Wednesday, March 4, 2009

slow run, decisions, & allergies

Yesterday evening I had 4 miles on the schedule. I got it done, but at a pace even slower than Saturday. I've basically slowed down incrementally for the past three runs. I'm not sure why that is, but I think it might have something to do with swimming on Sunday. I need to take another look at my schedule and figure out where I can double up and still maintain the rest day.

There is a 10K scheduled on April 18th (Sat) that I had tentatively put on my calendar as a "practice" for the 10K in May that I am more seriously training for (would love a PR). The Dash Splash Push event is scheduled for April 19th (Sun). Technically not a conflict since they are on different days, but it's probably not a wise idea to try to do both. And yes, that option is being considered. So now I have a decision to make. Do I do one or the other or both?

The pollen count has been through the rough lately. I think my sniffles/sneezing is allergies and not a cold. To top it off, my skin is a rashy mess ever since using the hot tub on Sunday. Yeah, it's quite attractive. I'm basically allergic to everything and my body is in histamine overload. Part of the wonderfulness of being me, I guess.

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  1. I have a race on the 14th that I really wanted to PR in because I've done it so many years...but it's also a long run day which I probably need more now that I've been out with injury.. oh the trials of balancing the ego and training :)

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  2. If your goal race is the 10k in May, I would do the 10k in April. It will better prepare you physically and mentally than the triathlon will.

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  3. I think I underestimate the effect swimming has on my legs. I also noticed the chlorine exacerbated my own rashy-dry-sensitive skin. Anyway, hope you can figure out your schedule and your allergies settle down a bit.

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  4. Oh - and i should have added that the dash-swim-push thing sounds like loads of fun, and i'm all about fun. hence the dilemma.

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  5. Ohh, that's a hard one. The quest for a PR or a funky, fun tri? It's hard when you know what you should do, but something more fun sounds better. :) Is there another April 10K a week before or after so it would be easier to do both?

    Either one (or two) you choose, you're gonna rock!

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  6. If you can do both, I think you should do both. Do the dash-swim-push for the fun of it. I would! :)

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  7. I would also lean towards doing both, just don't "race" both. But if you are more comfortable sticking to one, you gotta do the Dash Splash Push! Too cool to pass up. :)

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  8. If the 10k race was just practice and you really want to do the DSP, I would just go for that one. But I can't do two things in one weekend. I'm a wimp.

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  9. Go for the fun!!!

    Thats what i would do!!

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  10. You know that I would say do both! I am all about the fun too. You only live once.

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  11. The hot tub giveth and the hot tub taketh away. :o)

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  12. I'd skip the practice 10K on the 18th & just do the Dash Splash Push the next day.

    Maybe the slowing is your body trying to tell you something?

    So sorry to hear about the histamine flareup. Hope it goes away soon!

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  13. I think doing both 10K's is a great idea. Especially doing one as a warm-up and the other as your A-race!

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  14. Poor Chicka!! Allergies and rash sounds terrible but I must say that the talk of pollen is making me real jealous while we're stuck in the middle of a crazy cold winter!!

    "Dress rehearsals" (running-wise!) are always nice, go for it!

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  15. Poor Chicka!! Allergies and rash sounds terrible but I must say that the talk of pollen is making me real jealous while we're stuck in the middle of a crazy cold winter!!

    "Dress rehearsals" (running-wise!) are always nice, go for it!

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  16. And I'm sure that has a LOT to do with slowing down. Allergies bring on fatigue, so I'm sure that is contributing to it. Hope that gets worked out!

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  17. Go crazy and do both. ;o)

    Hope the allergies stop bothering you soon.

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  18. I vote both - and that you make up for any slowness in the run/swim part of the tri, by getting a negative time with the awesome number of modified push ups you're going to do!

    If you have to choose just one, I'd say go with the tri and you can always do a 6.2 training run test race on your own another weekend. The tri just sounds too unique!

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  19. Go for both. Run one for fun and race one for PR. And Dash Splash Push just sounds like a lot of fun.
    The 18th is also my birthday so you got to have fun.

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  20. Hope the allergies clear up for you. If the post hot-tub skin thing gets worse, it might be pseudomonas, a common bacerial infection from hot tubs.

    I think you should go for the fun event, if you can add the 10k as a no pressure training run, all the better.

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  21. It sounds like you might need some rest. I hope that the allergies clear up soon.

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  22. I would lean towards doing both. maybe with one as a race for PR and the other as practice.
    Good luck!

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  23. Swimming can take it out on you!

    Sorry about the sniffles. It seems to be doing the rounds, these days.

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  24. ooo...hot tub mess...allergies. Not a good week!

    I hope everything clears up soon.

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  25. My husband has bad allergies too! His hasn't started yet, but any day now...Hope you are feeling better!

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  26. Ugh, sorry to hear about the allergies! Hope they subside soon.

    Tough choice on the events. If it were up to me, I'd do the tri as I could do a practice 10K on my own. Maybe others have the same dilemma and you could run with them the following weekend or the weekend before?

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