Yikes, summer is flying by Monday!

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Yikes, summer is flying by Monday!
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Mon, 08-11-2014 - 7:06am

I can't believe we're miway through the month already!  My son goes back to school in the next couple of weeks.Cry  It's been nice having him home.  So, I rolled my ankle at parkour on Saturday, as those of you on FB know. I'm not exactly sure what it was--at first I thought I'd dislocated it because it looked displaced (my first thought was, "Oh, no, I have to ski this season!) and when I moved my foot, it felt like it slid into place. But, from what I've been reading dislocated ankles are really painful and require surgery so that wasn't it. I thinki I probably just held my foot funny so the ankle looked wrong. Anyway, the whole thing was painless and I'm a wimp about pain. There was some initial swelling, it never got too bad.  I can walk w/out pain today but this is the dangerous part for me because it's easy to start overdoing. I need to give it another day at least.  So, I'l stay off of it and only do aerial silks today. 

So, I have a question on the injury. The instructor is new. Super nice guy, conscientious and felt so bad about my rolling my ankle. He had set the jump up w/ the mat on one part of the wall/vault and that's what caused me to roll my ankle.  I think he realizes it was a mistake now but they are super conscious about safety. Should I mention it to the guy who sends out safety tips?  I don't want the instructor to feel worst or to be a tattletale.






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 08-11-2014 - 10:03am

Hi Jean, I saw about your injury on FB and glad to know it wasn't anything too serious. I think if I were you, I might mention the safety tip so it doesn't happen to anyone else. 

I can't believe summer is almost over. I'm now just 9 weeks from my marathon. I had an 18 mile long run this weekend and I was really happy with how it went. My feet were a mess afterwards despite all my precautions but otherwise I didn't feel nearly as bad as I thought I would. I have new socks (Injinji running socks)and a balm that seems to be working better than the Body Glide (Trail toes) that helped tremendously with my usual blisters but I still did manage to get a few. I am very thankful that I do not have the chaffing/blisters that many of the women I am training with have from their bras. 

I have many, many people telling me that if you can do 18 miles then you can run a marathon, but frankly I am not confident about that. The coach I consulted with told me not to go over 20 because the risk of injury is too great and it takes too long to fully recover from a run that long. I'm just going to trust him because he and his team have 49 marathons under their feet and since I don't have any experience at all with these kind of distances I am going to try to squash my own thinking about it. The training plan I am using has me doing a 20 mile run in two weeks followed by an 18 the next and then decreasing from there. I've decided to not read anything on the internet about marathon training because it has me nervous that I am not doing enough. I came to the conclusion that a lot of training plans are geared towards people who are interested in racing their fastest marathon, not just in finishing as is my goal. 

I got a very nice gift certificate from my family and won another at the race on Friday night (see Friday's thread for details) and I am looking for a good running belt. (Jean, you recommended the Spi belt-did you run your marathon in it? How did it feel after 20 miles?) My husband gave me a Camelbak mini-mule for my birthday and while I love it, I'm not sure I can use it for my marathon. 

Enough about running, my son and is new fiance are planning on getting married November 1 in a small ceremony with just a few family and friends. 

My husband is having his management team over tonight for a cookout so I have much housework to do. It's going to rain so that will kind of put a damper on things. 

Karla
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Mon, 08-11-2014 - 11:09am

Awesome job on the running! You're already at 18 so you're there. I had been told that the 20 is enough and that's what most plans do.  I thinki the last three weeks are cut back weeks ( I loved that diong 12 is a "cut back). Definitely practice NOW what you want to run with since you don't have many long miles left. I used a fuel belt w/ water.

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It's the one my running store carries but there are quite a few out there.  I liked having water when I wanted water, not when there were stops. I started w/ one full of gatorade, one w/ water, the other two empty w/ gatorade powder that I filled at water stops, plus a bag of gatorade powder. The volunteers were great--they took the bottles from me and filled them because I probably couldn't have gotten the lids open at points.  I also carried gel, extra contact lenses, cell phone, toilet paper and wipes.  It was like I was going on a picnic!  But, I know portapotties are likely to run out of tp and I needed to wipe my hands after using them, post runners, since I'd also be eating gel.  LOL, I'm anal retentive!  I envy those who just show up and make do w/ what's on the trail.






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Mon, 08-11-2014 - 12:48pm

Jean, with each long run I get more confident but also more nervous. I was pretty much done by mile 18 and kept thinking Gosh I am going to have 8 more. I realize a lot of it is a mental thing. Weeks ago when I saw 16, 18 and 20 miles on my schedule I was freaked out trying to visualize how on earth I could do that kind of mileage but so far I've made it. I'm a little surprised with how aggressive the milege is at this point in the training and I have to admit I am struggling with it (physically) but I think I can do this. Were you tired and sore from the really long runs?

On my 18 mile run I carried wipes and GU with me. I wasn't happy with my belt though because toward the end of my run it was riding up. I had water stationed at various points along the route and dry socks and a different pair of shoes at one place in my neighborhood. I realize I can't change shoes during the marathon but I can change socks and reapply my anti-blister gel so, I'd like to be able to carry GU, wipes, a small packet of my blister gel, socks, possibly a small thing of tape just in case, and my cell phone.

Through all of this training I have learned some very important lessons. First and foremost is about nutrition. I can't believe how much I have to eat (and not just anything-good nutritious food) to sustain this level of exercise. I didn't eat enough before my 16 mile run and I had muscle fatique and pain for several days afterwards. Last week I started eating more 3 days out and I didn't experience anything like the previous time. I also took several packets of GU with me and had some every 2 miles from 1.5 hours on. (18 miles took me 3 hours 10 minutes....I think it was around a 10:20 pace which I am very pleased with.) We had a guy in the group who had a leg completely lock up on him at 17.5 miles. He was at total exhaustion to the point of being sick by that evening. He refused to drink Gatorade or take a GU at any point during the run. He says that he understands where he went wrong and will do much better next time. I hope to avoid anything like what he went through.

I can't believe I can even talk about runs in the double digits. lol This week is a drop down week with a long run of 16 miles. I was signed up to do a 5K race on Saturday but gave my registration to someone else. I don't think it is smart to try to race then go out and do a long run. 

Karla
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Mon, 08-11-2014 - 2:55pm

I created a long Whiney post on Friday, but in keeping with life's little annoyances, it didn't post! The one thing I said that I want to repeat is for FSN...please make sure you are acknowledging for yourself the progress you are making with your mother's situation....Jean, welcome back...only you would think flying through the air was a good workout if you need to rest a sore ankle! Karla, I am loving your thinking through of your marathon planning! And congrats to your son on the wedding. GR, hope your double concert weekend was fun...I had a busy, fun weekend - went to my little volunteer job on Saturday, then to my brother's with some other family for dinner. Yesterday I helped out a friend at a beer felt...great people watching. I went to Zumba Saturday, but skipped it Sunday but went over and walked on the beach...I met someone who goes to Zumba, and she told me the Sunday Zumba instructor got fired by the Bosu ball instructor/gym owner...today I went to the Bosu class...I decided if she berated us, I would walk out...and I heard that the reason given for firing the Zumba person was 'she teaches to too young a level'...she's been there for at least three summers....anyway, the Bosu people collectively agreed we were not putting up with what happened last week...but the instructor was all about 'listen to your bodies, don't hurt yourself' this week...I hate gym drama...oh, and part of my whining on Friday was that training rates are going up $15 a session...if I thought most of it was going to my trainer, I wouldn't care, but I bet he will see none of it...the gym has been replacing weight machines and shrinking that area in favor of a TRX like area where they do group training..so I feel like I am being asked to pay more for less....I could cut back to two sessions a week, but that will impact my trainer...I wish he would open his own place but that will never happen...I can buy sessions ahead at the old price so I can delay a decision, but I think it is a bad move on the gym's behalf...most of the trainers are not that busy...anyway, I am on the bus again, back to the big city!

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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 9:14am

I'm such a geek, Karla, but as I talk to you about your progress, it brings back vivid memories of mine, especially the training. I've always said running the marathon is just the frosting on the cake--the training is what I'm most proud of. Getting out there and doing each long run, being disciplined enough to do it, sticking with it for so many months.  Yes, every week was tough as the mileage got longer and it should. The point, for me, is that you're teaching your body to push through fatigue and know that you can. Even now, if I wanted to go longer than I should, I know I could do it (even if I'm not trained for it).  Not a smart thing but it's good to know I could.  My mantra for when things get tough during the race is, "If it were easy, I wouldn't be doing it."  Not that I needed it during the marathon.  And, as you do these long runs, you're ironing out the problems so you'll have it down pat by the time the marathon comes.  Every week, I walked around after my long run feeling proud of myself, "Did I really just run xxxx miles?!?!?"  Yes, I did!

I think it was smart of you not to race the 5k.  The long run is the important one and you don't want to mess that up. I think people who do multiple ones can play around more but my goal for mind was to finish and not be in pain. 






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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 9:21am

Crazy stuff at the gym, SJ. I wonder if the BOSU instructor has some ego involved w/ the zumba one. I don't know what "too young" means for zumba!  If they want an old person zumba, they should offer a  zumba gold and not take away the instructor you like. Have you complained to management? 

Yeah, raising the trainer fee but not giving it to the trainer is pretty common.  It's really hard for the trainer because you start losing clients or session. That said, you need to do what is economically viable for you and not consider the impact on your trainer.  Maybe you could do 2 sesions one week, three the next?  I actually prefer TRX type settings to weight machines. Weight machines are great for people who don't know their bodies well and the right form but that's it--they're pretty limiting. I rarely use them when I'm training because I figure clients wouldn't need me if that's all that I'm doing with them. I even tell them I'd be happy to put a program together for them to do for 6-8 weeks and they can see me for another after that.  All that being said, I am lucky that I don't depend on personal training to pay my bills because I do so much free stuff!






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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 10:52am

lol Jean, I am proud of myself. I really can't believe I am running these kind of miles. And like you, my goal is to get through the training and do the marathon and not be in pain or injured. 

Karla
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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 10:55am

SJ, are the rates going up an additional $15 a session? Wow, that would be really high around here. The going rate for a trainer is $25 an hour and most people only book half hour sessions because of it. 

Karla
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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 11:59am
Jean, the instructor causing all the Cape gym issues is part owner of the gym...so she is management. I have heard that her answer to people who complain is that they can find a new gym...for August, I paid for a one month membership, but I usually buy a pass for 10 visits. In September, I will go back to the pass and not go to anything she teaches, which will be ok because I will be in Boston more until next summer...but I find bad management really annoying. Karla, the session are going from $60 to $75 - and that is the price if you buy the biggest package... smaller packages cost more per session. Boston is an expensive area, and the gym is one of the higher end gyms, although not the top one...and many members come from the hospital that owns the gym and pay a reduced membership rate...and most of them don't train. I think this is a bad management move and will ultimately reduce the training fees because I think the number of people training is probably at the maximum and so the trainers will lose clients/sessions without ways to fill them...
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Tue, 08-12-2014 - 5:18pm

Ugh, I hate poorly run businesses like your Cape gym. I don't know if they realize customers keep them in business!  That's actually not a bad price for training in a big city.  Our gym did something like that, too, as I said. People just bought a mass of them upfront but that's a lot to invest at once. If you decide to do it put it on your credit card in case something happens.