October 14, 2012

Less injury, more meeting e-friends in real life

Workout wrap-up

Monday: Body Pump class and an easy 5-mile track run 
Tuesday: 40 minutes on the stationary bike
Wednesday: 10 miles of a tempo run. 1 mile to warm up and 1 mile to cool down. The middle 8 miles were at 8:12 (i.e. marathon pace).
Thursday: rest day
Friday: 5 easy miles on the treadmill. 4 of the miles with 1.0 incline.
Saturday: 20.6 (yes, we accidentally added some extra) in 2:54 or 8:27 pace. 

This was the week of making sure that my foot is not completely jacked up. I intentionally skipped my scheduled speed work, and I skipped a planned run on Tuesday because my foot was sore after Monday's run. After my runs on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, I iced immediately, and I haven't had any lingering soreness. I skipped the icing step on Monday and had soreness, so I am now fully converted to icing. 

Saturday was our last long training run before tapering, and it was all fabulousness. First, I was reunited with my training partner after two weeks away from training together. It was great to have her back in my training life! I love how she motivates me to run faster by making it seem so easy and fun, and she never gives up on a run. 

 

Second, we hit our goal pace without too much effort. I'm not saying it was easy to run 20.6 miles, but it didn't leave me incapacitated for the rest of the day. I was sore but not incapacitated. And there weren't really any points in the run where I felt like I might die if I take another step. Holla.


My foot felt a little sore during the run, but after a date with my ice bath, no soreness. This relationship with my ice is really going somewhere. I wonder how many times I can bear my testimony of ice before this post is complete. 

So now we're ready to bring it in Savannah

And I'll be at Go Commando half marathon in Clarksville, TN, this Saturday. My goal for the half is to enjoy the gorgeous scenery and keep my pace in check, like sticking to marathon pace even if my legs are screaming to go faster. 

Let me know if you are going to be at Go Commando or Savannah RNR, so I can try and find you! Not in a creepy way.

I have even more plans to meet some e-friends (like this one and this one) in real life this week because we're taking to the interstates and ditching Birmingham for the big city. 

Right now we're in Kentucky, in route to Chicago for the week. My husband is presenting at the Moody's Risk Practitioner Conference. Follow that link if you're up late and trying to fall asleep. Snooze fest. But the great news is that we're taking an adults-only trip to Chicago. My amazing (and not just because she's taking care of our kids for a week) sister-in-law flew in from Los Angeles to manage the household for the week. 

I'll definitely miss their faces. Especially these ones. 


And I'll miss when my son tells me that I'm "as pretty as lava." 


But I won't miss cooking. I stocked up at Costco before we left on the trip, and I almost passed out at the register. This is what 300 Costco dollars look like. 


That is the most money I've ever thrown down for food in one trip to the store. Part of that crazy total is ink cartridges (you can barely see them because they are covered in food) that I purchased because they were having a special sale, but daaaaaang, this whole eating thing is getting expensive. If I had to cut one kid off, which one would it be?


What should we add to our must-see and must-do list in Chicago? 

Do you have a training partner? Mekelle is my long-run training partner, and we're running Savannah together. But I also have some amazing gals from the gym who I run with during the week. Plus, I have my brother, who pushes me the most of anyone and does not let me quit when I feel wimpy. 

What is your normal weekly/monthly grocery total? That is a scary number to add up some months. 

27 comments:

  1. So glad your foot has been good to you! :)) great week and killer long run girl! You're going to do so well!! Our weekly bill is around $200 which is insane to me for 2 ppl but my hubby is a toxicologist and "green" so we buy almost all organic (he's more insistent on it than me lol) bc he doesn't like any of those chemicals and insecticides and whatever else is in most foods lol.

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  2. I will miss you in savannah by a week! Savannah RnR is on my race list for next year. I hope you have a blast,

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  3. As a geologist, I completely agree with your son: lava is very pretty. To be as pretty as lava is quite the compliment!

    We spend a lot at the grocery store. A lot. Like $150 a week at least. But... we eat everything we buy, so... The three of us are just such darn good eaters that it's hard to keep the fridge and pantry stocked! I watched a couple episodes of Extreme Couponing the other day and immediately felt like a massive idiot for spending as much as we do. I need a savvy couponer to do the grocery shopping for me, I think.

    And I HEART my running partner! Sometimes we yammer on so much that the miles just fly by.

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  4. I'm going to be at the Savannah RnR half!!!!! Of course not at your pace but ill be doing my best!!! Erica

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  5. Love her blog too, love how you two run together. Congrats on a nice 20, you are going to kill your marathon!!

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  6. I believe you wrote awhile back that the pain in your foot is on the top? Mine is on the bottom. What is your "icing" regime? Just a ton of ice and you stick your foot in? I'm actually going to stick my foot in some ice right now but I'm worried I'll get frostbite!

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    1. Not too much ice is the key! I just use a bucket or large bowl when it's my foot. That way I can multitask. If it hurts when I put my foot in, I take out some of the ice or add warm water. It should be really cold, but not hurt. You can definitely give yourself frostbite, but your body will tell you with pain if you are getting it.

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  7. Running the Go Commando 5k Saturday my only chipped time run for October. I'll be wearing bright yellow knee high socks.

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  8. Glad you are keeping the foot in control! I'd say if you can handle 20 on it, you're good to go. I ran the Balt. Marathon relay with my friends this weekend and have the RW half next weekend. Lots of tapering to accomplish this week!

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  9. I'm excited to meet up with you this week. Go Oiselle Team! :)

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  10. I'm so glad your foot is acting right!
    Chicago - just got back. Really enjoyed Oak Street Beach AND the architectural boat tour I took. Def worth it! (Plus , it was nice to sit down post race!)

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  11. I agree - hit up the architectural boat tour, especially with the decent temps we're supposed to get this week. You'll want to get in some runs along the lake front path, and get venture away from downtown and hit up some of the neighborhoods to get a different (non-touristy) feel of the city.

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    1. Somehow the one day we went on the boat tour it rained.:) But the weather cooperated the rest of the trip. We talked constantly about how this was the perfect time of year to visit Chicago! I wish we had had more time to get away from downtown. Even riding the bus out to the museum of science and industry was like driving by another planet. Love the houses out there.

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  12. As pretty as lava is so gorgeous, what a sweet thing to say!!

    I met up with some running bloggers this weekend...it was so much fun and so nice to race with new friends, it made my day!! Have a great time in Chicago...post lots of pics, I really want to go there.

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  13. Have a great time this week on your adults-only trip! I wanted to run Go Commando but Liz Hurley is this weekend and I won't miss that race for anything. If they ever switch which weekend it is then I will run it but if not then it looks like things just aren't meant to be.

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  14. I won't add up my weekly grocery bills and you can't make me. So there.
    Kid-free trip to Chicago sounds both awesome and well-deserved. Jealous of all the things you'll get to do... like eating an entire meal without cutting someone else's food or reffing a spit-fight!
    I'm so happy your foot's feeling good, too, and your training sounds spot-on. Great races are coming your way, for sure!

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    1. Don't do it! I just added it up today because we are trying to budget, and it made me tear up.:)

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  15. WOW! Nice pace on that 20.6 miler!! I'm super impressed.

    I have a 20 miler this weekend and I highly doubt it will be that fast. Can you please come join me?

    No, I don't have a training partner. I train solo and am starting to wish I had some running friends. None of my friends run, so that's tough. I've thought about joining a run group but it never happens. Maybe you can just move out here? Problem solved!

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    1. If we are ever neighbors, I'm taking you up on that!

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  16. You are so ready!! Glad to hear you made it through that last 20 feeling strong, and with such a great pace. You might surprise yourself on race day. :)

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  17. So glad your foot is feeling better! I recently started running with my husband and he's a great coach for me. And the last 3 weeks I've been running with some friends on Wednesday evenings! Boy we laugh so much it goes so much easier and 2 of them even joined me on my long run this weekend which was fantastic! Have fun in Chicago!

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  18. That is so awesome that you have a running partner like that! I need to find me one, or possibly pay someone to be my running partner! ;) Awesome job on the 20! You're gonna kill it! :)

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  19. I'll be at the Go Commando this Saturday in Clarksville- it is my first half marathon and I an super excited/ (and a little) apprehensive about it.
    Goal: sub 2 hours and NO WALKING!
    I may need some encouragment, so if you see me in a bright green (tennis ball colored) nike run shirt, give me a shoutout and pick me up :) Bib #654
    I don't really have any friends that run, so your blog and others encourage me to keep it up.
    Great blog, thanks.

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    1. The first one is always the best! Other races are good too, but the amazing feeling at the finish of you first is unforgettable. I'll look for you too!

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    2. Sorry, I was wrong; it's bib #634.

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  20. hmm. chicago-the architectural tour is pretty cool, so is the comedy place where SNL peeps get started but can’t think of the name. and haven’t been to frontera but heard great things. i used to train with my TNT friends but once my ankle is 100% i will be more on my own (unless i can find someone to train at my pace)-i have big goals ahead and need to focus. have so much fun meeting new blogger friends and at the race!

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