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When running gets in the way of your social life November 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — melrunner @ 2:41 am

I feel really bad.
Today was a really good friend of mine’s birthday.
We were supposed to go out to dinner.
I had already planned that I would eat at home, (my pasta) and then meet them for some mingling time.
Well, people were meeting at 830-845 (on a Friday night yes)
I have to wake up at 320 so I can be at the hospital at 4am to warm up and to start running at 415am since we’re doing 18 miles and it’s still hot.
So I called and cancelled. I was honest with M and told her that there was no way I could go tonight and be up by 320 to run 18.
I just feel bad b/c I’m sure she was disappointed in me.
She wouldn’t understand. My non running friends would not understand.
We do sacrifice sleep by waking up at the crack of dawn to avoid the heat. We sacrifice Friday night happy hours or cocktails. Yes we’d rather spend $$ on race entry fees, running clothes, or running trips that are out of town than spending the money on other things. We spend money on PT, doctor’s, accupuncture, chiro, shoes every 3-4 months, etc. We sacrifice our social life. Is it worth it?
I just feel like a bad friend.
I hate feeling so guilty.
I’ll make it up and go see her tomorrow afternoon, but still I feel guilty.

Oh well,
Let’s hope that the 18 miles tomorrow are worth the sacrifice.


4 halves and one full? November 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — melrunner @ 9:25 pm

So I’m not sure if I’m overdoing it, but the plan for this month are 2 half marathons: One Nov 15th the other Nov 28th.

December I might just do a local Xmas 5k.

January I have two half scheduled: Disney half on Jan 10th and Naples half (DIVA FE!) on Jan 17th.

So the next big question is should I do the full on Jan 31st or do the half?

I really want to do to the full and do the longer runs (16-22) again in nice weather, but I was going to try to run 16 this morning and only did 10.

I honestly felt like a loser b/c I didn’t do what I had told my body to do. I had eaten enough carbs last night for a 16 mile run, and I stopped after 10.

I wore my new Mizunos and the ball of my feet was aching a bit after mile 7 b/c of the getting used to the Newton shoes.

So I guess I’m just going to play it by ear and how my body feels. Try to train for the full, but take it one week at a time. The last thing that I want is to be injured. I am adding speed work which is a change for me. I am keeping my mileage the same and I am only upping it by 10% or less.

Now I can use next week’s half as a training run. I do not plan on racing it and I am not worried about my time. If I finish in 2:30 that’s fine with me. If I finish in 2:45 that’s also fine with me. Kelle is running and I might wait for her since I know she’s been having issues with her shins.

The Space Coast half is one that I would like to race or try to since I heard that the course is really nice. We’ll see. I haven’t even registered for that half yet.

One day at a time. One half at a time.

On a better note I talked to Antonella today  on the phone! I love my little godchild!!!


first speed work session! November 4, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — melrunner @ 12:42 am

So this morning I was up with the chickens as I decided to do my first speedwork session over at Tropical Park with Coach Ward. I can go for the next 10 weeks or so (or until our next marathon which is Jan 31st) every Tuesday morning from 630-730. We warm up at 6 and run on a track and he places each runner depending on their goal/speedwork/etc..


I wrote down my goals in a sheet of paper so he can help me achieve them. My goals are to run a 1/2 in 2:15-2:20 and a full in 4:50-4:55. I would love to run a 1/2 under two hours but maybe in a couple of years as I know that I am not built to be a fast runner. I also want to improve my time on 5ks since I rarely ever race a 5k b/c I feel Im going to get sick with the distance being so short.

Today’s workout was 5 x 400 with one 400m recovery in b/w. A few drills here and there, w/u and c/d.

So far so good. I decided that since today’s session was hard, I need to reward myself by having chocolate milk. I ended up buying a 1/2 gallon of SILK Light Chocolate milk. Yummy! I had a glass and ate a Go Lean Waffle with apple butter for breakfast. It was delicious!!!!

So if I’m going to be doing speedwork on Tuesday’s that means I need to XT on Wednesday’s and my schedule had me running 4x a week: Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Sat as my LR. I don’t like changing my schedule around!

I guess I can do Tues, Thurs, Sat, and Sun or Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Saturday. I don’t know how I’d feel running 5+miles after my LR on Saturday. So I might do this:

Monday morning: Easy Run

Tuesday morning: Track workout

Wednesday morning: XT (swim /bike if I get pass my clip on fears/gym if I ever join)

Thursday evening: Run with Footworks

Friday: REST

Saturday: Long Run

Sunday: XT (bike/walk/gym/etc)

If I join the swimming classes that I have been wanting to do, I can swim Wed, Thurs, and maybe Friday. We’ll see. One thing at a time, and as of now, my goal is to wake up every morning at 6am so I can start working out by 615. And bed time at 1000-10:30 (means no TV and in bed reading) so I can be asleep before 11.

Like Annie (Lucybelle) I’d also would like to start doing tri’s at one point next year. That will be another goal for 2010!


Yesterday’s run was painful; can I do another full in 14 weeks? November 2, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — melrunner @ 1:48 am

So I did my first long run post marathon yesterday and ran 12 miles. ( I had ran 8 the previous Saturday and they were also painful and slow) I was struggling yesterday with my run and I am now unsure if I should do another full in 14 weeks or just wait until the next fall season.

I’d love to run Miami with my running friends and b/c I live here and know the course, etc but Miami is hot!! And even in January, it might be 60. The thing that I do not like about the ING Miami is that the spectators and the crowd die after the first half is over. I’m not sure what to do. I guess I can play it by ear and by week and see if I start feeling better after my LR’s. We need some cold weather or at least 75 degree weather. I’m so tired of running in >80 weather with high humidity.

So I went to the chiro, took an ice bath, had my choco milk, foamed rolled, and wore my compression socks. I felt a lot better after a good nap. I even managed to run an easy 2 miles this morning!!

So, I guess I’ll just play it by ear and see how I feel. I’m doing a 1/2 in 2 weeks which I would love to PR but I know that physically I still feel a bit off since Chicago and I will not even attempt to try if it’s hot that day. Why did I even sign up for this half in two weeks??


Congratulations to the NYC runners! Ellen you rocked!!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — melrunner @ 1:33 am

Congratulations to all of the runners that ran the 40th NYC marathon today!

My DIVA friends Ellen and Michelle, your dedication and hard work were amazing. The fact that you ran for a cause made your race even more meaningful and more inspiring! Way to go!! Ellen, can’t wait to run Chi with you next year!!!!


Big Congrats to my two friends from my running team, Cesar and Gabe! Gabe you never stop amazing me!!!!  Cesar, training with you was a gift!!!!! I am so lucky to know you!!!!