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Week 9: Finding the Groove

It’s the waning hours of President’s Day as I write this, and a thought just occurred to me: the next Monday holiday is Marathon Monday. Nine weeks! 

Anyway, here’s the week that was, plus the holiday weekend.

Monday, February 10, 2014
Ran a 5K on the treadmill at the Y. Set it to rolling hills - incline ranged from 0.0 to 2.5. For the first time in my life, I broke 27 minutes, coming in at 26:50. On a treadmill. How did I do it? I don’t know, but I was thrilled. After that, I hopped on the bike and rode a relatively quick 5K to cool down. I finished with lifting legs and stretching. Doing work on the muscles of the hips has been a real help.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Track workout at Tufts! 800m repeats with 400 intervals times ten. Despite having run hard the day before, I was able to find a nice groove on my 800s - my first set of splits was 60/60/62/65, but after that, I settled into consistent 68s, + a second or two, which comes out to about 4:32. My last 800 was 4:05 (65/62/60/58), which felt phenomenal to pull off.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
A well-earned off day.

Thursday, February 13 - Monday, February 17, 2014
This is where things got kind rough. It snowed all the time. And then I got a sinus infection. Every time I step, it’s like rolling thunder through my head. It’s awful. But I’ll be back on the track tomorrow night.

Weekly Mileage:  12.3 (~52.9 to date) on foot; ~44 on bike, ~10 elliptical.

Weekly Fundraising: $148 ($203 to date)

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Week 4-8: This is Monotonous

It is incredibly hard to write weekly updates when you are recuperating from an injury, because so very little happens that is worth writing about.

For the month of January, I was pretty limited in what I could do - bike and elliptical workouts were about it, and while those have gone pretty well, they have been achingly dull. 

What I will do is hit you with the fun stuff that I’ve managed in that time.

Saturday, January 25, 2014
This is the big one. On January 25th, I got to attend the Meet Your Match Party, where I met my Patient Partner and his family. Well, part of his family. My Patient Partner is Ian, who is 12 and from Billerica. He is a huge Bruins/hockey fan, and has an infectious smile and energy. He was so wonderfully enthusiastic during the icebreaker games we did. He and I ate a lot of ice cream sundaes. Too many, really. His dad, Bill and his older brother, Michael were also there. His mom, Justine, and little sister, Mckayla were at gymnastics, so I haven’t had the chance to meet them yet, but we hope to change that soon!

Monday, January 27, 2014
On the 27th was my indoor ultimate team’s last game of the season. I showed up with my stuff, not sure whether or not I would play, but I ended up feeling like I could manage, and for the most part I did. My aerobic capacity was not great, but my foot felt well. I made some of my finest plays of the season, including a few nice defenses of deep passes. We ended up losing by two, which is a bit of a bummer, but it also resulted in us having an absurd record / +/-. We were 3-8, but our +/- for the season was only -2. We scored 275 goals, and we gave up 277. You’d think we’d have won a close game at some point, but you’d be wrong.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
First track workout! Getting to Tufts and parking was surprisingly easy. The workout, less so! I met some great people, the names of whom I cannot remember (except Chris and Amy, but that’s because they were at my table at the Meet Your Match Party). I guess I’ll have to reintroduce myself next week.

The workout consisted of 16 400s at 10K race pace, with a 200 jog between. For me, coming back from injury, was about 2:10-2:20 400m and 80 to 90 second intervals. I got out a little too fast, running 2:00 for my first two 400s, but I settled in nicely after that. I finished strong, coming in on 1:58 for my last 400. All told, with warm-up and cool-down, I put about 7.5 miles in, which I did not expect to be able to do as comfortably as I did. (Note: comfortable and easy are very different words here; this run was difficult)

By the end, my foot felt pretty good. A touch of swelling, but that abated pretty quickly once I stopped running.

Friday, January 31, 2014
Signed up for a Y membership. Pool workouts, here I come!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Because I was working 3-11:30, I couldn’t go to the track workout. Instead, I went to the Y, in the hopes of swimming. But there was a swim meet or something, so I went to the fitness center. I did a grueling 12 miles on a stationary bike, which isn’t that interesting, but this one had an insane interactive portion.

Not only does it put you on an actual course, you have to actually steer, and actually shift gears. And on the particular course I chose, there were dinosaurs. Yes, you read that right. Dinosaurs. Pterodactyls and brachiosauruses and tyrannosaurus rexes and what not. It was bizarre. And I’m pretty sure the virtual cyclists I was racing against cheat.

After that, I lifted, which I had not done much of in a long time. Mostly legs, some core stuff. I’ll save you the embarrassing boring details about how weak certain parts of me are. 

Friday, February 7, 2014 
Today, I went to the Y and did a little impromptu circuit. I started with 40 minutes on the elliptical, then did 20 minutes of hard, hard hills on the bike (I did not realize the resistance level could go to 25!) and then ran a 5K on the treadmill. It wasn’t a pretty 5K, but I got it done in about 29:50, which would be a personal best if it were a real race. I had the incline set to rolling hills, because I know treadmills are treacherous if you don’t vary the incline.

(Bi-)Weekly Mileage: 10.6 (~40.6 to date) on foot; ~40 on bike, ~10 elliptical.

Weekly Fundraising: $0 ($55 to date)

Fundraising has not gone so well yet. Frankly, being injured and unable to run really diminished my enthusiasm at times. Meeting Ian and getting back on my feet - at least partially, has renewed my energy and enthusiasm.

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Week 3: Augh

Saturday, December 28, 2013
I honestly have no recollection of what I did this day. That’s very uncharacteristic of me. Gmail tells me that I ordered the ukulele from Amazon that day.

Sunday, December 29, 2013
I woke up feeling pretty terrible. Not physically so much as mentally, though. I could not get out of my own way. I tried to run on the treadmill - it was raining out - and it just didn’t take. I think I got maybe a half mile in.

Monday, December 30, 2013
Worked a sixteen hour shift. Saw someone punch a steel door and obliterate their hand and wrist.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Enjoyed a relatively calm and quiet New Year’s.

Wednesday, January 1, 2013
New Year’s Day run. Didn’t go well, as you may recall. 

Thursday, January 2, 2013
Called out of work because I knew working would not help my foot. Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate.

Also realized that I left my shell at the Arc. Gotta get that back. 

Friday, January 3, 2013
Get x-rays of my foot. They are negative, but unfortunately that doesn’t rule out a stress fracture. Most likely a sprain. They give me this giant Frankenstein’s monster boot that I can’t even get my jeans over.

Saturday, January 4, 2013
I rested and elevated and iced all morning, and tried to go to work at 3. They saw me in the boot and sent me home. Can’t work until Monday at the earliest. I apparently need “medical clearance” to wear a walking boot at work.

I started a thread on Runnit asking about no-impact/low-impact workouts. Gotta figure out how to keep in shape for the next couple of weeks while this foot business clears up.

Weekly Mileage: 10.7 (to-date: ~30.0)
Weekly Fundraising: $0 (to-date: $55)

9.5 miles of fun, .7 miles of “uh-oh.”

New Year’s day, a whole host of us met at The Arc for a nice little 10ish mile run -all of it part of the actual Marathon route - from Marathon Sports in Wellesley back to The Arc. We met around 11:00am, and were shuttled out in vans and cars to Wellesley. 

Everyone got out there by about noon, and were on the road by…12:06. I ran with Jenna - who I met at the first Arc run I went to, before Christmas - and we headed out.

The first couple of miles through Wellesley and into the Lower Falls part of Newton were nice, relatively easy. Net downhill for the first two. This is somewhat deceptive, though, because on Marathon Monday, you hit this just after the Wellesley hills, and you can really screw up your pacing if you hit this stretch too fast.

I had some issues with my feet, which sometimes have poor circulation, but we soldiered onward. These cropped up a few times throughout the run, causing me to stop occasionally to fidget with my shoes. According to my phone, these stops plus water and traffic light breaks cost me about 15 minutes over the course of the run. This was minor, though, compared to what comes later on.

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Week 2: The Lost Week

Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22, 2013
No group run in the morning on Saturday and a few incredibly difficult evening shifts at work left me runless last weekend. Sleeping in was a big plus, though.

Monday, December 23, 2013
Ultimate night! Our roster was short, so I played more than I might normally, but it felt great. I felt like my range as a defender has expanded over the last few weeks, which is a great feeling. We won by a score of 29-15, too!

Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25, 2013
I worked Christmas eve (boo) but had a great Christmas with my family (yay). I didn’t get anything terribly exciting for Christmas, but there was a Dick’s Sporting goods gift card and some cash, which will get put to good use on some new gear.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
Is it bad that I have no recollection of what happened the day after Christmas? I know I worked, and made a bad excuse not to run afterwards. I did a core workout as a form of penance, though.

Friday, December 27, 2013
Did a little more than two miles on the treadmill. Felt uncomfortable, mostly in my foot, so I stopped.

Weekly Mileage: ~2.1 (to-date: ~19.2)
Weekly Fundraising: $55 (to-date: $55)
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Week 1: Group Runs, Crazy Weather

Jan addressing the soon-to-be frigid masses at Greater Boston Running Company in Lexington. (12/14/13)

Every Saturday, I am going to post a sort of review of the week that was.

Saturday, December 14, 2013
My DFMC season started in earnest last Saturday, bright and early at Lexington’s Greater Boston Running Company. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 or so runners braved single digit temperatures to do an out and back on the MInuteman Bike Trail.

With a little encouragement from Megan, my running partner for the morning, I managed to run eight miles. The cold air in my lungs stung a bit during the fifth and sixth miles, but I finished strong, ending up at about a 10:00/mile pace, which isn’t bad considering the return trip was subtly but surely uphill the entire way.

Nice bonus: I didn’t have change to feed the meter, but didn’t get a parking ticket!

Sunday, December 15, 2013
The snowstorm that rode in on all that cold air Saturday kept me from running, but I did get a good workout in shoveling snow, so at least I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

Monday, December 16, 2013
Monday nights, I play in an indoor ultimate league, which uses a nice mix of sprinting and endurance. I’m well aware that I put my ankles into a small amount of jeopardy by playing, but it brings me such joy. And it’s only an hour and a half a week.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
More snow, but less shoveling. I’ll take it.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
My unfortunate work schedule got the best of me. Good core workout, though - push-ups, planks, crunches, repeat.

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