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Marathon Training: Week 20, Day 1

Sunday, September 13, 2009

So much to say, so much to say, so much to say (as Dave Matthews Band sings).

I opted to do out and back. I thought about driving out 23 miles, but there were unknowns along the 23 miles, and I was not sure if it was best. If I had a sudden injury, needed to use facilities, etc...then I could be very stuck. A nice cool 55 degrees to start under the stars. By the time I was through, it was in the mid 70s. And I sure felt it!

Some notable things on my run: the cows who decided to run along side me, the onery dogs who just have to bark because you pass by, the elderly man picking tomatoes out of his garden who chatted for a quick second, and the rooster who crowed to tell all the sleepy heads to get up. The rooster made it very comical because I had my own dialogue about what he was thinking/saying when he crowed.

I did pack a pb on wheat and cut it in quarters. I opted to try it in lieu of a clif bar and it was a nice change! No tummy issues from it. I am not sure if I took in enough calories, but I am too wiped to figure that out right now. I took in a clif bar right before my run, and had plenty of h20. i took in clif blocks 4 different times...so that adds some cals. and then the sandwich.

The last few miles were very tough. Not gonna lie. I had to do some serious self coaching, praying, and pushing to get through it.

A great moment for me, though, was seeing what the time was when I hit mile 19. As I understand it, a certain amount of time in (5 hrs, I believe)....you have to have crossed through mile 19 and be at a certain pace. I hit mile 19 at 4 hrs 34 minutes. I must repeat this performance, at a minimum, to beat that darn sweeper bus! Gotta beat the bridge!

So here is the nitty gritty:

23 miles
5:46:09 duration
15:02 pace
6500 calories burned

  
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KASHMIR 9/14/2009 2:10PM

    Gosh, we are right there together! My 21 miles was 5:18:20, add another 2 miles and you and I would have been neck and neck! I'm using a prerun carb/protein drink, Gleukos, and Gu for my fuel, tried the PBJ's and had the tummy act up. Would be so much cheaper if I could go that way! It is so exciting to find another marathoner among the CranBabe's!!!

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ILAGIRL 9/14/2009 10:35AM

    You're amazing and inspiring! I'm so psyched for you! emoticon

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Marathon Training: Week 19, Day 6

Friday, September 11, 2009

First...curse you iTunes! They updated their versions. The result? My data is not pushed to Nike+. Wah! It is still stored in my Nano, and I still get all the details....but I like the interface on Nike+. Anywho...this week I have really given my all without causing injury and without tearing myself down. I am really pleased with the results. I do not know if it is something I could do for 26.2, but it gives me the confidence that I could definitely try.

2.41 miles
30:16 duration
12:32 pace
564 calories burned

  
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HEALTHYCHIC 9/11/2009 5:07PM

    This is awesome! I love the "just do it" comment. So funny. You are moving along so well. Impressive. What's in store this weekend?

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LOSETHEWTIN08 9/11/2009 2:58PM

    You can do it. Or as the Nike ads say "JUST DO IT". Enjoy your adventure I will be praying for you. emoticon

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Marathon Training: Week 19, Day 4

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Yesterday was a nutty day at work, and longer than I like...so I got my short run in this morning while the girls were in preschool (yippeeee for the first day of preschool!). I focused on giving my all during run periods, and not backing off entirely during walk periods. I thought about that while falling asleep...I really pull back in the walk periods, and I could do a better job. My fastest pacing during this run was an 8'30 pace...pretty impressive for a penguin like myself! So here are the stats:

2.41 miles
30:55 duration
12:48 pace
573 calories burned

I actually got .20 more in on distance in this run. Any little bit helps!

  
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2WHEELER 9/9/2009 9:13PM

    Great run!! I know what you mean about about pulling back on the walk periods. I'm working on walking them as fast as possible. But, man, it feels so good to slow down and take a breather.

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LMCGEEN 9/9/2009 11:33AM

    Congrats!

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Marathon Training: Week 19, Day 1

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Another weekend morning and I did not want to get up. I tried to figure out ways to fit in the mileage and not get up, but I finally determined I just had to get out there and do it. Gotta hit the hay, so here it is:

8.01 miles
1:56:25 duration
14:31 pace
2166 calories burned

When will I ever learn to wear bug repellant? I never wear it, and they get me every time! Even at the crack of dawn! I did not eat before I headed out, so I opted to eat a clif bar just around the 1 hr mark and then I took in a few clif blocks in the last mile. I can't say if the switch up on fuel did anything to me or not.

Next week is 23 miler. Can't stall on that one a bit. I'm opting to try something different on it...driving out 23 miles and I will finish at home. I do not know if it will alter the mental aspect or not.

  


Marathon Training: Week 18, Day 1

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I did not want to get up early, and since I only had 8 miles to go...I got my zzzz's and got my run in later. I also wanted to see if my performance would be any better late morning/early afternoon...since my last shorter LSD was a really poor one. It was warm, but not knock-me-over warm. I did wear my fuel belt instead of the camelbak. I decided to pause my workout and walk to the grocery store facilities to refill my bottles...and wound up ending my workout (oops) when I started back up. So I just did Basic on the Nike+ and monitored how far I was going so that I got enough total mileage in. So I'll combine my minutes/calories, but breakup my pacing.

3.1 + 5.1 = 8.2 miles
129 minutes duration
13:55 pace + 14:28 pace
2046 calories burned

Another 8 miler for next Sunday. I'll have to get up early due to plans for that day.

  
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TRILLIUM22 9/4/2009 9:01AM

    I love that "only 8 miles to go" Sure is a change of perspective as the miles go up. Sounds like a good run. I used a camelback in the winter when I had more clothes on and converted to a fuel belt when it got warmer. Mine holds a total of 20 ounces of water and on hot days I leave with an extra throw away bottle. I have limited opportunities to refill in the beginning of my run.

Sounds like a good run. Have fun.

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SHAKE_IT_CALI 8/31/2009 2:01PM

    Sounds like you had a great run! It must be wonderful to know that you only have these "shorter" runs left to go before the marathon!

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NINJALINDA 8/30/2009 8:46PM

    ONLY had 8 miles to go, HA! That's a good one! One of these days I'd like to be able to put 8 miles into the only category (that's where 2 and 3 are now!). Reading your blogs about marathon training really amazes me!

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