Sunday, April 11, 2010
OKAY! So I just ran my very first full marathon and finished!!! I am so hyper and excited right now. Not only did I run 26.2, I ran it in Paris France!! So this is short and sweet because we are all about to go out and celebrate with fromage, baguettes, and vin!! YAY!!
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
So this Sunday I will be participating in my very first full marathon. What is even cooler about this, is the fact that I will be doing it in Paris France with Team in Training. I'm just a bundle of emotions right now! So excited, very very nervous, somewhat anxious, and you can forget about me getting any sleep these next 4 days. My training didn't go the best, but as my running coach (provided through TNT) said, no one ever has a perfect training schedule. So that put my mind at ease a little bit. (only a little haha) I guess I'm mostly worried about the time factor. I was hoping my speed would increase even a little through this training, but in fact, I think I've gotten slower. A 10 min mile was once a comfortable pace, now it's to 11, 12, and even a 13 now and then. The marathon has a strict 5 hour 40 minute cutoff and from what I can tell and researched, there are no corals, or wave starts. (I really hope I am wrong about that one) So I will be in the back of the pack of 40,000 runners already struggling with time. So anyways, I just wanted to share that with all of you. I will be MIA for a couple weeks but I plan on posted a blog on the race when I get back. Hopefully it will be a blog on how I kicked ass! lol
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Yesterday was St. Patty's day and I did not track my food. Ha ha. With good reason. But alas, I woke up yesterday 1 pound lighter and have been pretty good about my food for the past week, one day isn't going to hurt. So my husband (who is named Patrick coincidently) made a nice traditional Irish dinner, corned beef with cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. I have to admit, I don't think I ever really ate cabbage before, this was a first. And it was sooo good! I loved it, raw and cooked. Definitely going to be adding that to our meals more.
Anyways, I had some chardonnay with green food coloring in it, he he, looked very festive! I may have overindulged because today I woke up after a bad night's sleep with a fuzzy head. Oops.
So today, I am trying to make up for some lost ground. I wanted to do a run this morning but decided due to the fuzziness surrounding my brain, I will put it off til later. I don't normally like running at night, I have to be extremely careful about what I eat all day. But it is "Do or Die" time now, so even if I have to run on the treadmill (which I'm terrified of) I will do this.
I'm feeling pretty good today other than my knee is still kinda bothering me. I got an email from my running coach the other day. He said he keeps getting questions from people on our team about being injured. He said, that we are putting our body through a lot right now and it's not uncommon to feel aches and pains where you normally wouldn't, so just keep on trucking. It made me feel a bit better, I would hate to injure myself at this point in the training.
So today, I am drinking lots and lots of water, maybe taking a short nap and then off to run these 15 miles I have been putting off for too long. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I have been experiencing an insomnia spell as of late. See, I have been trying to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like around 10 or 11 (opposed to the 1am or 2am on my current routine) That way I can wake up, bright and early, before the sunrise to get in my daily run. I know this is going to be more crucial as the year progresses and the days get hotter here in SW Florida.
But anyways, as I was saying, I'm having a really hard time sleeping as of late and I think it has to do with the fact that I am incredibly frustrated with myself right now, and I'm not quite sure what to do about.
Right now I don't have a job. But that's not the reason why I am stressed. My husband makes enough to be able to support the two of us. The only thing that I have to worry about is training for this marathon in Paris on April 11th and raising the rest of the money that I committed to raising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (as I am doing this marathon through them) And since that is all that is on my plate right now, why am I horribly failing at it?
I can't seem to commit to waking up on time to run, so I end up putting it off another day. Then another, and you can see where the cycle progresses. My fundraising, I still have $2525 dollars to raise to reach my minimum commitment. That means I have to raise $100 dollars a day until my race.
I don't know what to do. I am stressing out big time. I fear that I won't be in the right shape to run in the marathon due to my lackluster training. AND on top of that, I will have to front over 2000 dollars of my own money to travel to Europe and fail! AHHHH! I can't seem to stay organized or focused long enough to figure out what to do. And every time I try to take a step back to relax, I only end up freaking out more. I need to get this under control, but I'm not sure where to start.
So now you can see why I am not able to sleep so well at night.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Am I getting old?? I am only 26 (and a half) but sometimes my body feels so old. I would love some input on this one from other fellow runners, and perhaps anyone that exercises.
Before I started training for this marathon, I never had very many problems. No running injuries to speak of, nothing that would discourage me other than the occasional side stitch. Now. it takes A LOT for me to get into the groove of running. It's hard to describe. But when I start off on my run, I literally hobble along for the first .25 mile until my body gets used to the motion and then I can settle into a comfortable pace. It never use to be like this. In fact, I used to start off my runs at a pace that was too high, and I'd fly down the road for the first .25 of a mile til I figure out that I need to slow down.
I just had a case of the shin splints that lasted a couple weeks, but are for the most part gone. Now, my knee is kinda bothering me, but never so much that I would stop running. I don't know. I am confused. I don't think either of these injuries are serious enough to warrant what I am going through. Why can't I run like I use to? Has anything like this ever happened to someone else?
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