Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Week 5: Weak hips

Today was my first day back after that long run on Sunday. I was supposed to run yesterday but I pooped out. I felt like poopin out today but I forced myself to get out there.

About half way through the run, my hips started to bother me again. Not really in the same spot though...more like the joints. Here is what I read from Cool

Pain at the side of the hip
Description:Pain in the side of your hip, usually at the joint of your hip and thigh but sometimes a bit higher toward the hip bone.
Likely causes:A basic overuse injury. You've inflamed the fascia in your hips, the flexible fibers in the joint. The specific reasons for this pain vary for different runners. The culprit may be weak back muscles, the type of surface on which you run, the shoes you wear, or the length of your running stride. One of the remedies below will likely work for you, but it's difficult to predict which it will be. However, if you have pain in only one of your hips, you probably have either an uneven pelvis or unequal leg lengths. See the section above on lower back pain for details on treating this.
Remedy:As mentioned, hip pain can come about for a variety of reasons. Try these remedies; one of them (or a combination) should get rid of the pain, albeit with a bit of persistence. Try shortening your stride when you run. Try switching running surfaces (if you've been running on a hard surface, try a softer one or vice versa). Reconsider your running shoes; your feet may demand a different style or fit. Finally, try some abdominal and lower back exercises to strengthen those muscles.

So, what am I going to do? I'm not sure. I dont think my shoes are that old. I just bought them in April I think and I dont put that much mileage on them. I think I'm just going to take some Motrin and remind myself to take it easy.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Week 4: End with 5 miles and an ass kicking

This week was kind of slack. I was only able to run for about 17 mins on Tuesday and my Thursday run got "tech supported out". Meaning, I was on the phone with AT&T trying to get my computer to start working again for over an hour. By the time I got off of the phone it was after 9pm and I was just burnt out.

So, today I ran 5 miles as scheduled per my Jeff Galloway training program. I met up with a local group of chicks that run around the JCP at 6am. In other words, I smoke too much crack and make crazy decisions to hang out with other nuts. These ladies are wicked  nice but they are so much more advanced than myself. I felt like a loser. Well, maybe not a loser but I didnt want to hold anyone back. My friend "M" stayed with me which I think was cool with her because she was a bit hung over and probably welcomed the well.. break.
"M" did push me and kept me going. Towards the middle my hips started to hurt and we switched to a run/walk method. She said that she noticed that I was running faster once we started that method. Hmmm, maybe thats something to concentrate on during my long runs. I just don't want to be that girl that says OH its been 3 mins I have to stop running now.

Overall, it was a good run. I think it took somewhere between an hour and 5 mins and an hour and 10 mins. Not sure because I was too clouded to start my watch when we took off. "M" offered me some good advice and it was nice to be broken out of my own pace for a change. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Week 4: (Off Day) Race Times

Race                           Distance                     Time                Pace
Jax Sym                       4mi                               45:39               11:24
NeverQuit                    3.1mi                            38:53               12:32
MemDay                      3.1mi                            34:50               11:14
Celebration                   3.1mi                            43:07               13:54
NeverQuit                    3.1mi                            43:52               14:09
Stadium Chall               3.1mi                            43:10               13:55
BelieveinHeroes            4.97mi                          1:03:09           12:42

My pace is improving! The Memorial Day 5K was a race that I was training in a running class for. I think that is why I did so well. The Florida Striders are an AWESOME group. Shortly after that, I hurt my knee & I got pregnant. The Celebration 5K was my last race due to those reasons. As you can see, the Never Quit was my first race back after the pregnancy. It was pretty tough and wicked hot!! I didn’t do so well, but it felt good to be back. Looking at these numbers, it looks like I’m getting better. My next race is the Jax Mud Fest and I don’t think it will be helping my numbers any! I am debating on signing up for the Evergreen Pumpkin 5K at the end of October. I would do the 10mi but according to my training log – its an easy week!

Reviewing the numbers though, I guess I have a 13 min pace which has me finishing the ½ Marathon at around 2 hours and 50 mins. My goal is 2:45. I think its doable!

What has been your best time?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Week 4: Splat Splat Splat

Its very very hard to make a noise like that...

I only ran for 17 mins tonight instead of my required 30mins. The lightening was getting crazy and I was scared that I was going to die. So, my plan is to run another 15 mins tomorrow to make up for it.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Week 3: Completed

Today's run was an easy 2 miles. I finished in 22:55 with one itty walk break. I wanted to run the whole 2 miles without a break but I pooped out. I have the hardest time not focusing on what I am doing so then I just start thinking too much about being tired. I do so much better when I have something else on my mind or someone to talk to.

Next weeks long run is 5 miles. I hope to run it with some friends but they are faster than I am so I am a little intimidated. I'm sure they would hang with me but I don't want to hold them back. We'll see.

On to the next....

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Week 3: It's wicked dark

It is dark at 8pm now when I finally get a chance to go run. I need a headlamp or something. I have an LED light thing that I wear around my arm but that doesnt help me see the road!

I put in my 30 mins like I was supposed to tonight. Ya know, the phrase about how you dont regret any run you go on but you regret the ones you don't - its so true. For me, especially during the week, I am dragging my butt to get out the door. Maybe it has something to do with it being 8pm and I've been awake since 4am with about a 3 hour nap called bedtime.. I dunno. But once I get home, I'm happy that I went. Yeah, I have other chores to do... before I sat down to write this I started more laundry, loaded & unloaded the dishwasher, folded the kids clothes & put them away, emptied the litter box & trash cans. Its only 9:20pm.  I also need to work on some school work but I am so tired right now that I have sand in my eyes. Yes, I am one of those crazy people that can go run for 30 mins and be ready to take a nap when I return.

Saturday is an easy 2 miler. I'm looking forward to it.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Week 3: Ouch

I did my 30 mins tonight - walked a lot. My legs and feet still hurt from the 8K. But pain is weakness  leaving the body... right??

Sunday, September 11, 2011

End of Week 2: Believe in Heroes 8K

The end of week 2 was supposed to be 4 miles but since I had registered for this race - I did 5 miles well 4.97ish.

The race started at The Landing, went over the Acosta Bridge, Main Street Bridge, down Riverside Ave, then back to the landing via a stretch along the river. The Wounded Warrior Project aims to put the veteran back in Veteran's Day by highlighting the sacrifices, challenges and triumphs the warriors and their families experience.

Pre-Race Concert

 This is my mother in law pre-race. She is a run/walker...but mostly a walker. I think she is a race addict. :)
And this is me pre-race - feeling confidant!

Artifact from the World Trade Center

Main Street Bridge Pre-Race view

Acosta Bridge Pre-Race View

Me - Post Race

MIL Post Race

Over all, it was a great race. I finished 1:03:10 but I think 1st Place Sports says I finished 1:03:08. Whatever.. doesnt matter too much. The bridge training that I have been doing really paid off. I ran up and over each bridge/incline that presented itself. In total, there were four. I finished before the fire fighters that were running/walking in full gear and I finished before the old man with the knee brace. That to me was the most important goal to accomplish because he has beaten me before.

I have a feeling that its going to hurt to walk tomorrow...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Week 2: Landmarks

Leaving for a quick 30min-er
So, I have my normal routes that I take when I run. I've learned what distance I've gone according to which landmarks I pass. I know when I'm a street before the church, I've gone a mile. I know when I hit Walgreens, its been a mile and a half.. so forth and so on. Its when I do an out and back that I get confused. I've never been good with math.  :)

Lady of Fatima aka Mile 1ish
From Wikipedia..
Our Lady of Fátima (Portuguese: Nossa Senhora de Fátima) (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈfatimɐ]) is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary as She appeared in apparitions reported by three shepherd children at Fátima in Portugal. These occurred on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on May 13. The three children were Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto.

I thought thats who that was... and now I know!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Week 2: Holy shin splints Batman!

Run #1 for week #2 - 2.26 miles but I agonized during most of it. Darn shin splints. The only thing that kept my mind off of it was watching the bats fly around and get their dinner.

So whats a shin splint? According to wikipedia -
Shin splints or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) refers to pain along or just behind the tibia (shinbone), the large bone in the front of the lower leg. Shin splints occur during physical activity and result from too much force on the shinbone and connective tissue attaching muscles to it. Shin splints are common in runners and in those who participate in activities with sudden stops and starts, such as football, basketball, soccer, tennis and marching band, along with sports that apply extreme pressure to the legs, such as gymnastics. Ten to fifteen percent of running injuries are shin splints.

So what can you do about it?

What am I going to do about it?

Probably nothing. I have a training program to attend to.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Week 1 Complete

3 Mile Lowes Loop completed today. I passed two people who were run/walking. That made me feel like this guy..

On to week two..

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Day 2: Downtown Bridges & Dolphins!

Today was day 2 of the Galloway training that I am doing. I started my run at Friendship Fountain.
Friendship Fountain
Ran over the Acosta..

Acosta Bridge
Around the Landing...

And over the Main Street Bridge. 

Main Street Bridge

It adds up to about 2 miles and I finished it in around 21-22 mins. Not bad considering the inclines! I did see some dolphins as I was running up the Acosta bridge which took my mind off of what I was doing. Before I knew it, I was at the top!

Dolphins in the river
It was a nice run. I wish I saw these dolphins every time I ran over that bridge. Oh well. Next time I will just have to watch for them and hopefully it will have the same effect!