10 miler

31Mar08

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Race went good, body ran real good, I don’t know what to do with my hands.  Had some knee pain, no bigs, foot felt ok, inserts really helped.  Race experience was really cool and made me look forward to reading everyone’s shirts on marathon day.  See ya there.


I’M BACK

23Mar08

Just got in from a solid 7 mile run. I took a complete week off, before today I hadn’t run since a 12 mile run last Saturday. For those of you that don’t already know, I went to the podiatrist on Tuesday of last week and got diagnosed with a severe case of tendinitis in my left foot, with a side of plantar fishyitis (I know that’s not how you spell it, but i don’t feel like looking it up). When I told her that I was supposed to run 20 miles the upcoming Saturday and she quickly cringed and said no way, I felt like a load of bricks just fell on my head. I’ve ran a whole hell of a lot of miles to just have something like this hold me back. It’s been a tough week self esteem-wise. I’ve never been a person to get down on myself or get discouraged about anything really. Just not how I’m programmed. I’ve had a lot of great things happen to me, but I’ve also had my fair share of negatives along the way. My mom is my inspiration and always will be, when I called her on my way back to work from the foot doctor and told her what the doc had said, the first words out of her mouth were, “you’re not going to have to drop out are you?” My mom has mastered the art of pushing me just enough to make me persevere but not too much to where I break or get hurt. On my run this afternoon I thought A LOT about things in general that have come from this running adventure we started however many weeks ago. I’ve never and will never claim that athletics are my strong suit. I will be the first to tell you that I don’t think I’ve got the chances along the way that I thought I’ve deserved, athletically. My personality gets me in trouble a lot in several different ways, I’m what you could call, difficult to be taken seriously. But ya know what, that’s me, can’t change that, and don’t want to. With this marathon, it doesn’t matter what other people think, what other people say, do, whatever…I’m the only one that can hold myself back. As long as the pain doesn’t come back in my foot, and I’m pretty confident these power steps will do the trick because I experienced zero pain in my foot today, I’m going to finish this thing no matter what.

From everyone else’s blogs it sounds like the 20 miles was a pretty good success. As I ran up to my house today I ALMOST said screw it and took off for another 13 miles, I felt like I could do it mentally, but I thought better of it seeing as I’ve taken the whole week off. I would be upset with myself if I overdid it and ended up in more pain. I am going to run the 20 miles this week, and am pumped about it, it’s too many miles to just skip I think.

I want to thank Derek big time for the text message after he got done running this weekend. That meant a whole heck of a lot and really showed me that you were thinking about me. I’d like to give ya a big kiss. Not. But seriously, that was awesome man…

**Update – Bobby, just read your blog entry on the 20 miles, thanks for the well wishes, much appreciated.  Good to know you guys got my back.


avatarbmp.jpg17 is over and in the books. no big deal really…got a little hungry at the end…needed a peanut butter sammich or something similar to that. Me, Bob, and Z ran a lot faster than i thought we would. my legs got pretty tight on the ride home but other than that i’m feeling good…shouldn’t be too bad in the morning, but we’ll see what happens. Didn’t get in too many miles during the week last week…ran a fast 3 miles on Monday and a pretty quick 6.5ish on Wednesday. So I’m out of routine to an extent, but I don’t think it hurt me too bad today so I’m not regretting it too much. This is going to be another off week with a race scheduled for Saturday that I don’t plan on running. So we’ll see how the miles work out this week. Bye byeavatarbmp.jpg


HEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  I’m back.  I didn’t really get in here and post anything since I really didn’t have anything to talk about.  My personal running schedule has been a little different than the schedule we started with.  We decided to throw in a few races to get some experience before time for the marathon.  This past weekend it was a 5k in Louisville.  I opted out of that and decided I would run on Friday, that got rained/colded out so DD, Bob, and myself ran 10 miles Sunday morning.  That run went really well, legs felt real good after the run.  Funny that at about 5:30am Sunday morning when I was still up from a little babysitting escapade Saturday night that I was thinking to myself, thank goodness it’s only 10 miles.  Never thought I would be saying that.  Training is really paying off.

As for this week, Monday I got in 3 fast miles, I was running by myself and trying to beat the rain.  That felt good.  Today we’ve got 7 miles after work, it’s cold again so it probably won’t be all that fun, but we’ll get it out of the way.  This weekend is 17 miles on Saturday…can’t wait!

Other than those things, life’s been pretty normal, running, studying, working, the usual.  Have a lovely HUMPday.


15

23Feb08

Run today was good, real good, legs ran good.  I don’t know what to do with my hands.  The beginning of the run was a little dangerous due to fast moving traffic and not much of a shoulder.  No big deal though, we survived.  I think I came pretty close to the ‘runner’s high’ that I’ve heard about from a few long distance runners.  Toward the end with about 3/4 of a mile to go I sprinted and didn’t regret it.  My legs felt great, it was nice.  This should be an interesting week for training, some of us are doing a 5k on Saturday to get race experience, but others, including myself will be hanging back and not participating in that race.  I think I might just run a long run on Friday, 12 miles or so.  I can’t call it yet.  I have to wait on the cable guy all day on Saturday so that kinda sucks, but man will it be worth it to have DVR and 100+ more channels!  BoOyEaH!  Hope everyone is home recovering well and cheering on the cats.  Until next time, C YA!


Hi.

21Feb08

cat.jpgFebruary 21, 2008.  Good, solid, day.  This week has been pretty good so far, a little slow at work so that’s getting old…not TOO productive studying-wise…really going to have to play catch up this weekend.  Other than that, Big Brother 9 is heating up quick, I’m having fun watching that.  The Evanator won American Gladiators…as expected.  UK beat Georgia, and looked pretty good doing it…that was good.   We celebrated Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays, got wild for that…NOT.  Just a pretty eventful week I guess.

As for running, Monday Z and I biked at Palomar for a while then I lifted some weights and we headed out.  I liked that as a change of pace, felt good on the legs to work some different parts of them for a change.  Ran 6 miles last night after work, we started at the office and headed out High street to one of DD’s neighborhoods…which is basically any neighborhood in Lexington, so that doesn’t really narrow it down.  Anyway, the run went well, I think yesterday was the first realization that this training is REALLY working, a month and a half ago, if you had told me that I would be running 6 miles after work and hardly breaking a sweat I’d call you crazy.  Last night I almost froze though, and it really wasn’t all THAT cold.  I’m not sure what our pace was, my iPod said 10:16, Derek’s said 9:05 minute miles…he stopped his when we stopped at road crossings and I didn’t, hence the descrepency.  Doesn’t really matter, knocked out the 6 miles and am ready for the 4 today which will be on a treadmill, yay!  You probably won’t hear from me until after our 15 on Saturday…so good luck with everything.


I’m about 3 runs behind in posting, so I thought I’d knock them all out right now in one nice, easy to read, clean, fun, interesting, glorious blogsee.  So last Wednesday we were scheduled to run 5 miles…these 5 were pretty uneventful and came surprisingly easy.  Ran at the gym on the treadmill so I could get a little workout in after.  This whole situation went well and good.

You’re probably wondering what the ‘Vote for Pedro’ is about in the title of this blog…well sit back and relax cause I’ma bout to hit ya with it.  I didn’t get to run on Thursday seeing as it was Valentine’s day plus I had to stop by the funeral home after work for a visitation…It was either the visitation or the run, so I opted to postpone the run until Friday, pay my respects, then come home and spend some Valentine’s day time with Hope Elizabeth.  🙂  ANYWAY…I busted over to the gym after work on Friday (11:30am is quitting time for us at MH on Friday, reason enough to get your engineering degree and work there) grabbed a half of a sammich at Panera (I was starving like marvin, girllll), went into the gym and tried something new.  I decided to try out the cardio theatre they have at the Palomar Urban Active.  This was the worst mistake I’ve made in a long time.  First off, it’s dark in there – i’m not a fan of treadmill work in the dark, I quickly found out.  Second off the movie they were playing was some 80’s garbage that made me want to lay down behind the treadmill and let my face rub on the belt for the duration of my run, third and probably most importantly it was about 10,000 degrees in there.  I knew we had a record distance coming up the next morning so I wasn’t trying to push myself speed wise, however I was forced to just to get as many miles knocked out as I could in as short amount of time possible.  It’s safe to say I was miserable in there.  Why didn’t I leave and go to another area to run, you ask?  I’m hard-headed and like to have something to complain about, sike…I just didn’t feel like stopping and trying to start back up again.  I suffered through 2.99 miles and called it quits.  I wasn’t really feeling running anyway but I am glad I did knock a few miles out, probably best anyway seeing as the 13 miles on Saturday was a beast (more to come on that in a minute).  As for the Napoleon Dynamite reference, after I left the cardio cinema room I found a little area where I could stretch, well since the heat was borderline unbearable in that room I was sweating profusely, mostly from my dome.  So I came home, after attempting to figure out our route for Saturday, and immediately cut my hair and took a cold shower.  Just like good ole pedro did in the movie.  As I was bent over stretching my legs sweat was literally running off of my fo’head, yuk.  Anyway…that run didn’t go great, but I did it.

hills-20.jpgNow, as for yesterday…13 miles behind Kenneland.  I was pumped to embark on this little adventure because it was the farthest run we’ve tackled so far.  Talyor and I attempted to drive the route we had mapped out on Friday afternoon, but that wasn’t happening, we found that one of the roads we were to run on was gated and impassible.  So an out-and-back route was decided on and accepted.  There were numerous, almost constant hills throughout the run which I thought was a little crazy, but I also know that the map-my-run didn’t really show such an adventure ahead, it was a little misleading so to speak.  I know a lot of my other teammates really get excited over these hills we’re running, but I don’t really see the point in killing ourselves and over training quite so much.  Just as a forewarning, I will not be running out at Greg’s if the team decides to do that death run again (2X).  Haha.  I’ll pull a ZP and go lonesome dove that week if everyone else really wants to run out there, I’m not going to hold them back.  Anyway, we got the 13 in the books and I’m ready for another week of training and the 15 that lies ahead next Saturday.  Now off to an exciting Sunday afternoon of studying, laundry, and relaxing.  HOLLLLEEERRRRRR!

PS – I meant to type Talyor and not Taylor.


Hard to believe that we’ve been running for 5 weeks, isn’t it fellas?  Well we have, actually 5 weeks and one day done.  Crazy.  Last night’s run was alright…when I started I did not feel like running, I just felt ‘off’.  Not sure what it was, but I continued on and pounded out the 4 miles.  Zachpot took about 3 hours to run his 4 miles so I tried every single machine in the gym waiting on him to get done.  Overall, felt good.

My hip has been bothering me pretty bad when I’m sleeping.  Not sure what it is…when I lay the way I always do, on my side, it gives me some pretty intense pain.  I’m going to take it a little easy on the 5 miles on Wednesday to try to keep it from doing that…because it sucks pretty bad!


Hello.  Well today was the farthest we’ve ran to date.  Overall, good.  Where I was sick the beginning of last week I didn’t get my 3 miles in on Monday, thought that was best.  So my first run of this week was the 5 miles on Wednesday, that one went pretty good…but I developed some pain in my left knee.  It was behind the knee, in my knee-pit, if you will.  Ya know, like your arm pit, only with your knee…ya feel me?  Anyway, I’m not sure what caused that, Cathy (mech engineer at work, NOT a doctor) said she had similar pain and that it was a bursa sack around a tendon leaking fluid.  I’m not sure if that was it or not…but it’s better now, so no worries from that part of the body.  I ran my 3 miles on Thursday before our soccer game and that went pretty well, had a little pain in the knee after that, but nothing like after the 5 miles on Wednesday.  During the soccer game I had some pain in my right quad, now that was annoying.  It was like someone had frogged me right there and it wouldn’t go away.  I took Friday completely off so I could be well rested for today.  I think that was a wise choice.We started off at LCC, in the same lot we started in for our 9 miler, but took off the opposite way.  Through the arboretum and back through some neighborhoods in the Landsdowne area.  Here is a link to our route:  MapMyRun  It was a really nice run, props to Taylor for laying that one out.  It’s amazing to think about the ground we cover on these longer runs.  I listened to the UK/Alabama game during the majority of our run, which really helped the miles pass quickly.  Seemed like before I knew it we were already done with 8 miles and the cats were on cruise control to win our 5th straight SEC game.  Pretty sweet.  My quad was acting up pretty bad and giving me quite a bit of trouble throughout the last 2-3 miles.  It wasn’t unbearable, but it wasn’t what you would call comfortable, either.  I fought through and made it…don’t worry.  Now, about 3 hours after the run and 3 tylenols later I’m good to go.  Happy this one is in the books and excited for the longer mid-week runs and 13 next week.  Bring on the pain.  Hope everyone has a glorious Saturday night and a relaxing Sunday.  Take ‘er easy.


Soreness

07Feb08

happy-homer-simpson.jpgWell, after several days off from running I got back at it. 5 miles at the Urban Active over in Palomar. Z and I were going to run outside but didn’t feel like fighting the wind. Plus it’s warmer inside. Ha! Knocked out the 5 miles in 50 minutes. Right on pace. Last night after the ride home and this morning I’ve got some major soreness behind my left knee. Not happy about that and I hope it goes away pronto. Aside from that soreness, the run felt really good. Saturday is going to be here before we know it! Booyeah!