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Marathon Training: Week 24, Day 1

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Well I missed my 2nd short run for week 23, and I was not sure I would get to this run. I was a bit cranky about it. I felt like other events were sabotaging me. I was on my feet for 2 hrs before this run, and was not sure if it would do me in. I do wonder if I need new shoes. I've been in these since late July. I felt something in my sciatic area that is out of the norm...although it could have been from the long bit of standing ahead of the run. Anywho...I was glad to get out there.

8.01 miles
1:49:07 duration
13:37 pace
943 calories burned

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KASHMIR 10/13/2009 7:34PM

    What is the mileage on your shoes? I've been told 400 max on mine, and if you are going to get them, you want them at least 2 weeks before the marathon...

I love it when I read someone else is running a SHORT 8 or 10 miles! That is so cool!!!

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SUZY6281 10/12/2009 3:39PM

    Congratulations on your running success!! You are doing an awesome job!


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PRINCESSNURSE 10/12/2009 5:11AM

    You know when 8 miles is a "short run" that you are in marathon training-lol! Glad you were able to get your run in!

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Marathon Training: Week 23, day 4

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

I took it easy due to the knee giving me a fit, but knew I had to get out there and see what happened. Initially, I felt a little something and I could tell I was changing my gait, then giving me another issue in the shin. I corrected my form and just let myself fly through it, and all went just fine. Whew! It was rather windy, but it felt great to run!

2.47 miles
32:31 duration
13:11 pace
484 calories burned

Less than 20 days to marathon. MCM or bust, baby! emoticon

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PAULA3420 10/9/2009 5:49PM

    Way to go. I'm very excited for you. Sounds like it Felt Great. Yippee!!!

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PRINCESSNURSE 10/7/2009 7:33PM

    whoo-hoo! I know you are excited

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Freedom's Run - A Marathon/Training Report

Sunday, October 04, 2009 last longest distance training run. It seems like just yesterday that my training began. Time really flies when you are having fun!

I set the alarm, and surprisingly fell asleep and did not move until it went off. Sucked down a Clif Bar and Got myself off and out the door. The one thing, I have to say...a smaller event makes you feel like you are just another friendly neighbor. Everyone organizing and leading was so kind.

This was an inaugural event that took us through Harpers Ferry Nat'l Park, C&O Canal (National Scenic Trail), Antietam, and then a finish in Shepherdstown. It was the most gorgeous view! Especially when we crossed over a footbridge in Harper's Ferry.

I started with the walkers since I was using the Galloway method. We started a little late. I was happy to have my headlamp as it was pretty dark. We started off in a smallish group. A nice break from the crowds you would typically find at a larger marathon. We had timing chips...well, I felt something going on with my shoe in the first mile. I looked down, and my chip was gone! Fortunately I had my headlamp, and sensed everything in just the right moment. My chip was on the ground a few paces behind me. Stashed it in my Camelbak, and I was on my way.

We finished up a mile and headed up a hill. At the first intersection...there was no one. A few of us grew concerned about where to go. We were quickly directed and on our way. No other issues with routing after this point. From the start, I was timing myself fine on my intervals and taking in my fuel.

The first 13 miles were everything that I would expect of a training run. I was on schedule with my timing/pacing. But just after this point, everything got very tough. We crossed over a gully to head through a series of very nasty hills. Not small inclines. Long ascends and deep descends. No way could I run that. And I would be foolish to entirely undo myself on this event and not get through my 'real' marathon at the end of the month. Today was about distance. The hills rolled from just beyond mile 13 until at least mile 21/22. My fueling fell apart, and I relied on the stops. Thank goodness for my Camelbak, because we had some warmer temps and sun beating down on us in Antietam, and a couple less water stations. Could have used a couple more there.

I am not going to beat myself up over this. It took me longer than I (fingers crossed) expect to take with the MCM on the 25th. It was purely for training. MCM is very flat, minus one hill that I am aware of. I can take one or two...but I lost track of how many we had on the 2nd half of Freedom's Run. There were that many. Even regular marathoners said they had never traversed a route with so many hills.

My goal was to have company on my last long distance. I had plenty of it. And the best fueling that I have ever seen at any of my events so far. At every stop, there was powergel chews, powerade, water, orange slices, and M&Ms. One of the stops had candy corns (YESSSSS!) and brownies! At the end, we had bagels, bananas, apples, and more orange slices. I did not trek up another nasty hill to get my free glass and beer.

My Nike+, as usual, is never in sync with officially measured routes because I never stay on the shortest path to get through it. I stopped my Nike+ when I reached the distance. I likely ended up going just over 28 miles instead of 26.2.

26.23 miles
7:13:10 duration
16:30 pace
8134 calories burned

My chip time isn't posted yet. I'll post it when I get it by ammending this blog. Time to taper, and get ready for showtime!

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NINJALINDA 10/8/2009 5:29PM

    My week has been so crazy I'd missed seeing your report. Now THAT, my friend, is a training run...7 hours! After all those hills, the 'real' one (as if completing a marathon is fake...ha-ha!) should seem easy.

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SEEHOLZ 10/8/2009 12:45PM

    WOW-- one day when i'm NOT injured and training, I'll run 26.2 as my training run!
Being out there for 7 hrs is incredibly impressive--- that's like 5 hrs longer than the fastest runners out a LOT for your body to handle!
You did amazing!

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KASHMIR 10/6/2009 4:08PM

    Wow!!! Wow, wow, wow!!! I still can't get over going the full marathon distance for training!!! Way to GO!!!

Enjoy the taper....and don't let it get to you!

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JOHNBABJR 10/6/2009 11:14AM

    Congratulations on overcoming those hills. Best of luck on your marathon!

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    Woooohoooo! Way to go!!! I was just reading the Galloway book this weekend, and I'm intrigued by the idea. How do you like it?

I hope the tapering doesn't drive you nuts (haha), and I'm sure your "real" race will be awesome! Less hills = more fun! :) Congrats on the success this past weekend!

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TRILLIUM22 10/5/2009 4:21PM

    Sounds like a great training run. Funny when you spoke of Harper's Ferry and the hills. Years ago---1983 to be exact--I went bicycle touring with two friends---it was just after we graduated from college. Anyway we biked through Harper's Ferry and I remember as you spoke of the hills suddenly the image of our early morning bike ride up hills popped in my mind. We stay at Harper's Ferry Hostel and it was bright and early in the morning.

Don't go crazy on you taper---and great job sticking to a training run in a crowd of people---it would have been easy to get sucked into the excitment.

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JOYINRUNNING08 10/5/2009 12:02PM

    That's amazing. I'm super excited to hear about your "actual" marathon ;) Good job with your training run. Sound like you're in it mentally and ready to go!

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You are amazing. I am so amazed with your endurance. Good for you for sticking with it through those hills, you will be so ready for the real marathon that you want to do so well in on the 25th.

I can't believe you race a full to get ready for your full. Well, at least you have done the hard one already.

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    emoticon on the Marathon/Training Run!

I would have never been able to overcome all of those hills!

Your my hero!


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_MSAPRIL17_ 10/5/2009 10:27AM

    Great job on your training!!! It sounds like it was a really nice event! Now, on to the *big one* right? It's coming fast now!!!


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JONESDANIY 10/5/2009 8:24AM

    Excellent job on your last long training run! I just ran 22 yesterday in DC and along the C&O canal. It was a tough run and my legs are super sore today! I have a 1/2 marathon this weekend and am using it as a training run. Good luck with the rest of your training and hope to see you at the MCM!

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TAMTAM64 10/4/2009 2:30PM

    This was a TOUGH last training run but now you know if you can make it through this tough run, you will do GREAT at your marathon!!

You are now about to enter taperville... :)


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KLSART 10/4/2009 1:44PM

    Nice run Julie! Way to go the whole distance. I know from experience that a lot of hills can make that distance really tough - but, you did it. You had a really difficult last training run, as far as the course and warmer temps go, and when the big day get here you will be more than ready. So happy for you!!

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DEE797 10/4/2009 11:23AM

    WTG JULIE! Thanks so much for blogging about it, definitely an inspiration to the rest of us. CONGRATS on completing the distance. Enjoy your taper, you deserve it!

Much success on your journey!


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MARKAMURKA 10/4/2009 10:05AM

    Nice training distance... I didn't know Galloway advises you to go the full distance before the event. Now I know. It was cool from you you did it to the letter.
I think after your taper your time will get better than your training run time. (And with couple of hills less.) I will think about you on the big day. emoticon

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Twas the Night Before A Marathon

Friday, October 02, 2009

I feel like a kid at Christmas! After weeks of training (that are not quite over), here I am. I was waffling on whether to do the 26 miler as prescribed by Galloway (or not). Well I knew better. I have been so diligent with his schedule. It would be silly of me not to make it right! So a 26 miler it shall be. Only one thing...I won't be alone this time! Nope...I'll be with several hundred of my closest friends! I would have to say that, once you get close to 20'd like to phone a friend, or have someone to stick it out with.

I'm going to participate in an inaugural event called Freedom's Run. We will traverse 4 national parks (who doesn't like free admission to something?), and take in the gorgeous greenery of WV and MD. Several of the other local running club folks will participate, but will surely be ahead of me.

This really is a training run for me. I must do all that I can to restrain myself not to go gangbusters. I will be out there for a good bit of time, and plan to have all my fuel 'on board'. The one thing I have learned as a penguin must be prepared b/c sometimes the aid stations shut down on you, or the food at the end runs out b/c you took more time than the others. This is not a good thing for a penguin! We need our fuel too! So I will have all kinds of stuff ready to go.

I'll be heading out shortly to get my race packet. I'll be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow and plan to walk a half mile to the race start. It's nice b/c they are letting walkers start an hour ahead of runners. I asked them when I should start since I use Galloway...and they instructed me to start with the walkers. So I'll be a superstar for an hour! Ha! And then the runners will fly past. I'll take what I can get! LOL.

Freedom's Run or bust. Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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PRINCESSNURSE 10/3/2009 2:41PM

    Good luck!

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FIRENUT34 10/3/2009 10:24AM

    Hope everything goes good. Can't wait to hear the results. I agree, a 26 mile training run. I'm hoping someday to run a marathon. Great job.

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VICKYTH 10/3/2009 7:24AM

    Oh wow! You've sold me on this run. Sometime in the next few years, I'm going to get myself down to the U.S. and run that thing. It looks spectacular!!!

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ERYNNEDRA 10/2/2009 8:54PM

    Have FUN!!!!!!

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NANCYRUNS 10/2/2009 8:31PM

    Have a great run! I can't wait to hear about it! I'll be doing a 20 and will think of you!

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PURPLEALLY 10/2/2009 5:27PM

    sounds great! and when the runners come by you will hve something to look at and distract you

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TRILLIUM22 10/2/2009 5:17PM

    How exciting---can't wait to hear how it goes. Gooe Luck emoticon emoticon

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    Looking forward to reading your race report!!!

Wishing you the best of luck on your Marathon!!!


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    Good Luck Julie. I will be thinking of you while I am running my short little 10K race. Hope the scenery is beautiful and the colors brighten your day!!!

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ERMAC22 10/2/2009 3:28PM

    OH my gosh, YOU GO JULIE!! This is amazing! Can't wait to read a recap emoticon

I love the part about the penguin runner - so true!!

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MARATHONER340 10/2/2009 3:14PM

    A 26 mile training run? Crazy! Have fun! =)

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COOPSM 10/2/2009 2:39PM

    I can not wait to hear how this goes!!!! Good luck Julie!!!!

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MBSHAZZER 10/2/2009 2:36PM

    ENJOY IT!!! How exciting!

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JOYINRUNNING08 10/2/2009 2:23PM

    That's awesome and so exciting. It will be great scenery and I wish you the best of luck!

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SHAKE_IT_CALI 10/2/2009 12:36PM

    Have a great time tomorrow! Sounds like it will be a beautiful run!

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_MSAPRIL17_ 10/2/2009 10:05AM

    WOO HOOO!!!!!! It sounds like it is going to be a beautiful route!!

Try to have a good nights sleep and I will be looking for that race report!!!!!!!

emoticon GOOD LUCK!!!

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Marathon Training: Week 22, Day 1

Sunday, September 27, 2009

So last week was a bit of an off week. Gotta love the kids being off of school on a day that you run...and your husband is either sleeping or working...and not treadmill. Ugh. I did get my planned mileage in, but some of it was on the elliptical. Today was a bit off. I took my girls out for the first leg, and I ended up not keeping time with my intervals or fueling. When I got the girls back here, there was temptation to stop...but I have to drop down on mileage this week to get ready for the 26 I didn't want to slack off. I broke up my tracking on the 2 legs, so here goes:

Leg 1:
3.7 miles
50:14 duration
13:34 pace
925 calories burned

Leg 2:
4.3 miles
1hr 50 sec duration
14:08 pace
1058 calories burned

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HARLEYSLP 9/27/2009 6:11PM

    Great for you for always getting your mileage in, even if you have to split it up! I really admire that! Thanks for your comment on my Taper Blog. You really hit it right on the head. I haven't been getting good sleep, my "friend" arrived Saturday and I also had way too many miles on my shoes! Wow! You really should go into some kind of sports training! Anyways, this weekend we went camping and believe it or not I got a great night's sleep on Friday and tried out a new pair of running shoes on Saturday for my 8 miler and felt awesome. Knee pain reduced considerably, endurance up and feeling great again at my normal pacing. Thanks for the comment. Seven days till my marathon, WooHoo!!!

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KATELJM 9/27/2009 2:48PM

    I so admire you runners! Who knows, maybe my feet and knee will be ready by spring...

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