Manic Monday – 09/29/14

Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week, and lay out a plan for the upcoming week.

Whew, another week has gone by in a blur.  This was another funky week for me, dealing with work and life, but I feel like I still did pretty well considering what I’ve been up against.

Monday (Make-Up 8 Mile Run)
Work was NUTS on Monday.  I didn’t leave until 45 minutes after the scheduled end of my day.  I was concerned about finishing 8 miles before it got dark, so I headed for the treadmill at the gym.  It was tough.  My gym has 45 minute time limits on cardio equipment, so I spent a lot of time worrying that someone would come kick me off.  Then, apparently the treadmills themselves have a set 60 minute time limit if you just go with “quick start,” so as I was huffing and puffing my way through a fairly speedy mile 5, the treadmill shut off on me, and I had to do some quick math to figure out my time and remaining mileage.  And then to top it all off, my trusty Nike dri-fit shirt chafed the ever-loving hell out of my right underarm.  The good news is, I finished the last 3 miles all at sub-10 minute/mile paces (mostly cause I just wanted to be done!), which means that my sub-2:30 half goal is looking pretty doable.

Photo Sep 29, 10 47 43 AM

Tuesday (Scheduled 6 x 400)
Between exhaustion from work and the underarm chafage, I decided to put off the speed work.  I will say, however, that I ran up and down 5 flights of stairs no less than 5 times at work, so I think it counts as an “active” recovery day.

Wednesday (Scheduled Cross-Training)
I did Tuesday’s 6 x 400s.  I did a half mile warm up and then went for it.  The first three repeats were at a 9:30 pace, the next two were at 9:13, and the final repeat was at 9:05.  I felt pretty strong, but I’m really having difficulty with blisters on the outside of the balls of my feet.  I’ve tried Body Glide, I’ve tried band-aids, I’ve tried lots of different socks… Nothing seems to help.  They just keep getting bigger and deeper.  I have one more thing to try before I get truly frustrated, but it does suck a lot.

Photo Sep 24, 6 07 13 PM

Thursday (Scheduled 5 Miles Easy)
Didn’t happen.  But once again, I ran up and down a million flights of steps through the course of my workday, so I don’t count it as a rest day.

Friday (Scheduled Rest Day)
And by golly, did I rest!  We finally wrapped up this big fundraising campaign I’ve been working on, we smashed our goal, and I drank wine and went to bed at 10 pm to celebrate.

Saturday (Scheduled 9 Miles LSD)
Aaaaand, surprise, it didn’t happen.  I slept in, ate an obscene amount of brunch, and then Ben and I were hugely productive; 2 loads of laundry, cleaned our room, washed the truck, and put air in the Honda tires.  And then we went to happy hour, which turned into happy 5 hours.  We got home shortly after midnight and went straight to bed.

Irish Eggs Benedict: Poached eggs on corned beef hash with hollandaise sauce.  Nom.

Irish Eggs Benedict: Poached eggs on corned beef hash with hollandaise sauce. Nom.

Sunday (Scheduled Rest Day)
I know what you’re thinking.  She totally made up her long run from Saturday.  Yeah, no.  And I don’t think I will make it up today, either.  I’ll wait till next weekend.

I’ve realized that I didn’t really leave any wiggle room with this training cycle, which is starting to be a problem.  I started a 12 week training program with only 12 weeks before the race, which means that I don’t have any options to “make up” missed runs.  However, this training plan does have me getting up to 12 miles, which I don’t really think is necessary, so I’ll probably just push everything back one week and only go up to 11 miles before the race.

This Week:

  • Monday:  Attend Athleta Grand Opening Party (Full recap later this week!)
  • Tuesday:  Hill repeats
  • Wednesday:  Cross-training
  • Thursday:  5 miles easy
  • Friday:  Rest
  • Saturday:  9 miles
  • Sunday:  Rest/yoga

Anyone have advice on dealing with persistent blisters?

What do you do when you miss a training run?  Make it up? Skip it? Push your schedule back?

11 thoughts on “Manic Monday – 09/29/14

  1. dgobs says:

    I’m impressed that you managed to squeeze all that in, given the stress of the past few weeks! Honestly, I probably would have skipped the treadmill run and the speed work… but I can be wretchedly lazy. It’s great that your speed repeats get faster as you go, too! Mine go the opposite way 😦

    No advice at all on blisters… but my sample packet of blister powder is still yours if you want to try it!

    Those eggs benedict look AMAZING!

    • DarlinRae says:

      The eggs benny were probably my favorite part of this weekend–I ate WAY too much!

      I’m gonna try this new “absolute waterproof” cushiony tape stuff for my long run this weekend, and if it doesn’t prevent blisters, I’m gonna take you up on that powder. Seriously so painful and frustrating.

  2. SuzLyfe says:

    Great job on that speedwork! I personally am a fan of getting as close to race distance as possible for the confidence that I can do it, but everyone is different, and you do indeed have a ton of things going on. Persistent blisters is likely a shoe fit problem–your feet moving around in the shoe. The only thing really to say about that is to tap them up and let calluses form, or get a shoe with a better fitting toe box!

  3. veryrach says:

    I always get blisters in the same spot as you. Mine come from playing soccer though, not just running. Is your foot sliding around too much? They just turn into calluses for me though too…. sorry I have no helpful tips, I just literally feel your pain. Good luck on your training this week! Also, I have never seen this “Saturday (Scheduled 9 Miles LSD)” what does the LSD stand for in this? LOL I only know it as one thing, and it surely can’t be that…

  4. kebe51 says:

    I don’t think you knew me when I did my Queens half marathon in March where my sneaker sock combo gave me such bad blisters that it actually rubbed my foot raw and made me bleed. I couldn’t put pressure on my foot for a week. Since then, I’ve gotten new sneakers and better, thinner socks (with body glide). Have you tried Swiftwick socks? They work for me. Otherwise, it might be the sneakers.

    • DarlinRae says:

      I’ve never tried Swiftwick. Also looking at Wright Socks, which are double layer and supposedly the layers rub on each other instead of your foot. It may very well be the shoes, but I’ve had this problem in other shoes too, so either I have weird feet, or it’s the socks. Or both. Who knows?!

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