Monday, March 30, 2009
will plan to get over to the pool for some longer swims later in the week to keep up the endurance work.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
well, i decided very early on that today's run would be a dress rehersal 42.2k run. i treated it like it was a race.. i went at the fastest pace that i felt i could sustain for 42.2k and my estimate turned out to be bang on. this was my first 42k run in 9 weeks and my health and fitness levels appear to have declined since then, but i decided to go at a slightly faster pace, given my restful week.
the run went very well. i slowed down a bit in the 3rd quarter but felt re-energized after 2 bottles of boost at the 29k mark, and i actually ran the 4th quarter as strong as the first two! i finished up at 4.19.08, with quarter split times of 62, 64, 69, and 64 minutes. this was 14 minutes faster than my run 9 weeks ago, a run i did when i was 6 pounds lighter.
most importantly, i felt great all the way thru and continued to feel great into my afternoon recovery. i have no doubt in my mind that i could go out there again in 48 hours and run another one at the same time.. (which is exactly what i will be doing next month in official races!)
adjusting to life after testosterone has certainly been challenging, as i have lost energy and gained weight. but after a series of med dosage changes, and the surgery, things have finally stabled off and i can start to get a sense of normalcy, which will allow me to start benchmarking and setting goals.. i have no doubt that i will lose off the weight this spring that i gained over the fall and winter; and no doubt that i will be running at a level that could be considered female equivalent to where i was last summer. the ultimate benchmark is the BQ time, and it is going to be a goal of mine to run at least one marathon this year in 3.45.59 or better.
after what has been a steady decline in fitness for 6 months due to surgery and hormone treatments, things appear to be finally looking up!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
i ran again later in the day to feed the duckies and to get over to the pool, giving me 11.1k run and 2k in the pool today. felt very good throughout the day. this rest week (only 38.3k of running) has certainly proved to be helpful as the knees are feeling MUCH better than they were last week. it's gonna be three more easy weeks (probably in the 50k range) combined with what i hope to be an increase of swimming.
traditional marathon training programs call for a rather aggressive long run 3 weeks before race day, so i may go out and give it a good go tomorrow. probably a semi long run that will be supplemented with a long swim.
Friday, March 27, 2009
i am going to plan to race in a 5k event this saturday so that should be an interesting test to see where i am at in terms of speed capabilities..
friday will likely be a rest day too. with perhaps 1-2k of running.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
gonna be a hectic couple of days as i clue up some things at work and do some last-minute networking. the more people that know i am looking for work, the better. i applied to 15 Government of Ontario jobs today, and will be applying to many more tomorrow in Ontario and BC. I wish there were more jobs here in NL to apply to. Oh well....
rough day overall, including a job interview that didn't go very well. the spotlight continued to shine on me in the evening as i delivered a presentation to the Dept of Justice, who are conducting a review of the Human Rights Code. i gave a spirited presentation that on the concept of adding 'gender identity' and 'gender expression' to the code under ground of discrimination. i gave a series of real-life practical examples of discrimination i face on a regular basis from both individuals and society as a whole. i also took the opportunity to network and let people know that i am being let go by my employer and am hence looking for work. the media took note of everything i had to say and i could be given the opportunity to speak with them further to tell my story.. definitely something that will have pros and cons..
another mega snow storm is apparently on the way in st. john's so i am not sure what sort of running i will get in on wednesday. i haven't been over to the pool since sunday so i am hopeful to have a nice long swim.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
hard to belive i will be running the Charlottesville Marathon in 27 days and Boston in 29 days. the focus now will be on rest and recovery as well as some fine tuning speed drills. there will also be an emphasis on swimming to ensure that i continue to get good endurance work outs.
Friday, March 20, 2009
...great report from the family doc today. tests reveal that i have practically no testosterone in my body. i'm actually in the lower quarter of the female range. my estrogen levels are also consistent with female norms.. she also took note of the progress regarding other bodily feminization in terms of weight redistribution, muscle tone change, and breast development.. overall, things are progressing nicely and i am generally in great health (other than the sore knees, of course.. lol)
other major news of interest, the Boston Athletic Association has changed their mind and has agreed to let me run in the female category. this is great news, as i will never have to run as a male ever again.. i will now happily abandon my 3 gender categories world record registration..
on that note, i have been seeded 7587 for the Boston Marathon. Not bad considering there are over 27500 runners!
2 nights of low sleep left me with minimal energy levels, but the drive was still there and i went for a slow 3k run and 1.15k swim. i think it is very important that i keep myself busy and do little things to make myself feel good and feel a sense of accomplishment each and every day.
Friday will feature a couple of long run segments as i have a doctor appt and a laser appt. so i will be looking at 30-40k! good thing to get the long run in as there is a massive snow storm in the works for saturday so this city may be unrunnable all weekend until they get the snow ploughed.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
oh well, it's a good thing i like challenges and a good thing i am used to change. just another issue to add to my already stacked plate.
it's actually been a good week so far in terms of running and swimming. short runs and swims on tues and wed and the energy levels have been feeling good. 2.75 and 2.5k in the pool the past 2 days and 7.8 and 6.0k running respectively.
this work situation is going to add both pros and cons to my training regime. i will likely have more day time to run and swim; yet i will have to consider my financial situation with regards to travel plans and race registrations. in the coming weeks, i may have to make some tough decisions to cancel certain travel plans.
Monday, March 16, 2009
well, it started with me barely able to walk, but after a 1k walk, i was actually able to start a jog.. got myself over to the pool quite comfortably and then got off to a good start, but quickly faded.. 50 minutes to cover 2.25k and that was it for me. a slow walk over for a slice of pizza and a visit with the duckies had me feeling good, although slightly disappointed, about my morning.
after a 3 hour break at home, i was back out there for a run. went down to quidi vidi lake and did a lap, the took the long way home to stop off at the mall to grab a few things. then it was one more trip to the pond where the duckies seemed extra excited to see me. guess not too many other folks ventured out into the -10 cold day to feed them. i actually had the duckies walking out to the middle of the frozen pond to follow me and my bread.. it's so fun to get them running after me.
well, that's 77.8k running and 5.35k swimming within a 53 hour time period.. quite the confidence builder for me after a very sluggish week. i'm feeling much better than i did a few days ago about my chances of doing well next month in charlottesville, boston, and waterloo. it's going to be quite the trip, that's for sure!
well, as many of you know, there was a helecopter crash last week here just off the coast of south eastern Newfoundland. they recovered 9 bodies this morning from the sunk helecopter wreck.. a funeral was held today for the first victim that was found the day of the crash.. such a sad story.. a 26 yr old woman who had just recently bought a house. this province is going to be emotionally hurting for quite a while over this..
well, i think it is going to be a couple of low mileage days for me this week, then leading into another triple header weekend, where i will go out long as hard as i can. then i will tone things down into taper mode for the next 4 weeks after that.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
after a brief rest, i made the slow long uphill walk back home, and then took a nice long relaxing bubble bath. i am completely exhausted but it's one of those positive exhaustion feelings you get after a great work out. what a sense of accomplishment... after struggling to get over to the pool yesterday, and after balling my eyes out in the change room after the swim due to disappointment, it's hard to believe i would venture out for 57k more of running in the next 27 hours! that's 59.8k in two days, plus the 3.1k swim. not bad for a weekend.
the knees actually feel pretty good. if it wasn't for the exhaustion, i would have run more. but then again, it's probably a good thing as i will likely recover enough to have another mega endurance day tomorrow (st paddy's day is a stat holiday here in Newfoundland for Government employees). i'm thinking about a 3-4 hour swim tomorrow morning, and then a bit of running.
ahhh, time for a nap!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
once in the pool, i took it extra easy, knowing that it appeared to be another low-energy day.. the swim went well considering all factors. i went for 65 minutes, covering 3.1k. a far cry from the 5k i wanted but still a fairly decent swim.. again, i found myself balling my eyes out in the change room afterwards.. the run home wasn't much to write home about either..
after a 2 hour break, i was so angry that i decided to bolt out for a long run even if it killed me. i went at a gentle pace and planned several stops at the ponds to visit friends that could cheer me up.. the run actually went well, and i seemed to get stronger as the afternoon went on. i did my usual jaunt down to quidi vidi lake and around the 5k road around the lake. at this point, i seemed to gain strength (although battling sore knees) so i decided to take a lap around the 3.8k trail, then took the trail back up thru the city towards my home. but that wasn't enough. i did a lap around kent's pond to close the day.. giving me a very respectable 27k running on the day.
ending the week with a relatively high 97.6k; bringing my annual total to 898.7k, the equivalant of running across newfoundland..
another 10k of running today. the right knee got tweaked a bit when i ran hard to catch a stoplight when i wasn't properly warmed up. but i don't think the injury will keep me down. in fact, as i type this on the morning of the 14th, i feel it is fine for me to resume my regularly-scheduled weekend work out activities.
had a nice carb-loading dinner last night and it appears i am up another 2 pounds this week, so i am gonna have to get out there and burn it off.. lol
Thursday, March 12, 2009
took in day one of a first aid training course today. a good skillset to gain both for myself as a runner, and for others.. 10k of running today to and from the training centre. felt pretty good today, although the general lack of energy continues to make it more of a challenge.
can't decide whether or not to fork out big bucks to buy neil young tickets. i used to go to so may concerts, buy haven't been to very many since moving to Newfoundland.. this got me thinking back to all the fun times i had in years passed with my old friends in the USA. i haven't seen them all for so long.. it's sad to know that most of my closest friends are so far away..
well, there will likely be another 10k tomorrow, and maybe a swim if i feel up to it (i've been cutting back my evening swims this week in favour of rests, which isn't ideal, but seems to be a neceessity.. not really sure what i will do for the long weekend ahead. i'd love to try a saturday-monday double marathon as a dress rehersal for april, but i may end up resting some more..
a very sad and somber day here in newfoundland as a major helecopter crashed 60k off shore into the ocean while en route to an oil rig. 16 locals are missing and feared dead..
very tough day overall for me with tons of emotions and crying sessions.. hoping tomorrow will be better both emotionally, and physically..
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
i am going to seriously rest up the next few days in preparation for a dress rehersal saturday/monday double marathon training run. this is really going to give me an idea of my readiness for the task at hand next month.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
on another note, i want to publicly congradulate fellow lady Newfoundland runner, Kate Vaughan on a great showing this weekend as she represented Canada as part of Athletics Canada's Track team that competed in Florida this weekend. Kate ran 6k in a very respectable time of 22.01. way faster than i have ever done! great run Kate!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
9k of running and 4.4k of swimming in what was a rather strange day.. no idea what's in store for tomorrow.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
will hope to log 10-15 k tomorrow on the road and get over for a 3k swim, and then go nuts on the weekend!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
i think i'm starting to like this 2-3 days in a row mid week of low km.. might have to make this part of my weekly routine going forward..
i also got in a 2k run on my lunch hour, after getting a routine blood test done at the hospital.
Monday, March 2, 2009
yesterday's mega swim took a lot out of me. arms are quite sore. but it was worth it. what a great swim it was.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
the day got off to a sluggish start as i could barely make the 4k over to the pool. and the swim didn't start much better, but i gained strength as i went on.. those morning caffeine pills finally hit.. lol i ended up swimming the duration of the session - covering 5.2k in 104 minutes.
after a run home and some lunch, i was back out there again.. the swim was slow and steady and went well right up to the end when my arms really started to hurt. 3.8k giving me a total of 9k in the pool on the day in exactly 3 hours of swimming; my 6th highest daily total for swimming ever! ...and throw in a net of 15k running on the day, and that completes a great weekend. i think the weight is gonna drop like the stock market.. lol
after a short break, it was off on a run to middle cove beach. the run up there (9.4k) went fairly well. energy stores were low but i managed to struggle thru it and get to the beach in 56.30. i hit the brink of total exhaustion upon arrival though and could barely enjoy my time at the beach.
after 40 minutes, i decided to give it a go to return home but 2k into the run, i was down to a slow walk. after walking 3k, i hit a store and grabbed some chocolate milk and chocolate bars. this gave me a little energy and i was able to run in a few more k.
after a nice warm bath and a bite to eat, i took a light jog over to the pond to feed the duckies, and then it was out for a dinner with someone special.. we had a good time, even though my knees were sore and i was exhausted.. lol
35.8k of running, which brought my weekly total to a respectable 83.7k, and my month to 353.1k. i also clocked in 821 minutes in the pool this month for 37.6 km
the biggest shock is that i somehow managed to gain 10 pounds! clearly in part due to the hormones having a greater affect, and my poor selection of food (way too much chocolate and ice cream).
now comes the task of trying to drop weight in march while running less. it's gonna be more pool time for sure. after getting down to 165 pounds last summer, i am now back up to 195! and this is will clearly make running tougher on the knees, and the system as a whole.
well, i've definitely got my work cut out for myself..