Monday, February 22, 2016

What it do

Thank you for your comments, ladies.

In answer to your question Lucy, I'm nowhere near where I used to be when it comes to running. I injured my knee while mountain biking two summers ago, right before my first 50k (or 50k attempt). I ended up dropping out of the race after 25 miles because the pain in my knee started shooting down my leg into my ankle and I decided another 6 miles wasn't worth it if I was going to wreck my knee.

At the same time, I was also suffering some tendinitis in my shoulder so I wound up basically putting all exercise on hold just due to pain. The problem with that is that I got lazy. I didn't scale back my eating to compensate for the lack of exercise and I got fat and out of shape.

All this to say that when I was training for that ultra, I was running around an 8:30-9 min mile. I've never been very fast. And when I started running again this past year, I was very out of shape and was back to doing a 12 min mile. I've since knocked that down to about 10:30 but I'm not about to attempt any more ultras until I get that down under 10. Plus my distances suffered too. When I started running again this past year, even running 2 miles felt like work. I'm up to 10 miles being comfortable, but I get slow at the end. When I run more than 6 miles, my average pace drops to between 11 and 11:30 min. So I'm working on it. It's frustrating to think of where I could be now if I had kept up with the running but I'm trying to instead think of where I can be two years from now if I keep going now.

Also, I'm jealous of you Lucy, that your husband runs with you. Mine has tried to a couple of times and says he wants to run with me more, but he doesn't take care of himself (like, barely stretches even when I force him to) so he always winds up getting hurt and can't run anymore. I'm a chiropractor, so I know how to help him but a large part of it is ways he needs to take care of himself, but he won't. When I attempted that 50k, there was a couple that was running the same course but as a 50 mile run, and I was so jealous of them, because they run together all the time and because it takes all day to run 50 miles, they just kept a steady pace and talked and laughed the whole day together. I want to be them.

In other news folks, its that time of the year again! Yes, today I got myself a small shamrock shake. I realized just now, looking back at the old post, the calorie content has gone up in those things. This doesn't surprise me too much, because I noticed they are a darker green and are more syrupy than they used to be. Using their calorie count, I figured a small to be about 500 Calories, and amazingly I had the self-control to only drink half of it. So I'm calling it 300. Its a disgusting 300, I know, but I know I'm going to drink those damn things every year so I just prepare for it. Actually, last year I didn't get one at all. I meant to, but never got around to it (I normally avoid McDonald's). This year, not so much, but hopefully I got my fix and can be done.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, 50km... I cannot even imagine it.
    Well it took me 6 years to get the hiusband to this level... When we met, he wouldn't even try running. After one year, we figured he could run for 20 seconds max (he's a big smoker, which clearly does not help). Slowly, slowly, I somehow managed to bring him to the gym (we run indoors Monday to Frieday), with a treat: he discovered my gym membership includes free access to the SPA and he loves it, so while I blow dry my hair he goes to hammam.
    Having said that, until 2015 he would be running at 10m per mile no matter the distance (even just 5km). Then he broke his elbow back in September, and the magic happened: after 45 days of stop, he picked up running again and suddenly he improved his speed significantly.
    Trust me, I am grateful about that. I mean, it barely compensates the fact that I cannot fast when I'm with him, but it's nice that we do this together; then again, we don't always run races together, sometime we do, but other times we just keep different paces :-)
    That was a long comment!
    stay strong darling

    PS shamrock shake, really? I wouldn't have a clue about the taste, that doesn't exist here :-)