October 31, 2017

journey to DTER: week 2

Inspire yourself and others will be inspired. Motivate yourself and others will be motivated. Develop yourself and others will start to develop themselves. Be an example first and then your world will change around you. 

Autumn has decided to stick around in the mid-south, with wintry-like temperatures over the weekend. Shorts, long sleeves and long sock weather, MY FAV! 

Week 2 Training Log
This week I added some simple body weight exercises to go along with the miles that I run. 

Mon: rest
Tues: 4 miles, 90 second plank, high knees, squats, push-ups, lunges, step-ups & burpees
Wed: 8 miles, 90 second plank, squats, squat jumps, step-ups, burpees, high knees and calf raises
Thurs: 3 miles, 90 second plank, push-ups, tricep dips. lateral arm raises, bicep curls, upright rows & squat overhead press
Fri: rest 
Sat: 13.1 miles
Sun: 6.2 miles, 90 second plank, yoga stretches

Total miles for the week: 34.3

At the beginning of the week, I paid a visit to my wonderful chiropractor to talk to him about my hip that's been giving me fits at random times. I didn't experience any pain, just felt like a muscle or tendon was "catching" another.

It would cause me to be weak on my right side and I would start limping. It always happened 12+ hours after that long run was done. So, after adjusting my hips and lower back, Dr. Cole did some range of motion tests and came to the conclusion that my right adductor longis is shorter than the one on the left side; which in turn is making it weaker. He also found some trigger points that needed to be released within the muscle. Oh goodie! Dry needling....my favorite painful instant relief method! I believe the combination of the dry needling, the exercises I added to my training and getting some good yoga stretches in this week has helped my hip tremendously. I was waiting for the limp to come on at any time Saturday night. It never showed up!

I've been meeting up with a Allison for the last 5-6 weeks to run our midweek long-ish run in together. We have very different goals, experiences, strengths, weaknesses but we both understand how stupidly awful it is to get motivated to go run, or workout. Sharing miles with her during her training for her first marathon has brought the spark back into my own motivation. Seeing the joy leak out of her as she crushes every goal she sets for herself is amazing. Brings back memories of my first marathon training cycle. Just by having someone to talk to, run with, text at stupid o'clock for accountability has really boosted my confidence in my own training. Thank you Allison for indirectly directly kicking my ass into gear. I respect and admire you so very much.  

I even went and ran the first half of Allison's very first 20 miler with her. It was a crisp 35 degrees when we started and by the time I finished my 13 miles it had only warmed up to 39. BTW, she finished her first 20 mile run in FOUR HOURS!This December marathon better be ready for her. She's coming to kick some ass-phalt. 

Sunday was back to the trees! It was a beautiful crisp morning with fog everywhere at Shelby Farms! I took it easy through the trails just wanting to enjoy the morning. I even came across a doe with her fawn an even saw a young buck! Seeing the sun come through the fog was just breathtaking.

I rounded out the week with some yoga stretches to help relax my overworked muscles this week.
I've written out my workouts for next week and hope to stay motivated to get them done this week. I've got goals and I plan to smash that race in January. I don't care how long it takes me to finish....I'm going to cross that finish line this year.

October 22, 2017

journey to DTER50k

"I'm building a fire and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match." -Mia Hamm

I registered for DTER 50k, a January 2017 race. I showed up not knowing what to expect, put my heart into moving forward, but still came up short on finishing. It was painful and so much fun! I promised myself that I would go back in 2018 and finish what I started. 

I'll be spending a lot of time on my feet and getting my climbing muscles ready. There's approximately 5,000 ft of elevation gain for the 50k distance. 

I'm finishing up the first week of training and will be sharing my journey with you via this space of the internets. It's going to be a grand adventure. 

Week 1 Training Log
Autumn has finally showed up around the Mid-South, which lowered humidity and brought a chill to the air. This helped these miles not be so stupidly awful. 

Mon: rest
Tue: 4.1 miles avg pace 10:58
Wed: 9.2 miles avg pace 10:54
Thur: 4 miles avg pace 10:46
Fri: rest
Sat: 12.1 miles avg pace 10:05
Sun: 5 miles avg pace 10:44

Total miles for the week: 34.6

Tuesday and Thursday calls for a stupid o'clock morning alarm. Gotta get my training done before I get the littlest off to school and myself ready for the workday. When I go out that early, I make sure to wear bright reflective gear. I also add blinking lights to my shoes and a headlamp to make sure that I am seen. People out driving at that time of the morning are not aware of  anyone out running. Be safe and be super aware of your surroundings. Ain't nobody got time to be hit by a car. #BeSeen 

Running on Wednesday with Allison has been so much fun. We meet up different places and chat, sing, dance, take silly photos, talk about our husband's budding bromance πŸ˜‚and feed off each others stubborness enthusiasm.😁 Running with her the last few weeks has helped me find the joy in my own running. 

Saturday and Sunday's are dedicated to back to back long runs (also with a stupid o'clock alarm time). These runs are designed to not only build up mileage and endurance for the physical aspect of the race, but to prepare mentally for the exhaustion, pain, and strengthen my will to keep moving forward. 

Saturday's run, I spent the first hour in complete silence. I turned my thoughts inward. Focusing on my own breath, the rhythm of my feet on the pavement, the mechanics of my legs, and just silencing everything around me. I felt I could run forever, so I opened it up and pushed myself a little harder to go faster but stay in control without tiring out. Finished up with some gas left in the tank. Success! ✔

 Sunday morning wake up call was to go work the #bestwaterstopever for the MRTC 2017 Road Race Series. I love being the loud mouth that heckles encourages fellow runners to do their best and keep moving forward. Bonus points if I can give them a laugh as they run by. "Come and get your free water flavored vodka!!" After all the race participants came through my table, I got myself together and ran the hills around the Forrest for an hour. The drizzling rain was perfectly timed for those last 2 miles as I pushed forward up and over all those steep climbs. I foresee a lot of Shelby Forrest runs over the next few weeks to get these legs in shape! 

This week's adventure in training was about focus and fun. Paying close attention to your body is very important. The body will tell you what it needs to keep moving forward. You must tune in and actually listen. Running is hard, and sometimes running is dumb. Always find a way to make running fun. The fun part overshadows the hard part and you end up with better results. 😊 

I'm looking forward to next week's adventures that get me closer to race day! 

October 20, 2017