Monday, August 13, 2012

Here we go again....

Alrighty then -- thought I'd join back up with the blogging world after my months plus absence.  No real reason for my disappearance other than I've been pretty busy with work and really didn't have all that much to say.  Each post would have been something like 'went for a run, am exhausted, building back up sucks' so I spared myself the writing and anyone else the reading.

But -- let me tell you, last week my body was all welcome to the 30 mile range -- and by that I mean after 3 weeks at 30ish miles I FINALLY didn't feel like I wanted to die.  Or sleep.  All. the. time.

So this is what I've been up to since I was last around these parts:

6/25 to 7/1 -- 22 miles
7/2 to 7/8 -- 26 miles
7/9 to 7/15 -- 27 miles
7/16 to 7/22 -- 9 miles (didn't mean to take the week off but silly life)
7/23 to 7/29 -- 31 miles
7/31 to 8/5 -- 30 miles
8/6 to 8/12 -- 33 miles

Pretty decent and relatively sensible mileage build up not withstanding my 9 mile week (it was supposed to be a 20ish miler -- oh well).  But let me tell you, it kicked my ass.  In the whole scheme of running  this isn't all that much mileage but being old and exhausted, it felt like I was running 100 mile weeks (not that I'd know what that felt like or anything).  And I was starting to panic because I really wanted to have comfortable 30 mile weeks to start CIM training.  Thankfully about last Wednesday it all settled in -- I started sleeping better, feeling better and my body seems to have adjusted.

WHEW -- because today is day 1 of the CIM training schedule.

Yikes.  The only thing I'm thinking about now is getting to the starting line -- funny how that now is the main goal.  After the Foot Ordeal of 2012, I no longer take starting a race for granted.  However, I'm sure as it gets closer I'll allow myself to actually think about finishing.

In other news, I've also been doing all my core exercises -- roughly 20 mins a day for 5 or 6 days a week.  I've been pretty consistent amazingly enough and I am finally starting to see the difference it is making.  I've still got lingering aches and pains -- but I think will all the adjustment my back has been through, that is to be expected.

So that's it for now -- I'm sure I'll be posting more and at least once a week so I've got record of this training.  I'm super excited and very nervous.  I think once I get past the 5 week mark (when I got the stress fracture back in the winter) I'll feel better.  Like I made it through the magic point.  It is also a bit scary as I'm running a half that week -- same as I did last Feb.  So once that is over and the week is past, hopefully the nervousness will fade until the end.

So here we go again...


Paul said...

Just remember to take it easy after the half!

(And or run with more cushioning during races and fast runs..e.g. don't run races in nike frees )

Terzah said...

Fingers are crossed for you, that you get through the half unscathed and with boosted confidence! I'm so glad the core exercises are helping. Which reminds me....better go do mine....:^)

Love, Your CIM Roomie

Caroline said...

so happy to read things are going well and strong!

I have been experiencing a set back this summer and I am now seeing a PT and have included core exercises and that is helping!
wishing you all the best for the half!

Jill said...

Good to see you back to the blog world :). I got through phases where I just don't have a lot of blog interest, so I can relate.

You're building up nicely (we all have those 9 mile weeks sometimes :P ) and I'm stoked to hear that you're feeling so much better. Please send some of that my way...every run seems to be such agony anymore. Anyway, you have lots of time for CIM, I hope things continue to go smoothly for ya! And have fun with the half this weekend!

XLMIC said...

I am so glad things are going so well!!! Yay!!!!

Nelly said...

Glad that youre having some good weeks of training!

Hope the half marathon goes well!