Marathoning: Beginning to Advanced, Lecture 6:00 @ Finn Sisu on June 1st

Stop by Finn Sisu on Monday June 1st to listen to a running/marathoning lecture. I'll be presenting on several different topics, including types of training (and how much of each type), what each type of workout does for you, injury prevention, nutrition and hydration, training plans and race strategies.

Come with questions about running at all levels, and feel free to bring your training plan! I'd love to give my input.

*The information presented in these lectures will not be 100% scientific. I have a background in finance and math, not exercise science. As such, all the information presented will be based on my training and coaching experiences, my own research, and my opinions :).


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Came back a little too soon?

I'm exhausted! I have no reason to be -- I've been sleeping decently (well, decent by my weekday standards, which probably aren't that decent) and haven't been running or skiing hard. My only guess is that I came back after the marathon too quickly.

Last Thursday I noticed that I was a little dizzy after the Vakava hill bounding workout. No big deal, I thought, I've never done a hill bounding workout before so it was probably just because of all the jumping/pounding. The next day was the first day of my long Memorial day weekend, where my goal was to do 2 workouts a day. That Friday I went out for a 4 mile run, which went fine, but then was pretty dizzy toward the end of a 3 mile evening run.

Saturday felt OK -- I did a 1.5 hour skate ski (very easy) and then a 5 mile run. I noticed dizziness right away on the run, but it went away quickly. Sunday was the Afton trail run where we did 10 miles. It nearly killed me. My legs were really tired and my body felt awful. I honestly couldn't have finished the full 15 mile course. After that, we went and did 35 minutes on classic skis, nice and easy.

Yesterday I tried running again, but was still dizzy. My head is just foggy and not working right either (probably sleep related). The fact that it's been a week since I've felt right concerns me. Am I not eating right? I probably need to sleep more (thank goodness for the upcoming weekend) and drink more water. It may also be stress related; I recently accepted a postion at a new company, so things have been a little crazy.

I think the main cause of this is probably coming back too soon (and with too many training hours too soon). I was just so excited to be able to train a lot again! I love going out and beating my body down on long workouts. I've decided to take the day off from training today (no Vakava practice, I'm bummed) and probably Friday and Saturday as well. I'll see if I feel better by Sunday. I know I need to be 100% recovered and ready to train before I come back in order to survive the training plan I have laid out for myself. I'm nervous now, though -- I hate taking additional time off because you lose so much of your fitness so fast :(.

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Great weekend!

Gotta love long weekends -- especially long weekends where the weather is as nice as it was! :)

My goal was to do 2 workouts a day Fri, Sat, Sun, and Monday. I want to start back into the running, but also try to rollerski a little (I feel so behind!). Goal almost accomplished, and in total I logged about 6.5 hours worth of training.

Here's a few highlights:

Saturday we went out for a long ski, my first long ski of the season. I hadn't been on rollerskis in a while, so I felt really tippy. I hate that feeling! I did a 1.5 hour skate ski, going nice and easy, concentrating mostly on balance. Toward the end of the ski I was feeling better, but it's still always a humbling experience :). After the ski I changed and went out for a 5 mile run. Total workout for the day was 2:20.

Monday I drove out to Afton State park to preview the Afton Trail Run course. I wasn't prepared at all!! I'm signed up for the 25K race on July 4th -- my first trail race. I looked at the time for the winning woman from last year: 8:20 mile pace. I thought that was slow, but had no idea... now I know why! Nate and I ran 10 miles of the course, and I was absolutely dead. One of the hardest runs I've done in a while! :) I decided that I need to 1) do some leg strengthening exercises each week and 2) need to get out to Afton at least 2-3 more times before the race to run the course. I haven't been so intimidated by an upcoming event before!!! :)
After the run I also did a 35 minute classic ski. Ug! I can't stride to save my life. I am SOO worried about that first Vakava classic workout (whenever that will be)...

So, overall a great weekend. It was a great way to start back into my training again! Can't wait to continue trying to put in a lot of hours on foot/skis this upcoming week!!

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Summer Training Plan / Fall Marathon

I've decided: I'm going to try a fall marathon. I gave myself a while to think about it, so I could be sure that I'd be committed. It's really demanding to train for one, and I wanted to make sure I was mentally ready to start another cycle. It's been really nice to take time off, workout when and how I feel like. I feel like my life is finally back in order and I'm caught up with my responsibilities. That's a great feeling.

But, I know that I have a great base right now. I'd like to use that as a stepping stone, building on top of it. I'd really like to see what I could do if I put together another 3-4 months of high mileage and hard training. Is 2:55 possible? 2:53? I'd like to get closer to whatever my "limits" are, and there's no way to find out without trying.

I haven't decided which marathon, yet. I'm waiting to hear back from the Des Moines marathon. I asked about a comp entry and assistance with a hotel stay -- I think my times are quick enough to qualify me for both, which is really nice. If they're able to help with that, I'll run that one. It's flat and fast. It's October 13th. Otherwise, I'm torn between Chicago (another flat and fast one) or TCM. I wish TCM was a little faster of a course. I'd be running a fall marathon simply to try for another PR, and that'd be a lot harder to do at TCM. I really like the local crowds, though... We'll see what happens. TCM is the US Marathon Championships for the women, so it'd be fun to see where I finished against the best in the US.

I've sketched out a training plan leading up to a race in October. It's pretty intense, not going to lie :). I'm following the same plan that I did for the last 6 weeks before Fargo. In those 6 weeks, my training times and my race times (even on short distance races like the 5K) dropped SIGNIFICANTLY, so I think I've finally found something that works well for me. I'm excited to see what it'll do for me if I follow it for 4 months instead of just 6 weeks. If I don't burn myself out, I think it'll make me REALLY strong and fast. I'll have to be careful. I'm not too excited about these high mileage during summer. I'm not a good runner in the heat. I've always used my lunch hours to get in my second workout for the day... that's really hard to do when it's 90 and humid!

My mileage will be higher for a much longer period of time. For Fargo, I was above 70 miles/week for only 3 weeks. I'll be at or above 70 miles/week for 10 straight weeks in this new plan. There will be 5 weeks above 80 miles/ week. I'm not sure what I'll top out at yet... right now I just have it at 86. I may increase that, but I want to see how my body responds to the increase in sustained high mileage first.

Now... the big question will be: how much skiing will I be able to do?? Dryland work especially drains the legs. I talked to Chad Giese when he was in at Finn Sisu on Monday, and he suggested doing more on skis now, while I'm in between and when mileage isn't as important. As I get into later june, July, August and September to concentrate on running. The base that I'll have will carry me through into skiing. Then I'd switch over in October to skiing. I like this thinking. Although I'll be behind in October, it'll still give me more time than last winter (when I started skiing seriously in late January).

In the meantime, I'm going to try to start putting in some mileage. I'm excited for the long weekend to put in some good training hours. I'm planning on two a days through the weekend... one running workout and one skiing. Nothing hard yet. Should be a lot of fun!

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Wonder what life would be like...

if I didn't spend as much time as I do on running and skiing. This week has been really nice -- taking the first half of the week off and then running whenever I felt like it/however far I felt like during the 2nd half. It's great! I actually have time to run errands and clean the house. By the end of this week I might actually have a good jump start on the ever-growing to-do list on my kitchen door. How exciting.

I wondered today how different my life would be if I didn't have running and skiing. Or even if I didn't train 1/2 as often as I do. I'd probably have one of the best looking lawns on the block. And probably the world's best vegetable garden in my backyard. Wouldn't that be great? I could start building something, or start a large scale project on the house. Heck, I don't even need to do something large-scale: I'd take pride in just having a decent looking house at the end of the week. I can never seem to keep up during the week. I'd probably sign up to volunteer more often: perhaps at church, maybe at a camp, maybe coaching young kids. That might be sort of fun!

Is all the time I pour into running worth it? Especially when you put so many other things on the back burner? I think so. A lot of other people think I'm crazy, but it's really fulfilling for me. It's fun to see where your limits are. It's also fun once you're finally in shape: nothing beats that "I'm strong/fit/in shape" feeling during a run or a race. Taking this week easy has helped me to re-realize all of this.

Although... it would be really fun to have a wonderful vegetable garden...

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I am SO sore!

I went to Sisu skiers/Vakava practice on Thursday evening, and wow... today my hamstrings and glutes are REALLY sore :). It's amazing how the marathon didn't make me sore (hardly at all), but one testing session at practice could. It reminds me how much I have to work on!

We did 4x1200m loops at Battle Creek. The first was walking, second a light jog, third a medium run, and the fourth all out. I couldn't go as fast as I normally could -- I could feel residual soreness in my quads -- but my graph afterwards still looked good. I have great base fitness.

All the other tests I did really poorly on. 1 pull up. 35 chair dips and my arms felt like they'd give out. The 10-hop test wasn't pretty -- I think my legs only know the running motion now! They couldn't get height on the jumps at all! Lastly, the pole-touch (side to side run) went OK. I think that's what made my legs/glutes so sore today.

It reminded me how much I need to work on that explosive power and those ski-specific motions. I have my next strength session planned for tomorrow!

It just goes to show you that even though you may be fit, there is always SOMETHING that you could (and probably should) be working on. Sisu skiers practice reminds me of that every week :).

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2:58.11!!

Wow -- what a great race for me!

Where should I start? I guess I'll start with race day morning. I woke up 2:15 to race time, quickly dressed, and headed down to the hotel's continental breakfast. It's pretty cool to see so many runners congregated in one spot :). Breakfast was great, and I think I ate exactly what I needed: 2 packets of plain oatmeal with a big scoop of brown sugar and a bagel with strawberry jelly (both very carb-loaded). I can't remember if I nibbled off of my brother's/husband's banana or not. I was comfortably fed.

Back to the hotel room. It's only 6:15am. I wasn't planning to head over to the start of the race until about 7:00. So, I decided to lay down for a quick 30 minute nap :). Great decision. Woke up again at 6:45, put on my last few items of race gear and left the room.

We're a block away from the start, which is SOO nice. We walk into the dome, amble around trying to find the bag drop (wasn't inside), went to the bathroom etc. At about 7:20, we walk outside to the start line to see what's there. It's actually a pretty nice day, especially compared to the night before (where winds were 20-25 mps). It's just 38 degrees, with a 10 mph wind, but that suits me really well. I am not a good runner in the heat.

I did my first warm up at about 7:25. 2 minutes out and then back. .43 miles, I think. I actually felt good! Wow, what perfect timing, considering how tired my legs and lungs felt earlier in the week from the cold/sinus infection. I'm smiling to myself: this could be a really good day!! Then stretch, put on the race shoes and socks, go to the bathroom again, all the normal pre-race stuff. At 10 minutes to go I headed out for another short warm up (per my book's recommendation), but kept it to 1:10 out and back.

The gun went off. I started off with my training partner and Nate (my husband), which was really nice. It's nice to know the people around you and how they race/run. My goal was to negative split this race. I had no idea by how much -- my goal was to do that based on "feel". Our first mile was in 6:58, which was perfect. Nice and relaxed. My only goal for the next 1/2 marathon was to run evenly, using as little energy as I possibly could.

Nate took off at 10 miles. I took off my long sleeve (getting a little warmer at this point), handed it off, and away he went. Pretty funny to see this big guy up ahead running in a singlet with a hot pink shirt tied around his waist :). Jenny and I began to work closer together at this point. It was definitely a lot lonlier without Nate there! We went through the 1/2 marathon at 1:29.40, which was perfect. At that point I didn't feel like I had used much energy at all (in contrast to Houston).

Jenny started to pull away at 14 miles. Hmm. Is she feeling good, I wondered to myself? I know I'm a good closer, so I just waited behind her. I knew I was running 6:45s at that point, which was plenty fast. She had to be splitting 6:40s. I told myself to save my fastest miles for the last 10K. That's one of my strengths: my ability to be patient. So, I sat behind until mile 20, inching my way back up to her and her group. At 20 I caught her, and tried to convince her to come with. I asked her how she was doing, and her response was: "OK"... quite different from her answers earlier in the race. I was feeling great -- my legs still had plenty of energy. I decided to start picking it up.

The next 6.2 miles I ran alone. I passed a LOT of people at that point. It's very rare to negative split a marathon, and I think a lot of people were surprised at the pace I passed them at :). Because we were running the 1/2 marathon course twice, we were passing a lot of the half marathon walkers and running the opposite side of the street as the running 1/2 marathoners. So many of them cheered for me!! It was super encouraging. There were a few times when the walkers would block the road or wouldn't allow for an easy water stop, which was a little discouraging... I don't mean to be rude (at all!!), but please... if you're walking a half-marathon, don't take the inside corner with three of your friends all walking side by side. There were a couple of others that were surprised by me, and would literally stop in their tracks, turn around, and just freeze (after I had yelled: "Inside!! Inside corner!!". I think I ran into at least 2 people. I really apologize, but I don't know what else to do!!

6.2 to go. I decide to let myself to at this point. My legs feel great. I think part of that is that I started out smart, and the other because I have good glycogen stores because of my carbo load. I grabbed the last Gu at 20 miles and just carried it for a while. I had already taken 4 during the race, plus 1 right before. That's quite a few. But, I always have problems getting dizzy at the end of long races. So, I ripped off the top and just took sips from it for the rest of the race. That really helped -- I will definitely do that from now on.

1 mile to go. I can see the Fargo dome! I'm a little dizzy at this point, but also a little nauseated as well (probably because I ate so much during the race). I have no idea where to go, though. There's a confusing turn by the dome -- probably for the marathoners -- and a bunch of people were turning that way. Good thing there were volunteers to help direct runners. At .3 or .4 to go, bicyclists joined me. At first, there was just one. Then the second came and said, I'll take this one!! I was scared. Was there a woman right behind me that he was talking about? No! That made me pick it up :). We circled the dome, and I made my last turn in. I start the charge to the finish. Except, my feet get caught in a water grate -- and a fall - HARD. I am completely sprawled out on the ground, stomach first. What? My bike escorts yell at me: get up! quick!! I am lucky to have enough energy to pick myself up quick and begin running again. It takes me a couple of steps to get back into it (I think my legs liked the few seconds of rest!!). Apparently I was swaying a bit at that point. Within a few meters, I was back in it, trying to pick it up to the finish.

It's pretty cool to finish in the Fargo dome :). The whole crowd is cheering and the announcer is going nuts : "This is the second woman coming in!! On your feet, everyone!!". So cool :). I finished in 2:58.11, which was well below my 2:59.59 goal. It was an excellent race for me and a definite confidence booster. Fargo was a great city to run in -- the crowd was amazing (the best I've run in), and I'd recommend it to anybody.

Now... I'll give it a few days, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to try for a fall marathon :). Wait for the post a few days from now :)!

P.S. My parents came up to watch me run, which was really encouraging. I love it when they come watch (my dad doesn't particularly enjoy it, I think, because there have been a few times where I've raced beyond my limits that he's watched...).

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has followed me and my blog. What amazing support! Thank you, thank you!!!

Splits:
6:58
6:51
6:48
6:43
6:52
6:50
6:48
6:49
6:52
6:49
6:53
6:48
6:48
(halfway in 1:29.40)
6:47
6:48
6:45
6:43
6:46
6:44
6:44
(20 mile mark, I let myself go at this point)
6:38
6:42
6:40
6:34
6:37
6:36
Last .2: ???
6:38
6:47

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2:58.11 Fargo Marathon!!



Wow -- what a great race for me!

Where should I start? I guess I'll start with race day morning. I woke up 2:15 to race time, quickly dressed, and headed down to the hotel's continental breakfast. It's pretty cool to see so many runners congregated in one spot :). Breakfast was great, and I think I ate exactly what I needed: 2 packets of plain oatmeal with a big scoop of brown sugar and a bagel with strawberry jelly (both very carb-loaded). I can't remember if I nibbled off of my brother's/husband's banana or not. I was comfortably fed.

Back to the hotel room. It's only 6:15am. I wasn't planning to head over to the start of the race until about 7:00. So, I decided to lay down for a quick 30 minute nap :). Great decision. Woke up again at 6:45, put on my last few items of race gear and left the room.

We're a block away from the start, which is SOO nice. We walk into the dome, amble around trying to find the bag drop (wasn't inside), went to the bathroom etc. At about 7:20, we walk outside to the start line to see what's there. It's actually a pretty nice day, especially compared to the night before (where winds were 20-25 mps). It's just 38 degrees, with a 10 mph wind, but that suits me really well. I am not a good runner in the heat.

I did my first warm up at about 7:25. 2 minutes out and then back. .43 miles, I think. I actually felt good! Wow, what perfect timing, considering how tired my legs and lungs felt earlier in the week from the cold/sinus infection. I'm smiling to myself: this could be a really good day!! Then stretch, put on the race shoes and socks, go to the bathroom again, all the normal pre-race stuff. At 10 minutes to go I headed out for another short warm up (per my book's recommendation), but kept it to 1:10 out and back.

The gun went off. I started off with my training partner and Nate (my husband), which was really nice. It's nice to know the people around you and how they race/run. My goal was to negative split this race. I had no idea by how much -- my goal was to do that based on "feel". Our first mile was in 6:58, which was perfect. Nice and relaxed. My only goal for the next 1/2 marathon was to run evenly, using as little energy as I possibly could.

Nate took off at 10 miles. I took off my long sleeve (getting a little warmer at this point), handed it off, and away he went. Pretty funny to see this big guy up ahead running in a singlet with a hot pink shirt tied around his waist :). Jenny and I began to work closer together at this point. It was definitely a lot lonlier without Nate there! We went through the 1/2 marathon at 1:29.40, which was perfect. At that point I didn't feel like I had used much energy at all (in contrast to Houston).

Jenny started to pull away at 14 miles. Hmm. Is she feeling good, I wondered to myself? I know I'm a good closer, so I just waited behind her. I knew I was running 6:45s at that point, which was plenty fast. She had to be splitting 6:40s. I told myself to save my fastest miles for the last 10K. That's one of my strengths: my ability to be patient. So, I sat behind until mile 20, inching my way back up to her and her group. At 20 I caught her, and tried to convince her to come with. I asked her how she was doing, and her response was: "OK"... quite different from her answers earlier in the race. I was feeling great -- my legs still had plenty of energy. I decided to start picking it up.

The next 6.2 miles I ran alone. I passed a LOT of people at that point. It's very rare to negative split a marathon, and I think a lot of people were surprised at the pace I passed them at :). Because we were running the 1/2 marathon course twice, we were passing a lot of the half marathon walkers and running the opposite side of the street as the running 1/2 marathoners. So many of them cheered for me!! It was super encouraging. There were a few times when the walkers would block the road or wouldn't allow for an easy water stop, which was a little discouraging... I don't mean to be rude (at all!!), but please... if you're walking a half-marathon, don't take the inside corner with three of your friends all walking side by side. There were a couple of others that were surprised by me, and would literally stop in their tracks, turn around, and just freeze (after I had yelled: "Inside!! Inside corner!!"). I think I ran into at least 2 people. I really apologize, but I don't know what else to do!!

6.2 to go. I decide to let myself to at this point. My legs feel great. I think part of that is that I started out smart, and the other because I have good glycogen stores because of my carbo load. I grabbed the last Gu at 20 miles and just carried it for a while. I had already taken 4 during the race, plus 1 right before. That's quite a few. But, I always have problems getting dizzy at the end of long races. So, I ripped off the top and just took sips from it for the rest of the race. That really helped -- I will definitely do that from now on.

1 mile to go. I can see the Fargo dome! I'm a little dizzy at this point, but also a little nauseated as well (probably because I ate so much during the race). I have no idea where to go, though. There's a confusing turn by the dome -- probably for the marathoners -- and a bunch of people were turning that way. Good thing there were volunteers to help direct runners. At .3 or .4 to go, bicyclists joined me. At first, there was just one. Then the second came and said, I'll take this one!! I was scared. Was there a woman right behind me that he was talking about? No! That made me pick it up :). We circled the dome, and I made my last turn in. I start the charge to the finish. Except, my feet get caught in a storm sewer grate -- and I fall - HARD. I am completely sprawled out on the ground, stomach first. What? My bike escorts yell at me: get up! quick!! I am lucky to have enough energy to pick myself up quick and begin running again. It takes me a couple of steps to get back into it (I think my legs liked the few seconds of rest!!). Apparently I was swaying a bit at that point. Within a few meters, I was back in it, trying to pick it up to the finish.

It's pretty cool to finish in the Fargo dome :). The whole crowd is cheering and the announcer is going nuts : "This is the second woman coming in!! On your feet, everyone!!". So cool :). I finished in 2:58.11, which was well below my 2:59.59 goal. It was an excellent race for me and a definite confidence booster. Fargo was a great city to run in -- the crowd was amazing (the best I've run in), and I'd recommend it to anybody. Pictures of the top 3 (I was 2nd):


Now... I'll give it a few days, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to try for a fall marathon :). Wait for the post a few days from now :)!

P.S. My parents came up to watch me run, which was really encouraging. I love it when they come watch (my dad doesn't particularly enjoy it, I think, because there have been a few times where I've raced beyond my limits that he's watched...). Me & my dad, who is my absolute hero/idol:


P.P.S. 11 minutes off of the Olympic trials standard. Too far off to be get-able????
P.P.P.S. Both Jenny's and my Garmin's said that the course was .2 miles LONG. That's about a 1:10 minute difference. I'm fairly sure we took the inside tangents and didn't run long -- the course was just long. Everyone was saying that the course was slow, so that makes sense. Given that, I'd have run sub 2:57... hmm, we'll have to see the next time around, won't we?? (My training partner was bummed because she ran 3:00.50, and her goal for the last 10 years has been sub 3... which she would have done without those extra .2 miles!)

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has followed me and my blog. What amazing support! Thank you, thank you!!!

Splits:
6:58
6:51
6:48
6:43
6:52
6:50
6:48
6:49
6:52
6:49
6:53
6:48
6:48
(halfway in 1:29.40)
6:47
6:48
6:45
6:43
6:46
6:44
6:44
(20 mile mark, I let myself go at this point)
6:38
6:42
6:40
6:34
6:37
6:36
Last .2: ???

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A little better than yesterday!

Yeah, I'm a little less stuffy than yesterday! That's great news. Still not great, and the legs still feel sick when climbing stairs, but at least I'm going in the right direction. I'm trying to be positive -- there's nothing I can do about this now :) (besides water and sleep... which I've done all I could there as well).

How's the carb loading going? Pretty good, I'd say. The first day I was able to take in 2200 calories and 440 carbs. That's exactly where I wanted to be. I could see how it'd be easy to take in too many calories when trying to hit this carb number... I honestly ONLY ate high carb foods.

Today wasn't as great. Ate a good breakfast later in the morning (9:30 ish), but then forgot to bring a lunch at work. Plus, work was so busy that there wasn't any time to eat. Argh! I actually wasn't very hungry until about 3, and at that point, I thought it'd be best to just wait to eat at home. So, my dinner meal was huge, and now, right before bed, I am COMPLETELY stuffed. My stomach looks like I've gained 20 pounds. After a recent drink of water I actually thought my stomach would burst -- it couldn't hold another ounce. This is a good reminder to keep what I'm eating in the evening before the race to "just enough" -- it would not be smart to be this full tomorrow night.

I counted my calories for the day and just hit 1400, which is really low (so I know my stomach isn't this full because of food -- so it must be water, unless my stomach is rebelling against this diet plan). Part of that is I haven't run in the last two days (trying to allow my body to get over this cold), and my metabolism is really low if I don't work out. I haven't added up the carbs, but I think they're around 300. Bummer. Wonder if that's enough to make any difference?

One thing I will mention: I saw a picture of a few "mixed" meals tonight... think tacos, pizza, burgers, lasagna... and I just craved them :). Seriously. Saturday evening I'm going to eat something non-carb related, and I am really excited about it.

So, I hope I wake up tomorrow even less congested. I'll go for a short jog around the block just to test out my legs and then will be off to Fargo!! Eeeeekkk!!!! :) :)

P.S. I found out Canada's World Championship marathoner (very big deal) will be racing in the women's race. Hmm!
P.P.S. Winds are forecasted at 13 mph, bummer. Know any bigger guys running a 1:29.xx 1/2 marathon up there that want to allow me to draft?? :)

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Antibiotics and Carbohydrate Loading, perfect combination

I'm still sick, which is really hard for me to accept. WHY now? I've trained so well and my recent race results have been the best they've been in years. I would LOVE to be able to rock out this Saturday, to be able to show off what I've worked so hard for... Ugggg, how frustrating.

I scheduled a doctor's appointment for the evening (first available time), and was put on antibiotics. Hopefully that will clear things up fast. It's a pretty high dose, especially for someone of my size, to hopefully kill anything I have quickly.

In the meantime, I've started the 3-day carbo load. I'm trying this for the first time, based off advise of a friend who is a very successful marathoner. For these next 3 days, my goal is to eat as many carbs as I possibly can (4 grams per pound of body weight). Because I'm not running much anymore, I need to watch my calorie consumption as well. So, I have the calculator out and am trying to find foods that have the lowest calorie to carb ratio. :) I've never watched what I've eaten this closely before -- it takes a TON of effort!! My day consists of a lot of oatmeal, fruit, pasta (no sauce), beans, etc. My foods today were all too bland-color, I think tomorrow I'll try to add some color in with some vegetables (what else is there?).

My other goal is to remain positive, although that's a little hard to do. I still have a little over 2 days to get over whatever I have... let's hope :/.

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One week to go

Last Thursday I awoke with a really sore throat and a stuffy nose. The sore throat has since gone away, but I still have a little congestion. It never got bad -- thankfully -- so I didn't have to alter my training plan too significantly.

I cut Thursday down to just a 1.5 mile run. I could feel my throat and my legs felt really tired. I was supposed to have done 3x 1 mile repeats, my last of the VO2 max workouts. It's the only workout of this plan that I've missed. I feel sort of bad about that, but going hard would have only put me back. The rest of the weekend I've played by ear. Instead of a 13 mile last "long" run (that used to be my mid-week middle distance run!!), I did 11.25. I went slower than usual, and allowed myself a few stops at home. I could tell I was just working a lot harder than normal, breathing harder, and my legs felt weird... like they hadn't run in a really long time and were having a hard time remembering how to contract/expand.

This Monday I woke up and was a little clearer, thank goodness. My legs also feel a little better. I just hope I'm able to completely kick this within the next few days to allow my body time to fully recover and rest up for the big race... !!

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Runners sought...

to run the Trail Club out of Finn Sisu. It wouldn't be a huge commitment (plus you'd be able to get your workout done!) -- every Monday night and every Saturday morning from July - the end of September. Location: Theo Wirth park. A group of 2-3 would be great, so that individuals wouldn't have to make every practice.

Please comment here and let me know if you're interested -- or let me know if you know of anyone who would be.

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