October 31, 2011

narcotics and not eating candy

Nine days after taking a knee to the boob, I feel like I haven't even started on the road to healing. After going to the doctor on Thursday and refusing a prescription pain med, my pain reached a new high on Sunday. Saturday night I went over to a girlfriend's house and spent much of the night laughing (albeit painful laughter). Whether it was all the laughing, sleeping on it wrong or just the nature of the injury, on Sunday I woke up feeling like I got hit by a truck. I immediately took ibuprofen and waited for it to kick in. After two hours, I felt no difference whatsoever. The pain was affecting my ability to breathe deeply- it was like feeling like you have to yawn but not being able to, sort of a constant shortness of breath.
This is what a good costume idea
looks like when you're on drugs
After consulting with two medical professionals (full disclosure: my mom, an RN and my uncle, a doctor) to see what I should do, I was advised that pain meds would probably be a smart option. I now have two different ones, neither of which do much for the pain but they definitely make me not care about it.

Since any sort of exercise is out of the question, I'm just trying to not get fat. It's not like my appetite has suffered from any of this. All of this Halloween candy is really making it easy.

Keep running for me.

October 28, 2011

if it ain't broke

Perhaps it was the increasing amount of pain I was in or the urge to have a stranger feel me up but last night I went to Urgent Care to have my ribs looked at.

Verdict: Not broken, just a "soft tissue contusion."

In other words, there's nothing I can do about it, save for applying cold/heat, taking ibuprofen, and telling my jerk coworkers to stop making me to laugh.

Laying low this weekend.

October 26, 2011

down for the count

I've been meaning to write this post for a few days but there's been a lot going on.

First things first, I've decided to not run a marathon in 2011. I got sick on Wednesday last week, missed even more training and ultimately decided that I didn't want to push my body for three more weeks to run a subpar race. I’m just really, really burnt out. Running hasn’t been fun for a while now and workouts were something that I dreaded. Decent runs were few and far between. Even though I knew it was the right decision (to not run), I was kicking myself since I had decided and wasn't forced to forgo a marathon.  It wasn’t like I had been injured like Emily or Brady. Then Saturday rolled around...

By Saturday I was feeling better and ventured out to meet some of my family at a friend’s place. When it came time for me to leave, my 15 year-old brother didn’t want me to and took my keys. He accidentally dropped them and as I rushed to pick them up, he tackled me (yet somehow landed underneath me) and I landed on his bent knee. Hard. By the bruise that quickly formed and then amount of pain I’m in, I think I cracked my rib. I haven't been to the doctor yet because I have very little desire to get topless in front of a stranger and place my boob against a cold metal plate but I promised my mom I would go if I don't feel better soon. (It actually feels like it's getting worse).   I’ve been able to manage the pain with ibuprofen but sneezing, laughing, coughing, getting in and out of my car or using my upper body at all is extremely painful.

To further complicate things, on Monday I was informed that my immediate supervisor was “no longer with the company.” Yikes. I immediately went from moderately overwhelmed to excessively stressed. No sleep was had on Monday night.

All I want right now are tator tots and a bottle of decent red wine. Both are known to speed healing of cracked ribs and ease stress so tonight you'll find my feet moving forward to Bulldog in Northeast.

Run for me.

October 16, 2011

To run or not to run, that is the question

The Richmond Marathon is 26 days away. I ran 16 miles total this week. One. Six. For the week.

It's no secret that I've been feeling pretty run down forever for the past few weeks, trying to keep injuries at bay and battling the general exhaustion that comes with marathon training. Hell every post since the end of August has started with the words tired, exhausted, or run-down. My two nagging injuries (right hip, left calf) started to feel really tight after my long run last week (I still haven't posted a training week recap for it- blogger fail) so I took some time off this week and ran easy in hopes of making everything better.

Ten of this week's 16 awful miles were run today and as I sit here, I can feel pain in my right hip flexor, despite all the stretching, icing, foam rolling. I don't know if I'm going to be able to shake this one.

With my dreams of a 3:10 officially gone and my body beginning to fall apart on me, I'm debating if I even want to muster another 3 weeks of sub-par training, pay mucho dinero to fly to Richmond (haven't gotten tickets yet), rent a car, get a hotel, etc. all to run a sub-par race. There are a few options I'm considering at this point:
1. Calling off a fall marathon entirely
2. Running the Charlotte Marathon (Nov 12, too) instead (cheaper to stay in CLT with friends)
3. Running something in December or January to give me a little time to heal

I'm not willing to admit complete defeat yet, but I'm feeling quite defeated tonight.

October 4, 2011

Richmond Marathon Training: Week 12 Review and some other stuff too

This week marked my 12th week of training as well as the 30th running of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, meaning work was CRAZY. It's a little tough to train for a marathon when you're running (organizing) a marathon.

With the Health & Fitness Expo opening up on Friday, our team moved into a hotel in St. Paul on Thursday. I think I got a combined 6.5 hours of sleep on Friday and Saturday nights. It was a pretty tough weekend. However, with a little planning, I got almost all of my miles in. The one major fail was no long run this week. There was no way it was going to happen on Sunday.

One major highlight was when I met Jeri, Susan and Erika at the VIP reception on Friday, all bloggers, all runners. Aren't they gorgeous? Susan ran a 3:18 on Sunday!

Even though I'm still technically following the 55-70mpw plan from Advanced Marathoning, I've begun to cut down on some of the miles and plan to peak out around 62-65 miles from here until the marathon. This week I should have run closer to 57.  C'est la vie.

Planned: 65-69 miles
Actual: 39.42


VO2 max 9 miles w/ 5 x 600 m @ 5K pace, 50-90% RBI
VO2 max 9.08 miles w/ 6 x 600 m @ 5K pace, 90% RBI
My first two intervals were a little slow but I picked it up and was able to maintain a pretty even pace throughout the last four. I ran six intervals instead of 5 because I read the schedule wrong. Bonus points.

14 miles
14 miles; 1:53; 8:05 average pace
Glorious early AM run. Seriously perfect morning, though it was dark for the majority of it.

AM- 6 miles recovery
PM- 4 miles recovery
PM- 6 miles recovery on treadmill
Didn't want to run the higher mileage this week so cut out a shorter recovery run. Ran this on the treadmill at the hotel. Left shin/calf tight but it numbs out after a few miles. Ran mile 5 at slightly faster than goal marathon pace because I was bored.

5 mile recovery
5.25 mile recovery, 10:30 average pace
Ran a really easy recovery run with our intern, who had run for several months. Fun run.

8K-15K tune up race
Since this clearly was out of the question. To be honest, almost any run today was out of the question but I found less than an hour to pound out a few quick miles. Running in St. Paul is a different and slightly scary experience. We were staying at the Crowne Plaza on Kellogg and someone suggested that I run along the river. The has paved bike and walking trails along it and it's gorgeous but I was immediately confronted with cat-calls and oh yeah, get it girl. The river paths were pretty deserted and even though it was light out, I didn't feel... safe. I hightailed it back to the hotel for 5.17 miles; 37:33; 7:16 average pace.

18 miles
0 miles. It was marathon Sunday. I was manning the media tent. It may be an excuse but I think it's a good one.

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