Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Snakebite Training Recap Week #15

First off, huge thank you to everyone for the encouraging words on last week's post. I felt really strong at the end of July and taking almost two weeks off shook my confidence a bit. I'm trying to focus on all the hard work and miles pre-bronchitis to keep myself mentally pumped up.  I'm also playing Eye of the Tiger on repeat (complete with shadow boxing). Whatever it takes, right?

First week back at consistent running. I am no longer on cold medicine, prescription strength cough syrup, antibiotics, or any of that jazz. I am still using the inhaler 'as needed' which turns out is when I am running, but that said, I'm even feeling a lot better on the run now too! There is hope, folks!
I joined another yoga challenge. Someday I'll know what I am doing.
Monday: A busy day, so busy infact I forgot to take my inhaler before heading to the gym (obviously I'm still an inhaler rookie). Turns out even though I am feeling much better, my inhaler is still pretty essential for a comfortable running experience (lots of coughing and wheezing post run), but on a positive note. I ran and it made me happy.
Planned: Rest  Actual: 4.25 miles (9:14/mile)

Tuesday: Rested and helped a friend more stuff. I guess that's actually a strength workout then.
Planned: 4 miles  Actual: Rest

Wednesday: I got more and more comfortable as this run went on. It may be because I didn't wait the full 30 minutes after taking my inhaler to start running, but either way, I was starting to get back in the grove.
Planned: 6 miles  Actual: 4.25 miles (9:12/mile)
We had a crazy amount of rain in the ATL this week, but every once in a while it's worth it.
Thursday: Short on time, so just a few miles to stretch out the legs.
Planned: 4 miles   Actual: 3.25 (9:13/mile)

Friday: Yay! Is it just me, or do the weeks seem to be getting longer and longer?
Planned: Rest   Actual: Rest
Someone decided to eat all the kindling when we were using the firepit. Not naming names.
Saturday: Got a late start on this one, but I was still excited to be out. Maybe too excited. My legs are a little more ready than my lungs to push the pace, and I found myself desperately trying to slow things down about 2 miles in. I tried a new fuel, Untapped Maple, and the flavor is fabulous. However it is a little thicker (not gu thick) than my usual fuel, and I spent the next 3 miles trying not to throw up. I am really sensitive to the consistency of fuel when running, and though I loved the taste on this one, it's not going to work for me while running (maybe biking though). Sad face because I LOVE maple. It ended up being a harder workout than I hoped, but I keep trying to reassure myself that I won't be going nearly as fast on the trails next weekend.
Planned: 10 miles  Actual: 9.25 miles (8:58/mile)
I may just continue to eat it for fun.
Sunday: Joined Amy at the Team Challenge (for Crohns and Colitis) water stop at the Hotlanta Half Marathon. She is a Team Challenge alum and they were looking for a few extra hands, so I was happy to join them. The stop was at mile 12 and it was great to be able to pump people up as they headed into their last mile. Unfortunately, it started monsooning (not exaggerating) shortly after the starting gun, leading to soaked runners and volunteers. Anyways, the Team Challenge crowd is a great group and huge props to all the runners who powered through (what we were calling) the longest swim of their lives!
Planned: 4 miles  Actual: Volunteering
It was far too rainy to take a picture, but here is an accurate reenactment.
How was your week? Do you experiment with new fuels?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Snakebite Training Recap Week #14

Spoiler alert: this isn't going to be the most exciting training recap you've ever read. I know, I'm really enticing you to read on with an opener like that, but I promise it's worth it (i.e. lots of pictures). Sure, there might not be any mystery or intrigue, but there were miles and they were more plentiful than last week. There is also beer and it was also more plentiful than last week. There is the Monster for the Monster super fans out there and yoga for the yogis, but best of all, there is a runner who is vastly improving from her epic bronchitis. It may have only taken 18 days but I am (almost) drug free and breathing (mildly) normally. Now to figure out how to run a 50k in less than 14 days (yikes). Serenity now. Serenity now.
All smiles before the start of the Big Ol' Group Run.
Wednesday: The Big Ol' Group Run! Yet another run that I had been excited about for several months, the Big Ol' Group Run was started as a way to get running groups from across the city together for a run, some beer, and mingling. For $5 you get a tie bib for the 3 or 6 mile run, one beer, and entry into what seemed liked an endless raffle of running prizes. I missed out on the inaugural run last year when it sold out before I could registered and this year I was determined to be apart of it. The run is held at Monday Night Brewing, a local brewery whose libations I thorough enjoy (and whose theme is tie related). I teamed up with Amy who you may remember from previous running adventures and we tackled the 3.25 miles through a side of the city I rarely run in. She was incredibly tolerant of my constant coughing during the first couple of miles (running has actually help me clear my lungs) and we kept the pace light so I could breath. I also finally ran into Frank (from Running for the second half of my life) while neither one of us was running and we could actually say hello! Overall, a great, low-key event to help me get back in the swing of things.
Actual: 3.25 miles
The entire group of over 400 runners.
The brewery slogan.
Saturday: Joined up with one of my usual weekend group for 8 miles (bonus half mile running to the start of the route just around the corner). It was a nice hilly route and my longest run in weeks! One scary moment did happen for a few members of our group as they were very nearly hit by a drunk driver while crossing an intersection (yes, at 7am on a Saturday morning). The last member of their group was just coming through the intersection on the crosswalk when an SUV came up behind him, cut through the crosswalk, and hit the building in front of him (just to the right of where the crosswalk hit the curb). Everyone was ok (the building not so much) and they stayed around to call/wait for the police and make sure the driver was ok. I found the whole thing rather unsettling as I run this area frequently and I don't find it unsafe. I am constantly vigilant on my runs, but tracking a car from behind you is difficult. Just a friendly remind to stay safe out there and remember crazy things can happen when you least expect it.
I needed a little yoga after that one. Day 1 of the #RunnersloveyogaLegs challenge: Chair pose.
The Jayhawk and I celebrated my return to the living with a visit to a very local brewery, Three Taverns. I've mentioned several of their beers before (the White Hops is a household favorite) and the brewery didn't disappoint. If you like Belgian style beers, I highly recommend it. We were even lucky enough to get a picnic table partially in the shade (it's the little things in the GA summer).
Actual: 8.5 miles
Sunday: No soreness or issues to report after Saturday's run, but took the day off to respect the process of easing back into it. The temps were really moderate for August, so I hung out with the Monster in the yard, which means I got in an impromptu upper body workout throwing sticks, playing tug-o-war, and otherwise keeping the old lady amused. Don't let that white hair fool you, her energy is endless and she very nearly caught a squirrel while we were out there. I really should ask her for speed work tips.
Interesting article this week about what happens to your body during a 100 mile effort. I've never run a hundred miler, though in all honesty, the idea has crossed my mind, and it's interesting to think of all the challenges it creates for your body.

How was your week? Do you like joining in on group runs?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Snakebite Training Recap Week #12 +13

I'm still here and alive. The train went off the tracks a bit when I got an epic case of bronchitis. That's right, EB got EB. Since this didn't lead to a lot of fun running photos and no one wants to see photos of me sick in bed wearing the same PJs for days, I did a few more reenactments again this week to keep you entertained (they were popular during the week #11 recap in case you missed it).
I think they mean EB: Epic Bronchitis.
Monday: I felt great after the relay (recap still in process) and took advantage of Maine's lovely weather with another cool run.Why did I move away from this state again? I believe it's called January.
Planned: Rest  Actual: 5.25 miles
Sick in bed with lonely running shoes and a cranky Monster by my side. I promise she still has legs.
Tuesday-the following Saturday: 12 lovely days of wheezing, sneezing, tissues, and drugs. You know you are really sick when the doctor starts discussing prescriptions before they even examine you. Due to the severity of my breathing issues (I left there the proud owner of a new inhaler among other drugs), my time off from running was longer than I hoped, but I've been trying my best to be patient in recovery, but it's really stressful to be patient when you are less than a month out from your goal race.
But a few good things did happen during my bout of plague!
  • I got a killer deal on new running shoes. They were on sale, it was tax free weekend, and I had a coupon. Nothing makes a runner happier except maybe being able to go home and use said running shoes.
  • I got a new phone! It was weird to be off the grid for a week. Oddly enough the only thing I really missed was the camera. Don't worry. I'll keep adding in reenactments periodically to keep it interesting.
  • We celebrated huge holiday: our 10th anniversary. Through all the ups and downs, it's been an amazing decade and am looking forward to our next 10 years together. We haven't aged or matured since day one.
Oh, did you think I was talking about the Jayhawk?
Day 1 and 10 years later to the day with my favorite sassy bitch.
Sunday: Finally ventured out for my first run. It wasn't pretty, but it was running and I got to wear my new shoes. My congestion was more of a problem than I expected as I was audibly wheezing for most of it (the heat and humidity probably didn't help this). My legs felt ok, but it was hard to get going without oxygen. Now to just get my lungs back at it for Snakebite in 3 weeks! Yikes. This could be harder than I hoped. Expect some schedule tweaking in the next few weeks.
Planned: 8 miles  Actual: 3.1 miles (8:58/mile)
With less than a month until race day, I've started stocking up on race day essentials (which I hopefully won't eat all of them prior to race day). If you are looking for lots of great fueling options all in one place, I highly recommend checking out The Feed. Follow this link for a $5 credit (Referral link).

How was your week? Have you ever battled the demon that is bronchitis?
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