Lulu's Challenge... rise from the ashes

Chicago Marathon

Previous YearRecent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesLulu's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageWeek ViewMonth View
Graph View
Next Year
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
200720082009
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!

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.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
450.77193.7342.010.000.00686.51
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Rest day. Hopefully Jeff is resting too.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Jul 10, 2007 at 00:09:17

Welcome to the blog! How about this for an entry tomorrow - "ran X miles. I do not care what Jeff does, there is no way he'll match it!"

From Wildbull on Tue, Jul 10, 2007 at 15:32:07

welcome to the blog! Rock Jeff's world.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Three miles today. This is a recovery week. But I can't record it! Jeff decided that we need to start on Sunday July 15th. So here is a little background on the situation:

I met Jeff on my first day of work over 8 years ago. He's been one of my best friends ever since. He showed up at my office pushing one of his colleagues in her office chair! They were so excited that someone close to their age had been hired. Jeff fixed my computer that day and invited me to lunch with some folks. We've been great friends ever since. He even traveled more than 1400 miles to attend my wedding. Jeff and I have many common interests. We spend time talking about good nutrition and anything related to that. We also spend a lot of time trying to figure out why people we know act the way they do, and then we end up in philisophical discussions on the nature of people. He also spends a lot of time telling me that I am addicted to chocolate! Yeah, but it is really GOOD chocolate.

Jeff thinks I am crazy. He doesn't see how anyone can run as much as I do. He and my husband spend some of  their time together discussing how crazy Lulu is! Jeff exercises, but not super consistently, I think. He needed some motivation. He needed a challenge. I needed to know that I had to complete my scheduled runs. I am training for Chicago marathon in October. I will also be cycling a metric century race the week before and the week after the marathon. I need to be fit!

So here's how the challenge went down. Jeff and I met for lunch last Friday. I handed him a postcard that read "You suck, Love, Lulu" on one side. On the other side, I wrote up the challenge. Whoever gets to 750 miles (probably around Jan 15, 2008) first wins. We haven't come up with a prize yet, but it will probably be dinner or a gift certificate to the local running apparel and shoes store. The catch is I have to run all the miles I log. Jeff can cover them by walking or cycling. My cycling won't count.

Jeff thought about the challenge over the weekend and has officially accepted. I've told him that he "sucks." He knows it. Actually, what he really needs is encouragement to beat me! So please get on the blog and comment to encourage him. He is supposed to set up his own blog, and we will figure out how to link them here.

Let the challenge begin July 15, 2007!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Jul 10, 2007 at 23:36:48

Good job! A much better entry than yesterday. You forgot to enter the number of miles into the mileage field, though. To fix, log in, click on Edit for this entry, then you'll see the mileage field above the comment field.

From sarah pachev on Tue, Jul 10, 2007 at 23:51:48

You guys are hilarious...that's so much fun. I'll be rooting for you....girls will stick together I guess...good luck.

From Jeff on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 09:36:59

I don't think; I know.

From Lulu on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 10:19:12

I am not putting my milage in the mileage field because I don't want it to go into the "total" field. I agreed with Jeff that we will start Sunday. Something about calibrating his pedometer ... whatever. So starting Sunday, which happens to be a bike or rest day, the mileage will appear in the correct place. Thanks for your comments.

BTW, Jeff, I am not crazy. You should try it and see...

From Jeff on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 13:11:18

I should try what? Being crazy? I've agreed to this challenge, so that's a foregone conclusion.

From Jeff on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 13:12:24

I should try what? Being crazy? I've agreed to this challenge, so that's a foregone conclusion.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Ran 6.5 miles this morning (not in the mileage field because the challenge hasn't started yet). It was difficult to do the whole run, and it was not because it was 5am and hot and humid. I found out why when I got home and weighed myself. I lost more than 3 pounds during the run. I usually weigh myself before and after runs to determine how much I need to replenish. >3 pounds is excessive and accounts for how I felt. I will spend today rehydrating for tomorrow.

Jeff is getting excited about the challenge.

4 days until the challenge officially starts!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Ran 4 miles on a 4.3 mile course. The last 0.3 miles I often cool down and do plyometrics. This is a recovery week so it was an easy run. I lost about 2.5 pounds during this run, but felt ok. The water is just pouring off of me when I am out there and when I get home. This is what they mean when they say it is the dog days of summer.

I now have two things to think about when I run: the marathon I am training for (Chicago) and the Challenge. Today I spent most of the run thinking about the marathon which is less than three months away. I wonder how fit I will be as there are so many variables. I didn't think much about the challenge, even though it is less than 3 days away!

3 days until Lulu and Jeff's Friendly Fitness Challenge Starts!

Got my Nike + Ipod kit today. It is very cool all the stuff that little device will do. I also got a new camelbak. Jeff is going to feel like he has a mountain to climb when he starts seeing my mileage entries.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Today is a rest day. If Jeff does any walking or biking today, he will be ahead.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.300.000.000.000.004.30

Ran 4.3 miles with some plyometrics (skipping, bounding etc). Last week's recovery schedule did the job for my legs. They feel good. It is good to start the challenge when my legs aren't "trashed"! Watch out Jeff!

Running plans for the rest of the week (so Jeff knows what to expect):

1 easy day: this week there is 4 miles scheduled. This day is fexible but probably will be Tuesday.

Wednesday: 8 miles with 6 Yassos. What are Yassos? Well, I love these things - maybe not when I am doing them, but the results are amazing. Bart Yasso came up with this idea a number of years ago that if you take your goal marathon time in hours and minutes (say 4 hours, no minutes - 4:00:00), and convert it directly to minutes and seconds (so it would be 4 minutes, no seconds - 4:00) and use that to run 800m intervals (so 1 800 in 4:00) and you do 10 of these with an equal rest interval (4:00) three weeks or so before your marathon, that it is a strong predictor of your actual marathon time. I have successfully used these in the past, and I say he is right! Incidentally, I ran my second fastest marathon (fastest in the last 18 years) at Houston in 2005 after doing these Yassos and the modified Higdon workouts described below. Yeah, so what you say? I had appendicitis during that marathon! I had emergency surgery soon after. Ok about the Yassos: I take it a bit further in that about two months ago, I started with 1 800m interval and have now built to six. These make for a tough workout, but the results are going to be there for me in Chicago in October. In mid September, I will be able to do ten 800m intervals with appropriate rest within a 10 mile run. This will predict my marathon finish time, very accurately.

Thursday: rest or cross train.

Friday: 8 mile pace run. A run at marathon pace.

Saturday: 14 miles with the first 10 about a minute slower than planned marathon pace and the last 4 miles close to marathon pace if I feel good. This long run following the "pace run" the day before is following methods set by Hal Higdon. I believe the idea is to get the body to run 20+ miles within 24 hours to properly teach the body to run when it is tired. It works!

I'll probably ride my bike in the hills on Sunday which provides me a great recovery but doesn't count for the challenge.

So I talked with Jeff on the phone today and he reported that he had biked 4.3 miles! I thought "Wow, what a coincidence! We did the same mileage today." Oh no, that was for yesterday. And, he had already done some biking today and would probably do some more tonight. This challenge has certainly ensured that I get out of bed in the morning and put in the miles. This morning I really thought about changing my alarm and running this evening. But, I thought, what happens if there is an afternoon storm with lightning? I'll run when it is pouring rain, but I don't run in lightning. So I dragged myself out of bed and ran. Thanks Jeff!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Jeff on Wed, Jul 18, 2007 at 17:32:36

I can give you a 4:00 am wake up call if you want!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.500.000.000.000.004.50

Ran 4.5 this morning. Calibrated my Nike+ shoe pod. This device is very cool. I won't have to wear a watch when I have my Ipod with me. The shoe doodad communicates with my Ipod and shows me how far I have gone and my pace. I was thinking about getting a GPS and now I don't have to. Best $30 my Mom has spent on running gear for me (B'day present).

I must be getting used to the heat and humidity finally. I am still losing a couple of pounds per run but not as bad. Also I am getting used to the TICKLE of all that sweat running off of all parts of me.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Michelle on Tue, Jul 17, 2007 at 15:26:24

Holy Cow, looking at your week makes me very tired just thinking about it! Hope you enjoy your Ipod I run with one and really like it. I did do a 5K on the fourth of July and it said 2.8 miles and I'm sure that they got the distance right. The next day I re-calibrated and I haven't gotten around to checking it again. But it sure beats nothing! I love how you can graph the runs and see where you slow down and speed up ect. So about the Yassos? How long do you rest inbetween then? Sounds interesting, and a littel bit painful!

From Lulu on Tue, Jul 17, 2007 at 17:45:53

Thanks for your post. I know I am going to love the Ipod Nike+ feature. The rest in between the Yassos is the same time interval you ran. So, if you run a 4:00 800, then you rest for 4:00. Bart says the rest doesn't matter if you stand around or jog. However, I jog slowly. Sometimes I mix in a bit of walking but I always do them on a course that I have to jog a bit in between them to make it to the start of the 800m course I have marked.

If you train for a marathon, Yassos are worth the temporary pain.

From Jeff on Wed, Jul 18, 2007 at 17:28:16

Yes, I can relate to being psyched about the shoe pod. I really thought I would despise my pedometer, but it's great. You can see what distance you are covering as you go see the distance rack up.I'm glad that the pod is working well for you.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.003.000.000.008.00

6 Yassos (800 m) within a 8 mile run. These 6 seemed easier than when I had to do 4. Last one was one of the fastest.

I almost put these off until the evening. I woke up and turned on the weather channel to see if I would be promised good weather later in the day. No promises of good weather so I dragged myself out there. I knew that Jeff was potentially ahead of me in mileage so I got it done. I am glad. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Today is a rest day.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.006.000.000.000.006.00

Ran a 6 mile pace run this morning. I was supposed to run 8 but I started too late. I had time run 7 but I chose to run 6. I will try to do two more tonight. I figured I had a higher chance of going out and running two miles tonight than one. That's why I ran 6 instead of 7. We'll see. Maybe I will decide six is good enough. Tomorrow is my long run -- 14 miles. My legs feel great. Recovery week last week did the job. It is amazing how much fitness I gain during a recovery week.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
14.000.000.000.000.0014.00

Ran 14 miles this morning. I felt great until the last half mile. It was a bit of a struggle but it wasn't anything that a little bit of concentration couldn't overcome. I am gaining fitness.

I never ran the last two from yesterday. I didn't feel that great.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Rode my bike about 38 miles in the hills today. This is a great way for me to recover from a long run. About 7 miles into the ride, I was ready to hammer, and I did! Legs feel great. Looking forward to this week's training. I know this mileage doesn't count for the challenge. But it is fun anyway!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

I had 4 miles on my schedule, but this turned out to be a rest day. Bubbles (my daughter) was running a fever, and I had a major headache.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Jeff on Tue, Jul 24, 2007 at 14:58:28

Haaaa!!!! Bubbles!!!!!!!!!

From Jeff on Tue, Jul 24, 2007 at 14:59:13

Haaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! Bubbles!!!!!!!!!!

From Lulu on Wed, Jul 25, 2007 at 15:31:18

Yes, Bubbles! You gave her that name. Am I not right that she is your favorite female in all the world? Or is it still Cocopop?

From jeff on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 at 10:39:34

Bubbles is indeed my new 'favorite female'

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.300.000.000.000.004.30

Ran 4.3. Well, I really ran 4 miles and did 0.3 miles of plyometrics. The plyometrics are getting easier. Tomorrow I am supposed to run 7 Yassos during an 8 mile run. I should feel good enough. I could not have done them this morning. By the end of today's run, my legs felt much better. I had some sore places. Friday is a pace run and Saturday I run 15 miles.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.002.000.000.000.006.00

This morning's workout was supposed to be 8 miles with 7 Yassos (800m repeats). Obviously, that did not happen. In the first mile it was very apparent that the Yassos were not going to happen. I was very hungry. So I immediately abandoned the idea of the 800m repeats and thought I would do some "quality" miles and still run the full 8 miles. As the run continued, I got hungrier. I normally will eat something right before I run, but I was running a few minutes late this morning and wanted to get in all 7 Yassos and all 8 miles. Also, the speed of the Yassos tend to make me queasy if I eat too much before or eat between the repeats. For me, nutrition is a huge part of my running. My metabolism is so fast I have to eat before almost any run and also during any run over 6 or 7 miles. I should have known there was no way what I tried to do this morning was going to work.

At the 4 mile turn-around point I felt okay. By 5.2 miles I was suffering and dizzy. I had already figured out that I also probably did not eat enough yesterday (duh!). I ran to 6 miles and cut the course short and walked home. I drank a recovery drink and felt fine. I usually don't run without breakfast, much less 8 miles with speed work. Lesson learned.

I will probably move my pace run to tomorrow morning. I normally do it on Friday, the day before my long run. However, Friday I have to fast after 9:30pm Thursday for a nutrition study in which I am participating. I know that after today trying to run a pace run with no breakfast would be a disaster. Also afterward, without being able to refuel, I would probably take someone's head off! The 15 miler the next day would suffer. I really did learn something this morning!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.502.000.000.000.005.50

BONK!

I don't have much to say. I need to eat more today and tomorrow. I was supposed to run 8. I had to cut the course short and walk home. I thought I ate well yesterday, but I realize now I should have eaten more. I was quite distracted as someone stole my bank card number and cleaned out my checking account yesterday. That made my adrenaline run all day.

Tomorrow is another day. I need to prepare carefully for 15 Saturday.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Wildbull on Thu, Jul 26, 2007 at 15:52:19

I am very sorry about your bank account being cleaned out. talk about feeling violated. I have bonked on several occasions myself. Yes it is usualy because i did not eat or drink enough the day before or just before I ran. Nutrition makes such a huge difference while your training. being dehydrated will stop you in your tracks. it is like hitting the wall.

From Lulu on Thu, Jul 26, 2007 at 22:17:00

Thanks. I ate a bunch today and hydrated.

Unbelievably, the money was back in my account this morning! I have a great bank who got their fraud people on it right away. I could see the name of the place from where the transactions had posted and was able to call them. So both businesses worked from each end and the money is back in my account. Fortunately, I had a "gut feeling" to check the account before I left the house, something I rarely do, and I caught the two transactions while they were "pending."

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
1.003.210.000.000.004.21

Ran four mile pace run this morning. Considering that I fasted for a nutrition study overnight (so no breakfast before the run) and my previous two days' bonks, I ran well. However, I am considering doing an eight mile pace run tomorrow and save the 15 miler for Sunday. Our church has a service Saturday evening so running Sunday morning, I won't miss anything. Several reasons for this change: I have to be home early tomorrow so my husband can leave the house by 8am, make sure my nutrient stores are right after bonking twice this week and then fasting for about 16 hours for the nutrition study, and this would give me the correct distance pace run before the 15 miler to maximize the training affect.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.008.000.000.000.008.00

Finally back on track! Pace run today felt great. I was a bit thirsty at the end. Will run 15 tomorrow.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

I was planning to run 15 this morning but didn't. Bubbles is still quite sick and needed her Mommy. Also, my throat felt a little funny early this morning and then fine a couple of hours later. I sat funny reading the paper last night, as my husband pointed out when I was doing it. He said "Honey, does your back hurt?" I said, "no, why?" Then he pointed out that he thought I was sitting like it hurt. Yeah, well my sciatic hurt when I got up. My piriformis was very tight and it affected my whole left leg. I used my electrostim machine and soaked in Epsom salts and felt better. It was still a little tingling this morning. All reasons not to run a big run. My body was talking to me and I listened.

I will adjust the schedule this week based on all the weird stuff that happened this last week. The changes and today's rest should make for a good week of training.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.300.000.000.000.004.30

Ran 4.3 easy with Bubbles in her Chariot this evening. It is easy to run a nice mellow workout with her. It does require a bit of extra work on the part of my hamstrings, but her company is nice. No Ipod, no watch, just Bubbles, the Chariot, and me. Usually she falls asleep somewhere between the first and second mile and at some point I realize I have been chatting with a sleeping baby for the last half mile :-). Today, I finally bamboozled her at about 3 miles. She is still quite sick, but I think the fresh air was good for her. She was very happy when we finished. Tomorrow, we see the doc to make sure it is just a stomach virus that has been hanging on for more than a week.  Anyway, this run felt GREAT!

This week I have 7 Yassos, a five or six mile pace run and the 15 mile run I was suppposed to run last weekend. I hope it is enough to stay ahead of Jeff. He's really starting to put in the miles.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Jeff on Wed, Aug 01, 2007 at 14:40:38

I hope Bubbles is feeling better and that you can bet back to your training routine soon. I don't think I could manage all that-I can barely take care of myself!

From Cody on Wed, Aug 01, 2007 at 14:45:14

Describe to me this Chariot. I am interested.

From Lulu on Wed, Aug 01, 2007 at 22:28:34

The Chariot is a fancy running stroller. It has allowed me to run with Bubbles since she was 5 weeks old. This is unusual, because you usually have to wait until the infant can hold their own head up (around 3 months old). This one has an "infant sling" that kept her completely still. She loved it then and loves it now.

The Chariot converts from a regular stroller with casters in the front to a jogging stroller with a fixed front wheel, to a bike trailer, cross country skier (not too useful in Louisiana so I don't have that piece), and literally to a chariot. The chariot format allows you to be the horse and it the chariot or it looks like a rickshaw. That enables the person to run trails with it. I don't have that attachment yet but plan to get it. I think I would run more efficiently pulling it rather than pushing it even on the roads -- especially when she gets bigger (it holds 75 pounds, but I don't think she'll still be in it when she is in 5th grade). If you live somewhere hot, then I recommend the model I have where the plastic front and sides zip off to reveal screen so that the air flows (the other model just the front zips off). It has a nice rainfly that works well in our torrential rain here. If you can't tell, I love this thing. It was the first "baby item" I purchased when I was about 5 months pregnant. It is very light weight and uses "quickie" wheel chair technology.

From Cody on Wed, Aug 01, 2007 at 22:41:20

Wow, I need to get me one of those. So many options. I am impressed. I would probably prefer to be the horse too so I don't have to push it.

From Lulu on Thu, Aug 02, 2007 at 11:30:46

Cody, It also folds relatively flat for transport and the wheels and attachments fit inside zipped up when it is folded. Some people are put off by the initial price, but if you were to buy even just a good jogging stroller and a bike trailer then the price of the Chariot is less. Also, I only have to store the main chasse as the components that switch out are minimal. I have friends that have a very large little boy who are kicking themselves for not buying one of these, as their not-so-little guy who just turned a year this week is now too big for the Baby Jogger they have. I also like the fact that I can completely enclose her with screen and/or rainfly. This keeps the masses of mosquitos we have from carrying her away!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.500.000.000.000.005.50

Ran 5.5 easy miles with Bubbles in the Chariot. She finally seems to be getting better. With her being sick and me not sleeping much, I haven't run much this week. Good thing it is scheduled as a recovery week.

I got a deep tissue massage today. It made tonight's run seem like a breeze. I will be ready for 15 on Saturday. The next few weeks are going to be tough with lots of miles and some travel for work thrown in.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.505.000.000.000.005.50

TREADMILL = DESPERATION. Yes, I actually ran on the treadmill today. I went to bed too late last night and wasn't going to try to get up early, and I wanted to get my run in early enough today to go to bed EARLY tonight. I haven't run on the treadmill in a year. The last time was when I was pregnant, and it was hot outside. Needless to say it wasn't pretty this morning but I tried to make the most of it.

I used the opportunity to calibrate my Nike + Ipod again. It turns out that it has been slightly underreporting my mileage. Bad for me, good for Jeff. It was about 1/10 of a mile off. It is not too bad when you think of it, but at 30-40 miles a week, it adds up. Now it is accurate.

I ran marathon pace for this run, and the pace felt good. The song my Ipod was on when I finished the workout: Springsteen: O Mary Don't You Weep (from the Seegar Collection). It is going through my head now.

Periodically, I am going to rate some of the running gear I use, especially if I get something new. I already seem to be doing this since I have already posted a review of the Chariot and the Nike+.

Men, if you aren't interested in sports bras, read no further.

As you might have read, I had a baby a while ago and that radically changes your body during and after pregnancy. Needless to say, I had to buy new sports bras recently. I researched it, and I found one and bought it to try it. It is the Hind Motion Sensor Bra. This bra is like crack. What I mean is, you buy one and try it. Then you buy another, and another, and another. I now have it in four colors. It is interesting, because Runner's World Magazine just rated bras and this one wasn't even in the list. They missed the boat!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.005.500.000.000.005.50

As you can see 5.5 miles is not 15. The ever-ellusive 15 miler seems to be the theme for the week. Life and Lulu seem to be getting in the way.

To someone reading this, this may seem funny. Go ahead and laugh if you want. After my pace run Friday, I didn't post everything that happened. I didn't want to complain or make excuses. Soon after I came home, I stubbed my left big toe. This was on the new tile I laid down about a week ago (isn't that a theme to these blogs? I've read at least two blogs where people have recently laid tile. We must be fast running tile-layers.). So what about this toe? Well after I cleaned off the blood, and there was a lot of it, I saw that I had several layers of skin missing from the end of my toe. Basically, the end of my toe is missing, and it was looking quite ugly. My first thought was "there goes my 15 mile run." So since I have a pretty good knowledge of first aid and great supplies, I doctored it up. I sterilized it and placed Second Skin on the end and wrapped it up nicely with athletic tape. It looked beautiful, and the pain was much less. "Ah, 15 miles is doable now!" As you can read it was not to be. But not because of the toe.

After about 4 hours of sleep because I was wound up and also my toe hurt in every position I put it in, I got up at 4am. I went out at 4:45am to run 15 miles in the cool of the day, about 80 degrees and 95 percent humidity. I ran the first mile and was feeling great. It turns out too great because I was running much faster that I should have been -- but this was not my undoing. After each mile, I normally take 2-3 gulps from my Camelbak which is filled with my concoction of energy drink (Hammer Nutrition Products). After mile 1, I drank and thought "hhhhmmmmm, that tastes funny." I talked myself into believing it was because I had just had a buckwheat waffle drowned in maple syrup for breakfast. Since the drink does not have simple sugars, I talked myself into believing the slightly sour taste was because of my sweet breakfast. By mile 2, it still tasted funny, and I was burping and a bit more awake. The contents of my Camelbak had been in the freezer and then refrigerator for a week since I didn't make my last long run. I don't like to waste things, and I thought it would be ok. I need to stop thinking and just throw it out next time. It turns out, it was slightly fermented. I could have run the 15 and trashed my body and ended up slightly drunk (I drink socially extremely rarely). I decided to run 5 or 6 and call it a day. I found out later, I was running about 30-40 seconds per mile faster than I should have been anyway. I could have come home and made more and started again, but it was not to be. It was pure torture to run home with 3 pounds of water on my back and not able to drink it. I was pretty dehydrated when I got home. Wildbull posted about old water in his Camelbak a couple of weeks ago -- perhaps I should have paid closer attention and learn from his mistake.

Toe feels fine as long as I have it wrapped. The plan is to run 15 tomorrow, Sunday morning.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

Yes, you read that correctly 4. Four does not equal 15. This 15 mile run is not going to happen. I figure I spent yesterday limping slightly because of my toe, and I spent some time at a going away party at a home where people are requested not to wear shoes. My arch was cramping this morning before I started. I stretch it out and headed out the door with fresh nutrition in my Camelbak (see Saturday's post). I decided to re-evaluate the arch issue at mile 6 and maybe turn around there and run home. Then, maybe run three more right near my house as insurance. Mile one was great. Mile two and my arch started cramping again. That is the only way I can describe it. It would contract, and the pain would be excruciating. Then it would release and be ok -- but only when I was not running. I turned around and went home. By the time I got home, the cramping feeling was creeping up my ankle into my shin and calf. The pain was on the bottom of  my foot under the highest point of my arch. Anyone know what this is? (I know what plantar faciaitis is and it is not that). I iced my foot after my shower. I also have a massage ball from Trigger Point Technologies that I used to massage my foot. It feels fine now.

Redeeming points about all this mess: (1) I actually ran 15.4 miles two weeks ago when I thought I ran 14, so the mileage has been there and an increase in mileage won't be too drastic for my mind or body, (2) I will be well rested this week for the upcoming 17 miler, and (3) I've been through this before and know that missing one long run does not ruin a marathon. I simply cannot miss many more. Jeff surely has posted more miles than I have this week.

This week I travel for work so the mileage and the posts might be intermittent. Hopefully, Bubbles doesn't miss me too much and that I don't miss her too much. I plan to run the 17 miler on my trip as it will be in a much cooler climate. That will let me know what my body can do when it is cooler -- hopefully run faster!

 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.300.000.000.000.004.30

Ran with Bubbles in the Chariot. It was great! I feel great.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Rest day.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.503.003.500.000.009.00

Today's workout was 9 miles with 7 Yassos. Today's theme was run until you (almost) puke. By the 5th Yasso really  I thought I was going to lose it. But then, 6 and 7 were good and strong.

Jeff tried a new tactic today, he tried to distract me and keep me from finishing the last three miles of the workout. Nice try, but it didn't work. He's doing really well with the challenge. He's feeling fitter and able to ramp up his workouts. I am really proud of him. But I am also scared. He's really starting to put in the miles, and I have struggled the last couple of weeks.

I have a great sense of accomplishment for today's work. The Yassos are coming along nicely. In the beginning when 1 or 2 were hard, I couldn't imagine 7 or 10. In a couple of weeks, I'll be able to do 10 and predict my pace for Chicago. I started from pregnancy, and it is interesting watching the body get whipped back into shape.

The next few weeks are hugely important in the training for Chicago. It is important to train smart and stay tough, but not overtrain. I have to be patient and focus on the goal. Gradually, I will be come very fit again. The question is will it be in time for Chicago? If not, there are other races to attend in the future. That's the fun of it!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Jeff on Thu, Aug 09, 2007 at 15:01:37

Yeah, I tried the new tactic of sitting at home minding my own business and then getting a phone call from Lulu. A 30 minute conversation ensued. Sure, that's my fault. But she got out and did her run despite my 'evil' machinations, which is good.

From lulu on Fri, Aug 10, 2007 at 11:42:15

You are awfully defensive for someone "sitting at home minding my own business." I think you are guilty and you know it;-). I've really set challenge for you to beat this week. My mileage was over 40! Bike, bike, bike! Go, go, go!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.006.000.000.000.006.00

Pace run. Felt good. Long run tomorrow.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
17.000.000.000.000.0017.00

Ran 17. I ran strong even the last few miles. Mentally, it was a very tough run. I got started later than I wanted to but still in the cool of the morning (80 when I started and 89 when I finished with a heat index of 98). I was very thirsty from mile 6 forward. Thank God for the golf course I run around in miles 6.5-9.5. They have water set out for the golfers in coolers. I could have emptied one of those coolers (but didn't). I also had to stop by the fridge behind our local running store for more cold water. I drank 1.5 liters of water from my Camelbak with Sustained Energy in it (Hammer Nutrition), but it wasn't nearly enough. My shorts were soaked and dripping by mile two. My shoes were soaked and the water was spashing out the toes (and no I didn't run through any puddles or sprinklers) as I ran the last few miles. After drinking all that and a huge glass of ice water when I got home I was still down more than 2 pounds when I checked.

At mile 13, I saw a friend of mine, Swifty. She and I talked about how dehydrated I was. I told her next time I talked about doing a fall marathon to smack me in the head! It is simply too hot and too humid for me to put in this mileage. I don't know what I am going to do next week. I've got 18 on the schedule for my long run.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Lybi on Fri, Aug 10, 2007 at 21:09:37

Whoa! 17 miles. I bet you've got Jeff sweating now! Good job.

From Jeff on Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 11:14:54

Jeff is sweating alright. I started to sweat just reading this entry. It is just so hot and humid here. I can't wait for fall. I just can't imagine running 17 miles in this-way to go Lulu!!! I know you really earned that 17!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Rest

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Rode 58 miles in the hills on my bike. My legs feel good. This ride really stretched my legs out. I need it for a big mileage week (for me) this week.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

I was planning to run 5 but my husband and I decided it would not be a good idea for either of us to exercise. One of the air conditioners in the house went out so our house is about 83-85 degrees. Needless to say, it might be difficult to cool down after a workout.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 17:16:55

You can just run slower or less. If you still have cold water, that will help you cool down.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.002.000.000.000.005.00

Ran five on the treadmill today. Might run some more tonight after dark. We still only have one decrepit air conditioner. We are getting two new ones, one tomorrow and one as soon as they can schedule it. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!! We are having extreme heat here and breaking all the heat records. I picked a fine time to train for a marathon after my pregnancy! I have to focus on the goal -- finish Chicago!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
1.000.006.690.000.007.69

Threshold run. Considering the heat, it was an amazing run. I am very happy with my progress. I spend a lot of time during these miles thinking about how grateful I am for people in my life. I am particularly grateful for the unwaivering support of my husband who puts up with all this running and makes sure my daughter has his undivided attention while I am running.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From sarah on Wed, Aug 15, 2007 at 17:47:14

I know how important a husband who loves his children is. Sasha is also great about watching the kids so I can run but sometimes I complain about "his" idea of undivided attention...especially since we have 5!!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Our house was robbed yesterday, and I spent half the night talking to the police. Then we had a fit-full night sleep (<4hrs). I simply could not run this morning. All day I was planning to run tonight. Yeah, well right after dinner the adrenelin wore off. I am exhausted. Today was originally scheduled as a rest day but since I missed one earlier in the week I thought I might get it a quality run today. But I know at this stage, recovery and sleep are often as important as a quality run. Tomorrow is another day and Saturday is a long run.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From sarah on Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 23:45:59

We'll keep your family in our prayers..how horrible!!

From Jeff on Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 11:50:07

I was sorry to hear about the trouble you've had, but don't let the people who did that get you down!

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 11:53:29

That is the second time you've become a victim of a crime since joining the blog. Is that a fluke, or do you live in a high crime area?

From Michelle on Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 17:51:35

That does sound horrible, were you home or away? Hang in there, we will be thinking about you, keep your chin up!

From Lulu on Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 21:22:24

Thank you for your kind words. The thief was one of the persons installing the air conditioners that we bought. I had to take our daughter to her care-givers as the house was way too hot for her, and I had a doctor appointment later. So I was coming and going from the house all day. I assume it happened at one point while I was away. The owner of the company and the police are working to resolve it. The other incident involved my bank card number and that would have been obtained anywhere - locally or on the internet. We don't live in a high crime area. I do believe both events were just a fluke. Our bank was wonderful, and I got my money back quickly. This time, we have only a few persons it could be and have a strong suspect, but want to avoid accusing anyone without very good evidence. The company owner has vowed to make restitution and is fully cooperating with the detective. I am not particularly concerned with the material goods but appreciate his integrity and will let him make restitution!

The long run tomorrow will be good therapy. I often use long distance runs to process events such as these. In fact, I have done what I call Marathon Therapy. A few years ago I had a miscarriage and ran LA Marathon as a memorial. I left all the pain, anger, and sadness at different points on the course. I thought about a particular emotion while I was running, I mentally "placed" it at the mile markers as I passed. Now when I get sad about the baby, I think about the race and remind myself that all of that stuff was left at mile 1 or mile 17, etc on the streets of Los Angeles. That marathon will always be extremely special to me. Tomorrow I am going to leave some "emotional deposits" on the streets as I run.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.004.000.000.000.004.00

I got up late and put in 4 miles. I am just happy I could run some today.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
1.006.000.000.000.007.00

Pace run. I put off the 18 miler until tomorrow. I did a "proper" pace run today. I had less sleep than I wanted. Bubbles has a fever. We are taking her to her pediatrician today. He has Saturday hours, which is wonderful. Hopefully, we'll all be able to sleep tonight.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
18.000.000.000.000.0018.00

Thank God! After being up and down all night with Bubbles, I ran 18 and it went ok. Today's run was about determination. I was determined to run the entire run, even though I was tired and ran into a few problems. It was a bit cooler today than my 17 mile run last week, but still very hot and very humid. I started earlier for one thing. This caused my camelpak to stay frozen longer so I ran out of available water at mile 7 (I still had a frozen brick in the pack). Thank God for the golf course and our local running store. I refilled my pack twice during the run. Even if it had melted properly, I would have run out of water.

When I started running at 5am it didn't look like I was going to even make it a mile. Like I said, this run was about determination. I started running down my street and could feel that my lower back was very tight and hurt. It felt like it was about to go into spasm. My socks that I wear all the time were sliding off my heels (I have very small feet and the socks usually hang out the backs of my shoes, they are so big). They just didn't feel right. I took the time to try to reposition them and took that opportunity to stretch my back. It began to feel better after about 2 miles but hurt the entire run. At the end, it really seemed on the verge of a spasm. I ran very, very carefully the last few miles. The last few miles were strong, but the last miles those stupid socks were wrinkling at my heel. After so many miles I could hardly bend over to fix them. I am going to have to go back to the other socks I wore before, as these are not working right now.

I did 18! Now I have a recovery week and a long run of 20 the next week. Hopefully, it will continue to cool down. I am pleased that I hit over 40 miles again this week (Monday to Sunday so the blog calendar won't show the total).

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Lybi on Mon, Aug 20, 2007 at 00:53:33

Holy Cow Lulu! I am so impressed with your determination. What a difficult run...but you made it! Hope you feel better next week. Maybe a trip to the chiropractor is in order? It's so much better to prevent little pains from becoming injuries. Are you running St. George this year?

From Lulu on Mon, Aug 20, 2007 at 11:19:35

Lybi, Thanks. My chiro is one of the people who keeps me running. I will see him today, hopefully. I had to put off the appointment I had this morning as I still have work crews in the house. Because of the recent theft, they cannot be left alone. If I can get into his office this afternoon, I will. He uses the ProAdjuster so he doesn't manually manipulate people. It is all done by computer!

I am training for Chicago Marathon which I believe is the day after the St. George Marathon. It is October 7th. The goal of this marathon was to whip my body back into shape post-pregnancy. I don't even have a time goal yet.

By the way, Lybi, how is your little man? Is his arm better?

From Lybi on Mon, Aug 20, 2007 at 11:36:48

Wow, I want to be adjusted by a computer too!

Geez, a theft too. I'm so sorry--very stressful. Good thing you are so good at taking care of your health.

My little 2 year-old's arm is healing quickly--only 2 more weeks in the cast. Yea! (He mostly uses it as a weapon at this point. He clonks his brothers on the head with it if they don't give him what he wants--so it's hard to feel too bad for him.)

From sarah on Mon, Aug 20, 2007 at 17:08:11

I've been wanting to write you all weekend and tell you how ...I don't know the words exactly...I was touched by your idea of leaving pain at mile markers. We've had some deeply painful things happening in my family...not mine and Sasha's but other family members....that I've kind of been obessing over trying to figure out how to mourn for them and be helpful but I don't know it's so hard...Maybe I'll give them the idea of leaving pain behind them on a bike ride since they aren't runners and wouldn't be able to cover the distance. I did pray for you and your family. Thank goodness Bubbles wasn't home when those men were there working..I guess that's one blessing in all of this...Congrats on a great long run. BTW...how old is Bubbles...you are amazing for running so much with I'm assuming a baby...

From Lulu on Mon, Aug 20, 2007 at 21:20:43

Sarah, the memorial run is something that really worked for me. Perhaps if they are not runners, a walk in a botanical garden or some special place like that would be right for them. For me, running is very cathartic so it made sense for me to run the marathon as a memorial.

Bubbles is now eight months old. Like I said previously, my husband is very supportive of all my running, and lovingly makes lots of time available for me to do it. We have always been mutual supporters of each other's interests and dreams. I feel truly blessed to have a wonderful, good-natured child and an amazing man whom I think is the best Dad in the world for her.

From Jon on Tue, Aug 21, 2007 at 17:04:38

Lulu

I have an opinion on the two-a-days that you asked Sasha about. Given the mileage you will be running (44-46 miles/week max) I would not think double runs are required and may even detract from your running. For the most part, you want to do 2-a-days only when you can't fit any more miles into your 1-a-days. Given that 46 miles works out to less than 8 miles/day (6 days/week), I don't think you want to break it up. For a marathon, an 8 mile run is better training than 2 4-milers. Your body needs to practice running longer distances. The only time I would suggest two-a-days for you would be on an easy, recovery day, but probably not even then. I usually get up to 70-80 miles/week before I do doubles. Take a look at this:

http://www.pfitzinger.com/labreports/twoadays.shtml

Jon

From Lulu on Wed, Aug 22, 2007 at 10:51:19

Thanks Jon, I was asking in consideration of increasing mileage. You and Sasha certainly have given me something to think about. I'll look over the web site. When it comes to running, nutrition, or sports medicine, I am information junkie.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Easy week. Fighting allergies.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

With Bubbles. She was very happy!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Michelle on Fri, Aug 24, 2007 at 09:19:38

Lucky girl she'll probably take her first steps and then be off and running herself, with all this exposure to running!!! maybe do her first marathon at 10 or 13 and just be a natural!!!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
1.094.000.000.000.005.09

Ran 5 and it felt good while I was running, then I got dizzy afterward. I have been sidelined with a sinus infection. What was allergies a couple of weeks ago sat in my sinuses and got infected. After the run this morning I took the antibiotic and got too busy to eat. BIG mistake. I have been horizontal all day except when I was praying to the porcelain god. Hopefully a good night's sleep will fix everything.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Lybi on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 01:31:23

Oh man...sorry you're so sick! Take it easy there. No running fast until you are all okay.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
1.745.000.000.000.006.74

Pace run. Not as long as I wanted, but it will do. I wish I had read the comments on my blog before running. I might have taken the advice I was given!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.000.004.000.000.007.00

Ran 3 by myself then did a ladder workout in the hills with Bubbles. That was a pretty killer workout. I ran with some friends. Since I have been training all summer by myself, it has been hard to gauge my fitness. It turns out I am fitter than I thought!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
1.005.100.000.000.006.10

Pace run. Felt great when I started and then it deteriorated from there. I thought I might be hungry so I downed a gel at mile 3. I usually don't eat a gel on a 6 mile run, but I had a gut feeling (get it?) this morning that I might need it and tucked it under my shoulder strap before I left. I had trouble eating yesterday. Mostly, I was full of water and juice from rehydrating after my run so I was pretty full at dinner and didn't eat much. But I think the real issue this morning was I was still dehydrated from last evening's run. Anyway, I got it in.

Six miles feels like nothing now. I remember earlier this year when I was wondering how I was going to run 15 miles much less 20. Now on my low weeks 12 or 15 miles seems like a walk in the park! Isn't the human body amazing?!? I've got a long run this weekend. 20 miles.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.006.000.000.000.008.00

Lesson for today: Lulu cannot run long distances on a nutritional deficit. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.006.000.000.000.008.00

Lesson for today: Two days of nutritional deficit cannot be made up in one day. See Saturday's entry.

No long run this weekend. I am having trouble eating enough. I lost two pounds this week -- which is entirely too much. At this point in my training I usually lose a little bit which puts me at "race weight" by race day. However, I cannot keep this up, as I am nearly there and have too much time before the race. In my efforts to try to hydrate properly, adequate stomach space for food has been limited. It sucks! I've had this problem before. I know a bunch of people would kill for this problem, but it is affecting my training.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Rest and eat (and hydrate).

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
1.004.000.000.000.005.00

Feeling good.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.005.000.000.000.005.00

Pace run at Bubble's grandparents house. Finally some cooler weather! I feel like I can fly!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.0010.000.000.000.0012.00

12 mile easy run at the beach. Wow, I wish I had a 20 miler scheduled this week! Cooler weather + low humidity = great run! This is a confidence booster that I needed. My husband has been telling me, "Honey, it really hot and humid. You'll be great on marathon day." I am starting to believe it. I did choose to train for a marathon from zero fitness (post baby) in the hottest summer on record in Louisiana. I feel pretty fit. I am still not sure what pace I will run on October 7th even though I have logged a lot of "marathon pace" miles. I will do 10 Yassos Tuesday to gauge my fitness. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.005.000.000.000.005.00

Cool weather = Good running! Even at 9:30 at night. Sometimes I have to fit the runs in when I can.

 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.005.000.000.000.005.00

Late at night again!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.005.000.000.000.005.00

Back to running in the hot weather. But it is ok. I'm getting fitter.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From jeff on Sat, Sep 15, 2007 at 16:07:21

when is Fall going to get here Lulu?!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.005.500.000.000.007.50

Pace run.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
15.025.000.000.000.0020.02

GOD SMILED ON ME TODAY! All last week I prayed that God would send a cold front for my 20 miler, and he did! Three days of predicted cool weather, yesterday, today and tomorrow morning. Today was to be the coolest of the three. I ran 20 high quality miles today. The only struggle was at the end, but I remained focused and concentrated, and I didn't even slow down. A couple of friends met me and ran the last five miles with me. That was unbelievably helpful. I have run all my long runs by myself (by choice) to make me mentally strong for marathon day. But today, I needed their company. They are just starting back to running so it was a good workout for them, and they were happy with the pace. I ran negative splits by minutes and finished the run more than 15 minutes faster than my last 18 mile run (in August). I really needed this solid run for my confidence. My wonderful, non-runner husband has been telling me that my training was going very well and that I needed to account for the heat and humidity. I spend a lot of time in my life telling him he is right about many things (and I don't mind). Again, he was right. I am very grateful for him and his support.

My legs felt great the entire run. I just felt a bit queasy the last five miles, but my form was good. I drank a large cup of water when I met my friends at mile 15. I was thirsty, and I thought I would only pay for it for a mile or so. In fact, I told them I would have a stomach ache for the next mile but that I can run with a stomach ache as I ran the last 18 miles of a marathon with appendicitis a couple of years ago. I stayed nauseous for most of the last few miles and for the next few hours after the run. I forced myself to drink my recovery drink and water. I couldn't eat for about 4.5 hours afterward. After a 50 minute nap and some stretching before and after, I now feel great! I don't even feel like I ran 20 miles this morning.

My 20 day taper begins now! I always celebrate the taper. So let the celebration begin!!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Michelle on Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 05:22:45

Good job on the long run, and Congrats on the begining of the taper!!! I don't have a running partner but I like the idea of have someone join you for the last few miles of a longer run, I might give that a try. (If I ever get to the point of doing one).

From lulu on Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 15:19:51

Thanks. My friends were very helpful. One was running directly behind me, I think because he didn't want to set the pace. I told him he was "controlling the pace from the rear" and he laughed. Actually, I think about that a lot, and I run really well with someone right behind me (he didn't know this). Really I thought about stopping several times but I pictured him running over me (he's much bigger than I am). His wife was telling me cheery stories. I couldn't say much the last two miles as I listened to her and focused and concentrated. It was great to have them there and to get high fives at the end.

From Lybi on Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 15:59:50

Lulu great job! Wow, I am impressed that you ran a marathon with appedicitis...now I am beginning to wonder if I am the same species as YOU!

In my food science class they said that your body can only absorb about, let's see...I think it was 1/2 cup of water every 15 minutes, and that if you drink more than that, it will go right through you. Interesting to note, when looking at fueling.

Happy Taper Eve!

From Lulu on Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 16:51:27

Lybi,

About the appendicitis, I didn't know I had it. I thought I had the worst stomach cramp ever! Then I thought I had pulled a muscle. I never thought about going to an aid station. What would they have said anyway? "Oh, you have a stomach ache? It's a cramp. Why don't you walk for a little while and it will go away." I figured I could run 18 miles with a stomach ache but wasn't sure I could walk that far. I ran my second fastest marathon ever with it. It makes other marathons seem easy and fun!

Thanks for the reminder about the water. I knew it wasn't what I should be doing, but oh well. I figured I would slosh for a while.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.000.002.000.000.005.00

Ladder workout 400, 200 100 (x2) with equal recovery. Half in hills on streets, half on hills on golf course. We really worked the hills. Great shake out workout. I used different muscle fibers than yesterday so I felt great at the end of the workout. A couple of years ago I would have never tried to do any type of speed work the day after a long run.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Lybi on Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 15:52:49

Wow, I'm impressed! You ran so far yesterday, but you felt great after speedwork. Double wow.

Hey that salad you mention in my blog sounds GOOD! You must be a good cook. You know what I would really like to learn to make is vegetarian dinners that go over well with little kids. I figure beans must be involved somehow in order to get sufficient protein. Any favorites?

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.150.000.000.000.005.15

Easy five miler. I couldn't help but feel like I was flying. Here's the problem. This was supposed to be an easy run. (I know, I know, Sasha is going to get after me for not running an easy run, easy. -- Well it seemed easy until I down loaded the data when I got home!). The last four miles were at a pace I would be happy with for my marathon. At this point, I am not even sure how fast I am going to run on October 7th. I have to talk to my coach and do a couple of tests to see what this body will let me do. I just want to run negative splits. Sigh.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From sarah on Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 23:54:22

I am so happy that your body is strong and responding well to your dedicated training. I have to admit that it cracks me up to randomly read messages and people are worried what Sasha is going to say....he does have that way with his advice....I should know. Anyway, thanks for the sympathy with the crashes I've been having. I had another one tonight and I'm feeling like I'll just need to carry food with me when I run. I can't worry too much about what's causing it right now....because I simply don't have the time for a big problem...My baby is over a year and nurses a couple times a day. I didn't get crashes when he was little....don't know..Thanks again.

From Lybi on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 09:35:47

Great job Lulu! I'm sure it is a good sign that your easy runs are getting faster without too much effort. Maybe it just means that you can bump your MP up a little. What is your MP right now?

Sarah--you are running longer now than you were then. I think it is a good idea to refuel during your runs. Nursing always made eating on time critical for me. Instead of getting hungry gradually, it was usually with a bang.

From Michelle on Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 22:40:07

I saw your post, but I haven't figured it out yet. I like your idea about posting the book stuff there, but if you don't read those books you are sooooo missing out! Just read and then join in!

Great job on the run, I'm a little jealous of your increased speed and fittness, but good for you, you have earned it!

From Lulu on Sat, Sep 22, 2007 at 12:48:05

Thanks for your posts, and sorry it has taken me so long to respond here. I've actually been thinking about what to write. As you people might have figured out, Lulu is a nickname I have had for years. Nearly all my life I have had someone call me Lulu. The bizarre thing is, many people came up with this independently not knowing that I have been previously called Lulu. So the bottom line is the nickname allows me to remain relatively anonymous.

When Jeff and I started this challenge, we agreed not to post anything that would personally identify the other person. This is particularly important for me, as I'll put it gently: I have someone at work who pays an inordinate and inappropriate amount of attention to me. So why do I write all this? Because I don't want to sound like a snot when I won't post my marathon times and pace etc. These posts could easily identify me (ie look up the Chicago marathon time of a runner from Louisiana with my posted time/pace and put a name to this blog). So that is the long answer to Lybi's question. I am not sure if this site allows for a pm, but I will happily respond to more personal questions via pm if someone sends me one. If a pm is not possible, I might set up an email account for that and post it. Interestingly, Sasha knows exactly who I am, and without knowing my situation, I am grateful, that he has respected my desire to remain relatively anonymous.

Ok, I know that is not the expected answer to the question but it is the truth.

From sarah on Sat, Sep 22, 2007 at 17:30:32

Well your secret is safe with us...I asked Sasha if he knew who you were and he doesn't know either so you are totally fine. Of course know that I've said something he is horribly curious which is a really funny state with Sasha...he can't rest til he knows the answer. I have to admit I did wonder about the names LuLu and Bubbles. They are wonderful happy names but I wondered if they were your real names or not. I was just too shy to ask.

Sorry about the problems you are having.

P.S. I just read a Biography of Lousia May Alcott (don't be too impressed...it was the kid version that my 7 year old brought home) I learned in it that she had a niece named after her that she raised and named LuLu...thought of you. :)

From Lulu on Sun, Sep 23, 2007 at 11:18:00

Sarah,

Sasha has enough information about me to get a lot of information via Google, if he's curious. He might find it quite interesting. I don't particularly mind, as I decided from the beginning that I could trust him. He seems extremely honest. And I think he has better things to do in his life than to stalk me.

From sarah on Sun, Sep 23, 2007 at 14:45:24

I have never met a more honest person than Sasha. He is as true as the sky is blue and the grass is green. We are happy to have you on the blog and I promise..he won't stalk you but he may give you annoying advice. He likes to harrass people into shape as he puts it...not that you need it. Have a good day. :) :)

From Lulu on Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 13:35:00

Advice, even if it is annoying, is always welcome. Whether I take it or not is another story...:-). I think I am in pretty good shape. Although I think I could be harrassed into being a better marathoner. This blog has made my life interesting in a new way. I never thought I would want to meet people who are on this blog, but I definitely do now. It is a great community.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.001.002.000.000.005.00

Ran every other 200 hard and kept recovery hard enough so that the entrire miles' time under marathon pace.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.006.470.000.000.006.47

Pace run. Felt good.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.007.000.000.000.0012.00

Nice, relatively easy run. Today was a run to get rid of this massive tension headache I have because of the garbage going on at work. Started slow and got faster. I got quite hot at the end and ran out of water so I slogged the last two miles.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Sick. Bubbles had it Friday night, and I got it last night. Joy. If she felt as bad as I do right now, she is one tough baby! Good news is that I know from her experience that it will only last 24 hours.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.000.000.000.000.003.00

Had four miles on the schedule but for some reason I got it in my head I had to run five. Well I ran three with Bubbles. At mile 2.5 she decided we were done. I can't remember the last time she did that as she normally loves the stroller. Well, when she complains, which she rarely does about anything, I take it very seriously. Fortunately we were on a course that never takes me more than 0.5 miles from home. We went right home. She seemed fine when I got home, until later. Then I think she had a tummy ache. Thank God for gas drops!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.003.000.000.000.006.00

Ran six tonight with Bubbles. Tonight she was quite content. I am happy with the run as I ran well and had negative splits and kept MP+15sec with the stroller with not much effort. I do love the taper, but am now realizing how much of my stress I was burning during my running. My stress levels have radically increased the last week and a half. Part of the reason is my "situation" at work is getting much worse. I really felt the stress tonight in my arms and shoulders. I left a lot of thoughts about the garbage at work on the road tonight. I just have to remember that is where it is, not in my brain anymore.

Someone else on the blog (or maybe the forum) mentioned that body parts start to hurt during the taper that never did before. Well that is happening to me. Soleus in my right calf decided to let me know it was there the past few days. I've been stretching. Lately, I've been cautious about peroneus tightness on the outside of that calf, but never soleus. The tightness is peroneus was discovered by the massage therapist, so I have been stretching and making sure I run on both sides of banked streets. I see the massage therapist tomorrow.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
1.005.000.000.000.006.00

One of my dogs is very sick. I only had 4 miles on the schedule but I had to run 6 to process everything. I told myself I could cry during the first mile but after that it would not be productive. The rest of the run was very cathartic. Too bad I am tapering.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Today, life got in the way of running. The greyhound died today. He was 13.5 years old. It was bone cancer so we knew he wasn't going to make it and got to say goodbye. I draw a lot of comfort from the fact that we know he had a very good life the short time he was with us. He was a Hurricane Katrina evacuee who never left our home. He couldn't go home, as he was not well taken care of before the storm. We honestly didn't think he and his friend would survive the first night at our house, they were in such bad shape. We gave him just over two very good years of life. I will miss him. The other dogs (and there are three of them) are being very affectionate, so I am not sure what they think. One, I call The Comforter since he has been very comforting when I have been very, very sad. He seems to know when I need an extra nuzzle. He seems to know that now.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Metric century bike ride is tomorrow.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Bubbles decided last night that I wasn't going to my ride. Not really, but she had a tummy ache. At 1am when I realized I hadn't gotten any sleep and I was still up with her, I knew there would be no ride. It wasn't worth the physiological stress on my body and also the risk of driving before and after the race tired. I have gotten little sleep the last three nights.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.173.003.150.000.008.32

4.15 miles. Negative splits. My body is going crazy from inactivity. My head is telling me to eat food that is bad for me. My body hurts in places it has never hurt. I feel a bit better after this morning's run. But, I am going to run some more tonight to see if I can get myself straightened out. Last week's mileage was pathetic even for a taper. Now I am just trying to see if I can get my body back on track. The fitness has been deposited and is in the bank. Now I need to remind my body that it is in shape to run a marathon. I am going to run a bit higher mileage than I planned until Thursday and then back off. I think that should fix the problem.

The weather in Chicago is predicted to go from a high of 85 on Saturday to a low in the 40's on Sunday (race day). Crazy. It seems like it will likely be windy. Fortunately, I am small enough to tuck in behind someone and draft (does that happen in running?). I am very good at drafting in cycling, so some of those skills should translate. I am not worried about it being warm on race day. I have trained in hot, humid conditions, so I am ready for that. I do very well running in cold weather, so I am ready for that too. I'll bring clothes for both scenarios.

Ran just over 4 tonight with the running group I have been running with for years. I didn't run with them this summer most of the time as I wanted to run alone and get more mentally strong for my marathon. I think my body is remembering it is marathon fit. Weird. This has never happened in a taper before. However, usually by this time, I really need to heal. This time, I started the taper with no aches or little pains. Yea!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Lybi on Mon, Oct 01, 2007 at 16:12:17

Hey Lulu! Getting close to your marathon, eh? How exciting! I bet more sleep would help. I've read a lot of entries by people who are very fit, but very sleep deprived, and they always sound like this: "What the heck is wrong with me? I ran so slow and so short today and yet it was all I could do. Maybe I'm not in as good of shape as I thought I was. Darn!"

Isn't Bubbles just getting over a bug? Sick baby=sleep deprived Momma, almost without exception. Good luck, you are in great shape!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.004.000.000.000.006.00

Ran with Bubbles this evening. We had a great time. I love running with her even though it is more of an effort. I feel strong when I have to push her, and I know she enjoys the runs. She was climbing into the Chariot yesterday as I was getting ready to go.

I ran into my coach; so that was nice to see her. I actually ran with her yesterday, but anytime I get to talk to her, I enjoy it. Chiro had to pop my sacrum today and yesterday. I feel better tonight but I am about to hit the Jacuzzi tub and then ice it just to be sure.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Michelle on Tue, Oct 02, 2007 at 22:36:30

Thanks for the encouragement! I'm not even sure why I'm even doing it, just kinda an experiment. I know that I'm not giving it a proper amount of time either, but I know if I can do it this long next time will be longer! Any great suggestions as far as things to eat besides the obvious?

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Alright if anyone is reading this, I have an announcement to make:

I have created a special e-mail account so that I can communicate directly with anyone reading this blog. It is:

fastrunninglulu@gmail.com

Why? Because I feel like I may be perceived as a snot for not posting times and other potentially identifiable information. If you are active on the blog and send me an e-mail, I will reply and answer questions. I just ask that you never identify me, where I live, my times, or what I do for a living on this blog. I need to continue to have an anonymous presence here. I've posted this before but the reason is that I have someone in my life that pays an inordinate and inappropriate amount of attention to me, and I cannot underestimate his level of psychosis. Also, I don't need anyone else filling that role in my life either. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Michelle on Wed, Oct 03, 2007 at 22:55:17

I wasn't sure if I should comment here or e-mail? But thanks for the suggestions. That's what I did was skip the pizza sauce and just use tomatoe sauce. I like the idea of the beans and stuff for a salad I'll definatly give it a try. What you have heard is correct! Nurses are terrible with what they bring to eat to work, but usually once I make up my mind about something I usually stick to it well. Last night at work didn't seem that hard so I'm not too worried. I'll give it this week and evaluate how I feel. Maybe it's not long enough but at least I can prove to myself I can do it!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

I realized this morning that I am supposed to run a marathon in 2 days, 21 hours, 20 minutes!! I leave for Chicago tomorrow! I lost track of days this week and now it is Thursday. I'm off to get Bubbles packed and to pack for myself. Fortunately, my husband can pack his own stuff!

Both Bubbles and my husband have the Crud! I am praying I don't get it. Sasha has his garlic that he hits hard; I have my grapefruit seed extract!

I just received a weather advisory e-mail from the folks at Chicago marathon. It is going to be HOT and humid! I imagine that other entrants are in a dither. Well, this good ol' girl from Louisiana isn't sweating. I've been training in warm soup all summer. Their idea of hot and humid is relatively cool for me. I prefer it to be 40-50 at race start, but I only anticipate adjusting my pace 5 seconds per mile or so (if you want to know what that pace is email me at fastrunninglulu@gmail.com). I certainly know my hydration technique as I have practiced it over and over throughout this summer. Actually, I am almost giddy about how hot it is going to be because I know what to expect from my body.

Will post more about the run this afternoon with Bubbles.

Six miles with Bubbles and a friend who is running Chicago also. We didn't train together because I am faster than he is. We are going to meet at the start line hopefully. Ran with my running group and got lots of well-wishes. Several people have called tonight or emailed to wish me well. My plan is to run negative splits but not go for the gusto. I got into Houston for January so I will continue the training.

Good luck to all the folks running St. George! I will be thinking of you. Good luck to the few Bloggers who are doing Chicago! This is my last post until I come home. I expect to read race reports with many OT qualifying times!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Tom on Thu, Oct 04, 2007 at 17:35:17

Lulu - good luck in Chicago! Sounds like you're well prepared for whatever mother nature brings.

Hope the grapefruit seed stuff keeps the Crud far away. Or if you go with the garlic then I'm sure that will at least keep the hubbie far away.

From sarah on Thu, Oct 04, 2007 at 23:28:16

Oooo...it gave me goosebumps reading your lbog I'm so excited for you. I'm curious what your pace is so maybe I'll e-mail you if I get my body around to it.(I"ve been canning and sewing and homeschooling and cleaning and all sorts of stuff)...oh yea...and running but not fast and not really for anything but staying in fairly decent shape. Good luck. We'll be thinking of ya.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.002.000.000.000.002.00

Marathon pace. (Since I am writing this on Monday -- Yeah, RIGHT!)

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Race: Chicago Marathon (26.2 Miles) 00:00:00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
29.200.000.000.000.0029.20

CRAZINESS! I've done some crazy backwoods, disorganized races. This one takes the cake for survivorship mentality and overall unbelievableness (is that a word?). 

I am not even sure where to start on this story; I hope I can make it make sense. This is by far, the most bizarre marathon experience I have ever had! If you want to read the experience of other runners, check out the comments on www.marathonguide.com.

For my faithful readers, you know that I trained in super-hot, humid conditions this summer to get ready for the Chicago Marathon. I learned a lot through that training. It turns out what I thought I was learning, mental toughness etc, wasn’t as important as some very important knowledge of my own physiology that I gained when I wasn’t paying particularly close attention to those things.

A week before the marathon, the weather was predicted to be warm. The Thursday before the marathon we received an e-mail with a weather advisory. I was not particularly concerned about the weather and decided to adjust my pace to be 5-10 sec per mile slower than I had originally planned on running, especially since I planned to run slower than I believed my current fitness allowed.

I ran about a half mile to warm up and waited at the start line. It was warm and seemed warmer because of all the bodies. Within the first mile of the race, we ran through a long tunnel that felt like an oven! I really felt like I was running slowly, but was only 5 sec slower than revised pace. It turns out, that would be my fastest mile of the day. By mile two, I was completely soaked with sweat and listening to my body, I slowed down.

I skipped the first two water stops because I was wearing a Camel-Bak with Sustained Energy, a couple of Hammer Gels, and Endurolytes in it. I couldn’t figure out why people were leaving the course in Lincoln Park. I realized later that they were getting water from the fountains! There was no water at the water stations. After mile six, I had to start walking through the water stations because there were so many slippery, waxy cups on the ground. My pace slowed even more whenever we lost the shade from the buildings and were in full sunlight. The wonderful spectators had their hoses out spraying runners. I got the chills at mile 8 and started working on that problem by eating one Sport Bean and drinking more water. I stopped looking at my watch and the course clocks before mile 10. Just after mile 10, I saw a friend at a water station, and he and I ran walked together. We saw a bank (completely in the shade of buildings) that had a temp reading of 80 degrees and it wasn’t even 10 am yet! He and I ran and walked through the water stations so we didn’t slip. I let him go at the half marathon point because I slowed to call my husband who was to meet me at mile 23 with Bubbles, a cousin, and cousin’s wife. I told him it was going slow, very slow. I was listening to my body and consuming a lot of water (and Sport Beans). At this point, I stopped counting ambulances taking people from the course at 25 ambulances!

At the water stations after mile 14 and 16 the fun began! At first of these two water stations, there were two tables that still had water, each with one 2.5 gallon water container. Volunteers were pouring it into cups that runners had. There was not one clean cup in sight. I opened my bladder on my Camel-Bak for a little splash and came up to one of the tables. A woman was just standing there yelling at the two volunteers with the water “only half way, fill those cups only half way!!” The volunteers were not listening; they were filling cups as fast as they could. When I put the bladder over the table for a bit of water saying “just a couple splashes”, she said “no way!” I said, “Why don’t you SHUT UP and go find some more water” as the volunteers added some water to my pack! Shortly after this, I saw an American Red Cross Disaster Services vehicle. I thought, “Hhhmmm, I haven’t seen one of those since Katrina.” This was not boding well.

At mile 16, there was no water to be seen. The spectators had gotten cases of water and handing them out – they were getting mobbed by grateful runners. Spectators had also bought bags of ice and were handing those out. I grabbed some ice and stuffed it down my bra-top and showed a few other women what to do. It really helped cool my core as I was really over-heated at this point. Many of those women thanked me a couple of miles later, remarking how much better they felt. While the ice melted, I fished small pieces out and ate them. At some point, a woman was handing out cold apples. I took one and ate it! It tasted phenomenal! The spectators turned out to be the heroes of this marathon!

Every few miles, I was able to replenish my ice cache thanks to thoughtful spectators. At this point, I formed an alliance with a woman named Stacy. She and I helped each other procure water, ice, cold grapes etc. We also watched out for each other and made sure the other person was ok. At mile 18 Stacy and I were told by numerous police officers and race officials that we had to walk. We were mostly walking anyway, but we found that request bizarre! In fact, when we did start running, we got screamed at over the bullhorn by the cops.

Now what I am about to write, I would not believe if it didn’t happen to me! At mile 19, I began to hear announcements that the race had been CANCELLED! WHAT?!!? I laughed. I have never been part of an event where they just cancelled it in the middle of everything. Between 19 and 20, the scene was just too bizarre. A cop stood in front of us and told a big group of us that we had to stop. WHAT? We were all doing just fine (thanks to the spectators and a little teamwork). The cop said, “Go down this side road (pointing) and buses will pick you up.” I said, “Really? I don’t see any buses. Do you see any buses?” The people around me said “what buses?” The cop said “They will come and get you.” I told him “Sir, with all due respect, but this Louisiana Girl is not going down that street and getting on a bus that she can’t see!” He looked at me strangely. I said one word “Katrina.” He motioned in the direction of the course and said “onward.” We all moved forward on the course.

There were no buses at that point, but I was soon about to see a bus in a big way. I called my husband and told him that we had been told to walk and also what happened with the cop. He said, “Of course there are no buses there. They are all right here. They are lined up and drivers are in them.” I get off the phone with him to see a bus -- a bus pulling across the course blocking the road. I couldn’t believe it! They blocked the course with a yellow school bus! I decided I was not getting on that bus (which turned out to be a good decision – more later) and that I was going around it. Then the CFD turned on a water cannon. No lie. This was not a spray in an arch over the road as I saw on other parts of the course.  This was a very large stream of water about 2 or 3 feet off the ground designed to be a road block. If I had gone through that water I would have been knocked off my feet! I scurried around the water before it got going full blast and around the bus! Then I turned and saw that Stacy had followed me. I told her, “I am finishing this thing!” Really in my mind I was thinking “Louisiana runner gets arrested trying to finish Chicago Marathon.” I think this happened around mile 20. The next couple miles were relatively quiet except for the cops on the bullhorns telling us to walk and that the race was cancelled. I think I had been smiling for 3 or 4 miles – I was having a great time! What an adventure! However, it was sad to see all the people lying on the side of the road, cramping, vomiting, and crying. Also, when we did see buses again people were being stuffed into them and hanging out of the windows. Someone told me later they were on a bus where two people had seizures because it was so hot. You couldn’t have paid me to get on an un-air-conditioned bus with all those hot people.

I couldn’t wait to see my husband and Bubbles. He told me they were waiting (and waiting and waiting) at mile 23. It turns out he was in mile 24. He was on a portion of the course where it turned. I could see him in the distance holding Bubbles above his head. She was smiling and waving like crazy at all the runners! He had her onesie pulled down to her waist and the first thing I thought was “my child is naked in public!” I didn’t say anything – He’s an extremely good dad and he knew just what to do to keep her comfortable. I was so happy to see all of them. I was happy to see Bubbles having such a great time. I quickly kissed and hugged everyone (cousin, wife, husband and Bubbles), but Bubbles hugged me so hard she wouldn’t let go! I didn’t want to go.

When I left them, all I wanted to do was run and run fast. I was so pumped. Also, at this point it felt much better to run than to walk as I had trained to run the distance – not walk. Stacy and I found a HUGE chunk of ice in the road. I picked it up and gave it to her and she stuffed it in her shirt. She looked like she had a giant tumor. We decided to run for a bit. She had to hold the ice block while she ran. After a while she gave it to me and I stuffed it and held it. We traded this ice back and forth for a mile or so. We were a sight to see! We were able to run most of the last 2.2 miles. I finished the race more than 1.5 hours later than I had planned! It is a Personal Worst (PW), but one I will savor. I saw the city in a new light, and I believe the citizens of Chicago are some of the best people anywhere.

At the finish line people were still dropping like flies. AND, there was tons of WATER! No ice, but lots of water. The race director did not lie when he told the press that the race had plenty of water. It simply wasn’t distributed correctly. I walked through the finishing chute, found my husband, and we walked about 1 mile to the car where his cousin picked us up. Bubbles couldn’t stop touching me. I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing at the whole thing!

Some final thoughts:

Many of the “finishers” (24,000 of the original 45,000 signed up) were people who were brought back to the finish line but didn’t do the whole course. Somewhere around mile 22 race officials were telling people if they got on a bus, they would be brought to the finish and still get a medal. I wouldn’t have taken the medal, but do not fault the people who did.

Someone I know (who is faster than me) got taken off the course at the halfway point and told to make her way to the finish. She estimates she covered 20-22 miles because she never saw a bus and had to walk back to Grant Park. She DNFed. I am very sad for her.

I thought about DNFing at mile 10. At this point I still had the chills. I thought, “This isn’t worth the physiological stress and the wear on my legs.” Then I realized I could keep ignoring the clock and see the city, make the most of the situation, and be smart about it and maybe learn something. I got rid of the chills soon after and was set on finishing even though I knew it was going to be a PW. I learned a lot that day about managing my physiology and correcting those problems. I am proud to say that I “participated in” and completed the 2007 Chicago Marathon!

 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Brent on Mon, Oct 08, 2007 at 18:13:02

Lulu, come run St. George next year, it is never crazy, great marathon and you can meet all the bloggers. I cannot believe the race organizers did not watch the weather reports and have enough liquid at the water stops. Read Maria's blog about Rotterham, same thing happended in that marathon. Hope you are ok, what long run the hard way.

From James in Sunny AZ on Mon, Oct 08, 2007 at 18:43:57

I read about the marathon afterwards - 1 man from Michigan collapsed and died, and over 300 runners were taken to the hospital. Did you get to finish, or did they force you into the park? I agree with Brent, come to St. George next year. No heat issues there - we had perfect weather!

From Lulu on Mon, Oct 08, 2007 at 18:50:10

Oh, yes! I finished. I am very hard-headed. I was prepared to be arrested! I also ran smart from the beginning. I wore a Camel-bak in case they ran out of fluids and started slow and got slower. I'll post the rest of the report soon.

From Michael on Mon, Oct 08, 2007 at 23:13:37

Way to go Lulu, way to be determined and finish it no matter. They must have let the top runners finish as the paper listed the winner and mentioned the guy who died

From MichelleL on Tue, Oct 09, 2007 at 09:39:20

Congratulations for finishing and running it smartly.

From Tom on Tue, Oct 09, 2007 at 18:00:39

WOW! I've only read the partial writeup so far but I'm kind of speechless hearing about the fiasco that was the 2007 Chicago Marathon. I can't believe they let things get so out of hand and chaotic. Sounds more like some of the bad dreams I've had about running marathons, certainly fitting into the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction category.

I can't wait to read the exciting conclusion when you get the report finished up. Personally I think this is better and more entertaining than any ol' vampire book.

Congrats on hanging tough, not taking any BS from brain-dead cops and volunteers, and finishing in style.

From Cody on Tue, Oct 09, 2007 at 18:16:54

One word...Crazyness!

From josse on Tue, Oct 09, 2007 at 18:21:50

WOW! I can't believe it, can't wait to hear more.

From Jeff on Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 11:58:12

Glad you made it back in one piece Lulu. hard headed. Yup. I'm off work next week. You, me, and Bubbles should have lunch.

From Lybi on Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 12:26:57

Oh for goodness sake, Lulu! So sorry about the insanity! Next year you'v gotta do St. George so I can say "hi"!

From Jon on Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 14:30:39

Crazy story! Do you think runners should boycott Chicago next year to protest how the race directors acted (i.e. not accepting blame, closing the race, not being prepared with liquids)?

From Melinda on Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 19:03:33

Way to go Lulu... I empathize with you on this one... I too ran Chicago on Sunday. And I also used the ice down the bra trick... worked like a charm!

One thing should be said... this is the 3rd Chicago marathon I have run, (2005, 2006, 2007). This year was NOTHING like my 2 previous experiences. Traditionally everything has been like clockwork. You know exactly what to expect because everything is exactly as they say it will be. So please don't think this year was or is indicative of how the Chicago marathon normally goes.

From Christi on Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 00:28:47

Lulu you are an amazing resilent (sp?) woman! I think I would have been psychologically freaked out- but you handled it like a champ! Good for you!!!!!!

From Lybi on Fri, Oct 12, 2007 at 11:08:22

Whoa! I didn't realize you had finished it! What a rebel...way to go! I feel really bad for all those people who were suffering so much--passing out, retching, seizures, etc. :(

From Shauna on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 00:51:28

This is WAY late, but I just read your report. I am SO glad you finished! That's the great thing about the marathon-you have to be a little bullheaded to get out there and pound the pavement day after day! I am also glad that you did not end up sick or in the ambulances like so many of the others! Congratulations-you have a lot to be proud of!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.500.000.000.000.004.50

Shake out miles after my "little race" on Sunday. I intended to walk much of it, but running in the first mile hurt less than walking so I ran. Picked up the pace the last 3.5 miles and they were like a normal easy training run. Now I feel great. I am not surprised that it was easier to run than walk since I unintentionally walked so much on Sunday. That walking I was not trained for. Maybe I should have run yesterday too.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

with Bubbles :-)

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.650.000.000.000.005.65

With Bubbles :-)

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
1.000.005.170.000.006.17

Needed to get some stress out from my job so I ran hard tonight. It felt great.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.400.006.500.000.0010.90

Tempo run with my running group. It is good to be back among friends.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Tom on Sat, Oct 13, 2007 at 17:57:23

Dang Lulu I just looked at the mileage board and noticed you bumped me out of 3rd place by a measly .02 miles! I'm halfway tempted to head outside and run around the block just to sneak ahead.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Metric century bike ride today. My glutes definitely felt the hills. I am extremely tired. I was supposed to ride with a women's team but it got split up, and I ended up expending 30% more energy than planned as I didn't draft off anyone. Very tough ride, especially since I would have rather been home with Honey (my husband) and Bubbles. My heart wasn't in it today. I said I would show up so I did. Now I can go back to running!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.004.120.000.000.008.12

with Bubbles.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Michelle on Wed, Oct 17, 2007 at 00:04:03

So here goes... The hip hurts on the right, but that's been going on for like 4 months. It's over the greater trochantor and I have thought that it is bursitis but possibly now some IT band stuff... Who knows! Sometimes after I run it hurts really bad but a run also sometimes will loosen it up. No rhyme or reason. But I do stretch a lot and have one of those foam rollers to help stretch the IT band. The foot is the left. Started on Sat. nothing bad I just noticed it later in the day after my run and now I notice it about a half hour after running. I can feel the exact spot on the inside of my arch in front of my heel, but not on the heel there is a spot that is tender about the size of a quarter. tonight I can feel a little bump in there and the pain is burny-ish. Never severe just there and I noticed today after I had sat down for a little while that it kinda stiffens up and then goes away some after being on it more.

Well If you can solve my problems I would have to call you a miracle worker! It's not that I'm opposed to going to the doctor but I am in a rural area and going to a specialist just hasn't been convienient so I just tend to take a little ibuprofen here, ice it there to get through. Having run with Mik'L the last two Saturdays I've decided I run on my toes a little and maybe sometimes more so maybe that has something to do with it. I've been trying to work on that when I realize that I'm doing it. Good Luck and thanks for listening!

From laura on Wed, Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00:37

If you have any great advice for IT band help, I'd love it hear it too, Lulu! You seem like the resident expert on running injuries. Mine is my right hip.

From Lulu on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 15:38:09

Ok Michelle, I've spent a lot of time thinking about your issues. First, let me say I am not professionally trained ie I am not an MD. I read extensively in the medical and popular literature about running injuries and nutrition. They say "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing." I've also been running for more than 27 years and have had more than my share of injuries, particularly hip and foot. Take what I say with a grain of salt.

A couple of questions further.

1. On your left side, if you press (reasonably hard) on the inside of your knee right where the knee cap meets the rest of the knee, does that hurt? You will probably say no, which is good. Your foot issues are probably associated with you running on your toes or with your shoes. I hope.

2. Right hip: does it hurt right on the side, slightly more toward the front or slightly behind? This makes a big difference in what I think it might be.

Ok, what I would do in the meantime. Foot: First thing in the morning -- BEFORE YOU GET OUT OF BED, pull your toes back hard (flex your foot) with your knee straight and then bent to stretch your calf (straight stretches gastrocnemius, bent streches soleus) before you put your feet on the floor. Then stretch your calves when you get out of bed. Stretch maybe one more time before running, but don't stretch too much. That can make plantar worse. Wear shoes with an arch support constantly for at least two weeks. No slippers, no sandles, no bare feet etc. Not even in the house; not even to get up in the middle of the night to go potty! If you have Birkenstocks they have enough (barely) support for the house, but Crocs do not.

Freeze a plastic water bottle. Roll it under your foot for 20 min while eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yes, you should be sitting down when you do those things anyway or you'll eat too much. You might even consider wrapping athletic tape around your arch for your run in the next couple of weeks. Use only one piece of white athletic tape and wrap it once while your foot is flexed. You might need to put a bit of lube right where it hits your arch so you don't get a blister. Put your foot flat on the floor with some weight on it and reposition the tape if your foot feels at all squished. You just want to provide some light support while you are healing.

Check your shoes. If the bottoms are worn enough where any portion of the sole is worn through, get a new pair. Cheaper than Dr visit and PT if PF gets worse.

Hip: Using the same frozen water bottle, now that it has melted some, lay on your side and prop yourself up on your elbow. Put the water bottle perpendicular to your body under the portion of your hip that hurts. Using your elbow and forearm, move your entire body forward (toward the direction your head is pointing and back toward your feet direction) so you roll the water bottle beneath the portion of the hip that hurts. This should provide a deep, cold massage.

Get a NEW tennis ball and perform the same type of massage to the foot and hip whenever you have time.

Also, about Ibuprofen. I have a very different view of that than most people on this blog. I notice a lot of people take it. Some people even take it while racing. I believe that is very dangerous to your kidneys and liver. Personally, I don't take it within 12 hours of running, meaning I really have to be hurting (ie almost immobile and not able to run) to take it. There are several reasons for this: (1) inflamation is telling you something and you should listen, (2) inflamation is your body's healing response, why would you want to suppress it? (3) of course, avoid kidney and liver damage, and (4) avoid chemicals as much as possible.

Oh, and some more information I need about your hip: I have noticed on your blog that it hurts sometimes and not others. See if you can remember where in your monthly cycle it hurts the most and the least and if there is a connection there. Many, many women runners have hip issues that are partially related to hormonal changes in their cycle. For example, a woman's body releases relaxin (this is the chemical that your body releases in pregnancy that allows your hips to separate so the baby fits through the birth canal) at one point in her cycle causing her sacral and iliac joints to be very mobile. If you step wrong at this point, it can cause hip pain until the joint tightens up again or the muscles fight to reconfigure the bones. Ok, I could go on and on. If you want you can email me at fastrunninglulu@gmail.com and give me more info or give me your phone number, and I'll call you and we can talk about this. I would love for you to run injury free. I hope this helps.

From Lybi on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 15:46:11

I agree with you about ibuprophen. If you can't feel how much it hurts when you run, you are more likely to push an injury further than you should and make it worse.

From Lulu on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 16:42:07

Lybi,

Amen Sista!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

I hate to write a goose egg in the miles square! I was set to go, and right before I went out the door, I called my sister-in-law about photos we had taken of Bubbles. It was good I called her. I found out she just went through her second miscarriage. We talked a long time. She and I have always been very close and have gotten closer since we have both had miscarriages. She draws a lot of comfort from me. We talked until after 10pm. There was NO WAY I was going to tell her I had to get off the phone so I could run. That, I don't feel guilty about.

We talked about how often when horrible stuff happens God has a reason but we often don't get to find out why. In her case, we don't know why. In mine, I know some of the reasons which is very comforting. One is that I have been able to comfort many people who have since had miscarriages. Another is I was driven to visit "my peeps" (family) afterwards, and I got to say goodbye to a terminally ill family member before they died. I also learned that people say really, really idiotic things to people when they are suffering. But I also learned to recognize that they don't realize it and that they really love and care for me and don't realize what they say hurts. Enough of this depressing stuff; I am going to bed.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.620.000.000.000.004.62

Wow, these miles were hard. I am not sure if it is because I didn't run yesterday or residual from the marathon. This run sucked. I had to force myself to complete even those miles. I wanted to do more, but didn't have it in me. Tomorrow will be better. I called my sister-in-law to find out about her day. We had a great talk. She had a rough day; tomorrow will be better we decided.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From WILDBULL on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 17:03:24

Lulu,

Thanks for your post. It is real discouraging not being able to run. I was looking at my most recent marathon pics and they look like some old man snatched my body! When did I start looking so old! Tomorrow will be better! It has to be, or i will be ordering a walker!

From Lulu on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 17:13:04

Maybe you should post the worst one on the discussion forum and ask people to write captions. They say laughter is the best medicine. Feel better!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.200.000.000.000.007.20

With Bubbles. It took me 3.5 miles to get into my rhythm. It is hot again so I think that's why the running this week has been a struggle. It is supposed to cool down tomorrow.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.800.000.000.000.005.80

Breakfast run at my house. About 50 runners descended on my house this morning. We ran then had breakfast afterward. I wonder what my neighbors thought when they woke up to a street full of cars and people spilling out of my house.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Race: NIKE+ Women's Virtual Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 02:01:30
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.3113.580.000.000.0015.89

Nike+ Women's Virtual Half Marathon. 9:15 pace for the run. I am pretty happy with that since I ran it as a workout and it is two weeks post-Chicago debacle. In 6 weeks I hope to be running 45 sec faster pace.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From sarah on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 09:14:22

Wow...you posted a time. Yes..I'd agree with you...great time for a workout after a marathon...How is Bubbles?

From Lulu on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 10:35:58

It was a "virtual race" so I could run it anywhere. They gave out Tiffany Key chains to finishers and technical shirts that actually fit a woman!

Bubbles is good right now. My husband met me at the finish line with her. He walked there with her in the jogging stroller. I think it is the first time he's pushed her in it. He usually takes our umbrella stroller. I think he'll be taking the Chariot more often. Bubbles loves it.

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 12:32:27

Have you been able to run a half at 8:30 pace recently?

From Lulu on Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 12:39:45

Nope, I was pregnant and am now getting back into shape. A couple of years ago I was in similar shape to that which I am now and ran a 10 miler in 1:25. My coach thinks it is doable now based on some tempo work she had me do during my 11 miler last weekend. Sunday's run was at "conversational" pace - meaning my friend and I chatted the ENTIRE time. What do you think about 8:30 pace?

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 12:46:29

There is not a whole lot of difference between 10 miles and the half. In fact, I may one day run an honest all out 10 miler, and then a week later feel a little stronger, or maybe sitting in a pack rather than running alone, and run a half on a similar course at the same or faster average pace. So if you could do 10 miles in 1:25, you should be able to hold 8:30 pace in the half on a slightly better day.

From Mike B on Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 08:48:04

Lulu, thanks for the kind words. The vet said that he was 95% sure it was oral melanoma, but the pathologist said otherwise. The mass on her back turned out to be the injection site that, for some reason, was inflamed. We believe it is now some blood disorder, as her bloodwork has come back with some odd findings. She is back to normal now. If you would have asked me two weeks ago, I would have said that she would be put to sleep in a short amount of time. She simply looked pitiful. Again, thanks for the kind words and continued success in your running!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.700.000.000.000.007.70

Ran in the rain tonight. I had to wait until Bubbles was in bed to get outside. I LOVE to run in the rain. In the middle of the run it started raining very hard; the water was pouring off the front of my hat in a sheet. It hurt a bit when it hit my shoulders. The streets were flooded so my feet were soaked and heavy. My husband calls me a duck because sometimes I wait until it is really raining hard to go run. I had to run a bit faster tonight than I wanted as the wind came up about 2 miles into the run, and I ran faster so I wouldn't get cold. So I would call these miles somewhere between easy and marathon pace. After a couple of weeks of warm weather, this storm is supposed to bring in a cold front (low 47 deg on Friday, you people from the frozen Nawth don't laugh). I always get speedier when it cools down. I run much better in cold weather.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From sarah pachev on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 23:22:11

Quack Quack..you are a crazy duck but I'm sure totally adorable when you are soaking head to toe...I always tell my kids that they get to go on a water park run and try to make it fun for them when it's raining. I'll bet if they got to run with you in the rain they'd have the time of their lives.

From Shauna on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 23:30:46

You rock-running that far in the pouring rain a day after a half marathon! You are a trooper!

And I completely sympathize with 47 degrees-that is COLD!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.360.000.000.000.008.36

Windy, but fun.

AAAHHHH! Something is happening to me! It is Sasha's and the rest of you bloggers' fault. Including you, Jeff! I came home from today's run, and it was business as usual. EXCEPT normally I am single-minded about getting my recovery drink in me for any run over 6 miles. Today, I didn't even think about it until now, which is several hours later! Same thing happened with last night's 7+ mile run, and I didn't die today. Since when is an 8 mile run NO BIG DEAL?!?!? Apparently now. So I have achieved enough fitness that I can run long one day and run again the next. I can run 8 miles without thinking I am going to die after unless I have my carb/protein drink!!

Thank you, all.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.020.000.000.000.006.02

With Bubbles. I dressed Bubbles as Tigger, and we ran over to a place where businesses and organizations were having a Trick or Treat. They close the road, and there are tons of kids. I thought she might like to see all the kids in their costumes; there were a lot of very cool ones. I had a course planned that was three miles there and then three home again. Well she slept through her first Trick or Treat. She was extremely tired. We didn't want any candy anyway since nobody in my house really eats it. It is definitely an event we will go to next year when this craziness means more to her.

It was extremely windy. This run was supposed to be an "easy" run but I was really struggling to push the Chariot at some points and then really struggling to stay with the Chariot when the wind was at my back.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From sarah on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 23:16:38

I do make a lot of what we eat from scratch so I guess that counts but I don't exactly make baby food. I tell you what I do do and maybe it will be helpful. I just make dinner as normal and if if happens to be baby friendly(depending on stage) I mash it up with a potato masher (I guess I do this when they are a bit older...nine, ten months). It is faster and much cleaner than a baby mill( I hate cleaning mills with little holes that the food gets stuck in) Sometimes I blend it but with all my kiddos needing to eat NOW...that's usually too much hassle too. If I decide we are having grilled cheese sandwiches and don't want to try that out on my little babe I just open a can of store bought food.

With my last baby Jacob I noticed that once I introduced him to Mommy's homemade goodness he pretty much refused to eat the canned stuff.

I'd love to hear what you do? I've always admired moms that made baby food.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.120.000.000.000.006.12

Ran with my running group and Bubbles. I didn't have to push her the entire time as a couple of people tried pushing her. They quickly learned that it requires some hamstring strength! I have no idea what my pace was since I haven't downloaded the data yet. It felt easy.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

with Bubbles.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Christi on Mon, Oct 29, 2007 at 21:52:27

Kudos to you doing all the stroller runs! Bet you're getting buff arms in addition to the legs! When you gonna post the cute picture of the "tigger"?

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.092.000.000.000.007.09

Set out to do an easy six miles. Felt light on my feet and ran just over 7. Latest run I've done in a while. Bubbles went to bed pretty late so I started running at 9:30pm! I was tired when I started and just felt better and better.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.050.003.000.000.008.05

Three mile warm up PMP+45sec. Three mile tempo run PMP-45sec. Two mile cool down. I am very happy with the run. I really had to push the last mile of the tempo. I was quite thirsty the last 1.5 miles. It is back in the 80s again.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Shauna on Tue, Oct 30, 2007 at 21:28:29

Great job! What is PMP (I should know this)? I'm assuming ________ Marathon Pace??

From Lulu on Thu, Nov 01, 2007 at 12:38:14

Ok, I have a minute. Thanks for reading my blog. PMP means Planned Marathon Pace. Actually right now I am training with half marathon pace (=PMP which is 8:30) to see where it will get me in the next month. I hope in a couple of weeks to run 10 with a five mile tempo at 8:00 or faster pace. I think it should be doable. Time will tell.

From Shauna on Fri, Nov 02, 2007 at 10:52:43

That sounds like a great goal. I'd like to be able to run at that pace again someday. I've been doing only slow miles, so maybe I'll add one tempo run per week.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.020.000.000.000.006.02

Easy run at PMP +1:30. Got to go. Bubbles woke up.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.120.003.000.000.007.12

Warm up 2 miles. 12 x 400m up and down a hill. We run 200 m up the hill and then down the otherside and turn around and do it again. Cool down 2 miles. With Bubbles! My coach saved me and did the last 6 quarters with Bubbles. So really it is only 5.62. miles with Bubbles. After the first 6 quarters I was wondering how I was going to do 6 more. I was thinking that I would just take them two at a time and try to get it done when she took Bubbles. It was interesting to watch her push the Chariot up the hills; she really looked like she was working! I guess that's what I look like all the time. Of course, I felt like I was flying after she took the stroller.

My coach was an elite runner in the 80s (OT participant) and she's still pretty speedy. She seemed pretty delighted with the workout she got in the hills today. I was so grateful she took her! Bubbles was sleeping but woke up in the middle of her ride with the coach. I'm sure she felt like she was going faster and wanted to see what was going on. We joked that the G-forces woke her up.

With the time change I am not sure how much I'll be able to run with my group. We run on some busy roads, and even though I light myself and the Chariot up like a Christmas tree, I still get uncomfortable with the traffic in the dark. I may have to only go with the group when they are in low traffic areas.

I've felt weird since I came home. There is really no other word for it. I got cold during dinner and couldn't get warm for more than an hour even though I was wrapped in a blanket and had Bubbles pouncing on me. My stomach doesn't feel exactly right and I am, of course, thirsty. I drank so much before and at dinner that I didn't get to eat much. Weird.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From sarah on Thu, Nov 01, 2007 at 21:59:16

How fun to run with your coach...especially with her pushing Bubbles for you. I get the can't warm up feeling after a run too sometimes..actually right now. I've got a bathrobe on hoping my blood with start flowing again. I get chills sometimes too...Just curious....how many miles have you done since you started your challenge?

From Lulu on Thu, Nov 01, 2007 at 22:01:48

530. I didn't put the mileage in the fields until July 15 when the challenge started.

From sarah on Thu, Nov 01, 2007 at 22:04:03

Wow!! I'm super impressed with that number....not much more...how's Jeff doing?

From Lybi on Fri, Nov 02, 2007 at 23:05:47

Great job! Hill sprints with a jogging stroller--GROAN. That is a really hard workout! Hope you stay well!

How cool that you have a running coach. Is she an "official" coach--i.e. do you have to pay her, or is she more like a really fast friend?

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Certainly not what I had planned for today. I don't feel well and don't know why. Last night I was cold after my run and couldn't get warm. That would make sense if it was cold outside. It was probably 75 degrees when I ran last night. Something is not right.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Not what I had planned for today either. I planned to run early then help with a local race. I ran easy but didn't feel great. I ran for a while then cleaned up and changed my clothes (I can't hang around in sweating clothes) and ran over to the fun run. I worked registration and helped direct traffic during the race. Then I ran about 0.3 miles home. I thought I might run more later in the day.

I felt pretty cruddy the rest of the day. We took family pictures in the evening and went to dinner. I never really felt all right to run more.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Yes, I am officially sick. I spent most of the afternoon in bed. I finally feel better but not 100%.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Lybi on Mon, Nov 05, 2007 at 11:03:24

Sorry you're sick! Get better soon!

From Michelle on Tue, Nov 06, 2007 at 01:12:49

Oh... Hope you feel better soon but if you have to lay around make the most of it and find a good book!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.090.000.000.000.007.09

Seven UGLY miles at PMP+1:15. I still don't feel right. I am now thinking it is because I ate something I am sensitive to. I weigh 8.6 pounds more than I did a few days ago. Very difficult to run with all this fluid I am carrying around.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.900.000.000.000.005.90

Planned to run 7 but I only made it 5.9 at PMP+1:30. Still 8.6 pounds higher than normal and it has accumulated in my lower legs making them ugly and the skin tight. I am going to put my feet up more tomorrow and drink enough water to fill a lake. Last night I slept with my legs elevated; nothing changed. My head is hurting and I feel horrible. Yuck!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Lybi on Tue, Nov 06, 2007 at 22:26:17

Oh my gosh, Lulu! Have you been to a Doctor? Please please get in ASAP! Food allergy? Dallen on the blog is a Doctor. I'm going to sic him on you if you don't get to the Dr. pronto!

From Michelle on Tue, Nov 06, 2007 at 23:33:12

Lulu, are you all right? That really sounds like an unusual response to a food allergy. Swelling is one thing, but in the legs? I know you know your body, so just be careful, and feel better soon!

From Lulu on Wed, Nov 07, 2007 at 12:14:04

Food sensitivity, not allergy. Dr. Elson Haas has written about it in several of his books. Docs I have visited have attributed this problem to hormones. However, I keep a log on my weight so I know if I am getting dehydrated. There is no pattern. I had this problem earlier this year in June or July too where I gained 10 pounds in about two or three days and lost it all in one day. I recently, as in last week, had my thyroid tested, and it is normal. One of my docs routinely test TSH every five years. So, I'm not going to the doctor, so you can sic Dallen on me. I'd like to hear what he has to say.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.200.000.000.000.007.20

I woke up this morning at 4am with a splitting headache. I sat in my massage chair (anniversary gift years ago from Honey), and it gradually got better. I targeted the massage between my shoulder blades and just below my neck. My headache is from referred pain from my neck and upper back. The stress of my situation at work is getting to me, as it does periodically. As many of you know, I have someone at work that pays an inordinate and inappropriate amount of attention to me. The stress level went up, because quite randomly, I had two different people at work express concern for my safety yesterday. In fact they let me know that there are several people concerned about their own safety, because they feel like the "situation is going to blow." One of my wonderful, caring colleagues offered to walk me to my car. My coping mechanisms were working well until yesterday. There is so much tension amongst my colleagues right now. Before any of my wonderful readers get upset, I would like you to know, I am doing something about the situation. For 3.5 years I have followed the "chain of command" within the organization I work for and now have sought outside help. I have the right people in place whom I am confident are doing what they can to help me.

Even though I slept for most of the night with my feet elevated and drank plenty of water, I was 9(!) pounds up (total) this morning. I lost 6(!) of  it during the day today before my run. My ankles still look like cankles!! At least it was easier on my feet to run a bit lighter. I took Bubbles, and we had a nice run. It wasn't fast, but it was nice. I ran PMP+1:15. Originally I had 8 miles on my schedule, but I decided to play it safe after feeling the way I have the last few days. The scale registered no loss when I got home. This weird puffiness has me baffled. My ankles were literally bulging out and over my socks when I got home from the run! Got to love gravity and H2O.

Thank you to the wonderful people on this blog who have wished me well. It made me feel better. Thank you ever so much!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From laura on Wed, Nov 07, 2007 at 21:38:56

Lulu, you've got a lot going on right now!!!!! Your swollen ankles/legs sounds very worrisome - especially since it's so much extra weight!! Have you gone to your doctor or called the nurse?

And I'm really worried for you with your situation at work. Ahhh!!! I truly hope things get resolved quickly and completely. I'm amazed you've been so patient - 3 1/2 years is too long to deal with that kind of stress. I'm glad you're finally getting outside help.

From Lybi on Wed, Nov 07, 2007 at 22:04:03

Hey Lulu! So sorry about work. Oh geez, that sounds awful.

Still haven't been to the doctor? Let me explain why I am worried about you. My cousin had a cold and the virus ended up attacking his kidneys. They almost stopped working! Symptoms included rapid (water) weight gain, headache, and high blood pressure. So this is why I am encouraging you to go to the doctor. It just is not within normal parameters to suddenly gain 9 lbs!

From Shauna on Wed, Nov 07, 2007 at 22:12:33

Wow! I hope both situations get better soon-please go see a doctor!

Work situations like the one you are having can be so stressful. I've had problems in the past that were, fortunately, taken care of quickly. I'm glad you're taking the necessary steps to improve the situation.

Best of luck!

From Lulu on Wed, Nov 07, 2007 at 22:25:58

This happened in June (I think) and I went scurrying off to a doctor. He didn't get too excited. He said, "it happens in some women." And then he prescribed a diuretic which I don't use. I have since been to an allergist who said, "some women retain water and we don't know why. Just learn to live with it." My OB/GYN looked at my thyroid and said it has to do with progesterone. When I told him that I know there was no correlation to the water retention and my cycle because I write it down everyday -- he laughed. He knows me pretty well, so he definitely believes me. My blood pressure is low around 90/60 with my resting pulse between 42 and 47. Thanks for your concern.

From Michelle on Wed, Nov 07, 2007 at 23:15:37

Thanks for the comment, Sounds like you've got the medical under control for now, I just hope it resolves soon. You could try one of the diuretics to speed things up? Hope the situation at works resolves too, I can't imagine the stress that would cause. Good Luck!

From Lybi on Wed, Nov 07, 2007 at 23:31:04

Vitamin C is a natural diuretic.

I'm glad you added this info. I feel better now--but wait! YOU are the one who needs to feel better! Hope everything calms down quickly for you.

From sarah on Wed, Nov 07, 2007 at 23:38:26

Oh lulu..I am worried for you..but hopefully in a good prayerful way that will help you. I have heard before and believe that prayer is a form of work and that when we come to our Father with requests and do the work we need to he will grant our petition. I don't know if you are religious or not but I will pray for you and hope that your smarts and strength of character will see you through this tough situation.

From crumpyb1 on Thu, Nov 08, 2007 at 21:24:21

I hope everything gets resolved at work. And I hope your ankles and the weird water retention clears up. Finally, I hope that you are giving your body and mind extra love right now. You deserve it.

From Lulu on Thu, Nov 08, 2007 at 21:32:53

Thank you for your prayers. I believe that prayer is extremely powerful. I also believe that God doesn't put us into situations that we cannot handle, and that he always has a reason for allowing things to happen as they do. Sometimes we get to find out and other times we do not.

I don't want to get into specifics but I have a lot of peace because the people I have helping me. They are very reputable and competent. I have a lot of support from most of my colleagues. It saddens me greatly that I had to get outside help with this situation. In fact, if it does get resolved, I don't know if I can ever respect the people in the chain of command that were legally and morally responsible for protecting me. I am really struggling with that right now. I have a minimum amount of high regard for most of the people who are above me at work. I see this as a huge problem.

From sarah on Thu, Nov 08, 2007 at 23:19:01

That is sad and scary about the people in charge not taking care of things...but they are only people and not necessarily strong in all things..I guess I try not to judge but I also understand your feelings. You have a very mature and beautiful understanding of how God works with people. I also believe that he doesn't give us more than we can handle and will give us the strength we need. Good luck.

From Lulu on Fri, Nov 09, 2007 at 12:22:10

Sarah that strength you refer to also should include the strength to forgive. I actively work on that. I tend easily forgive people but this has gone on so long it is going to be hard for me. I also know that the forgiveness that I am talking about does not mean FORGET. I am still figuring out what to do with all this in my head.

From sarah on Fri, Nov 09, 2007 at 21:07:35

In our church one of our leaders spoke on forgiveness. He said something like -Open your hearts and wait for the forgiveness to come and it will. I have had some experience with needing to forgive and I done it well at times and really really struggled with it other times. I think that if we are open to forgiving and don't close our hearts off to it completely that the healing feeling will come eventually and we will not be left with the bitter feelings that accompany the memory of the wrong doing...which yes...will of course be there..just not painful hopefully.

From sarah on Fri, Nov 09, 2007 at 23:05:37

I was thinking about you and then I sat down to read a book. The page I opened to was talking about forgiveness....coincidence? So I felt like I should share with you what I read and hope that maybe it helps. I'll just quote it. " In their hearts, they may have been saying, 'Well, I might forgive if he repents and asks forgiveness, but he must make the first move.' Then the full impact of the last line seemed to strike them, "For there remaineth in him the greater sin.'

"What? Does that mean I must forgive even if my antagonist remains cold and indifferent and mean? There is no mistaking it.

"A common error is the idea that the offender must apologize and humble himself to the dust before forgiveness is required."

This comes from a book called Teachings of Presidents of the Church, from a man named Spencer W. Kimball that served as our president and prophet several years ago. Hope it helps or at least is interesting to you.

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Nov 09, 2007 at 23:26:41

On forgiveness - the meaning of it is to get rid of the rattlesnake poison rather than being in a hurry to kill the rattlesnake that bit you.

On the job - there is always another, and it is often a better one.

I could go on and on about how unnecessarily stressful many (maybe most) jobs are. I think this is a significant minus to American distance running. I've seen a lot of talented runners literally killing their talent overworking themselves doing something the world could live very well without, or at least without them doing it 60 hours a week.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.040.000.000.000.008.04

Eight with Bubbles at PMP+0:45. Today I felt really great. I am finally back to my regular weight, and felt very strong during the run. I am still fighting the tension headaches because of my situation at work. I had "lunch therapy" with Jeff today. It was good to just chat with him, especially because he is very wise and can put things into perspective and at the same time commiserate with me.

Jeff and I also talked about our plans for Thanksgiving this year. We usually spend it with him so I was talking about our potential menu. This year we are thinking about doing cheese fondue about an hour or two before "the meal." The "meal" is usually very simple and very healthful. He has mentioned he likes coming to our house because we don't have a boatload of food, and we don't overeat. Maybe that will change this year if we do fondue. Of course, he and Honey get to talking about movies, and such and I can't get a word in edgeways.

I should mention that I get very nervous cooking for Jeff because he is an amazing cook. He is always extremely gracious about our cooking -- even when it doesn't go so well. In the past, he has worked as a chef at places where expectations are high. Sometimes he and Honey get going in the kitchen, and I just watch. It is like watching a cooking show on television, only better. If they do that this year, I am ready. I have this yellow caution tape that reads, "caution, men cooking." Perhaps it should read "caution, Lulu cooking."

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Shauna on Thu, Nov 08, 2007 at 21:24:21

Congrats on a great run! And I'm relieved your water retention has gone away!

Your Thanksgiving sounds fun. I'm hosting Turkey Day for the first time this year, but we're keeping it simple too-grilled salmon, salad, and some carbs. But I'm still nervous!

From Lybi on Thu, Nov 08, 2007 at 22:48:55

Yea! I'm glad you are feeling better Lulu. Good luck with Thanksgiving!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

I hesitate to put these miles in the "easy" box. I ran with Bubbles, and we had the stroller loaded down with her stuff. After the first few hills, I quickly altered the course to avoid more. I ran 9:15s with her last night for eight miles and this morning it was tough to run. I figured out why when I realized at 4 miles I was running 8:30 pace!! I am usually a good judge of pace, but today I was not! I knew this would make me hurt later and boy, did it! My hamstrings are pretty fried. I never really was able (?) to get it slower than 9:30 pace this morning.

I will try to run a few more as I was planning to run somewhere between 16 and 18 today. I hope my trashed hamstrings recover enough I can run more today. Tomorrow's run will have to be short. We are taking Bubbles to a wildlife park. She's going to love it. Guests get driven around in open air vehicles and of course the animals are fed alfalfa. I can't wait to see her expression when a giraffe sticks his head in her face!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Lybi on Fri, Nov 09, 2007 at 22:10:50

Man, I really hear you about not being able to go slower than 8:30... Just kidding! My goodness, when am I going to start having THAT kind of problem, I'd like to know.

Great job today Lulu. Have fun tomorrow at the wildlife park!

From Lybi on Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 00:04:12

Umm, Lulu, are you okay? No running in a week? Not likely!

From Lulu on Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 21:12:15

Yep it's true. See entry for today (16 Nov 2007). Thanks.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

I hang my head in shame.

I haven't run in a week. I am not going to run the Houston Marathon as originally planned. I will run tomorrow. This is the longest I have ever gone without running except during portions of my pregnancy and a couple weeks after delivery.

My body is extremely unhappy and rebelling right now. I have had a migraine for nearly 7 days. Lots of other parts hurt and my body is doing its crazy water retention/loss thing again. There is only one explanation. The toll of my training and more likely, the stress from my situation at work has me flattened. I am light headed when I stand up or sit up too quickly. I continue to have poor thermoregulation; my sleep patterns are a mess, and I can't seem to get rested. This is not allowing me to recover from my workouts.

However, the running helps me handle the stress. I am sure some doc could prescribe some sort of drug that would make all this go away, but I don't live my life like that. I need to push through difficult times on my own and know that they will eventually end. I need to feel my emotions even if it comes from the depth of my muscles. That said, I am looking into pharmaceutical grade herbs for some relief of the symptoms of stress, that would still allow me to have my head. I am considering having my cortisol levels tested before I take anything.

I talked with my attorney today about things getting worse before they get better. Things are moving along with my situation, but they are still far from tolerable (attorney agrees). Right now, the "higher ups" have the guy leaving in FEBRUARY (I don't even know when in February). Exactly what am I supposed to do between now and then? Everytime the "squeeze" has been put on him, the situation has escalated. It is pretty bad right now. I don't even want to think about it getting worse. I haven't been in my office since the 21st of September when I received a threat. The thought of going in there nearly sends me into the stratisphere.

I will get back to running. I probably won't run as much as I have, and that makes me somewhat sad. But that being said, my putting the marathon on hold right now has another driving reason behind it. Often my training is done late at night or very early in the morning when Bubbles is asleep or with Bubbles in the stroller. Long runs that require me to be away from the house for more than 2 hours inevitably overlap into her waking hours. Then, I spend a bunch of time during my run wishing I were with her and missing her and my husband. I simply don't want to be away from her right now if I don't have to. And, I don't HAVE to. We waited more than 8 years for her, and we cherish her. Right now while she is young, I want to be around her. She's eventually going to get very independent and I'll be able to run long again and not miss her.

Thanks Lybi for wondering where I was. Here I am!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Brent on Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 21:32:13

Shame stands alone and can be left behind. Your test will be your rebound. A marathon is not the ultimate test, the test is your whole journey through life. Cherish what you value, there is always another race.

Take Care, B of BS Rools out

From Michelle on Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 22:06:29

Lulu,

I hope everything starts to improve, I've never been in a situation like that so I don't what to suggest. Do what you know is best for you and your family, that's what is important and best for you and will bring you the most peace of mind! Our thoughts are with you!

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 22:27:12

Running wise I would recommend just running easy for a few weeks, moderate mileage, maybe 5 a day.

Job wise I would consider two options. If your husband makes enough for you to get by, staying at home and maybe doing some part time work over the Internet would be great. Imagine all that time with Bubbles. If staying at home is not an option, look for another job. I've had a few of those monkey trap experiences where I had something to lose from quitting a dead-end job, but I always gained a lot more when I found the guts to make a move.

From sarah on Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 22:30:54

I second Sasha's idea. I could give you lots of ideas about saving money and still being hap hap happy...

I feel your pain even though I haven't been in that exact experience I have been in some tough situations and I know how it feels to suffer....the sun will come out...keep your chin up.

Love,

Sarah

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.915.000.000.000.008.91

Workout was planned for 8.25 miles with "stuff" as the coach calls it. Warmed up and then ran a tempo at marathon pace (I took it a bit slower because of my last week) for three miles. I paced a new guy to the group and he was happy for the company who could keep a steady pace. Then we ran a half mile and then did 8x200 with 200 rest between. I didn't record my splits as I never wear a watch. Then we ran back and in that run we ran a mile at tempo pace, but I didn't count it as fast because I didn't put in the effort. I am happy I ran. I still have my migraine.

Thanks for your commments on my post yesterday.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From sarah on Sat, Nov 17, 2007 at 12:30:04

Oh Lulu honey...you need a good massage. Does your husband do a decent job or do you know a good therapist? Maybe that would help you relax? Have a good day!

From Lybi on Sat, Nov 17, 2007 at 23:29:33

Oh my gosh, Lulu! How can you run with a migraine? Wow, I am just...speechless. But impressed! And oh, so so sorry about everything you are going through right now. You are doing all the right things--and nothing bad lasts forever. You will overcome!

From sarah on Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 23:06:50

How ya doing Lulu...I'm thinking of you....

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.023.000.000.000.006.02

Six miles with Bubbles in the hills. 1.5 mile warm up. 3 miles at tempo with every other 1/4 hard. 1.5 mile cool down. I felt very strong today. I ran with my group and passed a lot of people in the last mile of the tempo. People sure hate it when someone with a stroller passes them! I still have my intense headache - I think it has been 9 days. I went to the doctor today, and they had to give me a shot of pain medicine to make me functional. If I hadn't had the doctor appointment, I would have had to go to the ER. The pain was so intense, I am not even sure how I got to the doctor. It was a struggle. I go back Tuesday for follow-up. We talked about stress vitamins so I am going to get some today.

The run helped today. Bubbles was exceptionally happy today and was cracking herself up! Thank God for her and Honey (my husband)! Also, thank you for your well-wishes. I feel somewhat pathetic that I need them, but they are felt.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Tom on Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 12:09:34

Lulu - I'm so sorry to hear you're still having to deal with this headache issue and I surely hope you can get it resolved very soon.

The way you've been able to still keep up the rigorous running schedule in spite of the intense pain is very inspirational. But I hope soon you can let someone else take a turn at providing inspiration and enjoy a pain-free world for a while.

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 12:13:59

Good work!

From Syd on Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 12:50:54

LuLu, I had some headache issues about a year ago. Crazy thing to me is that it was entirely stress from work. I eliminated the stress and I haven't had problems like that since. I hope the solution for you is as simple.

From Michelle on Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 13:55:44

Lulu, sounds like you are hanging in there! You are definately a fighter! I hope the days off for the Holiday will give you some added stress relief and rest! Stay strong and try and relax too! (Glad the shot helped and hope the other things will too.)

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.100.000.000.000.006.10

Very, very easy miles. I ran late tonight and alone. My head was telling me to stop at mile 2; it was aching so bad. I have this deal with my body when I am running: If something hurts, I acknowledge it. Then I don't allow myself to think about it for a mile. By mile three it was still hurting but I knew I could finish the run. I spent a lot of time telling myself it wasn't permanent damage and that it would feel better if I did the entire run. I do feel a bit better. My head still feels like it is in a vice (ear to ear) and like some one is pressing my eyebrows in front of my eyes and the back of my head into my neck.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Lybi on Sat, Nov 24, 2007 at 16:35:42

Oh Lulu, I'm so sorry that stubborn headache is still giving you a problem! You know what? I don't like your Dr. I think you need a second opinion! Hopefully you are feeling better now. Did you have a good Thanksgiving?

From Lybi on Sun, Dec 02, 2007 at 21:31:19

Uh-oh! Over a week. You've got me worried again, Lulu. Are you getting better? Are you able to run?

Race: Local Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Mile (5 Miles) 00:00:00, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.004.510.000.000.004.51

Ok, so I haven't posted in a while so here is the start of the catch up (written Dec 3).

Bringing Home the Bacon. This is what my husband calls these races. He loves it. He stays home in bed and I go run and bring home a bunch of meat! First place in every age division is a Turkey and second place is sausages! These are wonderful Louisiana sausages. So my goal is these races are to find someone in my age division and follow them to the finish line. The sausage is the goal. Yes, second place is the ultimate goal. So I came home with two turkeys and one box of sausages.

In the one mile race which I ran at a conversational pace, I won my age division (shucks!) and got turkey #1. In the 5K, I came in second in my age division as planned and got the box of sausages (yea!). Then I won a second turkey as a door prize.

BTW, I threw up 5 times during the 5K! Yes 5 times! A girl ran by me during my 5th upchuck in the gutter and said some pretty ugly things to me. As my friend and I passed her in the last 1/4 mile like she was standing still, my friend said some ugly things to her only some of which is repeatable ie, "Pucker is passing you!"

Happy Thanksgiving!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.006.740.000.000.006.74

Chillin' miles at marathon pace.

So here is the beginning of another week off. The stress of my work situation has made it so that I can hardly eat or keep anything down. I am taking a week off to chill.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.340.000.000.000.004.34

Easing back into it again. Bubbles has had a nasty ear infection from seasonal allergies. She's better. My new doc seems to be on top of things and is getting to the bottom of my health issues. My lawyer seems to be getting some results. Life is good. Life always has been good; it's just getting better for me right now.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.100.000.000.000.005.10

Easy run. Just trying to ease back into the running.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.230.000.000.000.006.23

Ran early this morning. Originally I was planning to do a half marathon today. My body wasn't going to let that happen, apparently. And, more importantly, Bubbles had a opportunity to meet Santa at Honey's work. So we went to breakfast with Santa. Sure beats running a half marathon! Bubbles wasn't too impressed by Santa. She wasn't afraid of him either. She did like the other decorations though.

Bubbles has been walking since she was just over 9 mo old. So after she saw Santa, she decided to try her newest skill, running. She fell and hit her mouth on a metal frame on a window. We hurriedly left Santa's breakfast with a child with a bloody mouth. She's fine. I think it traumatized her Mom and Dad more than her. In fact, she stopped crying in about 30 seconds. It took about 15 minutes to get her to stop bleeding.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.600.000.000.000.004.60

easy  miles.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.930.000.000.000.004.93

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.050.000.000.000.005.05

I've run easy all week. Each run has been negative splits.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From MichelleL on Sun, Dec 09, 2007 at 23:16:47

Negative splits are good!

From sarah on Tue, Dec 11, 2007 at 19:25:56

How are you Lulu?

From laura on Wed, Dec 12, 2007 at 11:03:58

Lulu, it's not like you to miss this many days. Are you doing okay?

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.520.000.000.000.005.52

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.290.000.000.000.004.29

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.000.000.000.000.003.00

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.140.000.000.000.005.14

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.730.000.000.000.004.73

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.520.000.000.000.008.52

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.010.000.000.000.005.01

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.020.000.000.000.005.02

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
450.77193.7342.010.000.00686.51
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Debt Reduction Calculator
Featured Announcements