Sunday, November 15, 2009

More Aqua-Jogging and Vermont City Marathon 2010

So since I last posted I have put in probably 4 more hours in the pool, including 2 today. I am water-logged and sore but hoping that I am maintaining some sort of fitness.

Today I did a 2 hour run in the pool. I started off with a 5 minute warm-up. After that I moved onto intervals. Intervals are important in the water in order to keep your heart rate up so I did about 11-5 minute intervals of hard jogging with 1 minute rests in between. Then it was bathroom break time in which I had to pretty much block my lane so people wouldn't hop in. I came back and did 52 minutes of steady running for a total of right around 2 hours. I was shooting for 2-1/2 hours, but my arms were starting to get sore so I called it quits at 2 hours. I really wouldn't mind nice arms so even if I don't maintain fitness as well as I am hoping, at least my arms will benefit.

After my workout and after Friday's workout, I noticed my achillles was sore on my left foot. It wasn't a terrible pain, but I could feel a nagging pain. I am not taking an Ibuprofen and am not feeling pain while in the pool so I can't imagine I am aggravating my injury while I am running. The only thing I can think of is when I get out, my calves are tight, so maybe that is why my achilles is sore. I took a warm bath tonight and the pain was gone almost instantly, so I felt some relief and was able to cook dinner.

I was talking to my husband about my upcoming marathon/half marathon. I know, based on the pain I was feeling today, that I am going to be at a minimum of 3 weeks off total now instead of the 2 I was hoping for. And that 3 may turn into 4 if I am not feeling relief next week. I keep wondering, how long can I go without killing my chances of finishing the marathon? I am absolutely physically fit right now and feel I can run a marathon at any given time as long as I am not injured, but who knows if I can maintain my shape while not running. I don't want to rush back into running because I do want to try and qualify for Boston next year, but I really don't want to walk the Goofy Challenge. Being injured is so frustrating and so mentally challenging. Thank goodness for no time goals I guess. :)

On Tuesday, I found out that my daughters' dance recital is now a week later than they had originally stated it would be. I was so excited to hear this as my husband and I really want to do the Vermont City Marathon again next year and couldn't because of the recital. So I called my husband on the way home full of excitement and he of course was extremely happy. Not even 2 hours later and I got the email that registration was open for the Vermont City Marathon, I was literally dancing. I love love love Burlington, Vermont and can't wait to run that marathon again. So yes, I did get some good news this week.


Carlee said...

Awesome, I loved Vermont City too and can't wait to do it again. Not this year, but someday. Sorry the injury isn't lightening up on you!

Jenn said...

You are inspiring me to get back in the pool! It is a great upper body workout and the payoff of nice arms is worth it!! So glad you will get to run Vermont again. It's always great to go back to somewhere that holds great memories. Get yourself healthy even if it means forgetting about Goofy and you could be done with your BQ in May!! BTW-I wish you lived closer! We need another couple for Ragnar!

Suzy said...

It sounds like you are getting workout in the pool! I hope it all pays off fitness wise and shows in your arms. Is Vermont City that good? I'm debating it for spring (for my one and probably only marathon)?

Lacey Nicole said...

i'm going to burlington with elliot first weekend in december!!! :) i miss VT. went to school at middlebury, just 45 min south of burlington!!!!!!!!!!!! i think if it wasn't quite so cold for so much of the year i would def love to live there. is that a very hilly marathon? i want to look at the course online.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

GReat news! So fun when things come together as they should.. Hugs!

Hope the pain leaves and you can hop back on your Goofy training train.

Marlene is doing Goofy too.