Week in Review 9.15.14 to 9.21.14

There’s a saying about a bad dress rehearsal indicating that you’re ready for a great performance. Here’s hoping that applies to running too, because it has been a disaster of a “rehearsal” week! I came into last week assuming it would be a normal schedule, so I took Monday really easy following my big workout on Sunday which put me behind on miles with the intent of making them up easily later in the week. Then I had a crazy day in clinic on Wednesday which meant that I missed my run entirely, a workout that got cut short on Thursday and insane wind on my race shakeout on Saturday. To top it off, I had a shitty race yesterday. Woof. It was a frustrating Sunday and I would not say I’m heading into the final 3 weeks with a whole lot of confidence.

Monday: Recovery 6 and yoga. Feeling pretty good post-workout.

Tuesday: Early morning 10.2 miler with Carl plus striders at the end. Feeling great.

Wednesday: Off, unscheduled and really mad about it. Lifted arms in the evening.

Thursday: Rushed workout. 7 by 5 minutes at T pace and 2 by 200 at really-effing-hard pace. Jumped in the car and drove to my meeting without a cooldown. Brilliant.

Friday: 10 mile recovery run through the Intervale.

Saturday: 7 miles of a laughable run. Convinced Will that we should go to the Causeway. Not too bad on the way out, but turned around to a 40 mph headwind. Because we didn’t want to trash my hip flexors, we walked for a mile before jogging back. Striders after.

Sunday: Downtown 10K in 40:27 thanks to a 24 mph headwind and 60+ dewpoint. Felt fine on the warmup and during the race (besides weather conditions) then spent 45 minutes post-race with my head down on Church Street with heart palpitations. Was in serious Sinus Tach until 10:30 (laying down on my bed racing at 140 bpm) and felt off for the rest of the day even when I got back in normal rhythm. Total of 10 miles and total frustration.

It’s hard not to have a week like the last one and not have a total meltdown, get in your bed and decide to scratch all future races. I’m resisting the urge to do that, running full volume until Friday of this week and going into taper with the hope that all my hard work this summer will come together in three weeks.

8 thoughts on “Week in Review 9.15.14 to 9.21.14

  1. Ryan

    Rough week, but at least you are still running. On Monday after a quick warm-up I went to do some 400s in my driveway. I got about 3 steps into the first 400 before I felt like I had been shot in the right calf. I tried to go to an orthopedic walk in urgent care almost immediately after I stopped rolling around on the ground, but the building next door to the urgent care was on fire and the police had shut down the road in both directions. I went to the urgent care Tuesday and the PA said it was probably a calf strain and set up an appointment with one of the orthopedic doctors. On Friday the doctor confirmed it was a calf strain, just needs lots of rest. So no running for 3-4 weeks, which means no Ragnar and no marathon. Yay.

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      1. Ryan

        This was totally out of the blue. I felt a little sore and tight going into the run, but just thought it was due to being in the midst of peak mileage weeks and if I eased into the 400s I would loosen up. The only other time I’ve had calf issues was after experimenting with zero drop shoes a couple of years ago, that was just major soreness and I learned my lesson. I think this was a fluke and a painful reminder to keep up on stretching and rolling. I’ve become very well acquainted with marathonguide.com’s calendar this past week.

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      2. Ryan

        I don’t think it will fully hit me that I am out of running for a while until Friday morning when I am driving one of the Ragnar vans instead of running, I have a feeling that is going to make everything “real”. As far as timeline, according to the doctor I can start doing easy strength exercises (calf raises) at two weeks and build from there. If the calf is feeling good I can start to slowly add in running at 3 weeks. I think I am going to ease back into running and aim for a late April/early May marathon. I don’t want to have marathon training and ski season compete with each other and wind up having neither of them be good. I had been on the fence about buying new skis this year, but now that I won’t be paying for a hotel room at the end of October, skis will be my big depression related purchase.

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        1. runnerunderpressure

          Having taken last winter “off” with surgery, I was actually surprised to find that I wasn’t that out of shape when I came back. I think winter in the north country is a lot harder on training than we realize; canceled runs, shortened runs, slow runs so we don’t wipe out all add up to make me think that perhaps, we should all enjoy ski season for ski season and running season for running season.

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  2. Dan Button

    Recent experience have taught me that some crappy training and fatigue leading up to races can often lead to great results just the same. I feel like I’ve had to skip a day once a week for the past month from multiple unrelated issues and it drives me a lot more mentally insane them my training or racing seem to reflect. And as for the less than desirable race result, I find it powerful to focus on the forgiveness found in the length of the marathon, a few crappy miles can be compensated for once worked through. Blame as much of the performance as you can on the weather too! It helps ease the mind. haha Months of hard work will be much more evident on marathon day with good weather and a full taper. The weather was all the worse after a cool fall temp week too, I almost dropped after the first mile of a 5k due to humidity yesterday, it was not good.

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    1. runnerunderpressure

      The miles are both the bane and the beauty of the marathon, eh? You’re totally right, though. I had a rough time from 3 to 4 but then felt fine again which is catastrophic in a 10K but par for the course in the marathon.

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