Visualizing wings and beer!
Visualizing wings and beer!
It’s been a nice couple weeks. Easy and relaxing runs though my legs have tended to feel a touch tired. Times have been good though. More than anything I’m happy that I’ve been completely healthy for five straight weeks now.
I can hardly believe this time has come. Down to the final three very short training runs and then the main event next Sunday. The training spreadsheet looked like something only a crazy person would do back in June. Now it’s all filled out. Am I crazy? Been called worse!
Pretty sure I’ll be freaking out all week - super germaphobe style! Really looking forward to having my first beer(s) in 6 weeks though. Look out Portland, see ya at Fire On The Mountain!!!
Yeah! It’s all downhill for here… Until it turns sharply upward again on October 7th.
I pushed through 21 miles yesterday but it was a struggle. Partly due to the distance and partly because I ended up in the suburbs for a second, haha! I think my feet were screaming at me more than my legs. Really looking forward to the runs tapering off from now until the main event.
Fresh legs are my only hope for this thing. Well, better hydration too. I only get water every 5 miles on my long runs currently due to availability of water fountains and my dislike for carrying water bottles. Will have water ever 2 in Portland. I say I just want to finish but deep down I also want a non-embarrassing finish time. We shall see!
Really shitty run on Saturday. Legs were hurting and dead all week but Saturday was plain demoralizing, especially since it was only 14 miles. On the plus side I just said “only 14 miles” out loud and meant it. It’s still weird to me that I go out and run for a few hours at a time. That is something that happens.
I’m gonna chalk it up to lack of hydration and nutrition. I was out later than I should have been on Friday but I think it’s practically impossible to turn down a Devo and Blondie concert at a winery. That said I’ll also note that going to a concert at a winery and not drinking wine isn’t enjoying the fully optimized experience. Have I not mentioned that I’ve gone dry? Let me write a separate post about that.
Next week is peak training. The plan I’m on now maxes out at 20 miles. I’m not sure how to feel about that. It really seems like I should have a longer run. I’ll not question it though. With all the injuries this summer I’ll be happy to make it to the start line in one piece… Then do whatever it takes to make it to the finish line.
I’m really tired and I want a beer. 28 days to go…
That moment when you realize what everyone said is true and you have no one to blame but yourself…
So yeah, when you start running - again - everyone and their mom will tell you to “go get properly fitted” to which you might nod you head but secretly think “whatever” or “yes, I understand you are now some kind of running expert since you finished a turkey trot”. Turns out that’s not just a thing runners say and I’m a walking billboard for what can happen when you ignore the advise. And I’m pissed at myself.
I did successfully finish the half and am quite happy that I did so. Immediately after I knew I had wrecked my foot again in the exact same way as the previous injury (third injury of the summer). Actually I knew it well before the race was over and knew if I were to have any chance of finishing Portland I needed to get the situation fixed. The plan was a proper fitting and if no major revelations occurred there then off to see the doctor.
Well the fitting did bring major revelations. First, I have narrow feet. I knew this but always have always worn regular width of shoes known to be on the narrow side. That said the Pegasus 29s I was in were too wide. Second, apparently I have freakishly high arches. I knew my arches were high but never had someone laughing at the extent. The 3D imagery of my feet and the pressure points exactly explained my left toe/arch issue as well as my right hip pain. Walked out of the store with custom inserts molded to my feet for arch support, a pair of Adidas Boston 3 that are nice and narrow, and something resembling hope.
I took the entire week after the half off and then got back at it with my new kicks. The first few runs in the new shoes had me sore in ways I hadn’t been before. Especially my feet. I took it easy and ramped up mileage slowly over the week. Before you knew it I was holding paces faster than I had all summer and was back on the schedule. Did my longest run of the year last Saturday - 18 miles - and felt pretty good about it. Sub 2 hour time for 13.1 and didn’t really start degrading till the 16th mile. Best of all - no foot or hip pain.
I’m starting to think this might actually happen!!
The time off due to injury hurt me as expected but I am now someone who has finished a half marathon! What a fantastic event put on by lululemon. Lots of goofy fun. Awesome swag (shorts, flip flops, lil backpack). Really cool medal. And of course an absolutely beautiful run around Vancouver! Will definitely be back next year. You should too! Check this nice recap video if you’re at all interested.
Things I learned or that I knew and didn’t follow through on…
Reinjured the left foot - not good - should have it looked at…
Goofy slogan but that’s what they went with and it stuck…
Well, it ended up taking a full two weeks to shake off the foot issue but things are finally back to normal there. The hip thing is hanging around but getting better and warms up nice so I’m going with it. Had to miss the Torchlight 8k. Bummer! Would have liked to have run on the viaduct but didn’t want to do anything to endanger the upcoming half.
Speaking of, here comes the first big hurdle! Half marathon in Vancouver. Looks like it will be an absolutely beautiful run. Vancouver is always a blast and Ross will be making the trip with me so adventures await! I was holding my breath a bit before getting a 10 mile run in on Saturday. I’ll survive the half but any previous time goals are out the window. I definitely lost a chunk while being injured. Prolly should have been in the pool or something instead of being on the patio drinking beer. It’s summer so whatever!! As explained before, this year is about proving to myself I can do it and just finishing races.
Cannot afford to get injured again though…
…Missed last weeks post due to being pissed again, stats below!
Just when things are looking up they suck again. This time it’s the left foot and the right hip. Maybe a bit of the left knee. I think it’s more like the left foot and then I altered my stride to compensate and screwed up everything else. I should not have tried to run through it.
I’ve been down since Tuesday’s run. Not sure how long I’ll be down for but it’s feeling a bit better today. I think I’ll be altering my training plan to one with fewer runs. Probably the Hal Hidgen Novice 1. Clearly I was unprepared for my current program or it otherwise just isn’t working for me.
Bummer of a week but I will prevail!!
…Missed last weeks post due to being pissed, stats below!
Things are back on track and last week was probably the best week of running in quite some time. Foot feels good but I’m definitely behind - though making it up rapidly. Ross and I ran the Firecracker 5000 on July 3rd at 11:55pm. Billed as Seattle’s only midnight 5k and having lots of folks dressed up in 4th of July garb, it was a great time. Post race beers are always delicious!
On Saturday I ran what I think was the longest run of my life - 14 miles. Well, I walked a bit of the 13th and 14th miles. That’s a long hike but I found the Burke-Gilman Trail to be quite nice. Gives me some confidence that I can at least finish a half marathon though I still have a month until I run my first one. For the record my half time on this run was 2:07:29 which isn’t bad for me at this stage. As I’ve said before, I’m running to finish not for times. That said I’d love to pull it in under 2. Lots of miles next week, kinda looking forward to it!