Thursday, November 29, 2007

Opps

3 Weeks goes by so fast. I took a look at my blog and realized it's been a while. I guess not much has been going on, especially with my running. I should have started this this before my marathon training and I would have had something to day on almost a daily basis.
This is always a crazy time of year for me. I'm usually not training for anything but trying to keep my fitness level up without overdoing anything. I'm kind of steady right now between 40-50 miles per week. I liked to cross train 2 times per week during this time to give my body a break, but for some reason I'm having a hard time winding down. I think because I had a good year, I don't want to let myself go too much for next year, but I don't want to burn myself out either. I know how my body works and I know what will happen. But, I feel if I don't push myself I'll be in this comfort place that won't allow me to progress to my potential.
So I have this pain in my butt (literally) that is so annoying. I found a new massotherapist who is amazing. She spent an hour digging and prodding spots on my hamstring, glutes, and lower back. Oh yes, she found "The Spot." I had tears coming out of my eyes inherently. I guess I have a very tight hip flexor and lower back, which in turn, tightens up my glutes and hammys. I seriously stretch all the time so I'm not sure what to do but stretch more? Who knows.
Daylight is at a prime and the warm weather flew south so it's definitely just about wintertime in northeast Ohio. This year, I have figured out a new path which includes lit sidewalks most of the way so I can run in the dark. I got over the spookiness and have come to appreciate the serenity. It's so peaceful on a dark morning run with the stars and moon keeping you company. The hot, steaming showers after a cold morning run are the absolute BEST! What going to really stink is when the sidewalks get too snow covered to run on. Then it's me and the trusty treadmill. Yuck.
The only issue is my lack of sleep time. Because I'm not busy enough with my day job, running, wife/house things, I run my own Ebay Store. I've been doing it for 2 years and enjoy it, but this time of year gets a little hairy. I'm not complaining, but I do this pretty much myself, so on busy nights I'm sorting through mounds of merchandise (literally mounds) that's overtaking my house, trying to appease customer questions, and packaging. Somehow my cat seems to find the packing tape and get it caught on his paw on a regular basis. You think he's learn! Anyway, the time just flies and before I know it, it's midnight.
O well, no one said life is easy. Sleep is for the birds...right? Yeah right.
Thank God for Starbucks.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Everyone Knows....

I love how people love to tell me "How it is." Like I'm a 5 year old idiot with not a shred of life experience. It happens quite often and I wonder if this is a phenomena that is common amongst most people or young people. I actually has to stand in front of my employees at work and tell them "I may be young and blond, but I'm not STUPID!" I'm not going to get into the details of this ridiculous meeting, but the fact that those words needed to be said is just crazy to me.
I know I don't know everything, or half of everything, or sometimes anything....but I do choose the words that I stand behind carefully and my opinions based on what I believe.

The point of this comes because I had a man ask me when I'm retiring from running. Seriously, I'm 27 years old. Retire? Like I'm some super athlete with millions of stockpiled dollars who should retire at the top of my game....my amazingly record breaking illustrious career. Like I do this for a living....I wish. I proceeded to laugh like he was joking...but no...somber stare. I told him...ummm...never. I plan on doing this running gig for pretty much as long as my body will let me. Hopefully forever. Then....I got the "this is how it is" speech.

Runners Die Young
Runners Age Faster then Normal People
Anyone Over the Age of 50 Should Never Run (It's bad for their health)

(Yes I kept a straight face)

First of all....I know runners die....yeah...so does everyone else. I know Ryan Shay was young and died...but it's not a common thing. (Which by the way was a tragic event that really touched me due to the nature of his death and age etc...)
As far as runners aging faster...what? He told me they look all wrinkly and skinny. Well, let's see here, a lot of runners don't wear sunscreen and it happens that when we age and are thin, yeah, the wrinkles set in. Perhaps it would be better to pile on the pounds and have some extra cushion for our hearts. Sure, that is much better then running. Our hearts would love that. Plus I'm sure it would help with the not dying young thing. Right? I'm sure.
As far as running over the age of 50? Check out the Master runners...and Grand Masters for that matter. I think I'm a pretty decent runner...but I've had some serious butt kicking from these "old" folks.
During this "conversation" I was getting the "I know how it is because I'm older" tone. I love it. I really love when people think I'm just a naive little daisy that will get blown away with the next big storm.
I do have to say, this person is a very nice man so I'm not saying anything about that...it's just...how can you make such comments when you've never been a runner...ever? Uhhh...people.
So I concluded the conversation with this:
"If running will kill me then I don't have to worry about aging prematurely...right?"
That got a laugh at least.
I think I'll take my chances.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Lovin' It

I love this fall weather. The crisp leaves under each step, the cool air, the long sleeves, and the lovely scenery on the trails. It's a great time of year, especially for a runner who is running just to enjoy herself....myself. The only thing that I dread is that this leads quickly into...yuck....snow.
I did a Tempo type workout with 2 miles at a medium pace for the first time since the marathon and it was okay. This was the workout:
1 Mile easy
2 Mile medium (6:49, 6:48)
1 Mile easy
2 Mile medium (6:53, 6:43)
1 Mile easy
I thought maybe I was running a little faster then that, but it was a good effort. Especially since I took a little time off, been sick, and have been running easy for a few weeks. I always hope that my body will somehow stay stuck on the way I felt before the marathon, where I would run 10 miles at sub 6:50 and be fine with it. Ahhh...it's always good to fall back a little...but it's hard to do. I really think I want to start running fast for shorter distances for a little while. Maybe I got that bug from Coaching high school this year and being around 5k's all season.
Last year, I was pretty disgruntled after Chicago and putzed around for 3 months before I did any sort of harder effort or mileage. This year went much, much better, so I'm trying to keep up a little better through the "off" season. I want to stay on that up swing into next year. I love this game. It's my own personal game that I control. What fun.

Speaking of Coaching....we sadly did not quality as a team to the State Meet but that was expected. We were 8th and the top 4 went. We should have an awesome team next year. On a high note, we did get one girl out. I'm excited for her...but she is one of those girls that is naturally good and doesn't really care too much for running. Sometimes I wonder if she says that just so she doesn't disappoint herself if she doesn't do well. We are all guilty of that at times. She's only a Sophomore. I'm going down to the meet and I'm so excited. I'm dragging my hubby down with me....bless his little non running soul for doing that for me. I haven't been to the State Cross Country Meet since I ran in it my Senior Year!!! It should be exciting!

On an interesting note, I think, I received a letter in the mail from the woman who finished the place behind me at Akron. It was such a nice gesture. I guess she lives nearby and wanted to get together for some runs. I spoke with her for a while when we were waiting for our awards. She seems like a cool person and I'm excited she took the time to contact me. This brings me to my main thought....
Runners really are like little children. If you throw one child in with a sandbox of other kids, they will start playing with them. It doesn't matter if they are male, female, black, white, or foreign. Kids understand there own language and they figure out how to communicate. I really think runners are like this. It doesn't matter what age, sex, or anything....you put one runner with another, they can speak their own language of running and get along just fine without knowing one shred about the other person. It's such a pure thing if you're truly into the sport.

Anyway, this week has been wacky. Lots going on. I planned on talking about work from time to time, but I think I live it so much that I don't really feel like writing about it too. I'll have to devote a post to some of the dysfunctional things that go one here at some point....I don't know if I have that much time though...ha ha.