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Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2017, 07:38 pm
Swimming issues...

Right so, today i was suppose to do a 30-60 minute run for my post marathon training. Since I am unable to run, and since I kinda got bored using the elliptical.. i decided to try the pool. and NOPE. I tried swimming regularly, and it turned out PAInful for my ankle. I couldnt kick with my legs while swimming.

So, what I ended up doing...
i ended up using this long tube thingy that i kinda floated on and just used my arms to move myself forward. I also ended up walking as fast as I could in the pool.. my pool just being only 4 feet deep, which ends up being perfect for me because i can then just walk the whole length back and forth. But anyways, i was in the pool for an hour and well... the experience felt unsatisfying to me tho.

What I want to do, is buy a pull buoy for my ankles.
I think that would give me more of a workout...
the experience feeling more substantial for me.

I can continue doing the elliptical if its just a few miles...
but If i am suppose to train for 60 minutes and so...
id rather train using a different form other than the elliptical.

Sat, Dec. 2nd, 2017, 06:57 am
POST Marathon thoughts...

I am not even too sure why I have neglected writing in here.
Despite my lack of silence...
I feel my whole marathon experience turned out to be life changing...
ALMOSt a month has gone by and sometimes I'm like...
DId i really run the NYC marathon??!!
DID i really run 26.2 miles??!
I'm 45.
its not as if I have this LONg history in running.
I just started only a couple of years ago.
Only participated in a few 5k races...
and BOOM, i ended up taking the challenge to run a marathon...
to this day, it feels like an amazing achievement.

I am currently feeling a set back...
As during my marathon training, i ended up spraining my ankle.
I had taken a week off of running.
but i think my ankle never fully healed.
PLUS the week of the marathon..
I had reinjured my ankle that tuesday.
DIdn't run all that week until Marathon Sunday.

the tuesday AFter the marathon, I ended up seeing a podiatrist.
He put a soft cast on me for 2 weeks
And I ended up wearing an ace bandage after that.
Almost 4 weeks later...
I haven't fully healed.
I feel somewhat concerned and made another foot dr appointment
and I will most likely end up getting an MRI done.
So yeah, after all this time after the marathon, I havent been running.
Week 3, I started a Post Marathon training program
and have been using the elliptical instead.
Less impact.

FURTHER more, I think the last few weeks of my marathon training...
I skipped going to gym class all together.
just feeling too tired and fatigued with the mileage.
and OMG, I feel like its been like over 2 months since
I took bodypump class
and I remember after the marathon
that first day that i returned back.
OMG, WEAK. OMG, even my warm up weight felt SO HEAVY.
EVEN last wednesday, I still felt not as strong...
40 lbs in the squat track felt heavy on my back.
like my mind gets boggled by the amount of weight I use to deal with in that class.
Its like, I ended up experincing de training...
and I feel it will take me some time to get back where I use to be.
and OH, i cant imagine taking grit strength...
havent taken the class in a while now...
and I KNOW, when I return back...
I am going to have to start out a lot lighter...
as I find myself, I am unable to exert myself
the way I use to..

at this time, bodypump is the only class I am willing to take.
but even then I go really light in that class at the moment...
maybe I'll take up cycling...
as all the other classes, its too much on my ankle.
my TOP priority is getting my ankle to heal..

DID i really run the NYC marathon?!
Yes, I DID! and i take a lot of pride in such accomplishment...
Due to the fact that I didnt imagine I would be able to do this....
I feel I have ended up developing BIGGER goals down the future.

I am just a beginner runner.
I have learned my mistakes from my first marathon experience...
and I would like to improve my second time around...

One of my long term goals is too run another marathon in 2020.
My first goal is to get a better time the second time around...
My second goal is to Boston Qualify..
as I would like to be able race in the Boston Marathon too...

in the meantime, my top priority is getting my ankle to full recovery
and next year, I would like to be able to learn how to run faster...
and I would like to beat my 5k PR...

Mon, Nov. 13th, 2017, 05:27 pm
OMG, I'm just not feeling for it...

Right so, I ended up recovering from my marathon experience...
and I was like, let me return to gym class...
I rarely look at gym class schedules...
but before leaving i decided to take a look
because I havent been to the gym in a while.
with the last few weeks of my marathon training...
I held back, and I wanted to take it more easy, particularly with my taper.
and OMG, AFTER my marathon...
I was just feeling too sore and devastated to do anything else.
so yeah, since I feel its been awhile i decided to take a look...

and OMG...
EVERYTHING has totally changed around.
NO GRIT STRENGTh.
and TOTALLy different instructors too.

at first i'm like..
OKAY, maybe they are substitutes...
but then i checked the following weeks...
and NOoooo...
its like the change ended up being PERMANENT...

it made me rethink this whole thing..

i may just end up going to englewood cliffs gym class instead tonight.
i mean, its just walking distance from my home..
i'm just not feeling for this new change...

Tue, Oct. 17th, 2017, 06:01 am
OMG, I slept right thru gym class...

after my 2o mile run...
i feel my muscles didn't feel all that particularly sore...
but I feel it took me a couple of days to still recover...

like wow, i just woke up...
from an 11 hour sleep...

Sat, Oct. 14th, 2017, 07:24 pm
My 20 mile run results...

too tired to go into writing my thoughts about it but yeah...
and overall good run this morning/afternoon..

3:29:51

1) 10:38:90

2) 10:12:08

3) 10:24:56

4) 10:24:43

5) 10:20:43

6) 10:16:57

7) 10:14:50

8) 10:12:25

9) 10:22:49

10) 10:09:63

11) 10:30:80

12) 10:23:66

13) 10:58:04

14) 10:28:63

15) 10:35:45

16) 10:58:58

17) 10:46:38

18) 10:47:09

19) 11:09:95

20) 10:17:05

Thu, Oct. 12th, 2017, 07:50 pm
My carb heavy 5 mile run...

for a ThurSDAy run, this is a very good time for me. As my third consecutive day of running has always felt the most challenging. But i have a 20 mile saturday run coming up. so, i started to carb load today to get prepared. LOTS of carbs. I had pancakes for breakfast. i had a morning store meeting today... ate a bagel with cream cheese and a croissant. drank orange juice. for lunch, i ended up having another bagel with chicken. and Oh yeah, I had this chocolate chip scone. I feel i need to keep mindful of that... i have always kinda stayed away or minimized my carbs... but with the mileage i've been packing on, i find carbs to be essential. gonna end up eating some more bread and have an egg sandwich...

speaking of bread, i already ended up finishing a whole loaf of bread this week. I bought another one today. anyways, a good run today, particularly it being a thursday run.

51:41:38

1 10:28:08
2 10:28:32
3 10:25:91
4 10:27:34
5 9:51:73

Thu, Oct. 12th, 2017, 07:11 pm
My marathon bib# 61638!

Sunday, November 5th.

Wave # 4 Orange!
Yes, I will run on the top level of the Verranzano bridge.
Start time 11:00am

https://www.tcsnycmarathon.org/sites/default/files/TCSNYM17%20Start%20Timeline%5B2%5D.pdf

Its getting to start to feeling even more real to me now.

*butterflies in my stomach already...

Wed, Oct. 11th, 2017, 07:29 pm
Today's 10 mile run results...

and its no longer summer.
I remember i could run at 7pm and it would still be light out.
not anymore tho...


1:49:10

1-10:40:86
2-10:36:31
3-12:56:36 (bathroom break)
4-11:06:48
5-10:59:36
6-10:38:77
7-10:53:72
8-10:24:05
9-10:51:94
10-10:27:16

Tue, Oct. 10th, 2017, 05:49 pm
2017 TCS New York City Marathon Tune-In Spot (30 Sec)

and i friggin' love this video.

Tue, Oct. 10th, 2017, 07:56 am
and i cant believe i did it...

I'm still kinda in disbelief that i met my fundraising goal.
i admit, the whole thing took A LOT out of me...
i can tell, cuz after i met my deadline goal...
i felt this huge weight off from my shoulders...

the thing is...
i made it down to the last iddy biddy minute i feel.

fundraising is not a fun experience.
or shall i say, it ends up feeling somewhat stressful.
its like when you ask ppl to donate...
u dont want to come across as if your begging
but u want the person to be HAPPY to donate.
without you coming across as a nag.

one of the reasons why i was able to meet my fundraising goal
is because i had one vendor
who ended up donating a significant amount of money.
but still, it had been the LITTLE things that helped too..
particularly LAST MINUTE little things...

ONE day BEFORE my deadline, there had been this one vendor in whom i hadnt heard from OVER a week. i just happened to decide to get the courage to call them. the situation was, that they had ended up being really busy during the time i emailed them... so, they hadnt gotten around reading my message. But when i called and left a voicemail... saying they can reply by calling me back or thru my email message I sent them.. they ended up emailing me and their response ended up feeling SO WARM. while they were a small growing company, what they donated was modest. but STILL... without their donation... i wouldnt have reached my goal.

the day of my deadline... or more correctly, the NIGHT of my deadline. i ended up having to remind my gym instructor. HATED that. cuz having someone to donate cuz your coming across as a nag, that doesnt feel good. you want someone to donate out of their own free will.. cuz they are HAPPY to do it. but i had bEEN SO CLOSE to my fundraising goal. I just needed 12 dollars and some change...

if i hadnt made those two small attempts, I would have fallen just short of my goal. i swear to god, i find it amazing i made it still. not only that, i feel i made it in the LAST minute too. just simply amazing and unbelievable to me. i think i am more amazed because i had it in my mind i really didnt have it in me. I sorta surrendered to the fact that i feel i would have come short, so the fact that i made it surprised me even more.

while i dont regret my fundraising experience
i'm not sure if its something i would do again...
but when all is said and done, the experience ended up
feeling SO REWARDing...

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