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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 18

Sunday 9/14

4 mi @ ~9/mi

A nice shake out run after yesterday. It’s amazing how good you feel the day after when your weekend long run is 12 miles 🙂

Monday 9/15

rest

Tuesday 9/16

3 mi @ 8:22/mi — a great feeling evening run 🙂 Taper = love.

Wednesday 9/17

Rest

Thursday 9/18

4 mi @ 8:08/mi
Dr. Trot made an embarrassing, bad, rookie mistake tonight 😦 The noises echoing inside of her head as she started off on her little, easy, 4 mi, 5th-to-last training run sounded something like this…

“Man, the legs feel fresh tonight! Yes, yes they do, what a great feeling! And it’s so nice and cool out! Yeah, this is the best running weather ever! Feeling great and perfect weather is a rare combo to come by, but you can run so fast when it happens! I wonder how quickly I could do this little 4 mile run. I know that I’m not supposed to run hard these last few weeks, I really don’t want to injure myself for the marathon. But come on, I’ve been doing this for so long…and it’s just 4 miles…and it’s such a nice night…and I SO feel like running fast…

And so we were off…running <8 min miles like an idiot for the first two miles. And then, upon slowing at the turn around point — BAMB!! 

All of a sudden there was this strange, stabby pain at the inside-top of my left knee. DAMN IT!! 

The conversation in my head continued again at this point, but very little to zero of that content is approprate for this family-friendly blog so I will leave it up to you to fill in the blanks.

It wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t run, but it wasn’t normal. And that in itself is bad just over one week before a marathon. Anyway, I turned around, and hobbled home at a much more reasonable pace, taking little stretch + curse-myself-out breaks along the way.

Lesson learned.

Friday 9/19

rest

The knee is still sore. Dr. Trot is an idiot.

Also, PhD defense day for my buddy Dr. First! Congrats!

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Congats Dr. First!

Saturday 9/20

8 mi @ 9:40 /mi (with Dr. T2)

It was a pefect, cool, beautiful morning for a run with my newest running buddy. Unfortuntely, I woke up feeling like I’d been eating sand paper all night and like the temperature was fluxtuatingn +/- 5F every 10 min or so. :-/ Great, just great. First, I go and run too hard a week before the marathon like a big rookie idiot and eff up the knee that I kind of need for the race, and then I come down with a cold/virus two days later!!!

P.S. By “great” I mean VERY NOT COOL!! 😦

Now, I wasn’t feeling bed-bound horrible so it was out the door for our 8 mi at 8 am in the beautiful fall day. I had high hopes that the workout and the elevated body temperature would actually help me head off whatever this is. (Not totally unreasonable…right…?)  The good news is that the knee feels essentially back to normal. Yay! Thank god! The bad news however, is that I felt no better after the run and proceeded to deteriorate through out the day 😦

Something has been going around at work and with my friends — a pesky little two day bug that makes you eat sand paper and enjoy irradic environmental conditions. Hopefully this little pest is all that I’m dealing with here too! Either way, operation “GET BETTER NOW” has been initiated — lots of RnR, water, citrus, soup and hot tea with brandy, lemon and honey. And finger crossing.

Total:  19 miles

So. Yeah. A bad week.^2

1. Dumbass Thursday.

2. Sickward Saturday.

That being said, lets focus on the positive for now. 🙂 Which is: I’m SUPER excited about next weekend 🙂

The first out of town team member gets into town on Wed. night, which means I have effectively a 3 day week! (Don’t tell my boss 😉 We will leave for Long Island on Friday morning/afternoon to try and make it out to the Hamptons at a reasonable time and meet up with the rest of the team. Hopefully Friday night won’t be too much of a scramble to get everything pulled together for Saturday morning. I’m actually quite interested to see how I’ll feel about this Saturday (vs. Sunday) marathon business.

Then yeah, the run is first thing on Saturday morning and then the recovery party is planned for Saturday afternoon – Sunday! 🙂 We’ll all depart Sunday afternoon, but (like the good post-doc that I am) I’ll be playing hookey on Mon and Tues, going on a post-run, 2-day, Long Island adventure with teammate M before heading back to reality. 🙂

So, I have one week to not make any more bonehead decisions and to kick this sandpaper throat.

 

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 17

Sunday 9/7

6 mi @ 9:45ish
Another great early morning run with Dr. T2. In SUCH different weather though! Not that I’m complaining (no, no, not at all) but sooo much cooler and practically no humidity!! Where were you yesterday?!?! Also, it’s incredible what a difference it makes to have a buddy waiting for you to get your ass up and out the door on tired legs. I can only imagine how infinitely many more times I would have hit the snooze button if I had to get out and get the miles in alone. Thanks for making this morning happen Dr. T2!

Monday 9/8

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Yummy!

Much needed (and deserved…IMHO 😉 rest
+ equally important kitty cat cookie baking…

Tuesday 9/9

4.75 mi @ 8:50/mi
It’s crazy how good a <5mi run in low humidity feels 🙂 I’ll take it! Any day.

Wednesday 9/10

rest…see above 🙂
+ working late at home to the dismay of Princess Pheona…

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Thursday 9/11

6 mi @ 8:49/mi
Again, such a “short” run in cool temps and dry air felt fantastic! Just call me Dr. Broken Record…

Friday 9/12

rest

Saturday 9/13

12 mi @ ~9:45ish/mi
Just to be consistent with the broken record theme…this was another fantastic cool, early morning, team-effort, stimulating-conversation-filled run with Dr. T2. It was a perfect way to start the weekend and taper!!

As I mentioned last week, you best stay tuned for the many great things to come during the adventures of Dr.T^2. I am going to uncharacteristically stick to my word by sharing Wait But Why with you just one short week later. By the back-end of our run Dr. T2 and I had managed to blabber ourselves into a political conversation, dissecting what’s going on in the world right now (yes, we already know that we are super cool…but thanks for the reminder:) and Dr. T2 off-handedly mentioned “this great blog…but not a blog that I like to read…they post one really well researched/written article every Tuesday-ish on a wide variety of different topics…you should read the one from this week, it was on ISIS!!” From Muhammad to ISIS: Iraq’s Full Story is the story, and it is really good! Well research and objectively written, it really helped clarify my hazy understanding of what’s going on and why in the Middle East right now. In the (not-unlikely) case that you have a better understanding of these topics than the lives-under-a-chemical-engineering-rock-sometimes-Dr.T, check out some of the other articles that are included in the archives or the shed. Like I said, the articles are well written and the topics are super broad — there is sure to be something there for you to kill time reading at work 🙂 You’re welcome!

Total:  28.75 miles

As usual I have very little to report that you will find even remotely interesting. Running felt good all week thanks to the weather and Dr. T2! As The Hampton’s Marathon gets closer I’m getting more and more excited for the race and our little runner’s club weekend reunion! I’m just keeping the fingers crossed that this continues for the next two short weeks!! 🙂

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 16

Sunday 8/30

18.5 mi @ high nines + a birthday brunch at Cafe 44 and a 7 mi birthday hike at Baldplate Mountain Perserve!

Even though I got an early start it was a rough one. SOOOO humid! We survived though, with visions of omelets and pancakes and coffee dancing in our heads…

If you’re even in the Pton area and hungry, Cafe 44 is an absolute top choice place to hit!

So, after a grueling 18.5 miles and a proper face stuffing, why not go get in another 7 mile hike at Baldplate Mountain Preserve? This is actually the second time I’ve been here and while it’s not the most serious hiking terrain I’ve ever seen, it is a really pleasant place to go for an interesting, yet manageable, walk. And just to make sure things were interesting, the sky decided to open up on us ~0.5 miles from the car!

 

Soaked!

Soaked #1! (P.S. Why are we smiling?!?!)

The torrential downpour pulled a lot of the humidity out of the air, which was nice, but it it’d efficiently deposited the majority of it right on us, which was NOT nice! (…especially with zero towels in the car and slimy leather seats for the 30 min drive home…)

Monday 9/1

rest

Tuesday 9/2

7 evening (read: “dark”) mi @ 9:23/mi

Evening but still hotter than hell and HUMID. My clothes were totally soaked through by mile 3 and I don’t think I’ve had leg-sweat like that all summer — and at 8 pm!!

I totally didn’t need a mirror to do inventory when I got back as going up the stairs I ran into my neighbor and:

Dr. T: Hello!

Dr. T neighbor: Wow! Did you just get back from the pool?

Dr. T: silence 

**In both of our heads I’m absolutely convinced the following reply was playing “You idiot! We live above a Papa John’s! We don’t even have a laundromat, never mind anything even loosely resembling a swimming pool for miles!!”

Dr. T neighbor: Actually, never mind. Don’t fall.

(Now this raises an interesting question. Does something about me just scream that I fall a lot, even with no immediate falling threats? Or, was I really that sweaty that Mr. Neighbor was concerned that I might slip on myself and fall down the stairs?)

Soaked #2!

Soaked #2!

Wednesday 9/3

rest

Thursday 9/4

8.34 mi @ 8:43/mi

Friday 9/5

rest

Saturday 9/6

22 mi @ 9:50ish/mi with my new awesome running buddy/mathematician Dr. T2!! 😀 We started off before 6 and soaked (again) through our clothes before the sun was up.

P.S Pre-sunrise start times is a great excuse to dress head to toe like a fluorescent highlighter 🙂

Safety (and style) first :-)

Safety (and style) first 🙂

East Coast humidity can be WICKED. I brought the camel back mostly full, re-filled it at just over the half point and then emptied it again by the time I was home. Having great conversation for 3 hrs first thing on a Saturday morning while getting the longest run of the training season out-of-the-way before 10 am is a wonderful way to start the weekend!

Stay tuned as I’m sure there will be plenty more to come regarding the adventures of Drs. T^2!

Total:  55.5 miles

Today was a good week! 🙂 Last Sunday was solid, the week went well, and the long run on Saturday was the best (and the LONGEST), although challenging, all season! Let’s hope this keeps up for the last 3 weeks of Hampton’s Marathon prep!

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 15

Sunday 8/24

rest

So, as it turns out, last week’s move + yesterday’s ~18 miles takes a lot out of a person! I totally felt like I’d been hit by a truck today so no run for Dr. Trot today. Never mind that I’m not super stoked about the cold post-run shower that’d I’d get to enjoy…

Monday 8/25

rest

Yay! We got power and gas today! To celebrate these new-found luxaries, the run got skipped for unpacking and furniture moving alternatives. There were some key finds that will make the next few days go much more smoothly…

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Unpacking treasures!

Tuesday 8/26

9.3 mi @ 9:14/mi

 SOOOO….someone has been on very bad behavior over the last few days…

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Beetle Shaming.

This someone began making the most horrific of growling noises shortly before we moved (great timing of course) — as if she was having an identity crisis and putting forth her very best efforts to masquerade as a Mac truck in San Francisco. She was doing such a good job that today we finally had to make a trip to the Union Line Garage today for a consult.

(P.S. These guys are AWESOME. They will give you a ride to/from work, pick up the car from work if that’s easier for you, give you a courtesey vehicle, etc… I suggested that they give massive, unjustified discounts to poor post-doc customers, but for some reason they weren’t super receptive to this idea. Strange, eh? This is honestly my one and only complatint though. They are seriously fantastic!)

Anyway, as it turns out, this (aforementioned) poor postdoc will be shelling out (a hell of a lot more than) a pretty penny for 1) a box of new precious metals and  2) a pair of new tail feathers in order to transform this tempermental beast back into the sweet purring Beetle that she’s supposed to be. (And to keep from single-handedly poluting the sweet NJ air at a rate comparable to the city of Newark, but never mind…)

Damn it.

Now as bad/frustrating/expensive/inconvenient as this little Beetle sized predicament is going to be, it all became SO MUCH  WORSE when I got out of the car (dropped off back at work by a gentleman from the ULG…of course) and realized that I had left my cell phone (GPS on, eating up my data package at 100 mb/hr :-() hooked onto the dashboard of The Beetle at the garage!

DAMN IT!!

SOOOOO, today’s run was after work and it also doubled as a cell phone + courtesey vehicle retrival mission. Aside from being WAY pissed off about the whole situation, it was actually a rather nice run through country roads and rolling hills. One that I’ll have to keep in mind for future out-n-backs that need to be a bit longer and for when I get (even more) sick of runnign the same loops through town (and am 99.9% less fired up about shitty life issues.)

Wednesday 8/27

rest…

…and driving around in this beast of a NJ-soccer-mom-wannabe-Exxon-stockholder-wagon…

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The Beetle replacement! Close, right?

 Thursday 8/28

5 mi @ who knows…per the more pressing issue of the week…

Today started out damn expensive for The Beetle mama. (See above.) As I pulled up to the ULG this morning the little parasite was waiting, good as new you can be for a 13 yr old Beetle. When I went in to sell my extra kidney  pay the bill the other patrons waiting in the office had front row seats to the following theatrical performance…

ULG: So, she’s all ready to go!

Dr. T: grumble grumble grumble

ULG: We gave her a complementary wash and wax, inflated her tires and included a complementary 36 month warantee + roadside assistance package — just call this phone number if you ever have any trouble and we’ll take care of them for you. Oh, and we left some breath mints in the car.

Dr. T: Thank you and thank you and wow, that’s actually quite nice, and excuse me?!?! 

ULG: hehehe

Dr. T: Actually, did you vaccume her too? She could really use a good vaccuming, if you didn’t notice…

ULG: Honey. It’s vaccuming that thing is going to take at least another few $xxxx repairs!

Dr. T: 😮

ULG: And your antenna is broken.

Dr. T: 😮 😮

ULG: Have a great day!!

Friday 8/29

8.5 mi @ 9:30ish/mi

A warm afternoon run that, all things considered, felt pretty good.

Saturday 8/30

rest

Total:  22.8 miles

Not great. Nope, not at all. It’s been a rough week though. From more ends than I care to think about. So, better luck next week Dr. Trot, better luck next week.

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 14

Sunday 8/17

(An actually scheduled) rest (and packing) day!!

P.S. Pheona and I are moving!! 🙂

Monday 8/18

rest

Tuesday 8/19

5 mi…post beer brewery tour…in massive August NJ heat. Yup, this is how we do things here…

Wednesday 8/20

rest
And hanging out with my adorable Buddy at work…

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My Buddy!

Shhhh….don’t tell!

Thursday 8/21

MOVING DAY!!

i.e. The 9 mi my calender tells me that I was scheduled to do + a total body lifting day. (All in more massive NJ heat and humidity)

The good news is that we are all moved in without any casualties 🙂

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All moved in!! (And already using the countertops as a launching pad for the fire escape window…)

The bad news are (yes, plural) that a) we still have to clean at the old place and that may take the better part of our natural lives (although we only have until midnight on Saturday :-/) and b) we have no electricity here until Monday (although this does a good job motivating a….)!! 😮

Friday 8/22

rest

Everything hurts….

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Moving is hard.

Saturday 8/23

a most nasty 17.6 mi @ 9:50/mi

So apparently Thursday took as much / more out of me than I realized and this morning was rough. You know that feeling at the end of a long run where each part of your body is independently ready to mutiny and then (as luck would have it) the strength of the sum of the parts is greater than each part individually? Weeellllll, someone felt that from sep #1 today all the way through the bitter end of the 17.6 miles. It was cool and overcast and kind of clammy out (thank god) and I had a very patient, kind, considerate running buddy to help me endure (thank god) but MY. GOD. was it a rough one!

AND THEN, it was off to the old apt to clean!! 😦 I’m absolutely sure that I was moving at a geriatric pace as the old roomie offered to help clean more than his share after witnessing my futile attempts at the scuzzy freezer and microwave. Thank the lord for empathy/pity!!

Then finally, home for a nap to recharge for rooftop Spanish tapas and sangria to wrap up a most exhausting week!

Total:  22.6 miles 

So not the most miles for week #14 (not even really a respectable number of miles for week #14 but…) but considering the move and the cutback week (no run scheduled on Sunday) I’m not going to get my undies in a bunch about it (if I could find my undies in all of these boxes I’m still surrounded by, but never mind…) The 17.6 were ugly but they got done, this is the most important part. Nothing major hurts now (I guess that is probably the most important part) and barring catastrophe I’ll be able to both start and finish the marathon later this month. So, another low mileage week = not good. BUT, getting the long run in during an extra busy-life week and nothing hurting in an unreasonable way = very good. 🙂

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Hamptons Marathon Training – Week 13

Sunday 8/10
15.5 evening mi @9:50

Although this really should have been done on Saturday, the miles got in and I have to be happy about that. Overall it felt good. Another warm day, but we set out late afternoon/early evening (late enough for it to get pretty dark for the last 3 mi or so :-/), Camelbak’ed it and lived to tell the story 🙂

Monday 8/11
Rest

Tuesday 8/12
6 mi @ 9:25

Warm but it felt good to turn the legs over after Sunday.

Wednesday 8/13
Rest

Thursday 8/14
7 mi @ 9:08

Cool and wonderful evening miles. It’s incredible what a few degrees will do to your legs and lungs and everything else!

Friday 8/15
Rest

Saturday 8/16
12.5 mi @ 8:53

I don’t know what the hell I was thinking! Well, wait, I kind of do. It was early and cool and beautiful out and I decided to see what stupid fast cutback run I could crank out. And there you have it. Never mind that I proceeded to shuffle around the rest of the day like an elderly person wondering when my decision-making privileges were going to be officially revoked.

Total:  41 miles
Thank god! My first “normal” week in ages! And for the most part I didn’t feel terrible. 🙂 Ironically this is supposed to be a cutback week, but I’ve supplemented in enough of those over the last month that it’s a damn good this week did have some reasonable numbers up next to it. Now the trick will be to build on this for the final few long weeks!

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