Friday, March 14, 2014

Weather, Training, Boston & wait...you aren't pregnant?

Well, for your reading pleasure some completely random things to catch up on.

1. This week I feel like I got hit by a train. Daylight savings punched me in the face Monday AND Tuesday mornings (I am obviously not so good at adjusting to losing an hour). Wednesday, sure lets throw in snowmaggedon. Thursday, snowed in driveway complete with stuck car and arrived at work to find the heat wasn't working. Seriously? I kind of have to to laugh about it all at this point. Winter, you suck and I'd prefer you leave. Next year I am going to be a bear and hibernate. Who wants to drink Guinness and sleep in a cave with me for a few months?

2. This, just THIS. You think I'd be used to this living in NY for 26 years.

3. Training: Well, this is where things get a little confusing. Tuesday I nailed 10 miles with 10x800 for a workout. I averaged 3:11 for the intervals which isn't my fastest but certainly isn't my slowest, also did them on a muddy icy canal path. What? Apparently my shin likes going fast and doesn't yell at me unless I slow down.

A few years ago I had the same weirdness with my IT band, slow hurt and fast was OK. I was able to work through that injury while still training, just less miles and higher quality. New plan until Boston: Quality over quantity. I revamped my entire training plan pulled out extra runs and threw in some more tempo and intervals (keeping long runs of course). Granted I wasn't going to be throwing down any huge mileage to begin with, lowering the mileage doesn't make me less of a runner. I have never been a higher mileage runner, and quality over quantity has worked well for me in the past.

4. Races: Well, tomorrow is supposed to be my first 'goal race' of the year. I have really been looking forward to Johnny's 5 Mile for a while and was aiming for a PR. Right now I'm thinking I am still going to race but we will see, I need to get a long run in as well and obviously need to be careful with my shin. If I do race, I won't rule out a PR (seeing as my shin bothers me less when I go faster) but I certainly won't be disappointed if I don't get one.

As for Syracuse Half Marathon next weekend, I'm definitely doing it... just not sure if I will be shooting for that sub 1:30 I was planning on. I need to be realistic right now, and I also need to make sure I keep my eye on the prize. Although Boston isn't a  PR goal race for me- the goal is still clearly to make it to the start line as healthy and prepared as possible.

5. Today marks 6 weeks without caffeine-->HUH?  No, there isn't a bun in the oven. Can we discuss the fact that a 26 year old girl can't order decaf or a non-alcoholic drink in this day and age without getting the "when are you due?" look. Fact is, I like my sleep and I'm finally averaging over 4 hours a night since I cut it out. Doesn't sound like a lot, but it is wonderful compared to what I was getting.

6. Yesterday the B.A.A. released athlete bib numbers, along with starting waves and corals. This little lady will be rocking the bib with # 9231 on April 21, 2014. Oddly enough, I also ordered my race outfit yesterday- good sign that I did that same day numbers came out! I will be in Wave 2 and the first corral: basically on the darn start line after the first wave goes through. This says a lot about how insanely awesome the field is this year, because from what I understand my time would have put me in wave 1 the last few years. Don't get me wrong though, I'm incredibly pumped to be in front of wave 2!

How has your week been so far?

Quality or Quantity when it comes to miles?

Ever ordered decaf or a non-alcoholic drink and gotten that "oohhhhh" look? Ladies, I know I can't be the only one!

22 comments:

  1. BAHAHA. I loled at the getting pregnant comment. i've had similar issues when I order a decaf coffee...or just have water at the bar.

    You had a really solid run this week and I'm glad you are able to work through this pain. I would not count anything out as far as PRing tomorrow.

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  2. I read your whole post and enjoyed it all. The biggest question I have, is: What is your race outfit?? I get so excited for these things! Hope your shin feels better and better!

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    1. Hahah yes someone else who understands that race outfits matter! :) Of course it's all Saucony.. Maybe I'll post a picture of it when it comes in. Tank and shorts, and then I have compression sleeves and arm warmers if needed!

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  3. I've never had people ask if I was pregnant if I wasn't drinking, but since I look about 15, I guess it's not a bad thing, haha.

    I hope your shin feels better too- I had some crazy backaches when I slowed down for runs, I guess my form changed going slower (like when I paced that half). You're right that quality over quantity can be a good thing, especially when you're busy with work and life and just can't run tons of miles. You can make the miles count!

    I'm glad you had a good 800 workout (I need to do a few more of those, I think) and a good week of training despite the weather craziness there!

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  4. The non-alcoholic beverage ordering would prompt me to ask someone that as well probably....(well before I was actually pregnant and knew what was socially acceptable to say). People who drink (me) generally feel weird around people who don't lol!

    Speaking of that, I am PUMPED for my first margarita.

    The weather is nuts, I am so thrilled I don't have to really go outside too much these days (hermit).

    AND HELL YEA for Boston bibs. I can't wait for you to crush it.

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    1. It's not that I don't drink I just don't drink a lot. Sometimes I am just not in the mood and others.. pour away!

      Is margarita going to be first drink post-baby-bun?? If so, make it a strong one and make sure to use good tequilla!

      I dont blame you for staying inside, or wanting to stay inside. Hopefully the little one picks a nice day to come so you don't have to worry about crappy weather getting anywhere!!

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  5. Wow--cannot believe a 9,000 number is wave two! That is definitely a fast first wave. I like the way you revamped your plan. Makes total sense and I completely agree--higher numbers isn't necessarily better (I'm talking to you entire blogosphere!). Good luck tomorrow.

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    1. Definitely stacked field this year, guess we expected that though right? Higher miles work for some people but it's not the be all end all!

      Thanks!!

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  6. Why are people so damn nosey! Get a decaf and leave a girl alone. Sheesh! Lol!

    Glad you are working out a plan with that shin. You know what's best for your body and how you train so I say go for it.

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    1. Amen!

      I'm at least pretending to know what's best for me... haha!

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  7. I am so excited that Boston is coming up!! I love following along with you. I'm sorry to hear about the shin, but it sounds like you're making the right choice by cutting back some. I've been reading your blog for several months now and I feel like the fact that you decided you needed to cut back and listen to your body is a really great accomplishment, and something that you always used to say that you needed to do more. I hope you realize that too and that it makes you feel good! Good luck at the race this weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much Amy, learning to step back and stop being (quite as ) stubborn is definitely an accomplishment for me ;)

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  8. I've been quality over quantity for years - it is the only way I can keep running and avoid most injuries!!
    Exciting about Boston - it won't be long now!

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  9. I love that you are taking care of that shin girl! Quality over quantity is definitely the way to go! And LOL at the pregnant comment! So glad you are getting a little more sleep!

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  10. I tend to be a quantity girl when it comes to mileage but my latest injury has switched that thinking. Quality is where it's at! Drink you decaf and enjoy your sleep!

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    1. Funny how injuries change our mindset!

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  11. You are freaking awesome!! I am trying to be a more quality over quantity girl these days.

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    1. Thanks Natalie, right back at ya! I bet going for quality will help that hip of yours, hope its getting better!

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  12. Quality is definately a good way to go. That's what I think every time I dont have alot of time for a run or workout. I'll focus on making it hard vs. amount of time. Good luck at Johnnys! Be careful with that shin!

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  13. I rarely drink and usually get a diet coke at bars. Being 32 I think people may assume I am knocked up.

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    1. Sad that a young female can't order a non-alcoholic drink at a bar and not have people question or judge.

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  14. IT's all quality for me right now! I miss more miles but I'd rather be uninjured

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