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"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

Friday, 22 February 2013

Meeting my coach and my gastric mucosa

I finally made a trip to Odense to meet coach Ole. I guess I had seen him before at a couple races, but I didn't actually remember what he looked like. Anyway, we spent a little over 2 hours working on running technique (by a trash can). We actually spent about in hour in a gym where I worked on things like falling and tramping like a horse. You tell me which looks better:
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I haven't found it as hard as I thought to work the new technique into my runs.

 5k Prediction contest, anyone?
So on Tuesday I ran 4x 1.5km repeats outside (-4 C, very windy)
5.44
5.39
5.41
5.47 (strong headwind here)

 So let's just say (hypothetically) I felt like running a 5k... what time would these predict?

Gastric mucosa

In all of my hypochondriacism, I got myself an appointment to get an EGD (upper GI scope) and OH MY GOD it was terrible. I mean, the result was normal. But the experience was - I can't believe I'm saying this - but that same sort of panic feeling as giving birth. I actually started wrestling with the doc trying to get him to take the garden hose out of my throat. I swear it lasted an eternity, but they would probably say it lasted 5 minutes. I have a hiatal hernia. I knew that. But otherwise it looked normal and I can go on NOT taking my PPI meds. So that is great!

4 comments:

Marathon Mom said...

I'm with you on the EGD, I made them give me extra fent and versed! I've had 2, at least the 2nd wasn't as bad since I pretty was out for the first! Isn't it true that those working in healthcare make the worst patients?

Good news on the results.

DDitlev said...

The bottom one!

Impressive progress .. BUT I still see active landings at this point ;)

Katie said...

It's hard to predict race times when workouts are run in tough conditions...if I had to guess, I'd say 19:00-19:15 for a 5k, but I'm basing that only my own personal experience, so it doesnt mean much. If you were actually doing 5k training I'm sure you could run faster...

Glad your medical stuff wound up being ok. Sounds pretty awful though.

PiccolaPineCone said...

how much rest between the intervals?
Anyway sounds like a 19:05-19:10 to me.
If you go in rested!