Beat the Bridge 2015

I hadn’t done a lot of running since the marathon because my IT band was still acting up but I was finally able to run pain free early last week so I hurried and signed up for Beat the Bridge 8K* before I could change my mind.

*I ran this race once before in 2009 (48:33 unofficial) and I ran an 8K in Victoria BC in 2011 (46:28).

The race was on Sunday and I almost didn’t end up running it because my hip started killing (really, it’s my sciatic nerve deep in my hip) on Friday afternoon, out of no where. I think it might have to do with suddenly running again, plus throwing in a bunch of forward, back, and side lunges. Boy, my body is such a delicate flower. Anyhoo, the pain went away about 3 hours before the race so I got up and ran it (after just 6 hours of sleep and plenty of wine the night before; it’s only an 8K, what’s the worst that could happen?).

Nothing horrible happened! The weather was perfect, my hip didn’t hurt, I only felt like barfing a little once, and my last mile was my fastest. I got a PR with a time of 44:31. That makes 5 PRs in a row (if you count my one marathon). Who says getting older means getting slower.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun and I even have video footage to show what “fun” I was having (I didn’t even notice them filming; I watched this video a few days later when it was linked on nbc.com and I was all, Hey, look at the lady in the bright yellow tank and black hat. She runs like a chicken. Oh, hey, that’s me!)

I won’t be running again for a short while. I just had gum graft surgery yesterday (and in the process found out that I really love sweet potatoes in baby food form) and am not allowed to run for a few days. I’m taking the Amtrak down to Portland on Friday to meet up with Robert (who’s finishing up a work trip) and I hope to get a run in there before we come back. Maybe running in Portland will inspire me to do something silly like sign up for the Portland Marathon…

Much belated Bend/Portland trip recap (well, not really)

Not much to say here anymore now that the marathon is over. That’s kind of sad. I was going to post about all the non-marathon related stuff we did while in Bend and Portland but I have the (well deserved) lazy.

I’ll at least include a few photos. Who doesn’t want to look at photos of beer in glasses?

Hood River & Bend


Portland (where we met up with Chris and Chris’s Friend Tom)


We finally made it to a Tap It Tuesday at Cascade Barrel House. Fun!

 

2015 Bend Marathon

They lied.

After running 7 miles up and down a demoralizing highway (the turnaround went under the highway, up and down a dirty cliff; yes, of course I fell), with a deep hip cramp, I hit mile 20 and a giant hill presented itself before me. I trudged up it, moving at a snail’s pace. The 2 runners I could see in front of me started to walk. I told myself to keep running. Running will get me to the finish faster. Running will, eh, forget it. Just walk.

I sped walked up the hill and the spectators at the top, with all their stupid cheerful faces urged us on, informing us that this was the “last hill.”

They lied.

Those last 6 miles were exactly what they say about marathons. All mental. I finished in 4:41:01.  Yes, childbirth and internal bleeding hurt more, but this marathon easily comes in 3rd place. The only good thing about a marathon (compared to childbirth) is you have some control about how soon it will end and the end is somewhat predictable. So there’s that.

And yes. I’m going to run another. If just to prove that I can do the next one a little better and find a course that is perhaps a little less evil.

I started off this marathon decently enough. The weather was perfect and the crowds of half marathoners around us weren’t terrible. I went out maybe a little faster than I wanted to but my splits were all in the high 9 minute/mile pace and I slowed down a bit at mile 11 to prepare for the highway climb. The plan was to get to the top and then crank it back up on the downhill portion and then hopefully have enough in the tank for the last 10K to negative split. Heh.

During my training I’d had a few hip issues but they hadn’t showed up in over a month so I was kind of surprised to feel my right piriformis cramp up at mile 13. I thought about stopping to stretch it out but a) there was nowhere to stand and hold something (like a tree) on the highway to get a deep stretch and b) I wasn’t really confident that it would help at all (it hadn’t on my 18 mile training run) so I kept on going with the hopes that coming back down would relieve it a bit.

On the downhill portion of the highway I felt a little better but the cramp was still there and I was bummed to see my downhill pace was nearly as slow as the uphill pace. My legs didn’t feel tired and I’d been fueling properly but I could not muster the leg lift to go faster. I don’t know if it was the cramp or maybe I just felt a bit defeated, but I just keep moving along like a snail. My mantra down the highway was “only one small hill to go.” That was dumb.

I could bitch about the hill at mile 20 and the hill at mile 21 (I walked again) and the hill and mile 22 (more walking) but what really made me mad was my IT band which decided to flair up around the downhill portion of mile 21 or 22 (who knows). I went from walking up hills to walking down any type of decline (my IT Band does not like running down when it’s angry).

My new mantras after mile 21 were “hey, at least your feet don’t hurt” and “this hurts so much … but I love pain!” and “the finish line beer is going to be so good!” I’m not going to lie. Those last 2 miles felt like they lasted forever. And then suddenly the finish line appeared, they announced my name, and I finished! (And let’s pretend that Robert was there to cheer for me but he was actually off drinking a beer.)

So here’s to running a marathon and not getting injured, not pooping myself, not getting a single blister, not hitting the wall, and not crying. And I drank 2 delicious beers at the finish line (beer is the best post-run nutrition ever).

Bottle opener medal!
Bottle opener medal!

Here are the nerdy stats:

  • Distance: 25.9 miles
  • Chip time: 4:41:01 (actual moving time was 4:36)
  • Overall: 166 / 240
  • Female:  91 / 139
  • Division (45-49): 8 / 11 (I’m pretty sure I let 3 of them pass me in the last 6 miles)
  • Nutrition: Honey Stinger waffle 30 minutes before the start; Gu at miles 5, 10, 15, 19, 23 + Nuun & water
  • Pee stops at mile 7 and 22 (next time I’ll drink a little less water)

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Robert finished in 3:34 (12 minutes slower than his PR) and agreed that it was a tough course. From what I’ve heard, many seasoned marathoners were tested on this course but then I heard that a few people actually PR’d the course. Wow!

(And next time, with less hills, perhaps no walking, and no potty breaks, I can easily come in under 4:30 or better.)

Shanti ran with me for the first 11 miles and finished in 4:23. She ate up those stupid hills.
Shanti (with her daughter Clover in the photo) ran with me for the first 11 miles and finished in 4:23. She ate up those stupid hills. We had identical limps on the 1 mile walk back to the house.

Week 17

  • Tuesday: 4 miles @10:24/mi (Altra test run) + glute and hip strength training
  • Wednesday: 3 miles @10:09/mi (Altra test run – neuroma pain so I’m holding off running in them again until after the marathon)
  • Thursday: 4 miles @9:59/mi + glute and hip strength training
  • Saturday: 8 miles @10:57/mi 

Total miles ran: 19 miles

Guess what happened this week? Nothing! I am so bored. I feel like I’m 9 months pregnant and sitting around waiting to go into labor.  I’ve done some more cooking and had a really great beer weekend (Holy Mountain and Fremont Brewing) but I’m mostly anxious and want to be running this very second.

My body is really confused, too. I keep feeling little achey spots. First it was my left knee, then an hour later it was my right middle toe. More recently it’s been  my tailbone and lower back (spasms, sciatic nerve pain). Yoga and foam rolling don’t really seem to be helping me. Please make it stop!

We leave for Bend in 3 days and I made a list of what I need to get done before then (hopefully getting things done will help distract me from my back pain).

1) Pick up some toss away clothes at Goodwill to keep me warm at the start line. Currently the forecast is 60% chance of rain and a low of 41 and a high of 64.

2) Choose my running clothes. I know I’m going to wear my Brooks Versatile shorts (the pockets are great for gels). I’m also wearing Injinji socks, my New Balance 890v4s (my 4th pair — they have about 55 miles on them), and a hat with a brim (to keep the rain/sun out). I’m still debating about what tank/shirt to wear. I wore my bright yellow Brooks tank for my last 2 half marathons and it’s super comfortable but I’d love to have a different color to wear this time around. Such a difficult decision… If it feels cold enough I might run w/ gloves and my compression socks.

3) Finish up my playlists. For some reason I haven’t spent much time on them. I guess I already have 2 decent playlists and I’m only going to play them during the 2nd half when the need arises. Kind of different than when I run halfs and listen to music the entire time.

4) Calm the fuck down.

Beer is comforting
Beer is comforting

 

Week 16

  • Tuesday: 5 miles @10:44/mi + glute and hip strength training
  • Wednesday: 4.3 miles @9:18/mi
  • Thursday: 5 miles @10:56/mi + glute and hip strength training
  • Saturday: 12 miles @9:55/mi – nutrition notes: 1/2 Picky Bar pre-run, Gu at mile 3.7, 8.5. Sports drink: 1 NUUN lemon-lime tab.
  • Sunday: Yoga for runners

Total miles ran: 26.5 miles

I finally saw my podiatrist on Thursday morning. After my painful 20 miler I was pretty concerned about how my feet would feel this week. I wore my dancer’s pad on Tuesday and Wednesday during my runs and felt no pain (in fact, I felt super great — and fast — on Wednesday). The podiatrist put a metatarsal pad on my left Superfeet insole and carved out a dancer’s pad on my right insole. With fingers crossed I headed out for an easy run Thursday evening with my new frankinsoles. After a hill my right foot hurt dammit! It wasn’t horrible but it was still annoying. My left foot had some issues too but I fed “positive” thoughts to myself to get through the run (My feet are just tired since I ran so fast yesterday, My feet are just getting used to the frankinsoles. Shut up.)

After that disappointing run I wasn’t sure what to expect for my 12 miler on Saturday. On Friday I parked on campus and didn’t take my regular 2 mile midday walk so I could rest my feet more. When I headed out on Saturday things felt pretty good. Again, after a hill my right sesamoid hurt but I immediately switched to a heel strike pattern for just a few strides and then returned to my normal midfoot/forefoot strike and things were maintainable. In the end, it was a pretty nice run and I easily finished with a sub 10/minute mile pace. Yipee!!!

Yesterday I got a pair of Altra One2s* and I’m going to test them out tonight, very cautiously (and with my insoles). If they feel okay I’ll probably train in them leading up to the marathon. There’s no way I’ll run the marathon in them but I’m optimistic that I can convert over to them full-time, post marathon.

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Altra One2 (plus cat butt)

 

*I was reading up on runners with foot neuroma issues and kept finding positive stories from runners who switched over to Altra shoes. Altras  have a wider toe bed and a narrower heel opening (both of which I need). They are zero drop but have cushioning so that’s a bonus. I love the feel of zero drop shoes (I’ve always been a forefoot striker so they feel really natural to me) but I’ve had neuroma pain trying to run in Vibram Five Fingers and Brooks Pure Drifts due to the lack of cushioning.  I probably wouldn’t have ordered the Altras so quickly but I did a quick search for the One2 and Nordstrom was selling the blue model for $39.97. Seriously?!!!! Everyone else was selling them for $100. I kind of thought it was a mistake on Nordstrom’s part so I immediately purchased them (and now they are back at $100 so maybe it was a mistake)!

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Now that I have so much extra time on my hands (tapering!!!) I’m going to focus on making a couple of running playlists (I need to make a “I am totally pumped for this 5 mile hill” list and a “Only 10K to go” list, at least) and think about what delicious beers I’m going to guzzle in Bend and Portland.

Week 15

  • Tuesday: 5 miles @10:32/mi + glute and hip strength training
  • Wednesday: 5.1 miles @9:46/mi
  • Thursday: 5.1 miles @9:56/mi + glute and hip strength training
  • Saturday: 20 miles @10:04/mi – nutrition notes: honey stinger waffle pre-run, Gu at mile 5, 10, & 15. Sports drink: 2 NUUN lemon-lime tabs.
  • Sunday: Foam rolling and yoga

Total miles ran: 35.3 miles

Running 20 miles taught me a lot about myself. I know that I’m capable of putting in the work and training for a marathon. I feel confident as I approach hills. I know I can maintain a pace over many, many miles and it’s never felt easier. For the first time ever, I can confidently say that I’m a distance runner.

After my 20 miler, I barely felt fatigued and while my quads were a little tender the next day, I really have no soreness at all.

Was it a perfect run? Not at all. My foot/feet KILLED starting at mile 2. Which taught me another lesson: I can run through pain. At least, I can run nearly 3.5 hours in pain which makes me optimistic that I can run up to 4.5 miles (or possibly more) in pain without letting it slow me down.

My foot issues are maddening. On some runs I have no issues. And when I stop running they feel great. Walking feels fine. I still walk about 20 miles a week no problemo. Sometimes my right sesamoid pain crops up during a run and then goes away just like that. The sesamoid issue is something I’ve been dealing with and I focused all my energy on fixing. No, I don’t think it is a deal breaker but I really, really want to ENJOY running, You know? I don’t want to worry about it. I don’t want it to slow me down. I don’t want it to be there at all.

Because I’ve been so focused on my sesamoiditis I completely ignored my left foot and it’s ability to be the angriest foot of the two. On my 20 miler I headed out wearing dancer’s pads on both feet even though I only needed one on my right foot. After one mile of running, left foot said, Hello, remember your neuroma? The one that gets angry when you restrict your toes? IT’S HEEEERRRRE! And that’s when the electric shocks started shooting down to my 3rd and 4th toes. It’s like stepping down on a sharp rock. Again. And again. And again.

Benches and grass were my friend on this run. At mile 2, I stopped at a bus stop bench and removed my shoe to massage my toes. I moved the dancer’s pad down to my arch to act as a metatarsal lift or something (I have no idea why I didn’t just take it off).

At mile 3.5, I sat in someone’s front yard and took off my shoe again. I reached into my hydration pack to fetch the dancer’s pad backing (to protect the sticky side) and cut my finger on the sharp edge of the plastic. Shit! I removed the left dancer’s pad (and dripped blood all over my leg). I shoved the pad back in my pack, dripping more blood as I went, and took off again with left foot free of all encumbrances. Left foot had better be happy! Guess what? Left foot was happy!

At this point I thought I’d dodged a bullet. I relaxed into my run and felt great. It was a beautiful day.

I had to stop for a traffic light at mile 6. When I started up again left foot was all, Hello, I have a nerve in here that is very angry! Did you forget about me?

And so it went. I sat in the grass next to Aurora Avenue at mile 8 to massage my toes and adjust the tightness of my laces, I stopped at a bench in Wallingford around mile 10  to remove both shoes (at this point the dancer’s pad on my right foot had slipped out of place and I tried readjusting it a few times), I stopped again along a serene stretch of Lake Union around mile 14 for another adjustment, and one more time along Westlake at mile 16. At that point I’d started running with my left toes curled up underneath me. Not a good idea but somehow possible.

Once I hit the home stretch I didn’t make any more adjustments. None of them had done any good and I just really wanted to get home and be done with the pain. I ran. I ran fast. I ran a negative split run, even. And at mile 18, trudging uphill along 8th Avenue NW, the electricity in my foot turned into a mere burning sensation. I was so done with it.

It’s funny how your mind plays tricks you. I’ve never been a mantra kind of person but I found that every time I noticed myself thinking: You can’t run this marathon, You’ll never finish, You’re doing major damage here, You should quit now — that’s when my foot REALLY HURT. Then I’d mentally slap myself and think: I’m running 20 freaking amazing miles here! I’m running faster and faster, I am awesome and I can and will do this! And the pain would ease back.

I need a fucking mantra.

Now, just to prove that people who train for marathons are a special kind of crazy read on:

As soon as I got home from my run I was ELATED! Not because I was done or that my foot didn’t have to hurt any more. I was elated because my body just did something amazing and I’m so grateful that I’m capable of doing it. And I cannot wait to run this marathon! I’M EXCITED!!!! Every time I think about that run I can’t help but smile. It’s kind of like childbirth, I guess.

It’s taper time!

p.s. I’m seeing the podiatrist (finally!) on Thursday. I just need some advice. I feel like I just need a little tweaking with my insoles (something better than the non sticky dancer’s pad on my right foot and something that offsets the neuroma on my left). I need Frankinsoles.

Week 14

  • Tuesday: 5 miles @10:18/mi + glute and hip strength training
  • Wednesday: 8.1 miles @10:09/mi
  • Thursday: 5.3 miles @10:09/mi + glute and hip strength training
  • Saturday: 12.2 miles @10:08/mi – nutrition notes: honey stinger waffle pre-run, Gu at mile 5. Sports drink: 1.5 NUUN lemon-lime tabs diluted w/ 23oz. of water.
  • Sunday: 1.5 hours of revitalizing yoga for runners (a lot of deep lunges and hip openers)

Total miles ran: 30.8 miles

I love a cutback week! I wish I could say that the extra rest has helped my feet but they continue to give me issues. I know I said I was planning on going to my podiatrist but I’ve been putting it off because although my feet have been hurting me, they haven’t gotten worse (for the most part — I’ve have some pain since January) and they aren’t really slowing me down. (Plus, I have a $350 deductible that I want to avoid paying which is silly.)

Allow me to post some photos (some are ugly and you’ve been warned, my one loyal reader). Here are the blisters I developed on my 19 mile run 2 weeks ago. The right foot blister is due to my poor taping techniques and has nothing to do with my socks or shoes. D’oh!

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My left foot has this weird big toe blood blister. Very random. You can also see the callus where I have my Morton’s neuroma.

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My feet are bendy and bony and bunion-y and I guess that’s why they are bugging the crap out of me. They require much pampering.

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Anyway, I tried taping my right foot metatarsals for my 12 mile run, hoping to alleviate the pressure on them. I followed these instructions and my taping job was top notch (sort of). But I still had pain off and on (and whenever I needed to turn a left corner I basically came to a full stop because it hurts to pivot on that joint).

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I have 4 weeks to either figure this out and fix it or just come to terms with it and know that I will have some pain during the marathon. I can only hope that it doesn’t get bad enough to prevent me from running the full distance (or worse, cause a long-term issue).

There are all kinds of things I want to try. I have these little stick-on metatarsal pads. I’m going to try them out on my shorter runs this week (hoping to get them placed properly). I also ordered some “dancer’s pads” and I’ve been working on those damn calluses with a pumice stone. I’d love to try a different pair of shoes but I think it’s too risky at this point to change.

Anyway, this marathon training has been quite a learning experience. I suppose if it didn’t have little blips like this in it, more people would train for a one. Or maybe it just takes a special kind of denial to continue running with this pain. On a bright note, my hips feel great and super strong and I haven’t had any soreness or leg fatigue after long runs (even my feet feel fine once I stop running).

Oh look! My knee is almost better! No more band-aids! (I warned you.)

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Coming up: 20 miles!!

 

Week 13

  • Tuesday: 5.1 miles @10:37/mi + glute and hip strength training
  • Wednesday: 5.1 miles @9:28/mi
  • Thursday: 5.1 miles @10:59/mi + glute and hip strength training
  • Saturday: 19.4 miles @10:12/mi (elevation 897′) – nutrition notes: 3 Clif shot bloks pre-run, 3 Clif shot bloks at mile 4.5, Gu at mile 9, Gu w/ extra caffeine at mile 13.75. Sports drink: 1.5 NUUN lemon ice tea w/ caffeine tabs diluted w/ 23oz. of water. Re-filled water bottle at a drinking fountain around mile 15.

Total miles ran: 34.9 miles

Notes: Last week I complained about my hips, this week I’m gonna complain about my feet. I gave myself the most painful yet satisfying plantar faschia massage after Tuesday’s somewhat painful run and my feet both felt pretty decent for the rest of the week but I still have some rubbing annoyances and just dumb stuff happening to them. I’ve tried different lacing techniques, different socks, fancy taping techniques and ChafeX. Still, they don’t seem quite happy. I’d like to try a different shoe but the 2 shoes I’ve been looking at are really pricey and I’m already pretty broke due to other unexpected running expenses.* I started having foot issues with my old Mizuno’s so I don’t know that I can really blame the shoes but it would be nice to have a different model in the rotation.

To make matters worse, I taped up my big toe and ball of foot before my long run which was dumb because my taping technique sucks and I gave myself a nasty blister where the tape rubbed against the joint during downhills. I also got a blood blister on my left big toe but it doesn’t hurt at all and I have no idea why I’m getting one there. During the later miles of my long run I kind of felt like I was running on sand paper. Ouch.

Per usual, I had to ask myself as I was finishing up this long run, could I go further? Could I run 7 more miles right this very minute? And the answer was, um, yes? No, the answer was yes! It wouldn’t have been comfortable (my feet so owie) and it might have been embarrassing (I kind of felt a little out of body-ish and dumb and pretty over-caffeinated) but I would have made it work.

And hey, my hips were fine!!!! Completely happy! And the hills felt great!

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This week is a lower mileage week and next week includes my big 20-miler. I’m going to pamper my feet as much as possible before then.

*You know, I started running because running is FREE. No one told me I would get sucked into all the technology and gear and race fees. Speaking of which, my new Bia watch that Robert gave me for my birthday will be essentially bricked late next week because the company is going out of business and they will no longer maintain the cellular service that allowed one to upload their runs wirelessly (and there’s no mechanism to upload them another way). I really liked the design and technology and it makes me really, really sad that they couldn’t make it work. The market for GPS watches is so saturated but no one else really has anything out there comparable in my opinion. Did I mention the watch was $279? I can feel sorry for myself for the money wasted but my loss is nothing compared to theirs. My next watch is a Garmin 220. It’s a fine watch but I was so looking forward to showing off my pretty Bia at the marathon. :(

 

Bend Marathon planning

I’m beginning to think about my marathon running strategy. What should I eat, drink, wear, listen to, etc… I’m also trying to figure out how to mentally survive 26.2 miles! On all my long runs I’ve been breaking them into 5 mile segments because that’s about when I take a gel and it seems to be working out well for me. I never think “Ok, only 12 miles more to go!” Instead I think, “3 more miles until a gel!”

For the Bend Marathon I think I’ll do the same. I mapped out each segment separately (to get a better picture of the segments’ elevation and aid stops). I hope it helps!

(Note: we were just notified that the finish line is going to be moved to accommodate more people, perhaps within Drake Park, so these routes aren’t really accurate but give me a general idea of what to expect.)

Segment 1:

Aid stations at mile 2.2 (Nuun) and 3.7 (Nuun)

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Segment 2:

Aid stations at mile 6.5 (Gu+h20) and 8.5 (Nuun)

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Segment 3:

Aid stations at mile 11.2 (Gu+h20) and 14 (Nuun)

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Segment 4:

Aid stations at mile 16.2 (Gu+h20) and 18.5 (Nuun)

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Segment 5 (6.2 miles):

Aid stations at mile 20.5 (Gu+h20), 22.7 (Nuun) and 24.5 (Gu+h20)

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That doesn’t look so bad. I’ll have to bring 5 Gu gels with me (I’m not sure if I’ll have the stomach for them later in the race but better bring them just in case) and they’re handing out water and Nuun on the course. The only segment that has any major elevation is segment 3 and I regularly run 5 milers with similar elevation so if I can make it into that segment feeling okay I should be fine.

I’ve been asked about my goal finish time. I don’t really have one. I want to run somewhat comfortably and maybe speed up a bit at the end. This is my first marathon. Anything could happen, right? Yikes.

Anyway, my 5 segments look much better than this, don’t you think?

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Week 12

  • Tuesday: 5.1 miles @9:54/mi + glute and hip strength training
  • Wednesday: 8.2 miles @9:24/mi – notes: I taped my forefeet like this with KT tape, hoping to relieve my sesamoid issue on my right foot but taping had the opposite effect and I had my first issue with my left foot’s Morton’s Neuromona since I switched to my New Balance 890v4s. My last 2 miles were brutally painful. Shame on me. I should know that my forefeet need to spread out.
  • Thursday: 5.1 miles @10:49/mi + glute and hip strength training
  • Saturday: 13.3 miles @10:09/mi – nutrition notes: 3 Clif shot bloks pre-run, 3 Clif shot bloks at 30 minutes, Gu at 60 minutes, Gu w/ caffeine at 90 minutes. Sports drink: 1.5 NUUN lemon ice tea w/ caffeine tabs diluted w/ 23oz. of water. Having gels more often was a bit of an experiment. Every 30 minutes seems like overkill (I was a bit over-caffeinated when I finished). I think I’ll stick to a gel every 5-6 miles (or every other water station during the marathon).

Total miles ran: 31.7 miles

Notes: I felt okay this week. I was a little worried about my hips after my painful 18 miler last week. It was a bit of a rest week which was nice and I felt like I was able to push my runs just a bit and still feel fine. I’m pleased that I’ve been able to consistently get in negative splits on my long runs and am feeling stronger and stronger on hills (trying to engage my glutes and core more).

I continue to have hip flexor tightness/pain and some issues with my feet (mainly my right big toe sesamoids) but icing, yoga, stretching, and resting all seem to help. I do worry that if I miss even one icing or stretching session I’m going to be in big trouble. Edited to add: another weird foot issue I had this week was nerve pain when I tied my right shoe. I think I’ve been tightening my laces too tight and irritated a nerve. When I tied my shoe I got a shooting pain from the top of my foot down to my toe. I’ve adjusted my lacing technique a bit and things are feeling okay again. I could do without all these odd issues popping up. Come on! 

Anyway, in terms of marathon training, I’m almost there! Less than 6 weeks to go! Just keep running. Just keep running. Just keep running.

This weekend I have a 19-miler. My goal is to get in at least 1000′ of elevation (oddly difficult in Seattle’s urban areas) and feel decent at the finish. That’s not too much to ask, right?

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