Archive for April 2015

5 miles treadmill miles tonight – brings April to 50 miles. Mileage decimated by illness early in the month. May will be better!

Tonight’s run was 5 miles in 38:10 on the treadmill – I gave a bit of a push but not too hard. I have a half marathon race on Sunday (WPS Half) and I don’t want to hurt myself no matter how badly I want to crank the mileage and speed back up.

Looked at my total mileage for April and it pretty much sucks – 50 miles – my lowest mileage month since I started this blog in September 2012. I did 175 miles last April to put things in perspective.

March 29th was the last day where I had mileage in the double digits and it does make me concerned about how well I will do in the race on Sunday. But I can’t do much about it now!

 

The illness I had early in the month just kind of crushed me for a while and it has taken me time to recover. I feel good now but need to rebuild confidence. Maybe after a few miles in the crowd on Sunday my confidence will return, if not maybe I will blow apart. I just don’t know at this point and between now and then I need to get my head strapped on right!

One thing that will help will be running with our kids on Saturday. We are signed up for a 2k race at our kids’ elementary school – I will run with our son and Heather will run with our daughter and since the forecast looks nice that day I am really looking forward to just doing that as a family event. And then hitting the backyard pool after!

Ok – so now, how do I get May on track and get my crap together? My goal had been to try for a half PR this weekend and if that didn’t work shoot keep pushing hard to try again in 7 weeks at the Manitoba Marathon. At this point though, I can’t see any way of hit that PR and I’m not sure pushing for a fast half will motivate me to put in the miles I think I need. With that in mind I suspect that I will be signing up for the full at the Manitoba Marathon instead and train like mad to try to finally bust under a 4 hour marathon. That at least will motivate me.

It should also help distract me from looking at the Disney World Marathon site and noticing that the Goofy Challenge isn’t full yet….damn…not this year though, not this year. Sigh.

8.85 miles in 1:19:04 outside. A little cool but it looks like we have finally turned the corner toward spring!

Just a nice steady run today – 2 laps around the neighborhood. It was a little cool outside but not so bad that I couldn’t wear shorts and just a long sleeve shirt. Whoohoo! I didn’t need layers!

The run was good and strong – not particularly fast for the most part but I felt great and so did my legs. Which after how rough the beginning of the month was I am quite happy.

I did try some speed outside as well for the last mile or so. I pushed a pretty solid 8+ mph for about the last 3/4 mile. It felt good!

I also forgot to post a run Thursday night on the treadmill – 6 miles in 43:57 – a very good hit of speed work to build my confidence and test my limits after being sick. I am recovering pretty well from what I can tell.

I will probably look at doing a 13.1 mile run tomorrow to check endurance as well. It may not be smart to do as it is a week tomorrow until my next half marathon race (the WPS Half here in Winnipeg). But the confidence of knowing I can still do a half after the issues at the beginning of the month will be worth it.

5 miles in 35:58 on the treadmill. Not sure where that came from but damned if it didn’t feel good!

So I was feeling very good today – pretty much completely done with the junk with my system that dragged me down for about the last 3 weeks.

I had a good solid outdoor run on Saturday and took it easy on Sunday for my birthday and didn’t run on Monday. I knew going into this run that I should be strong and healthy and that I would need to push and try to find where I am at speed wise.

But I also knew I didn’t want to hurt myself with less than 2 weeks until my next race. With that in mind I started out doing a minute at 7.2 mph and it felt surprisingly easy and comfortable. Did another minute at 7.5 mph and that felt good too. So I did a jump to 9 mph and that was too big a jump too quickly and I backed off after about 20 seconds or so to 8 mph. After several minutes at that speed I figured I was comfortable and oxygenated and tried to hit 9 mph again…and I was able to stick out a minute! Whoohoo! Haven’t been able to do that in a while! So from there on out I did a minute at 8, a minute at 9, another minute at 8 and then 2 at 9. I would then repeat those cycles. It was hard but I kept at that until the half hour mark hitting just under 4.2 miles.

I then walked for a minute and then got back at it. A minute at 9 mph, a minute at 8, 2 minutes at 9 and then slowly bumped the speed until I got to a max of 9.5 that I held onto for the last 30 seconds of the run.

I am quite stunned that the run went so well. It is certainly the confidence booster I needed after being shut down for 3 weeks. Damn I’m glad to be back!

I don’t know why this run went so well though – probably a combination of factors including needing to prove something to myself. But I suspect the single biggest factor was that I was rested, or at least my legs weren’t overworked. Think of it as a 3 week taper?

8.85 miles in 1:19 outside this morning. Testing my limits after a few weeks of illness. Feeling a bit slow but much better.

Lovely sunshine out there this morning even though it was a bit cool. I wasn’t sure how the run would go today but I was feeling healthier and wanted to get outside for a bit.

In the end it was a pretty solid run. I did 2 laps around the neighborhood and felt good the whole time – pacing was solid and the 2 laps took very close to the same time to complete. Finished feeling like I could have kept going but wanted to be smart and make sure I didn’t cause myself any grief. 8.85 miles in 1:19 even.

This morning I have lost almost the whole chunk of weight I gained rapidly earlier in the month when I was sick. Gained 14 pounds in about 10 days and have lost 12 of that in 7. I still had some headaches yesterday but those seemed to be more sinus issues and not related to the illness. With the solid run today I think I have definitely turned the corner and gotten healthy again – it is going to get some time to get the confidence back as well as some of the endurance I lost.

I am going to have to really pay attention to my running over the next 2 weeks as I have a half marathon on May 3rd (2 weeks tomorrow) that I want to be healthy for. I had wanted to PR this one but I would say that is solidly off the table now. Under 2 hours should be quite possible and maybe under 1:50 if my endurance recovers quickly but a lot depends on what happens over the next 2 weeks.

But, either way, it is good to be back!

3.5 miles in 29:44 tonight. First day in 2 weeks my head has felt clear. Still lots of work to do to get strong again.

First off – congrats to all that managed to get into the early entries for the 2016 Disney World Marathon! I envy you all. I have gone a total of 6 times (the last 4 in a row) and would love to go and do my beloved Goofy Challenge again but it isn’t in the cards this year.

So now my health. As I mentioned in my last post, I have been having some health issues out of nowhere and I have been feeling pretty awful. Today was the first day in 2 weeks that I felt like I could think clearly and didn’t need to take anything for headaches. It appears I had a toxicity issue with black licorice and my system went wonky and my potassium levels crashed hard. This led to some major swelling and weight gain – a total of 14 pounds gained in under 10 days. Over the past 2 weeks I have tried to run twice – once early on where I got in 3 miles in about a half hour and then once on this past Sunday. About a minute into that one I ended up walking to finish out 3 miles in just under 45 minutes.

In that time I did get in some yard work and I seemed ok but with anything strenuous like climbing multiple sets of stairs, I felt pretty much destroyed.

But I started hammering back the potassium in the form of Gatorade, bananas, orange juice and supplements. This got me to the point where I felt mostly human yesterday and then today I was feeling pretty close to myself (in the head at least).

In the end I felt good enough to attempt a run and even though it was glorious outside I decided I better do it on the treadmill in case things went south really quickly.

I started out at 7 mph and felt a bit rough, so I backed it off to 6 mph for a minute to catch my breath and then pushed it up to 7 again. I took the 7 mph to the 15 minute mark with one more minute at 6 mph thrown in there. After that I was up to 7.2 / 7.3 mph with another minute at 6 mph near the 25 minute mark and then finished up the remaining time at 7.5 mph. This gave me a total of 3.5 miles in 29:44 with a 1% incline.

By the end of the run I felt pretty good and probably could have kept going if I backed the speed down. But I really didn’t want to push it too hard and maybe relapse a bit, so I counted the run as a victory and shut it down.

Now that I have showered, I still feel pretty good – I guess I am on the mend here but it will probably take some time to get back to normal! It should be interesting to see how things go with my next race coming up on May 3rd (the WPS Half Marathon).

On a side note, I have now dropped 5 of the 14 pound weight spike over the last day and a half. I am hoping that most of the rest of the spike is gone by the end of the weekend!