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Hamstring Update1

Posted by jodi in Portland Marathon Training 2006,Ramblings on Running (Thursday June 22, 2006 at 10:49 pm)

I’m two weeks out from my hamstring injury, and while much of the pain is gone the muscle still feels very stiff in the mornings. I still feel it when I lift the affected foot up to put on a sock. I was warned that it could take weeks to months to heal, but I figured if I rested adequately, stretched, took my ibuprofen and used ice/heat properly it would speed the process. I recognize that it has only been two weeks, but I feel like I’m losing too much time on the road to the Portland Marathon.

I exercised for the first time during this two week period today by getting on the elliptical trainer and going for only about 15 minutes/2.5 miles. It felt great to get my heart rate up, but the muscle did feel very stiff following even just this amount of exertion. I spent about 20 minutes stretching afterwards. Anyway, I’ll keep you posted.

Horrible week for training2

Posted by jodi in Injuries,Portland Marathon Training 2006 (Tuesday June 13, 2006 at 9:02 pm)

Sorry to be so negative in my title, folks, but it has been a downer of a week for training. Please refer to my previous post for a clue as to why I might feel this way.

In brief – the hamstring was injured on 6/8/06, last Thursday. The following day I was sent home from an on-call night at work because the pain was so severe I was having difficulty walking. Saturday was not much better. On Sunday, Evan was to run the Furry 5k at Seward Park in Seattle. I was actually able to park the car and walk five blocks to the event. However, this did not work out so well either – not only was Evan’s asthma acting up around thousands of dogs, but the last registration bib number was given to the person in line in front of him, so the registration person gave him a “sorry” with a shrug.

So far this week, I’m better able to walk and climb stairs, but it still hurts like crazy to lift my leg into the air in order to put a sock on. I spoke with a physical therapist at work who was kind enough to show me some stretches and exercises to assist with healing. Unfortunately, she told me these injuries can take – get this – MONTHS to heal. I absolutely refuse to believe this injury will require that much rest. An injury kept me from the London Marathon in 2005, and this time I was so much more careful, built mileage very gradually, and yes, I included speed work, but was not doing anything extreme the morning of this latest injury. I’m on call again tomorrow night and post-call on 6/15. The following day I am going to try getting on the elliptical trainer to see if I can tolerate it. If it reproduces the pain, then the next step is to obtain a membership at a facility with a swimming pool to maintain my fitness level until the muscle heals. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to send them this way.

Anyway, my brief week in review for the running I was able to do – ran a total of about 15 miles prior to the injury.

I suppose the bright side is that the marathon is not until October 1st. This is currently Week #9 of 24 in training, and while this is definitely a set-back, I believe there is still time to prepare for race day. I will likely cut out the speed workouts in favor of just getting the mileage under the belt. I’ll keep you posted.

That Inevitable Training Injury…1

Posted by jodi in Injuries (Friday June 9, 2006 at 6:19 pm)

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have our first marathon training injury for this training cycle! Yesterday, during a steady run on a treadmill, I threw in a couple of fartlek sprints. I felt fine, but when I went to mark my split time for the completion of the fourth mile, I thought I felt some pain in my groin. By 4.5 miles it was a terribly persistent, 6/10 pain and had generalized more to the back of my leg. I stopped prematurely (was supposed to run 5 miles, but didn’t feel it was worth pushing the extra half of a mile), stretched without relief, and went home. I sat on a bag of ice and took ibuprofen, but still no relief. I went to work, had a difficult time with walking, stair climbing, etc, came home early, pretty much sat on ice on and off throughout the day, continued with the NSAIDs, and still no relief.

Today I am supposed to be on call, but (fortunately, I think) my chief resident sent me home and brought in a replacement as the pain had become excrutiating by mid-morning. So again, this is day 2 of NSAIDs and sitting on ice. The pain is even more localized now to the medial portion of the back of my leg and runs up in that same medial path to the insertion at the ischial spine. I have been reading about sports injuries on Injuredrunner.com and Emedicine, which have both been helpful with suggesting strengthening rehabilitation exercises. I was supposed to run a 5k this weekend, but I’m sitting it out until next week when I may try some gentle runs again. Fortunately, the Portland Marathon is still sixteen weeks away, and my level of fitness is good – I’m going to try to maintain that through the weekend on the elliptical. We’ll see how it goes.

Portland Marathon Training – Week 81

Posted by jodi in Portland Marathon Training 2006 (Tuesday June 6, 2006 at 8:53 am)

I would like to give a shout out to my bestest pal, Austin, who has decided that she is going to complete a marathon by the age of 30. I think this a most admirable goal and plan on cheering her on! See, Austin? Now all of MY readers know you’re committed too! Not only has she decided on marathoning, but she has also created her own blog, another worthy endeavour. Strong work, Austin!

  • Monday – 0:44:04, 4.24 miles (10:23/mile pace). Splits: 8:21, 9:07, 10:24, 13:45, 2:25. I ran out to Jose Rizal and repeated eight x 30 second hill sprints, lightly jogging between each for rest. I actually ended up walking a mile on the way back (as I felt that Memorial Day cook out burger not wanting to stay down where it belonged!).
  • Tuesday – 0:42:52, 5.0 miles (8:34/mile pace). Splits: 8:58, 8:48, 8:35, 8:23, 8:08. Felt good!
  • Wednesday – Off (Post-call day)
  • Thursday0:49:57, 6.2 miles (8:03/mile pace). Splits: 8:50, 8:40, 8:01, 7:38, 7:43, 7:38, 1:28. I was psyched about this run – my first sub-50 minute 10k! 8) 
  • Friday – Off (got home from work late and had to go straight to a work-related function)
  • Saturday – Long Run! – 1:36:17, 11.0 miles (8:45/mile pace). Splits: 8:18, 8:06, 8:14, 8:28, 8:39, 8:46, 8:47, 8:54, 8:51, 11:00 (hill), 8:09. Evan biked along with me on this one! It was a very enjoyable run, but I felt very tired at the end of it. 
  • Sunday – Off – I hated taking yet another day off this week (my third for the week) but I was not feeling recovered from the previous day’s long run.

Total Mileage: 26.44 miles

I suppose I am pleased with this past week’s training. Having only run four days I still increased my mileage from 21–plus last week to 26–plus this week. My long run, while not at Boston-qualifying pace, was still a decent run – a good solid workout at a somewhat brisk pace, and the mileage was important to me here. I also showed myself that I am capable of continuing to improve as I broke that coveted 50–minute mark for the 10k distance.

 I have a few maps for the week too (created by Evan and Google Earth):

Monday, May 29, 2006
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Saturday, June 3, 2006 – Long Run
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Here is what is in store for this week (#8 of 24 total):

  • Monday – Off
  • Tuesday – Hill Reps 4 miles total with 6×30 second hill sprints 
  • Wednesday – 4 miles, light run
  • Thursday – 5 miles with 6×30 fartlek sprints included at VO2 max pace
  • Friday – Long Run – 12 miles (I’m on call this day too, but there’s no other time to do it)
  • Saturday – Alternative Cardio – 3 miles, easy (elliptical trainer) 
  • Sunday – 3.1 miles hard – 5k race at Seward Park
  • I am off from work today, so not only do I get to enjoy the latest issue of Runner’s World while soaking in the tub following my run this morning, but I am also indulging a bit and getting a massage this afternoon! Life is sweet. Hope yours is too. And happy running. 🙂