The Long Road to Princess 2021

JAMIESMITH

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I'm finishing out August with 26.2 miles run which is better than the previous two Augusts.

Monday August 26th: Planned Rest Day
Tuesday August 27th: 25 minute run (plus 5 min warm up and cool down) 2.66 miles @ 13.13 per mile
Wednesday August 28th: Planned Rest Day
Thursday August 29th: 60 second sprints/90 second walk x8 2.2 miles @ 13.4 per mile
Friday August 30th: Work late and grocery shopping
Saturday August 31st: Cross training, either swimming at my cousins or Iron Strength work out
 

JAMIESMITH

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My online college classes are kicking my butt, especially Algebra. This is going to be a tough eight weeks. Running has definitely helped me clear my head after assignments and studying.

Sunday September 2nr, I kicked off the new month with a four mile stroller run at an average pace of 13:42. I think this was pretty good.

Monday, the 3rd, was a planned rest day.

Tuesday, the 4th, was a 25 minute run with a five minute warm up and cool down for a total of 2.7 miles at 13:17 per mile.

Thursday, the 5th, was another planned rest day.

Today was supposed to be speed play with 60/90 intervals, but I pigged out on pizza instead. Moderation, right? I am also experiencing the first twinges of shin splints so I will be resting until my next long run on Sunday.
 
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JAMIESMITH

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I also skipped my long run on Sunday :eek: 101 degrees in September? Really?!

I had a miserable excuse for a run on Monday. It started off as a 25 minute run, but I started walking after the first mile and never got back going. The shin pain is still there. 2.4 miles at 15:00 per mile.

I had an appointment with a urologist today. My bladder doesn't appear to be emptying completely which makes it easier for bacteria to grow. She put me on some pills as part of urinary suppression therapy that should help prevent the recurring UTIs.

I did finish my Iron Strength work out today. I'm going to take a rest day tomorrow and aim for three slow miles on Thursday. Hopefully the shin pain will be better by then.
 
  • JAMIESMITH

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    Next September 11th, I really want to participate in a stair climb at a parking garage in Meridian, MS. It looks like a great work out and an awesome tribute for 09/11.

    09/12 Thursday: My planned three mile run morphed into 2.1 miles with 60/90 sprints at an average pace of 14:16. No shin pain!

    09/13 Friday: Grocery store/planned rest day.

    09/14 Saturday: Hit 5 miles (or darn close to it) for the first time this year. I am still concerned with my pacing as this run was a definite fade. I walked most of the last two miles.





    Vs. the same run on 09/23/2017. Granted this was about a week later in training and completely different weather conditions (91 at the start and sunny today vs. 79 at the start and misting rain in 2017). The T+D, to my best estimate, using historical data (at the suggestion of @DopeyBadger ) is actually not much different, 157 today and 139 in 2017. My training up to this point is also on track, if not better than that year.





    2017 was so much more consistent than today. At that time my weight was at 142, today I am at 160. I am concerned that may be my bigger issue, and one that I am struggling to rectify.
     

    JAMIESMITH

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    I have only run twice since my last update. My urologist had to put me on a different medication because the first one was making me light-headed and nauseous.

    I ran 28 minutes, plus a five minute walk to warm up and cool down on the 18th. 2.65 miles @ 13:52. 97 degrees at the start :crazy2:

    The school nurse called on Friday, and my husband took our older daughter to our family doctor. He believes she has a buckle fracture near her elbow. She was playing a game called snatch, which sounds like a mash up of football and dodgeball. She caught the ball, but a couple of boys tackled her. When she landed, she heard her arm snap. We go to the orthopedic doctor on Tuesday.

    I am, rather selfishly, concerned about our Universal trip. I'm holding off on making any changes until we see the orthopedic. We are supposed to be leaving in two weeks.

    On a positive note, today's five mile run was a success! I started slow, and it was the exact opposite of last week's fade. The weather this morning was also wonderful, with a T+D of only 125. My first mile split was 13:53, with progressively faster times until mile five which came in at 11:54.

    I have a 5K next weekend. It's not my favorite course, but I'm still looking forward to seeing what I can do.
     
  • JAMIESMITH

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    The orthopedic doctor saw no obvious breaks, but she's still complaining of pain so I have postponed our Universal trip to January. We have a follow up with the orthopedic doctor next week, if she's still hurting. I'm not sure what's wrong at this point.

    Our rescheduled trip is going to cost a bit more. I'm not sure if Princess weekend will still be in the cards for 2021. It will either be a shortened trip with my cousin, or I will look at another race weekend in a few years.
     

    JAMIESMITH

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    Wednesday 09/25 was an easy 2.6 mile run at 14:11 per mile.

    Saturday 09/28 was The Queen City Race For Life 5K which raises money for local breast cancer patients. It is a very hilly double loop course which has very little shade. I love the atmosphere of the race, though. It includes a one mile high heel dash, which is mostly men. It is also the only local race with snow cones at the finish line.

    I'm in the navy blue tank, black compression socks, and orange shoes.



    I finished in 36:21 with an average pace of 11:44 per mile. My splits were 11:39,11:53, and 12:16. Not my best, but I did finish third in my age group and got to add a new medal to my collection.





    I am still tentatively planning for either the Princess or Wine & Dine half next year. At this point it will be my cousin and me with no park tickets and just a two night stay. Maybe some time at the spa?
     
  • JAMIESMITH

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    I finished out September with 29.5 miles run. This is better than 19.8 miles in 2018, but less than 36.6 miles in 2017.

    I am 47 days out from the Magnolia Half Marathon. My longest run this training cycle has been 5 miles (twice), but I will be stepping that up this month.
     

    JAMIESMITH

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    I've only managed three runs so far this month. Saturday, October 5th was a 5 mile run at an average pace of 12:52 per mile. Very consistent run, and much cooler out! Monday, the 7th was not good. I didn't eat enough and just felt drained. I finished 1.5 miles at 15:02, more walking than running. Today was much better, but warmer than the previous two runs. I finished 3 miles at 13:38 per mile. Again, very consistent.

    Serious question...do any of you take vitamin C or something else to help fend off the germs this time of year? There is strep and a stomach bug going around. With one in daycare and one in elementary school, I am just waiting for the germs to hit home.
     


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