realized i never mentioned that i’m not running at the moment. about a week and a half ago, 2 miles into a run my knee locks and i almost collapse. i hobble home, ice it. it’s sore, but 2 days later i try again and at 2.5 miles i get incredible pain. my knee just kind of hurts whenever i move it now. i got a small band to wrap around it to keep the kneecap in place, and it seems to help walking, haven’t tried running yet.
i don’t get it. train for a marathon, no knee problems. run casually for a little while and my knee is f-ed.
haven’t seen a doctor cause i don’t have one. i’ve been paying for insurance but haven’t found a doctor, and what can they say? ice it? wrap it? done and done. the only way they could fix something like that is with surgery and that doesn’t seem like it would be an option, so i’ll wait and see.
until then my race is off. no 10 mile up-hill race for me.
sigh. i need to run. it hurts not to.
the race is less than a month away. 10 miles. i haven’t done 5 i think since the marathon in november. i’m not overly concerned. i’m not setting out for a PR. especially since i don’t have any official 10 mile time yet. ideally 1:20. but we’ll see. i just want to get myself back into the motions of running gradually. it’s like learning all over again.
i’ve been running at the gym 4 times a week. unfortunately- this is preventing me from running outside even though the temperatures are now in the 40s. i’ve grown accustomed to a certain temperature cause of the gym. soon though i’ll have to mix in outdoor runs.
today i’m gonna aim for 5 miles on the treadmill. i’m gonna pace myself. i’m talking 8:30 a mile, maybe more. i’m gonna do this right. maybe.
so i’ve gotten back into running in preparation for the 10 mile mountain goat in syracuse on may 1st.
i’m nowhere near ready, but i can do it. i’ve been hitting the gym instead of running outside because honestly, the cold is just frustrating. it’s defeating. it’s defeating because it is damn near april and still 30 degrees outside on a good day.
however- i need your help. i’m looking for a quality pair of running headphones. nothing overly pricey, but i don’t want them to keep falling out, fit poorly, or cut out after two months. i’ve had shit experience with nike’s headphones. right now i’m using a pair of adidas ones that loop over the ear, but they require so much bending and twisting to get to a point where they only feel mildly awkward and they still fall and bounce during running.
change is needed. this blog was to kind of go through me training for a marathon, and i did that. so i’m not really sure what to do now. i mean- i’m gonna train for a second marathon. i’m going to run a 10 mile race soon. but it seems boring to just post my nike+ thingy and talk about it. i don’t know…thoughts?
as of now- i’ve run 4 out of the past 5 days, and i feel like i’m learning to run all over again. i took too much of a break in the winter. my legs feel like cement now for the majority of the runs. today i even puked…which happened during my first half marathon, and used to happen when i ran far distances or in extreme heat. today it was 30 degrees and i only did 3.5 miles. it was at 3.5 that i lost it. so yeah- i’m learning all over again.
so…how should i continue this blog?
i’m actually kind of disgusted with myself. i ran a marathon. i trained for and ran my first marathon last year and did it in 3:50:22. now i’m struggling on 3-4 mile runs because i spent december-february doing nothing. i tried running in mid january on a schedule, but i just let go of it. now i have some serious work to do to get myself back into shape.
yesterday i registered for my first race of the year, the mountain goat in syracuse. 10 miles. this is not gonna be a cake walk. i need to train for the next month and a half. yesterday was also my first real run in quite some time, and it just proved how out of shape i am. huffing and puffing, miserable. of course syracuse winds don’t help.
however- now i’m going to do this regularly. no mileage yet, my goal for this week is to run daily, 30 minutes or more. then i’ll bump it to 45 next week, and if i can manage that, i’ll begin reading higdon’s run fast and see what i can do speed wise.
essentially i am trying to drastically change my life. including eating. cause yesterday’s run embarrassed me. i will get back into it, and i will choose my next marathon, hopefully mid september, and i will beat my time. suck it.
yeah- feels like 1. i’m gonna go running in this now and regret it in 10 minutes.
sorry for the lack of updates. i run occasionally, but not i want to get back into regular runs. i think at this point 6 miles would be a struggle for me, which is disappointing. i’m gonna try going to the gym more to run for now, since it’s so awful outside. god willing once it warms up i can read my speed training book and work on that for a month, then begin training for another marathon.
how’s everyone doing? who’s running what?
i just got distracted once classes began so i stopped running the past week and a half. but i did get out this morning. maybe 2.5-3 miles. i’ve stopped measuring and timing. it’s too difficult with the extreme cold and slick ground to have timing mean anything.
i am trying to figure out if i should do a summer marathon. i’m looking to maybe do another one, a little more relaxed maybe, i don’t know, but i want to do one either during the summer or maybe early in september.
all set to run 3 miles in the snow.
i’m like chevy chase in memoirs of an invisible man.
yes. yes i have. for the past week and a half or so i’ve been running nearly every day. it’s both disappointing but also kind of relaxing. disappointing in that my first run had me doing 9 minute miles for 3 miles so i got frustrated and have since stopped timing myself. however, i am running in snow, on snow, on light snow that is covering ice, on light snow that is covering caked and slick snow, or on uneven caked down snow. it’s been hell on my calves but is actually teaching me a thing or two about pace.
also my lungs are being killed by the sheer cold outside. so i’ve been doing 2.5-3.5 miles every day. each run i now charge a very steep hill covered in snow while humming the rocky theme. that is not a joke. i actually do that.
currently i am reading a book by denis johnson, however, soon after that i might begin my running faster book by hal higdon. might be good to do that when it is nicer out though, or once i find out if they ever clear the track in the winter. we’ll see. i’m hoping to do some kind of race during spring break. a 10 k would be nice, but i kind of want to do the asbury half marathon…we’ll see. i’m not entirely confident i could do a half marathon and beat my 1:42:54 right now. coming in slower would be devastating…
today i’m going to start running again. the goal for today and maybe for a week or two is to just get to the gym and run for an hour. no sensors or anything, just run for an hour. problematically, i think i usually developed shin splints (?) from running on treadmills. so i’ll see how it goes and maybe i’ll just end up going to the track or something as long as it doesn’t snow. still going to rock my vibrams for now. i love them. here’s hoping i can ease back into it with no problems.