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My most recent race was on November 22 and it did not go well…not at all.  Despite the amazing California weather we’d been having that Saturday dawned cold, rainy and very windy.  I don’t know what the wind speed was but it was enough to rock my car while I was on my way to the race.  It took me over 2 and half hours to finish but I did finish.  I thought several times about just giving up (ususally while running with a headwind).  It was horrible.  Enough said.

This is the face of someone who is very miserable in the first couple of miles.
This is the face of someone who is very miserable in the first couple of miles.

I’ve sat at home and thought about what I wanted to say about this race and other than saying that it was horrible, I couldn’t come up with a single positive thing about it.  I didn’t like the course, I hated that the pacers weren’t marked as to what pace they were running and I hated the weather.  It just wasn’t a good race.  The only up I could think of was that I didn’t quit and I finished.

I'm only smiling becuase I'm done and my mom is stading right at the end of the chute.
I’m only smiling becuase I’m done and my mom is standing right at the end of the chute.

So now I’m without a training plan and no race in sight.  This race was so horrible that I’ve been considering whether or not I want to run half marathons at all anymore.  Not to mention the injuries.  Pulled groin, shin splints and weird aches and pains.  It’s been a hell of year.

For the month of December I will not have a training plan.  I’m running what I want when I want.  It’s December 5th and I’ve only run 7 miles this month.  My shins are still bothering me and I really want to take some time off from running to heal without taking any real time off.  For now it’s a wait and see type thing.

Getting Race Ready…

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I’m doing laundry and trying to prep myself for a race that idea looking like it’s going to be wet and cold on Saturday. Fingers crossed that my shin splints are going to be ready for me to run…even if they’re not, I’m still running so they better get ready.  With any luck I’ll stick with the 2:15 pace group.  If not, I hope to not be far  behind.  As long as I can finish, I’m happy.

I haven’t run in 5 days.  I’m pretty sure that the only reason I’m still sane at this point is because I’ve done everything possible to stay super busy.  I’ve cleaned my kitchen and my dinning room from top to bottom, did the floors and ran the vacuum cleaner.  I took the dogs to the vet and dyed my hair.  Today is the first day that I haven’t been going non-stop.  It feels good to rest but it’s also giving me time to think about the things that could go wrong and it’s making me nervous.  I’m trying not to dwell.

Tomorrow is race packet pick up day.  I’m planning to head over to Fleet Feet Davis after work.  One bonus of having a job with non-traditional hours is that I can avoid most of the traffic.  I like that part but other than that I hate going to Davis.  It’s alway impossible to find parking and since it’s a college town there are bicycles every where.  I’m afraid of driving where there’s a lot of bikes.  I’m scared I won’t see them and hurt someone.  But I’m willing to risk it because race packet pick up in Davis also means Dutch Brothers Coffee.  I always treat myself to a cup anytime I’m in Davis.  And with this weather it will be a real treat.

Cross your fingers for me, I’m racing on Saturday!

Anyone else racing this weekend?

What’s your favorite run brag?  The time you got a new PR when you didn’t expect it?  Running a favorite race?  Disney?

I Broke It…

I broke it.  After something like 56 days of daily running, I broke my streak yesterday.  My half is coming up this Saturday and my shin splints are making life really difficult.  I’m in pain every day from it and I decided that it was time to break the streak and actually rest my legs.

On one hand I’m really bummed about breaking the streak because I’d put a lot of work into.  On the other I’m trying to think long-term and do what’s best for my body.  At this point, I’m feeling like my half might not even happen…But to be honest about it, I’m burned out on running.  I don’t feel like running anymore.  I spent most of my weekend lying around and watching TV, which is something that I don’t do a whole lot.

Generally on Saturday morning, I’m happy to get up and do my long run.  I love that time I get to spend with no distractions (even on the tough days) and the feeling after I finish is heaven.  But this Saturday, I didn’t want to run and only dragged myself out of the family around at about 6pm to run a single mile.

Sunday was basically the same thing.  My shins were hurting and I’m limping even just walking around the house.  So I finally decided to talk to my husband about it, he provides good prospective on stuff like this even though he’s not a runner.  He asked me the question that I’ve been trying not to focus on, is my half going to happen?  At this point I don’t know.  I’m going to do my best to rest, ice, compress and elevate all week but honestly…I just don’t know.

I’m really hoping that I can just wait this out and by Saturday I’ll be fine.  If not, I’m going to call it and pick up my race packet.  I wish they offered deferment but since that’s not the case, at lease I can get my very expensive t-shirt.  But I really want to add a 3rd Half medal to my collection for this year.  I’ve worked so hard to come back from my groin pull (which has been fine) and I need this for my brain.  But for now, I’m going to leave it up in the air.  It will be what it will be.

Weekly recap for 11/10 – 11/16/2014

Weekly Recap - 11-10 - 11-16

Total miles run:  21.2

Percentage from last week: -28.1%

Have you ever been sidelined from a race due to injury?  If I don’t run this race this will be my second race this year where I was sidelined from a race.  The first was a Half Marathon in Lodi in May.  Plus a couple of years ago I was sidelined from a half when I tripped over my dog two weeks prior to the Parkway Half in April 2012, sprained my ankle and then didn’t run again until February of 2014 due to extreme laziness.

R.I.C.E….

I’m not missing in action, I swear. But it’s been a bit of a tough week for me that’s left me feeling like I didn’t want to blog because I didn’t want to be honest with myself much less anyone else. I don’t want to blog a pretend life where everything is just wonderful and I run a million miles with little effort and I’m always happy.

Generally I am a happy person and often get comments about how I’m always smiling. I like to smile. My job is great, my husband and home life are wonderful. What’s not to smile about?

So here it is…I have shin splints.  Gah!

*Not my shins...
*Not my shins…

Specifically anterior shin splints on both shins.  So painful and annoying.  And I totally blame the treadmill.  It started about a week and a half ago, so I did all my runs last week on the treadmill at the gym thinking that my shin pain was from transitioning to road running from the mill.  I ran 10 miles on Saturday and 3 miles on Sunday on the road with some minor pain but nothing that would have made me not want to run.  In fact the pain would disappear completely after about the first mile on the road and I was basically pain-free for the rest of the run.

This last Monday, I went to the gym to run my regular 4 miles on the treadmill and it was so incredibly painful that I didn’t want to run anymore.  I muscled through the 4 miles and in hindsight it was a grave mistake.  I should have listened to my body and stopped.  Tuesday morning, I got up at my regular time (4am OMG am I crazy?  Don’t answer that) and could barely hobble a single mile.  It was so painful that my mile time was in the 11 min/mile area.  Yesterday was basically the same but with less pain.  This morning was much better.  I ran 2 miles with my compression sleeves and felt that I could easily have run further but I didn’t want to push it.  I’m trying to be cautious.  It’s a new area for me.

So to say the least I’ve been crabby, angry and irritated.  I do not like not being able to run.  I do not like a forced taper mid training cycle.  My poor sweetie…having to put up with me.  I feel for the guy.  You know its got to be tough.  And in the middle of all this crankiness the man buys me a bread maker for no reason at all.  He’s awesome!

In my down time I’ve mainly been feeling sorry for myself and eating a whole lot of stuff I shouldn’t and also doing basic R.I.C.E.  I also need to work on being more diligent with stretching and foam rolling.

Running Recap for last week:

Last Week Recap

I’m super happy with Saturdays long run.  My pace came down from my previous week while my distance increased.

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I always have a hard time running in the dark so my first two miles were really slow but once the sun started to come up, my times came down considerably.  I did stop to walk when I refueled during miles 5 and 8.  But I’m totally stoked that I was running 10:15’s for miles 4, 6, 7, 10.  Even mile 9 wasn’t too bad.  If this had been my next half I would have come darn close to a new PR.

My mile times for my 9 mile long run the Saturday before were in the high 10’s, low 11’s for the whole run.  Improvement!

Usually on every long run something weird or funny happens.  This week was the fact that I left and realized that I forgot my water bottle.  I had to go back to the house for it and of course, I had to use the rest room again.  I basically had to rewarm up for a second time which is why I think I had two really slow miles that beginning of the run instead of just one like normal.  I know it’s not funny or weird but it’s always something.  Last week some guy stopped me to ask directions to down town and made me all weird and nervous for the rest of my run.  The week before that I slipped in some mud and almost fell on my face.  It’s always something…

Speaking of it always being someing…Sunday I had a very scary experience while running.  I left the house with the plan of running a simple 4 miles, easy run.  No biggie.  But during mile 3 I experienced a very scary cramp in my diaphragm.  I couldn’t get a breath in and the pain was at least a 9 on the scale of 1 to 10.  I actually had to call my sweetie to come pick me up because it was so bad.  I scared the daylights out of him.  I’m pretty sure that he was convinced that I’d been hit by a car or shot or something.  I was gasping for breath and grunting.  I went so far as to lay down on someones lawn to try to stretch out my ribcage.  Awful.  Of course by the time I got picked up and we drove the .25 mile home, the pain was gone and I felt fine.  So annoying!  But I got fancy coffee and a toasted bagel from the coffee shop out of it so it wasn’t a total loss.  And I spent  most of the rest of the day laying on the couch…

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Less than 30 days until the 2014 Davis Turkey Trot.  As long as I can get my shins to play nice, I’m on track to possibly PR again which would be so awesome.  I haven’t allowed myself to think about this possibility a lot.  I prefer a no pressure training cycle.

What weird things have happened to you on run?  The weirdest was getting passed by a jack rabbit once.  He just looked at me as if to say, “Move your ass, lady.”

Have you every had a close call that involved you having to call home for a ride?

Turkey Trot Training – Week 4 Recap

Week 4 of training for the 2014 Davis Turkey Trot is in the books and I’m feeling really good about it.  I ran every day last week and even managed to run 4 days outside.  My outside times are still slow compared to what they were before I injured my groin but the times are coming down.  I just have to put in more work then what I was doing before the injury.

Cooler temps will help with my training.  It’s October and it’s still in the mid to upper 90’s here.  Too hot for me.  Mornings are in the mid 50’s as long as I’m up and out the door before 5 am on the weekends.  But I’ve found that in the past when temps start to dip into the 40’s and lower is when my speed really picks up.  Cooler temps mean running so you don’t freeze to death.  I love that feeling of knowing that the air around me is cold but I’m toasty warm and moving.

Sunrise on Sunday after my 4 mile shake out run.
Sunrise on Sunday after my 4 mile shake out run.

Recap:

Monday: 4.51 miles in 43:36 at 9:40 pace (treadmill)
Tuesday: 2.00 miles in 20:17 at 10:07 pace
Wednesday: 5.00 miles in 47:25 at 9:29 pace (treadmill)
Thursday: 2.01 miles in 20:17 at 10:07 pace
Friday: 4 miles in 37:17 at 9:19 pace (treadmill)
Saturday: 8.00 miles in 1:29:03 at 11:08 pace
Sunday: 4 miles in 41:33 at 10:23 pace

Total Miles Ran:  29.5 (up 2.5% from last week)
Miles ran outside:  16

How was your week?

Week 3 Turkey Trot Training Recap & an Interesting Problem…

Monday, Monday, here again. This Monday I’m actually glad to be back a work.  My weekend of running and just hanging around the house was enough for me to look forward to getting back to work.  It was just one of those weekends that was really boring.  Other than run, I didn’t do much besides chores and watch TV, 2 things I don’t really enjoy all that much.

Saturday’s long run was really great.  I got up at 6am and was out the door early only to discover that it had rained over night and the temps had dropped a lot.  Mid-50’s make me really happy.  Plus those mile times are starting to come down, always a bonus.

09-27-14 Long Run

Weekly Recap:

Monday: 4.51 miles in 42:59, 9:32 average pace (Treadmill)

Tuesday:  3.25 miles in 30:00, 9:14 average pace (Treadmill)

Wednesday:  4.01 miles in 38:06, 9:30 average pace (Treadmill)

Thursday: 2.01 miles in 20:25, 10:10 average pace (Outside)

Friday: 4.01 miles in 37:41, 9:24 average pace (Treadmill)

Saturday: 7.00 miles in 1:14:25, 10:38 average pace (Outside)

Sunday: 4.01 miles in 41:54, 10:27 average pace (Outside)

Total miles run: 28.8 in 4:45:30

So on to that “interesting problem.”  I’ve been having terrible heart burn while I’m running.  It’s so bad that the back of my throat is just miserable and I can’t run without taking 2 Tums before hand.  Thankfully the Tums seem to handle the problem but it’s really annoying if I forget to take them.

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Friday was so bad that I kept having to take sips of water while I was running to keep the acid from my mouth.  I might be over exadurating it, but boy was it bad.  That burning sensation is just awful.  It doesn’t seem to matter if I eat something or not before I run.  I’ve had this occasionally in the past but this has been going on for at least the last week to 2 weeks.

Anyone deal with terrible heartburn while running?  How do you handle it?

How were your runs last week?  Anyone see anything fun/cool while running?

 

It’s Official…

Davis Turkey Trot - It's Official

It’s official, I signed up and paid my money and I’m in for the 2014 Davis Turkey Trot.  I’m running the Half (of course) and I’m feeling pretty nervous/excited about it.  My training plan is in place and I think it’s solid.  As long as I keep working at it I think my groin is going to be just fine.

Davis Turkey Trot Course

The course looks pretty interesting and part of it is run along the same paths as the Lucky Run that I did earlier this year.  I admit, there is comfort in knowing what lies ahead but most of this course will be unknown to me as Davis isn’t an area I run unless I’m participating in a race.

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I’m really looking forward to getting more long runs under my belt again.  I’ve missed them.  2 hours of no phone, no social media, no tv was so wonderful.  I love the solitude of it all.  My long run this week will only be 6 miles but it’s an hour all to myself.  I don’t have to worry about bills or what to cook for dinner, it’s all about me.  And I can’t wait.

Hit the Road, Jack…

After deciding that I would attempt a road run for a possible half marathon in November, I hit the road for a run bright and early on Saturday morning…well, not bright since it was 5:45 in the morning and the sun wasn’t even up yet.

Sunrise 09-13-2014

I did two laps around my neighborhood before I decided to venture out where there were less lights.  The plan was just to run and see how it felt.  I was seriously worried about being in pain but other than some pain in one of my glutes, I felt good.  It was hot out and as I always do with heat, I struggled.  But I managed to complete a full 5 miles without walking, even if they were slow miles.  But long runs are supposed to be slow so it wasn’t too horriable…or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.

09/13/2014 - 5 miles

11:09 average pace.  It felt so slow since I’ve been running 9:30 or less on the treadmill.  Treadmill running is so much easier than running outside.  But the good news is that I know it doesn’t hurt so this week I’ll be able to pick up the pace.

Fall?  Maybe?

Now I just have to find a balance between running on the road and hitting the gym.  It’s not something I’ve ever had to do before since I haven’t had a gym membership in more than 10 years.

So with what is now Week 1 of Half Marathon Training in the books, here’s the recap:

Monday:  (Treadmill) 3.5 miles, 9:25 pace for 32:59

Tuesday: (Treadmill)  Walk, various inclines for 62 minutes

Wednesday:  (Treadmill) 3.5 miles, 9:27 pace for 33:06

Thursday:  Rest Day

Friday: (Treadmill) 3.5 Miles, 9:17 pace for 32:29

Saturday:  (Road) 5.00 miles, 11:09 pace for 55:48

Sunday:  (Treadmill) 3.12 miles, 9:37 pace for 29:59

The Best Laid Plans and All That…

Remeber Running Outside?

You know how they say that while you’re making plans, God is laughing? Or at least something like that?  Originally I had planned to run a 8 mile race (Rock the 80’s) in less than two weeks as part of my training plan for my next half marathon (Folsom Blues Breakout in October).  But with the groin pull all that (and as an added bonus my half I was supposed to run in May) went out the window.  Sorry paid fees, you’re gone.  Sorry 10 mile easy runs, you’re gone too.  Sorry endurance and outside runs, bye-bye.

It’s been 4 months since I got hurt at my last race, which was still an awesome race and I’d totally do it again but this time without the injury.  I’m feeling amazing but my confidence has been shaken.  I use a lot of negatives and past tense when I talk about my running.  I used to run half marathons, I used to run outside.  I remember running 10 miles like it was no big deal.  Negatives, negatives, negatives.

But lately, the last week or so, I’ve been turning my thoughts forward.  I’m feeling amazing but I still haven’t run outside so that leaves a lot of doubts about what I can and can’t do.  The half I’d planned to run next month is not going to happen.  That’s a fact.  I just don’t have enough time to train the way I like to.  And I’m not willing to push it and get hurt more/again.

So now I’m turning my thoughts to November, specifically the 2014 Davis Turkey Trot (1/2 Marathon).  It’s far enough out that I could start with my long run this Saturday with only 4 miles.  Now here’s where my confidence is rocky.  I’d need to run outside, on the road, like a real person does when training.  It means stepping away from the treadmill where I know I can run 99.5% pain-free and putting myself out there.

The last time I ran outside was 8 weeks after my injury and I was in so much pain that I could barely make a mile and then it was a 13 minutes or so pace.  I’ll be honest with you and myself…I’m scared.  I’m scared it will hurt.  I’m scared I won’t be able to do it.  I’m scared I’ll have to walk.  I’m scared people will see me.  I’m scared.  I have a nice safe gym membership until the middle of October and by then it’ll be dark.  Dark is like a blanket.  No one will see me fail and I can fail in private.

Fail in private?  Really?  Wow, I’m defeating myself already.  I’m basically saying that I can’t do it.  That’s terrible.  I’ve never been that kind of girl.  I’ve always been the type that when you say, “Girls don’t do…,”  I do whatever it is that girls don’t do!  And never tell me not do something or say that I can’t because I will.  And let’s face it.  I’m going to have to face running outside, in public, on the ground at some point.  My gym membership is going to end and then it’s face the music.  So I think I’m going to tackle this one straight on.  Saturday will be an outside run.  I will have to get up early so I can run before it get’s hot but it’ll be worth it.

Pro’s and Con’s list for running outside:

  • Pro:  It’s outside
  • Con:  It’s outside!
  • Pro:  Wind in my face
  • Con:  People will see me!
  • Pro:  Interesting scenery
  • Con:  Might be painful
  • Pro:  If it hurts, I can go back to the gym
  • Pro:  It’s not boring
  • Pro:  Checking out new neighborhoods
  • Pro:  The sun on my face
  • Pro:  Crunchy leaves
  • Pro:  The park
  • Pro:  Trails
  • Pro:  Weather of all kinds, except wind
  • Con:  Wind

I think the pros out weigh the cons.  This Saturday is do or die.  Outside run at 6am!  Be there…or be inside at the gym…