Monday, February 27, 2012

The Dichotomy of Running

Look at me! Big words!!! Dichotomy! (Don't be TOO impressed, I made sure to Google it to make sure I had the meaning correct.)

When the running gods giveth, the running gods taketh away
As I'm coming up on my 5th year seriously running, I've learned quite a few things. Some from fancy RRCA certified coaching books and others from pounding the pavement. Things like: People riding bikes will rarely waive at you, I scare the crap out of dog walkers when it is 5:00am and I'm huffing and puffing like the Victoria's Secret fashion show is on, and if there is even a VERY small chance that I have to "go" pre-run - I wait it out.  One of the things that is only recently becoming clear is that very often, good runs and bad runs come in pairs.

This was never more apparent during this weekend's run and today's run. (Both with my new Garmin 910! I believe the 'kids' say "Squeeeee".  Or wait is it "squeeege"? Probably squeege.)  On Sunday, the Garmin had a bit of an issue with instant pace so I ran the run a bit fast. 18 miles in 2h 14min (7:26 pace) fast.  It was completely effortless. One of those days that you grabbed the unicorn horn and rode him all the way home.  However, this morning I realized I wrote a check that my ass training plan couldn't cash.  10 miles that were a complete suffer fest. My legs were completely empty of any kick. What was yin on Sunday was yang on Monday.  Damn you Dichotomy.

But, on Sunday I knew that when I saw the 10th or 12th 7:20 mile click by on my watch, I was in for a hurt on Monday.  Live and learn.

In fact, while the yin and yang of my two training runs above is pretty expected, I've actually found that it is also the case for my marathons.  Regardless if I am cranking away for a PR or just easy running a race, it seems that good and bad races come in pairs.  Surprisingly, it isn't always the first one.  Check the trend below.  Up/down/up/down.  Good/bad/good/bad.


Does anyone else suffer from a kick-ass good run hangover the next day?  Push just a bit too hard and feel crappy on the next one?

Bonus! Mystery surprise on my foot
Since I know people love these...... while I was running this morning, I felt a bit of a pinch and poke** on my foot. I knew the feeling - something was digging into the side of my toe.  Turns out, it was my other toenail!

The evidence from my *gasp* cotton socks

Thankfully no surgery will be required
But my foot does look rather Hobbit-esk



**That's what she said

19 comments:

Scallywag said...

Duuuuuuuude. I already have to work past midnight at my offices, I did NOT want to have to see your sweaty, bloody toes too.

Still, you know what they say about guys with blood soaked hobbity feet> Must be a runner.

Runners Fuel said...

That is bloody!!

Losing Lindy said...

I am surprised where the blood was

Elle said...

Yikes... I have issues with my fourth toes too, often.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Dude. Gross. Clip that nail.

Andrea Hill said...

I had the same problem on my right foot the other day. Sneaky 4th toes...

Also, isn't "yin/yang" the basic premise of "hard/easy" training? You balance your hard workouts with easy ones on purpose to recover. I do 2 hard workouts a week (plus a long run) and the rest are easy days just to increase my miles.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Eeekkkk! Oh well, you'll live another day! ;p

The Sean said...

Hard effort followed by easy day without a watch... poking along as slow as you can comfortably move. Let that hard workout work for you and enjoy your recovery days Adam!!!

Meghan said...

I am new to running - and I totally know this feeling! My running partner encouraged me on "recovery" runs after a great run - to just go without a gps and listen to my body. Seems to work and don't feel in pain as much.

Katie said...

just another comment letting you know that i'm jealous of your 910xt. oh, and there's some sort of update or something to fix the instant pace insanity, i read about it on the internets.

Josh said...

Cotton socks angered the running gods.

Lily on the Road said...

Garmin's you either love em or hate em. I had to return my 910, it leaked and fogged up the face during one of my swims...

and that last photo should come with a warning! LOL...heal up quickly...you've got to get back out there yelling Squeeeeeeeee!!!

RunningfromScorpions said...

Yeah, I've had that problem too. If it happens regularly buy the Injinji toe socks...yes they look ridiculous, and take a little extra time to put on in the morning, but I never have that issue when I wear those.

Jason said...

Dichotomy and Yin-Yang????? WTF did I just stumble upon.

Friday get here fast so we can get back to some funny pics and our regularly schedule program.

When you swim, ride, run you don't have to worry about back to back good-bad days. Pick up triathlon.....haha!

Jeff Irvin said...

Garmin supposedly just released a new firmware update that is supposed to fix the avg pace issue with the 910. Ya know how that usually works out though?

Good solid run on Sunday dude! This Sat is the bq attempt, time to see if that Pfitz character knows his shit!

The Banter said...

Did the unicorn stab you?

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

Ouch - that foot looks like it hurts.

As for yin-and-yang. Absolutely. I prefer to have a really horrible last long (training) run before a race, because they happen every few weeks, and I'd rather have the bad run in training and not on race day...

denee said...

why is no one talking about the awesomeness of that kid on the unicorn bike??!

in the interest of total disclosure, i stole that photo but linked at least three times in my post about it to your blog.

Half-Crazed Runner said...

Ouch. Been there. What's with toenails? So little and yet they can cause so much damage.