Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Very warm and humid this week, but I am making it. New inhaler seems to be a plus.
Run 1 - 6.25 miles (Hot and Humid but feeling pretty darn good)
Run 2 - 4.10 miles (again, feeling pretty good)
Run 3 - 4.12 miles (Warmish and slowing down)
Run 4 - 13.06 miles LSR (Ugh, see below)
My 13 mile LSR this week was on a very cloudy, warm and humid Sunday morning. The scenery that I had the pleasure running through was enough to at times to make me forget the pain. My legs and lungs were not buying any bit of the pleasure, oh the mind games runners play to push ourselves through.
As I was coming into my last 3 miles or so, I thought to myself "this is so hard, how do they (the real runners) do it?". Having doubts about my abilities and my sanity, I bounced around. "I can't go anymore today , I 'm walking" then I would start running again and give myself a pep talk to keep moving forward. "Just keep moving forward, you got this".
Finally, finished with the run and actively recovering, I didn't feel all that bad. I still had the nagging thought of how difficult that run was. I kept replaying the the run, the hours and day before I started out that morning. What could I have done to make it easier? This is too hard, it should be easier.
Later while researching the LSR I came across several interesting facts and thoughts. There is plenty that I can do to help myself move along more comfortably in this process and I actually do quite a bit of those things already. (Yay Me!) But the big thing that I read that now makes the most sense is that it is suppose to be hard. Yes, it is suppose to be hard.
The main purpose of the long run is to push yourself beyond what you currently know as your outer limits. It prepares your mind and body for the long haul and breaks through your existing limits. It breaks those limits down as it builds you up to a power within you that you never knew existed.
Wow. I am building up to someone here that I never knew I had in me. I can't wait to meet her!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Life is just an endless cycle of busy some times. The past two weeks has been a mix of fun and work and more work. Some vacation time, which was enjoyable and much needed, nothing too exciting but a chance to "not work".
Work is such a dirty word. I am super grateful that I can work and do have a job to go to. On top of that, I really do like my job too. Between work at work, work at home and training for the race, I am cramming! But I am getting it done. (Barely)
My asthma has not let up and the doctor say's to me, "I am not sure what to do with you, I have never treated anyone with asthma that wants to do extraordinary things like you do. This Schuylkill County, nobody does that here." LOL! He is right, but let me be the first to expand your knowledge! Some think Asthma is the perfect excuse not to exercise. Not this girl!
So while not having the best of times, I am doing it!
Week 5 (supposed to be a "step back" week)
Run 1 - 3 miles (flat and easy)
Run 2 - 7.25 miles (on the warm side but manageable)
Bike instead - 21.5 miles (some tough hills)
Week 6 (step back up!)
Run 1 - 3.4 miles (hilly, hazy and humid)
Run 2 - 6 miles (drizzle and very humid, breathing bad)
Run 3 - 4.25 miles (very hilly, this run was the most excellent!)
Run 4 - 10.75 miles (a lesson in management)
The training can be a wonderful thing, you learn a lot about your self. My runs range from barely running, do to breathing, to actually feeling like an Olympic Champion! My run 3 and 4 last week were back to back days, which the lesson is don't do. I ran the 4.25 miles out and back with an elevation gain of 723 ft. I did it in 52 minutes! That was my fastest time ever on the mountain, I felt like a champion! I felt good and I went with it! However, the next day was my long slow run. I went 10.75 miles in 148 minutes, yes it was slow. Towards the end I was feeling the drag and achiness of the tough run the day before. Yes, I know better and should not have done this. Other then a little muscle soreness, I managed it and had a rest day yesterday. Today I run!
On another note: it boggles my mind and spirit how I can run such a tough run and feel so good about it only to have the tracker say that I "walked". Obviously it has no idea what I accomplished in elevation! I still feel awesome about it!
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Wow, has four weeks passed already? The race will be here before I know it! It is true what they told me as a youngster, the older you get the faster times goes. Yikes!
The week went pretty good all in all:
Run #1 - 3 miles
Run #2 - 5 miles (Rainy run again)
Run #3 - 3 miles
Run #4 - 10 miles LSR (Beautiful morning run)
I feel pretty decent during the run but really wish I had a better handle on my breathing. Some days it takes a lot of effort to get my lungs and my legs to get along and not fight.
After seeing the 91 year old female finish the San Diego Marathon, I'm thinking maybe I can do that! A marathon would be quite a stretch for this gal, but it may be possible, eh? I need to think about it some more.
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