Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Treadmill Love

Boston training has officially started!  I think.  I did do my first training run yesterday (7 miles plus strides).  But with the honeymoon and trips to MN, IA, and FL all happening in the next month, this might end up being a 12 week plan instead of an 18 week plan.  Life will be getting in the way.  Plus, have you been to Minnesota in January?!?!?!?

There is ZERO outside running in my near future (I did consider changing my blog title to "Kari On Treadmill").  Why?  Its cold.  And snowy.  And the trails/roads are cold and snow covered and I am clutzy.  I have been in the Minnesota/Iowa region the past 4 Januarys and have never once seen pavement in a stretch long enough to run on.  I have seen snow, ice, slush, mud, salt, etc., but no pavement.

My dear friend, Treadmill, and I are gearing up for a long rendezvous.  Warm.  Television.  Warm.  Not icy.  Warm.  Magazines to read.  Warm.  No chance of snot freezing to my face.  Ahhhhh...have I mentioned its warm in the gym? 

I could care less about being the toughest runner out there.  I just want to run, stay injury free, and prove to the world that one can acheive their running goals while training in place for part of it.  I will venture out of doors here and there when Mother Nature allows or Wendy makes me, but not this week. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Finally, the bug photo

I just figured out how to add photos.  Here's the bug pic from after the race. 

2 weeks later

I am still on little high from my feat of stupidity. There are days I still cannot believe I ran Philly and ran it well. I also still have days where I can't believe that I can run more than 5 miles at time.

My legs recovered surprisingly fast. I took 2 full days off, but was able to get on the eliptical on the Wednesday following. I managed to run 5 slow miles the following Saturday. My shin has felt pretty good, but I won't lie and say there has been no awareness. I haven't run 2 days in a row yet, nor have I run outside. I thought about meeting the running group this past Saturday morning, but BoyToy vetoed me.

He main argument is, "remember how you got hurt? Running outside." Since he is the one who suffers the most when I am injured, I have remained on the treadmill. Plus, its starting to get cold. Treadmill is in warm, cozy gym and does not cause my snot to freeze to my face.

Its hard to think that Boston training starts next week (for those on an 18 week plan). I am going to try the heralded Pfitzinger training plan - 18/55 (18 weeks, peak milage of 55 miles per week). I chose this because many of my running friends have had stellar success with the Pfitz and because it starts out small - only 30 miles per week. I can handle that and not build mileage too quickly. This also leaves time to pursue my other fitness endeavors including spinning, Body Pump, pilates and pool running. Yes, I think I will continue in the pool because the definition in my arms don't lie.