Monday, February 04, 2013
Set out to do a training run this past Saturday, we were going to do 18 miles but decided to go with 16, we had a destination in mind, which always make it more fun. Friday night we took Sis car over to my BFF house and left it there so we would have to run over to house to pick it up, 16 miles exactly, and we took over a change of clothes. So no excuses not to run, after all, we had to pick up the car.
A chilly 22 degrees when we left, OMG, had to wear a scarf over my face to keep from breathing in that kinda cold. First four miles were absolutely horrible, we just couldn't get it together, one thing after another - staying warm, couldn't get the warmed up feeling, camel pack kept slipping and sliding, rock in shoe, had to make a potty stop (already??) sheesh. So we were both second guessing this long run, but decided...no more lolly-gagging we were going to get it together and get it done.
The next 6 miles was pretty good, had a good heart stopper happen. We were running next to an empty field and low and behold a groundhog looked like he was charging at us, the lil sucker came running over to the sidewalk and I liked to jumped on top of my poor sister and almost knocked her over and let out a large scream. I've never been "charged" by a groundhog, lol. It was actually running to the drainage pipe under the sidewalk, what a relief, I thought I was going to get attacked (not really). But true story.
Then we reached a landmark location, the Acredale Saddlery, it was about 4 miles from our destination so I decided to take a pic and text it to the BFF so she would know where we were. Never been so glad to see that place.
Had to slow it down a little, traffic was picking up and we had to stay on the sidewalk, ugghhh running on concrete will kill the calves and hamstrings, ouch. Had to make another potty stop, but what luck....A DUNKIN DONUTS, woo hoo. Stopped in and grabbed a dough nut, stuffed in sis's backpack, we were saving the donut for the finish line with a glass of milk. Something about a boston creme heart shaped donut to motivate you to hurry up and get done, lol.
Took us a little longer than expected, but lots of lessons learned along the journey.
1. When things start out bad, turn it around and make it happen - and we did.
2. Potty stops are perfectly acceptable and necessary
3. There is a difference between a running camel pack and a hiking camel pack
4. Concrete sidewalks are definitely for walking
5. Beware of Groundhogs
6. Need more fuel other than GU (need to explore this a little more)
Great confidence boost for us to run this far, this is the farthest run to date, now to amp it up by adding another 2 miles to this for the week after next. This weekend is the Valentine 14K, just a warm up, never thought 9 miles would be considered a warm up, lol.
After the run, the three of us enjoyed a lovely Mexican lunch and shopping trip to find the perfect MOB (mother of bride) dress - I said yes to the dress but you will have to wait for pics of that.
Happy Monday everyone.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I saw this on my FB page this morning, what a simple way to put things into prospective, real "food for thought"
Life has been cray-zeeeeee here, lots of unexpected inferences. Seems like all I do is training, training, and more training. I'm hanging in there, but I can say it is getting tough and grueling. 35 miles on tap for this week with a 16-mile long run on Saturday. It's really hard to look at 16-miles as being fun, lol, but always a great feeling of accomplishment when it's over.
One more month of amping up the mileage, then it's all downhill from there. I can hang tough for FOUR MORE WEEKS. I'm doing it, no excuses.
Getting there, one run at a time.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Oweeeee, suffering a little today from DOMS, must mean I did it right.
Monday, January 14, 2013
18 Weeks of Training started in November, hit the half way mark this weekend. I can honestly say this is the hardest goal I have ever set for myself, but I'm tackling it one day at a time.
One of the hardest things is carving out the block ot time necessary to meet this goal. Running 3 days during the week and long runs every Saturday while keeping up with all my other duties has been quite a challenge and especially these past two weeks since the mileage is amping up and it's taking more and more time. I had my long run set for Saturday, but family duty called, so I had to change it to Sunday.
Changing plans really used to upset me, however during these past 9 weeks of training, I've learned to juggle life's distractions (there have been so many lately) and still meet "MY" goals, I believe that is a very valuable lesson I've learned.
Started the long run yesterday with my sister, we got a late start (another lesson in being flexible, lol) but we completed the 15 miles, one step at a time. We were going to treat ourselves to IHOP all-you-can-eat pancakes when we were done, so from about mile 8 I started imaging how good those pancakes were gonna be and guessing how many I could eat, after all I could have as many as I wanted (not really, but it was a great visual - me with a huge stack of pancakes)
Do you know how totally famished one can be after running 15 miles? Here's me being silly (as always), BEWARE this a post run pic, no make-up and a bad hair-do, lol. If you can't have fun, what good is it right? I only managed to eat 3 pancakes, they were small, but I sure inhaled 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon and some hashbrowns before I moved on to dessert....pancakes, and I belonged to the clean plate club.
I saw this on my FB page this morning...
Monday, January 07, 2013
Great weekend. Still training for my first marathon in March, sheesh the long runs are getting so much longer now.
I had my first of three timed training races this past weekend. Three races are set up for those training for the big 26.2. This weeks race was 12 miles, figured that would be a piece of cake since I've run that distance many times before. I used this race to test out my new running shoes, they don't make the style that I've been running in for past three years so I had to try something new, uggghhh, why do they always change the shoes? Tested out the New Balance, not what I would have selected but I decided to give them a try. Not too bad, gonna take some getting used to, since I switched from a neutral shoe to a light stability shoe. Lady at the running store assured me they would be great.
Completed it a lot slower than I would have liked to but I was testing the new running shoes and I had just been to the chiropractor the day before so I was running a little sore from that, didn't want to push myself too hard and risk injury so I just took it nice and easy. Overall, I'd call it success, I did finish, lol.
I was hoping to meet some new friends to run with but I ended up running by myself the whole way. I got a late start to the race as I was still in line for that last minute potty stop when the gun went off, so I was way behind. I did manage to pass a few people along the way and I wasn't last, yeah.
The race was run on the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, I'd been wanting to run this route for a while and just never made it out there. Gorgeous scenery and only one thing concerned me.....a sign that said BEWARE... bear sightings in this area, so you can bet my eyes were wide open and scanning around on the lookout, lol. Aren't bears supposed to be in hibernation this time of year?
Next race is on January 26th, 15 miles.
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