30 weeks of Marathon training.

just a spot to write about the next 30 weeks….of running.

Return to running, goof balls and….

So yesterday I returned to running with an inglorious run.

Kind of like the Inglorious fruits and Vegetables:


It was just 2 miles.  He wrote: run 2 miles fast.  Not because I should run fast after 3 weeks essentially sweating it out in the pool, but probably because he knew me well enough to know that I would be as fast as I could just to “see”.

I was really concerned.  I did not sleep very well the night before, in part because of the run, and also in part because it was going to be monday, and in part because the wonder Dog decided to be restless until 2 am when he promptly began to snore after keeping me up half the night.

I got up…got on my new shoes…piddled around.  Got going about errr  a half hour later than I wanted.

The run itself was pretty great.  It’s very warm right now here and the air is saturated with humidity, so after about a half a mile my main mantra was to remind myself that the wet air still had oxygen in it.

The Sunrise was one of those gorgeous hot orange ball in the sky sun rises.  And I was amazed that I could run and indeed could actually run fast.  of course….I have had 3 weeks essentially off, and I have lost about 7 pounds, so the two combined…yes,






I was going to be slightly faster. Anyway, I was pleased with the run.  I stretched things out and rolled the offending areas and then went to work, which was unpleasant.  We are losing some payment for 2015 based on a variety of things, including data from 2012…which is frustrating. We have made great improvements since 2012, but we have to “suck it up” for the errors of 2012.  (2012 is the year I got the job. so I was playing clean up, even if I didn’t know it.  Clean up these days is SO much harder, no more low hanging fruit)

Post horrible work , I went and had a great massage.  I and the MT were on the same wave length and he really attacked the hip.  It felt loose and good for about 2 hours after…then some of the pain snuck back in.

After massage, I went to give the coach some money.  As you know from my last post, I REALLY felt the need to connect in with him. Sometimes this goes well, and other times, he is not feeling the same thing.  Luckily last night we all just kind of were ready for a few relaxed moments, laughing and having a good good time.  Soooo.  On the up and up, we will see how it goes.

It appears I’m signed up for another Ocean Open Water Swim….crazy stuff I do as an adult.




I really spent the week in the pool.

Chlorine city.

I did have a few sweaty enjoyable spins in there too, but for the most part…


Benefits of pool run:  Lots of time with friends.  Got to get to know the AM lifeguard really much better- he’s a nice guy, quirky and funny.  It’s a nice exercise when the heat index is climbing.

Non Benefits:

I’m getting a bit frustrated.  I have no real idea of what is going on with my leg.  I wanted to talk to my coach.  Somehow the way things worked out this week, there wasn’t time.  On tuesday, I wanted to see how things went for a few more day before I chatted with him.  Wednesday, I was distracted and by the time I got done, he was no where to be seen…Thursday, I had a fantastic upper body workout and I just didn’t really want to bring myself down with discussion of the painful hip, I guess.  Then on Friday, I actually got off work early, and was so hoping to be able to have 15 minutes of discussion without distraction…(This may have been why I was avoiding him anyway because he was working and I wanted actual 100% attention…).  he typically leaves really early on Friday so when I saw him, I was like…OK FINALLY!  but I noted he was really seriously working with one client, which is not his norm, so….left that alone and I think I actually left the gym before he did.

Looking at doing another Open Water Ocean Swim in August.  We’ll see what my coach thinks.  He is usually quite into them.  So we’ll see.

Work for whatever reason has got me entirely stressed out.  We still don’t have scores from the “Validation”  yet.  One of the managers and myself are having a lot of trouble logging in, but if we did have scores they would have emailed to tell us to look.  I’m still looking at other jobs, but less so because well…that takes a lot of energy.

Main goal is to get back to actually running on land.

my Weekly email has been sent off to Coach man.  I let him know I’m trusting him to get me to the start line this year.  I hope he feels the pressure and gets me going in the right direction.

Kind of a strange week, but not the worst I’ve ever had.




Swimming the summer away

Apparently my coach was not too impressed with my little 4 mile run on Sunday.

Late Sunday Night…

I get this email…

Patience is prime. ‘In all your getting, get wisdom’ You need to be 100%. This week do all the runs in the pool. Just tread of the same amount of time it would take in the road. This is rehab mode. We need 0/10 pain.


So, I’ve been in the pool. Alot.


Luckily the view from the Pool is not that bad.

More Lucky, one of my friends who I didn’t know super well is also a bit injured.


She and I have spent some time together jogging in the pool.  It really makes the aqua jogging better if you can be chatting. We’ve really become better friends, and have enjoyed many aqua activities together, and now as we are pool jogging…we’ve decided to run a few races together.  This is a really good thing, for whatever reason there isn’t any of the awkward competitive stuff between us…so it feels right.  Yay for friends!!!

The dramatic weight loss that started when we reduced the running has continued.  This is concerning, either I was really eating poorly, I was entirely overtrained, or I was messing up nutrition on the long runs.  In addition, I was under horrible stress, and it seems to have abated just a bit.  All are possible.  So in a way having a big break like this seems to have helped.  The loss is a good thing, though it happened in an odd way.  I’ll be a better runner without those pounds. So fingers crossed.  I’m working now while not training hard to take off about 3-5 more.

Feeling patient.  But also a bit nervous.  lets see how I feel at the end of the week.  I feel almost ready to dial it in for the halves and Jax Bank…




Comedy of Injury errors.

So.  Here I am Injured.

I am better than this guy….I mean, I have stopped running before this.

So.  Yesterday I swam about 3000 yards.  My friend and I both went to the Lake swim.  It was her first time, she seemed to love it!  I actually found having a friend along made it easier to talk to people so we  had some nice conversations with some folks.  Really nice place.  Laid Back vibe.  Another friend of mine wants to come but she is not a good swimmer, and she is so LOUD, that I just so far have not invited her. She can always show up, but I am not gonna be a personal lifeguard.



Then I went shopping.  My leg was starting to feel really on the more solid and healed side of the world so I was thinking ahead at the next 22 weeks or so when I really need to focus in on the training.

To that idea, I decided to save some time…

and get the Unknown

Very.Big.Bag.of. Dog. Food.

They put them on the bottom shelf, I chose the 30 lb bag and hefted it up into the cart.  I admit I thought about it, and then thought, “I can lift 30 pounds…”  I can.  My back did not love it though and immediately put up a protest.  It got tighter and tighter as I shopped my way through the store, and by the time I got home it was really complaining.  I stuck an ice pack behind it and took motrin.

All I could think was this Huge bag of dog food, intended to save me some time during training….may have just set me back 2 more weeks healing time.  Then I was thinking about how to explain this to the coaching.

This morning, it was still a little bit stiffer than normal, but not too bad.  I went for the 4 miler on my schedule.  By mile 3 my quad injury had had just enough running, but in the end the run went “OK”

I foam rolled the back with a softer white foam roller and I think I am on the mend, though my leg is not 100% yet and my back is a bit troubling. Massage tomorrow, I hope will relieve the back of it’s behavioral issues.

This week I am 16 weeks away from Lighthouse Loop Half marathon. 20 weeks away from the biggest race party of all time, SPACE COAST half (for me) Marathon. and then about 24 weeks away from the marathon, I thought it was all sooner… soooo, now is the time.

SO I’m getting ready for what will surely be a wild training ride.

injury injury

the leg seems to be slowly healing.


What a strange process.  It hurts like crazy in one place…that place resolves and I notice a new place, and then that seems better but I can’t do one motion without pain.

I did a lot of stretch and roll today.  It miraculously felt about 90% normal for about an hour.  and now again it is aching.

We’ll see.  this feels like it may not end too well.

Rest day again

Yes, this monday is a rest day.


My quad is still protesting the activity of running.

I think it is possible that I have a small strain or tear in there.  It developed kind of slowly, though which is not really strain or tear like.  Plus, there is a big knot that I and the massage therapist can feel.  Lumpy.

I have to say, I think I have discovered why I had the crazy back injury.  Both my coach and I were mystified when that crazy back strain happened. I was pretty much out of commission.  All I could do was get E-stim with him and go to the massage guy.

At least with this, I can swim, I can cycle.  I can do arms weights, abs exercise, and I can get around.

I’d been really really relaxed about this because:

#1:  I fully expected it to be OK 2 weeks ago after resting it a little.

#2: I was thinking that my races were REALLY FAR out.


It isn’t much better.  (makes frustrated face here.)

The first race of my season is 16 weeks away.  This is about the time I would normally start focusing on racing…

Marathon is 24 weeks away.

I’m starting to get a bit nervous.  But….Had deep deep tissue massage and came close to crying today and it feels better, and then worse and then better.  Using some motrin and we shall see.  next tester run…Wednesday morning.


Sooo,  my leg…

It isn’t really better.

It also isn’t all that bad. It’s a bit hard to tell what exactly is going on with it.

I ran 2 miles today and struggled with all sorts of little niggles here and there, the intense heat and a feeling of frustration. I never settled into a rhytm, I was just so iffy about the leg.

I suspect in part too that I was frankly tired of training.  I had no races on the horizon and it seemed I was just putting in these huge mileage weeks, and not getting any results, just getting EXHAUSTED.

So I’ve now done about 2 weeks of pool jogging.

Yes, it really is pretty good for staying fit. 

But there is no impact so you bones, joints, ligaments etc, don’t really get the workout they need.

So I am feeling the need to get back on the pavement.  I am about 16 weeks out from my first half marathon of the season.  Our Season starts in October.

I need all of the 16 weeks to try for a PR, and I want about a 10 min PR.  I think I can get it, but…I’m not really sure.

So this leg is all tangled up, but we’ll see how things go.



Happy 4th

So it is the 4th of July,

How am I celebrating?  Meh.

I have had tons of invitations, and fun stuff to do, but I must be in Tampa to attempt a certification test in the morning.  On a Saturday.


I swam at Lucky’s Lake, which I have been doing frequently lately.  THis time I swam 2000 meters, which is 2 crossings.  Inching myself closer to the 25 crossing schwag.  (a special Swim cap).

I really don’t need a cap, but it is a good little goal that keeps me going.

Today because I want the cap, I did 2 crossings.  2KM, or about 1.2 miles.

The drove straight home, and commenced to review for this test.  Man oh man I forgot some stuff. I’ve been “studying” for some time now, and I am still not really prepared for the exam.  BUt I am so so sick of studying for it that we’ll just see how it goes tomorrow.

On another note:  My eating has gone well these past two weeks.  Either I have been so careful because I’m not running that much, or the pool running has been torching the calories.  Pool running is funny that way and I actually think it’s a combo.

I’m down about 4 pounds and so close to the goal I set that I can touch it.  Unfortunately that means no fun holiday BBQ food.

I think my leg is 94% better.  Will try it out on Sunday for a tester.

Injury list…possibly

So I had a great great weekend.  I’m still on cloud nine about my nice long swim.  I will say It really was great to have a big accomplishment.  In addition, since it was a swim…and not many people swim, I really enjoyed not having my accomplishment compared immediately to everyone’s past experiences.


My coach actually told me that I had a “great performance all around”  He told me he was very pleased and that of course floated my boat a little higher.


One of the main reasons I did the swim was because he said I could.  He often says NO, so I assumed that I could actually do it regardless of what anyone else thought.

Anyway.  Training week started with a lot of soreness and pain in my left Quadriceps and hip.  I had a massage and it helped, but the area was still feeling tender.  I ran one 4 miler and it went ok, but to be honest, the leg hurt.

My coach carved out some time with me yesterday. I am ever grateful because I think he faced the wifely wrath for doing it.  She made sure to show up and be present and I guess she really wanted him home.  Oops.  He suggested the time. I had the time.

My coach used something called “Voodoo floss” on my quad.  Oh my.

This guy shows no pain, but I gotta say, this really feels crazy.  He really kept that on a lot longer than my coach recommended.  We were in the PT area of the gym and once he put that band around my quad I found it was pretty hard to walk.

After removing it, he moved it to one other area of my leg…I did like the guy in the video and moved all around.  and like a miracle

Miracles Happen

it felt much much better.  Not perfect, but much better.  We then did a bunch of squats.  My favorite line of the whole workout…

MG:  Coach, we are doing almost all squats today….

Coach:  you’re a runner, you want a big butt….

MG:  Ok then…

Today I ran a half a mile and just bagged it.  It hurts, it’s hot, humid there is nothing enjoyable.  I hit the pool for some pool jogging.  He agreed, and I will simply do it all in the pool until this little strain goes away.

How did I feel about the VooDoo band?  Ordering a set today.  They work.  Unfortunately once onehas a strain, well…it has to actually heal.  If you keep stressing it before it’s healed, well, you get this lingering thing.  Yay me.  So injured?  maybe?  Maybe not. Very happy to have discovered this VooDoo FLoss, though I think I’ll rename it Miracle bands.

If I was gonna get hurt, this is the very end of the window to do it in.  So I’m grateful for that.



Last 2 days

Friday and Today were really WET.

Friday I spent trying to get enough water treading to make up for an 8 mile run.  I did do the spin that I normally do on Friday for an hour.  At the time I was feeling kind of deflated.  I just was thinking, “Why am I doing this?  I never see results, I just end up getting hurt.”



Yeah, I was losing my patience.  No good attitude.  I just was feeling not so great.  It probably didn’t help that on Thursday I ran into my coaches wife.  She was very nice, but some of her statements implied that my long swim on Sunday was not going to go well.  For the first time ever I think she was actually being not very kind.  I have a very long swim tomorrow, and I’ll post about it no matter what, but thats not this post.  She just really irritated me.  She, like MANY people, made the mistake of making her experience, my experience.  This is not a fault that only she demonstrates.  Most people really have trouble getting out of their own head.  Luckily, she is NOT my coach. I’m not sure she intended to make me feel so angry, but she definitely was not being at all nice.  the Coach and I chatted some about the same swim.  I’m nervous about it, but if he thinks I can do it, then I probably can, barring any odd marine life encounters.  Our discussion was much more uplifting.  I think it mademe especially angry because frankly speaking…I made a huge effort to be nice to her, and I don’t really give a darn about what she thinks about me or my abilities….because she has no idea about them.

So by the time I hit the cycle on Friday Morning, I was still very irritated by her words. They added to fuel to the fire of “Why am I doing this”….  Post cycle, I had to hit the pool for pool running.  I ran into a friend Y.  there.  She is a lovely person and I wish I knew her better.  We jogged in the pool together for a very short time.  I was still marinating in negativity.  I ran for 30 minutes and then hopped out.  We then were able to have a longer conversation.  She and I just shared some of what each of us has been through with training this year.  It’s not been easy for either of us, and she was so so encouraging.  It really changed my entire morning, thank goodness…


Friday evening I took advantage of some free time and I got an extra massage on my left hip. It was still in so much pain.  My Massage Therapist became like a freaking Miracle Worker.Miracles Happen

I pulled prodded and pressure pointed my hip and quad.  Eventually he found a big knot buried deep in the muscle belly of one of the large quad muscles.  I’d been working on it for a week or two myself, but didn’t realize how large and weird it was.  He worked and worked on it, and I was able to get off the table in loads less pain than when I came in.  Today the pain remains essentially GONE.  SO miracle indeed.

Today I took myself to Lucky’s Lake and had a great swim.  I forced myself to chat with everyone, which is hard for me.  One of the men there told me he was thinking of doing the swim I’m doing, and gave me some good advice about it.  Asked a few questions about the distances I’d been swimming and my support crew and said, “Go enjoy it”  So that kind of made me hark back to Not so nice Mrs. Coach.

After that I hit the pool for 2 hours of pool jogging, 2 whole hours.  UGH.  Long and hot.  No company.  I prayed a little but it was hard because I pool jog with weights in my swim suit and no jogging belt, so I have to concentrate on staying UP.

I then felt very ready for the swim.  I can tell you…there is a little fire in my belly to get this suckker done.




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