Monday, August 16, 2010

My achilles heel

J emailed and suggested doing a 4-mile run tonight. Sure! Then I only need 11 miles yet for my goal for the week. About 8:45 I called her and she was getting ready to leave. I did a little stretching and was out the door.

On my way over I could feel my left heel acting up but thought I could run through it. We took off and I knew it would be a problem. It was only 4 miles thought. I didn't even wear "good" running clothes. About mile 2.5 I knew the last half would be difficult. By the end of mile 3 J was pulling me along. We had some really good conversation and venting going on so we just kept going. The last 1/2 mile was the worst. I felt every. single. step. My left foot felt like I couldn't even lift it. I was doing a heel strike with my left foot and a toe strike with my right. I'll probably be walking in circles tomorrow. My left foot felt like an 80-yr-old and my right foot felt like a 20-yr-old. Guess that evens out to a good age!

4 mile run; .2 mile walk; RPE - 3.5

Saturday, August 14, 2010

heat exhaustion

OK, It was 100% humidity and 75 degrees this morning at 3:30AM! It was starting to get foggy so I didn't go out in the country running. After about 5 miles I met up wtih J and we did another 8. When we got back into town Racahel met us and we did a couple more.

It was so insanely humid that I was just drenched with sweat! About mile 7 I got a chill. I thought maybe it was a cool breeze that was out in the country, but about mile 8 I got a chill that wouldn't go away and thought I wasn't sweating anymore either. :( I finished about mile 9. I would have completed the run, but knew I'd be going to the state fair where it would hot and humid again. I just didn't want to risk getting sick so I stopped.

14 mile run; .5 mile walk; RPE - 5


Ok, I really ran this run last Tuesday, but have been procrastinating getting it posted. I went out with J and she wore her Vibrams toes hoes. It was her longest run and it completed my goal for the week. During the last couple of miles we saw Jaci and ran with her. That was nice to break up the run a little.

5 mile run; .1 mile walk; RPE - 4

Sunday, August 8, 2010

new group

Last night someone on FB said they were going running so I asked if I could join the group. They were planning to do 15 miles this morning. If I add on 8 that I would run roundtrip to Ellsworth that would be 23 miles. yikes. Not sure I'm up for that today as there are heat advisories out for today. If I don't run back to Jewell and get a ride with one of them that would only be 19 miles. That's still a big run.

They usually meet in Ellsworth and start from there. This sounds a bit silly as they are from Jewell, but ok. So, I started a 4-mile warm up run to Ellsworth and waited for them at Kum N Go where they were going to meet. Our first 4 miles was a run back to Jewell!! ugh. They were going to do the Ethanol Loop here and then back to Ellsworth and finish a few miles there. I already had 4 miles on them so I went an additional 11 and stopped when they got back to Jewell and before they went to Ellsowrth again.

I took 2 GU packs. I ate one when I got to Ellsworth the first time and the other around mile 11 because I was starting to feel drained. That helped a little. My Achilles tendon was acting up again and I could feel blisters forming. Their route included a number of hills so that didn't help. I started off still quite sore from the last run so I knew I'd be pushing myself to get in the full 19-23 miles. I was glad they decided to run around the Jewell area because I hear they usually go north out of Ellsworth and do an "out and back" run. I was really hurting around mile 10 and wanted to quit, but I kept going. I knew this would be a good run for me. With my goal of 30 miles/week this run will really help. Now I only need 3 more miles for that goal. I should easily make that as this gives me 27.

Yesterday I consciously drank a lot, too, so that I would be well hydrated. I went to bed at a reasonable time to be well rested also. When I got to Ellsworth I filled up my bottles and drank some of it while I waited. I think I had like 12 oz before starting mile 5! It was overall a good run, but it really pushed my limits today. I had to peel off my clothes because they were so incredibly wet!! I don't think I've been this wet when it wasn't raining.

I brought my watch so that I could keep a constant pace and not start too fast and darin myself before the end. It was so incredibly dark when I started that I had to use the light in the watch to see the time. Apparently I accidentally pushed the start/stop button and stopped the time. I think I ran about a mile before I realized this. I was off before I got to Ellsworth. Then I stopped it at Ellsworth again and was to start when we started running. Yeah, well, I forgot to start it again. I think I ran almost 3 more miles before I realized that. ugh.

15 mile run; .5 mile walk; RPE - 4

Friday, August 6, 2010


After a 2-week hiatus due to vacation, I am back pounding the pavement this morning. J emailed wanting to run 6-9 miles this morning. I really wanted at least 10 so I did a couple before I met up with her and then 7 with her and then met Rachael for the last 3 for a total of 12 miles. The low last night was 61 so it was nice and cool compared the past few weeks. the humidity was only in the 70s% so it was a beautiful morning!

After the run, my hip started bothering me again. I think it's my ITBand acting up again. I haven't really been doing my exercises and stretching so I'm sure that is why I'm having problems again. I still need to get started with the glutercises, too.

I feel like I am just randomly running, which in the big picture I guess is ok. However today I thought I should try to work toward a 30-mile week. I'd do some shorter runs and then finish off what's left on Sat mornings. That way I could do a few shorter runs or just a couple l ong runs. As long as I get 30 in, I've reached a goal. We'll see how that goes.

12 mile run; .1 mile walk; RPE - 4