Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 Atlanta 10 Miler!

Yesterday's race was awesome! I once again served as a pace team leader for this race, at the 2:00 finish time. We had a lot of first timers at the 10 mile distance. They were super happy to cross the finish, and we'll see a lot of them on Thanksgiving, too, for the half marathon!

Fellow pacer Milagros! We brought it in at 1:59:17! She is pretty awesome!

I love these local Atlanta races. The Atlanta Track Club is such a wonderful community and I am blessed to be a part of it! there are so many great races in the state of Georgia, that I don't know why so many people travel to run roads in another city! This one will be an annual tradition for me. (Plus, the T-shirts are awesome!! Soft cotton blend long sleeve with a hood on the back!)

It was so good to see some old friends out there both running in volunteering on the course. The volunteers were incredible! I can't wait for the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I hate marathons.

I decided to do this one last marathon season because...well, I don't really know. When people would ask why I'm doing it again, I never really knew what to say.

That's because I don't actually enjoy them!

It was neat to train for my first (and second, right after the first) and complete that goal. Now, it's like, okay, been there done that, and got a few tshirts. (Even ran a 55k) :) But it's nothing I actually look forward to, anymore. Last year I was  pressured into doing it again. And this year...well, like I said, I'm still not sure why I did all those long tortuous runs!

I'm doing this last one coming up because I'm already trained up for it. After that, halfs and under. And that makes me happy. No longer will I have to sacrifice sleep for hours of running. No longer will my weekend study time be cut short by the half-day process required of marathon trainees. Running is NOT a lifestyle: it's a fun thing to do when you don't let it control your schedule. I have more important things to do than run every day: spend time with family, pup, and friends; do well at school; and work hard at my two jobs. As I've said before, you become a slave to running, if you let yourself. Moderation is key!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Marathon recovery: an update.

No pain on Day 2 after the marathon. My IT band was hurting yesterday, but when I woke up today the pain was gone! Even when I taught Group Power (with increased weight) this morning, still no pain. I'll wait a few days before running again.

I'm going to chalk this up to a really good/really bad training run. :)

A week in workouts 10/20-26/2014

Monday: rest day

Tuesday: Group Power (teach) x2 - it was a special event day at the gym so we all buddied up to teach the new programs. OUCH.

Wednesday: Group Centergy (teach)

Thursday: Group Power (teach)

Friday: Active recovery - volunteering at the pace team table at Atlanta 10-Miler packet pickup!

Saturday: Group Centergy (team teach with Abby!)

Sunday: Atlanta 10 Miler (Pace Team), Group Centergy (teach), moving furniture/cleaning

Monday, October 20, 2014

7 Bridges Marathon - the DNF.

There's not much to say...I felt great until 21 miles. There was a little bit of IT band and my bad-ankle pain, but nothing I couldn't handle to shuffle along with my 5:30 pace group. Starting around 21, I cramped. Bad. My leg muscles locked up. I tried to stop and stretch, but I ended up sending my friend/fellow pacer Dulce to finish the last few miles without me. I figured I'd walk a while and see what would happen.

I got to the water stop at Mile 23 and drank a little Powerade. I'd had water at each stop (which was about every mile) and 6 packets of Gu. I paced around for a minute trying to figure out what to do. Do I just suffer on and waddle to the finish? No, that seemed dumb. I've done marathons before and I had nothing to prove to myself or anyone else. Why walk 3 more miles? Another hour?

Sure enough, while I was stalling in thought, the 6:00 pacer rolled up with a race participant and she tried to encourage me. She said I could stick with them until the end. They were doing a 1:00 run/1:00 walk interval. So, I tried. As soon as I started to run again, though, I could feel that tightness and I just stopped. At that point, I knew I was done. I was in PAIN. I had never had leg cramps before yesterday. I couldn't figure out what I had done wrong. One of the volunteers noticed me and led me over to the EMTs who were helping out with first aid. They gave me an IV of electrolytes and fluids and checked my vitals, and the IV seemed to help pretty quickly. (Now, if only they made a coffee IV drip....) They were really concerned because I hadn't been sweating yet I was severely dehydrated.

I only cared about my people - my pace team - being able to finish and feel awesome, and they looked strong! Ended up right around 5:30, and their goal was for under 6 hours, so - mission accomplished by a long shot. We stuck to closer to a 12:00/mile pace for most of the run so that they could take it easier when it got hotter later in the day. I couldn't have done it without my fellow pacer. She is awesome and super tough. We had a good time other than that whole dropping out thing :)

I was treating this as a training run, but like I said, I did everything right. I took my gels at 45 minute intervals. I made everyone drink water at the very least at each water stop - myself included. There was something that happened (or DIDN'T happen, rather) that I couldn't control, however: I didn't sweat, at all. I got warm, but I didn't sweat. Even my hair was dry, and I had a hat on. I normally don't sweat a lot as it is, but none? For 20+ miles? All I can think of is the lovely luteal phase (loss of water/electrolytes, screwed up temperature regulation, etc.). It was 50 at the start, got up to above 70, so it wasn't hot, but for runners' standards, it was. But, I trained in much hotter temps and at 100% humidity over the past few months, so in that regard I certainly should've been acclimated.

Sometimes you have it, and sometimes you don't. Sometimes you can seemingly do everything right, and things still don't go as planned. I can't afford (physically, financially, educationally, occupationally, emotionally) to be crippled, so I did the smart thing and called it a day. And I'm so glad I did, because I got to see one of my childhood BFFs finish her first marathon (after I was driven back to the start/finish)!

It's encouraging to me that I have zero muscle fatigue today. A little IT band soreness, but other than that, I'm totally fine. I love the run-walk method!

A week in workouts 10/13-19/2014 - TAPER WEEK

Nothing too exciting this week as it was the week of the marathon. I took taper to the extreme compared to my other weeks! I had a lot of school prep this week anyway, since I was going to be out of town over the weekend, so it was a good chance to rest up for the race.

Monday: active recovery day

Tuesday: Group Power (teach)

Wednesday: rest/walking

Thursday: rest/walking

Friday: rest/walking

Saturday: rest

Sunday: 7 Bridges Marathon - 23 miles. See next post for an explanation....

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A week in workouts 10/06-12/2014

Monday: rest day

Tuesday: Group Power (teach)

Wednesday: active recovery day

Thursday: Group Power (teach), Rogue run 5.5 miles!

Friday: Group Ride, mow grass and rake leaves!

Saturday: Group Power (teach), Group Centergy (teach), and clean clean clean!

Sunday: Group Centergy (teach), review new programs for both classes (2 hours)