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May 2009

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Location:

La,USA

Member Since:

Jul 09, 2007

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Half Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

1. To run six days a week consistently

2. To run more than 40 miles a week.

3. To run from the stress of my work situation.

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

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I am back. I will explain more why I have been away in the next few entries.

Ran 4 tonight.

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Swam 1800m

Ran 3

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Six easy

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Ran on indoor track today while Bubbles was in gymnastics. Yes, she is taking gymnastics and loves it. We put her in the class to have her learn to wait in line etc and thought it would be temporary. She's been doing it for almost a year now. She started at 19 months. She's in with the 3 year olds at the gym and at her school.

We discovered last November when she was 22 months old that she can read. She read the FBI warning on the DVD. Yep. She is very driven and wants to read everything. We don't watch TV news around her anymore because of the ticker-tape at the bottom (Mommy, what is murder?). We can't let her see the newspaper. We thought we were safe letting her read the ads - nope. "Mommy, what is tampons?" She can read many things when she wants to but has no context for most things. It is very strange and very challenging.

So some of you (Sarah, a wonderful blog-friend) may be wondering exactly why I stopped blogging for a while. Well how do I explain? I am being fundamentally changed by a circumstance at my work. I haven't completely figured out the metaphor for what is happening. Am I sand being turned into glass? Not sure, I don't feel very fragile. Am I a caterpillar being turned into a butterfly? Not sure about that either? I don't feel like I was squishy and ugly before (although some caterpillars are kind of cute) and I don't feel like I am becoming more beautiful. Or am I coffee grounds that when put into hot water, I am making a robust, rich, tasty surrounding and fundamentally changing the hot water.

I figured out I stopped blogging last June before I left for Africa. We went to Africa and we had a wonderful relaxing time. I came home to a disaster that turned my world upside down...

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Nada. Nothing. Zip. Yep. Not happy about it. Bubbles was sick and Honey was out of town.

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Again nothing. I was hoping Bubbles would feel good enough for the stroller. It didn't happen.

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Finally Honey is home. I swam 2000. 500 warm up then 200s with 45 sec rest (yeah I know it is a lot, but I am just starting to get back in swimming shape -- see blog title). Did 3 200s as planned. 500 with paddles focusing on breathing and reaching. 400 cool down.

Three miles on the 'mill.

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6.500.000.000.000.006.50

6.5 with the SI belt on. I haven't been sleeping well because my SI joint is inflammed. PT put me in the belt yesterday and the pain went to near 0. Ran with it on as an experiment. It is amazing how much power I have in my legs when much of my muscle power isn't going to stabilization of my hip bones and sacrum. Results of experiment = success!

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Swam 2000m. Took Bubbles for her "Mommy" swim lesson. She is learning to float on her back, blow bubbles (shouldn't be a problem given her history), and put her face under water. We practiced kicking and introduced her to paddling. She did well. My plan is to teach her to swim under water and come up for air by flipping onto her back. I have no idea how to teach a child to swim. Heck, I just learned a couple years ago. Honey came to get her, then I swam.

500 warm up with drills. 3X300 with 45 sec rest. These were tough. I don't have a lot of stamina in the pool right now. 100 kicking on back. 3X100 sprints at 1:30 with 30 sec rest. I do love being the fastest one in the pool. I am not very fast right now so that tells you about all the other people in the pool. 200 cool down. 

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Ran easy. Focused on only the moment most of the time. Listened to my breathing; trying to just be. Very relaxing run. Felt better on mile 5 than I did on 1-3.

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4 miles. 2.5 mile warm up. 2X800. Was wondering if I was doing them fast enough. Yep. I almost threw up during the last part of the second one.

 

Pliometrics and strength in evening while Bubbles was at gymnastics.

3X50m lunges with medicine ball

3X50 exaggerated skipping

3X50 bounding

3X15 crunches with medicine ball

3X15 reverse crunches with medicine ball

3X20 superman/swimming

3X15 squats with medicine ball

3X10 tricep curl with medicine ball

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treadmill.

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2400m swim and SI joint injection right side.

Swam 500 warm up with drills. 3X400m swim. 200 kicking. 3X100 on 2:00. 200m cool down.

Had SI injected. They had me starve for >6 hours for sedation. I talked the doc out of sedating me. Apparently they sedate everyone.Doc now thinks I am tough. I stressed them out a bit with my 45 pulse. "is your pulse always low?" I was happy that within a few hours I was recovered from my swim. Also gave me hope that I am not as out-of-shape as I thought I was. A conversation with my father put a bit of a damper on that hope: my entire paternal side of the family has low heart rates. My Dad said, as long as it wasn't affecting my memory....

I have to have the left side injected Monday.

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Wow! Yea! I can't believe it. This is the first run in a long time my SI joint did not hurt!! The lidocaine from yesterday has surely worn off and the steroid surely hasn't kicked in (doc and everything I read said 2-5 days)... but, it doesn't hurt! I felt like I could run 10 miles! I will in a month. I really think the lidocaine allowed the muscles in my behind to settle down. The SI belt was already helping and now this injection just put me on the sure road to pain-free running.

Oh, I had a medical professional suggest that perhaps my hip was telling me I should not be running. I responded "It hurts most when I am sleeping. In fact, the more I sleep, the more it hurts. Perhaps my hip is telling me I shouldn't be sleeping!" Ridiculous. Give me a break. My hip has always felt better during and after running.

 

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