The Hazards of Love – Run

The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists

Over my lunch, I had a chance to run through Bever Park.  I’ve run through the park before, but today I discover off-road trails that wound through some tall trees.  I was also listening to the new The Decemberists’ CD – The Hazards of Love, which by coincidence is about a love story based in the forest  (yes, I looked it up to make sure).  Both the CD and route are great.

1000 yards

Yesterday, I went to the pool for 7th time or so.  I felt good, so I kept swimming and was able to do 1,000 yards (20 laps).  The first time I went, 100 yards (2 laps) was tough so I have definitely come a long way.  I also clocked myself and did the first 500 yards around 15 minutes and the second around 16 minutes.  Speed is not really a concern but it will be interesting to see what I get in the triathlon.

Side note: My goggles may be too tight b/c I had rings around my eyes that looked pretty funny.

Pain Medicine during Races

This month’s Runner’s World has a good article on using pain medicine during races.  Last fall, I tested my body and did a three marathons and a 1/2 marathon in four weeks.  By the last one, I took pain medicine to help keep the pain in my knees down during the race.  I survived and it didn’t adversely affect me but after reading about what CAN happen it’s good to know what the medicine does.

Granted I’m not a doctor but here’s the gist of it…

  • Advil/ Aleve puts strain on your kidneys.  Coupled with dehydration and your kidneys are on double duty.
  • Tylenol is better for racing b/c it messes with the liver instead.  Just watch how much you drink at the post race party as alcohol is more potent with Tylenol.

My Pre-Race Warm-up

My pre-race schedule has changed since I first started running road races.  I used to arrive about 15 before the races and pick up my packet and jog for a couple minutes beforing heading for the start line.  The first mile always sucked, so I tried warming up more.  Last year, I even ran to a couple races (about 3-4 miles).  I used to think this would make me tired but the longer warm-up actually does more good than harm.  I was able to to set a PR for an 8K.

I’ve notice this is true for training runs as well.  The first couple miles are really tough as your body adapts from resting to running.  But after about 15 min or so, it’s not so bad and you can get into a groove.  Yesterday, during a 13 mile run I could tell I really needed the warm-up.  The first miles seemed hard at a 9:15 pace but after a couple of them I was able to do 7:41 for the remainder of the workout and felt good.

I’m guessing running is hard for beginners because they listen to their body and quit before getting past the warmup stage.  Often, I have heard beginners say, “I can do about 2 miles but no more.”  For me, that’s right about the time running becomes easier.  My trick is running the tough, first miles, at a slower pace and then walk for a minute before starting my workout.  Who’s knows, maybe I’m just getting older too:)