Thursday, March 10, 2011

three things thursday

1. I've had a knot in my calf since Sunday.  Felt fine on the recovery run, fine at yoga, and about 10 minutes after I got home something woke up and started yelling.  I iced, advil'd, foam rolled, and stretched Sunday & Monday.  Tuesday it was quiet so I figured it had gone away, but track on Tuesday night woke it up again.  I rolled, advil'd, and stretched my brains out all day yesterday, but add that to the tangled hip/piriformis mess that came back with a vengeance during step back week and by the time I got home I was beyond cranky.  I scheduled a sports massage for Friday morning and then sat in this for 20 minutes to try and calm everything down.
It looks kind of badass but really I was just too lazy to ice one part at a time.  I started a new pair of shoes last Saturday (same model, new pair), so I'm hoping that once my legs adjust the calf thing will go away.  The hip/piriformis mess it appears I am just going to have to live with, as I've been treating it for over 3 months now and it is neither getting better nor worse.

2. I've decided to take my recovery run to the St. Patrick's Day 8K this Sunday.  I swear I'm going to take it easy, and I'll wear my Garmin to make sure I stay at my recovery pace.  But I'm going to make it a race-day-clothing test run just to make sure that nothing moves or rubs or twitches oddly before I take it out for 13.1.  Plus I get to partake in a St. Patrick's Day race without dumping me out of training for the surrounding days.  Sounds like a good reason to celebrate with a post-race beer!

3. I've been talking to some training partners lately about periodization, and we had a particularly interesting conversation yesterday via email about focusing your training and culling the junk out, taking rest seasons, and moving through cycles of training within one training cycle.  My year is pretty carefully mapped out until the Kinetic 70.3 in May.  I'm signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon in July, but that will most likely be a fun destination race instead of a PR-attempt, based both on the course (hilly) and the weather in the 8 weeks preceding the race (ridiculously hot).  The past 8-12 weeks have been really focused on running, and I wanted and needed it to get back in shape after having surgery.  And I very definitely have something to prove - if only to myself - at the National Half in a few weeks.  

But I really miss cycling at the volume I was doing last summer - who ever would've thought?  I've had the conversation with a triathlete friend several times - I love triathlon training, I love the variety and the balance, but triathlons are expensive and race day is a pain in the ass.  So instead of racing the fall 70.3 that I was sorta kinda thinking about - or just instead of making it my A race - I think that I might take the June-October months to really focus on cycling - still run and maintain a good base, but not with quite the same intensity I've been training at for the past 2 months.  I'd really like to get revenge on the Reston Century in particular, and I'm hoping that a sub-6-hour century isn't all that far away for me.  Then when the cold rolls back in, I'll pick a winter half marathon to try and knock out a PR.  What do you guys think?  Does your training move in cycles?  Do you take rest seasons?  I think this is a very different conversation depending on whether you are a runner or a triathlete, and I'm interested in both sides.

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  1. I was just writing a similar post to this how I am ready for half training to be over so I can do triathlon training. Since I am only training for an Oly it is much less rigid then some of my other training cycles, so while it is not a rest season I don't need to push myself too much to hit a hard pace (now for the half) or distance (marathon season). I can't wait to have some more variety. I think you should definitely get back to your biking roots this summer/fall if that is what you love.
    p.s. I don't think I commented yesterday but I loved the reno pics.

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  2. Ooooh Katie, this is exciting verbal vomit! You would be so bad ass on the bike if you focused on that. And then I'll get better cause I'll ride with you. And riding with faster people helps you get fast...right? right? And it is all about me. And frosting.

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  3. What Emily said.

    As for your cranky muscles, I'm really hoping Stephanie will cure you tomorrow. And, I've decided that I want a referral fee for all of the people I've been sending to BDI. I mean, the fact that they pay Lauren's salary isn't enough.

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  4. Katie! I am signed up for the SF Half too! Are you doing the first or second half? I'm doing the first and have the same race plan. Fun destination run!

    hope the calf issue goes away!

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  5. Definitely. After my first 100 miler, I was so mentally exhausted from the previous months of training, I cut way back on running. I actually started to clean my house and cook meals! It was crazy. Well, I don't have any other activities besides running, so when I'm not running a ton, I guess I just eat extra. Hahaha.

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  6. Oh, the SF Marathon is a great race! Which half are you doing, the first or second? It's hilly, but parts of the course are beautiful, and the weather is never warm or sunny. Let me know if you want recommendations of stuff to do while you're in my adopted hometown.

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  7. Def like the idea of rest times, although not sure about a whole season! I almost tweeted you last night when I was reading RW. I think it's the lower left side of page 29 called FACT OR FICTION.
    Yay! I'm excited about St. Patrick's day, I like you, def like to not Race, every race, although, I hope to race it on Sunday!

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  8. ARRG!!! The dreaded ice bath! I wish I could use a race as a recovery run. I get way to amped up to run at a reasonable pace.

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  9. Not being a triathlete or a very competitive runner, it is hard to say how I look at this. Especially since I feel like I am never 100% and always training half-assed (literally) through injury.

    I think that you compete for more than I do in the metaphysical sense, though, and maybe that is why you are so thoughtful about all this.

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  10. I hope the massage works everything out for you!

    And I am totally on board the cycling specific period in the summer for you. And because things aren't all about Emily, they're all about me, I hope you can teach me how to be a cycling basass this summer!

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  11. I think if you love cycling, you should cycle. And maybe I can tag along (way) behind Emily and Beth and learn a thing or two from you since I know absolutely nothing about cycling. Or you all can yell out tips as you lap me on Haines Point.

    And I hope your leg is feeling better soon!

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  12. 1) Ice baths still intimidate me. SO COLD.
    2) This reminded me that I have yet to even think about what to wear for race day, as our weather here has been alllll over the place. hmmm...
    3) I'm obviously biased to the running side, but I think alternating run/bike events is a great way to not only mix things up but also strengthen different muscles. I tend to opt for choosing a few "big" races throughout the year, and training for those, then jumping into smaller/fun/PR races when they come around.

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  13. Wahooo! Can't wait to see you at the SF half and good luck with your race this weekend :)

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  14. So I've always wanted to get more into triathlons as my background is in swimming, but the "race day is a pain in the ass" is what scares me. I just feel like there are so many logistical issues to deal with that it SCARES ME. However, I did sign up for two sprints tis this summer (one being the weekend before the SF marathon)so we'll see how those go! I also will need your suggestions on bikes :)

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  15. I LOVED SF half. If you pick the 1st half, it's relatively flat first few miles (running by pier 39) you do have one massive hill on your way to GG bridge ( I want to say it's about mile 7-8) but what goes up must come down! The bridge is gradual incline (not bad) and then you have a couple more rolly hills on your way to GG park. Besides that one big hill, it's not bad :) in fact it's a gorgrous race!! I've run it twice:) have fun!!

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  16. I woke up with a calf cramp last night! WTH is going on with the calves these days?!?!

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  17. Training cycles are good. You're already good about changing things up. Sounds like focusing on cycling is a good goal, especially since you'll still do other things to cross train.
    I just hope I'm back to cycling and in good enough shape to ride with you before you get to be CAT-2!!

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  18. Here is the thing about the SF half - you train through all that heat in the weeks leading up to it and then come to foggy cool summertime SF and you ZOOOOOM up and down those hills!

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