Sunday, November 22, 2015

Not Gonna Do It (WW # 16)


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Yippee!!  A new distance record.

I rested on Monday and Tuesday, per my usual I'm-killing-myself-over-the-weekend training plan.  When I woke up Wednesday morning, the wind was howling due to an approaching storm. Nope. Not gonna do it!  {Think Dana Carvey as President BushThe weather forced me to cut back this week, probably a good idea since I've done nothing but increase since the injury.  

Thursday morning I rode for 18.5 foggy and chilly miles.  It was mostly dark and there were a lot of limbs and debris in the road from the storm!  I was happy to finally see daylight.  My average HR was around 160 but since I forgot to stop my Garmin (it is so frustrating when I do that!) I'm unsure.  

Saturday I rode for 41 miles. This is my new distance record.  My HR averaged 155 and speed 14.70 mph.  I think that's pretty OK for a recreational rider like me and especially at that long of a distanceI was curious and checked Garmin Connect for my top speed.  It was 22.4 mph.  And, I have no idea what all of this means!  I do know it was a beautiful day to be outside!
 
 
How can you not be outside on a day like this?



Saturday afternoon was pretty quiet.  We didn't have our normal house full of people and our college football team whipped their opponents easily.  The game wasn't very interesting but other games surely were.

Sunday morning I decided to walk the dogs.  I wanted to test my left foot in preparation for the impending first post-injury run that I was planning for next week.  I purposely wore blue jeans and a heavy jacket, so I wouldn't be tempted to run.  Nope.  Not gonna do it.  Umm...that didn't work.



On a quiet, chilly, windy November morning on a walk with my dogs, I ran.   With one dog pulling me ferociously from the front and me dragging the other one lagging in the back, I ran.  (I'm sure we made quite a sight.)   In bulky street clothes and with coffee sloshing in my belly, I ran.  Slowly and purposely for 3 separated laps, I ran.  Without any thought or planning, I ran.  For one mile, I ran.  I guess I should mention, I also walked another 2.5 with the dogs. 

With the realization that the Disney Marathon is only 7 weeks away, it was enough motivation to return to the pool for a 140 minutes pool running session. Two.Hours.And.Twenty.Minutes. BAM!  My HR averaged 139 (so close to the targeted 140!)

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In summary, this week I cycled twice for a total of 59.5 miles, pool ran once for 140 minutes, and I RAN once for 1.0 miles.   And that's a wrap!


Tell me something good!



52 comments:

  1. We still have war weather here although I have my windows open now and t is around 70 degrees! :) You still doing a great job with this new routine of yours, I can't believe it is 7 weeks until WDW!!! See in the hop!

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    1. It's supposed to be 29 here tonight. We are just far enough north to actually have a mild winter. Something has got to kill all of those mosquitoes. I'm getting nervous about how close that race is and my 8 weeks of no running. I can only hope the pool running does it's job.

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  2. 40 miles is a kick butt ride!! That is very speedy :)
    I understand the run, once you get out there, it is very hard to walk!
    I hope the foot is feeling a little stronger. You have done the work, I really hope you get to have happy times at WDW.
    The furry babies are so cute.

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    1. I truly did not plan to run. That's why I purposefully put on bluejeans. But after about a mile of walking, I thought -- this doesn't hurt so I'll just jog a few steps to see if that does. It felt fine, so I did some more. I'm waiting to see how my foot feels tomorrow before deciding when my next attempt will be. The resistance from pool running will probably affect it more than the run. 41 miles is a split butt ride! Get it? Ha!

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    2. LOL, yes, I even a have a gel seat..still hurts.

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    3. For some reason, I found it especially uncomfortable Saturday with a gel seat and padded shorts.

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  3. Good for you, that mile must have felt great! Does it mean that there will be more miles?

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    1. It did feel good. The cold air felt good in my lungs too. I'm waiting to see if there is any affect on my foot before deciding when my next attempt will be. I think (hope) it will just be in a couple of days.

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  4. Wouldn't be prudent...at this juncture! Lol, SNL flashbacks! I'll say your cycling is going well. Today I went 40 miles at 16.7 mph average pace. 1700' of climb and bitchy headwinds, though. Seriously cannot believe WDW is so close. Can hardly believe this is Thanksgiving week! Have a good one!

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    1. I miss that era of SNL! It was "excellent" (Wayne's World). I've tried not to look at my speed on the bike and just monitor my HR. 16.7 sounds very speedy for 40 miles with climb and wind! Wow.

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  5. You ran!!! You were very smart to wear your street clothes so you wouldn't be tempted to overdo it on your first time out. I admire your determination and perseverance during your recovery, and it's going to pay off soon when you're back out on the running trails.

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. I didn't intend to, but I did. I've been stressing over when I was going to try it. So, I'm kinda glad it just happened and I got that initial run over with. My body worked and nothing shattered. I've got to recover from pool running for a day or two and then I'm going to try another run, as long as my foot was not affected in any way from today.

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  6. :) I hate not being able to run when you want to soon badly!! We will be in Disney during Marathon weekend. I'm not running it this year, but my girls are doing the kids races!!

    p.s. i'll be linking up my weekly round up of workouts tomorrow when the post goes live. :)

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    1. I think it's great your girls will be going the kids races. What day do they have those on? I hope I can start adding in some real running miles. Post whenever is convenient for you. We appreciate you joining us!

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  7. I would be the same way! Just testing the waters. I hope all is fine. Just ease back into it, yea right. Lol. That was a serious bike ride!! Where do you ride in your neighborhood or do you load up an go somewhere? I'm taking my bike to FL. I hope to scope out an 18 mile route to run. Plus riding will keep me active without adding wear on my knee. Did I tell you we were going through Atlanta then swing through Savannah before we get to the in-laws? I'm excited!!

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    1. My longer rides are in the adjacent neighborhood. I can cut through the woods. It is much larger but also quiet as it still has vacant lots. It also has really wide streets so the traffic is a non issue. I'm not riding on the busy roads around here! I tried going to a large park we have but the pavement was horrible. It's easier to just ride from my house anyway. I hope you enjoy your trip. Do you have anything fun planned for Atlanta or Savannah?

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  8. Your riding mileage is so impressive! I am so in awe of how you have transitioned into other fit activities during your injury. I usually just pout and whine during injury!

    You ran!! Good for you! How did it feel? Make sure to ease back into it even with Disney 7 weeks away.

    2 hrs and 20 min in the pool! Wowsers! I just signed up for a swim class over the winter. We will see how it goes.

    Good luck on your run this week.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

    I am thankful for meeting you through blogging!

    -Tamieka@fitballingrunningmom

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    1. Oh, I've still pouted and whined. Just ask my husband! Ha. I was just desperate not to lose what I had gained during marathon training. Desperate people do crazy things! I'm really not planning to do much running, especially these first couple of weeks. I'll continue to treat pool running as my long slow run probably up until the race.

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  9. I thought of you when I went to the pool this week. One hour is my maximum, beyond that I am bored stiff. Not sure how you do it but boy, you are one determined woman ! Good for you ! Have a great week.

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    1. The boredom is mind numbing. But I play "games" with my music. When I get to only one hour LEFT in the pool, I feel victorious! I can do anything for an hour, right? Determined? Yes. Crazy? Probably.

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  10. Congrats on your return to running & STILL pool running afterwards.

    Oddly enough, when he was better, Chester seemed to really enjoy running with me (for 30 seconds, of course). Lola, who loves to run, always seemed a bit reluctant. Scared of being stepped on, I guess.

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    1. I used to run with Mini. She is up for any distance! But I hurt my groin when a kid tried to pet her. She balked and I did my best to not stop on her. It took months for that to heal. My Mojo doesn't like to run. I was running in a lightning storm once and had to pick him up so Mini and I could hightail it back to the house.

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  11. Yay for getting in your first post-injury run! You have been working so hard to stay in shape that I am sure you maintained your fitness over the past few weeks. Hoping you can start to really get back to running now!

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    1. I'm really running out of patience with this injury. It will soon be too cold to cycle in the dark mornings. My foot needs to hurry up and be well.

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  12. Ha! I had to laugh at the image of one dog pulling you and you pulling the other. I bet that run felt great! As usual, you had another very impressive week of biking and pool running! Have a great week!

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    1. I used to run with Mini all the time and she is always up for the challenge. Mojo, he'll just pass. I'm not sure how much more of this I can do. If I could just run a little, it sure would help my mental state -- give me that boost I need.

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  13. Congrats on the first run! The dog lagging behind was simply providing some resistance :)

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    1. He provided a lot of that! He just doesn't like to run. My other dog flies like the wind. I was in between stretched out to the max.

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  14. Yay that you got out and was able to run! You killed it with the pool and the bike too! Great week!

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    1. Thanks. Today, my body feels like I did all that this weekend too. All of my life, Mondays have been associated with muscle aches.

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  15. Your dogs are so cute! I have a small dog (chihuahua) and he's spotted like your brown and white dog, but black and white instead. I really appreciate nice blue days because Ohio is generally gray and overcast during the winter. This fall's been pretty nice and I'm not ready for 20-30 degree temperatures! :/

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    1. My spotted dog is part Jack Russell part Chihuahua. He does not like to run. Mini, the skinny one with long legs, runs like the wind. When I looked up at that bluer than blue sky, I just had to take a picture.

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  16. I'm always impressed with your biking and pool running! You are doing awesome keeping active! Congrats on the first run! I hope it felt good! Have a great week!

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    1. It's getting old! I need a change of pace (ha ha) or the ability to start adding a few running miles to get me though this.

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  17. "not gonna do it."" I almost wet myself! I would love to try pool running....I know it has to be hard work. Great job on all that biking! My bike kind of got placed in storage...it's been sitting idle for the past couple months...maybe I need to fix that problem. I've never ridden in winter weather (or temps)...Comfort Zone Violation.....(stay tuned) ;-)

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    1. I was shocked at the amount of resistance you get in the pool. I feel like my hamstrings, quads and hips have really gotten stronger. They are definitely sore afterwards. I like cycling but I'm with you on cold weather. I'm not going to be able to ride much longer in the early dark mornings.

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  18. With all your biking and pool running, you may be stronger than before your injury. I think my butt can only handle less than 5 miles on the bike.

    You are brave. After I got out of my boot (for my metatarsal stress fracture), I was only allowed 1/2 mi for the first week, 3/4 the 2nd etc. It took forward to get back the mileage but then again, I wasn't biking or pool running...just sitting and whining.

    You'll be running your marathon before you know it and this will all be a distant memory (or nightmare)

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    1. I'm not sure you saw Karen's comment above, but I decided instead of a Kick Butt ride I had a Split Butt ride. It was seriously uncomfortable but thankfully didn't stay that way. Whew. I've done my sharing of whining. Ask my husband. I think not being in the boot may have taken it longer to heal, but I also feel my foot is much stronger than it would have been.

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  19. weather here is crazy (it was 90 over the weekend!) but you are definitely going to be strong for your marathon! happy thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks. Our winters stay pretty mild, thankfully. But cycling when it's cold and windy it not enjoyable. I hope I can return to running soon.

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  20. It looks like you had another great week of biking and pool running. I bet it felt good to get a mile run in with your dogs. You've been so patient and disciplined with your recovery. Are you still planning to do Ryan's Run? Mom and I signed up as runners for Ainsley's Angels. We're supposed to find out more about our riders closer to race day. I'm going to take that one very slow since I've never pushed anyone in a stroller.

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    1. Disciplined? I'd agree. Patient? No. It's wearing very thin. If I could just run a little, it would help my disposition. I didn't know they were having Ainsley's Angels at that race. That's a wonderful thing. I saw them at the Tuscaloosa Half. You need to do that race next year! Roll Tide. Ryan's Run is not flat either. I was hoping to participate, but it's probably not wise. {Sigh}

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  21. Congrats on your new biking distance record! You are rocking the biking and pool running! Wow, you ran! Sounds like it felt good since you kept running laps. You will do great in your marathon! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks. I was pretty proud of that ride. The running is just baby steps right now. I'll still be going on little test runs for a while. I'll have to keep up my crazy alternate training plan.

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  22. I seriously can't believe you ran in the pool for that long. That is awesome. You have been biking lots of miles as well. When we used to ride a lot, we usually just did 30 miles. Only did more than that once and owwww my butt, and everything, was so sore. lol I am happy to hear that you are ready to get back to running. I know you must be so super anxious but you have been kicking A with your cross training! Nice work. Thanks for hosting a place for us to link up our weekly wrap!

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    1. I can't believe I can run in the pool for that long either! I guess you can do anything once you make up your mind. It's not a party, I'm telling you. I still get a little saddle sore on the longer rides. So glad you linked!

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  23. Your quads are going to be so strong! I've heard cycling is supposed to help with training! I sure hope it goes well for you and you're able to still run an awesome race!

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    1. I hope the cycling helps. I've really paid attention to my heart rate and feel like I'm getting quality workouts.

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  24. Your discipline is just mind boggling - 41 miles on the bike?! My butt hurts just thinking of that. :) And two hours of pool running - you're going to come out of this injury so mentally strong (not to mention your legs!) I'm so excited for you that you'll get to ease back to running soon. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. I'm so ready to add some running miles into the mix! The only thing that keeps me going is that light at the end of the tunnel.

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  25. Woohoo! I bet it felt good to get back at it :) I hope your run(s) this week are a success as well. I don't really know bike speeds either but I think 22.4 mph is pretty good! It was a pretty interesting weekend of college football this past weekend. So much going on leading up to the playoffs!

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    1. I've got to start spending more time on my feet, but I haven't run again yet. I'm still taking it very slow. Our BIG state rivalry game is coming up. That is always a fun one!

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