A Very East Coast Summer (+ some running)

7 Aug

It’s been a hell of a summer and while I do realize  it’s not over yet, I haven’t written anything of substance for quite some time, (or ever?) so I thought I’d do a little catching up.  Anyhow.  I will actually be in NYC for the entirety of this coming weekend, and it will be the first time in 7 weeks.  In summary:

w/e of June 22:

In Buffalo for my friend Sari’s wedding. We opted to spend time at the classiest of establishments (pictured) between the ceremony and reception. We also missed our flight the next morning and spent the following day at the Buffalo airport. #fun

w/e of June 29th:

Emily and Shawn’s wedding in Maine. It was beautiful. Their dog is adorable. Maine rules.

4th of July:

Quick overnight trip to Fire Island, one of my favorite places EVER.  This picture sucks and does it no justice.

w/e of July 6th:  Utica for Boilermaker

w/e of July 13th:

Weekend in NJ for Kim’s surprise 30th bday party.

w/e of July 20th:

Weekend in Burlington with Molly — visiting Cookie, hiking, hitting up breweries!

w/e of July 27th:

Fri night in Boston with friend Molly; Sat and Sun in New Hampshire with college besties Cookie, (above) Emmy, and Jen.  Failed to take a single pic.  Oops.

w/e of Aug 3:

Todd and Diane’s wedding on LI. (pictured: tomfoolery in the photobooth)

Annnd… this weekend, I will at last be home.  And my mom (aka Jenny B) will be visiting!  Yippee!!!!  She rules.

Now, since this is sorta kinda some semblance of a running blog, here’s the latest…

I am signed up for the Air Force Marathon in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio.  It’s on September 15th.  That’s in less than 6 weeks, folks.  I began carefully training for it 2 weeks ago, using Hal Higdon’s “senior marathon training program.”  My reason for doing this is that I want to do extremely low mileage in my cautious return to running.  I know that a wiser person would forgo the marathon and do the half, or better yet, remain a spectator (T is also running this marathon, and it will be his first!)  But I never claimed to be wise and I am, in fact, extremely stubborn.  I also stayed away from running for a solid 7 months, which included maybe 8 exceptions of fewer than 5 miles.  So I feel I’ve done my time.  Damn it.

If you don’t feel like clicking the link, this particular program peaks at a paltry 30 mpw and includes only 3 days of running per week; literally all are prescribed “easy paces.”  Thus far, my training has looked like this:

M July 23:  45 min Flywheel

T July 24:  ~8 miles w/ 3 x mi  @ ~7:40 pace (the rest of the miles VERY SLOW)

W July 25:  full rest day

Th July 26:  45 min Flywheel

F July 27: 3.5 miles (unsure of pace; Garmin was being b*tch)

S July 28:  full rest day

Su July 29:  12 miles @ 9-9:30 pace(? again, Garmin sux)

M July 30:  45 min Flywheel

T July 31:  ~ 7 miles w/ 3 x mi hill repeats @ ~8:00 pace (dying.  so hot) and the rest very slow

W Aug 1:  full rest day

Th Aug 2:  full rest day

Fri Aug 3:  5 miles painfully slow (again, dying.  so hot.)

Sat Aug 4:  45 min Flywheel

Sun Aug 5:  14 miles in pouring rain, which felt like heaven compared to the disgusting heat/humidity of days prior.  Unsure of pace — 9:40ish?

Annnnd… that brings us to today.  It’s NYRR running class day, so we’ll see what sort of torture the coaches have in store.  It’s been a humbling experience trying to get back into running after being out for so long.  First of all, I have to run with the slowest pace group in my class, which doesn’t bug me too much until I think of where I could be if I hadn’t had to take such a long break.  Oh well.

As for my foot, well, today it’s a bit hurt-y, which makes me sad.  But it’s been holding up well (knock on wood) and I’ve been good about stretching and icing it.  There is no denying it is soooooo much better than it was.  But are all signs of PF completely gone?  Absolutely not.  Sigh.  I’m starting to wonder if this is something I should just get used to.  It’s completely manageable– just a bit of a “creaky” feeling in the arch of my foot, which is a lot better than the “stabby” feeling from before.  (I’m really good with adjectives.)  If I were to quantify the pain, I would say I was a 1.5 – 2 on this scale.

I saw this on the wall at my most recent podiatrist visit.

So.  The plan for now is do Dayton.  I have absolutely no specific time aspirations as of now.  But I hope to do it decently,  my injury and low-mileage training program in mind.  I am also signed up for NYCM.  But that’s another story for another day….

Happy running!  So (cautiously) glad to be back!

8 Responses to “A Very East Coast Summer (+ some running)”

  1. runningseal August 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Good to have you back and back running too! WOW crazy schedule you have had! I am not sure I could keep up with that much traveling…I actually had a dream (nightmare) last night about a flight of mine taking off in a couple of hours for Iceland and I still hadn’t committed to going. It’s not even like I have traveled that much this summer. Oh well…

    • Katie August 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

      Thanks, Celia! I hope I see you again in the park soon! (though I’m sure you’ll just be a blur! ;))

  2. kimretta August 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    OK, everybody and every body is different and only you know yours, but here’s how I feel at this point: If I waited till every part of my body was completely pain-free before running again, I would never run. There are definitely things I have gotten used to and things I manage, and maybe(?) that isn’t the smartest thing for me to do forever, but for now, it’s the best I can do, and I’m fine with that. A long-winded way of saying, I’m glad you’ve found a way to get back to running! And I think it’s adorbs that you’re using a “senior” plan!

    • Katie August 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      Yeah. I like your point of view. I think I’ll officially adopt it as mine, too. And I think it’s adorbs that you say adorbs. 😉

  3. Kristy August 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    I am so glad you are back! You’re right, you did your time (and then some)! I wish you nothing but a few solid weeks of training and a great race. Enjoy it – you certainly deserve it!

    • Katie August 8, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      Thanks, Kristy!!!!! So nice of you. I can’t wait to hear about your ultra!!! 🙂

  4. thethinksicanthink August 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Glad the pain seems to be at bay a bit! Happy running but tread carefully! PS – Katie Couric does flywheel, have you seen her ever?

    • Katie August 8, 2012 at 9:03 am #

      I LOVE KC and would be delighted to see her in a class. I saw her once in person at church, but it would be a privilege to get sweaty with her! I think she goes to Flatiron, though, and I have only ever gone to the UES one. Maybe some day!

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