Dopey Training – Week 22

Happy Thanksgiving!  The holiday weekend marked the first of 2 Dopey Simulation weekends on the Galloway plan.  Those 2 simulation weekends are also the last two long run weekends – the light at the end of the tunnel!  Crap, am I ready for the long runs to be done.  Have I mentioned lately how much I hate running?  The plan called for the simulation to run Thurs-Sun, but I’m going to see Wicked today (yay!) so moved everything up a day so I could finish yesterday (Sat).  My plan was to run this simulation like I was planning to do the actual event.  Right now that plan is to walk the 5K and 10K, run/walk the half, run/walk the full up to somewhere between miles 14-18, then walk the rest.  I think I mentioned in a previous post that B was injured, she’s got a torn ACL.  She’s much faster than me, so has better corral placement and is usually 2 corrals ahead of me, while my brother is 1 behind me.  She’s dropped back to start with me on the last two runs.  I told her for Dopey she should start in her own corral and I’ll drop back to start with my bro, then she can just walk from the start until my bro & I catch up with her running our intervals.  I figure she’ll be able to put away at least 3-5 miles before we catch her (assuming bro & I stop for character pics and she doesn’t).  Point of that being I even mimicked that and character pictures in my simulation weekend.  Haha, I’m hardcore.

Day 1:  3 miles.  I was planning to walk this entire thing, but had an 8am meeting at work.  I was sure it was going to be cancelled but it wasn’t.  So I just ran the entire thing to finish quickly so I could make the meeting.  Got there at 8am on the dot.

Day 2 (Thanksgiving):  4 miles.  I ran straight thru the first 1.5 miles to simulate catching up with B (I’m guessing she’ll only be 1 corral ahead at most for the 10K) then walked the rest.  Every 1/2 mile or so I’d run about 6-7 house lengths to simulate running to get into picture lines.

Day 3:  10 miles.  I ran 2-1 intervals, then walked thru a couple sets of intervals after mile 5 to simulate catching B and checking in with her.  I then went back to the intervals until mile 8.5 and walked the last two.

Day 4 Eve:  My SIL had given me a few strips of KT tape so I could try taping my foot to help with the PF pain.  So I taped it up the night before.  As you can see, Max was amazed…

Day 4:  22 miles.  Well, 22 miles was my plan anyway, I ended up with 21 miles.  I stuck with the 4-1 intervals I’ve been using for the longer runs again.  Had some tummy issues shortly after starting and did a pitstop when I got to the lake.  I left Endomondo running the entire time figuring any stops I had to make could just simulation character pictures (I’m still praying no physical issues during the actual races).  I actually started taking a probiotic a few weeks ago and that has helped with the stomach issues a lot.  But you need to store them in the fridge and I keep forgetting to take them.  Doh!  Anyway, felt not so great at that first stop but recovered and felt strong after that.  Until mile 11 where I had another bout of tummy issues resulting in another pitstop.  Felt fine after that until about mile 14ish.  Sound familiar?  I realized that it’s always around mile 14ish when things get hard.  My PF starts to hurt and my feet start to swell.  I pushed thru it until mile 17, then walked the rest.  By the time I started walking not only did my PF hurt, but the bunion on the other foot hurt, along with the standard bottom of my feet pain.  It wasn’t pleasant.  I realized I was sitting at a 13mm pace before it all went to hell after mile 14.

So, here was my takeaway from this run.  As much as I want to be able to maintain the 4-1 intervals, I can’t.  It’s too much running for my jacked up feet.  I have no problems with the interval for a half, they actually leave me feeling strong for a half.  But the full is just too long at that ratio.  I was already planning on dropping to a 3-1 interval for the actual marathon (so it seems easier than the training), but now I’m going to switch to that for the last simulation weekend and see what that does.  I’m also seriously considering doing the marathon at a 2-1.  We’ll see how the 3-1 intervals feel in the later miles.  If it only gets me another mile or two before the pain sets in, I’ll probably just suffer thru the marathon so I can at least cover the first half faster.  But if dropping to 3-1 leaves me pain free for the entire 20 mile run I’d consider doing the 2-1 in hopes I could feel good the entire 26.2.

Dopey Training – Weeks 20 & 21

I know I still haven’t posted anything about Wine & Dine yet, I’ll get to it eventually.  Spoiler alert: it was wet and cold.  Seems like everytime I’ve tried to jump on here to write a post the last few weeks it crashes so I give up.  Anyway, thought I’d do a catch up on my Dopey training first.  Week 19 was actually W&D, so I pushed that long run weekend to the week after and skipped the Week 20 runs per the plan.  Then did week 21 as scheduled and will basically be sticking with the plan for the rest of the time. I will mention that I actually felt great and strong for the W&D half, so that gave me confidence for the Dopey training.  But boy, does running multiple days in a row make a difference for me.  For Week 20 I was supposed to do 2 mid-week runs, then 8.5 Sat and 20 on Sun.  This was the week where the mental aspects of this started to get to me.  I felt like I should be at the point of tapering by the time I hit 20 miles and yet I still had to do 3 more runs.  So, that sucked.  My PF was also killing me between W&D and walking around parks so I skipped the first mid-week run.  I did Sat by myself then went up to do the Sunday mile with my brother, figuring it’d be easier with someone to talk to.  It was easier but I just didn’t have the motivation to push myself at all.  We did the entire 20 miles, but it was more like run the first half and walk the second.  The good news was that even walking that much (and a slow trudging walk at that, my feet were bothering me) we still finished under the pace.

During this run I also decided that I wasn’t going to train up to 26 miles like the Galloway plan calls for.  I’m going to stick to doing 20-22 for the last two runs.  With the PF issues I’m having it’s not worth the pain.  I feel like I’ll have enough miles in even capping the runs at around 20.

Ha!  Just posted this and realized I totally forget to talk about Week 21.  That’s probably because it wasn’t anything exciting.  Two mid-week runs and 7 miles on the weekend.  I ended up skipping the first mid-week run again.  I’ve found that the PF pain takes 2-3 days to subside after the long weekends and figured being pain-free is more important than 3 miles at this point.

Dopey Training Weeks 16-18

So I realized I’ve totally sucked in talking about what is going on with my Dopey training.  Oops.  So, here is a little catch up.  Week 16 was a double run weekend, with 7 on Sat and 17 on Sun.  I changed my Saturday intervals to 2:00/0:30 and did a slightly slower than normal pace.  I do a 4-1 interval on my long runs so technically I was still running the same amount but the more frequent walk breaks makes it feel easier, so I thought that would work well.  But it kinda backfired on me during the Sunday run.  I was good (other than the sheer and utter boredom of running that long, around and around the lake I go) up to mile 13.  Then I just hit a total wall.  It was weird, I didn’t feel physically tired, like huffing and puffing tired, it was just that every part of my body (feet, legs, knees, etc) started hurting like a mofo all at once.  When I signed up for Dopey I had the plan to run/walk thru mile 14 of the full, then walk the second half and was planning to train that way as well.  Now my stretch goal is to run/walk longer (otherwise it’s just so long to finish), like to mile 20 then walk the last 6.  Once I started feeling crappy I told myself to push thru to mile 15, then I could walk the last 2 miles home.  I only made it to 14.5 before I gave up and started walking.  I figured maybe I’d be able to run the last mile or so after a longer walking break.  Spoiler alert, that didn’t happen.  My takeaways from this run were first that I have to ratchet the intervals back for the half to conserve energy for the full, going to try a 2-1 next time for the double run weekend.  Second, I need to listen to my body more and accept walking earlier if I need to.  By the time I gave up my feet were swollen and killing me, so I was walking super slow for the first mile of walking.  Had I just started walking earlier I would have had a faster overall pace.

Week 17 was just a 5 mile weekend run and Week 18 just a 6 mile. The 6 mile was supposed to have a Magic Mile, but I really don’t understand them all that well so it really ended up just being a standard 6 mile run.  I actually ended up skipping the Tues night run of week 17 coming off the long run weekend.  That is the first time I skipped a workout in the training and I actually felt guilty the entire week.  Hey, what can I say I’m a rule-follower and I was supposed to run twice.  But after the 17 mile long run my PF was killing me until Weds.  That aspect of the recovery led me to rethink what to do about this week in the training plan.  It’s Week 19 and this is supposed to be a double run weekend with 8.5/20 miles.  But I’m heading to WDW for Wine & Dine.  I was originally planning to move the runs up a week to last weekend but decided against it.  I’m heading out on Weds and was afraid that walking around the parks would just keep my PF irritated and I’d be in pain before even starting to run the half on Sat.  I want to be able to enjoy the run and after party, so the long runs will be happening next weekend instead.

I also decided that I don’t think I’m going to train all the way up to 26 miles like the Galloway plan calls for.  There are 3 more long runs left (yay, only 3 more weekends of torture!) – 20 miles, 23 miles and 26 miles.  I figure I’ll just do 22-23 for the last two instead.  I also really need to find a running buddy for those last 3, it’s just so boring to do them by yourself.  Going to try to rope my brother into joining me (he’s doing Dopey too).  B is currently injured so not sure how much training she is really going to get thru at this point and I need to stick with the plan.

Hope the rest of you Dopeys are doing well with your training!

Dopey Training – Week 13

Last week was Week 13 of the Galloway training plan, but I did the long runs from Week 14.  Because I am headed to WDW in 2 days for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler run next weekend!  Woohoo!  It was finally cooler here last weekend, only highs in the low 70s which made it nice to run in.  Saturday’s run was 5.5 miles and I usually completely run anything 6 miles and under.  But I decided to do an interval since I had to run again on Sunday.  Tried a 2:00/:30 ratio and it worked pretty well, but I wasn’t pushing the pace as my body is still not used to, nor enjoying back to back running days.

Sunday was 15 miles.  I was originally going to run with B but she had some child care issues so I was on my own again.  I had major stomach issues again and had to take a pit stop at my house at mile 11, then go back out for the last 4.  Which sucked, let me tell you.  I need to figure out the whole stomach problems/fueling issues.  I guess I just need to try to wait longer after eating before going out.  I realized I’ve never had the problem during actual races, just training runs.  Probably because being in a middle corral pretty much ensures I’ll have a solid 45 minute to an hour to digest before starting to run.  I’m also really hoping I can do the rest of the long runs with either B or my brother (who is now back on schedule for the Galloway Dopey plan).  The mileage of this weekend officially pushed me into the “Why the f*%k did I sign up for Dopey?” territory in the middle of the 15 mile run.  I keep telling myself only a few more painful weekends left to go.  At least I didn’t feel like I was struggling to finish the distance as much this week.  No major aches or pains at least, other than the PF in my right foot.  It was just the stomach issues that threw me off this week.

Last night (Monday) was Max’s first obedience training class and since he is so hyper the trainer told me to make sure I exercise him right before the classes.  So even though running was the last thing I wanted to do yesterday I sprinted 1.5 miles with Max before class.  I don’t know if it wore him out but I was toast after it.  Haha.  I may just call that my Monday workout and take it easy this week before ToT.  And if anybody cares, Max did really well in the class, even listened so well he got a cheeseburger as a reward for dinner on the way home.