Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Consistently inconsistent

I'm in week 8 of my 18 marathon training program and I'm yet to complete a full week of the program because of one thing or another. Well at least I can say I am being consistently inconsistent. Though I hope to be able to finish this weeks training, to the letter *fingers crossed*.

Knee update
Finally succumbed and went to the doctors on Monday. I am now on antibiotics and have a gel dressing on my knee which is to stay on as long as possible, up to 3 days at a time, unless it starts oozing (sorry, can't help myself - had to say it!). I had to change the dressing this morning and it was disgusting, even by my standards! So I hadn't run for 3 days but thought I'd give it a go this morning.

Session - easy run
Distance - 10km
Time taken - 53.44min
Av pace - 5.22min/km
AHR - 146; MHR - 183
Calories - 582

I would like to say that I jumped out of bed this morning, changed into my running gear, raring to run 10km. Reality was though that I finally got out of bed after searching for a reasonable excuse to stay put, spent forever trying to find all my running bits and pieces (memo to self - put out running gear the night before), finished off my coffee (an absolute necessity otherwise I would trip over my own feet due to insufficient caffeine consumption), and finally headed out the door half an hour later. One I got going it wasn't too bad though I was behind Garmin Girl for the first 4 kilometres. However, the pace picked up, I left her behind and I really enjoyed the run. Why does it have to be so hard getting started - you would think I would remember the feel-good feeling I get from running. Getting out of bed shouldn't be such a problem.

I have 4 days off after today - tomorrow is Australia Day (public holiday), I'm taking Friday off, and then there is the weekend. Yay!

16 comments:

RunDave said...

Pictures! we need pictures! Sounds like you didn't clean everything out after it happened. I remember hearing one of the cyclists in "Hell on Wheels" (might have been Erik Zabel) decribing how he cleans up road rash. He would get a scrubbing brush and scrub it back til it was raw and bleeding so that he got everything out and it couldn't get infected.

2P said...

It's that downward spiral thing CJ - I always find it hard to get going after a couple of days off - good to see you beat it though!

Oozing knee MMMmmmm thanks for the visiual - perhaps you could give us the olfactory report as well - on 2nd thoughts...

Yay 4 dfays off - me too :-)

minersrun said...

You know, it never, ever gets easier getting up in the mornings does it?

Hilda said...

There's no luck now you were convicing your body the holidays were over, you go off for three again, lol. Great to know most of you aussie girls will be on holidays this weekend! yupee!!
Still you are doing such a good job with a wondeful pace that who cares about that inconsistent consistensy...

A Girl Running said...

your leg was infected? I hope the antibiotics have you feeling better soon

Cirque said...

I think the scrubbing brush method is a bit extreme! Good on you for getting out there - I think I would have given up and gone back to bed.

Robert Song said...

I thought briefly about putting some photos of my wounds on my blog but thought better of it. In fact I wish one of them was weeping and the huge amount of swelling under it might go away.

After a tempoary stint as a morning runner over the holidays, I am now back to running after work. So I am the wrong person to be giving advice on motivation in the morning.

As for my being able to keep my HR down low when running slow - My training for the last six months has been aimed at achieving that. It has not been easy. I found it took a lot of discipline not to just up the pace to what was "more" comfortable. If you are interested, the strategy I follow is outlined in these articles at
http://www.ffh.us/cn/hadd.htm

Hopefully, in the next 5 months I will be able to build a giant pyramid on the base I've built.

Cliff said...

Keep up the good work. If it is easy, it ain't fun.

Way to pass Garmin Girl :)

Rae said...

You've got to post some pics of the knees!! Enjoy your time off, it sounds heavenly!!

D said...

You're a tough cookie CJ - you'll be back on track in no time. That oozing comment made my knee hurt.

I am a bit envious of your extended weekend! Have a great time!

iliketoast said...

Just dropped in to say Hi and l enjoy reading the famous CJ's running blog. I run with Tesso and she said we would say hello in Canberra for the marathon. I promise to send a photo for Runner Susan too.

KIT said...

I am with Dave... pictures!!! Nothing like a bit of gore :-)

Great minds think alike... I took friday off to and I am off for a massage :-) I can't wait.

I hope your knee clears up soon. I am with you it is so hard to get going straight from bed... I usually feel asleep for the first few kms!

Ewen said...

Still oozing?! Is there anything left to ooze? Glad you're not running at PH... I faint at the sight of ooze!

Black Knight said...

4 days off, lucky woman. Take care because the antibiotics get you weaker but you already know this...

Susan said...

YAY for oozing knees. YAY for public holidays!!!

I've got my fingers crossed for you!

BuckeyeRunner said...

I was at work today, and happened to glance at the calendar on my cork board, and whaddya know? Australia Day was listed for today! So happy Aussie Day to you, CJ!!

BTW, nice job on the 10K!!