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.
943 calories burned
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!
484 calories burned
Less than 20 days to marathon. MCM or bust, baby!
Sunday, October 04, 2009
So....my 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.
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!
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 miler...so I didn't want to slack off. I broke up my tracking on the 2 legs, so here goes:
925 calories burned
1hr 50 sec duration
1058 calories burned
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