Posted on Jun 29, 2009 under Marathon, My Running, Training | No Comment
Hopefully the last week of zero miles.
Two years ago I ran the Buzzards Roost 10k, which is an evening race and usually pretty hot. One of my all-time favorite places to run, even to this day, is Mounds State Park in Anderson, IN. Last year I was tagged in a meme. I don’t usually participate in them, but it was a good chance to talk about some of my past running experiences. Last year I dedicated my first marathon to Team World Vision and helping raise money to end poverty around the world. How do medical professionals recover after a run? See my analysis of a medical journal article discussing that issue. In honor of the Olympic Trials last year I posted a Foto Friday with my 1996 Olympic Trials number.
Last Year’s Mileage
Run: 29.5 Miles
Bike: 58.0 Miles
Swim: 350 Yards
I kind of slacked off this week. I only swam and lifted once on Monday for 500 yards. I did increase the number of reps in my lifting from 10 to 12 for each set of 3. But then I wasn’t motivated enough to go back again! And I drove my car to work a few days…
Bike: 21.3 Miles
Swim: 500 Yards
Posted on Jun 22, 2009 under Marathon, My Running, Training | No Comment
For the past two years I’ve raced on this weekend, in 2007 at Jennifer’s Run in Hartford City, IN and last year at the Karate Kickin’ Cancer 5k in North St Paul. Both of those races raised money for excellent causes, domestic violence prevention and cancer research respectively. That is part of why I think runners might be some of the most charitable people around. My featured number was from my New Jersey days. Running shoe companies are slowing making shoes more environmentally friendly. Brooks was the first major company to do so. Foto Friday was from last year’s Nature Valley Grand Prix Criterium, which I had to miss this year.
Last Year’s Mileage
Run: 26.0 Miles
Bike: 45.0 Miles
Swim: 300 Yards
Monday I rode to the YWCA and then swam 450 yards before lifting weights. I did lunges, bench, curls, crunches, and overhead triceps. I also enjoyed the hot tub a little bit!
On Wednesday I went to the Uptown YWCA after a meeting and swam 400 meters after doing my weight lifting workout. It was pretty tough to swim after having already lifted. The Uptown pool is in meters and is shallower so it is a different experience than swimming at the Midtown YWCA.
I did a couple of my Wii Fit Yoga and Balance “workouts” during the week. My foot hurt off and on throughout the week. Summer seems to be busy even though I’m not working full-time. All of the biking miles are commuting or running errands. Over the weekend we traveled to Wisconsin to visit our CSA and had a good time. It would have been a great place to run. Hopefully soon!
Bike: 43.0 Miles
Swim: 887 Yards
Weights: 2 times
Posted on Jun 17, 2009 under Health, Information, resources, Shoes, Stretching | 5 Comments
A tight IT Band is not a good sign. It needs to be stretched out and loosened up or it could turn into the dreaded IT Band Syndrome.
I was told my a massuse last year that my IT Band was extremely tight. So I started stretching it on a regular basis. I did some research and found this excellent information sheet about the IT Band. By a trained physical therapist it lists some of the who, what, when, where, why, and how questions of the IT Band.
I think most of us are most concerned about not having problems with it and could care less about some of the anatomy that surrounds it. She lists five keys to preventing ITBS – but they are actually almost identical steps to preventing any injury!
The list is:
- Changing running shoes every 300-400 miles and alternating between shoes with every run. I’ve occasionally talked about my shoes and shoe preferences.
- Slowly increasing mileage (no more than 10% a week or on any run), including adding hill workouts gradually. Downhills can add a lot of strain to the ITB.
- Avoid uneven surfaces. More likely always running on the same side of a cambered or cantered surface like a road. One leg can become predisposed to ITB because of the extra pressure placed on it.
- Keep the knees warm. Seems like if you are predisposed this might be helpful. She said below 60 – but above 40 I’m wanting to wear shorts.
- Cool down and stretch after a run. Ice if needed.
The article continues on and offers some stretches and strength training ideas specific to the ITB. For now you’ll just have to go read up on it.
[tags] IT Band, ITBS, iliotibial band [/tags]
Posted on Jun 15, 2009 under Marathon, My Running, Training | No Comment
Last year I raced the USATF 5000 meter track race at Hamline. I am glad it wasn’t part of the circuit this year! It also served as Foto Friday. Over the same weekend last year was a heart-wrenching 3200m for Nicole Cochran of Washington. You may recall the story, she won the race but was DQ’ed after the fact and then after reviewing some video footage of the race she was eventually reinstated as the state champion. From two years ago, I wrote about running at Westwood Park in New Castle, IN.
Last Year’s Mileage
Run: 26.9 Miles
Bike: 67.0 Miles
Swim: 500 Yards
Monday I went to the YWCA for a short weight session and swimming. I know Higdon’s plan calls for running an easy 3 on Monday, but for now I’m going to keep using it as a cross training session. Maybe as time goes on I’ll switch to running, but I think right now this is good. I used his suggested 6 strength exercises (forgetting 2 of them), which are bench press, lunges, curls, overhead triceps, sitting row, and crunches. I did light weights since it has been a long while! Then I swam for about 300 yards. Towards the end I kept getting water in my mouth, so I just stopped.
Tuesday I did a 30 minute tempo run along the Greenway. Once I got warmed up my foot stopped hurting. I ran a pretty solid workout getting 4.13 miles in during the 30 minutes (7:17 pace) and easily hitting tempo pace. It was 46 and overcast so a nice morning to run. Today was 8th grade graduation promotion at work and I was on my feet running around for most of the day.
I woke up Wednesday with some of the worst pain I’ve had from the Plantar Fasciitis in a long time, so I opted not to run. I got really discouraged throughout the day and at one point even thought about quiting running altogether. I waffled between whether I should run Thursday’s pace workout or not and finally came to the point of saying I’m not going to run again for awhile. I’m tired of my foot always hurting so I’m going to do what I should have done almost 2 months ago – REST.
It is hard knowing that I should be training for the marathon which is now 16 weeks away, but I realized that the chances of me making it through 18 weeks of hard training with a nagging injury are pretty slim. I managed to get through the half-marathon training program, but it seems silly to keep pushing and injuring my body more and more. All that being said though, the MDRA offers a fall-marathon training class which starts June 23 (pdf). So I know I’m not completely dropping the ball – unless I’m still experiencing pain at that point – which I’ll probably just charge right on through if I do.
So a little reassessment mid-stride! I didn’t do any cross-training this week really – just my bike commute – unless you count the Wii Fit. On Tues, Weds, and Fri and I “played” Yoga, Balance, and Strength games. This sounds almost ridiculous to say but some of the things are challenging and really have worked my core/stabilizer muscles. Stop laughing. You should try it sometime and see. You can’t really rely on the feedback about your “Wii Fit Age” because it fluctuates so much – one day I was 40 and then the next I was 26.
Run: 4.1 Miles
Bike: 37.5 Miles
Swim: 300 Yards