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the training crazies + 10% off

DC locals: if you haven’t noticed, it is raining. Since about 5 a.m., actually.DSC02739I considered going on the dreadmill instead of going outside today because it was drizzling when I set out, but then remembered that the dreadmill is even more dreadful than soggy sidewalks. So. The first three miles was like a delicate dance with gentle drizzles…

The remaining six miles were a full-on downpour of doom.

At leas the blooming spring trees were still pretty, though.DSC02742Running in a rainstorm? That sounds crazy. And actually, I’ve realized over the past two weeks that I have gone crazy, pretty much. Marathon training sort of takes over your brain and here are ten ways this happens:

  1. Double-digit miles become “no big deal.” I’ve found myself thinking things like, “Oh, tomorrow’s just an easy 12,” or, “Yeah, a 10-mile recovery run, you know?” Crazy.
  2. Running becomes a form of transport. I’ve been sneaking in miles however I can — literally running errands. I’ve run to my church group, to the grocery store, to CrossFit, to happy hour… showing up for a drink, sweaty? Eh.
  3. Twice-weekly laundry loads. Two-a-day runs in 80-degree temperatures means that I am going through sports bras and tempo shorts at an accelerated rate. My laundry loads are basically pink and neon-green bundles of sweat-wicking fabric and smelly socks.
  4. You naturally wake up at 5 a.m. I actually forgot to set my alarm last night, but my body just woke up at 4:58. And then I started writing this. Weird.
  5. You have sneakers with you all the time. Since I’m usually running before work, during lunch, and/or after work, I have my sneakers (and running clothes) with me all the time. I haven’t carried a normal-sized purse in weeks… I am bag lady.
  6. Geologist-/meteorologist-like familiarity with the earth. I feel like I know every small, medium, and large hill in DC, and can define its rockiest parts; I know which sidewalks are widest, have the most cracks, and are pressure-washed regularly. I constantly check the weather and will change into short sleeves if it slips from 49 to 50 degrees; I note the time and glory of each sunrise. I just ran nine miles in a downpour and found it “refreshing.”
  7. Thrice-weekly grocery trips. Basically, I am hungry, all the time. A double-decker sandwich, for a snack? Second breakfast? Massive burrito? Ok!
  8. Normal activities become heavenly. After a long run, the smallest things become the biggest luxury. On my last long run, I made sure my route ended at the foot of the 1.5-mile hill leading to my apartment. I took the bus home and felt like a million bucks riding that crummy old wagon up the hill. I got home and drank a glass of tap water which tasted like it came from some untouched natural spring in Sweden or something. Then, I sat down. It was phenomenal.
  9. You think about running all the time. In my opinion, this is the worst part of the crazies. Usually I’m able to shake it, but lately I find myself thinking about running when I’m going to sleep, when I’m on the bus, when I’m talking to friends, and the worst — when I’m running. Yesterday I actually tried really hard to clear my head during my track workout because I kept thinking about the miles I’d have to run over the weekend. Just being present and taking each mile by itself can be challenging, but I’m trying hard to just embrace each moment and not freak out about the billions of footsteps ahead of me. It’s not useful to stress out about running… um, and it is also not sane.
  10. You love it. Everyone thinks you’re crazy (and, let’s face it, they’re sort of right)… but you still enjoy each run in some strange, crazy way.

The end. But, back to #7… FOOD! I am proud of my salad this week:3-_DSC0684I don’t know what got into me but I felt like goin’ fishin’ this week and splurged on some salmon to make my lunches luxurious. First, I baked the salmon with some olive oil, lemon, cherry tomatoes, and some random spinach I had leftover._DSC0684-001Top with carrots, red bell pepper, feta, avocado, and olives! It’s pretty intense with all the richness of the salmon so I just drizzled it with a lot lemon, some white wine vinegar, and a little bit of dijon mustard. The BIG secret to this salad is the greens. I bought an “herb mix” that had DILL in it and lots of other herby lettuces (like arugula). Dill + arugula + salmon = the bomb.

Have a crazy, fishy Friday.

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11 thoughts on “the training crazies + 10% off

  1. Talk to me about this rain running, do you bring music? I use my iPhone for tunes and it would terrify me to bring it outside in the rain, no matter how water proof my armband is. Also what about your Garmin. I know they are water proof and all but are they totally fine in down pours? I woke up this morning and it was a DOWNPOUR for my walk from the apt to my vehicle pre work at 6:45. I was not pleased seeing as I was in work clothes… and sneakers obviously : )

  2. Well. My Garmin and my camera are beasts and can handle the rain! My iPod and iPhone aren’t — so I didn’t take them out this morning and happily ran in silence. If I do have either of those on me though and it starts to rain, I am known to steal people’s plastic newspaper sleeves to wrap them up and keep ’em dry. No problems yet :)

  3. haha. Yes, when I was training for my marathon last year I was always thinking “I am so excited to run ONLY 12 miles”. You’re going to do great on your marathon! and boy oh boy did I eat! and still lost 15 lbs! Wheat thins, homemade granola, gold fish and pretzels were my favorites! Salty carbs:-)

    I love running in the rain when it’s warm outside.

  4. I’m all for rain, just not to run in! I feel like it ups my clumsiness quota by about a bajillion percent, so I tend to admire the peaceful rain from the depths of a treadmill run :)

  5. I’m a new reader and reading this for the first time (thanks for re-posting it!). I’m intrigued by your tactic of getting in miles whenever you can and running multiple times a day. Do you follow a distinct marathon training plan, and if so, do you sometimes break up the daily mileage into multiple runs? Or do you not follow a specific plan? I’m using Hal Higdon’s Intermediate I and I’m way too anal to not run all my daily miles in one shot (i.e. I’ll get up at 4 am if need be to get 20 miles in before I have to be somewhere, etc.). Just curious!

    • Hi! Thanks for reading! Wonderful question that I’ve asked many other runners (and my coach, when I had one). I don’t break up runs unless I absolutely have to. My coach recommended going for all-at-once runs if possible, and only split up a run if it’s necessary, which is basically what I assumed but was always curious about. I’ve only heard that two-a-days/split runs are effective training tools for people planning to run some sort of relay race, where they’ll be stopping and starting after periods of time (like Ragnar). Otherwise, I think that the long break between two runs on the same day decreases the fitness gains you’d reap from just doing it all at once. I sort of think of it like track work — if you get a 3-minute rest between each 800m rep vs a 1-minute rest between each 800m rep at the same pace, then you’re doing an entirely different (less intense) workout.

      On a similar note, one thing I’d like to also look into is running at the same time every day vs. running at different times. Since I tend to run only in the mornings, I get a good 24 hours between workouts. But what about those days when I do a run at night, get a good eight hours of sleep, and then a run the next morning? Does it improve or decrease my fitness level? Do nothing? Anyways, I’m getting carried away…

      • That all makes sense and is kind of what I figured, too. Thanks for confirming! I didn’t even think about the relay training. I’ve run the American Odyssey Relay twice, from Gettysburg to D.C. (same exact concept as Ragnar)… but I always seem to be consistently running enough to feel trained, even with one run per day. But that would definitely be a useful time to do two-a-days.

        I’d be interested to learn about running at different times of the day, too. I always run in the morning as well and avoid running at night/then the following morning at all costs, ha. But if it could help my fitness, I may consider!

        Thanks for the great insight!