Monday, November 3, 2014

week in review: october 27–november 2

Dopey Challenge Training: Week 18

Monday, October 27: rest day

Tuesday, October 28: 2.96 miles (treadmill; 2 incline; 60/60 run/walk intervals)

Wednesday, October 29: rest day

Thursday, October 303.17 miles (treadmill; 1.5 incline; 60/60 intervals, then 120/60)

Friday, October 2130 minute walk

Saturday, November 1: 8.5 miles (treadmill; 1.5 incline; 30/120 intervals)

Sunday, November 220.05 miles

Weekly mileage:  34.68 miles
Total mileage for Dopey Challenge Training: 298.38 miles

This week in training went well. I ended up with only one day of cross training, but had four days of running. I ran after work, so hit up the gym on Tuesday and Thursday. My right knee hurt a little bit on Tuesday, but has been fine since then. 

Wednesday I went to my cousin's house for our annual pumpkin carving and pizza night. That was a lot of fun catching up, since it's been a while. Friday after work traffic was horrible, so I walked to the train station rather than the bus, since I figured it would be quicker to walk anyway. It was in the low 40s and had winds of up to 38 MPH. Whoa. The wind was literally pushing me around, it was crazy. There were also some snow flurries that day, I felt bad for the kids having to trick-or-treat in that weather. 

Friday evening my husband and I went met some friends at a brewery which was hosting a Halloween Party – it was a lot of fun. They had a costume contest and some special tappings and Halloween cocktails; deliciousness. Then came a tough weekend.

Great snack to hold me over until lunch.

Treadmill workout done!

On Saturday I did a lot of house cleaning, laundry, and went to the gym, which was fairly empty and I loved, to do an 8.5 mile easy/slow run. Luckily, I had a treadmill with a working TV, so I was able to watch Spiderman and an episode of "Friends". Even though I listened to music, it was nice to have something to watch to help keep me entertained. Since I had 20 miles the next day, and the 17 miles was a bit rough because I took the 7 miles a bit too fast two weeks prior, I took those 8.5 miles as slow as I could stand. At one point I was just thinking that I just wanted to be done, but I tried to stay on the slow end (and I'm slow anyway, so you can imagine just how slow I had to go haha). I did 2 minutes of walking and 30 seconds of running on a 1.5 incline. I brought some Nuun to drink and had two Clif Shot Bloks. Afterwards, I ate a Lemon Vanilla LUNA protein bar. Yum.

Gym essentials.

Luckily, I had no plans for Saturday, so the rest of the day was lounging on the couch, making dinner, resting/recovering, and gathering my gear for Sunday's run. I went to bed fairly early, so happy to know that the time change would be happening while I slept. Loved. Waking up at 7 wasn't so bad when my body felt like it was 8. However, I wasn't too thrilled to see the temperature outside was 'feels like' 25. Woof.

I ended up not getting to the trail until about 9, since I dragged my feet a bit leaving the house hoping the weather would warm up a bit. Then, when I got there, I had to drive around a bit to find a parking space – it was much more crowded than I was expecting, which turned out to be because there was a group of 20+ hikers that all drove separately taking up most of the spaces. 

Fueling my very long run.

I wore my Patagonia long sleeve light-weight top, a dry-tech short sleeve, Saucony jacket (I love the jacket because there are zip pockets so I can store a bunch of stuff like Kleenex and such), Athleta capris, Zensah compressions sleeves, Features socks, my Brooks trail shoes, Orangemud Double Barrel HydraQuiver with Nuun, and my Flipbelt filled with my ENERGYbits, Clif Shot Bloks Orange flavor with caffeine, and a Picky Bar. 

I started with 30 seconds running and two minutes walking. I took two shot books every two miles, and took 15 ENERGYbits before starting, along with another 10 at mile 9. The first 5 miles went great. I was feeling good and thinking optimistically. Unfortunately, around mile 5.5 I started having horrible shin pains on my left leg. Sometimes it hurt when I walked, other times when I ran. I couldn't quite figure out why it was hurting, and couldn't stop the pain. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to finish the miles. I managed to walk/run the same intervals till I got back to the start. 

20 miles complete!

Lucky for me, my husband agreed to meet me for the final 10 miles. When I got back to the start, I swapped out my empty bottle of Nuun for the extra one I put in my car in a cooler. After the swap, my husband and I started the final half of the run. Unfortunately, I had to do a lot more walking – my shin was not having it when I tried to run. My arches started to really hurt towards the end as well, but I managed to finish, albeit with a very slow time. Sometimes the pain would subside, and sometimes it was constant, while other times it was more of a sharp quick pain. I haven't had pain so bad in quite a long time, and if my husband wasn't there with me helping to keep me motivated and keeping my mind off of it all with some chatter and jokes, I probably would have quit before I hit 20. I am very thankful for that. I made sure to take it slow, so I didn't injure myself more; I'm smart enough to listen to my body and not push too hard.

When I got home, I drank some chocolate milk with extra protein and tossed my legs up the wall. After a shower, I put my Dr. Cool Wrap around my shin to help alleviate the pain and possible swelling. Family came over for dinner, and during that time my right calf started hurting. Oh boy. The joys of marathon training. I went to bed around 9:30... I was exhausted! Luckily, when I woke up, my right leg felt better, and my shin, though still in pain, was better than last night. I'm hoping another day of elevation, ice, compression, and no running helps it heal. I've never had shin splints, so not sure if that's what it was. Anyone ever deal with shin splints or the pain I described? Any tips?

Anyway, I'm really happy that I finished all the miles that were in my training plan for the week. Though it was really tough, I'm proud that I completed it all :) Training with the Flipbelt (thanks BibRave) this week has gone well and you can expect a review later this week.

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How was your week/end? Did training go well? Hope you all had a great Halloween! Welcome to November. 

P.S. Make sure to review your race(s) on, and join us for #BibChat tomorrow night at 8pm CT.

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