April 15, 2012

Yo Lil Momma Runs

What happened this week? Well, I got one year closer to getting my extra five minutes to qualify for Boston. Seriously, watch out next year, Boston. Because I will be creeping up on you with my elderliness, and those five minutes might be just what I need. Also, I could use some actual speed work, not just the stuff I make up and stop abruptly in the middle or whenever I feel like it.

This week in workouts:
Monday -- Bodypump and 5 miles on the track, avg. pace 8:01, no pain in my leg!
Tuesday -- volleyball for an hour and six hundred new knee bruises (weird but I love knee bruises) to remember it.
Wednesday -- 4 miles of running on track at 7:49 pace, 4 miles of walking. Surprise, my leg hurt today, which is why I walked the rest of my mileage. Did the higher speeds hurt it? I was trying to do a fast/slow, sprint/jog mix with running.
Thursday -- 10 miles on treadmill, avg. pace 8:14. Leg hurt some at the end, but I found if I shift my center of gravity forward, I don't get any of the sharp pains. Weird. Explanations? Anyone, anyone?
Friday -- 8 miles on track, avg. pace 8:08. Leg fine.
Saturday -- 17.31, avg. pace 8:54. My Garmin died so that's why I have weird mileage. I meant to run 18. Oh well. Last long run of training, even though I am already supposed to be tapering. I wanted to throw in one more long run to make up for three crappy training weeks.

I will not have any taper whining or madness (pinky swear to myself). My body needs the taper, and I might take it even easier than my plan prescribes. I don't want to risk crashing and burning on Apr. 28th. My leg felt fine at the beginning of the week, but some of the pains came back this week when I tried to get into higher speeds. I'm wondering if it's because of the shift in my stride when I try to run faster. It seems like if I make a point to lean forward more and get my chest over/in front of my feet, I have almost no pain.

Look what I found in my inbox this week. Rocking knee highs and double buns. I love her.

My last bit of happy news is that I'll be sharing my birthday love by giving away something from this picture (below) this week. Can you guess what it is? And if awkwardness was something I could send in the mail, I could overnight it to all of you. But no, that's not it. 


  1. She even kinda looks like you. Too cute.

    I think you are giving away the sparkly goodness on your head.

    Did you get all your materials at Joanns? I was thinking of making some for myself since I have my sewing machine sitting there doing nothing. I just hate waiting to get it cut at the cut table. I wasn't able to find any velvet ribbon in-store that wasn't buy-by-the-yard.

    1. You are an awesome guesser! Luckily I'm not giving away my homemade ones, though my friends swore they loved them. My sewing skills are pretty sketchy, but unless you are looking really closely, I guess you wouldn't notice. It's a fun project to try though!

  2. Awesome week!I love your sweet mini!!!! Erica

  3. I'm guessing the headband! :)
    Yes, NO Taper-tantrums! You're fast, strong, well trained, you'r ready!

  4. I was going to guess the headband, too! If not that, I'd take the fancy phone/i-pod thing you are holding. (Sorry, I am a techno-boob apparently.)

    As to strange pain, my guess would be volleyball caused it. But then, I am adverse to sports that cause you to jump around a lot. Seriously, though, something to consider.

    Since you had shin splint type pain, the speed could be doing it. Shin splints are aggravated by driving your stride out in front of you - lengthening your stride and heel striking - which a lot of people do as they go faster. By shifting your weight forward and landing more under your center of mass, you are probably landing more on your midfoot, which would mitigate the heel striking (and ergo the dorsiflexing that comes with it - which can cause shin pain). If you want speed while keeping your feet under your center of mass, you need to improve your foot turnover. (Smaller strides, faster churn, lean from the ankles.) Beware of leaning over from the waist as this may lead to low back issues. Lean forward from the ankles, rather. Check out Chi Running or Good Form Running for more info. [Insert usual disclaimer here regarding me NOT being a medical professional.]

    Good luck in your next race!

  5. Great job!!!! The lil yo mama made my day today :-)


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