|Posted by Breanna Cornell on September 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Hey guys! Long time, no blog, eh? Well, the tallies are in, and I finailly know how much money was donated for the Run to Tech!
Two rowing shells (fours)
Concept 2 Oars
The equipment donations were curtosy of the Southwest Michigan Towing Club, which is sadly no longer active. Our whole team is very appreciative of their considerable donation!
Thank you so much for everyone's support and help!
In other News:
The rowing season has started (as well as school– I am busy busy busy)! We've been out on the water several times, and it looks as though we have a strong team this year. We have a lot of new people joining the team with previous experience and novices, all of whom will be excellent friends and teammates throughout. I'm really excited!
I've been rowing in the women's four, and coxed a bit, as we are short on coxswains this year (people who steer the boat and give direction to the rowers). I've also been allowed the opportunity to take a single scull out after practices.
Running wise, I'm still recovering. The only thing that seems to be consistently bothering me is my quad, but I can feel it getting better (slowly but surly). I haven't been running as much (ie, my weekly milage is back down to 40) but I've been rowing and incorporating weights and yoga as well as some biking. I think my running might drop a significant amount through October because it is difficult to get a run in with school, work, and two a day practices for rowing (not to mention, I'm worn out after only a week! Whoo!) but I'll jump right back on it as the rowing season passes. Rowing is great cross training for running and vise versa!
My splits are dropping (a good thing), so I'm not as slow as I was towards the end of my run, despite the fact that I haven't done any spadework (yet – I'm saving my speed training for after the rowing season). I know that it's a good thing to let my body recover from a long running season, my running season (ie, racing) having started in April, but I have a hard time taking a break. I still feel like I should be going out for 30 milers, even though I know that I should be focusing on other things currently. I can get back to my 30 milers by mid January and be set for the Spring and Summer in no time flat– that is the plan, at least.
I'll keep posting blogs!
I'll keep this updated with how the rowing season is going,
I'll be updating my Pole to Pole page (based on what I learned via the Run to Tech)
I'll be posting my next project page soon!
I plan on applying for the spring expedition for Impossible2Possible
I will post which races I plan on competing in this coming year!
|Posted by Breanna Cornell on August 17, 2011 at 11:20 AM||comments (5)|
I feel really good today, still a bit tired, but good.
My left big toe is still numb, and my left IT band is still sore and tight, but other than that, I feel pretty recovered ... which makes me feel guilty for calling it quits. I know that it was the right decision at the time, and I knew that I would look back on it and be upset, but I didn't want to injure myself for the rowing season and everything just seemed to be building up higher and higher each day (stress, mental fatigue, soreness and injury).
But now I know what to expect in the future and can better prepare for it.
I love all the support that people have given me, but coming home and talking to people has been kind of depressing. They tell me I've done a wonderful job, but seem to imply that they didn't think I would make it all the way in the first place. I keep hearing things from multiple people like: "50 miles a day is a lot," in that tone of voice that implies it's impossible. It's frustrating to me because even though I couldn't do it this time around, I know that it is possible. And not only is it possible to do 50 miles for 10 consecutive days, but it is possible to do more than 50 miles for more than 10 consecutive days.
Just because I was unprepared to tackle it, doesn't mean it's impossible. I now know how I need to better prepare in the future to tackle it.
I will do this run again.
When? I don't know, but sometime in the future. I don't even know what to expect a year from now ...
... Which leads me into my next topic:
The Future : plans for Ultrarunning over the next couple of years.
I've been reading a lot of running books this past year, including:
Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall
Running on Empty, by Marshall Ulrich
The Long Run, by Matt Long
And most recently: Ultra Marathon Man, by Dean Karnazes
After running 200 miles, I am coming the realization that I need more time and experience before I try to tackel the Pole to Pole. More experience than 3 years has to offer in College. Trying to gain this experience would include running a bunch of ultramarathons, right? Well, I've been checking out some ultras online, and they all fall at inconvenient times, ie, while I have classes. You can't really just take off from university classes, especially in engineering. Not to mention, $900 is a cheaper entry fee for most of the Ultras I've found, not including room, board, and travel.
It simply doesn't fit with a college student's money and time budget.
I had always wondered why it seemed like most of the ultrarunning people were at least in their 30s.
Maybe I've been rushing things.
My idea is that I'm young, I have energy, I want to see the world, and see it now!
But this mind set has really restricted the oportunities that I'm allowing for myself. Reading "Ultra Marathon Man" kind of opened my eyes to this: Dean Karnazes didn't start ultrarunning until he was 30. Why am I trying to do everything before I even reach that age? I have my whole life ahead of me to accomplish these things! The pole to pole should be taken more seriously once I've gained more experience and learned how to run such an expedition. When will that be? Who knows. I'll go with the flow, but keep it at the top of my bucket list!
Having said that...
This doen't mean that I'm going to stop trying to tackel things!
Just because there aren't any ultramarathons that are convenient for me to compete in doesn't mean that I won't be running ultras! I'll just have to make my own ultras up until I can actually enter in one!
I'm already planning a winter expedition ;D
But more on that latter...
• There is no rush to complete my bucket list
• I need to gain more experience before moving on to bigger ultras.
• Never give up, even when the world says you can't.
• Just because you can't complete it right now, doesn't mean you can't
do it again in the future.
• If there is a mountain to climb, I'll climb it twice.
• Listen to your body.
Plans for this year:
• Compete in more marathons (affordable!)
• Winter Ultra Expedition (In the early planning stages)
• Apply for Youth Ambassador for Impossible2Possible
• Study hard & Have fun as a student at Tech!
Will post a blog next week on donation results for the Run2Tech
Tomorrow is another day, and there will be another battle!
|Posted by Breanna Cornell on August 14, 2011 at 10:10 PM||comments (7)|
I'm sorry guys. I can't go any further.
I made it to the Mackinaw bridge, but I got shin splints (I had been feeling a small pain in my shins starting a few days ago, but had ignored it). Everything is just adding up right now, and I feel like it's more mental stress than physical. Yes, the physical hurts, but that can be ignored. I'm having a really hard time with the mental aspect. I'm low on sleep– I wake up every half hour during the night and it takes another half hour to fall asleep– and then there always seems to be things that need to get done at the campgrounds when all I want to do is collapse. As much as my parents are wonderfully supportive, I feel as though their presence probably hurt my mental stability because I know that I can break down in front of them, where as in front of others I somehow manage to remain more composed.
My dad ran with me, this morning, as we set off towards the bridge. He helped me to keep the pace steady, and we even ran one sub-10 min mile. I didn't feel great, but having company really helped to pass the first three hours. We were around mile 15 when the road names on the street signs started to not match their names on the map. As you near the Mackinaw bridge, there are really no real roads to get to Mackinaw City other than back roads. I knew this when mapping it out, but I didn't know that a lot of the roads were dirt and poorly marked. We ran past our turns on several occasions. It was very frustrating. One road wasn't really a public road at all – it was an access road.
My father and I finally hopped on our bikes while my mother drove ahead to each turn. The clouds had begun to roll away– the morning had been nice and cool, no rain, just cloudy, and I had been enjoying it – to reveal a hot sun. Once on the bikes, we had only 20 miles left to go, no big deal, right? Wrong.
I was getting really stressed with the missmatching roads and maps. Even the GPS couldn't identify the roads correctly. It was getting hot. My calves were cramping. My shins had sharp pains. I started to feel my hamstring injury in my right knee again, even on the bike. I just wanted to fall off the bike and lie on the side of the road.
But I didn't stop.
No, I didn't stop. I kept riding, albeit slow.
We were on a sandy road (which I didn't feel quite comfortable on with my road bike). It turned to a paved road, and we continued. We finally crested a hill and crossed an intersection where the road became dirt again. It was a down hill, so I did like anyone else would: bomb the hill.
Except for the fact that the dirt road was sandy.
And that it was rutted.
My bike bounced up and down the whole way down. Now, I'm not really a biker. I tensed up, and my calves imediately started to spasm. We get to the bottom of the hill, and I couldn't help stoping and just bursting into tears of frustration. After regaining composure, I started to remount my bike. As I start pedling again, my phone starts to ring.
It's my mother.
The intersection that we had crossed before bombing this tretcherous hill was our turn. It was called by a different name than on the map and GPS.
You want me to do WHAT?!?
I had enough. I didn't want to go back up that horrid hill. I didn't want to wander around on backroads all day. I wanted to sleep. I wanted to lie down on the road. I couldn't handel the thought that I was only half way through this run. I couldn't bear to think of the state that my hamstrings would be in by the time I got to Tech. I felt like I was dying in that moment.
I told my parents that we were done for the day, with 35 miles covered, of what was supposed to be a 40 mile day. We found my brother and Seth at the campground, working to dry out the wet tents, wet towels, wet everything. My dad was going to head home that night, so that would mean moving everything from his car back to the other cars. And, wait ... I don't have an air pump for my bike ... And my mother would be leaving the next day, and my next support car didn't have a trailor hitch for our bike rack nor did he have his own bike rack ... so I wouldn't be able to bike the miles if I couldn't run? This was becoming a logistical nightmare. Not to mention that several campgrounds that I had reserved and paid for months ago made us pay anyway the past couple of nights.
I was mentally done. I was pretty much physically done. I love all the people that were and are my support team, and they did a wonderful job given what we were doing, but none of us had the experience to know how to support such an event.
I'm not trying to justify ending the run halfway, this only means that I will have to attempt it again, of course!
This is pretty much my first ultrarun.
And as a first, I would count it as a sucess. I mean, who would shoot for 513 miles for their first ultrarun? ;D
Plus, I learned a lot.
Now I know what I will have to do next time.
And I will conquer this!!!
A support team that wouldn't be switching around a lot.
Scout the route (actually drive it) before running it.
What foods to eat and what not to (more electrolites).
Where and how to make camp.
How to pack differently (be better prepaired for rain!)
How to train better (ie, don't be stupid, Brea, and injure yourself two weeks before hand)
Day – Milage – Shoes Worn – Injury (if any)
Day 1 – 50 miles – Kinvaras – left pinky toe toenail falls off (aka, no injury)
Day 2 – 45 miles – Vibrams – no injury (sore back & sunburn on calves)
Day 3 – 50 miles – Kinvaras – left big toe goes numb, lots of blisters,
armpit chafting, tight hamstrings, small pain in shins
Day 4 – 20 miles – Vibrams – tight calves & hamstrings, tight left IT band,
big toe still numb, slight pain below left knee
Day 5 – 35 miels – Vibrams – cramping calves, shin splints, pain in hamstrings,
big toe still numb
Total Milage: 200 Miles
Average Daily Milage: 40 Miles / Day
Thank You All
for reading and following along and showing support!
I'm sorry that I am unable to reply to every post. I will do my best to do so.
Donations will always be welcome for the Michigan Tech Rowing Team.
Note that I WILL attempt this run again!
Stay tuned for a blog entry regarding fundraising in the future!
Also check out some of the (few) photos taken of the run in the Photo Gallery
"All it takes is all you got."
|Posted by Breanna Cornell on August 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM||comments (8)|
Today was okay, more emotionally stressful than physically. It rained all night, and I woke up every half hour. Everything at camp was soaked, even my runner's world magazine. So I started off my run, wet and cold, with it still pouring out. I warmed up quickly, though, so it wasn't horrendous. My muscles weren't sore, they didn't feel tired, but they wouldn't, for the life of me, move faster than a 13 min mile. It was painfully slow and demoralizing. I also took some medication for my stomach, and my stomach stopped hurting, but it had some side effects that weren't all too pleasent. Managed to run through that, though.
We made a wrong turn, and it wasn't a big deal (the detour wouldn't add any milage) except for the fact that it took us onto a more busy road and we had to cross 131 several times. I was planning on running at least the first 25 miles today, and biking the rest if necessary, but I had a mental breakdown at mile 20. It was already almost 1 pm (we had a slow start in the morning due to having to clean things up from the rain) and I knew it would take at least another hour to cover the next five miles. I was worrying about too many things, about where we'd camp for the night, how our tents would dry out if it was still raining (in fact, it's still raining out now), etc ... I just wanted to curl up in a ball on the side of the road and sleep. In fact, I think I could sleep for a week. I caught up to my mom at mile 20 and sat down to eat lunch, but instead broke down in tears. It would be so much easier if I had a professional support team where I wouldn't have to worry about remembering to grab this before I leave camp, where I need to make each turn, what needs to get done when we get to camp - just a team to point and tell me to "run that way."
I was going to bike the remaining 30 miles, but the road had no shoulder, the roads were slippery from the rain, and there was really heavy traffic (131 near Gaylord). My mother didn't want me to die today. Plus, I had a surprise waiting for me in Gaylord: My dad came up and brought my dog, Speedy, and said he planned to stay the night. I was really happy to see them, and love that my padre wants to show support. It was a pleasent surprise, but presented another problem: what were we going to do for camping? Our tents were wet, we don't have enough room in the tents for five people and a dog, etc ... so we checked into a hotel. Needless to say, pretty much everyone was stressed today.
I will try to give it my all everyday. I don't know if I'll be able to meet my milage each day, but I will put forth my best effort to do so and go as far as I can, even if it is a pathetic five miles. I promise.
Now that I'm at the hotel, and have a little more time on my hands this evening, I can fill you all in on some things that I've left out in my previous blogs.
What I didn't tell you:
The small things add up.
Small things that you don't think about on a 20 mile run, or during a marathon, little nuances, become really REALLY big deals at mile 30, 40, 45, 50. Small things like sunburn, chafting (silly seams on my shirt sleeves chafted my armpits), bug bites, blisters, the way your camelbak sits or moves with each step. It is mostly these things that I'm finding I have a hard time dealing with. Have a blister? Yeah, I can deal with that. Have chafting? Yeah, so, I'll deal with it later. Have sunburn? Yes, but ... Camelbak hurting your shoulders? Yes– Tight hamstring? Ye– it begins to add up, eh?
These things become a mental game: don't think about the blisters. What should I think about - the chafting is bothersome. Don't think about the chafting. How about the sunburn? No, don't think about that either. It is a mind game. A tough one. Mile after mile.
Oh the people you'll meet.
I've met several people along my run that are also on increadible journies. I met a guy around my age on the White Pine Trail who was biking. He had many bags strapped to his bike. I asked him where he was headed as he passed me. He told me how he had started in Minnisota, when down around Lake Michigan, and was coming back up to finish in Minnisota again. He was doing this comletely unsupported.
I also met another man yesterday who had to be in at least his 60s. He was also on a bike and also had several bags strapped to the back. He passed me, and then passed me again past Lake City (he must have stopped in town because we were playing leap frog). He asked me where I was headed, and I told him I was running to school. He said that he was biking to Charlevoix and had started a good ways south of where we met. He said that he was biking about 50 miles a day. He was very kind and provided awesome company. He then biked off into the distance, well on his way.
I saw a white truck pulled over to the side of the road that had a Michigan Tech license plate. There were two men surveying nearby. I waved and asked who the MTU alum was, and waved.
You saw what on the road?
I've seen a porcupine (didn't know we had those in MI), snakes, squirrels, raccoons, lots of McDonalds trash, deer, booze, car tires, gloves, a hat, 4 squashed turtles, lots of dead butterflies, change, and a six sided die.
Current Total Milage
Day 1 - 50 miles
Day 2 - 45 miles
Day 3 - 50 miles
Day 4 - 20 miles
Total: 165 miles
|Posted by Breanna Cornell on August 12, 2011 at 5:25 PM||comments (5)|
Today was tough, despite the fact that I tried to make it an easier day.
I covered the first 30 miles on foot, and walked 10 of those with my mother who showed up in the afternoon. She will become my support vehicle as Mike Carey heads home tonight. At mile 30 my feet hurt so much (blisters, blisters, blisters!) but I didn't want to quit. So I hopped on my bike and biked the last 20 miles. From here on out, I refuse not to cover the miles that I set for the day. Even if it is biking, I will cover them.
I am coming to the realization that 50 miles may have been a high goal to run each day. I can run 50 miles, sure, but that's for one day. Not one day after another after another. I was limited in training this summer due to my busy schedule. My plan is being warped into this: run the first 25 miles, see how I feel. If need be, get on the bike and bike the rest of the way.
Today was a struggle in the fact that it was long stretches of road with long gradual up hills and pretty much no down hills, no shade. It was so hot out! My fingers swelled up to twice their size, my feet began to blister not 5 miles in, and I wore this shirt today that has seems in the armpits which chaffed my armpits and upper-inner arms. The inside of my left knee began to hurt. It was harder to keep going just because of the cumulative pain than it was to run.
On a side note: my mother thinks I'm alergic to bananas. Why? I've been eating them at breakfast, which I don't normally have at home, and my stomach has been bloated and painful. I can't eat comfortably because it hurts. I'll stop eating bananas and see if that fixes it.
My mother was so kind as to treat us to dinner, so I'm currently at a grill and dinner has just arrived. I'll give an update tomorrow! (Tomorrow is a 50 mile day)
|Posted by Breanna Cornell on August 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM||comments (3)|
Today went well ... until the end.
Today's goal milage was 56. I woke up feeling great and started running by 6:30 am. I was slower than yesterday, but nothing hurt, and I was content with my 12 min mile pace. Then at mile 45 I was starting to break. The terrain was just hill after hill after hill. And I'm not talking about a little bump. These hills were long. The grades on some of them were challenging, but most were manageable. And the hills were bare - no shade whatsoever. It was hotter out today, and I think I went through my camelbak, like, 4 times. But I ran them.
I crested a hill at mile 45 to see Mike Carey in the support vehicle. I got really excited because if that was where I was supposed to turn, then I would only have 10 more miles (my GPS battery died about 5 miles previous - I started counting my footsteps - increadibly mind numbing but it helped me not to notice how tired my legs were). Mike said we still had to go one more mile up before we turned. For some reason, that extra mile, making ten into eleven was torturous to hear. I could see that it would be a horribly hilly mile (another hill already stood in front of me).
With no intention of stopping, I grabbed a bag of grapes and sat down in the passenger seat to eat them and drink some water before heading out again. Until that point, I had been tired and my arms and shoulders really hurt (camelbak maybe?) but otherwise okay. Just sitting down (my first time doing so since starting at 6:30 am) I could feel my legs get heavy and stiff. Oh god, they hurt to move!
I could not, to save my life, stand up.
After struggling for 15 min to force my legs to do something, I called it. I had covered 45 miles, and ran all of them except for the five minuets of stopping at the aid car to refule on water or food. I walked 1.5 miles to eat my lunch and let it digest a bit, but other than that, I ran the full 45 miles straight.
We'll see how tomorrow goes. My legs hurt a TON right now, and I don't know how I'll feel in the morning, but tomorrow's milage goal is 50 miles. I can do that even if I have to hobble. I will try, at least.
I can't believe it's only day 2 and I'm sore as heck. Word to sum up the day: OUCH.
I wore my vibrams the whole time, though, and didn't have any nasty blister problems like yesterday, though. My feet were happy!
Time to hit the sack, though. Thanks again for all your support, guys!
|Posted by Breanna Cornell on August 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM||comments (3)|
Total Milage: 50 miles
It wasn't all that bad. I started the run off at my home in Grand Rapids with a bunch of friends who ran the first 5 miles with me (photos to come) including my high school friends, Ashley Takens and Stephanie Tolbert (on bikes), my father and my dog, Michael Bolf one of the engineers whom I interned under at the DEQ, and Lee Southerton, my fellow Techie. My neighbors, the Jenkins, even rose to see me off at 6am. And of course, my mother was there as well.
It was kind of a let down to get to mile five and have to say good bye to everyone. Takens stayed with me, on her bike, though, until mile 20. She made the time fly!
I felt a bit tired and out of it today, given that I've taken pretty much the whole of the past two weeks really easy (due to injury). My leg started out stiff but loosened up a lot and was more annoying than painful. It only becomes painful when I attempt to bend my knee 90º with my femur perpendicular to my torso ... which isn't generally a natural motion while running, so it wasn't too much of a pain.
The first five miles were around a 9:30 min mile.
I held a 10:00 min mile up to mile 30.
Slowed to a 10:30 min mile.
Ran pretty much straight up through mile 33, where I began to switch walking and running. Run 2 miles, walk a quarter mile, etc ... Running pace varied between a 9 min mile and an 11 min mile. Walking pace was a 16 min mile. Made minimal stops throughout the whole run. "Stopped" for lunch - made a snadwhich and ate while walking. Around mile 48 I got a stinging pain in my left pinky toe - I had a blister on top AND under my toe nail, which refused to be pulled off. I had to take off my shoes, and I wasn't supposed to meet up with the support vehicle (today my brother and his friend, Seth) for another 4 miles but had them meet me at an intersection of the trail and road (today's milage was actually supposed to be 52 miles - I will tack those 2 miles onto the shortest day of the run). I ended up walking two miles on gravel barefoot because the shoes were just unbareable (the gravel wasn't painful, persay, just really slow going). My support team were getting ansty to get to the campground, so we left from there.
Passed two bikers on the White Pine Trail who recgonized me from the Grand Rapids press article and were kind enough to wish me well. Also met a lady and her daughter at the campground as we were eating tortelini who ran up to us and asked if I was Breanna Cornell. She had also read about the Run to Tech in the paper. I was very flattered.
In other news,
My stomach is too small. I got full really easily, but then would get really hungry soon afterwards. I feel like I ate so much today (but I burned, like 5,000 calories (~100 cal/mile). Oh well.
We'll see how my legs feel tomorrow!
Michael Carey from the Michigan Tech Rowing team will be joining me as my on the road support while Matthew (my brother) and Seth clean up camp and go ahead to make camp at the next campground.
|Posted by Breanna Cornell on August 9, 2011 at 6:40 AM||comments (0)|
HOLY CRAP WHAT AM I DOING THIS IS INSANE IVE NO IDEA IF I CAN DO THIS OR NOT HOKEY POKEY AHHHHHHH!!!
I have the pre-event jitters.
But, yes, I am very excited and nervous. I'm excited to see the group of people doing the first 5 miles with me. My leg has been feeling much better. When I went for my run yesterday, it didn't hurt, but just felt more annoying than anything.
I have yet another skin issue, though. Some sort of infection on my shoulder from camelbak chafting. Why?!? It isn't like I go out of my way to make it possible to get these finfections. I take as good of care of my skin as possible. Well, I might have to make a hospital stop if this antibiotic cream doesn't clear it up. My mother's main concern with the infection is that it'll spead to my muscles = not good. I'm not worried about it, though. I'll treat it like I've treated the rest.
Be sure to check for updates throughout the run here!
Also find me on Twitter here!
|Posted by Breanna Cornell on August 4, 2011 at 9:28 AM||comments (0)|
Only 6 days until I start running!
I have been continuing with the Active Release Technique, and it has been working well, although my leg is still sore when I run. I was told that if I were to push through the pain, that the worst injury that I could sustain was sever inflamation and swelling as well as pain to put pressure on my leg. I can deal with the pain, as long as I know it won't result in surgury or something more extreme (like not being able to run again). He said that it wouldn't be anything that rest wouldn't be able to cure. So I'll just be consious of it while running, but I'm not going to let it stop me from doing this run. My leg can swell up all it wants, as long as it gets me the 513 miles. It's on like donkey kong!!!
He did say, though, that the most important thing is to listen to my body, which, I have to admit, I'm not the best at doing. I will listen to it. I'll walk if I have to, and run when I can. I have to give a shout out to Dr Ronson Dykstra at Dynamic Family Chiropractic (trained and certified in Active Release Technique) for being a huge help & to Ray Zahab for recommending ART (wouldn't know of it, otherwise)!
This Past Summer
Was increadibly busy.
I completed & passed Calc III classes at Grand Rapids Community College, I landed a job at Dunham's Sports, started an internship with the DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality), completed 3 marathons, started doing some work for Michigan Tech as a graphic designer in their HOWL program, started the application process for a raffling license to raffle off a car to raise money for Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership, trained for running 513 miles, and spent time organizing the Run to Tech.
Overall, I call this a sucessful summer.
School is going to feel like a breeze after this! I'm ready to relax a bit - after the run. I'll get up to school on Saturday, August 20th, which gives me a week to move back into the dorms and relax before things heat up again. Can't wait to see all of my friends from Tech and start a new adventure as a Sophomore!
I'm on it.
You can find me on Twitter @love2Bre
I'll be trying to keep that updated during the run as well. I will be posting (or trying to!) Blog entries here as I run as well.
I've invited a lot of friends, neighbors, and coworkers to run the first 5 miles with me next Wednesday. There might be a TV crew joining us as well. It's going to be awesome! Those who don't want to/ are unable to run are going to bike. I'm looking forward to it
|Posted by Breanna Cornell on August 1, 2011 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
10 Days until I start the Run to Tech!!!
I'm pumped but I'm also really nervous.
Ray Zahab (Impossible to Possible) suggested trying Active Release Technique (ART) for my injury, which was an overuse injury. So, basically, the cause is running too much. Not cool. On my right leg, where the hamstrings connects with the biceps femorus as well as my IT band, I was having pain. The hamstring's connection with the biceps femorus connects blow the knee, which was the pulling sensation on my knee cap that I got when I was running. I've gone to 2 ART sessions as well as rested, iced, and used compression and KT tape & my mother has massaged my hamstrings. I ran on it some last week, and attempted a 15 miler (pathetically short) on Friday only to cut it short at 13 when it began to hurt again (I cut it short in fear of worstening the injury).
Huge thanks to Ray for your corrisponence, help & support with this injury!
My milage is terribly low, and I know that I won't loose endurence over the next 10 days, it just feels really weird not to have gone on a real long run (I was planning a 40 miler last friday) nor has it been helping with my anxiety for the start. I been doing other things, though, like kyaking for 4 hours yesterday, speed walking, longer core workouts. It's just stressful. I want to run today, but my father is telling me to take it easy.
I feel like there is nothing out on the internet or books on how to "taper" for a 50 mile 10 consecutive day run. I'm just not sure how to approach it. I think it's trial and error. I might have to write up something about it in the future once I gain more experience.
What happens if I can't complete the 50 miles a day goal? Well, my goal really is to run the first 25 consecutivly. I've done that multiple times without problems or getting really tired whatsoever (as long as my pace is around a 10 min mile, I feel like I can go forever & love it!). Beyond that, I'll mix it up between walking and running. Jog 5, walk 1, jog 2.5, walk .25, etc ... and if I just absolutely cannot finish a day, then I'll go to the campground and just pick up where I'm supposed to start the next day (so at least I can still get to school on time). If my leg starts acting up again, screw it, I'll walk the whole dang thing. I've committed to this, I've trained for this, and it's going to happen. I'll give it my best, and I don't think anyone could ask for more.
Getting Ready for the Run
I'm packing, making lists, getting stuff together.
My mom is getting pretty hyped too. She suggested business cards and t-shirts. She started designing them and I liked what she came up with, aside from the fact that it has my name on it ... it's kinda weird to see your name... on a shirt. I dunno. I think we might get them. We'll see ...
I invited a group of my friends to join me at the start and run or bike the first 5 miles with me. I'm really excited, mainly just because I'll get to see my friends. I've been so busy all summer and I've hardly been able to see anyone. I love my friends so much! The fact that they'll come to my house before 6 in the morning to do 5 miles is awesome. We'll have fun!
By the way...
I will be bloging here (or trying to - depending on internet access) during the run! Be sure to stay in tune! <3