Still Recovering from being sick, (adjusting to change)

The other week I was dealing with some kind of illness.  It might have been a combination of both allergies and a cold.  The bottom line is whatever I had took an effect of my body that I wasn’t expecting or prepared for.

Coming into this month I was ready to rack up some miles, work on some speed and really turn the corner from a less than desirable winter training season.  Then I got sick and my plans went down the  drain.  I have been exhausted.  I’ve struggled to wake up, struggle to run without having the need to stop.  My legs have been like rubber.  I don’t know if I’m just lazy or if it has something to do with me being sick.  I have never felt this tried and drained before.

I’m hoping to push through this bad patch, and I think that I am.  My running, has been shorter in distance, have increased in pace by about 10-12 seconds.  I’ve tried to run 6miles and struggle to get 4.  The end of the last week I have been able to run a little faster and make a 4 mile run.

I have also recently decided that I need to cross training again.  I stopped biking and I am trying to start biking again.   I am always trying something new, doing something different adjusting to what life throws in my way.  A routine never last forever.  As soon as everything feels smooth and perfect, it is time to change it up.

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Back from the Dead

Finally I am starting to feel alive again.  Last week was a rough week as I battled a rare cold.  Over the weekend I was finally starting to feel better.  I gave running a go on Saturday and felt so weak and exhausted.  My ambitious 6 mile plan quickly turned into 3miles.

I was completely drain by the end of the run and even got the chills after I was home.  I was shivering uncontrollably and couldn’t seem to get warm.  After a long hot shower I started to feel better.  This morning was a big improvement and I feel like I can start to get back to running and training again.  This morning still left me feeling weak and drained but at least i was able to run 4 miles.

I’m excited to run and get back into the gym again.  I know my lack of the weight room has affected my running a little, and I hope once I’m back to a more constant schedule I’ll improve on my runs and over all energy.  It is going to be a tough road but I’m up for the challenge

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A rare occurrence

As quickly as I wanted to start my May miles and training for some speed, I’ve been stopped just as quickly.

I never get sick.  What I mean by this is I never get sick enough to stop me from life.  I have had a sore throat from time to time and maybe a cough but nothing that lingers past a day or two.  The last time I really felt sick was probably about 7 years ago when I was student teaching.  Those little kids infected me and even though I never missed a day, I was pretty ill.

The reason I’m sharing this is because last Friday I started feeling sick.  Tuesday I lost my voice and I honestly feel like i would have to get better to die.  I have felt terrible all week.  I ran Wednesday and that was it.  I really want to run tomorrow but I really need to get better.  I still don’t have much of a voice.

It is absolutely crazy how much I can’t speak.  I am a teacher so talking is something  I need to do.  This week has been hard,  I’m saying as little as possible and when school is over for the day I’m silent till the next day.  No phone calls, just texts.

I’m frustrated because I am losing time to run.  I’m losing time to train.  I had this plan and all is getting spoiled by this rare and frustrating cold.  It seems like for the first time my body is healthy  to run, meaning not injuries but now i’m sick preventing me to get out there and try to enjoy some part of the day.

Here’s hoping to getting better soon!

 

 

 

 

 

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Officially working on May Miles

Today I was finally able to get out for a run.  Starting off I felt terrible.  I have been dealing with a cold.  Yesterday I couldn’t speak at all, only whisper, but today is much improved.  I still feel terrible.

Back to the run.  I started off with good intention but quickly was defeated.  I really need to work on my self confidence when i’m running.  After the first mile my goal was to improve each mile till the end.  This plan worked for the second mile but the 3rd was up against the wind and some hills.  The 4th mile I was cooking pretty good.  I finished with a 6:09 mile.  I was surprised and please but I still am hoping for a faster overall pace.

I know it will take time and work and hopefully when this cold is gone I can really hit the training hard.

My next race is a mile race.  I have a few weeks to work on my mile time and I really want to do well both personally and overall for the race.  I know to not worry about what other people are going to do and to focus on myself, but it is a little motivation to push me along.  My mile PR is 5:29 which I ran 2 years ago.  My fastest mile in two years was probably today when I ran 6:09.  I am really hoping to break my 5:29 time and get a new PR.  I know that I’m capable, I only hope I can have the health to train for it.

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Training not Training!

It’s the second day of May and I’m already behind in my training.  What the heck!!

Ok so as far as my body, I feel fine.  I’m not injured. YAY!! I do have a cold.  Who get sick in May?  I think it is from one of my students coughing on me.  I honestly don’t know where else I could have picked this up.  So Monday I woke up with a really raspy voice and thought I could use a few more hours to sleep to help this stupid cold.

If I don’t run in the morning it is very rare that  I will that day.  I have too many thing after teaching to do that running must be done in the morning.  Ok so I missed Monday, no big deal.  I had planned to run today (Tuesday) because the weather was supposed to be good.  It stormed last night and according to the stupid weather channel there was not to be any rain in the morning.  My alarm went off and when I sat up it was pouring.  I checked the radar, and welcome to heavy storms.

I was pretty upset because I was really pumped to run and hopefully work some of this cold out of my body.  I know the extra sleep was good for me, but I’m mad I couldn’t run again this morning.  I feel like I should go everyday it is nice but i know that will only hurt me.

I’m not opposed to running in the rain but come on, if I don’t have to, I won’t.  It wasn’t just rain, it was thunder and lightning too.  I wan’t going to take that risk.  Light rain, yes.  Heavy storms, NO.

So here is to tomorrow and hopefully the ablility to run in decent weather.

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Monthly Recap (April)

Already through April!  It seems like I just wrote about my month of March.

April was a pretty good month for me.  I recovered from my Half Marathon in March and was ready for some more miles in April.  I am keeping true to my goal of staying healthy.  It is definitely something that I will be juggling as I try to build my miles and work on speed.  I have taken more days off after races and try not to be over zealous with my miles.  I’m accepting the reality of giving my body time to rest and recover.

This past month I ran too races.  I ran a 10K and was happy to finish, but I was hoping to have been faster.  I ran my first 15K on a tough course in warmer weather.  I was happy and surprised with my placement but disappointed with my time.

I would say both races are successful and I’m glad i’m through them without any injuries.  Altogether what I have taken from this month is that I’m happy to be completing my races, I’m happy to not be injured but ultimately I wish I was running faster.  I want to be faster, I want to be able to run more consistently without feeling like i’m going to die because I’m running a little faster.

I watched the Boston Marathon this year and the desire to run this race has been stirring inside of me for some time only to be refueled by watching the race.  I haven’t talked to anyone about running the race.  I have picked a Marathon to run to try to qualify and I mapped out my train plan.  April has caused a lot of questions and desire and I hope to build these dreams into something as I move into May.

This months totals are 2 races:   1: 10K and 1: 15K
Total Miles 85.54, 23 more than last month.

Goals for May: 
Stay healthy
Improve my mile time.
Increase miles for the month.  ideally would like to reach 100miles.
Work on Speed
Start to incorporate Biking for cross training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Run Race and Ramble Results

My main goal this year is to remain healthy.  This goal is something that I have been carrying with me for every run and every race.

I have had to accept the reality that I am not as fast as I once was a few years ago.  I’m not producing times that I find are acceptable to my standards but one thing is still remaining the same;  I’m staying healthy.

This past weekend I ran a race on a rail trail from Newville PA, to Shippensburg PA.  The race was a 15k (9.3 miles).  It was an unusual time for a race as it started at 1pm.  I ran this course once as practice to get an idea of difficulty.  When you think of a rail trail you think flat, easy, smooth.  Well from where we started it was a gradual incline all the way to the finish.

Personally I thought it was a tough course because of the incline.  The weather was about 60 degrees give or take a degree.  When the race was underway I knew what I was about to go through.  I started slower not worrying about my placement.  The first 3 miles are the easiest because it is mostly flat with a tiny decline after mile 2.  I felt good, comfortable, cool and focused.  I found myself in 8th overall, and I was slowing catching a few runners.  By the first mile I moved into 5th place, I was feeling good and the there was a little breeze to help cool my down.

As I approached the 1st water station I knew I had to take advantage of them I grabbed some water without stopping took a few sips and dumped the rest on my head.  I saw 4th place within catching distance and I tossed the idea I trying to catch him back and forth.  I thought he is too far, then it seemed like I was catching him.

The course was straight and you could see really far ahead.  I was able to constantly see 4th place and I dared not to look back.  Despite being able to see really far ahead, you could also see how the course began to climb.  By the 2nd water station I was about 8 seconds 4th place.  The water station was just after the 4 mile marker and at that point 4th place had stopped to drink his water.  I was feeling hot and at this point the wind had stopped the sun came out and i was beginning to feel the effect of the humidity.  I too stopped at the water station to drink a larger amount of water.

I don’t know if stopping messed up my rhythm but the only reason I stopped was because he stopped.  I started running before him was able to run away from him.  The second half of the course was the harder half.  The course climbed for the next 5 miles.  Every time you looked up ahead the course was climbing higher and higher.

Psychologically it placed with my head.  I knew around 4.5 to 5 miles I was going to eat a GU packet.  around 4.6 miles I heard the sounds of foot steps coming up behind me.  I was a little taking back because I didn’t expect someone to catch up to me.  I thought I was alone.  I  was at peace with the pass and I knew this women had more drive than me.  We ran together for a little, before  I knew I couldn’t and should keep up with her.

The 3rd and final water station came just before the 7 mile marker.  I saw this women stop and drink some water and I decided to do the same.  I poured one on my head and drank most of the other cup.  Honestly, I was tired.  at 7 miles I started to tell myself 2 miles 2 miles 2 miles.  Over and over.  I was really starting to suffer.

Mile 8 I was feeling terrible,  I was hot, my mouth was dry, I was fading fast.  I looked over my shoulder and no one was behind me.  I knew I couldn’t catch the women in front of me, I knew that I had locked 5th place down.

I stopped running.

I had to walk, I finally convinced myself to stop.  My mind had won and I felt like I needed to walk for a minute.  I glance over my shoulder and off in the distance came 6th place.  I started to run again.  I didn’t feel any better and i was running really slow. I knew the finish was a slight decline from about the 8.5 mile mark.  Once I reached that spot  I pushed myself harder.  You could see the finish line around half a mile before you get there.  I started to push myself faster to the line.  My head hurt, my legs were heavy, my mouth was dry.  I give everything I had through the line and nailed 5th place overall.

I was first in my age group respectfully,  My time was not great but it was good enough.  I rang in with 1:06:45.  I know i’m better, I know I was better at one time but today this was my best effort.  I’m upset that I stopped running but I think it was the right thing to do.

Stay healthy!  My number one goal is to Stay healthy.

I know I have a lot of work ahead of me if I want to improve my times and stamina.  I’m humbled by this race, I’m thankful for the results and I’m excited to still be running with out any major issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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