September 9, 2012

Workouts and some things to love

Workout wrap-up

Monday: 6 miles at Red Mountain Park. No watches or timing. Just having a laid back, in-the-pounding-rain Labor Day run with my brother. Very fun.

Tuesday: 5 miles for Mommy Run Fast virtual run, 35:42, plus 1 mile of warming up, 8:10. I substituted this for my Run Less Run Faster speed work. Then another Red Mountain run that night, 4 miles, untimed and easy run. But I did catch that a nasty case of poison ivy, pictures below (so this may be the time for you to visit another less vomity blog).

Wednesday: Spin class for cross training

Thursday: Tempo run. Supposed to run 2 warm-up miles, 3 @ 7:23, and then 1 cool-down mile. The 3 tempo miles ended up being 7:14, 7:17, 7:14. 6 miles total, 46:50.

Friday: Rest day. I was going to go swimming and do a core work class, but my poison ivy was very irritating and making me feel like taking a full rest day.

Saturday: 18 miles, 2:34. The goal pace was 8:40, and we ended averaging 8:33. During mile 17, I had a very I-will-vomit-if-I-take-another-step moment, so I slowed down for a bit. Usually I try to pick it up at the end, but it wasn't happening on Saturday. My fueling seemed a little off. I had a pack of Honey Stingers, one block from a pack of Shot Bloks, and half of a Clif gel. While I like a lot of Clif products, the Clif chocolate gel was not my thing, and I couldn't finish the packet. Gag.


Sunday: Rest day

Saturday's run, minus that little vomity episode at the end, felt great except that we seemed to get dehydrated around mile 15. I think we missed some water at a stop, and we just really needed to drink more, at least for me. That mile also happened to shoot us up an exhausting hill, and when we got to the water stop at the end, I felt very light headed. It didn't make me tired just then, but I think it caught up with me at the end of the run. I'm really looking forward to cooler temps in a few weeks. A runner girl can dream, right?

My brother ran 13 with us. I swear he smiled way more than this. 




Poison ivy update: I decided to not post food and poison ivy update pics in one post this time. I'm still hoping some of you will visit again, ya know. So I'll wait a couple more months to pull out my funky-skin-rash + this-is-what-I-ate-today combos again. 

Day 1
Day 2
Day 4

On day 4, I went to the after-hours clinic, and they gave me a steroid shot in the rump. For some reason, I was so nervous, like heavy breathing and gripping the table kind of nervous. Probably because I expected them to just hand me a steroid prescription, so I had no time to pre-panic, which always goes smoother than a sudden panic. Turns out I was right to panic. That junk hurt. The stick was nothing -- it was the stinging of the medicine and the soreness afterwards that really did not feel great. They also gave me a prescription for methylprednisolone to take for up to six days. So be prepared for some 'roid rage up in here. 

Overall, I'm surprised that the symptoms aren't less than they currently are. I still have lots of redness and itching, but there hasn't been any more spreading, which is good. Next time I see that I have it, I will go to the clinic right away for a shot. I regret waiting until Saturday when I realized that I had it on Wednesday. 

Also I washed everything I had on the night I got it -- shoes, socks, shirts, watch, hair ties -- with Tide, and I have washed all over my skin many, many times with the Tecnu soap, although I'm not sure it helped at all with oil spreading after the first time. It just felt good to wash it. I think it spread so much to my arms, both legs, and neck because I was sweating so heavily when I got it and didn't realize it until I had already crossed my legs, untied my shoes, scratched my neck, did some dance moves (including the worm, I'm sure), and other general tomfoolery. 

I'm also still spraying the Tecnu spray on the wound to try and dry it out and help it to not scar. Not that leg scars matter to someone who shaves their legs once a month. 

Now, less rash, more fun. 

Some things I love this week:

Taking my husband's picture for his upcoming business conference. He's so bank-y up in here. This was a joke picture, but it turned out that I liked it the best and am making him use it for his bio. 


Getting a gift from Road Runner Sports in the mail. I should probably share with you guys, right?


 Watching kids discover excellent hiding places.


Finding this photo series on my camera. And it cleared up the missing Goldfish mystery. 



This hoodie. Even though it's still too hot to wear it, I put it on one morning just in case. 



What was your best or worst moment in training this week? Best was the strong 18 miler on Saturday despite the humidity and slightly poor fueling. Worst was the poison ivy picked up on Tuesday's run. 

What is something you love this week?

18 comments:

  1. Oh gosh...that stuff really spread! I'm glad you finally went to the clinic though...too bad it had to result in a poke to the hiney but hopefully it's on the quick mend now. Great training week!! The humidity really needs to go away for good and Fall needs to come, like now. :) worst moment was Saturdays run where I literally had a meltdown...best was my 5 hour run yesterday.

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    1. Five hours?!! That rocks. You are definitely going to be ready for the 50.

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    2. Thank you!...I certainly hope so! :)

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  2. Yes, I am sure that all of your readers (this one included) hope that you attend to any future rashes more expediently so that we, oops, I mean you, don't have to suffer so much! hahahaha. Okay, enough fun. Two great pics. Your hubby is a good looking guy and you made him look very trustworthy. Next, what did you use to take the first pic of you and "best training partner"? Not your cell phone? Background is fantastic! Also, cute idea with the excitement arrow. Enjoyed this one.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, my cell phone! If the light is good, it takes great pictures, but usually the light is bad during an early morning run. All the run pics were with my cell phone.

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  3. Wow, what a great running week! You rock!

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  4. Okay fist of all now did you get that hit cars from road runner!!!!! Me want.... Second I have been covering that sweatshirt for months!!!!!! I'm jealous. So jealous!!NAND in jealous
    Of all your running. I've decided I donteant to be pregnant anymore!!!! I must wantthe baby to come out!!!!! Okay? Sorry for poison ivy!!!!

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    1. RR is trying to get some blog stuff going. I just happened upon them on twitter, and they sent some stuff so I could try them out.

      I didn't run before I had my babies, so I can't imagine what it would be like to run while pregnant. I could barely walk while pregnant without peeing my pants, so I think running would have been pretty tough.:) But I was always amazed at how eventual you get your body back because with every baby, I was sure that I would be a bloated, emotional wreck forever.

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  5. Sorry about your poison ivy! That stinks. Something I loved last week was my trip to California and all the running I got to do there. I had a so-so 17 miler this weekend and am havin some pangs of envy for your awesome 18 miler! Way to rock it out in that heat. I can't even complain that my run was hot because it was the first morning that it has almost felt like fall. Darn I just have to take the blame for the slow crappy run myself!

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    1. Awesome that you got to run in California! I bet the weather there was perfect for morning runs.

      Ha! It's kind of nice to have heat as an excuse for slowing down and wanting to vomit.:) We'll see if anything actually changes on that front when colder weather hits.

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  6. The poison ivy rash is getting GOOD!! I love photos of stuff like that - I'm just sorry you're suffering. Sounds most unpleasant. Yo Daddy looks very professional...will he mind it's on the blog??

    My best moment in training last week was realising I'd run further than I thought which made my pace decent. My worst bit? Foot pain, but it's all gone, thanks to the frozen peas.

    You could wear that hoodie in NorCal....it's getting Autumnier by the week!!!!

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    1. I got his permission before posting! Well sort of. I said, "Hey, I'm putting this picture up on the blog," and I got no argument.

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  7. Great job on your training this week! I have a hard time with poison ivy when I get it and the last time I had it was of course when the tornadoes hit and I had to go to the local high school to see a doctor and they didn't have steroid shots so I had to take whatever they had on hand until we got power back a week later and I could go to my regular doctor. Sweating does aggravate mine A LOT so I don't know how you are able to stand it when you run!

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    1. Wow! That's definitely not the ideal time to get poison ivy. But interesting that they had docs at the schools. Was it also being used as a shelter?

      And the sweating seems to just really irritate the PI a ton!

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  8. Poison ivy is aweful to get. Hope it clears up soon. My best run this week was my first in12 days since dog bite. Nervous but excited. Run went well! Calf compression sleeve really generates a lot of sweat, but so glad to have it. Daughter was great coach riding her bike along with me! Teenagers have there good moments too!

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    1. Glad that you are back! I love wearing compression during runs, but it can get a little sweaty. And awesome that your teenage daughter road with you. Can't wait for the day when my family wants to run or bike with me!

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  9. 8:33 pace for your long run, great job! You're going to crush your marathon.

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