Thursday, October 6, 2011

Double your pleasure, Double the fun!

Now that I’ve finished this, it seems to have turned into a Three Things Thursday.  Hop along over to Redhead Running, the creator of 3ThingsThursday, and give her some mid-injury love.  She’s been relegated to using a vibrator to help her broken leg heal. (She called it a “bone stimulator”, but I’m not buying it.)

Double down
Recently, I was asked by a friend of a friend to put together a training plan for the New Years Double marathon in Dallas, Texas.  What is the New Years Double marathon, you ask?  It is a New Years Eve / New Years day combination that offers double 5Ks / Half Marathons / Marathons.  It was pretty cool to put together what is basically a coaching plan for the double marathons even though I’ve never done it myself.  Now, based on my current training schedule, I’m essentially TRAINING to do it, but that doesn’t mean that I’m stupid enough adventurous enough to try.  I’ll do it someday as part of my 50 states marathon goal, but not until I Boston Qualify.  If you’re interested in checking out the fruit of my loins the fruits of my labor, head over to the training page of the New Years Double.

Sore Calf
I’ve tried milking her for hours
and haven’t received a drop!
I haven’t posted about it yet (I meant to) but in the 2 days since my last post I actually battled with another one of those injury “dings” that I spoke of before.  After the 18 miler on Sunday, my calf was SORE.  Well, not my calf per-say, but down just a little bit lower in my soleus.  Where is the soleus?  Is that the part that Tom Cruise says atheists don’t have?  It is actually the part that is just below the calf muscles and just above the heel.  Here it is in a self-portrait that I took of myself.
I am happy to say that after a mentally PAINFUL rest day (I think I’m addicted to running) and a light recovery day afterwards I was able to run 12 pain free miles today at a rather uptempo pace. When I had 4 miles to go, I received the dreaded “battery low” warning from my Garmin so I cranked out a few 7:10 min miles to try to get back before it died.

ZOMG IT IS FALL!!!?!??!!1111!!!!1!!1!1!1
Finally, I have to admit that I’ve been gritting my teeth while reading about people’s cool weather running updates.  50 degrees this, light jackets at night that – it was enough to make me want to stick my head in the freezer.  Ever since moving to Phoenix, I have kept one rule sacred: No matter what, no underwear on the weekends.  If I want to brag about the awesome weather in the winter, I can’t complain about the heat (too much) in the summer.  Well, after suffering through what seemed like 8 months of lows in the 80s, they are FINALLY dipping into the 60s.  Get ready for some braggin!

Actually, I’m looking forward to testing my theory about hot weather training. I’m hoping that pushing through the hot temperatures will now afford me a few heart beats lower (due to lower dehydration / blood thickening, lower blood pressure, and lower blood usage for cooling).  Even a 5 to 10 beats per minute lower will translate into 10 seconds a mile. . . .which is 3 or 4 minutes over the marathon distance.  I’m making a mental list of the things I would do for 5 minutes faster on a marathon course.  Believe me, the list is not pretty.


track coach and adorable wife said...

Hope your calf feels better!

Kate said...

Our "fall" has morphed into temps in the 80's. Luckily, mornings are still comfortably cool. Unluckily (except for when we midwesterners want to brag about how hardcore we are), I know full well those single digit temps will be here before I know it.

Nelly said...

Whoa, who are those twins? haha

Good luck with the calf!

Doing any race on back to back days sounds insane to me, good luck with the training plan to suggest your friend!

MotherRunner said...

Weird that you would put up a picture of me standing next a mirror on your blog. Didn't realize we were at the level.

Happy for your cooler temps - we're back in summer mode in WI and as a temporary non-runner, I'm loving it.

XLMIC said...

So which one were you milking?

Oh, the one standing in the hay... I'd be surprised if you hadn't received a drop after 'milking' that animal for hours ;-) okay... gross...

hope your leg feels better :)

Jess said...

It's "fall" her in South Florida now too! Yay!

Jill said...

Soon, you'll be rubbing in your 50 degree winter days as we dig out of 5' of snow!!! What goes around, eh? Happy weekend!

Morgan said...

Now that I'm a Michigander I think back to "Fall" in Florida and just laugh... I was obviously doing drugs or something if I thought it was ever "chilly" when it dipped below 70s...

Thanks for the shout out buddy! Every time I stimulate myself I think of you! Er... that didn't sound right did it?

Kovas said...

That bull has some staying power!

Jamoosh said...

Disappointment abounds. I could not find one mention of the double blondes in any of the "double" training plans. Me thinks you posted them as eye candy only.