Friday, August 18, 2006

Serratus Wha...?

Thanks for all the suggestions and help. RBF! Whoo!

So, I did nada last night. And it was good. Won't make for the most exciting post, but hey. I did no further damage. Went to bed early, with an ice pack strapped to my chest. Good thing I'm single, huh?

This morning, I can breathe, turn, move. Still some pain in my ... serratus anterior, but nothing like yesterday. (And yes, I diagnosed myself. As usual.)

So, I'll see how I feel tomorrow at 0400 hours, decision time for the 18-mile-run.

I usually consult my friendly neighborhood expert in equivocation (a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth) before my longish runs, and it never fails that she comes up with a way to wrap my head around a long run so that it doesn't totally freak me out.

Today was no different. Here is how a. maria suggests I tackle tomorrow's 18-miler. Enjoy!:


18 miles.

well, there's the obvious breakup of 6, 6, 6... but since thats the number of the devil, i don't suggest it!!

here's what i'm thinking.

18 miles is rough, no matter how you dice it. so, to get a big chunk outta the way, and fast...

6. right outta the gate. a 10k. you've already established this is a good distance for you, and by the time you're done... you're 6 miles in.

then, 5 more miles puts you past half. 11 miles in... thats substantial. you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

so you want your last few mileages to be small.

say.... 4 miles? 3 miles?

so you break it up into 4 sections. 4 manageable sections... none of which have to do with the other...

horrible 5 mile run? SO WHAT!! you're not on that run anymore. now you've got a 4 miler. 4 miles.. 12 minute pace... 48 minutes of running...

please. money.

you start out with a 10k. something a little longer, but... its an 18 mile day, so... you gotta get distance in somewhere. and every next batch is shorter than the first.

and then, next thing you know, you're looking at a half hour of running (+) to finish you out for the day and then YOURE DONE!

bada bing bada boom. 18miler.

Little Miss a. maria never fails to bring it on home.

16 comments:

Flatman said...

Hey...I think all that still adds up to 18. 8)

I'm just sayin'...

Dori said...

Glad you feel better; I was worried about you. I guess RICE works. Are you doing the 18 miles by yourself or with a group? I enjoyed the Born to Run youtube, but liked the Muppets Dancing in the Dark even more. Thanks for giving me yet another way to avoid my responsibilities. :-)

Bolder said...

did AJ suggest runnin' 5 min/miles?

it will get over a lot quicker.

i'm just sayin'...

*jeanne* said...

Sounds like a good plan! Get 'er done.
I did my 16-miler on Sunday. ENJOYABLE. What a freak of nature for me - an ENJOYABLE LSD run!

But I STILL have the 18 & 20-miler to go. UGH.

Maybe I'll see you at MCM? That would be cool! My friend Barbara wants to run it in 4:45. Don't think I can do THAT...but I may start with her, & see how long I can keep up.

Monica C. said...

Oh, I love a.maria's thinking. Let's see ... how can I break up my dreaded SIX mile run this Sunday? Well, I know I can do 4, no problem. So, I'll get the first 4 done, then somehow make it through that next mile and that will get me to 5. Once I'm at 5, no problem, because I can almost always run a mile, and even pick up the pace the last .3 - .5 miles or so. Ya, that's the ticket! A 4 mile run, plus whatever it takes to finish! :) THANKS!

plods said...

*slow clap* that's awesome

WADDLER26.2 said...

I love it! I need someone like that for my long runs. Much easier to tackle than one big chunk.

a.maria said...

lolol.

mmm. yes. expert in equivocation. i can dig it.

:p

21st Century Mom said...

Great strategy - I wish I had thought of that when I was doing long runs. If I ever do them again I know who to turn to.

Glad the rib pain is better.

Donald said...

Wait...didn't everybody vote down the 18-miler last time? That seemed like a clear mandate to me. Obviously you're not listening to the people. D.C. has corrupted you!

Haight said...

I need some of what A.Maria is drinking....TGIF!!!

Running by.... said...

I like it! Good luck on the 18!

Firefly's Running said...

Good luck on the 18 miler.

LBTEPA said...

a.maria is a genius. And you're a legend :)

jeanne said...

Lbtepa: I'm a legend alright! a legend in my own mind.... :)

David said...

So are you seeing the guy doing the serratus stretches? haha