Sunday, August 17, 2014

Have You Ever Been Stuck in the Training Trough?

I've been there for a couple of weeks now.

I am deep, deep, DEEP into my marathon training, with less than 2 months until race day.  I have been dutifully building up my long run mileage on the weekends, and trying to hit some lofty paces on my technical runs during the week.

I've also had a longer schedule at work, with earlier wake-up times.  Knowing the schedule change was temporary, I figured I would just power through.

It has gone as well as you would expect. 

Oh and did I mention the heat wave?

It's a hat trick of misery challenges!

As my PT/running guru Bruk has explained it to me, when you train, your body goes through peaks and valleys.  You have a certain level of fitness, then immediately following a workout (run) your fitness dips and you rest. Ideally, you then slingshot up to a higher fitness level.

The cycle continues, getting you to a higher fitness level after each workout.  I, on the other hand, have apparently been running during my recovery periods.

This is no bueno.

When you don't give yourself enough time to recover from the dip, you won't get out.  You will be left languishing in the training trough, like me.

Not only can this lead to fatigue and lack of motivation, but more serious issues as well.

At least I'm not injured.

Bruk also told me that due to my age I need more recovery time, and that he automatically builds more of it into training plans for people over 40.

I wasn't too happy to hear that.

I may have overreacted just a hair.

A minute or so later he asked me how old I am.

I should hope so.

Being a former marathon coach, Bruk tweaked my long run schedule.  He had me skip my next long run, then added in more recovery weeks (i.e. fewer miles) while still getting me up to peak mileage before tapering. I'm feeling optimistic, and hope I will fare well on this plan.

Questions:  How about you? Have you ever been in the training trough? How did you find your way out?

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Bonus: Here is a screen shot of an actual conversation I had with Christy, who is also training for Portland (I'm blue.)

We're keepin' it real.

We did a long run yesterday though, and it went well, so that's a good sign!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I Got My Run Analyzed. Bring on the GLUTES OF GLORY!

If you know me at all, you know that I have a tendency to injure (click here) myself (and here) pretty (and here) often(and here).(here too)  Most recently, I started experiencing pain that would start in my left hip and then settle a little more, uh, posteriorly.

Running had quite literally become a pain in the butt. 

Over the last couple of years, TriGuy has brought up his running guy whenever I would whine about mention some ache or pain. I would half-heartedly mumble something along the lines of:

And then I would hobble on my merry way.

TriGuy tried to encourage me when I said how it conflicted with my work schedule, by stating the benefits of getting my run analyzed.

So, when my hip/butt pain became too much in the spring, I finally called.  I scheduled the full running analysis, which includes videotaping of walking and running, and an EMG to see which muscles are activated.  I was booked for an appointment 2 months away, but I knew it would be worth the wait.

On June 2nd, I got to see the running guru.  They call him:

                     Why, you ask?

                      There you have it.

We exchanged pleasantries and then got down to business.

FYI, if you want to get a running assessment done, you should know the following:

In order to get an accurate picture of what strange things you're doing with your body, you're required to hang out in nothing but shorts and a sports bra (over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder optional for men).

Once the taping was done, we sat down to watch the video while reviewing my history.

I had to regularly remind myself that I chose to watch myself run.

Yep.  I CHOSE to watch myself run.

I continued on with my history.


Bruk took a deep breath before deciding how to answer me.

 Quick.  Like ripping off a band-aid.

 He asked if I would be ok with going back to see him because he saw some potential areas to work on.  I apparently don't use my butt at all when I run (or ever), so Bruk let me know he was putting me on a special program.  It's called:

That was the moment I decided to tell him that I have a blog, and that would be a perfect title for a post about this experience.

But(t), I'll save that visit for the next post.


* I changed her name to Jen since I haven't asked her if I can blog about her.

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