Initial note: My Hip is still officially tweaked. I wore my awesome new Zensah Compression shorts ALL day long at work today and then proceeded to bike a bit. The Biking was really painful, and I was never so glad to stop. I got a terrible workout, and probably it was a waste of my time.
I was so worried (ie freaked out) about the twinge of pain I was feeling that I eventually went to speak to the Director of Physical Therapy. He was great. Listened to my issue and then we decided that the best thing to do was to do a tentative long run next week as planned, but instead of going out on the West Orange Trail, I should do 3 loops of three miles. At the end of each loop, I will need to re-evaluate how I am feeling. This sounds great. My big issue is now to find a relatively flat 3 mile route. He suggested the track, which is by definition, Flat. But I am not so sure I can stomach 9 miles on a track. 36 loopies. UGH. I suppose I could do a hilly 3 and then finish off the 6 on the track….
But It may end up being the track. Otherwise I run the risk on doing an out and back of getting out and choosing to run back when I probably should not.
I am also considering And area of Lake front that is fairly flat, and has a nice bike trail Hmmm.
I am grateful today for the little bit of advice given to me by John. I’m no longer a patient, so he could have just brushed me off~but he was able to really listen and help me with my problem. Yaaay.
I’ve come up with a tentative race plan for 2012. SOOOOO Excited. This is the year of Good things in running!
My first big race will be March 4th. Seaside Half Marathon.
I love this race. I ran it last year. It was about a month after the Marathon and frankly, I was tired. I ran a personal Worst for a Half Marathon, and yet…I still really really loved the race. It’s organized, there is a nice medal, a nice t shirt and a Vera Bradley Tote for the Runners. What is not to like? It’s on the beach. I am hoping to run a 2:30 at this one. If my hip calms down and I can continue to run a bit, it should be do-able. If not, well….there is a Nice Medal, A Nice T shirt and the Vera Bradley Tote, plus the beach…..
2 weeks Later: The Winter Park Road Race!
I really liked this race. I ran it last year. I had a PR for the 10K. I’d like very very much to have a new PR this year. I’m not a huge fan of the course as it alternates between brick paving (hard to run on ) and asphalt, but it’s the 35th anniversary of the race, so a special Shirt, a medal (never done before), and a beer glass, so why not!
Then I get to settle down into a Build cycle. This will be the most important time for me. No races, unless I decide on a whim to do a 5K or a 10K. Just lots of training. Lots of running to build aerobic power…and hopefully if cleared, some nice speed work, which i actually don’t like. So nothing really on the Docket.
Summer in Florida is not really a racing time anyway. It might be an endless summer but in the actual summer season, Florida turns into sort of a soup of hot-ness and humdity that is only matched so far in my experience with West Africa. So build cycle it is. Lots of long pre-dawn runs, and a lot of weights work. Or yeah, running the track.
Come October I have a New Half I have planned as part of my tune up for the Marathon!
It is the Beachside Half Marathon in Vero Beach Florida! Last year a little over 200 people ran. I did not run it, but I probably would have, had I known about it. Best thing? Afterwards is an all you can eat Pancake breakfast. Small secret: I Heart Pancakes. May be my favorite food ever.
I think it may be a little strange to run a race that is that small, but never having been all that into the cheering crowds, it may be perfect for me. I don;t know why but Cheering people tend to irritate me, as no matter what they say it’s sort of inane. Or at least when I am tired sweaty and thinking about the finish, I find them annoying. So who knows.
After that I have finally decided to do the Space Coast Marathon. I have resisted for a variety of reasons that make no sense. It’s hugely popular in our area, and that may have been the reason. It’s flat, and friendly, and I think it will give me the best chance to qualify for Comrades Marathon in South Africa. I just have to do under 5 hours. Seems do-able, but really we have to see how the training goes. If I am not at a good place in November, I may just run the Half and look at a later Marathon.
Post Marathon will be December, then Voila 2013!!!!!
I know compared to a lot of folks this is a slim pickings race schedule. I am sure I will add a few more into the mix, especially as I have several long 12-13 milers in there. But, I have to remind everyone that I am also CHEAP. What can I say.
Any way High hopes for 2012. So far it has been wonderful. Now if I can get lefty to cooperate a bit more….