Week in Review: 4/20/15 to 4/26/15

An alternate title for this week in review could have been don’t burn the candle at both ends. What started last Sunday followed me through a truly miserable week of illness and fatigue that I just couldn’t shake. My time in Lewiston and Rotation 1 is almost done and besides the enormous amount of clinical learning, I’m also learning to accept this new normal of running for me.

Monday: Inspired by the Boston Marathon, I put 7.25 in through pouring rain and wind plus striders. Right hip pretty darn tight. Stomach feeling better but starting to get a wicked cold.

Tuesday: No run, thanks to the cold from hell. Couldn’t breathe or hear.

Wednesday: Spent all day in bed and was so restless by 5 that I went for an easy 4.3. Really dizzy but otherwise ok.

Thursday: Still dizzy and sick but went for my workout, figuring that effort above jogging still counted as a stimulus. 3 by 800 (2:59, 2:59, 2:55…woof) and 8 by 200. Total of 10 miles. Legs after.

Friday: Had a relatively quiet night shift on Thursday and got a few hours of sleep, so I drove home to surprise Will and the doggies for the weekend!! Glorious 5 miler around the golf course with my favorite running buddies. Arms after.

Saturday: Still feeling horrible. Dizzy, weak and couldn’t breathe so Coach Will took over and made me rest. Just a walk in the woods with the family.

Sunday: Workout 2 for the week. Paces still slow but starting to feel really smooth when moving fast(er). 2oo at R pace, 2 by 1000 (3:39, 3:42), 2 by 400 (81,82), 2 by 200 at R pace. 9.5 miles total. Legs after.

Total Miles: 36

I’m working on adjusting my attitude towards running and being grateful when I can get runs in and trying to let go of times when I can’t. I have one week left in Lewiston, which means that I’ll be back in Burlington in no time where I can run safely almost any time of day. I have the Champlain Classic next weekend and am looking forward to another opportunity to race.

A couple of articles from the week…

Really excited to try this new Nuun product when it comes out; could make Nuun the only thing I need for a marathon!

I’m not a parent so maybe I don’t get it, but I don’t see this move as inspiring and selfless like most people seem to; I’m in the obnoxious camp…

Similarly, I wish we’d get tougher on life after drug bans, both to send a message to young athletes that it’s unacceptable and to keep the playing field fair for those of us who don’t INTENTIONALLY INJECT EPO FOR ADVANTAGE. Sorry for the caps, but Hunter-Galvan didn’t even pretend to call it a mistake, she fully admitted that she doped to hang on to her competitiveness. Given that we still don’t know whether the benefits of doping continue for years, I feel horribly for the master’s women at Boston who were displaced from significant prize money.

2 thoughts on “Week in Review: 4/20/15 to 4/26/15

  1. Ryan

    While I don’t see the guy sprinting to lead at Boston for a mile as inspiring, I don’t have a problem with it either. The guy is a 2:30 marathoner, so he isn’t just an “average guy” – he was a fit enough and a smart enough runner to not create a train wreck when he did his stunt. Unfortunately, the publicity from this will probably inspire someone who is not fast or smart enough to try this at another major race which will result in a pile up. Look out Chicago…
    The doping issue is a tough one, most, if not all, major sports allow someone to come back from one doping suspension to compete professionally. I would have a hard time permanently barring someone from winning prize money off a single positive test – unless you get to the Lance Armstrong level of organized conspiracy.
    Where is your next rotation, do you get to stay in Burlington for a while? Are there times where both you and Will are going to have to be out of Burlington for rotations?

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    1. Runner Under Pressure Post author

      In general, doping bans don’t come into effect until both your A and B samples come back positive. The chances of a false positive are pretty slim anyway (fairly sensitive) but the chance of two false positives from two different samples…approaches zero. It also depends on the substance; sometimes, it’s something that is an ingredient in a common medicine or supplement (testosterone comes to mind, as everyone has a moderately different baseline) that can push into a gray area. The threshold for EPO, however, is WAY above what a human produces endogenously. If someone like me pays close attention to what goes in my body (using guaranteed clean protein powders, vitamins etc) and files TUEs for my inhaler, I cannot fathom how someone who makes a living off of running doesn’t take the same steps.

      My next rotation is Pediatrics in Burlington and Will is home too! Best 7 weeks ever! We will both be away this fall for a set of time, which is going to be very hard on the dogs. We’re both in Connecticut for those and are only an hour apart, so will be able to see each other between call nights. I’m already Googling running routes…

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