6/22-6/28 – A week in Review

29 06 2009

Okeeeyyy Dokeeeyyy — Well … this was an … um … week!

On my schedule page, I’ve given each month a general goal and I’ve truly fallen short of them up to this point. In updating, I realized that just before the end of the month, I’ve actually started them! Yippy Skip! The things I do when I’m not paying attention surely astound me!

This week starts a new schedule with the focus on getting the miles together for some long races starting in September. Ok – that sounds great, doesn’t it? That’s the polite way of stating “getting my s#%t together and getting the h#ll out of my own way while putting ME first!!!” Ok – maybe not, but that’s what I’m doing without being mean about it. Will be adding things every week. This week is as simple as possible.

Overall: Reasonably happy. Learning, growing, relaxing, and getting in the sneakers. Always a good thing! Mileage isn’t accurate because missing track workout …

Monday: First appointment with new Chiropractor for evaluation. Brought box of shoes with variety of insoles in them. I’m fairly skeptical with chiropractors and medical professionals mainly because I’m tired of spending money on things which appear to be very logical in the beginning, but are fluff & buff OR hearing how the best course of action isn’t exercise and paying attention to the problem but drugs and surgery or “just deal with it and stop exercising because you’re too old.” Too old my left sock!  Results will be in on Tuesday. Not going to the gym for weights until I’ve been evaluated.

Tuesday:Work, OK. Left early because of interview re: Clear Card issues here. Making up hours through the week. Got me thinking about things for me, etc. A handful of miles outside with Bailey, but not really what I’d call a workout. Overview appointment with Dr. Dokter (sp). It appears I’m ‘fixable’ and my legs are really out of alignment which has me putting more stress on the ligaments and tendons of my knee. This, along with my pronating, is causing me to spend more time on the outside of my right foot and toes which explains the new blistering problem and toe soreness. Dr. Dr. finds the racewalking flier I gave him fascinating and is paying more attention. Was able to print out my schedule for him and he’s got it in the file.  Really hot – did training sweating like a pig on the treadmill.
Knee at level 5 pain; middle of shoulders at level 4.  Miles: 4.70     60 minutes     Treadmill Random Hills

Wednesday: Work allowed for a very explosive Economy track workout. However, I didn’t get a chance to get it off the watch and into my log-book I write my weekly review to DMcG from and will be writing this weekly review from before it was stolen from a friend’s rental car in my gym bag. Ok, I could handle losing the gym bag – I need gym bags like holes in my head … but the watch was a real bummer. I know I stormed through the Economy workout with a full head of steam and a little aggression to deal with. The watch was a spare Garmin 205 … yeah, spare 205. A friend of mine was cleaning out his drawers and he had three 205’s … pardon me? Anyway, he gave me one of his spares to keep in my gym bag … and … now they’re gone. It was in his car, so I’m not concerned … however I would have thought someone who travels as much as he does, he’d remember to close the windows and lock the doors when leaving the car in a parking lot.

Thursday:It’s been entirely too hot in Denver and everywhere. I’m only in the rec center because I’m concerned about the heat and having to work out later. Ok – that’s what I’m saying and I’m sticking with it. I’ve also decided I *hate* cottonwood trees. No … not really. If I have to do treadmill work, I probably warm up better because I work on some exercises using the track. Englewood Rec is really quite nice.
Knee at level 5.5 pain;  Miles: 4.70     60 minutes     Treadmill Random Hills

Friday:Chiroand Housework! Great chat with Dr.Dr. We did the molds for new orthodics (sp. word cookies easier to type!) and it felt a lot … um … different than when I had them done the first time. There is a potential of taking the old ones and re-heating them to mold them for my feet now, but unsure what I want to do at this point. I’m just wanting to get going in the right direction. Left leg was a full inch off the right according to Dr. Dr. and he was able to get me back in line with an ecstatic “Sweeettt!!!” I must admit that it is nice to have a doc who is a little goofy and really enthusiastic. Middle of my shoulders not giving yet, but it’s going to happen. Slammed on time, so ended up back in the Englewood Rec Center this morning. A good thing, actually, because I could point out precisely where it hurt because I was only about 20 minutes off the treadmill when I saw him. He showed me how things worked on a muscle chart — I’ve seen this before, but he was also able to explain why my right foot rolls and hurts. I like he’s taking the time.
Knee at level 6 pain; right foot feeling slightly numb and little toe hurts like crazy.  Miles: 4.70     60 minutes     Treadmill Random Hills

Saturday: Upper d*#m hot – so I decided to really get working on the house, do some homework and go to the track when it cools off in the evening. Set up with a couple of runners to meet for my long day. They’ll be doing about 10 miles more than me, but after having problems last weekend, I’d like to have others out there, even if we’re all spaced out. One has a knee problem they’re just bracing and the other has a foot problem. Neither believe in chiropractic and both have teased me slightly for emptying my schedule and going for miles. Well, it’s great to see folks who live in other states, but I think I’m making the right decision. We’re meeting before they leave. Track was OK. I still feel like I’m loping to the side. Maybe I am, Maybe I’m not. I’ve got to be patient and keep going. Using the Garmin 205 just to keep track of things. Writing down *only* the amount of time per repeat:
To Do: Warm-up followed by 8×400
Lap 1:           2:41     
Lap 2:           2:40     Knee Level 4
Lap 3:           2:56     
Lap 4:           2:48     
Lap 5:           2:48     Knee Level 5; Not able to catch breath comfortably
Lap 6:           2:50   
Lap 7:           2:56    F*#king Cottonwood Trees!
Lap 8:            2:43

Sunday:Ok -had to start after 3 p.m. when it cooled off because friends decided it was too hot to run. Frustrating, but not much I can do. Actually, really got me torqued, but put that energy into cleaning. Walked a new-to-me route and started out in level 5 pain with it jumping up to level 7 just after 10 miles. Nice thing is that calf wasn’t really a player – just the tendon area. Maybe it’s localizing. I’m down with that. Really pissed off with the blistering of the bottom of my right foot. thought I’d collected more blood blisters! Callous on edge of right little toe has a brand new blister under it and can still see the remnant of the blood blister inside. EERRRFFFF!!!!  HOWEVER – I got out there and got going. If I have to pop on flip flops to get down the stairs, so be it! Shoulders came in to the equation this go around. Very hot and needed to tell myself I wasn’t going slowly but was trucking along on an easy day.  EASY Shepard … oh my … maybe I’m going from being a binary On/Off to a rheostat shade of whatever starting to internalize what training is … starting … Used Nathan hydration vest. Will pop a photo in on another entry.
Knee at level 5-7  pain; middle of shoulders at level 7.  Miles: 14 (Lookie DMcG … a full long day workout!)    3:10:00 minutes   

Leaving in the morning – still sick and lost a lot of weight

7 11 2008

This flu SUCKS! There is no sugar coating it! I get going and then lose hours just feeling miserable. However, I have decided it’s the catch and release system. I caught the damn thing and now I’m releasing it to go find some other person other than my friends or myself!

I’ve been working on campus with Catherine, our new admin. It’s been fantastic. Knowing that she’s taking on all the things I’ve only understood partly is great. I’m sincerely hoping, however, I still have a job. I do know I’ll be taking a very deep pay cut as soon as it happens and that’s kind of frustrating.

I’m leaving CO on Southwest early. Bailey and the house are being taken care of by one of my closest pals and I’m checking a bag because it’s loaded with homeopathic flue remedy. Nature’s Way has this Umcka cold and flu that I’m currently recommending with gold stars. I have been taking several hot baths with Epsom salt (you can injure yourself with Epsom salts on the bottom of a tub … trust me here) and Tired Old Ass soak. I’ve cleared out my stock of Kleenex and haven’t been much interested in eating because of the sore throat. I’ve been scarfing at least a can of soup a day and making it a point to keep hydrated.

I’ll be getting up at 5 A.M. to pack and get to the airport by like 10 a.m. I already have my boarding pass – just still feeling really crummy.

Training has been a disaster going in to this and this isn’t a race I know the course of. I’ll be fine. I would love to do the sub-2:40 this year on this course, but if I don’t I’m there to have fun.

I’ve learned a lot about myself this year and among the biggest lessons has to be my stopping having fun with my racing and making it a competitive thing … too much of a competitive thing where I found myself berating my performance and trying to kill myself the next time out!

Anyway – I’ve got things to do. Take care!


RMRR 9 mile Westminster — 1:53:34 (Watch) — 2nd after handicap

31 10 2008

The really confusing thing about the Rocky Mountain Road Runner trophy series races is the handicap system. I don’t really have it down. I just depend on Ed or one of my speedy sneaker friends to explain what it is that I’m doing. I far prefer to just say “Dave, what’s my target?” and go for that. It’ll sort itself out later.

This race I got to not feeling terrific. I might have been catching a cold or something. The positive thing is that I finally will be able to get down to some decent hours and not have all the various loose ends floating around in my head as we have our new admin at work! Yippy Skip! It will mean less money, however …

It was like old home week when I met up with Rosalie and she helped me tote down the travellers of Starbucks. It was nice to see folks and I was ribbed a bit about not writing up what will end up being three race reports and one Lizzy Goes To Racewalking Autumn Camp report by the week of Thanksgiving. It did feel good to have been missed.

What I had no clue on was the surface the course was on. It turns out it started and ended going across a rickety old bridge then cement then dirt path then cement then dirt path … repeat. With my highly inconsistent training this year, I’ve stayed mainly on cement or track. My injuries and just plain health have warranted it. I think that I’ve lost something not rolling around on the gravel.

Ed, John and I started with three others at 0:00:00. “This is the CUTE Wave!” shouted your reporter and everyone laughed. Ed and I took off together. He’s been suffering a hamstring issue for quite some time. I was under “orders” to keep myself in the mid 12’s because of the Trail of Two Cities 1/2 Marathon next weekend. It was really nice to talk with Ed. We’ve gotten to know one another since two clinics ago and he’s a wealth of information. He’s willing to get together with me and watch me at a track as a judge, since he is one. I think that should help a lot.

Going  in to the water stop at mile 2 my shoe was unlaced! I couldn’t believe it. I double knott the thing and trying to untie it … well knots everywhere. Brad teased me that I’d untied my shoe on purpose! I had to really turn my feet over to catch up to Ed, but I did.

One of the things we talked about was that I’ve probably to the foot turn over for long distance, but I should be prepared to start doing more shorter faster things. He’s been remiss in going to the track himself. I just was hoping that Catherine (work) really works out because I want to get work out of the processing space I usually leave for training!

As I was motoring up the hill toward the turn around, I yelled to Ed to catch up. That was the last I saw of him. He told me later that he was having problems and so be it.

I started having problems at around mile 5 or just thereafter. My psoas on the right, my right hamstring … just my right leg! My back felt tight, shoulders, waist. There was something really quite wrong. I kept motoring, but I was piling water more than usual … Motor, motor, motor!

Being passed by your friends twice is just a liability of being in this running club and being as slow as I am right now. The Eagle did make me laugh however because he started well after me – by probably an hour – not even arriving before I started. He passed me the second time at the last mile marker. It was kind of cool because he said he’d be there at the end and he knew I was struggling.

Going across that damn bridge with it’s weathered and splintering railroad tie crossbars … I thought it was ass-over-tea-kettle time for Lizzy! I gave it a push to get in, but it wasn’t my usual. I was out of gas and hurting. Level 7 or 8 and I’ve not been there for a long time! Coming in to the flags, people were cheering – first time for me to come in as the first racewalker across the line. The Eagle was at the flags and Q was over in the best of the stretching places. I nearly fell on Eagle and said “Square water.” He knew EXACTLY what I was going to need.

Now, if I’d truly fallen over on him, I would have flattened that Eagle like a bug …

Fortunately, Q has stretched out my legs before. He’s all of 110 pounds or something like that and there is no fear of him pushing too much into me. He also has a bit of a medical background, so I can scream bloody murder and he’ll kill anyone who tries to interfere. That’s pretty much what happened. Jelly Bean (a triathalete named Eric) was amazed at how flexible I was when Q had my bad leg going and probalby had his eyes fall out when we did my left which felt just fine.

1 Lyle, John 75 -28:20 2:13:22 1:45:02 14:49 152.00 150 100.00    
2 Shepard, Lis 44 -7:57 1:53:34 1:45:37 12:37 131.00 129 73.33    
3 Guiff, Ed 64 -7:03 1:56:47 1:49:44 12:59 129.00 128 46.67    

There are the times and handicaps. I wonder what the blog is going to do with it! Ed was about 3 minutes behind me and John 20 minutes. I went back with one of the guys from the Air racing team to cheer John in. He looked pretty good and was the last out on the course.

When all was said and done, the three of us knew we were going to place. There was the potential that Mike Blanchard was going to show up just well after we’d started. Jan Hill wasn’t there because of an injury – and I’m concerned about my friend. When they called the awards, I barely heard my name. My ears were starting to get stuffy. Third Ed, Second Lizzy, First John. Cool. When they took the photo, John said “Push the ribbon out as far as your arm can reach to the camera. That’s what you do when you’re fishing to make the fish look bigger!

Let's make our ribbons look bigger ... Ed --> John --> Lizzy

Let's make the ribbons look bigger! Ed (3) -> John (1) -> Me (2)

The drive home found me feeling a little confused and by about 6 p.m. I realized I’d run myself down so far that I was catching that terrible flu that has been going around. Chills, headache, body ache and a nose like a faucet. I knew I’d have to pull something out of my hat to be ready for the race on Sunday as I fly out on Saturday! I do love this photo though …

Next Race: Trail of Two Cities 1/2 Marathon: Goal Sub 2:40 … and healthy

Ok – so I’m behind!!!

22 09 2008

This would make anyone laugh a little –> I’m staring at the finisher’s medals for two of the last three races only so remind myself to write! I’ve been a smidge distracted – and the general condition of my house can give testimony to this ‘fact’.

Work has been interesting. Anyone who knows me knows that I can untangle and tease out office politics with no real problem … usually. I just can’t stand it. I don’t understand why people go out of their way to make the lives of themselves and others difficult. I’ve been dealing with this in a variety of forms for just over a year. Up until recently, however, it’s stayed at work.

We moved our office out of being housed in one department to a portable building. Personally – I’ve loved the moves since the day we’ve been in there. Bailey can come in when I’m going to work on an off day or it’s a school holiday. We’re off by ourselves for the most part – just waiting for furniture etc. I did get moved to a slightly different position from my regular graduate assistant post until we get a p/t administrative assistant hired. I was hoping this would have happened a bit faster – but we are dealing with academia and the State hiring systems!

The only reason that the ooze of nonsense started coming home was because I had to start wading around the financial end of things and try to untie the messes that were created through the move. I can do a few things well at once … but since this really doesn’t come with any ‘guide book’ and people are pretty set in their ways – it’s been really draining. Also, I’ve been putting in longer hours, trying to get my school work done and losing my days off here and there to make sure some things get done properly.

Couple this with my series of now-finally-over car issues … and it’s just draining beyond belief.

I’ve been walking out tired … getting to wherever I’m going to walk to take my mind off of things and just walk … and I’ve been forgetting things. Once forgot water. Another forgot watch. Lost my heart rate monitor strap in the car until yesterday morning. All of those are easy to deal with … but either grabbing 2 left shoes as I go flying out the door … or forgetting them all together …

The Three Races: Park to Park 10 Miler, End Of Watch 5K, and das Hustlehoff/Oktoberfest 10K … different races … different feelings … but getting me back on track.

When I start feeling overwhelmed, I pull in to myself. I forget that I’ve got some good friends who really give a crap and a racewalking coach who not only prods me along, but is also a friend – who has the balls to be very kind and caring and also call me on the carpet when I’m feeling depressed. Damn New Yorkers … just crawl under my skin and set up camp! 🙂

This has been a heck of a year – some good races … and potential for faster ones. I’ve also been learning where my boundaries are so that I can get around them and move on.