Archive for May 2014

4.45 miles in 40:14 bringing May to 144.27 – not too bad considering I lost over 23 miles due to hamstring issues

One slow and steady lap this morning around the neighborhood – hamstrings never gave me any issues but my right knee was aching a bit. It was compensating for that knee that ended up causing me to pull my hamstrings on the right leg a week and half ago. I will have to watch that knee and see what is going on with it. Maybe the next couple weeks of taper here will help?

The run today brings May up to 144.27 miles out of a scheduled 163.6 giving a difference of 19.33 miles off schedule this month. Checking the schedule I see that I actually lost a total of 23.82 (including a 20 miler) due to the hamstring issue. That means I was 4.49 miles over schedule up to May 21st when I damaged myself.

Taper continues for the Manitoba Marathon on June 15th – I have a 13.1 mile training run scheduled tomorrow but part of me really wants to bump that up to 20 miles to get the 20 miler I missed back. That kinda means I’m not really tapering at this point though and I’m not sure what the effects of doing a 20 miler 2 weeks before a full would be. I really want to break my full PR of 4:15:01 this time and would doing the 20 miler be too much during taper and cause me grief for the full? Probably not too badly but with the knee ache I had today doing the shorter run, taking it easy on the knee is most likely the wiser course of action…but that doesn’t make it an easier decision at this point.

I probably won’t decide until tomorrow morning. I will have my fuel ready to go for a 20 miler but will only bring along enough for 13.1 and if I am feeling good and want to keep going I can stop at the house at the end of a lap and grab more fuel at that point. Sounds like a plan!

5 miles in 39:50 @ 1% – note to self: don’t run so soon after a big supper…ugh…sluggish

Yeah – we had a later supper and I wanted to get the run done a bit earlier tonight – not a good combo when you eat a bit more than you were expecting!

I made it through the run but I certainly didn’t beat any speed records and it didn’t feel great by any means. On a positive note though the hamstrings gave me no issues at all! Whoohoo! That is definitely a good thing.

Oh well – got the miles in and and taper continues for the Manitoba Marathon! …not going taper crazy yet.

8.85 miles in 1:18:31 outside on a beautiful evening – hamstring felt very good. Almost back to normal but still need to be careful!

A very solid run tonight outside – beautiful temperature with just a slight breeze – perfect night for a run!

Unfortunately I can tell the mosquitoes are coming though – got bit twice earlier this evening outside talking with the brother-in-law. Man! It seems like it has barely thawed here and we are already seeing mosquitoes? Ahhh Winnipeg!

Felt good for the full run – no issues with the hamstrings at all but I could still tell there was some tension there so I will continue to be very careful at this point.

The swimming pool seems to be helping me keep the leg moving and flexing without putting too much tension on – helping to stretch out the hamstrings without risking more damage.

If things continue to improve as they have I should be back to normal sometime next week well ahead of the upcoming Manitoba Marathon on June 15th! This is a very good thing.

5.1 miles in 40:02 @ 1% – hamstring is not perfect but much better – gives me hope for Manitoba Marathon

After blowing off my 20 miler over the weekend due to nursing a hamstring issue that I really did not want to aggravate, I was a both hesitant and driven to get on the treadmill tonight. On one hand I wanted to make sure to get in a good solid run but on the other I didn’t want to push too hard and re-injure myself.

I started out at 7.2 mph and did that for 4 minutes and everything felt good in my leg, so I bumped the speed up 0.1 mph. And every 4 minutes I kept doing that ending the run after 4 minutes at 8.1 mph. The hamstrings definitely felt a bit tight but other than that everything else felt solid. Definitely felt I could have gone longer!

It is good to know the leg is solidly on the mend. That puts me in a weird spot though – I am in my taper for the Manitoba Marathon on June 15th which should help ensure I continue to heal up but I also keep looking at that missed 20 miler wondering if I should try to make it up…

Looking at my scheduled mileage I think I can safely bump up my upcoming Sunday run from 13.1 – but bump it to what? Part of me says all the way up to 20, another part of me says just leave it at 13.1. I think I might compromise and hit around 17.5 miles instead. This would still be a very solid long distance run where I could practice my final fueling plan and lock down my confidence for the race. I’m not sure though – I seriously do not want to get injured again and blow the race completely so I think I will go out with the plan to do the 13.1 but carry extra fuel so that if I am feeling good I can keep going. That is my current thought right now…but Sunday is a long way away!

Weekend round up – working through hamstring issues and the backyard pool is now open!

This weekend was supposed to be my last high mileage weekend before rolling into taper town for the Manitoba Marathon on June 15th. The pulled hamstring on Wednesday night put a bit of a damper on the running but I have managed to stay active and get some of the missed mileage back.

I was worried about the hamstring pull because if they are bad they can take weeks or even months to fully get back to healthy. My issue obviously wasn’t that bad as I was able to walk just fine but any kind of longer stride or faster movement caused pretty immediate pain. So while I obviously don’t want any injury I do have to thank my lucky stars that the injury wasn’t worse – especially with the Manitoba Marathon only being 3 weeks away as of this morning.

The hamstring issue has caused me to miss some training mileage obviously. I missed 4.1 out of 10 on Wednesday when I had to stop because of the injury, I missed 5 scheduled miles on Thursday and I was only able to put in a slow 2.53 out of 10 on Saturday morning. Today was the big one though – the 20 miler. I intended to get up very early this morning to attempt it and get the miles in even if I had to walk a good portion. I was obviously exhausted as I wasn’t really conscious of my alarm going off until an hour or so after it was programmed to – I’m not sure if I was hitting snooze on auto pilot or if it was going off the whole time but I apparently needed the sleep. By the time I realized I really didn’t have time to do the 20 miler and still get to some of the other stuff I needed to do so I put in 3 miles on the treadmill nice and slow in order to judge where I stood. After I got through all the other stuff that needed to be done today I was able to go out and give another go. I did a decent paced 8.85 mile run in 1:20:48 with only some aching in the hamstrings plus a few hard shots of pain from them. When I got the little hits of pain I realized my form was off – sorted that out and everything went back to a slight ache and all was good.

If things are feeling good tomorrow morning I will look at putting in the 20 miler then. If I can pull that off I will only be off schedule about 5 miles but getting to the starting line healthy is more important that this last 20 miler so I will have to play it by ear. I have put in a few high distance runs in the past month or so and I am not particularly worried about being able to finish, as long as I am healthy. All that said though it is hard to let a 20 miler go when the race is so close!

I did manage to stay fairly active though over the weekend to try to make up for the reduced running. On Thursday night I did my best to chase the kids on their bikes as an incentive for them to get better at riding without their training wheels. Friday night was the kids swimming lessons so there wasn’t a lot of time there but on Saturday I did a bunch of yard work and clean up in the garage and we got the pool set up for the first swim of the year. We spent a good hour and half splashing around there before the thunder storms rolled in. And today I had to strip all the seats out of the van so that I could go pick up a big ass shed for my sister and brother-in-law, load it in the van, and unload it in our garage for them to pick up later in the week. I also took a big load of stuff to the dump for recycling (including our big washing machine that died on us a couple weeks back). After all that the van needed a good cleaning, so I cleaned all the carpets in the van and gave the interior a good wipe and reloaded all the chairs. So all in all a pretty active weekend which I am sure helped the hamstring get stretched out.

Alrighty – now for a beer and the hot tub for a bit to further relax the muscles. And then to bed to get ready to (hopefully) get that 20 miler done!