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  1. DAY 9 Made it into the gym today for 30mins on the bike, 30mins on the elliptical, and a 1 mile run just to see how the foot is feeling. I'm probably only at 60% right now, but it does seem that walking/the elliptical are ok in short bursts which is great news as those are both far more applicable to ultra running than the bike is. Plus, my butt is still way sore from my ride on Saturday. Tomorrow I guess I'll go to the gym... again, yay. Or maybe I'll just ride my actual bike tomorrow, I find I really really hate doing cardio in the gym, it just seems so dumb when it's nice outside. Right
  2. BLEGH DAY 8 - I'm basically still not doing much of anything..... AND IT"S DRIVING ME CRAZY! Well, Saturday I rode my bike for an hour, Sunday I went for a mile run and my foot started to hurt, so I just bailed, knowing that pushing on wouldn't really help the situation. Then Sunday night I went rock climbing and felt way better than I did before. I really just need an outlet to burn off some energy. When you go from training 15+ hrs a week to under three it can be a little crazy making. I also reached out to some runners on a local forum and asked about what I should be doing, and their a
  3. DAY 5 Still not running. Still trying to eat moderately well. And still feeling like I'm turning into a lump of play-doh just sitting around all the time. This kinda blows. Today I noticed that even walking briskly across the parking lot caused my foot to flare up a little bit, which of course totally freaked me out. I just can't believe I would have put all this time and effort into something just to have it all blow up a month before the race. I'm supposed to be running 30 miles tomorrow, and instead of doing that I'll be cleaning the house and going on a bike ride. The two biggest train
  4. DAY 4! Still no running, but I did see a doctor, and talked to my coach about what I should be doing. But basically it comes down to I don't have a stress fracture, and the bones in my foot look normal (yay!). I've strained some of the ligaments in my foot and they need some time to calm down and relax. So for the next few days I'm off of running, icing several times a day, wearing a stiff shoe, and taping my foot, and taking Aleve 2x daily to help relieve inflammation in my foot. I'm throwing everything I can at this stupid pain. Then in a few days I'll go for a trial run and see where we
  5. DAY 3 No run training today, the foot is still too sore to run on or walk on without some discomfort. Besides I'm just supposed to be doing some cross training for 90 mins today, but I went climbing yesterday and then did core and upper body today, so I'm calling it good. Not sure what is going to happen tomorrow, I'm supposed to do 9 miles followed by quarter mile repeats, but I just can't really see getting past three miles without having foot pain. Maybe I'll get on the bike or the elliptical or something. Uhg, sounds boring. We'll just have to see what tomorrow brings. Given how litt
  6. DAY 2 Yesterday I expressed concern to my coach about my speed and being afraid of not meeting the race cut-off times, and so we're re-formatting the last few weeks of my training to focus on speed and leg turn over. This is pretty easy to do since the race is a relatively flat one, so I'll be dropping the hill session in favor of another speed session. The plan for today was to run six miles pushing the pace a little, and then run the last mile as hard as possible. I say plan instead of workout because what actually happened was that my foot was still a little sore from my marathon on Sat
  7. Holyshitholyshitholyshitholyshit! In just over a month I'll be toeing the line at the American River 50 miler. It's my longest distance race to date (by about 20 miles) and I'm both excited and terrified. Mostly excited for the challenge, getting to spend a beautiful day out on the trails, and the opportunity to really push myself. Terrified that I won't finish. When I boil everything down that's where my biggest fear sits, that I'll be too slow and won't be able to finish. I know it's going to hurt, I know that it will be hard, and I know there will be points where I'll wonder what the fuck I
  8. Thanks! That's a good way to look at it, as opposed to being worried that I'm blowing my training. I only have four more weekends (including the marathon this weekend) before I taper, so I guess I'm getting a little nervous.
  9. Why did I just discover how great walking is! I've been boosting my mileage this week with walks and really loving it so far. And I'm back on track with my eating after being too busy at work yesterday to eat lunch I made it to the store before my class and so I at least have some basic food to get through the remainder of the week. I'd say where I'm really falling short right now is in strength training, but since I have a race this weekend I'm going to just pass and then develop a body weight routine (to implement next week) that is more geared towards maintenance leading into my race rather
  10. Week 3 wrap up. Mileage - NOPE! Too cold and then too sick to run much. Probably only got in 10miles over the whole week Food Choices - NOPE! Gosh this was a wake up call, eating the way my family does left me feeling pretty crappy. I'm ready for more veggies in my life! All the little things - YES! I've been following a rehab protocol for Illiac Crest pain and the Myrtl method for general core and glute strength. Packing lunch - Irrelevant since not at work, but didn't spend hardly any money on food, so that was nice. Work/personal goals - Kind of irrelevant, although I did do some writing
  11. Somehow I find myself at the end of week 2 without having checked in at all during the week. Ooops. But to be fair to myself, I've been putting work on the front burner in order to really shine at my job and I'm hoping that it will pay off. I'm getting the vibe that I'm doing well in this trial run, and now it's just going to be about waiting and seeing if they have a position to offer me. So I think it's fair to say that I'm doing really well at my two personal goals, and for that I'm very proud of myself. Well, except for one of my classes that I've been too busy to either attend or do the h
  12. Oh man, just looking at my list of goals seems overwhelming right now. Let's do a week 1 wrap up and we'll see where I can improve this week. Goal 1 - Increase milage. Week 1 - NOPE! I don't really have a good excuse for this one other than we went to my boyfriends holiday party on Saturday and on Sunday my legs were tired and I was burnt out from the week so I just lazed around, went climbing, and then went into office for a few hours later in the day. This week I'm swapping the elliptical for walking with the idea that it's more of a transferable skill to ultras, and it will help boost my
  13. Oh man I love the fan! Those things are so necessary when it comes to making a treadmill a good experience. I also like your goals a lot, and the flexibility to accommodate your schedule on and off the boat is really nice. And the life-goals you have really resonated with me, I too am working towards being outwardly more social, and saving money, or in my case paying off college debt. I'd be interested to hear a review of the finance book you pick up.
  14. Alright, super fast check in here! I'm allowing myself 10 minutes after I just finished eating to do an update. Tuesday - Good things: Ran 5 miles of speed session, stretched at home after the run, ate packed meals except for an apple I bought, went to class and loved it! And went out of my way to be helpful at work which also meant doing some work at home before bed. Things to improve: had a beer when I got home, didn't foam roll, still haven't shopped or meal prepped after travel so I'm seriously running out of food. Wednesday - Good things: Didn't hit the snooze button at all! Great foa
  15. This post really has nothing to do with swimming as the title might suggest. Instead the next month will be about keeping some good habits I formed last month, working on some weak areas I observed, and generally trying not to get overwhelmed by my work and training load(s). I only have two months until I toe the line at American River 50 Mile and to be honest, I'm freaking out! The next six weeks will be the most important training block, but will also overlap with two separate week-long trips, trying out a new position at work, and taking two night classes. Whew! Things are moving, but the
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