February 4th, 2007
|06:03 pm - Does It Have Anything to Do with Alberto Salazar or the New York Marathon?|
Today, I ran farther than I have ever run before. A whopping THREE MILES.
It was the first weekend run for the AIDS Marathon Training Program. Time to meet my fellow runners and be put into a pace group. I made nice with a cute redhead because that is my wont; we'll call her Aeon Flux. She was just as intimidated as I was about running a marathon, so I was glad it wasn't just me.
When we were told to segregate into hypothetical pace groups, I guessed 15:00 (per mile), and since Aeon didn't really know how to guess, I told her to stick with me. Standing and waiting, we became acquainted with a guy we'll call Odin, who had accidentally locked his keys in his car. See, I do okay in situations where A) everyone knows each other or B) no one knows each other. It's when you get into situations where C) everyone knows each other but me that we get into trouble.
After some introductions and motivation, we divided into groups. Since Aeon and I pretended to know what we were doing and Odin had no idea, he stuck with us. In this first run, we were supposed to run at our own pace. Odin and I quickly left Aeon behind, and I found that I was somehow able to go farther than ever before without resorting to walking. I realized that my "training pace" had been two or three times too fast; I didn't know we were allowed to train at what amounted to a light jog! After my calves began to burn (and Odin left me behind), I gave myself permission to walk, and walking is evil, because you start using different muscles, which means the muscles you were using now have permission to cry out in pain.
Not long after I made the turnaround, I saw that Aeon was not far behind; I had looked back several times during the run and not seen her. I was running when we passed each other, and she remarked in awe that I was still running; I assured her that there had been walking involved as well. I switched to walking soon after, but then Aeon came up running behind me, so we began to run together because A) if we finished together, we would end up in the same pace group, which would be good and B) I couldn't let her pass me after being behind me for the entire first half! I think I ran the entire last mile, despite my feet hurting like hell and slowly becoming numb. Aeon said I was doing really well for someone whose feet were hurting so much. I told her I was an "ignore the pain" sort of guy. That or "redirect the pain."
Coaches were waiting for us at the finish line to give us our time. When one of the coaches calculated our pace group, she first asked, "Are you together?" It took us both a few seconds to realize she meant together, which was amusing. We cheerfully said no. I wasn't sure what that had to do with anything, really, since we had the same time, so we would have to be in the same pace group regardless, right?
We were put in the Joan Benoit Samuelson group, which trained at 13:00 per mile. I remarked that that was two minutes faster than I had guessed, and the coach noted that it was a minute slower than what I'd done; we'd clocked in at 12:00 per mile. This meant we got to run three minutes and then walk one minute. Odin had finished a little before us and ended up in the 13:30 group.
We stood around and recovered. Aeon let me have a swig of water, which was nice. Initially, I thought Joan Benoit Samuelson was the name of our instructor or something, but as I looked at the groups, I saw Jeff Galloway's name on the list, and then I remembered that the groups are named after famous marathon runners. And I saw Alberto Salazar on the list! Ha! I tried to explain to Odin and Aeon why it was awesome, but neither had seen Sports Night. Woe!
We signed up for our group, which included Aunt May, who had run a marathon before; Liu Kang, who had trained for a marathon before but had injured himself before the race; and Ororo, who totally endeared herself to me by, after we appointed her group secretary, telling us to call her "girl Friday."
After we got a talk from the coach, Aeon went to her mom to call AAA on Odin's behalf, and I asked Ororo to take a picture of me running to put on my donor page and on a flier at work. She thought it was a good idea, so I took some of her too. Aeon and Odin were back, so I asked if they wanted pictures too.
Ororo said, "Oh, but you guys all know each other, right?"
We laughed. "No," I said, "we just met today."
I think I'm going to like training in a group like this. You get a lot of support, and it provides a lot of motivation.
You know what else provides a lot of motivation?
Seriously, every time I run, and it hurts, and I think I can't do it, I want to quit. I just want to give up. It seems impossible. But so many of you have sponsored me! So many of you believe in me. My required goal is $1,800, but I think I can easily make it an even $2,000. I know a lot of people on my flist hate Rob Thomas and think he's a total douche or whatever, but he donated $250. I was floored. When you get support like that, you know you can't let people down; you are going to run that marathon, dammit. But to be honest, I would rather have all of you donate as little as $5 than have some of you donate $25. Not that I'm not appreciative of substantial donations, but I'm not not appreciative of small donations! I want to see a whole shitload of names on my donor page. I want to see all these people who have got my back. Because I got new shoes so my feet won't hurt, but that won't stop the rest of me from hurting, and I need you guys to keep me going. And to keep the San Francisco AIDS Foundation going. You guys are the ones who are really helping people. I'm just doing the legwork. Literally.
As a collective, we AIDS Marathon Training Program runners are attempting to raise $1,000,000 for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and I want as many of you to be a part of that awesome goal as possible.
Current Mood: grateful
Current Music: (hed) pe - Blackout
|Date:||February 5th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)|| |
Aww, I'm glad trainning went well today. I was thinking of you today and wodering how it was going to go.
I have faith that you can do this, and most likely the trainning will be much much worse than the run itself. Maybe that is thought best left to after. The trainning will be awsome!
Sorry, I can't donate, but I'll keep you in my thoughts.
Ha. The training will be AWESOME! Absolutely! Bread and roses, the whole way through!!
I know you can't donate, but I appreciate the moral support!
That sounds so fun. I wish running weren't my sworn enemy. Maybe when I get back into semi-decent shape, I'll sign up for a short marathon that has training sessions like that. Whenever I hear stories like yours, I'm like, man, I wish I had some sort of physical skill -- it's the best way for adults to meet one another.
Yeah, seriously, if only there were any hot Indian chicks around, I'd be set. But it's a pretty cool way to meet people, for sure. Because you're all there for a common goal, but it's not like you all really have anything in common besides that. So you get all sorts.
Hee, I love your donor page. And if I had any clue how to handle PayPal/had my own credit card, I would totally chip in a bit.
Well, if you're, like, really really enterprising, you can mail a check, but it's probably not necessary for my sake.
Congrats on the 13 minute miles and that's very cool that RT sponsored you for the race. You should hit up Michael since I'm sure he'd sponsor you as well. Did you ask Laura about posting on ROL?
I've told Michael, but I don't think he's donated anything yet. It takes days for them to update the site, though.
I don't know why I'd post on ROL.
That's awesome of Rob Thomas!
But you are awesomer because you are doing this! There should be like a 'Team P-C' icon or something.
As for the new shoes thing, make sure to break them in before you start running in them or you will get mad blisters, which I can personally say suck hardcore.
Re: It's a vicious circle. Just keeps going around and around...
You comment as often as you want, Melanie. That icon is hot.
|Date:||February 5th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)|| |
Yay, sounds so fun!
I know I'm way behind the rest of the world in saying so, but I am seriously impressed that you're doing this. Running for the bus is about my limit. You're way cool.
know a lot of people on my flist hate Rob Thomas and think he's a total douche or whatever, but he donated $250.
Whoa! Sweet Jesus (now with less sodium).
I know! I mean, I figure he's a bigshot television guy, so he'll probably be generous, but I'm not sure I expected that much. (Realistically, at least. Fantastically, I'd be all, "Whoa, three thousand dollars!")
And the CEO of my company is an avid runner. He's a CEO! So he should donate ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Right? Right.
I think you are a spectacular human being.
Run Sunil Run!
I'm glad that you're pumped, motivated and excited. Cherish that feeling, because it'll keep you going when the urge to quit starts to flicker in your head. Keep the updates coming, because reading your updates makes me proud to be your friend.
Aww. You guys. I'm just doing a thing.
|Date:||February 5th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)|| |
You are totally going to do this thing. I'm very impressed.
I'm not that great! *sniff*
No fair saying that because I just said that to Kristin a couple days ago, and she's way cooler with the teaching and the whatnot.
|Date:||February 5th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)|| |
Yay, 3 miles is a feat, especially if you're a n3wb. I kidddddd!Really, not many people can run 1 let alone 3.
Anyway, from one runner to another, I thought I'd give some advice about long distance running so you don't kill yourself:
1. Make sure your shoes are nice and good, meaning they shouldn't be your regular walking shoes, and shouldn't be older than 6 months.
2. The obvious: Stretch and warm up, drink water! The last thing you want is to get muscle cramps or shin splints because you didn't start out correctly.Staying hydrated is of course important, but don't drink too much,or too fast. Also, I find drink lukewarm water is better than drinking cold water, especially if it's right before a run. I also wouldn't eat too much before a run or a race either, it's not... pleasant.
3. Wear proper clothing. I'm not sure if you're running in shorts and t-shirts,but even if you're relatively warm, you should still wear sweats so your muscles warm up. Then you can take them off after. If your muscles are cold and hard ("That's what she said! - teehee!)and you start running, you'll probably get sore pretty soon, so let your muscles relax.
5.After a long run (depending on what you think is long) if you still have sore muscles, try an ice bath. That's exactly what it sounds like, ice in a bath. So fill your tub halfway with water, and then take ice and throw it in, then submerge yourself slowly. Stay in for 2 minutes or so and get out,stretch a little, then climb back in. Do this until your muscles start loosening up. Another thing you can do is buy one of those weird massage rolly things that have little bumps on them, then rolling them on your calves and thighs.
Whoa, didn't mean for that to get so long, sorry!
Our of curiosity, what music are you listening to while you run? I know you've got great taste, so maybe provide us readers some running music?
Really, not many people can run 1 let alone 3.
Well, I wasn't running the whole time!Make sure your shoes are nice and good, meaning they shouldn't be your regular walking shoes, and shouldn't be older than 6 months.
I just bought these babies
.Also, I find drink lukewarm water is better than drinking cold water, especially if it's right before a run.
Really? Hm. I like cold water!I'm not sure if you're running in shorts and t-shirts
Right now, I've got a polyester shirt (provided by the training program) that works well. Don't have an actual pair of running shorts right now.4.
What happened to 4?! WHAT IF THAT IS THE CRITICAL PIECE OF ADVICE I NEED TO PREVENT INJURY????if you still have sore muscles, try an ice bath.
You're the third person to recommend an ice bath! I am afraid of this thing now. And I don't have that much ice.Our of curiosity, what music are you listening to while you run?
Heh. We're not supposed to listen to music during our weekend group runs because we're getting instructions from coaches along the way and whatnot, but on my maintenance runs during the week, I take Pipsqueak. And, really, I don't have any special running music in there right now. Just my 271 favorite songs. A casual glance notes an abundance of Snow Patrol, Incubus, Eisley, Interpol, Dresden Dolls, M.I.A., Nine Inch Nails, System of a Down, Ladytron, and Rilo Kiley. It's not all suited for running, but that's what the skip button is for.
Out of curiosity, who are you? Hee.
Congrats! I wish I liked running and could better do it. I'm so impressed by people who can just do it. I try and try and fail. Sigh. But anyhow, it's a great cause and it makes me want to do something similar. But you know, not running related. Fun that you met some nice people and are enjoying yourself.
Maybe there's, like, Skate for Scoliosis or something?
My knees hurt a lot when I run, and my calves used to get really sore with shin splints, but I've discovered two things: if I run longer distances, like two miles, my knees only hurt for the first few minutes; and swimming afterwards makes my legs pretty much pain free. It doesn't sound like it would be convenient for you to swim after, but you should try stretching before and after. Which I'm sure is totally revolutionary advice.
I'm glad the training went well, having people around during long term workouts is key. Does that make any sense? I hope so. Anyway, good for you for doing this!
|Date:||February 5th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)|| |
Sports Night references for the win. Congrats on your 3 miles! Out of curiousity, do you increase the number of miles next week or how does that work from week to week? Sounds like you had a good time and that definitely helps keep you motivated!
Yep, we increase a mile every week until we get to the longer runs, when we alternate long and short runs to give us recovery time. The little dude on my donor page will show you how long our runs are getting.
|Date:||February 5th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)|| |
1. Your shoes/feet should not be hurting like that. You should seriously head back to the store and talk to them; maybe the shoes are just too small.
2. You may want to try fancy socks too.
3. Get some proper clothes, sheesh. I hate how much workout clothes costs, but they'll make a huge difference, especially on the long runs. You can try places like Target for shorter run gear, but for your longer runs you'll want the good stuff. Chafing hurts. Wet clothes suck.
1. Yeah, I hope this new pair does not do that.
2. Yeah, I may look into those.
3. I will, eventually! I'm a bit overwhelmed right now, dammit!
|Date:||February 5th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)|| |
I haven't posted in over a year and I just started lurking again. What you are doing is awesome. It is great for the AIDS Foundation, but it sounds like it is working out to be a great thing for you, as well. Good luck. I look forward to reading about your progress.
Hi!!! It's been a long time. Good to see you around! You should hook up with jenelope
!! They're apparently very lonely without me.
Hey, what an appropriate icon.
Yay for training! I'll start this week.
Wow, that's awesome of RT. I wish I had your success with donations!
I wish you did too! You have time, though.
Good luck starting training!
A MARATHON, Erin! I'm totally nuts.
Very cool about Rob supporting your run! :D
Also, I'm spiffing up my icon page after looking through yours!
I think it's so awesome that you're doing this. I wish I could donate more than I can, but the whole buying a house thing has me so money-worried. I will totally donate though, because it's a thing worth supporting.
Don't feel pressured to donate more. Do what you can. That's what I'm doing. Although most of the time I feel like this is something I can't do. I appreciate your support, monetary and otherwise.