Friday, June 25, 2010

5 Thigs Friday

Fresh off my trip to Tahoe, I thought I would give you all a quick update :)

1.  Running without looking at my plan is going FAB!  I had no idea I would survive not having the ability to look at a nice neat little spreadsheet to tell me what distance to run and how fast.  But it feels good to just go out for feel - I hope I don't get too used to this!

2.  While in Tahoe, I got in two great runs and a long mountain bike ride.  The weather was just perfect up there.  Wednesday I got up and ran a quick 5 miles before coming back to the hotel to find Ari and Lilly ready for a nice long bike ride around the lake.  We ended up going about 20 miles before Lilly just couldn't take her little carrier anymore.  So we called it a day and sat on the beach for the rest of the afternoon :)  Thursday I got up and ran with Ari and Lilly and got in 9 miles before we had to head back to the hotel and head home.  Ari really, really, really, really, really wants to move up there.  As beautiful as it is up there, the abundance of hippies and tourists is just too much for this city girl!

3. My knees are still tight and achy when I first start out running.  It takes a good 2-3 miles before they are warmed up.  I have rolled, iced, used BioFreeze like a mofo and they still are not happy with me.  Like many of you, I'm afraid to go to the doctor because I'm sure they will just tell me to quit all the crazy running.  Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated it.  The pain is on both knees, I have bought new shoes and it does eventually go away after a few miles.  Classic runner's knee?  Thoughts?

4.  Tomorrow I am running a trail half marathon!  I'm so excited to race!  This is the same race and group that put on the trail half that Aron and I ran together back in January.  This time I won't have the crazy mud to worry about.  Although, the Bay is expected to get warm again this weekend so I will have the heat to contend with.  But this trail run and the race organizer is awesome so even though I am sure I will be dead from the heat it should be a great time!

5.  Finally, thanks to all of you for your thoughts and kind words to my "blah, woe-is-me"  training post.  You all seemed to agree that 18 weeks is a little long and that I am smart to back off - it feels good to have some reassurance from all of you smart people :)  Sometimes having this blog to bounce ideas off is just priceless.  No matter how much of a veteran runner you are, we can all use to learn something from one another :)

I'm off to catch up with all you busy people!  Good luck to all you peeps racing this weekend, too!  Especially Mel & Amanda!  Go sub 4 ladies!!!!
Happy Friday and Happy Running Peeps!

18 comments:

Katie said...

I can't imagine putting G in a bike-thing - he would go nuts trying to get out and smell everything!

So glad to hear you are feeling much more FAB!!! after ignoring your training plan for a while!! Keep it up, lady!

Jo Lynn said...

I always want to move up to Tahoe too - IN THE SUMMER! I always have to remind myself that winter happens too. This girl does not do cold wel.
Have fun tomorrow. I'm sure you will get a much better time. That's probably what you're doing it for, huh? LOL
You are having pain in both knees? Yikes. How do you "roll" knee pain?

celmore said...

Have a great race!!!

Sarah said...

Sounds like a great trip to Tahoe! We're going next weekend for the 4th so I hope I can get in some good runs while there too. :)

RBR said...

Sorry hear about your knee woes, but I am glad to hear the running is going well without a plan.

RE: Your comment: Hoo! That is HILARIOUS! If you can run with Aron, you would die of boredom (or possibly old age) before you and I reached the finish line! I am like Aron's pace X 2!

I will look for you, though! Always fun to meet new people!

Java Joggers said...

I hope your knee pain is resolved soon! Do you use any supplements that promote joint health? I take fish oil (for heart/joints) and I really do think that it makes a difference for me.

Evolving Through Running said...

Sounds like a great trip to Tahoe. We lived in Sacramento for a couple years, and although there wasn't a whole lot to do there, we used to hit Tahoe, or Napa, or the city all the time. Tahoe is beautiful.

What's the nature of the knee pain? Where does it hurt and what particular activities or movements cause the pain? I think I'm finally through with some IT Band issues that we giving me some knee pain, and I can share some of the therapy I did. Important to figure out if it's a function of the knee connections, or if you might have a kneecap tracking issue.

Tara said...

Dude...so jealous of your Tahoe mtn bike ride. We rode the flume trail a few years back and it was FANTASTIC. What a gorgeous place!

Good luck on your trail run tomorrow, sounds like a good time too!

That's weird about your knees. Don't know what to tell you on that one. It's odd that they are ok after a few miles. Wonder if it is from something other then your knees, like tight hip or IT band issues.

Staci Dombroski said...

Have a great race tomorrow!! Good luck and I can't wait to hear all about it :)

Jill said...

I'm still steaking claim to the weak VMO muscles in your quads. You need to get to the gym and do some quad strengthening. I promise you, it'll make a big difference in your knees!!! Glad you had fun in Tahoe, I forgot you were there and had sent you a text, which you probably didn't get. Give me a call this weekend after your race, if you can!!! GOOD LUCK!! Will be thinking about you. xoxoxo

Jamoosh said...

Have a great weekend and a better half!

Jess said...

Good luck with your trail HM!

Char said...

Good luck with the half. I hope your knee behaves itself.

L.B. said...

I didn't get a chance to comment on your 18-week training run post. Sad face. Still, what I would say is that the last thing you want to do is to be done, done, done with the training plan barely at the beginning of it. That doesn't make for fun training :(

Anyway good luck on your half tomorrow! Rock it!

Aneta said...

good luck on the race tomorrow!

Heather said...

What a fun trip! Glad the "no plan" plan is going well for you.

Christina said...

I'm on the same page with some of the other bloggie peeps...what is the nature of the knee pain? Is it on the outside of the knees? If it is, then it sounds like IT band. There are stretches and rolling on a foam roller then helps.

Hope your trail run went well. I want to run a trail half one day.

onelittletrigirl said...

Your knees sound like my shins. No matter what I do, I just cannot make them happy!!!