Tuesday, June 12, 2007

And as my mind begins to spread its wings, There's no stoppin' curiosity

I was pretty proud of my beach workouts. I made it to the workout room three times in five days. Two three mile runs and one weight training session with a mile warm up. I knew that my first workout when I got home would be rough...and it was...for several reasons.
From reading other sites I know that I should not push too hard, too soon before a race. And with THE 10K being on Saturday I knew that I needed to get a long run in yesterday. I also knew that I needed to Incorporated some incline on the treadmill, considering that the hills were my weakness (a nice way to say KILLED ME) on the 5k and there are two big ones on the 10k.

So, my goal was a 60 minute run...with incline the entire time at a 12 minute a mile pace. This would get me 5 miles, would be my longest run to date and would be only a mile.2 short of the race distance.

My first mistake was not eating anything before I went. I made a conscious decision to have a light lunch yesterday (ate WAY too much last week) but I did not, and I should have had, a snack b/4 the run.

The good news is that I ran for 60 minutes straight. The OTHER news is that I only kept the incline on for the first three miles and my HR was so high during the last mile that I tapered my speed and finished the 60 minutes with 4.8 miles.

The bad news is that I have never felt worse after a run. I literally felt like I was going to pass out. I refilled my water bottle, drove home and collapsed, for a moment. Then I started to think what a dummy I was for not eating more and expecting so much out of my body...so I got up and started eating. After a veggie quesidilla I felt a lot better and a little later I had an English Muffin and felt human again. I did take a solid twenty minutes to stretch last night (Girl, Interrupted was on...read the book and I was impressed with the movie interpretation) and boy am I tight!

The bad bad news is that I HURT this morning. My right knee hurts and my left "shin" (tibialis)muscle is soar.

I am not sure what to do tonight (suggestions anyone?). I usually go to a weight training class...but I kinda feel like I want to run or do the elliptical for thirty minutes or so and then stretch really well again. And then what to do (other than be smarter about my eating and drink more water) to do for the rest of the week?!?

My other question is for you ladies out there...I do not have a sleeveless workout (wicking...) shirt and I want to get one for the race Saturday...any suggestions?

Have a great day and Take Care

Who's to say I can't do everything
Well I can try
And as I roll along I begin to find
Things aren't always just what they seem (Jack Johnson)


Andra Sue said...

Yeah, I hear ya on the not eating enough. My appetite has been so screwed up lately and I have no idea why! Bonk city.

If I were you, I'd skip the weights and stretch if you're sore...especially with your race on Saturday.

Suggestions for a sleeveless wicking-fabric running top: Russell Athletic has some really great ones that are cheap also ($15?). I think I have 3 or 4...they come in all kinds of fun colors! Try Sports Authority or Academy if they have those stores near you. :-)

Bill said...

Molly -

My $.02...

Eliptical today. DO NOT do any weight training this week.

Don't do any more long runs until after your race. Keep active every day this week, but keep it short. No more than 30 minutes each day, with Wednesday's effort at your expected pace for the 10K. Stay hydrated, stretch and relax.

Looking forward to your blazing race report! :D

Allez said...

I would suggest doing hill intervals, instead of an incline the whole time. That might help the shins some.