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The Weekly Mile: Week 22 (The Importance of Step Backs)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Nikhil believes in accumulative training. Even though it's pretty contrary to every book ever published on running, I have to respect that everyone has their own methods for going the distance. He likes running further every time he runs. I follow the method that involves, what I believe, are very important step backs in weekly mileage to give your body time to rest & recuperate, and your brain time to adjust to the fact that the long run you just accomplished was actually "easy". And that's a BIG deal for me.

This week was a series of "longer" weekly runs and one weekend long run of 16 miles. 2 miles LESS that what I already accomplished last week. But I rocked it - hard. I ran fast - completing 16 miles is 3 hours and 12 minutes. 3 minutes faster than my goal pace for the marathon. And my half marathon time came in this week at 2:34!!! That's pretty incredible.

So even though my longer weekly runs were a drag and it took A LOT to get me out there both nights, I'm really starting to see the benefit of those runs in the grand scheme of the full training schedule.

On Wednesday night, I replaced my swim (cause my pool is closed - gah!) with finding out just how far it is from my place to Nikhil's. I live in a neighbourhood north west of the Chicago "loop" of downtown, and he lives in the South Loop, just south of all the big buildings and at the bottom end of Michigan Avenue. I was aiming for 8 miles, which I thought was about right, but found out that from door to door it's exactly 7.5 miles. It was a really humid night, so I called it quits for that night, and added a half mile to my 5 miler the next night. Gotta find ways to switch it up and keep it interesting! And I'm not gonna lie - it's nice to have someone to run to who will meet you at the end with a recovery drink and a calf massage!

Gearing up for the official 20-Miler this weekend. I'm more nervous about getting out of bed and getting to the start line in time than I am about running the distance though. I've done 18. I know I can do 20. And I'm starting to develop this method of thinking about the Marathon as well. My training plan has promised me success. The rest is all in my head. This will be the last weekend of assurances that I'm going to finish the race. From here on out, we taper. And the excitement builds!

Week 22 Schedule (Completed):

Mon - Rest
Tue - Rest (30 minutes on the foam roller & tennis ball - therapy)
Wed - 7.5 miles
Thu - 5.5 miles
Fri - Rest
Sat - 16 miles
Sun - Rest

Total Weekly Miles: 29
Total Weekly Calories Burned: 4375
Weekly Friday Weigh-In: 185 - counting calories again is working. This is a post-run weigh in though, so less that what it is during the week.

Week 23 Schedule:

Mon - 3 miles
Tue - 7 miles
Wed - Rest (or swim if I can find a pool!)
Thu - 5 miles
Fri - Rest
Sat - Rest
Sun - 20 Miles! (Plus 3 post-run miles if I can muster it)

  
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LAURIETAIT 9/11/2012 5:38PM

    You definitely have more fortitude and stick-to-it-iveness than I. You're doing great I love to hear how your training is going and can't wait to hear how the actual race goes.
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-POOKIE- 9/11/2012 11:43AM

    Well good luck for the weekend!

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KBARRY23 9/11/2012 9:17AM

    Good luck! Glad to see your training is going so well!! Less than 1 month til the big day :) I'll be thinking about you this weekend as I head out for the epic 20 miler on Saturday morning! emoticon

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VICKYMARIEC 9/11/2012 9:08AM

    Not sure if you noticed, but if you sign up now for the 2013 half marathon it's only $32.50 plus handling fees.

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JENJESS48 9/11/2012 7:50AM

    Distance running is truly a mental game. You totally have it! I'm so proud of you!

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The Weekly Mile: Week 21 (Back on Track)

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

I still haven't run the entirety of the Lakefront Trail - but this week I completed 18 miles, and I saw what the other end of the path looks like. So overall, we're calling this week a big win.

After spending some time sulking about what I deemed to be a failure last week, I finally forgave myself for the things I couldn't control and got back out there for another run. I was going to do my shorter 6 mile run on Tuesday night, but felt so good out there, I made it for the full 8 instead - saving the 6 mile for a morning run on Thursday. Back on that Lakefront Trail, I was plagued by memories of how I felt on that long, hot run - but I pushed them aside and ran a solid 11:30/min pace for the whole thing.

On Thursday morning, I PRed my 10K time, running an additional .2 miles over and above the allotted 6 mile plan. 1 hr & 10 minutes! I actually fist pumped at the end of this run because it felt so good (despite the not wanting to get out of bed to do it in the first place).

The big bummer this week came in that I managed to kill ANOTHER iPod shuffle. They just are not withstanding how much I sweat when I'm out there I suppose, even though I wear them on my shoulder strap which would see the same amount of sweat, if not less, than an arm band. I didn't even run through a sprinkler with this one. It just copped out! So I have resorted to running with my first generation shuffle - you remember - the white stick of gum one. That thing is (so far) invincible, and takes a beating but keeps on playing. Different technology. Who says new is better??

But even though I got my music situation figured out before Sunday, I opted to at least START my 18 mile run without it. Low and behold, I made it all the way to mile 16 before deciding to pop in some tunes to really help me bust out the last 2 miles. And my reward for that? I met a friend along the way. A stranger really, but it still put a smile on my face. Around mile 3, a guy running just a hair faster than me passed me by on the trail. Now, I'm a pretty slow runner, so I'm used to this happening, but after a couple more miles with him still right in front of me, I started to use him as a pace bunny, wondering how long we would both stick out this rhythm. Finally, at 7 miles, he slowed and stopped. As I ran past him, I called out "you done?" He responded that he was, and I threw my arms up and said "but you were such a good pace vehicle!" and low and behold he jumped back on the trail and said "well then I guess you're getting a few more out of me today!" We ran side by side for another 1/2 mile, exchanging small talk. I asked him if he was "marathoning-it" and he said no, he was "life-ing it" which I found a most excellent answer. He asked how far I had to go and I told him all the way to the end and back. He let out an exasperated breath and wished me luck, and then told me to finish strong as he turned off at his street exit. I think the best thing about the whole exchange is that for a solid half mile, I wasn't thinking about running. Such a nice reprieve.

But once he was gone, it was nose back to the grindstone and feet on the pavement. I broke my run into 5K chunks, thinking about all the races that I have done at the various distances. Run the Hot Chocolate 5K. OK, now keep going to the Champion's Run 10K. And the next Hot Chocolate 15K. Turn around and do that again. And don't forget about the Women's Half at the 13.1 mile point. By the time I got there, I was within the Shamrock Shuffle 8K to the finish and Nikhil met me on his bike and trailed me home for the last 5 miles. Nothing easy about it at all, each mile was more painful than the last. Put after a couple of short walk breaks, a solid refueling and a splash-down of my face with fountain water, I busted out my stick-of-gum iPod and rode the wave home, clocking an 11 min/mile pace for the last half mile.

I'm still recovering.

But my body feels good. Only 3 more long runs before the final taper week. I'm within ONE MONTH of running this race. But I know I'll be ready.

I'm picking up food tracking again this week. I need something to keep me honest. But I upped my calorie range to something that reflects the real amount I'm burning. If I don't lose anything, so be it. But I need to stop with the sweets and treats and really start zoning in on the whole foods, and healthy snack alternatives. My body will thank me for it on October 7th.

And as a guarantee that I will not stop running after the Marathon, I signed up today for both the Hot Chocolate 15K again this year, and the 2013 Chicago Triathlon. Guess you're all going to be seeing a lot more (and less) of me over the next year, AND could just be in for yet another fun training blog. Back on track indeed. School is back in session, and training is my best education yet.


Week 21 Schedule (Completed):

Mon - Sulk & Rest :(
Tue - 8 miles
Wed - Swim
Thu - 6 miles
Fri - Rest
Sat - Rest
Sun - 18 miles

Total Weekly Miles: 32
Total Weekly Calories Burned: 4817
Weekly Friday Weigh-In: 189 - starting to creep up again. Gah.

Week 22 Schedule:

Mon - Rest
Tue - Rest (30 minutes on the foam roller & tennis ball - therapy)
Wed - 8 miles
Thu - 5 miles
Fri - Rest
Sat - 16 miles
Sun - Rest

  
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ALOFA0509 9/8/2012 12:07PM

    Amazing!!!!

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SHELLYBABE2 9/6/2012 6:53AM

    So glad you put last week behind you so fast & more than made up for it with a fab week, even if the scales are not playing ball!

Lesson to be learned by us all, to put past disappointing workouts behind us quickly and allow recovery before giving it another go!

TFS you've inspired me enough to make an effort to do some exercise today even though my head is trying very hard to talk me out of it lol!

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AUTUMNPOTTER 9/5/2012 7:55PM

    You are so inspiring.

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LAURIETAIT 9/5/2012 5:00PM

    I know you'll do great. You might get a bit of a surprise when you up your calories. Sometimes you lose. You're working so hard your body may be hanging on tothe extra weight as enery insurance. Crossing y fingers for this to be the case. I wish I could say I had the same problem for the same reason. lol

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BABY_GIRL69 9/5/2012 4:13PM

    WOW!! I have walked from Buckingham Fountain up to almost Irving Park & then back. I thought that was close to at least 18miles in the round trip. Have never went in the other direction though. Interesting?

God bless & continued success!!

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MANLEYSANDY 9/5/2012 2:33PM

    You are doing awesome!!!

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SNATCHCARRIE 9/5/2012 8:09AM

    I love these weekly updates. :)

You are doing awesome, so hang in there. You are going to rock this marathon!!! emoticon

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MICHSTATE 9/5/2012 6:05AM

    Good job!!!! How is the Hot Chocolate Run? Some of my friends are doing it this year too!!!

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MOCOHOLO 9/5/2012 1:16AM

    I loved that little story about your pace-vehicle friend. Makes me have hope for the male species after a disappointing day on that front. You're doing so awesome and I love reading your weekly recaps. Best of luck with this next week!

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The Weekly Mile: Week 20 (If All You Can Do Is Tri...)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I was due for a setback. That's what I keep telling myself anyway. Things were going SO well, and this weekend, I ran headfirst into a wall. I'm bummed. Totally disappointed in myself. And more than just a little bit freaked out. All you need is one minor thing to happen and it can really mess with your head. You start doubting your ability to really do this thing.

So this blog is about putting things in perspective and talking myself back out on the road...

I was looking SO forward to my 18 miler this weekend. So much more than all the other crap I was committed to this weekend. The 18 miler was mine - I was going to run the Lakefront Trail top to bottom - the entire city of Chicago along the lake. An epic feat! But all the other stuff got in the way.

Problem # 1 - This weekend the temperature in the city spiked again to 95 degrees. Bad news. There were air quality warnings, and people were collapsing from heat stroke. A crazy weekend schedule dictated that I had no choice but to do my long run on Saturday - the hottest day of the weekend. And not only that, but due to an 11am meeting that I SHOULD have skipped, I couldn't start my run until 3pm, in the height of the heat warning. But I am committed to my other life activities as much as I am committed to this marathon, so I attended the meeting...in my running clothes, ready to sprint out the door as soon as it was over.

Problem #2 - I was improperly fueled. I had breakfast before I left my house for the meeting, but had only brought a small snack with me to stock up before I took to the trail. Not enough. I estimate that I'd consumed about 700 calories by the time I set out to burn approximately 2400. No good. Despite gels every 5 miles, my stomach was growling by mile 4 and continued to get worse the more I ran.

Problem #3 - The muscles that seem to be having the hardest time adjusting to this training are my lungs. I have never had asthma, but I used to suffer from bronchitis as a kid, and I have noticed that my lungs HURT after my really long runs lately. Add the air quality alert to this issue and it does not bode well for finishing the full 18 miles.

Problem #4 - Inadequate sleep and a propensity for sugar. Last week was pretty terrible for late nights and sugar binges. I seem to have gotten into my head that I really can eat "whatever I want". The scale is holding steady at 187 no matter what I do, and so I seem to think that this is the best excuse to be irresponsible with snacks and to stuff myself full of all things that are NOT good for me. And my body feels it. I feel crappy. So enough of that already. Eat good things, and then you can have lots of them, not crappy things that are going to hurt your performance!

So add all these things together and what happens? You struggle to run 12 miles, bargain with yourself to make it to 13, and then drag every last fiber of energy from your body until you collapse in a heap on a park bench at mile 14, unable to draw in full breaths and just thankful that you decided today to run with your cell phone so you can place an emergency call to a friend to come get you and bring food asap. Yeah - I could have killed myself this weekend. Stupid, stupid, stupid. You can all slap me on the wrist now.

The plan was for Nikhil to come get me at the end of the trail at 6:45pm. By the time I made it to mile 14 it was already 6:15pm - not a chance that I was going to finish in time. Slowing my pace and walking a good portion of those last 3 miles wasn't even helping my case. I was DONE. And yes, I cried about it. Laying on that bench, gasping for breath and waiting for him to come rescue me. By the time he got there I was feeling a bit better, having taken in as much water as I could drink. He brought with him a recovery drink that tasted like heaven and made me feel instantly better. Had it been up to me, I would have finished the last 4 miles, but it was getting late and he had to run the Chicago Triathlon the next morning which meant waking up at 4am. So we opted to call it a night, and dejectedly, I walked back to the car, feeling like a failure.

Consequently, he did really well the next day. Completed his very first Swim, Bike, Run and my spirit was rejuvenated watching him finish and seeing how excited he was by it. I have my work cut out for me to keep up to him in 2013! But for now I still have my own goals to meet.

Luckily, I have had enough of a built-in contingency in my scheduling that this isn't going to set me back too much. But it does mean that this weekend, I need to go out and FINISH the 18 miles, and attempt 19 or 20 if I can make it. For what ever reason, I am still drawn to completing an official "20 Miler", even though I should be replacing this past week with a 19 mile and then a 21 or 22 mile over the next couple of weeks. I guess it's because all of the training books make such a big deal about that 20 Mile Marker. It is still my goal to finish at least 22 or 23 before I start the taper - for my body and my mind, I feel like I need to do at least that. So that means I have my work cut out for me this week.

The good news is that I have officially finished 3 Half Marathon distances in 3 weeks. So I'm still on track for my 7 in 7. And despite the heat, my Half time has stayed fairly consistent - but it was pretty evident how much harder my body was working and how much slower my pace needed to be this past weekend when I added a full 10 minutes to my finishing time.

Lessons learned. And isn't that what this is really all about? So this week we're eating better, sleeping better, fueling like I do for a race, not for a day at the park, paying attention to heat warnings and running earlier in the morning, and continuing to listen to my body. I cannot be angry at myself for stopping. My body needed to stop and it told me so. And deep down, I know it was the right thing to do regardless of my own disappointment. I will get there. And I have another chance to try (not Tri) this weekend.

Week 20 Schedule (Completed):

Mon - REST
Tue - 4 miles
Wed - Pool Closed :(
Thu - 6 miles
Fri - Rest & Stretch
Sat - 14 miles
Sun - Rest

Total Weekly Miles: 24
Total Weekly Calories Burned: 3448
Weekly Friday Weigh-In: 187 - holding steady

Week 21 Schedule:

Mon - Sulk & Rest :(
Tue - 8 miles
Wed - Swim
Thu - 6 miles
Fri - Rest
Sat - Rest
Sun - 20 miles

  
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LAURIETAIT 8/30/2012 11:24PM

    I'm pretty confident that it will all work out in the end. You have the right idea. Allot time for sulking , put errors behind and move on. You got this!
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MICHSTATE 8/29/2012 4:50PM

    I run with people that do ironman triathalons, and they think the maximum mileage you need before a marathon is 20 miles, so that is as fat as I went before both of my marathons.


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MANLEYSANDY 8/29/2012 2:39PM

    For someone who would not run but to save her life, you are amazing!!! I see only wonderful things, things I would (I had could there) never do!

You should be proud!!!

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-POOKIE- 8/29/2012 9:48AM

    Learning from those mistakes? Thats an important step and you know you are giving yourself feedback on the mistakes and will be able to correct them x

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JENJESS48 8/29/2012 8:07AM

    I agree with Kathy! I stand in awe of your achievements. But do wish you'd be more careful with that heat - it truly can be fatal. I am really glad and relieved that you listened to your body and called it quits when you did! You are right on track to finish your marathon and I know you will do it!

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VICKYMARIEC 8/29/2012 6:05AM

    Girl you're a beast! You are also extremely smart to be listening to your body like that. Be careful in that crazy heat!

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MARATHONBOUND 8/29/2012 4:28AM

    You are amazing! I read your blogs each week and NOTHING motivates me more! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 8/29/2012 12:06AM

    You are amazing and I am so proud of you. if all training runs and the preparation leading up to it were perfect, we wouldn't learn anything. You are doing great, keep on truckin! emoticon

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SNATCHCARRIE 8/28/2012 6:37PM

    Today is a new day and it is a new week. Hang in there, you can do this, I know you can!!!! emoticon

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The Weekly Mile: Week 19 (3 hours)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A list of things that you can do in 3 hours:

- Roast a 16lb turkey
- Watch Lord of The Rings: Return of the King
- Complete a full show-call for Blue Man Group
- Listen to the American Top 40 Countdown in its entirety
- Drive from my house in Madoc to Toronto
- Fly from Chicago to Toronto (including check-in time)
- Wait in line at Six Flags from the furthest checkpoint to ride the Superman coaster
- Put in the time most people start counting down to the end of their workday

This past weekend I surpassed the 3 hour running mark. I ran 16 miles in 3 hours and 23 minutes. Wait...let me say that again...I RAN FOR OVER 3 HOURS!!! Endurance sports are amazing. You wanna know when you're REALLY amazed by your body? When you realize that you can run for over 3 hours.

I will complete the marathon in just under 5.5 hours. I still have a long way to go, but after this weekend, I have NO doubt that I can do it.

Just need to find time this week to stock up on more gels and that anti-chafing stick (though no more scars from this weekend to add to the lot - which is good).

Sorry this is a late blog - we're already half way through the week and I'm already looking forward to my 18-miler this Saturday! Can't wait for next week's blog!

Week 19 Schedule (Completed):

Mon - 3 miles
Tue - Rest
Wed - 6 mile tempo
Thu - Rest
Fri - 5 miles
Sat - Rest
Sun - 16 miles

Total Weekly Miles: 30!
Total Weekly Calories Burned: 4231
Weekly Friday Weigh-In: 187

Week 20 Schedule:

Mon - REST
Tue - 4 miles
Wed - Swim
Thu - 6 miles
Fri - Rest & Stretch
Sat - 18 miles
Sun - REST

  
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LOTUSFLOWER 8/27/2012 11:27PM

    I am so proud of you!

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MANLEYSANDY 8/27/2012 12:30PM

    Amazing! I never doubted that you will be finishing that Marathon for one minute!!

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JENJESS48 8/23/2012 5:20PM

    You totally rock! Way to go!

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MOCOHOLO 8/23/2012 10:29AM

    You're amazing! And your enthusiasm is contagious! I love it!!

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LAURIETAIT 8/22/2012 8:35PM

    You rock!
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MICHSTATE 8/22/2012 5:01PM

    Awesome job!!!! You are getting up there in miles!!!:-)

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/22/2012 2:02PM

    Great Job.

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The Weekly Mile: Week 18 (One Mile Farther)

Monday, August 13, 2012

I finally did it. I broke past the Half Marathon mind barrier and ran 14 miles on Saturday. YUSS!!!

And this week I'll do it again and run 16 miles!

I have now reached the point in my training where every week is going to be a new mileage challenge, new barriers to break. I will run SEVEN Half Marathon distances (and then some) in the next 7 weeks, followed by one week of "only" 12 miles and then the Marathon. Holy Crap.

But here's why I know I can:

This week I did my first Brick. It was a backwards brick, but I say it still counts. I ran 3 miles, followed up immediately by 30 minutes of laps in the pool. On that 3 mile run, I finally broke my 10 min/mile goal and ran all 3 miles in 30 minutes. I went out after and celebrated with a friend, with fries and beer. Because I could.

The following day I ran 8 miles. It was hard on my knees and I was feeling it by the end of the run. Running those quick 3 milers aren't always so great because I end up pounding and my knees end up paying the price. But I finished those 8 miles anyway and vowed to rest up on Friday before my Saturday long run.

I had to work my show on Friday night which means I was out until 1:30am. Not the most optimal conditions for running that long and that far the next day, but I do what I can. I still came home and fueled properly before bed, and then because it was supposed to be cooler on Saturday, opted to let myself sleep until I woke up and run into the afternoon as opposed to making myself get out of bed first thing in the morning.

Still playing with eating gluten-free before long runs, so I fueled in the morning with cornflakes and chocolate almond milk, cheese, and grapes with 1/2 bottle of Powerade and a Salt Stick tablet.

Headed out to run the same route I completed last week with a 3 mile run to the Lakefront Trail and then tacking on an extra mile and back at the end. Worked great although I'm looking forward to switching up my starting point this coming weekend.

The plan was to re-fuel at mile 5 and 10 on this run - hopefully giving myself more needed boosts than less to get over this mental and physical bump. By the time I reached 5 miles, my knees were already starting to feel it and I was thankful for the Hammer Gel. Not my favorite gel for sure - it tastes like pure corn syrup (which I think it probably is) and without the added caffeine, it only got me so far. It still worked - man it's crazy how well these things do what they're supposed to - but just not my favorite by far. But it got me to the end of the trail, around the loop, and back down to the 8 mile point where I really had to start talking myself into getting through those next 2 miles. My knees were aching pretty badly, but a quick stop to stretch them out helped immensely and I was able to make the next couple of slow miles. At the 10 mile marker I fueled with a caffeinated GU. Winner winner chicken dinner. It was a berry flavour - which I find I far prefer to the citrus variety (good to know) and after going through a week of caffeine detox in my daily life (more on that later) it pretty much hit like rocket fuel. I also went down a short flight of stairs to get to a drinking fountain to wash it down, and just that change in leg movement did wonders for my knees (good to know). At this point, talking myself into another 4 miles wasn't as tough. Once I got through the first mile, it was just a 5K to the finish. The next mile put me at my home street, so from there is was just a "quick" down and back to North Avenue beach which was crawling with hot men, beach volleyball players, and enough general mayhem to keep my mind off any discomfort I was feeling. Success! I passed the 13.1 mile marker in 2:41 and clocked a perfect 12 min mile to the end. Couldn't have been happier.

I am definitely feeling the distance in my body more today and yesterday than I was after 12 miles, but I think that's to be expected. I am by no means "crippled" with post-run stiffness - just a little sore in the knees, hamstrings, and calves, which I will continue to monitor, stretch and roll out over the next few days. And running over the noon hour? I have a KILLER sun tan. Too bad about those tan lines though. I have a perma-racer-back going on :)

So to sum up lessons from this week:
1. Go easy on the shorter runs. Speed work is essential for people trying to break a record, but I'm just trying to get to the start line without an injury!
2. GU wins. As much as I didn't like it the first couple of times I tried it, compared to the others in the middle of a run, it's just better. And berries beat oranges in my book. Huzzah.
3. Caffeine detox during the week means that caffeine loaded gels have more potency during long runs.
4. Stopping to stretch out the arms and back every couple of miles helps maintain form, but making sure that knee stretching is included in those stretch breaks ensures less knee discomfort while running as well.
5. Stair breaks could help with knee pain - switch in the muscle groups used mid-run helps reset the motion of the joint & ligaments. Makes sense!
6. Next week I'm either getting an anti-chafing stick or using deodorant under the underwear & sports bra lines. There is no reason to continue maiming myself on these long runs! I have the scars to prove it.

What I sometimes have a problem remembering is that I AM AN ATHLETE. I will often think that I am undeserving of something, or I don't really need something (fuel, proper clothing, anti-chafing tools) because I'm "not really THAT serious, right?" Not true. You're training for and running A MARATHON. This stuff is MADE to help you get where you're going. You've EARNED the right to try it out and make it work for you just by signing up to do this insane thing. People can't run marathons without fueling. Well - they can, but I'm certainly not at that level yet. If you don't wear the right clothing, you will end up with scars. Anything that rubs continuously on your skin for 5 hours is going to a) blister, b) burn, c) hurt like hell. So don't be afraid of using the tools that have been developed to make your life a little easier while you do this. Having a gear addiction at this point is ok. No one is going to question it. A lot of people do the work because they want the gear. I feel like I have to earn the gear. So I think this finally qualifies as earning it. (And then it totally amazes me when it works...haha...DUH?!)

The only thing that I am still not pleased about is the inability to lose weight while doing all this hard work. The proof is in the pudding - I have GAINED 3 pounds, and it's sticking around. And that's while I'm burning over 4000 calories a week. Gah. I can't help it. I'm hungry ALL the time. But this is just proof that pure exercise (and A LOT) of it, does not make you skinny. It makes you muscular as all get out - I have some serious legs y'all - but cutting back food intake is the only thing that will help you shed pounds. And right now, that is something I cannot do. Boo.

Oh well. Imma keep runnin'...

Week 18 Schedule (Completed):

Mon - Rest
Tue - Rest
Wed - 3 miles + Swim
Thu - 8 miles
Fri - Rest
Sat - 14 miles
Sun - Rest

Total Weekly Miles: 25
Total Weekly Calories Burned: 4114
Weekly Friday Weigh-In: 188.5

Week 19 Schedule:

Mon - 6 mile tempo
Tue - Rest
Wed - 3 miles + Swim
Thu - Rest
Fri - 5 miles
Sat - Rest
Sun - 16 miles

  
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KDYLOSE 8/20/2012 11:50AM

    Wow, you sound great. I haven't checked up on you in a while. And don't forget, if you have more muscle and weigh the same, then you've LOST FAT.

Just wanted to say, I've tried all kinds of things to combat sweat in the bra and I've found what works best for me is positioning a big men's terrycloth athletic sock in there to soak it up. Best part, you can switch out the sock.

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/15/2012 3:38PM

    Awesome! You are rocking it!

You are definitely an athlete.

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JENJESS48 8/15/2012 10:38AM

    Way to go, Jenn! For what it's worth, I swear by Monistat anti-chafing gel. I don't know if it can stand up to the sweat and abrasion of long runs, but I adore it for day-to-day use. May be worth considering...

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ALOFA0509 8/14/2012 10:51PM

    Your awsum sista!! There's this stuff call "Bag Balm" Old skool stuff works great for chaffing etc.. You can get it for $4.00 @ Costco!!! I'm sure you can find it at most places,, it comes in a square green tin can.. again Old Skool but works like a charm.. Keep Rockin it girl.. emoticon

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CHICAT63 8/14/2012 11:42AM

    You are an ATHELTE and you are training for a HALF !!!! 13.1 here she comes. Totally agree with you on the gels in berry flavor I cannot ingest anything orange, lime or lemon same thing for Gateroade or Powerade. I strongly recommend Body Glide for her or the regular one, I just used it for my triathlon it was over 43 degrees in Ottawa and it held up nicely, no chaffing with the bike shorts or sports bra whatsover.

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JECKIE 8/14/2012 9:15AM

    This is a great blog! Good for you!

I have a hard time losing when I'm training, too. ALWAYS hungry! Just be conscious about it and know the exercise is great for you!

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-POOKIE- 8/14/2012 8:50AM

    Awesome stuff! I hope you are damn well proud of yourself!

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RUNNER12COM 8/14/2012 12:12AM

    You are doing great. Very impressive!

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LAURIETAIT 8/14/2012 12:12AM

    Your commitment to training leaves me in awe. I can't wait to read your race blog. I KNOW you're going to kick butt. Buy the gear, gadgets etc! You definitely deserve them!

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LOTUSFLOWER 8/13/2012 11:14PM

    You are amazing, and yes, you ARE an Athlete!!! I am so proud of you!

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MANLEYSANDY 8/13/2012 6:21PM

    I look forward to reading this blog every week...you are truly inspiring!



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MICHSTATE 8/13/2012 5:06PM

    I would highly recommend Body Glide.... I don't go on long runs without it!!!!!:-)

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