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Location:

Seattle,WA,

Member Since:

Jul 25, 2005

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 144.00 Year: 684.00
TypeA8 Test Lifetime Miles: 170.00
Kinvara Test Lifetime Miles: 292.00
K9 Test Purpleberry Lifetime Miles: 287.00
Haunted Phoenix Lifetime Miles: 269.00
K9 Test Arctic Blueberry Lifetime Miles: 250.70
K9 Test Pinkerton Lifetime Miles: 244.00
Freedom Cut Me Loose Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Bubonic Plague Lifetime Miles: 40.00
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33.805.003.000.0041.80
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watched the NYC marathon this morning. very exciting races for both the men and the women. congrats to meb! 

i was sad to see paula struggling so much in the final miles. she had some interesting commentary about her injury after the race:

"It's actually a twinge, it's a tendonitis in the tendon behind the knee.  They scanned it, there was no tear.  It was just tendonitis, like fluid build‑up in there.  It's just really sore. I can't bend this leg. I hoped it would be okay because it felt good yesterday, felt good the first ten miles.  But at 11 miles it got sore."

this sounds IDENTICAL to what i experienced in the ogden marathon this year, especially the part about not being able to bend her leg. but here is the difference: she started feeling pain at mile 11, gutted it out and finished in 4th place. i felt pain at mile 17 and dropped out. ha. 


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november! 

 a few mini workouts mixed in with easy running:

5,4,3,2,1 min. hard (average 6:00 pace) 1 min. rest between each one

2 miles @ 6:40 pace

3 miles @ 6:20 pace

2 x 800m @ 6:00 pace

 there was no real structure or plan for this workout; just ran by feel. my left shin was hurting yesterday (same twinge i was feeling before the SLC marathon in april), so i started out easy and as it loosened up i felt more and more in the mood incorporate some speed. then i would slow down, run easy for a mile or so, and then speed up again and do something different. i was also focused on beating my 10 mile time from last monday (1:13:35). i hit 10 miles today in 1:10:15.

total time for 12 miles was 1:25:11 / 7:06 average for the run.

shin was hurting afterward. will ice it a few times today and see how it feels tomorrow. i really hope this isn't another nagger emerging. please no!



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18 miles on the elliptical. lost 5 lbs of sweat.


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 8 miles on the elliptical watching a show about seattle fishmongers. also watched "the secret life of bread." it made me want to go back to working in a bakery. that is some fun work.

HR averaged 151, so not a bad workout...just so boring! 

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3 miles elliptical (30 minutes)

1 hour spin (no FFF today)

45 minutes weights/core

progress meter as of monday 11/2:

dramatic pirate limp→regular pirate limp→noticeable regular limp→semi-noticeable nuanced limp→hardly noticeable stiff walk→regular full weight-bearing walk with little pain→regular full weight-bearing walk with a slight twinge→regular full weight-bearing walk; mostly zero pain with occasional twinge→ ?

so this leads me to believe that it is either a super tiny microscopic stress fracture that is getting better quickly from not running, or it is not quite a fracture but a stress reaction, or maybe neither or the above.

treatment has been 2 x 20 minute ice and 1 x 60 min ice/heat/ice per day. i have also been testing out some natural anti-inflammatories in fish oil and curcumin (turmeric powder).

will not try to run again until monday. i expect by then all will be well. if not, time to start thinking about x-rays/bone scan. i'll also have to book a wedding date with the elliptical.

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8 miles on the flailer.

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warm-up: 5 minutes on elliptical

spin: 5 x 5 minute hill simulators @ 7-8 gear (2 minutes recovery)

wore HR monitor to see what kind of workout i am getting on the bike.

average HR: 146

max: 167 (hovered around 160-163 during hill repeats)

i went 34 seconds over on the last repeat trying to get my HR above 170. but my legs gave into the burn before my HR responded. 167 is still a decent workout i suppose.

i was sweating like crazy, but there was a one-upper in the spin room with me and he was soaked. and his bike was soaked. his sweat levels were off the charts. burt?

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i cheated. i ran today. i woke up and thought about spending another sweaty morning on the elliptical/bike and had absolutely no desire. i promised myself i wouldn't run until monday 11/16, but my impatient self got the best of me. 

i figured since i can put full weight on my leg with zero pain then that rules out a stress fracture. and i had to know if my leg was runnable. couldn't wait any longer. 

headed out at 6:15. cold wind with little eye-stinging frozen beady flurries but no snow yet. ran a quick loop around USU campus, very slow and easy. my leg definitely felt better, but i will admit i could still feel a twinge. iced as soon as i got home and now it feels fine again. so i'll be moving back into this slowly. i can handle a few XT days in the gym next week if i can mix some running into it. at least i know i can handle the distance of a turkey trot...

i know i always complain about cold hands, but it's because often on my runs my cold hands go to the extreme due to what is known as raynaud's phenomenon. it's this fun little circulation problem, and it occurs mainly in my hands but occasionally will affect my feet (most often if they are trapped in wet shoes).

these "attacks" mostly occur on cold runs, but my hands are sensitive enough that it sometimes happens in the frozen food aisle of a grocery store or touching cold weights at the gym. that is why i almost always race in gloves, sometimes even in the summer if it is early and still rather cool out.  it's mostly annoying but sometimes it can be fun since it freaks people out. "hey take a look at this, do you think i have frostbite?" [screams]

another odd thing about raynaud's is that it often happens only on specific fingers. for me, it's my middle and ring finger on my right hand. interestingly enough, my grandma (mom's side) and my dad both have this problem, but on their left hands (they are right-handed, i am left-handed...coincidence?) anyway, my fingers never turn blue; just white. and they go numb, but it is a painful kind of numb and very irritating. if i run my fingers under hot water the life slowly flows back into them. it is like watching the mercury rise in a thermometer. so there is the story of just one of my many crazy defects. i got a nice pic this morning, although it's a bit blurry since i was still very cold:


 [screams]

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5 very slow and easy. felt so good just to be running. leg felt 95%.

decided to run on the indoor track at the USU fieldhouse for two reasons:

1. it was15 degrees outside...dark, ice everywhere

2. the track is slightly more forgiving than the road, and slightly less mundane than the TM

i was just happy to not have to deal with the elliptical today. kept the pace right around 8:15.

the fieldhouse was experiencing a pre-thanksgiving FRENZY! i haven't seen it that crowded in a very long time.




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XT - juggling 

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45 minutes USU indoor track. i didn't want to count laps today, so i'll log 5.5 miles. couldn't have been less than that, but not sure if i made it quite to 6. so 5.5 is good for today. 8:15 pace to start, ended up around 7:45 pace the last 20 minutes, including a 4 lap surge (7:00-ish pace) at the very end when the ROTC guys were doing their 2 mile time trial. i couldn't help speeding up trying to stay with them. i felt like i was at a track meet again, with people on the sidelines yelling out splits at each lap. i miss those days.

the good news is that my leg feels really good, it just takes a couple of miles to warm up. 97% today. 

FFF spin - AM session with a new instructor. she is a softy. she kept saying she didn't want to work us too hard. just when it would start to get intense she would say "ok easy pedal time, i am going to wear you all out." nobody in the class was even sweating. PM FFF with tommy is much more brutal.

i'll be glad when this week is over. extraordinary amount of things to get done in very little time.

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changing speeds

what a ride

stir up your insides

guess who? 

this was a perfect theme song for my run today on the TM. random speeds at various inclines with a sour stomach. 

now here's another one:

where's it all goin'

it's all goin' a little crazy

 guess who? careful, this one is tricky...

 


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cold morning. i wore my smartwool bikini, boots and goggles. 

bioneers conference today and tomorrow and then i will have finally conquered this messy week. 

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5 easy mt. road loop. nice and warm @ 37 degrees. 

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went to SLC/highland/cedar hills/etc/etc for thanksgiving --- one whole week for a break! 

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golds gym in american fork: ran one mile on TM. very very painful. back to square one with the leg; don't ask me why. hobbled over to the elliptical. 10 minutes. frustrated. got off and decided to try out the arc trainer. 20 minutes. worst flailing of my life. a bit of weights. left the gym limping and rather upset. 

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 60 minutes on elliptical.  

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today's machine of choice: bike. 60 minutes. weights. 

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45 minutes elliptical @ golds gym in sugarhouse. thanksgiving food is on the bottom of my list. i really don't care for any of it. 

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drove back to logan today. tons of homework to catch up on. also trying to finalize my applications for grad school to get my PhD. if all goes as planned i will be moving to arizona, kansas, pennsylvania or oregon. i prefer to go to a warmer climate, but wherever i can get in, i'll take it. 

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i did yoga today. don't hate. 

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glad for a rest day. i am exhausted after my 1 mile week. 

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55 minutes of yoga. 30 minutes of running. there is a lingering twinge in my leg, but i made it through without any onset of actual pain. stopped while i still felt good instead of waiting for pain to set in. a novel idea really.  this is week 5, by the way. ehh.

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