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Entering the land of crazy

Posted by Staff  April 5, 2013 09:43 AM

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100scroth.jpg Katie Schroth is one of six Boston Marathon entrants testing Polar personal training gear and blogging about it for Boston.com
While last weekís taper brought feelings of satisfaction, having completed the hardest parts of this training cycle, this week of tapering has brought the full-on crazy. Right on schedule. After last week went so well, I had secretly hoped that maybe, just maybe, I might be able to avoid some of that, but alas the crazy has found me and taken hold.

Some time around last Saturday, my right hip started to bother me. It doesnít bother me much when I run, but it hurts when I sit or lay down, which means that it bothers me when Iím trying to sleep. I took off Sunday and Monday from running, and it might feel a bit better now, but honestly, Iím not sure. During my Tuesday and Wednesday easy runs my hip didnít bother me, but again it generally hurts when Iím sitting or trying to sleep.

Having my sleep interrupted two weeks prior to a marathon is probably enough to drive me mad, but Iíve also realized that it takes my body some time to adjust to burning less calories. During an 80 mile week, I eat a lot. Most of this training cycle has been spent in the 70-80 mile a week range.

Now that Iím only running 50 miles, I donít need to eat as much, but Iím accustomed to eating more, and I didnít do a good job of adjusting how many calories Iím consuming. My general rule of thumb is to eat when Iím hungry, but I think it took my body a few days to realize it was burning less calories.

I also consume more salt when I run too (because I sweat...a lot), but I didnít think to adjust my salt intake. Too much food and salt has resulted in a bad case of bloating. So on top of my hip bothering me, my pants feel tight. Grrrr.

Iím not generally a weight worrier. Iíve been the same weight since high school, and I fall into a good healthy range. Having my pants feel tight, however, drives me bonkers. Iím trying to adjust the salt, pay better attention to when I feel full versus hungry, and I know some of this is merely the tapering. But right now Iím definitely feeling a little like the Mad Hatter.

I havenít even gotten to the point where Iím obsessing over the weather, what Iím going to wear, if I should run with my hydration belt, or how hard it will be to actually run my goal time. Iím saving that for next week.

I mentioned last week that I would try to do some research on workout heart rate versus race heart rate. Basically I was wondering if having your heart rate in workouts lower than in a race was normal. I didnít wind up having time to look it up, but a good runner friend of mine, who also happens to have some great running smarts and blogs over at Running and Living, gave me an answer.

Apparently itís fairly normal to have higher heart rates on race day due to adrenaline. She also pointed out that I do most of my hard runs on the treadmill, and some people have noticed that it can be harder to get your heart rate as high as it should be on the treadmill. There is no wind resistance on a treadmill, which makes running on one easier, but thatís not the only difference between a treadmill and the road. I recently found this great article that discusses the differences between road running and treadmill running. In the past, Iíve been a bit injury prone, and Iíve found that if I do most of my hard workouts on a treadmill then I can avoid becoming injured.

For me, I think it has something to do with the length of my stride. On a treadmill, youíre forced to have a smaller stride. On the roads, I have a tendency to overstride. Of course, if I only run hard on the treadmill, then it can be difficult to determine how my training is really going, which is why the subject is interesting to me. I also like to compare what I can do on the treadmill versus what I can do on the road during a race. My treadmill times are slightly faster than my race times (even when I run with a 1% incline), so I take that into account when Iím trying to determine my goal pace.

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