947 – 953

A couple of years ago I saw this TV show about a woman who woke up one day, and she could only walk backwards. It was due to a botched flu shot, and it basically rendered her totally handicapped. She couldn’t speak correctly, or feed herself, etc. Somehow, she found out that if she tried to run, everything went back to normal. She could run forwards, and talk normally. Once she stopped running, it all went back to the crazy backwards stuff.

There ended up being some question about whether it was true or not, but that is kind of irrelevant to the point I want to make. My back has been really bothering me for the last 6 days or so, all day. It is sore and painful. Strangely, once I start running, it all goes away, and feels totally normal. I kept thinking about this lady, and wondered if she spent like 5 hours a day running, and thought that it would be cool to do that so my back didn’t hurt. It’s weird to be super stiff and sore and then suddenly it just disappears when I run.

Yesterday I did a total of 6 miles, and the first 5 were kind of a tempo workout. I did the first 3 in 8:55, 8:25, and 8:10, before I stopped to walk for a minute. I didn’t want to overdo it, I was more concerned about getting my legs loose and simulating a portion of the half marathon on Sunday. Once I started jogging again, I was surprised to learn that I was still running 8:30s, so I just finished 5 in 42:30, and it was pretty reasonable. I jogged the last mile home and it was fine, and I did some situps and pushups a little while later.

I have no idea what to expect on Sunday. I haven’t run a race in almost a year, and my confidence is not that high. I know I can complete the distance, as I’ve already run 17 miles during training, but I also have an athletic history that I don’t want to betray. My best time in the half is 1:34, and I don’t think I have a very good chance of coming within 10 minutes of that on Sunday. I say that because I know how 8 minute miles fees right now, and I think it’s sustainable for about a half marathon for me right now, but thats a 1:45. I am approaching this as a training run, but I don’t want it to be a really terrible time, obviously. I’m just going to keep moving and try to keep making progress. See ya later.

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942 – 947 (week 10)

So my back has really been bothering me the last few days, and I kept taking time off assuming it would improve, but it just kept getting stiffer and stiffer. It’s really difficult because I’m sitting for like 11 hours a day, and thats when it hurts the most. Last night I finally just decided to give a jog a shot, and it actually feels a lot better while I’m running than it does when I am just laying around. I didn’t bother wearing a watch because I just wanted to get loose, but I am pretty confident that it’s just general stiffness and that I can just keep running without taking off anymore time. I am still going to run a half marathon on Sunday as a working, so I’ll just be doing 5 and 6 mile jogs for the rest of the week. Alright, see ya later.

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934 – 942

Hey blog, today is Monday, and this is about Friday’s run. I’ve been having bad back spasms the last few days, so I didn’t run on Saturday or Sunday. I tortured myself debating going out for some jogs over the weekend, but knew the better idea was to just rest and not injure myself. This Sunday I am “racing” a half marathon, even though I know I am not in half marathon race shape, so I don’t think I am going to try to recreate any of the workouts I missed. My plan is to do 12 tonight, as kind of a halfway long run, then 5 or 6 mile workouts, and take off Saturday, and race Sunday.

Anyway, Friday’s workout was pretty good. I did a total of 8 miles, 7 of which were in 56:07, and 6 of which were in 47:12. The weather was way nicer this weekend than it was during the week, and Friday night was pretty cool. I was running pretty hard, especially in the 2nd half of the workout. Here were my splits:

1 -8:55
2 -17:05
3 -23:55
4 -32:59
5 -40:48
6 -48:30
7 -56:07

I jogged the last mile home, and I felt pretty beat up. I definitely had some more left in the tank though, so that’s good. I also had 2 really bad days worth of workouts leading up to Friday, so my legs were tired. It was a nice confidence boost, but I still have a long way to go. It’s frustrating to be in some pain, and hopefully it doesn’t bother me too much this week. It hurts to be sitting down and my back is randomly throbbing which isn’t fun, but I did what I needed to do by taking some time off.

Alright, see ya tonight.

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928 – 934 (new sneakers)

Yesterday was one of my worst runs in a while, which was not fun. I bought new sneakers, which I was pretty excited about, and I wanted to try to run an uptempo 8 miler. I planned to run it on some hills, and it did not go great. I felt like I was kind of pushing the pace and I ended up doing the first 3 miles in 27 minutes and I felt like crap. My legs were tired and I was winded, and super deflated that it was that slow. To be fair, I was going uphill for pretty much 2 miles straight. It’s about a 160 foot climb according to the map, which is pretty substantial. It was also crazy humidity last night, which did not make things easier.

I ended up turning around after 3 and jogging home, and had to stop a few times, but my legs felt totally trashed when it was over. I think it’s a product of trying to do hills when I have done so few lately, and also the weather. One thing I know about hills is that when you start doing workouts on them it really sucks, but you eventually get really strong and it’s worth it. So, I am hoping that’s the case here.

I missed a day this week so I am not going to be able to hit my mileage for the week, but I am going to try to do 10, 8, and 18 the next 3 days to hit 48 for the week. It’s going to be tough, because my legs are still tired and my back has been bothering me, but the weather today is much nicer than it was yesterday. Hopefully that holds out for the weekend and I get a ton of miles in. Alright, see ya later.

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922 – 928 (1,000th post)(week 9)

So first things first, I took off Monday, which was planned, and also Tuesday because I had a really bad running related “rub rash”, and it was pretty hard to walk around without irritating it. It will probably result in me losing some mileage, but it definitely was not a good idea to run. Also, my back has been bothering me a little bit, so I figured it would be a good idea to rest it.

Last night I didn’t really have a solid plan, because I had to pick between doing either Tuesday or Wednesdays workout. At some point I decided that I would do a 2 mile warmup, and then try 4×1 mile, and then a 2 mile cool down. The weather was really nice last night, but timed miles are hard. The 2 mile warm up was crazy slow, which has kind of been my m.o. lately for some reason. My “slow lazy jog” pace has been 10 minute miles lately, which is probably a bad habit. I ended up doing 3 reps of timed miles which probably about 2 minutes of rest in between each rep. The first was in 6:57, the second in 6:41, and the 3rd in 7:06. The first one felt kind of stiff, the 2nd one was looser and I was able to focus on pushing the pace, and the 3rd one I was pretty gassed and my legs hurt. Tonight I am jogging 8 miles, hopefully a little faster than my other jogs lately.

In other news, this is my 1,000th post on this blog. That is a lot of posts. Not all of them were running related, as the first couple of months of this were about random stuff, but it has been a running tally of my mileage since June of 2010. Here’s my yearly mileage:

2010 – 1,232.5
2011 – 1,579
2012 – 1,692
2013 – 1,843
2014 – 928 so far

That’s a grand total of 7,274.5 miles, which is a lot. Alright, see ya later.

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Just wanted to do a short maintenance post.

First, I need new sneakers. I will do that tomorrow.

Second, I ran 165 miles in August, which is decent. Its an average of 38 mile weeks. September and October will be my real big mileage months, especially the next 7 weeks. I’m starting to feel like I’m actually getting in marathon shape, which I haven’t felt like in almost a year, so that is good.

This week, I’ll do the following:

Tues – 6 jog
Weds – 8 total with 3×2 mile repeats at 5k pace
Thurs – 7 jog
Fri – 7 total with 8×800 on hills
Sat – 7
Sun – 18

for a 53 mile week. The weather looks nice pretty much all week, so I am hopeful it will go well. Alright see ya.

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893 – 900, 900 – 905, 905 – 922

900 miles!!

This weekend involved a lot of interesting running events. Today is Monday, and I am very looking forward to taking the day off, but lets go through the last few days.

Friday my plan was to do 8 total miles, with a 1 mile warmup, 6 at tempo, and a one mile cooldown. When I got home, it was absolutely disgusting running weather. Like 90 degrees and palpable humidity. I try not to let the weather discourage me, so I just took off and figured I would see how it went. I did my warmup incredibly slow, and took off, hoping to hit 8 minute miles. The first 15 minutes or so was fine, but I was sweating so much I actually took my shirt off for the first time all year. It kept getting worse and worse, and eventually I could barely see because I was sweating so much. My legs felt fine but my heart rate was crazy, so after 3 miles in 24 minutes I stopped for a second to catch my breath. I was having a really tough time so I jogged for another mile, and it was so humid that mosquitos were starting to land on me while I was moving. I ran a mile hard, in about 7:40, and got some water, and finally jogged the last mile home. It was super, super rough.

Saturday was more of the same. I slept in, so I didn’t get out for my run until about 1pm. It was supposed to rain all day after 2pm (it never did), so I forced myself to go out in the 90 degree humidity to see if I could comfortably do 8. I don’t say this often, but this was one of the hardest runs I’ve done in a really long time, and I was jogging 10 minute miles. I had to stop after 3.3 miles for some water and to sit down for a minute, and then jogged another 1.7 but it was insanely tough. I took a cold shower and it took me a really long time to recover.

Sunday I was planning to run at night, so I’d have maximum time to rest, and also watch some football. I got out the door at around 7pm, and thankfully it was somewhere in the mid to low 70s, and the sun was going down, and my legs felt good. I ran straight up the Hudson River for 8.5 miles, and straight back in almost exactly 9 minute miles. I ran through an Italian Festival Parade in Hoboken, and stopped for water at mile 6 and ate a Gu. The view on the river was incredible the whole way. Coming back I stopped to drink the rest of the water I left at about mile 10.7, and kept moving. Going back through Hoboken there was a huge fireworks display happening, so I had to stop and walk for a second because I couldn’t run through the crowd. I was trying to not stop at all, but its hard to ignore a fireworks finale over the river looking at the NYC skyline. So, I stopped and watched for a minute, and kept moving. I felt really good for the last 3 miles, and definitely had some more in the tank.

Overall it was a 48 mile week, which I am fine with considering how hard it was to put in miles on Friday and Saturday. I said I wasn’t drinking at all, but I ended up having a few beers on Saturday (5), and I think that’s fine, and a more realistic goal. Like I said I am going to take today off because I am pretty stiff and sore, and this week I’ll keep pumping up the mileage and try to consume healthy things. See ya tomorrow.

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