Thursday, February 21, 2008
I'll probably run 3-6 miles tomorrow and then maybe a 1 hour run this Saturday. I'll get a hill and sprint workout, too, but I just hope that I'll be fine. I've never run more than 32 miles and I hope this new distance will be fun and not kill me.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I have noticed that after running short and long distances (usually in cold weather) my hands seem to blow up like a huge rubber glove. They get super puffy and typically turn white.
The first time I noticed this was when I was running outside with Chris and we had run about 5 hours. We stopped to take a break and I took off my tiny gloves. I freaked out because when I took them off I saw huge marshmellow-looking hands and I didn't know why. They didn't hurt or anything (even though they were numb since it was cold out), they were just huge.Well thanks to Chris, I realized I'm not the only one suffering from ugly fat hands. According to some people's experiences, I might need to take some elctrolyte capsules or something- hmm. See the link that Chris found: Fat Hands.
I later asked my doctor about my hands and my circulation (since my hands are always freezing and purple) and she thought it was probably linked to Raynaud's Disease. It basically means you can't do much to fix it and you just live with ugly, fat, cold hands. See this post for more info on Raynaud's Disease.
During the run, I felt pretty good overall. It was weird how little muscles that I had forgotten about started to hurt at different times during the run. All of a sudden the side of my knee would have pain, and then my ankle...I have no idea how just a few months ago, I only ran on pavement. As Chris said, no wonder people hate running. I would too if I didn't do trails- well maybe.
I don't know what the exact temperature was during the run. I know we started at 4am and it was about 41 degrees, and then the temp dropped to about 18-25 maybe. I only had little $1 gloves on and my hands felt fine until the end.
Note to reader: My hands seem to always be freezing, running or not running, and lately after my runs- my fingers will turn white for about 40 minutes. I don't know why they're white but they are.
Now this was scary to me on Saturday: After about 19-20 miles, Chris and I stopped to rest for a minute. I took off my gloves and looked at my hands. I kid you not, my hands seriously looked like HUGE MARSHMELLOW WHITE PUFFY HANDS! I was so scared because they looked gigantic and swollen and puffed out. What the heck does that mean? They were a little numb and I couldn't even fasten a safety pin...but why did they look like that? Do either of my 1-2 readers have any medical explanation/advice?
The other day at work my coworker said my fingernail beds looked blue and that it could mean there's something wrong with my blood or whatever. Who knows if that's true- but now that I had huge puffy hands (and Chris didn't (!)) I'm a little worried. Maybe I'll ask the doc next time I have a visit.
After the run, I seriously crashed and took a six hour nap!!!! I think half of it was becasue I haven't been getting much sleep the past few weeks, and the other half was from the long run on the pavement. My body was so sore. It's just weird because I can run 32 miles on trails, and feel fine the next day and I'm not super tired.
Now I'm a little worried because Chris and I are going to run a half-marathon on pavement on 3/29 and then a full marathon on pavement on 3/30. If I hadn't run last Saturday, I wouldn't be worried because I wouldn't have remembered how much your body gets beat up.
These two races aren't the main things that worry me. What is is that the following week, 4/5, I still want to run a 50K in Chicago on pavement. It's close to home- I've done it before- so I want to take advantage of this race. Today's the third day since Saturday and I'm not sore anymore. I figure after waiting one week, I'll be fine again to run on pavement. Which is true.
I haven't signed up for it yet but I probably will in March.
Friday, February 8, 2008
My very first trail run was the Tecumseh Marathon on December 1st. I had never run on many hills before and had never been on a trail. That was the most awesome marathon and even though your time will be slower, trail running is way better than on pavement. So- I will probably be sore tomorrow after the hard pounding. Hopefully it won't be freezing.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Yesterday I went out to run just a few miles and as I was running I thought "ahh...I'll just go nice and easy at a slow pace". I looked at my watch after one mile and it was 7:20- and I kept that pace up for the other two miles.
It's crazy because just like 1-2 months ago, I was running a 9-10:30 minute pace and that was normal. Usually on my sprint workouts it would be a goal to run a mile under 8 minutes. Now I'm doing that on my regular running day without even trying. That's a very nice feeling.
I now kind of wish that I was going to run the "Last Chance for Boston" marathon this month to try to qualify for Boston in April. Oh well- next year.