Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Hills of St John

I took vacation to one of the beautiful 
United States Virgin Islands:
St John. 

Before I left, I trained on the track with my my Coach . After my work out, he gave me my homework for the week. The week's runs were based on my travel, and the point I'm at in my training for the Chicago Marathon Training. There were two 5 mile runs and a 10 mile run over the course of four days. I questioned Coach, "Really, only 10 miles for my long run?" Coach said that it was vacation, and promised it would all work out for the marathon. Between you and me, I thought I was getting away with one.

I figured I was getting away with something because I thought,  'Heck, I'm by the ocean. I'm at sea level. These runs are going to be so relaxing! On flat land, next to the ocean.' Yeah, I was just a tad off ...
Looking up the first hill I faced every morning
.... this was from the midpoint
This is looking down the other half that I just ran up.
After that first five miles, I thought that I would never survive the long run. Some of these hills were not only exhausting to climb, but they were scary to run down - if you can call what I was doing "running". 
Thank goodness no cars were coming!
I tried to psyche myself up after that first 5 miles. I wondered how could I ever do 10 miles, let alone another 5?
I guess this is where it's good to be half-crazed. 
No normal person would go on vacation and run these hills. Heck, the cars and taxis had a rough enough time getting up and down these hills!
Views and more views
My only source of inspiration: beautiful views. Oh yeah, and I kept telling myself that if I could make it to the top of the next hill, there would be a nice breeze. LOL!
This was so hard to run down!
My phone really didn't do a good job at capturing
all the beauty I enjoyed on these torturous runs
Ran right into the water running down one of the streets in
Chocolate Hole
I didn't quite finish my 10 mile run. I ran about 9.75 miles. I was completely exhausted. When I got back to my hotel room, it looked as if I took my sneakers and dipped them into the pool - that's how much I was sweating during the run! My socks were completely drenched. I felt fortunate that I didn't get blisters! So yeah, besides it being beyond hilly, it was like 85-90*F.
The Sunset Cruise was a welcome and relaxing event that I enjoyed later that day:

How's your summer training going?
Train Smart Today!

Monday, August 3, 2015

All 'Bout that Bass!

If you've read my blog, run with me, or hang with me you know at couple of things:
  • I have a proximal hamstring tear
  • I have Crohn's Disease that I regularly deny, until I can't stop crapping, and have a mouth full of canker sores.
  • I train hard, so I can heal my hammy and prevent future injuries
  • I love talking about food, nutrition, training, and running
Me at our local Fleet Feet Marathon Training Kick-off Meeting
giving a talk on General Nutrition
Lately, I've been doing everything - from eating and drinking certain foods, to training, foam rolling and stretching - to gain strength and heal my hamstring.
Did you know that strength training can help you recover 80% faster?
For my aching hammy, the first thing I did was to get a diagnosis. I live outside of Manhattan, so of course I went to the best - Dr Metzl at HSS in NYC. He told me I gotta build my bass - and now, yup, you guessed it ...
I'm all about that bass,
'Bout that bass, no treble
I'm all 'bout that bass, 'bout that bass, no treble

Sorry Meghan Trainor, I love your song, but I got Crohn's, I'm a runner, and train like crazy so
Yeah it's pretty clear, I am less than a size two
But I can shake it, shake it 
like I'm supposed to!

'Cause now that I do Dr Metzl's Iron Strength Workout for Runners ...
I got that boom boom that runners love to race,
You know - 
All the right junk,
in all the right place!

And while we're on the subject - take a look at some of my friends, co- runners, and co-bloggers pictures - these ain't no Photoshop, these guys are real. Some come bigger, some come smaller, but
Every inch of 'em is perfect
From the bottom to the top!

Yeah my momma she told me don't worry about your size. 
She says, exercise for a l'il more booty to just run right
And sorry thin still ain't no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll!
but I'll tell you what I'm into 
So I can go 'head and run along:

How 'bout some Squats, Jump Squats, and Goblet Squats? Hip Heists, Lunges, and Jump Lunges? Try some Single Leg Deadlifts, and Good Mornings? And don't think for a minute that this is no "trouble", but
I'm bringing booty back!
Bringing the Elvis Face back apparently too!
Because you know I'm all about that bass,
'Bout that bass, no treble
I'm all 'bout that bass, 'bout that bass, no treble
I'm all 'bout that bass, 'bout that bass, no treble
I'm all 'bout that bass, 'bout that bass

Train Smart Today!