Monday, May 28, 2012
Normally on the weekends, my husband does his long run on Saturday and I do mine on Sunday. Saturday we had some major storms roll through our area so we postponed our runs by a day since we had the holiday weekend.
I had a hard time even getting out of bed this morning. To be honest, my head was getting in the way. Two weeks ago was my 18 mile run and it wasn't at all pretty; everything that could have gone wrong did, and I spent the next two weeks agonizing about whether or not I'd bit off more than I could chew by signing up for a full. See, I'd done 13 miles several times, and that distance is nothing to sneeze at; but what I'm finding (for me anyway) is that every mile past 13 really feels like 2. I know a lot of it is in my head, but I'm not one of those folks who running comes easily too; I really have to work at it.
When 18 went so poorly, I was glad that I had only 13 the following week. I spent a lot of time thinking about how hard I've worked to get to this point in my training. I know that I've put in the time needed to do this, I just needed to learn to trust the training and trust that I am fit and strong enough to do this!
Fast forward to today, and I was working hard to get out of my own head. I did my pre-run morning routine and before I knew it, it was time to head out the door. Because I'm not a huge fan of carrying water and Gu with me, I do a series of loops back to our house. My first was 6 miles, the second was 5. I felt awesome. Everything was going so well. I headed back out for the same 6 mile loop that I started with, only this time the temp was creeping up. I decided to carry water with me because I thought that I might be able to push the loop out even a little further. I managed to make it 7, which brought me to 18 miles. I felt great, but needed a bathroom break--then headed back out for my final two. I had to dig deep, but managed to knock it out in about 3 hours and 37 minutes. Those last 2 miles were tough, but do-able. I feel like with the added adrenaline of a race, a four-and-a-half-hour marathon is completely reasonable for me.
I'm resting and icing, and SO EXCITED for the taper to begin! 19 days until Grandma's Marathon!!!!
Sunday, May 06, 2012
I never thought I'd be saying I *only* have to run 12 miles; but that's where I've gotten in this journey of mine. I was excited today because I ONLY had to run 12!
The weather was less-than-perfect. Rain early this morning, and then drizzling throughout my time pounding the pavement. It was extremely humid, but the temps stayed in the upper 50s and low 60s so I didn't have to worry about heat.
I over-shot my distance a bit. I ended up running almost 13 miles in 2:07. I feel pretty good. I'm still struggling to find that balance for fueling. I'm using Gu and right now I'm taking one at about 3.5 miles in, and then at around 7.5-8 miles. Sometimes that seems perfect and there are other times where I feel like I'm hitting the wall and it's too late by that point. Today I felt like I was out of gas when I finished. I could attribute that to a lot of things, but I'm still trying to figure out that "magic" time to take the Gu.
Have any of the runners out there figured out a good way to do it? I'm open to suggestions!
Also for those runners out there who are covering double digit distances, are you counting your Gu, Shot Blocks, etc. in your food tracker?
Like I said, I am far from having all of this figured out!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Like my spark buddy FITFOODIE, I'm really finding that the hardest part of marathon training is finding the time to cover the crazy distances. My long runs the last three weeks were 13 miles, 11 miles, 14 miles, and today a slight taper to 10 miles. All of them have gone really really well. My 3-day-per-week training plan is keeping my legs feeling pretty good, too! Knock on wood, I haven't had shin splints yet!
Today I started out outside for my run. The weather was iffy and it was drizzling out, but I'd rather run outside than in, so off I went. About 4 miles in the sky opened up and I was drenched. I held out as long as I could, but my clothes were like a second skin and I was cold, so I called my husband to come and get me. He brought me home, I changed and headed to the YMCA to finish. We ended up with a tornado warning in our area, so I'm glad I saw out of the elements. 6 miles on a treadmill isn't too bad, and I was just glad I was dedicated enough to change and go, instead of calling it quits when the weather didn't cooperate.
Next weekend I'm running the Earth Day Half Marathon. My training schedule has 15 listed as my long run, so I'll be getting and extra 2 in post-race.
All's well and I'm feeling good! 9 weeks to Grandma's!!!!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
To all my fellow running sparkers--
Do any of you have a favorite pair of running tights?
I'm looking at picking up a pair and have been thinking about the CW-X brand. I love the idea of extra joint, ligament, and core support especially as I start ramping up the mileage.
Does anyone have pros/cons for me?
All help is appreciated!
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