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Help me get back on track!

Post  nkrichards on Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:13 pm

It's been a tough past few days. 

We're shorthanded on the farm and I've been rolling out of bed and into the tractor at 5:00 am and not getting back in until 9:00pm...one night it was midnight before we finished up. 

My Dad also had some health issues.  The bad news is he's scheduled for open heart surgery in 2 weeks.  The good news is we now have some answers and some decisions made.

Hot flashes and related symptoms are back with a vengeance.  I'm not sleeping well and waking up with cramps in my arches and calves.

So...

I missed my long run (16) last week.  This week was a step back week.  I got in an easy run on Monday but missed my 6 mile MP run and 12 mile long run.  I felt awful this morning but didn't want to waste the opportunity to fit in a run...5.5 easy miles.  My heart rate soared out of sight but I actually felt better after the run.

I'm scheduled for 5x1 Hanson style strength, 8 mi MP, and 17 mile long run this week.  To complicate things I'd like to participate in a local 10K on Saturday but I'm not worried about my time.

Suggestions for what I should/shouldn't do this week to get back on track without doing to much to quickly?

Thanks...Nancy
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Post  Mark B on Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:30 pm

First off, don't give the workouts you missed another thought. They're in the past.

Second, try to work in the runs that fit into the rest of your life. Your internal stress-o-meter is probably pegged right now, so pushing it hard right now will probably not help and will definitely increase the chance of injury. One way to ease the stress load on your body is to convert that 8-mile MP run into an easy run and do that 10K at marathon pace. Then do the 17-miler nice and easy.
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Post  mul21 on Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:41 pm

As Mark said, don't worry about the workouts you missed.

As for this week, I'd use the 10K this weekend as a workout and if you throw in a warmup, it'll suffice for the 8 mile MP you're scheduled for.  I'd ease into the long runs again.  I'd just shoot for about 2 hours this weekend (which would be 11 or 12 miles?) and see what you can get in from there.  A little bit of running every day, even a half hour, will go a long way toward keeping your fitness, so do what you can when you can.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:18 pm

Ditto what Mark and Jim said, and also try this product iCool for those hot flashes.  Someone turned me on to it, and it seems to be working.  Hang in there.

http://www.i-coolformenopause.com/
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Post  Nick Morris on Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:58 pm

Copy what everyone has said.  I would not try to run the long run too hard.  Going to hard to soon is a good recipe for an injury.  You can never make up the runs you missed, but you can slowly work yourself back into your training program.
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Re: Help me get back on track!

Post  nkrichards on Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:45 am

Thanks everyone!  I got a bit more sleep last night and today was much less hectic.  I never run two days in a row so I swam today and did a bit of core work.  iCool is on the way...thanks for the suggestion Michele.  Looks like I'll be able to fit in a run early tomorrow before it gets to hot.  I'll do my scheduled run but I won't push the pace to much.

Thanks again...Nancy
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