ilanarama: Mountain can has santa hat! (mountain santa)
[personal profile] ilanarama
December 1st, so I'm using my Santa-hatted mountain icon (made for me by [personal profile] blnchflr). And also, ONE WEEK TO CIM! Yay! Yikes!

The first thing I want to say is to reassure those of you who read my most recent post that after several days of rest and aggressive self-massage/foam rolling/icing, my mysterious calf injury seems to have retreated. I'm pretty sure it's related to my ongoing peroneal tendon issues (the ankle bone's connected to the knee bone, as it were) and possibly even to the iliac crest pain I've been having lately. I'm also pretty sure it's not going to be a problem for the race, hooray. And three days of rest during taper is not going to destroy all the training I've put in. (However, the three pounds of fat I have put on...maybe!)

Okay, on to the (abbreviated) week:

Monday - 6 miles easy (9:07 avg pace) with 8x10sec hill sprints. I think this is where I did whatever bad thing I did to my calf, because it was tight that night and the next morning.

Tuesday - 9.9 miles with 3GMP, 3 min easy, 3HMP. Looked like this: 8:53, 8:24, 7:43, 7:44, 7:39, 8:14 (3 minutes), 7:18, 7:21, 7:20, 9:07, 9:15 (.5 mile). Overall pace 8:01, a real solid workout. (This is partly to brag, and partly to remind myself that see? I'm in great shape for my race! No excuses! I can do it!)

Wednesday through Friday - no running. I walked 3 miles on Wednesday and I did my core exercises on Wednesday and Friday, and foam-rolled and massaged my calf twice a day.

Saturday - 4.2 miles easy at 8:30 pace. Yeah, when you take 3 days off, you can run faster. I was tempted to keep going but this was a test. The peroneal tendon at my ankle hurt when I started but loosened up with the run.

Sunday - 10.4 miles easy but hilly, 8:36 average pace. Felt fine other than the same initial pain in the PT, hooray.

Total 30.5 miles, about 2/3 of what I'd planned for the week but it's really no biggie at this point.

While I was sitting on my butt not running, I indulged in a bit of retail therapy and ordered a new Garmin 610 to replace my 305, which has experienced a recent dramatic decline in battery life. Possibly wearing it while hiking all day in England contributed, but anyway, it's three years old and I bought it when it was already nearly obsolete. In fact, I bought my 305 almost exactly three years ago, when retailers were deeply discounting older GPS watches as the new ones were being rolled out for the Christmas shopping season, and that's why I got the 610 - the 620 is now the hottest newest, and so the 610 is on sale all over the net (as is the 210 in the wake of the 220, and so on). I even splurged for 2-day shipping, so it is supposed to arrive Tuesday - good thing, as I got low-battery warnings from the 305 today on my run only an hour in! I just hope I can figure out how to use it before the race.

But even if I can't keep track of out how fast I'm going, you guys can. Online tracking for CIM is up and available at - my bib number is 7873. You can set up alerts or just check the website periodically. There will be timing at 5.9M, 13.1M, 20M, and the finish. Also, I've set it up (I think!) so that my splits will automatically post to Facebook.

One week! Aie!

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Date: 2013-12-02 12:44 am (UTC)
zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
From: [personal profile] zulu
I'm glad your calf is feeling better! Yay stretching!

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Date: 2013-12-02 03:27 am (UTC)
via_ostiense: Eun Chan eating, yellow background (Default)
From: [personal profile] via_ostiense
Glad the taper tantrums are (heh!) tapering off, and good luck next week!

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Date: 2013-12-02 06:16 am (UTC)
blnchflr: Captain America Civil War (Default)
From: [personal profile] blnchflr
Ooh, the 610 looks lovely - the 210 was on sale, when I bought it, and it was the most I could imagine spending. But yeah, it's ability to pick up a signal SUCKS, and I'm disappointed it can only handle two different intervals, so I can only run/walk, not run/sprint/walk or run/walk/sprint/walk. For my values of sprint, but whatever :)

I can't wait to read about your race - fingers crossed for the remaining days and race itself!

Garmin 610

Date: 2013-12-03 01:10 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
You will love the 610. I have had mine for 2 years. I have had the dreaded problem with the charger and reverse charging. I finally figured out that cleaning the back with a brush and soapy water has mine working. I clean it now after every run. Hope this helps you.

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Date: 2013-12-04 07:16 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
So good to read the calf is doing better!! You will be amazed at your energy level after this taper :)
Very nice that you will have the new watch. I hope you have plenty of time to figure out how to lap it, etc... and that it is strong on battery.
Those 3 pounds are probably a little extra water for the race- you'll sweat that much off!
Getting excited for you! Hope the weather is nice and calm. You are ready for this!


ilanarama: me, The Other Half, Moab UT 2009 (Default)

August 2017

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My running PRs:

5K: 21:03 (downhill) 21:43 (loop)
10K: 43:06 (downhill)
10M: 1:12:59
13.1M: 1:35:55
26.2M: 3:23:31

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