 5k today and then a 12km on the weekend, I just MIGHT be able to get my kms up in time to do the half marathon on October 12. If not, I'll settle for the 10km.
luvmypwds2010-05-01 18:23:30 +0000 #6
What a story Michelem. Congrats on the mileage though!

A couple of runs this week so far - one on Monday but easy as I had my jogging stroller and one year old. I ran an hour.

A tougher run on Wednesday as I ran with a friend who likes to push the pace. We did a 10k.

I'm planning on running one more time this week - either Saturday or Sunday, but nothing too long, perhaps 5 miles, as I have to push the stroller again. Also, I am having some knee pain so I want to nurse it a little bit before I push myself harder.
kelownagirl2010-05-01 18:19:40 +0000 #7
Yay, I ran another 5k and felt great! Now for 12km on the weekend.
tattiefritter2010-05-01 20:43:11 +0000 #8
Hello!!!

Not been running much, been ill then acquired a very grumpy psoas muscle. Its improving now, still feels "tight" but no sharp pain any more and the rest of my right leg doesn't cramp up in sympathy any more. I got out for a run with the club last night, only around 4.5 miles but I was pleased to see that my fitness hasn't dropped off too much (still cycling) and I had to curb my enthusiasm. My bike mojo is also back with a vengeance as well so it'll be interesting to see how I manage to combine the two.

I'm planning a 6 mile trail run (missing off road running so much) on Saturday and I've just sent off my entry form for a couple of Cross Country leagues for this winter. Now I haven't done cross country since school but one of the other ladies at the club convinced me to have a go as according to her the ladies races are no more that 5K and there is lots of mud . Even if I'm not one of the fastest there just by running I can help the club try to go for promotion. Sounds good to me, will let you all know how I get on. Also thinking of taking part in a duathlon or an adventure race over the next few months, we'll see how that pans out.

Will be building my running mileage up again as I have entered Edinburgh Marathon

- a road marathon, something I swore I'd never do but I fancied the challenge. Its not until May next year so I've got plenty of time to build up to it. My goals are to get to the start line uninjured and finish!

michelem, I gave up trying to carry stuff round my waist and bought a small camelbak type rucksack instead, I find that much more comfortable.

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