Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Change in Routine

And apparently, that results in Pain!!

I know there's really no such thing as good pain and bad pain. Seriously, pain is pain. It hurts and it's uncomfortable.

However, I know the pain I feel right now is temporary and is a result of a fun new regime I have going on.

Way way back when I was small (no pun intended), and before the age that many think one should 'specialize in one sport,' I started things off as a swimmer. That lasted, oh, about 15 years.

After my swimming life was over and it ended rather abrubtly with an 800 free relay at the University of Delaware, I turned back to running.

I ran and ran and ran.
And then, I got married. And had a baby. And then another. And then another.

Two years after that, I raced in a triathlon. ( I could say it was my first but I had done a few over the years... just two or three and they were with my creaky college-transportation mountain bikes, I changed my clothes behind a towel after the swim, and I had basically no idea how to ride a bike.)

I love Triathlon now. That is what I call myself. I'm a triathlete. It's still going strong.

And yet, I have decided that a change in routine, a diversion, is needed. I had a great 2010 season. I was able to pull out a few wins, I had a few PRs, and best of all, I had fun. But, things were just a little less than exciting for me. I'm not sure why. I honestly haven't pinpointed that. It was just something inside me. Something was missing.

July 24, 2011 I'll be toeing the line at Ironman Lake Placid for my 2nd time. I have decided that I love that distance. I think it suits me at this age and I truly love the challenge of figuring out how to get through those 140.6 miles with as much strength, power and speed as possible. I'll be ready.

But Before that...I'm turning myself into a Runner again!!!
Yahooooooooooo! I'm totally psyched. January 15, 2011 I'm running the Charleston Marathon in South Carolina.

I trained hard for a marathon a few years ago. Chicago 2007. I was in great shape and felt super confident about my run speed. I flew to the midwest with Mark and met Mary and Andy there for what was supposed to be a fast race. Well, just like this year, the suprise heat wave knocked us down. This was the year they stopped the runners who weren't done by 4:00 or something like that. It was in the 90s with nasty humidity that was held in by the big city walls. Yuck. I failed and didn't even come close to my goal time.
I haven't really been hung up on that race but I do have the desire to be properly trained to run a marathon again.

But why focus on running when I have an Ironman coming?? I'm in Maine. Starting about now, it's too cold (for me anyway) to do my rides outside. Soon, the roads will be wet, snowy, icy and it's impossible to go out. Like many, it's all trainer riding for many many months. I'm ok with it... for a while. And for certain types of rides. But let's be honest, it's a sure way to burn out if you're not careful.
So for now I run,and run, and run. And I love it. I am still swimming and I am still biking, but not as much. After January, those things will pick back up and I will have an amazing run base to carry through the spring.

The other change, the one that is kicking my butt, is a total increase and revamping of my strength program.

I am seeing a personal trainer weekly now. She has me doing things I've never seen or heard of before. Every week a new part of my body is screaming and begging for mercy. I recover from one session in time for the next one and then it's back to wobble around mode. I also bought a TRX system and will incorporate that into my routine soon. As soon as I can move again. And, I hope to join this group of great men and women at this clubhouse where they are led by an instructor through intense cross-fit like workouts. It's sure to be a blast.

The results so far? Almost every day I wake up to a new body part screaming at me. Today is Brutal!! I saw my trainer on Thursday. I had done some plyometrics on my own on Tuesday which left my quads on fire. After Thursday's workout, it hurt to sit. It still hurts to sit. Yesterday morning I ran 11 miles with some good hard efforts mixed in. I showered, ate, and then hopped in the car for a soccer game. A soccer game in which the parents took on the kids. And we PLAYED HARD!!!! Woah!!! It was 90 minutes of all out sprinting and stopping and kicking and moving back and forth and side to side and even a few slams on the ground.

I hurt everywhere today. My hip flexors barely allow my legs to lift themselves to climb the stairs. It still hurts to sit, albeit a bit less. My back muscles are sore, my neck is sore. Oh I have no idea what else. My legs just ache. Yesterday on my run, my glutes pulsed and felt like bruises with every step.

I can't imaging how the 7 miles I'm about to do now will feel.

I think when my body desides to stop rebelling against all the new crazy workouts I'm going to feel and be better than ever.

But for now: OUCH!

p.s. Happy Halloween!!


donna furse said...

good for you, so psyched to hear about your marathon training. I wanted to do a fall marathon but was sidelined with plantar fascititis. I'm doing much better and the run volume is going up, I would love to do a marathon but with no ironman this year and only 1/2's I'm going to focus on shorter/faster work. Good luck and keep us posted.

Beth said...

Exciting stuff Ange!! Can't wait to read all about it over the next couple months! (and ps, I tried TRX for the first time this past week and I think I understand a little what you are saying about that soreness!!! :)

My Life and Running said...

I'm intrigued by the TRX & would love to hear more about how it goes for you! Which bundle did you get?

Marisa said...

Woo hoo! Marathon! Mixing it up certainly keeps things fresh and exciting. Sounds like the start of a wonderful year of training. Would love to hear more about that killer core work...

cheryl said...

Swimmer, runner, triathlete - you excel at all of them, hope you have fun with the marathon.

PS - is that blood running down your leg in the photo at the top of your blog?

Mary IronMatron said...

You are going to kick some serious ass-aroni in that marathon! Wahoo!
I love imagining you all out with the other parents kicking that ball. I bet you were the cutest and FASTEST and strongest mommy! :)

GoBigGreen said...

The first time i did TRX i could not laugh or get out of bed without cringing for about 3 days:)

Running and living said...

I am excited for your marathon and to follow your training! You are going to rock it!

tri like mary said...

Completely off topic but can I let you know that the new picture you have as your banner totally kicks ass! That is what I strive to look like this year.

Kim said...

i dont think im doing TRX half as hard as you and julia - cause i am NOT sore! way to get some strength training in this off-season! sounds like you, me and mary are off to the same start!

rungirl said...

Good choice over Hyannis. Your weather will be way more predictable. I know you will do great.

Melissa said...

I totally hear ya. I am trying to figure out when to run the marathon next year as well.

Meg said...

The TRX is great Ange! We have one at the gym at my work and I have been working with a trainer 1 day a week and it's like nothing I have ever done before. Have you done any one legged squats yet?? wowza!!!!