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Team Corredores - February 2013 (Read 19 times)


Muddling through

    The first and hopefully coldest month is over. It was my best January in several years between not having an injury or just coming off one and being able to brave the cold and run consistently. Hope yours went well also. My focus this month will be preparation for my last planned track meet on the 24th where and when I hope to meet my 7:45 goal for the mile.

     

    Link to RW Feb 2013 thread

    2014 Goals: Run first trail ultra, first 100K, and see what I can do in a 24-Hour race

    Nuinta


      So I went out for a run today. Didnt feel like going, youngest was up most of the night, so didnt sleep well, then had to work - but went anyways.  Ran easy yesterday, think there will be a time crunch tomorrow, so figured today was the time for a harder workout. Decided to run a fartlek style workout.  Got home, barely had time to look at garmin before jumping into family stuff. So now I sit looking at ... a four mile fast run, with the last three miles in sub 10 min / mile pace! That is HUGE for me. In the three or so years I've been running, I never really approached it. I was starting to just figure, well, I started running late, have a family and job, and not the right genetics, I'll always be slow. Now I realize that 9:48 min/mil is still slow for a lot of you Smile, but that was a hard earned achievement for me, and gives me hope that one day I'll be running an "easy" run at that pace, in the same way I currently run "easy" at paces that used to feel impossible. YAY!

       

      My goal for the rest of the month is to just ... keep going. I've got a half scheduled for the end of the month, and while I would love to PR over last months half, I don't want to over-push myself ... so my goal is to NOT have a finish goal time, just a finish STRONG goal ...

      Philliefan33


        February means I am 12 weeks away from my first HM, and "training" has begun.  I put that in quotes because I plan to be very flexible with my training.  With the help of the forum I put together a plan loosely based on the Ryan Hall Beginner and Intermediate plans (more mileage than the Beginner plan, less speed work/quality workouts than the Intermediate plan).   I am currently at about 30 miles per week with a 10-11 mile LR, I want to increase my mileage a little by incorporating a mid-week medium-long run and adding a little to the LR.  I will feel more confident if I get a couple of 12-13 mile runs under my belt before race day.  I also plan to do one run per week of fartlek, tempo work, or a hilly run -- but  If this is too much I will change the hard workout to an easy run in order to keep the total miles up.

        Future Races:

        5/4/14:  Bucks County Ten Miler


        Muddling through

          Greg put in another monster week with over 90 miles. The team had a solid showing and we're in 4th for cumulative points, but it's been a long time since we've had 100% posting. It looks like we're losing Roy for 3 consecutive weeks of not posting.

           

          Not much chatter anymore. Not sure why.

          2014 Goals: Run first trail ultra, first 100K, and see what I can do in a 24-Hour race

          Philliefan33


            It's a shame that Roy is not around anymore.  I enjoyed his musings.

             

            From what I recall he was trying to spend more time reading, less time online.  I bet he's still running and cycling, but he just unplugged from the internet.

            Future Races:

            5/4/14:  Bucks County Ten Miler

            Mr Pink


              Wow, how things can change in a week. First off, George, I am going to ask that I be placed on IR for an undetermined amount of time.

               

              On the morning of 2/1 I woke in the middle of the night with shoulder pain and pain under my rib cage. Initially I thought I had just slept on it wrong, but the pain did not go away and only got worse with time. I woke my DW at 4 AM and had her take me to the ER. To make a long story short, after a number of tests (ekg, bloodwork, chest x-ray and finally a spiral CT) they found out that I had a bilateral pulmonary embolism. A blood clot in my left leg had dislodged and decided to make its way into main arteries of both of my lungs.

               

              I spent a total of 4 days in the hospital and was released on blood thinners with a TON of questions. They still don't know root cause but they are digging. The main message from each of the 10 doctors I have seen so far has been that my running greatly lessened the severity of the event. My PCP went as far as to say that he feels my fitness (running) saved my life...the clot was that big. It helped my body compensate and deal with it quite well.

               

              I still have an active clot in my left leg and I'll be on blood thinners for at least the next 6 months. I am pretty much barred from any physical activity until they know it's not going anywhere. I can walk as much as I like, just no impact or heavy cardio activities. Most of all, listen to my body. I go back in 4-6 weeks for another scan of my lungs and legs to see how the clots are doing. I am hoping that they will resolve themselves, but I know there is a chance they may not. Only time will tell. One day at a time.

               

              I have every intention of running again as soon as it is safe to do so. It's been an emotional ride for me so far. I'll stop back on occasion to say hello. Wishing you all the best.


              Muddling through

                That sounds really scary. Keep us updated on any progress or changes. Hopefully the clots will dissolve themselves and you'll be back to normal soon.

                2014 Goals: Run first trail ultra, first 100K, and see what I can do in a 24-Hour race


                Muddling through

                  Got dressed and ready to go run and changed my mind at the last minute. The cold and wind were mild deterents, but what convinced me to stay inside was a hacking cough that had me doubled over and almost gagging. Odd that there's no other symptoms like a fever, but I thought avoiding exercise in cold air was probably the better part of discretion. I don't want to chance it developing into bronchitis or worse.

                  2014 Goals: Run first trail ultra, first 100K, and see what I can do in a 24-Hour race

                  Philliefan33


                    Mr. Pink, that is very scary!  Hopefully the blood thinners will dissolve the remaining clot before it dislodges and causes trouble.

                     

                    George, today would've been a nasty outside run anyways, the way the wind was whipping. I opted for the TM.

                    Future Races:

                    5/4/14:  Bucks County Ten Miler

                    Mr Pink


                      The most scary thing about it is that a PE is commonly overlooked in healthy individuals because the risk factors just aren't there. If it hadn't been found and treated when it was the outcome could have been much worse.

                       

                      Thank you both for your well wishes.

                      Nuinta


                        Mr. Pink - I don't know you, just joined, but wanted so send some good houghts your way, glad you went into ER to get it checked out, PEs can be really bad. If they don't have a cause, any talk of a IVC filter?  Might be something to ask doc about.  It prevents a large dislodged clot from getting to lungs.  Good luck with everything.

                        Mr Pink


                          Thanks, Nuinta. I'm on coumadin at the moment, and there is no talk of a filter at this time. I am seeing my hematologist tomorrow and I go back to get re-scanned on March 6th to see how the clots are doing. One day at a time.

                           

                          Live well.

                          Hipfan


                          Proud Calgarian

                            Yikes, take care and get better soon!!!!

                             

                            Thanks, Nuinta. I'm on coumadin at the moment, and there is no talk of a filter at this time. I am seeing my hematologist tomorrow and I go back to get re-scanned on March 6th to see how the clots are doing. One day at a time.

                             

                            Live well.

                            2014 Goals and PRs:

                            5k - 17:59 (18:17);  10k - 37:00 (37:54);   HM - 1:21:59 (1:24:21);   FM - whatever (3:05:46)

                            Hipfan


                            Proud Calgarian

                              Hey everyone, sorry I guess I've been a little bit negligent on posting outside of FB for the last month or so....

                               

                              Things are going hard alright - I've been having trouble the last half of January into February with reduced speed and had been feeling my ankle/achillies a little bit worse than I wanted to over the past few weeks. Trying to push myself like last week over 90 miles all while doing 2 speed days, a LR and a day of stairs and sprints was probably too much for me. I went through some reduced mileage last week (like 51+ miles) and it still didn't feel that much better so I went to a PT.

                               

                              Turns out that I got in really early and that's a good thing: my hip was a little off and I was really pushing some improper moves on my left leg. I caught the achilles before it became achilles tendonosis and the PT gave my tibialis posterior a good massage since it was tight as well. End result is that I'll be ok without having to take any kind of serious time-off, though I'll probably be cautious and keep my mileage around 50-60 this week as I get 1 solid day of speedwork on Thursday with the team.

                               

                              So....my mileage will be lower, but the good news is that my goal (37:30 or better) is still possible for the 10k as long as I keep on working. No more am I going to try to keep with the kids, I'll be happy with my own paces and hopefully can hold 5:58-6:03 for the entire race on March 17th.

                              2014 Goals and PRs:

                              5k - 17:59 (18:17);  10k - 37:00 (37:54);   HM - 1:21:59 (1:24:21);   FM - whatever (3:05:46)


                              Muddling through

                                I think the push to keep running and increasing my mileage through the winter has finally caught up with me. I took off a couple days because of a bad cough and now I don't have any motivation to get back out there for long solo runs and intervals. I suspect I needed a bit of a mental break because I've had to really force myself to get out there on some of those cold, windy days. Another week and a half to my track meet, then I don't have any races scheduled for several months.

                                2014 Goals: Run first trail ultra, first 100K, and see what I can do in a 24-Hour race

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